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* Bell AH-1F Cobra @ PAF
* Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
* Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter
* DSCA clears the PH to acquire AH-64E Apaches . . . if it chooses to
* Boeing is offering its Chinook CH-47F & Apache AH-64E helicopters to PHL ?
* Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter
* T129 attack helicopter for the PAF?


U.S. State Department approves possible attack helicopter sale to Philippines

The potential deal for either six AH-1Z attack helicopters made by Textron’s (TXT.N) Bell Helicopter unit for an estimated cost of $450 million, or AH-64E Apache attack helicopters made by Boeing (BA.N) and Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.

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The US Army plans to field 491 Version 6 AH-64E Apaches out of a total force of 691 helicopters. A Version 6 helicopter is seen here conducting operational trials at Fort Hood in June. Source: US Army

The AH-1Z is one of at least two attack helicopter types that Bahrain is considering under Phase 2 of its rotary-wing modernisation plans. Source: US Marine Corps

China / Mengshi Armored Wheeled Vehicle Family
« on: April 30, 2020, 07:34:43 AM »

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Meet Mengshi Armored Wheeled Vehicle Family, China's Humvee Replacement





Photos from China Defense Blog

China / Jiaxing (521) Type 53H3 (Jiangwei II) Class Frigate
« on: April 29, 2020, 06:10:48 PM »
Chinese Navy Frigate Jiaxing participates in week-long maritime operations | Navy Recognition - 22 April 2020 11:10
The guided-missile frigate Jiaxing (Hull 521) attached to a frigate flotilla with the navy under the PLA Eastern Theater Command participated in week-long maritime operations in waters of the East China Sea in early April 2020.

The Type 053 family of frigate warships are surface combatants constructed by China for the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force and some foreign operators.

The Type 053 frigate is primarily intended for a coastal patrol role. It can be deployed in anti-air warfare (AAW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions too.

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The final design of the anti-ship Frigate displaced 2,250 tons standard for 2,393 tons fully loaded, a length of 112 m, a beam of 12.4 m and draught of 4.3 m. They carried 168 men, including 30 officers.

Vietnamese army still uses Browning M1919 machine guns | Army Recognition - 28 April 2020 09:28
One of Military Region 9's soldiers taking part in live-fire exercise was spotted using a Browning M1919 .30 caliber machine gun, VietDefense reports. These were old equipment supplied from the United States to South Vietnam, captured in 1975, and have been kept in serviceable condition up to now, more than 100 years after their conception. Many of them are certainly still in service in the Vietnamese army.

The M1919 Browning is a .30 caliber medium machine gun that was widely used during the 20th century, especially during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The M1919 saw service as a light infantry, coaxial, mounted, aircraft, and anti-aircraft machine gun by the U.S. and many other countries.

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Leftover spoils of war still in service after all these decades, VietDefense reports. These M113 APCs are the same ones that were used by American and South Vietnamese troops during the Vietnam War. After 1975, many of them would be pressed into service with the People's Army of Vietnam. With lack of American spare parts & ammunition for weapons, the remaining M113s used today all have been refitted with Russian machine guns, Russian transmissions, and other east-bloc components. Several variants such as mortar carriers & other platforms based on the leftover M113s have also been developed by Vietnam.

Taiwan test fired medium-range missiles and rockets | Army Recognition - 28 April 2020 10:12
The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) is said to have fired a slew of medium-range missiles and rockets earlier this month at the Jiupeng military base in Pingtung, the southernmost county of Taiwan, wrote UDN. The tests are believed to have included the Yun Feng missile, a supersonic land-attack cruise missile that has a range of 1,500 kilometers, according to the UDN article. The missile, fitted with a ramjet engine, can carry a semi-armor piercing high explosive and fragmentation warhead. The surface-to-surface missile could be deployed to weaken China’s combat capability. The weapon is believed to be able to attack strategic targets including airports, harbors, and command bases located in central China, CNA quoted Su as saying.

A test launch of Taiwan's Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missile. The missile can be launched from in ship-launched canisters or coastal defense mobile launchers (Picture source: National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology)

Unmanned Vehicles / Biomechanical small-UAS
« on: April 29, 2020, 04:53:32 PM »
Animal Dynamics creates biomechanical small-UAS based on dragonfly | Air Recognitiion - 24 April 2020 10:50

Skeeter is a ground-breaking flapping wing micro-drone designed for covert surveillance and surveying tasks.

Based on the body plan of a dragonfly, flapping wing propulsion maximises efficiency and enables gliding and gust tolerance.

The initial use for Skeeter is as a short-range surveillance platform, for situational awareness - with the ability to operate in high wind conditions and fly longer distances on lower power than existing small UAS. Small UAS are currently in use by the military, and have proven valuable when weather conditions allow. Skeeter is designed to extend the capability of small UAS, resulting in a vehicle that can operate in a greater range of conditions.

