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Unmanned Vehicles / Submarine-Launched Unmanned Aerial System (SLUAS)
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:35:18 AM »
The US Navy wants to find ships to kill using aerial drones launched from submarines

WASHINGTON – The name of the game in the Pacific is stand-off range. But with longer range torpedoes and anti-ship missiles in the arsenal, submariners are looking to a new domain to help them extend their deadly reach: The air.

In an October request for information, Naval Sea Systems Command’s Submarine Combat and Weapons Control Program Office asked industry for input into a “Submarine-Launched Unmanned Aerial System,” or SLUAS, currently in development.

The Navy has been interested in sub-launched drones for some time and has been testing prototypes, but the RFI shows the service is getting serious about the idea as it adds longer-range torpedoes and anti-ship cruise missiles to the arsenal of its attack submarines.

The idea for the SLUAS is an ambitious one.

The drone would launch from a submerged submarine out of a 3-inch ejector tube used for sonobuoys, flares and countermeasures among other things. The battery-operated UAS would then deploy its wings and operate for an hour, well beyond the range visible from just the low-in-the-water periscope.

Additionally, the UAS should have an “electro-optic capability with reliable target solution analysis,” the RFI said, adding that it should be able to “operate at ranges out to the line-of-sight radio horizon, and use a variable bandwidth encrypted datalink with at least 256-bit encryption strength.

Flat Tops / France to build new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:26:15 AM »

France to build new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

Speaking at a nuclear facility in the Burgundy town of Le Creusot, he called France’s nuclear weapons and atomic energy industry “the cornerstone of our strategic autonomy,” and said the nuclear sector plays a role in France’s “status as a great power.”

One of his advisers noted that having an aircraft carrier also helps France project its global influence. Only a few countries in the world maintain the huge, costly vessels.

The new French aircraft carrier will be about 70,000 tons and 300 meters long, roughly 1.5 times the size of the Charles de Gaulle, which has been deployed for international military operations in Iraq and Syria in recent years, according to French presidential advisers.

Its catapults will be electro-magnetic, and American-made, and the ship will be designed to accommodate next-generation warplanes and serve until around 2080, the advisers said.

They didn’t provide a price tag but French media estimate it will cost around 7 billion euros ($8.5 billion).

Discussions about all nations and places / Sa’ar 6 class corvettes
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:55:12 AM »

The Sa’ar 6-class of corvettes includes a series of four new warships being built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for the Israeli Navy.

Based on the German MEKO 100 patrol corvette, the Saar-6-class is designed to offer enhanced attack capabilities compared to its predecessor Sa’ar 5 class.

The warships will be used to conduct patrol duties in Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to protect the country’s gas reserves, shipping lanes and other strategic assets in the Mediterranean.

Sa’ar 6-class development

The Israeli Ministry of Defence placed an order with TKMS for four new patrol vessels in January 2015 and the order was finalised in May 2015.

The cost of construction is estimated at $480m, of which two-thirds will be paid by Israel and the German Government will subsidise the remaining amount with the Dolphin-class submarines.

The steel-cutting ceremony of the first ship was held in February 2018. The hull and superstructures of the ships will be built at TKMS’ shipbuilding facility in Kiel, Germany, while the outfitting of combat systems, sensors and other subsystems will be performed in Israel.

The four corvettes were christened INS Magen, INS Oz, INS Independence and INS Victory in April 2018.

The initial sea trials of INS Magen began in March 2020. The vessels are expected to be commissioned by the Israeli Navy between 2020 and 2022. In November 2019, Israel Shipyards received a contract from Israel’s Ministry of Defence and Navy for a floating dock with a ten years’ service agreement for maintenance and repair of Sa’ar 6-class corvettes and submarines.

infographics on the Saar 6. Image taken from

Military History / WWII Veterans recalls time in the service
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:22:27 AM »
World War II Veteran Recalls Surviving Encounter in Pacific
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content May 25, 2020, at 11:19 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Minor had just finished high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed.

The next year, in 1942, he was drafted. And his next three years would take him to two of the major theaters of World War II, including the now-famous Battle of the Bulge.

Minor is one of only about 300,000 World War II veterans who are still alive on this Memorial Day weekend, according to estimates from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs — just a fraction of the more than 16 million Americans who served in the war.

But even though many are now in their upper 90s, some still have vibrant memories of their time overseas.

Minor remembers being a dependable teenager when he joined the Army — his mother could set a clock by what time he would come home, he didn’t hang out on the streets, and he didn’t swear, he says.

