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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast

Tu-22M3 Backfire CSwedish military identified and followed two Russian TU-22 fighter planes escorted by a pair of SU-27 aircraft flying east of the island of Gotland on Monday morning.

The Russian planes flew above southern parts of the Baltic Sea and east of Gotland.

A military spokesman told The Local that the planes had stayed in international airspace and that the Swedish air force had followed them only to inspect them more closely.

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PLA's DF-26 IRBM is without peer, says Sina Military

DF-26 IRBMThe People's Liberation Army's DF-26 missile is an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) without peer in the world, the Beijing-based Sina Military Network claims.

International standards consider guided missiles to be IRBMs if they have a range of more than 3,000 kilometers. Due to China's geopolitical considerations, however, the PLA only considers a missile to be an IRBM if it has a range of greater than 4,000 km.

China's first-generation IRBM is the DF-4, which represents a number of breakthroughs in weapons technology such as multi-stage rockets, warhead heat resistance, high-altitude ignition engines and inertial navigation, the report said.

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Russian jets in Syrian skies

MiG-29SMT FulcrumRussia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent.

Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state

According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for all intents and purposes, as a Russian forward operating base.

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Draken Supports Multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Exercise

A-4K Draken, F-35 Lightning II & F-16 Fighting FalconDraken International, the leading global provider of contract air services, recently supported operational testing of the F-35 at Edwards Air Force Base by flying the company's A-4K fighter jets as simulated adversaries.

The large force training exercise was initiated by the 323rd Test and Evaluation Squadron and supported by the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team from Aug. 17-28. This was the first time any commercial air services company had provided adversary support for the F-35.

Draken flew as many as five of their A-4K aircraft at a time as adversaries in support of F-35 operational testing against both Royal Netherlands Air Force and Royal Air Force F-35A and F-35B aircraft as well as Royal Netherlands F-16 Vipers.

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China Is World's Third Largest Fighter Aircraft Exporter: Russian Think Tank

JF-17 ThunderChina has emerged as the third-largest exporter of fighter planes in the list of world’s top fighter plane exporters prepared by Russian think tank.

The country has handed over 92 fighter planes with a total US$2.03 billion to foreign buyers. The fighter planes also include 51 planes worth US$830 million to Pakistan, the largest buyer in 2011.

Further in next four years, the country likely supplies another 40 fighters to Pakistan, worth a total of US$1.2 billion, Huanqiu.com, the Chinese-language website of China’s nationalistic Global Times newspaper quoted a Russian think tank in its report on Sunday.

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Two US Predator drones deployed to Latvia

MQ-1 PredatorThe US military has deployed two MQ-1 Predator surveillance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia for a two-week training mission aimed at reassuring European allies wary of Russia.

The mission, which began Friday and is due to end on September 15, comes as the United States increases military exercises and training in Eastern Europe after Russia's annexation of Crimea and repeated clashes in Ukraine between nationalists and pro-Russian separatists.

Four F-22 stealth tactical fighter aircraft have been deployed to Germany, and were used in a training exercise Monday with Polish F-16 fighter planes.

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Russia’s Newest Grom Smart Bombs Unveiled at MAKS 2015

Su-24 FencerGrom, a next-generation high-precision bomb was unveiled at MAKS-2015 International Air Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Tactical Missile Corporation, which developed the new piece of deadly equipment, presented an export version of the bomb.

The Grom (Russian "Thunder") family comprises of two versions of the bomb – the Grom-1 and the Grom-2. The Grom-1 is in fact a guided cruise missile equipped with an engine, inertial and satellite guidance systems.

Equipped with a cutting-edge guidance system, the Grom-2 is a high-precision bomb. With no engine, it has an increased, 130-kilogram payload. After the bomb is dropped it flies until it reaches the target. It has a maximum range of 280 kilometers.

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Navy destroys 200 illegal refineries, 80 vessels

Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-IbasThe Nigerian Navy says it has destroyed no fewer than 200 illegal refineries located in the Niger Delta region from 2014 till date.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, disclosure this at the just concluded second Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Africa conference held in Lagos.

Admiral Babalola, while highlighting some of the challenges militating against effective security of West African Maritime environment, noted that most countries in the Sub-Sahara have insufficient knowledge of events taking place in their maritime environment due to poor maritime domain awareness, interdiction and response capability.

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Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves for Japan Starting Second Phase of 3-Carrier Crew Swap


Later today of Nimitz-class carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) will depart San Diego, Calif. for its new home in Yokosuka, Japan.

