Monthly Archives: December 2016

France to upgrade Tiger HAD to Mark II version

Green light for Tiger HAD Mark II

Myanmar Navy commissions first stealth corvette

Myanmar Navy commissions first corvette with reduced RCS

29 December 2016

The Myanmar Navy (MN) commissioned several new vessels on 24 December, including UMS (Union of Myanmar Ship) Tabinshwehti with pennant number 773: the service’s first guided-missile corvette featuring radar cross-section (RCS) reducing characteristics.

Launched in late November 2014, UMS Tabinshwehti is also the third guided-missile corvette to enter service with the MN. Unlike the two older 77 m guided missile corvettes, UMS Anawrahta (771) and UMS Bayintnaung (772), the recently commissioned corvette has a reduced-RCS superstructure with two masts and a helicopter hangar.

Weapons include one Oto Melara 76 mm gun in a stealthy cupola and two Chinese-made NG-18 gun systems for close-in defence. The ship also features a box launcher for six man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) – presumably from North Korea.

Moreover, two sets of five-barrelled Chinese-origin RDC anti-submarine rocket launchers are mounted ahead of the main gun and what appear to be two sets of two box launchers for Chinese C-802-series anti-ship missiles are fitted amidships.

The commissioning ceremony, which took place on the MN’s 69th anniversary, was attended by the commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who noted that Myanmar is now capable of constructing missile corvettes to its own specifications from start to finish. “Building warships on a self-reliant basis saves money and provides benefits to Myanmar,” he added.

The MN also displayed a locally developed unmanned surface vessel (USV) project using what appears to be a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) from French manufacturer Sillinger fitted with what appears to be a remotely operated machine gun.

Video footage of the demonstration suggests that the USV is controlled by two operators using a commercial-off-the-shelf-based control system with joystick controls and a line of sight radio control.

Other vessels commissioned on 24 December include a 77 m troop transport ship UMS Chindwin and six 29 m landing craft mechanised (LCM) vessels capable of carrying two armoured fighting vehicles.

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UMS Tabinshwehti (773)


Unmanned surface vessel (USV)


UMS Chindwin troop transport


29 m landing craft mechanised (LCM)


US Air Force to asses improved Scorpion jet

Revamped Scorpion jet to begin Air Force assessment

By Jerry Siebenmark | The Wichita Eagle (Tribune News Service) | Published: December 27, 2016

With the successful first flight of Textron’s first production-conforming Scorpion jet, the aircraft enters a first-of-its-kind evaluation program with the Air Force.

Last week, the latest version of the Scorpion tactical jet — featuring improvements suggested by potential customers based on the prototype Scorpion that first flew three years ago this month — took off from McConnell Air Force Base for a one-hour, 42-minute flight.

Changes to the production-conforming Scorpion included 4 degrees of sweep to the wings, an enhanced aft horizontal stabilizer and a simplified landing gear design.

Officials from Textron AirLand, a unit of Textron Inc., said during the test flight that they verified the Scorpion’s newly configured Garmin G3000 avionics and aerodynamic performance as well as a number of other aircraft systems.

Now, the revamped twin-engine, multimission jet will undergo an assessment by the Air Force Airworthiness Office.

That assessment will be performed by way of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement reached in August between the Air Force and Textron Air Land. Air Force officials said the assessment is unique because it has never done a CRADA involving an airplane that it doesn’t formally plan to buy.

“We have not done a CRADA like this before and we have never had a partnership with industry to assess aircraft that are not under a USAF acquisition contract,” Jorge Gonzalez of the Air Force Technical Airworthiness Authority said in a news release announcing the agreement.

Gonzalez also will oversee the Scorpion assessment program.

The Air Force said the assessment is important to making direct, commercial sales of the airplane to foreign military services.

Since the first flight of the prototype Scorpion in December 2013, it has accumulated more than 800 flight hours and flown to 10 countries for demonstrations to foreign military services. The jet was designed and built in Wichita. Textron AirLand says the subsonic Scorpion can be used for intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance, and close air support missions.
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MK 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) Heavyweight Torpedo

Lockheed Martin designed and developed the MK 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) submarine-launched heavyweight torpedo for the US Navy.

The torpedo, which has advanced counter-countermeasure capabilities, is operational with the US and its allied submarine fleet, and serves as a highly effective and lethal weapon against anti-surface and anti-submarine threats in deep and shallow waters.

