Monthly Archives: September 2015

Egypt May Receive Ka-52K Naval Helicopters for its 2 Mistral class LHD as Part of Deal with Russia

According to Russian state owned news agency TASS, Russia and Egypt have signed an agreement on supplies of fifty helicopters of the Ka-52 Alligator family and Moscow does not rule out delivery of the deck-based version of these helicopters. The Ka-52K is the deck-based version of the Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter initially developed for Mistral LHD ordered in France in 2011.

“An agreement on the supplies of fifty Ka-52 helicopters has been signed,” he said. “If the Egyptian side finds it necessary, the sea-based version of the helicopters will be supplied.”

The French presidency announced on September 23 that Egypt will acquire the two Mistral LHDs originally intended for Russia. “President of the French Republic met with the President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi. They agreed on the principle and terms of the purchase by Egypt of two Mistral class amphibious vessels” according to the official statement of the French presidency.

According to Russian state owned news agency TASS, Russia and Egypt have signed an agreement on supplies of fifty helicopters of the Ka-52 Alligator family and Moscow does not rule out delivery of the deck-based version of these helicopters. The Ka-52K is the deck-based version of the Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter initially developed for Mistral LHD ordered in France in 2011.The navalised version of the Alligator features a folding rotor head and folding stub-wings. Image: Kamov

Sources in the Russian Navy’s Main Headquarters told TASS in August that the Russian Navy expects to receive the first Kamov Ka-52K (Katran) ship-borne helicopters in 2017-2018. The helicopters were earlier intended to be based on two Mistral helicopter carriers, which France has refused to deliver to Russia over Moscow’s stance on developments in neighboring Ukraine.

Russian Helicopters rotocraft manufacturer and Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier said Ka-52K helicopters would be based on other ships of the Russian Navy instead of Mistrals. Russian Helicopters has also said the company expects deck-based Alligator helicopters to enjoy demand on international arms markets.

Source Navy Recognition

Ka-52 Alligator: Details

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Thailand assembles new howitzer – Update with short video

The new 155mm Autonomous Truck-Mounted Gun of the Royal Thai Army (photo : Sompong, Pantip)
The Thai military’s Weapon Industry Centre unveils new Autonomous Truck-Mounted Gun (ATMG) caliber of 155 mm/52 mounted on 10-tonne TATRA 6×6 truck.

Joint with Center for Artillery Weapons, they have made improvement program of the ATMOS artillery in a series of Israeli company Elbit Systems which has a range of 40 km.

This new mobile howitzer will be active in the 721st Artillery Battalion of the Royal Thai Army to replace the M-109A5.

Source Sompong

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Royal Thai Navy team inspecting assembly plant of the Royal Thai Army ATMOS facility

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Atmos 2000 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery System: Details

Credit: thaidefense-news

Drawing and Meterials Contract for RTN’s 2nd New OPV to be built by RTN

 

HTMS Krabi – 551, offshore patrol vessel (photo : RTN)

On 17 September, Royal Thai Navy signed the contract with Bangkok Dock and Italthai Marine for drawing, materials, and associated equipment and services to be used in the construction of its new offshore patrol vessel (OPV)

Royal Thai Navy is looking to build its next OPV based on the modified BAE River-class OPV. The first ship – HTMS Krabi – already enter into service several years ago and rumors said that Royal Thai Navy will modified the second ship further, including adding the helicopter deck.

The ship will be built at Mahidol dockyard. Overall project value is believe to be around 2850 mil Baht or 80 Mil USD.

Also, Royal Thai Navy signed contract with Italthai Marine to construct its new tug boat.

(TAF)

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Krabi Class OPV: Details