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Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Russian shipyards can build an alternative to French Mistral-type helicopter carriers already by 2020 if the Defense Ministry makes such a decision, Chairman of the All-Russian Movement for the Navy’s Support Mikhail Nenashev said on Wednesday.

Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation President Alexey Rakhmanov has said the corporation is ready to build domestic alternatives to Mistral helicopter carriers at the Baltic shipyard if the Defense Ministry formulates this task.

"We have been discussing this theme already for about two years. Both the shipyards and the navy have come to the understanding that we can both design and build ships of this class," he told TASS.

The work to design an alternative to the Mistral-class helicopter carrier will take two years, if a relevant decision is made while another three to four years will be required to build ships of this type, he said.

"As for power units, we can also resolve this problem as there is a number of enterprises in Russia that can do engines for ships of this class. Propulsion and rudder systems require certain time, of course, but our enterprises will be able to cope with this task," he said.
At the current moment, Mistral-class helicopter carriers are not needed for the Russian Navy, Nenashev said.

"They [the helicopter carriers] serve the task of expansion and the development of offensive operations in particular regions of the world. But our doctrine doesn’t say a line about offensive amphibious operations using such ships," he said.

The €1.12 billion contract for the construction of two Mistral-type helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy was signed in June 2011.
Under the contract, Russia was expected to receive the first of the two warships, the Vladivostok, in the autumn of 2014. However, Paris suspended the ship’s handover to Russia at the very last moment over Moscow’s stance on developments in neighboring Ukraine.

It was planned that the second ship dubbed the Sevastopol would be handed over to Russia in the second half of 2015. But the deal was suspended like in the case with the first Mistral ship.

The Mistral-type helicopter carriers have a displacement of 21 tons, the maximum body length of 210 meters, the speed of 18 knots and the range of up to 20,000 miles.

The helicopter carrier can accommodate 450 people in addition to its crew of 180. It carries 16 helicopters, of which six can be simultaneously stored on the flight-deck.

A compartment in the cargo deck can accommodate more than 40 tanks or 70 motorized vehicles. Mistral landing helicopter carriers are capable of performing four tasks at the same time: receive helicopters, land troops, and act as a command post and a floating hospital.
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The Ilyushin Il-112, Russia's brand new light military transport plane, is slated to make its maiden flight in 2017, said Yury Borisov, a Russian Deputy Minister of Defense. The aircraft's mass production is expected to be launched in 2019.

The twin-engine turboprop plane, developed by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex (JSC IL), will be manufactured by the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association at an aircraft plant in Voronezh, located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Moscow. It will replace the Antonov An-26.

Russia's Ministry of Defense plans to purchase at least 35 Ilyushin Il-112 planes. Earlier, JSC IL said the company was ready to deliver more than 60 Il-112 aircraft to the military.

The transport plane is designed to carry out missions in any geographic or weather conditions. It has a payload of 6 tons and can travel a maximum distance of 5,000 kilometers (3100 miles).

The project, launched over a decade ago, was canceled in 2011, but the work on the Il-112 resumed in 2013.
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India’s first two Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters have completed extensive upgrade activity in France, with the conversion programme now to move to Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) in Bengaluru.

Modified by Dassault and Thales at Istres air base, the programme’s lead aircraft were formally accepted on 25 March. Originally flown in the T/TH configuration for India, the pair – a single-seat fighter KF107 and a two-seat trainer KT201 – are now redesignated as I/TI models, respectively.

New Delhi signed a $2.4 billion upgrade deal for the Mirage 2000 fleet in July 2011. The first updated airframe, KT201, was returned to flight status in October 2013, followed two months later by the single-seat KF107. The country’s order originally covered 51 aircraft.

Key elements of the upgrade include a Thales RDY fire-control radar and new glass cockpit avionics equipment, as well as the integration of MBDA’s Mica short-/beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile. Images released by Dassault show two of the weapons being carried by each upgraded aircraft.
Meanwhile, Dassault chief executive Eric Trappier gave a brief update on the status of discussions with New Delhi linked to the company’s selection for the 126-unit medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal.

Describing the Rafale as “the next logical step” for the Indian air force, Trappier says “exclusive negotiation is ongoing”.

Noting that HAL and other local companies will be involved in development and manufacturing activities under the “Make in India” procurement policy, he says: “The Rafale will fulfil all of the operational requirements of the Indian air force and the industrial requirements of India’s economic policy – as the Mirage 2000 continues to do.”

The Rafale team was selected for the MMRCA programme in January 2012, following a competition also involving the Eurofighter Typhoon.
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The Royal Malaysian Air Force has formally handed over an initial two of its Sikorsky S-61 “Nuri” transport helicopters to the nation’s army, with the pair having received special “digital” colour schemes.

