Monthly Archives: November 2016

Despite budget cuts, Kuwait finds money for F-18 order

The order for the F-18s will be in the range of $8 billion [Getty]

Date of publication: 28 November, 2016

Kuwait will buy 28 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet war planes to replace a fleet of earlier versions of the US fighter jets, a top official said Monday.

The value of the deal is not expected to exceed $5 billion, the KUNAstate news agency reported the head of armament and procurement at Kuwait’s defence ministry as saying.

It comes as voters in this Saturday’s parliamentary election rejected the government’s austerity programme by voting for the Islamist-dominated opposition.

Many Kuwaitis believe taxes should be raised for a huge budget deficit rather than cuts to subsidies.

Major General Lafi al-Azemi said the deal stipulates the supplier will re-purchase the old Hornet fighter jets from Kuwait.

The US state department this month said it has authorised the deal, as well as the sale of 72 F-15 Strike Eagle jets to Kuwait’s Gulf neighbour Qatar at an estimated value of $21 billion.

In April, Kuwait signed a contract with Italy’s Finmeccanica for the purchase of 28 Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes for under eight billion euros ($8.5 billion).

Kuwait’s parliament in March approved spending an additional $500 million as an advance payment for the jets.

That funding came on top of $10 billion additional defence spending already approved by parliament in January to upgrade the country’s military.

The emirate is a member of the US-led coalition bombing Islamic State group targets in Syria and Iraq, and is also taking part in a Saudi-led coalition pounding Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

Last year, it bought 24 Caracal military tactical transport helicopters and French light armoured vehicles.

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Bolivia may purchase Brazilian Super Tucanos

By Ryan Maass   |   Nov. 28, 2016 at 3:46 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 28 (UPI) — Defense officials in Bolivia are exploring a potential procurement opportunity for Embraer A029 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from Brazil.

If the governments move forward with the buy, the planes will be used for cracking down on illegal activity around the countries’ shared border. Brazil’s defense ministry says Bolivia formerly expressed interest during a meeting to deepen bilateral relations between the two nations.

“Bolivia is a country with which we have an excellent relationship. Cooperation is important for the security of borders,” Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said in a press release.

The meeting focused on pending trade agreements and border security. Jungmann invited his Bolivian counterpart to meet at the Super Tucano unit facility in São Paulo.

The Embraer A-29 Super Tucano is a light attack aircraft designed for counter-insurgency missions. The planes, used by the Brazilian air force, are equipped with a Missile Approach Warning System and tactical communications equipment. It can also be used for training purposes.

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Embraer A-29 Super Tucano: Details

New engine being designed for fifth-generation Russian fighter aircraft

By Nikolai Litovkin, Russia Beyond the Headlines   |   Nov. 28, 2016 at 10:20 AM

The United Engine Corp., part of Rostec state holding company, successfully conducted the first ground-based ignition of the second stage of the engine for the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA T-50 aircraft).

In order to carry out the testing, gas generators had to be prepared for it, in addition to the demonstrator engine.

What is the PAK FA flying with now?

Currently, the PAK FA is using a first stage engine, a modernized Al-41.

According to Pavel Bulat, avionics specialist and head of the Kupol Group of Companies, the AI-41 is an updated version of engines used for the Su-27, Su-30 and other models in that series.

“The engine for the T-50 was significantly upgraded from the original models, incorporating the latest control system, compressors, etc. Nevertheless, it still falls short of the fifth-generation model, and is very noticeable on radar screens,” he said.

The new second-stage engine is one of the most advanced in the world, said Bulat. It enables the T-50 to accelerate to supersonic speed, and maintain that velocity throughout the flight, without using afterburners.

“The speed will be as much as Mach 1.6 (about 1,200 mph), depending on the terrain over which the flight is taking place. The engine will also significantly improve the stealth properties of the PAK FA, thanks to the use of new composite materials,” said Bulat.

The designers expect to start testing the new engine on fighter jets in 2018 and for the motor to be fully integrated in 2020.

“In addition to the engine, a radar station also needs to be modified, and engineers need to remove the last deficiencies in the airframe concept, which, among all the aircraft flying today, is the most modern in the world,” said the analyst.

New fighter’s weapons: 30-mm cannon

The firing unit consists of one of the lightest cannon in its class, the 9-A1-4071K, which is designed to destroy armored vehicles or armored enemy targets. During one flight, the pilot can shoot 150 rounds from the 30-mm cannon.

