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Saturday, November 22, 2014

UK Royal Air Force receives first A400M Atlas aircraft

A400M AtlasThe Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation-Executive Administration (OCCAR-EA) has handed over the first A400M Atlas aircraft to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).

22 A400M military transport aircrafts were ordered by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) from Airbus Defence and Space in November 2010.

The aircraft is scheduled to operate from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK, offering significant contribution to the RAF's air transport missions.

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Japan Prepares Designs For Its Next Fighter

25MDUFlying far is more important than flying fast, Japanese fighter technologists have found in studies aimed at defining their country’s next combat aircraft.

Looking for ways for their air force to fight outnumbered, researchers are also emphasizing that Japan’s next fighter should share targeting data, carry a big internal load of large, high-performance missiles and be able to guide them while retreating.

The results of this work may be committed to full-scale development within four years.

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Russia Sends Mig-31 Foxhound Fighter Jets To Ukraine Border, In Escalation Of Tension Over Separatist Region: Report

Mig-31 FoxhoundIn a move that could tip the balance of the Ukrainian conflict in favor of the Russian-backed separatists, Russia is sending a unit of advanced interceptor fighters to an airbase close to the Ukrainian border.

Operating from there, the Mig-31 fighter jets would be able to survey airspace well inside Ukraine without actually flying over the country, and alert separatists on the ground of any movements by Ukrainian airplanes.

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine tweeted on Wednesday that Russia was moving “Mig-31 fighter jets” to the border.

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PAF aircraft crashes, pilot killed

Crashed PAF MirageA Mirage aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed tonight on the outskirts of Karachi, killing the pilot.

The aircraft was on a routine night operational training mission when it went down in Gadaap area near Karachi, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said in a statement.

The pilot of the aircraft Squadron Leader Tanvir Ahmed was killed in the crash, it said.

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PAF wants to buy Chinese stealth aircraft: minister

J-31 GyrfalconThe Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has expressed interest in procuring fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft FC-31 from China.

Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told Dawn on Friday the matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities.

It is for the first time that a senior government functionary has confirmed talks with China over purchase of the longer-range stealth aircraft — an issue that has been a subject of speculation in defence circles since the 10th edition of the Zhuhai Air Show (China) held earlier this month, when the aircraft was unveiled.

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Lockheed, Pentagon ink $4.7 billion deal for eighth batch of F-35 fighters

F-35C Lightning IIThe Pentagon said on Friday it had awarded Lockheed Martin Corp a contract valued at $4.7 billion for an eighth batch of F-35 fighter jets that lowered the average price per jet by 3.5 percent from the last contract, and 57 percent from the first batch.

The Pentagon's F-35 program office said the deal includes 29 jets for the United States and 14 for five other countries: Israel, Japan, Norway, Britain and Italy.

Once production of those jets is completed, more than 200 F-35s will be in operation by eight countries, according to the office that runs the $399 billion F-35 program for the Pentagon.

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Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant to Be Broken Up

INS VikrantIndia's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which saw action during the 1971 India-Pakistan war but has now been decommissioned, is finally being broken up.

The process, which started on Thursday with the first blow hammered on its front portion, is expected to be completed within 7-8 months, its owner said in Mumbai on Friday.

The once-majestic aircraft carrier was bought in an e-auction by Mumbai-based IB Commercials Ltd., its director and now the ship's owner Abdul Karim Jaka said in Mumbai.

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Iranian Navy Equipped with Advanced Torpedo

Rear Admiral Habibollah SayyariIran’s Navy commander on Saturday announced that the Navy has successfully test-fired a new type of state-of-the-art torpedo in the country's southern waters.

“The weapon will improve our maritime combat power and will be highly effective,” Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in a press conference in Tehran on Saturday.

The commander also said that two anti-submarine helicopters, an anti-surface helicopter and a hovercraft have also been added to the Navy’s fleet.

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Russian ships expose failings of Australian submarine operations

HMAS RankinAustralia was unable to send a submarine to monitor a fleet of Russian warships in the Coral Sea during the G20 meeting because all of its available boats were on the other side of the country.

The predicament robbed the navy of a chance to gather valuable intelligence against the Russian flotilla and will increase pressure on the federal government to consider a new submarine base on the east coast in the forthcoming defence white paper.

It also meant the navy could not ascertain for certain whether a Russian nuclear submarine was accompanying the four Russian ships as they sailed off northern Australia in a show of force designed to coincide with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Brisbane for the G20 meeting.

