Monthly Archives: May 2016

USN, Royal Thai Navy conduct “most complex” anti-submarine exercise to date

26 May 2016
The Royal Thai Navy’s sole aircraft carrier HMTS Chakri Naruebet, seen here alongside in Sattahip naval base in 2013, is participating in Exercise ‘Guardian Sea’ with the US Navy from 23 to 27 May. Source: US Navy

Key Points

  • Navies of Thailand and the United States are conducting anti-submarine exercises in the Andaman Sea
  • Drills are being conducted against the backdrop of submarine proliferation in the Southeast Asian region

The USN Navy (USN) and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) are carrying out a series of drills that includes the “most complex” anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise conducted between the two services to date.

The drills, which are being conducted as part of the annual bilateral naval exercise known as ‘Guardian Sea’, are being held in the Andaman Sea from 23 to 27 May. The exercise in 2016 involves a USN Los Angeles-class attack submarine, a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol craft and the RTN’s sole aircraft carrier, the 182 m HTMS Chakri Naruebet .

Also participating from the USN is the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Stethem , the RTN’s two Chinese-made Naresuan-class frigates, HTMS Naresuan and HTMS Taksin , and an unspecified number of S-70B naval helicopters, according to information provided to IHS Jane’s on 25 May.

“Guardian Sea provides our navies the opportunity and challenge of detecting and tracking submarines, and to practice procedures related to anti-submarine warfare,” said Capt H. B. Le, commodore of the USN’s destroyer, Squadron Seven , in a statement on the bilateral drills.

“This year’s exercise will be the most complex to date and we look forward to working alongside the Royal Thai Navy ashore and at sea to improve our skills and enhance our interoperability,” he added.

Exercise ‘Guardian Sea’ in 2016 will also feature a shore phase with seminars and exchanges between subject-matter experts from both navies.

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Exercise ‘Guardian Sea’ 2016

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FFG-421 HTMS Naresuan and FFG-422 HTMS Taksinเรือดำน้ำโจมตีพลังงานนิวเคลียร์ SSN-711 USS San Franciscoฮ.ปด.๑ SH-60B กองการบินทหารเรือ และ ร.ล.จักรีนฤเบศร(911)
CVH-911 HTMS Chakri Naruebet and SH-60B Royal Thai NavyRoyal Thai Navy FFG-421 HTMS Naresuan, FFG-422 HTMS Taksin and US Navy DDG-63 USS StethemSH-60B Royal Thai Navy carrying a Mark 46 lightweight torpedo(training torpedo)


Turkish Navy Mulls Buying Long-Range Patrol Aircraft


, Defense News8:02 a.m. EDT May 25, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish Navy is considering the purchase of long-range patrol aircraft to add to its fleet of CN-235 and ATR72s, navy and procurement officials said.

“The requirement comes in line with the government’s foreign policy priorities,” explained one procurement official.

Navy officials say the planned aircraft should be able to fly 1,000 to 1,200 nautical miles away from their main base in Turkey and fly 12 to 15 hours.

“Our current fleet may not respond to our future roles,” said one Navy official. “The new patrol aircraft should ideally have anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare roles.”

Naval industry sources say the Turkish description of the requirement would probably point to the Boeing P-8 Poseidon (formerly the Multimission Maritime Aircraft or MMA). The P-8 Poseidon was developed for the US Navy by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, modified from the 737-800ERX.

The P-8 also conducts shipping interdiction, along with an electronic signals intelligence role which involves carrying torpedoes, depth charges, SLAM-ER missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys. The aircraft is designed to operate in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle.

Procurement officials say they hope to issue a request for information for the planned acquisition soon.

“We are hoping to see a competitive contest,” one official said.

But industry sources say the description of the acquisition narrows options.

“There will not be too many bidders, judging from the description of the requirement,” said one source.

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Nobody interested in Kawasaki P-1……..

“The aircraft is designed to operate in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle.” 

Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAV

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System provides real-time Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance over vast ocean and coastal regions. Supporting missions up to 24 hours, the high-altitude UAS is equipped with a sensor suite that provides a 360-degree view of its surroundings at a radius of over 2,000 NM/2,302 miles/3,704 km.

