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  • Taiwan Reportedly Plans to Upgrade Supersonic Hsiung Feng III Missiles

    10/22/2016 5:27:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Global Taiwan Brief ^ | October 20, 2016 | Russell Hsiao
    Against the backdrop of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military modernization and growing precision strike capabilities, some media reports indicate that Taipei may have plans to produce 10 to 60 Hsiung Feng III (HF-3; 雄風三型, “Brave Wind III”) supersonic missiles with a range above 162 nautical miles under projects codenamed “God’s Spear” (神戈計劃) and “Coiled Dragon” (蟠龍計畫), respectively. According to the media, an “HF-3 extended range model missile” (雄三增程型飛彈) project may be in the works and a testing phase is slated for completion by the middle of 2017, to enter mass production in 2018. The missiles could be deployed in...
  • Italian Military Unveils New Tank as Parliament Ponders Funding

    10/21/2016 8:25:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 20.10.2016
    On Wednesday, Italian defense officials and industry representatives gathered at a military base on the outskirts of Rome to view a demonstration of Romes newest tank, the Centauro II. The exhibition took place on October 19 at the Cecchignola Army range. Parliament is still deliberating on whether to approve the $520 million for the combat vehicle, as Mauro Moretti, CEO of aerospace technology company Leonardo, and Deputy Defence Staff Chief Lt. Gen. Danilo Errico watched the prototype traverse ditches and steep hills. The Centauro II is more powerful than the original, with a 720-horsepower engine, a digital-communication display and a...
  • China's biggest ever stealth warship takes shape: New pictures reveal progress '

    10/21/2016 8:15:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 21 October 2016 | STACY LIBERATORE
    Asia's most powerful warship has been shrouded in mystery since construction began last year at the Jiangnan Changxing shipyards. Known as a Type 005 destroyer, the vessel is said to be armed with electromagnetic railguns that can shoot down missiles and attack land targets. Now, leaked images give a glimpse of the battle ship's progress - there appears to be four portals on the stern for sensors and weapons - along with up to 128 vertical launch system cells for missiles. Construction of this 175 meter long ship began in 2015, but officials have been very careful not to reveal...
  • Israel looks to buy three new nuke-capable subs report

    10/21/2016 5:35:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AFP ^ | October 21, 2016
    Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of $1.3 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday. The planned purchase aims to replace within the next decade the oldest vessels in its existing Dolphin fleet, which began entering service in 1999, the Maariv daily reported. Contacted by AFP, the Defense Ministry declined to comment on the report. Israel already has five of the state-of-the-art German submarines, with a sixth due for delivery in 2017. Foreign military sources and governments say the Dolphins can be equipped with missiles armed with nuclear warheads. They believe Israel...
  • Saab links Gripen bid with Tejas to counter F-16 production numbers

    10/20/2016 7:16:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | October 21, 2016 | Ajai Shukla
    The contest to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) a single-engine, medium fighter is currently playing out as a two-horse race. US giant, Lockheed Martin, is the Goliath looking to slay the David that is Swedish firm, Saab. Lockheed Martin, which has offered to shift its F-16 production line to India, is the world's biggest defence firm, with $46.1 billion in sales last year and an order backlog of almost $100 billion. Saab, which has offered its latest fighter, the Gripen E, appears a relative minnow, with $3 billion in sales last year, and an order book of $12.9 billion....
  • PICTURES: Scorpion carries out weapons testing over White Sands

    10/20/2016 6:43:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 20 OCTOBER, 2016 | BETH STEVENSON
    Textron AirLands Scorpion light attack fighter has demonstrated its close air support capability for the first time during a weapons exercise at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Operating from Holloman AFB in New Mexico, the developmental aircraft launched three different munitions during tests that ran from 10-14 October. Under evaluation were Hydra-70 unguided 2.75 in rockets, the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, and Lockheed Martin AGM-114F Hellfire missile. Weapons guidance was supported by the aircrafts L-3 Wescam MX-15Di sensor and a ground-based laser designator, Textron says. The time taken from design and integration to flight testing...
  • BELH@RRA and FTI, the New-Generation Digital Frigate Class from France

