Saturday, 30 March 2013

The pilot and his rafale the latest and most advanced technologies of multirole aircraft

Flying the Rafale for fighter jet pilot Michael “Mikael” Brocard, 42, is quite a breeze. Even with 4,000 flying hours of which 1,400 (hours) are with the Rafale, he still gets excited and look forward to taking the Rafale to the skies every time. And he has a very good reason for it.
Rafale fighter jet pilot Michael “Mikael” Brocard.
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North Korea enters in a state of war against South Korea after the flew of U.S. B-2 bombers

North Korea said Saturday, March 30, 2013, it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea in a continuing escalation of angry rhetoric directed at Seoul and Washington, but the South brushed off the statement as little more than tough talk.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed off on an order putting its missile units on standby to attack US military bases in the South and the Pacific.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Thales showcased its new TRINITY Integrated Littoral Defence Solution at LIMA 2013

At the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition 2013, Thales showcased its new TRINITY system. Thales TRINITY is a complete and integrated solution for situational awarness, command and control and fire control, adapted and optimised for any mission in the littoral environment.

TKMS Above and beneath the seven oceans: Expertise. Technology. Innovation.

The naval surface vessels, submarines and maritime defence equipment designed and built under ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ flag are widely acknowledged for their superior technological excellence, reliability and longevity. 

MBDA's Anti-Ship & Air Defence Weapons at LIMA 2013: Multiple Solutions For Multiple Missions

With naval based air defence being a key concern for many nations around the world, especially with the onset of ever more dangerous and technologically advanced airborne threats, prominently displayed on MBDA’s stand at the exhibition are a number of solutions focusing on Aster, VL MICA, CAMM and Mistral missiles.

DCNS supports the world's Navies throughout their ships' life cycle

DCNS provides a wide range of support services during the entire lifecycle of surface ships and submarines to international navies. This offer covers everything to the most simple replacement parts order to the most complex maintenance operations. 

Venezuela has received a second batch of 13 Russian-made BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles

Armed forces in Venezuela have received a new batch of Russian amphibious combat vehicles, the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Global Arms Trade said on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Thirteen BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles were delivered by sea to the port of Puerto Cabello, the center said. This marks the first report of an arms delivery by sea to Venezuela since the death of President Hugo Chavez in March.
Russian-made BMP-3 armoured infantry fighting vehicle

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Rafale International Underscores Commitment to Malaysia Lima 2013 Langkawi Air Show

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Strand Aerospace Malaysia and Dassault Aviation, which took place at LIMA ’13 further underscores the commitment of Rafale International to Malaysia. Dassault Aviation, together with Snecma (Safran Group) and Thales form the joint-venture group that developed the Rafale (With Video flight demo).
Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft at LIMA 2013 maritime and aerospace exhibition in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Rafale Dassault Fighter Aircraft Turns Up the Heat At LIMA Langkawi 2013.

The heat in Langkawi went up a few searing notches as the Rafale which is now in Langkawi for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’13) took to the skies in preparation for the exhibition which officially opens on Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013. The Rafale fighter aircraft is scheduled to wow visitors with jaw-dropping aerial manoeuvres during its daily demo flight.
French Rafale Dassault fighter aircraft in flight demonstration at Lima Langkawi 2013, aerospace defence exhibition.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Turkish Company BMC delayed delivery of Kirpi armoured vehicles due to financial problems

The Turkish Defense Industry Undersecretariat has given BMC, the maker of Turkey’s Kirpi brand armored carriers, a one-month deadline to deliver 175 Kirpis and 105 trucks that the company has failed to deliver thus far due to its financial problems, a high official at the undersecretariat has said.
The Kirpi is a 4x4 armoured vehicle in the MRAP category designed and manufactured in Turkey by BMC.

USNS Montford Point mobile landing platform ship (MLP 1) Successfully Completes Sea Trials

The US Navy's first Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), successfully completed builder's sea trials on March 20, in San Diego, Calif. MLP 1 was constructed by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO). 

