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  • Indian attack helicopter crosses crucial hurdle

    07/03/2015 11:02:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Business Standard ^ | June 27, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Over the last week the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), designed and built in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), moved a crucial step closer to operational service by successfully completing a set of gruelling trials in the desert areas around Jodhpur. These were the LCH's "hot weather flight trials", designed to check whether it could meet its performance requirements even in blazing temperatures, with oxygen in short supply. HAL pilots proved their helicopter's ability to meet its performance specifications, handling qualities and loads, even at low speeds when a helicopter engine is gasping for air. In February, the LCH had...
  • In defence of the F-35: Why future air combat will be different

    07/03/2015 8:55:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Alan Tovey
    Air combat is advancing at such a pace and about to head in a new direction that reports of a hi-tech F-35 fighter “losing” a simulated dogfight to a 1970s-design F-16 are irrelevant to the new stealth jet’s future, according to an ex-RAF group captain. The advanced systems and sensors aboard the F-35 mean its pilots will fly and fight in a new way, and the jet should not be measured using the same standards as older fighters, according to Andrew Linstead, who spent 27 years in the RAF flying in Tornados. His comments came after a test pilot’s report...
  • Here's how many planes the Royal Air Force has available to fight Isil

    07/03/2015 8:42:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Asa Bennett
    Britain could soon be launching air strikes against Isil in Syria within months. But as the defence budget won't be spared from the government's spending cuts drive, how easily could the RAF handle making this extra intervention? Using official figures, compiled by the Royal United Services Institute, we get a sense of how many planes Britain's air force has available to be called in for action at short notice. Some planes may not be immediately available for action though, being tied up in other engagements, or in other cases being repaired and upgraded. Here's how these planes break down in...
  • Uniquely Singapore ship is smarter, faster, sharper

    07/03/2015 11:40:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Ministry of Defence, Singapore ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Benita Teo
    There's a new ship on the horizon. And its name is Independence. The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) commemorated the launch of its newest ship, the first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Independence. Held at the Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) yard on 3 Jul, the launching ceremony was officiated by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. The LMV was launched by Mrs Ivy Ng, wife of Dr Ng. Addressing the guests at the ceremony, Dr Ng reiterated the RSN’s role in protecting Singapore's sea lines of communication, which are vital for the nation's economic well-being. He said: "It was...
  • Russia's Once-Mighty Fighter Jet Firm MiG Struggling as Rivals Make Gains

    07/03/2015 10:32:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 02 2015 | Matthew Bodner
    Once one of the world's most famous aircraft designers, Russia's MiG aircraft company has fallen on hard times. Though MiG aircraft continue to populate almost 30 world air forces, the firm has not won a major design competition or aircraft tender in its post-Soviet history. Russia is the world's second-largest arms exporter after the United States, and its aircraft companies made up a substantial $4.4 billion of the country's overall $13 billion in arms exports in 2014, according to data collected by defense industry consultancy IHS. Although MiG has been able to secure a chunk of these exports, its market...
  • Saab unveils superstealth 'ghost submarine' that is virtually invisible to enemies

    07/03/2015 10:17:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    mail Online ^ | 3 July 2015 | MARK PRIGG
    Saab has unveiled what it claims is the world's most advanced stealth submarine. The A26 sub is 207 feet long, and features a 'ghost mode' to make it virtually undetectable when underwater. It also features a unique pod that allows special forces divers to enter and exit the sub while it is underwater. The firm has already signed a $1 billion deal to build two of the new submarines for the Swedish Navy. 'Extreme stealth is at the heart of the Kockums A26 submarine,' the firm said. 'Sweden is unleashing its GHOST (Genuine HOlistic STealth) technology, thus making the Kockums...
  • Israel Upgrades Navy With German-Built Ships, Radar, Weapons Systems

