Monday, 23 April 2018

Iraq to receive 2nd batch of 6 South Korean fighter jets by the end of 2018

T-50 IQ fighter jets

Iraq to receive 6 South Korean fighter jets by year’s end

by  Mohamed Mostafa

Apr 17, 2018, 5:24 pm

Baghdad ( Iraq will receive a new batch of South Korean fighter jets by the end of 2018 as per a contract signed in 2013, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said Iraqi ambassador to South Korea, Haider Shayya al-Barak, visited the headquarter of the manufacturing company, KAI, to follow up on the execution of the contract for T-50 IQ fighter jets.

According to the statement, Iraq had already received two batches, six fighters each, and a third batch with the same number is expected by the end of the current year.

The contract involves the purchase of 24 aircraft.

T-50s entered service in the South Korean forces in 2005. The fighter is worth USD21 million. It will join Iraq’s fleet of U.S. F-16, Russian Sukhoi and Czech fighters.

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Russia to Israel: We will not refrain from arming Syria

Russia conveys unambiguous message to Israel that there is nothing preventing it from selling S-300 missile defense system to Syria.

Nitsan Keidar

In the past few days, the Russian government has conveyed an unambiguous diplomatic message to political sources in Jerusalem that, if it should feel the need to, Russia intends to sell the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime.

The Russians explained that after the American intervention in Syria and the recent bombing in cooperation with Britain and France, they were committed to helping the Syrians defend themselves in the best possible way.

Last week, Israel emphasized to Russia that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime constituted the crossing of a red line.

A political source who revealed the message in a conversation with Arutz Sheva stated that the message was conveyed following a Russian Defense Ministry announcement that Moscow was reconsidering the sale of arms to the Syrians following the joint attack on Syria by the US, Britain, and France.

The S-300 system could be a very significant upgrade to Syria's air defense, which is now based mainly on purchases from the former Soviet Union, since no country has ever agreed to sell an advanced system of that kind to the Assad regime before.

In 2016 Russia renewed the sale of the weapons system to Iran. The deal was signed in 2007 but was frozen following the international sanctions imposed on the Iranians.

The regime of Ayatollahs in Tehran has expressed interest in purchasing the S-400 missile defense system. This more advanced system has not yet been sold to any international actor and remains solely in the hands of the Russian military.

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"The regime of Ayatollahs in Tehran has expressed interest in purchasing the S-400 missile defense system. This more advanced system has not yet been sold to any international actor and remains solely in the hands of the Russian military."

The Chinese already took delivery of the S-400 

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

CEO of Airbus Defense urged Europe to keep its military independence and advised Germany not to procure F-35s


Originally published by RT

Germany shouldn’t buy the F-35, Europe needs military independence – Airbus Defense CEO

The CEO of Airbus Defense urged Europe to keep its military independence and warned Germany not to procure F-35s from the US, arguing it would kill the Franco-German effort to build their own fifth-generation jet.

“As soon as Germany becomes an F-35 nation, cooperation on all combat aircraft issues with France is dead,” Dirk Hoke, the CEO of Airbus Defense and Space at Airbus Group, told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

“Europe needs to define its sovereignty more clearly and state that we need to remain independent in defense and space,” Hoke said, referring to the joint Franco-German project to develop a fifth-generation fighter, according to the newspaper.

France and Germany unveiled plans to develop a next-generation European fighter jet in July of last year. While little is known about the new plane’s layout and features, it is understood the jet would replace the Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon, rival fourth-generation jets that compete on international markets.

The CEO’s comments come on the heels of a debate in Germany over the purchase of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet. The German Air Force is considering replacement options for its aging Panavia Tornado – designed and brought to service during the Cold War – but finding suitable options has proved difficult.

Some military chiefs, like Air Force Commander General Karl Muellner, advocate buying the F-35, while government officials favor an upgraded version of Joint Strike Fighter’s European contender – the Eurofighter Typhoon. Though no official tender has been announced so far, a contract to replace the German Tornadoes is believed expected to be completed by around 2030.

The F-35 – the most expensive defense program in the world so far – gained notoriety for its major setbacks, including reports on reliability issues, and faulty avionics, software, fire control systems and safety equipment.

Despite this, Australia, Israel, Italy, and Japan have already received deliveries of the aircraft. The US Air Force is the biggest F-35 operator. Recently, it was reported that the USAF may be forced to dramatically cut its F-35 fleet after concluding that costs over the next decade will be running at almost 38 percent over planned budget. 

