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!"

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

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

Weekly Mil-Tech Update

This week we have seen the US Defense department finally publicly acknowledge the serious threat of cyber-attacks.  It is now an act of war to hack into US government bureau’s.  This is going to be the future of modern warfare.  Instead of sending a bomb to knock out enemy power grids, you hack them.  From what we can gather with what has happened in Iran’s nuclear power progress, it is possible that the Stuxnet virus was a case of cyber-warfare in the 1st degree, and so far successful in at least temporarily delaying those maniacs.  China has developed a team of cyber-warriors.  They claim that it is for defensive purposes.

Russian military helicopters are still making headlines with orders rising.  As I mentioned in a previous article about the rise in foreign and domestic orders, I did not mention the Ka-60/62.  Interesting design coming from Kamov, who is renowned for their coaxial rotor design.  The Ka-60 takes on the conventional approach.

Development of the new Kamov Ka-60/62 medium twin helicopter — the first Kamov non-coaxial rotor aircraft — is gaining momentum through military orders and government subsidies.

Russian Helicopters, the holding company for the country’s rotorcraft industry and Kamov’s parent company, is simultaneously preparing both the Ka-60 military transport and the Ka-62 civil version. The latter has a maximum takeoff weight of 6,500 kg (14,300 lb.) and can carry 12-15 passengers at 290 kph (180 mph) speed over a range of 750 km (460 mi.).

The development of this type started in the late 1980s, and the initial prototype made its first flight in 1998. Capable of carrying up to a 2,500-kg payload, the Ka-60/62 was designed to fill a niche between the Ka-226 light twin and medium-class Ka-32 and Mil Mi-8/17 helicopters.

 

Never a slow week in the world of military technology, always trying to figure out a better way to kill each other.  Enjoy;

 

India's Cluster Bomb

Rafale Ramps Up: In Squadrons and Capability: link

Russian Sub To Join NATO Exercise for 1st Time: link

India Buys GPS-Guided ‘Cans of Whup-Ass’: link

China Sets Up Military Cyberwarfare Team: Report: link

Raytheon jammer attracts US Navy interest as roles expand: link

100th Rafale for September: link

First steel for HMS Prince of Wales cut: link

FOIA exposes KC-46’s real ID, but not much else: link

A Day In The Life Of A NATO AWACS: link

U.S. Navy Rejects New Radar Ship: link

Philippines to receive eight Sokols, looks to upgrade MD 520s : link

Ka-60

Military Ka-60 Eclipses Civil Ka-62: link

Saudi Bid to Curb Iran Worries U.S.: link

Canada reveals new delay for interim CH-148 delivery: link

Raining Rockets: link

SOCOM Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) Update: link

China bomber seen as champion of disenfranchised: link

Eight people caught for attempting to sell ex-Israeli helicopters to Iran:link

B-52 Bombers Being Outfitted With Texting Capability: link

PICTURES: Australia to receive first Airbus Military A330 MRTT: link

SOCOM Precision Sniper Rifle

First THAAD missiles delivered to U.S. Army: link

Military Could Benefit From Interplanetary WiFi: link

Airbus-sponsored electric concept aircraft flies: link

China develops modular long-range rocket system: link

Navy Names Next Aircraft Carrier USS John F. Kennedy: link

France Strikes Deal to Sell Four Mistral Warships to Russia: link

Russian general: Western nations will have 80,000 cruise missile by 2020: link

Lockheed says thwarted “tenacious” cyber attack: link

Morocco receives first 12 T-6C trainers: link

P-3 Orion’s SMIP Program Keeps on Rolling: link

The 6 Most Badass Weapons Ever Improvised in Battle: link

Washington sold F-16s to Pakistan to prevent Islamabad from using nuclear weapons: link

