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  • Capability jump: IAF looks to buy fifth-generation F-35 fighter

    02/14/2018 9:36:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 14, 2018 | Ajai Shukla
    In what would be a huge capability jump, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is increasingly interested in procuring the American F-35 Lightning II for its depleting fighter fleet. Business Standard learns the IAF top brass is formally requesting for a classified briefing by the F-35’s prime builder, Lockheed Martin, on the capabilities of the sophisticated, fifth-generation fighter developed under the US Joint Strike Fighter programme. The US government has not formally offered the F-35 to India. A classified briefing would require formal clearance from the US Department of Defence (the Pentagon) and the State Department. The grant of such a...
  • TKMS Cut 1st Steel of First Israeli Navy Saar 6 Corvette

    02/14/2018 9:02:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 13 FEBRUARY 2018
    The steel cutting ceremony for the first Saar 6 (Sa'ar 6) corvette ordered by Israel at the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) shipyard in Kiel, Germany on February 7, 2018. The low key ceremony (no media representatives were admitted) took place in presence of the chief of the Israeli Navy, Admiral Eli Sharvit, and German Navy inspector Vice-admiral Andreas Krause. infographics on the Saar 6 Speaking during the Israel Air Force ceremony on December 25th 2014, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel ordered four new patrol vessels from Germany: "Today, I am pleased to announce that three days ago,...
  • F-35B jets eyed to defend remote isles/Fighters also mulled for MSDF’s Izumo ship (Japan)

    02/12/2018 10:12:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | February 12, 2018
    The government is considering operating F-35B fighter jets from about fiscal 2026, in an effort to utilize airports on remote islands and thereby improve the nation’s capability to defend the isles, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. Considered the most advanced stealth fighters, F-35Bs are currently operated by the U.S. military based in Japan. The Japanese government is also eyeing the operation of the fighters on Izumo, the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest-class destroyer and which Tokyo is considering remodeling into an aircraft carrier, according to government sources. The government has decided to introduce 42 F-35A fighter jets — which are capable...
  • Air Force to upgrade capabilities according to needs, threats (Taiwan considering F-15, F-18?)

    02/12/2018 10:08:34 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    FOCUS TAIWAN ^ | 2018/02/13 | Lu Hsin-hui and Kuan-lin Liu
    Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force sidestepped speculation Tuesday that it is looking to purchase F-15 or F-18 fighter aircraft from the U.S., saying only that plans to bolster defense capabilities will depend on present combat needs and perceived future threats. On Sunday, Taiwanese news website Up Media reported that the Air Force is planning to purchase the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet to strengthen its defense capabilities and counter China's Russia-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft. The report said Taiwan and the U.S. have had preliminary discussions about the purchase, and retired models such...
  • Sukhois sizzle in Singapore

    02/12/2018 8:28:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | February 11, 2018 | HARIS HUSSAIN
    ‘FAB’ hauls his gargantuan Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker into a gentle left turn, plugs the ‘burners for some airspeed and levels off before pulling back on the stick and grabbing sky like a moon-bound Saturn V. Outside, vortices stream from the multirole fighter’s canard foreplanes as moisture is literally squeezed from the humid Singapore air. The humidity is a God-send for those looking for some spectacular ‘vapes’. “One thousand… two thousand… three thousand…” The minute the count reaches “Four thousand…”, Lt Col Faisal Abu Bakar, callsign Fab, kicks left rudder and grunts inside his Ulmer Su30 UECT 82VB oxygen mask as...
  • China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet lines up for combat duty, boosting firepower in the sky

    02/09/2018 8:04:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | February 9, 2018 | Kristin Huang
    China’s J-20 stealth fighter has entered combat service, the country’s armed forces confirmed on Friday, expanding the military’s air power options as it presses on with a massive modernisation programme. People’s Liberation Army Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said the deployment of the J-20 to combat units would “help the air force better shoulder the sacred mission of safeguarding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity”. Shen said the air force was moving towards a modernised military service that could operate in all fronts, and had become an effective force to control, contain and win a war. The fighter jet officially...
  • With high-tech warships, Navy readies to guard gas fields from Hezbollah, Hamas

    02/09/2018 7:51:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5 February 2018 | JUDAH ARI GROSS
    A computer graphic rendering of a Sa'ar 6 corvette, which is currently being constructed for the Israeli Navy in Germany. (Israel Defense Forces) The Israeli Navy is charged with defending the country’s territorial waters, an area that is twice as large as the state itself and is becoming increasingly crowded with highly lucrative natural gas fields and shipping lanes, and it needs help. For Israel’s enemies these naval sites are “preferred targets,” and both the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon and — to a lesser extent — Hamas in Gaza have the capabilities to threaten them, a senior Israeli...
  • It's Back To The Future For U.S. F-15C Eagles And Conformal Fuel Tanks

