Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Israel says it is the first country to use U.S.-made F-35 in combat

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is the first country to have used the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat, the Israeli air force chief said on Tuesday in remarks carried by the military’s official Twitter account.

Local media further quoted Major-General Amikam Norkin as saying in a speech to the chiefs of 20 foreign air forces convening in Israel: “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts”.

Norkin also displayed a photograph of an Israeli F-35 overflying Beirut, local media said.

Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp, the F-35 is also known as the Joint Strike Fighter and, in Israel, by its Hebrew name “Adir” (Mighty).

Israel was the first country outside the United States to acquire the F-35. In December 2016, it received the first two planes out of an order of 50. According to Israeli media, at least nine have been delivered so far.

Israel says it has carried out scores of strikes in Syria against suspected Iranian emplacements or arms transfers to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon.

Its air forces is also widely believed to have operated over against Islamist militants in the Egyptian Sinai and Hamas arms smugglers in Sudan.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Raissa Kasolowsky

Source: reuters.com

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India test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Odisha coast

File photo of a BrahMos missile being test-fired. - hindustantimes.com

India on Monday successfully test fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from test range along Odisha coast. The information was confirmed by officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

India on Monday successfully test fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from test range along Odisha coast. The information was confirmed by officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at 10.40 am, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said.

The trial was conducted to validate its "life extension" technologies developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team BraHmos, said an official of the ITR.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratualated DRDO scientists and team BrahMos for the successful launch of BraHmos missile with new technology on Monday. "Smt @nsitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos & @DRDO_India for successful flight test carried out at 1040 hrs on 21 May 2018 from ITR, Balasore to validate BRAHMOS missile life extension technologies developed for the first time in India," her office said in a twitter post.

The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of the Indian Armed Forces, it said.

The two-stage missile - first being solid and the second one, a ramjet liquid propellant - has already been introduced in the Army and Navy, while the Air Force version had witnessed successful trial, the DRDO scientists said.

BrahMos variants can be launched from land, air, sea and under water. India successfully launched the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet for the first time against a target in the Bay of Bengal in November, 2017, they said.

In March, the supersonic cruise missile was test fired from Pokharan test range in Rajasthan.

According to a report, BrahMos, the fastest cruise missile in the world co-developed by India and Russia, will be breaching the mach 7 barrier to become a 'hypersonic' system in the next decade.

"We will require seven to ten years from now to become a hypersonic missile system," Sudhir Mishra, the chief executive and managing director of the joint venture company BrahMos Aerospace had told PTI in April.

He had said the missile, which currently travels at mach 2.8 or 2.8 times the speed of sound, would touch mach 3.5 soon and mach 5 in three years.

The current engine will have to be "tinkered" to achieve mach 5 and will have to be replaced to achieve hypersonic speed, he said.

The intent is to come out with a missile that will be able to deliver to the next-generation warfare, Mishra said.

(With PTI inputs)

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France’s New Armored Car Does Not Mess Around


The husky armored car is heavily armed and ready to roll.

French defense contractor Nexter has unveiled a prototype of its new Jaguar armored car. Designed to act as both a reconnaissance vehicle and tank killer, the Jaguar is even more heavily armed than the U.S. Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The vehicle was unveiled before the start of the June Eurosatory 2018 defense trade show.

The ERBC Jaguar (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat) is a 6x6 armored car designed for both French Army reconnaissance and anti-tank units. The Jaguar is designed to replace three different vehicles in French service: the AMX-10RC reconnaissance vehicle armed with a 105-millimeter gun, ERC 90 Sagaie reconnaissance vehicles , and the VAB 'Mephisto' tank destroyer armed with HOT anti-tank guided missiles........Continue reading: HERE

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Russia to build 6 more Borei-A strategic nuclear-powered submarines — source

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The construction of the new series of Project 955A submarines will begin at the Sevmash Shipyard after 2023, the source said

MOSCOW, May 21. /TASS/. Project 955B Borei-B strategic nuclear-powered submarines have stayed outside Russia’s state armament program for 2018-2027 and after 2023 Russia will build six more Project 955A Borei-A subs, a source in the domestic defense sector told TASS on Monday.

As was reported earlier, work on the conceptual design of the improved Project 955B submarines with the new water jet propulsion system and onboard equipment was expected to begin from 2018. Their development was included in the draft state armaments program and a series of four such submarines was planned to be built.

"After the analysis of proposals on building Borei-B nuclear-powered submarines, a decision was made to give them up as the project of building these subs does not meet the ‘cost/efficiency’ criterion. Instead, the final version of the state armament program through 2027 incudes Borei-A submarines," the source said.

