sábado, 27 de agosto de 2016

FA-50 Golden Eagle filipino accidentado por una paloma

FA50PH Grounded after Clark Bird Strike

FA-50PH Golden Eagle 

ONE of the two brand new South Korean-made FA50 “Golden Eagle” lead-in fighter jet platforms of the Philippine Air Force was rendered non-operational after its engine was hit and totally destroyed by a “bird strike.”

“It’s true, one of our FA50 had a bird strike and was grounded because its engine was totally destroyed. I just don’t know if it was only one or both engines,” a former officer of PAF who asked not to be identified told the Manila Standard.

The Manila Standard tried but failed to get an immediate comment from PAF spokesman Colonel Araus Robert Musico and learned that the incident was not reported.

According to the source, the bird strike hit the FA50 jet at the PAF’s runaway at Clark Airfield in Pampanga sometime in March.

“As of now, only one of the FA50s is able to fly because the engine of the damaged jet has not been replaced,” the source said.

In November 2015, the first batch of two of 12 FA50s ordered from the Korean Aerospace Inc. was delivered to PAF. Two more are set to arrive before the end of 2016 and the rest until 2017.

The supersonic lead-jet fighters that are yet to be armed with missiles were bought by the government with a total amount of P18.9 billion.

During the election campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte had criticized the procurement of the lead-in jets as a “waste of money.”

At present, Duterte has prioritized the procurement of naval fast-craft and high-speed combat helicopters to first address the internal security operations especially in Mindanao where kidnapping remains a problem.

But Duterte has promised to continue modernization efforts being started by the previous administration.

The Standard

viernes, 26 de agosto de 2016

Firmado contrato para actualizar el P-3K neocelandés

New Zealand Signs Contract for P-3K Orion Upgrade

RNZAF P-3K Orion

Further investment in new Defence capabilities

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee today welcomed the signing of a contract to upgrade the Royal New Zealand Air Force Underwater, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability on our six Orion aircraft with Boeing for a total of $36 million.

Mr Brownlee says having an underwater surveillance capability deters interference with the sea lines of communication that New Zealand and many of its friends rely on for trade purposes.

“Knowing what is happening underwater is integral to monitoring submarine activity,” Mr Brownlee says.

“This is particularly important in the Asia-Pacific region which is home to two-thirds of the world’s submarines.

“The current Orion systems are old and have become less reliable.

“I am pleased that New Zealand businesses Safe Air, Beca and Marops Limited will also be involved in supporting this acquisition through its life, with around 25 per cent of the value of the contract being spent with these companies.”

The recently released 2016 Defence White Paper confirmed the importance of the New Zealand Defence Force having capabilities to cope with the realities of a complex and changing strategic environment, and to enable it to operate across a broad spectrum of geographic and operating environments.

Work is already underway within Defence on the Future Air Surveillance Capability project which will select a replacement for the Orion aircraft, which is due to retire from service in the mid-2020s.


jueves, 25 de agosto de 2016

Ucrania envía BTR-4M a Indonesia

Ukraine Sent the First Batch of New BTR-4M to Indonesia

First batch of BTR-4m of Korps Marinir

Ukraine Sent the First Batch of new BTR-4M Wheeled Armoured Vehicles to Indonesia

The Ukrainian Defense company has sent the first batch of new BTR-4M wheeled armoured vehicles for Indonesian Marine.

The vessel Texel with Ukrainian BTR-4M wheeled armoured vehicles was spotted by Yörük Işık during the transit of Bosphorus. Earlier «Ukroboronprom» won the bids of the Indonesian Defense Ministry for the wheeled armored vehicles.

Indonesia’s needs for wheeled armoured personnel carriers are a total of 55 units. The armored vehicles are for the Marines, to replace the aging Indonesian BTR-50.

The new version of BTR-4M have Deutz engine and received the upgrade package giving it fully amphibious capabilities. The new armoured amphibious vehicle can swim at sea and negotiate inland water obstacles without any configuration changes.

