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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

Greece to get MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and sonars | Air Recognition - 27 October 2020 13:41
Lockheed Martin is awarded a $193,980,348 contract modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N00019-19-C-0013. This modification adds a $180,000,000 for the production and delivery of four MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, and exercises a $13,980,348 option to procure three airborne low frequency sonars in support of the government of Greece.

Work will be performed in Owego, New York (49%); Stratford, Connecticut (37%); Troy, Alabama (7%); Brest, France (6%); and Portsmouth, Rhode Island (1%), and is expected to be completed in February 2025. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $43,980,348 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

First Krab self-propelled howitzers delivered to Polish 23rd Artillery Regiment | Army Recognition - 29 October 2020 13:16
The Krab is a 155mm self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured in Poland by the Defense Company HSW (Huta Stalowa Wola) in cooperation with BAE Systems and Obrum. The first prototype of the Krab was completed in 2001. It used a chassis designed by the Polish company Obrum and the engine of the PT-91 Twardy main battle tank. The latest version of the Krab is based on the chassis of the South Korean K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer fitted with an AS-90M Braveheart turret armed with a 155mm/52-calibre gun and WB Electronics “Topaz” artillery fire control system.

The Krab can be ready to fire in less than 1 minute and leave its firing position within 30 seconds. In December 2016, The Polish company Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) signed a contract for the delivery of 24 Krabs to the Polish Army for a total amount of €1 billion.

Delivery of the first Krab self-propelled howitzers to the Polish 23rd Artillery Regiment (Picture source: Twitter account of Polish Minsitry of Defense)

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.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Brazilian-made Guarani APC
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:30:22 AM »
Argentine shows interest to purchase Brazilian Guarani 6x6 armored vehicles | Army Recognition - 29 October 2020 11:26
The Guarani was developed by IVECO based on the Superav wheeled armoured personnel carrier. It is a family of armoured vehicles with amphibious capabilities. It can carry a crew of up to 11 military personnel including driver and commander. The hull of the vehicle provides protection against firing of small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, mine and IEDs explosion blast.

The Guarani is powered by a PFT diesel engine 383hp coupled to a ZF fully automatic transmission, which will give a maximum road speed of 100 km/h and an maximum range of about 600 km. It can be equipped with different weapon systems and can be air-carried by a Hercules C-130 or a Embraer KC-390 type airplane.

Guarani 6x6 armored vehicle of the Brazilian army. (Picture source Wikimedia)

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


27 October 2020
Bulgaria to receive surplus F-16s from US ahead of Block 70 delivery

The donation, announced by the US embassy in Sofia on 20 October, comprises a pair of decommissioned US Air Force (USAF) F-16s that will be used to train pilots and maintainers on the type ahead of the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) receiving the first of its eight F-16Vs.

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The announcement was made during a visit by Cooper to the USAF’s F-16 equipped 31st Fighter Wing, which is on temporary NATO enhanced air-policing duties at Graf Ignatievo and Bezmer air bases. The embassy did not specify the variant or the block of the surplus F-16s to be donated, nor did it specify if these ‘decommissioned’ jets will be flight-worthy or used only for ground-based training.

A surplus US Air Force F-16 at the boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Base, Arizona. Bulgaria is to be gifted two such aircraft to help prepare the country’s air force for the latest F-16V Block 70 from 2023. (309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group)


26 October 2020
Boeing Australia completes first taxi test of ‘Loyal Wingman'

The milestone follows Boeing Australia’s announcement on 15 September that it had completed an engine run as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight.

The company had rolled out the first prototype of its ‘Loyal Wingman’ unmanned aircraft system (UAS) on 5 May, with a company executive stating at the time that production of the multimission platform could begin in the middle of the decade.

The presentation involved the first of three prototypes for Australia’s Loyal Wingman Advanced Development Program, which will also serve as the foundation for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) being developed for the global defence market.

Boeing Australia announced on 22 October that it completed the first taxi test of its ‘Loyal Wingman’ UAV ahead of the aircraft’s first flight later this year. (Boeing Australia)

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Airbus H145M helicopter
« on: October 30, 2020, 12:45:04 AM »

27 October 2020
Ecuador receives first two H145 helicopters

Ecuador has received the first two of six Airbus Helicopter H145 rotorcraft to be fielded by the South American nation in place of the already-retired HAL Dhruv and alongside recently procured Leonardo AW119Ke helicopters.

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Set to replace seven Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv helicopters that were purchased by the FAE in 2009, which retired just five years later, and to complement four AW119Ke helicopters purchased in 2019, the six H145s will be used in roles such as border surveillance, counter narcotics, high-altitude search-and-rescue (SAR), medical evacuation, and disaster relief, both day and night.

One of the first two H145 helicopters handed over to the Ecuadorian Air Force. The service is to receive six such platforms in all. (Airbus Helicopters)

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)


22 October 2020
Indian Navy commissions fourth and final Kamorta-class corvette

Named INS Kavaratti (pennant number P 31), the 109.2 m-long vessel, designed by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) in New Delhi and built by the state-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, incorporates stealth features in its design as well as 90% indigenous content, including the use of carbon composites.

The IN said in a statement that the corvette, which has an overall beam of 12.8 m and is capable of achieving speeds up to 25 kt, was commissioned as a ‘combat-ready’ platform following the completion of sea trials.

Among other things, the Kamorta class is equipped with two licence-built RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers, one Oto Melara 76 mm/62 Super Rapid gun, and four Larsen & Toubro indigenous twin torpedo launchers for the locally designed Varunastra torpedoes, which have a stated range of up to 40 km.

On 22 October the Indian Navy commissioned INS Kavaratti , the fourth and final Kamorta-class corvette on order for the service, in a ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard, in Visakhapatnam. This image shows the corvette during sea trials (Indian Navy)


29 October 2020
Boeing would perform Canadian Super Hornet final assembly in US

Boeing would perform final assembly of its F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets in the United States rather than Canada if it wins Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) competition.

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Boeing is competing against the Saab Gripen E with production in Canada and the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) for the FFCP. The winning company will replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) legacy Boeing F/A-18 (CF-18/CF-188 in national service) fighter fleet.

The industrial and technical benefits (ITB) portion of an offeror’s bid is an important part of a proposal. Jennifer Seidman, Boeing international strategic partnerships country manager for Canada, said on 27 October that both defence production and skills development were part of the company’s ITB proposal, but that she could not provide further details.


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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