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  • Modernization Funds Slashed For Russia's Notoriously Rickety Aircraft Carrier

    10/11/2017 6:45:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Russia's sole fixed-wing aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, returned from Syria late last winter to finally begin a long and supposedly deep refit and modernization that would allow it to serve for years to come. The carrier's overhaul, which had been put off time and time again over the last decade, is said to cost over $800M, and will take nearly half a decade to accomplish. But just as we at The War Zone had concerns about, it seems that Moscow is now significantly reducing the scope of work for the refit due to fiscal considerations, with only about half...
  • I was a U.S. 'Hornet Admiral'—and I'm worried about Canada's air force capability

    10/06/2017 9:08:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | October 5, 2017 | Admiral Bill Gortney
    When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reopened the competition to select a fighter to replace the CF-18, two questions were raised from that decision, one with long-term implications, and one with immediate consequences. The first: when will the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter force be complete? The second: what will the RCAF do to mitigate the so-called capability gap (Canada’s current fleet is more than 30 years old, and down from 138 to 77 aircraft) to have a certain number of the most capable fighter jets mission-ready at all times and to ensure the capacity to address...
  • Saudis Kick Off Historic Moscow Visit With Plans to Buy S-400 Air Defense System

    10/05/2017 8:38:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 5, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    After experiencing a literal false start to the first ever trip by a ruling Saudi Arabian monarch to Moscow, the country’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has gone to have what his country has called “historic momentum” in expanding relations with the Kremlin, including reports of a purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missiles and other arms deals. As with developments in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, this could indicate a political shift by the Saudi regime away from its historical ally the United States or an attempt to exert political pressure on officials in Washington. Salman and his entourage...
  • How a US arms lobby group played both India and Pakistan on the F-16 aircraft

    10/02/2017 10:21:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Neighbours in Arms ^ | October 3, 2017 | Larry Pressler
    In response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Octopus has created an army of top-secret intelligence agencies, analysts, specialists, and building complexes—phalanxes, really—devoted to identifying, spying on and rooting out terrorists both domestically and around the world. A large majority of this homeland security and intelligence apparatus actually comprises individuals who do not work for the US government directly. They are employees of private sector companies who are hired by the government to do these jobs, and are known as “contractors.” Many of these individuals and organisations claim that they are not officially...
  • Why Is Qatar Building a Massive Air Force?

    09/30/2017 5:35:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 29, 2017 | Zachary Keck
    The tiny Gulf nation of Qatar has launched a massive buildup of air power for an unclear purpose. The latest development in this saga came in September, when British Defense Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon and Qatari Defense Secretary Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah signed a Letter of Intent for Doha to purchase twenty-four Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from London. That came on the heels of Qatar announcing a deal to purchase thirty-six Boeing F-15 Qatar Advanced-variant Eagles from the United States for a reported $12 billion. And in 2015, Qatar signed a $7.5 billion deal with France to purchase twenty-four...
  • With the D3000, China enters the robotic warship arms race

    09/25/2017 7:26:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Popular Science ^ | September 25, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    D3000 This crudely made model of the D3000 gives us a vague idea of the concept: a trimaran tumblehome hull, with armament that includes autocannons and anti-ship missiles, as well as launching tubes for small unmanned underwater vehicles, torpedoes, or mines. by78 At the turn of the 20th century, the great powers competed to build the modern-day battleship. Today, a new arms race may be breaking out, this time with robotic warships. The D3000 is a 98-foot-long, stealthy robotic trimaran warship designed to operate autonomously for months. Notably, this system—which appears to be tagged for export—is being offered by the...
  • India Eyes $8 Billion Worth 100 Avenger Predator Drones from US

    09/24/2017 11:03:09 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Defense World ^ | September 22, 2017 | Vishwanath Patil
    Predator C Avenger Drone (Image: General Atomics) India has plans to buy 100 jet propelled Avenger predator drones from the US costing an estimated $8 billion for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Besides joint projects under the bilateral Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), in her first major engagement with a foreign counterpart, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman talks on September 26 with the US officials will focus on India-US defence cooperation, maritime security, avenger predator drones, counter-terrorism and other major issues of mutual concern, the sources added. Issues related to American defence companies seeking guarantees of retaining control of propriety...
  • US Defence Firms Seek Key Assurance Over Make-In-India Plans

