August 12, 2020

India orders 106 HTT-40 trainers

The Indian government has approved a purchase of 106 HTT-40 basic trainers made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

 

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Australia Boosts Investment in Army's Autonomous Vehicle Fleet




 

The Morrison Government is increasing Army’s experimentation, prototyping and exploration of autonomous vehicle and emerging technologies with a $12.2 million boost in Australian industry contracts.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the development of robotic and autonomous systems are central to meeting Australia’s future operational challenges, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and combat operations.

“These technologies are ‘disruptive technologies’ that provide marked advantages on the modern battlefield by bolstering ADF capability while protecting Australian personnel,” Minister Reynolds said.

“In the 2020 Force Structure Plan, I set out how Defence plans to seize these opportunities through greater development and implementation of robotic and autonomous systems.”

Thecontracts will be delivered over the next three years and include:

-$7.7 million contract with BAE Systems Australia to convert 16 M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carriers into Optionally Crewed Combat Vehicles (OCCVs), increasing the OCCV fleet available to 20 vehicles and support experimentation over two years. Conversions will be conducted in South Australia by BAE and in regional Victoria by Defence’s Joint Logistic Unit (Victoria).

 -$3.5 million contract with the Institute for Intelligent Research and Innovation (IISRI) at Deakin University for the expansion of Army’s leader-follower vehicle technology prototyping.

 -$135,000 contract with QinetiQ Australia for the modelling of the value of conversion of a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle to hybrid-electric drive.

 -$897,000 contract with EPE for small wheeled robots to experiment with human and machine teaming in reconnaissance roles.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the investment will boost robotic and autonomous vehicle studies and help to build opportunities for local defence companies.“These are exciting times for developing world-class, cutting-edge technology right here in Australia,” Minister Price said

“We are investing $12 million to boost Defence’s experience and understanding of new and emerging technologies in partnership with Australian industry and academia.

“There is a global increase in the use of these types of technologies and investments like these ensure both Defence and Australian industry are well positioned to take advantage and further develop these state-of-the-art technologies.”

Army’s Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO) was launched in March 2020 to explore, coordinate and develop concepts for disruptive technology in pursuit of its Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy.

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Parachute Jump - AMAZING Aerial Footage - Pararescue

 

Military Police Participate in Shoot House Training

 

Pakistan Army Chief Gen Bajwa Chairs Corps Commanders Conference for government land corner plot distribution

 

Russian Air Force Day 2020

 

RAAF - Air Power Seminar Series - Group Captain Millar - July 2020

 

Warbirds arrive in Pearl Harbor on board USS Essex

 

RAAF Hawk Fit to Fly into the Late 2020


Hawk airframe fit to fly for decades to come

A Hawk aircraft, the advanced jet trainer used to prepare Australian pilots for life in a fast jet cockpit, has completed the equivalent of 50,000 'flying' hours as part of a major structural testing program in a joint project involving BAE Systems and DST Group.

The world first test program was conducted at DST Group’s Fishermans Bend facility in Victoria where for 14 years a Hawk air frame was subjected to the range of loads that it would experience in actual flight, simulating real life fleet usage based on projected operational requirements.

 The 33 Hawk aircraft operated by the Royal Australian Air Force have a clearance of 10,000 flying hours - 50,000 flying hours of structural testing is five times the current clearance of the most modern Hawks in air forces across the world and more than ten times the current flying hours on most of the Australian fleet.

 Based on current usage, the fatigue life remaining in the Hawk airframe would allow the aircraft to continue operations well into the late 2040s.

 BAE Systems Australia Director Aircraft Sustainment and Training Andrew Chapman said:

“The Full Scale Fatigue Test is a hugely important achievement for the Australian Lead In Fighter program and was made possible by the collaboration of a small dedicated team across many thousands of kilometres.

 “The Hawk is the world’s most successful and proven military aircraft trainer, built on more than 35 years of fast jet training experience.

 “The 2019 completion of Hawk (LIFCAP) upgrade ensures the aircraft is freshly updated and available for service in the RAAF for many more years.”