Reagan’s California departure and its arrival in Japan as U.S. 7th Fleet’s forward deployed carrier is the second move in a three-way carrier swap that will move USS George Washington (CVN-73) to Newport News, Va. for a mid-life overhaul and change the homeport of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) — currently in U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) — from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. to San Diego.

Reagan and Washington conducted a 10-day crew swap when Washington arrived in San Diego earlier in August after being in Japan since 2008 as the U.S. forward deployed carrier.

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Australia's first LHD ship close to initial operational capability

HMAS Canberra (L02)Australia's first-of-class landing helicopter dock ship is closer to initial operational capability following completion of a graduated test and trial program.

The second LHD, meanwhile, has completed her second and final sea trials prior to delivery to the Royal Australian Navy.

The Canberra-class ships will be the largest vessels operated by the Royal Australian Navy. They are about 757 feet long, displace more than 30,000 tons and have a maximum speed of 20 knots. Range is 9,000 nautical miles.

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Russia's Most Anachronistic Warship Is Getting an Overhaul

Kirov class CGNThe flagship of Russia's Northern Fleet, the Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) battle cruiser, is on its way into a Murmansk shipyard for renovations as part of a larger program to keep the massive vessel serving for several decades.

The ship, which is one of Russia's two surviving Kirov-class battle cruisers, will be put into a dry-dock at the 82nd repair plant in the near future, after dock workers have prepared the site to receive the massive warship, Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga told the RIA Novosti news agency on Monday.

The Pyotr Veliky's pitstop in Murmansk is part of an effort to keep the Northern Fleet flagship, which was launched in 1989, sailing until 2018, when the Sevmash shipyards in Severodvinsk have space to begin an extensive modernization of the ship.

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Essay: Inside the Design of China’s Yuan-class Submarine

Type 039A/B (Yuan) class SSKChina’s evolving submarine force is a topic worthy of sober examination and debate. However, for the discussion to be useful in informing both national policy-makers and citizenry alike, the content must be based on accurate data and sound analysis.

Unfortunately, both are often found wanting when it comes to English-language reporting on the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

A recent USNI News essay, continues this trend. In the essay, Henry Holst, argues that the Type 039A/B Yuan-class submarine was “designed primarily as an anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) platform capable of hiding submerged for long periods of time in difficult to access shallow littorals.”

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Here's why North Korea's decrepit submarine force still freaks out the South

Kim Jong UnTensions have been mounting on the Korean peninsula since a North Korean landmine seriously injured two South Korean soldiers on August 4.

That incident led to spiking tensions between the two countries, culminating in limited artillery exchanges and North Korea's placing of its front-line troops on a war footing.

Tensions relaxed earlier this week when North Korea issued an apology for the land mine after tense negotiations.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

PLA's nuclear subs still unable to strike US homeland: Kanwa

Type 094 (Jin) class SSBNChina's 12 nuclear-powered submarines are still unable to launch a direct attack against the US homeland, reports the Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine based in Canada.

An estimated three of the PLA Navy's Type 094 Jin-class ballistic missile submarines and two Type 093 Shang-class attack submarines are currently stationed at Sanya, the base of the PLA's South Sea Fleet in the southern island province of Hainan.

The base is the most proximate location for deployment to the South China Sea, where Beijing disputes vast swaths of maritime territory with competing neighbors.

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US's F-22 Raptor jet fighter comes to Poland

F-22 RaptorFour of the Lockheed Martin-made planes will be on show. The F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF).

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor and was responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems, and final assembly of the F-22, while program partner Boeing provided the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.

The event comes in the wake of Warsaw's requests for more US and NATO engagement in Poland and the Baltic states in view of the recent escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and concerns over Russia’s stance.

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Mirage 2000 fighter jet to be upgraded with multi-function displays

Mirage 2000The upgraded Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft will be installed with India-made multi-function displays under an Indo-French partnership, as part of a programme to enhance the operational life of multi-role fighters by around 20 years.

Samtel Thales Avionics Ltd (STAL), a joint venture between Samtel Avionics and French firm Thales, has successfully dispatched the first batch of multi-function displays for Mirage 2000 upgrade programme of the Indian Air Force from the newly-commissioned production facility in Greater Noida.

"Samtel Thales Avionics thus becomes the only Indo-French partnership in defence space in India to have a high-technology product in production for a major offset programme, and is the only company in India eligible for more Mirage 2000 MLU displays," an industry source here said.

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Crews Deliver Retired Fighter Jet to Haney Technical Center


It may be nerve-racking thinking of delivering a retired fighter jet across the streets of Panama City, but for Air Force mechanic Jason Lingenfelter, his wife Christy said her husband felt right at home.

