Monthly Archives: April 2016

Islamic State destroyed 3 Turkish Army tanks near Karkamis town of Gaziantep

Asian Defence News

Friday, April 29, 2016

One snake bites another snake.

Turks really thought Islamic State could be “controlled”.

Turkish Army T-155 Firtina howitzer turret blown away after ISIS ATGW strike in Karkamış


There goes your Samsung made tank!

Looks like the Turks are getting a beating!


Submerged Russian nuclear sub fires Kalibr cruise missile in Arctic drills (VIDEO)


Published time: 30 Apr, 2016

A Russian nuclear submarine, Severodvinsk, has carried out firing drills in the Barents Sea, successfully striking a coastal target in the Arctic with the latest Kalibr cruise missile from a submerged position.

The crew of the latest multipurpose nuclear submarine of the Northern Fleet, Project 885 Severodvinsk, successfully launched the missile from the Barents Sea, the Russian military said in a statement.

The missile hit its target in the Arkhangelsk region “with high accuracy”, the statement added. The strike was conducted as part of wider navy combat drills in the area.

The ministry also noted that Severodvinsk, which sailed to sea earlier this week, has carried out a number of other drills within the winter framework training exercises of Russia’s Northern Fleet.

Russian Kalibr missiles were also tested on the Caspian Flotilla during week-long drills that involved some 20 vessels and concluded on Friday.

“A strike group of the flotilla has conducted firing drills using naval practice targets and hit them successfully,” the press service said.

Ships with the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla fired off 3M-14 submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCM) for the first time on Islamic State targets in Syria on October 7 and November 20.

Ever since the debut, the Kalibr became one of the main perceived threats to US security. The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) said in December that it“is profoundly changing [Russia’s] ability to deter, threaten or destroy adversary targets.”

With a range of roughly of 2,000 km, the supersonic 3M-54 Kalibr missile is small enough to be carried by submarines and small warships. Furthermore the missile is capable of carrying both a conventional or nuclear warhead and is able to penetrate the enemy’s missile defense systems thus changing the calculus of the reach and effectiveness of smaller navy ships.


Yasen-class submarine

The Severodvinsk-class submarine (Russian: Проект 885 “Ясень”, “ash tree”; NATO reporting name: “Severodvinsk”, also known erroneously as the Graney class) is the newest Russian nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine. Based on the Akula-class submarine and the Alfa-class submarine it is projected to replace Russia’s Soviet-era attack submarines, both Akula and Oscar-class submarine.

Name: Severodvinsk
Builders: SevMash , designer Malahit Lazurit Rubin
Operators:  Russian Navy
Preceded by: Akula class
Cost: Equivalent of US$1.6 billion
Building: 4
Planned: 12 (7 on order)
Completed: 2 (Severodvinsk)
Active: 1
General characteristics
Displacement: ·Surfaced: 7,700–8,600 tons

·Submerged: 13,800 tons 

Length: 120 m (390 ft)
Beam: 15 m (49 ft)
Propulsion: 1 x KPM type pressurized water reactor
Speed: ·Surfaced: 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)

·Submerged (silent): 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)

·Submerged (max): 35 kn (65 km/h; 40 mph)

Range: unlimited except by food supplies
Test depth: 600 m (2,000 ft)
Complement: 90 (32 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Rim Hat ESM/ECM Snoop Pair Surface Search Radar
Armament: ·8 x VLS equipped silos for either: 

o               32 (8 x 4) with Oniks

o               or

o               40 (8 x 5) with Kalibr-PL anti-ship, anti-submarine and land attack submarine launched weapon.

o               Kh-101 cruise missiles.

·10 × torpedo tubes (8x650mm and 2x533mm).

Russia Ships 20 Tanks to Nicaragua in $80M Military Deal


Published 29 April 2016

The tank purchase is part of an effort to modernize the country’s military.

Russia has shipped the first 20 of 50 tanks to Nicaragua in a move that has confounded certain analysts.

The $80 million purchase of the 50 T-72B tanks marks an dramatic uptick in Nicaragua’s military expenditures. In spite of the increased military expenditures, Nicaragua still pales in comparison to its neighbors. Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic outspent the rest of the isthmus by nearly $100 million in 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Nicaraguan military spokesman Colonel Manuel Guevara Rocha said it was part of efforts to modernize the nation’s fighting force, much of which had become outdated, Spanish news source El Pais reported.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti said that its government had already given Nicaragua 12 anti-aircraft missile defense systems, two helicopters, and a “lot” of armored vehicles.

