Friday, 23 February 2018

Brazil to Commission Ex-HMS Ocean June 29th

HMS “Ocean”

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On the morning of February 19, in Plymouth, England, the Director General of Marine Material, Fleet Admiral Luiz Henrique Caroli, representing the Brazilian Navy, signed the HMS “Ocean” transfer agreement with the Ministry authorities of the British Defense.

Having been incorporated into the Royal Navy (UK) in 1998, the HMS “Ocean” was designed to carry out amphibious operations with embedded helicopters and Royal Marines, of humanitarian aid, such as occurred in September 2017, when that ship watched the Caribbean people who were plagued by Hurricane Irma.

In the Brazilian Navy, HMS “Ocean” will be employed in helicopter air operations, amphibious operations with Marine troops and Maritime Area Control missions to protect our Maritime Communications Lines, as well as assistance to natural disasters and support for peacekeeping operations.

The merger of HMS “Ocean” into MB will be on June 29, 2018, and the ship transfer process is expected to be completed by the end of July, arriving in Brazil in August. Until then, the Brazilian crew will take courses in the RN, in companies manufacturing equipment and intensive training, and the ship will perform maintenance and dockage services in a British shipyard, so that it is received in its best conditions of material and preparation of our people.

The HMS “Ocean” has the following characteristics:

· Total length: 203,43 m;
· Displacement loaded: 21,578 t;
· Maximum sustained speed (VMM) predicted in project: 18.0 knots;
· Range of action: 8,000 nautical miles;
· Accommodation for troops: 806 Marines; and
· Aircraft on board: 18 helicopters.

The ship has the capacity to operate simultaneously up to 7 aircraft on its flight deck, being able to use all types of helicopters belonging to the Brazilian Navy Squadrons: Seahawk (SH-16), Cougar (UH-15 A / B) ; Lynx (AH-11B), Squirrel (UH-12/13), Bell Jet Ranger III (IH-6B) and Super Puma (UH-14).

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Published on Feb 9, 2018

HMS Ocean Amphibious assault ship

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The HMS Ocean is an amphibious assault ship, commissioned with the Royal Navy in 1998. This vessel supported amphibious landing operations. It was a sole member of its class. A sister ship was planned, but these plans were abandoned before any order was placed. The HMS Ocean had a planned service life of 20 year. This amphibious ship was refitted and upgraded in 2014. In 2018 it was decommissioned and replaced in service by HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is a much more capable warship. In 2018 the HMS Ocean was sold to Brazil. After some modifications in UK, it was planed that it will be delivered to Brazilian Navy during 2018.

   Hull of the HMS Ocean is based on Invincible class design, with a modified superstructure. It was designed to meet specific needs of amphibious operations.

   The HMS Ocean has complement of 284 officers and crew. Fleet air crew consists of 206 men. Typical troop capacity is 480 marines, however for a short periods of time this ship can accommodate up to 800 marines. The HMS Ocean can carry six light guns, 40 light vehicles and 34 trailers. The ship carries and uses four Lading Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) Mk.5 or two Griffon hovercraft to deliver troops and equipment ashore. However the HMS Ocean was not designed to transport and land main battle tanks.

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   The ship has a large flight deck (170 x 33 m) with six landing and six parking spots for helicopters. There is also a hangar with two aircraft elevators. Typically air wing consists of 12 medium support helicopters (EH.101 Merlin, CH-47 Chinook, Westland Commando) and 6 attack helicopters (Lynx AH.7, WAH-64D). The HMS Ocean can transport up to 15 Harrier II aircraft in the ferry role, however it is unable to operate as an aircraft carrier.

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   The only defensive weapons of the HMS Ocean are four Oerlikon twin 30 mm guns and three 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapon systems. Vessel is capable of limited anti-submarine warfare activities. So normally this warship must be escorted by other surface combatants that provide protection against seaborne, underwater and air threats.

