Monthly Archives: May 2016

Algeria reportedly took delivery of first two Mi-28NE combat helicopters

Published: Monday, 30 May 2016 14:41

According to pictures released on social medias, Russia reportedly delivered the two first Mi-38NE attack helicopters ordered by Algeria. Russia will deliver a total of 42 Mi-28NE attack helicopters to Algeria in line with a bilateral contract, Interfax news agency announced in late March 2016, quoting a source in Russia’s arms exporting bodies.

Algeria reportedly took delivery of first two Mi 28NE combat helicopters 640 001One of the twoi first Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters reportedly delivered to Algeria on May 26, 2016
(Source: Twitter)

According to data of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia is officially delivering Mi-28NE helicopters to Iraq and Algeria. In 2013, Algeria signed a contract for purchasing 42 Russian-made Mi-28NE helicopters with the dual-control technology, while Iraq is receiving organic Mi-28NE helicopters.

The Mi-28N helicopter, dubbed “Night Hunter” by the Russian military, is said by arms experts to be among the best in the world in its class. It is capable of carrying out missions day and night and in most adverse weather conditions. It is equipped with a top-mounted millimeter wave radar station, thermographic camera-TV, and a laser rangefinder. The Mi-28N is powered by two Russian Klimov TV3-117VMA-SB3 engines (2,500 hp each), produced by the Ukrainian Motor-Sich.

The Mi-28NE modification is equipped with a dual-control system, which allows to fly the helicopter both from the pilot’s cockpit and from the cockpit of the operator pilot who acts as an instructor.



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Algeria to get dual-control Mi-28 helicopters

See details of Mi-28: HERE


Raytheon (RTN) Secures Aegis Radar Transmitter Contract


Integrated Defense Systems division has won a contract from the U.S. Navy for the production of Aegis Weapon System AN/SPY-1D(V) Radar Transmitter Group, Missile Fire Control System MK 99 equipment, and associated engineering services. The contract is valued at $365.8 million. 

This contract has options which, if exercised, will bring the total contract value to $423 million. The contract falls under the Foreign Military Sales program that includes purchases for South Korea and Japan apart from purchases for the U.S. Navy. Work under this contract is expected to be completed by Oct 2022.

The SPY-1D(V) Transmitter and the MK 99 Fire Control System are an essential part of the Navy’s Aegis missile defense system. Over the past 35 years, these systems have been in continuous production and are in use aboard 108 warships worldwide, comprising 17 ships sailed by foreign nations.

The SPY-1D(V) is a high-powered radar transmitter that supports search, track and missile guidance functions, while the MK99 system communicates with the mission control station to identify and illuminate air targets.

Raytheon is one of the best-positioned, large-cap defense players and will continue to gain traction on the back of its strong fundamentals, focus on technological innovation and improvement of its product offering, which will ensure more contract wins and an enhanced growth trajectory.

The company has been enjoying a steady stream of contracts from several government establishments. As a result, total backlog at the end of the first quarter of 2016 was $34.8 billion, up from $32.5 billion at the end of the year-ago quarter.



The SPY-1D(V) radar system

The SPY-1D(V) radar upgrade is the newest improvement to the SPY-1D. The SPY-lD( V) littoral radar upgrade will supersede the SPY-1D in new-construction ships beginning in FY 1998, and will deploy in DDG 51 Flight IIA ships starting in approximately 2003. The third variant of this radar, known as the Littoral Warfare Radar, will improve the radar’s capability against low-altitude, reduced radar cross-section targets in heavy clutter environments and in the presence of intense electronic countermeasures. The SPY-1D radar system is the multi-function, phased-array, three-dimensional (range, altitude, and bearing) radar which conducts search, automatic detection, and tracking of air and surface targets. The SPY-1D also provides mid-course guidance for the SM-2 missile, and has also demonstrated a capability to track theater ballistic missiles. The AN/SPY-1D(V), under development for installation in some Flight IIA ships, is an improved system with better performance against targets in clutter, additional moving target indicator (MTI) waveforms, and greater ability to counter deceptive Electronic Attack measures. Source

Mk 99 Missile Fire Control System

The Mk 99 MFCS controls the loading and arming of the selected weapon, launches the weapon, and provides terminal guidance for AAW (Anti-Air Warfare) missiles. It also controls the target illumination for the terminal guidance of SM-2.
Radar and weapon systems on an AEGIS class cruiser.

