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Japan to assist with establishment of 11 new radar stations across southern Philippines | Janes - 17 January 2018
Key Points
* Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines
* Move aims to secure major shipping lanes that connect the Sulu Sea, with the Celebes Sea and the Pacific Ocean

TKMS begins work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines | Janes - 16 January 2018
German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has begun work on the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) third and fourth Type 218SG air-independent propulsion (AIP)-equipped submarines.

A steel-cutting ceremony for the boats was held on 12 January in Germany, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced three days after.

MINDEF first disclosed in May 2017 that it had acquired two more boats in addition to an earlier pair of Type 218SGs contracted with the same shipbuilder in 2013. The first two submarines underwent steel cutting in 2015, and are currently scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 2022 respectively. The third and fourth hulls are expected to be handed over from 2024 onwards.

“The Type 218SG submarines will have longer endurance, better sensors, and pack a greater punch as well as other state-of-the-art capabilities – all designed to achieve higher combat effectiveness in our unique operating environment,” said MINDEF in a statement issued on 15 January.

A computer-generated cross section image of the Type 218SG. Source: Ministry of Defence, Singapore

IDF developing C2I smartwatch for field officers | Janes - 18 January 2018
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are set to introduce a new portable command, control, and information (C2I) system for its ground forces, which for the first time will serve all field officer ranks, from platoon to brigade commanders.

Called Shaked (Hebrew for ‘almond’), the new system will take the form of a smartphone and smartwatch that together will provide real-time information to officers on the location of friendly and hostile forces, as well as analysis of the situation in the area and route suggestions.

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Currently, this type of mission planning involves hardcopy maps, which require officers to draw enemy and friendly positions by hand based on data received over radio communications. “Shaked [provides] much faster mission planning,” Lt Col Mazliah said. “As they advance, they will get real-time intelligence from various sources instead of messages relayed to them indirectly via a number of stations.”

An Israeli officer uses the Shaked C2I system currently being developed for the IDF Ground Forces. Source: Israel Defense Forces

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet
« on: January 19, 2018, 02:24:48 AM »
Finnish F/A-18 makes first flight with 3D-printed part | Air Recognition - 18 January 2018
The part was designed in accordance with the MDOA approval granted to Patria and was manufactured from the Inconel 625 superalloy. MDOA approval refers to Military Design Organisation Approval in accordance with European Military Aviation Requirements (EMARs) and granted by the Finnish Military Aviation Authority (FMAA).

Finnish F/A-18 makes first flight with 3D-printed part | Air Recognition - 18 January 2018
The part was designed in accordance with the MDOA approval granted to Patria and was manufactured from the Inconel 625 superalloy. MDOA approval refers to Military Design Organisation Approval in accordance with European Military Aviation Requirements (EMARs) and granted by the Finnish Military Aviation Authority (FMAA).

Patria is actively involved in exploring new methods of manufacturing and repairing various parts. "For this part, the development work has been done over the last two years, with the aim of exploring the manufacturing process for 3D-printable parts, from drawing board to practical application. Using 3D printing to make parts enables a faster process from customer need to finished product, as well as the creation of newer, better structures. We will continue research on additive manufacturing methods, with the aim of making the new technology more efficient," says Ville Ahonen, Vice President, Patria's Aviation business unit.

Patria was also in charge of performing the MLU 2 upgrade on all of the Air Force’s 62 F/A-18 Hornet fighters in 2012–2016. The MLU 2 upgrade included hardware and system installations and changes required by air-to-ground weaponry.

Indonesia / Indonesian Air Force aerial tanker
« on: January 19, 2018, 02:16:14 AM »
Indonesia puts KC-46A Pegasus, Airbus A330 in frame for aerial tanker requirement | Janes - 19 January 2018
The aircraft types that are being compared in this study are the A330 multirole tanker-transport (MRTT) from Airbus, and what the Indonesians allude to as a militarised version of the Boeing 767 tanker, in reference to the KC-46A Pegasus.

An Airbus A330 MRTT of the Royal Australian Air Force. Indonesia is studying the platform for a possible procurement in the 2020&#8211;24 timeframe. (Airbus)

Airbus CN235 crashes in Turkey, killing three | Janes - 18 January 2018

USMC SuperCobras to be sold off to international customers | Janes - 18 January 2018
The US government is to offer surplus Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to international customers.

Former US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1W helicopters are to be offered to either Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) customers as the attack helicopters are progressively retired from service in favour of the latest-variant AH-1Z Viper.

As noted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website that listed the planned sell-off, the helicopters will first be equipped with a new ‘glass’ cockpit and pilot/maintainer training will be provided to prospective customers. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in support of the H-1 Light Attack Helicopter Program Office (PMA-276) will hold an industry day on 24 January for parties interested in this upgrade work.

Having entered service with the USMC in 1986, the AH-1W is a highly capable variant of the Vietnam War-era AH-1 Cobra that is still in global service with countries such as Bahrain, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey. The surplus SuperCobras could either boost some of these existing fleets, or provide a new dedicated rotary-attack capability to a new customer.

Changes to LCS mission equipment coming in FY19 budget | Defense news
Arlington, Va. — During the fiscal 2019 budget release, the U.S. Navy will unveil changes to the number of “mission modules” it will procure for Freedom- and Independence-class littoral combat ships, a program official said Thursday.