Both displayed at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition earlier this month, aircraft M23-01 (below) and M23-31 are the lead examples of an eventual 12 of the rotorcraft to be transferred to the army. Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database records the pair as having been built in 1967 and 1978.

Now set for use by the army’s 881 Sqn from Johor, the Nuris were flown in to the show from an Airod facility and Kuching air base, respectively.

Ascend shows that the air force had 31 S-61s in active use prior to the transfer. Malaysia has already performed a cockpit upgrade on some of the aged airframes, and is evaluating a more comprehensive modernisation effort, which would extend their use and also improve the type’s operating safety.
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The South Korean military plans to deploy its new Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), named Chun Mu Korean, in the second half of this year in areas bordering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

A South Korean military official was quoted by Yonhap as saying that the next-generation multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) will be deployed in the Army’s frontline corps from the second half of this year as its development was completed.

The Cheonmu was expected to be deployed in areas near the disputed western maritime borders from 2015, said the official.

An official at the South Korean Defense Ministry told Xinhua that details on the Cheonmu deployment cannot be confirmed as it is a military secret. He said the military has continued to enhance combat capability in areas near the western sea border.
The Cheonmu, which will replace the existing MLRS called Guryong, is composed of 130 mm rocket launcher and 230 mm launcher, which has a maximum range of 80 km.

The range is longer than South Korea’s K-9 self-propelled howitzer with a maximum range of 40 km as well as the DPRK’s 170 mm self-propelled howitzers and 240 mm multiple rocket launchers that have a range of 54-65 km.

The DPRK is reportedly developing its new multiple rocket launchers with a maximum range of about 200 km.
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Kornet-D is a new Anti-Tank Guided Missile platform based on the GAZ-2975, reported Kornet-D are on the verge of taking part in the Victory Day Parade on Red Square, May 9 this year. It employs Kornet-EM missiles in both tandem-HEAT or thermobaric variants.

It is capable of launching a salvo of two missiles less than a second apart, either at a single target or at two different targets simultaneously. The two-missile salvo is intended to either defeat active protection systems or to ensure a single tank’s destruction in the absence of an active protection system.

Kornet-D is capable of a pseudo-fire-and-forget function, in that the fire control system of the missile launchers automatically tracks and guides each missile to their assigned targets without an operator’s aid. The operator may switch targets or override missile guidance during the missile’s flight.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Turkey is preparing for further delays in the delivery of two A400M military transport aircraft it ordered from Airbus Group, according to defence officials in Ankara.

It signed a deal for 10 of the heavy cargo and troop carriers in 2003 as part of a group of seven European NATO nations, expecting its part of the order to be fulfilled by 2018.

After four years of delays in Europe’s largest defence project, Turkey received two of the aircraft in 2014 and was due to receive two more this year. But officials told Reuters that the latest deliveries are now likely to be late.

Airbus will have to pay a penalty or offer services for the new delays, they said, without giving a new timeline.

“The penalty will depend on the number of days the deliveries are delayed, so the figure is not clear yet. Receiving products and services from the company is also possible,” one of the officials said.

Airbus Military is in the process of negotiating a new delivery schedule for the A400M but has not so far published a timetable. However, industry sources say its base production plan of 14 aircraft for this year includes two for Turkey.

“We are currently discussing A400M production with all the customers and we will communicate further on that when the discussions are complete,” an Airbus Military spokesman said.

Airbus clashed publicly with Turkey over the A400M last year, saying it was Ankara that was delaying taking delivery of the first aircraft as a “bargaining” move.

But several buyers, notably Germany, have grown increasingly concerned about the latest round of delays, and analysts say declarations about the troubled project have tended to reflect tough negotiating positions on all sides.

Turkey took part in a seven-nation, 3.5-billion-euro bailout in 2010 that was supposed to put an end to chronic delays and technical problems with the European transporter plane.

But Airbus acknowledged last year that it faced new delays and in February took a charge of 551 million euros ($618 million).

Other European buyers – jointly represented along with Turkey by defence procurement agency OCCAR – include Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain. Malaysia has also agreed to buy the plane, which fits between the smaller Lockheed Martin C-130 and larger Boeing C-17.

Writing by Ece Toksabay; additional reporting by Tim Hepher in Paris; editing by David Dolan and John Stonestreet
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BAE Systems have announced that they have reached an agreement with SME Aerospace in Malaysia for the manufacture of additional pylons for the Hawk advanced jet trainer.

SME Aerospace (SMEA) is a premier metal-based aerospace parts manufacturer in the Malaysia, the agreement includes manufacture of of 16 inboard and 16 outboard pylons for one of our key export customers.

