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Friday, May 29, 2015

French Defense Minister: 8 FREMM For The Navy Followed by 5 New Generation FTI Frigates

FS Provence (D652)French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian detailed the naval part of the update to the French Military Planning Law today on a naval base in Brittany.

The French Navy will receive 8 FREMM Frigates in total (while 11 of them were originally planned) and a new generation of frigates: the FTI (Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire or Midsize Frigate) which will start being delivered in 2023 for a total of 5 hulls.

French Defense Minister explained during his speech today that the delivery of a FREMM Frigate to Egypt (the former Normandie originally intended for the French Navy) will be compensated and six ASW FREMM Frigates will be delivered to the French Navy by the end of 2019 in accordance with the Military Planning Law.

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New Boeing Avionics Facility to Enhance ROKAF Readiness, Affordability

ROKAF F-15K EagleBoeing today formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone. The 10,000 square-foot facility will test and repair aircraft electrical systems, reducing repair times and yielding significant inventory cost savings for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).

The new facility underlines both Boeing’s growing role as a global enterprise and its participation in the growth of the domestic Korean aerospace sector.

“This facility will enhance readiness of the ROKAF’s F-15K fleet by allowing rapid, affordable in-country support of the aircraft’s advanced systems,” said Leanne Caret, president for Boeing’s Global Services & Support. “There is also tremendous potential to expand work performed at this facility, by serving other global customers and supporting a variety of weapon systems.”

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Russian MiG-31 Successfully Downs Cruise Missile in Military Drills

MiG-31 FoxhoundA Russian MiG-31 (Foxhound) interceptor successfully downed a cruise missile that was fired by a Tu-95MS (Bear) strategic bomber over the Pemboi Range in Russia’s northwestern region, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Central Military District’s press service said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The aircraft are taking part in snap combat readiness drills in the Republic of Komi.

“The cruise missile was destroyed at an altitude of 300 meters above the ground from a distance of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the target.”

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Northrop Grumman, US Army Achieve Ballistic Missile Intercept in Inaugural Flight Test


The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman Corporation took a significant step toward the objective for integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) when a ballistic missile was destroyed using the IAMD Battle Command System (IBCS) in its first flight test.

"Working together with the Army, we will deliver with IBCS a fully netted system providing a single, unambiguous view to enable any-sensor, best-shooter capability," said Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, integrated air and missile defense division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

"Today's successful intercept test demonstrated the power of the IBCS to conduct net-centric engagements with componentized sensors and launchers."

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Russia Stations Iskander Missiles in Kaliningrad: NATO Cries Wolf

9K720 Iskander-MThe deployment of Iskander-M missile complexes in Kaliningrad will “fundamentally change the balance of security in Europe,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a speech at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday.

Stoltenberg described Moscow’s actions as “unjustified, destabilizing and dangerous” while adding that the alliance did not wish to deepen its confrontation with Russia.

In Moscow President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov dismissed the NATO chief’s words about Moscow allegedly using military drills as a cover for moving troops to Ukrainian territory as “irrelevant.”

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Airbus admits 'assembly quality problem' after A400M crash

Airbus A400M refuelling Eurocopter EC725Analysis of the flight recorders of the A400M which crashed in Spain on May 9, killing four, indicated there were no structural faults but assembly quality problems, a senior Airbus executive said in a newspaper interview to appear on Friday.

"The black boxes confirm it. There was no structural fault, but we have a serious final assembly quality problem," Airbus group's chief of strategy Marwan Lahoud told the German daily Handelsblatt after receiving the first results of the analyses of the flight recorders.

In a statement released ahead of publication, Handelsblatt wrote that the units which control the engines of the turboprop A400M military cargo and troop transport were poorly installed during final assembly, which could have led to the engines malfunctioning and the plane crashing.

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General Dynamics Delivers Software Update for AV-8B Harrier II Jet Mission System Computers

AV-8B HarrierGeneral Dynamics Mission Systems' Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACETM) team delivered the third software release to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

The software upgrades are loaded into the mission system computer (MSC) in AV-8B Harrier II aircraft used by the U.S. Marine Corps. The software release, using the FACE Technical Standard, provides improved functionality for faster, less expensive integration of MSC applications.

General Dynamics received the contract to upgrade AV-8B Harrier's MSCs with the next-generation FACE Infrastructure and capability in 2013.

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Slow-moving fighter jet blocks Autobahn traffic


A damaged Eurofighter plane being pulled by a truck along the autobahn was so wide that it blocked three lanes of traffic on its way to being repaired in Bavaria on Thursday, drawing the ire of fellow drivers.

The supersonic fighter jet's wingspan of more than eleven meters was so large that other cars could not overtake it along the A9 autobahn.

And the truck hauling the plane along the autobahn could only travel at between 50 and 60 kilometers per hour due to the heavy load.

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UK and US military test F-35B Lightning II jets at sea


A group of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel are currently at sea onboard USS WASP, joining American colleagues in the latest F-35B Lightning II fast jet trials.

