Thursday, March 8, 2012

India makes payments to French firm to upgrade Mirage fleet

India has started making payments to French defence major Dassault Aviation for upgrading its fleet of Mirage 2000 aircraft under a deal worth $2.4 billion. The Indian government has started making payments for the deal to upgrade the Mirage aircraft, sources said.

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Israel 'surprised' by India's arms sale ban

Israel's defence ministry said on Tuesday it was surprised by India's decision to blacklist six weapons firms, including a top Israeli manufacturer, in connection with a 2009 bribery scandal. "We are surprised by the Indian defence ministry's decision (against Israeli Military Industries) because the process of hearings over the intended sanctions against the company has not been completed," spokesman Josh Hantman 

HAL likely to handover 1st batch of Tejas to IAF by next year

The first batch of the country's indigenously developed light combat aircraft (LCA) "Tejas" was likely to be handed over to the Indian Air Force by next year, a senior Aeronautical Development Agency official said today. "As far as LCA is concerned, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is the prime agency. Last year they have started production. I hope from next year onwards they (the LCAs) will start entering the service..", Kota Harinarayana, Dr D S Kothari DRDO Chair, ADA, Bangalore, told reporters here. 

Second Indian Mirage-2000 Crash

South Korean SSM-700K Hae Sung I (Sea Star) Anti-ship Missile

SSM-700K Hae Sung I (Sea Star) Anti-ship Missile which are deployed guided missile destroyers of Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) Detection Dog in Afghanistan

An Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) detection dog with his U.S. Marine dog handler in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

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New Build Xian H-6K Bomber

New build Xian H-6K bomber powered by by new fuel efficient D-30KP turbofan engines

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J-20 Mighty Dragon Fighter Jet Demonstrates Its Maneuverability

Amazing shots of the J-20 Mighty Dragon fifth generation fighter jet while it was displaying its maneuverability on 27th February, 2012.

JF-17 Thunder Destroys Targets With Live Ammunition In Exercis

The JF-17 Thunder fighter jets of the Pakistan  Pakistan Air Force have for the first time participated in squadron level exercise which included the use of live ammunition

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Field Training Exercises of SPD’s Special Response Force (SRF)

Field training exercises of the Strategic Plans Division(SPD) Special Response Force (SRF).

Pakistan Tests Hatf II Abdali ballistic missile

Pakistan Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) has successfully tested Hatf II Abdali ballistic missile with range 180 kilometres.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

India To Test Agni-V Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)

India has begun final preparations for the first test of its most-ambitious strategic missile, the 5,000-km Agni-V, which will prove to be both a technical as well as logistical challenge. The Agni-V, which will bring the whole of Asia, 70% of Europe and other regions under its strike envelope, will be tested from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast towards end-March to early-April, top defence sources said. "We are almost ready for the test. There are no technical glitches or problems. It's more of a scheduling and logistical issue now since the missile will travel halfway across the Indian Ocean," said a source. 

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Kim Jong-un Inspects Nuclear, Missile Unit

New North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected the North Korean Army's 842nd Unit, North Korea's state-run media reported on Tuesday. The unit, which is under the direct control of the General Staff in charge of all military operations, is said to be tasked with handling the North's nuclear weapons and medium and long-range missiles.

Iranian Air Defence Exercise

Iran's air defense units exercised their capability of targetting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) during massive air defense drills in the Southern province of Bushehr. Iranian forces shot down a hypothetical enemy's drone on the final day of Sarallah military drills. 

The air defense units of Iran's Army deployed various systems on Thursday to counter low-altitude aerial threats and successfully identified and destroyed the mock enemy's UAVs and radar-evading aircraft at an altitude of around 10,000 feet (about 3 kilometers). 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

No corruption cases in US arms deals

A Parliamentary Security and Defense Commission member denied today any corruption cases in arms deals with the United States. "Contracts were made with the USA to buy M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and fighter planes," MP Qassim al-Araji told Aswat al-Iraq. 