    10/19/2016 6:26:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defense Update ^ | October 18, 2016 | Tamir Eshel
    The French shipbuilder DCNS presented today the BELH@RRA frigate design a new heavily-armed frigate made for the international market. The new design was unveiled today at the Euronaval Exhibition in Paris-Le Bourget. The new BELH@RRA class renews the heavily-armed 4,000-tonne frigate segment. It follows the companys La Fayette-class frigates, of which over twenty units were built and are operational with four navies around the world. The BELH@RRA design is positioned between the 6,000-tonne FREMM multi-mission frigate segment and that of the 2,500- to 3,000-tonne GOWIND corvettes. This size class is suitable for navies looking for a compact frigate, capable...
  • Euronaval 2016: Thales Unveils the RAPIDSeaGuardian 40mm CIWS & Anti Surface Gun System

    10/18/2016 10:51:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 17 October 2016
    At Euronaval 2016, the largest naval defense exhibition in the world currently held in France, Thales unveiled the RAPIDSeaGuardian 40mm multi role artillery. It is basically a naval version of the famous landbased RAPIDFire system, using the same 40CTA canon (by Nexter & BAE Systems: CTA International). Thales RAPIDSeaGuardian CIWS Euronaval 2016 news Thales RAPIDSeaGuardian Naval Gun System Thanks to its powerful anti-aircraft gun and optronic fire-control, RAPIDSeaGuardian is optimised to defeat new air threats such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), helicopters, Fighters-Ground Attack (FGA), cruise missiles, Fast Patrol Boats, seaskimming missiles,... Either in an autonomous or integrated mode, RAPIDSeaGuardian...
  • The F-117 Stealth Fighter Could Have Gone to War from an Aircraft Carrier

    10/16/2016 9:48:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 14, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    The F-117 Nighthawk [3] made a definite impression on both Iraqi air defenses and the American public when it demonstrated the capabilities of stealth technology in the 1991 Gulf War [4]. Yet the iconic jet-black attack plane was ultimately left behind by improvements in technology and retired in 2008 in favor of the new F-22 stealth fighter [5]. But what if the Nighthawk design had been evolved into a carrier-based multi-role fighter capable of flying longer distances at higher speed with a greater weapon load? In fact, Lockheed proposed exactly such a Seahawk in the early 90s. The original F-117s...
  • China decommissions its 1st nuclear submarine

    10/16/2016 9:26:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    PTI ^ | October 16, 2016 | K J M Varma
    Beijing, Oct 16 (PTI) Chinas first nuclear-powered submarine has been decommissioned after more than 40 years of military service, state media said today. After undergoing a thorough denuclearisation process, the submarine was towed to a wharf belonging to the Chinese Navy Museum in Qingdao, a port city in east Chinas Shandong province yesterday where it will be a public exhibit, state- run Xinhua news agency reported. The submarines release from military service and the safe, thorough and reliable handling of related nuclear waste, nuclear reactor and other devices showed Chinas life-cycle maintenance ability, ranging from a nuclear submarines production, operation,...
  • The Sea Eagle: How America's F-15 Fighter Almost Became a Aircraft Carrier Jet

    10/14/2016 9:24:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Michael Peck | Michael Peck
    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, a Dynamic Duo symbolized U.S. military airpower. The Air Force had its powerful F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter. But the Navy had the sophisticated swing-wing F-14 Tomcat, glamorized by the movie Top Gun. Yet had events worked out differently, the aircraft that Tom Cruise flew could have been an F-15 Eagle? For a time, the Navy actually considered a carrier version of the F-15. The F-15N, or "Sea Eagle" as it was unofficially dubbed, was proposed by McDonnell Douglas in 1971, according to author Dennis Jenkins in his "McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle: Supreme Heavy-Weight...
  • Navy, Marine Corps Considering Adding Vertical Launch System to San Antonio Amphibs

    10/14/2016 12:03:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 13, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. The Navy and the Marine Corps are studying installing a vertical launch system in its San Antonio class of amphibious warships that would allow the ships to field larger offensive missiles, service officials told USNI News this week. The director of expeditionary warfare in the chief of naval operations office (OPNAV N95) told USNI News on Thursday both services were studying installing the VLS systems but that at the moment there was no program of record to back fit the capability into the hulls. Its certainly an asset wed like to have, Marine Maj. Gen. Chris Owens...
  • Syrian MiG-29 fighter jets performing combat missions with Russian made R-77 missiles

