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Venezuela receive upgraded Mi-35M2 attack helicopters

Upgraded ‘Hinds’ for Venezuela

The first upgraded Mi-35M2 attack helicopters have been delivered to the Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (FANB, Venezuelan Army), AirForces Monthly correspondent Juan Carlos Cicalesi reports.

The FANB received three Mi-35M2 helicopters from a total of ten that are being upgraded in Russia by Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. The aircraft arrived at El Libertador Air Base in Palo Negro, Aragua State, on January 25. The Hinds were delivered on board an Antonov An-124-100 from a private cargo airline.

Venezuela was the launch customer for the original Mi-35M derivative. These aircraft feature Western radio kits including the Bendix-King KHF-950-10 (replaced on the last few machines by the KHF-1050) HF radio and two KTR-908 VHF radios, as well as the South African Reutech ACR500 multi-band digital UHF/VHF radio.

The ten aircraft were delivered to the Venezuelan Army in 2006-07.

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Lockheed Martin in talks with Arabian Gulf countries to sell F-16 as well as upgrades to existing fleets

Idex 2017: Lockheed talks F-16 sales and upgrades with region’s forces

Dania Saadi

 

February 21, 2017 Updated: February 21, 2017 08:32 PM

The US defence company Lockheed Martin is in talks with Arabian Gulf countries to sell F-16 multi-role fighter jets as well as upgrades to existing fleets.

“We are talking to some in the region [about sales],” Rick Groesch, Lockheed’s regional vice president, said on Tuesday at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex) in Abu Dhabi.

Talks with Bahrain on the sale of 16 to 19 F-16s stalled during the administration of the US president Barack Obama but have resumed under Donald Trump, said Mr Groesch.

“We are talking to them [Bahrain] about it and the [US] government is talking to them about buying an additional production aircraft which will be designated Block 70,” he said.

Bahrain, the first country in the region to acquire F-16s about 25 years ago, is also looking to upgrade its existing fleet of 20 Block 40 aircraft, he said.

Lockheed Martin is still in discussions about possible upgrade of the UAE’s Block 60 F-16s, called the Desert Falcon. “Our concentration right now is the support of the aircraft that they got to be able to keep them available to fly the combat sortie rates,” Mr Groesch said. “We are doing all the stuff right now in conjunction with the UAE Air Force to be able to have them fly those airplanes to 2030 to 2040.”

The company is talking to several countries about upgrades, including to Egypt for its fleet of 30 Block 15 variant. Lockheed also plans to deliver five to six remaining Block 50 F-16s out of 36 built for Iraq.

“We will be done with production of Iraq aircraft later on toward the end of this year,” Mr Groesch said.

The company plans to keep future production of F-16s in the US, he said. Lockheed has created F-16 assembly plants in Turkey, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands in the past.

“The next customer that we sell F-16 to we will build them in the US,” said Mr Groesch.

The Trump administration has criticised US companies that have factories and assembly lines overseas and has vowed to create US jobs with his “America First” motto.

As for the delivery of C-130Js for Saudi Arabia, the company is still waiting for government-to-government talks to conclude. In 2013, the US announced Saudi Arabia’s intent to purchase 25 c-130J Super Hercules through a foreign military sale (FMS).

So far, Lockheed has delivered two KC-130J planes to Saudi Arabia.

“We continue to work with Saudi,” said Timothy German, a regional executive at Lockheed. “It is an FMS case, so that’s between the US government and the Saudi government to determine the pacing when the rest of them will be delivered.”

The UAE had held talks with Lockheed about the purchase of 12 C130J aircraft, without reaching an agreement.

“We continue to support the UAE with their existing fleet of C130 and L-100s,” said Mr German. “We are prepared and always having discussions about where they need to go about modernising their C130s.”

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“We are talking to them [Bahrain] about it and the [US] government is talking to them about buying an additional production aircraft which will be designated Block 70,” he said.

Bahrain, the first country in the region to acquire F-16s about 25 years ago, is also looking to upgrade its existing fleet of 20 Block 40 aircraft, he said.

