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Discussions about all nations and places / Re: USAF’s T-X trainer program
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:18:19 PM »
Boeing taps Triumph for T-X offer | Shephard Media - 19th September 2017
Boeing has selected Triumph Group as a major supplier for its T-X US Air Force training jet offer, the company announced on 15 September.

Under this agreement, if the air force awards the contract to Boeing, Triumph’s Aerospace Structures will supply the wing, vertical tail and horizontal tail structures for the aircraft.

Triumph Group produces a broad portfolio of aviation and industrial components, accessories, subassemblies, systems and aircraft structures.

Boeing is teamed with Saab for the T-X programme. The team is also working on plans to establish manufacturing and production capability in the US should the Boeing and Saab solution be selected.

Stealth / Re: B-21 Raider / Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B)
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:08:40 PM »
Rand ‘cautiously optimistic’ about B-21, looking to B-2 for lessons learned | Defense news
Rand also said that the service and Northrop are working together to form an informal group to study the B-2 program for lessons that can be applied to the next-generation bomber.

“We’re already putting together a team to make sure that we do a deep dive” into the history of the B-2, which was also produced by Northrop. “What were the strengths? What were the weaknesses? Where could we have gotten better on our side? How could it have gotten better on their side?”

Perhaps the biggest lesson Rand has already taken from the B-2, whose production was famously curtailed at just 21 due to cost overruns and delays, is ensuring the program remains on track will be vital to any hopes of hitting a production minimum of 100 planes.

Air Force could ground more than 100 A-10s as early as FY18 as life of wings runs out | Defense news
Although the service plans to keep the majority of its A-10 fleet into the forseeable future, leaders have acknowledged that it will be forced to retire three Warthog squadrons unless it is given money for new wings. Currently, 109 out of 281 A-10s need their wings replaced to extend their lives to 16,000 flight hours.

But even if Congress funds the additional wingsets, the Air Force will not be able to hold a competition, award a contract and modify its A-10s with new wings before the service life of at least some of the the old wings runs out, said Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command.

As a stopgap measure, AFMC is considering harvesting wings from A-10s mothballed in the boneyards of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, refurbishing them and fitting them on Warthogs as their wings age out. But that “gives us a few more hours, not as many as new wings do,” Pawlikowski said, acknowledging that the situation was far from optimal.

Airman Akila Shrefler, A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief with the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, prepares an A-10 Sept. 13, 2017, for departure from Columbus AFB, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

General Discussion / Re: Maute Terrorist Group and Updates
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:56:38 PM »
3 Maute brothers killed; Omar still alive, says AFP | - September 18, 2017
“Based on the debriefing of those captured and surrendered, si Omar Maute na lang ang nabubuhay. Abdullah, Madi at Otto, patay na lahat,” AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año  said in a press conference on Monday.

There are seven Maute siblings, but Omar and Abdullah led the fighters in Marawi City after they tried to evade the government’s arrest of purported leader of Islamic State in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon last May 23.

Other Maute siblings are not as prominent as Omar and Abdullah.

Año said their information was based on the accounts of three arrested Maute members and a surrenderee.

Saab pitching new Gripen Agressor for the US ADAIR program | Air Recognition - 19 September 2017
Defense and security company Saab is exploring the potential for the recently announced Gripen Aggressor, to meet the needs of the United States Air Force (USAF) for Adversary Air (ADAIR) combat training. The new Gripen Aggressor with its unique mix of high performance, and advanced sensor and datalink capabilities, combined with a low life cycle cost, provide a perfect solution for this unique requirement.

There is a growing segment within the adversary air combat training market for highly advanced aggressor capabilities to be able to perform more realistic combat training. Gripen Aggressor, recently unveiled at the DSEI exhibition in London, UK, provides an exceptionally capable, dissimilar opponent aircraft system. It is able to perform the advanced combat maneuvering and networking tactics needed to represent a realistic peer or near-peer adversary threat for current and future pilots.

The USAF solicitation for ADAIR indicates the need for a high performance, highly capable dissimilar aircraft platform to meet the Level C requirements as outlined in the solicitation document. Fighter pilots need to train advanced combat tactics against peer and near-peer opponents, which is exactly what Gripen Aggressor can provide.