    10/13/2016 6:40:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Air Recognition ^ | 13 October 2016
    Syrian Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) fighter jets are performing sorties with medium-range air-to-air missiles of the R-77 (AA-12 Adder) family. Syrian Radio & TV Agency has broadcasted a video showing the attaching of an air-launched weapon of this type to a MiG-29 plane. The video shows a R-77-family missile (most probably, an export version of the missile, i.e. RVV-SD) being carried by an under-wing AKU-170E ejection unit of a MiG-29 plane. The video has confirmed media reports that Russia repaired and upgraded several Syrian Air Force MiG-29 fighter jets. According to data of public sources, the...
  • ALERT! The Chinese are wiping out Tibet

    10/13/2016 5:17:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies ^ | October 13, 2016 | Major General Mrinal Suman (retd)
    IMAGE: Activists dressed as Chinese soldiers and a Tibetan monk perform a street drama depicting the Tibetan uprising 52 years ago against Chinese rule. Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters Tibet continues to be an enigma to all visitors. My two visits have been no different. One sees massive Chinese investment in road and railway infrastructure. Modern skyscrapers are coming up at a frenetic pace to house migrants from the mainland. Yet, Tibet presents a sight of a state under foreign siege. A deceptive calm hides the underlying tension. There is no cheer in the air. The story of Tibet is a saga...
  • These New Images Of Chinese Aircraft Carrier Should Concern India

    10/11/2016 9:58:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    NDTV ^ | October 11, 2016 | Vishnu Som
    The Type 001A aircraft carrier is the first one made in China for the Chinese Navy. New images indicate that China is racing towards completion of its first home-grown aircraft carrier. A month after NDTV reported that the hull of the ship, designated the Type 001-A, appeared complete, a fresh set of images indicates that the "island" of the carrier, in many ways the nerve-centre of the warship, has now been installed ahead of sea-trials commencing. The "island" consists of the warship's bridge, aviation facilities and battle-control spaces. Radars and sensors are mounted on the island in addition to air...
  • Not by Stealth Alone: Russian Corvettes to Get Ability to Shoot Down Enemy Jets

    10/10/2016 10:47:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 10.10.2016
    Photo: Zelenodolsk Shipyard The Russian small missile ship Buyan-M will be equipped with the naval version of the Pantsir surface-to-air missile and an anti-aircraft artillery weapon system as well as a sophisticated radar, the Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted a Russian Navy source as saying. "The Buyan-M's design, featuring a new radar, has already been agreed. Apart from the radar, the Buyan-M will get the Pantsir-SM system," the source said, adding that the radar is currently being tested on board the Russian small missile ship Molniya. The Pantsir-SM, which is an improved version of the Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense system,...
  • Eurofighter Partners Face Hard Decisions on Production, Damages As Orders Run Out

    10/10/2016 6:19:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies ^ | Oct 07, 2016 | Giovanni de Briganti
    Without new orders, Eurofighter’s Spanish and German Final Assembly Lines will be the first to close, in 2018, after the delivery of the final aircraft to their national customers; the British line will follow in 2019. (EF Spain) PARIS --- The four Eurofighter partners face major decisions over the next couple of years, as two of their four final assembly lines begin running out of work in 2018, and production of major components faces a two-year suspension until it resumes in 2018 for the aircraft ordered by Kuwait earlier this year. Coping with the end of production will create complex...
  • Navy Weighs New Ship-Deck-Launched Attack Methods for LRASM Weapon

    10/07/2016 10:29:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | October 7, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The Navy and Lockheed Martin are looking at developing a variant of the LRASM missile that fires from a deck-launcher on a ship - as opposed to having a weapon that only fires from aircraft and vertical launch tubes. Lockheed Martin is developing a new deck-mounted launcher for the emerging Long Range Anti-Ship Missile engineered to semi-autonomously track and destroy enemy targets at long ranges from both aircraft and surface ships. The weapon, called the LRASM, is a collaborative effort between Lockheed, the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency, or DARPA. The LRASM, which is...
  • Moodys: Watch for Lockheed and Boeing to get more aggressive with fighter jets sales to India