RAF Deploys Enhanced Paveway III for Libya Operations: link

Is the ‘Super Talon’ Northrop Grumman’s next surprise?: link

China develops new long-range rocket system

One Brain, Hundreds of Eyes: Darpa Plots Manhunt Master Controller: link

First Moroccan Frigate Passes Sea Acceptance Trials: link

VIDEO: Australia’s first KC-30A lands in Amberley: link

Bulgaria Teams up with Turkey for Military Projects: link

Pentagon Looks to Double its Unmanned Air Force: link

Turkmenistan forms space agency: link

Saab offers MPA with AESA, RBS-15 to Indian Navy: link

P&W gears up for next-generation military engine: link

Raytheon Deploys Miniature Air Launched Decoys From C-130 Cargo Aircraft: link

Discovery could make submarines twice as fast: link

Czech Gripens Attend Tiger Meet in France: link

US to retain SLAMRAAM for emergency use:link

US Arms Makers Said Bleeding Cybersecrets: link

A Nuclear-Armed Rafale: link

Nuclear armed Rafale

India gains new ‘stealth’ frigate: link

Does India want yet another stealth fighter?: link

Army Receives First THAAD Missiles: link

Revised U.S. Fleet Plan Extends Some Ships to 70 Years: link

India receives first upgraded An-32s: link

GD to Deliver Through Life Support for ASLAV, M1A1 and M88A2 Fleets: link

M1117 Family ASVs for the Afghan National Army: link

Navy Wants to Make Sea Air Safe for Laser Beams: link

Lockheed F-35C emerges as candidate for future US Navy contract: link

BMD-Enhanced Aegis Cruiser Meets Expectations: link

Afghan National Army gets M1117s

Air Force’s Robotic Bags Will Pack Themselves: link

USAF powers up for long-awaited UH-1N replacement: link

AGM-158 JASSM Cruise Missiles: FY 2011 Orders: link

France picks chem weapons destroyer: link

NECC Tests With Amphibious Ship: link

Pipavav makes history with Indian OPV contract: link

Starfighters Ready to Launch Satellites: link

 

 

DARPA developing better tracking methods

 

Weekly Mil-Tech Update

This past week we have seen more delays in the F-35.  A Defense official has called the F-35 “completely unaffordable.”  Doesn’t matter the cost, it must be completed and enter service for the US and Allies.  China is continuing to grow its number of missiles aimed at Taiwan despite growing political ties between the two nations.  More of a statement than anything else.  Just letting the Taiwanese know they can wipe them out whenever they want.

Saab will begin testing their “Sea Gripen” in the UK.  Allowing the JAS-39 to operate on aircraft carriers will greatly improve on export sales for the agile and very capable aircraft.  The Gripen has seen action in the on going no-fly zone in Libya.  It’s role however has been restricted to surveillance.

The one concern many US officials are upset with now is the potential “catch up” of stealth technology in the foreign market.  China and Russia have both successfully test flown stealth fighters in the past year.  However, these aircraft are extremely difficult to design and by the time China and Russia enter their new stealth fighters into service, the US will already be onto something better, but that gap is closing quicker than anticipated.

Top Stories of the Week, enjoy;

Sea Gripen to begin testing in the UK

Pakistan Awaits 50 Jets Made With China: Minister: link

F-35 now ‘unaffordable’: Defense official: link

Senators Ask For JSF Alternatives: link

F-35 may be dropped as Japan’s next fighter: link

F-22 upgrade is over budget and behind schedule: link

The Ten Barreled CIWS of China’s Aircraft Carrier: link

China successfully develops new-generation air-to-air missile: link

China develops its own domestic AtoA missile without foreign assistance

USMC gunship: Bad guys run, good guys weep: link

China ‘To Target 1,800 Missiles at Taiwan In 2012’: link

Teeny-Tiny Drone Fires Teeny-Tiny Missile (Gulp): link

Marine Corps Special Operators: We Need Jack-of-all-Trades Tactical Vehicles link

Beastly Drone Sub Is Underwater Predator: link

German Anti-Tank Missile Tested for India: link

Britain spends $5 billion on Trident: link

Next-Generation Air Defense: No Hits and All Misses: link

First set of EMALS components delivered to CVN 78: link

Air Force Wants Satellites Smart Enough to Fly Themselves: link

Tejas LCA Enters Key Test Phase: link

Morocco to buy Sidewinder: link

Military Infrared Sensor That Ferrets Out Suicide Vests Offered to Local Law Enforcement: link

HART On-Demand Intelligence System Proves Value To Warfighters Ahead of Theater Deployment: link

BAE Systems Wins Contracts to Maintain Typhoon’s Front-Line Capability: link

Russia Tests Missile Amid War of Words With U.S.: link

USAF eyes A-10 for communications jamming role: link

Smartphones-for-Soldiers Campaign Hits Wall as Army Experiences Growing Pains: link