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N. Korea conducts ejection launcher test for submarine missile: report

North Korean 66m submarineNorth Korea has conducted a test of an ejection launcher that helps fire missiles from submarines in a sign that the communist nation is making progress in its efforts to develop a submarine-based ballistic missile, a news report said Friday.

The land-based test simulated the initial stage of boosting a missile out of a submarine launch tube and is a sign that the rogue state is moving ahead with plans for underwater missile strike capabilities for a future nuclear-tipped missile, the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing unidentified defense officials.

U.S. intelligence agencies observed the test in late October at a facility known to be a key development center for the North's submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program, the report said, citing two officials with access to intelligence reports.

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How The Navy's New Anti-Submarine Aircraft Sees Under The Waves

P-8A PoseidonThe P-8 Poseidon, the most advanced search aircraft in the world, has been a part of the US Navy for just a year now.

This infographic lays out the converted Boeing 737's capabilities in detecting enemy submarines, surface ships, and other aircraft.

Large metal objects like submarines create variances in the Earth's magnetic field, which the Poseidon P-8 is tuned to thanks to a tailpiece called the Magnet Anomaly Detector (MAD).

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Russia to develop new AWACS aircraft based on IL-76MD-90A plane

Il-76MD-90AThe Taganrog-based Beriyev Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex (TANTK) on Friday will receive the first series Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A Ulyanovsk plane for making an advanced airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft on its base, the plane manufacturer Aviastar-SP said.

“The A-100 Premier AWACS aircraft prototype will be made on the Ilyushin aircraft basis in Taganrog (in Russia’s southern Rostov region),” the company said.

The manufacturing cycle for one Il-76MD-90A plane is two years and 13 aircraft of the IL-76 family are currently at different stages of manufacture.

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3rd New Nuclear Missile Submarine Set to Join Russian Navy

The K-551 Vladimir Monomakh SSBNAmid a buildup of Moscow's naval power, the Russian Navy is set to commission its third brand new Borei class nuclear missile submarine, the K-551 Vladimir Monomakh, a senior Defense Ministry source was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency on Friday.

The Navy's flag will be raised over the boat on Dec. 19, marking its official induction into the fleet four months after completing sea trials, the source said, although the boat will be signed over to the Navy on December 10.

The Borei-class submarines are Russia's next-generation "boomers" — large submarines packed with nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that lurk in the safety of the ocean depths, ensuring that Russia will always have a reserve of missiles to fire at its enemies if its land-based strategic nuclear forces are obliterated.

Origin of China’s Latest Cruise Missile Debated

CX-1 Mach 3 cruise missileOne of the many new weapons shown for the first time Airshow China this year was the China Aerospace Science Industrial Corporation (CASIC) CX-1 Mach 3 cruise missile.

The PRC’s defense industrial complex has a number of cruise missiles that can be either ship- or air-launched, and each successive show at Zhuhai seems to generate new models.

So this missile is not a major breakthrough in Chinese defense technology.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fourth S-400 missile defense regiment put on combat duty near Moscow — Defense Ministry

S-400 TriumfA new regiment equipped with the S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems has taken up combat duty in the Moscow Region, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

"The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces currently have four anti-aircraft regiments equipped with the newest S-400 Triumf systems that ensure air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region," Alexey Zolotukhin said.

S-400 Triumf (NATO Designation SA-21 Growler) anti-aircraft systems can engage targets at a maximum range of up to 400 km at an altitude of 40,000-50,000 meters.

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Northrop Grumman Introduces Viper™ 2.1 Laser

DIRCM Small Laser Transmitter AssemblyNorthrop Grumman Corporation's Laser Systems business unit has announced its new Viper™ 2.1 laser, featuring a form factor and interface for use on all directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems.

The Viper™ 2.1 is the latest in the family of Viper™ lasers designed specifically for DIRCM systems. After five years of funding, development and testing, the Viper™ 2.1 will soon be ready for full-scale production alongside the venerable Viper™ family of DIRCM lasers.

Viper™ lasers have been fielded and are in full operation on approximately 55 different types of rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, protecting the aircraft, crew and cargo in every theatre of conflict.

Akash missiles hit target

Akash SAMIndia Thursday test fired two Akash surface-to -air missiles successfully from a base in Odisha.