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Ankara-Moscow meet over S-400 financing seen as key issue

Ankara-Moscow meet over Russian S-400 missile systems

Russian Tass news agency has reported that Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of state corporation Rostec, says talks are underway for Turkey to purchase Russian S-400 missile systems. “Turkey is interested in S-400 systems. Talks are underway, the key issue is financing,” Chemezov said to journalists on the sidelines of the IDEX 2017 international defense exhibition.

Meanwhile, during a joint press conference with Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı in Nicosia yesterday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the negotiations for the S-400 air defense missile system with Russia are “continuing positively.”

In November 2016, Turkish National Defense Minister Fikri Işık said Ankara was in talks with Moscow about the possible purchase of S-400 systems, while some Turkish media outlets claimed that Turkey was expecting an offer from Moscow regarding the purchase, in what could be the culmination of Ankara’s long-awaited procurement process for a long-range missile defense system. It was also reported that Moscow was leaning toward selling the system to Turkey.

The first foreign buyer of Russian S-400 missile systems was China and the corresponding contract between Moscow and its southeastern neighbor was reportedly signed in the spring of 2015. According to media reports, the deal cost $3 billion. In October 2016, Russia also signed an intergovernmental agreement on S-400 supplies with India.

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Russia to start exports of new T-90SM/MS

Russia ready to export new T-90 tank variant

Uralvagonzavod, the maker of T-90 tanks, says it is ready to begin exports of the vehicle’s latest variant.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Feb. 20, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Feb. 20 (UPI) — Russia’s Uralvagonzavod scientific-production corporation is ready to export the latest variant of the T-90 main battle tank, Russian news agency Tass reports.

General of the Army Alexei Maslov, the special representative of UVZ for military-technical cooperation, was quoted by the news agency as saying the decision comes as production of the T-90MS is ready to accelerate.

“We have established the low-rate initial production of these vehicles,” he said at the IDEX 2017 trade show in Abu Dhabi. “It has been almost mastered, and we are ready to conduct export deliveries.

“… The serial production is set up in the interests of both Russia’s Ministry of Defense and foreign customers. The technological processes that allow increasing of the serial production volumes have been fine-tuned,” Maslov said.

On Monday, also from IDEX 2017, Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told Tass, “A large-scale contract was signed with a Middle East country in December. Another contract on this type of military output is expected to be signed soon.” Manturov did not identify the country.

Maslov said the T-90MS tank features a high degree of process automation. It can conduct self-testing and self-diagnostics and can be integrated with foreign components, such as communication systems and air-cooling units.

After-sales support and a crew training system are offered with the tank.

“We offer a full system of technical maintenance for the whole life cycle of the vehicle,” Maslov said. “The technical solutions can be implemented in both stationary service centers and field environment.”

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Russia and UAE to work on future light 5th generation jet

Russia and UAE to start working on 5th generation fighter 2018

February 20, 2017 TASS

Russia and the United Arab Emirates will get down to joint work on a future light 5th generation jet on the basis of MiG-29 as of 2018, the chief of Russia’s Rostec corporation, Sergey Chemezov, told the media on Feb. 20.

“We believe we shall start working on this plane as of next year. It will take seven to eight years to develop,” Chemezov said on the sidelines of the international weapons show IDEX-2017.

“A future fifth generation plane will be created on the basis of Russia’s Mig-29,” he added.

Earlier, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that Russia and the UAE had concluded an agreement on industrial cooperation in military engineering, which enabled them to launch a fifth generation fighter project.

The head of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar said the work on the plane was at the initial phase and Russia was in the process of drafting proposals. The UAC would participate in the project as the leader organization, and Sukhoi and MiG as co-contributors.

Source: TASS

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Poghosyan: the task of creating a 5 th generation light fighter is not a priority for the KLA

MOSCOW, April 12th. (ARMS-TASS). The task of creating 5th generation light fighter is not currently a priority for the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). This ARMS-TASS, Mikhail Pogosyan, president of the KLA.

“I do not exclude the possibility of creating a light aircraft 5th generation, but this problem is not in the operational plans of the corporation”, – Pogosyan said.

Poghosyan noted that the immediate tasks in the field of lightweight fighters is the development of the MiG-29 program, build the functionality of these aircraft, and upgrading to the level of the MiG-35.

