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Su-35S Flanker-E Multirole Fighter: Details

Bulgaria warplane purchase on hold after lawmakers demur

Reuters Staff

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 / 12:32 AM

SOFIA (Reuters) - Plans by Bulgaria to buy eight fighter jets are on hold after lawmakers on Wednesday questioned if all bidders for the contract had been treated equally.

The NATO and EU member state, which is looking to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s, said in June it would start talks to buy new Gripen warplanes from Swedish manufacturer Saab in a deal estimated at 1.5 billion levs (677.55 million pounds)

But a parliamentary committee set up to investigate the bid process, part of which was handled by a previous interim government, requested a defence ministry review after uncovering what it called “disturbing facts”.

“The most important thing is to treat all participants equally,” said committee chairman Emil Hristov.

Hours earlier, Slovakia’s defence minister said it was deferring a planned fighter jet purchase -- also to replace MiG-29s - pending a broader upgrade of its armed forces.

On Monday, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov voiced doubt that Gripen was the best choice for the new fighter jet for the Black Sea state’s Air Force. He had initially told his Swedish counterpart that negotiations on a Gripen acquisition would proceed within weeks.

Bulgaria also received offers from Portugal for secondhand U.S. F-16s and from Italy for secondhand Eurofighter Typhoons.

The question of which warplanes Bulgaria should buy has been vexing successive governments for more than a decade.

The country has said it wants to upgrade between 2018 and 2022 to bring its fighter jet fleet closer into compliance with NATO standards.

Bulgaria joined the Atlantic alliance in 2004 and the European Union three years later.

Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; editing by John Stonestreet

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Slovak has decided to postpone the exchange of old Russian MiG-29 fighter planes

Russian MiGs bring tension to the coalition

But the defence minister denies any crisis.

It seems that the coalition may soon deal with another conflict among its members. Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš, nominee of the Slovak National Party (SNS), has decided to postpone the exchange of old Russian MiG-29 fighter planes, criticised by his deputy, Róbert Ondrejcsák of Most-Híd.

Gajdoš also surprised his predecessor Martin Glváč of Smer with this decision, who admits that the government may not support the step. The request for “a European solution” has been recently mentioned by PM Robert Fico (Smer) as well, the Sme daily reported.

Originally, Gajdoš was expected to submit a plan for exchanging the Russian fighters by the end of September. He then decided to ask the government to postpone it until mid-2018.

Instead, the defence minister wants to purchase the armoured vehicles for €1.2 billion.

No new Russian MiGs
Ondrejcsák considers Glváč’s decision to go against Slovakia’s interests, explaining that the exchange of MiG planes is in a strategic interest of Slovakia. The first informal talks with the global fighter plane producers started five years ago.

“Postponing the decision to replace MiGs means the prolongation of our dependency on Russia, which is at odds with Slovakia’s European and pro-Atlantic orientation,” Ondrejcsák wrote on his Facebook profile. “I can’t identify with it, neither as an expert nor public person.”

Gajdoš meanwhile stressed that there is no new coalition crisis. Though he feels bad about Ondrejcsák’s statements, he said they have already talked about it. Everybody wants the same: to secure the defence of the country and safety of its citizens, he added, as reported by the SITA newswire.

The minister added that they are searching for pro-European and pro-Atlantic solutions.

“Nobody wants to purchase MiGs,” Gajdoš told the press, as quoted by SITA, while admitting that he also received an offer from Russia.

Slovakia has negotiated with the US and several European countries, including Sweden.

The prolongation of the current agreement on Russian MiG planes is only a plan B. The priority is to purchase new fighters, with the only obstacle being finances, the minister added.

He also said the ministry will continue the modernisation of the military.

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Gripen C/D: Details

Thursday, 21 September 2017

French Army receives last upgraded VBCIs

The French Army has taken delivery of the last upgraded VBCI 8x8 IFV from Nexter. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

Victor Barreira - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

20 September 2017

The French Army took delivery of the last upgraded Nexter Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the service’s spokesperson recently told Jane’s .