The two missiles were simultaneously launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district against two flying targets.

"The test was successful. The missiles intercepted moving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)," Chandipur ITR director M.V.K.V. Prasad told IANS.

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Two Navy supply ships collide in Gulf of Aden, no injuries

USNS Amelia EarhartTwo U.S. navy supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden early Thursday, apparently suffering only minor damage, the U.S. Navy said in a release. No one was injured.

The USNS Amelia Earhart and USNS Walter S. Diehl were beginning a replenishment operation, when the collision occurred at 5:26 a.m. Both ships are continuing their assigned missions, the Navy said.

The Earhart is a dry cargo and ammunition supply ship, and the Diehl is a replenishment oiler.

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U.S. Aircraft Carrier’s Cost Likely to Rise Again, GAO Says

USS Gerald R. FordThe cost of the U.S. Navy’s new aircraft carrier is likely to keep rising from the $12.9 billion now estimated, with the final price masked by deferring some work until after the ship is delivered, the Government Accountability Office said.

In the latest in a series of reports offering political ammunition to critics of the Navy’s most expensive warship, the GAO yesterday reaffirmed its earlier concerns that the Ford-class carrier being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII) will cost more and take longer to complete than advertised.

“With the shipbuilder embarking on one of the most complex phases of construction with the greatest likelihood for cost growth, cost increases beyond the current $12.9 billion cost cap appear likely,” the watchdog agency said.

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South Korean Military Conducts Live-Fire Drill To Check Preparedness Against North Korea

Sejong the Great-class DDGThe South Korean military conducted a live-fire drill near the inter-Korean border on the Yellow Sea, a heavily-guarded area, on Friday.

According to the country’s defense ministry, the latest exercise was carried out to check the preparedness of South Korean forces against possible provocations by the North, Yonhap, a South Korean news agency, reported.

The naval drill, which lasted for two hours, was part of the ongoing Hoguk (defense of nation) exercise, which kicked off last week, involving nearly 330,000 troops and 60 fleets. The latest 12-day drill, which comes amid growing tensions due to threats from North Korea, is the largest ever in terms of scale, Yonhap reported.

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Russia and China to Hold 2015 Naval Exercises in Mediterranean, Pacific

Du Xiping & Sergei Yuriyevich ZhugaRussia and China have committed to a pair of 2015 naval exercises as a sign of growing military cooperation between the two countries, Russia’s minister of defense said this week.

“We plan to conduct a regular joint naval exercise in the Mediterranean next spring,” said Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, according to the Russian TASS news agency.
“Another joint naval drill is planned in the Pacific.”

The announcement from Shoigu follows a Beijing meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan in which the two countries pledged greater military-to-military cooperation against the backdrop of the so-called U.S. rebalance to the Pacific.

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France announces order for Airbus A330 MRTT air-to-air refuelling aircraft

A330 MRTTTwelve aircraft to be acquired in multi-year programme

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. The first delivery is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year.

The contract agreed between the French procurement agency, la Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), and Airbus Defence and Space is now ready for official award.

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Vietnam's third Russian sub to arrive next month

Hanoi (Kilo) class SSKThe third of six submarines Vietnam purchased from Russia will arrive early next month, Russian news agency Interfax reported.

The HQ-184 Hai Phong completed testing at sea in Kaliningrad and returned to the St. Petersburg-based Admiralty Shipyards, the submarines' manufacturer, on March 2.

Interfax quoted Alexander Buzakov, Admiralty Shipyards’ general director, on Tuesday as saying that the submarine will arrive in Vietnam early next month without specifying how.

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Thai Navy renews push for sub plan

Type 206A SSKThe Royal Thai Navy will dust off a proposal to buy submarines after years of failed attempts to equip itself with the expensive underwater craft.

Navy chief Kraisorn Chansuwanich revealed the plan on Thursday, which marks Royal Thai Navy Day.

Adm Kraisorn said he had proposed the navy’s latest development plan, which includes the bid to procure submarines, to Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon during his visit to navy headquarters on Monday.

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Malaysian navy ship KD Perantau sinking at Lumut base

KD PerantauA Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) vessel has taken in a lot of water and is listing heavily to port in the Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) docks at the naval base here.

A navy spokesperson said KD Perantau, a hydrographic vessel, was undergoing refitting maintenance at dock when it became flooded on Tuesday at about 11.15pm.

"Efforts are being conducted to rescue the vessel from sinking.

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