Daily Archives: April 6, 2016

A U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet receives fuel from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10A Extender over Afghanistan, Oct. 5, 2009.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller) (Released)

India considers buying American F16 and F/A 18 fighter jets. What happened to the Rafale deal?

While the Rs 60,000 crore Rafale deal is stuck in a deadlock, India considers the possibility of buying American F/A- 18 “Super Hornet” fighter jets for the Indian Air Force.

Edited by Sanjana Agnihotri desk-itgd@intoday.com
New Delhi, April 6, 2016 | UPDATED 19:53 IST

With the Rafale deal between India and France being stuck in a deadlock, it seems like India is considering the possibility of buying American F/A- 18 “Super Hornet” fighter jets for the Indian Air Force.

The top officials of the defense ministry met rivals Boeing and Lockheed Martin (LM) to discuss the production of an American fighter jet in India. The two companies offered to produce locally the F16 ‘Super Viper’ and a customised F/A 18 ‘Super Hornet’ for Indian Air Force requirements under the Make in India program.

There has not been any concrete outcome of the meeting as no formal offer letter with pricing and availability of the aircraft  has been drafted.

India is considering the proposal to manufacture the F 16 fighter jets only after LM offered to shift the production here and to meet both Indian requirements and for exports, reported The Economics Times.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had earlier announced that the ministry is interested in setting up production lines for ‘one or two’ fighters at the earliest.

Law Ministry’s advice to reconsider clauses in Rafale deal

Moreover, the Law Ministry had earlier cautioned the government that certain clauses of the inter-governmental agreement signed for the purchase of 36 French Rafale fighter aircraft were not in the country’s interest.

The Law Ministry is of the opinion that the liability clause should be more stringent and in case of material breach by the French companies, India should be able to involve the French government while taking a legal recourse. It also said that in case of any commercial, the arbitration proceedings should take place in India and not in Switzerland as suggested in the draft.

The Rs 60,000 crore deal to acquire 36 Rafale fighters from France’s Dassault Aviation was inked on January 25, 2015  but was not finalised due to ‘financial’ issues.

@intoday.in

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See related post:

How fighter jet sales fit into America’s China-containment strategy

Will the IAF not get its Rafales?

India may not buy Rafale? ‘Build F16s, supply to Pak,’ taunts French official

Rafale fighter Jet deal in trouble: Here’s why French govt is shirking liability

Lockheed funds suppliers to keep F-16 fighter line going

India mulling manufacture of second line of fighter planes: IAF chief

See details of F-16V: HEREAircraft Photos, Planes, Warcraft Wallpapers, Clouds, Speedy Vehicles, Flying Vehicles, Air Fighters, Jet, 2126×1417

See details of F-18 Super Hornet: HERE1350px-Flag_of_India_svg

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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

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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.

@janes.com

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“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.”

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Armament
Two or four 35mm 35/1000 Revolver Gun and missile launcher unit
Country users
Indonesia, South Africa, Switzerland
Designer Country
Germanya
Crew
7
Missiles
ADATSa
Radar
Skyshield FCU Fire Control Unit
Range
cannon 4,000 m
missile 8,000 m
Range Radar
20 km detection fighter
10 km detection missile

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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

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Su-22

Su22

SU22
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
Armament:
– 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

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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.

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Sure looks like the Korean KT-1 Woongbi trainer!

See details of KT-1 Woongbi: HERE3l-image

Also check out the PZL-130 Orlik: HERESONY DSC

Hurkus trainer

Excerpt

“The Hurkus is the first wholly indigenous manned aircraft to emerge from the country for close to 80 years, but its future looked bleak before the program got underway, when Ankara, eager to replace the air force’s aging T-37 Tweety Bird trainer, selected Korean Aerospace Industry’s (KAI) KT-1 Woongbi trainer in 2007 and chose TAI to assemble it in-country. “

“The Turkish air force is expected to use the Hurkus to supplement training conducted on the T-38 Talon. The Hurkus was developed to compete with other turboprop trainers in the market, including Beechcraft’s T-6 Texan, Pilatus‘s PC-21 and Embraer‘s T-29 Super Tucano.

Turkey’s trainer is being developed in three versions. The basic version, Hurkus-A, will be certified to EASA standards. The Hurkus-B will feature more advanced avionics, including a head-up display, multifunction displays and navigation systems, and mission computers to conduct more advanced training. It is likely to be the variant purchased by the Turkish air force. The Hurkus-C is a concept light-attack, counterinsurgency aircraft capable of delivering a mix of precision-guided and conventional weapons.” Anka, Hurkus Orders Boost Turkish Aerospace – posted Nov 4, 2013 Source aviationweek.com

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Specifications (Hürkuş)

Data from TAI and Airforce Technology

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 11.17 m (36 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.96 m (32 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68T turboprop aircraft engine, 1,200 kW (1,600 shp)
  • Propellers: 5-bladed Hartzell Propeller HC-B5MA-3

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Performance

  • Maximum speed: 574 km/h (357 mph; 310 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 463 km/h (288 mph; 250 kn)
  • Stall speed: 143 km/h (89 mph; 77 kn)
  • Range: 1,478 km (918 mi; 798 nmi) at 15000 ft (4572 m)
  • Endurance: 4.25 hours at 15000 ft (4572 m)
  • Service ceiling: 10,577 m (34,701 ft)
  • g limits: +7/-3.5
  • Rate of climb: 22 m/s (4,300 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: 12.7mm and 20mm pods
  • Rockets: Roketsan Cirit, 2.75 inch rockets
  • Missiles: Roketsan UMTAS
  • Bombs: Mk-81, Mk-82, Tübitak SAGE HGK-3 (82), Tübitak SAGE KGK-82, BDU33 and MK106 training ordinance

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Avionics

Source wikipedia.org

 

Israel is seeking to gain greater autonomy in its participation and design of its F-35I

 

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

Israel is seeking to gain greater autonomy in its participation and design of its F-35I Joint Strike Fighter procurement. This will include its own command, control, communications and computing (C4) system, indigenous weaponry and the ability to perform heavy maintenance in country rather than at predetermined regional overhaul facilities. Delivery of the first F-35Is are expected to commence this December, and it is expected that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will begin installing a tailor-made C4 system on top of the central avionics embedded in the joint strike fighter. At present, Lockheed Martin is working with Elbit subsidary, Cyclone Ltd., for external fuel tanks to mount on the F-35A.

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IAI’s C4 systems for the F-35I Adir fighter jet enters production phase

With system definition, prototyping and testing phases completed, Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) is now moving to production the Command, Control, Communications and Computing (C4) systems developed for the Adir – F-35I, Israel’s variant of the F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighter jet.

The system developed exclusively for the F-35I by IAI’s LAHAV Division is part of IAI’s cutting edge ‘tactical C4 architecture’ introducing unique force multipliers in the modern, networked battle space.

The induction of advanced systems of this type with the Israel Air Force (IAF) combat fleet will enable the IAF to better manage, and rapidly field networked applications that interface with core services over proprietary protocols developed especially for the IAF.

Israel became the first country to select the F-35 through the United States government’s Foreign Military Sales process on Oct. 7, 2010, when Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General (Maj. Gen. Ret.) Udi Shani signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant. Thus far, the Israeli Defense Ministry has purchased 33 of these “type A” F-35’s, which are capable of regular takeoff and landing procedures.

Source airrecognition.com

See related post:

Israel reconsidering 2008 purchase of U.S. jets – the much-touted JSF has some inherent flaws

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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.

@upi.com

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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.

@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! @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

@doppeladler.com

See details of Stridsvagn 122 MBT: HERE

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