    06/30/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 29 2015 | Tim Marcin
    The Israel Navy plans to bolster its combat fleet with the addition of German-built ships, along with radar and weapons systems. The process of attaining new radars and electronic warfare systems and adding them to ships will start as early as next year, reported Defense News on Sunday. The Israeli Navy completed a major deal, worth $480 million, to purchase four new German-built but Israeli-equipped Sa'ar-6 corvettes ships in May. The deal, which took five years to complete, allows for Israel to provide its own combat weapons suite, armament and subsystems. Germany also took on about one-third of the cost...
  • Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

    06/30/2015 5:50:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 81 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 06/29/2015 | DAVID AXE
    A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January. “The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.” The test pilot’s report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with...
  • Airbus Beats Boeing in Contract for South Korean Refuel Tankers

    06/30/2015 5:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2015 | JEYUP S. KWAAK & ROBERT WALL
    Airbus Group SE beat out Boeing Co. in a $1.33 billion race to supply South Korea with four aerial refueling tankers, dashing the U.S. plane maker’s hopes of securing the first foreign order for a program beleaguered by budget overruns and delays. A spokesman for South Korea’s main arms procurement agency said Tuesday it plans to buy four of Airbus’s refueling planes, called the A330 MRTT, for multirole tanker transport. The first delivery is due in 2019. The European plane maker’s bid became more attractive with euro weakening since the bids were submitted, the spokesman for South Korea’s Defense Acquisition...
  • Rivals in arms, in the sky (Russia's 2 attack helos)

    06/27/2015 5:21:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Russia & India Report ^ | June 26, 2015 | Alexander Korolkov
    Helicopters came into being after the major wars of the 20th century were fought. The helicopter had neither the altitude nor speed to work in either of the world wars fought in the last century. But the helicopter has come into its own, with a number of advantages over attack jet aircraft, as a means of battle support. Historic insight The Soviet Union built two attack helicopters in the 1980Â’s. Two Soviet design bureaus, Mil and Kamov, built them as a counter to the American AH-64. Test results till the end of the 80s showed the single-seater Ka-50, built on...
  • This 61-Year-Old Tank Still Fights Everywhere

    06/27/2015 5:14:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 06/26/2015 | S.K. AU-YEONG
    Like the AK-47 but for tanks, T-54 and T-55s endure on battlefields around the world. Simple to operate and maintain, these decades-old Soviet armored beasts are still popular in small nations and with non-state irregular forces — a true “people’s tank.” If a coup or fratricidal civil war breaks out in one of Moscow’s current or former beneficiaries, there’s good chances T-54 or T-55s are taking part. When Afghanistan collapsed in the 1990s, the Taliban and Northern Alliance coalition both inherited T-55s formerly belonging to the communist government. The tanks served in Yugoslavia’s multi-sided civil war during the same decade. Today, captured...
  • Farewell, mighty Prowler!

    06/25/2015 6:59:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Whidbey News-Times ^ | 06/25/2015 | DEBRA VAUGHN
    The EA-6B Prowler isn’t the fastest aircraft or the sexiest. A refueling probe on its nose and two bulging canopies over the cockpit give the jet the look of an overgrown metallic insect. But the Prowler’s ability to deliver a potent crotch kick to the enemy’s air defense systems made it an indispensable asset to the military for more than four decades. Since the aircraft was introduced at the end of the Vietnam War, it’s made significant contributions to every major conflict involving the United States. So important is the Prowler’s role in protecting other aircraft, ships and troops, no...
  • France fills the American arms void

    06/25/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 25/6/15 | OWEN DANIELS AND ROBBIE GRAMER
    The Dassault Rafale, France’s premier fighter jet, headlined the International Paris Air Show last week, showing off its state-of-the art maneuvers before a crowd of 300,000 defense industry leaders. While the air show ostensibly exhibited advances in aviation technology, France also brandished the Rafale as the centerpiece of major new diplomatic strides. Through a series of recent sales worth billions, most recently a $12 billion deal with Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday, the Rafale has become the backbone of Paris’s realpolitik economic diplomacy aimed at sustaining its global stature and capitalizing on recent rifts in the United States’ relations with its...
  • Thailand to buy 3 submarines from China

