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BrahMos missile to be inducted into Air Force in 2012

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The country's prestigious 'BrahMos' missile would be inducted into the Air Force in 2012 that would ensure all the three wings of the military are equipped with the supersonic cruise missile, a top Defence official said today.

"We have developed the airborne missile part, and process of integrating it with the Aircraft 'Sukhoi' was progressing', BrahMos Aerospace Ltd CMD A Shivathanu Pillai told PTI at the BrahMos Aerospace's facility here.

Trial run of Airborne BrahMos missile would be held next year and the target was to integrate it with the Aircraft in 2012, he said.

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Germany Says A400M Program Will Go Forward

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The head of European plane maker Airbus is preparing to ditch its A400M military transport project, which is bogged down in talks with clients, a German press report said Jan. 5. 

But a German official said the intention was to press on with the program.

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India to develop 25% of fifth generation fighter

Scrutinising the Sukhoi Corporation’s work on the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) — a project that India will soon sign up to co-develop — gives one an idea of Russia’s size, and its aerospace expertise. During daytime, in Moscow, the Sukhoi Design Bureau conceptualises FGFA components; by 10 pm the drawings are electronically transmitted over 5,000 kilometres to a manufacturing unit in Siberia. 

Here, at KnAAPO (Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Organisation) — seven time zones away — it is already 5 am next morning. 

Within a couple of hours, the drawings start being translated into aircraft production.

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Ark Royal suffers third fire scare in her engine room

HMS Ark Royal has been hit by a third fire scare since her expensive refit in Portsmouth, The News can reveal.

Crew in the 20,000-ton aircraft carrier had to use emergency systems to make one of her jet engines safe after a fire alarm went off.

The starboard inner gas turbine in the forward engine room was cooled with sprinklers after it overheated during trials off the coast of Devon. 

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Navy coming back to Wilmington this fall for ship commissioning

Impressed with its first visit to Wilmington for a warship commissioning in decades, the Navy is coming back.

In a release late Tuesday, city officials announced that the military brass has decided to return to the Port City for the commissioning of the USS Gravely.

The ceremony to officially welcome the 509-foot-long destroyer – named after the first African-American to command a Navy ship – to the fleet will take place this fall. 

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Korea Sets Goal of $1.5 Bil. of Arms Sales This Year

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has set a goal of achieving $1.5 billion in defense exports this year, up 28 percent from last year's 1.17 billion, the largest amount ever. 

``To this end, pan-government efforts to pioneer worldwide defense markets and come up with related measures will be implemented,'' a DAPA spokesman said. 

Last year's exports marked a 13 percent increase from the previous year's $1.03 billion, he said. 

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Norwegian submarines need base in Northern Norway

Norwegian submarines are instructed to sail more outside Northern Norway, but lack important support facilities on land, one year after Norway abandoned its Arctic base of Olavsvern.

The Norwegian submarines are diesel-electric and have batteries that need charging every fourth or fifth week, says Head of the Norwegian Submarine Forces Commodore Erik Bøe to NRK. 

When the Olavsvern base outside Tromsø was closed, the submarines lost the only possibility for charging batteries in Northern Norway.

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Brazil Air Force prefers Swedish jets

The Brazilian Air Force would prefer to buy its next-generation fighter jets from Sweden, putting it at odds with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's preference for French planes, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The deal, which could initially be worth more than $4 billion, has sparked fierce competition among aircraft manufacturers.

An Air Force report said Sweden's Saab had presented the best overall project among the three finalists, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Russia to Deploy Additional Topol-M Missiles

Russia plans this year to field two more regiments equipped with mobile and fixed-site Topol-M missiles, ITAR-Tass reported (see GSN, Nov. 19, 2009).

"So a total number of the regiments with Topol-M weapon systems ... will be increased from seven to nine," said Russian strategic missile forces spokesman Col. Vadim Koval.

"The strategic missile troops plan to put on stand-by alert in 2010 another two regiments with Topol-M missiles," he said. 

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S. Korea to Transfer UAV, Missile Technologies to UAE


Korea promised to transfer technology for its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following its successful bid to build four nuclear reactors in the Middle East nation, a government source said Thursday. 

