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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

Japan's C-2 airlifter makes its international debut | Defense news
Dubai — Japan showcased its new Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft for the first time amid an international crowd at the Dubai Airshow.

The air show, which runs from Nov. 12 to 16, is Japan’s first big opportunity to garner foreign interest for the C-2, which was developed and made in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

The Kawasaki C-2 transport plane was displayed on the international stage for the first time at Dubai Airshow, Nov. 12, 2017. (Jeff Martin/Staff)

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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Ambassador to NATO unsure if US will impose sanctions on Turkey for S-400 buy | Defense news
Halifax, Canada — On Friday, the U.S. ambassador to NATO stopped short of saying that that the United States will impose sanctions on Turkey if it goes through with its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system, but said Turkey understands “all of the ramifications” of its decisions.

Earlier this week, Turkey’s defense minister claimed to have wrapped up a deal with Russia for its S-400 anti-aircraft system, which NATO is concerned could hamper the interoperability of the alliances’ defenses, as a Russian system will not be able to be integrated with other NATO allies’ weapon systems.

But whether the move will trigger U.S. sanctions or other actions is still yet to be seen, said Amb. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO.

This photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, shows Russian S-400 air defense missile systems travel along the runway at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered the deployment of the S-400s to the Russian base in Syria to help protect Russian warplanes after Turkey downed a Russian military jet at the border with Syria on Tuesday. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service pool photo via AP)

Airbus showcases armed ISR variant of C295 | Jane's 360 - 13 November 2017
Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has showcased a new variant of its new C295 transport aircraft that has been equipped for the armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

The platform, which was being displayed at the Dubai Airshow, was shown alongside a representative fitment of air-to-surface weaponry provided by Roketsan of Turkey; Expal, Escribano and Equipaer of Spain; Rheinmetall of Germany; and Nobles Worldwide and US Ordnance from the United States. As noted by Airbus DS, a series of agreements have been signed with these suppliers paving the way for flight-trials to qualify their products to equip the C295.

Seen at the Dubai Airshow, the armed ISR variant of the C295 is equipped with a range of air-to-surface weaponry. Source: Airbus DS

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)

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: M-346 & Yak-130
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:12:18 PM »
Myanmar Air Force received three more Yak-130 trainer jets | Air Recognition - 17 November 2017
The first pictures of two Yak-130 trainer jets recently obtained from the Myanmar Air Force from Russia appeared on the "Myanmar Defense Weapons" Facebook page. The aircraft identification number are "1805" and "1806", which confirms the delivery of six Yak-130 vehicles to the Myanmar Air Force.

A contract to supply Myanmar with an undisclosed number of Yak-130 aircraft ("more than ten") was signed by Rosoboronexport JSC on June 22, 2015.

The sixth Yak-130 Mitten advanced jet trainer reportedly inducted by the Myanmar Air Force
(Credit: Myanmar Defence Weapons Facebook page)    

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Russian A-100 aircraft
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:10:22 PM »
Russia's A-100 AEW&C prototype aircraft makes maiden flight | Air Recognition - 19 November 2017
Russia's newest A-100 aircraft with the most advanced AEW&C system made its maiden flight on Saturday, Tass news agency said. Quoting a news release issued by Vega Radio Engineering Corporation, the designer affiliated with the Russian state-owned industrial and defense conglomerate Rostec, Tass said the A-100 made a debut flight, and the avionics and elements of the radio engineering complex of the aircraft were tested during the flight.

According to the press service, the aircraft is installed with a unique antenna system and the state-of-the-art radar equipment, which enables it to quickly build up a radar field in a predetermined direction of operation.
It can also guide fighters and bombers to hit detected air, ground and naval targets, the company said.

The A-100 aircraft, built on the base of the Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft, is expected to replace the A-50 AWACS aircraft currently in the service of the Russian Air Force.

Russia's A-100 AEW&C prototype aircraft (Credit: UAC)

Russia's A-100 AEW&C prototype aircraft (Credit: UAC)

Submarines and ASW / Re: Argentinian submarine missing
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:04:39 PM »
Argentina loses contact with one of its submarines | Jane's 360 - 17 November 2017
The navy has deployed the destroyer ARA Sarandi and the frigates ARA Rosales and ARA Drummond to search for the submarine, as well as adding aircraft to the search operation, including an S-2T Turbo Tracker and a Super King Air 300.

Conflicting reports arose during the night of 16 November claiming that ARA San Juan had been found, surfaced and with a fire in its battery compartment that had affected its communication systems, and that it was being towed to port.

An Argentine navy ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric submarine, is docked in Buenos Aires. Photo: AP via

Missing submarine’s chance of being found with crew still alive ‘fading by hour’ |
The ARA San Juan has been missing for five days in rough seas after disappearing 430 kilometres off Patagonia on the country’s south-east coast.

Rescue aircraft and vessels are ramping up the search for the sub after a series of apparent attempted distress calls yesterday raised hopes they may be alive, with an electrical problem affecting communications.

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The navy said there was enough food and air supply on board for the crew to survive for up to two weeks — but if some disaster has happened, that may not count for anything.

But as time wears on, it seems increasingly doubtful the crew is alive.

The sub went missing off the country’s south-eastern coast five days ago. Pictured, search ship Comandante Espora Argentine sails off the vessel’s destination, a naval base in Mar del Plata, where anxious relatives wait for news. Picture: AP Photo/Vicente RoblesSource:AP

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Leopard 2 MBT
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:34:30 AM »
Over half of Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 MBTs are not operationally ready | IHS Jane's 360 - 17 November 2017
German media reported on 16 November that only 95 of the 244 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) in service with the Bundeswehr are operationally ready. A further 53 vehicles – thought to be Leopard 2A6Ms – are being converted to the new Leopard 2A6M+ standard, and 86 are in a state of disrepair without any spare parts. The German report states that “the unavailability of the required replacement parts would be detrimental”.

Only 95 of the 244 Leopard 2 MBTs in service with the Bundeswehr are operationally ready, according to German media. (Rheinmetall)

Flat Tops / Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:34:00 AM »
Queen Elizabeth to formally join fleet | Jane's 360 - 17 November 2017
The UK Royal Navy’s first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier is to complete its contractors’ sea trials and formally join the fleet on 7 December.

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The ship left Portsmouth on 30 October to begin the second phase of its contractors’ trials, which are focused on proving the performance of its communications, radar, and other sensors. Open-source AIS transponder tracks indicate that the carrier operated around Land’s End and the north coast of Cornwall during the first two weeks of the trials.

Queen Elizabeth will formally join the fleet on 7 December. Source: Crown Copyright

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

USMC’s AAV7, ACV programmes trade capacity, terrain capability for survivability | Jane's 360 - 15 November 2017
The US Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) two-pronged amphibious vehicle modernisation effort will include some significant survivability upgrades to its legacy AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles, and be complemented with a new personnel carrier with mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP)-levels of protection.

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Indeed, the AAV7A2 plans to upgrade four battalions-worth of vehicles with additional belly armour, integrated buoyant armour, blast attenuated seats, and an external armoured fuel tank, improving the vehicle’s underbelly blast survivability to approximately half that of a MRAP-type vehicle, according to Maj Commander.

The AAV-SU programme aims to modernise the AAVs that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Source: USMC/Taylor Cooper

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