Daily Archives: April 7, 2016

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


18:11 07.04.2016

With the tight race for Denmark’s Fighter replacement program (FRP) nearing its conclusion, the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, which is believed to be lagging behind, is particularly anxious to woo the Danes with a new campaign.

Today, pictures of Boeing fighter jets adorn the front pages of a number of national newspapers in Denmark. With the country’s stock of ageing F-16 slowly approaching the end of their lifetime, Denmark’s armed forces are looking forward to a more state-of-the-art replacement.

The choice lies between three warplanes, namely the Joint Strike Fighter (produced by US Lockheed Martin), the Eurofighter Typhoon (produced by Airbus in partnership with a pan-European consortium) and the F/A-18 Super Hornet (produced by Boeing), with the F-35A Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) generally regarded as the front-runner. Besides, Denmark has been a partner nation in the F-35 program since 1997, contributing an estimated 291 million dollars to the development project.

The lengthy selection process has been underway since 2007; the final decision has been delayed several times, but the government finally set June 30 as the deadline for the choice to be made.

Although the decision is solely up to the politicians in Copenhagen, Boeing is leaving no stone unturned in its massive campaign, which is addressed to the entire Danish population. According to Tom Bell, Head of Boeing’ global sales and marketing department, the decision is so important that all of the Danish population ought to be involved.

“It is our impression that an expense of such proportions concerns both the politicians and the population, and we hope the campaign will lead to an open and honest debate about the huge cost to the Danish taxpayers,” he said, explaining that Boeing has never launched campaigns of such a scale before.

Jens Ringsmose, associate professor at the Center for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, agrees that the campaign is unique. However, he also called Boeing an “underdog” and its advertisement campaign “desperate.”

“I believe they are simply trying as many channels as possible. One might argue that such is the historical tendency for the outsider clinging to sources other than the classic top-down one,” he said, as quoted by Jyllands-Posten.

With the deadline for when politicians must make up their minds approaching, attempts to influence the decision have also intensified, he argued.

Depending on the number of aircraft purchased, the overall financing requirement cost for the FRP could run between 2.8 billion dollars and 4.5 billion dollars.



Seems the F-16, F-18 and F-15 are in trouble!  If they offered the F-15E it may have a chance but that’s not going to happen because they want to sell the F-35 I guess!

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Heckler & Koch to build new US Army sniper rifle

IHS Janes

06 April 2016
Heckler & Koch G28 7.62 mm Designated Marksman Rifle in ‘Patrol’ configuration Source: H&K

Heckler & Koch has been awarded the US Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) with a potential USD44.5 million initial contract, according to a 1 April announcement.

The German company’s US subsidiary bested seven other bids for the work, understood to be with its Heckler & Koch G28 (Gewehr-28) Designated Marksman Rifle, meant to supplement the army’s 7.62 mm M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) fleet.

Under the deal the army could order up to 3,643 CSASS units, after initial qualification and operational testing on 30 CSASS units.

According to the programme’s February 2014 presolicitation notice, the army wanted enough CSASSs “to match the current M110 Army Acquisition Objective” of no more than 3,643.

“The CSASS will more effectively execute a broad spectrum of missions” than the M110, that notice said. “The CSASS will provide the following upgrades: improved reliability, improved accuracy, and improved ergonomics; reduced weight and length; advanced coatings; improved optics; reduced felt recoil; enhanced suppressor performance; enhanced modular rail capabilities; an improved bipod, trigger, pistol grip, and butt-stock.”

According to Jane’s Infantry Weapons , the Heckler & Koch G28 is a development of the civilian MR308 competition rifle (also known as the Distinguished Match Rifle – DMR762). The G28 is in service with the German Bundeswehr.



Heckler – Koch HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle in “standard” configuration with optional otoelectronic night vision adapter @world.guns.ru
Caliber 7.62×51 NATO (.308 Win)
Action Gas operated semi-automatic
Overall length 1003 – 914 mm
Barrel length 420 mm
Weight, with scope and empty magazine 7,5 kg standard configuration

5,9 kg patrol configuration

Magazine capacity 10 and 20 rounds

Heckler – Koch HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle was born as a result of recent experiences, gained by Bundeswehr (German army) in Afghanistan. This rifle is intended to extend effective range of infantry fire against enemy personnel beyond capabilities of the standard issue 5,56mm NATO assault rifles and light machine guns. While maximum effective range of 5,56mm weapons is about 400 meters, the 7,62mm HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle can provide accurate fire to ranges of up to 600 meters and suppressive fire at ranges of up to 800 meters. It is to be used as a support weapon at squad level during foot patrols and other operations, where use of 7,62mm general purpose machine guns and heavier support weapons is unavailable or undesirable. The HK G28 rifle is already in service with German army units in Afghanistan.

HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle is based on the Heckler-Koch MR308 civilian competition rifle, which is, in turn, an adaptation of the HK 417 automatic military rifle. The HK G28 is said to have about 75% parts commonality with HK 417. According to the Heckler & Koch literature, every HK G28 rifle is guaranteed to deliver accuracy of 1.5 MOA or better for 10-round groups with standard issue ammunition.

Heckler – Koch HK G28 rifle is semi-automatic, gas operated weapon. It uses short-stroke gas piston system with 2 position gas regulator, which allows for effective and reliable use of standard or subsonic ammunition (latter with sound moderator / silencer). Barrel is locked by conventional AR-15-style rotary bolt. Upper receiver of HK G28 rifle is manufactured from steel, lower receiver is made of aluminum alloy. Feed is from detachable box magazines with 10- and 20-round capacity, made of translucent plastic. Barrel is free-floated inside handguards.

As of now, Heckler – Koch HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle is available in two configurations, which can be changed from one to another at the base. These are Standard configuration (with long forend, bipod, telescoping shoulder stock with adjustable cheek rest, and Schmidt & Bender PMII 3-20×50 daytime telescope sight with laser rangefinder installed on the top) and Patrol configuration (with shorter and lighter forend, simplified telescoping buttstock and Schmidt & Bender PMII 1-8×24 daytime telescope sight). Rifle is equipped with new STANAG 4694 NATO accessory rails (backward compatible with Mil-Std 1913 / Picatinny rails) on the top of receiver and on the forend.


Two Shipyards in Northwest Russia Able to Build Future Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Project 23000

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:06

At least two shipyards in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia have the potential to build a promising aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy, United Ship-Building Corporation President Alexei Rakhmanov said in an interview with Echo Moskvy radio station on Tuesday.

At least two shipyards in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia have the potential to build a promising aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy, United Ship-Building Corporation President Alexei Rakhmanov said in an interview with Echo Moskvy radio station on Tuesday. A nuclear powered Project 23000E Storm aircraft carrier may displace 80,000 to 85,000 tonnes with some 70 aircraft on board.

The facilities that qualify for this effort include the Baltic and the Northern Shipyards, he said.

“We’ll have at least two sites where we’ll be able to build the aircraft carrier, using our capacities. First, this is the Baltic Shipyard. Second, this is the Northern Shipyard. We hope that we will start building a dry dock there this year,” Rakhmanov said.

“The average cycle of designing [and building] a ship of this type may be as long as ten years, considering the degree of its novelty,” Rakhmanov said in reply to a question about when the aircraft carrier would be built.

Source navyrecognition.com


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According to Russian sources:

Авианосец Проекта 2300Э «Шторм». Россия

The new ship has to become rather impressive and have displacement about 100 000 tons. The length of the ship will be 330 meters, width – 40 meters, and draft – 11 meters.

As calculations the maximum speed of an aircraft carrier has to make about 30 knots. However, it isn’t clear what power plant will be used.

Air Group will make a new aircraft carrier deck fighters MiG-29K, T-50 (PAK FA), AEW and multi-purpose helicopters Ka-27. But the numerical structure of air group is unknown. However, when compared with well-known classmates, for example, the latest generation of US aircraft carrier Gerald Ford, it can be assumed that the air group will be about 70-80 aircrafts (on American air group of 75 aircrafts). This will make our ship better than American competitors.

The flight deck of an aircraft carrier which you can see on the model will be mixed type with four launching sites. The aircrafts will be able to take off with traditional trampoline and using two electromagnetic catapults. Landing of aircraft will be provided by means of one arrester gear.

Source alternathistory.com

The aircraft carrier of the project 23000 “Storm”

Developer: Central Research Institute. Krylova (Russia)

23000 “Storm” – the project of a multi-purpose heavy aircraft carrier (super-navy).

The aircraft carrier 23000 “Storm” is designed for

  • performance of various tasks in the far ocean zone:
  • Striking ground and sea targets of the enemy with the help of their own armament and airborne group aircraft
  • air defense by air defense means and air group means
  • ensuring combat stability and air defense of naval groups
  • support landing

23000 “Storm” is not supposed to equip own armament in addition to two shipborne air defense systems. In this regard, he will need a large grouping of security ships, which will provide him with anti-aircraft, anti-ship and anti-submarine defense. The aircraft carrier group will be able to project forces on a global scale.

The superstructure is divided into two separate captain’s bridges. There are four lifts for communication with the hangar: three on the right side (in front, between and behind the captain’s bridges) and one on the left side.

23000 vessels are equipped with a standard power plant, but two nuclear reactors are supposed to be installed, which will free up considerable space for aviation fuel, equipment and ammunition and increase the military benefit of the aircraft carrier.


