April 27, 2018

Three more F 35As delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force

Kim Jong Un is going back to North Korea for lunch

with bodyguards

Russia’s Ministry of Defense claims it has gotten its hands on a Tomahawk cruise missile

During a briefing session for the media, a spokesperson from the Russian Defense Ministry says a Tomahawk and a high-accuracy air-launched missile fired by the West on Syria has been captured and brought to Moscow for evaluations.

Kim Jong Un Could Eventually End North Korea's 68-Year War With South Korea

NAVAIR to help RTN upgrade its Do 228

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a request for information (RFI) on Apr. 23 for the upgrade of seven Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Dornier 228s.

Indian Air Force chief says “significant increase” in Chinese fighter deployments in Tibet

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has raised concerns over “significant increase” in Chinese deployment of fighters in Tibet.

A multi-aircraft multiflight circumnavigates the motherland's treasure island

(title translated from Chinese)

The best moments of joint Russian-Belarusian tactical airborne training

The historic moment when GREAT LEADER Kim Jong P-Un-G shook hands with Moon Jae-I and crossed into the South

April 26, 2018

Qatari Rafale flown by a pilot of Qatar Emiri Air Force

Taliban Releases Pictures Showing Its Fighters Preparation For Al Khandaq Offensive

Taliban with photographer

A mine ship of the project 12700 "Ivan Antonov" was launched in St. Petersburg

New Korsar UAV to take part in Russia’s Victory Day parade for the first time

XV-24A program canceled

DARPA has made a decision not to proceed to Phase 3 of the Aurora Flight Sciences’ XV-24A LightingStrike hybrid-electric, high-speed vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) X-plane, Aviation Week reports.

Islamic State Beheads 2 Captive SAA Soldiers In Damascus

Chile looking at Israel for F-16 upgrade

Jane’s is reporting that Chile would like Israel to upgrade some of its F-16s due to controls and limitations set by the American Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system.

Boarding exercise from Dutch Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman

Thai aircraft carrier in anti-submarine exercise with U.S. Navy

Royal Thai Navy aircraft carrier HTMS Chakri Naruebet is participating in an anti-submarine and maritime domain awareness exercise with the U.S. Navy.

VP-905 Parshurama, the restored WW2 DC-3 Dakota for the Indian Air Force landed 20 minutes ago at Jamnagar, Gujarat

F-15E, A10 inside flight

Launch of Russian Rokot with ESA's Sentinel 3B Satellite

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that killed the political leader of the Houthi militia, Saleh Al-Samad

Where it happened ?

April 25, 2018

Islamic Rebels kill 7 Pakistani solders in triple suicide attack

At least seven Balochistan Constabulary personnel were martyred and 15 others, including eight Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers, got injured on Tuesday when three suicide bombers blew themselves up in Quetta in quick succession, according to officials.

The first suicide bomber exploded himself outside an FC check post at Mian Ghundi on the outskirts of the provincial capital after he was spotted by the guards manning the check post. Eight FC personnel were injured in the explosion.

210 officers and men from the Chinese PLArmy participate in Army Staff contest

Remote sensing image interpretation contest.

F-35B emergency landing in Japan

A F-35B was forced to make an emergency landing at Tsuiki airbase, Japan on Apr. 24. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force says the jet had issues with its airframe that resulted in the emergency landing.

April 24, 2018

CAMCOPTER® S 100 and H145 Manned UnManned Teaming Demonstration

In a groundbreaking demonstration on 17 April 2018, Schiebel’s #CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) and Airbus Helicopters’ manned #H145 successfully completed a series of Manned UnManned Teaming (MUM-T) flights.
Level 5 interoperability was achieved by providing the user onboard the manned aircraft with full command and control over the UAS and its payload, including launch and recovery.

Embraer KC-390 - The new generation medium airlift

Houthi separatists destroyed Abrams tank used by Saudi troops

7 Fokker Dr.I Triplanes flying in formation

Royal New Zealand Navy Adds FarSounder Sonar

FarSounder's flagship forward-looking sonar, the FarSounder-1000, is the latest cutting-edge gear slated to equip the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN) future fleet replenishment tanker, HMNZS Aotearoa (A12). The company's longest range sonar will provide real-time 3D data on what is ahead as the tanker navigates the seas giving the vessel's crew an elevated level of safety and security.