Skeeter also has uses in search and rescue, surveying, and agriculture; and in particular where small-scale hovering UAS with high gust tolerance, high speed and greater endurance are required. Animal Dynamics claims the drone is near indestructible thanks to a tubular metal frame. It flies using a rear-facing propeller and a collapsible parasail.

Skeeter UAV (Picture source: Animal Dynamics)


Covid-19: Japan reports record number of Chinese ship sightings in contested waters amid coronavirus outbreak
29 April 2020

According to figures released by the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) to Jane’s on 28 April, 289 Chinese government-linked ships, including China Coast Guard vessels, were spotted in the contiguous zone of the islands from January to March 2020.

This is an increase of 57% from the previous record of 184 ships for the same period in 2019.


Former Tourism chief Mon Jimenez, creator of 'It's More Fun in PH,' passes away
Posted at Apr 27 2020 02:27 PM | Updated as of Apr 27 2020 03:46 PM

MANILA - (UPDATE) Former Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, who started the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" campaign passed away on Monday, his family said.

Jimenez, who served under former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, expired in his home. His death was unrelated to COVID-19, his family said in a statement.

Former Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez answers questions at ABS CBN ANC program Headstart on Wednesday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

Military History / World War II PT Boats
« on: April 22, 2020, 11:36:27 AM »

Originally conceived as antiship weapons, PTs were publicly, but erroneously, credited with sinking Japanese warships during the early months after Pearl Harbor. During the long Solomons campaign, they operated usefully at night and times of low visibility against Japanese barge traffic in the "Slot." Throughout World War II, PTs operated in the southern, western, and northern Pacific, as well as in the Mediterranean and the English Channel. Some served off Normandy during that invasion. Though their primary mission continued to be seen as attack of surface ships and craft, PTs were also used effectively to lay mines and smoke screens, to rescue downed aviators, and to carry out intelligence or raider operations. Almost all surviving Elco PTs were disposed of shortly after V-J Day. One Elco boat, PT 617, survives at Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts.

Although more 80-foot Elco boats were built than any other type of motor torpedo boat, other types were built by the U. S. The British-designed 70-foot Vosper boats which were built for Lend Lease fired 18-inch torpedoes. Since the U.S. produced the heavier and longer 21-inch torpedoes, the U.S. Navy wanted a larger PT boat. After experimentation, the first PT boat built in any quantity was the 77-foot type built by Elco. These boats were used early in World War II. In 1943 in the Solomons, three of these 77-foot PT boats, PT 59, PT 60 and PT 61, were even converted into gunboats by stripping the boat of all original armament except for the two twin .50 caliber gun mounts, and then adding two 40mm guns and four more twin .50 caliber machine guns. LTJG John F. Kennedy was the first commanding officer of PT 59 after the conversion.

Although the Huckins Yacht Company of Jacksonville, Florida, built a few 78 foot boats of the PT 95 class, the 80-foot Elco boats and the 78-foot Higgins boats became the standard motor torpedo boats of World War II. The Higgins boats which were built by Higgins Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana, were 78-foot boats of the PT 71 class. The Higgins boats had the same beam, full load displacement, engine, generators, shaft horsepower, trial speed, armament, and crew accommodations as the 80-foot Elco boats.

Malaysia / Malaysian & Chinese ships in South China Sea standoff
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:34:03 PM »

Chinese and Malaysian ships in South China Sea standoff: sources

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Chinese government survey ship is tagging an exploration vessel operated by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas in disputed waters in the South China Sea, three regional security sources said on Friday.

China’s Haiyang Dizhi 8 entered waters near Malaysia on Thursday, according to ship tracking website Marine Traffic.

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The area is close to waters claimed by both Vietnam and Malaysia as well by China, through its sweeping claim to most of the South China Sea within its U-shaped ‘nine-dash line’ that is not recognised by its neighbours or most of the world.

The United States has accused China of taking advantage of the distraction of the coronavirus pandemic to advance its presence in the South China Sea.

Discussions about all nations and places / ST Engineering Hunter AFV
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:28:15 PM »

ST Engineering signs new Hunter deal, signals strong Q1
21 April 2020

In a statement on 20 April the group said its Aerospace and Electronics divisions had secured SGD1.6 billion (USD1.1 billion) in new contracts during Q1 2020, mainly for production and maintenance activity in commercial sectors.

ST Engineering added that its Land Systems division also won a "Phase 2 contract" from the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to produce and supply an unspecified number of Hunter AFVs. The company said that under the Phase 2 contract, the value of which was not disclosed, ST Engineering will also provide integrated logistics support including spares, training, and documentation.

The Singapore Army commissioned the Hunter AFV in June 2019, with the vehicle positioned to replace the army's fleet of upgraded but increasingly obsolescent M113A2 Ultra armoured personnel carriers (APCs), which have been in service since the early 1970s.

