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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Бомбардировщик Су 34 – Bomber Su 34 – Video

Dokymentalist Films

Published on Jun 30, 2016

Су-34 российский многофункциональный истребитель-бомбардировщик, также позиционируемый как фронтовой бомбардировщик, разработанный для нанесения ударов авиационными средствами поражения по наземным целям в любых метеорологических условиях днём и ночью.

Russian Su – 34 multi-purpose fighter -bomber , also positioned as a bomber , designed to strike aircraft weapons against ground targets in all weather conditions , day and night . USE CC FOR SUB


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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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India clears acquisition of 4 U.S. surveillance, anti-submarine warfare aircraft

Source: Xinhua   2016-07-02 17:04:24

NEW DELHI, July 2 (Xinhua) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared acquisition of four surveillance and antisubmarine warfare aircraft from the United States, in a clear sign of tighter India-U.S. strategic ties, local media reported Saturday.

The Times of India online quoted Defense Ministry sources here as saying Friday the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by Modi, had cleared the acquisition of four Poseidon-8I long-range surveillance and antisubmarine warfare aircraft at a cost of over 1 billion U.S. dollars.

“The contract will be inked with Boeing in the next few days. The first P-8I will be delivered to the Navy within three years,” the report quoted an unnamed source as saying.

The four new P-8I aircraft, packed with radars and weapons, will join the first eight such aircraft inducted by the Indian navy in 2013-2015 under a 2.1-billion-U.S. dollar deal, said the report.

The Navy is using the eight P-8Is, armed with deadly Harpoon Block-II missiles, MK-54 lightweight torpedoes, rockets and depth charges, to keep an “intelligent hawk-eye” over the entire Indian Ocean Region, said the report.

The U.S. arms sales to India have been increasing steadily over the past decade.

Editor: Zhang Dongmiao



I would have invested in the S400 as a priority instead of buying 4 more P-8I as they already have 8 planes!

India is paying more than the UK by $50 million ($450 millon per unit) but I understand the Indian version has some customization but I have no info on the UK version

Poseidon-8I: Details

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Engine problems ground German A400Ms


01 July 2016
Germany has grounded the first two A400Ms that it received after excessive engine wear was found. The third aircraft is still operational, although that aircraft’s engines have reportedly been affected also. Source: Airbus DS

Germany has grounded two of the three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M transport aircraft that it has so far received following the discovery of excessive engine wear, national media disclosed on 30 June.

Flight operations of aircraft 54-01 and 54-02 – the first two received in December 2014 and December 2015 – have been temporarily suspended after inspections found heavy engine wear after only 365 and 189 hours of operations respectively, Der Spiegel reported, adding that engine wear on the third aircraft, 54-03, had also been identified.

This issue is likely to be connected to problems that were identified with the EuroProp International (EPI) TP400-D6 engine earlier this year. In April it was reported that engines were being affected by excessive abrasive wear and heat resistance. It was noted that parts of the engine were struggling to stand up to the extreme temperatures, with individual components found to be flawed. A UK Royal Air Force aircraft suffered an in-flight engine shutdown as an apparent result of these issues.

At that time Airbus DS said that it was working hard to solve the issue of excessive abrasive wear, noting that it “has no impact on the security of the plane”.

It is understood that the issue has been isolated to the propeller gear-box (PGB); the part that converts the rotating high-speed motion of the engine into a slower speed motion for the propeller. A significant number of engines that are both on the final assembly line (FAL) and in service have had to be replaced because of quality issues, though the issue affects only gearboxes with a clockwise rotation.

EPI has performed an analysis of the issue, identified the root cause, and developed a procedure whereby each gearbox is inspected every 200 hours. If a crack is found the gearbox is then inspected every 20 hours after that to keep the aircraft that have been delivered flying.

Original post @janes.com


EuroProp International (EPI) TP400-D6 engine

TP400-D6 engine – Image @mechanicalproducts.blogspot.comimagenTP400-D6 engine – Image @itp.esImage @flightglobal.com
  • Power range in excess of 11,000 shp
  • Low risk design and life cycle cost
  • Low susceptibility to FOD and erosion
  • Ample growth potential

The TP400-D6 is a collaborative engine between Rolls-Royce, MTU, Snecma and ITP. The engine was designed to fulfil the European Staff Requirements (ESR) for the A400M military transport, an aircraft used for peacekeeping missions abroad.