 

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SpearUAV - Ninox UAS

 

NZDF Supporting Pacific Fisheries


 

Fisheries contribute approximately US$1 billion annually to the economies of Pacific countries and generate about 25,000 jobs. Fisheries revenue is particularly important at the moment due to the significant reduction in tourism revenue for many Pacific Island countries (all photos : NZDF)

Our maritime surveillance patrols in partnership with Pacific nations and other agencies are operating well within the new normal of COVID-19 considerations.

With border closures and other restrictions in place as a response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, there have been concerns about illegal fishing activity.

Crew on our Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion aircraft covered more than 735,000 square nautical miles on Pacific patrols including over the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of Fiji, Niue, the Cook Islands, the Solomon Islands, with further patrols to come. 

Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Otago was recently on patrols with Republic of Fiji Navy ships in Fiji. A Seasprite helicopter on board the ship provided aerial support, in addition to surveillance by the Orion. 

The opportunity to work with our Pacific partners and other agencies safely in a COVID environment has been a real success. The safety, security and prosperity of the Pacific is important to us.

Royal Thai Army Starts to Deploy Spike MR Into Service



 The long overdue Anti-Tank Missile program to replace the Dragon of the RTA began a decade ago when they were selected the Spike as a winner. But budget shortfall see the project postponed year after year until RTA received the budget to procure an initial batch of the Spike MR.

SPIKE Precision Tactical Guided Missiles Family is the highly reliable, multi-purpose missiles strike with the utmost accuracy, incorporating advanced technology, high reliability and low LCC. SPIKE'S broad deployment enables customers to collaborate with full commonality and interoperability between all the NATO and EU user groups on operational and logistics levels.

There are 33 user nations worldwide. The missile was developed by the leading Israeli defense company Rafael who was a familiar face inDefense and Security 2021.

August 10, 2020

Indian Air Force - From Ouragan To Rafale - The French Legacy

 

Italian Eurofighter

 

Australia Invests in New Unmanned Aircraft Systems Development Program


Defence plans to acquire new UAS with 25 to 300kg in weight and equipped with maritime surveillance (photo : Global)

The Morrison Government is investing up to $1.3 billion in a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) development program to enhance situational awareness across Australia’s vast maritime environment.

The Maritime UAS Continuous Development program will ensure Defence maintains leading-edge maritime surveillance capabilities.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Defence requires leading-edge maritime surveillance capabilities to better understand and adapt to the complex and rapidly changing maritime domain.

“As detailed in the 2020 Defence Strategic Update, launched by the Prime Minister and I in July, Australia is at the centre of a dynamic strategic environment,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Now, more than ever, Defence requires an agile acquisition strategy to take advantage of state-of-the-art technology.

“This acquisition heralds a new intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting capability for Defence to ensure Australia keeps pace in this rapidly developing technology domain.”

Through this program, Defence plans to acquire air vehicles between approximately 25 to 300kg in size that will enhance the situational awareness and response options of Royal Australian Navy ships.

To keep pace with rapidly developing technology in this domain, Defence will adopt a five yearly investment cycle to upgrade the Maritime UAS capability commencing in 2024.

An Invitation to Register will be released for industry to investigate the capability and capacity of Australian industry to deliver all elements of the Maritime UAS, including air vehicles, sensor payloads, integration, training and sustainment.
“Developing sovereign industrial capability through projects like this is critical to enhancing Australia’s industrial base and maritime security,” Minister Reynolds said.

“To ensure we are positioned to respond to future challenges, the Morrison Government will continue to invest in Australia’s UAS industry through Defence Innovation and Technology initiatives.

“This program will provide opportunities for Australian industry to innovate, develop and grow.”

Detailed advice on the Invitation to Register will be released on AusTender in August 2020.

 

Thai Cabinet Approved Budget to Improve Capacity of C-130 Aircraft

 

Thai Enquirer said that the cabinet meeting on August 4 approved a budget of 952 million baht earmarked for 2020-2022 to improve capacity of C-130 aircraft.

Last year RTAF update its C-130H transport fleet with the Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade. The Series 3.5 upgrade allows T56 engines to operate at greatly reduced temperatures, extending parts life and improving reliability by 22 per cent. It is available for installation on T56 engines powering either C-130 or P-3 legacy aircraft.

