martes, 21 de agosto de 2018

Growler australianos casi operativos

RAAF Growler Nearing Initial Operational Capability





RAAF EA-18G Growler

The Royal Australian Air Force’s EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) capability is rapidly maturing, with an initial operational capability (IOC) expected in the coming months.

The RAAF is only the second operator of arguably the world’s most advanced AEA capability, after the US Navy. While there may be more powerful jammer systems mounted on larger converted passenger or military transport aircraft, the ability for a Growler to be embedded within a combat aircraft package and escort it “downtown” is arguably its greatest strength, giving the EA-18G a versatility no other AEA capability can match.

The ADF had long coveted a high‑end AEA capability, but there were few options available to it until the Growler was developed. Elta EL/L-8222 electronic countermeasures (ECM) pods, which provided a high level of self-defence capability, were acquired initially for the F-111C and later for the F/A-18A/B classic Hornet.

A high-end passive signals intelligence (SIGINT) package was also integrated with at least two AP-3C Orions and was reportedly palletised for use on a couple of C-130H airframes under Project Peacemate in the late 1990s. But neither Peacemate nor the “8222” pod have active or real-time force-level capabilities.

“As operations for the last 20 years have shown, most recently in Libya, the ability to conduct both active and passive EW operations, incorporating roles such as electronic attack, suppression of enemy air defences, force protection, enemy order of battle analysis, and kill chain analysis – is critical,” the Sir Richard Williams Foundation argued in January 2012.

See full article Australian Aviation

lunes, 20 de agosto de 2018

Malasia se deshace del programa MPA


Defence Ministry Cancels Maritime Patrol Aircraft Project




MPA has scrapped from the program (photo : Aeronautica Militare)

KUALA LUMPUR : The Defence Ministry said it has scrapped the Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) project, in line with the Malaysian government's decision to re-evaluate the implementation of the mega project.

"However, the project can be considered in the next rolling plan, if it is still in the priority of the ministry," the ministry said today in Parliament via a written reply dated Aug 7, 2018 to Mersing MP Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad.

Abd Latiff had earlier asked the ministry on whether the government will proceed with the procurement of large defence assets such as the MPA, Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) and Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

The ministry, however, said there is a need to continue the procurement of the LMS and LCS, in line with national defence operational needs.

The procured LMS and LCS are under construction as scheduled, the ministry said.

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Poseidon All Blacks

New Zealand to Purchase Four Boeing P-8A Poseidon




The Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes are expected to replace a fleet of retiring P-3K planes. (photo : Air Team)

Defence Minister Ron Mark one step closer to replacing old military planes



Defence Minister Ron Mark is one step closer to making the biggest defence procurements in recent years.

Mark will take his proposal to purchase up to four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes from the United States to the Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review Committee on Monday.

The planes, which would replace replace its retiring P-3 maritime patrol fleet, could cost up to US$1.4 billion (NZ$2.03 billion).This would be one of the most significant purchases, since the frigate upgrade.

Ron Mark's procurement proposal will go to the Cabinet committee on Monday. And while he said he did not want to preempt the final Cabinet decision, he told people to "buckle up".

However, the New Zealand Defence Force says the price is likely to be less than that.

Once the Cabinet committee had seen the proposal, it would have to go to Cabinet, before a decision on the purchase was made. There was no set date for the proposal to go to cabinet, but Mark said that was expected to happen before the end of July.

During a Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee hearing earlier this month, Mark said he had to start "from scratch" on the procurement plan, when he took on the job as minister, last year.

See full article Stuff

domingo, 19 de agosto de 2018

A330 MRTT arriba a Singapur

First MRTT Arrived in Singapore






First RSAF MRTT (photo : Benny Zheng)

​Singapore joins ranks of A330 MRTT operators


The Singapore air force’s first Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has arrived in the country.

Images posted on social media show the aircraft landing at Changi East airbase, where Singapore’s Boeing KC-135R tankers are based. Changi East Air Base is located west of runway 20R, opposite Singapore Changi Airport.

Flight tracking sites indicate that the aircraft (S/N 1762) flew direct to Singapore from Madrid’s Getafe air base.

Neither the nation’s defence ministry nor the air force announced the tanker’s arrival. The aircraft’s livery, however, recognises the 50-year history of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, with ‘RSAF 50’ on the tail, and ‘Our Home, Above All’ on the engine cowling.