U.S. Navy Delivers two more 35-meter Swiftships Coastal Patrol Boats to Iraq

The U.S. Navy delivered two more 35-meter patrol boats (PB-310 and PB-311) to the Iraqi Navy at the Umm Qasr naval facility in Iraq, Feb. 17, after each craft successfully completed reactivation in Bahrain. These are the 10th and 11th vessels in the 12-boat procurement which will assist in reconstituting Iraq's ability to enforce maritime sovereignty and security in the northern Arabian Gulf. 

Friday, 22 March 2013

Sierra Nevada Corporation delivers first Mobile Tower System MOTS to the United States Army

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has delivered the first Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Mobile Tower System (MOTS) to the United States Army ahead of schedule. The LRIP contract was awarded in March 2012 for 10 MOTS. An early development MOTS has been deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division in Afghanistan since November 2012.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Mobile Tower System (MOTS) delivered to U.S. Army
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Alaska State Troopers purchase three Lenco BearCats 4x4 armoured vehicles

The Alaska State Troopers recently purchased three $286,000 Lenco BearCats, an unarmed military-style vehicle that’s been on the agency’s wish list for more than a decade. Of the three, one will be assigned to the Fairbanks-based Special Emergency Response Team, according to Capt. Randy Hahn, statewide SERT operations officer.
The Lenco BearCat was developed as a tactical armored vehicle for special operations units within the law enforcement community.

The 40th anniversary of the Mi-24 legendary Russian-made attack helicopter

This year marks the 40th anniversary of production of the Mi-24, the first purpose-built Russian combat helicopter, at Rostov Helicopter Plant, today called Rosvertol, a Russian Helicopters company. The design of the Mi-24, a strike and transport helicopter was, was so successful that versions are still in use today: some 1,500 Mi-24s serve with the armed forces of 60 countries worldwide.
Russian-made Mi-24P attack helicopter

MBDA multiple solutions of air defence systems for multiple missions at LIMA 2013

At the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition LIMA 2013, MBDA will again demonstrate its unique status as the only company with a product catalogue capable of meeting the guided weapons requirements of all three armed services: air, land and sea.
MBDA air defence missile systems at LIMA 2013

Chinese Navy Liaoning Aircraft Carrier's H/PJ-14 (Type 1130) new generation CIWS

Recent pictures have emmerged on the Chinese internet showing the nation's Aircraft Carrier Liaoning new Close in Weapon System (CIWS) in action. The new generation CIWS, called H/PJ-14, is reported by Chinese media to be of the third generation.

U.S. - NATO countries work on plans for military action in Syria after the use of chemical weapons

After the use of Chemical weapons in Syria, there is some plans to send troops on the ground to secure Syria's chemical weapons facilities if they were in danger of being looted. An actual deployment would likely involve far fewer ground troops, and from various nations, but it underscores the scope of the challenge.
The opposition Free Syrian Army is creating a special unit of men trained to secure Syria’s chemical weapons sites, a former general in the country’s chemical and biological weapons administration has told the Daily Telegraph.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Third Steregushchiy class Corvette (Project 20380) "Boiky" starts sea trials with Russian Navy

The third Russian Project 20380 Steregushchiy class corvette is undergoing sea trials in the Baltic Sea. There are four more weeks of testing planned for the Boiky. Testing includes maneuvering and speed trials and an evaluation of mechanical, weapon, navigation, and radar systems.

General Dynamics awarded contract modification for MK46 Mod 2 Naval Gun Systems

General Dynamics Land Systems is being awarded a $25,692,736 modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the production of MK46 MOD 2 Gun Weapon Systems, including associated spares and shore based parts. 