The Series 3.5 upgrade will help the Royal Thai Air Force to reduce operational costs due to reduced maintenance requirements and potential fuel savings exceeding 12 per cent. It will also enable the fleet to remain in service until at least 2040.

No details about this year's C-130 improvements, it is expected that it could be a structural upgrade or other necessary improvements.

According to World Air Forces 2020 data Royal Thai Air Force operates 12 C-130H aircraft.

F-22 Raptors At The Fence • Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

 

No. 4 Squadron - Exercise Havoc Drop

 

Indian Air Force C-17 Taking Off From Leh

 

August 8, 2020

Soldiers Hone Skills on M777 Howitzer Artillery

 

French A400M, an essential vector of support

 

F-35A Lightning IIs Take Off at Red Flag Alaska

 

Combat firing of the MLRS "Grad" crews in Crimea

 

King of Battle

 

Japan unveils plan to develop Mage Island into FCLP for CVW 5 and JSDF F-35Bs

The Japanese government has unveiled its plan on how to develop Mage Island, off Kagoshima Prefecture, into a Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) facility for Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW 5) of the U.S. Navy and Japanese F-35Bs.

 

Italian Air Force aerobatics team

 

RAF P-8 tracks Russian warship for the first time

 A Royal Air Force P-8 has completed the first tracking of a Russian warship on Aug. 3.

RAF P-8A Poseidon and Typhoon overflys Vasily Bykov over the North Sea.

A Royal Air Force (RAF) P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) completed its first operational mission this week shadowing a Russian warship in the North Sea near to UK waters.

On Monday morning, a P-8A Poseidon from 120 Squadron based at Kinloss Barracks demonstrated its speed and readiness by completing a prolonged overwatch of the Russian warship, Vasily Bykov, as it passed through the North Sea. It did so with support from Typhoon Fighters, based at RAF Lossiemouth and the VIP Voyager refuelling aircraft, stationed at RAF Brize Norton.


Watch South Korea’s DAPA unveiling the AESA radar for KF-X fighter

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) unveiled the AESA radar for the KF-X fighter on Aug. 7.

 

What Happens At U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground? - Doom!

 

MV-22B Osprey Flight Ops View • VMM-265 Dragons In Japan

 

Pakistani Terror hideout busted in India's Kashmir Poonch, arms and ammunition recovered

 

Army Mortarmen Trade Rounds With Taliban Mortar Team During Hot Exfil

 

Afghanistan Helmet Cam - US Army Soldiers In Heavy Urban Firefight With Taliban

 

August 7, 2020

US 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa





Italian F-35A aircraft in Iceland

 

Lira currency sinks as Turkish Atak combat helicopters firing at ground targets with 20 mm cannons during military exercises in Azerbaijan








U.S. Army carrying out CH-47 training at Eareckson Air Station

 The U.S. Army is bring two CH-47 helicopters to Eareckson Air Station on Shemya Island in the Aleutian Island Chain for long-range navigation training.

US Army Soldiers Trains New Recruits

 

U.S. Army Europe European Best Warrior Competition: Day 4

 

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USS Tripoli (LHA 7) arrives at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay

 

August 5, 2020

ALERT - New Chinese virus - A new type of virus, which is likely to be passed to be infected after bite by ticks, is emerging in China





US Army shows first-ever footage of new hypersonic missile in flight and impacting





Bangladesh Navy’s BNS Bijoy corvette damaged in Beirut Explosion



Two Bangladeshi nationals died and at least 69 were injured, including 21 members of Bangladesh Navy, in the Beirut explosion last night.

The deceased have been identified as Mehedi Hasan of Brahmanbaria and Mizan from Madaripur, said Abdullah Al Mamun, head of chancery of the Bangladesh embassy in Beirut.

Twenty-one members of Bangladesh Navy's ship "Bijoy", deployed under peacekeeping mission UNIFIL's Maritime Task Force, were injured, of them one severely, in the explosion, according to a press release of Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) issued today.

The critically injured navy officials was undergoing treatment in American University of Beirut Medical Centre, states the release adding that others were taken to Hamoud Hospital by air ambulance following primary treatment under supervision of UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon).

"They were currently out of danger," the release reads.