The Delegation of the Naval Forces of Indonesia, together with representatives of Indonesian Marine Corps has successfully completed a live firing test programme for its new BTR-4M infantry fighting vehicle in Ukraine in June 2016.

Defence Blog

miércoles, 24 de agosto de 2016

Saab mejorará los radares Giraffe australianos

Saab to Upgrade Australian Army Giraffe AMB Radars

Australian Army’s Giraffe AMB radar 

SAAB Continues to Enhance the Australian Army’s Ground-Based Air Defence Capability

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Australian Defence Force to upgrade the Army’s RBS 70 ground-based air defence weapon system and Giraffe AMB radar. The contract has a combined value of approximately AUD32.5 million.

Delivered under the AIR 90 programme, the existing Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capability of the RBS 70 and Giraffe AMB systems will be upgraded to include Mode 5 functionality. The Mode 5 waveform uses modern modulation, coding, and cryptographic techniques to overcome performance and security limitations in the current Mode 4 waveform.

Additionally, Mode 5 systems provide expanded data handling capabilities to securely pass GPS position and other extended data. The IFF is a critical safety feature of any ground-based air defence capability as it dramatically reduces the risk of incorrectly engaging friendly aircraft. This upgrade will support Australia’s Ground-Based Air Defence capability operating in a joint and coalition airspace environment beyond 2030.

The RBS 70 weapon system has been in service in Australia since 1987. Significant enhancements to both the weapon sight and the missile have ensured that it remains a modern and potent missile system to counter a constantly evolving air threat. The Giraffe AMB radar was acquired in 2010 and is part of the capability of the Army’s 16th Air Land Regiment. It provides high-fidelity airspace situational awareness while simultaneously ensuring early warning of incoming rocket and mortar attacks, and locating hostile indirect fire.

“Saab’s IFF Mode 5 upgrade will ensure the Australian Army’s RBS 70 and Giraffe AMB radar capabilities continue to provide world-leading force protection against a wide range of air threats,” says Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

“Saab Australia has been the Australian Army’s Ground-Based Air Defence trusted capability partner for many years and we look forward to growing this relationship through future Ground Based Air and Missile Defence programs”, says Rosenfield.

For three decades, Saab Australia, which is part of Saab business area Surveillance, has successfully delivered and supported the Australian Army’s Ground-Based Air Defence capability. Saab’s commitment to innovation and technological advancement ensures world-leading capability for modern defence forces. Saab Australia’s local expertise and experience makes it the perfect Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence capability partner for the Australian Army, now and into the future.


martes, 23 de agosto de 2016

Helicóptero embarcado K-52K recibirá AESA

Ka-52K attack helicopter poised for AESA radar upgrade
Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

The ship-based Kamov Ka-52K Katran attack helicopter is set to receive an AESA radar upgrade. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

The navalised variant of the the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator (Hokum-B) attack/reconnaissance helicopter - the Ka-52K Katran - will be equipped with a compact active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar from Russian defense contractor Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), a company spokesperson told IHS Jane's .

KRET claims that its AESA radar will be able to operate in the millimetric wavelength for effective ground target acquisition as well as the centimetric spectrum to enable large naval targets to be detected at a range of 180 km.

The radar is also capable of detecting low-altitude aerial targets such as cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), providing data to cue onboard electro-optical devices and corresponding weapons to these targets.

Flight safety is enhanced with ground moving target indication and tracking modes, which assists the crew in coping with low visibility conditions such as fog, dust and night-time operations. The radar also detects ground obstacles including transmission towers and power lines.

The Ka-52K helicopter - developed to sink amphibious landing ships as well as the transports of enemy strike groups and convoys with its ability to employ anti-ship cruise missiles such as the high-speed Kh-31AD - was originally slated for deployment aboard the two French-built Mistral-class amphibious command ships originally destined for the Russian Navy.

