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Thursday, August 28, 2014

UN Security Council Urges Probe Into Downing of Helicopter in South Sudan

UNMISS Mi-8 AMTThe UN Security Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to Russia's press statement proposal, urging "a swift, through and transparent investigation" into the downing of a UN helicopter, which killed three Russian crew members and injured one in South Sudan.

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest term the downing near Bentiu, Unity State, in South Sudan on August 26, 2014 of an UNMISS Mi-8 AMT helicopter performing a cargo flight to the area with four Russian crew members, three of whom were killed and one severely injured,” said in the press statement.

The note “strongly urged the UN Mission in South Sudan and the government of South Sudan to conduct a swift, through and transparent investigation of this attack.”

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IAF resumes flying of Dhruv copters after Sitapur crash

Dhruv ALHThe Indian Air Force has resumed flying of the indigenous Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) after completing a fleet inspection following a crash in Uttar Pradesh on July 25.

The IAF temporarily suspended ALH operations after manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recommended certain checks, which were carried out. The entire exercise took almost a month.

IAF sources said the ALH fleet was given the go-ahead to resume operations on Friday. An inspection team checked all the 40 Dhruvs flying with the IAF.

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Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles to US Navy

RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile systemRaytheon Company delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the U.S. Navy as part of the company's 2012 Low Rate Initial Production contract.

RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade featuring enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system.

"As today's threats continue to evolve, RAM Block 2's enhanced features give an unfair advantage to naval warfighters across the globe," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile System's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.

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Pilot Missing After F-15 Fighter Jet Crashes in Virginia

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter crashed and burned Wednesday morning in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, shortly after the pilot reported an emergency.

“There is an ongoing rescue mission," Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, said at n afternoon press conference. “At this time we have no had contact with our pilot."

It was unknown if the pilot, who was very experienced, managed to eject from the single-seater plane before crashed, leaving a deep crater and a large field of debris.

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Local aircraft set to mark Aug 30 parade

T-129 ATAK helicoptersTurkey’s locally co-manufactured assault helicopter ATAK will be the first indigenous aircraft on display at the Aug. 30 Victory Day parade.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will showcase its latest inventory during the ceremony, which will be attended by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the first time as president and Ahmet Davutoğlu as prime minister.

The T-129 ATAK helicopter, which is co-produced by Italy’s AgustaWestland and the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), officially joined the Turkish army on June 10.

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The U-2 And Global Hawk, The US Spy Planes That Will Help Hunt ISIS in Syria

U-2 Dragon Lady and RQ-4 Global HawkThe United States has begun surveillance flights over Syria in an attempt to spy on ISIS fighters.

While the U.S. Department of Defense refused to comment on what type of aircraft will be used, one military aviation expert said they will likely be the venerable Lockheed Martin U-2 spy planes and Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk drones.

“The two aircraft will complement each other and offer different ways to gather intelligence,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at Teal group.

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US Aircraft Carrier 'Ike' Leaves Drydock

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) has left dry dock and moved from Dry Dock 8 to pier 42/43 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va. informs USN.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has been in dry dock since September 2013, conducting a scheduled docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) period. 

"Without the excellent work of the ship's team leaders and zone managers, the ship wouldn't have been ready when it was," said Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy James, Ike's maintenance manager.

James said the ship's force and NNSY personnel worked well together, completing approximately 12,500 jobs prior to flooding the dock.

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India to train Vietnamese pilots to fly Sukhoi fighters

Su-30Mk2 FlankerIndia and Vietnam are likely to sign a defence agreement, under which Vietnamese pilots will be trained to operate Russian-built Sukhoi fighters, sources in the Indian Defence Ministry told RIR.

The agreement is likely to be signed when Indian President Pranab Mukherjee visits the Southeast Asian country in September.

The details are being finalised during the on-going visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Vietnam, the sources said.

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New Russian strategic subs use only domestically-made equipment

Borey class SSBNNew Russian strategic nuclear submarines will not use any foreign-made equipment, official of Russia's Sevmash shipyard said Wednesday.

"During construction of nuclear submarine Prince Vladimir (Borei-class) and all other ships, the shipyard does not depend on import," the Sevmash chief Mikhail Budnichenko was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

He added the enterprise has also stopped using spare parts produced in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, and successfully switched to production using spare parts and equipment made by itself or other Russian enterprises.

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Opinion: A New Era in Anti-Submarine Warfare

Type 093 (Shang) class SSNChina and Russia’s submarine forces are flexing their prowess in the undersea domain by operating further from their respective country’s homeport – in some cases within striking distance of the United States.