Defense Minister Kim Tae-young made the commitment during his visit to the UAE in November to discuss bilateral defense issues as well as to support the landmark $20 billion deal, the source told The Korea Times. 

Kim also offered to provide key arms technologies related to the homegrown Hyunmoo ballistic and cruise missiles to the UAE as part of efforts to expand defense cooperation between the two countries, he said on condition of anonymity.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Israel succesfuly tests anti-rocket system

Israel has completed tests on its Iron Dome anti-missile system, designed to provide a response to the thousands of rockets fired at Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah, the defence ministry said.

The system, which can intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells, underwent its final tests in the past 48 hours, a statement said.

"For the first time, Iron Dome faced multiple threats simultaneously. All the threats were intercepted with complete success," the statement said.

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UAE Placing Order For 6 C-17s From Boeing

Boeing said Jan. 6 that it has won a contract from the United Arab Emirates for six C-17 military aircraft, making the UAE the second Middle East nation to order the airlifter.

UAE will take delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and two in 2012 in the deal, whose "financial terms are not being disclosed," Boeing and the UAE said in a joint statement.

The C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifter can carry large combat equipment and troops or humanitarian aid across international distances to small "austere" airfields anywhere in the world, the company said.

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Lockheed F-35 Purchases Delayed in Pentagon’s Fiscal 2011 Plan

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has directed the military to delay the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 program, cutting planned purchases by 10 aircraft in fiscal 2011 and a total of 122 through 2015, according to a budget document.

More than $2.8 billion that was budgeted earlier to buy the military’s next-generation fighter would instead be used to continue its development.

The delay is a setback for both Gates and Lockheed.

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BrahMos missile to be inducted into Air Force in 2012


The country's prestigious 'BrahMos' missile would be inducted into the Air Force in 2012 that would ensure all the three wings of the military are equipped with the supersonic cruise missile, a top Defence official said today.

"We have developed the airborne missile part, and process of integrating it with the Aircraft 'Sukhoi' was progressing', BrahMos Aerospace Ltd CMD A Shivathanu Pillai told PTI at the BrahMos Aerospace's facility here.

Trial run of Airborne BrahMos missile would be held next year and the target was to integrate it with the Aircraft in 2012, he said.

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Ballistic trajectory - China develops new anti-ship missile

It seems a cliché to cite Sun Zi's maxim "in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak". 

Yet, this universally accepted approach does seem to correspond to Chinese military planning. Nowhere is this more true than in such ballistic missile developments as its anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) programme, one of several weapons designed to exploit relative Chinese military strengths against relative military weaknesses of the United States.

Through this approach, China is working to make it more difficult for the US to intervene militarily in China's maritime periphery. 

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Germany to sell Israel another nuclear submarine

Germany starts talks with Israel over the sale of a new submarine, capable of firing nuclear missiles, despite having received no payment for previous deliveries. 

Israeli and German officials have reached an "advanced" stage in their negotiations about the new Dolphin class attack submarine, a "senior" Israeli source told Israel's Maariv daily. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to agree on the deal's details on January 18, the source said. 

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Sidewinder to take aim at ground targets

A software tweak will transform the venerable Sidewinder missile, known for its air-to-air precision, into a weapon that can strike rapidly moving targets on the ground.

With three tests already proving that the AIM-9X Sidewinder can zero in on a boat or armored personnel carrier, the next step is to refine the way pilots aim and launch them, said Jeffrey White, AIM-9X program manager at Raytheon Co., which developed the missiles. Those tests begin this year.

Versions of the supersonic Sidewinder have flown on Air Force fighters since the mid-1950s as a missile intended to shoot down aircraft.

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India Submits Letter of Request for Potential Boeing C-17 Order

The Boeing Company announced today that the U.S. government has received a Letter of Request from India's Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Indian Air Force regarding the potential acquisition of 10 C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifters.