Within the collaboration, Rolls-Royce areas of responsibility include overall engine performance, Air & Oil systems, Intermediate casing, 6-stage High Pressure Compressor and the Low Pressure shaft.

Rolls-Royce is contracted to development and production of more than 750 engines for the A400M fleets of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Belgium and Luxembourg, and the production of additional engines for potential export customers. 

Specification TP400-D6
Power (shp) 11,000+
Bypass ratio 0.8
Pressure ratio 25
Length (in) 137.8
Diameter (in) 36.4
Basic weight (lb) 4,026
Compressor 5IP, 6HP
Turbine 1HP, 1IP, 3LP
Applications Airbus Military A400M

*Technical data (ISA SLS)

Data @rolls-royce.com

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Ukraine, India mulling launch of joint aircraft production

Saturday, 02 July 2016

Ukraine’s major state-owned arms manufacturer Ukroboronprom and Indian companies are developing a model aimed at laying the foundation of mutual cooperation between the two states in the defense sector, the Ukrainian company’s press service reported citing Deputy Director General for foreign economic activity Denis Hurak.


The Indian companies show interest in technologies developed by Antonov design bureau and already have a positive experience with using them. They have also identified the most popular aircraft models, namely, cargo and passenger aircraft based on An-148/158/178 series. Antonov’s An-188 and An-124 aircraft are also favored.

“We are focusing on these projects and move on to the main stage in order to make the right decision. One of the decisions is to attract an Indian company with which we are now developing a cooperation model,” the press service quoted Hurak as saying.

According to him, the cooperation will take place in the form of technology transfer.

“First, it is planned to set up a joint venture aimed to implement a joint project including by provision of funding, search of sales market, carrying out of market research and etc. The final goal is to set up the production of aircraft,” the press service said in a statement.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine’s major state-owned arms manufacturer Ukroboronprom for the first time presented technological developments of the Ukrainian military and industrial complex, in particular, domestic drones, at the Eurosatory 2016 international defense and security exhibition.



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Specifications (An-124-100M-150)

General characteristics

  • Crew:4–6 (pilot, copilot, navigator, senior flight engineer (+flight engineer, radio man) + 2 loadmasters)
  • Capacity:88 passengers or the hold can take an additional 350 on a palletised seating system
  • Payload:150,000 kg (330,000 lb)
  • Length:96 m (226 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan:3 m (240 ft 5 in)
  • Height:78 m (68 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area:628 m² (6,760 sq ft)
  • Empty weight:175,000 kg (385,000 lb)
  • Loaded weight:405,000 kg (893,000 lb)
  • Useful load:230,000 kg (508,000 lb)
  • takeoff weight:405,000 kg (893,000 lb)
  • Powerplant:4 × Progress D-18T turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed:865 km/h (467 kn (537 mph))
  • Cruise speed:800–850 km/h (430 kn (490 mph))
  • Range:5,200 km (2,808 nm, 3231 mi)
  • Service ceiling:12,000 m (39,370 ft)
  • Wing loading:365 kg/m² (74.7 lb/sq ft)
  • Thrust/weight:23
  • Take-off run distance (maximum take-off weight):2,520 m (8,270 ft)
  • Landing roll distance at maximum landing weight:900 m (3,000 ft)

Data @wikiwand.com


An-188A program to develop this variant was launched at the 2015 Paris Air Show. This variant will essentially be a four jet engine powered heavy-medium transport with modernized NATO– compatible western cockpit, slightly enlarged wings, winglets and aerial refueling capabilities. The An-188 is intended to fill the gap between a C-130 and C-17 while being a direct competitor to the A400M. Plans include incorporating a western engine option (as well as a Ukrainian one) to appeal to western markets and reduce dependency on eastern markets. @wikiwand.com

Note: An-188 no technical data

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.



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 2012Sri 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