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 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


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.

New Helmet to Improve Soldier’s Safety.

Images of China’s New Carrier-Based J-15 Surface.

Apaches Get Ground Fire Detection System.

Iran Arms Hovercrafts.

NG Begins Testing New Multi-Function Active Sensor.

Raytheon Wins Artillery Shell Deal.  Energy Weapons Arm Ships.

 Russia Successfully Test Launches Ballistic Missile.

Raytheon Awarded Contract for Patriot Missile Upgrades.

New Army Lakota Helicopters Loaded with Gear.

SAAB Wins Order for New AT-4 Upgrade.

Researchers Create Invisibility Cloak.

Indonesia Launches Fast Missile Boat.

Rafael Develops “Silver Sparrow” Missile.

Iran: What's Next? Missile Motorcycles?