Weekly Mil-Tech Update

This past week the Paris Air Show was allowing defense companies the opportunity to show off their newest toys.  Several links show some of the stories that rose out of the event.

I mentioned in last weeks update how a MiG-29KUB crashed on testing in Russia, before it was scheduled to be delivered to the Indian Navy.  It apparently has forced the Indians to currently halt orders for more Russian aircraft.  If they would have taken the time to do their homework on the MiG-29’s withering performance over the last decade, they would not be in this situation.

Keep an eye on Thailand as their air force will become one of the best in the region.


Paris Air Show 2011: Completion of Saker Eye mini UAV on the horizon

Super Tucano was in Paris


Paris Air Show 2011: Tekever completes work on Light Ray mini UAV

Paris Air Show 2011: AT-6 and Super Tucano in dogfight over LAAR

Paris Air Show 2011: New modular multi-level air-defence system from Israel

Paris Air Show 2011: Gallic MINDS aid top-to-bottom ISR exploitation

Paris 2011: Raytheon Reveals Hyperspectral sensor for MQ-1 Predator UAV

U.S. Senator to block vote of deputy secretary of state unless Taiwan’s F-16s are approved

PARS 3 LR Competes for Two Indian Attack Helicopter Programs

Is J-15 a game changer?

Sometimes China Steals What It Needs

New Zealand: The Government is putting up for tender 16 mothballed Aermacchi jet trainer aircraft

U.S. Navy JSFs Resume Flight Ops After Glitch

High-Tech Weapon Makers Set Sights on ‘Smart Microgrid’ Market

New Robots Planned for Bomb Disposal Teams

Army About to Release ‘Request for Information’ for a New Unmanned Helicopter

Poland May Join Mobile Anti-Missile System, Finmeccanica Says

New Bird of Prey Hunts Somali Terrorists: Raven Drones

Raven drones active in Somalia


Morocco wants to purchase eight AN/MPQ-64F1 radars

US Army, Navy Look At Joint VTOL UAV Program

SS-NX-30 Bulava Tests to Resume This Week

UAE buying five UH-60M VIP helicopters

First NH90 NFH Helicopter Delivered to Italian Navy

Report: Boeing projects $300M overrun on tankers

Guns, Grenades and iPads for Singapore Soldiers

Crowd-Driven Combat Support Vehicle Prototype Completed in 98 Days

Iran test fires long-range missiles capable of striking Israel, U.S. bases

Filipino military upgrades against threats

New U.S. Spy Sat: Fast, Cheap, and Just Good Enough to Launch

Sikorsky to explore unmanned role for Black Hawk

Thai Gripen Force Grows

Thai Gripen force grows


Northrop Demos STARLite Radar on a Army Persistent Threat Detection System

China’s carrier: ‘A highly vulnerable extravagance’

Taiwan upgrades fighter jets

No More Nimrods

Russia successfully tests new nuclear missile

Iran says it showed Russia downed US drones

Indian navy considering Northrop’s MQ-4C BAMS

First Moroccan F-16 pilots to complete training in Arizona

India requests Mk54 torpedoes for P-8Is

MiG Crash in Russia Freezes Further Indian Buys

India questions MiG purchase after crash


Leaked Audit: Boeing Overcharged Army Up to 177,000 Percent on Helicopter Spare Parts

Elbit orders Gabbiano radars for Hermes UAVs

Taiwan supersonic missile test flops

Pictures of Chinese ‘Xiang Long’ UAV

Russia to showcase new stealth corvette at IMDS-2011

HBC and ATK to Demonstrate Weapons System

Turkey expected to buy six F-35s this year

Another chance for DDG 1000?

ESC BAZ Introduces Ambush Kits for Hand-Held EO Binoculars


Weekly Mil-Tech Update

This week China has announced that it’s first aircraft carrier, the Shi Lang, will begin testing in July.  They are on schedule still for their target of being fully operational by years end.  This is all coming at a time when Vietnam and China are having disputes over the sovereignty of the Spratley Islands.  Depending on how these July tests go will ultimately determine whether the Shi Lang will be ready or not by 2012.

An MiG-29KUB scheduled for delivery to the Indian Navy crashed this week in Russia, killing both pilots and brings into consideration the legitimacy of the purchase for the Indian Navy.  It was reported in several Eastern European nations that the airframe of the MiG-29 is faulty and does not have the longevity once believed.  The Indian Navy went for the cheaper product, but the KUB upgrade sold them into buying it.  I imagine the Admirals are not pleased.