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So it comes to about $1.6 million per tank……


 Map Map


The T-72 Ural main battle tank was developed as a cheaper and more reliable, however less capable alternative to the T-64. It entered service with Soviet army in 1973. A total of 30 000 tanks of this type were produced in the Soviet Union, China, Czechoslovakia, India, Romania and Yugoslavia. It was exported to about 30 countries. At the end of 1990s Russia operated around 9 000 of these main battle tanks.

   The T-72 is protected by composite armor. Some sources claim that front armor of the T-72 is equivalent to 500-600 mm of Rolled Homogenous Armor (RHA). In the 1970s it was adequate, however it is not much by modern standard. Side armor provides protection against IFV and helicopter cannons. Later production models were fitted with side skirts. The T-72 is completed with NBC protection system and automatic fire extinguishing equipment.

   This main battle tank is completed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun, fitted with new carousel-type autoloader. Previous autoloader on the T-64 was unreliable and had a number of other drawbacks. However autoloader of the T-72 was slower than that, used on the T-64. Maximum rate of fire is up to 8 rounds per minute, or 1-2 rounds per minute, when loaded manually. A total of 39 rounds for the main gun are carried. Effective range of fire with APFSDS round is about 2 000 – 3 000 day and 850-1 300 m at night. Armor penetration is about 590-630 mm of RHA at 2 000 m range.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and 12.7-mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof in the opened mount.

   Vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver.

Entered service 1973
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 41 t
Length (gun forward) 9.53 m
Hull length 6.86 m
Width 3.46 m
Height 2.19 m
Main gun 125-mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm, 1 x 12.7-mm
Elevation range – 5 to + 14 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 39 rounds
Machine guns 2 000 x 7.62, 300 x 12.7
Engine V-46 diesel
Engine power 780 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.85 m
Trench 2.8 m
Fording 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m



F-16 sale on the line as US Congress stops USD 430 million aid to Pakistan


United States (US) Congress Committee has interrupted financial aid worth USD 430 million to Pakistan putting sale of eight F-16 fighter jets on the line once again, local media reported on Friday.

Department of State stated to a British journal that Obama government is in favour of supplying F-16s to Pakistan but US aid would not be used for the purpose.

Pakistan cannot afford to pay around USD 700 million for eight fighter jets and necessary equipment. As per the previous understanding, United States was to grant USD 430 million while Pakistan was to pitch in USD 270 million.

On the other hand United States Congress has also halted provision of USD 740.2 million funds for Pakistan under military aid package.

Pakistani embassy’s spokesperson in the United States, Nadeem Hotiana said that the US administration has already supported F-16s sale to Pakistan however purchase of arms and ammunition is a lengthy and time-taking procedure.

He said that India had lobbied against Pakistan regarding the sale while some members of the Congress had also criticised the deal. They had said that F-16s could be used against India, he added.

Indian External Affairs Ministry had made it clear in February that it would not buy the argument that the deal would help Pakistan combat terrorism.

“We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan. We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had tweeted.

Earlier in March, the motion to supply F-16s to Pakistan garnered success in the US Senate with an overwhelming 71 to 24 margin.

The deal between the two sides was kept alive for the past five years however, Obama government announced in February to go through with the sale formally.

In February, Secretary of State John Kerry, while testifying to the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee defended the deal.

Kerry lauded Pakistan’s efforts in war on terror and said that the country is an ally in fight against extremism and has been deeply engaged.

Senators had 30 days to express reservations in the matter after formal announcement by the United States on February 12. Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sharply questioned the plans to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan within the given time.

It should be noted here that the deal is in accordance with US foreign policy s objectives and national security goals of improved security of strategic partner in the South Asia.

The deal involves sale of eight nuclear-capable Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter jets, radar and other equipment.

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See related post:

Pakistan in two minds on buying F-16 jets from US

Pakistan Air Force needs to replace 190 planes by 2020

Pakistan looks to buy another 10 F-16s

U.S. okays sale of eight Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan – Pentagon

See details of F-16C/D: HERE

Danish Defense Ministry Backs Lockheed Martin Fighter Jet Purchase From US


18:01 28.04.2016

The Danish Defense Ministry’s special office for procuring new aircraft has delivered a final and comprehensive analysis, approving the purchase of a batch of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth multirole fighters from the United States, local media said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The ministry office, which had spent some nine years studying and assessing Denmark’s options in renewing its aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets, has chosen Lockheed Martin Aeronautics-manufactured aircraft over Boeing’s Super Hornet fighters, the Radio24syv public broadcaster reported, citing various sources.

