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Tejas Twin Engine:-Why Building A Twin Engine Make LCA Much Sense
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Source:-Tejas Twin Engine:-Why Building A Twin Engine Make LCA Much Sense

The Rafale deal had lumbered on for years, the fundamental mistake made by our policy makers was to pursue a full-fledged technology transfer regime for the fighter, instead of allowing complete manufacture in France which would have helped in its accelerated delivery at a significantly lower price point. Thankfully, PM Modi announced a government to government (G2G) purchase of 36 Rafales, the PM got the job done and he did what he had to do to respond to the urgency of the situation. This gives the IAF breathing room to make a proper choice about the long term.

The IAF needs to reach the 45 squadrons mark as soon as possible. That 45 squadrons should consist of a good mix of heavy, medium and light aircraft. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is the heavy aircraft and is supposed to reach a total number of 272 which would comprise of 15 squadrons but one must take into consideration periodic crashes and low availability due to regular maintenance. The Rafale and Mig-29 would be the medium jets for about 8-10 squadrons. Then a single engine fighter including 60 Mirage-2000 and new TEJAS Mk-II would be the light aircraft and should be some 20 squadrons in total. This last category includes the Mig-21 and Mig-27 which will be phased out in the next few years. So the need is urgent, to say the least.

The LCA Tejas Mark-I in its current form is not fully operational so the IAF may not depend upon it and so the Mark-I in the IAF would be 2 squadrons at the most. Essentially the Air Force is pinning its hopes on the upgraded Mark-II form which has an upgraded engine providing more power, advanced avionics, a contemporary EW suite, but this version will not be available for production till about 2019-20.

Sweden’s SAAB has offered to help India with fighter development of single-engine fighters for the IAF. However, in the end, the IAF will wind up with a product that it no longer wants and which will cost a hell of a lot more than it wanted to spend as a force multiplier. Simply put, in the real world if the Air Force wants something cheap then we have to build an indigenous fighter.

Now, let us see what the problem really is, every defense analyst seems to believe that the light combat aircraft has to be a single-engine combat fighter. That is the wrong problem to solve. The real reason the TEJAS was not successful is that it is horribly underpowered. HAL does not have as much experience as SAAB in designing fighter jets and the proof is that the TEJAS Mark-I weighs more than the comparable SAAB Gripen and is less aerodynamic. Now if we pay SAAB to learn how to improve the TEJAS then we pay a huge amount of money as nothing comes free in this world.

So instead of asking SAAB for help, why don’t we solve the problem ourselves? My contention is that a twin-engine fighter jet can do everything a single engine TEJAS was supposed to do and is a hell of a lot easier to design. If India were to design a larger TEJAS using two GE-F404 engines to power it, the unit cost will be under 50 million and it will work on day one. Buying additional GE-F404 engine will not add to the cost as in the case of F414 engines and GE will be glad to supply the engine as it will add substantial cheer to its balance sheet. I am certain that the very first prototype will do everything better than the TEJAS. We have to bear in mind that AMCA will be a totally independent line of development when compared to the TEJAS.

The second engine would come with its own weight and the entire airframe’s internal structure would need a rework. The control surfaces would need to be redesigned , The old control laws won’t work , so new control laws would be needed.

With all technical work to be done from the scratch an idea of twin-engine Tejas Mk.2 seems me a good idea overall.

A twin-engine fighter jet can do everything a single engine TEJAS was supposed to do and is a hell of a lot easier to design. If India were to design a larger TEJAS using two GE-F404 engines to power it, the unit cost will be under 50 million and it will work on day one. Buying additional GE-F404 engine will not add to the cost as in the case of F414 engines and GE will be glad to supply the engine as it will add substantial cheer to its balance sheet. I am certain that the very first prototype will do everything better than the TEJAS. We have to bear in mind that AMCA will be a totally independent line of development when compared to the TEJAS.

The advantages of a twin-engine design are many, first, it will have increased speed and maneuverability, the jet will have enhanced range because it can carry more fuel and with refueling, it can be extended to well over 2000 km. It can carry larger combat loads. It is also less susceptible to mechanical failures or combat damage. It can carry larger combat loads. At high altitudes, using two engines will have tremendous supplemental benefits, as losing a single engine jet over water or land is a much more life-threatening experience. System redundancy is a tertiary benefit of multi-engine aircraft, since losing engine results in only a 50% loss in total available thrust, plus redundant generators and hydraulic pumps will allow the aircraft to fly. In addition, having two engines will reduce training losses.

