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Thailand to Send Request for Procurement of Orlan Drones from Russia

Russia Expects Thailand to Send Request for Procurement of Orlan Drones – FSMTC

11:48 24.03.2017(updated 12:04 24.03.2017)

A deputy director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said that after presenting a domestically built unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Orlan to Thailand, Russia expects that Bangkok will send a request for its possible procurement.

LANGKAWI (Malaysia) (Sputnik) – After presenting a domestically built unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Orlan to Thailand, Russia expects that Bangkok will send a request for its possible procurement, Mikhail Petukhov, a deputy director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told Sputnik.

“The presentation of the reconnaissance UAV Orlan for Thailand took place in 2015. The discussion of potential cooperation in this sphere is possible after our partners send us an official request,” Petukhov said.

Petukhov is currently heading the Russian delegation at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition LIMA-2017.

The annual LIMA, which this year began on March 21, is taking place in Malaysia’s Langkawi resort. The event will feature a presentation of Russian fighter jets, submarines and amphibious aircraft. LIMA is the largest exhibition, which will conclude on March 25, in the Asia Pacific region and accounts for 45 percent of Russian military equipment sales.

Original post: sputniknews.com

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Orlan-10 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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It is intended for a variety of missions including aerial reconnaissance, observation, monitoring, search and rescue, combat training, jamming, detection of radio signals, and target tracking.

The export variant, designated Orlan-10E, was exhibited at the 19th International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) held in March 2016. Rosoboronexport announced its plans to promote the Orlan-10E UAV to foreign countries in June 2016.

Payloads

The UAV’s modular design is provided with a number of interchangeable payloads allowing for greater mission flexibility.

It carries a day-light camera, a thermal imaging camera, a video camera and a radio transmitter in a gyro-stabilised camera pod that is fitted under the fuselage. The cameras provide real-time intelligence, 3D maps, surveillance, and aerial reconnaissance of ground-based targets.

The imagery, video and other sensor data collected by the payloads is transmitted to the ground control station in real-time, through a data link.

Command and control modes

The Orlan-10 can execute missions in both autonomous and remote control modes. An autopilot aboard the drone enables it to operate autonomously based on pre-defined waypoints. In this mode, the flight path can be modified by the operator during the flight.

The drone can be remotely operated by its associated ground control station, installed on MP32M1 command and control vehicle. Developed by Russian state-owned Roselectronika, the ground segment can control up to four aerial vehicles simultaneously.

In the remote control mode, operator at the mobile ground segment sends command and control data to the drone through the digital data link.

Orlan-10 UAV propulsion and performance

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The Orlan-10 is powered by an internal combustion engine, driving a two-blade propeller mounted in the nose.

The drone can transmit telemetry data to a range between 120km and 600km from the launch station and endure for approximately 18 hours. Its cruising and maximum speeds are 110km/h and 150km/h respectively.

The UAV can fly at a maximum altitude of 5km in all weather conditions in difficult terrains. It can withstand wind speeds of 10m/s and operate in temperatures ranging from -30°C to 40°C.

Source airforce-technology.com

Unified Command-staff vehicle (UKSHM) MP32M1

Raketu_MAKS-2001_03.jpgImage: bastion-opk.ru

Main Tasks:

  • to collect, process and transfer to higher units on the status of data management, security status and subordinate units;
  • reception and transmission of formation of combat teams for the preparation and application of fire strikes subordinate control links and reporting on the implementation of tasks in an higher command posts;
  • telecode closing speech and information exchange channels with higher interacting and subordinate command posts;
  • Operational consolidation of the batteries destruction facilities;
  • Protection against unauthorized issuing commands to fire strikes;
  • Addressing the special tactical, settlement and information tasks;
  • collection, processing, and display on the digital map information on the preparation and execution of tasks;
  • documentation of input and output information;
  • education and training of crews. It provides for delivery of the training options (classroom) CSV MP32M in a stationary version with imitators of information interaction of combat weapons and radar reconnaissance.
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CHARACTERISTICS

The number of APM officers 4

Number of data channels 8

Data rate kbit / s 0.1; 1.2; 2.4; 16.0 kbit / s

Number of PC 4

Number 6 radio

Communication range through the built-in tools:

– VHF radio up to 60 km

– HF radios up to 300 km.

