Monthly Archives: September 2015

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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

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Thailand assembles new howitzer – Update with short video

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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.

(Sompong)

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

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155mm Autonomous Truck-Mounted Gun firing

Credit: thaidefense-news

Thai Army Stingray Tank with different types of camouflage scheme with video inside turret firing main gun

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Stingray Fire Practice

Inside Stingray turret firing main gun

Stingray training 

Stingray FCS repair and upgrade test fire

 

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Thailand’s Military Needs to Boost its Amphibious Capability

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http://defense-studies.blogspot.com/2015/09/thailands-military-needs-to-boost-its.html

Defense Studies

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Updated J-31 unveiled, expected to hit global market in 5 yrs

China has unveiled an updated version of the J-31 “Gyrfalcon” fighter jet, which is expected to be marketed internationally within the next five years, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.

An updated model of the J-31 — a single-seat, twin-engine, fifth-generation stealth multirole fighter developed by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation — was recently on display at the 16th China Aviation Expo in Beijing from Sept. 16-19.

With a redesigned tail, the J-31’s aerodynamic and stealth capabilities are said to have already surpassed most traditional fighter jets and will soon have an upgraded avionics system. Its current Russian-made RD-93 engine is also expected to be upgraded with a new version of the Chinese-made WS-13 engine in the future.

The J-31 reportedly reaches a max speed of Mach 1.8 and a combat radius of 2,000 kilometers, essentially satisfying the requirements of a carrier-based jet. In addition, the aircraft is said to have been designed for high survivability, low vulnerability to radar detection and low infrared radiation, and possesses excellent electronic countermeasures. The stealth fighter also has powerful target detection and external information gathering functionality, meaning it will have strong air combat capabilities can attack both land and sea targets.

The development of the J-31 has been extremely fast as it is based on mature technology, Sina Military said, noting that there have been allegations that China stole technology from America’s F-35 Lightning fighter jet to design the aircraft.

The J-31 is expected to complete test flights within the next five years and be promoted on the international market shortly thereafter. By 2024, China could market the J-31 as a replacement for the current JF-17 Block II multirole combat aircraft it jointly developed with Pakistan.

Apart from advanced capabilities, the main selling point of the J-31 is its low price, which might even be cheaper than some third-generation fighters out on the market, the report said. There are also rumors that the J-31 could end up having multiple variants, including an aircraft carrier model and a bomber model.

WantChinaTimes.com

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Stingray with RPG cage

Please also see related Stingray post: https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/thai-army-stingray-tank-with-different-types-of-camouflage-scheme/