This new weapon is a modified single-barrel GSh-301 aircraft cannon, used in Russian fighters and bombers.

Aircraft bombs

The future T-50 fifth-generation fighter will also carry high-explosive and volume-detonating bombs, Sergey Rusakov, general director of the Techmash Group, announced on Sept. 22.

Rusakov said they are now considering high-explosive incendiary OFZAB-500 aviation bombs for the PAK FA, and volume-detonating ODAB-500PMV, which are currently being used in Russian operations in Syria. Engineers have produced a set of warheads for future tests.

Operational principle and the use of bombs in Syria

According to the rearmament program, Russian Armed Forces will receive a batch of 12 T-50 fighters before the end of this year. A new contract for the supply of fifth-generation aircraft will be discussed with the Ministry of Defense at the end of 2016, after which the War Department will decide how many new aircraft are needed.

Competing with the Raptor

The newest Russian fighter aircraft was produced as the main competitor to the F-22 Raptor. The American stealth fighter distinguished itself during the Iraq War.

“The T-50 will go into serial production much later than the Raptor. This allows us to take into consideration all the pros and cons of the existing aircraft when constructing our own fighter. A similar situation existed when we were working on the multipurpose fourth-generation Su-27 fighter. The prototype of that domestic aircraft came out much later than the American F-16, and took into account the shortcomings of its precursor. As a result, the domestic Sukhoi was able to beat the ‘American,’ in terms of combat characteristics,” Vadim Kozyulin, professor at the Academy of Military Sciences, told RBTH.

The expert noted that the T-50 would be able to use the full range of existing high-precision air-to-air missiles, as well as all precision-guided munitions.

“As part of the ‘stealth’ concept, special missiles for the PAK FA are being developed, with a square cross section that will allow more warheads to be carried in hatches during combat missions,” Kozyulin added.

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There were test firing 9A1-4071K aircraft cannon for the Russian fifth generation fighter T-50 (PAK FA) for scientific test range aircraft systems, located near the village of Faustovo Moscow region.

 Aerogun tests were on the test bench, loading 30-mm ammunition in the input tray, and test firing, according to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta “.
It is known that the gun 9A1-4071K for the Sukhoi PAK FA (PAK FA) has been developed by specialists of JSC “Instrument Design Bureau” in late 2014. Because open source is known, that it is an upgraded version of the high-velocity gun GS-30-1.

The gun is ideal for aircraft: its weight of only 50 kilograms, it is considered to be the easiest in the world of 30-millimeter cannon. Unique automation scheme has allowed the base to give 9A1-4071K highest for this type of weapon rate per barrel – up to 1,800 rounds per minute. Feature of the gun is also a stand-alone system vodoisparitelnogo cooling barrel. Its principle of operation is simple: the gun in the casing is water, which is heated in the barrel (during firing) is converted into steam.


Fire from the new gun will be conducted high-explosive-incendiary projectiles and armor-piercing tracer shells, capable of striking even lightly armored ground, surface and air targets. On ground targets gun is effective when shooting at a distance of 1800 meters, in the air – to 1200. Previously 9A1-4071K gun was tested in a multi-purpose fighter Su-27SM. T-50 (PAK FA project) – a fifth-generation aircraft equipped with a fundamentally new avionics suite and promising radar with a phased antenna array. Source




High-explosive incendiary bomb aviation OFZAB-500 was established use in high speed with low altitudes against manpower and easily vulnerable field installations, warehouses and fuel depots. The bomb is intended to replace in the Russian Air Force obsolete FOZAB-500. It is used at altitudes of 300 – 20,000 m at speeds of 100 – 1200 km / h.

OFZAB-500 allows the wearer to carry out maneuvers with large congestion. The bomb can be used on a large number of combat aircraft of Soviet and Russian-made MiG-21, MiG-27, MiG-29, Su-17, Su-22, Su-24, Su-25, Su-27, Tu-95, Tu -16.

Length, m
Diameter, mm
span, m
weight bombs, kg
Weight of explosive, kg
250 kg incendiary + 37.5 kg PF



ODAB-500PMV (ОДАБ-500ПМВ – Объемно-детонирующая авиационная бомба) thermobaric air bomb


Bomb manufactured by the Russian company basalts. Furthermore, the term thermobaric air bomb can meet even the names vacuum bomb, fuel, bomb, aerosol bomb, v detonujúca bomb or a high-explosive bomb.

