Saturday, 31 December 2016

Russian UGVs Unmanned Ground Vehicles Soratnik and Nerehta took part in military exercises.

Russian UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) Soratnik and Nerehta took part in military exercises outside of Moscow, practicing reconnaissance and fire support for Russian army mechanized infantry unit. The drones took part for the first time in operational drills with the Central Command of the Russian Ground Forces.
The Russian Soratnik UGV is armed with machine gun and anti-tank grenade launchers.
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Turkish Armed Forces will take delivery of Anka-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in 2017

According the newspaper website "Daily Sabah", the Turkish Armed Forces will take delivery of Anka-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in the beginning of next year d is planned to be completed by 2018. The Anka is a family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces.
Turkish-made TAI Anka UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) at IDEF 2015, defense exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Russian Pacific Fleet’s Naval Aviation to receive upgraded Ka-29 helicopters in 2017

The Russian Pacific Fleet’s Naval Aviation will receive a batch of upgraded Kamov Ka-29 (NATO reporting name: Helix-B) helicopters in 2017, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman for the Pacific Fleet Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev told TASS.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Russian Navy to receive 1st Project 22350 Frigate Admiral Gorshkov in first half of 2017

The Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov will be delivered to Russia’s Navy in the first half of 2017, Navy Chief-of-Staff Vice-Admiral Andrei Volozhinsky said. 

Comark to exhibit at the Surface Navy Symposium 2017 in Crystal City, VA

Comark, a cutting-edge manufacturer of high performance computer and display solutions, will be exhibiting at the 2017 Surface Navy Symposium on January 10th-12th, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia. Surface Navy Association (SNA) is specifically designed to promote communication between the Military and Business communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces.

Qatar Coast Guard ARES Shipyard-Built Ships to be Fitted with ASELSAN Muhafiz and Stamp RWS

An agreement regarding the procurement of Remote Controlled Weapon System for the needs of the Qatar Coast Guard Command has been signed between ASELSAN and ARES Shipyard on 28.12.2016, valuing EUR 20.000.000,-. Within the context of this agreement the deliveries will be completed in 2018.
This contract is for the procurement of ASELSAN MUHAFIZ 30mm and STAMP 12.7mm remote weapon stations.

Russia to equip MBT T-72 and T-90 with T-14 Armata's fire control system components

Russian main battle tanks T-72 and T-90 will be equipped with sophisticated components of the fire control system used by the T-14 tank based on the Armata chassis, e.g. the autotracker and computing unit, according to the Izvestia daily newspaper.

T-14 Armata MBT
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Air Recognition's Top Stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, here is an overview of the top ten defense aerospace stories we published this year, based on the number of readers for each story. As you can see, the use of combat helicopters in the war against terrorism and the maiden flight of Japan's X-2 demonstrator drew a lot of interest among Air Recognition readers. Some Russian and US advanced research programs were other topics that drew a lot of attention. 
Lt. Col. George Watkins, 34th Fighter Squadron commander, drops a GBU-12 laser-guided bomb from an F-35A at the Utah Test and Training Range Feb. 25, 2016
(Credit: USAF/Jim Haseltine)
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Israeli Company Rafael demonstrated its Spike SR missile to international military delegations.

Israeli Company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. hosted last month a group of some 15 delegations from countries around the world for a first-ever international demonstration of Spike SR – a Short Range precise, tactical missiles for ranges of up to 1500 m.
A soldier ready to fire with the Israeli-made Rafael Spike SR Short-Range missile
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ASVK sniper system to be delivered to Russian Western Military District's reconnaissance unit in 2017

Snipers of the Western Military District’s reconnaissance large unit based in the Nizhny Novgorod Region in the Volga area will receive the advanced Kord ASVK sniper system in early 2017, the district’s press office said.