    10/07/2016 9:15:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Sep 29, 2016 | James Bach
    While India may have signed a deal Friday with French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation SA for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, credit analyst firm Moodys Investors Service expects U.S. fighter jet makers like The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) to begin more aggressively pursuing India as a sales opportunity. As Moodys aerospace and defense analyst Russell Solomon told me Wednesday, India likely isnt done buying fighters. Even if India decides to exercise an option against the Rafale contract for 18 more, in the next five to 10 years Solomon said, Somewhere between another...
  • Qatar Airways denies commercial jet deal with Boeing tied to F-15 military sales

    10/07/2016 8:51:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The head of Qatar Airways firmly denied that the company delayed a deal to buy up to 100 jetliners from The Boeing Co. to pressure the U.S. to approve the sale of fighter jets to Qatar. The comments from Akbar Al Baker came Friday during a news conference in D.C. in which state-owned Qatar Airlines and Boeing inked an $18.6 billion deal for 30 Dreamliners and up to 80 other jets. "We dont relate anything to anything, Al Baker said when asked by a reporter about possible connection. "Qatar Airways has this independent policy ordering airplanes. So nothing is attached...
  • Asymmetric flying probed as culprit in deadly jet crash (Israeli F-16)

    10/07/2016 6:33:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | October 6, 2016 | JUDAH ARI GROSS
    An F-16 fighter jet that crashed during a landing attempt in southern Israel Wednesday, killing its pilot, may have been flying asymmetrically, with ordnance on one wing but not the other, an expert said Thursday, as the army probed what caused the fiery wreck and its fatal results. Eran Ramot, a former fighter pilot and researcher at the Fisher Institute for Air and Strategic Studies, said the asymmetry was currently the leading theory for what caused the wreck, which killed Maj. Ohad Cohen Nov. However, that alone should not have caused a crash, as planes and pilots routinely fly with...
  • General Dynamics Unveils Promising New Pint-Sized Franken-Tank

    10/06/2016 6:55:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | OCTOBER 5, 2016
    The Armys long search for a small tank that packs a big punch seems to never end. Now, General Dynamics is looking to do something about that with their new Griffin tank technology demonstrator. Unveiled at this years Association of the United States Army (AUSA) convention in Washington DC, this little tank is meant to be a jumping off point for finally fulfilling the Armys mobile protected firepower requirement. The 27 ton Griffin is a franken-tank of sorts, which is not a bad thing. It uses pieces of existing technology to lower costs and development timeand also return some investment...
  • Italy Is Prepping Its Aircraft Carrier to Handle Stealth Fighters

    10/06/2016 6:51:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 6, 2016 | FRANCO IACCH
    A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B takes off from USS ‘Wasp’ in 2011. Marine Corps photo Cavour, Italy’s only aircraft carrier, is designed to accommodate up to 12 F-35B stealth jump jets. In theory. In reality, actually operating the stealth fighters requires Cavour to undergo some significant modifications. Although conceptually similar to the smaller Harrier jump jet that already flies from Cavour, the Lockheed Martin F-35B produces much more heat than the older Boeing fighter does. During takeoff and landing, the F-35B’s thrust peaks at 186 kilonewtons. By contrast, the most powerful engine ever installed in a Harrier, the Pegasus 11-61/Mk.107,...
  • Britain's new 31billion Trident submarines will be built with steel coming from FRANCE

    10/05/2016 5:21:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 4 October 2016 | JOSEPH CURTIS
    Hulls of the new 31billion Trident submarines will be built with steel provided by a FRENCH firm. BAe Systems, building the subs in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, opted for a French supplier after signing a contract with the UK government. The deal, which The Mirror reports will be worth tens of millions, came after a plan between two British firms to make a joint bid for the work flopped. The Defence Secretary announced work on the new nuclear deterrent will begin today as the first pictures of 31billion Trident submarines were unveiled. Sir Michael Fallon said he will officially mark the start...
  • (LEAD) S. Korea buys more Taurus missiles amid N.K. nuke threats