Why does India want to make the twin-engine F-18 Hornet in India when it can design and developone of its own. Of course, HAL has its hands full with a kichadi of projects that it cannot handle mainly because of its low-tech jigs, archaic production methodologies, inadequate, inefficient, intractable manpower, and dreadful infrastructure nightmares. The judicious solution would be to synergise the manufacture of the new jet to the very nascent private defense industry. ADA will continue to provide state-of-the-art systems and technologies just as in the case with HAL.

TEJAS has provided Indian engineers valuable knowledge and experience to design and build a cutting-edge contemporary fighter, the long gestation period taken to develop the TEJAS will come in handy when designing and manufacturing the twin-engine jet. This invaluable traction should be put to good use. The name of the game is no longer that you have an accumulation of aircraft that are identical, but instead that you have variants each honed for a specific mission.

A Twin Engine Tejas or more popularly as Medium Combat Aircraft was proposed earlier also.

While HAL,ADA and DRDO finished their work on TD aircrafts of Tejas in late 1990s and a successful flight in 2001, the HAL and DRDO came up with another proposal, the proposal of “MCA” aka twin engine tejas,the program was intended for the replacement of Mig-29s, Mirage-2000 and Jaguars from the IAF service.

The design of the aircraft was simple it retained same delta wing configuration however it had two engine instead of one and no vertical stabilizers,the HAL planned to equip the fighter with TVC engines. However, the IAF showed little interest in the program and she didn’t had faith on HAL either eventually, the plan was shelved back in 2000s and the IAF insisted on the LCA instead.

Nevertheless, it was a great design ever proposed by the Indian engineers and now the old design has been transformed into AMCA and is being planned to fly by 2030 or so.
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Why the U.S. Navy Loves Big Aircraft Carriers
October 18, 2017

A new RAND Corporation study has concluded that bigger aircraft carriers such as the Gerald R. Ford -class are more effective and more survivable than smaller carriers. While a slightly smaller 70,000-ton design would be cheaper to operate, such as a vessel would be more vulnerable while costing extra money to develop and build.

Even smaller light carriers would be much cheaper, but also much less effective and much less survivable. Thus, those vessels are not worth it.

Among the four options the RAND study looked at was a “CVN 8X, the descoped Ford -class carrier,” a 70,000-ton CVN LX, a short takeoff vertical landing 40,000-ton conventionally powered CV LX and a 20,000-ton CV EX escort carrier. Out of the designs studied, the CVN-8X was the most effective, with performance comparable to the current Gerald R. Ford -class. However, the Ford is still a better, more capable ship for a price that is not much greater.

“The CVN 8X, the descoped Ford -class carrier , offers similar warfighting capability to that of the Ford -class carrier today,” the report states.

“There might be opportunities to reduce costs by eliminating costly features that only marginally improve capability, but similar trade-offs are likely to be made in the current program as well.”

The CVN LX was also comparable in capability to the Ford class, but made tradeoffs in terms of survivability.

“The CVN LX concept variant offers an integrated, current air wing with capabilities near current levels but with less organic mission endurance for weapons and aviation fuel,” the report states. Above — from front, the Italian carrier ‘Cavour,’ the U.S. Navy carrier USS ‘Harry S. Truman’ and the French carrier ‘Charles de Gaulle.’ U.S. Navy photo. At top — USS ‘Gerald R. Ford.’ U.S. Navy photo The CV LV and the CV EX were judged not to be effective or survivable.

“Over the long term, however, as the current carrier force is retired, the CV LX would not be a viable option for the eventual carrier force unless displaced capabilities were reassigned to new aircraft or platforms in the joint force, which would be costly,” the report reads.

“This platform would be feasible for a subset of carrier missions but, even for those missions, could require an increase in the number of platforms. This concept variant might, if procured in sufficient numbers, eventually enable the Navy to reduce the number of Ford -class carriers in the overall force structure, but more extensive analysis of missions, operations, and basing of such a variant and the supported air combat element is required.”

On the cost side of the equation, the CVN 8X would only offer minimal cost savings — thus it might be better just to continue building Ford -class carriers as planned. USS ‘Gerald R. Ford.’ U.S. Navy photo “The descoped Ford -class carrier, the CVN 8X, might generate fewer sorties than the current key performance parameter values for the Ford class and might have only incremental reduction in overall platform cost ,” the report states.
http://navynews.co/2017/10/18/why-the-u … -carriers/

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B-21 cost info to stay secret despite new Air Force leadership
By: Valerie Insinna    14 hours ago

A rendering of the B-21 Raider, the Air Force's newest bomber, built by Northrop Grumman. (U.S. Air Force)

WASHINGTON — Don’t hold your breath waiting for the contract value of the B-21 Raider to be revealed. While the U.S. Air Force’s top general reviews the bomber program every few months to see whether new details can be released, it will be “some time” before the service divulges more cost information, the Air Force undersecretary said Oct. 12.

Out of the Air Force’s top three acquisition priorities, the B-21 Raider is its most secretive, with only a few details disclosed to the public, such as the estimated price per aircraft and a list of the major contractors.

The service has taken a hard line against releasing the value of the development contract awarded to Northrop Grumman in 2015, with officials saying that doing so would give adversaries information that would allow them to extrapolate on the bomber’s design.

But as the service’s No. 2 civilian, Air Force Under Secretary Matt Donovan finds himself in an interesting predicament. Just months ago, as the majority policy director for the Senate Armed Services Committee, he helped helm committee Chairman John McCain’s arguments in favor of releasing more information on the B-21 Raider, including the contract value.

Now that Donovan is working for the Air Force, part of his job is to support and implement the decisions of Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Secretary Heather Wilson.

The irony isn’t lost on Donovan.

“It’s funny because they knew I was the guy that was always pushing on that from the Senate side [to release the B-21 contract information],” he told Defense News in his first-ever interview.

“One of the things that I’ve been able to do is come over here and say: ‘We need to release things as sure as we know that we can.’ And I know that Gen. Goldfein still does a review every couple of months, and the B-21 folks come talk to him and give him an update because he is very responsive to Sen. McCain’s desires to make sure the American people know.”

Even so, Donovan added that ”it will be some time” before Goldfein and Wilson feel comfortable disclosing the contract value, but “if conditions change as we get farther along in the program, I think the chief and the secretary will certainly consider that and release as much as they can.”

Air Force leaders claim that the B-21 program is going swimmingly and has remained on budget and on schedule. Earlier this year, Gen. Stephen Wilson, the Air Force’s vice chief of staff, told lawmakers it had recently completed its preliminary design review.

The service plans to buy at least 100 Raiders — although that number could change as a result of the Trump administration’s defense strategy review and the Air Force’s bomber road map — at a price of about $550 million (in 2010 dollars) per copy.

The engineering and manufacturing development phase is being carried out under a separate, cost-plus contract that is estimated to amount to about $21.4 billion.

“The program is on track,” Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the service’s top uniformed acquisition official, said Tuesday. “What I will say is that we are marching to the acquisition program baseline timelines that we’ve established, and we don’t have anything … that has risen to a red flag.”

Even though it will be up to Goldfein and Wilson to make the final call on what B-21 information to release and when, Donovan said he will continue to turn a critical eye on the program. In the past two months since he was sworn in as undersecretary, he visited Northrop Grumman facilities to get an update on the Raider’s progress.

In a recent letter to the secretary of the Air Force, Sen. John McCain demanded the service release the value of the B-21 bomber development contract awarded to Northrop Grumman last year.

And although his main priority is to support Wilson and Goldfein during the budget development process, Donovan also wants to help broker a better relationship between the Air Force and Congress. The service and McCain, R-Ariz., have had a famously contentious relationship over a number of programs such as the B-21 and F-35 — an assessment Donovan said he couldn’t dispute. But it has improved since Goldfein took the chief of staff position.

“The Air Force used to submit their budget and then go tell the Congress what they were going to do. In other words, a fait accompli,” though Goldfein would talk to Senate Armed Services Committee staffers like Donovan about emerging changes to force structure and weapons programs, he said. “Then I would bring him in to see Sen. McCain, and he would have a good discussion with Sen. McCain and get his advice.”

That process is how the Air Force and the committee eventually worked through disagreements about the A-10 Warthog, he said.
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2017/10 … eadership/

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Everything’s coming up SHORAD
By: Jen Judson    19 hours ago


The Boeing-General Dynamics Land Systems Maneuver SHORAD Launcher Stryker. (Courtesy of Boeing and GDLS)

WASHINGTON — To say that short-range air defense is making a comeback would be an understatement; ready-to-go solutions to rapidly bring the capability back into service to address today’s threats are coming out of the woodwork.