Russia to deliver 120 T-90 main battle tanks to Algeria

Algeria has signed a contract with Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport for 120 additional T-90 main battle tanks. In 2006 Algeria purchased 180 of the type. Algeria signed the contract for the T-90s in September last year, according to the Russian daily economic newspaper Vedomosti, which quoted sources close to Rosoboronexport and Russian Technologies. The 120 tanks are valued at around US$470 million.

Iranian navy ships return from Syria

Two Iranian warships sent by Tehran to the Mediterranean last week to help “train the Syrian navy” entered the Suez canal early on Tuesday on their way back to Iran, a canal authorities source told AFP, as Tehran warned it would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered.The ships, a destroyer and supply vessel, came from the Syrian port of Tartous and were heading south towards the Red Sea, the source said, adding that they were due to complete their transit of the canal by Tuesday afternoon.

Russia To Counter US Missile Defence System

Russia will continue with the overhaul of its missile defence unless the US drops its plans for a European missile shield or proposes a scheme for a joint effort, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said. Russia delivered Tuesday new S-400 Triumf air defence systems to its Western Military District and pledged to put them on alert duty in a month. 

Indian Transport Mi-17V-5 Helicopters

Indian Air Force Has Recently Inducted Armed Multi-Purpose Transport Mi-17V-5 Helicopters

Chinese PTL02 6x6 Wheeled Self-Propelled 100mm Tank Destroyer

The PTL02 6x6 Wheeled Self-Propelled 100mm Tank Destroyer of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Action.

Chinese Triman Littoral Combat Ship

New photos of the Chinese proof of concept for Chinese high-speed trimaran Littoral Combat Ship has appeared on the Chinese internet.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

India to Develop Advanced Seekers for Tactical Missiles

Imagine a war scenario in which miniaturised missiles equipped with Precision-Guided Munitions (PGMs) are unleashed from a mother missile to take out select enemy targets like an ammunition depot while avoiding collateral damage. 

A mother missile acts as a “force multiplier” and to achieve the desired result, each miniaturised missile will have a seeker to ensure its independent motion, irrespective of the mother missile's motion. 

India is building up its armed forces: US intelligence

For the second time in less than a fortnight, top American intelligence officials have claimed that India is building up its armed forces focused at China’s perceived aggressive posture in the Asia-Pacific region, Indian media reported on Saturday. "The military situation along the contested border is quiet. However, India is concerned over Chinese logistical improvements and is taking steps to improve its own capabilities," Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency Ronald L Burgess said in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. 

Indian Air Force to Procure 71 More Armed Helicopter

The MI-17 V5 falls in armed helicopter category, with substantial and effective firepower. It has latest and more powerful engines that enhance its payload carrying capability at higher altitudes. Of the 80 choppers ordered earlier, Defence Minister AK Antony formally inducted their first batch on Friday. Of the 71 helicopters to be ordered, 59 would be provided to the IAF for replacing its old Mi-8 and Mi-17IV choppers and six would be given to the Border Security Force.

IAF In Muddle As Crucial Trainer Jet Deals Fails To Takeoff

Israel Paying Dangerous Game By Delaying Missile Defence Funding

Last summer's social protests delayed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) multiyear program by a year, and sparked a long-winded debate about this year's defense budget.The Israel Defense Forces has insisted in recent weeks that it is facing unprecedented budgetary constraints, and has even threatened to freeze funding for missile defense systems. But unlike previous years, when such pressure could translate into more funding, the IDF is now unable to convince the government or the public that it has a case. 

Australia's Collins class Submarine all at sea on repairs

BY THE time Australia's newest Collins class submarine returns to service in September or October next year the vessel will have been laid up for repairs and maintenance for longer than it has been in use. A Senate estimates hearing has been told HMAS Rankin was pulled out of service in 2008 because a crew could not be found. Commissioned 41 months late on March 29, 2003, the vessel was not due for a full cycle docking until March 2011. Current cost of a full cycle docking for a Collins class submarine varied between $200 million and $220 million. 