    10/05/2016 3:31:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 2016/10/04
    SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to buy more Taurus air-to-surface missiles that can strike North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities, military officials said Tuesday. "The military has recently decided to acquire 90 more Taurus missiles to further beef up its anti-nuclear and anti-missile capabilities. The process to purchase the additional missiles is underway," a defense ministry official told Yonhap News Agency. Some 170 Taurus missiles are already scheduled to be deployed with the Air Force. The North's fifth nuclear test last month and continued ballistic missile launches resulted in the additional purchase. When the deployment is complete,...
  • Germany to Suspend Production of Eurofighter Jets

    10/05/2016 3:25:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 04.10.2016
    After twenty years in service, the Eurofighter aircraft may be temporarily or permanently withdrawn from the German market, German newspaper Die Welt wrote. The final assembly of Eurofighter jets that once were considered a prestige project is likely to be suspended in Germany at least until 2018. The main problem is the lack of contracts and the complexity of the production process. The components of the aircraft are manufactured at four plants in Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain, which makes the production very complicated and expensive. "It resembles a huge puzzle: all right wings are produced in Spain, the left...
  • Houthi Rebels Claim They Blew Up the Former U.S. Navy Ship Swift

    10/03/2016 9:57:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 2, 2016 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    HSV-2 ‘Swift’ in 2013 during her time in American service. U.S. Navy photo The HSV-2 Swift started out as a sleek catamaran and testbed for two new classes of American naval ships until being transferred to the United Arab Emirates in 2014. Now the vessel appears to have been heavily damaged — if not destroyed — in a missile strike fired from Yemeni militants. Houthi fighters claimed to have sunk the ship with a “rocket” as she traversed near the Red Sea port city of Mocha near the Bab Al Mandab Strait early Saturday. “The warship was completely destroyed when it attempted to advance...
  • Poor taste: A Delhi burger chain offers discount to mark India's strikes along LoC

    09/29/2016 11:37:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies ^ | Sep 29, 2016 | Rhema Mukti Baxter
    On Thursday, as the Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations Ranbir Singh revealed that the Army had carried out surgical strikes on "terror launchpads" along the Line of Control, social media exchanges began to heat up in both India and Pakistan. Within minutes of Singh's press conference, cashing in on the virtual jingoism, a food joint in National Capital Region, Burger Singh, sent out a mass text message that read: "In light of the surgical strike by Indian defence forces on terrorist camps (POK). We offer 20% discount on all orders..." spoke to Prashant, a call operator at...
  • Expert: China-Made Aircraft Carrier May Enter Water At Year End

    09/29/2016 6:11:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    China Military Online ^ | September 28, 2016
    BEIJING --- Photos about the progress of China's first home-made aircraft carrier were revealed online again lately. Britain's Jane's Defence Weekly claimed that the carrier island is already lifted in place, a milestone before China's second aircraft carrier enters water. Military expert Cao Weidong said in an interview that China's first home-made aircraft carrier is likely to have Active Phased Array Radar (APAR) and can carry 40-50 aircraft of various types at most. Laser weapon will probably find its way to future carriers and large vessels too. According to Cao, carrier island installation is the last step of building the...
  • The Navys New Stealth Destroyer Has Watered Down Capabilities, Questionable Future

    09/28/2016 11:43:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Next month the first DDG-1000 Zumwalt class stealth destroyer will be commissioned into US Navy service. The program has been through three name changes since it began two decades ago and the designs planned production run has been slashed dramatically from nearly three dozen hulls to a measly three. The truth is that the assault on the Zumwalts started long before production was cut. The ship you see today, even in all its exotic glory, is the sad result of a long series of illogical cost-cutting initiatives and spastic fiscal re-prioritizations by the Navy. These misguided measures left the final...
  • Exclusive: U.S. approves Boeing, Lockheed fighter jet sales to Gulf - sources

