miércoles, 24 de mayo de 2017

Singapur integra sus F-15SG con los JDAM

Singapore Completes JDAM Integration on F-15SG

Singapore Air Force personnel loading a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition on an F-15SG during exercise Combat Hammer. This was the first time that a JDAM was launched by a Singaporean F-15SG. 

428th Fighter Squadron Participates In Combat Hammer

MOUNTAIN HOME AFB, Idaho --- The Republic of Singapore Air Force participated in Combat Hammer last week at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Combat Hammer is an exercise that evaluates weapons systems in their entirety— from the loading to the delivery of the munitions.

“Exercise Combat Hammer provides the aircrew the opportunity to conduct component level proficiency training in a realistic operational scenario,” said RSAF Lt. Koh Ryun Kiat, 428th Fighter Squadron pilot. “The vast air space, technical expertise and analytical data acquired throughout this exercise allows the RSAF to hone its skills and evaluate advanced weapons systems.”

Preparation for the week-long exercise required the entire RSAF unit stationed here to come together.

“There are a lot of people involved in Combat Hammer,” said RSAF Capt. Chia Chi Yu, 428th FS weapons instructor. “From my maintenance crew prepping the bombs and loading them onto the jet, all the way to the pilot and the weapons system operators taking the weapons down to the range to actually deploy them.”

Participating in the exercise was a feat in its own, but the real significance lies in what the RSAF was able to do while using Hill’s range complexes.

“The highlight for this competition is our GBU 31, a 2,000-pound class [joint direct attack munition],” Chia said. “This is the first time we are deploying this munition in the RSAF with the F-15SG.”

Joint Direct Attack Munition 

The GBU 31 is used for precision targeting on fixed objects, ranging from stationary vehicles to large building complexes.

“We are able to test our aircraft capability on employing the GBU 31 and it will help us to evaluate our weapons systems and also enhance our operational capability,” said RSAF ME2-1 Teoh Teck Lee, 428th FS crewchief. “It will help us to evaluate our loading processes and we are able to best match ourselves with one of the world’s best Air Forces.”

Combat Hammer gave the RSAF an opportunity to test the mettle of its airmen and achieve the goal of success and ranking itself among the elite.

“Participating in this large scale exercise will allow the squadron to build confidence in this air-to-ground weapons employment, hone its operational competencies and sharpen the edge of the sword,” Koh said.

Implementing the new weapons system during Combat Hammer last week only scratched the surface of RSAF’s many partnerships which enhance the inter-operability between the two air forces.

“Having the opportunity to attend Combat Hammer and perform in such an environment just highlights the partnership between the USAF and RSAF,” said Lt. Col. Donald Sandberg, 428th Fighter Squadron commander. “When you take the lethality, competence and discipline for both air forces, and pair those together - it really shows that when the two air forces work together the partnership is unstoppable.”


martes, 23 de mayo de 2017

Marines tailandeses piensan en obús israelí

Thai Marines Consider Bid for ATMOS Howitzer

ATMOS 155mm SPH 

The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) is looking to acquire Elbit Systems' Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System (ATMOS) 155mm self-propelled (SP) howitzer.

Jane's understands that the RTMC has evaluated the system with a view to procuring, initially at least, a small number of platforms that will be used boost defensive capability on Thailand's eastern border. Negotiations between the RTMC and Israeli officials are understood to have already taken place.

In bidding to acquire the ATMOS the RTMC wants to augment its existing firepower, which includes a mix of ageing Canadian-designed GC-45/GHN-45 155mm howitzers acquired in the 1980s.

If the ATMOS procurement goes ahead it is likely that RTMC systems would be sourced from Thailand's own military factories.


lunes, 22 de mayo de 2017

Myanmar quiere Kilos

Myanmar Seeks to Purchase Two Submarine

Kilo 636 submarine 

Burma Army Reveals Ambition to Own Submarine

NAYPYIDAW — Deputy Defense Minister Maj-Gen Myint Nwe has announced the Burma Army’s ambition to own a submarine.

“Our neighbors have submarines and we want them as well but it will depend on the state budget. The military leadership is considering it,” said the major general at a press conference.

During a visit to Russia in 2013, Burma Army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing expressed interest in purchasing two Kilo-class submarines, relics of the last years of the Soviet era. The same year, reports surfaced that some 20 Burmese naval officers received submarine training in Pakistan.

Burma Navy officials also studied onboard Indian submarines in 2006, said the major general.

Burma’s Navy is presently equipped only to deal with coastal engagements, and is incapable of more sophisticated territorial defense. As fleet expansion continues, Burma may take more concrete steps towards subsurface capability.

“Submarines are necessary armed units for a navy,” said the major general.