Flight Fleets Analyzer indicates that the jet is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 772B-60EP powerplants, and that its first flight was on 10 November 2016.

In addition to a hose-and-drogue refuelling pod on both wings, the aircraft is also equipped with a refuelling boom. The aircraft has 260 passenger seats, and can be used to carry cargo pallets.

Singapore has five additional A330 MRTT’s on order. These will replace the nation’s four obsolescent Boeing KC-135Rs, which have an average age of 55.9 years.

The arrival brings the number of in service A330 MRTTs in service to 26. Other operators include the UK, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The Singapore arrival comes days after Canberra announced that its A330 MRTTs – designated KC-30A in Australian service – have delivered 100 million pounds of fuel (45,000t) during air-to-air refuelling missions in support of coalition missions over the Middle East.

The KC-30A has been a significant force multiplier for the Air Force and has proven itself over Iraq as part of Operation OKRA,” said RAAF air marshal Mel Hupfeld. “Just one KC-30A can support the deployment of four fighter aircraft over 5,000km and has the versatility to refuel a range of different aircraft types.”

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Sigue el desastre en Defensa: Ajustan FM

El interventor de Fabricaciones Militares justifica el ajuste: advierte que es para evitar el "cierre definitivo" de unidades

Siguen las manifestaciones por los despidos en Fabricaciones Militares


Gabriela Origlia | La Nación






CORDOBA. Siguen las movilizaciones en las unidades de Fabricaciones Militares (FM) tras los 170 despidos en Villa María y Río Tercero ( Córdoba ) y en Fray Luis Beltrán (Santa Fé). Mientras tanto, Luis Riva, interventor del organismo, envió una carta a esas sedes para reclamar que "cesen en forma inmediata las medidas de fuerza" y justificar que el ajuste se realizó para evitar el "cierre definitivo".

"Confiamos profundamente en la capacidad y profesionalismo del personal que continuará trabajando", dice la misiva de Riva, quien advierte con la decisión del ajuste -"difícil de tomar"- pretenden evitar que las localidades de Villa María, Río Tercero y Fray Luis Beltrán tengan que atravesar "las más difíciles situaciones que debió vivir Azul, a partir del cese definitivo de actividad que se produjo el 28 de diciembre pasado". "No vamos a permitir que suceda lo mismo", expresó.

Este año, el Tesoro aportará $1600 millones a la empresa estatal y en 2019, ese valor caerá a $1100 millones. En diciembre último quedaron sin efecto 360 contratos. Fabricaciones Militares es un organismo descentralizado del área de Defensa, con el mismo régimen operativo de un ministerio.

En la carta, el interventor describe que, al asumir, encontró "un panorama desolador fruto de -al menos- numerosas negligencias de los funcionarios designados por el anterior gobierno, cuando no errores graves en la decisión de inversiones, inoperancia en la gestión comercial, ineficiencia en las acciones de producción o irresponsabilidad en el aumento de la cantidad de colaboradores a quienes se dio empleo y sueldo, pero no trabajo".

Riva explica que para "optimizar la productividad" se inició en agosto pasado un proceso de reestructuración porque si no, aclara, "hubiese significado el cierre definitivo". Agrega que las medidas no permitieron salir "de una situación fuertemente deficitaria y lograr el equilibrio económico-financiero necesario para asegurar su sustentabilidad y crecimiento".

Como adelantó LA NACION, en las próximas semanas se avanzará en "transformar" a FM "en una sociedad del Estado, que le permita incrementar sus ventas y consolidar su recuperación".

"Además de muchas otras medidas de buena gestión, nos encontramos ante la necesidad de realizar un ajuste en la nómina de personal, lo cual implicará lamentablemente prescindir de los servicios de parte del personal originalmente contratado hasta el 31 de diciembre", expone Riva en su carta.

Además, defiende que todo lo actuado es para "buscar un futuro certero" e "interrumpir su vaciamiento, evitar su progresivo y acelerado deterioro, ponerla en valor en condiciones seguras y sustentables, así como revertir el drenaje de miles de millones de pesos" que le cuesta FM al Estado.