Israel focuses on Korean, Italian jets: link

South Korea’s KT-1 trainers set for Peru: link

VIDEO & PICTURES: F-35’s 1st airshow fly-over: link

Focused Lethality: The Mk82 QRC Program: link

Astra successfully test-fired for second day: link

Taiwan renews bid to buy subs, F-16s from US: link

Open Technology Development (OTD): link

Czechs Choose, Cancel, Then Come Back to Pandur II APCs: link

Czech's choose Pandur ll APC

India Accelerates Fighter Deal: link

Iran’s revolutionary guards get new missiles: link

North Korea and Iran’s missile power: link

Monday Image Porn: Marines KC-130J Harvest Hawk: link

CAMM On Path To Replace Seawolf: link

Stratospheric UAV Payloads Provide New Ways to Chase Al Qaeda: link

Cirit missile, main armament for T129 attack helicopter: link

Ethiopia buys unmanned aerial vehicles from BlueBird: link

Northrop Grumman to Develop New Micro Gyro Technology for DARPA: link

Iranian Silo-Based Missiles: Coming soon to a Bolivarian Republic near You: link

Army Testing Battlephones This Summer: link

Pioneer platform soars to battlefield success: link

Iraq says ready to buy Czech-made combat fighter jets: link

Uganda buys fighter jets: link

Israel to switch Hawks for David’s Sling: link

Saab to complete Sea Gripen design work in UK: link

Aeronautics wins export approval for unmanned Dominator: link

Airbus Military announces AEW&C aircraft: link

More delays in Brazil jet fighter deal: link

India’s Multi-billion Dollar Scorpene Sub Contract: link

Rivals unite for Israeli jets: link

Bulava missile finally getting itself together

The Coming Summer of Bulava: link

Pentagon weapons buyer quietly visits California to discuss bomber planes: link

Supreme Court Overturns A-12 Ruling Against Contractors: link

Navy Chief Dreams of Laser Warships, Ocean-Spanning Robots: link

China, Russia Erode U.S. Stealth Technology Lead: link

A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe.: link

Lusty at sea: link

U.S. Military May Deploy F-35 Before Formal IOC: link

Scavenger UAS could be first to use Selex sensor concept: link

Photo: RSAFs new SPYDER-SR: link

PICTURE: First glimpse of Russian Searcher II UAS: link

First Lockheed Martin Advanced Block 50 F-16 Unveiled For Turkish Air Force: link

Aeronautics reveals work on jet-powered UAS: link

UN report: Iran secretly working on nuclear arms: link

SOCOM Looking for Smart Phone Radios: link

Paging Chris Anderson: Darpa Wants DIY Drones: link

Lockheed Martin reveals F-35 to feature nanocomposite structures: link

Experts discuss future long-range strike bomber requirements: link

Raytheon deploys MALD from C-130: link

The big birds keep on flying: link

New China Missile Unit Near Taiwan: Spy Chief: link

DoD fights HASC on competing bomber engines: link

Indonesia To Buy 16 S. Korean T-50 Trainers: link

MBDA Completes Successful PARS-3LR Missiles Test Series: link

US secretly helped French nuclear program: documents: link

Italian aircraft carrier Cavour fired Aster missiles: link

Italian Cavour active in Libyan campaign

Senior Defense Official Caught Hedging on U.S. Involvement in Stuxnet: link

Lockheed Network Suffers Major Disruption: Reuters: link

Lockheed Martin may re-engine T-50 for T-X competition: link

Raytheon Receives $20 Million Order to Provide Encrypted Identification Technology: link

Senator: Broad Support for F-16 Sales to Taiwan: link

General Atomics Joins CAE to Offer Predator B UAS to Canada: link

Russia’s “new” secret ballistic missile – a solid-fueled Sineva?: link

Spies, Meet Shakespeare: Intel Geeks Build Metaphor Motherlode: link

Israel to upgrade older C-130s: link

USAF Wants New CSAR Birds in Service By 2017: link

U.S. to help Israel buy four more Iron Dome anti-missile systems: link

Upgraded Leopard 2 MBT set for firing trials: link

Weekly Mil-Tech Update:

This week we see China’s Navy making headlines with their production of SSK submarines.  Not much is highly known of their capabilities, it looks similar to a Golf class submarine.  Russia is still gung-ho on helicopter procurement, as I noted a few weeks ago.  Sad times for the UK, as they are having to borrow spy planes from the US due to their defense budget cuts.  Ukraine has managed to sell the Iraqi military 420 APC’s.  A large purchase for a solid vehicle.

