Daily Archives: August 4, 2016

Air Force reaches deal through Wright-Patterson to test Scorpion jet


By Barrie Barber

Dayton Daily News, Ohio
Published: August 3, 2016

DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — The Air Force has reached a one-of-a-kind deal with aerospace maker Textron AirLand to test the airworthiness of a jet the service branch has not committed to buy.

The company will reimburse the Air Force for the costs of the tests on the Scorpion, a light weight, low cost jet built for ground attack, maritime security, aerospace control alert and tactical jet training, according to a company fact sheet.

The Non-Military Department of Defense Military Aircraft office at Wright-Patterson and the manufacturer reached the terms though a cooperative research and development agreement.

Prior to the deal, the Air Force limited airworthiness tests to aircraft in its fleet or U.S. aircraft sold through a foreign military sales program, the service branch said.

 “This knowledge will better position the Air Force to meet its own research and development needs and to capitalize on innovations in the commercial sector that may otherwise go unnoticed,” the Air Force said in a statement. “Industry benefits by leveraging the Air Force’s valuable expertise to receive an independent and expert assessment of their aircraft
The airworthiness evaluation will help the company to reduce design risk and “result in an official assessment that may be useful to prospective foreign customers,” the statement said.

Original post @stripes.com


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U.S. deploys dozen F-16 jets to S. Korea amid N. Korea tensions


Published : 2016-08-04 09:39
Updated : 2016-08-04 09:39

A dozen U.S. F-16 fighter jets and hundreds of airmen have arrived in South Korea to help beef up defense of the Asian ally, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said, as North Korea keeps ratcheting up tensions with a series of missile launches.

The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing arrived at South Korea’s Osan Air Base with more than “300 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons, ready to demonstrate the commitment to always be ready to ‘fight tonight,'” PACAF said in a statement Tuesday.

The Air Force routinely makes such deployments in support of South Korea’s defense, it said.

“Enhancing U.S. and Korean interoperability assures shared international responsibilities to provide assistance during regional crises and allows us to build cooperation and bolster regional security interests and goals,” Lt. Col. Nicholas Johnson, Pacific Air Forces chief of fighter operations, said in a statement.

“This deployment underscores U.S. commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance in an unpredictable and uncertain region and sends a clear message to the international community that the U.S. is serious about security and stability in the region,” he said.

The deployment came as North Korea has steadily been ratcheting up tensions with a series of banned ballistic missile launches. In June, Pyongyang claimed success in its sixth test of the Musudan intermediate-range missile believed to be capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam.

Early Wednesday, the North fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles. One of them exploded immediately after launch, but the other flew about 1,000 kilometers and landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone waters in a demonstration of its capability to strike the neighboring nation. (Yonhap)

Original post koreaherald.com



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Russian Su-34 Bomber Gets Unique New Recon Gear


14:17 01.08.2016(updated 16:20 01.08.2016)

Russia’s latest Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bomber will soon be sporting advanced radio surveillance gear that will allow the crew to spot and destroy enemy headquarters, communications and drone control centers, the newspaper Izvestiya wrote citing a source at the Defense Ministry in Moscow.

The new system, dubbed the UKR-RT, is placed inside a container attached to the underside of the Su-34 (NATO reporting name — Full Back).

“Right now the UKR-RT system is undergoing field trials and will soon be supplied to the Air Force,” the an unnamed source told the newspaper.

The UKR-RT is primarily designed to locate and “read” the technical signatures of communications systems, radar installations and UAV ground control stations.

Independent military expert Anton Lavrov said that the new system would turn the frontline bomber into a multirole machine able to fight and reconnoiter all at the same time.

“With this specialized container on board, the Su-34 will save us the money that would otherwise be needed to develop a new AWACS-type aircraft.”

During peacetime it can conduct reconnaissance without the use of dedicated spy planes, while in wartime it is less vulnerable compared to reconnaissance planes converted from transport and passenger aircraft,” Lavrov said.

According to another in dependent defense expert, Dmitry Boltenkov, the UKR-RT has at its heart the M-410 radio reconnaissance system.

“The M0410 is a downsized version of the more sophisticated Fraktsiya system carried by Russia’s latest Ty-214R reconnaissance plane,” Boltenkov said.

Many foreign military specialists regard the Tu-2014R as a unique information gathering platform able to spot targets hundreds of kilometers away.

Several such planes conducted a series of reconnaissance missions late in 2012 near Japanese airspace and are frequent guests in Syria.

According to an article, titled “Russia Has Deployed its Latest Spy Plane to Syria,” which recently appeared in the authoritative Internet journal Aviationist, the Fraktsiya system allows the Tu-214R not only to intercept radar, electronic communications and even cellphone massagers, but also to use the obtained information to create an “electronic picture of the battlefield” in real time.

Original post @sputniknews.com


Tu-214 Spying above Syria.  The MRK-411 multi-intelligence payload system: A profile on modern Russian electronic warfare weaponry

tu214r-6.jpgTu-214R – Image @airwar.ru

The MRK-411 multi-intelligence payload onboard the aircraft is made up of two large Side-Looking Array’s (SLAR’s), that are active electronically scanning array’s.  A third radar is located underneath the aircraft in a circular shaped dome, with communications interception gear in an aft fairing, along the wing roots, and in various areas spanning the entire length of the aircraft.