    09/28/2016 11:12:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 28, 2016 | Andrea Shalal
    The United States on Wednesday began notifying lawmakers that it has approved $7 billion in long-stalled sales of Boeing Co (BA.N) fighter jets to Kuwait and Qatar, and more than $1 billion in Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) jets to Bahrain, sources familiar with the decision said. The sales had been pending for more than two years amid concerns raised by Israel, Washington's closest Middle East ally, that arms sold to Gulf Arab states could be used against it, and criticism of Qatar for alleged ties to armed Islamist groups. U.S. officials began notifying lawmakers informally about the sale of 36...
  • The Government's Dilemma: Scrap Gripen or Accept Bill for Billions (Sweden)

    09/28/2016 6:42:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Svenska Dagbladet ^ | Sept 28, 2016
    (Published in Swedish only; unofficial translation by By Tomas Augustsson STOCKHOLM --- A controversy has broken out among defense commentators in Sweden as to whether it makes sense to break up a large part of the current Swedish Gripen fleet to recover parts that can be used in the production of the new Gripen-E fighter, as ordered by the defence ministry and parliament. Sweden plans to produce a total of 60 new Gripen-Es at a cost of SEK 36 billion ($4.2 billion) to replace the 96 Gripen C/D currently operated by the Swedish Air Force. However, many are protesting...
  • Syrias Su-24 Bombers Have Become Its Most Proficient Hospital-Destroyers

    09/25/2016 1:52:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    While Russian Su-24M/M2/SVP-24s are usually armed with only four bombs, Assadist Su-24MK2s carry much heftier loads of eight to 10 FAB-250M-62s or FAB-250–270s or five FAB-500M-62s. Photo via Y. A. In 1988, Syria placed an order for 48 Sukhoi Su-24MK fighter-bombers and expressed interest in obtaining additional examples. While 24 of these were delivered in 1990 and 1991, Moscow suspended further arms deliveries because Damascus began refusing to pay some old debts. The Su-24 thus entered service with № 819 Squadron of the Syrian Arab Air Force based at Tiyas Air Base, or T-4, while the planned second unit was...
  • Foreign Jet-Fighter Makers Woo India

    09/24/2016 6:26:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 24, 2016 | Daniel Stacey
    NEW DELHIIndia is being offered blueprints to advanced combat aircraft by the worlds aerospace companies, a move unthinkable even a decade ago, as New Delhi gets ready to place another multibillion-dollar air force order. Indias aging military jet fleet desperately needs an upgrade, which analysts say may spur it to place an order worth more than $10 billion in the next year. Hoping for an edge, and encouraged by a recent law that allows 100% foreign ownership of local defense firms, jet-fighter makers such as Lockheed Martin Corp. , Boeing Co. and Saab AB are rushing in with offers to...
  • South Africas AHRLAC Advances Toward Production (new aircraft)

    09/22/2016 10:21:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AINonline ^ | September 22, 2016 | David Donald
    With at least two launch customers signed up, the South African AHRLAC (Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light AirCraft) is scheduled to enter production next year. Unveiled at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show at Waterkloof in 2014, the prototype AHRLAC (ZU-XDM) returned to the 2016 show last week with more than 250 hours of flight test accomplished. AHRLAC Holdings is producing the aircraft; the Paramount Group is a major shareholder in this company. The PT-6A-powered aircraft has undertaken four deployments to the border and to Botswana to conduct operationally representative trials, including landing on a range of surfaces such as...
  • Pakistan air force closes highway for "routine" drill amid India tension

    09/22/2016 10:15:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 22, 2016 | Kay Johnson
    Pakistan's air force closed a major highway on Thursday to let it practice landing jets on the road, in what it said was routine training not related to heightened tension with India after a deadly attack in the disputed Kashmir region. The attack in the frontier town of Uri - the latest in a decades-long dispute over Kashmir, claimed and held in part by both India and Pakistan - has raised new fears of military conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours. India has accused Pakistan of being behind Sunday's attack on an army base that killed 18 soldiers in the Indian-controlled...
  • Abe pitches Japans maglev trains to the US, touting New York to Washington in 40 minutes

    09/22/2016 1:37:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    Kyodo ^ | 22 September, 2016
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pitching Japans maglev technology for the railway system in the United States. Speaking in a meeting with US business leaders and financial experts in New York on Wednesday, Abe said that in the late 2030s, a maglev train linking Tokyo to Nagoya in central Japan will take just 40 minutes - an hour shorter than currently required for the shinkansen bullet train. The two cities are about 260km apart, as the crow flies. The distance between Tokyo and Nagoya is almost the same as that between New York and [Washington] DC, he said. You...
  • Watch Out, NATO: New Russian Warship Gun Second to None

