Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Russia has launched the production of upgraded engines for Sukhoi Su-33 fighter jets

Russia restarts production of engines for shipborne fighter jets

Military & Defense June 28, 15:54 UTC+3

Engines for the naval aviation’s Su-33 aircraft arrive after passing all the test stages

ST. PETERSBURG, June 28. /TASS/. Russia has launched the production of upgraded engines for deck-based Sukhoi Su-33 fighter jets, the press office of the United Engine Corporation (UEC) said on Wednesday.

"In order to meet the requirements of the state customer, the UEC has resumed the production of AL-31F series 3 turbofan engines for deck-based Su-33 fighters. A batch of the engines has already been produced by UMPO [part of the UEC] and supplied to the customer," the press office said.

The AL-31F series 3 engines were developed and produced specially for Su-33 aircraft, the UEC said.

"Considering the evolutionary development that the family of AL-31F engines has undergone after the last series 3 units were produced, the new engines for seaborne heavy fighters are made with the introduction of modifications that have already been applied to the engines of the AL-31F family," the corporation’s press office said.

Engines for the naval aviation’s Su-33 aircraft arrive after passing all the test stages. The UEC is also carrying out work for providing technical support for operational seaborne AL-31F engines.

The AL-31F turbofan engine with an afterburner and a variable thrust nozzle is mounted on the aircraft of the Su-27 family. It is used in a wide range of altitudes and flight speeds and provides for the aircraft’s unique maneuverable characteristics.

The AL-31F has been used as the basis for developing the AL-31FP variant with thrust vector control and the AL-31FN variant with the lower arrangement of the box of aircraft accessory for mounting on single-engine fighter jets.

As its specific feature, the Al-31F series 3 offers a possibility for introducing an additional special mode for the aircraft’s takeoff from the deck with the full combat load or for an emergency go-around maneuver.


No data on Al-31F series 3 at time of post.....

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Thailand interested in buying Korean armored cars and rifles

Thailand interested in buying armored cars, rifles

Wed, June 28, 2017 | 18:50

By Jun Ji-hye

Thailand has shown interest in buying Korea's armored cars and rifles, defense officials here said Wednesday.

Bangkok has already purchased a 3,650-ton frigate made by Daewoo Shipbuilding, which will be delivered to the Royal Thai Navy next year.

The country also signed a deal in September 2015 with Korea Aerospace Industries to buy four T-50TH supersonic trainer jets to replace their Czech Republic-made L39 trainer jets.

Defense officials and scientists from Thailand are visiting Korea as part of their efforts to explore defense industries and organizations.

During their four-day visit that began Monday, Thai officials from the Defense Science and Technology Department (DSTD), led by Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Sombat Prasankasem, and scientists from the Defense Technology Institute (DTI) toured Korea's defense companies, including Poongsan and S&T Motiv.

Poongsan produces ammunition, while S&T Motiv manufactures rifles and machineguns, such as the K-2 and K-12.

The DSTD, part of Thailand's defense ministry, is in charge of defense technology and quality control. The DTI is the ministry-affiliated center that leads research and development and testing and evaluation.

Thai officials and scientists also visited the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DTaQ) on Tuesday to learn about Korea's procedures to standardize and guarantee the quality of military supplies and materials.

"The visit took place upon the request of Thailand that seeks to enhance technology cooperation with Korea," the DTaQ said in a release. "The DTaQ explained to Thai officials using examples of standardization and quality assurance of military supplies. The DTaQ also showed them its test facilities."

There is no mention on what type of armored cars......

Daewoo K2 (S&T Motive)

Daewoo K2 -

Daewoo Precision Industries K2: The principal rifle used by the ROK Marines is the Daewoo K2, which is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and takes STANAG (M16-type) magazines.

Daewoo K2 butt folded -

Weight: 3.26 kg (7.2 lb)
Length: 980 mm (39 in) (extended), 730 mm: (29 in) (folded)
Barrel length: 465 mm (18.3 in)
Cartridge: 5.56x45mm NATO, .223 Remington
Action: Gas operated, Rotating bolt
Rate of Fire: 750 RPM
Feed System: STANAG Magazines
Sights: Iron Sights


S&T Motive K12

General-purpose machine gun designed K12 South Korean company S & T Motiv to replace obsolete 7.62mm general-purpose machine gun M60 American-made. K12 machine gun was first shown to the public in 2009 at the international exhibition of the Seoul ADEX defense and aerospace technologies.