    02/09/2018 8:09:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Boeing posted an image today of a Louisiana Air National Guard F-15C wearing a pair of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs). The tanks are part of a new initiative to give the F-15C fleet more gas and weapons carrying capability in order to execute what the Air National Guard calls future "persistent air dominance missions." The 159th Fighter Wing "Bayou Militia" is the first unit to receive the tanks for testing and evaluation. Boeing's Randy Jackson stated the following in an email to the The War Zone: "The first flight with the tanks was achieved in just 10 months after the...
  • China plans sea-based anti-missile shields ‘for Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean

    02/09/2018 7:23:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 08 February, 2018 | Minnie Chan
    China is developing sea-based anti-missile systems and plans to deploy them in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean, according to military experts. The assessment came as Beijing announced it had carried out a successful test of its ground-based mid-course defence system on Monday. Testing of the anti-ballistic missile system that could shield China from a ballistic missile attack is part of efforts to catch up with the top nuclear nations with anti-missile technology, the United States and Russia. China previously carried out tests of the system in 2010 and 2013. Beijing is also working on a sea-based system for the Asia-Pacific...
  • The Super Hind Mk.III Could Be the Best Mi-24 Ever

    02/09/2018 7:16:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 6, 2018 | Tom Cooper
    Some 50 air forces and air arms around the world operate different variants of the famous Mil Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter. Market for upgrades of this type is therefore huge – and the competition is correspondingly fierce. The best-known upgrades for Mi-24s are offered by different Russian and Czech companies, but also by the Israeli Aircraft Industries, WZL in Poland and SAGEM in France. However, one of the least-well-known yet biggest and most successful upgrades of Mi-24s ever was launched by the South African company called Advanced Technologies and Engineering. The Super Hind upgrade in question resulted in spectacular modifications...
  • Armed Black Hawk Completes Qualification

    02/09/2018 7:10:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | February 6, 2018 | David Donald
    The UAE is the launch customer for Sikorsky's armed Black Hawk. Sikorsky (a unit of Lockheed Martin, Chalet CS02) has completed the six-year development and qualification program for its weaponization kit, tailored for the S-70i/UH-60M Black Hawk. The qualification involved around two years of live firing trials conducted at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Using the Black Hawk’s existing digital avionics, the kit allows a range of weaponry to be launched and fired, including precision-guided Hellfire missiles and laser-guided rockets. The system also provides accurate aiming for unguided weapons such as Hydra 70 rockets carried in seven- or 19-round...
  • ‘A world of difference’: How RSAF’s first fighter jet compares to its current warplanes (Singapore)

    02/09/2018 6:25:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 04 Feb 2018 | Aqil Haziq Mahmud
    The Hawker Hunter (top) and F-15SG. (Photo: Mindef) SINGAPORE: Back in the day, a bombing run with the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) earliest fighter jet, the Hawker Hunter, meant first completing a math exercise. Before setting off, pilots would bury themselves in charts and tables, manually calculating the perfect trajectory for the bomb drop. They must consider the day’s wind and humidity, then figure out how high the aircraft should fly and how much it will drift. Once airborne, they intentionally aim off target and release the bomb. “One degree off your dive angle and the bomb will...
  • Russia's Concorde: Putin proposes supersonic civilian aircraft based on its Tu-160 bomber

    01/29/2018 8:01:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 25 January 2018 | Will Stewart
    Vladimir Putin today vowed to create a son of Concordski - a jinxed Soviet airliner now in the scrapyard - to fly VIPs around the world. He is basing his ambitious vision of new luxury passenger high speed jet on the fearsome Tu-160 nuclear bomber which sends shivers throughout the West. The Kremlin leader wants a civilian version of the long range strategic bomber to earn roubles to support the low-flying Russian economy. The Tu-144, nicknamed Concordski and made by Tupolev, became a laughing stock in the Soviet era, and never rivalled the Anglo-French Concorde which had a successful lifespan...
  • Israeli Air Force Leaning Toward Upgraded F-15 Over F-35 for Next Fighter Jet Acquisition