    09/22/2016 1:14:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 21.09.2016
    The Russian Navy has decided to equip all of its small missile ships and boats with a unique high-precision digital 76 mm automatic gun, the Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted a Russian navy source as saying. Designed to contain NATO warships equipped with Italian-made Oto Melara guns, the АК-176МА is equipped with an all-weather electro-optical system which shares its characteristics with a sniper rifle, according to the source. It said that the new gun's combination of high ballistic performance with an electronic management control system add to the AK-176MA's complete superiority over its main competitor, the 76-mm gun made by the...
  • The Guard at NATOs Northern Gate (Norwegian Air Force)

    09/22/2016 12:25:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | SEPTEMBER 2016 | Carl A. Posey
    Some nights, sitting at a table in a hotel restaurant 17 stories above the Bod quay, you may see what looks like a spark rise from the Norwegian coast and fly off into the night. Another follows, then both wink out in the distance. They are F-16s from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) stationed here in Bod [pronounced BO-deh], either on a training flight or scrambled to intercept an aerial visitor, probably a Russian one, skirting Norwegian airspace. Though the conversation around the restaurant is mostly in Norwegian, you also hear diners chatting in English, a good deal of...
  • The Mexican Air Force No Longer Has Any Fighter Aircraft In Its Inventory

    09/21/2016 5:18:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Mexican Air Force has quietly retired its tiny fleet of just eight Northrop F-5E and two F-5F Tiger IIs. These aircraft represented Mexicos entire fighter force and there seems to be no replacement in the works for them at this point in time. Mexico purchased 12 Tiger IIs from Northrop in 1982 via a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program dubbed Peace Aztec. Before the deal was inked, Mexico experienced a turbulent decade trying to purchase a new light fighter. After the US rejected an initial sale of F-5E/Fs to to the country in the early 1970s, the US...
  • Need a Fighter Jet to Drop Nukes, No Questions Asked? Buy French

    09/21/2016 4:52:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 21, 2016 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    India is on the verge of signing a deal with France for 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets, likely when French defense minister Jean-Yves le Drian arrives in New Delhi later this week. The jets may end up lugging nuclear bombs, as officials told The Indian Express this month that the jets are “to be used as an airborne strategic delivery system.” That’s a polite way of saying India’s jets could drop nukes — one mission which Dassault specifically designed the multi-role Rafale to do. There’s also precedent here, as France previously sold and supplied spare parts for India’s Mirage 2000s, which are...
  • India prepares to attack under Cold Start doctrine, Pakistan ready to react

    09/21/2016 1:23:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | September 21, 2016
    India has completed the first step of preparedness to wage an attack on selective targets inside Pakistan under the Cold Start doctrine. According to reports, India has completed its first phase preparations to attack selected targets in Pakistan under the Cold Start strategy. Sources also disclosed that although Pakistan will not initiate an attack, it would respond with full force in case of any strike by India. The armed forces would not let Indians cross the red line, according to well-placed defence sources. Read more: Ball in Pakistans court to defuse tension after Uri attack: American think-tank India has moved...

    09/20/2016 5:18:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 20, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    New imagery shows that the China's carrier borne fighter, the J-15, will receive major upgrades, which point to gains in not just China's engine making but overall carrier fleet. Chinese Military Aviation The Original Article The initial J-15s, derived from the Soviet Su-33, had lighter landing gears (see the nosewheel) and Russian made AL-31 turbofan engines. The J-15 is derived from the Russian Su-33 (itself developed from the Su-27 fighter), is currently in limited production by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. It is used by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. Chinese Internet J-15A The...
  • Chinas L-15 Jet Displayed by Zambia In South Africa