The ministry estimates that Denmark needs at least 28 new jets to keep an operational air force, according to the broadcaster. The total cost of the fleet upgrade may come to as much as 100 billion kroner (over $15 billion) per aircraft over the jets’ entire 30-year lifespan, including maintenance costs.

While the move had been endorsed by most parties in the Danish parliament, its cost has been criticized amid tightened welfare expenditure and reduced growth expectations.

Earlier in April, the Danish Parliament approved a decision to strengthen the country’s military commitment to the US-led counter-terrorist campaign in Syria and Iraq, with the country set to provide F16 jets, as well as transport aircraft and special forces, to the coalition.

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$15 billion per plane over 30 years must also have included the cost of aircraft so it is $500 million per year per plane!  Wow pretty steep to operate the F-35…..

See related post:

F35 fighter jets recommended to Danish government by expert group – radio

Make Love, Not War: Danes Against Buying More Warplanes

‘Desperate’ Boeing Makes Last-Ditch Attempt to Sell Warplanes to Denmark

See details of F-35: HERE

F35 fighter jets recommended to Danish government by expert group – radio

Business | Thu Apr 28, 2016

Denmark should buy 28 of Lockheed Martin’s F35 Lightning fighter jets to replace its present F16 jets, an expert group formed by the Danish Ministry of Defence has recommended to the government, according to local radio.

The group found that the Lightning was better than Eurofighter’s Typhoon and Boeing Co’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in four priority areas: military combat, economy, strategics and Danish industrial cooperation with the producer, Radio24syv said citing sources close to the negotiations.

The expert group recommended that Denmark should buy 28 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, it said.

Denmark’s decision will be closely watched, as several other nations also have to decide whether to replace their aged warplanes with Lockheed Martin Corp’s brand new F-35 or play safe with cheaper, older-generation planes such the Super Hornets.

Now it is up to the government and the political parties supporting the purchase of new fighter jets to decide which one to pick.

Denmark’s Defence Ministry did not reply to requests from Reuters. Spokesmen from various political parties declined to comment. (Reporting by Erik Matzen; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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See related post:

Make Love, Not War: Danes Against Buying More Warplanes

‘Desperate’ Boeing Makes Last-Ditch Attempt to Sell Warplanes to Denmark

See details of F-35: HERE

See details of F-18E/F: HERE

See details of Eurofighter Typhoon: HERE

PAF eyes induction of JF-17B fighter jet by April 2017



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is eyeing formal induction of the newly-launched JF-17B dual seat fighter jet by April 2017, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) announced on Wednesday.

Production of the first JF-17B was initiated by Pakistan and China during a joint ceremony at Chengdu Aerospace Corporation. The jet is set to make its maiden flight by the end of this year, the PAF said.

The dual seat aircraft will enhance training value and operational capability, Air Marshal Muhammad Iqbal said at the ceremony. He also thanked Chinese leadership for their continuous support in the design, development and manufacturing phases of the JF-17 development project.

Chinese leadership paid tribute to PAF authorities for operationalising the aircraft and expressed their resolve to continue support for development work of JF-17 project.

The JF-17 Thunder’s operational history

The JF-17 Thunder, a single-engine multi-role fighter jet, and was jointly developed by China and Pakistan. Development on the aircraft started in 1999, and the maiden flight was conducted in 2003.

The initial Block 1 JF-17s were received in 2007, with production of the upgraded Block 2 JF-17s started in 2013. The upgraded models have upgraded avionics, air-to-air refuelling capability, data link, enhanced electronic warfare capability and enhanced load carrying ability.

The JF-17 can be equipped with air-to-air and air-to-ground ordinance. The aircraft mounts both short-range infra-red air to air missiles along with longer ranged radar-guided BVR missiles, an essential capability for a frontline interceptor.

The aircraft can carry 8,000lbs of ordinance on seven external hardpoints, which is an adequate amount of ordinance for any mission profile. The JF-17 enhances the much needed capability of the air force in beyond visual range (BVR) engagements.

The JF-17 is a capable platform, and is on its way to form the backbone of the PAF. It was reported that between 250 and 300 aircraft will be inducted into the air force in order to phase out the ageing fleet of some other aircraft models that are still in operation.

For the Pakistan Air Force, the JF-17 fills the gap that had arisen due to an ageing inventory, which was further impacted by sanctions placed on the country following the nuclear tests in 1998.

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See related post:

The Emir of Qatar will witness a display of the PAF JF-17 fighters as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits the country this week

Azerbaijan Wants in on JF-17s

Handy defence tool: Malaysia mulls options to buy JF-17 Thunder

Egypt Keen to Buy Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jet

Pakistan, China in pact to keep JF-17 tech away from US, India: report

See details of JF-17: HERE