    09/19/2017 11:25:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 19, 2017
    US defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they won't have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby group's letter to India's Defence Minister. These companies are also saying they shouldn't be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make-in-India's drive to build a military industrial base. Lockheed Martin and Boeing are both bidding to supply combat jets to India's military, which is running short of hundreds of aircraft as it retires Soviet-era MiG...
  • Royal Navy Complete first firing Test of a New Air Defence System

    09/04/2017 11:00:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Sep 4, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    The CAMM missile is seen on its first flight from HMS Argyll. The missile’s clean aerodynamic design provides it with improved performance in the air, while also making it highly compact for installation onboard ship. Photo: MBDA The Sea Ceptor weapon system recently completed its first successfully firings from HMS Argyll. The frigate is one of three Royal Navy Type 23 frigates being modified with the Sea Ceptor system, replacing the older Sea Wolf. The test is a major milestone for the life-extension program of Type 23 frigates. HMS Argyll is the first Type 23 to undergo the life-extension program....
  • SEALS, Tucano planes and more than 3,300 pounds of weapons

    09/02/2017 5:49:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies ^ | Allison Barrie
    With more than 3,300 pounds of weapons, the fierce Super Tucano can swoop in to unleash hefty firepower from above and save lives of warfighters on the ground. The A-29 “Super Tucano” turboprop aircraft looks like a Latin spin throwback to the World War II era of iconic American fighters- but make no mistake this aircraft is a modern hybrid of low tech and high tech fit to fight current threats. The Super Tucano is currently taking part in the U.S. Air Force's exciting Light Attack Experiment. The A-29 that is part of the Experiment is a partnership between Brazilian...
  • Trump gives 'conceptual approval' (for SK purchase) of billions of dollars in US military equipment

    09/02/2017 7:04:02 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 1, 2017 | Daniel Chaitin
    President Trump spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday about the North Korean threat and during the call gave "conceptual approval of planned purchases" of military equipment. As Pyongyang continued its provocations in the region this week, launching a ballistic missile that flew over Japan, a readout from the White House said Trump and Moon discussed their countries' "coordinated response to North Korea's continued destabilizing and escalatory behavior."
  • Russia claims new Mach 4+ MiG-41 Interceptor will be able to operate in space

    08/30/2017 6:31:23 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 34 replies
    UK Defense Journal ^ | 8/30/17 | George Allison
    Russia are claiming their new MiG-41 will be able to reach space and even potentially operate without a pilot, according to the CEO of the MiG corporation working on the project. The new fighter will, the company say, be a spiritual successor of MiG-31, MiG Corporation CEO Ilya Tarasenko stated, shedding some light on the interceptor under development. “The development is at the stage of finalizing the image of the plane. It will be a gradual transition from MiG-31 to PAK DA” Tarasenko said in an interview on Russian TV. The jet, he said, will not be just a modernisation...

    08/27/2017 6:01:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | AUGUST 27, 2017 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    Israel’s Ministry of Defense has completed the acquisition process of an additional 17 F-35 stealth jets, officially giving the Israel Air Force two squadrons of the world’s most advanced fighter planes. The purchase of the 17 additional planes, whose delivery will be completed by December 2024, was approved by the cabinet in November and the contract was signed by the director general of the Ministry of Defense Maj.-Gen (res) Udi Adam. Israel, which has already received five F-35 “Adir” jets now being tested by the IAF, will receive an additional two next week and another two jets by November, bringing...
  • U.S. Provides Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Hezbollah-Linked Lebanese Army

