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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Raytheon awarded $205 million Phalanx upgrade contract

Phalanx CIWSRaytheon Company was awarded a multi-year bulk buy contract totaling over $200 million to provide Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS) upgrade kits, support equipment and hardware spares to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The CIWS is an integral element of Japan's Ship Self-Defense Program.

"Phalanx provides the critical inner-layer of protection to sailors around the globe against threats that are continually evolving," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.

"Thanks to its array of sensors, Phalanx brings a proven solution against threats launched from land, sea or air."

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Russia to Deliver Four S-300 Missile Complexes to Belarus by Year's End: Defense Minister

S-300 GiantRussia will deliver four S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Belarus by the end of this year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

"If we speak about the summary for 2014, then this year we will finalize the delivery of four S-300 Zenit missile systems that will be handed over [to Belarus]. I think they'll enter into the Belarus military service in 2015," Shoigu said during a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart in Minsk.

The contract for the supply of four S-300 systems to Belarus was signed in July.

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Taiwan to take delivery of first batch of Black Hawks in December

UH-60M Black HawkTaiwan will begin taking delivery of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the United States by the end of this year, with the first batch of six of the 60 aircraft set to arrive in mid-December, an Army official said Wednesday.

The helicopters will be shipped to Taiwan in seven batches, with the final batch scheduled to arrive in 2018, the official told reporters on the sidelines of a legislative committee hearing.

The U.S. government announced in early 2010 that it was selling Taiwan the 60 choppers, worth a total of US$3.1 billion.

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China Sees First Female Attack Helicopter Pilots

China’s first batch of five female attack helicopter pilotsChina's first five female attack helicopter pilots recently took part in a drill in the hinterland of north China's Yan Mountains.

The five pilots, who last year transferred to the People's Liberation Army Aviation from the People's Liberation Army Air Force, have been capable of performing combat tasks and have added to the aviation battle sequence.

"As women are meticulous and sensitive, female pilots have their advantages in flying attack helicopters, especially in operating precision instruments and distinguishing the terrains," said a senior aviation army officer.

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Park hails deployment of S. Korea's FA-50 aircraft

President Park Geun-hye called on the military Thursday to remain in full readiness as she hailed the operational deployment of South Korea's FA-50 aircraft.

"Now, our security situation is very grave," Park, wearing an Air Force jacket, said in a ceremony marking the deployment of the fighter jets built by Korea Aerospace Industries, South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer.

Park's comments came a day after North Korea rejected South Korea's offer of high-level talks in protest of anti-Pyongyang leaflets.

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North Korean leader oversees flying squads exercise — paper

Kim Jong-UnNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has commanded a training exercise of flying squads of air defense and air force units, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.

Pilots were practicing takeoffs and landings of military aircraft, interception of air targets and aerobatic maneuvers.

The supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army hailed the exercise and promoted some pilots right at the site “for high professionalism they have demonstrated,” the paper said.

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Pilot Killed in Crash of Fighter Jet During Training Mission Near Point Mugu

Federal aviation investigators were at the scene Wednesday night of the fiery crash of a fighter jet during a training mission near Point Mugu Naval Air Station that killed the pilot.

The jet came down around 5:13 p.m. in an agricultural field near Hueneme Road at Highway 1, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

“I just saw this jet going down really fast … and all I saw was a big cloud of smoke,” said witness Brian Rivera.

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Boeing, U.S. Air Force Demonstrate Minuteman III Readiness in Flight Test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

The unarmed ICBM launched Sept. 23, 2014, from Vandenberg Air Force Base and reached a target in the Kwajalein Atoll during the test.

“Regular flight tests validate the accuracy, safety and reliability of the Minuteman system,” said Peggy Morse, vice president, Boeing Directed Energy & Strategic Systems.

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Nato jets intercept Russian warplanes following 'unusual level of air activity'

A Norwegian F-16 shadows a Russian air force Tupolev Tu-95Nato aircraft have been scrambled to shadow Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and fighter planes over the Baltic in what the western alliance called an unusual burst of activity as tensions remain elevated because of the situation in Ukraine.

In all, Nato said, its jets intercepted four groups of Russian aircraft in about 24 hours since Tuesday and some were still on manoeuvres late on Wednesday afternoon.

“These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European air space,” the alliance said.

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NUSHIP Canberra on its way from Melbourne to Sydney

NUSHIP CanberraNUSHIP Canberra, the largest vessel to ever bear the name of our city, is on its way en route from Melbourne to Sydney, where she is due to be commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on November 28.

Work on her sister ship, the Adelaide, is still in progress at the BAE Systems Dockyard at Williamstown.