Army Wants More XM25s in Afghanistan

Army: More XM-25's

Power Down: Senate Zaps Navy’s Superlaser, Railgun

EMALS successfully launches first C-2 Greyhound

Investigation widens as F-22s stay grounded

Saab accuse BAE Systems of bribery in South African Gripen deal

Air Force Embraces Small Satellites As Budget Outlook Grows Dim

U.S. Navy Eyes Submarine-UUV Mix

Efforts Under Way to Harden Unpiloted Aircraft for Contested Airspace

Services Discuss Combining Rivet Joint and EP-3 into an EP-8

Russia orders more helicopter landing ships

 Russia signs contract to buy two Mistral-class BPCs

Military Investigates Killer Drones That Can Fit in Rucksacks

Night Vision Contact Lenses?

Norway Approves First Four F-35As

US Spends $28.1M on Titanium M240L GPMGs

C-130 Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the U.K.?

‘Zulu’ prepares for first operational deployment

Italian aircraft carrier in Libyan mission

A400M for USAF?

HMS Illustrious starts sea trials, now has new anti-torpedo system

Raytheon Re-Introduces 250-Pound Paveway Precision-Guided Munition

British Perseus AS missile said to be on track

RAF Typhoon pilots share Libya experiences

Unafraid But Not Alone

Raytheon Eyes Arsenal of Directed Energy Warheads For Its Missiles

RAND examines feasibility of laser power transmission for UAVs

Raytheon Begins Production of Airborne Hyperspectral Sensor for U.S. Air Force

Perseus, Peril at Sea

PARIS: Pratt & Whitney fixes STOVL problems on F-35B

Radar Revolution

Notes on Next Generation Jammer, GMTI

USMC Expect First F-35B In Service Early 2015

Marines want F-35B by 2015

South Korea looks at Iron Dome

US Military Orders More King Air 350ER Aircraft

RQ-4B Variant Makes Combat Debut Early

Successful Underwater Firing of French Naval Cruise Missile

Report: China plans aircraft carrier test in July

Norway Commits To Four JSF Trainers

DHS’ Sea Scanning Radar-Equipped MQ-9

U.S.: Israeli missile defense system can protect our Mideast bases

France transfers sensitive warship technology to Russia

Perseus, More Than Meets the Eye (with video)

Air Mules FanCrafts Could Be Operational in Four Years

ROK deploys missile that can hit Pyongyang

Zodiac Wins New Contract for 20 Commando RIBs and 4 Air Delivery Systems

Heavy metal vehicles roll out for Soldiers clearing combat environments

Navy Looks to Fry Electronic Eyes With Laser Blasts

Navy wants lasers to combat surveillance

Air Tractor Near Deal For More 802U Orders

PARIS: Alenia launches gunship variant of C-27J

Partners to Get Equal JSF Stealth

Meet the Civvie LEMV

Bell 212 supporting Apache test flight crashed

PARIS: Astrium Space in missile defence push

Paris Air Show Video: Combat

Video Tour of AH-1Z Venom

Missile or UAV? UVision Introduces the WASP

Watchkeeper UAV to make Afghanistan debut in December

Second Mesma AIP Ready for Shipment to Pakistan

The Fire Scout Downed in Libya

US Fire Scout crashed in Libya this week

Turkey launches armed, unmanned helicopter prototype

Raytheon unveils ground-based Evolved SeaSparrow Missile

Building The U.S. Navy’s Taj Mahal

Next-Gen Eurofighter E-Scan Radar to Enter Service in 2015

Spain aims at military-civilian satellites

Greece recovers Mirage 2000BG from bottom of sea

Raytheon Completes Perfect QELTA Tests for USAF

AW159 Wildcat: Britain’s Billion-Pound Future Lynx Helicopter Program

Army builds, tests future network during NIE exercise

Army Holding Anti-Armor Tech in Reserve

Senate Panel Barely Turns Back JSF Threat

"I got one, I got one!" What is it? "A Largemouth Mirage 2000!"

Another Chinese Stealth Fighter?

Did a MiG-29 and a Raptor mate?



Weekly Mil-Tech Update

This weeks updates come at a time when many here in the US are beginning to question the future of NATO and her role.  Budget cuts are forcing many members to compromise, such as the UK and France discussing over the sharing of a aircraft carrier to train on.

The Paris airshow will give us a glimpse at several weapons systems.  It begins this Monday.

Global Hawk is in a pickle as getting the systems to function as designed are causing serious setbacks.  Cost over-runs have caused orders to be slashed.  It is a necessary system though, as the F-35 and F-22 are.  The more complex the technology becomes, the more complex problems you are going to run into.

Biggest news that has people on the ground in an uproar, is the Marines decision to ditch the M249 SAW and go with a lighter, more accurate weapon.  They found this in the German made M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle.  The payload will be different however, meaning supressive fire will be used hardly at all with it.  It is magazine fed, unlike the SAW which is belt fed and able to fire more rounds before reloading.  Accuracy and speed is what we are going to see in the M27 IAR.  Some say it is a modern day BAR.  I believe it was a right decision and it will make the Marines more mobile and effective.