HMNZS Aotearoa is a Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel that is bound for use by the New Zealand Defense Force under the maritime arm, the RNZN. This new naval tanker will be replacing HMNZS Endeavour, a veteran ship in the RNZN scheduled for decommissioning in the near future. With construction underway in South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard, this naval tanker will be the largest vessel in the RNZN fleet and be equipped with ice-strengthened and winterized steel for a full range of New Zealand Defense Force operations in Antarctica. This state-of-the-art technology along with a FarSounder-1000 aboard, the HMNZS Aotearoa is the perfect ship to take over these duties of the aging HMNZS Endeavour.

Additionally, the tanker will be suitable for a number of missions, from logistics support to maritime protection, to humanitarian aid and disaster relief. FarSounder's innovative sonar will be a paramount addition to the 24,000-metric ton vessel as it carries out operations in disaster zones with dangerous debris and changing seafloors. It will also be important in missions in the always challenging Antarctic environment.

FarSounder's South Korean dealer, Oceantech Co., is the facilitator for this project responsible for delivering the FarSounder-1000 for installation. The vessel's expected delivery date to its home port in New Plymouth is January 2020, with operations set to commence March 2021.

Malaysia Extends Airbus Support Contract for A400M

Airbus has extended its contract with the Ministry of Defence to provide a  wide range of support services for the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF) A400M airlifters.

A statement issued by Airbus said the agreement was signed on Wednesday at the Defence Services Asia 2018 exhibition here.

This contract would extend an existing services deal between Airbus and MinDef.

Malaysia is the first export customer for the A400M and the RMAF received its fourth aircraft in 2017.

Under the contract, Airbus will continue to provide performance-based services including material support, engineering services, flight operations and maintenance support for the RMAF A400Ms. Airbus will work with the local industry to deliver these services.

The agreement also covers additional spare parts and ground equipment, as well as training courses, to support A400M air-to-air refuelling operations.

Airbus personnel will continue to be deployed at RMAF No 22 squadron at the Subang Air Base to support the service. However, their numbers will gradually reduce as RMAF officers and other locally-hired personnel take over the work.

Airbus defence and space's head of military aircraft services Stephan Miegel said: “The RMAF A400M fleet has been achieving excellent aircraft availability, which is testament to the effectiveness of the current services contract.

“We are strongly focused on continuing to build the RMAF’s expertise on the A400M and transferring the support activity to the air force itself and the local workforce.”

In addition to the A400Ms, over 100 Airbus civil and military helicopters are in service in Malaysia.

Airbus has also secured orders for more than 720 passenger and cargo aircraft from Malaysian customers.

It also said it has developed strong industrial partnerships in the country, and its activities are worth US$400mil per year for Malaysia’s economy and sustain over 4,000 local jobs.

Joint artillery shooting of Russian Pacific Fleet ships in the Sea of Japan

Aerial Views of Atlas V AFSPC-11

Gun Vloggers Are Flipping Out At Youtube's Crackdown On Their Videos

Tokyo may resume testing of X-2

An anonymous Japanese official told Flight Global that Tokyo may resume the X-2 flight test program in future.

April 23, 2018

Satellite photos indicate precision of raid on Iranian military base in Syria


Satellite images taken before and after a raid on an Iranian military facility in Syria earlier this month reveal the precision and limited scope of the airstrikes, Channel 10 reported Sunday.

The images obtained by the channel show the charred remains of a single hangar at the Tiyas airbase, with the surrounding area relatively unaffected.

Iran, Syria, Russia, and some US officials have all said that Israel was responsible for the strike on the base, also known as T-4. Israel has not commented.
According to the TV report, the pre-dawn rain on April 9 attack was carried out with “surgical precision,” and was limited to the arsenal of Iranian weapons stored at the airbase outside the city of Palmyra.

“[The raid] was a barrage of small explosives designed to destroy the contents of the hanger, but not damage unintended targets,” Channel 10 said.

The April 9 strike killed 14 people, including at least seven members of the Revolutionary Guards, of which one was the head of its drone program, Col. Mehdi Dehghan.The strikes did not appear to target Russian military equipment or Syrian anti-aircraft systems that were also at Tiyas.