Skylark Generation 2 UAV to enter in service with Israeli Army in the next few months

The newest model of the IDF's most advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – the Skylark – is expected to enter operational use in the coming months. The Skylark – Generation 2 is currently in its final testing stages and is designed for use in the field by infantry battalions in the IDF Ground Forces (With Video).
The Skylark – Generation 2 is currently in its final testing stages and is designed for use in the field by infantry battalions in the IDF Ground Forces.
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Cambodia and Japan new step in defence cooperation with training of Cambodian peacekeepers

Cambodia and Japan have seen a new phase in defense cooperation, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh said Wednesday, March 21, 2013. His remarks were made after Japan sent its military experts to train 15 Cambodian peacekeeping forces for the first time. The two- month course was concluded on Wednesday.
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh

New Chinese large military transport aircraft Yun-20 could enter in service for 2018

The Chinese-made first jumbo airfreighter is set for take-off into official service, its chief designer said weeks after its successful maiden test flight. When fitted with Chinese-designed and manufactured engines, the Yun-20, or Transport-20, will have a greater take-off weight, longer fuselage and carry more cargo, said Tang Changhong, who has led the design team of the jumbo aircraft since 2007.
Chinese-made Yun-20 large military transport aircraft during flight test in January 2013.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Sagem wins design study contract for inertial guidance systems on tomorrow's tactical missiles

French defense procurement agency DGA has awarded Sagem (Safran) a design study contract concerning inertial navigation systems for new- generation tactical missiles. According to the terms of this contract, Sagem is responsible for the design and construction of inertial reference units for these missiles.

Defence Industry of Pakistan HIT will unveiled the new MRAP Burraq in the next few months

A spokesperson for Pakistan’s state-owned vehicle manufacturer, Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), has confirmed that its Burraq mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle is nearing the end of its prototype phase and will be unveiled in “three to four months.” The announcement comes after years of development and failed efforts to acquire such a vehicle from other sources.
Burraq MRAP Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle is designed and developed by the Heavy Industries Taxila of Pakistan.

Elbit Systems to upgrade AFV armoured fighting vehicle of an Asian customer with optronics

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-optics Elop Ltd. ("Elop"), was awarded an approximately $80 million contract to upgrade Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV) of an Asian customer (the "Program"). The Program will be performed over a two-year period.
As a market leader for decades, Elbit Systems Electro-optics – Elop comprehensive range of electro-optic solutions meets the operational needs and challenges of a wide variety of forces and scenarios.

Textron Marine Land Systems turret and support for Commando 4x4 APC for Army of Colombia

Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS), an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a $5.5 million contract award from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to provide 12 armored turrets, technical support services, vehicle repairs and spare parts for the Colombian Army's (COLAR) Armored Personnel Carriers (APC).
Commando APC 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier of Colombian army

Russia to modernize its fleet of Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines

  Russia will modernize its fleet of the third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines, Vladimir Dorofeyev, head of the Malakhit Design Bureau, said.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Russian Navy Krivak IV Frigates (Project 11356) to be fitted with 3M-54E Klub-N (SS-N-27 Sizzler)

Russia will install Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile systems on three of its Project 11356 frigates, the Baltic shipbuilding plant said on Monday. The plant, affiliated with the United Shipbuilding Corporation, will manufacture the missile systems for the Yantar shipyard before the end of 2014.

Morozov of Ukraine introduces upgrade package for T-55 tank under the name T-55M8A2 Typhoon

The Ukrainian Company Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building introduces a new upgrade package for the T-55 main battle tank under the name of T-55M8A2 Typhoon. This upgrade was designed and developed to propose a cheaper modernization program for the old T-55 Russian-made main battle tank of Peruvian Army.
Morozov of Ukraine upgrade package for T-55 named T-55M8A2 Typhoon.

United Arab Emirates still want to increase production of its defense and security industry

The United Arab Emirates, increasingly a major military power in the Persian Gulf, is stepping up efforts to develop its own defense industry. In large part, it's doing this by making Western defense companies set up high-tech projects in the federation as a condition of lucrative arms contracts to diversify its economy from a dependence on oil and gas exports.
The latest generation of NIMR 6x6 armoured vehicle personnel carrier at IDEX 2013 Defence Exhibition in United Arab Emirates.

Border guards of Iran test UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to patrol Eastern borders of the country

A senior Iranian commander said the country's border guards have begun testing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for patrolling the country's Eastern borders.
Iranian production line of a copy of the ScanEagle UAV Unmaned Aerial Vehicle

Nepal organizes international peacekeeping training Peace Efforts 2 in Kathmandu and Panchkhal

Nepal's national army will organize an international peacekeeping training "Peace Efforts 2" in Kathmandu and Panchkhal, a military training centre some 50 km north of the capital from March 25 to April 7. The training will boost up capacity of the countries which have been participating in the peacekeeping efforts of the United Nations across the world, according to army sources on Monday, March 19, 2013.
Nepalese soldier in Haiti for UN mission.

