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Singapore launches seventh Littoral Mission Vessel | Janes - 20 August 2018
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The warship, which will be known in service as RSS Dauntless (21) once commissioned, was launched on 18 August at ST Engineering Marine’s facilities in Benoi. Dauntless is part of a contract for eight 80 m LMVs signed between ST Marine and the Singapore Ministry of Defence in 2013.


The seventh Littoral Mission Vessel, <I>Dauntless</I> , which was launched by ST Engineering&#8217;s Marine Sector on 18 August 2018. (ST Engineering Marine)

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USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract | Janes - 16 August 2018
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The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August.

This long-term availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernisation, and repairs, the US Navy (USN) said. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to USD154.8 million. Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by December 2019.

With the Cowpens contract, the USN is starting the modernisation of the second half of its 22-cruiser fleet. During the first years of this decade, the service tried to essentially mothball the fleet, but Congress forced it to keep, repair, and upgrade the ships instead.


Guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens is slated to be overhauled and modernised Source: US Navy

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Malaysia / Malaysia’s maritime patrol requirements
« on: August 19, 2018, 02:35:08 PM »
Malaysia considers mix of manned, unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance requirements | Janes - 12 August 2018
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Key Points
* The Malaysian government is studying further options for the country’s maritime surveillance requirements
* Country will likely operate a combination of manned and unmanned systems to fulfil the role

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China Topics / China’s marine corps
« on: August 19, 2018, 02:22:19 PM »
US expects China’s marine corps to grow to more than 30,000 personnel | Janes - 17 August 2018
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Released on 16 August, the 130 page-long report states that the corps, which is currently believed to comprise of about 20,000 troops, will consist of seven brigades within the next two years and expand its mission to include expeditionary operations on foreign soil, as PLANMC forces are already operating out of the PLA’s base in Djibouti.

The DoD report also pointed out that the PLANMC, which has a newly established headquarters for manning, training, and equipping the expanded corps, may also incorporate an aviation brigade, which could provide an organic helicopter transport and attack capability, thus increasing its amphibious and expeditionary warfare capabilities.

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Barak-8 to equip Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvettes | Janes - 15 August 2018
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes.

Designated Sa’ar 6 in Israeli service, the new corvettes are being acquired under the provisions of an agreement between Israel and Germany that was finalised in May 2015. The contract for the Barak-8 system to equip the Sa’ar corvettes was awarded in early August by a team comprising the Israeli Navy and the Directorates of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) and Production and Procurement (DOPP) within the MoD. The value of the contract, the number of missiles to be procured within the systems, and the system delivery timelines were not disclosed.

The Barak 8 system was selected following a series of successful demonstrations from an Israeli Navy Sa’ar 5 corvette, on which the Barak 8 long-range system is currently installed. However, the Barak 8 solution for the Sa’ar 6 corvettes will leverage IAI’s new Barak-MX concept: an adaptive naval- and land-based air and missile defence solution centred on its family of Barak high-speed interceptors.

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First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania | Janes - 10 August 2018
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The US State Department approved the FMS of 54 HIMARS launchers to Romania in August 2017. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement at the time valued the sale at USD1.25 billion, including related support and equipment.

In addition to 54 HIMARS launchers, Romania has requested 162 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) warheads, 54 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), 30 Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, and 24 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), in addition to 30 Humvees and logistics vehicles.


The US Army Contracting Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales contract for the first 18 M142 HIMARS launchers for Romania. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

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Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Armored boat ?
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:48:49 AM »
Brazil takes delivery of locally built armoured attack boat | Janes - 10 August 2018
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The Command of the 8th Naval District (Com8DN) of the Brazilian Navy took delivery in July of its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack multi-mission armoured craft, called Poraquê , from local firm DGS Defense.

The boat, the first heavily armoured craft of its size for Brazil, primarily reinforces the service’s ability to execute a wide range of missions in the 1,350 km 2 Itaipu Lake, which borders Brazil and Paraguay and hosts a major hydro-electric power plant. Poraquê will make it easier to conduct operations with other local government agencies.

The high-speed hybrid tubular rigid boat is 9.2 m long, has a beam of 2.85 m, weighs 4.8 tonnes and has a maximum operational weight of 6.8 tonnes. Operated by a crew of one with space for up to 14 passengers, it has a range of 600 km and can achieve speeds in excess of 35 kt.

