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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Saab Receives SEK270 Million Order for RBS 70 Missiles

RBS 70Defence and security company Saab has received an SEK270 million order for the delivery of RBS 70 missiles and additional equipment and training. Deliveries will occur between 2015 and 2016.

The Saab portfolio of short-range ground-based air defence missile systems includes the RBS 70 and the further enhanced RBS 70 NG. The RBS 70 system has an impressive track-record on the market with more than 1,600 launchers and over 17,000 missiles delivered to 19 countries.

“One of our customers of the RBS 70 system has placed an additional order to achieve added capacity of its forces. This order demonstrates the reliability of the RBS 70 system, as well as the high quality of our manufacturing and support capabilities,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

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Indonesian military plane crashes in northern city, killing at least 30

An Indonesian military transport plane crashed into a hotel and residential area in the northern Sumatra city of Medan on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people, a national search and rescue agency official said.

"That's the latest information, the number could go up," Hisar Turnip of the Basarnas agency told Reuters.

Military spokesman Fuad Basya said that 12 personnel, including the pilot, had been aboard the C-130 Hercules. The bodies of five of them had been found.

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Georgia to Buy Advanced Air Defense Missiles From France

CrotaleOn June 15 Georgian Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli signed an agreement with ThalesRaytheonSystems President Gerome Bedel for the purchase of “advanced” air defense systems that will “guarantee the country’s air defense,” Khidasheli said.

Even though many of its details remain shrouded in mystery, Tbilisi hailed the air defense deal as “a breakthrough” because the Western nations had previously refrained from selling even defensive weapons to the Georgian military.

The contract was inked on the sidelines of the Le Bourget 2015 International Air Show outside Paris.

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KAI and South Korean Government sign LAH / LCH development contracts

Dauphin based helicopterSouth Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) have signed contracts with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to develop light armed helicopter (LAH) and light civil helicopter (LCH).

The company was selected for system development of the LAH project and preferred bidder for the LCH core technology development in July 2014.

With a combined value of KRW1.6trn ($1.4bn), the contracts will see the company design and develop two 5t class LAH and LCH platforms using the Airbus Helicopters' H155 multi-purpose helicopter.

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Dassault's Deal With India Was Important

Dassault RafaleAmid some controversy, India took to the news with a June announcement of the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation. It was an important move for the nation, which counts China and Pakistan as border ‘mates’.

India, which plans to spend about $100 million on modernizing its defense resources in the next 10 years, has suffered a spate of air fatalities in the past months as a result of an ailing air force.

We spoke with KPMG Partner and India Head of Aerospace and Defence Amber Dubey who says India currently lags behind in defense technology, and it is imperative they keep up.

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Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

F-35B STOVL Lightning IIA 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 the design of the F-35 — which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history’s most expensive weapon.

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Coastguards find debris of Bangladesh Air Force’s F-7 fighter jet, pilot still missing

J-7 / F-7 SkyboltBangladesh Coast Guard has recovered two pieces of debris from the F-7 fighter jet of Bangladesh Air Force that crashed in the Bravo Anchorage of the Bay of Bengal in Chittagong early Monday.

The fighter’s pilot Flight Lieutenant Rumman Tahmid Chowdhury is still missing since the crash that occurred during a training run around noon.

The joint search and rescue operation, that includes Air Force, Bangladesh Navy and Coast Guard personnel, did not find him until 7:30pm.

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SR-71 spy plane takes to the air at Aviation Museum

SR-71 BlackbirdThe famed SR-71 spy plane at the Virginia Aviation Museum got off the ground for the first time in decades to take a practice roll Monday.

Still looking futuristic even though it was designed more than 50 years ago, the plane is preparing to move indoors this fall to star in a new “Speed” exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia.

The SR-71 Blackbird reached a record speed of 2,193 mph and flew at altitudes over 85,000 feet, making it the world’s fastest and highest flying production aircraft, according to the science museum.

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Navy chooses digital HD electro-optical sensors from L-3 Wescam for P-8A Poseidon jet

U.S. Navy maritime surveillance experts needed high-altitude surveillance electro-optical sensors for the Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. They found their solution from L-3 Wescam in Burlington, Ontario.

Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, N.J., announced plans Thursday to purchase the company's MX-20HD digital high-definition electro optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems, technical data, and repair services for integrating the sensors aboard the P-8A aircraft.

The L-3 Wescam MX-20HD electro-optical sensor system is for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability aboard high-altitude long-range maritime patrol aircraft and persistent surveillance missions.

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Navy Sees Broader Role for Joint High Speed Vessel

USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1)The Navy has stepped up deployments of its new Joint High Speed Vessel in exercises around the globe as part of a broader effort to expand the mission set and operational use of the platform, service officials said.