Companies all over the showroom floor at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention last week brought SHORAD offerings to pitch to service officials roaming the massive two floors of expo halls.

What is most noticeable about the solutions at AUSA is nearly all of them take systems and platforms already in the Army’s inventory and reinvent them into mobile systems designed to take out air threats from unmanned aircraft systems to larger helicopters and manned aircraft. Some even had the added capability of defending against ground threats.

The solutions that are cropping up also reveal how industry is thinking about getting after an urgent need.

While many use platforms that have been in the Army inventory, several companies, such as BAE Systems and Orbital ATK, are combining newer tools for a multilayered approach.

And many of the solutions acknowledge that counter-UAS and SHORAD capabilities can be combined into multipurpose systems.

It’s been well over a year since U.S. Army Europe identified the SHORAD capability gap, acknowledging both the growing threat of small drones observed on the Ukrainian border by the Russian military and the realization that a key assumption held by the U.S. military for years that it will have air dominance against adversaries will undeniably be challenged.

The Army also took critical steps over the past year to rapidly fill the capability gap in Europe with Avenger SHORAD units resident only in the National Guard, deploying them rapidly to the region. At the same time, the service began to look at interim solutions to fill the gap with a plan to ultimately develop a new SHORAD system down the road.

The White Sands demo veterans

The service hosted a demonstration in September where companies could provide solutions on their dime to prove to the Army they had systems ready to go. Four SHORAD systems were demonstrated, according to Barry Pike, the service’s program executive officer for Army Missiles and Space.

Pike said the program to fill the SHORAD gap is “moving rapidly ahead” and that the Army saw some “promising” capability at White Sands. But the Army‘s reconnaissance on SHORAD capability is unfinished, and the service will continue to look across industry for solutions.

Israeli company Rafael brought Iron Dome to the demonstration. Raytheon would be the lead integrator should it be chosen as a SHORAD option for the Army.

General Dynamics Land Systems and Boeing brought an Avenger launcher mounted on a Stryker combat vehicle, marrying two systems already in the Army inventory. Lockheed Martin’s Longbow Hellfire missiles were fired from the system.

According to several sources, Hanwha, a South Korean defense company, brought its Biho Flying Tiger air-defense system to the demonstration. Hanwha showcased Flying Tiger at a large booth at AUSA, but declined requests for an interview there.

Pike told Defense News that Orbital ATK also demonstrated a SHORAD system — the Tactical-Robotic Exterminator — at White Sands Missile Range, solving the mystery of the fourth vendor that tested its wares.

The company’s solution offers a high level of flexibility, according Dave Dorman, Orbital ATK’s vice president for defense and government relations within its armaments systems sector, combining Liteye’s anti-UAV defense system, nonlethal electronic attack radio-frequency jammer and a gun with guided and air-burst munitions mounted on a Stryker.

The AUDS — a counter-UAS system — has been deployed by the Defense Department into U.S. Central Command’s area of operation and has effectively “drowned” more than 500 drones with electronic attack, Dorman said.

While CENTCOM bought the tripod-mounted version of the system, displayed at AUSA, users in theater mounted them on pallets and armored vehicles and started moving them around the battlefield, which generated a requirement for mounted systems. The company is now working to field the system on MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles, Dorman added.

At the same time, Orbital is integrating its XM914 chain gun used on Apache attack helicopters and is slewing that gun to the command and control of the AUDS, which has a 360-degree capability of detecting class 1 and class 2 drones very close in but also out to an extended range, according to Dorman.

The chain gun, loaded with 30mm, proximity-fuse rounds of ammunition, is seen as good solution to take out UAS, he said.

At the demonstration, Orbital was able to detect, track and slew the gun to engage ground targets. Dorman said Orbital offers a layered approach when combined with other systems because it can cover close-in targets while other systems meet the Army’s desire to detect and defeat drones roughly 15 kilometers out.

The capability also demonstrated it can complement the Army’s existing radar sensors like the Sentinel and the Q-50.

Orbital ATK provided the 30mm cannon for up-gunned Strykers headed to Europe, so it seeks to leverage that experience to create a mobile SHORAD solution, most likely in partnership with other companies to meet what the Army’s anticipated requirements might be.

Orbital’s gun or AUDS could be integrated onto another solution such as the General Dynamics Land Systems and Boeing Stryker-Avenger system.

The newer contenders

Several companies came forward for the first time with SHORAD solutions at AUSA.

BAE Systems pulled an early version of its Bradley fighting vehicle with an air defense history — the Linebacker variant — back into the forefront at AUSA.

The Bradley Linebacker was equipped with a search radar on the turret, a fire-control radar, a non-kinetic lethality mechanism — essentially a jammer — and a 30mm cannon with an air-burst munition for kinetic kills. On the other side of the vehicle, the company affixed a missile launcher that can accommodate Stinger, AIM-9X missiles “or anything else the Army wants to use,” Mark Signorelli, company vice president for strategy and business development for the platform and services sector, told Defense News in an interview at AUSA.

Signorelli noted the maintenance would be easy and low-cost because the system is on the same chassis as Bradley and retains the same sites and cannon.

And the same collection of systems that make up a mobile SHORAD offering could go on a different vehicle if the Army chooses to go that route, Signorelli said, such as an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle. BAE is currently delivering prototypes to the Army ahead of a milestone C production decision.

Oshkosh Defense turned its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle — the Army’s Humvee replacement — into a mobile SHORAD system, configuring onto the vehicle an Avenger system with Longbow Hellfire missiles and a .50-caliber weapon.

And Raytheon, while it wasn’t displayed, touted a recent solution — tested at a separate demonstration at White Sands — of a Stryker with Stinger missiles, which successfully took out a UAS target on the first try.

The company also rolled out a high-energy laser dune buggy at the show designed to take out small drones, but the solution is farther afield and only addresses the counter-UAS portion of SHORAD.

Lockheed Martin, while not proposing an end-to-end solution, featured already fielded capabilities from a Q-53 counter-fire radar to a wide variety of interceptors that could be incorporated into a SHORAD solution.

The Q-53 is being programmed to detect UAS, and Lockheed’s Longbow missiles have been successful in tests against airborne targets such as helicopters while providing cross-domain fires capability, said Tim Cahill, Lockheed’s integrated air-and-missile defense vice president for the company’s Missiles and Fire Control business.

Looking farther out as the Army develops SHORAD capability beyond an interim solution, Lockheed sees its Miniature Hit-to-Kill interceptor as an attractive solution. At only 30 inches long and weighing just 5 pounds, it has the capability to go after rockets, artillery and mortars. The interceptors could fit in a 36-pack on a ground vehicle, Cahill said.

Jeff Martin, Defense News staff, contributed to this report.
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British pilot to be the first to fly F-35 from HMS Queen Elizabeth talks about his aircraft
By George Allison -  October 18, 2017

Squadron Leader Andy Edgell is currently testing F-35 jets in the United States ahead of their trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth next year.

она, то  есть F-35, прекрасна -
“She’s marvellous. She has an incredible amount of thrust but it’s more than just brawn that makes her so fantastic to fly – it’s the brains behind her as well.

She’s a masterful piece of engineering and it makes her so effortless to fly. It’s impossible not to be exhilarated every time. She’s a beast when you want her to be and tame when you need her to be. She’s beautiful.

The launch of the F35s from the HMS Queen Elizabeth is a once in a generation historical event. To be the first to fly off the carrier, to have a front row seat, would be an absolute privilege. It wouldn’t just be about the pilot – there are hundreds of people who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen and the honour will be theirs too.”

There are already 150 UK personnel out in the US working with the state-of-the-art jets, and the latest course of UK pilots have just finished their ground school training and are now ready to fly the F-35B at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.

The Defence Minister also announced that last week, the first F-35 flight with the latest software was conducted on one of the UK’s F-35Bs at Edwards Air Force Base in California. This software upgrade, technically known as Block 3F, represents the full warfighting capability the UK F-35s will have at Initial Operating Capability in December 2018.

UK industry will provide approximately 15% of the value of each F-35 to be built, more than 3,000, worth some £1 billon and generating around 25,000 British jobs. The programme remains on time, within costs and offers the best capability for our Armed Forces.
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ADEX 2017: LIG Nex 1 promoting new KGGB guided bomb

At ADEX 2017, the South Korean defense company LIG Nex 1 is putting the spotlight on its Korean GPS-Guided Bomb (KGGB) precision guided munition. Developed in partnership with the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), LIG Nex1 KGGB air-to-surface smart bomb is being used by the ROKAF since 2014.


         
ADEX 2017 LIG Nex 1 promoting new KGGB guided bomb 001 LIG Nex 1 KGGB precision guided bomb at ADEX 2017
         
KGGB is a mid-range air-to-surface GPS/INS guided bomb system that has improved range and accuracy. When attached to a conventional weapon or guided bomb, it enables the bomb to maneuvers like a glider to engage hiding enemies.

Initial version was improved with US military global positioning system (GPS) technology. The upgrade was expected to compensate for the bomb’s vulnerability to signal jamming.

The development of the Korea GPS-Guided Bomb, which involved over on investment, has succesfully completed after performing compatibility tests that involved five types of aircraft: F-4E, F-15K, KF-16 F-5E, and FA-50.

With the KGGB, the pilot on the ground establishes his mission plan on a computer and saves it in the pilot display unit (DPU), which controls and communicates with the KGGB. In the meantime, technicians assemble and inspect the KGGB before loading it upon an aircraft. The pilot then boards the aircraft and once more checks the KGGB.

The KGGB can be mounted on an aircraft without any modification or revisions to the interface. This is because the pilot carries a portable PDU, which he is using to control the KGGB.
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ADEX 2017: GA-ASI, CR2CENT to partner for RPAS integration in South Korea airspace

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korean Civil RPAS Research Center (CR2CENT), an organization recently established under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) to develop technical recommendations for RPAS certification, operation rules and regulations in Korea.


         
GA ASI MOU 640 001
         
The MOU kicks off a partnership to support construction of a regulatory framework that enables routine, non-segregated RPAS flights for civil and commercial purposes in Korean domestic airspace, leveraging CR2CENT and GA-ASI in RPAS design, development and operations. The partnership also seeks to accelerate international harmonization of RPAS related regulations between Korea, United States, and other Asia-Pacific nations.

"We recognize the importance of the contributions institutions like CR2CENT make to society," said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. "We expect that aligning with CR2CENT will help us achieve our goal of enabling RPAs to fly in Korean civil airspace and eventually the entire Asia-Pacific region."

GA-ASI sees the partnership with CR2CENT as an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the Korean civil airspace and its regulatory structure that can identify the technical and legal challenges associated in allowing non-segregated RPAS flights accros the world, much like commercial aviation today. For KAIST, a key benefit of the partnership us the access to GA-ASI's RPAS airspace integration and civil certification know-how accumulated in company funded research efforts and its leadership roles at US and international standards development organizations such as RTCA and ICAO. As the partnership activities progress, CR2CENT and GA-ASI hopes to share insights cultivated by this international exchange to remainder of the international community in contribution to the global RPAS harmonization effort.
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KAI's T-50A trainer jet makes Asia premiere at ADEX 2017

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and its partner Lockheed Martin are for the first time promoting the T-50A advanced trainer aircraft outside the US at this week’s ADEX 2017, being held from 17-22 October in Seoul, South Korea.


         
The T-50A trainer jet at ADEX 2017
         
The T-50A was developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and (KAI) to replace the T-38 and train the next generation of pilots to fly 5th Generation aircraft. In February 2016, Lockheed officially offered the T-50A for the US Air Force T-X competition.

About 350 aircraft are expected to be ordered to replace the T-38 Talon fleet in a potential $2 bn purchase, with production estimated to start in 2023.

Based on the KAI FA-50 fighter attack aircraft variant, the T-50A features major improvements, such as an aerial refuelling system, next-generation cockpit, and a new embedded training suite.

The T-50A builds on the proven heritage of the T-50 with more than 100 T-50s flying today100,000 flight hours and counting—and more than 1,000 pilots trained.

Besides the potential US market, variant of the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle have been sold to Thailand, Iraq, South Korea, Philippines and Indonesia.
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First Jordanian Mi-26T2 pre-delivery test flight in Rostov plant

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Army awards concept design contracts for Patriot radar replacement
By: Jen Judson    13 hours ago


Peter Vangjel, Deputy Commanding General, Third Army, observes as Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, Charlie battery, start up generators prior to a simulated firing of the Patriot missile system. Vangjel recently visited the 1-7 ADA BN located in Bahrain to review the conditions of their life support area; conduct a site visit at their Patriot batteries; and to join in and serve the troops at a Thanksgiving luncheon, Nov. 26.

WASHINGTON —The Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) has awarded contracts to four companies to come up with concept designs that will help inform the Army’s requirements for a Patriot air-and-missile defense radar replacement.

Because of their previous involvement, it’s no shock both Raytheon and Lockheed received contracts, awarded last Friday to conjure up concepts for the new radar. Northrop Grumman also confirmed to Defense News that it “is participating in the TMRR phase of LTAMDS competition,” according to a company spokesman.

But, according to several sources, another company Technovative Applications, based in Brea, California, just popped up on the radar, receiving a contract from the Army as well.

After spending years debating when and how it will replace its current Raytheon-manufactured Patriot system’s radar with one that can detect threats coming from any direction, the Army decided to hold a competition for a brand new 360-degree, lower-tier AMD sensor earlier this year.

Replacing the radar grows more critical as the Army looks at dealing with a different threats: ones that fly slower, faster or maneuver differently. Threats are smaller and more lethal now. A radar that can detect reliably in a 360-degree field of view is necessary to handle increasingly complex threats.

The journey to replace the radar has been a long one. At one point, the Army planned to procure Lockheed Martin’s Medium Extended Air Defense System as the replacement, but canceled its plans to acquire the system, opting instead to procure key components of a new Integrated AMD separately.

The contracts are expected to last over 15 months.

Lockheed Martin plans to take the funding and continued company investment to mature its Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar for Engagement and Surveillance (ARES) prototype it unveiled in August at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, according to Mark Mekker, the company’s director of next generation radar systems.

The company’s concept for a future radar is truly 360-degrees, Mekker told Defense News.

[Lockheed debuts next-gen missile defense radar ahead of Army competition]

During the concept phase, Mekker said, there is a lot of mature technology and radars with 360-degree capability that could be built today, so the idea is to push the concepts beyond in terms of how to scale the system, for example, in a way that makes it more mobile on a fast-paced battlefield.

Mekker said the Lockheed strategy for the concept is focused on a distributed architecture, using building blocks to scale the system up and down and also to avoid having single points of failure in the system; the radar would keep working even if some of the building block-like components went down.

The effort will also look at how the radar can tie directly into the larger missile defense network, essentially a sensor on the net, without using something like an additional interface to connect it to the command and control system.

Raytheon has developed a next-generation AESA Gallium Nitride (GaN) radar for its Patriot system that is fully functional and made its public debut over a year ago at the AUSA Global Force Symposium.

“Raytheon looks forward to meeting the warfighter’s needs by leveraging our experience in [IAMD] and the more than $300 million invested in developing and maturing our AESA GaN technology over the past 17 years,” according to a company statement.

The Army is currently aiming – roughly – to field the technology in the mid-20s, according to Barry Pike, the program executive officer for Army Missiles and Space who spoke to Defense News last week at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting.

The service believes the fundamental technology to build a radar is mature, he acknowledged, but the service wants “to integrate all the piece parts, and you have to integrate with the multiplicity of system that we are trying to pull together into the overall architecture. So generally speaking, those end up being in a fairly comprehensive test program.”
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S&T Motiv unveils new K2C-2 assault rifle at ADEX 2017


K2C-2 rifle at the ADEX 2017. Photo by milidom.net

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By Dylan Malyasov - Oct 19, 20176

South Korea’s S&T Motiv is displayed its new K2C-2 assault rifle at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX 2017).

The S&T Motiv is developing a new generation of K2 assault rifle as part of plans for future upgrades to the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA). It was planned that if the tests are successful production of this weapon would begin in 2021.

The K2C-2 is an improved version of the K2A assault rifle. According to the company, the new rifle has the 16-inch barrel and its range is listed as 500m.

The K2C-2 rifle is based on the American Armalite AR-18 assault rifle, that was superior and less expensive than M16, but was not adopted by the United States. The K2C-2 retains a number of the M16 and M4 design features, including a generally similar receiver and bolt group. However this carbine has a different gas system which is more reliable.

The K2C-2 has an extendable and folding buttstock, flip-up front sight, integrated Picatinny rail and a selector switch on both sides to aid ambidextrous use.
http://defence-blog.com/army/st-motiv-u … -2017.html

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Navy News
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A MERLIN Mk2 lands on the deck of the first of the RFA’s new fleet of tankers for the first time.
RFA Tidespring, the first of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, completed her Air Sea Acceptance Trial with the helicopter from QinetiQ at Boscombe Down.
Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Herbert, said: “Achieving the aviation sea acceptance trials is a key milestone in the generation of RFA Tidespring into Naval Service.
“Successful completion of these trials will certify the parameters necessary for all Tide-class ships to operate aircraft in support of a wide range of defence activities, such as maritime security, task group operations and humanitarian and disaster-relief operations.”
Tidespring, which earlier this week made her debut visit to Gibraltar, is currently undergoing trials ahead of her acceptance into the fleet in November.
Boffins from the Empire Test Pilots School at Boscombe Down are embarked in the ship to write the manual for all future helicopter operations involving the Tide-class tankers.
By taking a vast quantity of data readings – such as the flow of air over the tanker’s superstructure, the ship’s roll, pitch and yaw – and based on the skill and expertise of the fliers, the team will determine in what conditions Merlins and Wildcats can safely land and take-off: known as the Ship Helicopter Operating Limits or SHOL.
Tidespring, which will be followed by sister vessels Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce, will now progress to first-of-class flying trials as well as replenishment training ahead of her Service of Dedication in Portsmouth.
The tankers, capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water, will provide key support to HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister Prince of Wales.


