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Hollande prepares to sign $1B arms deal with Egypt

By UPI Staff   |   April 17, 2016 at 3:58 PM

PARIS, April 17 (UPI) — French President Francois Hollande is set to sign an arms deal with Egypt worth more than $1 billion following months of negotiations.

Hollande met his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo Sunday to boost military ties between the countries, Al Jazeera reported.

Sisi said the “cooperation between the two countries in all international fields” need to expand, including in the areas of transportation, renewable energy and “terrorist” threats.

Egypt will receive fighter aircraft and navy vessels from France as part of the deal. Over the past two years, the Egyptian government has spent billions on French weapons and other military hardware to boost its own forces.

Hollande wants the two countries to boost ties in the political field and in the economic and cultural fields, “and even the … tourism field,” he said.

He said he and Sisi have discussed security issues in the Middle East,which include discussions on Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

“We cannot hide the fact that the situation in the Middle East is serious and that terrorism has deep roots,” he said. “We must fight with determination … and that’s why we have signed security agreements for the region between France and Egypt.”

The arms acquisitions add to a string of high-profile French weapons sales in recent months, including multi-billion-dollar deals with Egypt and Qatar, each buying 24 French Rafale fighter jets, Voice of America reported. The French are in discussions to complete another Rafale agreement with the United Arab Emirates.

These deals underscore France’s new role as a top weapons supplier to Egypt, edging out the United States and bringing in needed revenue.

It also sends a message to the United States that Egypt has diversified its arms suppliers after the U.S. suspended military aid to Egypt in 2013 following the ouster of former leader Mohamed Morsi. Egypt was forced to turn to Russia, Germany and France.

In 2014, trade between Cairo and Paris was worth more than $1.4 billion. In 2015, that figure grew more to more than $1.6 billion

Sisi also called on the international community to revamp negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and is urging the world to help confront armed groups in Libya, Syria and Iraq.

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Seems USA are loosing out big arms deals all over the world!  Current USA arms deals are mostly with there stanch allies!

“On Monday, Hollande and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi will oversee the signing of arms agreements worth roughly $1.1 billion, including Egypt’s purchase of a French military satellite communications system, according to France’s La Tribune website.” @voanews.com

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Rafale deal in final stage, India to purchase 36 fighter jets from France

Qatar to purchase 24 Rafale fighters alongside MBDA missiles, and training for 36 pilots

Egypt OKs Plan for €3B Military Gear Loan From France

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British Army poised to take on ‘weak’ Argentina ‘within HOURS’ of Falklands invasion

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HUNDREDS of British troops could be deployed to the Falklands in a matter of “hours” if Argentina threatened to attack the islands, according to a former UK defence secretary.

PUBLISHED: 04:15, Sun, Apr 17, 2016 | UPDATED: 08:33, Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Academics say the country lacks the military muscle to pose a serious threat to the islandsAcademics say the country lacks the military muscle to pose a serious threat to the islands

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who served as Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary during the 1990s, gave an analysis of Argentina’s pitiful military prowess as he said the Falklands were better defended now than at any point since the Falklands War, which ended more than three decades ago.

He insisted islanders had little to fear from a belligerent Buenos Aires administration because Argentina’s military capability was now a “shadow of what it was in the 1980s”.

He told Express.co.uk: “The Falklands today are hugely easier to protect. Argentina from a military point of view is far weaker and at any time of increased tensions the Falklands can be reinforced in hours not in weeks by air delivery of troops and equipment and anything else that might be required.”

Analysts estimate up to 1,000 British troops could be sent to the remote South Atlantic islands within days using an “air-bridge” with Ascension Island, where the RAF has a base, which allows planes to refuel mid-way through the 20-hour flight.

Key to defending the Falklands is RAF Mount Pleasant, which was expanded during the 1980s following the conflict with Argentina.

The longer runway enabled larger jets to make the transatlantic journey, meaning more troops could be deployed at shorter notice.

The strenghened air deterrent on the islands also relieved pressure on rotating Royal Navy aircraft carriers stationed nearby in the aftermath of the 1982 conflict.

Last December’s election of Mauricio Macri heralded a thaw in relations between the UK and Argentina after years of threats and aggressive rhetoric by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

But Buenos Aires has been celebrating a recent UN commission decision to expand Argentine maritime territory by a third, to include waters surrounding the Falkland Islands.