    09/16/2016 9:16:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AINonline ^ | September 16, 2016 | David Donald
    The L-15Z advanced trainer is also a light attack aircraft, as shown at AAD with Chinese weapons. (Photo: David Donald) The Zambian air force showed off its new Hongdu L-15Z advanced trainer/light attack aircraft at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held September 14 to 18 at Waterkloof AFB near Pretoria, South Africa. One aircraft was placed on static display while the other took part in the daily airshow. Although the type has made appearances at several Chinese shows, and also at MAKS in Russia, this is believed to be its first showing at a Western event. Zambia ordered...
  • Israel to Receive More Second-Hand F-15 Eagles in Massive New Aid Package

    09/16/2016 8:58:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    There has been much speculation about what exactly the massive military aid package between the US and Israel would include. Some reports stated that more F-15 Strike Eagle derivatives would be a part of it, along with dozens of F-35s. Now that the deal has been inked we know more about what it will actually includes and there are signs that long-pending fighter jet sales to Kuwait and Qatar are finally going to be cleared to move forward. If this turns out to be true it would offer a massive lifeline to Boeings struggling tactical jet production lines at its...
  • Royal Navy FARCE: 6bn Type 45 destroyers spend DOUBLE time at port than defending Britain

    09/16/2016 12:18:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Express, U.K. ^ | September 16, 2016 | TOM BATCHELOR
    According to newly released official stats, the six vessels clocked up 1,515 days in British docks in the year to this April. Four of the state-of-the-art ships remained berthed for more than 300 days each, the data obtained from a Freedom of Information request shows. Former head of the Navy Admiral Lord West said there was a "desperate need" to get the destroyers "out and doing their job". He said: "We are using Royal Fleet Auxiliary and offshore protection vessels to do jobs that historically would have been done with frigates or destroyers." The Ministry of Defence (MoD) insisted the...
  • Boeing challenges Denmark over choice of Lockheed Martin jets

    09/15/2016 6:28:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 15, 2016
    Boeing formally challenged a decision by the Danish government to pick Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet over its own Super Hornet, saying on Thursday the choice was based on a "flawed evaluation process". Boeing said it had submitted a request to the country's ministry of defence that would require it to provide all materials related to the procurement evaluation and decision announced in June. "We believe the ministry's evaluation of the competitors was fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet," said Boeing vice president Debbie Rub. In May Boeing challenged the Danish government's...
  • US adds F-15 to $38 billion military aid package for Israel

    09/14/2016 10:11:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 15 SEPTEMBER, 2016 | LEIGH GIANGRECO
    US and Israeli diplomats announced the largest military assistance package in US history on 14 September in a $38 billion, 10-year package that will deliver an assortment of American-designed weapon systems, including Lockheed Martin F-35 and Boeing F-15 fighters to Tel Aviv. The agreement, which takes effect on 1 October 2018, pledges $38 billion to Israel over the next decade, including $33 billion in foreign military financing funds and $5 billion for missile defense, US national security advisor Susan Rice said. In a surprise move, Rice added to the F-15E to the mix of weapon systems on the agenda for...
  • With Rafale, A Game-Changer Missile That Puts India Ahead Of China: Exclusive

    09/14/2016 9:55:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    NDTV ^ | September 15, 2016 | Vishnu Som
    NEW DELHI: As India and France get set to sign a Euro 7.87 billion contract for 36 French Rafale fighters, details are emerging on a previously undisclosed part of the deal, which will see India acquiring the Meteor, arguably the world's most advanced air-to-air missile. Sources tracking the final negotiations have confirmed to NDTV that the IAF's Rafales will come equipped with the Meteor designed to knock out enemy aircraft and cruise missiles significantly more than 100 km away. The acquisition of this weapon is likely to be game changer in South Asia. Neither Pakistan nor China, India's traditional military...
  • Aust warships to be inferior to US vessels

    09/14/2016 4:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AAP ^ | September 14, 2016
    Delays with new air warfare destroyers, the navy's most complex and expensive warships, mean they will go to sea inferior to comparable US vessels. A new study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says that's because US warships are being equipped with the latest version of the Aegis combat system, which features greatly enhanced capabilities including ballistic missile defence. ASPI analyst James Mugg said defence was aware of this shortcoming and had scheduled an upgrade for the three vessels between 2017 and 2028, at an an eye watering estimated price of $4-5 billion. That's around half the cost of building...