Tuesday, January 31, 2012

US Navy wants commando ‘mothership’ in Middle East

The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali pirates, among other threats. In response to requests from U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a “mothership,” the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show. 

Dassault Rafale Wins Indian Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) Competition

French Rafale fighter jet has emerged a winer in the Indian Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition to for the sale of 126 fighter jets to the Indian Air Force.

General Kayani Witness Formation Level Training Exercises

Pakistani army Chief General Kayani has witnessed formation level training exercises in Bahawalpur Cantt and Khairpur Tamianwali. T

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Pakistani soldiers were able to foil an attack by over 300 Taliban militants on a security check post

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Chinese People's Armed Police Force (CAPF) Training

Young recruits of the Chinese People's Armed Police Force (CAPF) under go strict trainin.

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U.S. uses drones to protect envoys; Iraq said outraged

The State Department said on Monday it has used unarmed drones to help protect its diplomats overseas and the New York Times reported that the program had outraged senior Iraqi officials.

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Australia reviews timetable for buying 12 F-35s

Australia is reviewing its timetable for buying 12 troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the defense minister said Monday after the United States announced a rethink of its purchase schedule for the futuristic warplanes.

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Japanese Type 10 is Expensive Than Type 90 Main Battle Tank (MBT)

Images from the induction ceremony of the Japanese Type 10 (10式戦車) Main Battle Tank (MBT).

Iranian Fighter Aircrafts Escorting Russian Air Force's Su-27 Flankers

Monday, January 30, 2012

Russia pulls out of Korea fighter project

Russia will not enter Korea’s advanced jet acquisition project as none of its aircraft manufacturers including Sukhoi expressed their intent to join the heated competition, officials here said.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) listed Sukhoi’s T-50 PAK-FA in July last year as one of the four contenders to have expressed an interest in joining the open bidding worth 8.29 trillion won ($7.3 billion) along with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS). 

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Taiwan Orders Latest US AN/SSQ-53F Sonobuoys To Hunt Chinese Subs

The Republic of China Navy (Taiwanese Navy) has ordered 440  highly advance AN/SSQ-53F sonobuoys from the United States  to improve its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities.

Human error caused IAI Heron test flight crash

The crash of the new Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) this morning was caused by human error, according to the preliminary investigation by the Israel Air Force (IAF) and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1). The Heron's ground controllers apparently exceeded the UAV's test flight parameters. The top secret Heron TP, a state-of-the-art UAV costs $10 million, and is one of IAI's flagship product. 

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Mitsubishi Electric hit with suspension for bill padding

The Defense Ministry and two other government entities have suspended Mitsubishi Electric Corp. as a designated contractor because the company has been found to have inflated invoices, the ministry has announced. The ministry, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center made the announcements and suspended the company Friday for unspecified periods. The ministry added that Mitsubishi contacted it to admit the allegations the same day.

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Local innovation repairs T-90's night blindness

A small innovation will go a long way in giving the Army's T-90 main battle tanks the ability to hunt and kill in the dark - and at a fraction of the cost of imported equipment. Army engineers have integrated locally made LCD monitors to replace malfunctioning imported gadgets.
A major problem with the T-90's imported night sight was that its visual video display (VVD) unit was not ruggedised and, hence, defect prone. This resulted in the tank becoming night-blind. This was particularly the case in the hot and dusty environs of the desert.

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$10.4 billion (Rs 54,000 crore) deal ready to be sealed

India's much-delayed effort to upgrade the fighter aircraft fleet of the Indian Air Force is set to fructify soon. At present, a specially-picked team of the Ministry of Defence and the IAF is making final calculations to decide the winner of the $10.4 billion (Rs 54,000 crore) deal - the biggest single defence purchase by New Delhi.
Sources pointed out that it could just be a matter of days before the winner is announced. "It could be in the next 10 days," said an official indicating that the process which began in 2000 is being finalised.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Indian Navy: Running silent, running deep!

