Daily Archives: April 4, 2016

Russian Kamov Ka-52 “Aligator” seen for the first time in the battle for Al-Qaryatain, Syria

Published on Apr 3, 2016

Syria war: Russian Kamov Ka-52 “Aligator” attack helicopter
seen for the first time in the battle for the Christian town Al-Qaryatain.

Published on Apr 3, 2016

Russian helicopters Ka-52 and Mi-28 attacked ISIS Syria

Published on Mar 31, 2016

Footage: Russian Mi-28 helicopters and warplanes strike ISIS during Palmyra liberation

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See details of Ka-52 (200 kg of armor): HEREmaxresdefault

 

See details of Mi-28 (600 kg of armor): HERE1018990847

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RAF to field retained Tranche 1 Typhoons as stand-alone air defence force

IHS Janes

03 April 2016

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to field as a separate air defence force the Tranche 1 (T1) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft that are to be retained in service beyond their original retirement date.

The 24 T1 aircraft that were extended from 2019 to the wider Typhoon out-of-service date (OSD) of 2040 in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) of November 2015 will be formed into two distinct air defence squadrons, rather than being mixed with other T2 and T3 aircraft in other multirole units, Deputy Commander of Operations Air Marshal Greg Bagwell told reporters on 30 March.

“The issue was how to operate the Tranche 1 alongside the Tranche 2 and 3 as there is very little spares commonality between them, so it was decided that the plan [should be] for two new squadrons of Tranche 1 Typhoons,” AM Bagwell said.

Given the software limitations of the T1, the RAF has decided not to try and upgrade these particular platforms with the Phase Enhancement upgrade packages that will afford the T2 and T3 platforms with the full swing-role capability set. As such, they will be used solely for air defence duties, and perhaps for adversarial air combat training for other RAF aircraft types.

“The Tranche 1s will be used purely for air defence, as an upgrade [for swing-role] will be prohibitively expensive. The two squadrons of Tranche 1 Typhoons will own the air defence role, and we are also looking at using them for ‘red air’ along with the Hawk,” AM Bagwell noted.

The UK bases its Typhoons at RAF Conginsby in England (Quick reaction Alert [QRA] South) and at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North). It also has a detachment of four air defence aircraft permanently stationed in the Falkland Islands.

In terms of the UK QRA, AM Bagwell said it has not yet been decided where the T1 Typhoons will be based but he did note that from a support perspective it would make sense that they should all be at one location.

@janes.com

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China Developing New State-of-the-art Warship to Outperform the U.S. Navy’s Best Destroyers

Sunday, 03 April 2016

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In yet another indicator of China’s rapid military progress, the Chinese are hard at work to develop a new battle cruiser, the “Type 055,” which will be as advanced as the ultra-expensive, Space Age-looking USS Zumwalt – but will be much more heavily armed.

The new Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 guided missile destroyer, of which the first of three vessels scheduled to be built is now undergoing sea testing preparatory to being integrated into the Pacific Fleet, is a triumph of state-of-the-art military technology, it features a stealth design, carries a payload of up to 80 guided missiles, and can even mount brand new rail guns and laser cannons. Because of its enormous cost ($7.5 billion per ship at latest estimate), however, Congress capped the number to be constructed at three.

Now the Chinese are developing a ship that will be larger, carry more missiles, and may even have satellite shoot-down capability. The Type 055 “dreadnaught” will possess X-band and S-band radar, defensive capabilities characteristic of American Aegis-equipped cruisers, but not the Zumwalt. It will also carry a payload of up to 96 missiles, including not only a sophisticated array of interceptor missiles, cruise missiles, and land attack missiles, but also much-feared supersonic long-range anti-ship missile, presumably of the “Sunburn” pedigree. And all indications are that the missiles to be deployed all have considerably longer ranges than their U.S. counterparts; this is not surprising, given the well-attested fact that the Russians have since the 1970s consistently beaten Americans to the punch in the development of guided missiles, and that the Russians continue to share missile technology with the Chinese.

