martes, 18 de junio de 2019

Primer piloto vietnamita graduado en USA

First Vietnam Military Pilots Graduating US Training Course

Vietnam's Senior Lieutenant Dang Duc Toai (R) and Sublieutenant Doan Van Canh with their trainer (photo : U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

Two Vietnamese pilots are finishing the Aviation Leadership Program run by the U.S. Air Force, the first from their country to do so.

Senior Lieutenant Dang Duc Toai will be the first to complete it followed by Sub Lieutenant Doan Van Canh.

It is a U.S. Air Force scholarship program that provides undergraduate pilot training to select officers from other nations’ air forces, seeking to build relationships between future leaders of air forces and increase cooperation between countries.

The two Vietnamese pilots are attending the 52-week course at the Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi State, according to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

Defense ties between the former foes are flowering.

Boeing subsidiary Insitu has received an order for six unmanned aerial vehicles from Vietnam worth $9.7 million.

It will also provide components and spare parts and training in their use, and send experts for technical support.

Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, told the Vietnamese media via phone on Monday that the U.S. looks forward to the next step to ensure that Vietnam has the best national defense equipment in the world, which it would supply.

At a meeting on June 1 at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Vietnam's Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich agreed that the bilateral cooperation in recent years has achieved practical results and is consistent with the comprehensive partnership between the two countries, and contributes to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world.


lunes, 17 de junio de 2019

Los 4 Tupis no operacionales que serían transferidos a la ARA

Four non-operational Tupi-class subs to be transfered from Brazil to Argentina

Navy Recognition

Brazil recently agreed to transfer four of its German-made Tupi-class submarines to Argentina, as the Brazilian Navy is modernising its fleet of submarines.

 One Tupi-class submarine of the Brazilian Navy (Picture Source: Baird Maritime)

Brazil is modernising its fleet of submarines, by acquiring Scorpene-class submarines from Naval Group (four are scheduled to be delivered every 12 to 18 months, with the first one to be delivered in 2020), and by building its first nuclear-powered submarine in the mid-2020s.

The transfer of Brazilian submarines to the Argentine Navy is a positive development for this one, as it suffered from a deadly accident in 2017, in which the Navy lost 44 submariners.

Yet, safety concerns are likely to resurface as the four Brazilian submarines are not currently operational and will, therefore, need to be repaired and refurbished before entering service in Argentina.

BAe ofrece Hawk mejorado para desbancar el plan LCA de Malasia

BAE Sees Hawk Upgrade as Alternative to RMAF’s LCA Plans

RMAF Hawk Mk 208 (photo : Blaster Aviagraphey)

BAE Systems believes a Hawk upgrade is a cost effective way for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to address future attack requirements, as it eyes additional emerging opportunities.

Natasha Pheiffer, the company’s managing director in Asia, believes a Hawk upgrade is a viable alternative to the country’s plans to buy 36 fighters under its light combat aircraft competition. She contends that such an upgrade could possibly free funds for the long frozen Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) deal for 18 advanced fighters.

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that the RMAF operates 18 Hawks, of which five are two-seat Mk 108s used at trainers, and 13 are single seat Mk 208s used for ground attack. Over the years, five Mk 108s and four Mk 208s have been written off, and one Mk 208 retired.

Following a request for information earlier this year, contenders for the LCA requirement include the Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50, Hindustan Aeronautics Tejas, Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17, and Yakovlev Yak-130. Kuala Lumpur is still considering its options for LCA and it is not clear when, or if, a request for proposals will be forthcoming.

Pheiffer says that BAE did not receive the LCA RFI, but this was mainly due to the RMAF's view that it is intimately familiar with the Hawk after operating it for a quarter of a century.

Pheiffer, a long-term veteran of the company, has been in her role for the last five months and is based in KL.

Though contractors no longer view MRCA as an active competition, eventually KL could buy new fighters. Contenders could include BAE with the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Saab Gripen, Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, and Dassault Rafale. The aircraft the MRCA was supposed to replace, the Mikoyan MiG-29, is already in storage.

As for other opportunities, BAE Systems is watching government-to-government talks between the United Kingdom and Japan on future fighter technologies. The development of the UK's Tempest fighter, in which BAE plays a role, will coincide with Japan's efforts to replace the Mitsubishi F-2 with an advanced fighter developed locally or in conjunction with international partners.

Tokyo has yet to decide how it will proceed, but appreciates the opportunities offered by international partners. US companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin have also provided information to Tokyo.

Another area where Pheiffer sees a possible opportunity is Tokyo's intention to modify two Izumo class helicopter destroyers to carry Lockheed Martin F-35B fighters.

She feels that BAE is well placed to assist Tokyo with the integration of fixed wing fighters aboard the two ships owing to its work on the UK’s Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, which will also operate the F-35B.


domingo, 16 de junio de 2019

También a fin de año Indonesia espera sus Sukhoi Su-35

Indonesia Expects Su-35 Supplies to Start by Yearend

Sukhoi Su-35 fighter (photo : UAC)

SINGAPORE/TASS/. Indonesia expects the supplies of Russian Su-35 fighter jets to start by the end of 2019, the republic’s Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu told TASS on Sunday.

