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Sunday, February 01, 2015

TKMS offers Type 209 and Type 210 submarines to Royal Thai Navy

Type 210mod SSKGermany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has made a double submarine offer to Thailand featuring the company's Type 209/1400mod and Type 210mod platforms, IHS Jane's understands.

The company highlighted the capabilities of the two submarines in meetings in Bangkok recently as part of the Royal Thai Navy's (RTN's) continuing review of submarine platforms, said sources.

This evaluation programme - which has also featured Russia's Kilo-class Project 636 submarine and China's Yuan-class (Type 041) platform - is in support of the RTN's plan to procure up to three submarines within the next few years.

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Missile man signs off on high

Dr. Avinash ChanderThe head of the defence research establishment, Avinash Chander, who was told to demit office earlier this month, today signed off after a test-launch of his pet Agni-V missile that was reported to be successful.

Chander, who was in Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast when the missile was launched shortly after eight this morning, said the weapon was now in "deliverable configuration".

This was the third test-firing of the missile that has a range of about 5000km and can deliver a nuclear warhead weighing 1.1 tonnes. The range of the missile means that it can be fired from, say, Kanyakumari, to hit targets north of India.

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MiG-21 Fighter Jet Crashes in Gujarat's Jamnagar, Pilot Safe

MiG-21 FishbedA MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force today crashed near Bed village in Gujarat's Jamnagar disrtict.

The pilot was able to eject safely before the crash. The jet was on a routine exercise mission. "The pilot safely ejected and landed in tide-pool created by the sea water near the spot," said Suerintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar.

The pilot who has sustained minor injuries was rescued by an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper immediately after the crash.

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Northrop Ad To Run During Super Bowl: Hints At Next-Gen Bomber

It will be one of the great weapons competitions of the 21st century. Northrop Grumman is competing against a team of Boeing and Lockheed Martin to build the Long Range Strike Bomber.

The company has also created design teams to work on so-called sixth generation fighters for the Air Force and the Navy.

With the Pentagon budget due out on Monday — and the bomber program expected to occupy a proud place in the Air Force budget – Northrop Grumman will air its new ad during America’s hottest television ad event — the Super Bowl.

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Missile defense ships face arms race, high op tempo

Tivonderoga class CGThere may be rough seas ahead for the Navy's ballistic missile defense force.

Demands are high for the Navy's BMD-capable ships and, soon, land sites, and for good reason. More than 1,200 ballistic missiles have been added to the arsenals of potential adversaries in the past five years, according to the Missile Defense Agency.

North Korea, Syria and Iran are making strides in development and production, with Iran ready as soon as this year to test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, according to reports by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

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Intercepted Russian bomber was carrying a nuclear missile over the Channel

Tu-95 Beard and EF-2000 Eurofighter TyphoonRAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled on Wednesday after two long-range TU-95 “Bear” bombers were detected flying over the English Channel.

The incident was last night described as “yet another in a series of deliberately provocative” measures by President Vladimir Putin which confirmed that Nato’s status had moved firmly from “rival to adversary”.

Sources within the Ministry of Defence last night revealed that one of the two long-range bombers was carrying at least one air-dropped “seek and find"d nuclear warhead-carrtying missile, designed to seek and destroy a Vanguard submarine.

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Lawyer: Lax rules preceded submarine shower videos

Ohio class SSBNA dozen male sailors are waiting to see whether they'll be charged for recording, distributing or not reporting videos of their female shipmates in a submarine's shower changing area for over a year.

And one suspect's attorney is building a defense based, at least in part, on the contention that personal electronics rules aboard a sub are muddy and unevenly enforced.

Attorney James Stein, based near Kings Bay in Camden County, Georgia, contends that not only is the PED instruction confusing, most sailors and officers don't follow it.

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S. Korean Navy launches submarine command

KSS II (Type 214) class SSKThe South Korean Navy on Sunday inaugurated a submarine command as part of efforts to bolster its underwater capabilities and combat readiness against North Korea.

The fleet of the command, based in the southern port city of Jinhae and led by a rear admiral, is composed of 13 submarines under the Ninth Submarine Flotilla, the Navy said in a statement.

The Navy operates nine 1,200-ton submarines and four 1,800-ton subs, while planning to add five more 1,800-ton submarines to be built by 2019. In addition, it plans to deploy nine 3,000-ton submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles, starting in 2020.

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India's Agni-V missile: Five things you need to know

Agni V ICBMMarking a historic day in India's nuclear deterrence, India on Saturday successfully launched its longest range ballistic missile Agni-V from the Wheeler's Island off the Odisha coast. Being triumphant in the previous two test launches (once in 2011 and another in 2012) Agni-V has now made India a missile superpower.