When the Type 055 is deployed, America may find itself for the first time in generations facing a warship that outclasses all of its American counterparts, as summarized by The Motley Fool:

China is building a new battle cruiser that, at least judging by the specs that have been released, appears to outclass the most advanced “destroyer” in the U.S. fleet, both in traditional missions (anti-ship) and in new objectives (anti-satellite). This, in turn, could affect the U.S. Navy’s plans to continue doing things as it’s been doing them for decades — focusing on the construction of old-model Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and budget-busting aircraft carriers, for example.

It is not clear when the new ship will be produced, or how many the Chinese will deploy, but if the Chinese are successful, they will not only be fielding a cutting-edge warship, they will be packing more armaments on a smaller platform than the U.S.-touted Zumwalt — and at much lower cost.

Although it has not been explicitly called such, every indicator is that China and the United States are heading towards a new global arms race — and one in which the United States may not fare as well vis-à-vis the competition as it did against the Soviets during the Cold War.

@thenewamerican.com

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See details of the Type 55 destroyer: HERE

See details of the Zumwalt destroyer: HERE

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FMS Not Likely to See Reform in 2016

Apr 04, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

A lack of interest by Congress is likely to result in no meaningful reform to the foreign military sales (FMS) occurring this year, according to analysts and congressional sources. The process has been criticized by several parties including Pentagon officials, foreign leaders, and industry executives, but due to its complexity and global sensitivities to weapon sales, any reform will not be rushed. Calls to speed up the approval for sales has come at a time when several US partner nations have been buying equipment while participating in regional conflicts against Islamic State militants. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, however, which has oversight over foreign weapon sales, calls the complaints “part of the natural back and forth that occurs when a foreign nation wants a US weapon.”

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Lockheed’s long-running F-16 line in Fort Worth going cold

F-15 jobs in St. Louis tangled in Mideast politics

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New issues surrounding the propeller gear boxes on the Airbus A400M will not affect delivery

Apr 04, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

New issues surrounding the propeller gear boxes on the Airbus A400M will not affect delivery , according to the company. The first issue regards the material structure and strength of the ring gear in about 14 gear boxes produced in the first half of 2015. A separate fault is an issue with the cracking of a plug that could see small parts of metal released into the oil system of the gearbox, affecting gear boxes that rotate to the right. Airbus plans to deliver 20 of the cargo planes to customers this year.

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S-3 Viking Sale to Seoul May Entice Other Buyers

Apr 04, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

Lockheed Martin hopes to have South Korea’s purchase of the S-3 Viking approved in June. Seoul’s purchase of the maritime patrol and and submarine hunter is also acting as a barometer for other countries, including Vietnam, and two other nations. The comments were made by the company’s director of maritime patrol programs, Clay Fearnow at this year’s FIDAE 2016 expo in Chile. Renewed interest in the plane by South Korea, as a supplement to its order of P-9 aircraft, has given it a new lease on life since the 2009 divestment by the US Navy.

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S-3B Viking

The S-3B Viking carried out the US Navy’s carrier-based sea control mission. The S-3 was originally designed in the early 1970s to replace the S-2 Tracker. The new aircraft had a sophisticated anti-submarine warfare sensor suite. It was nicknamed by its aircrews as the Hoover.

The S-3A variant was replaced in the early 1990s by the S-3B. This incorporated upgrades such as the APS-137 inverse synthetic aperture radar and the AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

In 2009 the S-3B Viking was retired from the US Navy’s front line service, though some of these aircraft were still used for secondary duties. These aircraft were finally retired in 2016 after more than 40 years of service. The Viking was retired without proper replacement. Its missions were taken over by the P-3C Orion, various SH-60 Seahawk series helicopters and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

 

Entered service 1974
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 16.26 m
Wing span 20.93 m
Height 6.93 m
Weight (empty) 12 t
Weight (maximum take off) 23.8 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x General Electric TF34-GE-2 turbofans
Traction (dry / with afterburning) 2 x 41.26 kN
Maximum speed 814 km/h
Service ceiling 10.6 km
Combat radius 853 km
Armament
Missiles AGM-84D Harpoon anti-ship missiles
Bombs Mk 82/83 free-fall bombs, Mk 53 mines, Mk 54 depth bombs, Mk 20 Mod 2 ‘Rockeye’ cluster bombs
Other Mk 46/53 Barracuda torpedoes, 127-mm Zuni and 70-mm FFAR or Hydra 70 rockets

@military-today.com

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