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Discussions about all nations and places / Re: US-China trade war
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 10:33:33 AM »
US, China Both Remain Defiant as Trade War Deepens | The Diplomat - September 20, 2018
Another $260 billion in total tariffs is set to take effect between the U.S. and China. Both sides are claiming they’ll be fine.
China Topics / Re: China's Type 071 Landing Platform Dock (LPD)
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 10:27:08 AM »
China's Fifth Type 071 LPD 'Longhushan' Commissioned with the PLAN | Navy Recognition - 19 September 2018
Longhushan was built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in China) as was the case for the first four Type 071 vessels. The LPD was launced on 15 June 2017 and it is the second in the class to join the East Sea Fleet. The first three Type 071s, built between 2005 and 2012, were all assigned to the South Sea Fleet even though this class of vessels had been specifically designed to enhance the Chinese Navy's amphibious capabilities in the "Armed Liberation" scenario of the island of Taiwan.

Originally designed after the Taiwan Strait crisis in 1996, the Type 071, measuring 210 meters long and 28 meters wide, is capable of carrying an 800-man marine battalion and some 20 amphibious tanks.

In the event of an amphibious assault, each Type 071 well deck may deploy at least two Type 726 / Type 726A, a Chinese LCAC of approximately 150 tonnes. Each LCAC itslef is designed to deploy a battle tank (ZTZ-96A for example). The ship is also fitted with two large hangars and a flight deck, where two Z-8J helicopters can be operated simultaneously. The ship is armed with one 76 mm gun and four 30 mm close-in weapon systems.

The 5th Type 071 LPD Longhushan 龙虎山 was commissioned into the PLAN's East Sea Fleet. Photo ©老年
Spain could be interested to acquire Brazilian ASTROS 2020 MLRS | Army Recognition - 18 September 2018
The ASTROS II (Artillery Saturation Rocket System) is a multiple launch rocket system produced by the Brazilian Company Avibras company. It features modular design and is able to fire rockets of 127 mm and 300 mm calibers.

The Astros 2020 or Astros III is the latest generation of MLRS in the family of ASTROS artillery system. The new ASTROS 2020 will be able to fire the new cruise missile AVMT-300, also designed and manufactured in Brazil.

The Astros 2020 will be also able to fire a 180 mm GPS-guided rocket called SS-AV-40 which has a maximum range of 40 km and the new SS-150 rockets which has a maximum firing range of 150 km.

ASTROS 2020 MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System of the Brazilian Army. (Picture source Wikipedia)
Discussions about all nations and places / Re: F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 10:20:29 AM »
F/A-18 fighter jet to receive upgraded Deployable Flight Incident Recorder Set | Air Recognition - 13 September 2018
Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today it has been awarded a contract to develop upgraded Deployable Flight Incident Recorder Set (DFIRS) technology for new and in-service F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft.  The contract, awarded by The Boeing Company, will be executed by Leonardo DRS' subsidiary, DRS Technologies Canada Ltd., in Kanata, Ontario.

The DFIRS system is a fully integrated deployable flight recorder system with an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) that marks the aircraft's location upon impact and immediately sends an emergency signal for search and rescue. The upgraded technology will include the latest in  emergency locator, antenna and battery technologies and will provide extended available memory storage for flight data as well as the integration of a dual-frequency 243/406 MHz ELT.  The system will also have extended transmission duration and battery life.
DRS' DFIRS builds upon earlier generations of highly innovative deployable flight recorder technology originally developed by the National Research Council of Canada and brought to market by DRS Technologies Canada Ltd.

Unmanned Vehicles / Chemical Detection Robots & Drones
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 10:18:30 AM »
UK tests life saving chemical detection robots and drones | Army Recognition -  17 September 2018
A new fleet of robots and drones designed to test for chemical agents, provide 3D mapping and identify casualties have been put through their paces by troops, police officers and scientists for the first time. Tests of the cutting-edge multi-million-pound project, co-funded by the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office, included robots that can ‘read’ and climb stairs and miniature drones weighing less than a bar of soap which could soon come into service to rapidly assess hazardous scenes.