The major general cannot say definitively whether the Burma Navy will acquire a submarine. The proposal will first undergo a parliamentary review committee.

The committee reviews military proposals regarding the procurement of weapons and equipment as well as budgetary measures, but the military does not go into complete detail for the committee for reasons pertaining to information security, he added.

Since 2011, the Burma Air Force has put 49 fighter jets and helicopters into commission. Between fiscal years 2011-16, the Navy put 22 ships into service.

The major general said the country’s defense budget usually amounts to between 13 and 15 percent of the Union budget.

In the 1990s, the Burma Army established military academies and turned out many junior officers, but focused primarily on quantity. But since 2011, the army has placed a greater emphasis on quality and set higher matriculation examination grade standards for joining military academies, the major general said.


domingo, 21 de mayo de 2017

Indonesia quiere producir U214 con Turquía y Alemania

Germany, Turkey to Join Submarine Project in Indonesia

Turkish Navy Type 214 submarine 

A Düsseldorf-based newspaper, Handelsblatt, has reported that ThyssenKrupp, a steel company that also produces underwater craft, and a Turkish partner are in negotiations to partner up to take part in Indonesia's submarine project.

According to the report, ThyssenKrupp Marine System (TKMS), a subsidiary of the steel company which established a regional office in Turkey in 2013 to reinforce its operations, and a Turkish company, whose name has not been officially revealed, are planning to bid for the Indonesia's submarine project.

The joint move comes as competition with the TKMS's French rival DCNS as well as Chinese and South Korean companies that are also expected to submit proposals for the project.

Despite the fact that the name of the Turkish partner remains undisclosed, it had been previously reported last month that Turkey's Gölcük Shipyard in Kocaeli province submitted a proposal to the Indonesian army for a Type 214 submarine. According to the reports, the Gölcük Shipyard will host a group of officials coming from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

For almost the past 50 years, the Turkish navy has been ordering submarines from the Ruhr Group's shipyards, which today operates under TKMS.

Despite the growing displeasure, Turkey is now expected to cooperate with the TKMS to enter the export business. Together they want to sell submarines to Indonesia, according to the German newspaper, which is believed to have received the Intel from industry insiders.

ThyssenKrupp, which has operations in component technology, elevator technology, and the steel and materials industries, has been operating in Turkey since the late 19th century as the company's ancestor Krupp was active in the country in 1868.

Moreover, Blohm + Voss, the company that built Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's yacht Savarona, was a ThyssenKrupp Group company.

The group's activities focus on the supply of components for the Turkish automotive industry, plant technology and recycling facilities as well as passenger transportation systems including elevators, escalators, moving walkways and passenger boarding bridges.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, with premises in Germany, is part of the Business Area Industrial Solutions of the ThyssenKrupp Group. The company participates in projects with the products in the inventory of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and provides systems, spare parts and service support to the Turkish Naval Forces Command.

Daily Sabah

sábado, 20 de mayo de 2017

Maniobras bálticas pensando en Rusia

Finland, Norway, and Sweden are conducting a massive air exercise amid Russia tensions

Alex Lockie | Business Insider

A Finnish F-18 Hornet takes off of a highway. Finnish Defense Forces via YouTube

As part of the Nordic Defence Cooperation, Finland, Norway, and Sweden are joining forces for a large air exercise with help from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland and the US nuclear-capable B-52H bombers.

The exercise will feature multi-role fighters, electronic warfare aircraft, airborne warning and control system aircraft, and ground-based air defense "for the purposes of crisis management," according to a statement from the Finnish Air Force.

The Scandinavian countries remain neutral militarily, but have seen their airspace and territorial waters regularly breached by Russian aircraft. Russia has also conducted mock nuclear strikes against Sweden.

The event promises to bring together some of the best platforms in Western aviation. US F/A-18s, F-16s, and F-15s with a variety of air forces will fly with Sweden's domestically-built Gripen and France's Dassault Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighters.

Sweden's Gripen mult-role fighter. Saab/YouTube

To top it off, a US nuclear-capable B-52H will make the long range trip to join the fighters and electronic attack craft near Russia's border. Meanwhile, the US has send B-2 Spirit nuclear-capable stealth bombers to the UK.

As it stands, Russian forces in the region outnumber NATO and Scandinavian forces significantly, and Finland and Norway share about 900 miles of border with Russia.

The exercise runs from May 22 to June 2.

Problemas con los offsets del Su-35 indonesio

Indonesia's Su-35 Programme Faces Offset Hurdle

Su-35 production line 

Indonesia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed in a statement that its plan to procure Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft from Russia has been delayed due to "uncertainty" over issues related to technology transfers.

The MoD said that the proposed procurement was discussed by MoD officials and visiting senior representatives from Russia's military export agency Rosoboronexport on 3 May.