This was the second time the base was struck. Israel acknowledged hitting the base in February after Iran flew an explosive-laden drone into Israel. Israel says the drone was launched from the base.

The IDF said in February that it bombed “four Iranian targets that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria.”

This included a mobile command center on the T-4 military, from which an Iranian operator allegedly flew the drone that entered Israeli territory, according to the IDF.One F-16 fighter jet was hit while flying over Syria during the raid, but managed to return to Israel, where its two pilots bailed out of the plane, which crashed into a field in the Jezreel Valley.

Afghan man is waiting for his leg to be chopped off by ISIS court for minor crime

He will now not be able to run away with the Islamic State commander's wife

Indian Army rocket unit with Pinaka 214 mm and Grad 122 mm in the Thar Desert

The newest Su-57 is being prepared for the Russian Victory Parade

Russian Star Channel coverage of DefexpoIndia-2018

ErdoCLOWN publicly declares on a national TV that strategic partners US and other NATO allies are "priority threat" to Turkey

The CLOWN wants to destabilize the middle east

The Royal Australian Navy Demonstrates Cooperative Engagement Capability on AWD

The Royal Australian Navy has demonstrated the Cooperative Engagement Capability of its Hobart-class vessels. System provides the service with a layered and collaborative defence system against hostile aircraft and precision-guided weapons (all photos : RAN)

The Australian Defence Force’s ability to defeat enemy air threats has been boosted with the successful testing of the new Cooperative Engagement Capability, the first use of this cutting edge technology by a nation outside the United States.

Over the past few weeks off the coast of South Australia, Air Warfare Destroyers HMAS Hobart, and NUSHIP Brisbane, successfully tested the Cooperative Engagement Capability, which combines radar and fire control data into a common picture, allowing one ship to engage an adversary based on the other ship’s data. Cooperative Engagement Capability is one technology that will form a part of the Australian Joint Integrated Fires Capability being implemented in the Australian Defence Force.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, congratulated the Royal Australian Navy and the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance on reaching this important milestone.

“The new Cooperative Engagement Capability is a significant step-change for Australia as we face increasing threats from cruise missiles and advanced aircraft,” Minister Payne said.

“Together Hobart and Brisbane bring revolutionary air defence capabilities – not by adding new radars or weapon systems, but by utilising existing sensors and weapons in a more effective manner.
“In the coming years, the Australian Joint Integrated Fires capability will link our ships, aircraft and land-based assets to create an increasingly sophisticated air defence network that can see over the horizon.”

“Not only does this capability enable us, for the first time, to share targeting data in real time between ADF assets, it will also enable us to share it with United States assets, providing new levels of interoperability within a coalition force.

“Australia is the first international partner outside the United States to gain access to this cutting-edge technology, further demonstrating the strong alliance between our two countries.

“This new capability will provide Australian and United States warships the ability to share targeting data in real time. This means a combat system can engage a target that it otherwise could not see, by using data from another warship’s sensors,” Minister Payne said.

The Australian Government is planning to integrate the CEC into other ADF capabilities, including the E-7A Wedgetail aircraft and our Integrated Air and Missile Defence program.

The CEC will also be integrated into the Future Frigate’s Aegis combat management system together with the Saab Australia developed interface and the CEAFAR phased array radar, as part of our strategic enterprise approach to combat management systems. This technology will provide the ADF with longer range, cooperative and layered air defence.

“When NUSHIP Brisbane joins her sister ship, HMAS Hobart, in the fleet later this year, it will mark the beginning of a new era for air defence in Australia and our partners,” Minister Payne said.

Thales’ FZ220 Rocket Launcher Completes Qualification for MD 530G Helicopter

FZ220 is a lightweight composite material high-drag, straight cylindrical 7-tube reusable launcher designed for helicopter use. The FZ220 is equipped with removable universal dual purpose FZ125 detent mechanism enabling to fire FFAR and WA rockets. (photo : FZ)

Thales Belgium’s FZ220 rocket launcher has completed its qualification process for MD Helicopters Inc’s (MDHI’s) MD 530G light attack helicopter.

The development follows comprehensive live-fire trials carried out in March at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) facility in Arizona, Thales announced on 17 April at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.
The munitions fired during the trials consisted of the FZ275 70 mm laser-guided rocket (LGR) and of unguided ammunition using the FZ90 rocket motor. The warheads fitted to the munitions were not revealed.