Position accuracy of 20 m

expand / collapse time 8/5 minutes of continuous operation, at least 48 hours

Translated by google – Source bastion-opk.ru

Aircraft performance

  • Take-off weight – 15 kg
  • Payload weight – 6 kg
  • Engine – engine (gasoline A-95)
  • Launch method – folding catapult
  • Landing method – via parachute recovery
  • Airspeed – 90–150 km/h
  • Max. flight duration – 16 hours
  • Max. complex range of application – up to 140 km from the ground control station (up to 600 km off-line)
  • Max. altitude above sea level – 5,000 m
  • Max. wind speed at the start – 10 m/s
  • Operating temperature range near the ground from −30 to +40 °C

Source wikiwand.com

ORLAN-10 UAVS IN ACTION AGAINST UKRAINIAN ARTILLERY

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The Special Technology Center of the Mikhailovo Artillery Military Academy made public materials concerning the experimental reconnaissance-strike complex consisting of Orlan-10 UAVs and a battalion of self-propelled 2S1 Gvozdika 122mm howitzers, and the effects of its use on the Donbass.

The materials refer to events which Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Secretary Turchinov referred to, during June 2, 2016 visit to a National Guard training facility, in the following manner: “May was for us a “black month”, because during that month we suffered the heaviest losses in an entire year. We lost very many heroes, many others were wounded.”

Turchinov also issued the standard accusations, to wit: “Russian-terrorist forces are using weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements in order to accurately strike our positions. It’s not just a matter of an increased number of bombardments. These are very accurate strikes, which rely on modern target acquisition and fire correction systems. ” We should note, however, that the Orlan-2S1 combo destroyed similar “weapons prohibited by Minsk agreements,” which was also about to be used “using modern target acquisition and fire correction systems,” provided by Ukraine by the US.

According to the report, 4 US AN/TPQ-48 counter-battery radars were destroyed. Two additional such radars were lost in sector S during the destruction of the Debaltsevo cauldron, according to uncovered Ukrainian military staff documents.

The AN-TPQ-48 located in a single-story house, was destroyed together with the house and highly trained personnel operating the radar. This mission was accomplished using only 38 shells, instead of the 300 specified by artillery fire norms.

Immediately after these losses, Ukrainian authorities immediately requested additional deliveries of such radars, which Poroshenko announced during a press conference on June 3: “Russia turned Ukraine’s East into a training ground for testing its newest weapons, electronic warfare systems, communications, but Ukrainian forces, with the help of its partners, have already learned how to combat them and are capable of repelling any possible offensive operations. Ukraine has strengthened its reconnaissance, its protective measures, and equipment strength.”

On July 2, Poroshenko personally greeted a new batch of counter-battery radars received by Ukraine from the US. During the transfer ceremony at the Borispol airport, he said: “Today we are receiving counter-battery systems as US military aid. This batch is only part of Washington’s aid intended to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to defend itself.” He added that the counter-battery systems, valued at $335 million, are only part of the assistance the US plans to provide Ukraine.

The Orlan-2S1 reconnaissance-strike complex also suppressed 3 company positions, eliminating at least 30% of personnel and equipment located at these sites, destroyed 3 Tochka-U short-range ballistic missile launchers, at least 17 tracked and 20 wheeled vehicles, two 2A36 152mm cannon, at least 3 82mm mortars, and an artillery ammunition storage. Ukrainian forces lost at least 90 killed and 220 wounded, numbers which were confirmed by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

A screenshot from video sent by an Orlan-10. Ukrainian equipment and troops are, typically, located in the midst of civilian dwellings. Source southfront.org

Royal Thai Army buys ZBL-09 8×8 IFV

RTA ordered ZBL-09 from NORICO to be commissioned in the cavalry unit.

Foreign correspondent said to TAF in LIMA 2017 yesterday that the Royal Thai Army signed the order to buy 34 ZBL-09 8×8 and 12,506 30 mm round from China’s NORICO.

ZBL-09 can be compared to BTR-3E1 earlier procured and deployed in the infantry units. RTA will buy one battalion of ZBL-09 and aim for 2020 delivery at the price of 1.695 mil USD each. TAF believe that this order is a part of the 400 million Baht project to upgrade the RTA maintenance factory to be able to maintain and refurbish all Chinese-made vehicle in RTA, including VT-4 tank, Type-85 and ZBL-09. Thy aim to become the regional center for Chinese vehicle maintenance.