Bangladesh Navy Headquarters are in constant communication with the ship, UNIFIL headquarters and Bangladesh Embassy in Lebanon regarding the incident, it added.

The damage sustained by the Bangladeshi ship is also being assessed.

Major General Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman, Bangladesh ambassador in Beirut, visited the ship following the incident.

"Within half an hour, we rushed to the ship. We are looking after them and other Bangladeshis," said the head of chancery of Bangladesh Embassy in Lebanon.


Training of Russian tank men of the army corps in Black Sea Fleet ,Crimea


Missing Mariners Found In Pacific


Firing a Gun with a REALLY Bent Barrel... Bad Idea?!?!


AH-6 Little Bird Minigun In Action


RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 Broll


Huge Explosion Rocks Beirut


Starship SN5 150m Hop


August 4, 2020

Rafale Preflight And Takeoff


Navantia Australia Completes LHD Design Upgrade



The trials will determine the safe operating limits of the Romeo helicopters on the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) in a range of sea states and wind speeds at both day and night (photo : Navantia)

A consortium of Navy, CASG, Naval Ship Management, Owen International, AGI and Navantia Australia collaboratively worked through an engineering change to install the new Advanced SGSI system in a very tight timeline, which has restored the capability reliability. Navantia Australia performed all of the platform integration design necessary to integrate the ASGSI into the Canberra class LHD design.

The team began working on the project in September 2019 and delivered revisions to 27 LHD baseline engineering drawings, three Installation Work Packs as well as alignment documentation, test procedures, a detailed design report, Designer’s Certificate, Validation and Verification artefacts, PDR and DDR design reviews, and all the ILS deliverables required for Navy to operate and maintain this system.

Navantia Australia’s managing director, Mr Alfonso Garcia-Valdes stated “This integrated effort has been a real credit to Navantia and a good indication to Navy of how well our team is working together. The close working relationships, flexibility, and collaboration achieved a significant engineering change in under six months where routine changes occur in around 24 months.

“The ASGSI system had emerging obsolescence issues that were making supportability very difficult and causing concern for the LHD Aviation capability. Navantia Australia’s engineering design team were integral to achieving the change, readily accepted the challenge, but were agile in approach as problems such as material availability during COVID19 threatened restoration of the SGSI capability,” said Alfonso Garcia-Valdes.

The Forward ASGSI system is now fully installed on both HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide and was recently used to support the First of Class Flight Trials for the MH-60R helicopters.

The Canberra class LHDs, also known as Amphibious Assault Ships, were designed by Navantia and constructed at Navantia’s Fene and Ferrol shipyards in Spain. The vessels were built up to the flight deck, launched and then transported to Australia where installation of the island superstructure and internal fitout was completed by BAE Systems Australia in Williamstown, Victoria.

The LHDs provide the Australian Defence Force with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world. These 27,000 tonne ships are able to land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.

In June 2020, the Department of Defence recognised Navantia Australia as a Design Authority for four classes of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships under a Strategic Agreement Principles document. The Strategic Agreement strengthens the relationship between the Commonwealth of Australia and Navantia Australia and provides a framework to ensure that all current and future Navantia designed vessels in service with the RAN are adequately supported for their life of type. Under the agreement, Navantia Australia will provide platform system design and integration services, ensuring that the design integrity, configuration control, upgrades and modernisation of Navantia designed ships and supplied systems and equipment is fully supported in Australia.

Navantia’s productive partnership with the Royal Australian Navy began in Australia with the contracts to design the Hobart Class guided missile destroyers (DDG) and continued with the design and co-manufacture of the Canberra  Class LHDs, the design and construction of twelve LHD landing craft (LLC), and the recent contract to design, build and maintain two Supply  Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ships (AOR).  Navantia Australia was established in 2012 to provide platform systems design and integration services to all four classes of ships.

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Philippine Army Gets New Mobile Command Center



FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila - The Commanding General Philippine Army led the Army Signal Regiment's (ASR) blessing of Mobile Command Center 4 (MCC4) and witnessed the Signal Capability Demonstration here today, July 31, 2020.

Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay led the blessing of the newly-customized MCC4 KM-450, part of a fleet of mobile command centers which serve as coordinating venues between the AFP and other government agencies in the event of disasters or other crisis incidents. The mobile command centers also establish links among deployed disaster response units and provide situation awareness or damage assessments to the decision-makers for a responsive humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations.

The CGPA also witnessed the capability demonstration of the ASR's Deployable Signal Teams meant for HADR operations and the Cybersecurity Incident Response Team whose mission is to minimize and control the damage resulting from incidents, provide effective response and recovery, and prevent future cyberattacks in the organization.

"We at the Philippine Army do not stop from adapting to the dynamics of our security environment. These capabilities will help us ensure that we are ready to respond to any eventuality, be it from natural disasters, cyberthreats and most especially threats to national security," said Gapay.

Russian - Classes on driving the BMP afloat in the Far Eastern VOKU


QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) Takeoff at Davis-Monthan AFB


Jolly Rogers and Black Lions participated in Ford’s first AIC event

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) had its first Air Intercept Control (AIC) event on Jul. 30 and the aircraft carrier’s crew directed F/A-18s from VFA-103 and VFA-213 to protect high value asset against enemy threats.

Chinese PLAAF Su-30MKKs flew 10-hour mission to South China Sea

Su-30MKKs from the 6th Air Brigade of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) took off from Nanning air base and flew to Subi Reef in the South China Sea during a 10-hour round trip mission.


BAE Systems Wins $30M Periscope Contract for Collins Subs



BAE Systems Australia has welcomed an additional two year, AU$30 million contract extension to ongoing sustainment of the Collins Class periscopes.

The original five year contract began in 2015 and encompasses engineering, program management, supply support and highly specialised maintenance services. During this two year extension period, BAE Systems will continue to maintain Search and Attack periscopes and undertake the necessary updates to the periscope systems.
 
BAE Systems has been maintaining and updating the Collins Class submarine periscopes for more than three decades, developing an important sovereign capability. The company began supporting the Collins Class submarines periscopes in 1988 at the start of the periscope build program.
 
The company has continued to develop this sovereign capability through the provision of maintenance, repair and update services in two states.
 
Periscope work is undertaken by 34 specialist employees working in purpose built facilities at Mawson Lakes South Australia and at HMAS Stirling Naval Base, in Western Australia.

The largest update project undertaken during this time was the transition from analogue to digital periscopes which are now also transitioning into service.
 
BAE Systems Australia Managing Director Defence Delivery Andrew Gresham said:
“Now, more than ever, Defence programs will have an important role in Australia’s post-COVID economic recovery.
 
“We began supporting the Collins-class submarine periscope systems with an 11-year manufacturing and build program for attack and search periscope systems.
 
“Some three decades later, we continue to build and grow our experience in maintaining and updating this critical piece of defence equipment. During this time we have also supported the development of new capabilities in our local supply chain.
 
“Defence projects are high value, create and sustain new industrial capabilities, require leading edge technologies and can run over decades which is why they are so important to our nation’s economy.”

Russian Army - Maneuvering defense of the settlement during the exercise of motorized riflemen of the Western Military District in Mulino


US Army Diver Discusses Underwater Recovery Missions


U.S. military heading to Chitose Air Base, Japan this month for training

The U.S. miliatry will be conducting training at Chitose Air Base, Japan later this month, the Hokkaido Defense Bureau has disclosed.

USCGC Mellon Prepared for Decomissioning in August



US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz confirmed that the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) completed it's final mission earlier this month and had returned home in preparation for decommissioning next month in August. The Mellon is one of two remaining Hamilton-class cutters in the US Coast Guard.

It should be remembered that the Vietnam Coast Guard requested 3 Hamilton-class ships from the US after the arms embargo was dropped in 2016. So far the USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722) was transferred to the VCG in 2017 as 𝐂𝐒𝐁-𝟖𝟎𝟐𝟎 while the USCGC Midgett (WHEC-726) has already been decommissioned and is waiting to be recommissioned under the Vietnam Coast Guard. Therefore only one more Hamilton is needed for the Vietnam Coast Guard to fulfill their 3-ship request.

And the decommissioning of the Mellon or the USCGC Douglas Munro (WHEC-724) after it provide the last opportunities to do so.

