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Ukraine to develop new jet fighter

Ukraine announces plans to develop new fighter

Reuben F Johnson, Kiev – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

17 March 2017

On 15 March Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced that the country’s defence industry will develop its own twin-engine, multirole fighter. The announcement was made during Poroshenko’s visit to the Ivchenko-Progress engine design bureau located in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaparozhe. This facility is also co-located with one of the largest aero-engine assembly sites in all of the former Soviet Union: the Motor Sich production plant.

Ukrainian aeronautical design teams have already produced what has been described as a “sketch outline” of a platform for a new fighter, which has been given the programme name of Legkiy Boiviy Litak, which is Ukrainian for “Lightweight Combat Aircraft” and abbreviated as LBL. The aircraft is supposed to bear a strong resemblance to the Soviet-designed Mikoyan MiG-29 in its external appearance, but the aircraft’s onboard systems will be of non-Russian origin.

One of the main differences between this new Ukrainian design and the original MiG-29 will be its engines and electronics. Reports from Poroshenko’s visit to the Ivchenko facility stated that the two engines would be “a design based on the AI-322F and the avionics would be of both Western and Ukrainian manufacture”.

The engine design appears to be one of the main drivers for this concept, with the Ukrainian president stating, “We will soon be able to create our own aircraft engine for the fighter.” Poroshenko also pointed out that Ukraine is among a small group of just five nations in the world that are capable of independently developing aero-engine designs.

Ukraine’s new fighter concept was first mentioned earlier in this month in an interview with Yuri Brovchenko, Ukraine’s deputy minister for economic development and trade. “On the subject of military aviation, today we are examining the possibility of developing our own indigenous fighter aircraft. There is a design team already working on this,” he told the publication Ukrainski Novini.

original post janes.com

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Reports from Poroshenko’s visit to the Ivchenko facility stated that the two engines would be “a design based on the AI-322F and the avionics would be of both Western and Ukrainian manufacture”.”

АI-322F Turbofan Aero Engine with Afterburner

Image: ivchenko-progress.com

Designed to power modern supersonic trainers, training-combat and light combat aircraft operated at moderate supersonic speeds (up to M=1.6). Installed on the L-15 LIFT.

Full afterburning power (SLS, ISA)
Thrust, kgf 4,200
Specific fuel consumption, kg/h/kgf 1,9
Full afterburning power (H=11,000 m, М=1,4; ISA, σin=0,97)
Thrust, kgf 2 760
Maximum (SLS, ISA)
Thrust, kgf 2,500
Specific fuel consumption, kg/kgf/h 0,66
 
Dimensions (without inlet fairing), mm 3,070 х 880 х 1,084
Weight, dry, kg 560

Source ivchenko-progress.com

Ukrainian aircraft design engineers are developing a new multirole fighter

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko got acquainted with the project of a new Ukrainian twin-engine multirole fighter during his visit to Zaporozhye Machine-Building Design Bureau Progress State Enterprise named after Academician A.G. Ivchenko, military-informant.com reports.

Ukrainian aircraft designers presented sketches of the project dedicated to the creation of Ukrainian multirole fighter, which was named ‘LBL’ (Lehkyi Boyovyi Litak, which is translated as Light Combat Aircraft). A new aircraft will externally resemble a Soviet fighter MiG-29. However, Ukrainian engine unit in the form of two engines developed on the basis of AI-322F will be combined with avionics of Western and Ukrainian manufacture.

Currently, the development of the new fighter is at its conceptual design stage. According to its characteristics and purpose, the aircraft will resemble Russian fighter MiG-35, Swedish JAS 39 Gripen, and Chinese FC-1 Xiaolong.

Besides, Petro Poroshenko claimed, ‘We will manage to create our own aircraft engine for the fighter in the nearest time.’

He also admitted that only five countries in the world have enough potential to independently create such aircraft engines today.

The exact characteristics of the new fighter, as well as the project completion date remain unknown. 

Friday, April 29 2016 01:15 EEST

Source 1492news.com

 

Taiwan Plans To Buy Stealth Fighters

Military Powers In Asia: Taiwan Plans To Buy Stealth Fighters

BY VISHAKHA SONAWANE @VISHAKHANS ON 03/16/17 AT 5:02 AM

After China announced it will hike its military budget this year, Taiwan is planning to boost its armed forces by purchasing stealth fighters and vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft, according to reports Thursday. This also follows the U.S. government’s reported assurance to Taiwan that it would provide the country with better weapons.

