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New weapons contract between South Korea and the Philippines | Army Recognition - 12 October 2018 13:58
In September 2018, two top arms companies from South Korea and the Philippines inked a key joint venture deal. While the initial scope of collaboration in the deal covers only firearms, it nonetheless put the focus on ongoing activity within the defense aspect of the Philippines-South Korea relationship.

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The joint venture agreement by two sides is focused initially around producing firearms for the Philippine military and police force. The initial focus of collaboration will be on the manufacturing and supply of firearms, as well as further areas such as research and development on existing platforms and the development of new weapons. There could be future expansion in this initial scope as well. S&T Motiv president and chief executive officer Kijoon Yu told The Philippine Inquirer that there may be a manufacturing facility eventually set up in the country if the expansion is successful. And there is also an eye on eventually expanding collaboration to include other markets as well beyond just the Philippines as well.

Stealth / Re: F-35 Export
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:05:27 PM »
NATO pushing Norway to consider F-35 aerial refueling capability | Air Recognition - 12 October 2018 15:41
According to newspaper Klassekampen that had access to a document containing so-called NATO capabilities goals, the objectives are stated for each country and the defence ministers in the member countries have approved it.

The document stated that Norway should comply with the requirement to procure two aerial refueling aircraft that will be ready for use in 2028 and 2029 respectively.

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Norway has decided to buy up to 52 F-35 fighter jets within 2025. Currently the Norwegian Armed Forces have nine F-35s on Norwegian soil.

From: Air Recognition - 12 October 2018 13:50

The destroyed F-16AM of the Belgian Air Component base of Florennes (Credit: undisclosed. Published on Facebook)

The destroyed F-16AM of the Belgian Air Component base of Florennes
(Credit: Twitter account of Tony Delvita)

Aero Vodochody rolls out first L-39NG trainer jet | Air Recognition - 12 October 2018 17:01
On Friday 12th October 2018, at 11:50, the first L-39NG pre-series aircraft rolled out from the hangar at AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, the leading Czech aerospace company. This significant milestone has been achieved in line with the L-39NG project schedule and Aero is now going to prepare the aircraft for its maiden flight planned before the end of this year.

The rollout event was attended, among others, by military officials from a number of nations, L-39NG customers, together with political and diplomatic delegations including the highest Czech political representative, the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. “Aeronautics has always been strong tradition in the Czech Republic. The L-39NG project is demonstrating that industrial capabilities are still present in the Czech Republic. It is important that the Government supports this project, which will contribute to Czech export by high technological value. It strengthens competitiveness of Czech industry,” said Andrej Babiš, Czech Prime Minister.

Aero Vodochody is a company with historically the biggest production of light jets in Europe and one of the biggest in the World (total production of 6,700 jets). However, it has been more than 20 years since a brand new jet aircraft rolled out from the hangar. "When we bought Aero in 2006, the company was in a very bad shape, the development of our own aircraft was not realistic. We have set up a strategy where Aero has become a major subcontractor for Tier 1 aerospace companies. Nevertheless, at the same time we have kept the key people from the development team in order to maintain our know-how. Today, it is evident, that we have made a right decision,” said Marek Dospiva, partner of Penta Investments.

Aero's first L-39NG trainer jet (Credit: Aero Vodochody)

L-39NG (next generation) is the latest multi-role, advanced jet trainer aircraft designed by Aero Vodochody Aerospace. It is intended to provide enhanced military flight training capabilities required for fourth and fifth-generation fighters.

The aircraft offers superior manoeuvrability and extended range. It will serve as a primary and advanced jet trainer, full weapon training aircraft, and attack aircraft for nations with limited air force. It can also be used to conduct light combat and reconnaissance missions under all climatic conditions.

The new generation aircraft was introduced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July 2014. The first L-39NG prototype made its first flight in September 2015. The prototype was displayed at NATO Days exhibition held in September 2016 and the first deliveries are expected to commence in 2018. The aircraft is intended to replace the ageing fleet of L-39 Albatros jet trainer / ground attack aircraft, as well as other existing jet trainers.

