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Three out of four C-130 cargo planes in service with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) are in maintenance, a local Senator has disclosed.
The president of Taurus Systems Korea Co. says his parent company hopes to develop a smaller, longer-range Taurus K-2 cruise missile jointly with South Korea.
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Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) has announced a partnership with Kongsberg Defence Australia (KDA) in support of its bid to supply the Australian Army with K9 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles (AARVs).
HDA said on 13 November that KDA will be responsible for integrating command, control, communications, and computing (C4) capability into the two platforms – to be known in Australia as the ‘Huntsman’ family of vehicles – which are expected to be acquired through the Protected Mobile Fires programme under Project Land 8116 Phase 1.In early September HDA, which is the local subsidiary of South Korea’s Hanwha Defense, was named by the Australian government as preferred supplier in the programme. HDA was issued with a request for tender (RFT) later that month.
HDA said its selection of Kongsberg to supply C4 integration was a “natural choice”, given that the Norwegian-headquartered company provides the digital architecture and fire-control system for Hanwha Defense’s K9 and K10 platforms.Hanwha Defense and Kongsberg have previously partnered on projects to supply K9 and K10 platforms to Norway and K9 SPHs to Finland and Estonia.
France has selected MBDA’s MHT/MLP missile as its Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile (MAST-F) for the Tiger attack helicopter.
Rheinmetall has unveiled the first of three Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles designed, developed and manufactured for the Commonwealth of Australia’s $AUD18.1 billion (11.1 MrdEUR) Land 400 Phase 3 program.
Lynx is a next generation tracked, digitised and highly protected Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) built to meet the stringent military requirements of Land 400 Phase 3. The Australian Army needs a new IFV for close combat to close in and defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers.
Rheinmetall is delivering each of the Lynx vehicles to compete in the test and evaluation trials as part of the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) to be conducted around Australia over a 12 month timeframe from November 2020. If successful, the Lynx fleet will be manufactured in Queensland at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) at Redbank south-west of Brisbane.
The RMA trials will incorporate a range of tests including lethality, mobility and protection. The vehicle unveiled will be the focus of blast testing at a dedicated Commonwealth facility in coming months.Lynx was unveiled at a closed ceremony with selected Australian industry partners at the MILVEHCOE. Each of the Lynx vehicles delivered into the RMA trials will incorporate a significant level of Australian industry content and local partners to the Rheinmetall offer for Land 400 Phase 3 will be announced in coming weeks.“Rheinmetall looks forward to demonstrating the capability of this next generation infantry fighting vehicle,” said Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart. “We believe Lynx is the best vehicle in its class and sets a new standard in protection and the lethality needed to survive and defeat any adversary.
“Lynx has been developed so it is positioned at an ideal level of maturity when Australia needs it to enter service - and it will have a growth path to extend these capabilities through its 40-year life.”Lynx has been selected by the Hungarian Armed Forces for the delivery of more than 200 vehicles in the first launch order for the vehicle globally. Rheinmetall Defence Australia will export turrets to the value of $150 million manufactured by Australians – and will soon announce further export orders into the Hungarian program including orders for Australian SMEs.Rheinmetall is delivering 211 8x8 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army after the vehicle was selected by the Commonwealth after 12 months of RMA trials by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in 2016-2017.
November 13, 2020
Japanese JS SHIMAKAZE (DDG 172)🇯🇵 conducted a bilateral exercise with Australian HMAS ARUNTA (FFH 151)
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The Indian Navy on Thursday got its fifth scorpene class submarine, named ‘INS Vagir’. MoS Defence Shripad Naik launched the submarine ‘Vagir’ of Project 75 in the Arabian sea waters at Mumbai’s Mazagaon Dock through video conferencing.
November 11, 2020
MASTIS milestone as HMAS Parramatta departs Sydney
A critical maritime satellite communications (SATCOM) project milestone will be achieved this week when HMAS Parramatta departs Garden Island, NSW.She is the first of fourteen Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships to have an upgraded maritime satellite communications terminals installed.
The Advanced SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure System, Maritime Communications Element (MASTIS) terminal upgrade project will provide a major enhancement to the RAN system operations.The upgraded MASTIS capability is being installed on the Landing Helicopter Dock ships, the ANZAC fleet, the Guided Missile Destroyers and amphibious support ship HMAS Choules.
HMAS Choules, the second ship to be upgraded, will depart Garden Island shortly after Parramatta. The remaining 12 ships will be upgraded during their planned maintenance cycles over the next 12-18 months.The upgraded terminals will provide increased bandwidth, greater efficiency of Defence satellite capacity and enhanced network interoperability between ships, aircraft and land-based platforms.
As part of the program, the land based MASTIS training facility will be upgraded at North Ryde for RAN training.BAE Systems Australia Defence Delivery Director Andrew Gresham said:
“The company is a world leader in the development and delivery of bespoke communications technologies including the long-standing support to the MASTIS terminals.
“The sailing of the first ships to receive their MASTIS upgrade is a really important milestone in this program and demonstrates our commitment to collaborating with the Commonwealth to bring timely capability to the fingertips of the end users.“BAE Systems Australia’s commitment to the sustainment of our Navy fleet goes beyond the vessels themselves.”
J-10C and J-16s dogfight to achieve air superiority— Eva 郑 عائشة (@evazhengll) November 11, 2020
The Department of National Defense (DND) has reportedly released the Notice of Award (NOA) for Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Acquisition Project.According to MaxDefense Philippines, NOA was released “in favor of the Russian government in a deal worth Php12.797 billion, that will involve the supply of the Mil Mi-171 Hip helicopter.”
MaxDefense added that “a contract is expected to be signed soon.”In line with the reported award, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved and released a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) worth PHP1,919,626,490.00.“To cover the funding requirements for the fifteen percent (15%) Advance Payment of the Heavy Lift Helicopter Acquisition Project for the Philippine Air Force under the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program,” DBM said regarding the purpose of the SARO.
In March this year, the Philippine Embassy in Russia reported that DND and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officials inspected aircraft plant and training center in Moscow, Russia in connection with the planned acquisition of Mi-171 heavy lift helicopters for PAF.
November 10, 2020
South Korea launched a new 3,000-ton-class indigenous submarine on Tuesday capable of firing submarine-launched ballistic missiles in an effort to boost underwater defense capabilities.
The ceremony for the mid-class diesel-powered submarine, named after a prominent Korean independent fighter, Ahn Mu, took place at the Okpo Shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. in the southeastern city of Geoje.
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Ex. Malabar— MaverickⓂ️ (@Maverick_bharat) November 7, 2020
Amazing Video 😍pic.twitter.com/LUw3x1fHsA
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#USNavy's #USSJohnSMcCain conducts a replenishment-at-sea exercise with @indiannavy, @Australian_Navy, & Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships during #Malabar2020. Malabar enhances cooperation between the maritime forces who routinely operate & ensure a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacifc. pic.twitter.com/RItwOKNsB1— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) November 4, 2020
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The Asahi Shimbun says Japan’s plan to modify 20 F-15s to carry long-range cruise missiles is in jeopardy as only $103 million has been set aside to upgrade two fighters.
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Israeli news site Globes says that “several Gulf States” have expressed interest in buying defensive equipment from Rafael.