"He started out with the F-15s when he came into the military, and he's since transitioned into the 22s," Lingenfelter said. "So this is like coming back to home. He's back with his original air frame and he's very excited about it."

Lingenfelter joined dozens of others Sunday morning to help bring the Eagle F-15 fighter jet from Tyndall Air Force Base to Haney Technical Center.

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China Prepares to Build Jet Faster Than Legendary US Spy Plane?

SR-71 BlackbirdAccording to various reports, China is planning to develop a turbofan ramjet engine. Such an engine theoretically could be the basis for a jet faster than the legendary US SR-71 spy plane, the fastest aircraft, discharged in the late 1990s.

On August 25, a report in the Chinese newspaper China Aviation News described a planned project to build China's first domestically-made turbofan-ramjet combined cycle engine, designed for an unnamed aircraft.

“The description of this engine suggests something resembling the Pratt & Whitney J58 variable cycle engine used by the SR-71 Blackbird, which is also often described as a turbofan-ramjet engine, due to its unique bleed from the compressor to the afterburner which allows for increased thrust at high speeds,” China Aviation News wrote.

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China test-flies new generation drone


China has taken a newly-developed drone on a test flight in northwest province Gansu.

The new generation "Rainbow 5" drone is twice as large as previous models, with a 20-meter wingspan. It was developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology for reconnaissance and military strikes.

The drone can conduct air patrol for over 30 hours, and has 900 kilograms of load capacity. Apart from military uses, it can also be used for maritime patrol and search and rescue at sea.

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What will Royal Navy warships look like in 2050?

3D holographic command tableFuturistic images of what Royal Navy vessels could look like in 2050 have been developed by young British scientists and engineers. They hope it will offer a glimpse of how advanced vessels could be.

A group of British scientists and engineers are working for major players in the industry and the Ministry of Defence on a project called Starpoint.

Its aim is to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of military maritime technology.

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Faslane base gets £500m contracts 'to secure 6,700 jobs'

Vanguard class SSBNChancellor George Osborne has announced more than £500m of contracts for the Royal Navy's submarine base at Faslane.

The government said the work, which is due to begin in 2017, would secure 6,700 jobs and create thousands more.

Mr Osborne said: "Across Scotland, around 12,600 people work in defence and my defence spending commitments will secure these jobs."

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Saab strikes technology cooperation with BPPT, ITB

Saab 340 AEW&C (Erieye)Swedish defense and security giant Saab AB has signed two technology cooperation agreements that will mainly help foster the defense and aeronautics sectors in Indonesia.

On Thursday, Saab chief technology officer Pontus de Laval signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) which was represented by deputy chairman for industrial technology design and engineering, Erzi Agson Gani.

Under the terms of the MoU Saab and BPPT will cooperate broadly on defense technology such as aerospace, naval and sensor technology.

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Combat Effectiveness of Yak-130 Enhanced

Yak-130 MittenIrkut has demonstrated Yak-130 trainer aircraft fitted with laser rangefinder intended for visual identification of ground and surface targets and measurement of slant range to them at the MAKS-2015.

Russia has upgraded the the Yak-130 (tail number 01)in a bid to showcase it as not just a trainer but also as a light attack aircraft to its foreign customers.

According to a press statement on Aug 28, the presence of the laser range finder allows for combat use of the Yak-130 in difficult terrain (mountains, gorges), improve the accuracy of determining the coordinates of the operational objectives and the application of existing nomenclature aircraft weapons.

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MAKS airshow highlights: No-runway plane, PAK FA 5G jet in action


This week Russia hosted one of the world’s biggest aviation events, the MAKS-2015 air show. RT looks back on the highlights of the expo, from the public aerobatics premiere of PAK FA, Russia’s first 5th-gen fighter jet, to historic WWII planes.

The Sukhoi PAK FA is the Russian-made counterpart to the US F 22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II currently in the testing phase.

While the general public could see it flying at previous MAKS air shows, this year the aircraft performed a complex aerobatics program, showcasing its supermaneuverability.

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Nigerian Military Plane Crashes In Kaduna, Killing All 7 On Board

Nigerian Airforce ATR 42-500The Nigerian Air Force said one of its aircraft crashed into a residential house in the state of Kaduna killing all seven people who were onboard, including four crew members and three passengers, the Associated Press reported.

Saturday’s accident happened after the Dornier-228 aircraft had taken off from Kaduna Military Airfield Saturday morning bound for the country's capital, Abuja. The plane crashed into a house in the Ribadu area, AP reported, citing Commodore Dele Alonge, an air force spokesman.

The bodies of those in the plane have been recovered, Alonge said, adding that fire fighters are at the crash site trying to prevent the fire from spreading.

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