12.7 mm ASVK Sniper Rifle
(Credit: Vitaly Kuzmin)

Upgraded Slava-class Cruiser Marshal Ustinov Returns to Northern Fleet’s Base

The Project 1164 (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov has returned to the Northern Fleet’s Naval Station Severomorsk after five-year absence, according to the fleet’s press office. The cruiser has been repaired and upgraded by the Zvyozdochka Shipyard in Severodvinsk since 2011. 

U.S. Navy Orders 214 Tomahawk Block IV Cruise Missiles & Spares for Royal Navy From Raytheon

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $303,749,820 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 214 Tomahawk Block IV All-Up-Round vertical launch system missiles and spares. 214 missiles and spares for the U.S. Navy and spares for the government of the United Kingdom. 

Russia begins designing fifth-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine SSBN

Russia has already begun to design fifth-generation nuclear submarines with ballistic missiles, head of Rubin design bureau which created submarines of project 955 (code Borei) Igor Vilnit told reporters. 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

U.S. Navy Orders Long-Lead Components for 6 CMV-22B Osprey From Bell Boeing

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $15,674,000 advance acquisition contract for long-lead components for the manufacture and delivery of six Lot 22 CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the U.S. Navy. The CMV-22B is the Carrier Onboard Delivery (commonly referred to as COD) of the V-22 Osprey.

1st DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart - the Future USS Rafael Peralta Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed acceptance trials Dec. 16 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine. The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations while underway. INSURV evaluates the ship’s construction and compliance with Navy specifications and is the governing body that recommends the ship be delivered to the Navy.

Serbia orders nine H145M helicopters from Airbus Helicopters

According to Reuters, the Serbian Defense Ministry announced today in an official statement it will purchase nine H145M multirole helicopters from France-based rotorcraft manufacturer Airbus Helicopters in order to bolster its defense capabilities. 
Airbus Helicopters' H145M light utility helicopter
(Credit: Airbus Helicopters/Charles Abarr)
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USAF issues RFP for E-8C JSTARS Replacement Program

The US Air Force is well on its way to replacing a critical airborne battle management command and control weapon system with the Dec. 28, 2016, release of the development request for proposal, or RFP, for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS Recapitalization program. 
The USAF actually operates a fleet of 16 E-8C Joint STARS platforms
(Courtesy photo)
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Saab lands a $17.5mn contract from UAE for Saab 340 Erieye AEW support

The Swedish defence and security company Saab has signed a support agreement with the United Arab Emirates regarding an airborne surveillance system. The agreement will be valid for the 2016-2018 period, and the order value is approx. SEK 160 million (US$17.5 mn), the company announced on Thursday Dec. 29, 2016. 
A Saab 340 Erieye AEW platform
(Credit: Saab)
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Over 60 Tornado-G MLRS and 20 Msta-SM howitzers delivered to Russian Army in 2016

Over 60 Tornado-G multiple-launch rockets systems (MLRS) and more than 20 Msta-SM howitzers have been delivered to the Russian Army in 2016, the service chief, Colonel General Oleg Salyukov, said at the annual session of the Military Council of the Russian Army’s command element.
Russian Tornado-G Multiple Launch Rockets Systems
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Russia to deliver tanks, armored vehicles and planes for free to Serbia

Serbia will receive six Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) fighter jets, 30 T-72 tanks and 30 BRDM-2 combat reconnaissance/patrol vehicles from Russia free of charge, Serbia’s Tanjug state-run news agency reported.
Russian Fulcrum Mikoyan MiG-29

China's 23rd Type 054A Frigate & 5th Type 082II MCM Vessel Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) commissioned today its 23rd Type 054A Frigate (Jiangkai II-class) "Binzhou" (hull number 515) and an additional Type 082II (Wozang-class) mine countermeasure vessel "Donggang" (hull number 814). Both the Frigate and the MCM vessel join the PLAN East Sea Fleet. The ceremony took place at Dalian naval base (in Northeast China).