The heavyweight torpedo is equipped with advanced commercial-off-the-shelf technologies to provide superior reliability and performance against challenging threats in both littoral and blue water environments, and can support multi-band operation.

MK 48 Mod 7 CBASS development details

The MK 48 Mod 7 CBASS is an upgraded version of the MK 48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) Mod 6 Advanced Common Torpedo (ACOT), manufactured by Raytheon. The new torpedo was developed as part of an Armaments Cooperative Programme between the US Navy and the Royal Australian Navy.

MK 48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) Mod 6


The Mk-48 has been operational in the US Navy since 1972. MK-48 ADCAP (Advanced Capability) became operational in 1988 and was approved for full production in 1989. The USS NORFOLK (SSN 714) fired the first ADCAP torpedo on July 23, 1988, sinking the FORREST SHERMAN-class destroyer JONAS INGRAM (DD 938).

Mk-48 and Mk-48 ADCAP torpedoes can operate with or without wire guidance and use active and/or passive homing. When launched they execute programmed target search, acquisition and attack procedures. Both can conduct multiple reattacks if they miss the target.


A highly capable weapon, the Mk-48 can be used against surface ships or submarines, and has been test fired under the Arctic ice pack and in other arduous conditions. The ADCAP version, in comparison with earlier Mk-48 torpedoes, has improved target acquisition range, reduced vulnerability to enemy countermeasures, reduced shipboard constraints such as warmup and reactivation time, and enhanced effectiveness against surface ships. The Mk-48 is propelled by a piston engine with twin, contra-rotating propellers in a pump jet or shrouded configuration.


The engine uses a liquid monopropellant fuel, and the torpedo has a conventional, high-explosive warhead. The Mk-48 has a sophisticated guidance system permitting a variety of attack options. As the torpedo leaves the submarine’s launch tube a thin wire spins out, electronically linking the submarine and torpedo. This enables an operator in the submarine, with access to the submarine’s sensitive sonar systems, initially to guide the torpedo toward the target. This helps the torpedo avoid decoys and jamming devices that might be deployed by the target. The wire is severed and the torpedo’s high-powered active/passive sonar guides the torpedo during the final attack.


General Characteristics – Mk-48 and Mk-48 ADCAP Torpedo
Primary Function Heavyweight torpedo for submarines
Contractor Gould
Power Plant Piston engine, pump jet
Length 19 feet (5.79 meters)
Weight Mk-48: 3,434 lbs (1545.3 kg)
Mk-48 ADCAP: 3,695 lbs (1662.75 kg)
Diameter 21 inches (53.34 centimeters)
Range “greater” than 5 miles (8 kilometers)
Weapon acquisition range 1,600 yards (1,463.04 meters)
Depth officially: 1,200 feet+ (365.76 meters)
reportedly: 3,000 feet (914.4 meters)
Search/attack depth settings Minimum: 20 yards (18.288 meters)
Maximum: 1,500 yards (1371.6 meters)
Speed officially: 28+ knots; 32.2 mph; 51,52 km/h
actual: 40 – 55 knots
Run characteristics 6-8 minutes downward
Guidance System Wire guided and passive/active acoustic homing
Warhead 650 lbs (292.5 kg) high explosive

MK 48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) Mod 6 – Source

The US Navy awarded a $70.2m contract to Raytheon for 15 MK 48 ADCAP torpedoes in support of MK 48 CBASS initial production and production engineering. Development testing of the MK 48 CBASS torpedo was completed in November 2004 and operational testing was completed in November 2005. Initial operational capability was achieved in 2006 after hardware and software upgrades.

The torpedo was successfully test-fired by HMAS Waller submarine of the Australian Navy during the Rim of the Pacific 2008 (RIMPAC 08) exercise in July 2008.

Orders and deliveries

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The US Navy awarded a five-year fleet-wide CBASS programme to Lockheed Martin in 2011 to modernise a total of 1,263 MK 48 torpedoes deployed by the entire submarine fleet as anti-submarine or anti-surface warfare weapons. The company received a contract worth over $50.68m for functional item replacement kits, engineering services, spare parts and production support material in March 2011.

The upgrade kit consists of a broadband analogue sonar receiver, a guidance and control box, a pre-amplifier, guidance and control materials, and cable assemblies. It provides increased bandwidth and streamlined targeting and tracking capabilities to the heavyweight torpedo.

