October 20, 2017

Hulking Robot Straight Out Of Science Fiction




Airbus A330neo takes first flight





Royal Australian MH60R helo conducts submarine-tracking exercises





NASA Tests RS-25 Flight Engine for Space Launch System







October 19, 2017

Boys will be boys






Despite Afghanistan objections, Pakistani army officials Wednesday unveiled first section of fence along the de facto border






Indian Naval ships arrive at Vladivostok, Russia for Ex INDRA 2017







Russia Expands Myanmar Mi-24P Repair Programme




Russian Helicopters is to repair a small number of Mil Mi-24P/35P (‘Hind’) combat helicopters in Myanmar, as part of an initiative to support platforms in the country of operation instead of transporting the aircraft to Russia.

The group said that it would send a team of technicians to Myanmar from this month to repair three of four Mil Mi-24 helicopters operated by the Myanmar Air Force (MAF). Russian Helicopters said that repair work on the first Mi-24 was recently completed at the company’s Aircraft Repair Plant 419 in St Petersburg.

As part of the support programme, Russian Helicopters added that it had delivered the accessories and spare parts to Myanmar required to locally repair the MAF’s Mi-24s, reducing the timeframe required to overhaul the aircraft.

Highlighting the significance of the MAF programme, Russian Helicopters’ deputy CEO for aftersales service, Igor Chechikov, said, “This contract is extremely important for us, as we are implementing a procedure of complete overhaul of military aircraft with on-site visits [from] group specialists to the client’s territory for the first time.”

Chechikov added, “Successful completion of works will lay the foundation for [the] further development of co-operation and [the] signing [of] new agreements with our partners in Myanmar.”

The contract to repair the aircraft was announced in June 2016, and followed a framework agreement in 2015 under which Russian Helicopters committed to expand collaboration with the Myanmar armed forces. Russian Helicopters regards these deals as potential precursors to additional contracts through which the firm will support localised maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) programmes.


Chinese Norinco NDM-86 sniper rifle








JASDF F-4 catches fire before take-off


A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-4 fighter caught fire while it was taxiing to the runway for take off at Hyakuri airbase on Oct. 18.









Bahrain International Defense Exhibition (BIDEC-2017)








Australia and Indonesia Conduct Trilateral Maritime Patrol






Australia’s cooperation with Indonesia on maritime security has been further strengthened through a trilateral maritime security patrol in the Timor Sea north-west of Darwin, targeting illegal exploitation of natural resources.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) and Indonesian Coast Guard (BAKAMLA), as part of Operation Shearwater V, concluded the patrol together with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs & Fisheries (MMAF) on 11 October 2017.

Operation Shearwater and the MMAF Coordinated Patrols are usually standalone patrols but, in a first for all of the involved agencies, were combined into a single operation.

These patrols target the illegal exploitation of natural resources and help to stop illegal fishing and environmental threats, while simultaneously improving operational communication between Australia and Indonesia.

The Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Cape St George worked alongside BAKAMLA vessel KN Gaja Laut 4804 and MMAF vessels KP Orca 01 and Hui Macan Tutul 01 with an ABF Dash-8 aerial aircraft complementing the surface assets.

In support of this operation, an AFMA officer was on board ABFC Cape St George for the duration of the patrol.

Commander Maritime Border Command (MBC), Rear Admiral (RADM) Peter Laver, said these activities demonstrate the inter-operability of MBC, BAKAMLA and MMAF assets and enhance Australia’s collaboration between agencies involved.

“The combined Operation demonstrates the close relationship between MBC, AFMA, BAKAMLA and MMAF to combat the ongoing threats of illegal civil maritime activity, including foreign fishing either side of Australia and Indonesia’s maritime boundaries.

“These maritime operations are a result of ongoing close cooperation among the ABF and our international law enforcement and intelligence partners,” RADM Laver said.

This was the fifth Operation Shearwater conducted between the ABF and BAKAMLA, with the inaugural patrol occurring in October 2013.

PH Marine Corps Plans to Get 87 Tactical Combat Vehicles




The Philippine Navy is planning to procure 87 new Armored Tactical Combat Vehicles for the Philippine Marine Corps in 2018 as part of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Second Horizon.

Second Horizon of the ongoing military modernization will start next year and will end 2022. The First Horizon is now on its final year.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, the Navy is allocating PHP2.610 billion for the acquisition of 87 new Armored Tactical Combat Vehicles.

“No specifications has been provided yet, but based on the budget alone we can assume that its a wheeled armored vehicle smaller than the Simba, but definitely larger than an armored Humvee or KIA Light Tactical Vehicle,” MaxDefense said.

MaxDefense added that the procurement of said vehicles may have born out of experience from fighting in Marawi City which mainly required urban warfare operations.

However, MaxDefense noted that “AFP’s procurement plans are so liquid that it keeps on changing.”

Vietnam Built Mi-8 Simulation Cockpit






The Mi-8 helicopter flight training system is currently being equipped for a number of PK-KQ units, including the 930th Regiment (Division 372).

The screen shots show the simulation parameters of the training system. With multiple displays and software support, training officers and pilots can easily customize the display, allowing you to display the parameters as you like.

The simulated flight simulator also uses a joystick similar to a real-life helicopter. With this simulation system, the training officers can construct a hypothetical scenario where several aircraft parts are experiencing trouble so that students and pilots can learn how to cope with the problem while flying.

Flight simulators can help trainers assess the capabilities of trainees and pilots before they can perform training exercises well on real Mi-8 helicopters.

The Mi-8 is a legendary helicopter design developed by the Mil Moscow (Soviet Union) in the 1960s, manufactured directly by today's two factories, Kazan and Ulan-Ude. This is considered one of the most production helicopters in the world (more than 17,000), most commonly used (in about 80 countries, territories).

The Mi-8 multi-purpose transport helicopter has been in service with the Vietnam People's Air Force since 1973. It has served effectively in the final stages of the American war, and especially in the border war. South Korea 1978-1979, campaigns to help Cambodian people escape genocide.

Mi-8 is still one of the main helicopters of the Vietnam Air Force, doing many tasks from transport, fighting to search rescue and rescue. The picture is a Mi-8 of the 930th Helicopter Regiment.

The 930th Infantry Division (372th Division) was tasked with reconnaissance and military transport in the Central Highlands and the southern part of the Gulf of Tonkin. In addition, the regiment also has a flying role in serving high-level leaders, training officers, participating in disaster search and combat operations.

The 930 is currently equipped with many modern aircraft, but the Mi-8/17 helicopters are capable of a variety of missions including combat.

Indonesia wants to acquire 11 more Skyshield air defense systems

Indonesia’s Air Force chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahyono has indicated that his service wants to procure 11 additional sets of the Skyshield air defense system.


 


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KAI hopes to sell 4 more T-50THs to Thailand


At the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), an executive from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) told Jane’s the company is keen to start talks with Thailand for a third batch of T-50TH trainers.






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