Ninety-five out of a total of 520 29.3-tonne Véhicule de Combat d'Infanterie (VCI) infantry fighting vehicles were modified to the 32-tonne version – 48 under a June 2013 contract and 47 under an August 2014 contract. The contract for the development of this version was awarded by the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, to Nexter and Renault Trucks Defense on 20 December 2010. Qualification of the new version was announced on 24 September 2014.

In addition, another three DGA prototypes are now being upgraded by Nexter to the 32-tonne version by the end of the year.

Sixteen of the modified vehicles are currently fielded in overseas operations with a unit of the 35th Infantry Regiment, which will soon be replaced by a company from the ‘Marche du Tchad’ Regiment.

The upgrade was aimed at increasing the VBCI’s payload and protection, including installation of a slat armour system to protect against rocket-propelled grenades, a jamming system, and a 1.6-tonne under-belly mine and improvised explosive devices protection kit, the army said. The tires were replaced and the wheels were reinforced; the suspension, brakes, central tire inflation system, software and anti-roll bars were improved; and a steering assistance jack was added.

Between 2008 and 2015, France received 520 VCIs with Tarask turrets armed with a 25 mm 25M811 dual-feed cannon, and 110 Véhicule Poste de Commandement (VPC) command posts with 12.7 mm FN Herstal ARROWS remote weapon stations and Airbus SIR regimental information systems.

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VBCI Nexter infantry fighting vehicle: Details

Thailand to acquire Mk 54 lightweight torpedo array kits

Mk 54 lightweight torpedo - Raytheon

Ridzwan Rahmat - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

20 September 2017

Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September.

The contract combines purchases for the US Navy (USN), the UK’s Royal Navy (RN), and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). About 5% of the contract value relates to materials and services that will be provided to the RTN under the US’ foreign military sales (FMS) programme, said the DoD.

According to Jane’s Weapons: Naval , the Mk 54 torpedo achieved initial operational capability (IOC) in March 2010 for deployments on surface ships, embarked helicopters, and the Orion P3C maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

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MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo

The MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo was previously known as the Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo (LHT).

The MK 54 Mod 0 Lightweight Torpedo integrates existing torpedo hardware and software from the MK 46, MK 50 and MK 48 torpedo programs with state-of-the-art commercial-off-the-shelf digital signal-processing technology. It incorporates an advanced guidance and control section employing COTS processing technologies and tactical software improvements to significantly increase shallow water counter-countermeasure capability at reduced lifecycle costs. These features provide performance improvements in the most challenging littoral scenarios.

Future development will continue to provide improvements to shallow water performance via software Advanced Processor Build upgrades, and the MK 54 Mod 1 adds a new sonar array assembly and improved processing capability. The MK 54 Mod 0 Lightweight Torpedo reached Initial Operational Capability in 2004. The MK 54 Vertically Launched ASW Rocket (ASROC)(VLA) system reached IOC in 2010. Source:

General Characteristics:
Contractor: Raytheon
Length: 106.9 inch (272 cm)
Diameter: 12.75 inch (324 mm)
Weight: 608 pounds (276 kg)
Propulsion: liquid propellant (Otto II)
Speed: 40+ knots (74+ km/h)
Warhead: 96.8 pounds, high-explosive
Guidance: active or passive/active acoustic homing
Launching platforms: Mk-32 Torpedo Tubes, ASW-aircraft, RUM-139 VL-ASROC

US-India Business Council reluctant to transfer proprietary technology to India

Plan to build fighter jets hits a hurdle


US-India Business Council reluctant to transfer technology.

A recent letter by a U.S. business body to the Defence Ministry expressing its reluctance to transfer proprietary technologies could complicate India’s efforts to build a fighter jet locally with technology transfer from abroad. Both the competing aircraft have significant U.S. components.