However, delivery of the ships to Russia had subsequently been cancelled by France due to the former's annexation of Crimea.

There are now plans to add the helicopters already constructed to the air wing of the Project 11435 Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.

lunes, 22 de agosto de 2016

Los Su-30MK2 vietnamitas vuelven a los cielos

Su-30MK2 Vietnam has Officially Returned to the Skies

Su-30MK2 aircraft numbers 8538 takeoff. 

The fighters Su-30MK2 Regiment 935 takes off into the sky in the morning today.

1/8 morning, Regiment 935 (Division 370) held board for flying officers from border officials comrade captain or higher on the fighter Su-30MK2 . Subscribe, flight Steering Committee Major General Do Minh Tuan - Deputy Commander of the Air PK-KQ; The heads of the authorities of the Air; leaders, commanders and representatives of the agencies of Division 370.

True 6 hours 50 minutes, the meteorological flight by Colonel Tran Van Dung - regiment commander Colonel Le Van Hoi - Chairman of the Political Regiment landed done safely down the Bien Hoa airport, completing tasks meteorological reconnaissance.

After that, the pilots turn perform training flights planned. 10 hours 15 minutes to board Flight 935 staff Regiment finish, complete with 9/9 of flight plans, ensuring absolute safety.

Speaking after the initial preliminary lecture average flight, Major General Do Minh Tuan has praised the positive spirit, initiative of officials, soldiers Regiment 935 in the preparation and practice flying.

Vice Commander emphasized: The success of the flight ban was confirmed staff qualifications, availability of Regiment battle, while contributing to strengthen confidence, build commitment for officers and soldiers rose to accomplish the task, the training targets 2016.


domingo, 21 de agosto de 2016

Vietnam compraría cojonudos Spike NLOS

Russian Newspaper: Vietnam to Buy Spike NLOS

Spike NLOS (Spike Non-Line-of-Sight NLOS - multi-purpose tactical missile) is designed for launch from aerial, naval and land platforms. This specific configuration, based on Plasan’s Sandcat, was designed to meet the South Korean requirement. 

VPK news pages of Russian military said that Vietnam has expressed particular concern to the Spike NLOS rockets multitasking produced by Israel.

Russian newspapers said the weapons Israel is becoming rivals strife in the traditional markets of Russia, the United States worldwide.

According to Yevgeny Satanovsky, military analyst at the Middle East Institute has compiled data of military technical cooperation between Israel and Russia's second largest trading partner in Asia, Vietnam and India.

According to information made public, now Vietnam has imported technology transfer and receive many weapons produced by Israel, Galil rifles including ACE, TAR-21 rifles, Uzi, anti-tank missiles MATADOR , ACCULAR missile systems.

Besides the weapons were delivered, Russian VPK site said, Vietnam is now expressed interest in Spike NLOS rockets multitasking.

According to Israeli manufacturers introduced, Spike NLOS can range up to 25 km, far beyond the scope of the Spike anti-tank missiles from the United States, Russia and European producers.

Spike NLOS is versatile missile system has a range of up to 25km away. This is considered a remote firing anti-tank missiles in the world today. This type of photovoltaic guided missile with a wireless data link in real time.

It could attack targets in position completely obscured by the system discharge tube Spike NLOS rockets straight use.The has 2 modes including offensive attack directly (for the goal in sight see) or advance the goal thanks to locate the coordinates after being launched (for targets obscured or far away).

Spike NLOS is also equipped with optical guidance system - infrared dual sensor system, it can easily detect targets. This navigation system also helps Spike NLOS precision attack targets day and night in all weather conditions.

In addition to the main performance is killing increased and armored vehicles, the Spike NLOS is also known as anti-ship missiles powerful pole. This very effective missiles in the quest to destroy the amphibious ships, small ships.