Lockheed Martin secured a $37m contract from the US Navy in August 2013 to provide Mod 7 CBASS replacement kits and services for the MK 48 heavyweight torpedoes in service with the US Navy and allied naval customers from Canada and the Netherlands. Polaris Contract Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, is responsible for building the circuit card and module assembly. Completion of the work is scheduled for July 2017.

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $10m contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in April 2014 to provide maintenance support for all MK 48 torpedoes.

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US Navy contracts Lockheed for MK 48 Mod 7 torpedo guidance upgrades


The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Sippican a $72,8 million contract for the procurement of MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo guidance and control sections.

Under the contract, Lockheed will also provide MK 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System upgrade kits, test equipment, spares, production support material, engineering support, and hardware repair support.

This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract up to $424,7 million.

Work will be performed in Marion, Massachusetts and is expected to be completed by December 2019.  Source

Design and features of the MK 48 Mod 7 CBASS

The MK 48 Mod 7 CBASS torpedo has a length of 5.8m and diameter of 53cm, and can reach a maximum depth of 1,200ft. It weighs 1,676kg and carries a high explosive warhead of 292.5kg.

Active and passive homing guidance is provided by the Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System. The torpedo can effectively engage low-Doppler shallow submarines, fast deep diving submarines and high-performance surface ships.

It supports autonomous fire-and-forget operation or wire-guide capability to provide post-launch monitoring and updates through the submarine combat system. It also allows the transmission and reception over a wide frequency band. The broadband signal processing techniques ensure improved search, acquisition and attack effectiveness for the torpedo.

Mk 48 Mod 7 CBASS submarine torpedoes

The CBASS broadband sonar makes the torpedo more effective against emerging submarine classes in the harshest of acoustic environments, Lockheed Martin officials say. The Mark 48 Mod 7 CBASS torpedo uses modern commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies in an open-architecture computing environment, and can be improved with regular hardware and software upgrades.

hroqvjr(Edit: HD) Mk 48 Mod 7 CBASS schematic, the US Navy’s current heavyweight torpedo. Sonar transducer in front followed by the electronics, warhead, fuel tank, and engine.

The Mark 48 Mod 7 torpedo is standard armament for the Navy’s fleet of Los Angeles-, Virginia-, and Seawolf-class fast attack submarines, as well as Ohio-class ballistic-missile and cruise-missile submarines.

Mk 48 Mod 7 CBASS schematic, the US Navy’s current heavyweight torpedo. Sonar transducer in front followed by the electronics, warhead, fuel tank, and engine. 

The Lockheed Martin Corp. Mission Systems and Training segment in Washington is building the Mark 48 Mod 7 CBASS heavyweight torpedo with advanced common broadband advanced sonar system for expanded operational capabilities for shallow waters along coastlines and inside harbors, as well as in the deep-water open ocean.

The CBASS torpedo also has the ability of multiband operation with active and passive homing; advanced counter-countermeasure capabilities; effectiveness against low-Doppler shallow submarines, fast deep diving submarines, and high-performance surface ships; autonomous fire-and-forget operation or wire-guide capability to enable post-launch monitoring and updates via the submarine combat system; and running Otto Fuel II as the propellant.

gHftVn5.pngDetail: CBASS fuel tank containing Otto II fuel (wire reel on the right)

The Mark 48 Mod 7 CBASS torpedo can transmit and receive over a wide frequency band and use broadband signal processing techniques to improve the torpedo’s search, acquisition, and attack, Lockheed Martin officials say. Source

Virginia-class attack submarine: Details

MK 48 Guidance and Control Section


Lockheed Martin provides the U.S. Navy the latest advancements in sonar systems for guidance and control systems for the MK 48 Mod 7 torpedo. The Lockheed Martin guidance and control systems will equip the heavyweight torpedoes with increased bandwidth and streamlined targeting and tracking capabilities. These systems will optimize the MK 48’s effectiveness as well as provide advanced counter-measure capabilities.

Lockheed Martin provides fully integrated guidance and control sections to increase the inventory of MK 48 torpedoes over several years. The expectation is that the production orders will range with the potential for more than 250 torpedoes over the next five years for the U.S. Navy, which are used by all classes of submarines as their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) weapon.