Built to support the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program, Triton will support a wide range of intelligence gathering and reconnaissance missions, maritime patrol and search and rescue. The Navy’s program of record calls for 68 aircraft to be built.

Payload (360-degree Field of Regard)

Multi-Function Active Sensor Active Electronically Steered Array (MFAS AESA) radar:

  • 2D AESA;
  • Maritime and air-to-ground modes;
  • Long-range detection and classification of targets.

MTS-B multi-spectral targeting system:

  • Electro-optical/infrared;
  • Auto-target tracking;
  • High resolution at multiple field-of-views;
  • Full motion video.

AN/ZLQ-1 Electronic Support Measures:

  • All digital;
  • Specific Emitter Identification.

Automatic Identification System:

Provides information received from VHF broadcasts on maritime vessel movements.

Wingspan 130.9 feet/39.9 m
Length 47.6 feet/14.5 m
Height 15.4 feet/4.6 m
Gross Take-Off Weight (GTOW) 32,250 lbs/14,628 kg
Maximum Internal Payload 3,200 lbs/1,452 kg
Maximum External Payload 2,400 lbs/1,089 kg
Self-Deploy 8,200 NM/9,436 miles/15,186 km
Maximum Altitude 56,500 feet/17,220 m
Maximum Velocity, TAS (True Air Speed) 331 knots/381 mph/613 km/h
Maximum Endurance 24 hours


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Australia’s 1st P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight – Video

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

State Dept. approves sale of P-8A Poseidon aircraft to Britain

See details of P-8 Poseidon: HERE

South China Sea Controversy: Beijing To Send Nuclear Weapons To Disputed Region Amid US Military Tensions


BY @MCHUGHJESS ON 05/26/16 AT 8:19 AM

China will send nuclear weapons to patrol the South China Sea amid rising tensions with the U.S. over the disputed region, the Guardian reported Thursday. The area has become a point of contention between the U.S. and China, as Beijing claims it has sovereignty over the zone. The U.S. says the area is in international waters until competing land claims from neighboring countries are resolved.

Beijing is expected to send submarines equipped with nuclear missiles to patrol the region after working on the technology for ballistic missile submarines for nearly three decades. However, Chinese military authorities did not say when exactly these nuclear patrols would begin.

Because China’s SSBNs [nuclear missile submarines] are in the South China Sea, the U.S. navy will try to send spy ships in there and get close to the SSBNs. China’s navy hates that and will try to push them away,” Wu Riqiang, an associate professor at the School of International Studies at the Renmin University in Beijing, told the Guardian.

China has submitted a vast land claim over the region and sought to bolster that claim by building artificial islands in the South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands. While the islands are small and mostly unpopulated, they sit in the middle of popular trade routes and could also contain precious natural resources. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei, have also submitted competing claims over some part of the region.

The U.S. has accused China of militarizing the zone, and the U.S. military sent ships to sail through part of the South China Sea that Beijing claims as its own as a way to insist that the region is in international waters. The announcement of the planned use of nuclear-armed submarines came little over a week after two Chinese fighter jets nearly collided with a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft in the region.


Actually they have been doing that for sometime now from what I read! So I guess this news is just blowing more hot air since China gave the US the ultimatum of war!

It seems the Chinese Type 096 are already in operation so it means only one thing either China is making this up or that it is so good that the US haven’t been able to track it!

“Wall Street Journal’s report on China’s strategic nuclear marines shows widespread ignorance of China’s military capabilities, especially China’s nuclear submarines”  – Dire US Ignorance of China’s Advanced Strategic Nuclear Submarines – posted Aug 29, 2014. (See below)

Type 098 is said to be already in development

Type 098 Nuclear Submarine190707qydn9ikgn19ssddyType 098 Nuclear Submarine2

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G7 agrees need strong message on South China Sea; China says don’t ‘hype’ – Reuters

Dire US Ignorance of China’s Advanced Strategic Nuclear Submarines – By  Author of Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements, freelance Chinese/English translator

China isn’t the only one building islands in the South China Sea

China Building Missiles to Strike Guam

Set red line for US to avoid military clash in S.China Sea

China Deploys YJ-62 Subsonic Anti-Ship Cruise Missile To South China Sea’s Woody Island