22/03/2560 07.45 น. ThaiArmedForce.com – กองทัพบกไทยจัดหา ZBL-09 จากจีนจำนวน 34 คัน พร้อมกระสุน  12,506 นัด โดยจะเข้าประจำการใน หน่วยทหารม้า

ผู้สื่อข่าวต่างประเทศกล่าวกับ TAF ในงาน LIMA 2017 วานนี้ว่า กองทัพบกไทยได้ลงนามจัดซื้อยานเกราะล้อยาน 8×8 แบบ ZBL-09 จาก NORICO ประเทศจีนแล้ว

ZBL-09 มีสมรรถนะใกล้เคียงกับ BTR-3E1 ที่กองทัพบกไทยเคยจัดหาและประจำการอยู่ในหน่วยทหารราบ โดยกองทัพบกไทยจัดหาจำนวน 1 กองพัน คาดว่าจะได้รับรถในปี 2562 โดยกำหนดราคากลางของรถที่ราคาคันละ 1.695 ล้านเหรียญสหรัฐ (59,325,000 บาท) และกระสุนขนาด 30×165 มม. ที่ราคานัดละ 155 เหรียญสหรัฐ (5,425 บาท) ซึ่งเป็นการยืนยันว่ารถจะมาพร้อมกับป้อมปืนขนาด 30 มม. TAF เชื่อว่าการจัดหาในครั้งนี้เป็นส่วนหนึ่งของสัญญาการจัดตั้งโรงงานซ่อมสร้างยุทธยานยนต์จีนมูลค่า 400 ล้านบาทที่กระทรวงกลาโหมจะลงทุนที่โรงงานซ่อมสร้างยุทโธปกรณ์สายสรรพาวุธของกองทัพบก เพื่อเพิ่มศักยภาพให้สามารถซ่อมบำรุงรถถัง VT-4 และยานเกราะ Type-85 รวมถึง ZBL-09 ดังกล่าว โดยคาดหวังว่าโรงงานจะเป็นศูนย์กลางในการซ่อมบำรุงยุทธยานยนต์ของจีนในภูมิภาคได้

Original post thaiarmedforce.com

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Turkey to buy 2 batteries of S-400 air defense systems after loan agreement is finalized

Turkey to buy 2 batteries of S-400 systems from Russia

ALI ÜNAL ANKARA

Turkey will buy two regiments of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia in order to fulfil the country’s urgent requirement, Daily Sabah learned from security sources. The procurement agreement will likely be concluded when the Russian and Turkish finance ministers complete the loan agreement, the sources also indicated.

Turkey and Russia have engaged in ongoing talks regarding Turkey’s cooperation with Russia in the defense sector since the Russian-Turkish rapprochement in August 2016. However, the discussions have gained new momentum in recent weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov announced on March 15 that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Putin had discussed this issue during Erdoğan’s recent visit to Moscow on March 10, adding that both leaders were interested in the missile sale. Commenting on this issue, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık said on March 16 that, “Progress is being made in the discussions,” while adding that procurement talks have not yet been finalized. Officials for the Russian state corporation Rostec, which produces the S-400 systems, also confirmed that Ankara is ready to buy S-400 missile systems with a Russian loan, saying: “Turkey is expressing that it wishes to receive a loan. As soon as an agreement is signed and a decision is made on the amount of the loan, then we will sign a contract for the supply, including the S-400,” Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said on March 14.

The S-400 was developed as an upgraded version of the S-300 series of surface-to-air missile systems. The system entered service in April 2007 and the first S-400 was deployed in combat in August 2007. According to sources within the defense industry, a regular S-400 battalion consists of at least eight launchers with 32 missiles and a mobile command post. The system can engage all types of aerial targets, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and ballistic and cruise missiles within the range of 400 kilometers (249 miles), at an altitude of up to 30 kilometers. The S-400 systems are capable of firing three types of missiles to create a layered defense, and the system can be deployed within five minutes, while simultaneously engaging 36 targets.

As a N.A.T.O.-member, Turkey’s procurement of the Russian S-400 system has raised concerns regarding the compatibility and integration of these weapons into the N.A.T.O. infrastructure. Minister Işık clarified last week that Turkey will use the Russian systems without integration, noting: ”Russia’s S-400 missile systems will not be integrated into the N.A.T.O. system.”