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Russian Federation shipbuilders in negotiation to supply Project 22160 large patrol ship to Algeria, Uruguay, Gabon and the Philippines

Russian Navy Corvette (local designation: large patrol ship) Project 22160 "Vasily Bykov"  -

Translated by google 

Tatarstan plans to supply combat ships to Algeria, Sri Lanka and Uruguay

Zelenodolsk plant named after Gorky is negotiating the supply of warships to a number of foreign countries, the largest export potential is patrol boats of Project 22160, armed with impact rocket systems

About work with foreign customers is said in the accounting documentation of the plant, published on the server of information disclosure. According to the report, the Zelenodolsk shipbuilders are negotiating the delivery of the Gepard-5.1 ocean patrol ship from November 2014 to the customers from Sri Lanka. "During the period from December 17 to December 29, 2016, on the basis of a foreign customer, negotiations were held on the delivery of one patrol ship" Gepard-5.1 ", with the participation of Rosoboronexport JSC, Zelenodolsk PKB JSC and the plant. As a result of negotiations, the parties fully agreed on contractual documents. In the period from December 11 to December 21, 2017, another round of negotiations was held on the basis of a foreign customer. The signing of contract documents was postponed to a later date, "the report says.

In addition to the "Cheetah", shipbuilders negotiate the delivery of patrol ships 22160 to Algeria, Uruguay, Gabon and the Philippines. "The decision of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation on the construction of a 22160 patrol ship with a CLUB-N strike missile system and an anti-aircraft missile system (Palma with a Sosna missile module 2 modules) - 4 units. (1 unit in the Russian Federation, 3 units in the construction of a foreign customer), "the plant's documents say about agreements with Algerian customers. Materials for the construction of the vessel in the Russian Federation and at the shipyard of the customer have already been prepared by the plant and sent to Rosoboronexport. A similar decision by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation exists for the construction of ships of Project 22160 for the Philippines and Gabon, as well as for the construction of a patrol ship for Uruguay.

As noted in the accounting documentation Zelendolsky plant in 2017 the company also worked on contracts with customers from the United Arab Emirates. However, here the objects of the agreement were civil high-speed passenger motor ships of the A145E project. The report specifies that the construction of ships has already been completed.

Author: Pavel Sychev.

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F-35 gets precision target engagement with Raytheon JSOW missile

Navy's Precision Guided Standoff Weapon is being integrated on the F-35 C variant

TUCSON, Ariz., April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's C variant, keeping the low-cost, air-to-ground missile on track for full deployment in 2019.

The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an imaging infrared seeker that can identify and track targets autonomously. JSOW C weighs 1,000 pounds and is effective against high-value land targets at ranges greater than 70 nautical miles, day or night, and in adverse weather conditions.

"With JSOW C in its internal weapons bay, the Navy's F-35C can now eliminate the toughest ground targets from significant standoff ranges," said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Raytheon Air Warfare Systems.  "JSOW's advanced warhead and smart fuse provide fighter pilots with plenty of flexibility against hard and soft targets — plus, it has many programmable effects."

Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the F-35, and the F-35 Joint Program Office participated in the latest test, which took place on the Navy's China Lake ranges in California.

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Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation received Tu-95MS with modernized power plant for testing

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Tupolev assigned Tu-95MS with the upgraded engines to the Russian Ministry of Defense for official joint testing

Russian Aviaton » Friday April 20, 2018 18:10 MSK

Tupolev (member of the United Aircraft Corporation), assigned Tu-95MS with the upgraded power unit to the Russian Ministry of Defense for the official joint testing.

The strategic missile carrier Tu-95MS was delivered to the Ministry of Defense State flight-test center for official joint testing (OJT). 

Tu-95MS is equipped with the upgraded turboprop engines НК-12МПМ developed and manufactured by "Kuznetsov" and propellers АВ-60Т manufactured by "Aerosila". The upgraded power unit provides enhanced aircraft payload, takeoff performance, flight range and other characteristics. 

Tu-95MS is a modification of Tu-95 (under NATO codification: Bear). The most high-speed turboprop production missile carrier in the world. It forms one of the essential components of strategic nuclear triad of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Russia's First Project 22160 Corvette Vasily Bykov Started Sea Trials

Russian Navy Corvette (local designation: large patrol ship) Project 22160 "Vasily Bykov" during the transition from LLC "Shipyard Zaliv" in Kerch to Novorossiysk for further testing. Picture taken on 03/03/2018 by Igor Aleksandrov (via

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The crew of the new Project 22160 corvette Vasily Bykov has started learning to operate the ship’s weapons and equipment, the Russian Southern Military District’s press office said......Read rest of article: HERE