Iran warships enter the Mediterranean

Iranian warships today entered the Mediterranean Sea after crossing the Suez Canal in a move aimed at showing Iran's "might" to regional countries, navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari said. "The strategic navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has passed through the Suez Canal for the second time since the (1979) Islamic Revolution," Sayari said in remarks quoted by the official IRNA news agency. 

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Israel reaches $1B preliminary deal to buy 30 Italian M-346 training jets

Israel has reached a $1 billion preliminary deal to buy 30 Italian military training jets, Israeli defense officials said Thursday, providing a long-awaited upgrade to what is widely viewed as the most advanced air force in the Middle East.Israel announced it would buy the M-346, made by the Italian company Alenia Aermacchi and designed for low-cost flights.

F-15SG Strike Eagle Fighter Jet

The F-15SG Strike Eagle fighter jet of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) at the Singapore Airshow.

Canadian Snipers with C14 Timberwolf in Afghanistan

Canadian Snipers with C14 Timberwolf MRSWS (Medium Range Sniper Weapon System) sniper rifle in Afghanistan.

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PNS Zulfiquar Frigate & PNS/M Hamza (S139) Submarine To Visit Oman

Defense Attaché at the Pakistani embassy in Sultanate of Oman, Captain Naveed Anwar Cheema that F-22P PNS Zulfiquar (251) warship, Agosta 90B class diesel attack submarines (SSK) PNS/M Hamza (S139)

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Sino-Pak ZDK-03 Karakoram Eagle AEW&C

Options for Pakistan Navy

Pakistan and India have unresolved disputes that have taken them to war in the past, future wars cannot be ruled out either. India has always tried to hegemonic her neighbours, some she has annexed. In today’s world survival for smaller countries against bigger powers has become a deepening concern; it needs a strong military to safeguard the national interests and integrity. What has been witnessed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria is a clear violation and rape of smaller countries; it’s nothing but law of jungle. Pakistan is surrounded by such expansionist and colonizing powers; Pakistan has no choice but a compulsion to maintain a strong and technologically enhanced military for its survival. 

Indian Navy's UAV Crash Near Viag

Mi-17 V5 during acceptance trials near Chandigarh.

Strategically located Indian Air Force (IAF) airbases at Bathinda, Srinagar and Bagdogra will now deploy the latest armed helicopters - the Mi-17 V5 - that provide crucial all-terrain night-flying capability aided by state-of-the-art avionics. While Bathinda is located close to the Indo-Pak border, Srinagar sits close to Pakistan and also China. Bagdogra is crucial as it located within the ‘chicken’s neck’ - a reference to the 40 mile wide strip of land in north-Bengal that connects the North-East with the rest of India.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Russian Navy to Drop Lada Clas Submarines (Project 677)

The Russian Navy has decided against construction of Lada class submarines (Project 677) and will instead modernize its existing boats, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said. The design of the diesel-electric Lada class was completed at the end of the 1990s, but none of the planned boats have entered service, although the lead ship in the class, the Saint Petersburg, is undergoing trials with the Baltic Fleet, Vysotsky said.Vysotsky also said the first the non-nuclear Russian submarine with anaerobic propulsion may begin trials in 2014.

Russia, Vietnam to Jointly Manufacture Anti-Ship Missiles

Russia and Vietnam are planning to start in 2012 joint production of a modified anti-ship missile, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Mikhail Dmitriyev said on Wednesday. “We are planning to build facilities in Vietnam for the production of a version of the Russian Uran [SS-N-25 Switchblade] missile in a project that is similar to joint Russian-Indian production of the BrahMos missile,” Dmitriyev said.

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India To Test 5000 km Range Agni Ballistic Missile

India will next month test a new long-range nuclear-capable missile which can strike targets more than 5,000 kilometres away, a defence research spokesman said on Wednesday. The announcement came three months after India successfully tested its Agni-IV missile, which was previously the longest range missile possessed by the armed forces capable of travelling 3,500 kilometres.