"Boeing is very pleased that the Indian government has expressed interest in acquiring the C-17 to modernize its airlift capabilities, and we look forward to working closely with them," said Vivek Lall, vice president and India country head, Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

"We believe the C-17 can fulfill India's needs for military and humanitarian airlift to help it meet its growing domestic and international responsibilities."

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Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Demonstrates Interoperability With the Army's One System(TM) Remote Video Terminal

A Northrop Grumman Corporation land-based MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System, designated P7, successfully demonstrated interoperability with the Army's One System(R) Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., the week of November 23. 

Fire Scout's OSRVT demonstration illustrates its readiness to support Brigade Combat Teams. Designed and produced by AAI Corporation, the OSRVT provides direct receipt of full-motion video and targeting metadata by capturing the Omni broadcast from UAS that are within a unit's area of operations. 

This demonstration is one in a series to prepare Fire Scout for participation in the upcoming Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) at Fort Benning, Ga., in January and February 2010. During AEWE, Fire Scout will perform many important Army UAS missions in support of the Infantry Brigade Combat Team. 

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CH-53K Helicopter Program Sustains Progress with Successful Integration Design Review

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that an Integration Design Review (IDR) of the CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter program has charted a course for a successful Critical Design Review in 2010. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

Sikorsky's CH-53K program team hosted a two-day meeting in November to bring together the program's key collaborators for an in-depth discussion on system design compliance and verification, design integration and cross-discipline system design attributes. 

Participating in the meeting were members of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, NAVAIR Technical Review Board, and the NAVAIR/Sikorsky CH-53K team. 

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Quick-fix chopper plan sunk on Sea Sprite anti-submarine helicopters

A Navy plan to quickly replace the doomed Sea Sprite anti-submarine helicopters with proven US-built aircraft has been scuttled by the Government. 

Defence brass wanted Cabinet to approve a $4 billion "rapid acquisition" of 24 Seahawk choppers from US builder Sikorsky and systems integrator Lockheed Martin, thus avoiding a competitive tender process.

The Government refused and told Defence to make it a two-horse race between the tried and tested Sikorsky MH-60R and the new generation European made EADS NH90 - which is the sea-going variant of 46 choppers already being built in Brisbane for the army and navy. 

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Lockheed Martin F-35B Begins In-Flight STOVL Operations

The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter engaged its STOVL propulsion system in flight for the first time today. 

The successful test is the first in a series of planned STOVL-mode flights that will include short takeoffs, hovers and vertical landings.

"The joint F-35 industry and government team has already shown during extended ground tests that the STOVL propulsion system performs well, and thousands of hours of component testing has validated its durability.

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Turkey sending acceptance team to Israel for Heron drones

Turkey will send a delegation to Israel on Jan. 11 to carry out acceptance tests for the long-delayed Israeli-made Heron unmanned aerial vehicles, Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül announced late Wednesday.

Gonul's remarks came after a meeting of Turkey's top procurement board, the Defense Industry Executive Committee. 

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan chairs the committee; the other members include Gönül, Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ and top procurement official Murad Bayar.

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US Navy Concerned About Alleged Al-Qaida Threat to US Ships

The U.S. Navy says it is on heightened alert after receiving what it calls "credible" al-Qaida threats against American warships and commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf. 

The latest threat from Osama bin Laden's terror network calls on followers to gather intelligence about ships and their sailors so that they can be targeted for attacks.

The threat, made on December 31 in a message posted on an extremist Internet Web site, prompted the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to elevate the risk for all U.S. military and commercial ships sailing through an area stretching from Somalia to the Persian Gulf.

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Putin warns Russia is prepared to go on the weapons offensive

The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, last week issued what has become one of his customary trademark warnings by announcing that Russia will start to build offensive weapons to counter American global aggression.

Moscow and Washington are currently in discussions regarding a successor to the landmark Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty which was signed between the United States and the now defunct Soviet Union in 1991, and which expired last December.

Demonstrating once again that it is he, and not President Dmitri Medvedev, who is the real boss in the Kremlin, Mr Putin warned the US government that its development of a sea and land based missile defence system was detrimental to the signing of an arms deal between Russia and America to replace Start 1. He said: “The problem is that our American partners are developing missiles, and we are not.”

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