Given the expansion in operations, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platforms on both coasts of the United States will be required to monitor and defend the nation more frequently.

Foreign submarine operations near the homeland are not necessarily immediate threats, but do require careful thought as the Navy prepares to execute future ASW missions.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Royal Malaysian Navy Releases First Official Image of its LCS-SGPV Corvette

Royal Malaysian Navy LCSThe Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) unveiled for the first time an official rendering of its future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) - Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV).

The vessel is based on DCNS' Gowind Combat corvette design. DCNS is the warship design authority while local shipyard Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn will be in charge of buidling the vessels locally.

The RMN's LCS will have a length of 111 meters and a displacement of 3,100 tons.

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The Future of British Defence

HMS DiamondThe 2010 British Strategic Security and Defence Review (SDSR) begun with an unambiguous statement of intent; ‘Our country has always had global responsibilities and global ambitions.

We have a proud history of standing up for the values we believe in and we should have no less ambition for our country in the decades to come’. It then goes on to outline how this might be achieved.

Britain must be ‘more thoughtful, more strategic and more coordinated in the way we advance our interests and protect our national security’. But since 2010 the record has not reflected these aims.

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Test missile fired at QF-16

On a dry, clear summer morning, Michael Macwilliam readied the QF-16 aerial target for its first live fire test.

Macwilliam is no stranger to the F-16. “I flew F-16s my whole career, since 1985,” said Macwilliam. He now works for Boeing on the QF-16 program, which modified six F-16s to fly unmanned as aerial targets.

Macwilliam is responsible for getting the jet ready to fly unmanned, and this time ground-to-air missiles were fired at the jet.

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China unveils most advanced drone at 2014 Peace Mission drill

China's military drones participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) anti-terror drills in Inner Mongolia for the first time on Tuesday.

Participating in the live fire drills, the drone, who's model was unidentified, shot off several missiles during the rehearsal, said Shen Jinke, spokesman of China Air force.

"The drone, tasked with surveillance, reconnaissance and ground attacks, will play a vital role in fighting against terrorism," he said.

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Russia to upgrade radar in Kazakhstan involved in testing Moscow’s missile defense

Neman-P radar
Russia is upgrading the experimental radar Neman-P, located in Kazakhstan at the Sary-Shagan test site, which is part of the Kapustin Yar proving ground.

The work is to be completed by 2016, Defense Ministry’s strategic missile force spokesman, Major Dmitry Andreyev, has told ITAR-TASS.

“The Neman radar was used to monitor the air space situation and confirm flight parameters of target missiles in testing the missile defencse system A-135,” Andreyev recalled.

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Turkey delays missile defense decision until end of year

FD2000 (HQ-9)The Defense Industry Undersecretariat announced that the tender process for the Long-Range Missile Defense System Project, one of the biggest projects of the defense industry, which Chinese, American and Italian-French companies have entered, has been postponed for the third time to Dec. 31.

According to information compiled by an Anadolu Agency (AA) correspondent, the project carried out in order to ensure air defense at low/middle/high altitudes and at long-ranges, was initiated with the decision of Defense Industry Executive Board (SSİK) chaired by Prime Minister RecepTayyip Eroğan.

Within the scope of the tender the U.S. was competing with its Patriot missile system, China with its FD-2000 and the Italian-French company with its Samp-T system, and it was decided that negotiations will commence with CPMIEC from the People's Republic of China.

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China Will Sell HJ-12 Missiles That Can Destroy America’s Best Tanks

The Chinese regime is putting the finishing touches on its new HJ-12 anti-tank missiles. Its soldiers will be toting around the new weapons, which can destroy modern third-generation tanks, and China is also planning to sell the portable missile systems.

The HJ-12 is an anti-tank weapon. It’s able to target tanks close to 2.5 miles away, according to China Daily, the English edition of China’s state-owned People’s Daily.

China’s previous-generation anti-tank weapons have shown up in the hands of rebel groups around the world, including with ISIS. The video shows Islamic combatants, allegedly with ISIS, firing a Chinese-made HJ-8 anti-tank missile at a Syrian tank.

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Devon warship seizes £21 million cocaine after boat pursuit

HMS ArgyllA Devon-based Royal Navy warship has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21million after a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean.

After receiving information that a suspicious-looking vessel had been spotted by a maritime patrol aircraft, Plymouth-based HMS Argyll, which is on counter-narcotic operations in the region, deployed to intercept it.