Performance characteristics
  Caliber, mm
  Length mm
  Barrel length, mm
  Weight, kg
   200 tape cartridges
  Effective range, m
  Maximum range, m
  Rate of fire, rds. / min


HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier computers still running 16-year-old Windows XP operating system

The Navy's £3bn new aircraft carrier is running 16-year-old Windows XP - and could be for another 3 years

The Ministry of Defence indicated the vessel was running the discontinued operating system, which Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014


18:00, 27 JUN 2017UPDATED18:09, 27 JUN 2017

Computers on the Royal Navy’s £3.1 billion new aircraft carrier is still running 16-year-old operating system Windows XP - and will for up to three years, the Ministry of Defence indicated today.

Reports that computers aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, were running the ageing software emerged in the Times this morning, after reporters spotted them during a tour last week.

And today, the MoD suggested it could still be running the operating system throughout its three-year shakedown.

Microsoft stopped officially providing security updates and bug fixes for the operating system three years ago.

But a spokesperson insisted the onboard computers would not be affected by the ransomware attack sweeping the globe last night, because they are not connected to the internet.

In 2015, while the vessel was still being built, pictures emerged which appeared to show a technician computer running Windows XP.

At the time, the MoD told tech website The Register: “The MoD can confirm that Windows XP will not be used by any onboard system when the ship becomes operational.”

Asked to clarify what that meant today, a Navy spokesperson said: “We are following a programme towards delivering a carrier Strike capability –ie. operational - for the UK from 2020.”

And asked this morning if the vessel was running XP, Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon appeared to confirm it.

He said: "It’s not the system itself that’s vulnerable, of course, it’s the security that surrounds it. I want to reassure you about Queen Elizabeth. The security around its computer system is properly protected and we don’t have any vulnerability on that particular score."

When Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP in 2014, the UK Government paid them £5.5 million to provide updates for another year, to give them time to migrate away from the software.

An ‘emergency’ patch was released by the tech giant last month in order to fix the exploit used by the WannaCry ransomware infection which hit the NHS and thousands of businesses worldwide.

When it finally goes on active service in 2020, HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to run a system called Shared Infrastructure, developed by the MoD with BAE Systems.

The new computers will allow the ship’s crew access to navigation, communications, sonar and other vital systems through a single console.

An MOD spokesperson said: “While we don’t comment on the specific systems used by our ships and submarines, we have absolute confidence in the security we have in place to keep the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful ship safe and secure.

“We take cyber security extremely seriously and the UK has doubled its cyber investment to £1.9 billion.”


Russian submarine Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea

Russian submarine successfully test-fires Bulava intercontinental missile

Military & Defense June 26, 19:20 UTC+3

The missile has hit all the targets at the practice range in Kamchatka

MOSCOW, June 26. /TASS/. The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea and hit all the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

"The Project 955 Borey-class underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has made a successful launch of a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from the designated area of the Barents Sea towards the Kura practice range in Kamchatka. The launch was made from the submerged position in compliance with a combat training plan," the Defense Ministry said.

"The parameters of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile’s flight trajectory were practiced in the normal regime. According to the confirmed data of the registering equipment, the warheads of the intercontinental ballistic missile performed a full cycle of the flight and successfully hit the designated targets at the practice range," the Defense Ministry said.

The previous launch of a Bulava missile was carried out on September 27 when the submarine Yuri Dolgoruky performed an experimental salvo launch of two ICBMs from the White Sea towards the Kura practice range in the Russian Far East.

The warheads of the first missile performed a full cycle of the flight program and successfully hit the designated targets at the practice range. The second missile self-liquidated after performing the first stage of the flight program.

The submarine Yuri Dolgoruky is the Project 955 Borey-class lead vessel. The underwater cruiser is armed with a set of Bulava sea-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles and also with torpedoes. The sub can be armed with cruise missiles. It has a full displacement of 24,000 tonnes, is about 160 meters long and 13 meters wide.

The R-30 Bulava is a solid-propellant ballistic missile developed specially for Project 955 submarines. It can deliver 10 warheads of 150 kilotonnes each to a distance of 10,000 kilometers.


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Brazil interested in Russian Tiger corvettes

Brazilian Navy interested in Russian corvettes

Military & Defense June 27, 12:43 UTC+3

Brazil has shown interest in Russian Tiger corvettes, which can be equipped with the Yakhont or Kalibr anti-ship missiles, two Kashtan-M air defense gun-missile systems and the 100-mm A-190 guns

ST. PETERSBURG, June 27. /TASS/. Brazil’s Navy has shown interest in the construction of Russian-project corvettes, the Northern Shipyard’s press service reported after a visit by Brazil’s Naval delegation.

"The Brazilian delegation was invited to the Northern Shipyard on a fact-finding visit by Rosoboronexport. The Latin American state’s military is interested in the construction of corvette-type ships," the shipyard’s press service said.