These two large SLAR’s are were developed by the Vega Radio-Electronic Corporation along with the Moscow Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Engineering. They are Phased Array Radars (PAR’s) capable of operating both in active and passive mode.   

The ‘RTK-MRK-411’ (L-band-X-band-VHF-band) Phased Array SLAR’s

Aaa1n.jpgRTK-MRK-411’ (L-band-X-band-VHF-band) SLAR’s and circular radar underneath the fuselage.  Other housings for ELINT gear is clearly visible – purpose and type unknown.

Given the designation of ‘RTK-MRK-411’ (L-band-X-band-VHF-band) these PAR’s can locate and track moving ground targets at high speed with a Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) mode of operation, in addition to a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPU) mode of operation.  Buried bunkers, arms cache’s and hidden targets can be detected and penetrated up to 7m below the earth’s surface from high above.

The GMTI and GPU capabilities are only outmatched by the high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images that are analysed on-board the aircraft or transmitted in real-time back to a command and control location near Moscow.

The RTK-MRK-411’s two large PAR’s operating within the three frequencies of L-band-to-X-band-to-VHF-band, can cycle through many thousands of frequencies within each band for fine tuning or to avoid jamming.  The RTK-MRK-411 foils jammers by rapidly switching from not just 1,000 different frequencies within a band, but some three thousand frequencies spread over three different diverse radio-frequency bandwidths.  1,000 frequencies can be cycled through within 2 seconds, per PAR.

The frequency shifting, digital processing of synthetic aperture images and coordination of each element with the phased arrays, and the automated control of each radar mode is supported by a powerful central computer that is tied into each sensor using an IEEE Fire Wire data bus.

The‘Fraktsiya’ – OESVR ‘Faction’ – Electro-Optical Target Designation and Tracking System – Developed by ‘TPK Lincos.’

IqN9v.jpgTPC Lincos E/O system; “Fraktsiya.” sensor’s

The Tu-214R’s ‘MRC-411’ or MRK-411 system is complemented by the ‘Fraktsiya’ or OESVR ‘Faction’ Electro-Optical high-resolution cameras developed by “TPK Lincos.” 

 They are real-time digital imagery transmitting, high-precision cameras that can track individual objects or provide wide-swath imagery of terrain in daylight, visible, low-light (LLTV), and Infra-Red. 

The specifications from TPK Lincos are given as: “- +15 degrees in the longitudinal plane, and -+80 degrees in the transverse plane.  Lens Focal Length: 1750mm, Thermal Imaging Channel -373mm.”

IMG00001.gifE/O target designation system targeting a bridge

Source @cyberevoblog.blogspot.com

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Lockheed Martin sees $15-billion export potential for ‘Made in India’ F16 jets

Reported by The Economic Times

By , ET Bureau | Aug 04, 2016, 03.15 AM IST

NEW DELHI: US arms giant Lockheed Martin sees a $15-billion export potential for a new generation of ‘Made in India’ F16 fighter jets, with a top executive telling ET that a proposal to make India the sole producer of the aircraft has been shared with the government.

The proposal, backed by the US government, is among at least four similar applications by global aviation leaders to set up a fighter jet line in India to cater for the requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The defence ministry is currently evaluating the proposals.

Lockheed, which has already sold its hardy C-130J airlifter to the IAF, believes that besides the Indian requirement that would be the basis of setting up a production line, it can export at least 100 of its Block 70 F16 fighter jets to customers in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

“This is a state-of-the-art fighter — the most modern F16 in the world and our proposal is to make it in India. We want to make India the sole producer of all future variants of the F16. This is an offer we have never made to anyone before,” says George Standridge, vice-president (aeronautics strategy and business development), Lockheed Martin.

As first reported by ET in April, the US government for the first time offered India both the F16 and the F/A18 jets to be produced domestically under a transfer of technology agreement.

The F16, one of the most mass produced fighter jets in the world, has been manufactured at several locations in the past, including South Korea, Turkey and Belgium, besides the US. Lockheed’s proposal is to shut the only active production line in Fort Worth, Texas and shift it to India if its plan is accepted. “We are looking at a joint venture model where the prime ownership will reside with the Indian company.

It will be an Indian company led program and we see a great potential for at least 100 jets to be exported within 5-7 years,” Standridge said. Lockheed said it has shared its experience of setting up fighter lines across the world with the Indian government and is confident that this would give it an edge against competitors. In a series of discussions over the past few months, Lockheed executives have been answering questions on how a joint venture model would work out.

“We have described in detail our experience in Turkey, where we started working from 1989 on the jet. Our partner there is now the biggest defence company of Turkey and has even partnered in the F35 fighter jet program,” Standridge said. India has been planning to set up a fighter jet line to meet upcoming deficiencies in the fleet.

Original post @economictimes.indiatimes.com


Doubt there would be any new build exports as the Block 70 would cost more than $100 million per unit!  

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