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Monday, 2 March 2015

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Russia will integrate its AU-220M unmanned automatic turret with an armored vehicle built by the United Arab Emirates. This was envisaged by a memorandum signed by Russia’s Rosoboronexport and UAE’s Emirates Defence Technology during the IDEX 2015 international exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The document was signed by Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Igor Sevastyanov and Emirates Defence Technology CEO Mohamed Al Suwaidi.

It should be noted that the AU-220M module is designed for armored vehicles, both new and undergoing modernization. The naval version of the module is capable of hitting targets on land, air and sea, with a horizontal range of 12 kilometers and a vertical range of 8 kilometers. The module will be integrated with an 8×8 platform produced by EDT, presumably the Enigma Armored Modular Fighting Vehicle. The AU-220M is manufactured by the Burevestnik Central Research Institute, part of the Uralvagonzavod corporation.

The fire control system is designed for target detection and identification, gun laying and firing of the 57mm automatic gun and 7.62mm machine-gun when firing from halt, on the move and on the float in any combat environment.

The FCS is equipped with a combined sighting unit, comprising a TV channel and thermal-imaging channel, a laser range-finder and independent dual-axis field of view stabilization.The front arc of the turret is protected against 30mm rounds (STANAG V), and the rest of the turret is protected against 7.62mm bullet (STANAG III).

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Cutting a decidedly futuristic profile, New Jack makes its first impression (if it’s coming at you) with its uniquely arranged LED headlights, along with the Honda front end and Suzuki rear. The engine was taken from a newer Suzuki Bandit, and the ride promises to be as supple or stiff as you need it, as the two shock absorbers are mounted in the same way as if there were only one. Add in plenty of carbon fiber and nice touches like hand-stitched seats and you’ve got a truly unique ride.

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The Royal Australian Air Force will receive modernized training aids from Lockheed Martin for C-130J Super Hercules aircrew and maintainers.

Lockheed Martin Australia announced that under the RAAF award, it will supply a C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid to RAAF Base Richmond.

Together with Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in the United States, it will update two classrooms on the base, providing a modern electronic learning environment.

The new classrooms will feature high resolution desktop maintenance trainers and computer-based training courseware for simulation training and two developer stations to allow RAAF C-130J-30 training staff to modify and update courseware through the aircraft life cycle.

The MFTA will provide aircraft-based simulation and will feature Prepar3D simulation software.
"Delivering these training technologies to the RAAF represents Lockheed Martin's continued commitment to supporting the RAAF air mobility mission," said Raydon Gates, chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand. "These capabilities, supported by a network of training services and products across Lockheed Martin's aircrew training programs, enable the most effective training for the next generation of pilots and maintainers."

The value of the contract was not disclosed.
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The Russian Navy will receive 50 vessels of different kinds, Navy Commander Viktor Chirkov reported.

The Navy’s shipbuilding program has been planned from the current period until 2050. The navy intends to continue building ships capable of carrying out missions across all sea types.

“The slow period in our potential development passed long ago. The evidence of this – a really functioning shipbuilding program, stipulates the building of necessary next generation naval multifunctional surface ships, strategic and multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines,” reported Viktor Chirkov.

The Navy is continually developing their ocean strategy, aimed at protecting government interests and its economic activity in deferent regions of the world.

“The Navy is able to meet the requirements, with surface ships and nuclear-powered submarines,  to accomplish a range of tasks for the purpose from different remote basing points,” said Chirkov.
According to the Commander, the building of new vessels and submarines will be inseparably linked with warships deployment, as well as crew training. The shipbuilding program stipulates first the development of a nuclear submarine fleet, upgrading missiles and nuclear weapons and producing submarine nuclear-missile systems for strategic purposes.

Moreover, maritime aviation development is a high priorities: equipping the fleet with ship deployed aviation and new reconnaissance capabilities and targeting tools; developing anti-ship weapons and adapting electronic systems for controlled automation.

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Airbus Defence and Space has signed an agreement with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) to work on a range of research and development projects related to defence aerospace technologies.

Signed at the ongoing Australian International Air Show at Avalon, the agreement will see Airbus Group Australia Pacific and DSTO collaborate in defence aircraft systems, including helicopters and communications capabilities.

The companies will work to improve the protection of the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) wide-body aircraft and helicopters.

DSTO chief defence scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky said: "Our collaboration with Airbus Group will ensure the highest levels of support for the ADF's future aerospace systems."

Airbus Group Australia Pacific managing director Dr Jens Goennemann said: "Airbus Group has been good friends and business partners with DSTO for a long time and this strategic alliance can only enhance that successful relationship.

"Combining Airbus Group's aerospace expertise with DSTO's scientific innovation will lead to increased Australian defence capabilities in the future."