Agni-V is India's first intercontinental ballistic missile and is a significant achievement by the Defence Research and development Organisation of India (DRDO). The DRDO started the development of IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Project)- Agni missiles, in 1983 under the office of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Here are some interesting facts you must know about this super missile:

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lockheed Martin to provide Hellfire airborne missile launchers to militaries of four Asian countries

M299 Hellfire missile launcherAirborne weapons experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are helping equip the military forces of four Asian with the Hellfire air-to-ground missile under terms of a multi-year contract announced earlier this month.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., are awarding a $28.2 million contract to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla., to provide M299 Hellfire missile launchers to the governments of Korea, Indonesia, Qatar, and Singapore.

The M299 Longbow Hellfire Launcher (LBHL) is a digital missile launcher that can carry and launch as many four of any combination of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.

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UK RAF deploys AWACS against Islamic State

E-3D SentryCoalition air operations against the Islamic State have been bolstered by the deployment of a UK Boeing E-3D Sentry AWACS aircraft to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base at Akrotiri on Cyprus.

The deployment of the aircraft on 28 January from the 8 Squadron at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire was revealed in an announcement posted on the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Twitter feed later that day.

It followed an announcement by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington, DC, on 16 January that the RAF's ISTAR capability committed to Operation 'Shader', as the UK mission in Iraq and Syria is code-named, would be enhanced.

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Terma to Field Aircraft Survivability Equipment on Dutch NH-90 Helicopters

NH90Terma has been contracted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability (MASE) Pod onto the Dutch air force’ NH-90 helicopters.

The MASE Pod solution includes the Terma developed and manufactured Electronic Warfare Management System, ALQ-213 in the latest version, Missile Warning sensors, and Chaff/Flare Dispenser modules. The modular design allows for future integration of coming sensors and new requirements.

- Having collaborated with the RNLAF for decades, we are very pleased being selected to provide the NH-90 platform with self-protection equipment.

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Serbia Successfully Test-Fires Missiles With LRSVM Morava

LRSVM MoravaSerbia successfully test-fired missiles with their newly developed LRSVM Morava multiple rocket launcher on Friday, and the system should become operational with the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) by the end of the year.

The demonstration of what the missile system is able to do, organized at the Nikinci military training area in the Serbian province of Vojvodina, was attended by Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic.

Today is an important day for the VS as we have successfully completed the development and demonstration tests of the Morava missile system after five years of trial testing, Minister Gasic told reporters who attended the firing of Grad 122mm and Oganj 128mm rockets today.

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Canister-based Agni-V missile successfully test-fired

India's most formidable strategic missile, the over 5,000 km Agni-V, was tested from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on Saturday morning.

The 50-tonne inter-continental ballistic missile, the country's first such missile, was tested for the first time in a canisterised version.

This was the third test-firing of the three-stage missile, as was earlier reported by TOI.

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Latvian fighter jets take off to intercept Russian flying tanker Il-78

Il-78 MidasDefense officials of Latvia said Friday that NATO fighters took off to intercept the Il-78 tanker aircraft of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea.

"Typhoon fighter aircraft of NATO Response Force took off on January 30 to intercept the Il-78 tanker aircraft of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea," a statement from officials representing the Latvian Army said as posted on Twitter.

Representatives of the Russian Defense ministry have not commented on the news yet.

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This chart shows all of the versions of Russia's fifth-generation fighter jet

Su-50 timelineThe US and Russia have been competing arms exporters since the dawn of the Cold War.

Although the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the deep-seated rivalry between the US and Russia never fully died out and is now stronger than it's been in decades thanks the Russian annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine. The same goes for the countries' rivalry in the realm of military hardware.

The US and Russia are both producing their own fifth-generation fighters. While the US is developing the F-35 in conjunction with select worldwide partners, Russia is developing its own fifth-generation fighter, the Su-50.

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Carrier model in central China used for radar tests: Taiwanese expert

Concrete carrier modelChang Ching, a researcher from the Society for Strategic Studies, an Republic of China think tank, said the full scale model of an aircraft carrier found in Central China may be used by the People's Liberation Army to test its future communication and radar systems, reports our sister newspaper, Want Daily on Jan. 30.

Chang said that the model of the aircraft carrier and Type 055 destroyers were both designed by the 701st Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation located in Hubei province's Wuhan.

They are more likely to serve educational purposes, more for research as opposed to military training facilities. He added that the flight deck of the model carrier is too weak for a carried-based fighter like the J-15 to conduct take-off and landing tests.

