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