Under a joint development programme, Airbus and DSTO have upgraded Airbus' proven AN/AAR-60 Block II missile launch detection system (MILDS) with a hostile fire indication (HFI) capability.
Designed to provide reliable warning of the growing threat of small arms fire, HFI algorithms were successfully tested in field trials.

The AN/AAR-60 MILDS, which consists of four to five uncooled ultraviolet (UV) sensors, is a passive imaging sensor designed to detect and track the UV emissions of approaching missiles, including heat-seeking, shoulder-launched man-portable air-defence systems.

Its high resolution, along with rapid processing, provides reliable threat identification and virtually eliminates false alarms.

The system is in service on a series of rotary wing and wide-body aircraft, including Tiger, NH90, CH-53, CH-47 and MI-17 helicopters, as well as C-130 transport aircraft.
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The British auto maker has worked tirelessly to create the most track-ready McLaren on the market. This menacing machine is packed with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, that paired with an electric motor helps the race car pump out an Earth rattling 986 horsepower (789 from the petrol-powered engine and 197 ponies from the electric motor).

The vehicle’s body panels are crafted from ultra lightweight carbon fiber, which includes the new roof and engine cover – components that used to be built from glass. The side windows are now plexiglass and the addition of a titanium exhaust helped the overall weight loss come in at a solid 110 pounds.

Thanks to enhanced aerodynamics, the P1 GT-R has the ability of generating 1,455 pounds of downforce at speeds of 150 miles per hour, and you better believe those 19-inch alloys wrapped in Pirelli slicks aren’t hurting the cause.

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Based on the aforementioned S63, this is the world’s fastest and most powerful all-wheel drive coupe. The 2-door luxury vehicle pumps out 850 horsepower (hence the name) and 848 lb-ft of torque through a 5.9-liter V8 twin-turbo engine, helping it sprint from 0-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 217 miles per hour. 

A seven-speed automatic transmission means butter smooth shifts every time, and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system means you’ll never have issues getting traction, no matter the weather – although there is also a rear while drive option available as well. 

Other updates include plenty of carbon fiber body parts, 21-inch forged high performance copper wheels, and matching copper details found all throughout the all black cabin. Long story short, if you see that massive B on the grille coming your way, you might wanna get the hell out of the way.

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Kalashnikov Concern has decided to create a joint venture producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company’s CEO Alexei Krivoruchko said on at the International Defence Exhibition IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi.

The Russian weapons manufacturer has decided to purchase a controlling stake (51 percent) in ZALA Aero, which specializes in making unmanned aircraft.
“We have made a decision to purchase a share and to create a joint venture to produce reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles on the basis of Kalashnikov Concern and Russian company ZALA Aero,” said Krivoruchko.

“Based on the Kalashnikov Concern and the ZALA Aero company, we plan to develop and produce unmanned aerial vehicles, mobile and ground control stations,” said Krivoruchko. “Our main product here will be intelligence-gathering unmanned planes, helicopters and aerostats,” he said. 

The drones will be used to help with border control, reconnaissance, rescue and special missions. The companies are also planning the development and production of UAVs for the purposes of monitoring emergency situations and dangerous objects, as well as geodetic research in harsh climate conditions.

With the UAV market one of the biggest expanding markets in the defence industry, the Kalashnikov Concern believes it is time to enter production.

The acquisition of the Russian ZALA Aero Company will help provide the Kalashnikov group with expertise.

“The decision to purchase a controlling stake in ZALA Aero was made to widen our product line. This is part of the strategy of the Kalashnikov Concern’s development through to the year 2020 and also part of the process of developing new sectors of our market,” said Krivoruchko.
While the legendary arms manufacturer’s decision to win the UAV market may appear surprising, the global market for UAVs is in fact growing at a record pace.

According to the "Market for unmanned aerial vehicles in 2014-2020” study, carried out by the Markets & Markets company, the global market for UAVs amounted to more than $6.7 billion in 2014, and will exceed $10 billion by 2020.

According to the report, while 69 percent of the market volume is currently controlled by U.S. drones, growth is anticipated in East and South-East Asia, where a number of countries – primarily China and India – are actively pursuing military and commercial development in the field.

In the Soviet Union drones were successfully produced for various purposes. However, since the 1990s Russia has lagged behind the leading manufacturers of UAVs.

Now Russia is actively making up for lost time, with recent years seeing the creation of a range of competitive models, including the Orlan-10, the ZALA-421-16, and the Eleron-10 vehicles. According to the Rostec state technology corporation, with the effective organization of work in the next decade Russia will be able to occupy 3-5 percent of the world UAV market.
[Tatyana Rusakova, RIR]

Sunday, 1 March 2015

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Singapore is moving closer to ordering the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter, according to program head US Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan.

Bogdan also noted increased activity from potential foreign military sales (FMS) customers for the F-35, including Israel, which recently committed to a further 14 aircraft.