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the Iranian Army tested their radar systems in joint drill

Iran’s Army and the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) employed their radar systems in a joint air defense drill underway in southern parts of the country, during the Defenders of Velayat Skies 7.
Iranian anti-aircraft defense system
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Indonesian Marine Corps receives four Type 90B Multiple Launch Rocket Systems from China

According to local sources, the Indonesian Marine Corps (Korps Marinir, or KORMAR) recently took delivery of a batch of four Type 90B 122 mm multiple rocket systems from China. The four artillery systems have been handed over under a contract signed in 2015 between Indonesia and the Chinese defense contractor NORINCO. 
A NORINCO Type 90B 122 mm Multiple Launch Rocket System
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Discover US Army's Top 10 modernization efforts of 2016

In 2016, US Army researchers and scientists, along with industry partners, continued to make great strides in modernization. Following is a sampling of 10 of the top advancements and milestones. Some of them are detailed in a comprehensive data sheet, find the link at the end of the section. 
The first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV, was handed over to the Army Dec. 15, 2016 for testing.
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Ilyushin to sign contract for Il-112V airlifter development batch in 2017

A contract to deliver a development batch of two Ilyushin Il-112V military transport planes to Russia’s Aerospace Force is planned to be signed in 2017, Dmitry Savelyev, head of the Il-112V plane development program at the Ilyushin Aviation Complex, said on Dec. 29, 2016. 
First Il-112V military transport aircraft being assembled at Voronezh Aircraft Plant(Credit: Ilyushin)
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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Navy Recognition's Top Stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, here is an overview of the top ten naval defense stories we published this year, based on the number of readers for each story. As you can see, next generation anti-ship missiles from Russia, China and the United States drew a lot of interest among Navy Recognition readers. Future procurement programmes in Canada (CSC) and Australia (SEA5000) were other topics that drew a lot of attention.

Russia’s Navy Receives First Batch of Overhauled Ka-29 helicopters

Russian Helicopters Group, a subsidiary of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, has delivered a batch of Kamov Ka-29 (NATO reporting name: Helix-B) shipborne transport rotorcraft to the Defense Ministry, the group’s press office said. 

Iran has test-fired local-made Sayyad-3 missiles from Talash air defense system.

Iran tested its state-of-the-art missile systems in its large-scale air defense drills codenamed Modafe'an-e Aseman-e Velayat 7 in the Southern parts of the country on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. The Iranian-made ‘Sayyad-3’ missiles was test-fired from the Talash air defense system.
Talash air defense missile system at military parade in Tehran
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Kazakhstan took delivery of two more Su-30SM fighter jets

Kazakhstan took delivery of a new batch of Su-30SM multirole fighter jets, the press service of the Kazakh Defense Ministry announced on Dec. 27, 2016. These are the 5th and 6th Su-30SM fighter jets delivered to the Kazakh Air Force, after the country ordered an undiclosed number of aircraft in February 2015. 
The 5th Su-30SM fighter jet delivered to the Kazakh Air Force
(Credit: Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan)
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Pratt & Whitney lands a $314mn USAF contract for F-22 F-119-PW-100 engines support

Pratt and Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has been awarded a $313,879,396 contract for sustainment of F-22 Raptor fighter's F119-PW-100 engines, the US Department of Defense announced on its website on Dec. 23, 2016. 
An USAF F-22 Raptor soars through the air July 1, 2010, on its way home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
(Credit: USAF/Senior Airman Gustavo Gonzalez)
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Azerbaijan has successfully test-fired Israeli-made Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air missile.

Azerbaijan has successfully test-fired the newly developed, Israeli-produced Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missile developed jointly by Israel and India. In May 2016, reports from Azerbaijan has confirmed the purchase of the Barak-8 missile systems from Israel. 
Barak-8 launcher unit at Paris Air Show in June 2013.
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China's 30th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet

A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Ningde (hull number 510) Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly today at the Xiamen Naval Base (a port city on China’s southeast coast, across a strait from Taiwan). The event means the vessel is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Ningde is the thirtieth Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet.

