Daily Archives: July 2, 2016

India, Vietnam step up talks on arms sales, defense collaboration

Source: Xinhua   2016-07-02 21:05:48

NEW DELHI, July 2 (Xinhua) — India and Vietnam are stepping up talks on Hanoi’s procurement of Indian missiles, gunboats and torpedoes in near future, said local media Saturday.

The Economic Times said India is “firming up” several military contracts with Vietnam, including selling the Brahmos short-range missiles, modernizing two Russia-made Vietnamese frigates for anti-submarine roles, and building 10 new patrol boats for Vietnamese Coast Guard, besides discussing the provision of a high speed heavyweight torpedo “Varunastra”, which was inducted to Indian Navy this week.

Both India and Vietnam have been traditionally the receivers of Russia-made arms, sharing similar defense equipment systems.

The Times of India said India and Vietnam are also engaged in joint training of Kilo-class submarine sailors and pilots of Sukhoi 30 MKI combat aircraft.

Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar discussed with Vietnamese officials expanding cooperation in defense affairs during his visit to Vietnam last month, especially arms purchase by Hanoi from New Delhi.

India also intends to sell its arms to some other Southeast Asian nations like Indonesia and the Philippines, according to the newspaper.

Editor: Zhang Dongmiao



Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia will be at an advantage as they can apply it to both sea and air platform.  

Vietnam already posses the Russian supersonic cruise missile Club-S 3M-54E that can be fired from their Kilo Class according to @gentleseas.blogspot.com


Length [m] 8.22
Diameter [m] 0.533
Launch Weight [kg] 2,300
Maximum Range [km] 220
Speed [Mach] Depends on flight mode
Subsonic Mode: Mach 0.6 – 0.8, Supersonic Mode: Mach 2.9
Warhead Weight [kg] 200
Control System Inertial + Active Radar Homing
Flight Path Low-Flying

Data @fas.org

Brahmos being fired from test platform underwater


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Four Countries Negotiating Purchase of Russian-Indian BrahMos Missiles

Brahmos on Su-30MKI 


Japan Considers MASSIVE $40 Billion Buy Of US Fighter Jets




5:27 PM 07/01/2016

Japan is getting ready to buy 100 new fighter jets, and may tap U.S. companies to make the new planes. The project could cost $40 billion, making it one of the country’s biggest defense contracts ever.

Lockheed Martin and Boeing, two of the largest defense contractors in the U.S., have been asked to compete for the contract, Reuters reports. The new fighter jets, which Japan is calling the F-3, would replace an aging fleet of McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs.

China’s recent expansion of military power could be part of Japan’s interest in bolstering their air force. For the past several years, China has been beefing up defense capabilities in the South China Sea– territory that is also claimed by the Philippines. As treaty allies, Japan would take the Philippines’ side in the event of a conflict. (RELATED: China Sends Fighter Jets To The South China Sea)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has called for a strengthened alliance with the U.S., despite a popular movement in his country to close American military bases. He has also caused to rearm the Japanese military, something that has been sharply restrained by their post-WWII constitution.

Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy will likely be involved in the production of the aircraft shell, according to Defense Industry Daily. Since Japan wants their new fleet of stealth aircraft to be able to operate seamlessly beside U.S. military, they will need to buy or license American technology, according to Reuters.

“We are certainly interested in another potential opportunity to bolster our longstanding partnership with Japan,” Lockheed Martin told Reuters. “We look forward to learning more about Japan’s F-3 plans as discussions progress.” Lockheed’s fifth generation fighters, the F-35, are increasingly popular with U.S. allies.

The F-3 jets will take years to develop. In the mean time, As Japan will receive 42 of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets, the first of which will be delivered later this year.

Boeing is looking forward to competing for the contract. “We are constantly looking for ways to … increase our presence in Japan, and are open to discussions with the customer to see how we can help meet their security needs,” the company told Reuters.

The Eurofighter Consortium, a group European aerospace corporations, has also been invited to compete for the contracts. Japan’s defense ministry expects to begin the competitive selection process in mid-July.

