Thursday, 19 October 2017

US Navy to christen newest Virginia-class submarine as South Dakota

OCT 13 2017

The US Navy's newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine is set to be christened as South Dakota (SSN 790).

SSN 790's naming ceremony will be held on 14 October at General Dynamics wholly owned subsidiary Electric Boat’s shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, US.

The wife of former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired US Army General Martin Dempsey, Deanie Dempsey, is expected to lead the christening ceremony.

South Dakota represents the 17th ship of the Virginia-class. The keel for the vessel was initially laid in April 2016.

The submarine is expected to be commissioned for service in the second half of 2018.

South Dakota is also the seventh of the eight-ship group of Virginia-class Block III submarines, which are equipped with water-backed large aperture bow (LAB) array systems.

"South Dakota is also the seventh of the eight-ship group of Virginia-class Block III submarines, which are equipped with water-backed large aperture bow (LAB) array systems."

The LAB provides enhanced passive detection capabilities and is intended to replace the 12 individual vertical launch system (VLS) tubes with two large-diameter, 87in Virginia payload tubes (VPTs).

The VPTs are designed to provide greater payload flexibility than previous models, and each tube is capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Virginia-class submarines are capable of conducting anti-submarine, anti-surface ship and strike warfare, as well as special operation forces support.

The vessels can also be deployed for a variety of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations, in addition to irregular warfare and mine warfare missions.

The Virginia-class vessels are being built under a teaming agreement between General Dynamics Electric Boat and its partner Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding.

To date, total of 28 Virginia-class submarines have either been delivered or are currently under construction / under contract.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

SR-10 Jet Trainer Aircraft

Sergey Lukoyanov

A prototype of the SR-10 single-engine light aerobatic jet trainer aircraft made its first test flight in December 2015. The trainer airplane is designed by Modern Aviation Technologies (KB SAT) design bureau to meet the pilot training requirements of the Russian Air Force and private aircraft operators.

The aircraft is intended to provide elementary and intermediate flight training for future military fighter aircraft pilots, athletes and amateur pilots.

Tests on the light trainer plane are currently underway at the Gromov Flight Research Center in Moscow and the mass production is expected to start in 2017.
According to the design bureau, a flight hour aboard the SR-10 trainer costs $2,500, which is three times cheaper compared to a flight hour aboard the Yak-130 plane, which is worth $8,000.

The Modern Aviation Technologies Design Bureau can deliver up to 100 SR-10 trainers to the Russian Aerospace Force. Source:

Development of the light aerobatic jet trainer

Development of the aircraft began in 2007. A mock-up of the aircraft was demonstrated at the MAKS-2009 International Aviation and Space Show held in Zhukovsky, Russia, in August 2009. The aircraft was officially rolled out in August 2015.

MAKS airshow in 2009


The initiative to develop the perspective of the training and aerobatic aircraft was launched KB SAT in 2007. The name of the CP-10 means - jet aircraft, with swept wings "-10 °".
Appointment CF CP-10 - the implementation of the basic flight training for future military aircraft pilots, as well as the training of pilots, athletes and amateur pilots light jets.

The main stages of implementation of the "SR-10":
  • 2007 - The birth of the concept, the beginning of conceptual design.
  • August 2009 - a demonstration of the international air show MAKS-2009 full-size aircraft layout.
  • March 2014 - Participation aircraft project "CP-10" in the open competition of the Russian Defense Ministry on the plane of initial training.
  • August 23, 2015 - Solemn roll-out of the plane "CP-10" out of the assembly hall in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the aviation industry of Russia.
  • December 25, 2015 - the first flight of "CP-10".

During the maiden flight, KB SAT assessed the stability, controllability, flight characteristics, and operation of onboard systems and equipment.


December 25, 2015 made the first flight of a prototype light jet training aircraft "SR-10" created in the design office "Modern aviation technologies."
During the flight under the program of the first departure qualitative assessment has been performed:

  • Some flight characteristics;
  • stability and controllability;
  • operation of systems and equipment.
Review test pilot aircraft proved to be a dynamic and pleasant to pilot.
Characteristics of the aircraft on the execution mode appropriate to a calculation, equipment and systems are operating normally.