In its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) released Thursday, Taiwan’s defense ministry noted that the country’s military needs stealth fighters to counter threats from China, Taiwan News daily reported. These will also be helpful in supporting the navy and ground forces, the report said, adding that that V/STOL aircraft will play an important role in quick response to possible threats to the country.

On Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon reported citing Trump administration officials that the U.S. would provide more and better defensive arms to Taiwan, based on a $1 billion arms deal, which was canceled  in December by the National Security Council staff officials under the then President Barack Obama. However, it remains unclear whether the stealth fighters will be a part of the deal.

Taiwan is also looking to fortify its navy with two decommissioned frigates — USS Taylor and the USS Gary — purchased from the U.S. for about US$177.21 million, according to Taiwan News.

Taiwan, in the QDR, has also raised concerns over China’s military development near the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

“The recent activity of Chinese jets and ships around Taiwan shows the continued rise in (China’s) military threat capabilities,” the QDR said. “In addition to posing a military threat to our country, it also has a negative impact on regional stability.”

“The country’s military development and Taiwan’s freedom and prosperity are the same living body,” the QDR said.

China had laid claims to most of the South China Sea, through which over $5 trillion of maritime trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also have conflicting claims to the South China Sea.

Original post ibtimes.com

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Thailand launches 10-year military modernisation programme

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

02 March 2017

Thailand’s government has launched a 10-year military development programme through which it intends to address some of its major challenges, including ongoing insurgency in the south.

The ‘Modernisation Plan: Vision 2026’, which was announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 27 February, contains three objectives: to improve the preparation of the Thai military, to enhance capabilities, and to modernise related structures.

The modernisation plan does not provide a specific list of required military assets or capabilities but does provide an outline for Thailand to increase defence spending from the existing 1.4% of GDP to 2% of GDP by the end of the decade, officials confirmed to Jane’s.

Original post: janes.com

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Current budget is approximately $6 billion therefore according to projected GDP by 2020 the defense budget would likely be $9 billion *Note there is no forecast to 2026

Thailand GDP Last Q1/17 Q2/17 Q3/17 Q4/17 2020
GDP Growth Rate 0.4 1 0.5 0.9 1 0.8
GDP Annual Growth Rate 3 3.4 3.2 3.1 3.5 3
GDP 395 420 420 420 420 448

Source tradingeconomics.com

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Gripen E on course to make its flight debut in second quarter

Gripen E on target for debut flight in second quarter

MARCH 15, 2017  SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM

BY: CRAIG HOYLE  LONDON

Saab’s Gripen E remains on course to make its flight debut during the second quarter of this year, as the Swedish manufacturer steps up its sales efforts for the new-generation fighter and its earlier C/D-standard variant.

Confirming that lead prototype aircraft 39-8 will get airborne before the end of the second quarter, head of Gripen Jerker Ahlqvist says: “So far, everything is going according to plan, and it looks really promising.” Deliveries of the GE Aviation F414-powered jet will start in 2019 for the Swedish air force, followed by aircraft for export customer Brazil.

Low-speed taxi tests with the Gripen E commenced at Saab’s Linköping production site late last year, and Ahlqvist says the company is currently validating its software in preparation for the first flight. Aircraft 39-8 is currently in ground test, while the second of its eventual three prototypes has entered final assembly.

Ahlqvist notes that Saab’s decision to use an app-type software architecture on the Gripen E is already proving successful. “We see that corrections to the software that we need to do go very quickly,” he says. “We can make a change and then introduce a new software load into the aircraft within days – something that previously could take weeks or even months. That gives us confidence that the programme will meet its schedule and milestones.”

Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales, says Saab is increasing its efforts to add to the number of customers for the type, in both its C/D and E/F standards. Discussions continue with Botswana and Slovakia over their potential acquisition plans, and the company has just submitted its response to a Bulgarian request for proposals. It has also provided early information to India linked to a potential requirement for 150 single-engined fighters, and is eyeing a navy requirement in the same country for its proposed aircraft carrier-capable Gripen Maritime model.

“The market looks optimistic,” says Smith. “We really need to bring in as many prospects as possible, in order to close our target, which is a contract every year.” The company currently has no orders for the C/D variant, but has previously said it could deliver examples within 18 months of securing a production contract.

Also referring to potential opportunities for the Gripen in Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Indonesia, Malaysia and Switzerland, Smith says: “We’re in a very good position right now, having both platforms.”

Meanwhile, Saab has begun updating the Czech Republic’s Gripen C/Ds with the type’s latest MS20-standard software, which entered operational use in Sweden last year. Hungary has also contracted the company to make the same modification to its fleet, and Ahlqvist says it is also in early dialogue with South Africa and Thailand about a similar update.

Original post flightglobal.com

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