The aim of the ground-breaking research, named Project Minerva, is to reduce the risk to emergency services and front-line troops attending incidents or operations involving hazardous chemical or biological materials. The recent trials, which took place at Gloucestershire Fire Service College, saw concept drones and robots thrown into simulated contaminated scenarios in both UK homeland and battlefield environments. The technology was tested against the speed and accuracy of human response teams supported by specialist DSTL scientists, the military, police and fire services.

Project Minerva tests cutting-edge robots and drones at DSTL, Porton Down (Picture source: UK MoD)

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 10:07:55 AM »
AFA 2018: Boeing believes US Air Force, not company, will select new engines for B-52 | Janes - 16 September 2018
A Boeing executive believes it is likely the US Air Force (USAF), not the company, will select the new propulsion systems for the service’s lucrative B-52 re-engining effort.

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Boeing, serving as integrator for the effort, is also the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the B-52 Stratofortress long-range heavy bomber, an eight-engine aircraft that declared initial operational capability (IOC) in 1952. In addition to GE, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce are expected to compete to put new engines on the B-52.

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Integration will also include cockpit upgrades for the engine instruments and throttle system and the interface with the electronic engine controllers between the airframe and the engine controllers themselves.
Discussions about all nations and places / Re: MiG-31 (Foxhound)
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 10:00:01 AM »
Russian MiG-31 crashes, crew ejects | Janes - 19 September 2018
A Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) MiG-31 ʻFoxhoundʼ interceptor crashed in the central Nizhny Novgorod region of the country on 19 September, state media reported.

The twin-seat combat aircraft came down not long after take-off, with the RT news agency saying that flames were reported before it impacted the ground in a remote area. Both crew members ejected safely.

No further details were disclosed, but it is usual for VKS policy to temporarily ground aircraft types following an accident while an investigation is carried out. Such flight suspensions usually last a few days.
Discussions about all nations and places / Re: South Korean MBT
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 09:58:09 AM »
DX Korea 2018: Hyundai Rotem readies K2 MBT for Middle East opportunities | Janes - 14 September 2018
South Korean defence prime Hyundai Rotem has taken the opportunity at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition to showcase a desert-optimised version of its 56-tonne K2 ‘Black Panther’ main battle tank (MBT), revealing its aim to position the vehicle for opportunities in the Middle East.

The K2 MBT on display was painted in desert camouflage and brought to an undisclosed location in the region for mobility and firing trials in early 2018, Hwan Cho, General Manager of the Global Defense and Marketing Team, told Jane’s on 14 September.

Cho noted that only minor modifications were required to adapt the K2 to the hot and sandy environment. These included additional dust covers, a turret shade, and an additional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system installed on the turret bustle to augment the existing unit in the hull.
Netherlands upgrades Apaches | Janes - 19 September 2018
Signed at Gilze-Rijen Air Base, where RNLAF Apaches are based, the USD1 billion LOA includes the modernisation of 28 AH-64D helicopters and training of RNLAF Apache pilots at Fort Hood, Texas.

The Dutch MoD expects the upgrade to be completed in 2025, keeping RNLAF Apaches operational until 2050.

The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation will oversee the upgrade, which will bring Dutch Apaches up to the AH-64E standard. The helicopters will receive new airframes, transmissions, rotors, and mission equipment, according to the Dutch MoD. The ministry said more powerful engines would increase the speed of the upgraded Apaches and improve their ability to operate in bad weather, and better sensors would improve targeting, adding that the helicopters would have greater survivability against radar threats and better datalinks.
Unmanned Vehicles / Re: RQ-1 / MQ-1B Predator / MQ-9 Reaper UAV
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 09:50:07 AM »
RNLAF reforms squadron to operate Reapers | Janes - 19 September 2018
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is re-activating its 306 Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base to operate the four MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it is procuring, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 14 September.

The Netherlands ordered four Reapers under a government-to-government agreement signed with the United States on 17 July during the Farnborough International Air Show. The Reapers are scheduled to be delivered in mid-2020, although it has not been decided where they will be based, the Dutch MoD said.
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