  • Storm is the base version
  • Storm 23000E – export option


  • The length is 330 m.
  • The width is 40 m.
  • Displacement – 100+ tons.
  • Simultaneous takeoff and landing of aircraft – YES
  • The initial setting is ‘sky ramp’
  • Start catapults – 2 x steam + 2 x type EMALS
  • Deceleration during landing – YES
  • Crew – 4000 sailors and pilots
  • The aircraft carrier group – 80 – 90 MiG-29K aircraft, T-50 marine modification and early warning aircraft, and helicopters of various types
  • Speed ​​- up to 30 knots

Source vpk.name

Global military spending rises to $1.7 trillion [Infographic]

Belfast Telegraph


Graphic shows global military expenditure from 1998 to 2015, and top spenders in 2015Graphic shows global military expenditure from 1998 to 2015, and top spenders in 2015

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase since 2011, driven by Middle East conflicts including the battle against Isis and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase since 2011, driven by Middle East conflicts including the battle against Isis and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.



Shifting Global Defense Market: Prospects and Challenges for US Defense Industries

By on February 11th, 2015

The global defense market is in the midst of a fundamental shift. Pressured by relatively slow economic growth and large debt burdens, Western governments’ defense spending is either stagnating or declining. For instance, US defense spending is anticipated to decline at an annualized 2.5% over the 10 years to 2020. On the other hand, geopolitical tensions in Asia and the Middle East, combined with the general shift in economic balance to the developing world, is forecast to cause non-NATO defense spending to increase at an annualized 4.2% to $1.0 trillion over the 10-year period.

As a result of this shift, the global defense industry is expected to increase their focus on non-western markets. For US defense contractors this trend provides an opportunity to offset weakening domestic demand. For instance, exports share of the US Tank & Armored Vehicle Manufacturing industry’s (IBISWorld report 33699b) revenue is projected to climb from 9.3% in 2010 to 26.7% in 2020. On the other hand, as non-NATO nation’s share of global defense spending increases, so will their leverage with US-based contractors. Therefore, in order to win orders, defense exporters will have to offer greater “offsets”, which include sharing technological knowhow, manufacturing products within export markets and setting up joint ventures with importing nation contractors.

Moreover, not all defense market will be open for US companies. For instance, the large and rapidly increasing Chinese and Russian markets are for the most part closed off to foreign contractors. Combined with increasing “offsets”, this will mean that US contractors’ share of the global defense industry will also slowly start to decline. US defense companies’ reliance on the Middle East export market may also end up hurting them as lower oil and gas prices may slow the pace of the region’s rise in defense spending. Nevertheless, in the long-run, the shift in global defense spending will force domestic defense firms to alter their strategy to one that tailors more to international markets. Companies that fail to do so will find themselves out-competed in an increasingly globalized defense market.

Published by @ibisworld.com

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AN-132D aircraft has completed its major assembly

Apr 07, 2016 00:48 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

A joint project between Antonov and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City Science and Technology centre has completed a significant milestone as the AN-132D aircraft has completed its major assembly. It is now awaiting delivery of PW150A engines from Pratt & Whitney. The AN-132 program intends to develop a light, multi-purpose aircraft for operation on short and medium-haul routes, and will perform various missions on cargo transportation.


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Assembly of the AN−132D aircraft−demonstrator has been completed

On February 8, 2016, ANTONOV Company completed assembly of the fuselage of the first new transport aircraft−demonstrator AN−132D. At present, works on the aircraft final assembly (joining the main aircraft aggregates – wing, tail union, pylons, engine nacelles) are in progress at the enterprise.

According to Mykhaylo Gvozdov, President of ANTONOV Company, «the next stage of the first AN−132 construction was performed in accordance with the approved schedule. So, we meet commitments to our partners and keep the fixed terms of the program development».

Completion of the AN−132 construction is scheduled for the end of 2016. After series of the test flights, ANTONOV Company and its partners on the programme: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Taqnia Aeronautics Co. (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) will present the aircraft to the potential customers in Saudi Arabia.

«Our country needs such airplanes, the market has very high potential. Creating the AN−132 we generated a cluster of aerospace industry in one platform. We had a study that forecasting very good number of this aircraft to be utilized in Saudi Arabia», – said Dr. Khaled Abdullah Alhussain, Director of National Aerospace Technology Center, KACST.

Aircraft operators from South−East Asia and Latin America expressed their interest in the AN−132.

Questions on the interaction on the AN−132 programme, development and initiation of the new joint will be discussed during participation of ANTONOV Company in AFED−2016 to be held in Ar Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, within a period from the 21st to the 28th February 2016.

Source antonov.com

PW150A engines @theflyingengineer.files.wordpress.com

US Navy awards Boeing $235.2 million modification contract to obtain long-lead materials and parts required for the P-8A program

Apr 07, 2016 00:48 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

The US Navy has awarded Boeing a $235.2 million modification contract to obtain long-lead materials and parts required for the P-8A program. The deal will see the company produce and deliver 11 Lot 8 full-rate production IV of the multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft by January 2017. This follows up on a potential $2.5 billion order for the aircraft from January for building the aircraft for both the Navy and the government of Australia.


See details of P-8 Poseidon: HERE

See details of Kawasaki P-1: HERE