   Vessel is propelled by two Crossley Pielstick diesel engines, rated at 23 900 hp. Power is delivered by two independent shafts. It is also fitted with a single bow thruster. The ship has a cruising range of 8 000 miles (12 800 km) at 10 knots (18.5 km/h). Source:

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F224 Sachsen-Anhalt Begins Sea Trials

F224 Sachsen-Anhalt 

Third 125 class frigate, Sachsen-Anhalt, Begins Sea Trials

The third 125 class frigate, the “Sachsen-Anhalt”, has taken to the sea for the first time. On February 22, 2018 the ship left the shipyard in Hamburg for scheduled in-port trials. The ship’s technical systems and equipment, including its propulsion system, maneuvering behavior and technical operations, will be tested over a period of around two weeks. The trials will take the ship from Hamburg via the river Elbe to the North Sea before returning to Hamburg after completing the test program.

In addition to technical specialists from the German defense procurement agency BAAINBw, the testing team from the ARGE F125 consortium and employees of other companies involved, members of the future naval crew are also on board. Following the “Baden-Württemberg” and the “Nordrhein-Westfalen”, the “Sachsen-Anhalt” is now the third of the F125 class frigates to take to the open seas.

The completely redesigned F125 class ships have an extremely high degree of automation with approximately 28,000 electric devices, permitting a significantly smaller crew size compared with previous frigate classes. At the same time, they are capable of remaining in their area of operation for up to two years. The newly developed ships are thus the first to implement the so-called intensive use principle. In addition to the high level of automation, this is also made possible by a multiple-crew strategy that enables the entire crew to be swapped out during deployment. With sanitary facilities (including shower) in each cabin, a small gym and even internet connections, the ships meet the demands of modern crew members.

The ARGE F125 consortium comprises thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as the lead company and Fr. Lürssen Werft in Bremen. The pre-fitted bow sections were manufactured at the Fr. Lürssen Werft shipyards in Bremen and Wolgast. Construction of the stern sections, the joining of the two sections and further fitting out is being carried out at Blohm+Voss Shipyards in Hamburg under the direction of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

Key data for the F125:
Length: 149 m
Width: 18 m
Maximum speed: >26 knots
Displacement: approx. 7,000 t
Crew: max. 190 (of which up to 120 regular crew members)
February 22, 2018

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F125 Baden-Württemberg Class Frigate: Details

Belgium has shown interest in the Rafale M fighter jet for maritime use

Belgium wants to buy Rafale fighters for naval capability, says French lawmaker

By: Pierre Tran  

PARIS — Belgium has shown interest in the Rafale fighter jet for maritime use, said Jean-Jacques Bridey, chairman of the French Defence Committee of the lower house National Assembly.

“The Belgians are interested in the Rafale,” he told The Defense Journalists Association. “Why? If they buy the Rafale, it will be the naval Rafale.”

Belgium is interested in the aircraft’s ability to land on the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which would boost Belgium’s deployment capacity, Bridey said. “This is a seaborne airbase, after all,” he added.

France has pitched the Rafale in an offer of broad bilateral military cooperation with Belgium, opting out of a competition that has attracted British and American offers of the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, respectively.

Laurence Mortier, the spokeswoman for Belgium’s defense minister, said she could not confirm the interest in a carrier-based aircraft.

The French government letter offering the Rafale is undergoing a legal review in Belgium, she said.

That review seeks to determine whether the French proposal can be considered despite being made outside a tender.

The Belgian Defence Ministry has posted a request for government proposal for public consultation, setting out the tender for 34 multirole combat aircraft and support equipment. An aircraft carrier capability is not among the requirements listed in the air combat capability program.

A fighter jet with carrier capacity reflects European and international cooperation in which France, one of the largest European forces, could “federate” its “discriminating capabilities,” Bridey said.

There are nations that lack equipment, and cooperation would allow their forces to take part in operations.

French cooperation could include a naval task force, cybersecurity, intelligence gathering in the exo-atmosphere, military intelligence, special forces, and command and control of large operations, he said. Frigates from Britain, Germany and Spain have sailed in a French naval task force, he noted.

Dassault Aviation, prime contractor on the Rafale, was not immediately available for comment.