    06/25/2015 6:52:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | JUNE 26, 2015
    BANGKOK — The Thai navy has picked Chinese submarines costing 12 billion baht (S$447.5 million) each to be commissioned in the force, a source on the procurement committee says. The majority of the 17-strong committee voted to buy three Chinese submarines, saying it was the “best value for money”. The rest were split between submarines from Germany and South Korea. The navy also received offers from Russia, Sweden and France. The source said China beat other competitors as it offered subs equipped with superior weaponry and technology. Its subs are also able to stay underwater longer. Deputy Prime Minister and...
  • Exposure: Will the flight range of the F-35 be extended in the Israeli version?

    06/24/2015 5:53:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    IsraelDefense ^ | 24/06/2015 | Amir Rapaport
    Lockheed Martin and the IAF are in negotiations to examine the possibility of extending the flight range of the Israeli version of the future fighter aircraft F-35 by 30%. The issues was discussed during the Paris Air Show, attended by a delegation of senior representatives of Lockheed Martin (who arrived in Israel this week for another round of talks). At the same time, it is known that a team of the IAF is currently in Fort Worth, Texas, to work on the aircraft, in preparation for its arrival in Israel at the end of 2016. According to current knowledge, Israel...
  • Germany’s Bundeswehr Receives First New Generation Puma Armored Vehicles

    06/24/2015 5:27:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Germany’s unified armed forces received its first production of Puma armored infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV) on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Unterluss Proving Ground. The Puma has a baseline weight of 31.45 tons, allowing it to be lifted by an Airbus A400M transport, according to IHS Jane. When fitted with its armor package, the vehicle weighs up to 43 tons. The vehicle is also equipped with a remote-controlled turret (RCT) armed with a 30 mm Mauser MK 30-2 cannon, and a 5.56 mm MG4 co-axial machine gun. These weapons are operated by a computerized day/night fire control system that...
  • DCNS Transfers the FREMM Tahya Misr to the Egyptian Navy (French warship)

    06/24/2015 5:23:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    DCNS ^ | June 23, 2015
    LORIENT, France --- On Tuesday, 23 June a ceremony took place to transfer the FREMM Tahya Misr to the Egyptian flag, a major step for the continuation of the training of the crew and seal trials. The ceremony took place in presence of General Sedki Sobhy, the Ministry of Defense of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Ministry of Defense, Admiral Osama Rabie, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Navy, Admiral Bernard Rogel, the French Chief of Navy and Hervé Guillou, Chairman & CEO of DCNS. This important event marked the transfer of ownership of the...
  • British Pilot Becomes the First to Test F-35B Ski-Jump Launch

    06/24/2015 4:55:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | June 23, 2015
    LONDON — BAE Systems Test Pilot Pete “Wizzer” Wilson became the first pilot to launch the Lockheed Martin F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing variant of the Lightning II from a ski-jump, BAE Systems said in a June 23 release. The launch took place at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on June 19 from a land-based ski jump and marks the start of an initial testing phase expected to last two weeks. The trials demonstrate the aircraft’s ability to take off safely and effectively from a ski-jump ramp similar to that which will be used on the United Kingdom’s new...
  • India keen on new ‘Shtil-1’ SAMs for Navy

    06/23/2015 5:02:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | June 23, 2015
    India has shown interest in buying the new Shtil-1 naval surface to air missile (SAM) systems, being installed on frigates 11356 project, Maxim Kuzyuk, Tekhnodinamika General Director, told RIA Novosti. "Now everyone is waiting for the state testing of the first ship of the ‘Admiral series’ (project 11356) to be complete. That is when the new SAM will be accepted into service with the Russian Navy, after which it will be possible to deliver it overseas. Today India has shown interest in acquiring the new Shtil. We are discussing deliveries as part of the upgrade of old vessels and the...
  • Why Don't The Newest US Air Force F-16s Use These High-Tech Fuel Tanks?

