Saturday, 17 August 2019

New Demonstration Shows F-35's Data Sharing Capability

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New Demonstration Shows F-35's Data Sharing Capability - Avionics

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter shared track data into the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) during a recent demonstration.

Stakeholders recently demonstrated the ability to integrate F-35 Joint Strike Fighter track data into the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) during the June Orange Flag Evaluation 19-2 event, Lockheed Martin said Tuesday.

The F-35’s prime contractor noted this was the first time live F-35 track data was sent to IBCS through the F-35 ground station and F-35 IBCS adaption kit, both developed by Lockheed Martin. The company disclosed the milestone here during the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium.

Transferring the data allowed IBCS to receive and develop fire control quality composite tracks during the exercise. This made the F-35 a more useful sensor for air and missile defense systems.

The company underscored this “enables multi-domain operations and the detection of threats that could challenge ground-based sensors.”

Orange Flag Evaluation 19-2 took place in Palmdale, Calif., and Fort Bliss, Texas.

“This demonstration represents a significant growth in capability for the Army IAMD program and Army for multi-domain operations. The capability creates additional battlespace awareness, and the ability to track incoming targets and take action, if necessary,” Scott Arnold, vice president and deputy of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a statement.

Ultimately, this shows the F-35’s sensors and connectivity allow it to gather and “seamlessly share” critical information to enable more joint force protection, Arnold added. The demonstration comes less than a year after Lockheed selected Harris to upgrade the F-35's integrated core processor, which will increase the aircraft's processing power by 25 times, with upgrades slated to begin in 2023.

The company said this is the latest demonstration of the IBCS’ ability to gather sensor data from various platforms and add building blocks to the future Army IAMD force.

Lockheed Martin also noted the F-35 ground station has been repositioned to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to continue supporting follow on F-35 integration tests during the AIAMD developmental testing.

IBCS is being developed by Northrop Grumman to serve as the Army’s future integrated command and control platform. The Army plans for it to move into limited user tests in 2020 and initial production in 2022.

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Russia to feature export version of 5th-generation Su-57 fighter at MAKS air show

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Russia to feature export version of 5th-generation Su-57 fighter at MAKS air show - Military & Defense - TASS

The Su-57E fighter and the Il-112VE military transport plane will be the main exhibits of the Russian exposition’s military segment at the airshow

MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. Russia will demonstrate the export versions of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet and the Il-112V military transport aircraft at the MAKS-2019 international air show, the state arms seller Rosoboronexport said in a statement on Friday.

"The Su-57E fighter (the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur) and the Il-112VE military transport plane (the Voronezh Aircraft Enterprise) will be the main exhibits of the Russian exposition’s military segment at the MAKS-2019 air show," the statement says.

Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev has said he is confident that both planes will evoke huge interest at the MAKS air show.

CEO of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov noted that the exposition would feature more than 40 new exhibits. "This year, Rostec’s exposition includes over 250 new models, including more than 40 items that will be demonstrated at the MAKS for the first time: aircraft, avionics, aircraft engines and aerodrome equipment," the chief executive said.

The Su-57 export version differs from generation 4++ fighter jets by its multi-functionality, automation and the high degree of intellectualization of combat employment processes, super-maneuverability and other characteristics.

The Il-112VE light military transport plane is the export modification of the Il-112V aircraft developed for Russia’s Aerospace Force and designated to transport, air-land and airdrop cargoes, vehicles, ammunition and personnel. The plane features versatile employment options, expanded capabilities for cargo carriage, round-the-clock operation capability and other competitive advantages.

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Two Russian Tu-160 bombers were sent to the area close to US border as part of tactical drills

Two Russian Tu-160 bombers were sent to the area close to US border as part of tactical drills - News - Russian Aviation - RUAVIATION.COM

Tu-160 ‘White Swans’ were sent to the town of Anadyr in Chukotka as part of tactical drills which also involve Tu-95MS strategic bombers.

Two Russian Tu-160 heavy strategic bombers have been repositioned to an airfield in Anadyr, the country’s easternmost town in the Chukotka Peninsula, according to the Russian Defence Ministry. This reported by Sputnik.

The ministry said that each aircraft had covered over 6,000 kilometres in just over eight hours before landing in Anadyr, not far from the US border.

The two bombers were deployed to Chukotka as part of ongoing tactical exercises that will last till the end of the week, defence officials noted. Taking part in the drills are about ten planes, including the Tu-160s, Tu-95MS bombers, and IL-78 air-to-air refuelling tankers.

The Tu-160s made their first-ever landing in Anadyr a year ago during similar drills.

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Russia’s cutting-edge frigate to enter final shipbuilders’ trials this week

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Russia’s cutting-edge frigate to enter final shipbuilders’ trials this week - Military & Defense - TASS

Project 22350 frigates displace 4,500 tonnes and can develop a speed of 29 knots

MOSCOW, August 13. /TASS/. The Project 22350 newest frigate Admiral Kasatonov will set off for Baltic Sea ranges in the coming week for the concluding stage of shipbuilders’ trials, Russian Navy Spokesman Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said on Tuesday.

