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RFA Tideforce the 39,000 tonne and fourth super-tanker built to support Britain's two new super-carriers
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German Luftwaffe troops use an Enigma machine, one man types while another records the enciphered or deciphered letters
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The last 6 Ukrainian tanks delivered to the Army, now it is complete 49 cars.
All 8 tanks and recovery vehicles were delivered to Thailand on July 29, 2018, and then passed to the 2nd Infantry Division at Prachin Buri on July 30. We are waiting for the testing of weapons in September. And wait for the unit ready, this is the period when the unit is practicing.
The Board of the Army have checked to the Ukraine at the end of March - early April 2018 by 1st Army Chief Lieutenant General Kukiat Srinaka with the 1st Division to observe the test and check.All 49 cars were delivered from five of the 10 units for the last seven years and five from December 9, 2015. The first five were delivered in 2013, due to the internal fighting in Ukraine, the production of tanks and delivery to Thailand delayed.
The Army has agreed to buy 49 Ukrainian T-84 Oplot tanks from Ukroboronprom for a budget of 7.2 billion dollars in 2011 since General Prayut Chan-Ocha has been the Army Commander. The contract is scheduled to be delivered by 2015, but the situation in Ukraine delayed sending 5 cars at the end of 2013 until the end of July 2018.
Resulting in the previous Army changed its mind to buy Oplot just one battalion ... and then turned to buy VT-4 tanks from China instead.
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded an $110,000,000 total-package approach, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Paveway Family of Weapons.
The contract action provides a total-package approach for Paveway-specific activities including but not limited to: studies, production, certification, integration, and sustainment.
Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed Feb. 9, 2029.
This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to the Philippines and countries with active cases to acquire Paveway weapon systems or have expressed interest in the Paveway Family of Weapons.
FMS funds in the amount of $1,554,527 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8681-18-D-0001).
If the Philippines has no money to buy its first-ever submarine, Russia is more than willing to provide the country "soft loans" to acquire the specialized underwater craft, Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday.
Lorenzana said Russia is keen on selling to the Philippines its Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, which has surface displacement of 2,350 tons, a length of 73.8 meters and capable of speeds up 17 to 20 knots.
It can be armed with a variety of torpedoes, missiles and naval mines and has a cruising range of around 6,000 to 7,500 nautical miles.
In the ASEAN region, Vietnam is known to operate six improved Kilo-class submarines in its fleet.
"Kung wala tayong pera pahihiramin tayo ng Russia, soft loans (If we don't have the money, Russia will lend us soft loans)," Lorenzana said Thursday.
"Soft loan" refers to financing with no interest or below market rate of interest.
Lorenzana said the country is still looking at other possible submarines suppliers in Europe, including France, noting that the country's submarine acquisition program, including possible suppliers, will be most likely finalized in the next 12 months.
"Maybe within the year, maybe within the next 12 months. Maybe we could finalize this. If this is approved, it will take them four years to make it, so it could be delivered when the term of President (Rodrigo Duterte) already ended," Lorenzana said.
Earlier, the DND chief said for an island nation like the Philippines, its defense can be considered incomplete without a fleet of submarines.
"For a nation with maritime territory especially island nation, its national defense is incomplete without (a) submarine," he added.
Lorenzana noted that an effective active submarine force is a great deterrent for would be aggressors due to its capability to travel underwater, giving it the element of surprise.
A submarine force is a great morale booster to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the DND chief added.
Meanwhile, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the acquisition of the country's first submarines will be brought forward to Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP).
The procurement of the underwater craft was earlier scheduled for Horizon Three, which is expected to run from 2023 to 2028 while Horizon Two is scheduled from 2018 to 2022. The budget for the program is roughly placed at PHP300 billion.
Horizon One covered the 2013 to 2017 period and resulted in the acquisition of the three Del Pilar-class frigates, 12 FA-50PH light-lift interim fighters, two strategic sealift vessels, to name a few.
Chinese PLAN 055's approach tracking radar mounted on the side of hangar door to aide large unmanned helicopter landing on the helipad
Indian Air Force contingent member, got an opportunity to fly onboard a French Rafale fighter aircraft
#ExPitchBlack18 : As part of the exchange sorties during the Integration Training week, Indian Air Force contingent member, got an opportunity to fly onboard a French Rafale fighter aircraft.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) August 11, 2018
We are working together as a team & learning from each other... pic.twitter.com/puEQpOKg0R
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Qatar Emiri Air Force pilots and ground-crew will start training on Typhoon from 2019 at RAF Coningsby
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India and Vietnam have discussed key issues, including sale of missile systems and helicopters from India, during their 11th Strategic Dialogue held in national capital on Wednesday.
Visiting Vietnamese delegation, led by Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, deputy minister of national defence, discussed various issues with the Indian delegation, led by the Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, in South block.