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Belgian F-16 destroyed in fire | Janes - 12 October 2018
Belgian media reported the aircraft was hit by rounds fired by another F-16 during maintenance. The MoD reported that one F-16 burnt out and another was damaged, and that two technicians suffered hearing damage and were treated at the scene.

Belgian Flemish television showed footage of the burnt-out F-16.

Before the incident, the Belgian air force had 54 F-16s.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Thai stealth frigate
« on: October 12, 2018, 09:40:07 AM »
From: Navy Recognition

Delivery ceremony for the Royal Thai Navy first DW3000 Frigate at DSME shipyard. Picture: DSME

Thailand interested in new BTR-4 variant, says Ukrainian agency | Janes - 12 October 2018
The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) is interested in procuring the latest version of the BTR-4 8×8 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) from Ukraine, a state agency in the Eastern European country has announced.

The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) said in a statement on 10 October that defence officials from Ukraine have had talks with the RTMC about a potential programme featuring the BTR-4MV1, which was unveiled by the BTR-4's manufacturer, the Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau, in late 2017.

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According to Jane's Land Warfare Platforms: Armoured Fighting Vehicles , the BTR-4MV1 is an advanced variant of the BTR-4 designed to provide enhanced protection and is manufactured and designed according to NATO standards.

According to the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Thailand has expressed interest in procuring the BTR-4MV1, shown here during trials with the Ukrainian Army. Source: Dylan Malyasov


Ukrainian-made BTR-4M 8x8 armoured entered officially in service with Indonesian Marine Corps. | Army Recognition - 29 May 2017
A statement was released on Friday, May 26, 2017 on the website SpetsTechnoExport and announced by the director of "SpetsTechnoExport" Pavlo Barbul.

A first batch of BTR-4M 8x8 amphibious armoured vehicles were delivered to the Indonesian Marine Corps after successfull trial tests showing excellent capabilities for amphibious operations and high mobility performance in moutainous terrain.

The delivery of the first 5 BTR-4M vehicles to Indonesia was completed within the framework of a contract, signed in 2014 between the SE SFTE Spetstechnoexport and the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia. According internet sources, Indonesian Marine Corps has ordered 55 BTR-4M with BAU 23×2 weapon station. The BAU 23x2 includes two 23mm automatic guns with 400 rounds and one 7.62mm machine gun with 2,000 rounds.

The BTR-4M ian improved version of the BTR-4 motorized with a Deutz engine and fitted with an amphibious kit which able the vehicle to be used for sea operations. The BTR-4 is an 8x8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier designed in Ukraine by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau.

The BTR-4 armored personnel carrier was developed in Ukraine as a private venture. Sometimes the BTR-4 is nicknamed the Bucefal (Bucephalus). Its prototype was unveiled in 2006. It was approved for production and adoption to Ukrainian Army service in 2008. However at that time these armored personnel carriers were not ordered by the Ukrainian Army due to funding problems. The BTR-4 APC is being offered on the export market. Iraq was the first customer of this armored personnel carrier. Iraqi MoD signed a contract for 420 of these APCs. First vehicles were delivered to Iraqi Army in 2011. However eventually Iraqi Mod cancelled the contract due to low quality of their BTR-4s. Only 88 armored vehicles delivered to Iraq, when the contract was cancelled. Unshipped APCs were returned to Ukraine and delivered to Ukrainian armed forces. Only in 2014 after the Russian military actions in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Army ordered 154 of these APCs and another 40 units were ordered by Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Kazakhstan was another export customer and ordered 100 of these APCs. In 2016 a total of 5 units were delivered to Indonesia. The BTR-4 has seen combat in Ukraine and Iraq.

   Vehicle has a different layout, comparing with the Soviet 8x8 armored personnel carriers. The main drawback of the Soviet APCs was a rear-mounted engine. Troops had to leave the vehicle through the side doors, thus being exposed to enemy fire. The BTR-4 has engine and transmission mounted in the middle of the hull. Troop compartment is located at the rear. Its layout is similar to that of Western designs.