Marines go with M27 IAR

This weeks updates;

New Zealand introduces upgraded P-3 Orion as air force modernises

Marine aviators’ new weapon: the iPad

MBDA Produces 10,000th Diamond Back Wing for SDB Program

Corruption Currents: France, Thales SA Agree To Pay 630 Euros In Frigate Case

US Army Deploys Firefinder Radar in Iraq

AMDR Competition: The USA’s Next Dual-Band Radar

NATO Cuts More Fat

Oshkosh Defense to Supply New and Recapitalized Heavy Tactical Vehicles for U.S. Army

Ethiopia buys 200 T-72 tanks from Ukraine

She marches on; Ukraine sells T-72's

South Korea Receives the Tenth Slam Eagle

Indian Police Seeking More Mini-UAVs

Indian AF chief wants ICBMs

F-35 could arrive at Eglin this month

JAGM Tri-Mode Seeker Demonstrated Against Moving Sea Targets

Taiwan buys 30 AH-64 Apaches

Carrier-borne JL-9 flight trainer

Turkish FNSS Finalize Armored Vehicle Procurement Deal with Malaysia

Pentagon: Block 30 Global Hawks not effective

Lockheed Martin to Deliver 110 Vehicular/Portable Surveillance Systems

UAE gets second C-17 transport

The UAE receives C-17's

Future War Aircraft Need Funding Boost

Up to $88M for Low-Velocity Cargo Parachutes

Denmark approached Holland for bombs

IAI to Unveil a Medium Range Guided Weapon at the Paris Airshow

Russian Submarine Works with US Sub Rescue System for First Time

Burkes For Saudi Arabia

Seoul deploys second Aegis destroyer

Royal Navy fighter pilots training to fly Rafale M?

Poland, U.S. Strike Deal on Air Force Deployment

Saab recycles its airliners into special mission aircraft

Marines want to fast-track EFV replacement

Skylark 1LE + Dominator Offer New Benefits for Special Ops

Skylark Dominator

House Panel Adds $100M For Future Bomber

Armenia Interested In Acquiring Russian Rocket Artillery

Israel steps up interest in V-22 Osprey

BrahMos Aerospace To Add Hypersonic Missile

Paris Air Show Video Report: F-35

J-10B Gets AESA

Dutch Claim Russia Involved in F-16 Espionage

Paris Air Show Video Report: A400M

CBO lays out UAV alternatives

North Korea tested KN-06 surface-to-air missile

North Korea test fires short ranged missile

TriJet – Aerojet’s Hypersonic Three-in-One

US to develop guided nuclear bomb

Second-hand C-130s being offered to Indonesia

Delays continue for India’s Mirage, Jaguar upgrades

Look Out Above! Russia May Target U.S. Sats With Laser Jet

Goodbye SAW, Hello IAR

CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons for Saudi Arabia

Paris Air Show Video Report: Saab Gripen

BAE withdraws Hawk from Polish contest

Two J-20s

First captive flight test of AARGM on Growler

Mi-8AMTSh Helicopters Delivered to Russia

Mi-8MTSh delivered to Russia

Eurocopter to Debut X3, EC175 at Paris Air Show

Iran ‘speeds up missile development’

Report: Marines to harvest U.K. Harriers for spares

Saudi Arabia Requests Light Armored Vehicles and Support

Northrop Grumman’s Firebird flew with 3 video cameras and sensor payload

The Army’s big network experiment

Afghanistan To Get 440 Armored Security Vehicles

Iran launches second satellite into orbit, claims state TV

Iran to put a monkey into space: report

Australia Chooses MH-60R Over NFH

Iran wants to put a monkey in space

BAE Systems-Dassault Aviation Telemos UAV Revives France’s UAV Wars

Second X-51A Hypersonic Test Flight Ends Early

Carter Axes 11 More Global Hawks, Charts Nunn-McCurdy Path

Navy’s troubled amphib now ‘fixed’

Rheinmetall unveils new HE DM11 secondary ammunition for MBT 120mm smoothbore gun

Ground Vehicles Dominate Pentagon Procurement

DM11 MBT 120mm ammunition

Libyan Rebel Ingenuity: Making Guns From Scrap

Work with what you got.

War on Terror Update; bin Laden codename was “Cakebread”

More details from the bin Laden raid.  As it was reported that the Seal team referred to Osama as “Geronimo,” the codename he was given by the CIA was “Cakebread.”