Minister Işık also said the Russian missile system will be used to fulfill Turkey’s immediate requirement, while stressing that the uncompromising attitude of N.A.T.O.-member countries compelled Turkey to purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. “We underwent negotiations to purchase N.A.T.O.-produced missile systems, but we could not get a reasonable offer in terms of price and technology transfer. Thus, our negotiations with the Russians have intensified,” Minister Işık said on March 15.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s efforts to develop its indigenous long-range air missile defense system will continue, even after the procurement of Russian S-400s. ”We [Turkey] have already developed the short-range ballistic missile Hisar and are currently working on the mid-range Hisar project. Developments for our own long-range defense system are currently ongoing and we will be able to produce these systems within five to seven years,” he said.

The S-400 missiles are the new generation of Russian missile systems and Russia has only sold the system to China and India thus far. Last year, both China and India signed an intergovernmental agreement for the procurement of four regiments of Russian-made S-400s. Turkey will be the first N.A.T.O.-member country to purchase the system.

Original post dailysabah.com

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As a N.A.T.O.-member, Turkey’s procurement of the Russian S-400 system has raised concerns regarding the compatibility and integration of these weapons into the N.A.T.O. infrastructure. Minister Işık clarified last week that Turkey will use the Russian systems without integration, noting: ”Russia’s S-400 missile systems will not be integrated into the N.A.T.O. system.”

Minister Işık also said the Russian missile system will be used to fulfill Turkey’s immediate requirement, while stressing that the uncompromising attitude of N.A.T.O.-member countries compelled Turkey to purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. “We underwent negotiations to purchase N.A.T.O.-produced missile systems, but we could not get a reasonable offer in terms of price and technology transfer. Thus, our negotiations with the Russians have intensified,” Minister Işık said on March 15.

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French MoD approves development of Rafale F4 standard

French government approves Rafale F4 upgrades

By Ryan Maass   |   March 23, 2017 at 3:36 PM

March 23 (UPI) — The French Ministry of Defense has given the green light for Dassault Aviation to begin developing the Rafale jet’s F4 standard.

The upgrade aims to provide the legacy F3-R standard jets with updated technological capabilities. Dassault representatives say the plan will make the fighters more effective during combat missions.

“I am delighted by the Minister for Defense’s decision,” Dassault CEO Eric Trappier said in a press release. “The F4 standard will incorporate operational experience feedback and enable continuous improvement of the Rafale to be maintained. It will reinforce the national skills and technological capabilities essential for preparing the development of the next generation of combat aircraft.”

French defense leaders expect to begin qualification for the F4 standard in 2018.

The Rafale is a twin-jet, multirole fighter primarily operated by the French armed forces. The plane is fitted to perform a balanced set of missions, including air defense, power projection, deep strike, air support and reconnaissance operations.

The governments of India, Egypt and Qatar have all placed orders for Rafale aircraft.

Original post upi.com

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Rafale: towards standard F4

Saint-Cloud, 22 March 2017 – On 20 March 2017, the French Minister for Defense, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, authorized the start of development of the new RAFALE F4 standard.

Dassault Aviation and the 500 French companies associated with the RAFALE program wish to thank the French Ministry of Defense, the Defense procurement agency (DGA), the French Air Force and the Navy for their confidence.

The policy underpinning the RAFALE program is continuous development to adapt the aircraft to changing needs, through a succession of standards. As early as 2023, a first version of the F4 standard will follow the F3-R standard, scheduled for qualification in 2018.

“I am delighted by the Minister for Defense’s decision. The F4 standard will incorporate operational experience feedback and enable continuous improvement of the RAFALE to be maintained. It will reinforce the national skills and technological capabilities essential for preparing the development of the next generation of combat aircraft”, stated Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “I am also delighted that the Defense Ministry underlines the need to continue with acquisition of the RAFALE, beyond the 4th tranche currently in production, in order primarily to meet the needs of the French Air Force. Finally, this robust national foundation will constitute a launch pad for our aircraft in future export markets.”

Source dassault-aviation.com

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Russia to develop Tor-M2DT short-range anti-aircraft missile system for the Arctic

Russia to develop Tor air defense missile system’s Arctic version

March 23, 18:30

The Tor-M2 system is currently the basic short-range air defense missile complex used by the Russian military

IZHEVSK, March 23. /TASS/. Works for developing the Tor-M2DT short-range anti-aircraft missile system for the Arctic application are planned to be finished by the end of this year, Air Defense Force Commander Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov said on Thursday.