The bomb is designed to control industrial zones, unprotected or protected by live force (eg. In enclosures, tunnels, caves), nepancierovanej technology and military equipment. The bomb is scheduled for troop (front) airplanes and helicopters. It can be used for the destruction of anti-personnel mines and anti-tank.Planes can toss a bomb from a height of 200 to 12,000 m at speeds of 500-1500 km / hr. Helicopters can toss a bomb from a height of 1100 – 4000 M at speeds of 50-300 km / h.

Bomb has built a lighter.
Diameter Bomb: 500 mm
Length: 2380 mm
Weight bombs: 525 kg
Weight of filling: 193 kg
equivalent of TNT explosions: 1000 kg

Source valka.c

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Kuwait to buy 28 F-18 Super Hornet

Kuwait plans to buy 28 Boeing F-18 jets: official

Mon Nov 28, 2016 | 10:01am EST

Kuwait plans to buy 28 Boeing F-18 Super Hornets, a military official said on Monday, 10 days after the U.S. State Department notified Congress of the possible sale of 40 of the warplanes to the Gulf Arab state.

Major General Lafi al-Azmi, chief of the military’s Armament and Procurement Authority, also said Kuwait planned to return a number of outdated F-18s in its inventory as part of the purchase deal, the official Kuwait News Agency reported.

He added that details of the sale would only be disclosed after it is officially signed.

“Given Kuwait’s proximity to turbulent locations, we certainly need effective military equipment,” he was quoted as saying, in apparent reference to wars in Iraq and Syria.

The fighter aircraft are increasingly important to Kuwait amid rising regional tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose struggle for regional pre-dominance underpins wars and political tensions across the Middle East. Kuwait, an ally of Saudi Arabia, is also part of a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Boeing, Northrop Grumman Corp, Raytheon Co and General Electric Co are the prime contractors for the proposed sale.

(Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy and Reem Shamseddine; writing by William Maclean; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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UK to reduce number of Main Battle Tanks

“British Army To Reduce Frontline Tanks By A Third”

2016-11-28 10:02

The British Army is reportedly planning to reduce its number of frontline tanks by to up 33%.
The move, which would see all of the Challenger 2s in one of the three tank regiments replaced with Ajax fighting vehicles, could leave the UK with fewer tanks than Serbia, according to the Times newspaper.
Russia, meanwhile, is said to have 2,700 frontline tanks, although it has many more in reserve and is currently bringing the T-14 Armata into service.
The plan, which would leave the British Army with around 40 more tanks than the traditionally neutral Switzerland, is reportedly set to be announced in coming months.
Colonel Bob Stewart, who commanded British forces in Bosnia, said:
“You should only reduce your main battle tank numbers with great caution. Reducing your tank strength may well be misconstrued by our potential opponents and be perceived as weakness in our will to properly defend our country.”
The decision would see Britain’s tank numbers fall from 227 to 170.
112 would serve on frontline duty, with the remainder used for domestic training or in Canada.
Germany, by comparison, has 306 battle tanks, France 200, Poland 971 and Serbia 212.
It comes after the Defence Secretary rejected reports that defence insiders thought the Ajax would be “useless” against anything more than “incompetent enemies”.
Rumours of delays were widely circulated, due to issues with the vehicle’s gun, including the integration of the cannon with a specially-built turret, and a shortage of funds.
However, Sir Michael Fallon denied that the £3.5 billion programme to build the vehicles could be delayed due to the alleged glitches with the weapons system.
The Ajax is lighter and faster than the Challenger 2, with a top speed of 44mph, but is more lightly armoured and has a 44mm gun, as opposed to the Challenger’s 120mm. The vehicle does, however, have a longer range and can cover a wider area.
In response to the reports, an MoD spokesperson told Forces TV the plan would see the Army go from having three to two Armoured Infantry Brigades – plus two Strike Brigades which would have the Ajax.
They added that it’s still being decided how many tanks the two remaining Armoured Infantry Brigades will have, so it can’t be assumed all those in the lost regiment will be scrapped.
The Army, meanwhile, feels that adding the Ajax to capability will make it more relevant and of more use as part of NATO. The MoD said in a statement:
“The Challenger 2 fleet is due to have a £700 million life extension project that will ensure capability until 2035. We are also investing in the transformational, multi-role Ajax armoured vehicle and the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle.
“The project is not fixed and could potentially include upgrades to the main gun, ammunition or armoured protection. We’re open to innovative, cost effective proposals that could improve the capability.”
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Ejder Yalçin 4×4 Armored Combat Vehicle