"I think that the issue will be solved this year," he said.

According to the minister, "certain challenges (in finalizing the contract) are due to the fact that three departments of the republic are involved in the process." "The Defense Ministry has signed all documents, whereas the Trade Ministry and Finance Ministry are still in the process of approval," which is connected with the fact that "there will be different forms of payment," he explained, adding that though discussions are still underway "fundamentally the issue has been solved."

Earlier the minister told TASS that Jakarta "would not cancel the contract on jet supplies despite the US sanctions against Russia." The signing of the contract with Indonesia to supply 11 Su-35 fighter jets was announced at the beginning of last year.

Indonesia became the second country after China to buy Su-35 aircraft from Russia. The Su-35S generation 4++ supersonic fighter jet performed its debut flight on February 19, 2008. The fighter jet is a derivative of the Su-27 plane. The Su-35S weighs 19 tonnes, has a service ceiling of 20,000 meters, can develop a maximum speed of 2,500 km/h and has a crew of one pilot. The fighter jet’s armament includes a 30mm aircraft gun, up to 8 tonnes of the weapon payload (missiles and bombs of various types) on 12 underwing hardpoints.


sábado, 15 de junio de 2019

A fin de año arriban los Super Tucanos filipinos

PAF’s New Close-Air Support Aircraft Arriving 4th Quarter 2019

A-129B Super Tucano (photo : reddit)

The delivery of six brand new close-air support (CAS) A-29B Super Tucano aircraft for Philippine Air Force (PAF) is expected in fourth quarter of this year.

The Philippines, in fourth quarter 2017, chose Brazil-based Embraer to supply 6 CAS aircraft for PAF.

MaxDefense Philippines said that the six Embraer A-29B Super Tucano ordered by the Department of National Defense (DND) for PAF are expected to arrive by November 2019.

“The Super Tucano is the fruit of the PAF’s Close Air Support Aircraft Acquisition Project under the Horizon 1 phase of RAFPMP, and are expected to replace the 15th Strike Wing’s Aermacchi SF-260TP armed trainers,” MaxDefense said.

Embaer said the A-29 Super Tucano is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, even operating from unimproved runways.

“The Super Tucano is the best light attack aircraft in the market and we are confident that it will accomplish with excellence the missions it was selected for,” Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security said in 2017.


viernes, 14 de junio de 2019

UGV de diseño singapurés se prueba en Estonia

Milrem Robotics, ST Engineering Demo BVLOS Combat UGV

Milrem Robotics and STEng combat UGV (photo : Shephard)

Milrem Robotics and ST Engineering have demonstrated a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) combat UGV armed with a 40mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL) and a 12.7mm heavy machine gun (HMG) during a live fire exercise held in Tapa, Estonia.

The joint warfare system consists of the THeMIS UGV and the ADDER remote weapon station. The UGV is a tracked all-terrain system with ground clearance up to 60cm that can negotiate 60% slopes and pass 61cm deep water obstacles. Its top speed is 20km/h and it is powered by a diesel-electric drive that, depending on the mission, can offer 15 hours of constant operations without re-fuelling.

The system is equipped with an advanced medium-calibre weapon system armed with a 40mm AGL and a 12.7mm HMG. Both weapons passed live fire tests conducted in April in cooperation with the Estonian Defence Force.

The combat UGV is configured for wireless BVLOS control from a distance of 1000m and 2500m in urban and rural areas, respectively. The operator can control the system from an ergonomically-designed mobile or stationary crew station, which uses an unmanned network control system consisting of a general L-Band datalink and a dedicated fire control UHF-band datalink embedded fire control system.

The combat UGV can be armoured up to STANAG 4569 level 3.


jueves, 13 de junio de 2019

Ataque con torpedos a petrolero en el Golfo de Omán

Un torpedo impacta en el costado del petrolero “Front Altair”

Juan Carlos Diaz Lorenzo · Puente de mando

El incendio ha causado graves daños en el petrolero "Front Altair" 

Aunque no corre peligro de hundimiento, según expresan las autoridades, el petrolero “Front Altair” (IMO 9745902) es el más afectado por el ataque perpetrado ayer en el golfo de Omán, pues se ha declarado un incendio de grandes proporciones que está provocando graves daños y cuya columna de humo es visible desde bastante distancia. En el caso de buque, fletado por CBC Corp de Taiwán, y tripulado por rusos, georgianos y filipinos, que han sido evacuados a Irán, se habla de un ataque con un torpedo, informa la agencia Reuters. El otro petrolero afectado es el buque “Kokuka Courageous” (IMO 9568495).