The guidance and control systems for MK 48 torpedoes include the same section of the Navy’s existing heavyweight torpedoes that Lockheed Martin is upgrading under the MK 48 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) awarded by the U.S. Navy in 2011. Lockheed Martin delivers to the U.S. Navy at least 20 Mod 7 CBASS kits per month and is on track to deliver all kits on schedule. Lockheed Martin also performs work intermediate maintenance of these torpedoes for fleet training, giving the Navy a critical combat advantage.

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The MK 48 is designed for:

  • Active and/or passive homing; Advanced counter countermeasure capabilities.
  • High effectiveness against low-Doppler shallow submarines, fast deep diving submarines and high-performance surface ships.
  • Autonomous fire-and-forget operation or wire-guide capability to allow post-launch monitoring and updates via the submarine combat system.
  • Otto Fuel II as the propellant is an inexpensive and safe alternative to other fuels and electric propulsion.


Engine and performance


The MK 48 Mod 7 CBASS torpedo is propelled by an inexpensive Otto Fuel II Piston engine, and has a speed of more than 28kt and a range of five miles.

ec2388f7b91f3dbee1393f78cee851bfMK 48 Mod 7 CBASS
MK 48 Physical Specifications
Weight 3,500 lbs (1, 676 kg)
Length 19 ft (5.8 m)
Diameter 21 inches (53 cm)
Maximum Depth > 1,200 ft
Effective > 5 miles
Speed > 28 knots
Guidance System Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System
Warhead 650-lb (292.5 kg) high explosive
Propulsion Otto Fuel II Piston Engine

Specification data for MK 48 Mod 7 CBASS

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Surprise move Canada block military equipment sales to Thailand but earlier approved sales to Saudi Arabia

Canada blocks sale of defence equipment to Thailand

21 December 2016

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion has recently blocked the sale of military equipment to Thailand, the Canadian government has confirmed to IHS Jane’s.

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada (GAC) – the government department that oversees the country’s foreign relations and trade – did not provide details about the type of equipment that was barred from sale but said the value was “modest”.

The spokesperson indicated that the sales ban was decided on a case-by-case basis and that it was a response to Canada’s concerns about Thailand’s human rights record. The Southeast Asian country has been governed by the military since a coup d’etat in May 2014.

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I must say what an idiotic decision when Thailand has not invaded or the military has not killed anyone!  While Saudi Arabia have their weekly market beheading and bombing Yemen civilians with cluster bombs!

Dion blocked military exports to Thailand after Saudi arms deal approval

Saab has orders for NLAW Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon

Saab receives order for NLAW Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon

Published: 26 December 2016

Defence and security company Saab has received an order for deliveries of the anti-tank weapon system NLAW. Deliveries will take place during 2016 and 2017.

The NLAW system combines the simplicity of light anti-armour weapons with the advantages of heavy, crew-operated guided missile systems. With NLAW, a single soldier can destroy a heavily protected modern Main Battle Tank (MBT) with one shot. The soldier can within and beyond the normal dismounted combat range, immediately upon target detection, regardless of attitude, without having to mount the system, load the weapon and complete a lock-on before launch.

“There is an increased interest and demand for lightweight anti-tank weapons on the market and this order is a strong proof of our customers trust in the NLAW system” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

“In many countries, there has been a large focus the last decade on building up the capability to fight a war on terror, but we now see that many countries again also realize that the capability to fight a modern mechanized enemy, on an individual soldier level, is becoming more and more important. A system like NLAW provides that capability”, says Görgen Johansson.

The industry’s nature is such that depending on circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information regarding the customer will not be announced.

NLAW (Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon) is a shoulder-launched, anti-tank missile system that attacks the tank from above. The system is originally developed for Sweden and Great Britain and it meets the requirements for a modern anti-tank weapon system in international operations as well as national defence.

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NLAW (Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon)


Almost three decades since the AT-4 set a lasting benchmark for disposable rocket launchers SAAB worked on a new single-use system from scratch in 2002 with help from Thales and the UK defense ministry. It was an anti-armor weapon meant for the average foot soldier that emphasized being lightweight and portable.

The resulting weapon operated like a rocket launcher and combined SAAB’s expertise in heat-resistant materials and its own cutting edge technology from the pioneering BILL anti-tank missile system.

This is the NLAW or Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon. It’s not supposed to be confused with the American LAW or the British LAW-80, both of which are rocket launchers. Its Swedish designation is Pansarvarnsrobot 57, or RB 57.