This is a test for the ambitious new Strategic Partnership (SP) model for promoting domestic defence manufacturing under which multi-billion dollar deals are about to be initiated.

The letter was written early last month by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) to then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in which the companies raised the issue of having control over proprietary technologies.

“Without real technology transfer, the whole idea of SP will fall apart. We will once again be doing assembling as has been happening for the last four decades,” one industry official said.

In the next couple of months, the Air Force is expected to initiate the process to select a single engine fighter jet under the SP model which will be built in India with significant technology transfer. The deal for over a 100 jets is estimated to cost over ₹60,000 crore by present projection, but the final order could end up at around 200 jets.

Twin contenders

The contenders in the race are Lockheed Martin with its F-16 and Sweden’s SAAB with its Gripen. While the F-16 is a U.S. military platform, the Gripen is powered by engines built by General Electric of the US. In addition, the same engines have been selected to power the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, 123 of which have been already ordered by the IAF.

While SAAB has assured full transfer of technology, it would still require U.S. government clearance for transferring specific components.

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Sosna tracked air defense system

Air defense missile system

The system is intended to protect against all types of air threats including high-precision weapons e.g. cruise missiles and guided aircraft missiles in the area of the system responsibility: in range – up to 10 km, in altitude – up to 5 km.

Structure principles

• mount of missile armament with a launcher in one combat vehicle, air search and target tracking equipments, missile flight control units that are combined by integrated optronic combat control system
• missile armament consists of 12 high-speed high-precision maintenance-free missiles SOSNA-R deployed in a launcher. Light weight of the missiles allows to dispose of a transport/loading vehicle from the system
• optimal configuration of surface-to-air guided missile (SAM) payload allows to improve impact effect due to increased weight of spread warheads and application of impact/non-impact laser fuse with continuous circular beam pattern and adaptive burst time
• special multichannel automatic high-precision practically all-weather and day/night optronic control system
• combined missile control system:
- radio command system in start zone
- remote orientation in laser beam after engine division and missile targeting to the line-of-sight
• optronic combat control system with sector scan and in the automate target designation mode provide autonomous target detection capability

The Sosna-R rocket is also used in the modernization of the Strela-10M4 complex. "Moreover, we are positioning this complex in such a way that we are ready to put it on any carrier with a carrying capacity of over 3.5 tons," Kopylov emphasized. "We proposed an" easy "upgrade of the Strela-10M4 anti-aircraft missile system. The transformations relate to equipping the complex with a thermal imaging system with a capture and tracking automatic device, which made it possible to operate a guided missile with an infrared targeting head at night. Now the issue of serial production of the complex is being decided, the representative of the Design Bureau noted. Source:

SOSNA-R 9M337 (SA-24)

The SOSNA-R 9M337 (SA-24) hyper-velocity beam rider missile is a two-stage missile designed for interception of fired wing aircraft and helicopters, as well as guided weapons and cruise missiles. This missile type is also capable of engaging light armored vehicles. 

The missile uses radar-guidance for boost phase, transitioning to laser beam guidance for mid-course corrections and the terminal phase. The 28 kg missile can sustain maximum dynamic loads of 40Gs, cruises at a speed of 570 m/sec and has a top speed of 920 m/sec. 

The missile is equipped with a fragmentation charge activated at close proximity flyby, or a rod penetrator, which is used when a direct hit can be achieved. The missile uses a selective proximity/impact fuse with continuous circular pattern scan and adaptive burst rate in order to support both kill mechanisms. SOSNA-R missiles are designed to engage targets at ranges of 1 – 10 km and altitudes of 6 – 15,000 feet. Source:


• high effectiveness of combat application including high-speed and low-flying targets and helicopters during pop-up maneuvers
• high automation of combat processes
• day/night and all-weather capability of combat processes
• concealed fire preparation and high survivability
• unlimited minimum flight altitude of hitting target
• radar and optical countermeasure equipments immunity
• capacity to firing on the move