General Discussion / US donates P1.38-B worth of defense gear to PHL
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:06:27 AM »

US donates P1.38-B worth of defense gear to Philippines to secure borders
Published December 8, 2020 6:54pm

The United States defense department has donated P1.39 billion or $29 million worth of defense gear to the Philippine government to boost its efforts in securing borders, its Philippine counterpart said.

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Miller also informed Lorenzana that one C130 military transport aircraft will be delivered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines on December 17.

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The US defense department has also earlier transferred defense equipment to several special mission units of the AFP.

The DND said the new equipment will strengthen the AFP’s joint precision strike, sniper, riverine and counter-improvised explosive device capabilities.

US Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett also earlier handed over to the Philippine Navy a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System, while US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien donated P868 million ($18 million) in supplementary military equipment and training to the AFP. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/BM, GMA News

General Discussion / PAF Aviation Engineering Equipment
« on: December 09, 2020, 11:50:37 PM »

PH Air Force gets 57 units of aviation engineering equipment
December 3, 2020, 10:17 am

NEW EQUIPMENT. A chaplain leads the blessing of 57 units of aviation engineering equipment of the Philippine Air Force at the Basa Air Base, Floridablanca, Pampanga on Wednesday (Dec. 2, 2020). The equipment consists of trucks, hydrostatic bulldozers, a compact backhoe loader, equipment haulers, self-loading mixers, excavators, and road rollers. (Photo courtesy of Air Force Public Affairs Office)

General Discussion / Luzon Under State of Calamity (2020)
« on: November 19, 2020, 01:03:56 AM »

NDRRMC recommends declaration of state of calamity in entire Luzon / 03:21 PM November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top disaster agency has recommended the declaration of state of calamity in entire Luzon after three consecutive typhoons wreaked havoc in the country.

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Local government units will also have easier access to funds for relief and rehabilitation efforts with this declaration.

Several provinces in Luzon have been placed under a state of calamity due to the extent of devastation caused by the three successive storms in recent weeks. Dozens have died and thousands have been displaced after the typhoons slammed the Philippines.

This photo, taken on Nov. 13, 2020, shows Baybayog-Pared-Baculod-Maraburab, Alcala National Highway rendered “unpassable” due to massive flooding. (Photo from the Facebook account of Alcala, Cagayan Mayor Tin Antonio’)

See Also: Typhoon Ulysses (Intl: Vamco)

General Discussion / Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) Extension
« on: November 18, 2020, 06:57:26 AM »
See Also:
* Philippines suspends abrogation of Visiting Forces Agreement with US
* Statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. on VFA Extension
* Weighing the value of VFA with domestic concerns
* How the Philippines benefits from the US-PH VFA
* Philippines formally ends Visiting Forces Agreement with US
* End of military exercises with US?


PH, US execs meet after VFA gets extended lease on life / 04:17 PM November 17, 2020

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law met on Friday, Nov. 13, two days after the Philippine government announced that it was extending the suspension of Visiting Forces Agreement for another six months. Photo from US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law’s Twitter account

Videos & Images / Philippine Military Band
« on: November 18, 2020, 04:51:47 AM »
Philippine Army band shows talent during Army anniversary
Mar 23, 2015
Thirdy Santos
The Philippine Army band performs at the 118th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 23, 2015.


Philippine Military Band at JSDF Marching Festival 2014
Nov 21, 2014
AMANO Jun-ichi

Stealth / F-35s for Greece
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:48:48 AM »
Greece to take over F-35As initially intended for Turkey | Air Recognition - 28 October 2020 12:34
Greece will take additional measures to further prevent illegal immigration, for the further defensive shielding of its Aegean islands with new missile systems, to strengthen the defense in the Aegean and Thrace, on land, air and sea.

In addition to the protection of its borders in terms of personnel, Greece is proceeding at a rapid pace within 2021 and 2022 to the strengthening of its Armed Forces with equipment. During U.S. State Secreary Mike Pompeo's recent visit, the supply of 20 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters was launched, 6 of which will be purchased on smart loan in 2012 and together with the first 6 MBDA Rafale fighters will be the firepower of the Greek Air Force. The F-35As were initially intended for the Turkish Air Force, a program the U.S. scrapped following the purchase of Russian-made S-400 Triumf air defense systems by Turkey.