Flight, which are prepared and which we all have been waiting for, was remarkably casually. The car behaved obediently, although it is clear that in its flight qualities airplane has great potential and the main work still lies ahead. Source:

SR 10 New Russian jet trainer First fight

The Russian Ministry of Defence is expected allocate up to RUR2.5bn (approximately $34m) for the SR-10 jet trainer development project. A total of 16 units are planned to be procured for the Russian Air Force.

Russia’s MoD is to continue funding & support to SR-10 forward-swept-wing jet trainer: Here


Moscow. the 14 th of July. AviaPort – Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation considered it appropriate to continue the work on the creation of a light jet of the training aircraft (CF) CP-10 Development LLC “Design Bureau” Modern aviation technologies “(KB” CAT “), said” AviaPort “an informed source in the defense . industrial complex According to him, at the June meeting, the decision on whether to continue the development of promising light of the training aircraft SR-10 (SR-10 – the plane jet with forward-swept at 10 degrees). in pursuance of this decision should be taken to provide scientific and technical support for new development and strengthening control over its execution. also, the meeting decided to hold the next year’s state joint tests (ICG) SR-10. The interviewee recalled that the December 25, 2015 the first aircraft SR-10 made its first and second flights, conducted in the air 40 and 20 minutes, respectively. As of today, the developer completed the stage of factory tests aircraft SR-10 and began the stage of preliminary tests in May this year (PI) with a holding of about 30 test flights at the agreed with the representatives of the Ministry of Defence program. Expected completion of Phase PI for about the end of July-August this year, after which the aircraft completion by the results of the tests will be carried out with the introduction of some of the required changes.

Training aircraft production SR-10 will begin at the end of 2017: Here


The first primary trainer aircraft SR-10 for the Russian aerospace forces will be released at the end of 2017, by 2020 it is planned to transfer to the test batch of about 20 vehicles. ToldTASS representative of the design bureau “Modern aviation technologies” ( “CAT”), where he developed the SR-10.

“Production of the first machine is scheduled for the end of 2017. According to the plans of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in 2018-2019 a pilot batch of aircraft, about 20 machines that will be submitted to the state testing should be released. Then start serial production” – The spokesman said.

SR-10 trainer aircraft design and features

Евгений Лебедев
Евгений Лебедев
Евгений Лебедев

The SR-10 monoplane jet trainer aircraft is made of modern composite materials. It features aerodynamic design, which enhances the safety during aerobatic manoeuvres at high altitudes.

It has an overall length of 9.59m and a wing span of 8.40m. The main wings, fitted to the middle section of the fuselage, are swept forward at an angle of 10°. The flight control surfaces such as ailerons and flaps, which are attached to the trailing edges of the wings, help provide safe flight.

The tail assembly has one vertical stabiliser and twin horizontal stabilisers. A rudder hinged to the vertical stabiliser allows stable flight.

The aircraft is fitted with a retractable tri-cycle landing gear comprising a single wheel attached to the nose and two main wheels underneath the fuselage.

Евгений Лебедев

Cabin aboard the SR-10

The flight training and aerobatic aircraft is built with a double cabin, providing comfortable working conditions. It accommodates two crew members, pilot and instructor, with dual controls in tandem configuration. The pilots have an unobstructed view through a large canopy.



"The aircraft is intended to provide elementary and intermediate flight training for future military fighter aircraft pilots, athletes and amateur pilots."

The ejection seats of Class 0-0 provide safety to the crew in emergency, while the built-in flight control system is user-friendly.

