Monday, 31 October 2016

Russian Navy to fit Project 22800 Corvettes with Pantsir-M Air Defense Missile/Gun System

Small missile boats of project 22800 (code Karakut) will be armed with Pantsir-M missile and gun anti-aircraft complex, Director General of Almaz Design Bureau Alexander Shlyakhtenko told reporters. 

First Picture of China's New YJ-12A Anti-Ship Missile During Launch Revealed

Ahead of Airshow China 2016 due to start this week in Zuhai, the first ever picture showing a YJ-12A new generation surface launched anti-ship missile has been released. The YJ-12A is the latest supersonic anti-ship missile of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). It was unveiled for the first time last year during the victory day parade.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

U.S. Navy Commissions 3rd of 8 Block III Virginia-class Submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786)

The U.S. Navy with assistance from the First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned and brought to life the newest Virginia class submarine, USS Illinois (SSN 786), during a ceremony attended by more than 2,500 at Naval Submarine Base, New London on Oct. 29, 2016. Illinois, named in honor of the 21st state, is the 13th Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine to join the Navy's operational fleet. The first lady, who is the ships sponsor, expressed how proud she was of the crew and their families. 

Keel Laying of Russia's First Project 20386 Corvette "Derzky", the Russian LCS

The Russian Navy held the keel laying ceremony for the first Project 20386 Corvette "Derzky" on 28 October 2016 at Severnaya Verf (Northern Shipyard) shipyard in Saint Petersburg. This new corvette class was designed by Almaz. According to the shipyard, Project 20386 is a multipurpose vessels designed to patrol the EEZ and conduct missions against air, surface and underwater targets, protect sea lanes and control maritime economic activity.

U.S. Navy Stands-Up VUP-19, the First MQ-4C Triton UAS Operational Squadron at NAS Jacksonville

The U.S. Navy stood-up Unmanned Patrol Squadron VUP-19, the first ever unmanned-only squadron, on 28 October 2016 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida. By the end of next year, VUP-19 will receive its first Northrop Grumman-built MQ-4C Triton unmanned air systems (UAS). VUP-19 role will be training as well as developing new tactics, especially alongside the P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). NAS Jacksonville is the base of several Patrol Squadrons deploying the P-8A and the older P-3 Orion MPAs.

Veliky Novgorod fifth Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine delivered to Russia's Black Sea Fleet

The fifth Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine Veliky Novgorod has joined Russia’s Navy, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene. The ceremony of raising the St. Andrew’s flag on the vessel was held at the Admiralty Wharves Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia. The ceremony was attended by Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Vice-Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov and Shipyard CEO Alexander Buzakov. 

First Project 636.3 Submarine for Russian Pacific Fleet to be Laid Down in Fall 2017

The keel of the first Project 636.3 (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo-class) diesel-electric submarine designed for the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet will be laid by the Admiralty Wharfs Shipyard in St. Petersburg next fall, Director General Alexander Buzakov has told journalists.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

French Navy FTI Frigate: From 57mm to 127mm, Naval Gun System Choice Still Open

The FTI (Fr├ęgate de Taille Interm├ędiaire or mid-size frigate) was undoubtly the "star of the show" at Euronaval this year. A scale model representative of its design was unveiled by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on October 18th. (You can see our video coverage of the event as well as a focus on the FTI in our Euronaval Day 2 video at this link).

Five new generation FTI frigates are expected to supplement eight FREMM frigates and two Horizon air defense destroyers by 2030 for a total of fifteen "first rank" surface combatants. While the model unveiled on the French MoD booth shows several specific systems fitted aboard, Navy Recognition learned that this model is not yet representative of the final configuration yet as the critical design review hasn't been reached yet. 

