Daily Archives: April 8, 2016

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French Rafale stuck in negotiation; US firms Boeing, Lockheed Martin raises pitch for fighters for IA

Daily News and Analysis

dna Correspondent | Thu, 7 Apr 2016-07:45am , New Delhi , dna

US defence secretary Ashton Carter will be in India from April 10-12 and is to meet India’s defence minister Manohar Parrikar on April 12.

Carter’s visit coincides with the ongoing negotiations between India and France for over Rs 60,000 crore Rafale fighter jets deal for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The negotiations over price has failed to conclude two months after India and France signed an “inter-governmental agreement” on the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) Rafale purchase during French president Francois Hollande’s visit to India in January. Meanwhile, with more complexities remain to be worked out on Rafale like the liability clauses that could bring not just the aircraft manufacturing firm Dassault aviation but the French government too, under the fold of accountability, two US firms, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have raised their pitch to manufacture fighters for IAF.

Sources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that both the firms, earlier this week made elaborate presentations before the Indian officials. US department of defence headquarter Pentagon’s Director for International Cooperation Keith Webster too is in India. And one senior official privy to the US pitch on fighter jets said that Webster too was present at the time the two US firms were meeting the MoD officials. The Indian government has been non-committal on a fixed time frame for buying the Rafale jets.

Whereas, according to a Parliament question reply in March, the government declared that it had signed Rs 36,944.48 crore worth defence contracts in past six months, Rafale is nowhere in sight yet. Giving further credence to the fact that India May be considering other options than Rafale, IAF vice chief BS Dhanoa, on March 10, too had said that more MMRCA than just 36 Rafale jets will be needed and “other firms Lockheed Martin, Boeing and the Swedish firm Saab” have shared their proposals to the MoD .

Dhanoa admitted that the current strength of only 33 fighter squadrons in IAF, instead of the desired 42 was a concern and India was “not ready for a two front war” , namely with Pakistan and China together.

@dnaindia.com

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“Giving further credence to the fact that India May be considering other options than Rafale, IAF vice chief BS Dhanoa, on March 10, too had said that more MMRCA than just 36 Rafale jets will be needed and “other firms Lockheed Martin, Boeing and the Swedish firm Saab” have shared their proposals to the MoD .”

Looking good for the US seems the Rafale deal is dead as mentioned 36 plane won’t be enough India would need around 200 planes and it is definitely not Rafale because that would cost India (at current price of 12 billion Euro for 36 planes ($13.6 billion)) over $70 billion $360 per plane!  It would cost more than the PAK FA T-50 which India will be paying $236 million per plane!  Most likely to be the US F-18E/F in my opinion! – Nonothai.

See related post:

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

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

‘Make in India’ pitch to sell Swedish fighter for air force

India keen to buy F/A 18 Super Hornet fighter jets for IAF

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US Army issues notice for 72 AH-6i helos for FMS customers

IHS Janes

07 April 2016

The US Army has issued a sources sought notice for the production and delivery of 72 Boeing AH-6i ‘Little Bird’ scout and light attack helicopters for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

The notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 6 April is in support of market research to determine the feasibility of a competitive acquisition, and to identify parties to support a requirement for the production and delivery of 72 AH-6i helicopters, as well as providing non-recurring engineering, initial spares, and ground support equipment.

As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Boeing will build and supply an initial 12 helicopters for an undisclosed Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer in accordance with a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) already signed, while the remaining 60 will be opened up to other “interested parties”.

To date, only the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) has ordered the AH-6i, with deliveries of 24 helicopters set to begin in June. While no further customers have yet been announced, Jordan has previously signed an LOA for 18 such helicopters with an option for a further six.

With the first 12 earmarked for a particular customer (either Jordan or some other country), the remaining 60 will be spread across a number of operators. Although open to other parties, there is a high degree of probability that Boeing will secure any future contracts as the OEM.

Neither Boeing nor the US Army had responded to a request for further information by the time IHS Jane’s went to press.

According to the US Army notification, the interested parties shall be capable of producing and delivering up to 24 AH-6i aircraft annually for a total of 72 aircraft over a three-year period.

Further to delivering the helicopters themselves, the interested parties shall be capable of producing and/or delivering weapon systems hardware in variable quantities to include M260 2.75 inch (70 mm) Hydra rocket launchers; M310 dual-rail Hellfire missile launchers; M34 Hellfire dummy missiles; M36 Hellfire captive flight trainer missiles; GAU-19/B Gatling guns and ancillary equipment; M134D-H Gatling guns and ancillary equipment, and external personnel seating plank systems (B-Kit).

@janes.com

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Don’t know who’s the buyer! Anybody have any idea?

See details of AH-6i: HEREDSC_19891-lg-american-flag

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Russia to start fitting Mi-24 gunships with Vitebsk electronic warfare system

 

Published: Thursday, 07 April 2016

Russia is planning to equip Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters of the air base in the Trans-Baikal Territory in East Siberia with Vitebsk electronic warfare systems before the yearend, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman Alexander Gordeyev told TASS on Thursday.