Quoting the officials, the MoD statement said that Indonesia's proposed procurement "has passed several stages" but that "there is one stage that has not been fully realised".

The MoD went on to explain that this key stage was a required evaluation from the MoD's procurement team, which it said is determining provisions including defence offset obligations as well as "trade and funding".


viernes, 19 de mayo de 2017

Arreglan los NH90 neocelandeses

NH90 Flying Limitations Eased

RNZAF NH90 helicopter

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has eased limitations on its fleet of twin engined NH90 helicopters that have prevented them flying over water, at night, and over mountainous terrain since 20 April.

The limitations were imposed on the fleet after an NH90 suffered a single engine failure on 16 April while returning to RNZAF Base Ohakea from Woodbourne.

Detailed investigations by the Air Force have taken place since then. The Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies, said: “We have approached this in a prudent and measured way, with safety being of paramount importance.

“We know now how the aircraft performed with one engine and we are working with the aircraft engine manufacturer to clarify the initial causes of the engine failure.

“Those investigations have given us confidence the aircraft can be operated safely following a similar engine failure. Therefore we have returned to normal flying operations, except where the aircraft is operating at its upper weight limits, and plan to return to full operations as soon as the engine manufacturer has determined the reasons for the initial failure.”

Since the Chief of Air Force imposed limitations on the NH90 fleet, the helicopters have continued to fly for training purposes around their home base of Ohakea, and were prepared to fly urgent tasks of national significance.

jueves, 18 de mayo de 2017

Indonesia interesada en SSK AIP turcos

Delegación de la Armada de Indonesia llega a Estambul para estudiar la adquisición de submarinos AIP

Una delegación indonesia ha llegado a Turquía para considerar la adquisición de submarinos del tipo 214. El desarrollo podría ver a la Marina de Indonesia operar sus primeros barcos equipados con propulsión independiente del aire (imagen: HDW)

Una importante delegación integrada por altos oficiales de la Armada de Indonesia (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, o TNI-AL) ha llegado a Estambul para explorar la factibilidad de adquirir submarinos equipados con propulsión de aire independiente (AIP) del astillero Golcük, fuentes Cerca del asunto confirmado con Jane el 9 de mayo.

La delegación está encabezada por el Asistente de Logística de la TNI-AL al Jefe de la Armada, el Contraalmirante Mulyadi. Está acompañado por el Jefe de Servicio Electrónico y Armamento del Servicio, el Comodoro Christianto Purnawan, y el Jefe del Servicio de Material, el Comodoro Aziz Ikhsan Bachtiar.

Entre las actividades que se llevan a cabo durante la visita se encuentra una visita a las instalaciones del astillero de Golcük, cerca de Estambul, donde se está trabajando en la plataforma del tipo 214. El astillero se ha contratado para entregar seis barcos del tipo a la Marina de Turquía, y el primero de su clase está previsto para su lanzamiento en 2019. Los funcionarios también visitarán la exposición IDEF 2017 durante su estancia en Estambul.

La visita de la delegación se produce a raíz de una presentación realizada por los funcionarios de Golcük Shipyard y ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) a principios de 2017, que tuvo lugar en la sede de TNI-AL en Cilangkap, cerca de Yakarta, según informó Jane el 13 de abril. TKMS está apoyando la oferta de Golcük Shipyard para suministrar una variante del Reis (tipo 214) - clase submarino diesel-eléctrico (SSK) a Indonesia.

Según Jane's Fighting Ships, la plataforma Reis-Class tiene una longitud total de 67,6 m, una viga total de 6,3 m, y un calado de 6,0 m. El submarino puede acomodar a una tripulación de 27, incluyendo cinco oficiales, y puede alcanzar una velocidad máxima de 20 kt cuando buceó, y 12 kt cuando salió a la superficie.

miércoles, 17 de mayo de 2017

Aumenta 8,3% el presupuesto de defensa australiano

Australian Defence Budget Rises 8.3%

Budget projections show spending reaching 2% of GDP 

Australia will increase defence expenditure by 8.3% in 2017-18, with funding rising by AUD2.7 billion to AUD35.2 billion (USD25.9 billion). Budget projections show spending reaching 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020-21, in line with commitments made in the country's 2016 Defence White Paper.

Forward estimates show spending rising to AUD36.5 billion in 2018-19, AUD39.2 billion in 2019-20, and finally to AUD42.6 billion in 2020-21. Spending projections for the four years between 2017-18 and 2020-21 show defence will receive a total of AUD153.5 billion, broadly in line with previous estimates. Budgetary documents also show that actual spending for 2016-17 is now expected to amount to AUD32.5 billion, around AUD403 million lower than the allocated budget.