Technical Datasheet: Type 056 Jiangdao Class Corvette - Chinese Navy

Designed and built by Chinese shipyard CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation) the Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) combines a stealth design with modern weapon systems and sensors. Designed to replace the older Jianghu class frigates and Type 037 patrol vessels, Type 056 Corvettes are set to become the backbone of the PLA Navy with more than 20 vessels reported to be currently on order.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Cassidian Optronics modernizes sighting systems of Colombian Navy submarines

Cassidian Optronics improves the mission effectiveness of the 209 class submarines of the Colombian Navy by installing state-of-the-art sighting systems. After the already ordered refurbishment of an attack periscope, the Colombian Navy has now ordered a SERO 250 search periscope from Cassidian Optronics for a 209 Class submarine. Cassidian Optronics is the well-known producer of optronic mast systems and periscopes for submarines, formerly known as Carl Zeiss Optronics. 

China defence industry enters in the top 5 of the biggest arms and military equipment exporters

The volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons was 17 per cent higher in the period 2008–12 than in 2003–2007 (see figure 1). The five biggest exporters in the period 2008–12 were the United States, Russia, Germany, France and China. This is the first time since the end of the cold war that a state from outside Europe and North America has appeared among the five largest arms exporters.
Last year, the Chinese defence industry has delivered 20 Type 59G main battle tanks to Tanzania.

U.S. Navy Lays Keel for Pre-Commissioning Unit John Warner (SSN 785), Virginia class SSN

The U.S. Navy celebrated the keel laying of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding (HII -NNS) in Newport News, Va., March 16. The submarine is named for former five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia and Secretary of the Navy John Warner. 

IVECO LMV Light Multirole Vehicle subject of continuous development and innovation

The Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) was launched in 2006 and, from that point onwards, it has been the subject of continuous development and innovation. Iveco Defence Vehicles’ appreciated from the outset that a vehicle such as LMV would have to evolve with changing requirements.
The IVECO LMV Light Multirole Armoured Vehicle has demonstrated in Afghanistan its ability to protect the crew against ballistic and IEDs threats.

Iran Launches news "Jamaran 2" Frigate in Caspian Sea

Iran launched its second Mowdge class "destroyer" (Frigate class according to western standards), dubbed as "Jamaran 2", on Sunday after a reported development that took six years. The "Jamaran 2" appears to be an evolution of the existing Jamaran Frigate design, sporting new electronic and weapon systems.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Focus: Naval Technology: Vladivostok, Russian Navy future Mistral class LHD, specificities and characteristics

STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire is currently assembling the bow and central sections of Vladivostok, the first Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia. First cut of steel for this head unit took place at the Russia’s Baltic Shipyard United Shipbuilding Corporation (OCK) in St. Petersburg in August 2012. Construction of the warship began last year at the STX shipyard in St. Nazaire, after Russia signed a 1.2-billion euro deal with DCNS for two French-built Mistral vessels, which was signed in June 2011. The official keel laying ceremony took place at STX Shipyard in France in February 2013.

Selex ES delivers ATOS surveillance kit for Beechcraft Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)

After more than 80 hours of flight testing, Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, have handed over to Corporate Aircraft SA, exclusive distributor of Beechcraft, purc hasing as prime contractor for an undisclosed end-user a Beechcraft King Air 350ER equipped with the company’s Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance (ATOS) system. The end user has expressed their satisfaction with the system performance demonstra ted during the flight tests.