Check out - Cameroon Air Force C-130 runway excursion incident from inside the aircraft

A Cameroon Air Force C-130 overshot the runway while landing at Maroua-Salak Airport on Aug. 2 and the incident was caught on video from inside the cabin of the cargo plane.


Malaysia Mindef Mulls Delayed Littoral Combat Ships Project




KUALA LUMPUR  -- The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) is considering three options in relation to the direction of the littoral combat ship (LCS) project, which has been been delayed, said its Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob.

He said that, as at July 31, none of the six LCS ships had been successfully completed by Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNSSB).

The overall work progress status of the project was 56.67 per cent compared to the original plan of 85.73 per cent, a delay of 31.1 months (29.06 per cent), he said.

Following that, a memorandum would be presented to the Cabinet after the ministry’s top management made a final review of the documents in the near future, he added.

“The first option is for the project to be continued by appointing Naval Group France as a rescue contractor through a Deed of Assignment with BNSSB using the remaining contract ceiling to complete at least two LCS units.

“As for the second option, the project is continued by BNSSB with the remaining contract ceiling to complete at least two LCS units,” he said while winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's royal address for his ministry in the Dewan Rakyat, today.

Ismail Sabri said that the third option is the termination of the contract with BNSSB and the ministry starting efforts to save the project.

He said the ministry did not intend to inject additional funds to complete the LCS, instead BNSSB was asked to use the remaining allocation to continue the project.

“The government will not pay the debts acquired by BNSSB as requested by the company, however, the government will implement the payment to obtain the rights and complete the Detailed Design.

“Besides that, the government (will) make a claim for all the blocks and hulls of ships and LCS equipment purchased by BNSSB as the government has paid almost RM3 billion for this purpose,” he said.

He added that the current progress status for LCS 1 is at 59.79 per cent; LCS 2 (48.09 per cent); LCS 3 (43.75 per cent); LCS 4 (36.49 per cent) and LCS 5 (20 per cent) while LCS 6 has yet to start construction.

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Serbia buying HQ-22 air defense missile system from China

Reuters reports that Serbia has bought the FK-3 air defense missile system from China, the FK-3 is the export variant of the HQ-22.

The Italian Air Force on the Genoa Bridge


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August 3, 2020

Flying Through the Clouds - Rafale French Pilot


Russian Paratrooper of the XXI century. From the sky - into battle ...


Singapore - NDP 2020 Fly Our Flag – Behind the Scenes


Italian F-35B Air Refuelling


Operation Downfall: The Allies Secret Plan To Invade Japan


Monstrous Russian Artillery Action During Heavy Live Fire: 2S7 Pion, 2S5 Giatsint-S & 2S4 Tyulpan


SpaceX returns NASA astronauts from orbit


RAAF Strategic Intent and Future Capability - Part 3


NASA's WB-57 Canberra High Altitude Atmospheric Research Planes


August 2, 2020

New weapon in the making - 200 Watt car mounted laser


France - [Barkhane] Immersion in a search operation with the SGTD "Garnet"


Singapore - NDP 2020 Mobile Column


Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Flying Over Copenhagen Denmark Preview Flight


QF-16 • 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group


Undocking of SpaceX Crew Demo-2 Dragon from Space Station


Marine 3rd Force Recon Takes to the Skies


Armenia suicide drone in action


90th anniversary of the Russian Airborne Forces


US Government Approved Sale of Scout, Assault and Support Boats with Armaments to Philippines



The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Philippines of Scout, Assault, and Light Support Boats with armaments and related equipment for an estimated cost of $126 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of the Philippines has requested to buy one hundred fifty-six (156) M240B 7.62x51mm machine guns.  Also included are thirty-six (36) 9M Scout Boats (SB); thirty-six (36) 10M Assault Boats (AB); eighteen (18) 16M Light Support Boats (LSB); thirty-six (36) units of Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) 280HD; twenty-four (24) M2A1 .50 caliber machine guns; thirty-six (36) M134D-M, 7.62x51mm, 6-barrel rotary Gatling guns; three hundred ninety-nine (399) NFS-NVG/IR Lasers (AN/PVS-14 and AN/PEQ-15); one hundred two (102) Thermal Imager Scope (handheld); two hundred ten (210) Heavy Thermal Weapon Sights (AN/PAS-13); ninety (90) Harris Falcon III RF-7850M radios; two hundred seventy (270) Harris Falcon III RF-7850S radios; boat spare parts; spare engines and engine components; safety and rescue equipment; training; contractor engineering technical services; engineering technical assistance; transportation cost services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.  The estimated cost is $126 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner that continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South-East Asia.