It's hoped it will give the RAF a true multi-role all weather, day and night capability which is able to operate from well-established land bases, deployed locations or the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

The Royal Navy’s vision for tactical integration of the F-35B into their current arsenal is similar to the Marine Corps’ plan to integrate the F-35 with legacy aircraft, such as the AV-8B Harrier and the F/A-18 Hornet, and gradually phase out legacy aircraft over the coming decades.

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PEO Carriers: Advanced Arresting Gear Delays Won’t Stop Ford From Delivering On Time

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)The program executive officer for aircraft carriers told USNI News he is confident the carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will deliver on time despite delays in the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) program.

Rear Adm. Tom Moore said Thursday that the AAG setbacks created about four to six weeks of schedule pressure to the ship, but he is striving to make up that time.

Moore said in March that the General Atomics-built component had a design flaw, but the solution that has been implemented seems to be working well, he told USNI News.

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Indigenous aircraft carrier to be ready by 2018: Navy chief

INS VikrantIndigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant would be ready by 2018, Navy chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan said on Thursday.

"The indigenous aircraft carrier will be ready by 2018," Dhowan told reporters after the conclusion of the Naval Commanders' Conference here.

INS Vikrant, a 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, is under construction at the Cochin Shipyard.

It is the first aircraft carrier to be designed by the Directorate of Naval Design of the Indian Navy.

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Modernized Cruiser Chancellorsville Leaving for New Homeport in Japan

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)The guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) departed San Diego today for its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, rejoining the Forward Deployed Naval Forces and bringing an improved anti-air warfare capability to the Asia-Pacific region.

Chancellorsville was the first cruiser to receive its Aegis Baseline 9 upgrade, undergoing the modernization work in 2012 and extensive testing in 2013 and 2014.

The upgrade allows better command and control through the Navy Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) system and better fire power through the Standard Missile-6 surface to air missile.

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Sweden And Denmark Build Closer Defense Ties As Russian Threat in Baltic Rises

HDMS Niels Juel,  HMS Helsingborg & HMS NykoepingDenmark and Sweden have announced that they will develop closer defense ties, just as both face increased Russian military activity in the Baltic and Nordic regions.

The cooperation, announced at a joint press conference in Copenhagen on Wednesday, could see the two countries share air and maritime surveillance information during peacetime, even though Denmark is a member of NATO and Sweden is a neutral country.

"We have a long tradition of military cooperation between Denmark and Sweden,” said a joint statement from the Swedish and Danish Defense ministries. “A pragmatic and determined effort will be made to enhance Danish-Swedish military cooperation in order to achieve increased operational effect and added value to mutual benefit for both countries. We underline the political will and intent to move forward.”

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A first for IAF: Anti-ship Harpoon missile fired from fighter jet

IAF JaguarThe Indian Air Force launched an anti-ship Harpoon missile from a fighter plane for the first time at a pre-designated target in the Arabian Sea last week. The missile, built by US defence giant Boeing, was launched on May 22 from a Jaguar maritime strike fighter that flew 200 nautical miles off the west coast to carry out the mission, a source said.

The fighter belonged to the IAF’s maritime strike squadron based at the Lohegaon airbase outside Pune. The Jaguar was refuelled midair during the mission, the source added.

An official confirmed it was the “first live firing” of the Harpoon from a warplane in India after integration by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. “It was successful,” he added.

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UK says rejects whistleblower's warning over nuclear submarines

Astute class SSNThe united kingdom Britain has finished an interrogative right into a whistleblower’s charges that is actually its nuclear-armed submarines have huge intrusion problems and is actually glad no retreat cracks have transpire, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday.

Able Seaman William McNeilly unveil an extended file over the internet previously and this month by which he explained Britain’s Trident nuclear defending product was in fact defenseless its foes and possibly disturbing twists of fate due to security breakdowns.

“Neither the working efficacy our uninterrupted put off restriction nor the reliability of your submariners or masses have already been neglected,” Fallon said within the published testimony in to parliament.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Russian Air Force to Get at Least 50 New Strategic Tu-160 Blackjack Bombers

Tu-160 BlackjackThe Russian Defense Ministry will purchase no less than 50 new Tu-160 (Blackjack) heavy strategic bombers when production is renewed, Russian Air Force Commander Col.Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Thursday.

“No less than 50 aircraft over time will be purchased in order to cover the costs that will go into production,” Col.Gen. Bondarev said without specifying when production would begin.

Earlier Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the need to renew the Tu-160s production.

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Vandenberg AFB test-fires third ballistic missile


Air Force officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base test-fired an unarmed Minuteman-III ballistic missile during the early morning hours of May 20.

Launched toward the Pacific Ocean at around 3:30 a.m., the purpose of the test launch was to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system,” according to the Air Force.