This interactive map of China’s power in the South China Sea is a wake-up call to us all

China sends surface-to-air missiles to contested island in provocative move

Conflicting parties in the SC Sea and Naval power comparison – Non US

Chinese Submarine Fires 2 Nuclear JL-2 Missiles off American Coastline near Oregon

Type 094 Jin class nuclear submarine

Russia to Renew Production of Mi-14 Nuclear-Capable Anti-Sub Helicopters

13:58 19.05.2016(updated 14:21 19.05.2016)

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that ministry plans to renew the production of Mi-14 Haze nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopters.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Defense Ministry plans to renew the production of Mi-14 Haze nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopters, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Thursday.

“Yes, work is already being done in regard to this issue,” Borisov told RIA Novosti at the HeliRussia-2016 exposition in Moscow.

The production of the Mi-14s was halted in 1980 and were removed from service in 1996 apparently under US pressure.


Mil Mi-14 Haze

In order to produce a replacement for a large numbers of Mi-4 Hounds in Soviet naval service, a version of the Mi-8 Hip with a boat-like hull was developed as the Mi-14 Haze. The prototype of the series, designated V-14, flew for the first time in 1973, to be followed by the initial production Mi-14PL Haze-A anti-submarine warfare helicopter. It was adopted in 1975. Production of the Mi-14 ceased in 1986. However in 2015 it was announced that there are plans to restart production of this amphibious helicopter.

Improvements incorporated during production included more powerful engines and the switching of the tail rotor from the starboard to the port side for increased controllability. The Mi-14 can land and taxi on water. It can also take off from water.

The Mi-14PLM (Haze-A) helicopter has revised equipment which includes a repositioned MAD system.

The final production Haze variant was the Mi-14PS (Haze-C) SAR helicopter. Built primarily for the Russian naval aviation, The Mi-14PS was also exported to Poland. Polish designation of this helicopter is Mi-14PW.

Modern Russian attack helicopters2 x TV3-117 turboshaft engines

Mil Mi-14PL ‘Haze-A’
Entered service 1975
Crew 2 – 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 25.23 m
Main rotor diameter 21.29 m
Height 6.93 m
Weight (empty) 8.9 t
Weight (maximum take off) 14 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x TV3-117A / TV3-117MT turboshaft engines
Engine power 2 x 1 700 / 1 923 hp
Maximum speed 230 km/h
Service ceiling 4 km
Range 925 km
Torpedoes 1 x AT-1 or APR-2
Bombs 1 x nuclear depth bomb or 8 x depth charges in place of torpedoes


GE to Supply Engines for South Korea’s New Fighters


May 26, 2016, 06:15:00 AM EDT By Dow Jones Business News

SEOUL—General Electric Co. has clinched a deal to supply engines for South Korea’s next-generation fighter jets.

The U.S. conglomerate beat Eurojet Turbo GmbH, a European engine maker, to provide the F414-GE-400 engines, South Korea’sDefense Acquisition Program Administration said Thursday. A final contract will be signed next month, it said.

The agency didn’t disclose the deal value, but a person familiar with the matter estimated it at $3.5 billion. 

Korea officially launched the KF-X project early last year with plans to develop its own fighter jet by 2025, but it pushed back the target date because of a dispute with the U.S. over the transfer of key technology. It now plans to deploy 120 fighter jets by 2032.

A consortium of Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole military aircraft maker, and its technology-support partner, Lockheed Martin Corp., is leading the project.

Officials at Seoul’s arms-procurement agency said they would develop, acquire or localize all technologies needed for the project, but concerns remain over whether they can do so because Washington is reluctant to allow Lockheed to transfer key technologies related to radar and other core components.

As for the jet engines, Korea will initially purchase them from GE, which will later transfer the technology to local arms manufacturer Hanwha Thales Co. for production, the officials said.