    06/23/2015 4:57:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 6/22/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    Fuel is the ever-present specter that looms over every pilot. It’s great when you have enough of it, and terrifying when you don’t. This is especially true for notoriously fuel hungry tactical fighters. Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) have become an increasingly popular way to add range to existing fighter designs, such as the F-16, without making a large impact on the jet’s speed and agility. Many overseas operators utilize CFTs on block 50/52 and later Vipers, but why don’t America’s late model F-16s have a similar luxury? Conformal Fuel Tanks are not just the domain of late model F-16s, the...
  • F-35B Completes First Release of a U.K. Paveway IV Bomb

    06/19/2015 8:20:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | June 19, 2015
    WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II program made aviation history June 12 as Royal Air Force (RAF) Test Pilot Squadron Leader Andy Edgell released two inert 500-pound dual mode Paveway IV precision-guided bombs over the Atlantic Test Ranges, the U.S. Navy reported. The inaugural weapons separation test of the Paveway IV conducted by the F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River, Md., Integrated Test Force (ITF) was a major milestone for the U.K. Royal Navy and RAF F-35 program. The test brought together the multi-role short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter and the Paveway IV — an advanced weapon...
  • Canada accepts first six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones

    06/19/2015 7:46:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 19/06/2015 | JAMES DREW
    The Royal Canadian Air Force has accepted delivery of its first six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone maritime patrol helicopters, marking a major step forward for the Sea King replacement programme that has a “torturous history”. Two more helicopters are due to arrive at the Shearwater operating base in Nova Scotia this December, and the full tranche of 28 Cyclones will be in place by 2021, Canadian defence minister Jason Kenney said at a ceremony 19 June. The first six choppers arrive amid a hurricane of displeasure in Canada over the handling of the various Sea King replacement efforts, the latest of...
  • France Gave Advanced Shipbuilding Techniques to Russia Before Mistral Deal Frozen

    06/19/2015 10:43:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jun. 18 2015 | Matthew Bodner
    France transferred several pieces of advanced technology and know-how to Russian shipbuilders before the Mistral warship deal was put on ice following Western sanctions, a news report said Thursday. “According to the contract between the Russian Defense Ministry and France's DCNS [shipbuilding company] there are three types of technology that were transferred,” said Alexei Diky, the director of military-industrial cooperation at Russia's massive state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), RIA Novosti reported. Under the 1.2 billion euro ($1.4 billion) deal, signed in 2011, France was to build two Mistral-class helicopter assault ships for Russia and transfer shipbuilding expertise to the Russian...
  • Neutral Sweden, arms pedlar extraordinaire

    06/19/2015 10:34:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 19/6/15 | ELISABETH BRAW
    Peter Hultqvist, Sweden’s defense minister since last October, maintains a hectic schedule trying to supply his pared-down armed forces with enough equipment, manpower, and skills to mount a credible defense against a certain neighbor across the Baltic Sea. And earlier this month, the affable minister traveled to India on a different mission: promoting Sweden’s JAS Gripen fighter jet to the Indian government, which had seemed more keen on France’s Rafele as it looks to boost its air force. “What’s happening with regards to a Sweden-India fighter jet deal right now is that there are talks,” explains Sam Perlo-Freeman, head of...
  • JF-17 Secures First Confirmed Export Deal, But To Whom?

    06/17/2015 6:27:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Forecast International ^ | June 15, 2015
    NEWTOWN, Conn. --- According to media reports coming out of the first day of the Paris Air Show, the Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder jet fighter has secured its first confirmed export deal with an unnamed Asian country. The lead sales and marketing official for the JF-17, Pakistan's Air Commodore Khalid Mahmood, declined to specify the customer and number of aircraft ordered due to client request, divulging only that deliveries will begin in 2017. This prompts the natural question: Who is the buyer? To begin with only a handful of countries in the Asia-Pacific Rim region procure military hardware from...
  • FelxIS – A Missile That is More Than the Sum of its Parts

