Daily Archives: October 11, 2016

Brazil seeking exports sales for ALAC anti-armour weapon

11 October 2016

Brazil’s privately run GESPI Defense Systems is in negotiations with several foreign countries to sell its 84 mm ALAC (Arma Leve Anti-Carro) man-portable shoulder-launched medium-range light anti-armour weapon system it developed in co-operation with the Brazilian Army’s Technological Center (CTEx), a company spokesperson told IHS Jane’s.

GESPI Defense Systems is in advanced negotiations with Mexico, which has requested 1,200 of the one-shot anti-armour weapon, and with Iraq, which is considering 2,000. Azerbaijan requested an initial tranche of 50 and is considering in-country manufacturing of additional units. Preliminary discussions are being held with states such as with Indonesia and Portugal for possible sales.

Original post @janes.com


84 mm ALAC (Arma Leve Anti-Carro)


The ALAC ( The rma L eve A nti c arro) or recoilless rifle Disposable 84mm  is a recoilless rifle anti-tank 84mm shoulder designed for single use in the approximate antitank combat, produced by the Brazilian Army Technology Center (CTEx) in partnership with GESPI Aeronautics, a company specializing in maintenance and repair of aeronautical and industrial turbines. It was planned as part of the National Defense Strategy , which aims, among other objectives, toadvance the technological growth of the Brazilian army .

It is an analog of AT-4 , one of the anti-tank weapons more sold in the world, with changes to the operation. Source @wikiwand.com


Techincal Data: 

Weight and Dimensions   Characteristics
Rocket Caliber: 84 mm   Muzzle Velocity: 240 m/s
Total lenght: 1020 mm   Time off light to 300m: 1,5 seg
Total Weight: 7,5 Kg   Effective range: 300 m
War Head Weight: 2,4 Kg   Steel armored penetration: > 300 mm
Weight of box with Two ALAC: 27 Kg   Warhead: HEAT

 Technical data @gespi.com.br


35.pngBasic version of the antitank system AT-4 – Image @pbrasil.files.wordpress.com

The AT-4 (also AT4 , AT4 CS, AT4-CS , or AT-4CS )  is a 84-mm gun unguided, portable, single – shot recoilless and smooth hole produced in Sweden by Saab Bofors Dynamics (formerly Bofors Anti-Armour Systems) since the late 1960s the Saab had considerable sales success with the AT4, making it one of the most common anti – tank weapons individual in the world. 

The term “CS” represents the “confined space” referring to the propellant charge being designed to operate effectively in buildings in an urban environment. It is intended to give infantry units a means to destroy or disable armored vehicles and fortifications, though it is usually not enough to defeat a modern main battle tank (MBT). The launcher and the projectile are manufactured pre-packaged and shipped as a single unit of ammunition with the launcher discarded after a single use. Source @wikiwand.com


Crunch choice on new jet fighter looms over Tokyo air show

By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo | TOKYO

Faced with a growing North Korean threat and expanding Chinese power, Japan’s military and aerospace industry will use this week’s airshow in Tokyo to push the case to develop a highly advanced, and costly, stealth fighter jet.

The new fighter, dubbed the F-3, will serve as a key component of Japanese air power in the coming decades and could cost Asia’s second biggest military as much as $40 billion, depending on its specifications.

Tokyo faces a crunch choice between ordering an industry-pleasing advanced stealth fighter or opting for a cheaper conventional combat jet that will deliver a bigger bang for taxpayers’ yen.

In March, Japan’s Ministry of Defence issued a request for information (RFI) to gauge interest among foreign aerospace companies for jointly developing the F-3, which would operate alongside Lockheed Martin’s new F-35s and older F-15s.

“It cuts to the core of the future of Japanese defense industry,” said an industry source, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to talk to the media. “The rising threat from China and most immediately North Korea no longer supports a relaxed industrial base. There is now a premium on actual capability.” North Korea’s nuclear tests and recent rocket tests, particularly the apparent successful launch in June of an intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile, have spooked Japan.

Tokyo is also dealing with record encounters with Chinese military jets in the skies around disputed islands in the East China Sea.


A final decision on the project is expected by early 2018.

The strongest supporters of a cheaper conventional aircraft are officials close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said the sources. Abe’s government has reversed a decade of defense cuts with spending reaching record levels. However, those increases are a fraction of the extra China is spending every year on its military.

A cheaper fighter program would free up funding for other purchases and a lower cost jet that other nations could afford opens up the prospect of overseas sales that would further lower unit costs for Japan’s Self Defence Force.