Indian Rustom & Lakshya Drones Attract International Audience

Indian unmanned aerial vehicle " Rustom" and pilot-less target aircraft " Lakhsya", have attracted strong interests from several countries, including Brazil, Canada and Israel, a top DRDO official said here today. "We have delegates visiting the Indian pavilion and expressing keen interest in our core technologies," Parimal Kumar, additional director of the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) told reporters at the Singapore Air Show which opened here today.

AESA radar sparks new life into F-16V Fighting Falcon

Lockheed Martin yesterday unveiled a new version of the evergreen F-16 Fighting Falcon designated the F-16V. The new moniker is derived from the fighter’s long-standing unofficial nickname: Viper. It will apply to existing aircraft that are upgraded with AESA radars, and new builds. The F-16V will also include a new mission computer and cockpit display.Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are busy promoting their competing AESAs for the F-16V, in a scrap that increasingly looks like “winner takes all.

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Israel’s 500-lb Super Smart MPR-500 Bomb

It may look just like the regular Mk 82 500-pounder that is used the world over, but IMI’s MPR-500 is an altogether smarter beast. Israel Military Industries (Booth Q66) has developed a bomb that is identical to the Mk 82 in terms of form and fit, but that has an advanced warhead that offers the penetration capability of much larger weapons such as the 2,000-pound Mk 84, yet with greatly reduced collateral damage effect (CDE).

IAI Elta Systems Proposes Q400 Based EL/I-3360 MPA

IAI Elta Systems has devised a new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) solution based on the Bombardier Q400 twin-engine commercial turboprop, in recognition of growing demand for cost-effective maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). IAI (Booth N41) reports considerable interest in new MPA, which it has designated EL/I-3360, with projects active in “more than one country.” The EL/I-3360 is a modular system that could be tailored to a variety of aircraft types, but the platform of choice is the Q400.

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Russia Grounds Su-24 Bomber Fleet after Urals Crash

Russia has postponed indefinitely all flights of Su-24 Fencer tactical bombers after one of them crashed in Russia’s Urals, a source in the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. The Su-24 combat aircraft crashed in the woods of the Kurgan region during a routine flight on Monday. Both pilots ejected safely. “The Air Force commander has cancelled all flights of this type of aircraft until the cause of the crash is established,” the source said but did not specify how long it could take.

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Taiwan To Merge Its Missile Units

All medium and long-range air defense missile units of the air force will be merged into a single unit under General Staff Headquarters, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday. With Missile Command and its air defense units coming under the direct control of the ministry, reaction time will be quicker as the chain of command is shortened, 

Bangladesh Navy finishes successful missile launching

Bangladesh Navy concluded its Annual Sea Exercise titled "Exercise Sea Thunder 2012" through successful launching of a Missile in the Bay of Bengal today, said a handout, reports BSS. Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam witnessed the Missile Firing and other exercises from the frigate "BNS Bangabandhu" as the chief guest. BNS Durdharsha launched the missile successfully in the sea.

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US to cuts aid for Israel's Arrow and Iron Dome anti-missile programs f

The Obama administration's budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year, which begins in October 2012, includes reductions in US aid for Israel's Arrow and Iron Dome anti-missile programs for the second consecutive year. The budget proposal increases regular military aid to $3.15 billion from $3 billion this year, in line with the 2007 aid formula reached between the two countries.

Boeing Confident That F-15 Silent Eagle Will Win $7 billion South Korean Contract

Boeing Co. (BA), maker of the F-18 and F-15 fighter jets, said it’s “very confident” of winning a $7 billion South Korean order for combat planes as it boosts focus on Asia amid shrinking military spending at home. “If you look at the budget situation in Europe and the U.S., we have to make some grounds somewhere,”

Indian Air force expresses interest in acquiring six more C-17 planes

The Indian Air force has expressed interest in acquiring six more C-17 heavy lift transport aircraft, in addition to a contract for 10, the US defence giant Boeing said today. "Indian Air Force has expressed for six more C-17s," Paul Lewis, Director of International Communications for Defence, Space and Security said.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pakistan Air Force Can Counter India’s Cold Start Doctrine

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has said that the PAF has already updated its war fighting strategy to effectively counter Indian Cold War doctrine.

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