ST Engineering has announced that it has secured a Phase 2 contract from the Singapore Ministry of Defence to produce its Hunter tracked AFVs (pictured). Source: Jane’s/Kelvin Wong

Discussions about all nations and places / Hybrid combat vehicles
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:26:01 PM »
See also:
* BMP-1 Infantry fighting vehicle
* HMMWV family


Hybrid combat vehicle Humvee fitted with BMP-1 73mm turret used by Houthi militia in Yemen | Army Recognition - 19 April 2020 14:16
Houthi militia in Yemen continues to manufacture hybrid combat vehicles as an American-made HMMWV (Humvee) High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle fitted with a Soviet-made BMP-1 73mm turret mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The conflicts in Syria or Libya saw also rebel forces using captured military equipment to make combat vehicles offering more mobility and firepower.

Other nations have already use BMP-1 turret mounted on wheeled combat vehicles. In April 207, the Iranian army has unveiled its new Heidar-6, a Soviet-made BTR-60PB 8x8 armored personnel carrier fitted with a BMP-1 turret. During the Libyan war, the BMP-1 turret was mounted at the rear of Toyota pickup. Cuba also produces locally, a Soviet-made BTR-60 fitted with a BMP-1 turret.

The original Soviet-made BMP-1 is based on a tracked armored vehicle chassis fitted with a one-man turret armed with a 73 mm Model 2A28 smoothbore, low-pressure, short-recoil gun which weighs 115 kg. Due to its technical characteristics and its weight, the turret of the BMP-1 can easily be integrated into a wheeled vehicle.

Combat vehicle manufactured by the Houthi militia in Yemen based on HMMWV 4x4 light tactical vehicle fitted with a BMP-1 one-man turret armed with one 73mm cannon. (Picture source Twitter)



Development of the BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle commenced in 1960. It entered service with the Soviet Army in 1966. The BMP-1 was first shown publicly in 1967 and created quire a stir in the West by its apparent combination of mobility protection and gun/missile firepower. This infantry fighting vehicle was produced in large numbers. In its day the BMP-1 was the vehicle that others were measured by and the type was churned out in thousands in the former Soviet Union. It was widely exported to the Soviet allies. The BMP-1 was also produced in China, Czechoslovakia and Romania. From those four nations sprang a whole host of variants to meet just about every combat requirement from artillery observation to armored engineering vehicle. This IFV has seen combat during many wars. The BMP-1's still remain in service in large numbers.

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This infantry fighting vehicle has a one-man low-profile turret. Armament of the BMP-1 emerged as a magazine-fed low velocity 73 mm smoothbore gun. This gun is non-stabilized and has poor accuracy at longer ranges. It has a maximum aimed range of 1 300 m, but direct range of fire is only 765 m. Also it can not engage air targets and has limited elevation. The gun is fed by a semi-automatic loader. Maximum rate of fire is 8-10 rounds per minute. A total of 40 rounds are carried for the main gun. There is also a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. Initial production vehicles had a barrel-mounted 9M14 Malyutka (Western reporting name AT-3 Sagger) wire-guided missile with an indifferent performance. On many later models the missile was completely removed. Since 1979 a BMP-1P was produced. It was fitted with a more advanced Fagot (AT-4 Spigot) or Konkurs (AT-5 Spandrel) ATGW launcher. Each infantry fighting vehicle also carried Strela-2 man-portable launcher with short-range air defense missile.

   The BMP-1 has a welded steel armor hull. It provides all-round protection against 12.7 mm rounds and artillery shell splinters. Front arc of this IFV offers partial protection against 20 mm rounds. There is also an automatic fire extinguishing system and NBC protection system.

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Manila, March 17, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government has committed more than Php139 million ($2.7 million) to support the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) in its response to COVID-19 in the country.

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U.S. assistance will strengthen specimen transport systems and laboratory capacity to accurately and rapidly detect cases. The assistance also will help protect health workers and patients by ensuring that hygiene products, masks, waste management supplies, and other necessary commodities are available, delivered, and managed appropriately. More broadly, the U.S. government supported programs will expand communities’ disease preparedness and access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services and commodities.

Military History / DUKW 'Duck' amphibious truck
« on: April 10, 2020, 10:20:33 PM »


DUKW, also called duck, 2.5-ton six-wheel amphibious truck used in World War II by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Its primary purpose was to ferry ammunition, supplies, and equipment from supply ships in transport areas offshore to supply dumps and fighting units at the beach

DUKW is a manufacturer’s code based on D indicating the model year, 1942; U referring to the body style, utility (amphibious); K for all-wheel drive; and W for dual rear axles. Called a “duck,” the vehicle was shaped like a boat. It had a hollow airtight body for buoyancy and used a single propeller for forward momentum. It was designed according to Army criteria and was based on the Army’s 2.5-ton truck. The vehicle was capable of carrying 25 soldiers and their equipment, an artillery piece, or 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) of general cargo. At sea the vehicle could maintain a speed of 5 knots (about 6 statute miles, or 9 km per hour), and on land it could go 50 miles (80 km) per hour.

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