Pushing for a more advanced fighter are defense ministry bureaucrats and local companies seeking to secure jobs, underpin defense industry supply chains and compensate for business lost to U.S. defense industry suppliers.

Proponents aim to build a jet more advanced than the U.S. Lockheed’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, said another of the industry sources.

A decade ago, the U.S. government refused to sell the Raptor to Japan after it deemed the technology too sensitive even for its closes Asian ally. Japan’s last domestic fighter jet, the F-2, which the F-3 will replace, is widely regarded as an expensive failure. Based on F-16 it was built two decades ago by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Lockheed.

It was the world’s first production aircraft built with composite carbon fiber wings, but cracks in the composite plagued the program.

An initial plan to produce 141 jets was pared down with less than 100 entering service, costing around four times that of an equivalent off-the-shelf fighter.

FISHING FOR IDEAS Ahead of the defense ministry’s RFI, Mitsubishi Heavy tested a prototype jet, dubbed the ATD-X, showcasing numerous stealth technologies. The RFI, however, does not specify what type of aircraft Japan wants, said the sources. “The request is very vague,” said another industry official who saw the document. It may be an attempt by Japan to fish for ideas while it mulls its choice between an expensive stealth program and a lower cost fighter, he added.

His company will join almost 800 other commercial aerospace and defense firms that are exhibiting at Japan Aerospace 2016, the four-day show which begins in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The event, held only once every four years, is the first major aerospace show since Abe two years ago ended a ban on military exports, allowing Japanese firms to export arms for the first time since the end of World War Two.

On the commercial side, Japan is promoting the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the nation’s first attempt in half a century to build a commercially viable civilian aircraft. The 100-seat MRJ, which has been delayed by five years, is aimed at taking on regional jet makers Bombardier Inc in Canada and Brazil’s Embraer.

(Editing by Lincoln Feast)

Original post @reuters.com


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USAF taps Boeing to select new F-15 sensor supplier


The US Air Force has delegated to Boeing the task of selecting a supplier for a $198 million upgrade of the F-15C/D that will enable the twin-engined fighter to detect at long range the heat generated by an aircraft engine.

The proposed acquisition of 132 infrared search and track (IRST) sensors, including 100 for active duty squadrons, 25 for the Air National Guard and eight test assets, follows the delegation approach the USAF also used to upgrade the radars on the F-15E.

By delegating the selection of the sensor pod, the USAF avoids giving losing bidders a chance to protest Boeing’s decision to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

After selecting the IRST pod supplier, Boeing will be tasked with integrating the pod with the F-15’s other systems, including the Raytheon-supplied active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the USAF says in an acquisition notice dated 10 October.

An IRST sensor — essentially, a gimballed, infrared telescope — is a common feature on the latest Western European and Russian fighter models, and is gaining popularity on US-made fighters.

In contrast with a transmitting radar, an IRST does not actively emit energy as it scans for targets. That makes such sensors useful for maintaining situational awareness in cases where the radar must be turned off to avoid detection.

In budget documents released last February, the USAF justified the estimated cost of giving the F-15 a sensor to detect infrared radiation. Such a sensor scans “a large volume of airspace [and] fills gaps left by other sensors”, the document says. The IRST also “complements the radar to enhance survivability and lethality against air-to-air threats”.

Boeing is likely to have several options to evaluate. Saudi Arabia equipped its new fleet of Boeing F-15SA fighters with the Lockheed Martin AAS-42 IRST. Lockheed is now offering a version of that IRST to the USAF as the “Legion Pod”. Northrop Grumman has developed the “Open Pod” for integration on the F-15.

Meanwhile, Boeing Phantom Works developed an IRST sensor for the USAF’s Talon HATE pod. Boeing delivered several Talon HATE pods to the USAF F-15 fleet, but the IRST was a sideline interest. The main point of Talon HATE is to allow the F-15 to communicate with the intra-flight data link on the Lockheed Martin F-22, which otherwise is unable to share data with non-stealthy aircraft.

The IRST sensor is one of several upgrades planned for the USAF’s F-15s, which are now expected to remain in service until 2040, or more than 60 years after the F-15A entered service. In addition to radar and communications upgrades, the USAF also is installing BAE Systems’ Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), which gives the F-15 the ability to tracing radar signals to a location that can then be targeted.

Last June, the USAF also started flight tests of a new advanced display core processor, an enabling technology in the cockpit that supports the flood of information generated by the upgraded radar, IRST and EPAWSS.