“The data gained from these launches allows us to maintain a high readiness capability and ensures operation effectiveness of the most powerful weapons in the nation’s arsenal,” said Col. Keith Balts, commander for the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg, who’s also responsible for deciding whether or not a missile gets launched.

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UK Based F-15Es Flew A Secret Long-Range Mission Over Africa On Monday

F-15E Strike EagleA pair of RAF Lakenheath based USAF F-15E Strike Eagles that were bristling with live bombs and air-to-air missiles, along five KC-135R tankers, flew on a secretive and grueling 12 hour mission over the Southern Mediterranean on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day.

Multiple radio interceptors and plane spotters state that four F-15E’s, callsigns ABLE 01 through 04, took off from their home base at RAF Lakenheath laden with yellow banded (live) AIM-9M sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAMS and no less than seven 500lb Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs).

These aircraft were accompanied by five KC-135Rs tankers, callsign QUID 91 through 95, that launched out of their base at RAF Mildenhall, just as the Lakenheath based F-15Es were departing.

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Eurofighter Typhoon - Now an even stronger force multiplier

EF-2000 Eurofighter TyphoonActive on Baltic Patrols in support of NATO, and fresh from Exercise Red Flag in Nevada, the Eurofighter Typhoon Team have confirmed that a new suite of capabilities is delivering 'spectacular results' in 2015 as the 431 aircraft delivered to customers come close to accumulating 300,000 flying hours.

Eurofighter CEO, Alberto Gutierrez, said: "We are getting extremely positive feedback from our customers over the performance and reliability of the Eurofighter Typhoon, both on exercise and on deployment. It is now becoming widely recognised that the platform is a potent force multiplier especially when flying in support of other airborne assets."

Already recognised as the 'backbone of European air power', the Typhoon's credibility has recently been further enhanced with the continued integration of powerful new radar and weapons capability.

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Check Out The $400,000 Helmet That Sees Through Walls


When you spend $400 on a motorcycle helmet, you have certain expectations about quality and safety. But what should you expect when your helmet costs $400,000?

Well, if you expected it to be magically able to see through walls, you’d be right. It won’t actually give you Superman’s X-Ray vision, but it’s pretty close.

This “super-helmet” is actually the F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) and it was created to work in synch with one of the most complex weapons systems ever created: the F-35 Lightning II.

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Russia's fifth-generation smartplane PAK FA T-50: Total eclipse of F-35

Su T-50 PAK-FARussia's fifth-generation PAK FA T-50 fighter jet is a "flying robot, a smart plane," advisor to Director General of Radio Electronic Technology Concern, Vladimir Mikheyev said.

The pilot does not play a significant role for the new fifth-generation fighter jet. The pilot, the official said, is "an integral part of the aircraft," RIA Novosti reports.

In addition to its advanced design, PAK FA has a number of other advantages over foreign aircraft. For example, PAK FA T-50 fighter remains maneuverable and stable at supercritical attack angles.

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Embattled F-35 fighter jet could soon be ready for combat


It has wound a tortured path to get here. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been derided as a trillion-dollar boondoggle, the "plane that ate the Pentagon," a failed project billions over budget and years behind schedule that should be killed.

And yet here it was Tuesday, the sun glinting off its wings on a beautiful day as it approached this amphibious assault ship for a landing 100 miles off the North Carolina coast. It nestled in undaunted, touching down vertically like a helicopter onto the deck.

Crews rushed around in a well-scripted choreography, getting ready to usher it off the ship again. And with the pilot’s salute from the cockpit, and a thunderous rush toward the horizon, it was off again over the deep blue water.

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Last flight for Prowler will be to Museum of Flight

EA6-B ProwlerThe last active duty flight for a Navy electronic warfare Grumman EA6-B Prowler jet will be to The Museum of Flight, May 27, where it will be officially decommissioned and taken into the museum’s permanent collection.

Immediately after the plane’s 12:15 p.m. arrival, there will be a brief ceremony with museum officials and Cmdr. Christopher Jason, the commanding officer of the plane’s squadron, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, located at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

“The Prowler will be the first electronic warfare aircraft in the museum’s collection,” said Curator Dan Hagedorn.

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HMS Prince of Wales receives its bow section

HMS Prince of Wales bow sectionThe UK Royal Navy's second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has been successfully installed with the bow section, marking the outward completion of its forward section.

The 620t block was raised using a Goliath crane and placed on the front of the ship in the dry dock.

Aircraft Carrier Alliance Prince of Wales in charge Angus Holt said: "Seeing the forward island in position on the flight deck marks a highly-visible achievement in the assembly programme.

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28 AFP modernization projects face delay

C-130J Super HerculesTwenty-eight military projects, including base upgrades, various air assets, and ships might be delayed, as Malacañang has still to approve the Armed Forces Modernization Program.

Sources said the modernization program was submitted to Malacañang in February 2013, two months after President Aquino signed the bill into law.

However, the program has yet to be approved, The STAR learned yesterday.

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