    01/29/2018 7:52:44 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan 29, 2018 | Amos Harel
    An Israeli Air Force F-15 on an exercise. Ilan Assayag The Israel Air Force is to decide in a few months between purchasing a third squadron of F-35 fighter jets or the F-15I, which, while less advanced, has other advantages. The acquisition requires the approval of the General Staff and a ministerial committee, but the recommendation of the air force generally carries the day. IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, who reportedly is leaning toward the F-15, is to submit a recommendation in May. Israel and the United States agreed last year on the purchase of 50 F-35 fighters, two...
  • Why America’s stealth jet forces should fear China’s new unarmed eye in the sky

    01/24/2018 8:52:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 24 January, 2018 | Kristin Huang
    China is developing a surveillance plane designed to be launched from the country’s newest aircraft carrier and fitted with a radar system to spot enemy stealth jets, military observers say. State media confirmed for the first time on Monday that China was building its first carrier-borne early-warning plane called the KJ-600. The announcement comes as the United States has deployed F-35 stealth jets to bases in Japan and other parts of the Asia-Pacific over the last year, challenging China’s air defences in the region. Chinese military observers said the KJ-600 would be fitted with an advanced active electronically scanned array,...
  • Boeing-Embraer Deal Could Affect Brazilian Air Force Fighter Jet

    01/23/2018 9:40:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Folha de S.Paulo ^ | 1/23/2018 | IGOR GIELOW FROM SÃO PAULO
    Swedish airplane manufacturer Saab could cancel its contract to supply Gripen jet fighters to the Brazilian Air Force if it believes that an eventual tie-up between American company Boeing and Brazilian company Embraer could put technological secrets of its aircraft at risk. Folha has learned that this is the message that Saab is going to deliver on Tuesday (the 23rd) in a meeting scheduled with Defense Minister Raul Jungmann. The Swedish delegation will be headed up by the company's President, Hakan Buskhe. In 2013 the Swedish aircraft won a long running international competition against the French Dassault Rafale and the...
  • The French Navy Is Finally Retiring These Antique Helicopters After 55 Years of Service

    01/23/2018 7:54:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Drive ^ | January 22, 2018 | Joseph Trevithick
    USN The French Navy will reportedly retire the last of its Alouette III light helicopters after more than 55 years of service and at least a decade before its scheduled replacement arrives, as the Cold War-era helicopters have become a nightmare to maintain. The service plans to lease Airbus Helicopters AS365 Dauphins to fill the resulting gap until the European consortium's new H160 become available. French newspaper La Tribune first reported the decision on Jan. 19, 2018. At present, the French Navy’s aviation arm, or l'Aéronavale, has fewer than 20 of the aging Alouette IIIs, which first entered service in...
  • Pentagon To Sell-Off Its AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter Fleet

    01/23/2018 7:50:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | January 19, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg—Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Co The Department of Defense plans on putting its surplus fleet of AH-1W Super Cobras up for sale on the international arms market. The news comes as the USMC continues to outfit its light attack helicopter squadrons with new-build AH-1Z "Viper" derivatives of the Bell design, which traces its roots directly to the iconic UH-1 Iroquois/Huey. A recent business opportunity posting over at describes the need for flight and maintenance training, sustainment, and refitting "Whisky Cobras" with new commercially available off-the-shelf avionics upgrades in preparation for foreign transfers of the type...
  • Lockheed Martin Studying Integration of LRASM Anti-Ship Missile on USV Platforms

    01/23/2018 7:42:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 22 JANUARY 2018
    At the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) 2017 National Symposium held last year, Lockheed Martin was showcasing a Mark VI patrol boat scale model fitted with an erectable launcher for four missiles at its stern. This conceptual model was representative of an unmanned Mark VI patrol boat fitted with LRASM next generation anti ship missiles. Conceptual scale model of a Mark VI fitted with 4x LRASM anti-ship missiles on Lockheed Martin stand at SNA 2017 Lockheed Martin representatives told Navy Recognition at the time (SNA 2017), that the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to study the...
  • Chinese Regime Races for Naval Supremacy, Building 8 Cruisers While US Builds None

    01/18/2018 8:17:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 17, 2018 | Paul Huang
    In this photo released by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the first Type 055 destroyer (classified by Western sources as cruiser) is being launched in Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard on June 28, 2017. China is reportedly building at least 5 and possibly up to 8 Type 055s. (PLAN) The Chinese regime has been challenging U.S. military supremacy for years with an all-out military buildup. The construction of multiple ships of a class of large, high-tech naval cruisers may signal an altering of the balance of power in Asian waters, and is a harbinger of increased global competition between the two...