“This year, the upgrade of the S-300V4 complex and the adaption of the Tor anti-aircraft missile system for Arctic applications will be completed. Work is in full swing to develop an advanced antiaircraft artillery complex,” the general said.

The first brigade set of the upgraded S-300V4 long-range antiaircraft missile system was delivered to the troops in 2014. From next year, only this modification will be operational in the ground force’s air defense armament, the general said.

Also, the ground forces have been supplied with the latest modifications of the Buk and Tor complexes and man-potable air defense systems since 2016, he added

The Tor-M2 system is currently the basic short-range air defense missile complex operational in the Russian Army. It is designed to provide air and anti-missile defense at the division level. The system is capable of protecting land troops from anti-radiation and cruise missiles, remote-controlled drones, glide bombs, aircraft and helicopters.

Under an agreement between the Izhevsk-based Kupol electromechanical factory and Vityaz engineering company posted on the website of state purchases, R&D works for developing the system’s modification for application in the Arctic and the Extreme North will be carried out in 2015-2020. The new version of the antiaircraft missile system should be mounted on the chassis of the DT-30PM-T1 two-section tracked prime mover (the DT two-section prime mover).

The S-300V4 is a modification of the S-300VM air defense system with better operational characteristics through the integration of modern computers and new components. The system is capable of hitting ballistic and aerodynamic targets at a distance of up to 400 km.

Original post tass.com

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Are the F-15 Eagle’s days numbered?

Are the F-15 Eagle’s days numbered? Top generals say maybe

By: Stephen Losey, March 22, 201

The Air Force is considering retiring its F-15 C and D fighter aircraft and replacing them with F-16s.

In a House Armed Services readiness subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, subcommittee chairman Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., asked Lt. Gen. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, about plans to retire its 236 F-15 C and D Eagle fighters as a cost-saving measure, and filling their role with F-16 Fighting Falcons. Rice confirmed that was under consideration.

Later in the hearing, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., said that proposal was news to her, and asked Maj. Gen. Scott West, the Air Force’s director of current operations and deputy chief of staff for operations, if there had been any decision made on retiring those fighters.

West said nothing was official yet, but said the Air Force is looking for ways to maximize the use of its limited resources, and minimize the number of systems it operates while still accomplishing its mission. West and Rice both said the proposal to retire some F-15s is “predecisional.” There was no discussion of the F-15E Strike Eagle.

Rice said the F-16s potentially filling the role vacated by F-15s would receive radar upgrades.

The Air Force is now planning for fiscal 2019, Rice said, but a decision on retiring the F-15C and D would probably not be made this year. Which means those planes would not retire until fiscal 2020 at the earliest.

But replacing the F-15 C and D — a fighter primarily focused on air-to-air operations — with the F-16, which also has air-to-surface capabilities, would raise questions. The F-15 C and D, which entered the Air Force’s inventory in 1979, carries up to eight AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles. The F-16, on the other hand, can carry up to six air-to-air missiles or air-to-surface munitions. Both planes carry the M-61A1 20mm multi-barrel cannon, but the F-15 can carry 940 rounds of ammunition to the F-16’s 500.

“Clearly, these are two different types of aircraft with different capabilities,” Wilson said.

When asked if replacing the F-15 Eagle with the F-16 would have a negative effect on air superiority and present risks, Rice said it can be handled.

“There’s a risk in changing any of our force structure decisions,” Rice said. But, he added, “there are capabilities we can add and provide on the F-16 that will [fill] a gap as we go into the future. Overall, our readiness and our protection of the U.S. will change, but I think overall, we will be OK.”

McSally said that before the F-22 came online, the F-15C was probably the best air-to-air plane around. She compared the F-16 to a “decathlete” that can handle multiple types of combat at a lower cost, but said that even with upgraded radar, it wouldn’t have the same air-to-air capabilities as the F-15C.

She also expressed concern about what such a shift would do to aircraft readiness, considering that the Air Force is already facing a pilot shortage.

“We’re already in a readiness crisis,” McSally said. “If you’re now retraining everybody to another aircraft, in the midst of a crisis, that does have a bit of a short-term dip in readiness as well. With us being down to 55 fighter squadrons, we’ve just got to be careful on how that transition would happen, should this decision come to fruition.”

