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Dell EMC, General Dynamics & Microsoft Win $1 Bn Order to Advance USAF's IT Transformation | Air Recognition - 21 September 2017
Dell EMC and its industry partners, General Dynamics and Microsoft, have been awarded a $1 billion five-year U.S. Air Force contract to implement a Cloud Hosted Enterprise Services (CHES) program. It will improve efficiency and agility, encourage innovation, and generate cost savings across the Air Force's information technology enterprise.

The US Air Force launched its IT transformation initiative in 2015 with Collaboration Pathfinder, deploying Microsoft Office 365 including email, productivity tools and communications. Dell, Microsoft and General Dynamics Information Technology were awarded that contract, and more than 140,000 users have been migrated over the past two years. CHES is the follow-on to that program, but with a far wider scope, making it the largest-ever federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract in the federal marketplace. The task order was awarded by the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service in Denver.

A new 24th Air Force cyber center (Credit: U.S. Air Force)

China Topics / Human Rights in China
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:14:23 PM »
China's probes of rights lawyers 'alarming': Human Rights Watch | Reuters
China has arrested, jailed or detained thousands of rights lawyers and activists since President Xi Jinping launched a sweeping crackdown in the summer of 2015.

Judicial officials and police are investigating the cases and finances at seven law firms that often work on rights abuses, lawyers at the firms told the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

With unusually high-level officials performing scrutiny on site for days, the duration of investigations has exceeded that of previous regular checks on such firms, it added.

“While China’s human rights lawyers are no strangers to official harassment, these sudden, invasive probes send an alarming message,” Sophie Richardson, the group’s Washington-based China director, said in a statement.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: M1 Abrams
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:06:00 PM »
U.S. Army will receive first M1A2 Abrams SEP v3 MBT main battle tanks | Army Recognition - 22 September 2017
The U.S. Army will start to field the new Abrams M1A2 Sep V3 model starting in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020.

The M1A2 SEP v3 was developed as an Engineering Change Proposal (ECP), the upgrade adds significant new capabilities to the Abrams. GDLS was originally awarded the contract for the Abrams ECP1a Program in Sept. 2012. At its core, the program was an engineering development program to improve the Abrams’ Size Weight and Power-Cooling (SWaP-C) capacity as the tank was running out of room to grow.

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The SEP v.3 also has improved survivability and lethality compared to older Abrams models. The new Abrams tank has advanced abilities to defeat improvised explosive devices and has an upgraded armor package. The addition of a new Ammunition Data Link supports use of advanced new ammunition types that are either already fielded or will be fielded in the near future.

Curtiss-Wright Selected By Raytheon to Provide Sonar Handling System for US Navy LCS | Navy Recognition - 22 September 2017
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it has been selected by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to provide its innovative winch system technology for use in a new Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) for the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class. Raytheon recently announced that it had been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to develop the VDS, a mission-critical anti-submarine warfare asset that will be deployed from the LCS to locate and track submarines. Curtiss-Wright joins Raytheon's agile, dedicated team of industry experts committed to advancing the design to a full Pre-Production Test Article, expected to be complete in late 2018.

Curtiss-Wright will provide the handling system for the VDS of the Littoral Combat Ships - Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package. Curtiss Wright image.

Saab defends Gripen in Bulgaria, waits on Slovakia | IHS Jane's 360 - 22 September 2017
A Saab official told Jane’s on 22 September that its offer of new-build Gripen C/Ds fully meets Bulgaria’s requirements, after national media reported that the country’s prime minister Boyko Borissov had questioned whether the jet was the best option to replace the air force’s Warsaw Pact-era MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ combat aircraft.

The official further stated that no formal notification from the Slovakian government had been received, after media reports that the country is to postpone its MiG-29 replacement effort.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: MBT upgrade news
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:57:43 AM »
Russian plans to upgrade T-80 and T-90 jeopardise Armata programme | IHS Jane's 360 - 21 September 2017
The Russian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 7 September announcement that it was revising plans to permanently remove 10,000 armoured vehicles from its inventory and upgrade T-80 and T-90 series main battle tanks (MBTs) could jeopardise the future of the Armata programme. The announcement together with the reduction in potential orders for the T-14 MBT and the continued decline in Russian defence spending have led some sources to claim that the Armata programme has been cancelled.

Under previous plans, 10,000 reserve vehicles, made available after downsizing the Russian armed forces, were to be melted down by 2020. The revised plan stated that only 4,000 vehicles would be broken down, with the remaining 6,000 kept as a strategic reserve. Russia also plans to upgrade the T-80 to the T-80BVM standard and the T-90 to the T-90M standard as part of a USD417 million contract signed earlier this year. The T-80BVM includes a significant armour upgrade, and the T-90M appears to incorporate many of the improvements from the T-14, such as the commander’s sight with an integrated remotely operated weapon station.

Russian plans to upgrade the T-80 and T-90 could jeopardise the Armata programme, which includes the T-14 MBT (artist's impression). Source: Russian MoD

Submarines and ASW / Re: Scorpene class submarine
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:55:43 AM »
MDL delivers first of six Scorpène-class submarines to Indian Navy | IHS Jane's 360 - 22 September 2017
ndia's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered the first of six licence-built Scorpène-class diesel-electric submarines to the Indian Navy (IN).

Named Kalvari , the 66 m-long boat was handed over to the service on 21 September, and is set to be commissioned “soon”, according to a statement by the state-owned, Mumbai-based shipbuilder.

Kalvari was launched in October 2015 and began sea trials in May 2016. Almost a year later, in March 2017, the boat successfully test-fired an Exocet anti-ship missile in the Arabian Sea.

India's MDL delivered Kalvari, the first of six licence-built Scorpene class diesel-electric submarines, to the IN on 21 September. The boat is shown here during sea trials in 2016. (Indian Navy)

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: USAF Huey Replacement
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:51:18 AM »
SNC Enters Huey Replacement Competition With Force Hawk | Aviation Week - Sep 20, 2017

Sierra Nevada Corp. has proposed the "Force Hawk" to replace the Air Force's 60 UH-1N Huey helicopters.
James Drew/AWST

General Discussion / Philippines Signs Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:47:35 AM »
Rappler - September 21, 2017
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on behalf of the Philippines on Wednesday, September 20.

Cayetano accomplished this on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

"We call on member-states that possess the world's largest nuclear arsenals to sign the treaty," Cayetano said.

"The world will only be safe if we eliminate all weapons of mass destruction," he added.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that the Philippines "is among 121 UN member-states that adopted the treaty."

Weapons Treaty. The Philippines represented by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano signs the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. Malacañang photo

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

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