Friday, 28 October 2016

Raytheon to continue RAF Sentinel ISR aircraft support under $159 mn contract

The Royal Air Force has awarded Raytheon U.K. a US$159 million extension of its contract to manage support services for the Sentinel surveillance aircraft programme. The award extends the contract to 2021. Raytheon is actively engaged in developing and delivering multi-intelligence special mission aircraft platforms and ground-based command/control and dissemination solutions based on both tactical and strategic platforms, like Sentinel. 
A RAF Sentinel R1 ISR aircraft
(Credit: Raytheon)
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Another four Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft delivered to Russian Air Force

Russia’s Aerospace Force has received a batch of four Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) combat trainers, the press office of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation said. The Yak-130 combat trainers were manufactured by the Aircraft Plant in Irkutsk in East Siberia in accordance with the state defense order, the press office added. 
The Russian Air Force took delivery of four more Yak-130 Mitten combat trainer jets
(Credit: Peter Gronemann)
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Belarus takes delivery of six Mi-8MTV-5 military transport helicopters

The Russian Helicopters Corporation has shipped six Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters to the Belarusian Defense Ministry, with the next batch scheduled for delivery in 2017, the manufacturer’s press office said. "A six-ship batch of Mi-8MTV-5 military transport helicopters built by Kazan Helicopters (a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters Corporation, itself a subsidiary of Rostec) has been delivered to the Belarusian Defense Ministry," the press office said. 
A RuAF Mi-8MTV-5 military transport helicopter
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Airshow China: Homegrown J-20 stealth fighter likely to make first public appearance

China's domestic-built J-20 stealth fighter will make its public debut at an air show in Zhuhai City next week, with air-force pilots flying the new-generation warcraft, a military spokesperson said Friday. With its J-20 next-gen fighter jet, China could narrow the military gap with the United States. 
A PLAAF J-20 stealth fighter jet
(Credit: Top81.cn)
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Russian Navy Landing Ship Ivan Gren LST Sea Trials On Hold Following Degaussing System Failure

The large landing ship Ivan Gren of project 11711 built by Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad has to suspend factory tests, the Vpered newspaper of the enterprise reported. "The Ivan Gren returned to the shipyard as it had to suspend factory tests. By the end of the month (of October) a tracer commission has to upgrade the degaussing system of the warship," it said. 

BAE Systems selected by U.S. Army to modernize an Army ammunition plant for $146.5 Million

BAE Systems has been awarded a U.S. Army contract modification valued at $146.5 million to construct and commission a new facility that will increase the capacity for producing insensitive munitions at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Hoston plant aerial view
(Credit: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems Ramps Up for Virginia-Class Submarine Payload Module Launch Tube Production

BAE Systems has received a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat to begin work associated with the production of Virginia Payload Module (VPM) tubes for Block V Virginia-class (SSN 774) submarines. This initial award will fund work surrounding certification, special tooling, and other items related to production readiness.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

A-100 Premier program reaches milestone with flying laboratory taking to the skies

A flying laboratory for Russia’s advanced long-range radar detection and control aircraft A-100 Premier has taken to the skies for the first time, a spokesman for the United Instrument-Making Corporation told TASS on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. 
The A-100LL has been designed on basis of the A-50 AEW&C aircraft for ground and flight testing phases
(Credit: Rostec/UIMC)
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Helibras presented the first H225M fitted with MBDA Exocet Anti-Ship Missiles to the Brazilian Navy

Helibras opened the doors of its plant on Tuesday, 25, 2016 and performed a flight demonstration of the first armed H225M of the Brazilian Navy. It is the most complex helicopter being produced and developed by the company's Engineering Center within the H-XBR program.
INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has announced the new Hudson Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) to join its already-extensive fleet of special-purpose vehicles. The Hudson APC, based on a Toyota Land Cruiser 79 platform, has been specifically designed for SWAT, law enforcement and border patrol agencies, offering a reliable and compact solution for secure personnel transportation. The vehicle ensures a high level of maneuverability while securely and comfortably transporting eight passengers and one turret operator.
The INKAS Hudson APC
(Credit: INKAS)

Kazakhstan military delivered about 5 million rounds of ammunition to Kyrgyzstan

On Tuesday 26 october, an Army convoy from Kazakhstan has delivered arms and ammunition for the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan as part of the military and technical cooperation between the two countries, 24.kg Kyrgyz news agency reported.