First Tiger HAD Block 2 combat helicopter delivered to Spanish Army

A major milestone of the Tiger HAD combat helicopter project was achieved on 13 December 2016 with the delivery of the first Tiger HAD/E in Block 2 configuration to the Spanish Army. Three further helicopters will be delivered before the end of the year, the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) recently announced on its website. 
The first Spanish Tiger HAD Block 2 helicopter arriving at the Coronel Coronel Sánchez Bilbao airbase in Almagro, headquarter of the Attack Helicopter Battalion #1 of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET)
(Credit: Spanish Army)
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Pella Shipyard Laid Keel of 4th Project 22800 Karakurt-class Corvette for Russian Navy

The Pella Shipyard in St. Petersburg laid the keel of the fourth small missile boat of project 22800 (Karakurt-class). The vessel will be named Burya. "It is difficult to underestimate the importance of the warship for the Navy. The small boat construction experience is inherited from the Soviet Union which provided the best price-efficiency ratio for such warships," Navy Chief-of-Staff Vice Admiral Andrei Volozhinsky said at the ceremony. 

Infantry units of Russian Arctic Brigade will be equipped with upgraded BTR-82A 8x8 armored APC.

The infantry units of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Arctic brigade will be equipped with upgraded BTR-82A armored personnel carriers (APC) tailored to the harsh environment of the High North, according to the Izvestia daily. The APCs will have improved climate control ensuring the stable operation of the electronic sights, radios and other sophisticated gear. 
Russian army BTR-82A 8x8 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) at live demonstration during Army-2016 International Technical Forum near Moscow, Russia
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KAI inks a $1.8bn deal with South Korea for 100 KUH-1 helicopters

South Korea's Marine Corps will deploy 30 amphibious helicopters in a move to bolster its maritime defense capabilities, military officials said Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the country's sole aircraft manufacturer, has signed a US$525 million deal with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration to gradually deliver the 30 amphibious choppers to the Marine Corps by 2023, the aircraft company said in a statement. 
A ROKA KUH-1 Surion utility helicopter
(Credit: KAI)
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Russia has formed a new tank regiment with T-72B3 Main Battle Tanks in Moscow Region.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has formed a tank regiment in the Moscow Regionthat will be equipped with T-72B3 main battle tanks, Russian Western Military District spokesman Colonel Igor Muginov said. 
Russian army T-72B3 main battle tank at live demonstration during Army-2016 International Technical Forum near Moscow, Russia
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Experts Deem Latest SSN, Frigate & Cruise Missile Most Dangerous Weapons of Russian Navy

US Navy experts believe the Russian Navy’s most dangerous weapons systems are the Project 885 Yasen-class (NATO reporting name: Severodvinsk-class) nuclear-powered attack submarine, Project 22350 (Admiral Gorshkov-class) frigate and Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) sea-launched cruise missile system and the future Tsirkon hypersonic missile system as well, according to the Izvestia daily.

Hyundai Heavy Industries to Start Planing & Design Work on FFX Batch III Frigates for ROK Navy

South Korea's defense procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) today signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy & Industries for planing and design work on the future FFX Batch III Frigates for the Republic of Korean Navy (ROK Navy). One week ago, DAPA ordered early two Daegu-class (FFX Batch II or FFX-II) Frigates from the same shipbuilder.

Project 09787 Special-Purpose Submarine BS-64 "Podmoskovye" Handed Over to Russian Navy

The Zvezdochka Shipyard of the United Shipbuilding Corporation handed over the BS-64 Podmoskovye special-purpose nuclear submarine of Project 09787 to the Russian Navy, the press service of the enterprise said. According to open sources, the submarine was developed from the Project 667BDRM K-64 SSBN into a carrier of underwater craft. It was in the yard for modernization since 1999. The missile compartment was cut out from the hull and replaced by a carrier of small submarines. It may also serve as a nuclear deep-water station.