The NLAW is a short-range anti-tank missile whose characteristics make it sort of a hybrid. It’s armed with a powerful 150 mm High-Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead designed to knock out Russian T-series tanks at short ranges. But like other disposable launchers favored by NATO militaries it’s a single use system with basic optics and which is extremely easy to use.


Even the NLAW’s firing mechanism is a novelty. Instead of an embedded lever or trigger on its launch tube it has an ergonomic grip on its right hand side behind the bulbous muzzle brake. To aim the NLAW a basic optical sight with 2.5 times magnification is installed on the launcher. For better accuracy night vision and red dot sights are available upon request.

A little heavier than a loaded FN MAG or similar general purpose machine gun, the NLAW is meant to be carried by infantry who are up against hostile armor and fortifications. To deal with the former, the NLAW is perfect for ambushes in densely forested terrain and even building interiors thanks to its controlled back blast—the diameter of its venturi is smaller at 115 mm than its bore which is 152 mm wide.


Cognizant of threats posed by modern active protection systems and reactive armor, the NLAW operator can opt for an overfly top attack mode. This launches the missile toward the tank turret, where it explodes. Its downward-angled HEAT warhead perforates the thin upper armor even if it’s covered with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA).

To destroy fixed positions the NLAW can fire its warhead in direct attack mode like an oversized AT-4 with a massive punch. Direct firing can even be done on targets just 20 meters away.

Designed as a single-use weapon system the NLAW can’t be reloaded. Furthermore, its range is modest with its farthest reach of stationary targets at 600 meters. Effective range against moving targets is up to 400 meters. All newer missiles have updated guidance software and can engage targets at a range of 800 meters and up.

Since 2009 the NLAW has found an eager clientele across Europe, with significant orders from Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg and the UK, where it’s designated the MBT LAW. When newly delivered, SAAB’s product literature claims the NLAW enjoys a shelf life of 20 years.


Country of origin Sweden
Entered service 2009
Armor penetration 400 – 600 mm
Range 400 – 600 / up to 800 m
Missile length 1.02 m
Missile diameter 0.15 m
Fin span ?
Missile weight 12.5 kg
Total weight with launcher ?
Warhead weight ?
Warhead type HEAT
Guidance Inertial, predicted line of sight




  • Single non-expert soldier system
  • Range 20-600+m
  • PLOS (Predicted Line Of Sight) Guidance
  • Fire & forget
  • OTA (Overflying Top Attack) and DA (Direct Attack) firing modes
  • Un-jammable proximity fuze
  • High SSKP (Single Shot Kill Probability)
  • Night vision capability
  • Confined space capability
  • Maintenance free
  • 20 years shelf life
  • IM (Insensitive Munition)
  • Design for all Climate conditions and environments
  • Operational temperature -38 to +63 ºC



Weight 12.5 kg
Combat range 20 m – 600+ m
Warhead Single shape charge
Armour penetration more than MBT roof with explosive reactive armour (ERA)
Confined space capability Yes
Preparation time Approx. seconds
Insensitive munition Yes
Shelf life 20 years
Sighting system Optical sight 2.5x magnification
Red dot sight
NVG – compatible


Pakistan to receive four Mi-35M helos in 2017

Pakistan to receive four Mi-35M helos from Russia in 2017, says report

Gabriel Dominguez, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

21 December 2016

Russia will deliver four Mil Mi-35M ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to the Pakistan Army (PA) in 2017, Pakistan’s minister for defence production, Rana Tanveer Hussain, was quoted by the Dunya News TV channel as saying on 19 December.

Islamabad paid a total of USD153 million for the four helicopters, the minister said without elaborating.

Pakistan and Russia had agreed to the Mi-35M deal in August 2015 in a move considered a breakthrough between the two countries.

Mindful of Indian concerns, Moscow had for years opted against engaging in any military co-operation with Pakistan.

However, in 2014 Russia decided to lift its self-imposed arms embargo against the South Asian country, with Pakistani officials telling IHS Jane’s in November that year that the two countries had agreed on the sale of up to 20 Mi-35Ms.

Dunya News also quoted Rana Tanveer Hussain as saying that Islamabad is in contact with the governments of the Maldives and Azerbaijan for the export of 100 MFI-17 Super Mushshak military training aircraft.

The announcement comes after Pakistan secured a deal in November for the sale of 52 of the trainers to the Turkish Air Force. The Super Mushshak is a Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) licence-built version of the Saab MFI-17 Supporter aircraft, which is usually the initial platform used for training air force cadets.