Original post flightglobal.com


AN/AAS-42 system

irstaas42F-14D AAS-42 – Image @sistemasdearmas.com.br

Lockheed Martin’s IRST is a development of the AN/AAS-42 system that was originally carried by Northrop Grumman F-14D Tomcats. However, it has been undergoing development since then, first for the abortive pod-mounted system for the F-15 Eagle, and now further refined for the Super Hornet application. Source ainonline.com

irst10IRST21 Sensor System – Image @lockheedmartin.com20fs0pf


  • Long-range infrared scan and detection of airborne threats
  • Passive detection and ranging
  • Large field of regard
  • Immune to electronic deception
  • Programmable scan modes
  • Low false-alarm rate
  • Automatic target detection algorithms
  • Multiple mounting options


Source PDF lockheedmartin.com

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Decoding Russia’s latest provocative move in Syria

October 8, 2016

Why is Russia sending a powerful new surface-to-air missile system to Syria? There are any an array of theories.

The Russian military announced this past week that it intends to install an S-300V air defense system at the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia maintains a Navy facility. The Russians may be worried that the U.S. will soon launch a far more aggressive air campaign that targets the Syrian regime of President Bashar al Assad. Or the Russians may be sending a political message about their intent to be a player in the Middle East.

Moscow may be concerned about Turkey, using the new missile system to intimidate its regional rival. Or it may just be that Russia wants to put its S-300V in the spotlight in the hopes of selling it on the international market.

The S-300V is a highly sophisticated system primarily designed to strike down incoming ballistic missiles. It can also be used to target enemy aircraft.

Last year the Russians brought to Syria an S-400 system, designed specifically to hit combat aircraft. Yet the addition now of the S-300V, with its potential range of up to 250 miles, gives the Russians far greater reach into the Middle East.

“This is a serious escalation,” said Mark Gunzinger, a former Air Force bomber pilot who is now a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington. “It’s not clear whether they intend to actually use it, or whether they are just signaling a strong message to the U.S. that ‘we are here to stay, that we’re not going to relinquish the gains that we’ve made.’ ”

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the Russian missile system would not affect operations in the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State group inside of Syria. And for now, the Russians have no reason to target U.S. aircraft because Moscow also views ISIS as its enemy. But as talks over the violence in Syria have broken down between the U.S. and Russia, the Russians may suspect the U.S. will begin striking Assad’s forces.

A top Russian military officer raised that concern on Thursday, warning that Russia would view a strike on the Syrian regime as a direct threat to Russia.

“Any missile or air strikes on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen,” said Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

The Obama administration has all but ruled out a strike on Assad. But with a new commander in chief taking over in January, that option may be back on the table for discussion. And the new Russian system will make that far more difficult.

“If the U.S. decided to seek a regime change by direct military action — that is a huge if — then one of the things they’d have to consider is ‘do we attack the Russian air defenses? Or do we simply conduct the operation in a way that we are not put at risk by them?” Gunzinger said.

Other experts say the U.S. may not be Russia’s primary concern.

“Keep in mind that the other player here is Turkey,” said Steve Zaloga, a senior analyst with the Teal Group, a defense consulting firm in Virginia.

Zaloga noted that the Turkish military has publicly displayed its own ballistic missile systems in recent years. Turkey is staunchly opposed to Assad. And relations between Russia and Turkey have been rocky since the Turkish military shot down a Russian jet that veered into Turkish air space last November.

“It may be a threat they see coming from Turkey. That may be the issue,” Zaloga said in an interview.

Another theory suggests that geopolitics factor little role into Moscow’s decision. Instead, the Russians may be installing the missile system in Syria — the first time the S-300V has been deployed outside of Russia — as a way to draw attention from the international arms market to this particular weapons system.

“They’ve been trying to export it for the past few years. One reason might be to simply give this system a little more public visibility. It’s a very expensive very high end system. That could be one of the motives,” Zaloga said.

Regardless of the motivation, it’s a provocative move.

“The Russians may have felt that they needed a certain package to deal with a full-blown American air campaign. The Russians sometimes come up with these really paranoid scenarios where they see war being imminent everywhere,” Zaloga said. “If you have a paranoid assessment of what the West’s intentions are, then the S-300V makes a certain amount of sense.”

Original  post @militarytimes.com


It doesn’t seem that the Russians are faking the threat as seen by evidence that Syrian AF MiG-29 are now armed with A2A missiles!

As ISIS do not have an AF so I guess it’s for the US!

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