"On the FMS sales front we're getting an increase in customer interest in the airplane," he said here at the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airport.

"We have a number of other [potential] foreign military sales customers that are asking us to start a greater dialogue with them in terms of the airplane, including Singapore."

Bogdan said that the joint program office (JPO) has been exchanging information with the Republic of Singapore Air Force for a number of years to support their decision making within their timeline.

"Over the past year, the discussions we have had have deepened [and] their request for information has gotten broader, so that would indicate to us that Singapore has begun to take the next step toward making a decision," he said.

The government of Singapore had not indicated which F-35 variant it was interested in and had requested information on all three: the conventional takeoff, the short-takeoff vertical-landing, and the carrier model.
Bogdan hosted a media roundtable on the opening day of Avalon 2015 with Australia's F-35 program head, Air Vice Marshal Chris Deeble. Deeble said the project to acquire 72 conventional F-35s for the Royal Australian Air Force was on track to deliver an initial operating capability by the end of 2020.

However, Deeble identified several areas that were causing him concern, noting that the Australian project office carries out an independent analysis of the technical problems.

"Understanding what capability we will get at the end of the development phase is really important," he said.

"What does worry me is sustainment and training and support to the aircraft. The autonomic logistics global system is still evolving. It is behind, it is late and we have to do more work to accelerate that and understand what that means in a national context."
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Piaggio Aerospace announced today at IDEX 2015 the successful maiden flight of the Prototype 001, a major milestone in the program development of the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The maiden flight was completed last December at the Trapani Birgi Italian Air Force base.

This achievement came after the completion of the P.1HH UAS demo program and represents the starting point of a comprehensive development and certification flight test campaign. It will enable Piaggio Aerospace to soon deliver to the market one of the most advanced MALE (Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance) unmanned systems.

Carlo Logli, CEO of Piaggio Aerospace, commented: “The success of the Prototype 001 maiden flight is a fantastic step for the P.1HH programme and for our company as a whole. It brings us closer to the achievement of our vision to combine our renowned business aviation capabilities with a primary position in the international surveillance and security industry.”

“We are proud of the outstanding results achieved by the Piaggio Aerospace teams over a short period of time, in close cooperation with our partner Finmeccanica – Selex ES and with the invaluable support of the Italian Air Force and the entire Italian Ministry of Defence. Today we have very concrete reasons to believe that P.1HH will become the first European state-of-the-art MALE UAS, uniquely suited to perform a wide range of surveillance and security missions at the highest technological level”, he continued.
Project Pilot Sergio Paloni, who led the flight crew said, “We are very pleased with the result of the maiden flight. The aerial vehicle was seamlessly operated remotely with no experienced flaws. We were also able to gather significant data which will enable us to forge ahead with our ambitious development roadmap”.

The Prototype 001 is representative of the final aerodynamic configuration of the aircraft including the new, extended span main wing and the control systems on board. During the first flight, the Prototype 001 performed a shakedown flight over the Mediterranean Sea at a significant range of speed and altitude. The main flight objective was to conduct a first check of all the essential functions of the Air Vehicle and Ground Segment.

The aerial vehicle management and control system, data link and ground control station are developed in partnership with Finmeccanica – Selex ES.
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BAE Systems has handed over the first CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in serial production to the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (FLO) on time and on budget.

A roll-out ceremony was held yesterday in Moelv, Norway, at the facilities of BAE Systems Hägglunds’ business partner CHSnor AS. More than 200 guests attended, representing FLO and the Norwegian Armed Forces, as well as BAE Systems Hägglunds and its Norwegian industrial partners.

BAE Systems Hägglunds’ contract, signed in 2012, includes the upgrade of the Norwegian Army’s existing fleet of 103 CV9030s and 41 new-build vehicles, giving the Army a total of 144 state-of-the-art CV90s in varying configurations. They will all include enhanced capabilities for future battlefield and conflict scenarios, such as in the areas of protection, survivability, situational awareness, intelligence and interoperability.

“I’m really pleased that we are able to reach this key milestone,” said Colonel Ragnar Wennevik, Norwegian Army CV90 project leader. “BAE Systems Hägglunds is an impressive supplier, and with the new CV90, we are buying the world’s most advanced armoured combat vehicle family. Already proven in combat, we are now taking it to the next generation with state-of-the-art survivability, lethality, digitalisation, and mobility.”

This programme is a key element of the modernisation of the Norwegian Army, providing them with the next-generation CV90, one of the world’s most advanced IFV and a low-risk proven solution. The Norwegian Army will incorporate five different configurations of the CV90 from 2015 onwards: 74 infantry fighting, 21 reconnaissance, 15 command, 16 engineering, and 16 multi-role and tow driver training vehicles. The multi-role vehicles can fulfill different functions, including mortar carrier and logistics roles.
In 2014, BAE Systems rolled out three variants of the Norwegian vehicles in Sweden, which were subsequently handed over to Norwegian industry for completion, as part of in-country partnerships.