The enterprise’s management displayed the corvette construction capacities and showcased the Project 2032 Tiger corvette designed for export to the guests in cooperation with the United Shipbuilding Corporation and the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau and under the guidance of Rosoboronexport.

"The parties discussed the Northern Shipyard’s possible participation in organizing the vessels’ construction at Brazil’s production facilities. The shipyard’s Director General Igor Ponomaryov suggested looking into the option of building one or two ships at the shipyard and then continue the batch production in the republic," the shipyard’s press service noted.

The Brazilians were also fascinated by the potential of boosting the Tiger’s performance and incorporating foreign-made parts into the vessel.

The Tiger corvette is an export version of the Project 20380 corvettes. These vessels can be equipped with the Yakhont (Oniks) or Kalibr anti-ship missiles, two Kashtan-M air defense gun-missile systems and the 100-mm A-190 guns. They can also carry the Ka-27 shipboard helicopter.


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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Thai Armed Forces tally US military hardware ahead of Prayut’s visit

Armed Forces tally US military hardware ahead of Prayut’s visit

June 27, 2017 01:00 



THE MILITARY is taking stock of its US-made military hardware ahead of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to Washington late next month.

Government officials widely anticipate that US President Donald Trump might offer to increase military hardware sales, while Thailand has heavily relied on China for procurements in recent years.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan yesterday ordered military chiefs to complete inventories this month to enable the premier to have adequate information before his departure to the White House.

One of issues Prayut would raise with Trump would be about the military hardware that the US had provided to Thailand over the past decade – and also what Thailand expected to receive in the future, according to Defence Ministry spokesperson Maj-General Kongcheep Tantrawanich.

However, Kongcheep insisted that did not mean Thailand expected to agree on military purchases from the US any time soon.

“It is a general procedure to make lists of what Thailand needs based on strategy and forward them for the PM’s consideration to provide him with a holistic picture,” he said. “Other agencies follow this procedure as well.”

Weapons deals would need to be considered by the military and the Cabinet as well as in a procurement process, Kongcheep said. “It can’t be out of the blue,” he added.

The spokesperson did not elaborate on what sort of hardware Thailand was expecting, but said that would be decided based on several contexts such as the regional security climate and economic situation.

Kongcheep said the US had tended to be tough to work with regarding maintenance, the provision of spare parts and other unspecified conditions.

To resolve that issue, as well as to “rebalance” foreign influence in the Kingdom, the military had chosen to purchase Chinese military hardware, he said.

“The maintenance, spare parts and provision of technology – we talked about these issues with the US, and we brought them to discuss with China,” the spokesperson said.

But Thailand, whose first official foreign relations were conducted with the US, still kept track of military hardware purchased from the US, he said.

“We told the US ambassador that we would like to obtain their hardware,” he said. “We will consider agreement frameworks. After all, the Thai military structure is modelled after that of the US.”

Thailand is a US treaty ally and has relied on US made hardware until recently, when diplomatic ties worsened after the two recent military coups.

The last time a Thai cabinet approved the purchase of US military hardware was 15 years ago in 2002, when the Army was given a Bt1.26-billion budget to purchase two Black Hawk helicopters.

Trump’s administration has criticised Thailand recently for the trade surplus it has built up relative to the US over many years, but it tends to be softer on rights and democratisation than its predecessor. Prayut was personally invited to the White House during the president’s introductory phone call in June.

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India to receive final 'white-tail' C-17

Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

27 June 2017

The announcement on 26 June that India is to receive another Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter has brought to an end a two-year effort to sign up a customer for the last aircraft to roll off the now-closed production line at Long Beach, California.

The US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said that the State Department has approved the sale to India of the final C-17 for USD336.2 million. The proposed deal, which still needs to be approved by Congress, covers equipment as well as sustainment and support in addition to the aircraft. The Indian Air Force (IAF) already fields 10 C-17s that are flown by 81 Squadron out of Hindon Air Force Station, near Delhi.

As with all the other operators of the C-17, the IAF's fleet is supported by Boeing via its Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) performance-based logistics contract. This 'virtual fleet' enables international customers to tap into the US Air Force's (USAF's) vast support infrastructure.

It is likely that a large percentage of the value of this proposed Indian sale is related to the aircraft's through-life sustainment and support through the GISP programme. Even so, USD336 million is an inordinate amount to pay for one aircraft (Kuwait paid USD371 million for two aircraft plus equipment and support in 2014). In 2016, an official from the USAF Air War College in Alabama said that there was "a fight going on between the Qataris, the Indians, and the Australians to get the last C-17". From the cost of the deal, it would appear that Boeing may have sold its final aircraft to India at a premium.


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