"Deseamos que en un marco de paz social pueda avanzarse en objetivos de mayor venta, mayor producción, mejores métodos, mejor coordinación y sobretodo, con actitudes que permitirán forjar una cultura empresaria que agregue valor al trabajo serio, honesto y comprometido de cada uno", concluye.

sábado, 18 de agosto de 2018

Ocean Infinity contratada para buscar al ARA San Juan


ARA San Juan: se firmó la contratación de una empresa y la búsqueda comenzará en menos de 30 días 



Fuente: Archivo - Crédito: AP
José María Costa

La Nación

"Estoy llorando de la emoción". Con esas cinco palabras, Andrea Merelles, esposa de uno de los tripulantes del ARA San Juan , graficó sus sensaciones al conocer que se firmó la orden de contratación para que una empresa estadounidense comience a buscar al submarino que desapareció hace nueve meses y un día. El operativo se iniciará dentro de los próximos 30 días, según indicaron desde el Ministerio de Defensa a LA NACION.

Pasadas las tres de la tarde, la tan ansiada noticia se concretó. El pelotudo del Jefe de Gabinete, Marcos Peña , había puesto su firma, que era la última que faltaba para dejar en pie la contratación de Ocean Infinity que fue elegida para llevar adelante el operativo que durará un mínimo de 50 días y un máximo de cuatro meses y que no cobrará, a menos que encuentre al submarino que tenía 44 tripulantes a bordo.

La firma que autoriza el comienzo de la búsqueda trajo otra buena noticia: la finalización del acampe en la Plaza de Mayo en frente de la Casa Rosada de un grupo de familiares que había comenzado hace 52 días.

"En virtud de lo prometido hoy mismo levantarnos el acampe de la Plaza de Mayo", dijo a LA NACION, Luis Tagliapietra, que es abogado y padre de uno de los desaparecidos. La otra buena noticia que recibieron los familiares es que cuatro de ellos podrán participar del operativo de búsqueda en calidad de veedores.


La orden de contratación con el aval de los imbéciles de Aguad y Marcos Peña

Un largo camino

El viernes de la semana pasada la elección de Ocean Infinity había quedado firme luego de que no se presentara ninguna impugnación. En estos seis días se firmó el "dictamen jurídico" y luego la rúbrica de la Decisión Administrativa por parte del impresentable ministro de Defensa, Oscar Aguad y de Peña.

La oferta de Ocean Infinity incluye un presupuesto de 7.5 millones de dólares, que la empresa cobraría solo en el caso de hallar al submarino. "No se les entrega ni una moneda de adelanto. Solo van a éxito. Es cero pesos hasta que no digan 'acá está'", había adelantado a LA NACION una alta fuente gubernamental que sigue de cerca todo lo referido a la búsqueda del submarino.

La búsqueda "a éxito" no es la única modificación respecto del primer proceso de licitación, que demoró más de dos meses y que quedó inconcluso tras las objeciones a la empresa española Igeotest. "La otra es que no se les da un área delimitada de búsqueda. Este era un pedido de los familiares, de permitirles ampliar la zona o buscar en otro lado", habían detallado los voceros.


La nómina de los familiares que participarán como veedores del operativo de búsqueda

En una entrevista hace tres semanas en Terapia de Noticias , por LN+ , el titular de Defensa, Oscar Aguad, dijo: " Estoy convencido de que lo van a encontrar. Porque vienen a riesgo a hacer algo que cuesta mucho dinero". El ministro también remarcó que todas las empresas dijeron que, de ser adjudicadas, recién podrían comenzar la búsqueda a fines de agosto.

Lo cierto es que la firma ahora tiene tiempo hasta el 15 de septiembre para comenzar el operativo. Justo ese día, se cumplirán 10 meses sin saber nada del submarino argentino.

viernes, 17 de agosto de 2018

Filipinas quiere comprar RPG-7 rusos

PHL Studying Deal with Russia for RPG Launchers




RPG-7 grenade launcher

The Philippine government will be studying the possible implications of purchasing 744 units of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launcher worth 408 million pesos from Russia with regards to United States imposed sanctions against Russian intelligence and defense firms.

“Let me state the official position: We will study the matter,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during the July 19 press briefing in Malacañang when asked to comment on report that the Philippines could breach US sanctions if the said Russian arms deal proceeds.

