Daily Archives: April 6, 2016

Japan military jet with six aboard missing: Defence ministry

The U-125 aircraft left a base in Kagoshima prefecture on the island of Kyushu in the early afternoon, NHK said.

Posted 06 Apr 2016 16:49

Updated 06 Apr 2016 19:55

TOKYO: A Japanese air force plane with six people aboard went missing on Wednesday (Apr 6), the defence ministry announced, and a search was under way in mountainous terrain.

The U-125 aircraft left a base in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu island in southwestern Japan in the early afternoon, said Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, head of the Air Self-Defense Force.

The small jet “disappeared from the radar”, Sugiyama told a press briefing.

Public broadcaster NHK showed footage of helicopters searching forest-covered mountains for the aircraft, while military and emergency vehicles rushed towards the area.

U-125 @photoshelter.com

A militarized derivative of Hawker 800 intended for maritime and littoral surveillance was procured by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) as the U-125A aircraft. The U-125A is equipped with the APQ-2 radar system which includes Raytheon’s APS-134 SeaVue. The Hawker 850XP is a mid-size jet belonging to the Hawker 800XP-series. The aircraft has a range of 2,700 nautical miles. The additional 100 nautical miles of range over Hawker 800XP are provided by RAC designed winglets. Hawker 850XP was certified on February 28, 2006, with the first customer delivery on March 31, 2006. @deagel.com

Indonesia to deploy Skyshield air defence system in South China Sea

IHS Janes

05 April 2016

Key Points

  • Indonesia aims to deploy its latest air defence system on an island in the South China Sea
  • The plan represents yet another militarisation effort in the tense maritime region

The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara, or TNI-AU) is preparing to deploy four units of a special forces ground corps known as the Korps Pasukan Khas (PASKHAS) on Pulau Natuna Besar, the largest of the Natuna Islands cluster in the South China Sea.

The TNI-AU Oerlikon Skyshield air defence system on display in a parade at Surabaya in 2014. (IHS/Ridzwan Rahmat)TNI-AU Oerlikon Skyshield air defence system on display in a parade at Surabaya in 2014. (IHS/Ridzwan Rahmat)

The units are equipped with the Rheinmetall-made Oerlikon Skyshield air defence system and will be stationed in the north of Pulau Natuna Besar and along the eastern coast of the TNI-AU’s Ranai airbase.



“Rheinmetall-made Oerlikon Skyshield air defence system and will be stationed in the north of Pulau Natuna Besar and along the eastern coast of the TNI-AU’s Ranai airbase.”


Two or four 35mm 35/1000 Revolver Gun and missile launcher unit
Country users
Indonesia, South Africa, Switzerland
Designer Country
Skyshield FCU Fire Control Unit
cannon 4,000 m
missile 8,000 m
Range Radar
20 km detection fighter
10 km detection missile

Skyshield Oerlikon ground-based short range air defense system cannon missile technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images identification Germany German army Rheinmetall defense industry army military technology



Syrian Su-22 jet shot down in Aleppo, pilot reportedly captured by Al-Qaeda affiliated gangs

the real Syrian Free Press


April 5, 2016

A Syrian Su-22 fighter jet has been shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Aleppo Province, Syrian state TV reported, adding that the pilot ejected

The Syrian Army has confirmed that an Su-22 jet was downed near Aleppo, an army representative told RIA Novosti.

Moment Terrorists capture Syrian Pilot alive in Aleppo – 05.APR


The ceasefire in Syria was introduced on February 27. It doesn’t apply to Islamic State (Daesh, IS, ISIS/ISIL), Al-Nusra Front and other organizations designated by the UN’s Security Council as ‘terrorists’. The cessation of hostilities deal has been struck by the Russian ceasefire center at the Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia province, and the US coordination center in Amman in Jordan.

On March 14, Russia announced that it was withdrawing the majority of its forces from Syria, as the five-month operation neared its goals.

A total of 97 armed groups operating in Syria have agreed to the ceasefire. Both IS and Al-Nusra Front jihadists have been intensifying their military action in Syria recently, especially in Aleppo province. The ceasefire has been violated at least 250 times since it began, the head of the Russian center in Khmeimim, Sergey Kuralenko, said late last month.

Syrian Forces battle with Al-Nusra near Aleppo




Export version of the Su-17M2. The Su-22 had the Tumansky R-29B-300 engine instead of the Lyulka AL-21F. The larger diameter of the engine required changes to the aft fuselage. It resulted in a degraded performance, but in 1976 production for export began. Later models had the avionics fit of the Su-17M3 or M4.

Type: Su-17M4
Function: attack
Year: 1980
Crew: 1
Engines: 1 * 11200 kg Lyulka AL-21F-3 turbojet
Wing Span: 13.68m to 10.03m
Length: 17.34 m / 19.03m
Height: 5.13 m
Wing Area Spread: 40 m²
Wing Area Swept: 37 m²
Wing loading: 443 kg/m²
Empty Weight: 10800 kg
Max.Weight: 19400 kg
Speed: 1830 km/h (Sea level: 1,400 km/h)
Ceiling: 15200 m
Rate of climb: 230 m/s
Ferry Range: 2650 km
– 2*g30mm NR-30 cannon, 80 rounds per gun
– Two underwing launch rails for R-60 (AA-8 ‘Aphid’) air-to-air missiles for self-defense
– Nine hardpoints (three under the fixed portion of each wing, four on the fuselage sides, and one centerline) up to 4,250 kg (9,370 lb) of stores, including freefall bombs, rocket pods, cluster bombs, SPPU-22-01 cannon pods with traversable barrels, ECM pods, napalm tanks, and nuclear weapons. @fighter-planes.com

Turkey indigenous trainer Hurkus has passed an important flight test

Apr 06, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

An indigenous trainer built by Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has passed an important flight test that could result in certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Two Hurkus prototypes were tested by EASA’s flight test pilot and flight test engineer on March 22-25, successfully completing six sorties of certification adaptation flights. TAI hope to start deliveries of the basic trainer in 2018.