Su-57 tendrá sus propios AShM

Su-57 fighter jets will be armed with prospective anti-ship missiles

Air Recognition

Russia is developing a prospective anti-ship missile for fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said during a visit to the Detal Design Bureau in the Urals, which participates in the project.

Su-57 fighter jet with aerodynamic condensation at MAKS-2015 (Picture source: Rulexip)

"Today, the enterprise is developing an active homing device for a prospective anti-ship missile, which will be used, among other things, on Su-57 fighter jets," Krivoruchko said.

According to him, a conference has been held at the Detal Design Bureau to discuss a possibility to conclude a contract with the Tactical Missile Corporation (KTRV) in the near future for the acquisition of the entire range of air-launched weapons for Su-57.

The Detal Design Bureau, an affiliate of the Tactical Missiles Corporation, manufactures components, including active homing devices for anti-ship missiles and air-to-air missiles, which are used by almost all Russian warplanes and combat helicopters.

Besides, the enterprise is developing prospective radar and navigational equipment and radio altimeters for drones and spacecraft

miércoles, 12 de junio de 2019

Nuevo TUAV para Malasia

MAF Looking For New TUAV

Nyamok 2.0 UAV (photo : MMP)

For nearly a decade, the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) has successfully operated a mix of locally developed CTRM/UST Aludra Mk I/II and Boeing/I situ ScanEagle Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) out of unspecified location in Kudat, Sabah.

Both UAVs were launched, retrieved and maintained by CTRM under Contractor Owned, Government Operate arrangement but was flown on station by UAV operators from UAV Troop under the triservice Joint Task Force 2 Command (Markas Angkatan Tugas Bersama 2 – Mk ATB 2) operating at Kukusan Camp.

Recently, the two contracts now under the charged of DEFTECH, which acquires both CTRM and UST have lapsed resulting a new search for TUAV. (here)

As interim measure, two Schiebel S-100 Camcopter Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) UAV formerly operated by Petronas but now under the control of Defence Intelligence Staff Division (Bahagian Staf Perisikan Pertahanan – BSPP) were deployed to Kukusan Camp.

Unlike the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) UAV which gained much attention ever since such plan was first mooted by the Air Force following 2017’s edition of the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) show, the TUAV program seems to be out of the limelight.

Having said that unbeknownst to many, there are currently two types of locally developed TUAV which could vie for the contract.

DEFTECH has recently unveils its collaborative effort with Malaysia Technology Universiti (UTM) to further improved the performance of blended wing body, UST/UTM Camar TUAV during Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

Despite its sophisticated design, there is still a lot of developmental works that need to be done before it could be fully ready for offering to the MAF for the latter’s TUAV program.

While LIMA 2019 was dominated by MALE UAV from Turkey, China and the United States, system Consultancy Services, dubbed as the true pioneer of TUAV in this country has unveiled the second generation of Nyamok TUAV.

Nyamok TUAV has a long history that dates back from Malaysia Science University (USM) Taming Sari research program that led to USM/UTM/SCS Blackbird program in 2006. The first generation of Nyamok TUAV was unveiled during LIMA 2007.

It was then decided that three companies SCS, Ikramatic and CTRM would cooperate together under the Unmanned System Technologies (UST) to come up with the Aludra TUAV.

When DEFTECH acquired full control of UST and incorporated it into DEFTECH Aviation, SCS decided to focus on fully developing the Nyamok 2.0 TUAV.

What is interesting about the Nyamok 2.0 that the UAV was actually involved in providing vital aerial overwatch for the Malaysian Army and Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) which were rushed to rescue trapped policemen in a deadly ambushed by Sulu terrorists at Simunul water village in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Nyamok 2.0 conducted demonstration flight at LIMA 2019 to highlight its flight characteristics as well as its superior Electro Optic (EO) camera.

With DEFTECH now embroiled in corruption scandal involving the spare part supply of FNSS/DEFTECH ACV-300 Adnan and FNSS/DEFTECH AV-8 Gempita armoured vehicles as well as the supply of Chaiseri/DEFTECH AV-4 Lipanbara mine resistance armoured protection (MRAP) vehicle, it is unlikely that the company will be in the competition for the TUAV program.

Having said that, established defence journalist, Marhalim Abbas suggested that a system of ScanEagle 2 TUAV slated for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) under US sponsored Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) might be handed to Mk ATB 2 possibly under direct control of the Navy instead of the UAV Troop.

Since Mk ATB 2 has operated THE UST contracted ScanEagle 1 for more than 5 years, it has no problem to seamlessly integrate the new ScanEagle 2 with its Joint Regional Control Centre (JRCC), which interestingly enough was developed by SCS.

Perhaps, if such arrangement did materialise as Encik Marhalim suggested, perhaps the MAF would again adopted local-export combination of TUAV for Mk ATB2 by considering the Nyamok 2.0.

Previously, this blog has suggested that all 12 ScanEagle 2 TUAV are to be operated from the flight decks of Kedah class New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV).