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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Derco has extended its distribution agreement with UTC Aerospace Systems for distribution of spares for the 54H60 propeller system used on C-130 aircraft.

Lockheed Martin, parent company of Derco, said Tuesday that the extension is for a 20-year period.
https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/1 … m_medium=2

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Leonardo and Hanwha Systems have signed an agreement to jointly provide avionics and mission systems to South Korea and others.

The deal, under a memorandum of understanding signed at an aerospace and defense exhibition in South Korea, means the companies will jointly develop and deliver targeting systems and Leonardo will localize parts of sensor production with South Korea's Hanwha Systems, Leonardo announced in a news release Wednesday.
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Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A tactical and integrated procedures simulation trainer for pilots of A330 MRTT aerial refueling tankers is to be developed and manufactured by Indra.

The work, to be completed by 2019, was commissioned by Airbus Defense and Space, maker of the aircraft.

"With this new project, Indra strengthens its leadership position as one of the world's leading manufacturers of simulators," Indra said in a news release.

The trainer will be a key element for pilots to familiarize themselves with the systems of the A330 MRTT tanker and practice situations impossible to reproduce using a real plane, such as engine failure, aircraft stall and emergency landings.

The Spanish company said its IPT simulators can be connected to the Partial Training system used by boom operators for refueling the A330 MRTT.

The contract for developing the A330 MRTT trainer is in addition to the one already awarded to Indra in 2015 to develop the level-D Full Flight Simulator for the A330 MRTT. Level D is the maximum level possible for a simulator, meaning that the system offers a degree of realism that makes one hour of simulator training equivalent to one hour of real flight time.

The monetary value of the award was not disclosed.

Indra previously developed simulators for Airbus' commercial A320 and A330 aircraft and Airbus helicopters' H135, H225, H175, H145 and AS350.
https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/1 … m_medium=9

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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Harris Corporation has been contract for electronic jammers to protect U.S. Navy and Australian F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft, the company announced on Monday.

The contract for Lot 14 ALQ-214(V)4/5 integrated defensive electronic counter-measures jammers is worth $133 million. Australia is receiving the jammers through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

Harris said the equipment will be used on F/A-18C/D/E/F variants. Deliveries are expected to be completed by May of 2020.

"Naval aviators face a growing range of threats as their missions evolve and hostile actors gain access to increasingly advanced technology," Ed Zoiss, president of Harris Electronic Systems, said in a press release.

"Harris has helped keep naval aviators ahead of emerging threats for nearly 20 years. We remain firmly committed to supporting their critical missions."
https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/1 … _medium=14

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MANAMA --- Bahrain on Tuesday announced it had signed a $3.8 billion deal with Lockheed Martin for 16 upgraded F-16 fighter jets.

The Bahrain Defence Force signed the agreement with the US company during a defence exhibition in the Gulf kingdom, home to the US Fifth Fleet, the state-run BNA news agency reported.

US President Donald Trump has eased restrictions on arms sales to countries including Bahrain.

Bahrain has been rocked by unrest since 2011, when protesters hit the streets to demand a constitutional monarchy and an elected government.

The tiny Gulf archipelago has a majority Shiite population and has been ruled for more than two centuries by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty.

Bahraini authorities have come under harsh criticism for their crackdown on political dissent.

Hundreds of protesters have been arrested since 2011 and a string of high-profile activists and clerics have been jailed or stripped of citizenship.

The government has accused Iran of inciting unrest.
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articl … 3.8bn.html

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The latest two additions to the Egyptian Navy’s fleet reached the country’s main naval base in Alexandria on October 18.

S42, the second TKMS-built Type 209/1400 submarine, arrived in Alexandria together with corvette ENS El Fateh, the first Gowind 2500 corvette to be delivered to the Egyptian Navy by French shipbuilder Naval Group.

The submarine and the corvette met in the North Atlantic to arrive home together. The two units also carried out joint training with the French Navy en route to Egypt.

S42 was delivered to the Egyptian Navy in a ceremony on August 8, while the ENS El Fateh delivery ceremony took place on September 22.

S42 was launched in December 2016 as the second of four submarines TKMS is to build for the Egyptian Navy. The ceremony took place four months after Egypt welcomed its first submarine S41 to the naval base in Alexandria, on April 19.

Egypt initially ordered two Type-209/1400mod submarines in 2011 and later ordered two more in 2014 as replacement for its ageing Romeo-class submarines.

The vessels arrive home just in time to take part in Egyptian Navy day celebrations commemorating the day Egyptian naval forces sank Israeli destroyer INS Eilat in 1967.
http://navaltoday.com/2017/10/18/new-eg … lexandria/

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German Navy’s first Type 212A submarine ‘U 31’ is in the water again after spending almost three years in the docks undergoing repairs.

As reported by the German Kieler Nachrichten, the submarine was lowered into water and brought alongside by a tug boat.

The submarine has been in the dry dock since 2014 for both modernization and repair works following the submarine’s 2013 accident off the coast of England.

The submarine was commissioned into service in 2005 and only performed one mission in the Mediterranean before sustaining damages and heading for the dry dock.

In addition to repairing the damages, submarine specialist TKMS modernized the U 31s air-independent propulsion system and upgraded its fuel cells during the overhaul.

The U 31 is the first of six vessels in its class built to replace the now decommissioned Type 206 submarines.

Posted on October 18, 2017 with tags German Navy, TKMS, Type 212A, U 31.
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Cammell Laird and BAE Systems announced an agreement to collaborate on the construction of Royal Navy’s future Type 31 frigates.

Commercial shipbuilder Cammell Laird would act as prime contractor while BAE Systems would be supplying its warship design and combat systems expertise.

The teaming agreement has been formed in response to the UK defense ministry’s request for information and will now be part of a competitive tender process.

Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret said the company is proposing an innovative frigate design, known as ‘Leander’, based on existing and proven BAE Systems’ naval ship designs.

“Our commercial approach to design selection on merit ensures that Leander meets the T31e requirements with a high level of adaptability to attract the widest range of international customers,” he said.

Syvret further said the Cammell Laird consortium will include the A&P Group of shipyards and members of the broader UK supply chain. He said this approach has proved successful in the construction of the £150million new artic survey vessel the RSS Sir David Attenborough, currently being built at Cammell Laird.

The defense ministry expects the first ships to be in service by 2023, built under a price cap of £250M each for the first batch of five frigates.

The Type 31 frigate will replace five of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates. The other eight Type 23s are already set to be replaced by the upcoming Type 26 class.
http://navaltoday.com/2017/10/18/bae-sy … ate-build/

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The medical evacuation version of the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KUH-1 Surion helicopter made its public debut at this year's Seoul ADEX show.

The medevac Surion is equipped with six stretchers, a main-cabin seat for a doctor, and a medical cabinet. It also has weather radar and a rescue hoist.

Apart from the medevac helicopter on display at the KAI stand, the type also participated in the flying display and appeared in the static park.

The Korean army has yet to order the medevac version of the aircraft, but KAI is confident of receiving an order as the fleet grows.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that 72 Surion in service, of which 65 utility versions are with the South Korean Army. The national police operate three, and KAI has four. KAI has orders for 60 additional units, including 27 more to the army, and 30 to the nation's marines.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic … on-442273/

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Sikorsky believes a more complicated security environment bodes well for its MH-60R helicopter in South Korea's second Maritime Operations Helicopter (MOH) competition.

Christophe Nurit, vice president-Asia at Sikorsky, a unit of Lockheed Martin, says the submarine threat facing South Korea has grown since the country's last MOH competition early this decade.

The first MOH was won by the Leonardo Helicopters (then AgustaWestland) AW159 in 2013. It saw the 6t AW159 defeat the 10t MH-60R.

A request for information for the new ASW requirement was issued in January 2017. Seoul's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said three types will be considered for the requirement: the Leonardo Helicopters AW159, the MH-60R, and the NH Industries NH-90.

Nurit adds that that the additional weight of the MH-60R offers longer endurance on station, and the ability to perform a more diverse array of missions during one sortie.

A Leonardo Helicopters spokesman told Flightglobal, however, that South Korea's ships are now compatible with AW159 operations, and that crew training is also geared to the type. Moreover, he says the advanced sensors on the helicopter, namely its radar, allow it to develop a picture of the tactical environment far faster than with South Korea's legacy helicopters. This can reduce the need for longer times on station.

Longer term, the entire South Korean requirement for ASW helicopters is expected to reach 40 units.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the South Korean navy has 56 assets dedicated the ASW and maritime patrol mission. This includes the eight AW159s, 24 Lynx rotorcraft, eight UH-60Ps, and 16 P-3C Orions.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic … mp-442269/

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In September, Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) General Manager Temel Kotil announced that TAI is in the process of developing new aircraft, among them a 10-ton general purpose helicopter to complement the T625 6-ton utility helicopter, which is expected to see its maiden test flight in September 2018. Shortly after unveiling the T625, TAI envisaged building a transport helicopter family comprising of original designs.

In parallel, the company is also engaged in the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP), which involves the local licensed production of the S-70i Black Hawk. Under the T-70 designation, TAI also acquired rights to export the T-70 to third-party customers. However, with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 10 tons, TAI’s new program would basically duplicate the core dimensions, capabilities and roles of the T-70.

Though the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Pakistan Army procured a number of Leonardo AW139 utility helicopters for search-and-rescue (SAR) missions (the aviation journalist Alan Warnes reported that Pakistan selected the AW139 over the S-70), the AW139 is a 6-7 ton design. It is not a directly analogous solution for supplanting the Army’s 7+ ton Puma or the Pakistan Navy’s 9-10-ton Sea King helicopters.

It does not appear that either has a successor on the immediate roadmap. In fact, the Pakistan Navy is reinforcing its Sea King fleet with three additional flying aircraft and upgrades, which include the Leonardo SeaSpray 5000-series active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radars (IHS Jane’s). However, as these are aging platforms the cost-effectiveness of flying them will gradually diminish as fewer centres are available to rebuild them and newer engines and platforms become more ubiquitous.

TAI’s 10-ton utility helicopter program can offer Pakistan an opportunity to stage a long-term solution to supplant the Puma and Sea King helicopters. The principal avenue for engaging would be through Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), which is already assuming helicopter-support work, such as a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) site for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboshaft and turboprop engines and – if negotiations with TAI come to fruition – production of parts for the T129 attack helicopter. It would also reinforce the Kamra Aviation City initiative, which aims to significantly expand Pakistan’s aircraft manufacturing and aviation services base over the long-term.
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In its financial report for 2016-2017, Denel Group has outlined its progress in preparing the A-Darter high-off-boresight (HOBS) air-to-air missile (AAM) for serial production as well as its efforts to develop a next-generation beyond visual-range (BVR) AAM under the Marlin program.

In terms of the A-Darter HOBS AAM, Denel states, “[the] missile’s seeker performance qualification flight trials were successfully completed. Its critical design review was completed, thus finalising the design baseline for industrialisation and manufacturing.”

Denel expects to complete the final qualification tests of the A-Darter in 2017. Denel prices the program value of the A-Darter at ZAR 2 billion (i.e. $149.3 million U.S. in 2017). The South African Air Force (SAAF) placed a ZAR 939 million order in 2015. Denel plans to deliver training missiles to the SAAF in late 2017, and the final set of operational A-Darter missiles in Q1 2020. The A-Darter benefits from a thrust-vectoring nozzle for tight maneuvering and an imaging infrared (IIR) seeker for jam-resistant target tracking. It can also be paired with a helmet-mounted display and sight (HMD/S) system for target cuing.

Regarding the Marlin, Denel Dynamics had successfully conducted a test launch at Denel’s Overberg Test Range (OTR) in July 2016. Denel states, “The main objective of the test was to prove safe launch of the missile from an aircraft platform, which also showed the missile airframe was stable. This test laid the foundation for captive and guided flight tests and for further technology development of the missile.”
http://quwa.org/2017/10/18/denel-provid … -programs/

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At the 8th Marine Systems Seminar, the Turkish Navy’s technical head Admiral Ahmet Çakır announced that the domestically developed Atmaca anti-ship missile (AShM) had undergone a successful test firing.

“We are all closely following the Atmaca project and the first shots are being made and next year we will be shooting on the ship’s platform and we aim to make the Atmaca guided missile we plan to replace Harpoon as a [missile] with superior capability, long range, superior capabilities than Harpoon,” said Çakır.

The Atmaca is similar in capability to the Exocet, C-802 and Harpoon. The Atmaca AShM weighs 800 kg with a 200-kg warhead. It can travel at subsonic speed and can reach a range of up to 200 km. The guidance suite comprises of a INS/GPS system with a terminal-stage active radar-homing (ARH) seeker.

Turkey intends to supplant the Microturbo TRI 40 miniature turbojet engine powering the Atmaca and Stand-off Missile (SOM) air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with the domestically developed Kale 3500.

TRT Haber reports that serial production of the Atmaca is scheduled to begin in 2018. The Atmaca will be deployed from the Turkish Navy’s MILGEM Ada-class corvettes and G-Class frigates.

With Turkey’s aim to supplant the Harpoon, the Atmaca should make its way to other surface platforms (e.g. fast attack crafts) as well as aircraft and submarines. The provision of the Kale 3500 will also give the Turkish industry the means to fully-source its stand-off range missiles (i.e. Atmaca and SOM).

Turkey’s aim is to localize the supply of all major munitions, including air-to-air, air-to-surface, surface-to-air and sub-surface solutions. Solutions include the Atmaca, SOM, HİSAR, BORA, Orka and Akya, Mizrak, Merlin and Peregrine, among others. Many of these weapons on display at the 2017 International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF), which took place in May in Istanbul.
http://quwa.org/2017/10/16/turkish-navy … p-missile/

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Russia`s Project 12341 Ovod-class (NATO: Nanuchka-class) small missile ships (corvettes) have received the unique Bagira artillery fire control system (FCS) that allows engagement of ground, surface and even aerial targets in a matter of seconds by day and night in all weather conditions. The Bagira detects targets, recognizes them via radars and an optical-electronic system and destroys an object by operator command in automatic mode. The system adjusts firing before each shot, considering several dozen of various parameters, according to the Izvestia newspaper.
         

Russian Navy Project 12341 small missile ship Rassvet 1Russian Navy Project 12341 small missile ship Rassvet.
         
According to the experts, the Project 12341 corvettes are among the Russian Navy`s most dangerous for enemy ships. They can conduct sudden missile strikes and move away, while the Bagira will substantially shore up their capabilities. The Main headquarters of the Russian Navy informed the Izvestia newspaper that the corvettes of the Pacific and Baltic fleets had received the Bagira systems. The FCS will also be integrated with the onboard equipment of the boats of the Northern and Black Sea fleets at an early date.

According to the newspaper, the corvettes of the Pacific fleet tested the new FCS for the first time during drills near the Kamchatka Peninsula this summer. The crews of a fleet`s brigade successfully destroyed both ground and surface targets.

The Project 12341 corvettes feature a displacement of over 700 t and a length of less than 60 m. They are armed with the P-120 Malakhit anti-ship missiles, an AK-176 76 mm naval gun and an AK-630M 30 mm system. The AK-176 has a firing rate of up to 130 rounds per minute and a firing range of nearly 15 km.
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продолжаем учиться читать на английском ( не ставлю никаких смайликов, ибо все уже серьезно) - если не желаете учиться читать английские военные тексты в оригинале, то какой из вас военный энтузиаст?

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Pakistan’s Cavalier Group has unveiled Interceptor Light armoured vehicle & Hamza 6×6 armoured vehicle at the BIDEC 2017, Bahrain International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Manama.

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Israeli Elta v/s. Thales RBE2 Radar:- Which will be Fitted on LCA Tejas MK1-A
Defense Alert  IFTTT, Indian Defence Update
Source:-Israeli Elta v/s. Thales RBE2 Radar:- Which will be Fitted on LCA Tejas MK1-A

The Ministry of Defence has decided to locally produce 106 upgraded Light Combat Aircraft “Tejas” jets to replace the ageing fleet of MiG fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

The “Tejas Mark 1-A” will have 43 improvements over the existing Tejas currently being test-flown by the IAF for various parameters and slated for final operation clearance in March. The existing project is running years behind schedule.

Planned to be equipped with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and electronic warfare systems currently missing from the FOC standard Tejas Mk.1, the Tejas Mk.1A may be the ultimate development of the basic Tejas airframe given its lack of internal volume without necessitating major redesign.While there is a proposed Mk.2 variant of the Tejas with upgraded General Electric F414 engines, this seems to be some time off in the future and remains a project essentially in potential.

AESA radar enjoys key advantages over conventional “manually steered” radar. In the latter, the antenna is moved manually to let the radar beam scan the sky for enemy targets. In AESA radar, the beam moves electronically, switching between multiple targets so rapidly that it effectively scans them simultaneously, even when they are located far apart – in the air, on sea, and the ground. By switching its beam rapidly, the “multi-tasking” AESA radar can simultaneously track enemy aircraft, guide missiles to those targets, and jam enemy communications and radar. In modern-day aerial combat, AESA radar would be a key difference between defeat and victory.

Israeli company, Elta after winning contract, to supply 61 Elta’s ELM-2052 AESA radar to be equipped on DARIN-3 upgraded Jaguar fleet of Indian Air Force was largely seen as in the driver seat before India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) invited overseas bids for 80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and electronic warfare (EW) suites to be equipped on soon to be developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A variant.

Request for quotation (RFQ) for 80 AESA radars issued last December had asked for fast delivery scheduled since the project is expected to go alive by 2019 followed by production by 2021. Israel Aerospace Industries/Elta (Israel), Raytheon (United States), Rosoboronexport (Russia), Saab (Sweden), and Thales (France) were some of the companies which received RFQ but tight delivery schedule meant not all agreed to participate.

ELTA Radar

The Elta radar will track multiple targets in all weather conditions and its most important feature is its ability to be deployed fast. The radar will be equipped to track wide variety of platforms including low-level high-speed fighter aircraft, hovering helicopters, low ultra-light aircraft and UAVs.

Indian Army will operationalize these high mobility and low power consuming radars in difficult Himalayan terrain bordering Pakistan and China. Indian Army has asked for radars which can provide accurate range, azimuth and elevation angle measurements for each target, and capable of differentiating between different type of threat.

Thales Radar

Thales has developed an active array radar that meets the specific needs of HAL, to equip the 80 TEJAS Mk1A multirole LCA of the Indian Air Force. The radar has successfully completed an initial flight test designed to measure its performance level. In order to meet the needs of HAL, Thales is offering a lightweight, compact active array radar. Thales’ has demonstrated by the RBE2 radar installed on Rafale, the operational reliability of this technology. The RBE2 radar has been operated by the armed forces since 2012. The tests conducted during summer 2017 at the Cazaux air base in France, on a test bench aircraft, focused on metrological analyses of the radar performance. These test flights proved that the radar is fully operational and perfectly corresponds to the specific requirements of HAL’s Mk1A LCA for combat and air superiority missions. Thales radar is an advanced Fire Control Radar (FCR) designed for air-to-air superiority and strike missions, based on fully solid-state Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) technology, enabling the radar to achieve long detection ranges, high mission reliability and multi-target tracking capabilities.

The Thales radar is compliant with the requirement and provides simultaneous modes of operation supporting multi-mission capabilities for air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea operation modes, and weapon deployment.

Unconfirmed reports hint that IAF wanted to equip Tejas Mk-1A, which will be India’s Point Air Defence Interceptor aircraft to be equipped with AESA radar which can dominate in air-superiority missions thus Elta’s ELM-2052 was sidelined for some reason even though it was already equipped with Jaguar ground attack aircraft fleet.
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F-35 cleared for carrier take-offs, Defence Minister tells Select Committee
By George Allison -  October 18, 2017
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A new group of UK pilots are trained and ready to fly the UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet which is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship.

A new group of UK pilots are trained and ready to fly the UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet which is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced at the House of Commons Defence Select Committee this afternoon.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said:

“With a new team of British pilots completing their training and the F-35 cleared to fly from the carrier, the momentum continues for this game-changing jet. These milestones come as our pilots prepare to return from the States, ready for next year’s unforgettable flight trials from the deck of the nation’s new flagship.”

The UK currently has 12 F-35 jets out in the United States where they are being tested ahead of flight trials from the Royal Navy’s carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, next year. Two more aircraft are set to be delivered by the end of the year.

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Congressman: Fix Navy’s Perry-Class Frigates, Give Them to Allies


Oliver Hazard Perry-Class Frigates

Plankowners and crew of guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman man the rails as part of the ship's decommissioning ceremony. Kauffman was the final operational Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate to decommission. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane A. Jackson/Navy

POSTED BY: HOPE HODGE SECK OCTOBER 18, 2017

In the Navy’s full-court press to build its fleet out to the 355 ships that recent service structure assessments demand, one idea that has gained traction among leadership is the possibility of pulling old Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates out of mothballs and readying them for present-day missions.

The head of the House Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee agrees the ships should be refurbished but says he has a better idea for their use: Transfer them to allied nations to improve global defenses and expand the Navy’s network of knowledge around the globe.

“I think we could look at and say, ‘Are these assets that our allies could use that would be helpful force multipliers for us, because we’re going to operate jointly in many of these environments,’ ” Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican from Virginia, told Military.com on Tuesday.

The chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson, revealed in June that the Navy is taking a hard look at resurrecting the old frigates, which were built in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and began to be retired in 1997.

“We’ve got to be thoughtful about this,” he said at an address at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. ” … Those are some old ships, and the technology on those ships is old. And in this exponential type of environment, a lot has changed since we last modernized those. So it will be a cost-benefit analysis in terms of how we do that.”

Wittman called the idea of repurposing the frigates for the Navy’s own use “a little bit of a stretch,” but said the service could reap multiple benefits by repairing them and equipping them with current-day technology for allied use.