BAE Systems has had a relationship with SME Aerospace since 1992 for the manufacture of Hawk pylons and SME has to date built over 600 at its factory in Sungai Buloh, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dave Davies, Chief Executive Officer, SME Aerospace commented: “We have been working with BAE Systems for a number of years and the award of this contract for Hawk Pylons further demonstrates our long and successful relationship. BAE Systems has been an important partner and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them.”
BAE Systems is committed to investing in Malaysia and delivering long-term sustained benefits through local partnerships, and the relationship with SME Aerospace aligns with its strategy to develop projects that deliver real benefit to Malaysian industry.

John Brosnan, Managing Director, South East Asia, BAE Systems commented: “This is a further example of the excellent work being carried out in Malaysia’s aerospace industry. SME Aerospace has an excellent track record in manufacturing pylons for Hawk aircraft and we are pleased with the continued manufacture and export of this key component by Malaysian industry. Industrial partnerships form an important part of our strategy and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Malaysia.”

Monday, 23 March 2015

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 With a high-grade steel unibody and unique wood burl side panels, the Bishop immediately impresses us as an offbeat beauty. It features a 125cc engine, custom muffler, sand-casted swingarm, custom aluminum indicators, custom brakelight, custom fork/suspension, charcoal grey suede seat, and a big cool gas cap on top. Only 9 of these gems are being produced so if you’re looking for that “state of enlightenment” as Bandit9 puts it, you’ll have to act fast.

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TTU Online recently reported that the French company Nexter Systems and defense of the country is expected to sign a contract to supply 18 Caesar 155mm self-propelled artillery in Vietnam.

This can be considered the first major contract to modernize the Army equipped People’s Army of Vietnam after a long period of investment for the Air Force, Navy.

The CAESAR from CAmion Equipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie (French: Truck equipped with an artillery system) is a 155 mm/52-calibre gun-howitzer installed on a 6X6 truck chassis.

Examples built for the French Army use a Renault Sherpa 10 chassis, examples built for export utilize the 6×6 Unimog U2450L chassis. The CAESAR platform was developed by the former GIAT Industries (now known as Nexter) and is operated by the French, Indonesian, Saudi Arabian, and Thai militaries.
The CAESAR is a wheeled, 155mm 52-caliber self-propelled howitzer. It holds 18 rounds and is typically operated by a crew of five, though if necessary, the CAESAR can be operated by as few as three men. It can be transported by C-130 or A400M, and has a firing range of approximately 42 km using an Extended Range, Full Bore (ERFB) shell, and more than 50 km using rocket assisted shells. During Eurosatory 2006, CAESAR was exhibited with an automated laying system based on the SIGMA 30 inertial navigation system.
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Bangladesh may purchase BAL-E and CLUB-M coastal missile systems from Russia. The “Club-M” and “Bal-E” is a coastal missile systems, equipped with missiles 3M54E / A1 and X-35E / RE, respectively.

The exhibition LIMA-2015 in Langkawi at the booth of concern “Morinformsystem-Agat” was a presentation of coastal missile systems “Club-M” and “Bal-E” for Bangladesh Navy Commander Muhammad Farid Habib. According to sources in the defense industry, Russia offers a comprehensive system of Bangladesh coast defense.

The CLUB-M is a multifunctional mobile coastal missile system designed to destroy the following target types:
  • antiship missiles against various types of surface ships (both individual and within a group) in the conditions of organized enemy countermeasures;
  • missiles against ground targets stationary objects on enemy territories (administrative and economic centers, munition depots and petrochemical storages, command centers, port and airfield infrastructures, etc.).

Every self-propelled launcher accommodates up to 6 (six) missiles in transporter-launcher containers (TLC).

BAL-E Coastal Missile System with Kh-35E (3M-24E) Anti-ship Missiles

The Bal-E mobile coastal missile system is designed:
  • to control straits and territorial waters;
  • to protect naval bases, other coastal installations and infrastructures;
  • to defend coastline in probable landing approach areas.
  • The missile system can conduct combat actions, providing fully autonomous after-launch missile guidance in fair and adverse weather conditions, by day and night, under enemy fire and electronic countermeasures.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

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India’s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile Astra was on Thursday successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft for the second day in a row.

The missile, which was fired off Odisha coast near the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Balasore, has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

In today’s test flight, an Astra missile carrying telemetry equipment in place of the warhead, was fired from the Sukhoi-30 aircraft against a Lakshya (pilotless target aircraft) target.

The target was successfully engaged and it was captured by telemetry and electro-optical tracking stations.

These fourth and fifth launch campaign were coordinated by Air Headquarters including the flight of Lakshya target.

In December 2012, India had successfully conducted the third developmental trial of ‘Astra’ from the integrated test range at Chandipur only.
The Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad of the Missile Complex is the primary development agency for the missile.

Dr V G Sekaran, Director General (Missiles & Strategic Systems) congratulated the team for developing and testing such a complex system which is comparable with the best in the world.