The big news of this week comes with the Navy’s announcement that UCAV’s will be operational on carriers by 2018.  This means we will have a whole new aviation wing in our Navy.  It is not easy to land a drone on a moving ship in rough waters, which is why this will be such an achievement.

US Navy expects UCAV's to be operational by 2018

Raytheon Eyes Upgrades for MALD: link

Israel plans big boost for spy satellites: link

British Apaches fire first Hellfire missiles at sea: link

Tiger Meet 2011: link

U.S. Marines Find Power in Cotton Seeds: link

First of Class FREMM Successfully Completes First Sea-trials: link

Taiwan President Urges U.S. to Release F-16s: link

Russia and Norway to begin naval drills: link

YouTube: Low-Cost Imaging Terminal Seeker (LCITS): link

Army, Marines Face Uphill Battle To Lighten Troops’ Battery Load: link

Turkey unveils GPS guided bomb: link

EP3E from VQ-2 spying for Turkish military: link

North Korea, Iran trade missile technology: U.N.: link

Boeing Awarded Fifth USAF Combat Survivor Evader Locator Contract: link

Russia races to build high-speed helicopters: link

USAF Surveillance Airship On Track For 2012: link

New Russian radar to be tested near Kaliningrad by end of 2011: link

Buddy, can you spare a spy plane?: link

Lockheed Hopes For F-16 Sales To Iraq, Oman: link

F-35 Tests Proceed, Revealing F/A-18-Like Performance: link

DT Video: DRS’ Neptune UAV: link

Infrared Countermeasures Challengers Abound: link

MUSIC to see manned aircraft and UAVs work in concert: link

Iraq gets first of 420 Ukrainian APCs: link

Thales’s Lightweight Multirole Missile to Enter Production: link

TiaLinx Announces Launch of Phoenix 50-H: link

Air Force’s New Target: Mojave Ground Squirrel: link

IAI to unveil naval version of Jumper missile system in Singapore: link

Next Up For Army Base Patrols: Ghostridden SUVs: link

U.S. Navy Shipbuilder Bets On Composites: link

UCAVs on aircraft carriers by 2018, says USN Chief: link

Russia details plan to buy 1,000 military helicopters: link

Airbus Military to Test New AEW Prototype: link

Navy to convert 8 Fire Scout UAVs: link

PICTURES: UK Apaches score 100% in maritime Hellfire tests: link

DARPA wants weapons-grade military cloud computing: link

Crazy Military Tracking Tech, From Super Scents to Quantum Dots: link

Army Answers Questions on Improved Carbine Competition: link

Versatile Robot Ally for the Future: link

Norway Army Faced Cyber Attack After Libya Bombing: link

AT-6 Seen As Versatile Combat Aircraft: link

Eye Spy: Monocle Gives Commandos Drone Vision: link

AMDR Opens Up Competition For U.S. Navy Radar: link

HMS Daring Fires First Venom Air Defense Missile: link

Putting Eyes on China’s Carrier: link

New graft allegations on South Africa’s Gripen purchase: link

Lingering nervousness on the new bomber: link

Moscow evaluates additional Israeli UAVs: link

South Korea to launch F-15K tender for stealthy cruise missiles: link

Submarine Speculation on New PLA Navy SSK: link

Nuclear Parity With China: link

LockMart To Upgrade Finland’s Precision Fires Capability: link

Win Diesels: link

Sweden becomes first European Nation to buy UH-60M: link

Iraq Orders a Long-Range Radar: link

Fearing Destruction, Researcher Cancels Disclosure of New Siemens SCADA Holes: link

Bundeswehr Of The Future: link

U.S. Army Considers Blast Chimney Beyond Humvees: link

JCREW 3: Next-Generation Land Mine Jammers Use Power of Network: link

Hardware Encryption For New Computer Memory Technology: link

Smile! Air Force Wants to Track You Forever With a Single Camera Click: link

Early French A400M?: link