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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 /

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.

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.


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.

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

From: Airforce Technology
The GE CF6 series turbofan engine is incorporated into the Kawasaki C-2 transport jet. Image courtesy of BabyNuke.Kawasaki C-2 is an advanced military transport aircraft designed and manufactured by Japan-based Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Image courtesy of hvhv.The Kawasaki C-1 transport aircraft is the base model for the development of the C-2. Image courtesy of Toshiro Aoki.The GE CF6 series turbofan engine is incorporated into the Kawasaki C-2 transport jet. Image courtesy of BabyNuke.Kawasaki C-2 is an advanced military transport aircraft designed and manufactured by Japan-based Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Image courtesy of hvhv.

Kawasaki C-2 (previously known as XC-2) is an advanced military transport aircraft designed and manufactured by Japan-based Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). The aircraft is suitable for military and commercial transport and is being built to meet the requirements of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).

The C-2 is a derivative of the Kawasaki C-1 transport aircraft. Approximately 40 C-2s are initially scheduled to be manufactured.

Kawasaki built two prototypes of the C-2 by 2010. The maiden flight of the first prototype took place at Kakamigahara in Gifu Prefecture in January 2010, and was delivered to the JASDF in March 2010.

The second prototype completed its maiden flight in January 2011, and was delivered to the JASDF in March 2011. The first serial production aircraft was delivered to the JASDF in June 2016. The first flight of the third prototype took place in May 2016.

A C-2 transport aircraft is deployed at Miho Air Base in Tottori Prefecture on Thursday. | KYODO
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Navy Times
A Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and collided with the guided-missile destroyer Benfold during a routine towing exercise Saturday, a 7th Fleet release said.

“No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage,” 7th Fleet officials said.

A full damage assessment is underway, according to officials.

The guided missile destroyer Benfold was struck by a Japanese tug boat that lost control of its propulsion. (MC3 Nathan Burke/Navy)

Unmanned Vehicles / Hermes 45
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:43:35 AM »
Elbit Systems grows Hermes family with new tactical system | Jane's 360 - 15 November 2017
The Hermes 45 draws on technology from the wider Hermes family of UAS, and Jane’s understands that it has a maximum operating endurance of in excess of 24 hours – more akin to that of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) system.

The air vehicle has a blended wing design with a combustion engine driving a pusher propeller. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 65 kg, including a payload capacity of up to 15 kg, and can simultaneously operate with up to three payloads.

Hermes 45 is primarily intended as an ISR asset, payloads earmarked for the UAS include electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, maritime radar, and electronic and signals intelligence systems, among others.

Hermes 45 draws on technology developed for the wider Hermes family. Source: Elbit Systems

Miscellaneous / Robot Duel
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:59:40 AM »
The USA vs. Japan giant robot duel showed that making giant robots is hard | The Verge - Oct 18, 2017

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YouTube videos:

* USA Challenges Japan To Gian Robot Duel!

* Response To Robot Duel Challenge

* The Giant Robot Duel

Malaysia / Malaysia seeks Light Combat Aircraft
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:29:51 AM »
Malaysia seeks Light Combat Aircraft as part of wider modernisation plans | IHS Jane's 360 - 07 November 2017
Malaysia is looking to acquire a new ‘low-end’ fighter and attack aircraft as part of wider plans to better tailor its combat capabilities to meet current and future threats, an air force official said on 7 November.

Speaking under the Chatham House rule, the official said that the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) procurement programme is looking for a single-engined, supersonic platform to augment its fleets of single-seat BAE Systems Hawk and twin-engined Boeing F/A-18D Hornet and Sukhoi Su-30 ‘Flanker’ fighters.

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The official noted that Malaysia’s traditional approach of acquiring large twin-seat and twin-engined aircraft because of its large maritime areas is now just too expensive given the downturn in the economy caused by the drop in the international oil price. “We cannot now do this because of our economic situation and so must now find something that is cheaper to buy and operate.” As well as being an air defender and ground-attack aircraft, the LCA should also serve as a lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) platform and should be ready for fielding in about 2021/22.

Discussions about all nations and places / Blue Flag exercise
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:50:50 PM »
Blue Flag provides doctrinally correct air, space, and cyberspace crisis action planning. It also provides command and control training for joint and coalition air components and operational-level headquarters in a constructive environment.