    06/17/2015 6:25:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 14, 2015
    MBDA is introducing today at the Paris Air Show a new, modular approach to missile design, as part of its traditional ‘Concept Vision’ theme. The new design dubbed ‘FlexIS’ is designed in standard diameters and comprises a common bus and flight control system, modular, contactless interface linking the seeker bay in the front and modular processor bank, providing the missile’s brain, located at the center. The rear part is also modular, accepting a variety of propulsion modules – miniature turbojet, single or dual pulse rocket with different propellant capacity supporting a broad range of applications. Different warheads can be used,...
  • Sagem Hammer Could Arm Hercules (French weapon for C-130)

    06/17/2015 1:28:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | June 17, 2015 | David Donald
    Sagem’s AASM (armament air-sol modulaire) rocket-boosted weapon family, also known as the Hammer, is being proposed as armament for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The weapon would be carried on a rack that fits under the wing pylon of the C-130 in a quick installation that requires no intrusive modifications. Nor does it require integration with the aircraft’s navigation system. Known as SSA-1101 Gerfaut, the rack system is the brainchild of the AA/ROK company, which specializes in developing advanced defense technologies. Pylon and weapons rack specialist Rafaut joined the team, supplying its AUF2 twin-launcher that is in routine use on the...
  • Both active and effective: A short history of Indian Special Ops

    06/13/2015 7:52:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | June 11, 2015 | Praveen Swami
    The dawn would have illuminated the pools of blood, as the villagers emerged to count their dead. For all of the night of February 24, 2000, residents of the hamlet of Lanjote had bunkered down, hoping not to be hit by artillery fire arcing across the LoC. The 16 bodies on the streets, though, bore evidence of the precision savagery of the knife, not the shell: 90-year-old Mohammad Alam Wali, and a young couple, Mohammad Murtaza and Kali Begum, had been decapitated. Limbs were severed; heads hacked. The youngest victim, Ahmad Niaz, was just two. With deliberation, it seemed, the...
  • Hungarian Pilot Punches Out Of His Saab Gripen During Emergency Landing

    06/13/2015 7:44:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    The Hungarian Air Force had its second Saab JAS 39 Gripen crash in less than a month. The latest accident three days ago was caused by the malfunctioning landing gear, which led the pilot to make an emergency landing. He stayed with the jet as long as possible, only ejecting as the stricken fighter tipped on its side, careening down the runway. During ejection, the pilot’s malfunctioning seat put him in hospital with a vertebral fracture. Squadron leader Sándor Kádár had hit the ground pretty hard since his seat didn’t detach after leaving the cockpit, weighing down his parachute by...
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Unveiled 30FF or DEX Next Generation Vessel Concept for the JMSDF

    06/12/2015 7:06:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 June 2015
    In its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) unveiled a new surface combatant concept. Not much information is available but this new concept may be MHI's vision for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) next generation 3000 tons class Frigate known as "30FF" or FFX. MHI surface combatant vessel concept revealed in its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" could be the JMSDF future 3000 tons class frigate known as "30FF". Source: MHI The MHI briefing document explains that this concept vessel is being designed to answer the new needs from the JMSDF for "compact"...
  • Germany set to buy four multi-role warships

    06/12/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 9, 2015
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has a budget of around 4 billion euros (2.9 billion pounds) to buy four new multi-role combat ships and plans to issue a tender open to European firms, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday. The new MKS 180 warships are expected to be delivered from 2023. They are intended to be capable of attacking targets on land and underwater, and providing aerial protection to other vessels in a range of 20 km (12 miles). A ministry source said German firms, notably Luerssen, would be well placed to compete for the contract. The defence...
  • F-16 Durability Testing: 25,000 Hours and Counting