West said there will be some “offline” time as the Air Force moves from one air frame to another. But the advantage the Air Force now enjoys over nations such as China and Russia is lessening, he said, and such a modernization shift must happen sooner rather than later.

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek later said that eliminating the F-15 C and D is not a done deal. Stefanek noted that the Air Force has also proposed eliminating the A-10 in multiple budgets, but the Warthog has survived.

“We’re always looking at force structure options for the future,” Stefanek said. “Until it is something that we put in our budget as a proposal, it’s just another option that could be pursued. Just because it’s an option doesn’t mean we’ll pursue it.”

Original post airforcetimes.com

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Rafale fighter jet emerging as front runner for Malaysia

Rafale appears in the lead as Malaysia seeks new fighter jets: defense source

 Wed Mar 22, 2017 | 7:08am EDT

By Joseph Sipalan | LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA

France’s Rafale fighter jet is emerging as the frontrunner as Malaysia looks to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, a source in the Southeast Asian nation’s defense ministry said on Wednesday, despite narrowing its defense spending this year.

French President Francois Hollande was expected to make a pitch for the Rafale, made by Dassault Aviation SA, when he and his team visit Malaysia next week, the source said.

“The ministry’s top leadership have been promoting the Rafale,” said the source, who was not authorized to speak to media on the negotiations.

“It’s been done in promotional material for LIMA, and even at top government meetings,” the source said, referring to this week’s biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.

Malaysia was looking to buy up to 18 jets in a deal potentially worth more than $2 billion, the source said.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was reported in media as saying that the race for new fighter jets has narrowed down to the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by BAE Systems.

The plan is to replace the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF) squadron of Russian MiG-29 combat planes, nearly half of which are grounded.

Dassault, which declined comment when approached, has kept a low profile in the race. BAE has been on a consistent and public campaign over the past six years to win the Malaysia contract, even establishing a regional office in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Steve Osborne, BAE’s sales director for military air and information for the Asia Pacific region, said the Typhoon had a good chance of landing the deal as the company already supplied defense equipment to Malaysia.

“We believe this gives the government of Malaysia the confidence in us that they may go with us…,” said Osborne.

An industry and a government source with knowledge of the negotiations said any decision would take at least two more years, as Prime Minister Najib Razak is focused on more domestic concerns in the run up to national polls that must be held by 2018.

Malaysia cut its total defense budget by 12.7 percent to 15.1 billion ringgit ($3.41 billion) this year, as Najib grapples with growing public discontent over rising living costs.

Besides Dassault and BAE, other suitors courting Malaysia are Russia’s Sukhoi and Sweden’s SAAB, which is selling its single engine Gripen.

Two industry sources said Sukhoi was also in talks with Indonesia, potentially to deliver up to two full squadrons of the new SU-35 planes. An Indonesian ministry official said in November that the ministry was looking to buy “nine or 10” of the planes, though the award had not been finalised.

SAAB, which is proposing a lease arrangement with Malaysia for use of the Gripen, is also in the running for a deal to deliver 36 single engine multi-role combat aircraft to the Philippines, according to an industry source who has direct knowledge of the negotiations.

“We’re expecting a decision by the Philippine government between 2018 and 2020. Their procurement process is scheduled to happen between 2021 and 2024,” the source said.

Defense spending in the Asia Pacific region is expected to hit $250 billion from 2016-20, IHS Janes Defence Weekly said in December, spurred by rising tension in the South China Sea where China has created several islands, worrying the United States and some of China’s neighbors.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have claims.

(Editing by Praveen Menon and Nick Macfie)

Original post reuters.com

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Malaysia was looking to buy up to 18 jets in a deal potentially worth more than $2 billion, the source said.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was reported in media as saying that the race for new fighter jets has narrowed down to the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by BAE Systems.

Well at least it’s $50 million cheaper than the Typhoon but still in the high end…….18 Rafale $4.5 billion (@$250m/unit) – 18 Typhoon $5.4 billion (@$300m/unit)……..

SAAB, which is proposing a lease arrangement with Malaysia for use of the Gripen, is also in the running for a deal to deliver 36 single engine multi-role combat aircraft to the Philippines, according to an industry source who has direct knowledge of the negotiations.

“We’re expecting a decision by the Philippine government between 2018 and 2020. Their procurement process is scheduled to happen between 2021 and 2024,” the source said.

Good going Philippines…….36 Gripen $3.35 billion (@$93m/unit)………

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