Successful Firing of Saab RBS15 Anti-Ship Missile by Croatian Navy during HARPUN 16 Exercise

Defence and security company Saab announces another successful customer live firing of the RBS15 surface-to-surface missile system. On 19 October the Croatian Navy fired an RBS15 missile from the RTOP-42 Dubrovnik fast attack craft during the military exercise HARPUN 16.

Russia will receive three Polyana-D4M1 command and control systems in November

Russia’s Defense Ministry will receive three Polyana-D4M1 air defense missile brigade automated command and control systems in November, CEO of the Radio Plant in Penza in the Volga area Oleg Ratnikov said.
The Polyana-D4M1 ACCS
(Credit: Rosoboronexport)
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South Korea's DSME Launched the 2nd Type 209/1200 Submarine for Indonesia (TNI AL)

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) announced on October 24 that the second of three DSME1400 class submarines it is building for the Indonesian Navy has been launched at its Okpo Shipyard. This marks an important milestone in the ongoing submarine program for the Indonesian Navy, setting the stage for its sea trials, and eventual delivery on schedule in by October 2017. Work on successive boat is also underway. All three are expected to be delivered by the end of 2018.

Russia to complete rebuilding of Rogachevo airfield in Arctic by late 2017

The Rogachovo airfield on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic will be rebuilt in late 2017, Russian Deputy Defense Minister General of the Army Dmitry Bulgakov has told journalists. "Work is in progress at the Rogachovo airfield to expand and extend the runway and build the taxiways, ramp, aircraft anti-icing treatment area and other buildings and facilities. The airfield will be reconstructed in late 2017," the general said. 
An An-74 transport aircraft landing on ice airfield in Arctic
(Credit: Russian Geographical Society)
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Saab signs submarine and surface ship MoU with Polish Armaments Group

Defence and security company Saab announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the biggest defence company in Poland. The document foresees the development of close cooperation between Saab and PGZ in the planning and delivery of Polish naval programs, including surface ship and submarine construction for the Polish Navy and export customers.

Russia’s Northern Fleet to receive 3K60 Bal coastal defense missile system

Russia’s Northern Fleet will receive the Bal (NATO reporting name: SSC-6 Sennight) coastal defense missile system to accomplish tasks in the Arctic, CEO of the Taifun Instrument-Manufacturing Plant in Kaluga in west Russia Andrei Petrakov said. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Thales launched Pathmaster, the world's most advanced unmanned mine countermeasures system

At Euronaval 2016, the largest naval defense exhibition in the world held last week in France, Thales launched Pathmaster, the first fully configurable unmanned mine countermeasures system for naval forces seeking to minimise the risk exposure of their crews. Pathmaster draws on the latest imaging technologies and is the most advanced unmanned mine countermeasures system in the world. It can be deployed from the shore, from a mine countermeasures vessel or from any other type of naval platform.

EURONAVAL 2016, A great edition for the Mondial of the naval technologies of the future

The 25th Euronaval exhibition closed its doors on Friday 21st October in Paris-Le Bourget with very positive results for all those involved in the naval sector; industrialists, delegations, international organisation, visitors and journalists. Created in 1968 , this biennial event continues to confirm its position as world leader of naval defence exhibitions, with again this year a particularly promising offer. 

Russia about to receive three Il-22PP electronic warfare aircraft

Russia’s Defense Ministry will receive three Ilyushin Il-22PP electronic countermeasures planes with the advanced Porubshchik electronic warfare and reconnaissance system in the imminent future, Managing Director of the Experimental Machine-Building Plant Alexander Gorbunov said.
Three Il-22PP electronic warfare aircraft at the Experimental Machine-Building Plant
(Credit: UAC)

Russia unveils its new RS-28 Sarmat ballistic missile

Russia's Makeyev State Rocket Centre has published the first images of the RS-28 Sarmat. It's the newest heavy liquid-propelled intercontinental ballistic missile currently being co-developed for the Russian military by NPO Mashinostroyeniya in Reutov (Moscow Region) and the Makeyev State Missile Centre in Miass, in order to replace the world’s largest ballistic missile, the Voyevoda.
The RS-28 Sarmat ICBM
(Credit: Academician V.P.Makeyev State Rocket Centre)

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NATO started flying E-3A AWACS in support of anti-IS coalition

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Tuesday that NATO AWACS aircraft started flying in direct support of the Counter-ISIL Coalition last week, on Oct. 20. He added that the surveillance aircraft will not be part of combat operations. 
A NATO E-3A AWACS surveillance aircraft
(Credit: NATO)
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China to Start Construction on 1st Type 075 LHD Amphibious Assault Ship for PLAN Soon

According to our source in China, the keel laying of the first Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) is expected to take place by the first quarter of 2017.