Sure looks like the Korean KT-1 Woongbi trainer

See details of KT-1 Woongbi: HERE

Hurkus trainer: Details

Also check out the PZL-130 Orlik: HERE

Sweden upgrading Leopard 2 tanks

Sweden extends combat vehicle modernization to include its fleet of Leopard tanks.

By Richard Tomkins   |   April 4, 2016

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 4 (UPI) — Swedish defense procurement agency FMV has selected Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for the renovation of 88 Leopard 2 battle tanks and eight tank recovery vehicles.

The renovation will take place over an eight-year period and include replacing legacy tactical command and control systems with new battle management systems.

BAE Systems late last month announced that FMV had contracted it to renovate 262 Combat Vehicle 90, or CV90, armored vehicles. The renovation of the CV90s is to be conducted by BAE Systems’ Swedish subsidiary Swedish HB Development. FMV’s own workshops would conduct the renovation of half the number of vehicles with kits to be provided.

“We will partly replace the components that have reached their technical lifetime or are obsolete, that is, those components that it is no longer possible to procure on the market. And secondly, we will replace the old comman-and-control system in the tanks,” said Peter Elmlund, head of Procurement and Logistics for ground equipment at FMV.

Other components to be replaced in the CV90s include batteries and parts of their electrical system. The M39 machine gun fitted to the CV90s will also be replaced.

Original post upi.com


Swedish Army  has ordered upgrades to 350 of its Leopard 2 main battle tanks and CV90 infantry fighting vehicles

IHS Jane’s is reporting that the Swedish Army  has ordered upgrades to 350 of its Leopard 2 main battle tanks and CV90 infantry fighting vehicles.  According to Jane’s the cost of the upgrade work is worth nearly USD300 million.  Under the work both vehicles will have their existing Tactical Command and Control System (TCCS) replaced with a new Battlefield Management System (BMS).

Under the first contract, worth EUR92 million (USD105 million), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) will provide renovation and refurbishment kits for 88 of the Swedish Army’s Stridsvagn 122 MBTs (analogous to the Leopard 2A5) and 8 Bärgningsbandvagn 120 (Bergepanzer BPz3 Büffel) armoured recovery vehicles. Besides the addition of the BMS, work will be undertaken to replace obsolescent parts.

After the upgrade, due to be completed in 2023, the 77 Stridsvagn (Strv) 122A MBTs being modified will be designated Strv C, with 11 upgraded Strv B MBTs being renamed Strv D.

The second contract, worth SEK1.55 billion (USD190 million), will see BAE Systems conduct work to upgrade 262 CV90 IFVs between 2018 and 2020. Alongside replacing the TCCS with the new BMS, this work is to include the replacement of the CV90’s existing Ksp m/39 (M1919A4) coaxial machine guns with the Ksp m/59 (FN MAG) and refurbishing their chassis.

All five of the Swedish Army’s CV90 variants will go through the upgrade, namely: 172 Strf 9040 IFVs, 40 Stripbv 90 command vehicles, 22 Epbv 90 forward observation vehicles, 16 Lvkv 90 air defence vehicles, and 12 Bgbv 90 armoured recovery vehicles.

Besides the generic upgrades across all the variants, the Epbv 90 and Lvkv 90 variants will have their thermal imagers replaced by the same one used by the Strf 9040C IFV. The Strf 9040s will also receive a software update to their fire control systems.

Source tankandafvnews.com

*Note there must be a typo error I checked and there are no Ksp m/59 (FN MAG) only Ksp m/58!  Unless it is a completely new model! Source wikiwand.com

7,62mm General Purpose Machine Gun FN MAG 58

The FN MAG 58 is a gas operated, belt fed, air cooled automatic weapon. It was adopted by the Austrian Armed Forces when they bought Dutch Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tanks in 1997. It is used as coaxial machine gun and air defense weapon on the Leopard and as coaxial machine gun on the Ulan Mechanised Infantry Combat Vehicle.
In 2005, the MAG-58 D was adopted as self defense weapon on the S-70A Black Hawk helicopter.
Manufacturer: Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre / FN Herstal (BEL)
Caliber: 7,62 x 51 mm
Weight: 11,79 kg
Length: 1260 mm
Barrel length: 630 mm
Rifling: 4x right hand twist
Max. range of fire
: 3.500 m
Effective range of fire: 1.500 m as Coaxial Weapon or on mount; (800 m on bipod)
Rate of fire: theoretical: gas pressure setting 3: 900 to 1.100 rounds/min / setting 2: 750 to 900 rounds/min / setting 1: 650 to 750 rounds/min

Muzzle velocity: 815 m/s
Ammunition: Standard-, Blank-, Tracer-, Practice Ammunition
Feed system: belt (from left hand side)
Sight: Iron Sight; D-version: Mil.Std. 1913 rail (Picatinny)
Licenced versions: USA: M240; GB: L7 GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun); Canada: C6 GPMG; Taiwan: Type 74; Sweden: Ksp 58

Source doppeladler.com

Stridsvagn 122 MBT: HERE