The company pointed out that the qualification comes as “McDonnell Douglas is helping modernise the light helicopter fleet for multiple countries across the globe”, including Malaysia, which ordered six MD 530G platforms in 2016.

Preparation of the mechanized column of the Khabarovsk garrison to the Victory parade

US Tanks in Germany

USS Portland (LPD 27) Commissioning Ceremony

Eager Lion 18 Helicopter Flight Validation

Belarus has transferred four MiG-29s to Serbia

Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with the Serbian Politika daily that the country has taken over four MiG-29s from Belarus.

Saab Receives Order for Australian OPV Situational Awareness System

Saab has received a contract from Luerssen Australia for the Situational Awareness System (SAS) for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The contract is expected to run over the 12 year OPV shipbuilding programme, which will see the delivery of 12 new ships.

In addition to the SAS, which is based on Saab Australia’s 9LV Combat Management System, the OPV will be fitted with Saab’s EOS 500 (electro-optical fire control director).

“Saab Australia is pleased to receive this order from Luerssen Australia. This is also an important step towards system commonality for the Navy, with 9LV installed, or contracted for delivery, across four classes of ship.” says Andy Keough, Managing Director for Saab Australia.

“The development work being undertaken by Saab in Australia will also support export opportunities and position us well for future maritime projects.”

Saab Australia will carry out the majority of the work in its Adelaide facilities, which will create and sustain up to 50 jobs. Local Australian companies will be contracted to fabricate selected components of the SAS including command consoles and computer cabinets, providing a high level of Australian industry participation and sovereign capability. The contract is received within the business area Surveillance.

When crowds of British Patriots heckle radical Islamists in London

4 PAF OV-10 Attack Planes up for Repairs

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for suppliers of spare parts needed for the maintenance of four of its Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” attack planes.

The budget for the project, as stated in the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System website, is PHP52,753,000.

The spare parts are intended for the maintenance of OV-10 aircraft with tail numbers 136, 139, 145, and 402.Submission and opening of bids is on April 26, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Ferynl Buca said in the same bid bulletin.

The OV-10s are the PAF’s premier ground attack aircraft. Around six to eight units are still in service as of this posting.

BAE Systems will Set Up MRO and Vocational Training Centre in Malaysia

BAE Systems Inc, the wholly owned US subsidiary of the British defence, security, and aerospace company BAE Systems PLC, is planning to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility and a vocational training centre in Malaysia.

BAE Systems International Ltd South East Asia managing director John Brosnan said the conditional assessment would be dependent on Malaysia’s decision to choose the company’s combat aircraft, Eurofighter Typhoon for Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) programme.

“Both developments will be based on a joint-venture with local players. It will also provide economic value to the local market about five times of the value of the aircraft purchase,” he told NST Business in an exclusive interview yesterday.

Brosnan said the investment’s facility would be spent over 25 years, creating more than 20,000 high-skilled jobs for the locals including the establishment of vocational training centre for the local aerospace sector.

“We will develop the technical vocational training centre in phases over 10 years with the involvement of Bristol University and Loughborough University,” he added.

Brosnan said BAE Systems had been working with the RMAF for nearly five years to test its combat aircraft.

“Hopefully, a deal will happen soon for the Eurofighter Typhoon,” he said, adding that there is a requirement for Malaysia to upgrade its aerial surveillance capabilities.

Brosnan said the fighter jet delivery could be made in about four years, subject to the RMAF requirements and negotiations.

The fighter jet package could include the unit, support services including maintenance and repair as well as training modules for local technicians.

Malaysia has been for several years considering to replace its ageing combat fighters, Russian-made, MiG-29s, which currently are not in service.

However, the decision to acquire new 18 fighter jets has yet to materialise as the country is preparing its focuses on the 14th General Election, which will be held on May 9.

It was made to understand that the decision could only be finalised after the election with regards to potential purchase either Eurofighter Typhoon or France’s Dassault Aviation, Rafale fighter jet.

“Every country has economic pressure. Defence is a significant cost, where governments have to allocate certain spending priorities.

Germany plans to order six C-130Js

German newspaper Handelsblatt says Berlin plans to go on a shopping spree for new weapons and 18 contracts are to be approve by the budget and defense committees.

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