    06/12/2015 6:52:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | June 11, 2015
    FORT WORTH --- Lockheed Martin recently completed 25,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft, demonstrating the safety and durability of the F-16 well beyond the aircraft’s original design service life of 8,000 Equivalent Flight Hours (EFH). Further testing is being conducted to identify a definitive, safe flight hour limit for the aircraft. The F-16 Full Scale Durability Test (FSDT) applies stress to the aircraft’s structure to represent actual aircraft usage and identify potential fatigue issues. FSDT results will be used to help design and verify Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) structural modifications for the U.S....
  • World’s Most Sophisticated Bomb Ready for Production

    06/12/2015 6:48:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    AIN online ^ | June 12, 2015 | Chris Pocock
    A brace of Raytheon small diameter bombs hang from a U.S. Air Force F-15E. The Strike Eagle will be the first operational platform for the second edition SDB II. After a six-month delay caused by a couple of test failures, the world’s most sophisticated air-launched bomb is back on track. The Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II passed the Pentagon’s Milestone C review last month, and will soon enter low-rate initial production. The SDB II has a ”tri-mode” seeker that allows simultaneous attacks in adverse weather and against moving targets at up to 40 nm range, from a subsonic launch...
  • Ukrainian Engines Get the Boot From Russian Navy, Home Grown Preferred

    06/09/2015 6:30:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – New Russian Navy destroyers, originally intended to be equipped with Ukrainian gas turbine engines (GTE), will receive Russian-made engines exceeding the Ukrainian analogues, a United Shipbuilding Corporation spokesman told RIA Novosti on Monday. "The first three patrol ships of the project 11356 and the first two ships of the project 22350 are already equipped with GTEs manufactured in Ukraine. Subsequent ships of both projects will be equipped with Russian-made power units with characteristics superior to Ukrainian GTEs," the spokesman said. He added that the modernization of existing Russian GTEs has begun and will be finished in late...
  • CHINA'S GETTING READY TO TURN ON ASIA'S BIGGEST WARSHIP

    06/05/2015 10:13:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 06/04/2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Type 055 Cruiser Mockup A.man via Sinodefense Forum By April 2015, about a year after its public debut, the Type 055 cruiser mockup in Wuhan has a new coat of PLAN gray, as well as installation of the ESM mast. Scaffolding on the farside of the bridge module suggests that progress is being made on installing the Type 346 radar. The Type 055 cruiser test rig in Wuhan is well on its way to opening for business. Built to test the Type 055's sophisticated electronics and integrated stealth mast, the mockup now has major electronic sensors and systems installed, along...
  • Vietnam Seeks Western Warplanes to Counter Potential Chinese Threat

    06/05/2015 10:05:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 05, 2015
    SINGAPORE: Vietnam is in talks with European and US contractors to buy fighter jets, maritime patrol planes and unarmed drones, sources said, as it looks to beef up its aerial defences in the face of China's growing assertiveness in disputed waters. The battle-hardened country has already taken possession of three Russian-built Kilo-attack submarines and has three more on order as part of a $2.6 billion deal agreed in 2009. Upgrading its air force would give Vietnam one of the most potent militaries in Southeast Asia. The previously unreported aircraft discussions have involved Swedish defence contractor Saab , European consortium Eurofighter,...
  • Russia developing aircraft carrier with no world analogs

    06/03/2015 9:52:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | June 2, 2015
    Russia’s defense and industrial sector is developing a promising aircraft carrier for the Navy worth up to $5.6 billion, which has no analogs in the world, Northern Fleet Commander, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said on Monday. The new aircraft carrier will enable the Russian Navy to operate more effectively, the admiral said, referring to the developments by the Krylov Research State Center in St. Petersburg but gave no estimates for the new ship. The center’s developments are known under the codename Project 23000E Storm. "Considering that the Northern Fleet forces perform a great variety of missions in the distant Oceanic zone,...
  • Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension