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Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash

UH-1 HueyVietnam's military announced Friday it has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel.

The UH-1 "Huey" chopper crashed in farmland on Wednesday soon after taking off from Ho Chi Minh City on a training flight.

Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan said all UH-1 helicopters would be grounded for maintenance checks. He said an investigation discovered that crew members had found a problem with the control system of the doomed aircraft and had tried unsuccessfully to fix it.

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HMCS Chicoutimi now in the Royal Canadian Navy's hands after Extended Docking Work Period

Victoria class SSKBabcock Canada Inc. announced today the delivery of HMCS Chicoutimi back to the Royal Canadian Navy. That turnover took place on December 3rd, 2014, after the successful completion of the submarine’s Extended Docking Work Period (EDWP), the firm noted in a news release issued today.

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This milestone marks the first of the Victoria-Class submarines to undergo a deep maintenance period managed by Babcock Canada through the Victoria In-Service Support Contract (VISSC), and the first Canadian naval vessel to have an EDWP conducted by the RCN’s industry partners.

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Plymouth confirmed as base port for Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates

Type-26 FFGThe Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates are to be based in Plymouth, it has been announced this morning - but Devonport must share them with Portsmouth.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne today visited Portsmouth where he set out the government’s next steps in building the most modern navy in the world.

On a visit to the home of the Royal Navy, the Chancellor announced a new national shipbuilding strategy in advance of a decision later this year on orders for the brand new Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

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Sindhuratna captain to face court martial

Kilo class SSKThe captain of INS Sindhuratna will now face a general court martial (GCM) for the mishap on board his Kilo-class submarine, which killed two officers, injured several sailors and proved to be the final trigger for Admiral D K Joshi to resign as Navy chief in February last year.

While Commander Sandeep Sinha will undergo disciplinary action in the GCM, six other officers have been awarded "severe displeasure" - a black-mark in their records preventing any promotion, foreign posting, course and the like for them for two years.

The Commodore Commanding Submarines of Western Naval Command, S R Kapoor, and two of his officers are among the six to face the administrative action.

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The Soviet Union wanted to use this bizarre plane to hunt American nuclear submarines

Bartini Beriev VVA-14Throughout the Cold War the Soviet Union and the United States were constantly trying to check each other's military power. This drive for each country to outdo the other led to some truly bizarre pieces of military hardware.

One of the most astounding Soviet creations was the Bartini Beriev VVA-14. The plane, whose pontoons give it the bizarre look of a bomber airframe strapped to two Star Trek-like nacelles, was the work of Italian designer Robert Bartini.

It was envisioned as a vertical take-off amphibious aircraft designed to act as a defense against US nuclear submarines. It was supposed to be able to skim the surface of the water, allowing it to have eyes on underwater targets while keeping it safe from sub attacks.

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5 Russian Nuclear "Weapons" of War the West Should Fear

Borei-Class SSBNModern Russia is not the Soviet Union. While the USSR adhered to a no first use policy for nuclear weapons, modern Russia dropped that pledge in November 1993.

In fact, Moscow reserves the right to use its nuclear arsenal during any conflict under a doctrine it paradoxically calls “de-escalation.”

The reason for that is because while the Soviet military was confident it could win a conventional fight against all comers, the modern Russian military is a shambolic mess.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

TOR-M2U Short-Range Air Defense Systems To Be Fitted On Russian Navy Vessels

Naval version of Tor-M2Russian Navy vessels will be fitted with a naval version of the short-range anti-missile system "Tor-M2U." This was stated by a JSC IEMZ Kupol (Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant affilitated to Almaz-Antey the designer and builder of the system) representative in an interview with Russian media RIA Novosti.

"We work closely with the Russian Navy to establish maritime modifications of Tor-M2U complex. I hope that we will be able to present this work at maritime defense exhibition in St. Petersburg this year " [ed. note: IMDS 2015], - said Kartashov, the company representative.

He noted that the JSC IEMZ Kupol will present their solutions to fit the Tor system on ships of various sizes.

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Boeing Wins $51 Million Contract to Sustain ICBM Guidance System

LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBMBoeing will provide sustaining engineering support for the guidance system of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the U.S. Air Force, ensuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s land-based nuclear deterrent, under a recently-awarded $51 million contract.

“Since 1958, Boeing has stood alongside the U.S. Air Force to design, develop and test ICBM systems,” said Peggy Morse, vice president, Boeing Directed Energy & Strategic Systems (DESS). “Boeing’s uninterrupted support will ensure the Minuteman III force remains safe, secure and effective.”

Boeing is the original equipment manufacturer of the Minuteman guidance system, and its innovations have been integral to improving each generation of the system.

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