The two "landing helicopter docks" (LHDs), which have a combined cost well in excess of $2 billion, represent a major escalation in the amphibious lift capability of the Australian Defence Force.

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Project 11356 lead frigate Admiral Grigorovich to join Russian Navy in early November

Project 11356M class FFGThe lead frigate of Project 11356, the Admiral Grigorovich, is to be handed over to the Russian Navy on November 7, a delegation of the Baltic shipyard Yantar, manufacturing the ships of the series, told TASS at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition in Paris on Wednesday.

“On November 7, we will hand over the lead frigate to the Russian Fleet at a solemn ceremony to be attended by Commander-in-Chief (Viktor) Chirkov,” the representative of the Kaliningrad-based Yantar shipyard said.

The Admiral Grigorovich was laid down in mid-December 2010 and was set afloat in March this year. The frigate is part of the six ships being constructed in Kaliningrad: the Admiral Essen, the Admiral Makarov, the Admiral Butakov, the Admiral Istomin and the Admiral Kornikov.

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French DGA successfully completes final qualification firing of MdCN missile system

Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN)The French Direction Générale d'Armement (DGA) has successfully completed the final qualification firing of the Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) system, also called the naval cruise missile (NCM), from the DGA Missile Test Centre in Biscarrosse, France.

The launch, which was executed from a frigate, was mainly aimed at determining the missile's range performance, while satisfying overall flight objectives.

Built by MBDA as part of the DGA contract in 2006, the MdCN missile system will be installed on the French Navy's Frégate Européen multimission (FREMM) vessels and its Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarines by 2015 and 2018, respectively.

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Russia Test Fires Bulava Sea-Based Ballistic Missile

Russia has successfully test-fired a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the Borey-class Yury Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The missile was launched from the submerged submarine at a location in the Barents Sea and hit a designated target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, it was the first operational test launch of Bulava in line with the program of combat training. All previous launches were part of development testing.

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India, Russia to export BrahMos

Submarine launched BrahMosThe governments of India and Russia have agreed that BrahMos missile will be exported to a list of mutually agreeable countries for defensive purposes. There is also a negative list to which exports are barred.

The missile has been showcased in several countries to apprise the potential customers of its capabilities.

“If any country approaches us we will look into it on a case by case basis. BrahMos Aerospace has the production capacity, game plan and skilled labour to supply. I would like to state that we are ready and waiting. It is for the government of India to decide”, Sudhir Mishra, CEO and MD of BrahMos Corporation said on Wednesday.

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DCNS announces new concept submarine SMX-Ocean

French shipbuilder DCNS has taken the wraps off a new concept submarine that combines conventional power with a nuclear-powered attack submarine design.

The vessel, named the long SMX-Ocean, was unveiled at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition in Paris. It would be 328 feet long, displace more than 4,000 tons, dive deeper than 1,000 feet and have a submerged speed of 20 knots.

"This innovative concept ship promises submerged endurance and deployment capabilities that are unprecedented for a conventional-propulsion submarine," DCNS said.

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PLA shows off sub power sending Changzheng 2 to Persian Gulf

Type-091 (Han) class SSNBy sending the Changzheng 2, a Type 091 Han-class nuclear-powered submarine to Sri Lanka and the Persian Gulf last month, the People's Liberation Army Navy of China is demonstrating its force projection capability to the United States, according to the Moscow-based Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

China is believed by Western observers to have a total of 71 submarines in service or in development, including obsolete conventional-powered submarines and advanced nuclear-powered submarines which are able to launch anti-ship missiles.

Among them, the most powerful are its three Type 094 Jin-class ballistic missile submarines, which are all able to fire JL-2 second-generation intercontinental-range ballistic missiles with a range of 8,000 kilometers.

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Saab Confident in Its Kockums Submarine Builders

Gunilla FranssonThe return last summer of the Kockums shipbuilding firm to Swedish ownership and control marked a rare moment when the public, government and industry all joined in approval.

“I think this is one of the first times we have seen a very positive reception from everyone in the country,” said Gunilla Fransson, head of the Saab Kockums Security and Defense Solutions unit. “Now we have a way forward.”

Fransson spoke to reporters Wednesday here at the Euronaval exposition just outside Paris, where Saab and its new Kockums acquisition are re-establishing their identity as submarine builders with a distinctly Swedish bent.

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Improved Russian Nuclear Attack Submarine Kazan to Deliver in 2016

Yasen class SSGNThe Russian Navy is set to take delivery of an improved Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine in 2016 according to Russian state media. The new vessel, named after the city of Kazan, incorporates many improvements to the lead Project 855 boat, K-329 Severodvinsk, which was commissioned earlier in 2014.