The aircraft is equipped with catapult chairs K-93. Together with the protective equipment the chairs provide safe escaping of the crew from the aircraft at speeds up to 950 km/h within the limits of operational range of altitudes, including modes V=0, H=0. Automatic devices of the chairs provide safe escaping of the crew from the aircraft for both one and two people. Generally, the technical characteristics of the aircraft and its aircraft performance characteristics conform to the world level. Source:

Propulsion details

Sergey Lukoyanov

A rear-mounted AI-25TL turbofan engine, manufactured by Ivchenko Progress, powers the prototype of the SR-10 trainer airplane. The production aircraft will be powered by a 1.95m-long AL-55 turbofan engine developed by NPO Saturn.

The AI-25TL has a thrust of 3,792lb, while the AL-55 generates a take-off thrust of 3,880lb.

AI-25TL turbofan engine


Designed for the installation on trainers, combat trainers, and light attack aircraft in the class of take-off weight up to 4700 kg. Installed on the L-39 trainer (AI-25TLK to power the JL-8, K-8J aircraft). In commercial production since 1973.


AL-55 turbofan engine

AL-55 – turbofan engine for advanced trainers and light attack aircraft.

Design features
• 3 stages low pressure compressor
• 5 stages high pressure compressor
• annular combustion chamber
• 1 stage high pressure turbine
• 1 stage low pressure turbine

On the base of AL-55 engine NPO Saturn has created the АL-55I engine for HJT-36 basic trainer developed by HAL Corporation (India). The first flight of HJT-36 trainer was on May 9, 2009. The organization of the AL-55I licensed serial production in India is under way.

• advanced design solutions and materials, including AL-31F/FP and 117S engine family derived ones
• modular design provides high maintainability and lower operating cost
• advanced engine automatic control system provides flight safety and high diagnostic capability



SR-10 jet trainer performance

The take-off and landing airspeeds of the jet trainer are 190km/h and 185km/h respectively and the rate of climb is 60m/s. The aircraft has a maximum manoeuvrable speed of 700km/h, maximum airspeed of 900km/h, cruise speed of 520km/h, and maximum bank rotational speed of 7r/s. It can reach up to an altitude of 6km and fly up to a range of 1,500km.

The maximum take-off and landing weights of the trainer aircraft are 2,700kg and 2,000kg respectively. The aircraft is capable of performing manoeuvres with G-limits of +8G to -6G.

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Bahrain air force to purchase advanced F-16s

Announcement is made on second day of international defense exhibition now underway in Manama

By Ahmed al-Masri
DOHA, Qatar

The Bahraini armed forces has agreed to purchase 16 upgraded F-16 fighter planes -- for a total of $3.8 billion -- from U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, Bahrain’s official news agency reported Tuesday.

The purchase agreement was announced on the second day of the Bahrain International Defense Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) 2017 currently underway in Manama.

At a Tuesday press conference held on the exhibition’s sidelines, Major-General Hamad bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, commander of Bahrain’s Royal Air Force, said the new F-16s would greatly contribute to the development of Bahrain’s air force fleet.

BIDEC 2017 kicked off Monday under the patronage of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The event was organized in coordination with the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen and the Riyadh-based Islamic Coalition against Terrorism.

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US approves $2.4B Greek fighter jet deal

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ANI | Updated: Oct 18, 2017 04:31 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] Oct 18 (ANI): The United States on Tuesday approved a potential $2.4 billion upgrade of Greek F-16 fighter jets after a meeting between country's Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras and President Donald Trump.

Trump, who spoke alongside Tsipras in the White House Rose Garden after a working lunch, said the potential deal "would generate thousands of American jobs," The Hill report said.

"This proposed sale will contribute to U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by helping to improve the security of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally, which is an important partner for political stability and economic progress in Europe. The upgrade of F-16 aircraft to an F-16 Block V configuration will bolster the Hellenic Air Force's ability to support NATO and remain interoperable with the U.S. and the NATO alliance. It will also help Greece sustain operations in the future, thereby reducing the threat the alliance's enemies pose to the U.S. and the alliance," the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

The agency added that it had notified Congress of the possible sale on Monday.

Trump also praised Greece "for being one of the few NATO countries currently spending at least 2 percent of [gross domestic product] on defense" and called it "a land of tremendous potential."

NATO spending has been a hot-button issue for Trump, who frequently berates European allies for what he says is not enough contribution. (ANI)

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KAI pushes for additional T-50 sale to Thailand

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ADEX 2017: KAI pushes for additional T-50 sale to Thailand

Gareth Jennings - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

17 October 2017

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is hopeful of selling a third batch of T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers to Thailand, to add to the two batches already signed for.

Jane’s was told on 17 October that KAI hopes to begin talks shortly for the four fighters that are outstanding from Thailand’s original requirement of 16. Eight were initially procured and delivered in the first batch, with a contract for a further four following earlier this year ahead of delivery in 2018.

“We have spoken to the assistant chief of the Thai air force at the show already, and hope to start a formal dialogue for the third batch soon,” Jake Jaehong Kim, senior manager Business Development Team, Middle East and North Africa, said at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX).

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Southeast Asian nations on a spree buying Chinese weapons

Royal Thai Army VT-4 -
More countries in Southeast Asia are turning to China to replenish their military equipment; Thailand is getting tanks, while KL will get frigates


Barges carrying made-in-China tanks have been plying Thai waterways and ports this month, after 28 VT-4 battle tanks were delivered to the Royal Thai Army, according to media reports in both countries.

In 2016, state-owned heavy machinery maker China North Industries Corp (Norinco) undercut its Ukrainian, Russian and Singaporean competitors to bag a 4.9-billion-baht (US$148-million) order for 49 tanks, with the military government in Bangkok keen to replace its ageing US-made M41 Walker Bulldog reconnaissance light tanks that have been in service since World War II.

Delivery of the first batch of Chinese tanks came last week, six months ahead of the schedule.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan was quoted as saying the merit of the Chinese tanks was more than just the price.

The Chinese military and Norinco will also invest in a maintenance and training center in Thailand that will manufacture parts for tanks and armored vehicles, Bangkok-based Voice TV reported.

Previously, the Thai military had been a long-time buyer of Ukrainian tanks. But as the Bangkok Post revealed, Kiev only managed to deliver 10 T-84s over the past three years rather than a full battalion – due to the East European nation’s economic difficulties.

Last year, the government led by coup-leader Gen Prayut Chan-ocha agreed to buy three submarines made in China for just over US$1 billion.

The deal to buy three Yuan-class subs spurred a lot of criticism and debate. But Thailand is not the only nation in the region that finds Chinese arms and weaponry a good bargain.

A year ago, Malaysia also went on a shopping spree, buying 18 coastal defense frigates during a state visit to Beijing by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Najib reportedly gave his Chinese counterpart a “wish list” of military equipment, and a deal was subsequently agreed on in April between China Shipbuilding Industry Corp and the Malaysian navy, for the latter to build ships at its own shipyards with a transfer of Chinese technology.

These deals come at a time when many countries in the ASEAN region are concerned about Beijing’s claims to islands in the South China Sea. Singapore, which has military cooperation with Taiwan, was allegedly none-too-pleased about the high-profile sale of military vessels to Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Jakarta also inked a deal last year for China-made radar and command systems. China is also the largest weapons supplier for Myanmar, providing a whole range of arms and ammunition, from fighters to missiles.

And when the US Congress barred the sale of 26,000 M4 carbines to the Philippines last year – as a protest against President Rodrigo Duterte’s “murderous” war against drugs, Beijing saw a chance to provide rifles for the Filipinos’ law enforcers.

US companies still rake in cash from arms sales to East Asia and Southeast Asia – mainly to longstanding regional allies such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

But other nations with fledging domestic defense industries share a common desire to source their military hardware from elsewhere, either for cost-performance or leverage when negotiating with Washington. And that has opened doors in the region for Chinese suppliers.

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1. M41 Walker Bulldog were produced after WWII and… 2. China supplied rifles to Philippines to use against the Islamist terrorist……3. Singapore have not built any MBT.....

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