Ejder Yalçin, a new member of the Ejder family of vehicles, is a 4×4 tactical armoured combat vehicle designed and manufactured by Nurol Makina. Design studies on the vehicle were initiated in the last quarter of 2012 and a pre-prototype of the base vehicle was exhibited at the IDEF in 2013. Mass production of the vehicle began in May 2014.


Ejder Yalçin offers high-ballistic protection and can be used in diverse missions, including reconnaissance, command and control, and homeland security applications. The vehicle is primarily intended for use by Turkish military and security forces.



The Ejder Yalçin vehicle features a V-shaped hull design, integrating floating floor plates and blast mitigation seating to provide protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IED). The vehicle features an ergonomic and comfortable seating layout, which can accommodate up to 11 personnel.


The vehicle features easy-to-enter and exit door configurations for the crew. Other optional equipment includes a rescue winch, day or night-vision systems, rear ramp, and explosion suppression and fire-fighting systems for the crew compartment.


The vehicle can be reconfigured as a reconnaissance, command and control, internal security, ambulance, chemical biological radiological nuclear (CBRN) vehicle, weapon carrier and combat vehicle, so that it meets the multiple mission requirements of the users.

The base vehicle has a length of 5.42m, width of 2.48m and height of 2.3m. Its gross weight ranges between 12,000kg and 14,000kg, and payload carrying capacity is up to 4t.


Armament and self-protection


The vehicle is equipped with optionally integrated, remote-controlled and manually-operated weapon stations. It is fitted with two gun ports on the roof. The optional armament mounted on the vehicle includes 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine guns, a 25mm anti-aircraft gun and a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

SARP Remote Controlled Stabilized Weapon System


ASELSAN SARP Remote Controlled Stabilized Weapon System, tactical land vehicles and fixed installations in the air and land and used threats against asymmetric threats. 

Operational requirements in accordance with the system can be installed in different weapons. Day and night surveillance, target acquisition and provide follow-up opportunity SARP System bears the safety of the operating personnel with advanced remote command capabilities to the highest level. 

Gun Options

  • 12.7mm Machine Gun 
  • 7.62mm Machine Gun 
  • 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher

Capacity Ammunition

  • 400 (12.7mm)
  • 1000 (7.62mm)
  • 96 (40mm)

Weight & Dimensions

  • Top of the platform : <165kg (armor, except for arms and ammunition)
  • Six platforms : <50kg
  • Height : <70cm

Movement Limits

  • Rise : -30 ° / + 60 °
  • Side : nx360 °

Turret Maximum Speed

  • Rise :> 60 ° / sec
  • Side :> 60 ° / sec

Maximum acceleration of Turret

  • Rise :> 90 ° / s2
  • Side :> 90 ° / s2 

other Features

  • And moving target shooting on the move
  • Day / night vision
  • Automatic target tracking
  • ballistic calculations
  • distance measurement
  • Computer-based fire control functions
  • last warning Ammunition
  • manual operation
  • compliance with MIL-STD-810F for environmental conditions
  • EMI / EMC compliance with MIL-STD-461E
  • Integration with external sensors and command and control systems


7.62mm M240 machine gun for loader

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Length: 49.7 in
Barrel length: 24.8 in
Caliber: 7.62×51mm
Action: Gas-operated, open bolt
Max Rate of Fire: 950 rpm
Muzzle velocity: 2,800 ft/s
Max Range: 3,725 m

M2 .50-cal machine gun

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Rate of Fire Single shot
Sustained: Less than 40 rds/min, in bursts of five to seven rounds
Rapid: More than 40 rds/min, fired in bursts of five to seven rounds
Cyclic: 450-550 rds/min
Maximum Range 7,440 yd (6,800 m)
Maximum Effective Range Area Target: 2,000 yd (1,830 m)
Point Target (single shot): 1,640 yd (1,500 m)


40-mm automatic grenade launcher

IRA011514_REPLICA_RIGHT_MK19_40MM_AutoGrenadeLauncher_864x465.jpgMK-19 40mm grenade launcher – Image:

MK19 40mm Machine Gun, MOD 3

The MK19 Mod3 40mm Grenade Machine Gun was first developed by the Navy in the early 1960’s. TACOM-ARDEC has since suggested modifications to this system which has enabled the Army to deploy the MK19 in the harsh environments encountered during world-wide operations and has therefore enhanced its performance. The MK19 firing rate is over 350 grenades per minute and it is effective to ranges of over 2200 meters. The system was deployed in Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm and devastated enemy infantry.