The three LCS mission modules contain a number of weapons, sensors and unmanned systems used for missions related to surface warfare, mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare. Any changes to the existing programs of record could spell out millions of dollars for the companies manufacturing those products.

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Decreasing or increasing the number of mission packages could have major implications for a wide array of weapon systems. Some, like Lockheed Martin’s Hellfire missile (included in the surface warfare module), are widely used across the military. However, others — like Textron’s common unmanned surface vehicle and General Dynamics’ Knifefish underwater drone hunter — would be greatly impacted by the Navy’s decision.

Submarines and ASW / Re: Scorpene class submarine
« on: January 17, 2018, 07:57:55 AM »
Brazil’s 1st Scorpene submarine S40 Riachuelo moved to final assembly site | Navy Recognition - 16 January 2018
On January 13 and 14, the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) and the company Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) transferred the first of three sections of the S40 "Riachuelo" submarine to the final assembly line, on Madeira Island, in the Itaguaí Naval Complex. S40 Riachuelo is Brazil's first Scorpene type submarine of the Submarine Development Program (PROgrama de SUBmarinos PROSUB) .


S40 Submarine entry into the Main Hall of the construction site. Brazilian Navy pictures

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: M-346 & Yak-130
« on: January 17, 2018, 07:55:20 AM »
Poland orders four more M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers | Air Recognition - 16 January 2018
This order includes "delivery of four M-346 aircraft by 2020" and an option for four more aircraft to be delivered in 2021/2022. The trainer jets, locally named “Bielik”, will bolster Polish Air Force advanced training capability. The will be operated from Polish Air Force 41st Training AB in Deblin.

In February 2014, Poland signed a deal worth US$ 342M to acquire eight M-346s to replace the currently operational TS-11 Iskra. The contract also includes logistic support; a training programme for pilots and engineers; a state-of-the-art ground-based training system with dedicated classrooms and educational materials, including a Full Mission Simulator, a highly complex device able to replicate any possible operational scenario and also to be networked with real aircraft flying training missions.

The PAF received its first M-346 AJT in June 2016 (Credit: Leonardo)

US Army seeks 120 AH-6 helos for Saudi Arabia and other FMS customers | Janes - 10 January 2018
Numbers were not disclosed for each variant, though an RFI released by the US Army in early 2016 for 72 AH-6i variant helicopters only suggests that the additional 48 platforms included in this latest solicitation might be AH-6SAs for Saudi Arabia.

As well as the supply of the helicopters, spares, ground support equipment, training of initial key personnel, and transportation, the indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract would also include weapons, countermeasures, and other ancillary equipment.

Specific weapons named in the statement of work (SOW) comprise M260 Hydra 70 mm unguided rockets; BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II guided rockets; Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles; General Dynamics GAU-19B 12.7 mm Gatling guns; and Dillon Aero M134D 7.62 mm Mini Guns.

Countermeasures comprise the Northrop Grumman AN/APR-39 radar warning receiver (RWR), while ancillary equipment noted include Harris AN/AVS-6 night-vision goggles; the 62 US Gallon Goliath internal auxiliary fuel tank; external plank seating; as well as an alternate electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor system to the baseline L3 Wescam MX-10/15Di.

Navy’s cruiser replacement won’t be a cruiser, says surface warfare chief |
 Defense news
“People are always asking: ‘What’s the next cruiser?’ ” Boxall said. “What I’m telling you is that it might not be a cruiser. What we are looking for is what do we need our surface ships to do at the big level, what do we need to do at the small level and what do we need to do with unmanned because it is a different Navy out there.

“And so we have to look at how we optimize our force inside surface warfare and then merge that outside of surface warfare with the other platforms and across all domains.”

The hull Boxall described incorporates the surface force’s emphasis on off-board sensors that radiate and target with active sensors, while using passive sensors on the ship to avoid detection.

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Analysts and observers have criticized the Navy’s seeming lack of a clear plan for the cruisers, some of which have been extended out to 40-year service lives to keep the robust missile defense and anti-air warfare capabilities in the fleet.

Directed-energy weapons / Re: Laser Weapon System (LaWS)
« on: January 15, 2018, 10:28:37 AM »
US Navy’s next amphibious warship to get laser weapon | Defense news
The integration of a laser with the Portland (LPD-27) will be the first such effort since the demonstrations of the prototype Laser Weapon System, or LaWS, aboard the amphibious transport dock ship Ponce in 2014.

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The Navy also considered putting the weapon onboard an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer or America-class amphibious assault ship, but settled on the San Antonio-class after performing ship checks on the amphibious transport dock ship Arlington and other vessels to ensure they had enough space, cooling and power. The program office is now updating those calculations for the Portland, he said.

“The folks that made the decision in the fleet and operational leadership were presented the options for each of those classes and in terms of timing and capability because not every ship fits the window for when the laser will be ready,” he said.

Russia deploys 2nd battalion of S-400 Air defense system in Crimea | Army Recognition - 15 January 2018
According to different local sources, on saturday January 13th,  Russia deployed a new battalion S-400 Air defense missile system in Sevastopol area. One year ago, Russia had deployed a first S-400 batallion near Feodosia.

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