Once she closed on the boat, the ship launched her onboard Lynx helicopter to confirm it was acting in a way typical of drug smugglers, before sending her sea boats across to capture the crew and contraband.

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Working Towards F-22s for the Canadian Air Force

F-22 RaptorAs a longtime advocate for Canada’s acquisition of the F-22 Raptor, I fine it disappointing to see little real progress being made towards a more mature view of Canada’s national defense policies.

Indeed, we appear to going backwards, thereby making the acquisition of truly world-class military hardware even further away than it was back in 2011 when hopes were high soon after the Conservative Party took office with a majority government. One fears the influence of too many libertarians, and not enough conservatives, in the current right-of-center political milieu.

Even if the United States relaxed its export restrictions on the F-22, the hard questions remain to be answered: (1) would it consider Canada a suitable export market?, and (2) could Canada muster the required political support that would allow us to afford a meaningful number of F-22s and then operate them at their full capacity?

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Chopper Scam: Italian Firm Barred from Future Defence Contracts, But Will Continue Current Deals

Future INS VikrantIndia will continue to buy weapon systems and hardware from Italian defence equipment firm Finmeccannica, which, along with its subsidiaries, has been accused of paying huge kickbacks to clinch a Rs. 3650-crore defence deal to supply VVIP helicopters.

But the defence ministry has clarified that Finmeccannica won't be considered for any new projects or acquisitions.

The 12 helicopters, meant to ferry VVIPs like the Prime Minister and the President, were made by Britain-based company AugustaWestland, a subsidiary of Finmeccannica. India had put on hold all purchases from the Italian firm in the wake of the alleged scam.

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Minister chides public, calls “barefoot scientist’” achievements modest

Truong Sa SSMWhile the public and the media have showered praise on “barefoot scientists”, or farmers who have made new machinery, the Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan has called their achievements “modest”, and chided the public and media for describing them as “inventions”.

Not all of these inventors are farmers; some are businesspeople. For example, a story about the first made-in-Vietnam combatant submarine appeared in local newspapers four months ago.
Phan Boi Tran, a composite material engineer, is the inventor of the Yet Kieu 1 mini submarine. It runs on an electric engine which can bring it to a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour.

Ninety percent of the submarine’s parts and accessories can be manufactured domestically. This was big news for Vietnamese, who believe that Vietnam “can only assemble machines, but cannot manufacture machines”.

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Arun Jaitley to review Scorpene submarine project in Mumbai today

Scorpene class SSKDefence Minister Arun Jaitley will on Monday review Scorpene submarine project here.

The six Scorpenes are being constructed at the Mazagon Dockyards Limited (MDL) in Mumbai under Project-75 under technology transfer from French firm DCNS.

The first of the six Scorpene submarines ordered by the Indian Navy from DCNS in 2005, as part of the technology transfer between the two countries, will be rolled out by 2014.

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Russia Playing Politics With Alleged Submarine Confrontations

Virginia class SSNConfrontations—and alleged confrontations—between the Russian armed forces and those of the United States, Europe and Japan have been on the uptick in recent weeks. The encounters have paced a general decline in relations between Russia and the West over events in the Ukraine.

This month Russian media have reported two alleged anti-submarine warfare operations undertaken against American and Japanese submarines. The confrontations are reminiscent of similar events during the Cold War, in which submarines of the Soviet Union, the United States and her allies played a constant cat-and-mouse game against one another.

This time however, the rationale behind the incidents appears more complex, undertaken by Russia as often for internal reasons as for making a larger point to the international community.

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Japanese submarine experts visit Adelaide, sparking fears for shipbuilding future

Soryu class SSKThe South Australian Government wants an explanation from Canberra about the visit of Japanese submarine experts to Adelaide.

The group toured shipbuilding company ASC's base in Osborne yesterday, heightening fears the Federal Government may build the next generation of submarines overseas.

South Australian Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said he knew nothing of the trip.

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North Korea Building Missile Submarine

Kim Jong UnU.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea is building a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, potentially increasing the threat posed by the nuclear-armed rogue state.

A missile launch tube on a North Korean submarine was observed recently by U.S. intelligence agencies and is raising new concerns about the missile and nuclear threat from the communist regime in Pyongyang, according to two defense officials familiar with reports of the development.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pool declined to comment on the North Korean missile submarine program. “We do not comment on intelligence matters, but we do urge North Korea to become more transparent in their defense sector in order to reduce tensions in the region,” he said in a statement.

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