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Президент Филиппин Родриго Дутерте заявил, что Россия передаст Филиппинам 5000 автоматов Калашников и другую военную технику для борьбы с боевиками "Исламского государства" на территории страны. Соглашение планируют подписать в октябре в ходе визита министра обороны РФ Сергея Шойгу в Манилу. Он примет участие в заседании глав минобороны стран АСЕАН 23-24 октября, где будет обсуждаться укрепление региональной безопасности и обмен опытом в борьбе с терроризмом.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-phili … SKBN1CG1H0

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Lockheed awarded $11.6 million to support F-35 trials from the Queen Elizabeth class carriers
By George Allison -  October 19, 2017

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $11.6 million contract to support first of class flying trials and the release of the ‘military permit to fly’ for F-35 aircraft to operate from Queen Elizabeth class carriers.

According to a contract notice issued on the U.S. Department of Defense website:

“Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $11,566,000 for cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized delivery order 0144 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020).

This order provides support for the first of class flying trials and the release of the military permit to fly for F-35B aircraft to operate from Queen Elizabeth class carriers in support of the government of the United Kingdom.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (68 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (26 percent); Orlando, Florida (3 percent); and Patuxent River, Maryland (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018.  International partner funds in the amount of $5,783,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.”

In order to prepare for operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth, Royal Navy sailors have also trained alongside their US Navy counterparts on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. According to a US Navy press release, the Royal Navy sent six Sailors to integrate into Wasp’s flight deck operations to prepare them for their upcoming Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

Royal Navy sailor Richard Clark said: “Living with one another is good for integration, so when we work together, when we have your aircraft come to our flight decks, and vice versa, we’ll have a bit more awareness of how we each operate. It helps us work with you better on different platforms when we need to.

This is the first group of guys who are not 1st Classes. Some of them have never been on a ship before, so for the younger guys, it’s good for them to get experience.”

Recent F-35 trials aboard the USS Wasp weren’t just an operational test for the United States Marine Corps, with much of the data produced being used to inform the USMC’s declaration of initial operating capability but also for the United Kingdom.

UK personnel were fully embedded in the USS Wasp trials and will use the data gathered from this event, future trials and operational deployments to support the UK’s flying trials aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth off the US coast in Spring next year.

British F-35 pilots also recently embarked on the USS America for at-sea developmental testing phase 3 (known as DT), the last trial that paves the way for the US Marine Corps to deploy the jet operationally on amphibious assault ships.

BAE Systems test pilot Pete Wilson said about the upcoming trials on the HMS Queen Elizabeth:

“This will not be a DT phase. Testing on the Queen Elizabeth will be like DTs 1, 2 and 3 combined.

We don’t need to use fully instrumented aircraft; we already understand most of the loads on the aircraft systems, as we have tested that during earlier tests.”
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/lockhee … ign=social

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ADEX 2017: Hanwha debuts KTSSM missile, known as artillery killer

Korea Tactical Surface to Surface Missile (KTSSM) at the ADEX 2017.
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By Dylan Malyasov - Oct 19, 2017

South Korea’s Hanwha Systems displayed its new tactical surface-to-surface missile, called KTSSM and known as artillery killer.

The Korea Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM) is a new type of ballistic guided weapon system. The missile has a range of over 120 kilometres. The tactical ground-guided weapon, which was first publicly released this time, has four missiles in one fixed launch pad.

Four missiles are launched in succession. It is regarded as a powerful weapon system capable of neutralizing the enemy ‘s gunfire in the shortest time in the emergency.

The KTSSM can penetrate underground targets with its powerful warhead. The new missiles can provide South Korea’s military with the capacity to destroy hardened artillery sites equipped with hundreds of long-range guns.
http://defence-blog.com/news/adex-2017- … iller.html

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