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Mi-35M (Hind E): Details

Russian Airborne get 30 new BMD-4M

Russian Airborne Troops to get 30 new infantry fighting vehicles

December 24, 8:09 UTC+3

After receiving 30 military vehicles, the Airborne Troops will have an assault regiment armed with BMD-4M military vehicles and Rakuska BTR-MD

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Russian Airborne Troops will receive a battalion set of modern infantry fighting vehicles (BMDs), the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Saturday.

“A battalion set of modern BMD-4M will be solemnly handed in the city of Ryazan to a military unit of Russian Airborne Troops based in the Tula Region. Colonel General Andrey Serdyukov, Russian Airborne Troops commander, will take part in the event,” the press service said.

“After receiving 30 military vehicles, the Airborne Troops will have an assault regiment armed with BMD-4M military vehicles and Rakuska BTR-MD (armored personner carriers),” the defense ministry noted.

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First production Scorpion test flown

PICTURE: First production-standard Scorpion gets airborne


Textron AirLand has completed the debut flight of its first production-conforming Scorpion, with the multi-mission platform having received numerous enhancements over its earlier prototype.

Conducted from McConnell AFB in Kansas on 22 December, the 1h 42min first flight “verified the avionics and aerodynamic performance, as well as a number of aircraft systems”, the Textron company says. Registered as N530TX, the jet “performed extremely well”, it adds.

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Design improvements introduced with the new aircraft include a simplified landing gear, enhanced aft horizontal stabiliser and an additional 4˚ of sweep to its wing.

In the cockpit, the Scorpion gets a new head-up display, hands-on-throttle-and-stick controls and a Garmin G3000-based avionics suite. “The newly configured avionics system features a large, high-definition display complemented by touch-screen controllers and provides more mission capability in the forward cockpit position, additional navigation capability in the rear cockpit position and overall weight savings,” the airframer says.

Textron AirLand says the adaptations are the result of “target customer feedback, as well as results from an extensive flight test programme”. Its earlier prototype, N531TA, has amassed more than 800h of flight time since its debut in December 2013.

Previously displayed at air shows in Chile, France and the UK, the Scorpion is being promoted as “a tactical aircraft designed to excel in roles ranging from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to close air support and armed reconnaissance”. In October 2016, the prototype completed initial firing trials with Hydra-70 unguided 2.75in rockets, BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and Lockheed Martin’s AGM-114F Hellfire air-to-surface missile.

The production-conforming Scorpion will now enter a “robust flight test programme” supported by the US Air Force, Textron AirLand says. This will enable the manufacturer to seek certification of the design, despite the USAF having no programme of record to acquire it.

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As Boeing Prototype Training Jet Takes Off, Textron Rumored to Reenter the Fray

December 21, 2016 7:35 am EST

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) on Tuesday held its first test flight of its proposed new T-X training jet for the U.S. Air Force. The most remarkable thing about the flight is that it occurred just one year after Boeing and its partner, Saab, certified the plane’s design. The design phase took just two years.

Those numbers are roughly equal to the speed of light in the aviation business, when the process can take six to eight years. The Boeing-Saab team has built two prototypes, and the second is due for a first flight next month. A second flight for the first plane is planned in the next few days, according to Boeing.

The U.S. Air Force is expected to release the final version of its request for proposal (RFP) to build a new training jet to replace the decades old T-38 by the end of this year. In addition to Boeing three other designs will compete for the contract, with a fourth reported to be preparing a bid, and even a fifth possibility.

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) and its partners, BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Corp. (NYSE: LLL), are preparing their own clean-sheet design, while Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are proposing a modified KAI T-50. The third known competitor is Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) and its partner, Italy’s Leonardo, with a modified version of the Italian company’s M-346 trainer.

Earlier this week a team comprised of Sierra Nevada Corp. and Turkish Aerospace Industries was reported to be preparing its own entry using composite parts and a business jet engine to reduce costs.

Aviation Week reported on Tuesday that Textron Inc.’s (NYSE: TXT) aviation division is reconsidering its initial decision to drop out of the competition for the new training jet. According to the report:

The company had hoped to offer a trainer version of its self-sponsored Scorpion armed reconnaissance platform, but the [trainer]’s fighter-like sustained g requirement of 6.5g threshold and 7.5g objective rules Scorpion out, at least in its present configuration. However, Textron says its Beechcraft Defense and Textron AirLand joint venture, the firm responsible for Scorpion, remains engaged with the Air Force T-X program and will closely examine the final list of requirements attached to the RFP before making a decision.

