Type 055 destroyer: Details
At MAST Asia 2017 (Maritime Air Systems & Technologies), the naval defense exhibition held last week in Tokyo, Navy Recognition learned that Japan’s Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), a branch of the MoD, used a surface target from Canadian company Qinetiq Target Systems to test one of its latest generation anti-ship missile: the XSSM.
Qinetiq’s Barracuda unmanned surface vehicle – missile target (USV-MT) is a 9 meters fiberglass hull RHIB powered by a D4 300hp marine diesel engine. Navy Recognition learned that the RHIB comes from French company Zodiac Milpro (specifically from the Zodiac Hurricane product line). Like the USV-T series on which it is based, the USV-MT operates at speeds up to 25+ knots in sea state 3, and is de
signed to carry significant weapons and performance measurement payloads for test and evaluation purposes. Read entire article Here
The target can tow several external targets for countermeasure operations.
Based on a modified navy standard, the Barracuda USV-T is a rigid hull inflatable boat powered by a 225 hp marine diesel engine. It is operated via remote line-of-sight speed and course controls. GPS enables self-contained tracking. Telemetry and video signals provide users with system performance and position information.
The Barracuda USV-T operated by our UTCS, a STANAG 4586-compliant control station. Source targetsystems.qinetiq.com
Jon Grevatt – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
22 June 2017
Thai military vehicle manufacturer Chaiseri has secured an order from the military government’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) to supply an updated version of its 4×4 First Win multipurpose vehicle (MPV).
The contract – the latest in a series of military vehicle contracts in Thailand – comprises 13 vehicles, which will be used by ISOC in security and paramilitary applications, Jane’s understands. The vehicles supplied to the ISOC will be designated First Win 2, an updated version of the original platform featuring additional protection systems.
The value of the deal has not been disclosed.
The vehicle is already in operation with the Royal Thai Army (RTA) and Thailand’s Ministry of Justice’s Department of Special Investigation.
Original post: janes.com
First Win (AV4)/First Win II: Details
New Video Shows Close Encounter Between NATO F-16 And Su-27 Flanker Escorting Russian Defense Minister Plane Over The Baltics
Exciting moments over the Baltic Sea as a Polish F-16 shadows a Russian VIP plane sparking the reaction by an escorting Su-27 Flanker.
Zvezda has just released some interesting footage allegedly showing a NATO F-16 approaching Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu’s plane while flying over the Baltic Sea.
According to the first reports and analysis of the footage, the F-16 (most probably a Polish Air Force Block 52+ aircraft supporting the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission from Lithuania – hence, armed) shadowed the Tu-154 aircraft (most probably the aircraft with registration RA-85686) carrying the defense minister en route to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad when one armed Russian Su-27 Flanker escorting Shoigu’s plane maneuvered towards the NATO aircraft, forcing it to move farther.
Some minutes later, the F-16 left the area, according to the reports.
Similar close encounters occur quite frequently in the Baltic region.
We have published many articles in the past about Russian aircraft coming quite close to both NATO fighters in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) duty and U.S. spyplanes: indeed, the latest incident comes a day after the Russian defense ministry said an RC-135 U.S. reconnaissance plane had aggressively and dangerously maneuvered in the proximity of a Russian fighter jet over the Baltic. The ministry said at the same time that another RC-135 had been intercepted by a Russian jet in the same area.
Business as usual….
The video clearly shows the Su-27 showing his weapons to the F-16 as it was flying too close to the Russian DMs plane the F-16 than moved away…….
No More Games: Russia Vows to Track and Target Any US Aircraft ‘West of the Euphrates’
Moscow sends a crystal-clear message to Washington: The games in Syria are over
We didn’t believe it at first, but it’s true: Russia’s Defense Ministry says it will target any aircraft from the US-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates.
“In the areas of combat missions of Russian air fleet in Syrian skies, any airborne objects, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles of the [US-led] international coalition, located to the west of the Euphrates River, will be tracked by Russian ground and air defense forces as air targets,” the Russian Ministry of Defense stated.
The announcement comes after the US shot down a Syrian jet near Raqqa. Washington says the Syrian jet had dropped bombs near US-backed forces, but Damascus insists the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants.
This basically means that Russia is now taking complete control of most of Syria’s airspace:
Moscow has also cut its military communication line with the US in Syria.
We hope Washington gets the memo this time. Because it doesn’t sound like Russia is bluffing.
Original post russia-insider.com