"During the week, the Project 22350 latest frigate Admiral Kasatonov will set off for the concluding stage of shipbuilders’ trials at the designated ranges of the Baltic Sea. A decision on its departure will be made following a final report to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov and upon the readiness of the frigate’s crew and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team for fulfilling the program of trials," the naval officer stated.

During the final stage of the shipbuilders’ trials, specialists will check some of the frigate’s systems. In September, the warship will enter state trials.

The frigate’s crew is now gearing up for the departure for the sea. The crew and the shipyard’s delivery team are checking shipboard equipment and armament before the frigate takes to the sea, the spokesman noted.

"The frigate’s crew has undergone comprehensive training at the Russian Navy’s Integrated Training Center for carrying out all the stages of the program of trials and the subsequent operation of shipboard equipment and armament systems," the spokesman reported.

The frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov is the second (the first serial-produced) Project 22350 warship built at the Severnaya Shipyard (part of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation). The cutting-edge frigate was laid down on November 26, 2009 and floated out on December 12, 2014. The first stage of the shipbuilders’ trials was held in late 2018. The frigate is set to be delivered to the Russian Navy this year.

The lead warship of this series, the Admiral Gorshkov, was delivered to the Navy in the summer of 2018 and the construction of two more frigates (the Admiral Golovko and the Admiral Isakov) continues at the slipways of the Severnaya Shipyard in St. Petersburg.

Project 22350 frigates are expected to become the Russian Navy’s most advanced warships in their class. These frigates displace 4,500 tonnes and can develop a speed of 29 knots. They are armed with Oniks and Kalibr missiles and the Poliment-Redut air defense missile systems.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Defense Ministry signed a contract to upgrade the Su-34

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Defense Ministry signed a contract to upgrade the Su-34

The Ministry of Defense and the Sukhoi company signed a contract to modernize the Su-34 bomber. It is reported by Interfax with reference to an informed source.

According to the source, the Ministry of Defense decided to start work on creating a modernized version of the Su-34 bomber and signed a corresponding contract with Sukhoi. In the course of work, the aircraft should receive improved avionics and new weapons.

"A contract was signed between the Ministry of Defense and Sukhoi to conduct development work on the creation of a modernized version of the Su-34. The company has already embarked on preliminary technical design of the upgraded version of the aircraft.

- the source said. 

As previously reported, the modernization of the Su-34, taking into account the experience of using the aircraft in combat conditions in Syria, was supposed to begin last year. At the Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant, which is part of Sukhoi, development work was initiated on an initiative basis to increase the combat potential of the aircraft, including equipping the Su-34 with new weapons and new electronic warfare systems.

Su-34 is a multifunctional fighter-bomber designed to strike at ground and surface targets in the face of strong opposition from enemy air defense equipment. According to its combat capabilities, the Su-34 belongs to the 4 ++ generation and is capable of performing basic combat missions without escorting fighters. Due to the high speed and maneuverability, the bomber can independently conduct an air battle with enemy fighters. The plane received the unofficial nickname "Duckling" because of the bow, in a shape resembling a duck beak.

Germany rolls out fix for grounded Tiger fleet

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Germany rolls out fix for grounded Tiger fleet

Germany is working to progressively bring its Airbus Helicopters Tigers back into service after a safety issue forced their grounding on 2 August.

Berlin's decision to suspend flight of the army's attack helicopter fleet was based on information from the airframer that certain titanium bolts in "safety critical" areas could suffer from a manufacturing defect.

An air safety committee determined on 8 August that the entire 56-strong active fleet should be checked and affected bolts replaced.

The helicopters to have undergone the examination process have now been returned to service, with the remainder to follow over the coming weeks.

However, the German army has no timeline for their full return to service. Checks and replacement of the fastenings can take up to 4hr per helicopter, it says.

Similar bolts installed in non-safety-critical areas on the Tiger and NH Industries NH90 will be replaced as part of routine maintenance, says the Bundeswehr.

The issue is not thought to affect the aircraft of other Tiger operators Australia, France and Spain.

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Sikorsky makes preparations to build six new CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters and avionics for U.S. Marines


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The helicopter can lift more than 18 tons, and will fly armored vehicles, equipment, and Marines deep inland from amphibious assault ships offshore.

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – Engineers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., are preparing to build six new CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters and integrated avionics systems for the U.S. Marine Corps under terms of a $107.4 million order announced Monday.

Officials of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, to procure long-lead items for six CH-53K low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 4 helicopters.

Long-lead items either are difficult and time-consuming to obtain, and are funded early in the aircraft design process to keep overall production on schedule. Contracts to build the actual helicopters will come later.

The CH-53K King Stallion is a large heavy-lift cargo helicopter designed to replace the Marine Corps fleet of CH-53E heavy-lift helicopters to help move Marines and their equipment from ships offshore onto attack beaches. The CH-53K is a general redesign of the CH-53E.

Last May Sikorsky won a $1.13 billion order to build 12 new CH-53K helicopters and avionics.

The CH-53K sea-based, long range, helicopter is designed to provide three times the lift capability of its predecessor. The CH-53K will conduct expeditionary heavy-lift transport of armored vehicles, equipment, and personnel to support distributed operations deep inland from a sea-based center of operations, Sikorsky officials say. It can lift more than 18 tons.