    06/03/2015 3:02:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 2, 2015
    HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam took delivery of two new missile boats on Tuesday made locally and modeled on Russian vessels, the latest move by its military to strengthen maritime defenses as tensions simmer over sovereignty in the South China Sea. The two Tarantul-class corvettes, known as Molniyas, are equipped with 16 missiles and automatic weapons and are among six ordered by the navy, two of which were delivered last year. The missiles have a range of 130 kilometers. The announcement was carried on the Vietnamese government's news website and comes amid diplomatic rumblings over land reclamation work by rival claimants...
  • Updated: Navy Researching Firing Mach 3 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

    06/02/2015 6:32:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 2, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    CORRECTION: This post has been updated to include a new statement from Naval Sea Systems Command that changes one previously given to USNI News revising the planned speed of hyper velocity projectile fired from a Mk 45 naval gun from Mach 5 to Mach 3. The U.S. Navy’s deck guns could take on new relevance if ongoing tests to fire a guided round at three times the speed of sound from their muzzles are successful, USNI News has learned. Using rounds initially designed for the service’s emerging electromagnetic railgun, Naval Sea Systems Command are now in early testing phases of...
  • U.S. Defense Firms Falter in Asia

    06/01/2015 6:23:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | TREFOR MOSS
    SINGAPORE—Surging military spending across Asia has made it the world’s second-biggest region for such spending over the past decade, but U.S. companies, the biggest sellers of military equipment, are struggling to take full advantage of that growth, even as revenues back home stagnate. Demand in Asia for defense equipment—and calls for greater U.S. military involvement—have grown as China’s display of military might in the South China Sea intensifies regional tensions. Total global spending on defense in 2014 was $1.719 trillion, of which Asia and Oceania contributed $423 billion, or 25%, behind only North America’s $596 billion, according to the Stockholm...
  • Break up the RAF and stop buying British

    06/01/2015 5:46:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Jun 2015 | Lewis Page
    It’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) time again, in which we follow the new custom of making all defence policy shortly after an election without debate – thereby humanely relieving ministers of any need to justify their actions. Things are dire in the Armed Forces. The RAF is down to embarrassingly few operational bombers and has no submarine-hunting planes at all. The Army is yet again stripping itself of soldiers. The Navy is shortly to receive aircraft carriers, but they can carry only vertical-lift jets. We used to have some of those, but we got rid of them in...
  • Carter to face Indian demand for engine technology

    05/31/2015 10:19:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Business Standard ^ | June 1, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    The US-India defence relationship needs an engine to drive it, say leaders on both sides. But there are different perceptions on what that engine might be. Americans believe the engine should be the "Defence Trade and Technology Initiative" (DTTI), a high-level committee of officials from both sides that moots projects for working together, and removes bureaucratic roadblocks. In January, when President Barack Obama met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, they "emphasised the ongoing importance of the (DTTI) in developing new areas of technology cooperation", according to a joint statement issued at that time. Indian officials are focused on...
  • Why China’s Air Force Needs Russia's SU-35

    05/31/2015 10:12:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 01, 2015 | Jesse Sloman and Lauren Dickey
    Last April, Chinese airplane manufacturer Shenyang Aircraft Corporation surprised military observers by test flying its new J-11D fighter jet, an upgraded version of the J-11, China’s indigenous copy of the Russian Su-27. The D-model J-11 is believed to include such advanced features as an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a relocated infrared search and track (IRST) system, and the expanded use of composite materials to reduce the plane’s weight and radar signature. This first flight indicates that the J-11D is further along in its development cycle than many experts predicted and is poised to provide a new and deadly...
  • French Defense Minister: 8 FREMM For The Navy Followed by 5 New Generation FTI Frigates

    05/29/2015 7:08:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 29 May 2015
    French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian detailed the naval part of the update to the French Military Planning Law today on a naval base in Brittany. The French Navy will receive 8 FREMM Frigates in total (while 11 of them were originally planned) and a new generation of frigates: the FTI (Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire or Midsize Frigate) which will start being delivered in 2023 for a total of 5 hulls. French Navy FREMM Frigate Provence arrives to Toulon naval base for the first time. Picture: Y.Bisson©Marine Nationale French Defense Minister explained during his speech today that the delivery of...
  • Stealth Ability Neutralized! Russia’s T-50 Jetfighter to Rule the Skies (Brag Alert)

