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Army’s new light tank competition kicks off | defense news
Washington — The Army’s effort to bring a Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) capability to infantry brigade combat teams -- a near-term priority laid out in the service’s combat vehicle modernization strategy -- has officially kicked off with the release of a request for proposals on Nov. 21.

The service issued several draft RFPs to industry throughout the year to make clear what it is looking for from base requirements to objective features and several companies came forward during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in October with offerings while others remained tight-lipped.

The Army has made clear that it will skip the development phase in favor of commercially ready vehicle options.

Similar to how the Army procured its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the service will have up to two companies build engineering and manufacturing development pre-production vehicles and will ultimately choose a winner.

General Discussion / 7m class high-speed boats from Japan
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:54:12 PM »
Japan turns over high-speed boats to boost PH search and rescue work, drive vs terror | Interaksyon - November 22, 2017
Ambassador Koji Haneda attended the Turnover Ceremony on November 20, 2017, of three 7m class fast boats (Rigid Hull Inflated Boats: RHIBs) and the Commissioning Ceremony of three 44m class patrol vessels (Multi-Role Response Vessels: MRRVs) at the Headquarters of the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG).

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The three 7m class high-speed boats are the first batch of the 13 high-speed boats that will be provided to the Philippines with Japan’s grant. They are provided in response to President Duterte’s direct request, according to a news release from the Japanese embassy.

The three vessels turned over this week by Japan. Hand Photo /

Information Technology & Cyber Security / Re: War Against Fake News
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:49:36 PM »
Bill seeking to criminalize fake news potentially unconstitutional – advocates | Interaksyon - November 22, 2017
MANILA – A coalition of Southeast Asian press freedom advocates has called on the Senate not to pass a bill seeking to criminalize fake news, calling the measure “potentially unconstitutional,” and inconsistent with the country’s international treaty obligations.

In a letter read during a forum in Makati Nov. 17, addressed to Sen. Grace Poe, chair of the public information and mass media committee, the Advocates for Freedom of Expression Coalition Southeast-Asia (AFEC-SEA) said Senate Bill 1492 “as currently worded is overbroad and is potentially unconstitutional, if passed, for being inconsistent with Section 4, article III of the 1987 Constitution.”

The provision prohibits the passage of any law abridging freedom of speech, expression and of the press.

SB No. 1492 is also incompatible with the Philippines’ treaty obligation under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which guarantees the right to freedom of expression, said AFEC-SEA, led by CenterLaw Philippines.

AFEC-SEA, formed in September 2015 to champion freedom of expression in the region, is composed of 12 civil society organizations from Cambodia,Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Submarines and ASW / Re: SharpEye Radar for Pakistan Navy submarine upgrade
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:17:18 PM »
SharpEye Radar for Pakistan Navy Submarine Agosta 90B Upgrade | Navy Recognition - 22 November 2017
Following the announcement in February 2017 that Kelvin Hughes will be supplying the SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system to the mid-life upgrade program for the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B-class (also known as the Khalid class diesel electric attack submarine), the order for the next submarine in this program has been placed.

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Working with Turkish defence contractor STM, the main contractor for the refurbishment programme, Kelvin Hughes will supply the SharpEye™ system to the first submarine in 2018 and the second in 2019.

The upgrades are being performed at the Karachi Pakistan Naval Shipyard however specific details concerning each submarine in the program have not been disclosed.

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Submarines and ASW / SSK Agosta 90B class submarine
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:15:21 PM »
From: Naval Technology

The Agosta submarines designed by DCN (now DCNS) of France, are currently in service with the French, Spanish and Pakistan navies. The Agosta 90B is an improved version featuring higher performance and a new combat system.

The new submarine features a higher level of automation, which has resulted in the ship’s crew being reduced from 54 to 36. Other improvements include a new battery for increased range, a deeper diving capability of 350m resulting from the use of new materials including HLES 80 steel, and a reduced acoustic signature through the installation of new suspension and isolation systems.

Second RAN Air Warfare Destroyer Brisbane Started Sea Trials | Navy Recognition - 20 November 2017
This first phase of sea trials will test the ship’s propulsion, manoeuvring, control and navigation systems and will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year to test Brisbane’s combat and communications systems.

Australia' second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Brisbane has entered the first phase of sea trials. AWD Alliance picture.

US Navy Accepts 5th MUOS Satellite from Lockheed Martin | Navy Recognition - 20 November 2017
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC).

Developed for the U.S. Navy by Lockheed Martin, the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is revolutionizing secure ultra-high frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM) for mobile forces.

MUOS radio terminal users -- supporting mobile, tactical ground, sea or air operations -- can seamlessly connect around the globe and into the Global Information Grid, as well as into the Defense Switching Network. MUOS’ new capabilities include simultaneous crystal-clear voice, and video and mission data on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

Delivering the next generation of narrowband communications, each MUOS satellite has two payloads supporting both these new Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) waveform capabilities and the legacy UHF satellite communications system, still used by many mobile forces today. Once operational, MUOS will provide 16 times the capacity of the legacy system it will eventually replace.