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NORINCO rolls out SM4 120 mm mortar vehicle

01 July 2016

The latest Chinese SM4 120 mm self-propelled mortar is based on a 6×6 WMZ-551 amphibious armoured personnel carrier, which is seen here in its ready to fire configuration with roof hatches open and mortar traversed to the front. Source: NORINCO

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) is exporting a new 120 mm mortar version of the widely deployed 6×6 WMZ-551 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) designated the SM4 120 mm self-propelled mortar (SPM).

The crew and diesel engine compartment is located at the front and for its new mission the roof line of the WMZ-551 has been raised towards the vehicle’s rear to provide greater internal volume for the 120 mm muzzle-loaded mortar and its ammunition.

The driver is seated front left with the commander to the right and above the latter position is an unprotected pintle-mounted 12.7 mm machine gun (MG).

NORINCO is now marketing a number of remote weapon stations (RWSs) and one of these could potentially be fitted in place of the 12.7 mm MG to enable the weapon to be fired from under armour and environmental protection.

For use in high ambient temperatures an air-conditioning system is fitted as standard and the fully amphibious capability of the standard 6×6 WMZ-551 APC is retained.

With little preparation the WMZ-551 SM4 120 mm SPM is fully amphibious and propelled in the water by a shrouded propeller fitted one either side at the rear that enables the vehicle to reach maximum swimming speed of up to 8.5 km/h.

The system has a crew of five, including the commander and driver and NORINCO is quoting a gross vehicle weight of 17 tonnes including ammunition, and a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h.

The 120 mm mortar is fitted with a specially designed recoil system to reduce the stress on the platform so that no stabilisers are required to be deployed before the weapon is fired.

The weapon is coupled to a computerised fire-control system (FCS) that enables the system to come into action, carry out a fire mission and then redeploy before the arrival of counter battery fire. Source janes.com



WMZ 551 6×6 wheeled armoured vehicle

Image @army-guide.com

During the early 1980s a whole array of Western multi-wheeled APCs started to appear, possibly influenced by older designs like the Soviet BTR series and the Swiss Mowag Piranha among other influences. There was a general tendency towards 4×4 – 6×6 rather than huge 8x8s with some extra versatility and agility but still potent weaponry (toward the APC/IFV category) and the French Renault\’s VAB in 1979 and the SANDF Ratel are good examples. So far that it inspired the Chinese Type 92 and the Indonesia Anoa (Pindad) Panser (and both are often compared). Norinco\’s WZ 551 however was not a faithful copy of the VAB, being significantly larger but apparently not heavier. Development started in 1985 and ended with the Type 90 followed by the Type 92 of which the first entered service in 1995. While around 2000 (according to the Chinese wikipedia) had been cranked up for the PLA alone, around 200 had been exported throughout 15-18 countries until today.

Image @army-guide.com

WZ551 6×6

Prototypes includes the pre-production vehicles, the WZ551-1 (73 mm sb gun), WZ554 SPAAG with twin 23 mm autocannons, WZ551D PL-9 surface-to-air missile system and Yitian SAM and the 4×4 WZ91 HJ-8 ATGM tank hunter. Apparently a 120mm self propelled mortar (similar to the BTR-80 based 2S23 NONA-SVK) and a 122 mm self propelled howitzer versions were also produced, the latter being the sole 8×8 version. Both will be treated as separate subjects since they only have the chassis in common.

Sri Lanka Army WZ551B APC as of 2012

Sri Lanka Army WZ551B APC as of 2012 @tanks-encyclopedia.com

Chinese WZ551/Type92 APC specs.

Dimensions 6.63 x 2.80 x 2,80 m
(21.7 x 9.1 x 9.1 fts)
Total weight, battle ready : 12.5 to 14.9 tonnes fully loaded
Crew 3+9 (Commander, Gunner, Driver, 9 troops)
Armament 25 mm AC QF, 400 rounds (IFV) + 7.62 mm coax
or 12,7 mm HMG 1500 rds (APC) + 7.62 mm coax. See notes.
Armour Overall 12.7 mm ballistic protection (0.5 in).
Propulsion Deutz TD 8 cyl. 320 hp
Top speed 85 km/h (53 mph)
Range 600 to 800 km (500 miles)
Suspension Independent 4×4 or 6×6 WD
Total production Unknown – 1,000 to 2,200 range

WZ551-Type92 APC

Data tanks-encyclopedia.com

U.S. Air Force orders decoy jammers from Raytheon for $118 million


Raytheon contracted for Lot 9 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammers.
By Geoff Ziezulewicz   |   June 30, 2016 at 9:26 AM
Raytheon has received a $118 million U.S. Air Force order for Lot 9 MALD-J jammers. Photo courtesy Raytheon

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) — Raytheon has received a $118 million firm-fixed-price U.S. Air Force contract for Lot 9 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer, or MALD-J, vehicles and support equipment.