    08/17/2017 8:30:49 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 17 August 2017 | Edwin Mora
    The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon has announced that President Donald Trump’s administration has delivered military equipment to the Hezbollah-linked Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), namely Bradley Fighting Vehicles. “It will provide the Lebanese Armed Forces with new capabilities to protect Lebanon, to protect its borders, and to fight terrorists,” declared Elizabeth Richard, the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, referring to the U.S.-supplied military vehicles. “Over the next several months, the Army will undergo intensive training on how to operate and maintain this new, very sophisticated combat system.” “I am pleased to once again demonstrate our long-term commitment to Lebanon, and our support...
  • ‘Drive Russians Bananas’ With Rockets In Boxes: CSIS On Hidden Missiles

    08/15/2017 8:44:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | August 14, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    “All warfare is based on deception,” Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago. It’s a lesson the US military largely forgot after the Cold War, when we got in the habit of building huge, easily targeted bases. Now we must relearn deception as Russia, China, and other adversaries field, not only their own precision weapons, but the satellites, drones, and other sensors to find targets for them. But what does deception mean in the 21st century? Once it required recruiting courtesans as spies and camouflaging troops with tree branches and green facepaint. Now it involves putting out fake news on Facebook...
  • Russia unveils new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets - ...

    08/14/2017 1:59:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 08-14-2017 | By Julian Robinson
    Full Title: Russia unveils new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets - and boasts that they will be the envy of air forces around the world Russia has unveiled its new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets, boasting that they are already the envy of air forces around the world. The Ł120million Sukhoi-57, which will have a top speed of 1,615 mph, is said to rival America's F-22 and China's Chengdu J-20, Kremlin officials say the fifth-generation stealth jet has been 'christened like a baby after its birth' as Su-57 and will undergo another year of testing before it enters...
  • India Readies First Fighter Jet With New Age AESA Radar for Flight

    08/10/2017 11:00:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 07.08.2017
    New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to get their first fighter jet equipped with a new age active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar as upgrades to their deep penetration Jaguar fighter are completed. Defense sources told Sputnik the AESA-equipped Jaguar DARIN III will take its first flight this month. Technical trials and other necessary tests have been completed. "The new age AESA radar has been integrated into Jaguar and it is ready to take its first flight in a few days. Suitable date is being finalized by the Ministry of Defense and IAF," a defense...
  • Goodbye, MiG: Boeing, General Dynamics Debut Anti-Aircraft Stryker

    08/09/2017 11:46:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | August 09, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: If you fly Russian MiG fighters, Sukhoi attack jets, or Hind helicopters, your life just got a little harder — and in the event of war, potentially much shorter. At the Space & Missile Defense conference here, General Dynamics rolled out the latest variant of their eight-wheel-drive Stryker armored vehicle, with the troop compartment that’s normally in the back replaced with a Boeing-built anti-aircraft turret. Scroll down for our photos of the vehicle, dubbed the Maneuver SHORAD (Short-Range Air Defense) Launcher, or MSL Stryker. Evolved from the Cold War era Avenger, which mounted Stinger missiles on Humvee, the...
  • Now We’re Sending Planes And Drones To The Philippines

    08/07/2017 7:23:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    With all of the unrest going on in other parts of the world this summer (North Korea, Venezuela, Turkey, Syria, etc.), it’s not too surprising if we miss some of the stories coming out of the Philippines. But they’ve got their own share of troubles to worry about. Their new president has been raising eyebrows around the world with his war on drugs, which sometimes entails killing the occasional mayor of a smaller city, as well as some external threats as well. But they remain one of our allies, at least for now, and you take your friends where...
  • Exclusive: Why Indian Air Force May Best Chinese Jets In An Air Battle Over Tibet

    08/08/2017 8:21:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    NDTV ^ | August 08, 2017 | Vishnu Som
    An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 refuels mid-air from a Su-30 buddy-tanker NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force fighter jets will be able to effectively tackle Chinese Air Force fighters over Tibet in the event of hostilities between the two countries. A new yet-to-be-released document, "The Dragon's Claws: Assessing China's PLAAF Today" makes the point that the IAF has significant operational advantages over the Chinese Air Force in operations in the Tibetan Autonomous Region which lies to the North of the Line of Actual Control between the two countries. Written by Squadron Leader Sameer Joshi, a former Indian Air Force Mirage...