Throughout history, Blue Flag exercises have played a major role in preparing commands for various wars including the Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield and various humanitarian operations.

These exercises attempt to duplicate real-world theater conditions and procedures as closely as possible. The goal is to train commanders and staff officers so that, in a war emergency, they can immediately participate in directing an air war and make smart decisions during the critical first days of an engagement.

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Combat plans develop the operation, and combat operations execute the plan. Meanwhile, intelligence supports these divisions during the exercise. Strategy ensures the plan of the joint force air component commander, the leader of the AOC and AFFOR staff, is executed. The final component is the air mobility division which determines how supplies and manpower are utilized and delivered.


T129 Attack Helicopter

The T129 multirole attack helicopter is being developed jointly by AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) under the attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter (ATAK) programme. The helicopter is based on the AW129 and its predecessor the A129 Mangusta.

In March 2007, the Turkish Armed Forces placed a $3bn contract with AgustaWestland for 51, plus 41 optional, A129 Mangusta helicopters to be assembled as the T-129 by TAI, the prime contractor for the ATAK programme.

Aselsan supplies avionics and mission equipment, while AgustaWestland acts as a subcontractor to TAI. The helicopters will be delivered to Turkey in two different configurations: TUC-1 and TUC-2.

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YouTube video: Turkish Military T129 ATAK Attack Helicopter

Discussions about all nations and places / Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:02:57 AM »
From: Military Today

The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO designation Fullback) was developed primarily for the strike/attack role to replace the Su-24 Fencer. It is a derivative of the Su-27 Flanker, easily distinguished by its side-by-side cockpit and 'platypus' nose.

   First flown in 1990, this aircraft was originally designated the Su-27IB. In 1995 a pre-production aircraft, designated as the Su-32, was revealed. Development was slow due to limited funding. Until 2004 a total of 8 pre-production aircraft were built for trials and evaluation. A couple of years ago Russian Air Force has adopted the Su-34 designation for this aircraft. The Su-34 officially entered service with the Russian Air Force in 2014. As of 2015 Russian Air Force operates 76 of these attack aircraft. It was stated that total Russia's requirement is for 200 interdictors of new type. The Su-34 is also proposed for export customers, however it received no orders to date. Upgrade programmes continue for surviving Russian Su-24s to extend their service lives.

   The Su-34 Fullback design retains the Su-27s basic layout, construction of the airframe, engines, most of its wing structure, tail and substantial part of onboard equipment. It also uses canards of the Su-30 for improved maneuverability. Aircraft has entirely new nose and forward fuselage with cockpit. The advantage of a side-by-side cockpit is that duplicate instruments are not required for each pilot. It is also more comfortable on longer missions. The Su-34 has a modern glass cockpit, with color multi-function displays. Nose section of the Fullback accommodates advanced multi-mode phased array radar, capable of terrain following. Cockpit and some other crucial components and systems are armored. Aircraft is fitted with comprehensive electronic counter measures equipment.

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Discussions about all nations and places / Thailand local-made MRAP
« on: November 01, 2017, 09:42:08 PM »
Thai Marines continue to test local-made Phantom 380-X1 MRAP | Army Recognition - 01 November 2017
The Royal Thai Marine Corps continues to test prototype of local-made Phantom 380-X1 4x4 MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle manufactured by the Thai Company Panus Assembly. The vehicle has been designed to be used for counter-terrorist

Currently, two vehicles Phantom 380X-1 are in service with the Royal Thai Marine Corps deployed in the country’s troubled southern border region.


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China Topics / PLAAF Logistics Solutions
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:00:57 AM »
PLAAF exploring new logistics solutions with Chinese commercial companies | Air Recognition - 27 October 2017
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force will cooperate with five Chinese non-military companies to upgrade civil-military logistics integration, according to an agreement between the companies and the PLA air force logistics department.

The five companies are SF Express, China Railway Express, China Postal Express & Logistics, Deppon Logistics and JD Logistics.

A Y-8 transport aircraft taxis to the runway as others sit on the flightline prior to a flight training exercise in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on March 10, 2017 ( Chang)

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