Moreover, the U.S are reportedly considering the possible transfer of its Turkish air base of Incirlik to Crete, the Greek newspaper Estia reports in its 28 Octobre edition. The issue is described as "early" but is already being formally discussed in the U.S. Senate. In a few days, the annual defense agreement between Greece and the USA will also expire. The Government will propose to the Parliament its five-year extension.

See Also: F-35s for Turkey

United States of America / The Pentagon-University Research Ties
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:45:21 AM »

To gain an edge on hypersonic weapons, the Pentagon wants more help from universities

WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon races to develop hypersonic weapons, it is turning to universities for help on speeding up the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the field.

The Defense Department on Oct. 26 tapped Texas A&M University to create and manage a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics. Over a five-year period, the department will pay out $20 million per year to the university’s Engineering Experiment Station, it said in a statement.

Greater interplay among government, academia and industry is needed to better integrate the various state-of-the art technologies necessary to create hypersonic weapons, which require novel propulsion systems and advanced materials that can withstand the extreme conditions intrinsic to flying five times the speed of sound, said Gillian Bussey, director of the Pentagon’s Joint Hypersonics Transition Office.

US Navy to develop three new ship-based laser weapons to counter new aerial threats | Navy Recognition - 23 October 2020 13:25
According to a report published by the United States Congress on October 15, 2020, three new ship-based laser weapons being developed by the U.S. Nav including the Solid-State Lasers (SSLs), the ElectroMagnetic RailGun (EMRG), and the Gun-Launched Guided Projectile (GLGP), also known as the hypervelocity projectile (HVP)—could substantially improve the ability of U.S. Navy surface ships to defend themselves against surface craft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and eventually anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs).

The U.S. Navy in recent years has leveraged both significant advancements in industrial SSLs and decades of research and development work on military lasers done by other parts of DOD to make substantial progress toward deploying high-energy SSLs on Navy surface ships.11 Navy surface ships would use high-energy SSLs initially for jamming or confusing (i.e., “dazzling”) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors, for countering small boats and UAVs, and potentially in the future for countering enemy missiles as well. High-energy SSLs on Navy ships would generally be short-range defensive weapons—they would generally counter targets at ranges of about one mile to perhaps eventually a few miles.

Directed-energy weapons / BAE Systems Electromagnetic Railgun
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:25:30 AM »

BAE Systems to continue development of shipboard power for Navy's electromagnetic railgun

WASHINGTON, 9 Jan. 2017. Shipboard power experts at BAE Systems are continuing their work to develop a containerized pulse power unit for the U.S. Navy's future electromagnetic railgun -- a long-range shipboard weapon that fires projectiles using electricity instead of chemical propellants.

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This future shipboard weapon will use magnetic fields created by high electrical currents accelerate a sliding metal conductor between two rails to launch projectiles at 4,500 miles per hour -- or nearly six times the speed of sound.

BAE Systems to continue development of shipboard power for Navy's electromagnetic railgun. Photo by BAE Systems

China / Chinese-made MLRS / Rocket Artillery
« on: October 30, 2020, 12:30:19 AM »
See Also: Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) / Rocket Artillery


20 October 2020
PLAGF's PHL-03 MRL armed with new, longer-range guided rocket, says Chinese state media

Chinese state-owned media has reported that the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force’s (PLAGF’s) Tibet Military District is deploying what it claims to be a new, longer-range, and more accurate rocket with modified PHL-03 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs).

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The new rocket, the range of which CCTV claims is 30 km greater than that of the standard rockets used by the system, is shown in the footage being fired by an artillery brigade during a high-altitude live-fire exercise – presumably in Tibet – and accurately striking several small targets in quick succession.

Given that the unguided BRC4, BRE2 and the guided Fire Dragon 140A 300 mm rockets used by the 8×8 PHL-03 all have a maximum range of about 130 km, the information provided by CCTV suggests that the new guided rocket – the designation of which was not revealed – has a maximum range of about 160 km.

CCTV’s Weihutang programme reported on 20 October that at least some of the PHL-03 MRLs used by the Tibet Military District have been armed with a new, longer-range guided rocket. (CCTV)


27 October 2020
US approves potential FMS to Taiwan of Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems and missiles

On the same day that China announced sanctions against several US companies selling weapons to Taiwan, the US State Department approved another potential multibillion-dollar Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the island aimed at improving its capabilities to “counter or deter maritime aggressions, coastal blockades, and amphibious assaults”.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 26 October the approval of a USD2.37 billion sale to Taiwan of up to 100 Boeing Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDSs) and up to 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II medium-range, surface-launched, anti-ship missiles along with related equipment and support.

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