During the hour-long meet, both the sides discussed the issue of sale of Akash, surface-to-air missile systems (SAMS), and Dhruv, advanced light helicopters.
Besides missile systems and helicopters, both the sides also took stock of the process of selling India-Russia joint venture BrahMos missile to Hanoi. So far, five countries have expressed their intent to procure BrahMos missile.
"Today's discussion was focused on enhancing the existing defence and strategic cooperation mechanism. Various issues, including sale of missiles and other military hardware, alongwith military-to-military cooperation, were taken up for discussion," said a defence ministry official.
India is already providing training to Vietnamese Air Force pilots for their recently inducted Sukhoi 30 fighter jet from Russia. Simultaneously, India has given training to 20 officers and 40 sailors from Vietnam Peoples Navy at the Indian Navy’s premier training school, INS Satavahana in Visakhapatnam. These Vietnamese Navy personnel will man the six Russian-built Kilo class submarines.
Defense ties between New Delhi and Hanoi were in the spotlight during Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to Vietnam last month. In a major step, defence public sector undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), has opened its office in Hanoi. The opening of the office is an outreach attempt by India's defence production, not just in Vietnam but in Southeast Asia as well. BEL, which produces radars, military communications, electronic warfare and coastal surveillance, is eyeing on markets in countries including Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Meanwhile, China has reacted sharply to the sale of missile by India to Hanoi saying any move by India to step-up military ties with Vietnam to counter China will create "disturbance" in the region and Beijing will not "sit with its arms crossed".
Chemring Australia and Quickstep Holdings Ltd have secured funding for product development and cost reduction initiatives for F-35 Lightning II countermeasure flares.
“Chemring and Quickstep are excellent examples of leading-edge Australian companies succeeding in winning work in international supply chains,” Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said.
“This initiative will position Australian industry to take advantage of emerging opportunities to supply countermeasures to the burgeoning F-35 market and beyond. Chemring and Quickstep have both invested heavily in this initiative, and have also received funding from the US F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office.”
Chemring has announced it will expand its Lara facility in Victoria to design, test and manufacture F-35 countermeasures; something CEO Joe Farrah mentioned to ADM in May’s From the Source interview.
“We have a degree of perspective on what might be required to support any future development of indigenous countermeasures; something we’re keenly exploring the possibility of with Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit and DST Group as part of the five-year collaboration agreement,” Farrah said.
“That could possibly lead to us standing up an even more advanced research and development capability at Lara.”
Quickstep will develop and commission new advanced manufacturing technology at its facility in Bankstown, NSW, to supply countermeasure housings to Chemring. The New Air Combat Capability – Industry Support Program, which is administered by the Department of Defence, also granted the company $1 million.
Quickstep supplies 40 per cent of the materiel to Marand Precision Engineering to produce each F-35 conventional take-off and landing vertical tail.
Marand recently delivered its 50th vertical tail to the F-35 program.
According to Minister Pyne, more than 50 Australian companies have shared in more than $1 billion worth of global F-35 production contracts to date.
“Further opportunities are expected for Australian companies to increase production contract values over the next four years as F-35 production rates continue to increase,” Minister Pyne added.
Australian industry involvement in F-35 production is expected to exceed $2 billion by 2023.
While training Philippine Navy (PN) officers and enlisted personnel on submarine operations will take time, the ongoing "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercises in Hawaii validates the Filipino sailors' skills in modern naval warfare, a Navy official said.
"Of course training for submarine takes time, we are already taking initial steps in preparing to have submarine capability," Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said when asked Thursday if PN sailors can be trained to be skilled submarine crewmen.
"This involves examining our doctrines, organization, training, material, etc. so that we could properly and adequately handle new capabilities," he added.
Aside from submarine operations training, the PN's participation in RIMPAC, which started June 27 and will end on August 2, highlighted the Navy's capability to sail in the Asia-Pacific.
"Also the exercise validates our ability to extend our operational reach outwards the Asia-Pacific," Zata said.
Two ships, the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter, and around 700 marines and sailors participated in this year's RIMPAC.
The military assets and units participated in several RIMPAC exercises, which include helicopter cross-decking, live-fire exercises, a special operations training, ground-air-integration, and replenishment-at-sea, among others.
Earlier, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the acquisition of the country's first submarines will be brought forward to Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP).
The procurement of the naval craft was earlier scheduled for Horizon Three, which is expected to run from 2023 to 2028 while Horizon Two is scheduled from 2018 to 2022.
The budget for the program is roughly placed at PHP300 billion.
Horizon One covered the period 2013 to 2017 and resulted in the acquisition of the three Del Pilar-class frigates, 12 FA-50PH light-lift interim fighters, and two strategic sealift vessels, to name a few.
Zata said submarines are a great equalizer in the country's naval arsenal once acquired.