The radar system associated with the Mk 99 MFCS is the missile illuminator AN/SPG-62.



AN/SPG-62 RADAR.-The AN/SPG-62 is I/J­Band fire control radar. The SPY-1 radar system detects and tracks targets and then points the SPG-62 toward the target, which in turn provides illumination for the terminal guidance of SM-2 missiles. Refer to chapter 1 for discussion on the different phases of missile guidance and the way radar is used for missile guidance. Remember that in order to track a target you need a very narrow beam of RF energy. The narrower the beam, the more accurately you can tell if you have one target or multiple targets (this is called radar resolution). This narrow beam radar is normally a second radar that works with a primary search or track radar. The AN/SPG-62 illuminating radar works as a second radar with the AN/SPY-1 series radar.

In addition to the Mk 99 MFCS, the AEGIS SPY 1 series radar works with the Gun Fire Control System. Source

From Tejas & Gripen to missiles under ‘Make in India’: How Saab wants to be the ‘Sahab’ of India’s defence sector

Sweden’s Saab is aggressively eyeing India’s defence sector and is betting big on not only making fighter jets such as Gripen and Tejas, but also missiles.

By: | Updated: May 27, 2016 11:09 AM

Sweden’s Saab is aggressively eyeing India’s defence sector and is betting big on not only making fighter jets such as Gripen and Tejas, but also missiles under PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Jan Widerström, Country Head and Chairman of Saab India tells FE Online, “Make in India is definitely on our agenda. Our footprint in India is expanding fast. We now have eight Indian partner companies working with us.”

Saab has offered to support HAL for developing sub-systems for the next generation fighter jet Tejas. Talking about Saab’s offer, Widerström says, “HAL has sought responses on specific queries relating to the next generation of the Tejas, and our interactions revolve around deeper discussions for these systems. Our discussions are progressing very well so far.” “We have an excellent working relationship with HAL, which started with the IDAS Electronic Warfare suite that we provide for the Dhruv,” he adds.

Not only Tejas, Saab has time and again offered to manufacture its Gripen fighter aircraft in India. The newly unveiled Gripen E, which is said to have improved avionics system when compared to previous versions of the jet, is also being considered under ‘Make in India’. However, Saab is not the only defence major that is vying to cater to India’s armed forces. Boeing and Lockheed Martin have already shown interest in making their F/A-18 and F-16 aircraft in the country. A final call on which jet will be chosen for the ‘Make in India’ programme will be taken by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar by the end of this fiscal.

Saab is confident that it will benefit immensely by investing in India’s defence sector and has even given its thumbs up to the recently unveiled Defence Procurement Policy (DPP). “We (Saab) believe that DPP 2016 is a strong step in the right direction, towards boosting Make in India and encouraging defence manufacturing. We are looking forward to the remaining appendices now, and are confident that they will further build on this base,” says Widerström.

Missiles are yet another area that Saab is looking for business opportunities. Giving details about its foray into missiles for India Widerström says, “In February this year, we announced plans for a Joint Venture company in India together with Kalyani Strategic Systems, which is the defence arm of the Kalyani Group. The joint venture will handle the main part of production and delivery of air defence systems for VSHORAD (Very Short Range Air Defense Systems) and SRSAM (Short-range surface-to-air missile) programs to the Indian customer.”