*Note for example only maybe any other model


Manufacturer: Saco Defense Industries
Length: 43.1 inches (109.47 centimeters)
Gun: 72.5 pounds (32.92 kilograms)
Cradle (MK64 Mod 5): 21.0 pounds (9.53 kilograms)
Tripod: 44.0 pounds (19.98 kilograms)
Total: 137.5 pounds (62.43 kilograms)
Muzzle velocity: 790 feet (240.69 meters) per second
Bore diameter: 40mm
Maximum range: 2200 meters
Maximum effective range: 1600 meters
Rates of fire:
Cyclic: 325-375 rounds per minute
Rapid: 60 rounds per minute
Sustained: 40 rounds per minute

MK-19 data

The V-shaped hull of Ejder Yalçin offers a high level of protection against IEDs, mines and ballistic threats. The ballistic protection can be further increased with the integration of add-on armour, where an optional cage armour is offered for protection against rocket attacks. The vehicle can be further fitted with smoke grenade launchers for increased survivability.


Engine and performance

perfo1-enEjder Yalçin is fitted with a Cummins engine which produces a maximum power of 300hp at 2,100rpm. The engine is coupled to fully automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter.

The vehicle features a three-speed gear box and a power-assisted steering. It is also fitted with a secondary emergency steering pump that operates in the event of engine failure.



Ejder Yalçin has a maximum speed of 110km/h and a cruising range of 600km. It can accelerate from 0km/h to 40km/h within six seconds. It comes with a double wishbone, and independent suspension system for all wheels. It is equipped with latitudinal and longitudinal differential locking systems as well as large diameter and wide tires. The central tire inflation system regulates the pressure according to the terrain conditions.


The vehicle has a wheel base of 3,100mm and ground clearance of 400mm. It has the capability to climb obstacles of 0.5m, can cross 1.1m-wide trenches and ford a depth of 0.7m. It has a gradient of 70% and a side slope of 30%. The turning radius of the vehicle is 7.5m.



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Updated Oct 10, 2017

Airbus delivers first three TNI-AL AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to PTDI

25 November 2016

Key Points

  • Airbus Helicopters is building the ‘green’ AS565 MBe Panther, while PTDI will outfit the helicopters in-country at its Bandung facility
  • The 11 helicopters will receive an ASW mission suite co-developed by PTDI and Rotorcraft Services Group

PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has received the first three of 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters destined for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), during a ceremony at the Airbus Helicopters plant at Marignane, France.

The signing-over event, conducted on 18 November in the presence of representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence and the TNI-AL, comes two years after prime contractor PTDI signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the delivery of the ‘green’ AS565 MBe airframes for subsequent customisation for an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role.

The delivery of the remaining eight helicopters will run through to 2018.

Under the terms of the contract, Airbus Helicopters is building the basic AS565 MBe air vehicles at Marignane for delivery to Indonesia. PTDI, acting as design authority, will subsequently reassemble and outfit the helicopters in-country at its Bandung facility, including fitting an ASW suite co-developed with US-based Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG). Following installation of the mission equipment, PTDI will qualify and certify the ASW-equipped Panther variant before its introduction to service with the TNI-AL.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2N engines, which offer improved performance in hot and high conditions, the AS565 MBe variant of the Panther brings an increased maximum all-up take-off weight of 4,500 kg. The AS565 MBe also incorporates a new main gearbox, the latest generation tail rotor, and a four-axis autopilot.

The ASW suite being developed and integrated by PTDI and RSG includes the L-3 Ocean Systems DS-100 HELRAS dipping sonar, a lightweight torpedo launching system (allowing for release of either Mk 46 or A244/S weapons), and a lightweight operator console.

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