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Director General of JSC Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev signed the deal for supply and delivery of RPG-7V grenade launchers and ammunition in October 2017 at the sidelines of 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers-Plus Meeting in in Clark, Pampanga.

Delivery is yet to be made.

US Sanctions

Rosoboronexport is included in the list of US Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions (CAATSA) Act of 2017 under Section 231(d).

However, Roque said as professor of international law, he does not know how can US enforce its domestic law on a sovereign state like the Philippines. He added that the transaction will not occur on a US soil.

“The Philippines is a sovereign state, we have immunity, and we are free to enter into contracts as we please and we are not bound by any domestic law particularly the transaction will not occur in US soil,” he said when asked if the government is concerned on the possibility of the deal affecting US-Philippine alliance.

“The official stand is we will study the matter, but off hand I’m giving the legal position of the Palace, that we do not see how we are bound by a US extra-territorial piece of legislation,” he said.

Mintfo

jueves, 16 de agosto de 2018

H145M/C-17 para Australia

Airbus Helicopters Discussing H145M/C-17 Combo with Undisclosed Prospective Customer, Likely Australia



Australia is looking for a SOF helicopter that can be transported aboard its C-17 Globemaster III airlifters and made ready for operations in less than 30 minutes.


Airbus Helicopters is discussing with a potential customer a requirement to airlift some of the company’s H145M battlefield support helicopters aboard a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft for rapid forward deployment.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a live-fire demonstration of its H145M HForce helicopter and weapons system in Hungary on 27 July, a senior programme official said the requirement is for four helicopters to be flown to an area aboard a C-17, before being made ready for operations in less than 30 minutes.

While the head of H145M marketing, Christian Fachini, declined to identify the prospective customer, Australia is known to have such a requirement for its special operations forces (SOF). Indeed, Australia is one of a number of countries that is currently being demonstrated the H145M HForce at the Bakony Combat Training Center (BCTC) in Hungary.

Australia’s requirement for a SOF helicopter came to light in the country’s Defence Integrated Investment Programme (DIIP), which was published in 2016. As noted in the DIIP, the new fleet of deployable light reconnaissance and attack helicopters to provide air-mobility support for SOF missions is due to be fielded from about 2025. As previously reported by Jane’s , the helicopters will be able to be deployed rapidly by a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 as a small force element of three-to-four aircraft and personnel. The programme timeframe was listed as 2025–28, with a budget range of AUD2–3 billion (USD1.5–2.3 billion). Besides Airbus Helicopters and its H145M, Jane’s has previously been told Bell is offering its UH-1Y Venom and NorthStar Aviation is offering its 407 MultiRole Helicopter (MRH) as potential SOF solutions.

In terms of potentially selling the H145M to Australia, Airbus Helicopters hopes to build on sales already secured with Germany (15), Hungary (20), Luxembourg (2), Serbia (9), and Thailand (5).


Jane's

miércoles, 15 de agosto de 2018

Exportación de A400M

Airbus Defence Unit Close to A400M Export Deal



A400M airlifter (photo : Airforce Technology)

After enduring a tough time with its A400M tactical transport, Airbus Defence & Space appears poised to secure its first new export order for the Atlas.

"The tide has turned now, with the [partner] nations using the aircraft in operational and humanitarian relief missions," says Fernando Alonso, the company's head of military aircraft.

"Now is the right time to go for export," he told FlightGlobal at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 13 July. "We have some export campaigns active: one of them is very active, and I think that in the next months we can probably sign a first contract."

Alonso will not identify the potential buyer, but the programme's strongest recent signal of interest came in March, when Jakarta's state-owned Indonesia Trading Company announced plans to acquire two A400Ms to ferry goods around the nation. The aircraft would be operated by Indonesian air force pilots, it said.

The Atlas was developed for European partners Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK, which will take a combined 170 examples. Airbus's only other success with the type so far has been with Malaysia, which has received four of the airlifters.

"The aeroplane deserves to be exported, there is a need for the aeroplane, and now is the time to go for it," says Alonso, who notes that the company is receiving "very good support from the nations" in supporting its marketing efforts.

Airbus in early March announced an agreement with its A400M launch customers to slow output from 19 deliveries last year to producing eight per year from 2020. In addition to enabling it to stabilise the programme while completing development work on advanced capabilities, it said the step would safeguard production until 2030 and enable it to "pursue export opportunities".


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