The Air Force contract is expected to call for some 350 planes, and the winning bidder could expect to have a good chance at winning some overseas business as well.


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Japan wants to win Thai air defense radar contract

Japan seeks to win Thai air defense radar contract – sources

Thu Dec 22, 2016 | 3:06pm IST

By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo | TOKYO

Japan is seeking to win a contract to supply Thailand with an air defense radar system built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian nation, according to four Japanese government officials and one industry source.

The effort is part of a wider push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to bolster its position in the region along with its U.S. ally. The Chief of Staff of Japan’s Air Self Defense Force, Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, traveled to Bangkok last month to discuss areas of possible cooperation.

Japan expects the Thai military government to begin accepting competitive bids as early as next year as it upgrades and adds to its existing U.S. and European radar systems, the sources said. It is unclear who else may be bidding.

The value of such a contract is unclear as the specifications for the system have not yet been released. Radar systems built by Mitsubishi and other companies for Japan can stretch to hundreds of millions of dollars depending on the complexity and coverage. The sources said Japan would look to offer a lower price system because of Thailand’s limited defense budget.

Japan’s push for stronger ties with Thailand, will benefit the U.S. given the growing tensions over China’s claims in the South China Sea, according to the sources. Japan, which until 2014 had a ban on arms exports, has not previously sold military equipment to Thailand.

Since the 2014 coup brought the current Thai government to power, the U.S. has had strained relations with its old ally, which served as a staging ground for American forces during the Vietnam War, offering access to strategic airfields and ports.

In July, Thailand agreed to buy three Chinese-built submarines worth around $1 billion in a deal that illustrated Beijing’s willingness to fill the vacuum left by Washington. And last month, Thai and Chinese military planes performed acrobatic demonstrations together at the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, around 260 km (161 miles) northeast of Bangkok, as a prelude to the first joint military drill between the nations’ air forces.

A company spokeswoman said Mitsubishi Electric does not discuss individual deals.

“While we are aware that Thailand is moving ahead with the deployment of air defense radar, we can’t comment on the activities of individual corporations,” a spokesman for Japan’s defense ministry said.

A Thailand Defense Ministry spokesman, Kongcheep Tantravanich, said that “many countries want to sell it to us but we have to see if the system fits.” Spokesmen for the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Thai Air Force said they had no knowledge of a plan for a new system.

Washington has a statutory obligation to withhold aid to militaries involved in coups against democratically elected governments. That includes restricting its arms makers from selling military kit to the country. Japan does not face such restrictions in engaging with the Thai government.

Tokyo is worried that China’s wooing of Thailand could further split members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and blunt criticism of China’s island building in the South China Sea. Beijing has claimed most of the resource-rich waterway as its own, sparking protests from other claimants, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.

The radar Japan proposes for the deal is a variant on Mitsubishi Electric’s fixed-position FSP-3 radar, an older generation system that has been used by Japan’s Self Defense Forces to detect air threats, the sources said.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo; additional reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat in BANGKOK; Editing by Martin Howell in Singapore)

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Mitsubishi Electric’s fixed-position FPS-3 radar


J / FPS-3 is, the Defense Agency (now the Ministry of Defense ) technology Research Division to develop and Air Self-Defense Force of the radar site fixed warning and control has been operating in the radar unit ( 3-dimensional radar ) . Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

Two types of antenna equipment (for long-distance and short-distance antenna rotary active consisting) phased array . Such as a signal processing device has been installed underground, thereby improving the endurable. Japan developed, is the first of the active phased array radar was put into practical use. Long distance for a two-dimensional ( azimuth , elevation ), at close range for the one-dimensional electronic scanning system, for each element antenna more than 1,000 semiconductor microwave with a transceiver module.

2008 from the degree, missile defense in order to respond to ballistic missile capacity building in order to track the is carried out, in 2009 all until the degree of J / FPS-3 breaks have been fixed in.

Pseudo radio wave generator ( decoy ) to generate a decoy radio waves than, radio homing missiles ( versus radar missiles to interfere with) electronic warfare also corresponds to. In addition, fiber-optic long-distance, high-speed, large-capacity using the cable data transmission for the first time to adopt the technology in the warning and control radar, by isolating the radar antenna and the operation room, etc., made it possible to ensure safety of personnel, equipment. Source

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