  • President Obama wanted to wait until DNA Results Came Back on OBL Before Telling the World of His Death
  • Bin Laden’s code name: Cakebread
  • The code name for his Abbottabad compound: AC-1…
  • CIA Director Panetta’s last call to Special Forces: “Go in and find bin Laden, and if he’s not there, get the hell out”
  • The breed of the SEAL dog – a Belgian Malinois

More War on Terror Articles;

Blasts kills 34 in Pakistan, as CIA chief visits

Panetta Confronts Pakistan Over Collusion With Militants

U.S. Sending Counterintelligence Agents to Afghanistan: Report

Pakistan to target insurgents

Pakistan accused of tipping off al-Qaeda fighters ahead of raids

Rare suicide attack in Pakistani capital kills 1

Bomb destroys seven NATO oil tankers in Pakistan

U.S. Counter-Intel Agents Could Outnumber Taliban Infiltrators

Weekly Mil-Tech Update

China is making headlines again this week with what appears to be another “stealth” fighter.  The JH-7  as it is known, has been revealed across the internet.  China just made public of its recent J-20 stealth fighter/bomber in January of this year.  The pictures that have surfaced of the JH-7 are likely fake and superimposed.   This picture says it all, just look at the rivets.  Nice try though.

Things are already beginning to heat up this summer in South East Asia.  China is warning other nations to stay away from the Spratly Islands.  Oil reserves are believed to exist, and with the islands being claimed by several nations, there are going to be heads bumping over the real estate for a while.  Vietnam and China are exchanging words over the islands, and with Vietnam just confirming the purchase of Kilo class submarines, as well as Su-30’s and SAMs, they now pose a challenge to the PLAN.

This weeks updates;

Arming RQ-7 UAVs: The Shadow Knows?

Homegrown Radar to Boost India’s Air Defenses

F-16 talks between Romania, U.S. “complicated

Tellis: US fighters lost MMRCA contract due to technical faults

Global Hawk faces problems

Poor Testing Results Latest Hurdle for Global Hawk

AFRL Eyes Hybrid UAV Power

USA Moves Ahead with Next-Generation “Space Fence” Tracking

Shape Shifting Ship

Lockheed system proves its worth

Georgia reveals Didgori mine-protected vehicles

Anzac Frigate Modernisation Reaches Final Milestones

Royal Thai Navy frigates to get data-links for communication with Gripens

Beechcraft Reconnaissance Planes for Egypt

Vietnam procures Kilo class subs

Vietnam Confirms Kilo Sub Buy at Shangri-La

Varyag + China’s blue water ambitions

French Navy chief: Britain, France should have training carrier

PARSing Statements: Malaysia’s New Wheeled APCs

Testers Find Limitations For Global Hawk

Rafale Upgrade Ready in 2012

F-35 strikes trillion-dollar mark for maintenance bills

The Secret History of Boeing’s Killer Drone

Washington may approve RoCAF F-16A/B upgrades soon

Australia tweaks destroyer production

Australia to buy AMRAAMs for Super Hornet fleet

Vietnam orders more Su-30's

Vietnam buying more Su-30s, SAMs

Russian Arms Sellers Exude Optimism

Army begins mobile phone experiments

Elbit Systems to Supply a Latin-American Country with Hermes(R) 900 UAS

New Truck Blasts Missiles From The Sky — Then Targets The Shooter

Luftwaffe Heron 1 Fully Operational In Afghanistan

China, Russia Could Make U.S. Stealth Tech Obsolete

New Delhi Approves $4.1 Billion C-17 Procurement

Seoul Sees Growing Need For Fighters

Northrop Showcases Firebird and Other Emerging ISR Solutions

US Army tests experimental solar generator in Djibouti

Dassault keen to sell Rafale to Malaysia

French are pushing the Rafale hard on Malaysia

Arms Sales And Corruption

DoD’s “Terminator” future: Humans vs machines

BAE Supplies USMC Transparent Armored Gun Shields

Turkey close to concluding deal on six CH-47Fs

BAE Systems, Dassault Name Joint UAV Effort

The RQ-4 Global Hawk’s Continuing Woes

First flight for Airbus Military’s AEW&C C-295

The UK’s “joint strike frigate”

VIDEOS: A slightly fuzzy look inside Boeing’s next-gen fighter design

Debates Over Lithium-ion Batteries in Submarines

New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt

Innocon gets Asian MicroFalcon order

USASOC Reveals FNH-USA Mk20 Plan

Artists interpretation of JH-7

Nuclear-Capable Missile Test Successful: India

India inducts upgraded AN-32RE into service

Kongsberg’s New NSM/JSM Anti-Ship & Strike Missile

NKorea test-launched short-range missile last week

Boeing Sees Big Special-Mission 737 Market

France zeroes in on lightweight weapon for Rafale

GPS Stations Can Detect Clandestine Nuclear Tests

Yet Another Chinese Stealth Fighter

MBDA Qualifies the New Naval Version of the Marte MK2 Missile

Combat Aircraft: Future Navy Radar Jammer Could Do More than Jam Radars

Have Guns, Will Upgrade: The M109A6 Paladin PIM Partnership

China Unveils New Armored Vehicle Family

China unveils its new armored fighting vehicle