A fully armoured cabin and hull provide ballistic protection to Level NIJ III.


The Brazilian Navy's Com8DN has received its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack craft. Source: Luiz Padilha

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China Topics / China's hypersonic waverider
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:46:31 AM »
China claims successful test of hypersonic waverider | Janes - 10 August 2018
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The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of state-owned space and defence technology prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), announced on 3 August that it has successfully developed and tested China’s first experimental hypersonic waverider, called Xing Kong-2 (Starry Sky-2).

The institute stated on its official social media account that the hypersonic test vehicle was first carried by a solid-propellant rocket supplied by the Fourth Academy of the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC), also known as the CASIC Delivery Technology Technical Research Institute.

CAAA claimed that the test vehicle – which it said had been in development for three years – was launched from an undisclosed launch facility in northwestern China and separated cleanly from the booster rocket following a 10-minute ascent and controlled transition, successfully engaging its own propulsion system to perform independent flight for over 400 seconds, attaining a maximum speed of Mach 6 and flight ceiling of 30 km (98,425 km/h).

The internally funded demonstration was aimed at validating core technologies that are vital to hypersonic flight, with CAAA noting that the test vehicle was subsequently recovered in its complete state at a designated landing zone.


An official image of the launch vehicle carrying the Starry Sky-2 waverider test vehicle during a 3 August test in northwestern China. Source: CASC

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Space / China's satellite imagery capability
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:44:51 AM »
China closing the satellite imagery capability gap | Janes - 14 August 2018
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A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the maximum resolution provided by US imaging satellites.

China’s state-owned Xinhua news agency reported that the Gaofen 11 satellite is an “optical remote-sensing satellite” that was carried aloft by a Long March 4B rocket “as part of the country’s high-resolution Earth observation project”. An article in the Science & Technology Daily , the news outlet of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, noted that the satellite’s ground resolution was “at the sub-metre level”.

Previous Gaofen satellites are part of the civil China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS). However, Gaofen 11 was not included in previously released information related to the civil programme, so it is likely that this satellite will have a primarily military role.


China launched the Gaofen 11 optical remote-sensing satellite from a Long March 4B rocket on 31 July. Source: Via Chinanews.com

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Discussions about all nations and places / Re: F-15X
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:59:26 AM »
From: Defense One - July 25, 2018

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New Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the US Air Force

The new F-15 combat aircraft that Boeing is pitching to the U.S. Air Force would have a single-seat cockpit and a host of new weapons, including anti-ship missiles, Defense One has learned.

If the Air Force bites, the so-called F-15X would be the Pentagon’s first new Eagles since a 2002 purchase of the air-to-ground variant known as the F-15E Strike Eagle. But various allies have purchased newer variants of the Cold War air-superiority fighter, as recently as last year. The X version would largely resemble the ones Qatar ordered in 2017, tuned up with the latest technology for the new era of great-power competition envisioned in the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy, according to people with knowledge of the plane’s development.

Boeing officials declined to comment.

The Air Force and Boeing have been talking about how new F-15Xs would be cheaper to operate than the current fleet of F-15s, which date as far back as the early 1980s. The talks have been going on for over a year, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

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From: The Drive - July 25, 2018
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Exclusive: Unmasking The F-15X, Boeing's F-15C/D Eagle Replacement Fighter

USAF Looks Back To The Future

The F-15X came out of a quiet USAF inquiry to Boeing and Lockheed Martin about fielding an aircraft that could seamlessly plug into their existing air combat infrastructure as part of better-defined high-low capability mix strategy—one intended to specifically help counter the service's shrinking force structure.

The airframe would have to be cost-effective both in terms of operation and acquisition, very low-risk, and most of all, it would need to be non-disruptive to the larger F-35 procurement initiative. If anything else, it had to be seen as complementary to the F-35, not as an alternative to it.

The USAF has not procured a 4th generation fighter since 2001. This was over 15 years before the discussions that led to the F-15X began. For a decade and a half, USAF brass had been adamant about only buying stealthy 5th generation fighters to fill out its tactical jet ranks. Even upgrading or retaining existing and battle-proven fighter platforms was in question early in the current decade as the service was myopically focused on stabilizing the F-35 program. Tightened defense budgets under sequester didn't help with the situation, either.