The Project Director Dr S Venugopal said that “the fourth and fifth Air Launch of Astra was once again perfect in all respect and engaged the target with precision. More tests will follow to prove its repeatability”.

Astra has proved its capability as a formidable weapon, he said.
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Training exercises of the German Army which would involve the new generation Puma infantry fighting vehicles, are scheduled to begin in April 2015.

According to the information provided to by the spokesperson of the German Ministry of Defence, training exercises involving the Bundeswehr’s units, with the use of the Puma IFV’s, are going to be started, according to the current plans in April this year. Test programme for the vehicles is planned to happen before that.

The Germans are going to introduce new Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicles in order to replace the Marder IFV’s which are becoming obsolete. The latter vehicles are being used inter alia by the unit that is a part of the NATO quick reaction forces. 350 vehicles are to be delivered, however, before the last Bundeswehr’s reform, procurement of more than 400 examples had been planned.
The first Pumas of the first series production lot have been received by the German Armed Forces back in 2010. However, these vehicles are not being currently used by the front-line units. The new variant of the Pumas, in its final form, is going to be armed with 30 mm cannons, Spike ATGW missile launchers (dubbed MELLS) and a coupled machine gun. However, according to the latest audit carried out for the German Ministry of Defence, the new ATGM system for armoured vehicles will not achieve the combat-ready status until 2018.
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The XASM-3 is an anti-ship missile being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for replace the ASM-1 and ASM-2. The major launch platforms are the Mitsubishi F-2. Planned Initial Operational Capability in 2016.

This missile will used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

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UKROBORONPROM is ready to upgrade about 300 tanks T-72, which are now in army reserve, to meet NATO standards. According to UKROBORONPROM Deputy Director General of Operations Yurii Pashchenko, modernized units can solve some crucial problems of Ukrainian army.

During round table “Problems of Ukraine’s military-industrial complex reforming,” Yurii Pashchenko mentioned that modernized, in accordance with international standards, military equipment will help to further strengthen Ukrainian army, which needs fast and efficient rearming today.

“Tank T-72 is not in service of Ukrainian Army: There are almost 300 of these tanks in Ukraine and we suggested to Ministry of Defence to upgrade them up to tanks PT-91 – Polish main battle tanks – to meet NATO standards “, – stressed Yurii Pashchenko.
He also noted that Polish side gave Ukrainian military a chance to test PT-91 samples in their proving ground.
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Turkey gives ToT (Transfer of Technology) of Nurol vehicles to Pakistan. A HIT (Heavy Industries Taxila) spokesman confirmed Nurol will transfer technology to help HIT manufacture armored vehicles to B7-plus protection levels.

Nurol 4×4 this is maybe EJDER 4X4 Armoured Combat Vehicle. Ejder Yalçın 4X4, satisfies the operational requirements of military units and security forces in rural and urban areas. Ejder Yalçın 4X4 is a dynamic, agile, modular, versatile, easy care and low maintenance combat vehicle having high ballistic protection including mine blast under all environmental conditions and off-road.

By its high payload capacity up to 4 tons, various types of weapon systems and payloads can be integrated to Ejder Yalçın 4X4. Ejder Yalçın 4X4 is an ideal platform for various applications such as “Reconnaissance”, “Command and Control” and “Homeland Security”. Ergonomic design makes operations easy.

Outstanding Protection Features;
High level ballistic protection
High level mine protection
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) protection
High level protection against rocket attacks by «Bird Cage» option
Increased Ballistic protection options by add-on armor plates
“V” shaped body design against mine blast
Suspended seat and floating floor plates against blast effect on crew

Carrying Capacity;
Great payload capacity, up to 4 tons.
High personnel carrying capacity.
Easy integration of various weapon systems
Optional Features;

Rescue Winch.
Remote Operated Weapon Station
Manually Operated Weapon Station
Smoke Grenade Launcher/ Grenade Launcher
Day/Night Vision Systems
Explosion Suppression and Fire Fighting System
Rear Ramp (optional)
Crew Up to 11
Length 5,421 mm
Width 2,486 mm
Height 2,300 mm
Ground Clearance 400 mm
Wheel Base 3,100 mm
Gross Vehicle Weight 12,000 -14,000 kg
Max. Speed 110 km/hour
Cruising Range 600 km
Engine Cummins
Max. Power 300HP @ 2,100 rpm
Acceleration 0 – 40 km/h 6 sec
Suspension Fully Independent Suspension System with Lower-Higher Wishbone Helical Spring and Shock Absorber
Obstacle Climbing 0.5 m
Trench Crossing 1.1 m
Fording 0.7 m
Gradient 70%
Side Slope 30%
Turning Radius 7.5 m
Weapon Systems Optionally;
– 7.62 mm machine gun

– 12.7 mm machine gun

– 25 mm antiaircraft gun

– 40 mm automatic grenade launcher
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