Czech Republic to send 34 soldiers to join French military operations in Mali

The Czech Republic sent a group of 34 military servicemen to Mali to join a military operation against Islamist militants in the north of the country, Czech news agency CTK reported. The senate of the Czech Republic voted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, to send a contingent of 50 military servicemen to Mali for the term of 15 months. Their mission will officially begin in April.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said his country’s soldiers would be deployed at military bases in Mali.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

China to build a strong army to ensure victories in any wars and against all threats

Military deputies to China's top legislature have vowed to build a strong army following top Chinese leader Xi Jinping's calls to that effect earlier in the week. On March 11, Xi urged the country's armed forces to be "absolutely loyal" to the Communist Party of China, sharpen fighting capacity and abide by disciplines as he joined a plenary meeting of a delegation from the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Chinese army parade starts in the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in central Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 1, 2009.

PT Dirgantara of Indonesia will produce 16 Bell 412 EP helicopterrs for the Indonesian army

Indonesia's state-run aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has secured another contract to produce 16 Bell 412 EP helicopters for the military worth 170 million U.S. dollars, a senior PTDI official said on Friday, March 15, 2013.
PT Dirgantara Indonesia delivered two Bell 412 EPs to the Indonesian Army and another to the Navy in March 2012

North Korea army test-fired KN-02 surface-to-surface ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan on Friday, March 15, 2013, the Yonhap News Agency reported, citing military sources. According to the report, the DPRK military test-fired two short- range missiles presumed to be KN-02 surface-to-surface ballistic missile, estimated to have a range of about 120 km.
North Korean KN-02 surface-to-surface ballistic missile

Babcock fits forward island on HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

The island is a crucial component of the ship, containing the main bridge and around 100 vital mission systems compartments. The event was witnessed by the Secretary of State for Defence, Phillip Hammond, MP. The circa 600 tonne forward island – which arrived at Babcock’s Rosyth facility (where the carriers are being assembled) from BAE Systems in Portsmouth on 11 February – was lifted into position on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck by the massive Goliath crane, which had a special 78 tonne lifting frame attached for the purpose. 

Tranche 3 of BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft goes on test

Assembly of the first Tranche 3 Typhoon, destined for delivery to the Royal Air Force, has now been completed together with initial testing. The aircraft, British single seat no 116, has now entered electromagnetic testing.
Tranche 3 of Typhoon fighter aircraft goes on test

Friday, 15 March 2013

Focus - Naval Technology: Models of Royal Navy future Carrier & RFA Tanker simulate Replenishment At Sea

Two highly-accurate one-tonne scale models of HMS Queen Elizabeth and future tanker RFA Tidespring have been tested in Europe’s largest indoor water tank in Gosport to determine how the two ships can sail safely in company. Key to any future operations by the carrier – the largest warship ever to sail under the White Ensign – will be sustaining her thousands of miles from home.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's First Cape Class Patrol Boat officially named

Austal is pleased to announce the first-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat has been officially named the Cape St George during a ceremony held at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia today. Cape St George is the first of eight new boats being built by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a design, construct and in-service support contract valued at approximately A$330 million.

Warplanes and helicopters of Syrian Air Force the main advantage of al-Assad against the rebels

Syrian warplanes have been bombing the northern cities of Homs and Raqqa, and even the outskirts of Damascus, to block advancing rebel forces, attacks that underline the critical role the air force in the Damascus regime's battle to stay in power. "The Syrian air force is the main advantage the regime has over the rebels," the U.S. global security consultancy Stratfor observed.
Screen capture of video shows MiG-29 of Syrian air Force during military training exercises in July 2012.

Syrian army is preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels said Israel military intelligence

Israel's military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, said Thursday, March 14, 2013, that Syrian President Bashar Assad is preparing for the potential use of chemical weapons. Speaking at a policy and security conference, Kochavi noted that the Syrian military has to date fired some 70 Scud and M-600 missiles, which carried conventional warheads filled with explosives, at populated areas across the country.
Syrian armed forces Scud-B SS-1C short range ballistic missile
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North Korea army live artillery drill supervised by the leader of DRPK Kim Jong

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports that the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK), Kim Jong Un, has supervised a live artillery drill close to a disputed sea border with South Korea. Meanwhile, Seoul is conducting its own routine drills near the demilitarized zone at the border of the two countries, in addition to joint military drills with the US.
The undated photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 14, 2013 shows Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), watching a live shell firing drill at the southwest sector of the front line.