Contracts with Indian and Russian defense ministries on the MiG-29K / KUB dictate the need for “maximum concentration KLA efforts towards the completion of construction of these complexes,” said president of the corporation.

The head of the KLA said that after the completion of the MiG-29K / 35 will need to determine the vector of further development, “whether the work to go in the direction of the unmanned aerial vehicle, or light fighter of the 5th generation.”

Talking about the technical possibilities of the creation of the 5th generation of light fighter, the president of the KLA said that copying American counterparts will be ineffective for several reasons.Soviet and Russian aircraft has always developed their own scenario in accordance with the current military doctrine, he said.

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S-400 will allow China to control Taiwan and Diaoyu airspace

Russia’s S-400 to help China control Taiwan and Diaoyu airspace – expert

February 20, 2017 VASILY KASHIN, SPECIAL TO RBTH

If Russia will supply its high-end S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to China equipped with 40Н6Е missiles, it will give China a tool to have a full control of the airspace over Taiwan and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Vasily Kashin explains why the S-400 is such a crucial purchase for Beijing.

A recent statement by the Rostec’s director for international cooperation Victor Kladov about the production of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system for China was mistakenly interpreted by many media outlets as a “beginning of production” of these systems.

His statements did not mean that production had just begun. Most likely, this happened earlier, as the contract to supply China with four divisions of S-400 complexes was signed in the fall of 2014.

Judging by Kladov’s words, it can be assumed that the first batch of S-400 will be delivered in 2017 or perhaps early 2018.

In 2016 Rostec’s head Sergey Chemezov told media outlets that the system will arrive in China “not earlier than 2018.” At the same time, one cannot rule out some acceleration of this process.

New missiles

The geo-political raifications of the delivery of the S-400 to China will depend on what specific missiles will it be equipped with.

The most important innovation of the complex should be the 40N6Е missiles with the range of 400 km and active radar homing in the terminal phase.

Long term production trends suggest that Russia will eventually supply the 40N6Е missiles. However, according to open sources, sophisticated and expensive tests of these missiles were repeatedly delayed.

Without these missiles, the S-400 is just a small upgrade of the S-300PMU2. China had earlier purchased 15 divisions of the S-300. The S-400 has a wider range of target detection, better management tools and advanced types of missiles, but it will not be a radical improvement unless equipped with the 40N6Е.

If it is equipped with the advanced missiles, China’s S-400 will be enough to fully cover the airspace over Taiwan, at least for non-maneuverable aerial targets such as airborne and early warning and control aircrafts (AEW&C), reconnaissance and transport aircrafts.

It may also help impose a ban on flights of fighter aircrafts in the region. In case the S-400 are deployed on the Shandong Peninsula they will be able to target aircraft over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.

Thus, the system could give China a significant advantage in two areas where the PLA has to deal with strong and technically well-equipped opponents.

The system can play an important role in preventing or obstructing deployment of American forces in the Western Pacific if the U.S. attempts to support its allies.

A temporary solution

The purchase of only four divisions perhaps is only a temporary solution that will allow China to raise the capabilities of its air defense until it has its own anti-aircraft systems. China is actively engaged in this work. In case the development of Chinese systems will face additional challenges, we are likely to see additional procurement of the S-400 systems.

Chinese military planning has given priority to long range ground-based air defense systems. Beijing believes that these kind of systems can compensate for many of the U.S. Air Force’s strengths, such as better equipment, and the high training and extensive combat experience gained in many wars. In this regard, the Chinese generally follow the Soviet and Russian approach to the confrontation of American air power.

While figuring out when the new system can begin to exert real influence on the balance of power in East Asia, it is also important to take into account the extreme complexity of its operation and maintenance. It may take upto a year to train the Chinese personnel to use the systems.

Even if you install the systems well in advance, the divisions equipped with it will have to undergo the cycle of combat training in China to be fully ready to perform their tasks.

Of course, if at the time of delivery of the S-400 there is a serious destabilization of the situation in the region, such as an acute Sino-American confrontation, all the necessary interim stages in the preparation of the system can be accelerated.

Vasily Kashin is a senior research fellow in the Moscow Based Institute for Far Eastern Studies and in the Higher School of Economics. Views expressed are personal.

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