Saab's Gripen Agressor concept at DSEi 2017

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: F-15 Eagle
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:51:17 PM »
Lockheed's Legion Pod selected as IRST system for the USAF F-15C fleet | Air Recognition - 19 September 2017
Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod has been selected as the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for the U.S. Air Force's F-15C fleet. Lockheed Martin will produce more than 130 systems, which will be delivered for aircraft integration.

Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod fitted on an F-15C aircraft (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

China Topics / PLAAF increasing focus on long-range missions
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:49:38 PM »
Air Recognition - 20 September 2017
The Chinese Air Force will continue to transform from a territorial air defense unit into an extended arm capable of protecting national interests wherever they exist, according to its new commander. Lieutenant General Ding Laihang said that as China becomes stronger and security challenges continue to emerge, the military is striving to ensure it can safeguard national interests anywhere in the world.

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The second priority is that the Air Force must improve its capabilities in coordinating different types of aircraft and air defense missiles in an operation, and also nurture joint operation capabilities with other services, like the PLA Navy and Rocket Force, Wang added.

Citing the new-generation strategic bomber that is under development, Wang suggested the Air Force start studying the plane's usage in future warfare and work closely with designers to make sure the engine and flight-control system are good and reliable.

A PLAAF H-6K strategic bomber at Zhuhai Air Show 2016

A PLAAF Y-20 strategic transport aircraft at Zhuhai Air Show 2016

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: US Navy FFG(X) program
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:41:19 PM »
See also: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin Unveils LCS 125M Concept Design for US Navy FFG(X) | Navy Recognition - 13 September 2017
At DSEI 2017, the international defense trade show currently held in London, UK, Lockheed Martin unveiled the new LCS 125 meters. A company representative explained that this "concept" is representative of Lockheed Martin's answer to the U.S. Navy FFG(X) requirement.

The new LCS 125M unveiled at DSEI 2017

The new LCS 125M features no less that 16x anti-ship missile

Lockheed Martin's LCS 125M at DSEI 2017

Additions on this frigate compared to the baseline LCS include Nulka decoy launchers, SEWIP, SeaRAM, fire control radars...

The LCS 125M features bilge keels aft while the propulsion system remains unchanged

Discussions about all nations and places / US Navy FFG(X) program
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:41:05 PM »
From: UK Type 26 Global Combat Ships Programme

BAE joins race for new US frigate with its Type 26 vessel | Defense news
Company officials confirmed Thursday it had responded to the U.S. Navy’s request for information and were in talks with unspecified companies in the states about how it would build the ship for the FFG(X) program, according to a BAE official who spoke on background to discuss early developments.

“In terms of the technical requirements, its a good fit. ... We responded to the RFI and we’re confident its a pretty good fit,” the official said.

The Type 26, designed primarily as an anti-submarine ship, is competing hard for both the Canadian and Australian frigate programs. Anti-submarine warfare is a key requirement for FFG(X), which BAE thinks gives its frigate an edge. The design also incorporates a large mission bay that can be used as flex space for mission modules.

BAE Systems officials confirmed Thursday it had responded to the U.S. Navy’s request for information and were in talks with unspecified companies in the states about how it would build the ship. (BAE Systems)

Discussions about all nations and places / US Navy FFG(X) program
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:39:23 PM »
Navy Releases Details of New FFG(X) Guided-Missile Frigate Program in Request to Industry

The Navy released the first formal details on what it wants in its guided-missile frigate in a new request for information to industry issued today. The new ship concept outlined in the RFI in many ways resembles the Navy’s previous frigate plans but also looks at upgrades like more powerful radars and vertical-launch missile tubes.

The RFI notes the Navy is still seeking industry input on a variety of capabilities – including, how to incorporate missile launchers for Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 and Standard Missile (SM)-2, according to an early draft of the RFI obtained by USNI News.

However, the document outlines many key details on the frigate’s mission set, the weapons systems the Navy would like it to employ and the ship class’s procurement profile.

Much like the Littoral Combat Ship that currently fills the small surface combatant role, the FFG(X) mission will focus heavily on unmanned systems, using them to expand “sensor and weapon influence to provide increased information to the overall fleet tactical picture while challenging adversary ISR&T (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting) efforts.”

Chile extends Lockheed Martin support for its F-16 fleet | IHS Jane's 360 - 20 September 2017
The Chilean Air Force has secured logistics and maintenance support from Lockheed Martin for its 40 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft until June 2020.

Lockheed Martin will provide the services through a USD47.8 million foreign military sales contract.