“The first improved Project 885M submarine, the Kazan, will be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2016,” Nikolai Novoselov, deputy general director of the Malakhit design bureau told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Kazan will have improved sensors and weapon systems compared to Severodvinsk. It is also likely to be quieter than the original vessel, read the report.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

F-35C Lightning Aircraft lands at NAS Oceana

Local Navy pilots got a chance to check out one of the military’s newest planes, Tuesday.

An F-35C “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter landed at Naval Air Station Oceana to provide fleet aviators an opportunity to view the aircraft and receive a brief from the flight crew and maintainers.

This visit is the first time an operational F-35C has landed at NAS Oceana.

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A new stealth corvette from France

C Sword 90 stealthy corvetteCherbourg based CMN (Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie) has unveiled the C Sword 90 stealthy corvette at the Euronaval naval expo in Paris this week.

The stealth vessel is one of three new ship designs the company is launching, all positioned to address the growing needs of world navies to support increasingly demanding missions encountered at the high sea and littoral waters.

The distinctive shape of the C Sword 90 depicts an innovative hull formation and superstructure design with sloped surfaces, developed in collaboration with naval architect Thierry Verhaaren, who also designed the Baynunah missile boats CMS has built for the UAE.

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Sagem seeker chosen for MBDA’s new light antiship missile

ANL/Sea VenomSagem (Safran) announced today a contract with long-standing partner MBDA to develop and produce the infrared seeker for the upcoming light antiship missile, the ANL/Sea Venom, a joint French-British program launched within the scope of the Lancaster House treaty signed in November 2010.

Developed by MBDA, this new-generation tactical missile will be deployed by a number of different helicopters, including the Royal Navy’s AW159 Wildcat, and the French navy’s Panther Marine and NH90. It will replace current missiles such as the Sea Skua and AS15TT.

Sagem, as prime contractor for the ANL/Sea Venom seeker, also chose the British company Selex ES Ltd to participate in its development and production.

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China to buy 5,000 Russian air-to-air missiles: Japanese report

R-73 (AA-11 Archer)China is likely to purchase 5,000 R-73 and R-77 air-to-air missiles from Russia, writes Toshiyuki Roku, retired commander of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Air Development and Test Command, in an article for the Tokyo-based Japan Military Review.

Since China's domestic air-to-air missiles such as the PL-12, the SD-10A and the PL-9C were designed based on technology from Ukraine and are still unable to compete against US counterparts, the People's Liberation Army realizes that it needs the more advanced Russian missiles to go head to head against the US and Japan in any potential future air combat, Roku wrote.

He said China has already bought 1,500 R-77 missiles and 3,300 R-73 missiles from Russia.

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Euronaval: Thales introduces France's new maritime patrol radar

ATL2 with Seamaster radarThales has introduced its new Searchmaster airborne multirole surveillance radar, which will be supplied to the French navy for its Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft upgrade programme.

The active electronically scanned array radar will be integrated into 15 of the Dassault-built aircraft. French defence procurement agency DGA announced the upgrade programme in October 2013, with the aim of extending the life of the aircraft out to the 2030s.

“The surveillance radar is part of the upgrade package,” armament chief engineer Patrick Aufort, manager officer for mission aircraft at the DGA, said during the launch at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris. “The French navy needs to improve the detection of small targets in high sea states and its coastal surveillance.”

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Britain gives F-35 jets deal permission to take off

F-35 BK-1 Lightning IIBritain has agreed the purchase of the first four of its F35s, the fighter jets designed to fly on new aircraft carriers by the end of the decade.

Ministers said on Tuesday that they had reached an agreement in principle to buy four Lightning II stealth combat aircraft, which will fly from the next generation of carriers as well as air force bases.

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, said: “Today’s announcement is a major step forward. The Lightning II will equip the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force with a highly advanced multi-role stealth combat aircraft, operating from both our new Queen Elizabeth class carriers and land bases.”

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Thales to develop Sea Fire 500, a new multifunction fixed-array radar

Sea Fire 500 radarAt Euronaval 2014, Thales is announcing the development of its new multifunction naval radar, Sea Fire 500. With a fully solid-state four-panel phased-array antenna, Sea Fire 500 is designed for large surface combatants.

This new radar concept is the culmination of three years of advanced research into new radar technologies and architectures, conducted with the support from the French defence procurement agency (DGA). Sea Fire 500 is tailored to evolving naval requirements and the new threats faced by national navies.

The new radar will be effective in roles ranging from ship self-defence to extended air defence, providing protection from asymmetric threats such as UAVs as well as emerging threats such as anti-ship ballistic missiles, even in heavily jammed environments and the complex conditions of the littoral.

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