He suggested several “Pacific nations” would derive significant value from adding a Perry-class frigate to their navy.

“They’re a much more modern ship than what a lot of these navies have,” Wittman said. “And the good thing about it is, you can do these modernizations here in the United States, so the yardwork’s done here.”

Of the 51 Perry-class frigates built by the Navy, 12 are listed in the holdings of the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, which maintains the service’s “mothball fleets” in Pearl Harbor; Philadelphia; and Bremerton, Washington.

Some of these have already been earmarked as candidates for foreign military sale.

A number of the ships were transferred to international navies, including those of Turkey, Egypt and Pakistan, upon their decommissioning in the U.S. Navy.

In 2014, the House passed a bill, co-sponsored by Wittman, that would sell four Perry-class frigates to Taiwan, and give two more each to Mexico and Thailand. Ultimately, however, the measure died in committee in the Senate.

Expert analysis shows repairing and refurbishing the frigates in inactive reserve would cost under $600 million, Jerry Hendrix, director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security and a retired Navy captain, told Military.com.

In addition to providing valuable shipyard work, Wittman said the project could prove a “force multiplier” for the Navy.

“We can put on board systems that we know will work with our systems, so that if you’re in a combat environment, you know that you have the opportunities whether it’s Link 16 or other commonalities to make sure those systems work back and forth,” Wittman said, referencing a NATO military tactical data exchange network the U.S. military uses on both ships and some aircraft.

He added, “You don’t have to give up critical systems technology, but you could have those ships communicate with ours, so if they gather [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] — if they do a target acquisition — that information is available to us in that theater. That’s another set of eyes, another set of platforms that can really expand our reach.”

That makes the plan a “win-win,” Wittman said.

Despite stated advantages, Wittman’s proposal regarding the frigates would not directly advance the Navy’s goal of rapidly growing the fleet from its current 278 deployable ships. And that fact might give some pause.

“I think we’ve got to get early points on the board with our ship counts,” Hendrix said. “And the Perrys give us an option with that. It allows us to add 11 to 13 new ships in our ship count in the next 4 to 6 years. That ship count is a deterring factor with countries like China and Russia on the high seas.”
https://www.defensetech.org/2017/10/18/ … deftech.sm

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статья на китайском языке о тайваньском БТР "Леопард" а-ля Striker (башня АТК Мк44 с 30 мм пушкой)
разработка компании Taipei Aerospace и Китайской академии наук
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India in list of elite countries capable of constructing Advance Stealth Corvette
Defense Alert  IFTTT, Indian Defence Update
Source:-India in list of elite countries capable of constructing Advance Stealth Corvette

The country is rapidly marching towards indigenisation and the commissioning of the third Kamorta class Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette is a classic example of that.

India’s Defence minister was in Visakhapatnam on Monday at the Eastern Naval Command to commission INS Kiltan, the third of the four Project-28 Kamorta class ASW.

Addressing the naval officers and the media from the deck of the newly commissioned ship, she said, “This ship is unique, as about 81% is built indigenously and is the first built by India that has a superstructure made up of carbon fibre composite material. This makes it a stealth corvette and makes India one among the few nations that have this technology or this class of ships.”

Builder’s Navy

The keel was laid in 2010 under the Project-28 scheme and was built by Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

Ms. Sitharaman said the Indian Navy was moving from the status of a ‘buyer’s navy to builder’s navy.’

“This is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and we need to become more self-reliant. We have already gained the expertise in building hulls and we now need to focus on propulsion and weapon technology,” she said. She pointed out that India had a long coastline with a vast EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) and there was a need to have a capable and potent navy.

The Indian Navy, she said, had been playing an important role in defending the borders as well as in peace and humanitarian missions.

Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE V.K. Saxena said the partnership between GRSE and the Indian Navy began in 1961 and so far it had built over 100 ships for the Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. “In the next few years, we will be delivering about 10 ships to the Navy with state-of-the-art technology,” he said.

Tough steel

INS Kiltan has been constructed using high grade steel (DMR 249A) produced by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). It has a displacement of 3500 tonnes, spans 109 meters in length and 14 meters at the beam and is propelled by four diesel engines to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3450 nautical miles.

The carbon composite material gives it an extra stealth edge and also lowers the top weight and maintenance cost.

The installed propulsion and auxiliary systems provides very low radiated underwater noise feature, required for anti-submarine warfare.

The enhanced stealth features include ‘X’ form of Hull, full beam superstructure, inclined ship sides and use of Infra Red Signature Suppression (IRSS).
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