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

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