Initially envisioned as a high-speed transport vessel, the JHSV is showing a broader range of applications such as logistical support, counter-trafficking and medical operations in support of larger platforms such as amphibious assault ships.

”It is truly a joint vessel to be delivered to combatant commanders as a fast, sizeable transport. The JHSV can help provide security cooperation support and counterterrorism assistance,” said Johnny Michael, Navy spokesman.

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Chinese military research academy praises India's Arjun tank

Arjun MBTIndia's indigenous main battle tank Arjun was today praised by a top Chinese military official who said it is "very good" for Indian conditions as the PLA for the first time opened its facilities for Indian media to provide an insight into its massive modernisation.

In a sign of improved military relations, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) opened the doors of the key military institute -- Academy of Armoured Forces Engineering -- which trains over 6,000 cadets per year to the a teamof visiting Indian journalists.

Asked for his impressions of the Arjun battle tank developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Senior Colonel Liu Degang, deputy commander of the Academy which keeps a close watch on the military hardware of India, said it is "very good" and suits Indian conditions.

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Navy, army helicopters proving difficult to operate in strong winds during sea trials on HMAS Canberra

NH90 NFHAustralia's new army and navy helicopters have been proving difficult to start and stop in strong winds.

The Defence Department has acknowledged there were problems with the MRH90 Taipans — a multi-role helicopter — during recent flight trials.

"Some issues were encountered starting and stopping rotors under certain environmental conditions," the Department said in a statement emailed to the ABC.

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Ecologists Protest As British Nuclear Submarine Docks In Gibraltar

British nuclear submarine docks in GibraltarFeelings are once again running high in the Straits of Gibraltar due to the presence of a Royal Navy nuclear submarine in the port of Gibraltar.

HMS Tireless docked at the Rock in 2000 for emergency technical repairs which eventually lasted for a year, and this time the boat in question is the nuclear-powered HMS Ambush, although the submarine's third visit to Gibraltar in just over a month is a routine scheduled one.

The latest protests against British submarines are being led by Verdemar Ecologistas en Acción, who are concerned that the Ambush is returning so soon after her latest visits, which were from 21st May to 2nd June and between 8th and 15th June. On the first occasion HMS Ambush coincided in Gibraltar with another submarine of the same class, HMS Astute.

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Meet China’s New Submarine Hunter Plane

Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) MPAThe four-engined Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) turboprop anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft has purportedly finally entered service with the Chinese Naval Air Force after several years of testing, according to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly.

IHS Jane’s bases its report on an article published on a Chinese defense site, which notes that the ASW variant of the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8/Y-9 medium transport aircraft has been inducted into the North Sea Fleet.

The report neither elaborates on the number of aircraft that have entered service nor the precise induction date. However, it notes that the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s East and South Sea Fleet’s will receive the plane only at a later date.

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Buy Super Hornets, abandon Victoria-class submarines, new report recommends

HMCS Windsor (SSK 877)UBC professor and one-time NDP candidate Michael Byers is recommending the Canadian government cancel any purchase of the F-35, shut down the Victoria-class sub program and instead buy up to 40 Boeing Super Hornets.

Byers also recommends examining the types of operations that Canada could undertake as a smaller nation and thrive at those types of missions. “Over the course of the last 15 years, the Canadian Armed Forces have not engaged in combat with professional militaries,” his report noted.

“As a result, they have no demonstrated need for the capabilities involved in attacks on foreign air defences and control centers, combat involving tanks and other heavily armoured vehicles, or naval battles involving advanced air-and-missile defence systems.”

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Monday, June 29, 2015

French Navy ATL2 MPA Can Now Self Designate GBU-12 Laser-Guided Bombs With MX-20 System

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that on 18 June 2015, two Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol crews were qualified to GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb shooting procedures with self-designation.

This flight marked the end of a training course which confronted crews to modern technologies used in air-to-ground support missions thanks to the Wescam MX-20D electro-optical turret fitted on ATL2 Standard V.

The mission took place on the Biscarosse range in south-western France. These qualification firings were made under the French procurement agency (DGA) control for the trajectory of the ammunition and respect of shooting conditions.

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Russia to Complete Construction of Airship ‘Atlant’ for Army by 2018

'Augur RosAeroSystems' is a leading Russian lighter-than-air manufacturer. The company builds big airships and aerostats equipped with high-precision computer equipment and technology. The recent announcement by the company tells of airship 'Atlant' to be ready for the Russian Army by 2018.

The ‘Augur-RosAeroSystems’ Holding is set to build the airship ‘Atlant’ by the end of 2018. It will have the capacity of carrying over 16 tons of weight.

RosAeroSystems is a leading Russian lighter-than-air manufacturer. The company builds big airships and aerostats. It is the only Russian enterprise, and one of the few in the world with own and powerful aerostatic envelope production division, able to produce and test envelopes up to 50 000 cub m volume.