"The construction of the new series of Project 955A submarines will begin at the Sevmash Shipyard after 2023," the source pointed out.

"Overall, there are plans to build six Borei-A subs, which will be operational in the Northern and Pacific Fleets. With the completion of this series, the Navy will operate 14 new strategic nuclear-powered submarines: 11 Borei-A-and three Borei-class subs," the source said.

TASS does not have an official confirmation of this information.

Borei submarines

Project 955 and Project 955A submarines were developed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. The Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk in northwest Russia continues building the first series of eight Borei submarines. Three Project 955 submarines have already entered service with the Russian Navy: the lead submarine Yuri Dolgoruky and the serial-produced subs Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh.

The other five submarines have been laid down and are being built under the improved 955A Borei-A Project: the Prince Vladimir, the Prince Oleg, the Generalissimus Suvorov, the Emperor Alexander III and the Prince Pozharsky.

Two Borei-A submarines, the Prince Vladimir and the Prince Oleg, will be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2019. The last of the eight submarines, the Prince Pozharsky, is due to join the Navy in 2021-2023, according to various data sources.

The distinctions of the 955 and 955A Projects are not known but as Rubin Head Igor Vilnit noted earlier, "a whole series of vessels with the gradual improvement of their characteristics will be built."

According to open sources, Borei-A submarines feature an upgraded hull, new electronics and better stealth technology compared to their predecessors.

Project 955 and Project 955A underwater cruisers are referred to the fourth generation of nuclear-powered submarines and are part of Russia’s nuclear triad. Borei submarines are armed with Bulava solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles. Each submarine is capable of carrying up to 16 such ICBMs. The submarines will replace third-generation 667BDR strategic missile-carrying submarines in the Pacific Fleet and 667BDRM subs in the Northern Fleet.

Source: tass.com

Ilyushin IL-112V military transport aircraft successfully passed the first test for fuselage tightness and waterproofing

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The Ilyushin IL-112V light military transport aircraft successfully passed the first test for the fuselage tightness and waterproofness at the VASO aviation plant. Currently, the cockpit installation works are being completed. Source: UAC Russia

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Russia gives Syria the latest Kornet-D anti tank missile systems

Syria gets the latest and greatest anti tank missiles, courtesy of Russia

Syria has some upgraded military hardware for quality ‘moderate’ neutralization

‘Moderate’ extremists in Syria had better watch out! Syria has some upgraded military hardware for quality ‘moderate’ neutralization with the Kornet-D anti tank missile systems at their disposal.

Al-Masdar News reports:

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Russia has supplied the Syrian military with their most modern anti-tank missiles (ATGM) after years of combatting militants inside of their country.

According to a military report, the Syrian Army has already begun using the most modern version of the Kornet-D against the rebel forces in several parts of the country.

The military report added that the Syrian Army was firing their anti-tank missiles from a distance of up to 8km, hitting several rebel targets in the distance of northern Hama.

In the past, the Syrian Army’s Russian supplied Kornet’s only travelled a distance of 5.5km.

The ‘animal’ Assad’s forces are getting an upgrade, so that they can better help the West’s favorite extremist rebels on their path to the next life. McCain will now be needing to send some new presents to his boys in Syria if they are to compete. Their Toyota Tacomas simply won’t be a match for Syria’s latest modern Russian military hardware, as Assad’s military further liberates and defends Syria’s territory.

Source: theduran.com

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New ICBM in 2020, hypersonic glider in 2019: Putin outlines nuclear deployment plans

Test launch of a Sarmat missile. © Russian Defense Ministry


The Russian military is expected to deploy the Sarmat ICBM in 2020 and the Avangard hypersonic glider warhead in 2019, according to Vladimir Putin. He described both weapons as essential for future nuclear deterrence.

The deadline for the deployment of the two weapon systems was confirmed by the Russian president on Friday during a meeting with defense officials and contractors – the first such meeting since the reshuffle of the Russian cabinet earlier this week.

The Sarmat is Russia’s future silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile, which will replace the ageing Voyevoda ICBMs. The new weapon is said to have extended range, which allows such missiles to reach US territory from the south, where they cannot be stopped by anti-ballistic interceptors deployed in Alaska.

The Avangard is a nuclear warhead, which can glide through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds that make it virtually impossible to intercept with modern and near-future technologies. The Sarmat is expected to carry Avangard gliders.

Both weapon systems were showcased by Putin in March during a key policy speech. He said they and several other weapons currently in development in Russia make American ABM systems incapable of reducing Russian nuclear deterrence in the foreseeable future. He said this means that Washington’s decades-old effort to tip the strategic balance with Russia in America’s favor has failed.

Source: rt.com

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