Experts believe the UK has little to fear from the current administration or Argetina’s severely diminished armed forces.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who served as Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary during the 1990sSir Malcolm Rifkind served as Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary during the 1990sRAF Mount Pleasant, which was expanded during the 1980s following the conflict with ArgentinaRAF Mount Pleasant, which was expanded during the 1980s following the conflict with Argentina

Leading academics on Argentine affairs agree the country lacks the military muscle to pose a serious threat to the islands today.

One regional expert, speaking to Express.co.uk, dismissed Argentine claims of sovereignty over the South Atlantic islands as “bluster” that would “never be followed up by any military action”.

Mark Jones, a political scientist at the US-based Baker Institute, said Argentina’s navy consisted of between 10 and 15 seaworthy ships, which were often deployed on exercise for just two weeks a year.

Port Stanley on the Falkland IslandsPort Stanley on the Falkland IslandsProtestors against British ruleLast December’s election of Mauricio Macri heralded a thaw in relations between the UK and Argentina

He recalled instances where local fishing firms had donated money to the coastguard so that they could buy fuel to go out on patrol, while the air force’s ageing fleet of Soviet-era Mirage jets were only able to fly during daylight hours and in good weather as their radar systems were now defunct.

And he said many of its land vehicles were so dilapidated that they had to be towed onto the battlefield during military drills.

Professor Klaus Dodds, a geopolitical security expert on the South Atlantic, agreed that Argentina currently posed no military threat.

But the Royal Holloway academic added there were signs that Buenos Aires planned to modernise Argentine forces.

He told Express.co.uk: “They are trying to chip away at the Falklands.

“They know the military route is out of the question, but they hope there will come a time when the British government and British public support turns and says we no longer want to spend millions of pounds keeping up our military air base.

“They are in it for the long game.”

Instead, Argentine authorities were attempting to harm trade on the islands by making “deliberate attempts to make life difficult for the Falklands in commercial terms”, threatening legal action against firms that do business with the islands.

Tourist vessels have also been harassed and attempts at developing the island’s vital fishing industry, which is largely dependant on the migratory patterns of squid and contributes as much as 60 per cent of GDP, were being hampered.

Despite instability in the Middle East, defence of the Falklands remained priority number “two or three” for the MoD, Prof Dodds added.

He said: “There are around 1,000 British personnel on the airbase at any one time and usually four Typhoon jets.

“If the men were ready to go, within a couple of days you could boost that presence with a thousand troops down there.”

Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, who has long campaigned on the importance of protecting the remote British overseas territory, told Express.co.uk: “Given recent rhetoric from Argentina, it is vital that we maintain a round-the-clock defence to ensure the protection of the Falkland Islanders.”

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Falklands ‘left with no Royal Navy protection’

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Israel holds firm on increasing F-35 purchase

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15 APRIL, 2016 BY: ARIE EGOZI  TEL AVIV

Israel’s desire to acquire additional examples of the Lockheed Martin F-35 is likely to be advanced even if Washington does not agree to increase the level of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) made available to the nation.

The Israeli government has asked its US counterpart for a 10-year FMF package that will include an annual grant of $4.1 billion. Negotiations are continuing in an effort to reach agreement while US President Barack Obama is still in office. However, speaking on 13 April, Israeli sources said the purchase of additional F-35s is “already in the pipeline”, regardless of whether the requested funding increase is approved.

Israel has signed contracts for the purchase of 33 conventional take-off and landing F-35As. Assembly work on the lead example began this year at Lockheed’s Fort Worth site in Texas, and deliveries are expected to begin early next year.

The Israeli air force has expressed an operational requirement for additional examples of the Lightning II, with the further units to enable it to equip two squadrons.

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

Israel Awaits Multi-Billion US Military Aid Package

See details of F-35: HERE

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US Navy buys Archerfish mine-destroying underwater drones from BAE Systems

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By Henry Austin

April 16, 2016 12:46 BST

A British-made mine destroying underwater vehicle that can search and destroy the explosives at sea, has been snapped up by the US Navy. The US Department of Defense awarded a £15.5m ($22m) contract to BAE Systems to supply the Archerfish – a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) equipped with an explosive warhead to destroy sea mines.

Launched from ships, helicopters and underwater vehicles, the technology is the only mine neutralizer capable of being deployed from the air.

“It has formed a key part of the US Navy’s Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) programme since 2007,” BAE Systems said in a statement.

“This important contract demonstrates BAE Systems’ ability to deliver equipment that provides greater security and resilience to modern threats around the world,” said Product & Training Services Director Les Gregory.