LORD delivers first Improved Vibration Control Systems for Boeing's H-47 platform

LORD Corporation has announced yesterday Oct. 25 delivery of the first production orders of its Improved Vibration Control System (IVCS) to Boeing for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. LORD has an agreement with Boeing through 2019 to support Boeing CH-47 production activities in Philadelphia, Pa. 
LORD's Improved Vibration Control System will now be part of the H-47 baseline configuration
(Credit: Boeing Defense)
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Airshow China: 27 Russian defense companies to take part in the show

Russian defense enterprises will exhibit over 220 military hardware items at the Airshow China-2016, the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said in a statement on Tuesday. The 11th edition of Airshow China will be held from 1-6 November at Jinwan Airport, Zhuhai. 
The Russian Knights aerobatic team will take part in the show
(Credit: Ramil Sitdikov)
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Cobham to develop aerial refueling kit for USMC's MV-22B tiltrotor aircraft

Cobham has been awarded a contract by the Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office to develop a palletized aerial refuelling system to give the the US Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft the ability refuel other aircraft while inflight. 
A V-22 equipped testing a prototype aerial refueling system safely with a F/A-18 Hornet
(Credit: Bell-Boeing)
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Russia Started Sea Trials of Podmoskovye Former Delta IV SSBN Converted for Special Missions

The Project 09787 BS-64 Podmoskovye special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine converted from the Project 667BDRM (NATO reporting name: Delta IV-class) K-64 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) has launched its running trials in later October 2016, expert Anton Mardasov writes in an article published by the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Defence Ministry of India has reportedly given the green light for the purchase of American-made M777 Lightweight 155mm howitzer. The purchase of these guns will take place under the US Foreign Military Sales program and will cost India around $750 million. 
U.S. Soldiers of Field Artillery squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment calibrate an M777 155mm Howitzer while conducting defensive operations during Exercise Allied Spirit V at 7th Army Training Command's Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Oct. 6, 2016.
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Russian Company ZSA will test anti-mine capabilities of new K4386 Typhoon 4x4 MRAP.

JSC Special Automobiles Plant (Russian acronym: ZSA, Zavod Spetsialnyh Avtomobiley) will test the anti-mine capabilities of its newest K4386 Typhoon (Taifun) mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles intended for Russia`s Airborne Forces (VDV, Vozdushno-Desantnie Voyska), according to the Business Online newspaper.
Russian-made K4386 Typhoon mine-resistant ambush-protected in live demonstration
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CMN & DCNS Teaming Up for the First Time by Offering BR71 MkII Corvette with SETIS CMS

Navy Recognition learned during Euronaval 2016 (the largest naval defense exhibition in the world held last week near Paris) that France's leading shipyards DCNS and CMN are cooperating for the first time. The two companies teamed up to offer the Combattante BR71 MkII Corvette (designed by CMN Shipyard in Cherbourg) fitted with the proven SETIS combat management system (CMS) by DCNS to a customer in the Middle East.