Leonardo expands its UAV portfolio by acquiring Sistemi Dinamici

Leonardo-Finmeccanica acquired the full control of Sistemi Dinamici S.p.A from IDS S.p.A on December 23rd. The control of the company, which involved the remaining 60 percent of shares, is aimed at further strengthening the commitment of Leonardo in unmanned products thanks to the acquisition of the new unmanned lightweight helicopter SD-150 Hero programme. 
The SD-150 Hero VTOL UAV will now enter Leonardo's portfolio
(Credit: Sistemi Dinamici)
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Russia's 1st Project 955A SSBN Prince Vladimir & 1st Project 885M Kazan Will Be Launched in 2017

The nuclear submarines Prince Vladimir (first unit of project 955A SSBN) and Kazan (first unit of project 885M SSN) will be floated in 2017, Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief for armaments Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk said.

Belgium eyes new air capability for its Special Forces

The Belgian defense ministry plans to increase the air capabilities of its Special Forces, as it was unveiled in a plan called “Defense Strategic Vision for 2030”. Between 2025-27, the Defense ministry considers creating a new squadron of special mission aircraft and adding new capabilities to its fleet of NH90 Multirole Transport Helicopters. 
A Belgian NH90 Multirole Transport Helicopter during ex. Black Blade 2016
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Japan is seeking to supply Thailand with air defense radar built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

Japan is seeking to win a contract to supply Thailand with an air defense radar system built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian nation, according to four Japanese government officials and one industry source.
Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Düsseldorf, Alemanha.
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Russian armed forces received a batch of Tigr-M armoured with Arbalet-DM weapon station

The Russian armed forces received a batch of multipurpose Tiger-M armored vehicles with remote-controlled combat Arbalet-DM module, Director General of Weaponry Workshops Company which produced the module Dmitry Galkin told TASS.
Tigr-M multipurpose armoured vehicle with Arbalet-DM remote-controlled weapon station
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Israel's F-16A/B Netz fighter jets landed for the last time

36 years of operational activity have come to an end this morning as the Israel Air Force's "Netz" (F-16A/B) landed from their flight and shut off the engine for the last time. The IAF parts from the first of F-16 aircraft that are leaving a hefty past behind them and a promising future ahead. 
(Credit: IAF/Maj. Ofer)
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Monday, 26 December 2016

Sevmash Shipyard Laid Keel of Eighth Borey-class Project 955A SSBN Submarine for Russian Navy

The Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk laid the keel of the eighth nuclear submarine with ballistic missiles Prince Pozharsky of project 995A (code Borey-A), TASS correspondent reported from the shipyard. The plaque with the name of the submarine and the date of the event was fixed to the submarine by Deputy Navy Commander-in-Chief for armaments Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk and First Vice President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Leonid Strugov. 

Final Batch of AW159 Wildcat Maritime Helicopters Delivered to ROK Navy

AgustaWestland (Leonardo Helicopters) delivered the last batch of four AW159 Wildcat maritime helicopters to the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) in late November. The ROK Navy selected the Wildcat to meet its Maritime Operational Helicopter requirement and signed a contract for eight units in January 2013. A first batch of four helicopters were delivered in July this year.

PLA Ground Force takes delivery of its first Y-9 airlifter

According to the Chinese state-owned online media army.81.cn, the People's Liberation Army Aviation received its first Y-9LH medium size military transport aircraft. The aircraft was officially inducted in PLA Ground Force's inventory after it landed at an undisclosed airbase at 9:28 AM on Dec. 23, 2016.  
The first Y-9 medium range military airlifter delivered to PLA Ground Force
(Credit: army.81.cn)
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China received first batch of four Su-35 fighter jets

According to an agreement reached between China and Russia at the end of 2015, China purchased 24 Su-35 fighter jets from Russia, and new information of this arms deal was released on December 25, Hong Kong's Oriental Daily News said on its website on Monday, December 26. 
A picture released by the Chinese online media probably showing one of the first four PLAAF Su-35s landing in China
(Credit: 81.cn)
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