The weapon is named after the Archerfish, a small creature that can shoot down insects and small animals from up to three meters away by firing jets of water from its mouth. Found in tropical countries like Australia, India and the Philippines, these fish typically live in estuaries and mangrove swamps, but they have also been found upstream in freshwater and open oceans.

Like the creature, the Archerfish ROV, which is manufactured by BAE System’s Portsmouth facility, can shoot mines from relatively long distances. Once in the water, the Archerfish enters a “hover mode” as it approaches the target, allowing it to take pictures and feed video back to the operator so they can determine the exact nature of the threat.

It can the manoeuvre itself within range of the mine and place an explosive charge, which is used to detonate the mine.

The US Navy contract includes the supply of fibre optic spools, which provide a communications link between the Archerfish and its launch platform. The US Navy mainly use MH-60S helicopters for these minesweeping missions, which are deployed from the navy’s combat ships.

Deliveries will begin in September 2017. The contract also includes further options which, if exercised by the DoD, could bring the total value to more than £39m.

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“Tornado-S” erases the face of the earth a hundred football fields (Eng sub)

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Второй после атомной бомбы: «Торнадо-С» стирает с лица земли сто футбольных полей

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Second, after the atomic bomb: “Tornado-S” erases the face of the earth a hundred football fields

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Современные системы залпового огня – не просто самое распространенное и самое продаваемое, но и самое мощное оружие. Как рассказал корреспонденту телеканала «Звезда» генеральный конструктор «Торнадо-С» и «Торнадо-Г» Виталий Хоменок – полный залп данных машин соизмерим и является вторым по показателям по результатам после применения ядерного оружия.

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Modern systems of salvo fire – not just the most common and best-selling but also the most powerful weapon. As told to the correspondent of TV channel “Star” Chief Designer “Tornado-S” and “Tornado-G” Vitaly Khomenok – full volley of machine data is comparable, and is second in terms of the results of the use of nuclear weapons.

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“Russian ground forces will be supplied with new Tornado-S 300mm multiple rocket launchers, a brigade of Buk-M3 anti-aircraft missile systems and two brigades of Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile systems. Iskander missiles are virtually impossible to intercept due to their unpredictable trajectory, and are capable of delivering several types of 500kg warheads (cluster munition, penetration, fuel-air explosive and HE fragmentation), as well as tactical nuclear ordnance, at a distance of up to 500 kilometers.”  Tooled Up: State-of-the-Art Weapons of the Russian Military – Posted by Sputnik dated 28.01.2016: HERE

BM-30 Smerch MRLS: HERE

Tornado MRLS: HERE

RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft moves into position behind a KC-135T/R Stratotanker for an aerial refueling at a speed greater than 250 knots over Southwest Asia. When connected to the refueling boom, the aircraft will receive more than 40,000 pounds of fuel allowing it to remain on station or move on to other stations to perform its mission. The RC-135 flightcrew of Capt. Mike Edmondson, pilot; 1st Lt. Erik Todoroff, copilot; and 1st Lt. Chris Young, navigator are deployed to the 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, in Southwest Asia, from 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  They are natives of East Moline, Il., Jackson, Mich., and Charleston S.C.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

U.S. Air Force plane intercepted by Russian jet in ‘unsafe’ manner

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A US Air Force reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 jet in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner while flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Pentagon said.

“The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and at no time crossed into Russian territory,” said Laura Seal, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The incident comes shortly after Russian aircraft repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook this past week, including an incident Tuesday in which a Russian Su-24 flew 30 feet (nine meters) above the ship in a “simulated attack profile,” according to the US military’s European Command.

Russia has denied the action was reckless or provocative.

“This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved,” Seal said of Thursday’s incident.

“More importantly, the unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries.”

The US aircraft in question was an RC-135.

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Another day another case the RC-135 is essentially a spy plane

USA if not careful might get there war soon which they will regret!

The aircraft is derived from its predecessor the C-135 Stratolifter and can execute intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

Sensors

Onboard electro-optic sensors fitted in the aircraft trace geo-located signals within the electro-magnetic spectrum and transfer the captured data to operators through secure satellite communication data link.

Performance

The RC-135 can climb at a rate of 1,490m/min. The maximum speed of the aircraft is 933km/h. The range and service ceiling are 5,550km and 15,200m respectively. The aircraft weighs around 78,743kg and its maximum take-off weight is 133,633kg. @airforce-technology.com