DSEi 2017: BAE Systems developing new augmented reality wearable display | Army Recognition - 18 September 2017

BAE Systems is combining its most advanced display, tracking, and sensing technologies to develop a new, augmented reality (AR) wearable display for military and commercial customers, the British defense giant said at DSEi 2017.

The system will fit comfortably like a normal pair of glasses and use free-space tracking technology to display guidance, targeting, and mission information to the user, along with sensor video.

A conceptual demonstration of the AR ”glasses” is on exhibit at the DSEI defense and security trade show in London this week. The company is showcasing the technology in an early development stage to gain feedback from customers, which will ultimately influence the design and capabilities of the final product.

BAE Systems' innovative agumented reality "glasses" at DSEi 2017 (Credit: BAE Systems)

From: popsci

Augmented Reality Glasses Are Coming To The Battlefield

Osterhout Design Group

Using a pair of augmented reality glasses, a Marine signals intelligence (SIGINT) specialist monitors web traffic while he lies on the ground, his assault rifle trained on a nearby building. Amid the cacophony of cyber-noise in the city -- the thousands of simultaneous, harmless Skype sessions, movie streams, and Internet searches -- the Marine has zeroed in on a possible insurgent, who is currently flipping through financial data on a spreadsheet. Perhaps the suspect will make a mistake, and open up a mapping application that will show where he's planning to meet an arms dealer to buy plastique.

The Marine glances at the vital statistics on the heads-up display. The heart rate of his point man has suddenly spiked up to 110. Using a mouse mounted on the handguard of his M-16, the SIGINT specialist silently clicks open the video feed from the point man's head-mounted camera. A convoy of enemy pickups is headed directly towards the platoon. The Marine pushes out an alert to the rest of the platoon and then switches from dual-display mode to left-only as he raises his weapon to his eye.
This is what the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is working on with its ongoing AR Glasses project; when the project comes to fruition, instead of having his face in a phone or glued to a laptop, the Marine will be able to keep his gaze on the battlefield, increasing what the military calls "situational awareness." And they can also facilitate commands and information between ordinary soldiers.
The glasses have already been demonstrated at cyber-intelligence exercises in November, January, and March. Modified versions of X-6 prototypes made by the San Francisco-based Osterhout Design Group (ODG), the ONR glasses allow SIGINT soldiers to monitor a variety of enemy waveforms, indicating Internet traffic, 2G/SMS, VHF/push-to-talk radio systems, and satellite communications.

Virtual Objective
A virtual military objective as seen through a pair of R-6 augmented reality glasses. The 3-D virtual image can be keyed to any symbol, a word like "Objective 1" or a particular geographic location.
Osterhout Design Group

Unmanned Vehicles / Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:25:10 PM »
Chinese company Tengoen unveils several armed UAVs | IHS Jane's 360 - 19 September 2017
Chinese company Tengoen unveiled a series of armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 14th China–ASEAN Expo in Nanning from 12 to 15 September, including two fixed-wing and two vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs.

One of the platforms displayed in the southern Chinese city was the TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’, which the company claims is the only Chinese twin-engine, twin-boom unmanned aerial system (UAS) on the market.

Using two reciprocating engines, the 10 m-long TB001 has a wingspan of 20 m, a maximum take-off weight of 2,800 kg, an endurance of 35 hours, and a maximum range of 6,000 km.

Equipped to conduct satellite control linkage and carrying an electro-optical targeting sensor under its fuselage, the exhibited TB001 also has two underwing pylons that can be fitted with dual launchers for small missiles or bombs.

Chinese company Tengoen unveiled a series of armed reconnaissance UAVs at the 14th China–ASEAN Expo in Nanning from 12 to 15 September, including two VTOL and two fixed-wing UAVs. This image shows the company’s 10 m-long TB001 UAV. Source: Via website

Stealth / Re: F-35 Export
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:23:06 PM »
Japan aims to integrate locally produced parts into F-35s from 2018 | IHS Jane's 360 - 20 September 2017
A spokesperson from ATLA also confirmed that local component manufacturing was behind schedule and that it had failed to meet a deadline to manufacture parts for the aircraft that were ordered in 2013 and scheduled to be delivered later this year.

Under the programme, IHI Corporation is licence producing parts for the F-35’s Pratt & Whitney F135 engine while Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) is manufacturing components for the aircraft’s avionics systems designed by Northrop Grumman.

In addition, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) operates a Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility but the company does not produce F-35 components.

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