All the squadrons of Mi-8AMTSh [NATO reporting name: Hip] helicopters of the air base have been equipped with Vitebsk electronic warfare systems,” the spokesman said.

There are plans to mount Vitebsk electronic warfare systems on the air base’s Mi-24 [Hind] attack helicopters before the end of 2016,” he added.

The Mi-8AMTSh helicopters make up 50% of the air base’s organic military hardware.

It was reported earlier that Vitebsk electronic warfare systems were planned to be mounted on all the Mi-8AMTSh helicopters of the Eastern Military District.

The helicopters are undergoing upgrade at the aircraft-repairing enterprises in the Trans-Baikal and the Khabarovsk Territories, as well as at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.

The Vitebsk electronic warfare system can detect that the helicopter may be attacked by the enemy’s fighter jets, air defense missile and artillery systems.

The system can suppress the optical homing heads of air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, including the homing heads of missiles launched from mobile air defense missile systems.

Original post @airrecognition.com

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It’s not surprising that Russian helicopters operating in Syria were never downed by MANPADS!

Close up shot at  Vitebsk at lower left corner in photo

Vitebsk: Defender of helicopters and attack aircraft

This year at Akhtubinsk airfield, tests were carried out by firing 20 homing missiles from the Igla MANPADS at a Mi-8 helicopter. Before they reached the helicopter, every missile abruptly changed course upward, with not one hitting its target. The helicopter was equipped with the Vitebsk electronic warfare system developed by KRET. (See actual test video below)

This once again clearly demonstrates that Vitebsk can protect Russian planes and helicopters from antiaircraft missiles.

Vitebsk electronic warfare system can be clearly seen are those silver objects 

The Vitebsk electronic warfare system allows an airplane or helicopter to “see” in a radius of several hundred kilometers. It can determine who is aiming at the helicopter, and after a missile is fired, can lead the missile elsewhere so it misses its target. This applies to all missiles, whether equipped with radar, infrared, or combined guidance systems.

Interestingly, when this system is onboard, it can protect not only the helicopter or plane, but everything within a certain radius, forming an “electronic canopy” around the object being protected.

Vitebsk electronic warfare systems have passed all tests and have already been installed onboard aircraft such as the Ka-52 Alligator, Su-25 attack helicopters, and the Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter. Why Vitebsk is primarily installed in helicopters and attack aircraft? According to experts, they are in closest proximity to the enemy, and often more exposed to air defense attacks. @kret.com

See details of Mi-24: HERE

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Kuwait Confirmed as Launch Customer for Typhoon Captor-E (AESA) radar

Apr 08, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

Kuwait is to become the launch customer of the Eurofighter Typhoon’s Captor-E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The country will be the first to flight test the new technology upon delivery of its long awaited order for 28 of the multi-role fighters. Finmeccanica, who has taken the lead on the Kuwait sale has said that the Typhoons that will be delivered to Kuwait will be the most advanced configuration of the type, and will include the company’s Praetorian defensive aids suite and Pirate infrared search and track system.

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Captor-E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar

Captor-E @air-cosmos.com

See details of Eurofighter Typhoon: HERE

 

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Australia Cleared for FMS of $386M in GBU-39s

Department of Defense & Industry Daily News

Apr 08, 2016 00:30 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

Australia has been cleared to purchase up to 2,950 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs by the US State Department. The $386 million sale will include the provision of up to 50 Guided Test Vehicles (GTV) with GBU-39 (T-1)/B (Inert Fuze) as well as containers, weapons system support equipment, support and test equipment, site survey, transportation, repair and return warranties, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training, and training equipment. Included additionally are US Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

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Australia – GBU-39 (Small Diameter Bomb Increment I)

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WASHINGTON, Apr. 6, 2016 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for GBU-39 (Small Diameter Bomb Increment I) and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $386 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 4, 2016.

The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of:

Major Defense Equipment (MDE):
Up to 2,950 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I)
Up to 50 Guided Test Vehicles (GTV) with GBU-39 (T-1)/B (Inert Fuze)

This request also includes the following Non-MDE: containers, weapons system support equipment, support and test equipment, site survey, transportation, repair and return warranties, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training, and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The total estimated value of MDE is $172 million. The total overall estimated value is $386 million.

Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major contributor to political stability, security, and economic development in the Pacific region and globally.

The sale of SDB I supports and complements the on-going sale of the F-35 to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This capability will strengthen combined operations and increase interoperability between the U.S. Air Force and the RAAF. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

@dsca.mil

GBU-39/B Weapon:

•  Dimensions: (L x W): 70.8″ x 7.5″ (1.8 m x 19 cm)
•  Weapon Weight: 285 pounds (130 kg)
•  Warhead: 206 lb. (93 kg) penetrating blast fragmentation
•  Warhead penetration: >3 feet of steel reinforced concrete
•  Fuze: electronic safe/arm fuze 
•  Standoff maximum range: more than 60 nautical miles
•  Precision inertial navigation system/GPS
•  Anti-jam GPS and selective-ability anti-spoofing module

@boeing.ca

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