Last week, the Indian Navy commissioned a nuclear powered submarine called INS Chakra. The 8,000 ton vessel built by Russia has been taken on lease for a 10 year period, at a cost of almost $1 billion. The new submarine will be added to the fleet of 14 aging Indian submarines. It will be armed with 300 km range Klub-S land attack cruise missiles and advanced torpedoes. The submarine will be based at Visakhapatnam along the Bay of Bengal.
According to the Indian Defense Ministry, INS Chakra "will be deadly hunter-killer of enemy submarines and warships." It will also provide protection to fleets at sea. The vessel is as sophisticated as the latest US submarines as regard its sound effect and capacity to stay under the sea for a very long period.

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US Bunker Buster Bomb To Target Iran

Iran Test Fires Qader/ Noor Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (AShM)

Iranian navy has test fired the long range Qader (Mighty in Farsi) anti-ship cruise missile during the Velayat-90 naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz

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Iranian Fateh Class Diesel-Electric Submarine

Iranian Navy has inducted new 600-ton domestically produced Fateh (Conqueror) diesel-electric submarine which is far more capable then the Ghadir class submarines.

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Iranian Navy's Kilo Class Diesel Electric Submarines

The Kilo class diesel-electric submarines (SSK) of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN).

Iranian F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet Crashes In Southern Iran

The F-14 Tomcat fighter jet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) has crashed іn Bushehr province of Iran.

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Images From Indian Army Mela (Fair) At Khasa

Indian Army soldiers with his INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) rifle during a drill at the Indian Army Mela (fair) at Khasa, in the state of Punjab.

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Armed & Dangerous: Chinese Z-10 Attack Helicopter

First look at the armed Z-10 attack helicopter of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

PLAAF's J-10A Refueling from H-6U Badger Aerial Refueling Tanker

Two People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLA-AF) J-10 A/S fighter jets refueling from the PLAAF's H-6U Badger Aerial Refueling Tanker.

Chinese Shi Lang (Ex-Varyag) Aircraft Carrier Returns to Dalian Port

Photo of the Chinese Shi Lang (Ex-Varyag) aircraft carrier returning to the Dalian Port for its 4th? sea trial .

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PLAAF's J-20 Mighty Dragon Stealth Fighter Jet In Vertical Climb

The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-20 Mighty Dragon 5fifth generation fighter aircraft goes into the vertical climb. The J-20 fighter aircraft flew for the first time in January last year.

Chinese Z-8 Super Frelon Airborne Early Warning (AEW) Helicopter

The Z-8 Super Frelon Airborne Early Warning (AEW) helicopter has been developed to meet the requirements of People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy)  for an early warning platform capable of operating from the deck of Chinese aircraft carriers. 

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Pakistani F-16C Block 52 Simulators To Be Upgraded With SimuSphere HD-9™ Visual Display

Two F-16C Block 52 aircrew trainiong simulators of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will be upgraded with the new SimuSphere HD-9™ visual displays by the L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link).

Pakistani Female Fighter Pilot Injured in FT-7Jet Trainer Crash

A FT-7 fighter jet trainer of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has crashed near Mianwali while it was on training mission.

Pakistan Gears Up For Dubai Airshow 2011 With 7 Aircraft

HQ Video of Aerial Display by JF-17 at Dubai Air Show 2011

Pakistan Air Force is participating with seven aircrafts at the Dubai Airshow 2011. Organisers of the Dubai Air Show 2011 has said that pp to 1,000 exhibitors from 50 different countries will participate in air show.

Pakistani Puma Helicopter Participate in UN Peacekeeping Mission in Congo

Pak Aviation-1 Contingent comprising three Puma helicopters arrived at KAVUMU Air Terminal, Bukavu, Congo. The helicopters had initially arrived in Entebbe, Uganda and after necessary fitments and test flights they flew to KAVUMU in South Kivu Brigade (SKB) Area of responsibility. Remaining strength of the contingent is expected to arrive within this month.

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Pakistan Army Destroys Militant's Hideouts and Weapons

Large caliber weapons captured from the militants including RPG (rocket-propelled grenade), artillery and mortar rounds at display.

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