“The production in India will comprise of subsystems and systems for SRSAM and VSHORAD with the aim to transfer production as well as development knowledge to India. This of course goes hand in hand with the Make in India programme. Orders of missile parts have already been issued to KSSL and production-readiness reviews are ongoing. Saab and KSSL are planning for technology transfer for different packages within the programmes.” he explains.

What other initiatives is Saab venturing into? Says Widerström, “We have an R&D center in Hyderabad in collaboration with Tech Mahindra, where engineers are working on designing next-generation systems in close cooperation with our teams in Sweden. We have recently announced that we will now be manufacturing self-protection systems for land vehicles in conjunction with Tata Power SED at their facility in Bangalore. We see huge potential for this partnership, which will begin with export of sub-systems from India for our global orders.”



Saab is major contender for the 120 foreign make single engine fighter program as F-16 is out of the running unless Tata can pull a big one!

The 120 twin engine foreign fighter program will be between Rafale and F-18E/F unless F-18 throw in the Advance Super Hornet I doubt Boeing can win!

See F-18E/F vs Rafale comparison posted earlier (below main article): HERE

Kalyani Strategic Systems website: HERE

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

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New sense of urgency for Canada’s CF-18 fighter replacement

Pakistan, Russia deal on MI-35 attack helicopters likely in two months

Minister says Pakistan to approach other countries if US refuses to deliver F-16 aircraft

By: APP  30-May-16

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that Pakistan is in negotiations with Russia for procurement of MI-35 attack helicopters, expressing confidence that there would be significant development in two months in this regard.

“I hope we will be able to materialise this project (to buy MI-35 helicopters) in two months,” he said while talking to reporters here. He said that the JF-17 fighter aircraft were capable enough to meet defence requirements of Pakistan. Pakistan had a fleet of state-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder aircraft which carried all specifications of any advanced fighter jet, he said.

Pakistan was at top among 10 countries having JF-17 fleet, he said, adding that the country’s defence was impregnable and had the capability to meet all challenges. Commenting on the country’s defence production quality, he said that the Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) was producing and exporting small arms to different countries including US, Britain and Germany.

He said that the Ministry of Defence Production was working day and night to meet requirements of the armed forces, adding that a proposal had been forwarded to the quarters concerned for separate budget of the ministry. Answering a question, Tanveer said Pakistan was in contact with US for delivery of F-16 aircraft, and in case the deal was not materialised, it would approach other countries for the purpose.

To another question, the minister said a protest had been launched with US over the recent drone attack, adding that US ambassador had been called in by the Foreign Office. Both civil and military leadership expressed serious concerns over the attack, he added.



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New batch of four Su-34 fighters delivered to Russian Aerospace Force


Published: Monday, 30 May 2016 15:44

The Sukhoi Company, part of Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation, has delivered a batch of Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) frontline bombers to the Russian Aerospace Force, the Company’s press office said on Monday.

The  has delivered the first batch of Su-34 frontline bombers to the Russian Defense Ministry in accordance with the 2016 state defense order,” the press office said.

The planes took off from the Chkalov Aircraft-Manufacturing Plant in Novosibirsk [in West Siberia] to head for their permanent bases,” the press office added.

A source in the Russian Armed Force said that the Aerospace Force had received four new frontline bombers. “Four Su-34 planes delivered to the Aerospace Force will be operational with Russia’s Eastern Military District,” the source said.

The main deliveries of advanced planes to Russia’s Western Military District have been completed. Now Su-34 frontline bombers will start arriving for units based in Russia’s Far East, the source added.

Spokesman for the Russian Eastern Military District Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said earlier that Su-34 frontline bombers were expected to arrive for an air unit based in the Khabarovsk Territory in the Russian Far East in early June.

Apparently, the new frontline bombers are designed for the 277th Bomber Regiment based at the Khurba airfield near Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

The new planes are designed to replace Su-24M (Fencer) frontline bombers operational with the 277th Bomber Regiment.

Original source



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See details of Su32/34: HERE2d6de-su-34