The proposed sale will improve the Philippines’ capability to meet current and future threats by force multiplying the Army’s present ability to operate and control both inland and coastal waterways of southern Philippines.  The Philippines will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces.

HMAS Ballarat has Successfully Fired a Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)


An Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile being fired from HMAS Ballarat during sea qualification trials on July, 23 2020 (photo : RAN)

Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Ballarat has successfully fired a Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) as part its Ship's Qualification Trials.

HMAS Ballarat is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.The ESSM is a surface-to-air weapon that uses radar homing guidance to counter anti-ship missiles moving at supersonic speeds, and forms part of HMAS Ballarat’s air defence capability.

Navy is committed to continuous high-end warfare serials and practical training at sea in order to satisfy current operational requirements, exercises, engagements and future contingencies.

Navantia Australia Completes LHD Design Upgrade



The trials will determine the safe operating limits of the Romeo helicopters on the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) in a range of sea states and wind speeds at both day and night (photo : Navantia)

A consortium of Navy, CASG, Naval Ship Management, Owen International, AGI and Navantia Australia collaboratively worked through an engineering change to install the new Advanced SGSI system in a very tight timeline, which has restored the capability reliability. Navantia Australia performed all of the platform integration design necessary to integrate the ASGSI into the Canberra class LHD design.

The team began working on the project in September 2019 and delivered revisions to 27 LHD baseline engineering drawings, three Installation Work Packs as well as alignment documentation, test procedures, a detailed design report, Designer’s Certificate, Validation and Verification artefacts, PDR and DDR design reviews, and all the ILS deliverables required for Navy to operate and maintain this system.

Navantia Australia’s managing director, Mr Alfonso Garcia-Valdes stated “This integrated effort has been a real credit to Navantia and a good indication to Navy of how well our team is working together. The close working relationships, flexibility, and collaboration achieved a significant engineering change in under six months where routine changes occur in around 24 months.

“The ASGSI system had emerging obsolescence issues that were making supportability very difficult and causing concern for the LHD Aviation capability. Navantia Australia’s engineering design team were integral to achieving the change, readily accepted the challenge, but were agile in approach as problems such as material availability during COVID19 threatened restoration of the SGSI capability,” said Alfonso Garcia-Valdes.

The Forward ASGSI system is now fully installed on both HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide and was recently used to support the First of Class Flight Trials for the MH-60R helicopters.

The Canberra class LHDs, also known as Amphibious Assault Ships, were designed by Navantia and constructed at Navantia’s Fene and Ferrol shipyards in Spain. The vessels were built up to the flight deck, launched and then transported to Australia where installation of the island superstructure and internal fitout was completed by BAE Systems Australia in Williamstown, Victoria.

The LHDs provide the Australian Defence Force with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world. These 27,000 tonne ships are able to land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.

In June 2020, the Department of Defence recognised Navantia Australia as a Design Authority for four classes of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships under a Strategic Agreement Principles document. The Strategic Agreement strengthens the relationship between the Commonwealth of Australia and Navantia Australia and provides a framework to ensure that all current and future Navantia designed vessels in service with the RAN are adequately supported for their life of type. Under the agreement, Navantia Australia will provide platform system design and integration services, ensuring that the design integrity, configuration control, upgrades and modernisation of Navantia designed ships and supplied systems and equipment is fully supported in Australia.

Navantia’s productive partnership with the Royal Australian Navy began in Australia with the contracts to design the Hobart Class guided missile destroyers (DDG) and continued with the design and co-manufacture of the Canberra  Class LHDs, the design and construction of twelve LHD landing craft (LLC), and the recent contract to design, build and maintain two Supply  Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ships (AOR).  Navantia Australia was established in 2012 to provide platform systems design and integration services to all four classes of ships.

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