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Carpet bombing: Tejas to demonstrate fire power ahead of FOC

Tejas LCAThe Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is all set undertake critical test flights carrying an array of missiles and bombs to complete its scheduled weapon trials.

Top sources with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to this Correspondent that the integration of Russian-made Close Combat Missile (CCM) R-73 has been completed.

The ground integration of the Israeli-made CMM Python-5 too has been completed ahead of the flight trials. The Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile Derby has also been integrated on to the aircraft.

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Air Force chooses solid-state data recorders from Calculex for F-15 jet aircraft

F-15E Strike EagleU.S. Air Force avionics experts needed airborne data recorders for the Boeing F-15C/D jet fighter and for the F-15E fighter-bomber. They found their solution from Calculex Inc. in Las Cruces, N.M.

Officials of the Air Force Materiel Command at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., announced their intention last week to award a potential $4.8 million five-year contract to Calculex to provide the company's MOdular Non-volatile Solid STate Recorder (MONSSTR) model CSR-2300, as well as upgrades, spare parts, and support.

Calculex provides the CSR-2300 for the F-15C/D and F-15E fleets for recording video and MIL-STD-1553 mission data. Air Force officials say they plan to award a sole-source contract to Calculex later this year for the airborne data recorders.

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Coast Guard lowers hammer on drug-running on high seas

Coast Guard personnel offload intercepted cocaineWhen the cutter Vigilant docked at the Coast Guard base in Miami Beach on June 12, its crew offloaded bales of marijuana and packets of cocaine worth millions on the illegal market.

It was the latest catch in the ongoing Operation Martillo dragnet in which vessels and aircraft from the United States and more than a dozen other countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe seek to disrupt drug-trafficking routes in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Launched Jan. 15, 2012, Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer) has netted at least 515,336 kilos of cocaine and 117,754 pounds of marijuana.

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Trident whistleblower backed by former Royal Navy commander

Vanguard class SSBNRob Green, who flew nuclear -armed planes and helicopters for the navy in the 1960s and 1970s, praised McNeilly for being "courageous" and "patriotic" in helping to expose a "dangerous situation" which will get worse if Trident is replaced.

Green is famous for being the nephew of the anti-nuclear campaigner, Hilda Murrell, who was murdered in Shrewsbury in 1984. He is now a co-director of the Disarmament and Security Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand and campaigns against nuclear weapons.

He served in the Royal Navy from 1962-82, flying Buccaneer nuclear strike aircraft and anti-submarine helicopters equipped with nuclear depth bombs. On promotion to commander in 1978, he worked in the Ministry of Defence and was an intelligence officer during the Falklands War in 1982.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Russian military transport aircraft suspected of violating Finnish airspace

Il-76 CandidAir Force F-18 Hornet fighters were scrambled Friday afternoon when it is believed that a Russian IL-76 military transport aircraft violated Finnish airspace south of the coast town of Porvoo.

The suspected violation took place at around 2:15 PM on Friday. The Russian aircraft was identified and photographed by Finnish Air Force fighters sent to investigate.

Finland Border Guard is investigating the incident as a possible violation of the nation's airspace.

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Five crucial but delayed DRDO projects

Astra missile launchWith 52 labs & over 7,800 scientists, the Defence Research & Development Organisation has delivered more misses than hits over the decades.

The Army has now invited global proposals for designing a 'Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV)' at a time when DRDO has a futuristic main-battle tank on its drawing board.
  1. Astra Air-to-Air missile
Sanctioned in 2004, the missile's project completion date has been re-revised to December 2016. Dogged by technical glitches, Astra was finally tested for the first time from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet last year.

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J-15 fighters being prepped for Beijing's V-J Day parade

J-15 Flying SharkPilots of J-15 carrier-based fighters from the People's Liberation Army Navy are currently been trained at Tongzhou of Hebei province for their participation of the V-J Day military parade held in Beijing on Sep. 3, according to Duowei News, a news outlet operated by overseas Chinese.

Designed as China's first-generation carrier-based fighter, the J-15 can be equipped with air-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles and precision guided munitions. It shares various similar characteristics with the Russian-built Su-33 fighter and even the American-built F/A-18C.

Referred to as the Flying Shark, the J-15 had already begun its service aboard Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier which it received from the Ukraine back in 2002.

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RAF Lossiemouth typhoons prepare for warfare

HMS Defender and Typhoon aircraft train of UKTop guns from RAF Lossiemouth have been sharpening their skills as part of a series of intense training exercises in the skies above the English Channel.

Pilots in the II (army cooperation) squadron are preparing for future military deployments across the globe at the Culdrose airfield in Cornwall.

Wing Commander Roger Elliott, the squadron’s commanding officer, said: “We are part of the quick reaction alert force at Lossiemouth, which means we are always ready for operations across the northern part of the UK and for future global deployments.

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