Egyptian and Russian paratroopers participated together in the first Friendship Defenders 2016 drills

Russian and Egyptian paratroopers have performed a combined airdropping operation and destroyed notional terrorists in a seized settlement during the Friendship Defenders 2016 exercise, Colonel Andrei Belyakov, commander of the Russian contingent involved in the maneuvers, said.
Russian and Egyptian servicemen on unfamiliar landing pad in course of the Defenders of Friendship-2016 joint exercise
(Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense)

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AVIC hands over two Y-12E aircraft to Costa Rica's Air Vigilance Service

On September 29, the aircraft manufacturer Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC) delivered two Y-12Es to the Air Vigilance Service of Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security. It marked the first time the HAIG’s products entered the Costa Rican market, AVIC announced on Oct. 11. 
Costa Rica's Air Vigilance Service members with one of the two Y-12Es delivered by AVIC
(Credit: Air Vigilance Service)
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Air Recognition to cover the 11th edition of Airshow China

Air Recognition, one of the most popular online magazine dedicated to Air Forces and Aerospace Industry, is pleased to announce it will cover the 11th edition of the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, which will be held from 1-6 November in Zhuhai, China. Follow our online daily coverage for the latest news and our dedicated gallery for exclusive pictures and videos of the show. 
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Iran tested its first home-made Active Protection System (APS) mounted on Zolfaqar tanks

On last wednesday, the Iranian Army tested its first home-made Active Protection System (APS) mounted on Zolfaqar tanks An APS is a system (usually for a military application) designed to prevent line-of-sight guided anti-tank missiles/projectiles from acquiring and/or destroying a target using radars. The home-made APS has been produced and tested based on the pulse-doppler radar system and its weapon is also of firewall type.
The RS-18 ICBM missile after its launch
(Credit: Russia Today

Iran tested its first home-made Active Protection System (APS) mounted on Zolfaqar tanks

On last wednesday, the Iranian Army tested its first home-made Active Protection System (APS) mounted on Zolfaqar tanks An APS is a system (usually for a military application) designed to prevent line-of-sight guided anti-tank missiles/projectiles from acquiring and/or destroying a target using radars. The home-made APS has been produced and tested based on the pulse-doppler radar system and its weapon is also of firewall type.
Iranian Zolfaqar tank

China and Pakistan hold anti-terrorism training exercise at Pakistani anti-terrorism training center.

The "Friendship-2016" joint anti-terrorism training of the Chinese and Pakistani armies was held at Pakistani national anti-terrorism training center on October 18. Each side assigned 120 soldiers to participate in the training. The Chinese team was composed by the commandos of a special operations brigade of the PLA 21st Group Army, and the Pakistani team was comprised of the SSG commandos of a special operations brigade.
Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Bahadur Ranges with Chinese military delegation under Gen Li Fayi represented Chinese army. (Archive image)
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Danish CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles to be equipped with BAE Battle Management Systems

BAE Systems has signed a contract with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) for the installation of Denmark-specific battle management radio systems across its fleet of 44 CV9035 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV).
CV9035 Armoured infantry combat vehicle

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Lithuania and Norway sign agreement on procurement of components and missiles of NASAMS

On October 20 Lithuania signed a technical agreement with Norway on procurement of launchers and missiles of mid-range Norwegian advanced surface to air missile system (NASAMS).

NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) live firing test

UK Armed Forces will increase their support to a NATO force in Kosovo

A team of nearly 30 UK troops will travel to Eastern Europe early next year to join the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR). KFOR’s mission is to maintain safety, security and freedom of movement in Kosovo.

British soldier (Crown Copyright)

UK and Japan air forces kick off first ever bilateral exercise

The Royal Air Force (UK) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) on Monday Oct. 23 kicked-off exercise "Guardian North 16", which is the first bilateral drill JASDF conducted with another foreign military, excluding the U.S., local media reported. 
A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon assigned to the II Army Co-operation Squadron moves into a runway at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 22, 2016
(Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Juliet Marine Systems Unveils Plans to Construct Guardian Submersible Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Juliet Marine Systems, Inc. (JMS) unveiled plans to construct Guardian, a submersible unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that is a variation of JMS’ existing GHOST vessel and that offers a unique suite of capabilities in a single platform.

Boeing-Equipped P-8A Training Center Opens at NAS Whidbey Island for U.S. Navy Crews

Boeing has installed a new P-8A Poseidon training center at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., as the base begins preparations for the arrival of P-8 aircraft beginning in 2017. “About 70 percent of the training we do for our P-8 crews happens in this building,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad. “That is going to make that wonderful aircraft last longer and longer. As much as 45 years.”