The CH-53K will have new engines and cockpit avionics layout, and will have more than twice the lift capacity and combat radius of the CH-53E. A wider cargo hold to enable the new aircraft to carry a light combat vehicle internally, and will have new composite rotor blades. It will use the General Electric GE38-1B engine.

It can operate at high altitudes, hot temperatures, and in degraded visual conditions; sling load 36,000 pounds; can fly faster than 200 knots; can make 60-degree-angle bank turns; can climb to 18,500 feet above sea level; conduct 12-degree slope landings and takeoffs; and can auto-jettison external loads, and survive gunfire.

The CH-53K first flew in late 2015, and the helicopter was introduced to Marine Corps squadrons in 2018. The Marines plan to buy 227 CH-53K helicopters for about $23.3 billion.

Collins Aerospace in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is providing the CH-53K's avionics management system; Sanmina-SCI Corp. in San Jose, Calif., is providing the new helicopter's intercommunications System; and Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kan., is providing the CH-53 cockpit and cabin. Other major subcontractors are GKN Aerospace in Redditch, England; and Onboard Systems International in Vancouver, Wash.

Collins Aerospace is providing the company's Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) for the CH-53K. The CAAS integrates several communications, navigation and mission subsystems through its Flight2 system. It uses common reusable processing elements in an open-systems architecture based on commercial standards.

The Collins Aerospace CAAS avionics initially was developed for the Special Operations Forces' MH-47 and MH-60 helicopter fleets. In addition to the CH-53K, CAAS avionics also has been selected for the CH-47F, MH-60T, MH-65E, and VH-60N aircraft.

The Sanmina-SCI FireComm Intercommunications Control System for the CH-53K uses digital processing techniques and controls. Its system architecture uses the MIL-STD-1553 avionics data bus; the IEEE 1394b data bus; 10/100 Base-T Ethernet; and TIA/EIA-485 interface ports.

On this order Sikorsky will do the work in Stratford, Conn., and should be finished by August 2020. For more information contact Sikorsky Aircraft online at, or Naval Air Systems Command at

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Published on May 7, 2019

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry transfers $1.2BN to US for eight F-16s

Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry transfers $1.2BN to US for eight F-16s | The Sofia Globe

Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence has transferred to the US the entire amount of $ 1.2 billion under international government procurement contracts to acquire eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft and related equipment and armaments, the ministry said on August 12.

The transfer to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA) was ordered on August 8 by the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Republic of Bulgaria, the ministry said.

“With this step, the Bulgarian side has fulfilled its commitment under the contracts concluded under the project for the acquisition of a new type of combat aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Force,” the statement said.

Confirmation by the DCSA of the receipt of the $1.2 billion means that the contracts are in force and practical implementation of them is beginning, Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry said.

Bulgaria’s National Assembly ratified four contracts between Bulgaria and the US on the acquisition on July 26 2019. The contracts had been signed by Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov on July 11, acting on a Cabinet decision made the previous day.

The first aircraft is to be delivered at the end of 2022, to be used for training Bulgarian Air Force pilots.  The remainder will arrive in stages in the years 2023 and 2024.

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Turkey considers buying Su-35 fighters from Russia

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After purchasing S-400 “Triumph” aerial defense systems from Russia, Ankara is now investigating the possibility of buying Russian Su-35 fighters for the Turkish Air Force now that Turkey’s membership in the American F-35 program has been suspended, the Turkish news outlet Yeni Safak writes.

According to the news outlet’s sources, the military officials responsible for rearming the Turkish Air Force have asked the Defense Ministry to consider Russia’s offer to sell Turkey Su-35s. If the Defense Ministry approves the proposal, official talks will begin between Turkey and the Russian defense export agency, RosOboronExport.

In July 2019, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov announced that Russia is prepared to sell Turkey Su-35 multi-role fighters if Turkey “expresses interest”.

On December 29, 2017, Turkey and Russia signed a credit agreement as part of the S-400 deal. This is the first time that a NATO country is purchasing a Russian aerial defense system. The actual contract was signed in September.

On May 22, CNBC reported with reference to its own sources that the US had given Turkey two weeks to call off the S-400 deal, or else Ankara would be excluded from the F-35 program.

On May 29, news came out that the US might actually impose sanctions on Turkey as part of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and exclude it from the F-35 program if Ankara chose to go ahead with the S-400 deal.

On June 7, the US decided to stop accepting Turkish pilots into the preparatory pilot training program for the fifth generation F-35 fighters. Subsequently, even Turkish pilots and specialists who had already started training at the Luke Air Force Base were barred from admission.

On June 28, the US Senate officially banned the allocation of any budget funds to the transferal of F-35s or the accompanying equipment and intellectual property to Turkey until the US Defense Department and Secretary of State can confirm that Turkey has called off the S-400 deal and guaranteed not to purchase S-400s in future.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan said that if Turkey is excluded from the F-35 program, Ankara will file a lawsuit against Washington to reclaim the $1.25 billion it has already paid for the fighters.

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