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 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