MALD is a modular, air-launched and programmable flight vehicle that protects aircraft and their crews by duplicating the combat flight profiles and signatures of aircraft.

MALD-J adds a radar-jamming capability to the platform.

Raytheon began MALD-J delivery in 2012.

Work for the latest contract will be performed in Arizona and is expected to be completed by June 2020.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.

Original post upi.com


Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) Flight Vehicle


Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) is a small unmanned air-launched flight vehicle designed and manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems. The vehicle is currently used by the US Air Force (USAF) and the US Navy.

The MALD air vehicle offers superior protection for the aviators and aircraft against air defence systems in combat operations. It also increases airborne electronic attack missions of the US and allied pilots in the battlespace.

Raytheon delivered 1,000th MALD-J jammer variant, which uses jamming and radar signature technology, to the USAF under the Lot 5 production contract in May 2014.

MALD-J jammer variant

MALD-J on F-16 @defense-update.com

The ADM-160C MALD-J is a radar jammer variant of the basic MALD aerial decoy and it can operate in both decoy and jammer configurations based on the warfighters’ mission requirements. It adds radar-jamming capabilities to the MALD platform and can perform missions either as a stand-alone system or as part of the constellation.

The unmanned MALD-J stand-in jammer is capable of navigating and operating closer to hostile radars compared to conventional electronic warfare systems, to help aviators and aircraft stay away from enemy’s path. Sourrce airforce-technology.com



Original decoy version developed by Teledyne Ryan (acquired by Northrop Grumman) and funded by DARPA. It uses GPS-aided navigation system, and can fly missions with up to 256 predefined waypoints. The mission profile is preprogrammed, but can be redefined by the pilot of the launching aircraft until immediately before launch.

Decoy version developed by Raytheon with longer endurance. In use by the USAF.
ADM-160C “MALD-J” 

Radar jammer variant of ADM-160B by Raytheon. This variant of the MALD decoy will be able to operate in both decoy and jammer modes. The decoy and jammer configurations are key enablers supporting the Air Force Global Strike, Global Response, Space and C4ISR, and the Air and Space Expeditionary Force Concepts of Operations. MALD-J will provide stand-in jamming capability for the Airborne Electronic Attack Systems of Systems. It will be launched against a preplanned target and jam specific radars in a stand-in role to degrade or deny the IADS detection of friendly aircraft or munitions. Delivery to the US Armed Forces is to begin in 2012. That year, the Air Force ended procurement of the ADM-160B and will only procure MALD-J versions.
Image @mediafire.com

Launch platforms

Specifications (Northrop Grumman ADM-160A)

  • Length : 2.38 m (7 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan : 0.65 m (2 ft 2 in)
  • Diameter : 15 cm (6 in)
  • Weight : 45 kg (100 lb)
  • Speed : Mach 0.8
  • Ceiling : Over 9,000 m (30,000 ft)
  • Range : Over 460 km (285 mi)
  • Endurance : Over 20 min
  • Propulsion : Hamilton Sundstrand TJ-50 turbojet; 220 N (50 lbf) thrust
  • Unit cost : US$30,000

Specifications (Raytheon ADM-160B)

  • Length : 2.84 m (9 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan : 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) fully extended
  • Weight : 115 kg (250 lb)
  • Speed : Mach 0.91
  • Ceiling : Over 12,200 m (40,000 ft)
  • Range : Approximately 920 km (575 mi) with ability to loiter over target
  • Endurance : Over 45 min at altitude
  • Propulsion : Hamilton Sundstrand TJ-150 turbojet
  • Unit cost : US$120,000 (initial), US$322,000 (as of 2015)

Hamilton Sundstrand TJ-150 turbojet


Data wikiwand.com