So if Spike NLOS Vietnam was selected, the missile will be very suitable for defensive duties in the small islands in the East Sea of ​​Vietnam - where large ships could hardly reach.


sábado, 20 de agosto de 2016

Japón proveerá dos guardacostas a Filipinas

Japan in Talks to Deliver Two 90m Coast Guard Ships to Philippines

Two 90mm MRRV will be transfer to Philippines 

MANILA - Japan and the Philippines have begun talks for the transfer of two large coast guard ships to Manila, to help patrol the disputed South China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Friday, as part of a deal on defense equipment.

The two brand-new 90-meter (295-ft) multi-role response vessels will be in addition to ten 44-meter (144-ft) mid-sized coast guard ships, worth 8.8 billion pesos ($188.52 million), that Japan is set to start delivering next week.

"Both governments are looking into the possibility of getting two more vessels, this time the bigger ones," Masato Ohtaka, deputy spokesman of Japan's foreign ministry, told journalists in Manila.

"We're in the middle of dialogue between the two sides, they are still discussing details and we need a little more time."

The ship delivery figured in an 80-minute meeting between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday in southern Davao City.

"We talked about how Japan can help the Philippines in capacity building, particularly with regards to maritime security," Ohtaka added.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea where about $5 trillion worth of trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims on the sea believed to have rich deposits of oil and gas.

Japan has no claim in the South China Sea but it is in dispute with China over small islands in the East China Sea.

China says it has "indisputable sovereignty" over the area it claims and has refused to recognize the court ruling handed down last month in a case brought by the Philippines.

Japan urged China to adhere to the ruling, saying it was binding, prompting a warning from China not to interfere.

"We are very concerned," Ohtaka said, adding that developments in the East China Sea could parallel those in the South China Sea, where Beijing has stepped up the constant presence of its coast guard ships.

Japan last week reported a flurry of incursions by Chinese vessels into waters Tokyo sees as its own near the disputed East China Sea islands it controls. China is reported to have put up radar and surveillance facilities in the area.

"It's not getting better in the East China Sea," Ohtaka added.


viernes, 19 de agosto de 2016

Israel planea venderle el Trophy y Spike a Australia

Rafael Says Trophy and Spike are on Target for Australian Requirement

A Rafael Samson unmanned weapon station mounted on a M113 APC launches a Spike LR missile.

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is a leading contender to supply active protection systems (APS) and missiles for the Australia Department of Defence's (DoD's) Land 400 programme, a company representative told IHS Jane's on 10 August.

Land 400 covers the replacement of Australia's Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAVs), M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), and Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles.

It is currently at Phase 2, which involves the acquisition of 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs), with the contenders shortlisted to the Patria/BAE Systems AMV35 and the Rheinmetall Defence Boxer.

The Australian Army says it is giving the bidders the flexibility to include options such as manned or unmanned turrets and protection systems to meet the combination of survivability, mobility, and firepower required for the CRV.

Trophy APS was developed to increase protection for military vehicles

However, Yiftach Kleinman, Manager of Marketing and Business Development at Rafael's Land Maneuver Systems Directorate, said that, while the successful bidder will recommend subsystems for their vehicle, the DoD could select alternative ones.

This would mean that Rafael's Trophy APS, Samson remote weapon station, and Spike missile could be selected regardless of whether the AMV35 or Boxer wins.

Kleinman expressed confidence in Trophy's chances of being selected by the Australians, although it potentially faces competition from the Israel Military Industries (IMI) Iron Fist APS, which was part of the now-eliminated bid by Elbit Systems and Singapore Technologies Kinetics.

Trophy has the advantage that it has been in service with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for nearly five years in the form of the original HV variant fitted to the Merkava IV tanks and Namer heavy APCs. The Israeli Ministry of Defense recently announced that Trophy HV will initially be fitted to the new Eitan 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle that it is developing, although a different APS may subsequently be selected.

Rafael also offers the lighter Trophy MV, but Kleinman said this still needs to go through a four-year client-approval process once the development stage has been completed.