The MUOS network is sustained by an initial configuration of four orbiting satellites (MUOS 1-4) and four relay ground stations. An on-orbit spare, MUOS-5, will ensure the network is always available to support U.S. and allied mobile forces, as well as actively supporting the legacy UHF system.


AFRL pursues 3D printing technology | Janes - 21 November 2017
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is examining whether three-dimensional (3D) printing can be used in a safe, reliable manner, for aircraft parts.

But 3D printing parts can make them susceptible to fatigue.

“Additive manufacturing behaves poorly in that way because if you just print the parts and you leave the surface like it was printed that is where you initiate all these fatigue flaws and cracks,” Miller explained. “So, what I have to do is machine off all those surfaces to get it to work.

“This is the type of research we are doing to learn and understand where we can use additive manufacturing and what kind of boost processing we need to do, [for] what applications, based on the design requirements of the parts,” he said.

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AFRL has had success printing the ducts using plastic material. The effort has resulted in significant lead time and cost improvements simply because the air force didn’t need to buy hundreds of ducts, they just needed 10.

Stealth / Re: F-35 Lightning II
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:01:10 PM »
USAF commences Pacific deployment of F-35 | Janes - 22 November 2017
Twelve aircraft and more than 300 personnel from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings (FWs) based at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah have now begun Theater Security Package (TSP) operations out of Kadena Air Base (AB).

The deployment which began earlier in November will see the F-35As operate alongside USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle fighters from the 18th FW that are co-located at Kadena AB. For the next six months, the TSP will provide reassurance to regional allies that will primarily take the form of joint training missions.

A US Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off on 16 November at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-35A is being deployed under USPACOM’s Theater Security Package (TSP) to the Pacific. Source: US Air Force

Unmanned Vehicles / Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:58:43 PM »
China unveils two armed A-Hawk VTOL UAV models | Janes - 20 November 2017
The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled two models of its A-Hawk series of strike-capable, reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017.

The multi-rotor A-Hawk I and A-Hawk II UAVs were marketed at the exhibition as being capable of carrying out military surveillance, cargo transport, and attack missions.

AVIC displayed a quarter-scale model of its A-Hawk I (also known as Cloud-1) VTOL UAV at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017. Source: Via

Directed-energy weapons / Re: Fighter Aircraft Laser Weapon
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:56:40 PM »
AFRL awards final component contract for SHiELD development | Janes - 21 November 2017
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to design, develop, and industrialise the Laser Advancement for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) component of its embryonic airborne Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) programme.

SHiELD is intended “to combine an agile, small, high-power laser system on a tactical aircraft to demonstrate an advanced self-defence capability to defend against [air-to-air and surface-to-air] missile threats and enhance survivability”. The AFRL intends to test the laser on a tactical fighter testbed platform by 2021 – the fighter type has not been disclosed.

The AFRL has split the SHiELD programme into three separate development contracts: a USD39 million contract, awarded to Northrop Grumman in August 2016, for the development and production of the SHiELD Turret Research in Aero Effects (STRAFE) – the beam control system which characterises the flight environment for atmospheric disturbances that could distort the laser beam, acquires and tracks incoming targets, determines an aim point for the laser, then ‘shapes’ and focuses the outgoing beam on the target; a USD90 million contract, awarded to Boeing in December 2016, for the Laser Pod Research & Development (LPRD) component – the LPRD contract provides for system integration into a pod, and integration of that pod onto an aircraft; and finally, the USD26.3 million contract, awarded to Lockheed Martin in early November for the development of the LANCE high-energy fibre laser.

Filipino Potential / New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:47:38 PM »
Roque: New telecom providers to come to PH | CNN Philippines - November 20, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) — Expect faster and more accessible internet soon, as new telecommunications companies will enter the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday.

"President Rodrigo Duterte offered to the People's Republic of China the privilege to operate the third telecommunications carrier in the country," Roque said in a press briefing.

Duterte met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on November 15 for a bilateral meeting after the three-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Turnbull visits Camp Aguinaldo, witnesses PH-Australia war game | Rappler - November 19, 2017
Manila, Philippines – Australian Prime Minister Malcom visited the Philippine military headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo, on Monday, November 13, to witness a war game between troops of the Australian Defense Force (ADF) and their counterparts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
About 20 Filipino and Australian troops performed a training demonstration of enhanced counter-terrorism cooperation, simulating urban operations with counter improvised explosive devise (counter-IED) scenario.

Turnbull watched the simulation with AFP chief of staff General Rey Guerrero and Philippine Army chief Lietuenant General Rolando Bautista.

Turnbull is in the Philippines for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits. The Philippines is the chair of the ASEAN this year.

Cooperation. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hails the liberation of Marawi City from ISIS-linked groups

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Humor / Pilots Grounded over ‘obscene’ stunt
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:47:01 PM »
U.S. Navy crew grounded after pilot draws penis in the sky | Reuters - November 18, 2017
The incident took place in skies over Okanogan County in Washington state on Thursday, when a Navy E/A-18 Growler warplane flew the unusual air pattern.

Images of a condensed air trail in the shape of a penis immediately went viral on social media. A local television station said one mother in Okanogan County was concerned she might have to explain them to her young children.

YouTube video: US navy pilots grounded after drawing p*nis in the sky

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