Monthly Archives: December 2016

23rd Type 054A frigate commissioned into East Sea Fleet

China commissions 23rd Type 054A frigate into East Sea Fleet

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore – IHS Jane’s Navy International

30 December 2016

Key Points

  • China has commissioned its 23rd Type 054A frigate
  • Induction bolsters anti-surface, anti-submarine capabilities of East Sea Fleet

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its 23rd Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate into the service’s East Sea Fleet.

The vessel, which has been named Binzhou with pennant number 515, was inducted on 29 December in Zhoushan, in China’s Zhejiang province, according to a report carried by China Central Television (CCTV) on the same day.

According to IHS Jane’s Fighting Ships , the 3,500-tonne Jiangkai II class features an overall length of 134 m, an overall beam of 16 m, and a draught of 5 m.

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Thailand committed to accelerate development of domestic defence industry in 2017

Thailand commits to accelerating defence industrial development in 2017

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok – IHS Jane’s Defence Industry

30 December 2016

The Thai military government has outlined a commitment to accelerate the development of the domestic defence industrial base in 2017 through partnerships with military suppliers and other activities.

The new focus is expected to have implications for exporters contracted to supply materiel to Thailand through both industry-to-government and government-to-government deals.

In comments published by the government’s public relations bureau, Deputy Defence Minister Udomdej Sitabutr said in a recent seminar in Bangkok that the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD) would in 2017 seek to expand collaboration with foreign partners in setting up military industrial facilities in the country.

These facilities, he said, would be geared towards manufacturing military products – components and platforms – and also provide support for existing systems through the provision of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services.

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China favours building armaments factory in Thailand 

Published in the Bangkok Post 13 Dec 2016 at 16:33 

Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon (standing) at a banquet with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan in Beijing. (Defence Ministry photo)

Beijing has welcomed Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s proposal that China set up a factory to manufacture and repair armaments in Thailand.

Defence spokesman Khongcheep Tantrawanich said on Tuesday that Gen Prawit raised the proposal during a meeting with Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan during his two-day visit, which ended today.

Gen Prawit proposed that the factory manufacture and repair armaments that China supplies to Thailand and other countries in the region. The facility would also be a source of weapons parts and technology transfers for Thailand, Maj Gen Khongcheep said.

Gen Chang expressed his support for the proposal and it was agreed to form a working group to put it into effect, the defence spokesman said.
The Chinese defence minister also proposed increased military cooperation – including joint military exercises, national defence preparation and exchange visits, Maj Gen Khongcheep said. Read rest of article Here

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Serbia orders 9 H145M helicopters

SERBIA BUYS 9 AIRBUS CHOPPERS AFTER RUSSIAN JET DONATION

Dec 29, 11:44 AM EST


BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia signed a deal on Thursday to buy nine light choppers from Airbus Helicopters amid tensions in the region triggered by Russia’s donation of jet fighters to the Balkan state.

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“Serbia’s Defense Ministry said the deal is for H145M twin-engine, multi-utility helicopters. The agreement includes spare parts and the training of pilots and maintenance crews for the aircraft, which will be used both by the military and police. Financial details were not disclosed.”

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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.

Original post janes.com

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UMS Tabinshwehti (773)

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Unmanned surface vessel (USV)

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UMS Chindwin troop transport

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29 m landing craft mechanised (LCM)

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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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Advisory team for Aviation pick Gripen C/D & FA-50 as best option for Croatia

OTKRIVAMO closely guarded DECISION MOD these COMMISSION NOTICE new aircraft Otpao American F-16, Gripen buy or FA-50

AUTHOR:  Kresimir Frog  POSTED:  12/28/2016. at 20:24

Swedish Gripen JAS 39 C / D version and the South Korean FA-50 are the best options for equipping the Air Force with aircraft, conclusion and recommendations of the expert advisory team defense minister for aviation consisting of retired generals Joseph Čuletić , Josip Stimac and Vlado Bagaric , Jutarnji list .

– Our conclusion is that Croatia needs to maintain combat aircraft and recommended that the decision to retain adopted early next year, and that a decision on the selection of airplanes pass by the end of 2017 – said Josip Stimac. He declined to elaborate on the conclusions of the advisory team unless we confirmed that concluded “that the planes affordable and sustainable Republic of Croatia”. These conclusions were transferred to the Minister of Defence and the President of the Republic.

four options

Advisory team for Aviation was founded by former Secretary of Defense Joseph Buljević and his task was to analyze the four non-binding information (Request for Information – RFI) about the possibility of equipping the Air Force’s new or second-hand aircraft. Offers are given a Swedish SAAB JAS 39 for version C / D, Israel used for the F-16, South Korea for the FA-50 and France for Rafale. This is an informational offering that the Ministry of Defence gives some guidance in making future decisions. The second document is the “study skills development protection of Croatian air space multi-purpose combat aircraft”, made last year, which is the basis for a decision about the fate of combat aircraft.

 In determining the best variant for the Air Force has taken into account technical and economic options offers. As we found out, it was concluded that the introduction of these two aircraft require the lowest operating costs of use, minimal investment in infrastructure and the best economic benefits. According to available information, the Swedish state Croatia offers a squadron of new aircraft JAS 39 versions of the C / D with a line of credit for 15 years with three years grace period. In addition, if Croatia decides on this plane, Swedes Air Force offered four aircraft free to use with the payment of operating costs to the introduction of the ordered aircraft in operational use.
Official financial offer from either no. However, according to unofficial information, SAAB is ready to make an offer that year the Croatian budget burdened with about 400 million, depending on what weapons to Croatia chosen. On the other hand, is estimated to squadron of FA-50 could cost about $ 400 million.
The race is, at least in the opinion of the profession, dropped the American F-16 …
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“As we found out, it was concluded that the introduction of these two aircraft require the lowest operating costs of use, minimal investment in infrastructure and the best economic benefits. According to available information, the Swedish state Croatia offers a squadron of new aircraft JAS 39 versions of the C / D with a line of credit for 15 years with three years grace period. In addition, if Croatia decides on this plane, Swedes Air Force offered four aircraft free to use with the payment of operating costs to the introduction of the ordered aircraft in operational use.”

Must admit very attractive offer from Gripen

“However, according to unofficial information, SAAB is ready to make an offer that year the Croatian budget burdened with about 400 million, depending on what weapons to Croatia chosen. On the other hand, is estimated to squadron of FA-50 could cost about $ 400 million.”

But sure the FA-50 is much cheaper but in terms of fighter capability is no match for the Gripen

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