Write to In-Soo Nam at


General characteristics

  • Type: Afterburning turbofan
  • Length: 154 in (391 cm)
  • Diameter: 35 in (89 cm)
  • Dry weight: 2,445 lb (1,110 kg) max weight




Israel frontrunner in Indian Army’s quest for short-range air defence system


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems looks set to win the Indian Army’s short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) contest with its Spyder system . According to the Economic Times, the Spyder seems poised to win after offerings from Sweden’s Saab and Russia’s Rosoboronexport failed to comply with the Army’s requirements during technical trials. The competition has been running for five years.

Defense Industry Daily


Israel beats Sweden and Russia to become the frontrunner in Indian Army’s quest for air defence system

MAY 25, 2016, 01.02 PM

The Indian Army has posed a requirement for a fast reaction air defence cover against enemy aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, and the probable solution has been found in the form of Israeli Spyder system, which has emerged as the frontrunner in this quest.

It was in 2011 that the Indian Army had started a short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) programme, and it is now nearing final selection, for a contract valued at over Rs 18,000 crore.

As per sources, the Israeli Spyder system, which has been manufactured by Rafael Advanced Systems, has come up as the frontrunner, given that its competitors, SAAB (Sweden) and Rosoboronexport (Russia), were not able to perform during technical trials that the Indian Army carried out last year.

This could mean a possible go ahead for the Israeli system to reach the the opening of the price bid, which is the next stage of procurement.

The winning company would need to transfer the technology to India, so that the system can be locally manufactured.

The Indian Air Force has already ordered Spyder, which has been inducted to protect sensitive air fields along the border.

Talking of ‘Make in India,’ the Indian Army has already ordered the Indian-made Akash SAM systems, however, these have been assigned the task of protecting static or defensive units, given that they carry limited mobility and take a larger reaction time to an incoming attack.

Anyway, the SRSAM project was launched with a ‘global buy’ clause, so that the Indian private industry could also be given a chance to invest in it. As per sources, the project is valued at close to Rs 6,000 crore and would need investment from joint ventures and production facilities in India. Source

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Enough of Akash, says Army as it opts for Israeli missiles

WATCH: Israel’s Naval Iron Dome System Successfully Intercepts Rocket Salvo Staff

The Israeli military has successfully tested its new “Iron Dome of the sea” anti-rocket defense system, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

The Tamir-Adir system, which is mounted on ships, is designed to shoot down short-range rockets like the kind Hamas fires from the Gaza Strip. In tests two weeks ago, the system intercepted every single short-range rocket fired in a salvo from shore, according to Col. Ariel Shir, head of operational systems in the Israeli navy.

Shir added that the tests “proved the Israeli navy’s ability to protect Israel’s strategic assets at sea against short-range strategic rockets.”

Tamir-Adir employs Iron Dome technology that has been adjusted to work in a moving vessel. The ship-based system is designed to protect Israel’s natural gas rigs from attack. One such platform is located 16 miles from Gaza and has been targeted unsuccessfully by Hamas in the past. The natural gas fields are a strategic asset because they are essential to Israel’s economy, providing a large share of the country’s energy needs. If other natural gas fields are developed, Israel could become a major exporter.

Tamir-Adir is the latest addition to Israel’s multi-platform missile defense system. David’s Sling, designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles, is being co-developed with the United States and is on track to become operational this year.

[Photo: The Times of Israel / YouTube ]



Naval Iron Dome System

Tamir interceptors


In October 2014, Rafael unveiled a naval version of the Iron Dome called C-Dome. It is designed to protect vessels in blue and littoral waters from ballistic trajectory and direct attack weapons fired in saturation attacks. C-Dome includes a 10-round canister loaded with vertically-launched Tamir interceptors for 360-degree coverage, a feature not supported by the land-based Iron Dome system; the ship’s own surveillance radar is used to negate the need for a dedicated fire control radar.


The system has a small footprint to enable installation on small ships like offshore patrol vessels, corvettes, and even stationary oil rigs. Though in the very early stages of concept development, Rafael estimates that it could take less than a year to build a prototype C-Dome system. Preliminary discussions with potential users have already been launched. The C-Dome will be used on the Israeli Navy’s Sa’ar 6-class corvettes. On the 18 may 2016 Col. Ariel Shir, head of Israeli Naval operation systems announced that the system had successfully intercepted and destroyed a salvo of short range missiles while deployed on a naval vessel at sea. Source Wikipedia