Daily Archives: May 17, 2016

Brazilian government cuts AMX modernisation budget

 

16 May 2016

The Brazilian government announced on 12 May that it will cut BRL161 million (USD45 million) from the Brazilian Air Force budget, with most of which to be culled from the AMX aircraft modernisation programme.

Work on the modernisation effort will mostly come to a halt for this year, and the air force will have to wait until 2017 to possibly restart work.

The plan was to modernise 33 single-seaters (locally called A-1A) and 10 two-seaters (A-1B) to the A-1M standard, and was already progressing at a slow rate with few aircraft delivered since the first was received by the air force in 2013.

The modernisation plan includes installing the SCP-1 Scipio radar, developed by Brazilian company Mectron and Italian company Galileo Avionica, while the cockpit will receive a heads-up display, three multifunction displays, HOTAS commands, a gyro electronic unit, and other improvements (Elbit Systems is doing much of the work). Aside from updating the electronics, survivability, and cockpit, the effort is to extend the airframes’ service life by 20 more years.

Original post janes.com

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SCP-1 Scipio radar

AR-AR

Search and tracking
4 sub modes air-to-air combat
Search tank and search plane while tracking (TWS)

AR-SURFACE

Search air-sea with monopulse tracking
Search air-sea with TWS
mapping
Telemetry air-ground
The radar employs waveforms (pulses and pulse repetition frequency – PRFs), search patterns and antenna processing algorithms.

OTHER FEATURES

Low weight and compact size
frequency agility in the band I
Pulse Compression
Operation doppler mean PRF
Antenna two planes monopulse
Advanced techniques of ECCM (Electronic counter-countermeasures)
acançado signal processing software configured
Rejection of clutter and target tracking by adaptive algorithms
image processing, zoom on target and image freeze
Integration with the mission system via digital data bus 1553B
TV output with color graphics 

Upgraded cockpit

Future FAB A-1M will have roughly a panel similar to the F-5M. Much of the current analogue dials will be replaced with MFD (Multi-Function Displays) colored.

Adding to the area of the three MFD, the A-1M will have about 121 square inches of area showing digital information ranging from data engine related to weapons. In addition to the new panel the A-1M will feature a HMD that will bring greater situational awareness. Source defesabrasil

In NATO tank competition, U.S. comes up short against Germany

May 16, 2016

German soldiers fire at their target during the Strong Europe Tank Challenge in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on May 11. (Javon Spence/U.S. Army)

Six NATO countries squared off last week in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, a two-day competition that pitted some of the alliance’s best tank crews against each another in a series of events centered on armored warfare.

The challenge, which concluded Thursday and was held in Grafenwoehr, Germany, was the first of its kind there since 1991. The competition was designed to foster “military partnership” while showcasing the ability of NATO countries to work together, according to a U.S. Army statement.

Germany took top honors in the competition, followed by Denmark and Poland in second place and third place respectively.

The challenge, co-hosted by U.S. Army Europe and the German Bundeswehr, is a nod to the Cold War era and a tacit acknowledgment that NATO will need well-trained conventional forces if it ever has to go to war with a newly-emboldened Russia.

“You’ve got to continue to train; you have to invest the time and resources in the training to have the best possible deterrent force,” Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, told Stars and Stripes.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced it was quadrupling the 2017 budget for its “European Reassurance Initiative” and has indicated that the United States will soon rotate additional troops into the region in an effort to deter any future Russian aggression.

“This international tank challenge is a part of a series of things that helps us improve our skill,” Hodges added.

The challenge featured seven tank platoons in total. Denmark, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Poland all competed with one platoon, while the United States sent two. Each platoon included four tanks manned by four men. Germany took the gold in its Leopard 2A6 tanks, while the U.S. Army in the M1A2 Abrams didn’t place.

Events in the competition included an obstacle course littered with 13 different challenges, a shooting competition, and tank-based navigation. The platoons were given points for each event in an effort to get the most out of 1,000.

While the challenge could mark the beginning of a new trend for the United States and its European allies, Russia has long held, what it calls, tank biathlons. The Russian competitions feature a ballet-like spectacle of armored vehicles and are well-attended by civilians.

Last summer, Russia beat 16 other countries in its third annual international challenge of the sort, although no Western nations were present.

Source washingtonpost.com

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Update – NATO Europe Tank Competition 2016 – Video: HERE