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Prototype of the BTR-4 was armed with a 30 mm cannon, 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun and four Konkurs or Baryer anti-tank guided missiles, or alternatively a 30 mm automatic grenade launcher in place of two anti-tank missiles. This variant can carry 8 troops (7 in up-armored version). The BTR-4 is also proposed with a number of armament modules:

   Grom module, 1 x 30 mm cannon, 1 x 30 mm automatic grenade launcher, 1 x 7.62 mm machine gun, 4 x Konkurs or Baryer anti-tank missile launchers, capacity for 8 troops;

   Shkval module, 1 x 30 mm cannon, 1 x 30 mm automatic grenade launcher, 1 x 7.62 mm machine gun, 2 x Konkurs of Baryer anti-tank missile launchers, capacity for 8 troops;

   BAU 23 x 2 module, 2 x 23 mm cannons, 1 x 7.62 mm machine gun, capacity for 8 troops.

   The BTR-4 can also be armed according to customer requirements.



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China Topics / Re: XAC (Xian) H-6 Badger strategic bomber
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:31:35 AM »
China’s PLANAF acquires new variant of H-6 strategic bomber | Janes - 11 October 2018
A new variant of the Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) H-6 long-range, anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM)-carrying bomber appears to have entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF).

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Although the design of the H-6 is derived from the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16 ‘Badger’, which China started to licence-build in 1959, new airframes of the bomber continue to be built by XAC.

US Navy names LCS 29 | Shephard Media - 11th October 2018 - 15:30 GMT
The future USS Beloit, LCS 29, will be constructed by Lockheed Martin with Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.

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The navy has accepted delivery of 16 LCS vessels to date. Including recent contract modifications, a total of 32 LCS have been procured with ten ships under construction.

Stealth / Re: F-35 fighter jet: Programme suffers first crash
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:25:36 AM »
Pentagon grounds global fleet of F-35s after crash | Shephard Media - 11th October 2018 - 16:07 GMT
The Pentagon grounded the global fleet of F-35 stealth fighters on 11 October, as a result of the first ever crash of the costliest plane in history.

A Marine Corps F-35B was completely destroyed in a crash during training in South Carolina on 28 September. The pilot safely ejected.

Politics and Government / Re: The current push for Federalism
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:20:33 AM »
House’s draft charter returned to committee to return VP in line of succession | GMA news - October 10, 2018 6:36pm
When the amendment is made, the transitory provision will read as follows:

"In case a vacancy arises by reason of removal, resignation, permanent incapacity or death of the incumbent President, the incumbent Vice President shall as act as President until a President shall have been chosen and qualified."

Aside from this provision, the panel's draft federal charter also states that the term of the incumbent President and Vice President, which will end on June 30, 2022, will not be extended.

AUSA 2018: KF41 Lynx tracked armored IFV candidate for NGCV US Army program | Army Recognition - 11 October 2018 10:16
Scheduled for fielding in 2026, the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle will be optimized for urban combat and rural terrain. The Army has named the NGCV as a top modernization priority supported under the service's new Futures Command structure.

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Raytheon technology earmarked for the Lynx could include advanced variants of Raytheon weapons, next-generation thermal sights, the Coyote® unmanned aircraft system and the company's Active Protection System. Like those systems, the vehicle will be made in America.

German Company Rheinmetall unveiled the KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle in June 2018 during the Defense Exhibition Eurosatory 2018 in Paris, France. The new, tracked, armored vehicle is designed to address the critical challenges of the future battlefield, with a focus on growth capacity and lower life-cycle costs.

The Lynx IFV will provide the Army a next-generation lethal, powerful, lifesaving and adaptable fighting vehicle that represents true leap ahead capability compared to legacy vehicles. The Lynx can also be adapted to enable optional manning features, such as remote operation of the vehicle and Lance turret.

The KF41 Lynx tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle was unveiled by the German Company Rheinmetall in June 2018 during the defense exhibition Eurosatory 2018 in Paris, France. (Picture source Army Recognition)

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