Both the Norwegian customer and BAE Systems Hägglunds have been extremely focused on meeting every milestone in the contract from the outset. This focus has ensured that the two parties have developed a strong relationship based on mutual respect and openness, which has ensured project success.

BAE Systems Hägglunds is working closely with Norwegian industry in a comprehensive industrial cooperation contract, which is part of the main vehicle contract. Companies such as Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Nammo Raufoss AS, CHSnor AS, Moelv, and Ritek AS Levanger are key parties to the contract. The turret upgrade work, for example, takes place at CHSnor AS, and yesterday’s handover was the first in a series of vehicle deliveries from CHSnor AS and Ritek through 2018.

“The Norwegian industrial cooperation is extensive and important to us, especially when industrial cooperation is one of the major factors for international success,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director for BAE Systems Hägglunds. “We want to thank all industry partners for their commitment and dedication, and also our professional and supportive customer.”
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This fire-breathing monster (yeah, it literally shoots fireballs out the back end) was built specifically for the track. Under the hood is a 7.0-liter V12 engine pumping out a monstrous 800 horsepower. Developed in house under Aston Martin’s racing division, the vehicle will be limited to just twenty four units throughout the world. 

Each one features a body constructed entirely from carbon fiber, and if you’re looking to park this bad boy in your garage, you’ll be required to take comprehensive training program – one that will give you access to “training” cars like a V12 Vantage S, Vantage GT4, and several other heart-stopping Astons.

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New rules are expected to limit the use of small civilian drones to a height of about 300 feet, with larger ones requiring special licences.

The increasingly widespread use of drones has led to concerns that they could pose a threat to commercial aviation.

Last week the US Federal Aviation Administration introduced regulations on drones that require special pilot certificates and flights only during day time, with flying speed restricted to a maximum of 160 kilometres per hour and an altitude ceiling of 500 feet.

Now the UAE is also moving to regulate their use

“We are in the final stages to issue a regulation covering all activities related to the utilisation of the drones,” said Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, the director general of the General Civil Aviation Authority. “We will issue the regulation in a week or two.”

Unmanned systems operated automatically or through remote control are being put to an increasingly broad range of civil and military applications, from surveillance and attack to search and rescue or even delivering mail. Companies such as Amazon have even considered using them to speed up delivery of books.

The UAE Government considers drones to be an important element of its smart government initiatives, and has weighed their use for delivering government such as Emirates ID cards and driving licences to people.

“We will look at the government services that can be delivered through the drones. At the same time, the other commercial part such as drones with cameras. This all will be regulated, because we don’t want to jeopardise the safety of people,” said Mr Al Suwaidi.

Last month, people flying drones in Dubai caused delays of more than an hour to flights at Dubai airport, with some flights diverted to Al Maktoum Airport in Jebel Ali.
“We will be very careful of the usage of drones in populated areas,” said Mr Al Suwaidi. “There will be a maximum altitude for drone. For example, it could 200 to 300 feet. We will separate drones, so they do not affect the normal flying routes.”

He added that drones that weigh 5 kilograms or more will need a licence.

The Research service Business Insider Intelligence forecasts the total global spending on drones to reach US$98 billion over the coming decade, of that figure 12 per cent will be for commercial purposes.

Unmanned aerial vehicles will take centre stage at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, which gets under way today in the capital. The organisers have launched a dedicated exhibition for unmanned systems from around the world in which 33 local and international companies will be participating.

According to a study from analysts at Teal Group, spending on drones will more than double over the next decade to more than US$11.6bn. The US is aiming for a larger foothold in the global drone market, after it recently received a nod to sell drones in overseas markets.
[via-Shereen El]
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Made by Australia’s Unified Weapons Master, this high-tech suit of armor is made from carbon-fiber, polycarbonate material, and elastomeric foam. It’s said to be both lightweight and pretty flexible, and absorbs much of the impact from any shot it takes. 

While it could be your new superhero suit, it’s actually made with competition in mind. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, a point-of-view camera, microphone, and 52 pressure sensors that send data to an external computer program, the Lorica suit is aimed at martial artists who wants to go at each other full-throttle, see how they score, and walk away in decent shape.

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This 9-speed bike uses patent pending side-by-side technology, almost Transformers-like, as it folds down to the size of its wheels. This makes it an easy fit in a car trunk, and at 21 lbs. it’s also easy to bring onto the bus or subway as it can be rolled on its own wheels. The titanium frame is handmade in Canada and its pass-through locking design with secondary safety promises a worry-free ride. A spring-loaded locking device compensates for wear, while the side-by-side folding allows for a one-piece hinge-free frame that won’t flex or creak while pedaling.

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