    05/29/2015 6:18:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    An active defense system developed for Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 jetfighter is also able to neutralize enemy planes’ stealth capability, RIA Novosti reported Friday, citing the press service of the Himalaya system’s designers, the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern [KRET]. The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is ready to go into production next year, and boasts innovative technology which renders the pilot one part of the plane’s control system. “The PAK FA is already to some degree a flying robot, where the aviator fulfils the function not only of pilot, but is actually one of the constituent parts of...
  • UK Based F-15Es Flew A Secret Long-Range Mission Over Africa On Monday

    05/29/2015 6:15:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/27/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    A pair of RAF Lakenheath based USAF F-15E Strike Eagles that were bristling with live bombs and air-to-air missiles, along five KC-135R tankers, flew on a secretive and grueling 12 hour mission over the Southern Mediterranean on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day. Multiple radio interceptors and plane spotters state that four F-15E’s, callsigns ABLE 01 through 04, took off from their home base at RAF Lakenheath laden with yellow banded (live) AIM-9M sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAMS and no less than seven 500lb Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). These aircraft were accompanied by five KC-135Rs tankers, callsign QUID 91 through 95, that...
  • Embraer Delivers First Upgraded A-4 Skyhawk to Brazilian Navy

    05/29/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    AIN online ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chris Pocock
    Officials from Embraer and the Brazilian Navy line up in front of the first modernized A-4 Skyhawk during delivery ceremony. In a ceremony at Gavião Peixoto on May 26, Embraer Defense and Security delivered the first of 12 A-4 Skyhawk combat jets that it is modernizing for the Brazilian Navy. Originally built by McDonnell Douglas, and nicknamed ‘the Scooter,’ the Skyhawk is designated AF-1 by the Brazilians. Embraer will upgrade nine AF-1 single-seaters and three AF-1A two-seaters to the AF-1B configuration for service on the Navy’s aircraft carrier, the NAe Sao Paulo. “This is the first contract for systems integration...
  • Putin made decision to revive production of Tu-160M strategic bomber — Air Force commander

    05/28/2015 4:46:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | 28/05/2015
    Russia’s Air Force will purchase at least 50 Tu-160M strategic bombers, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Gen.Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday. "The supreme commander [president of Russia - TASS] and the Russian defense minister have taken a decision on reviving production of the Tu-160M aircraft [NATO reporting name: Blackjack]," he stressed. The industry "has confirmed its possibilities" on restarting the production of these bombers, he said. "The production of the aircraft will be restarted. To cover all the outlay of the production, at least 50 aircraft will be purchased in course of time," Bondarev said. The decision on reviving...
  • Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

    05/26/2015 6:27:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 26, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    During the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis (1995–96), United States naval dominance was demonstrated through the deployment of two carrier battle groups as a show of force within 100 miles of the Chinese mainland. Then-Secretary of Defense William Perry could state that while the Chinese “are a great military power, the premier—the strongest—military power in the Western Pacific is the United States.” Since then, there has been a steady encroachment on the U.S. Navy’s maritime dominance through the development of technologically advanced and increasingly effective anti- ship cruise missiles (ASCM). While American forces have been focused on irregular warfare operations over...
  • Russia's Landmark $2Bln Deal With Egypt for MiG Fighter Jets

    05/25/2015 6:31:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Russia has agreed to deliver 46 MiG-29 air superiority fighters to Egypt and is soon expected to sign a deal worth approximately $2 billion, what might become the largest order since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s business daily Vedomosti reports, quoting a source close to the aviation industry. Russia has agreed on a contract with Egypt to deliver 46 Mikoyan MiG-29 air superiority fighters (NATO reporting name "Fulcrum"). The deal is slated to be signed in the nearest future and is expected to be worth as much as $2 billion, the newspaper quotes an aviation industry source as...