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So the F-15X initiative is not some cold-call Boeing pitch, it was born out of hundreds of ever-strengthening discussions between various stakeholders within USAF and the aircraft manufacturer. All parties involved had worked hard not to disclose the talks out of respect for ongoing procurement programs and the USAF's stated needs. Additionally, doing so without providing adequate detail would surely result in the F-15X being misconstrued by the press as being some huge challenger to the F-35, when that was never actually the case or the scope of the proposed initiative.

The F-15X Concept Is Born

The result of those discussions is the F-15X. Our sources describe the aircraft as a single seat variant of the latest F-15 advanced Strike Eagle derivative—the F-15QA destined for Qatar—but it will also integrate many of the features and upgrades that the USAF intends (or intended as it may be) to include on its nearly four-decade-old F-15C/D fleet. And no, the aircraft is not a repackaging of the semi-stealthy F-15 Silent Eagle concept that Boeing floated nearly a decade ago. The F-15X features no low-observable enhancements of any kind.

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The US Military Just Partially Banned Geolocatable Cellphones. That’s a Start. | defenseone - August 6, 2018
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In January, researchers discovered that Strava, a “social network for athletes,” enabled anyone to track users wearing a FitBit or similar IoT device. This is a potential threat to  individuals, but an even greater one to a military: by looking at Strava tracks around the globe, researchers could track large-scale troop movements and even identify secret military bases.

Now, it’s been revealed that the Polar fitness tracker was exposing user data as well. Researchers reportedly discovered 6,400 users in sensitive locations, “including the NSA, the White House, MI6 in London, and the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.” Even names were exposed, including officers at the French DGSE in Paris and the Russian GRU in Moscow. The researchers could even apparently trace—as explained in a disturbing report—the movement of a single intelligence officer to their home.

The Pentagon has begun to grasp the implications. On Aug. 3, Defense leaders issued a department-wide edict: “Effective immediately, Defense Department personnel are prohibited from using geolocation features and functionality on government and non-government-issued devices, applications, and services while in locations designated as operational areas.”

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Second Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer Delivered to Royal Australian Navy | navy recognition - 09 AugustT 2018
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NUSHIP Brisbane is the second of three destroyers being built and integrated by the AWD Alliance, comprised of the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC Shipbuilding with support from Navantia Australia. In the coming months, NUSHIP Brisbane will sail from Adelaide to Sydney where she will be commissioned into service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The successful delivery of both HMAS Hobart and NUSHIP Brisbane is a further demonstration of the truly sovereign and unique shipbuilding and systems integration capability that the AWD program has built for Australia.

Hobart-class AWDs will provide air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft. The Aegis Combat System incorporating the state-of-the-art phased array radar, AN/SPY 1D(V), in combination with the SM-2 missile, will provide an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150km.


NUSHIP Brisbane during sea trials. Picture: AWD Alliance

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Harris secures $400M order for F-16 AIDEWS systems | Air Recognition - 09 August 2018
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Harris will provide AN/ALQ-211(V)4/9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) systems, spares and engineering support to several allied countries as part of a Foreign Military Sales contract through the U.S. Air Force, further expanding the system’s presence on F-16s worldwide. The ALQ-211 detects and protects aircraft from lethal threats and provides multi-spectral – radio frequency, infrared and laser – situational awareness. The systems can be installed inside an aircraft fuselage or as a wing-mounted pod.

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AFP Modernization & Defense Acquisitions / Re: Spike missile projects
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:33:20 AM »
Philippine Navy completes sea acceptance test of Spike ER missile system | Janes - 09 August 2018
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Representatives from Rafael Defense Systems and the Philippine Navy (PN) have concluded sea acceptance test of the Spike Extended Range (ER) surface-to-surface missile systems from on board the service’s multipurpose attack craft (MPAC).

The test was conducted on 9 August off the peninsula of Bataan, and involved the firing of a single round at a moored seaborne target located about 6 km away, said the PN’s office of public affairs. With the test, the service is now officially equipped with its first-ever anti-surface missile capabilities.

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The latest three vessels in the class, which have been referred to as the MPAC Mk III boats by PN officials, are equipped with Rafael’s Typhoon MLS ER launchers, and Mini Typhoon 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon systems.

The Typhoon MLS ER launcher incorporates an electro-optical director and fire-control system, and can be operated in either fire-and-forget, fire, observe, and update, or fire-and-steer modes, the last of which allows for missile launches without a pre-locked target.

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