Dassault last week signed 13 cooperative agreements with Belgian companies as part of the French offer of the Rafale.

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Rafale Multirole Combat Fighter: Details

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Two Su-57 Stealth Fighters deployed to Syria

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On February 21, the Russian Aerospace Forces deployed two “Pak Fa” Su-57 stealth fighter jets at their Hmeimim airbase near the Syrian coastal city of Jableh, according to Syrian pro-government activists.

The activists released a single picture that supposedly shows the two Su-57 escorted by a Su-35 multirole fighter right before they landed at the airbase. However, this photo is yet to be verified.

The Su-57 is the most advanced Russian stealth multirole fighter aircraft, and it’s not even in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces yet as it is still undergoing tests. The stealth aircraft is equipped with an X band active electronically scanned array (AESA) long range radar, and can be armed with long range air-to-air missiles as well as precision air-to-ground weapons.......Read rest of article: HERE

Guess that means things are going to get hotter

Published on Feb 21, 2018

Sukhoi Pak Fa T-50 (Su-57): Details

First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

The first Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter as it enters final assembly at Stratford, Connecticut. The timing of final assembly supports the program’s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft’s first flight for the end of this year, two months ahead of schedule. Image courtesy of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company.

Lockheed Martin team is on track to deliver aircraft ahead of schedule to the U.S. Air Force

STRATFORD, Conn., Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission. The timing of final assembly supports the program's accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft's first flight for the end of this year, two months ahead of schedule.

"Final assembly of this first HH-60W helicopter marks a significant milestone for Sikorsky, our workforce and the U.S. Air Force," said Tim Healy, director of Sikorsky Air Force Programs. "We are on track to deliver this significant capability enhancement ahead of schedule, ensuring the U.S Air Force continues its mission 'That Others May Live.'"

The final assembly process includes installation of the new Tactical Mission Kit (TMK) delivered from Lockheed Martin's Owego, New York, facility. The integration of sensors, radar and multiple defense systems will bring added intelligence into the cockpit, giving pilots more information to make split second decisions to complete the mission.  

"The HH-60W will be the most thoroughly networked and connected vertical lift platform ever produced, bringing unrivaled capability in high-threat environments," said Healy. "The modern battlespace is an unforgiving place, no one survives on their own, and the HH-60W allows the entire suite of air and space power to be linked and employed in support of combat rescue operations, even in deep and denied territory." 

The final assembly process also involves installation of a new fuel system that features duel internal fuel tanks totaling 660-gallons, nearly doubling the capacity of the internal tank on a UH-60M Black Hawk. This enhanced capability gives the U.S Air Force crew greater range and more capability to rescue those injured in the battle space.

This Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) aircraft is the first to be assembled at the Sikorsky headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut. A total of nine aircraft will be built in Connecticut during the EMD phase of the program ― four EMD aircraft and five System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA).

The U.S. Air Force program of record calls for 112 helicopters to replace the Air Force's aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, which perform critical combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services.

The $1.5 billion EMD and SDTA contract includes development and integration of the next generation combat rescue helicopter and mission systems, including delivery of nine HH-60W helicopters as well as six aircrew and maintenance training devices, and instructional courseware designed specifically for the HH-60W aircraft. Sikorsky successfully conducted the training systems design review in September.   

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Turkey to replace T-38 aircraft with with the Hurjet

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Turkey to replace T-38 aircraft with locally built armed jet

By: Burak Ege Bekdil  

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish procurement officials say the country will replace its aging fleet of T-38 trainers with the Hurjet, an armed trainer jet developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries.

The officials said the Hurjets will replace a fleet of 70 T-38s built between 1961 and 1972. The Hurjet is a jet engine version of the turboprop Hurkus, Turkey’s first indigenous basic trainer aircraft.

“Production [of the Hurjet] will not be limited to a batch of 70,” said an official with Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI. “Market studies have shown strong export prospects.”

The Turkish military is planning to use the Hurjet for training and for close-air support missions with the country’s F-16 fighters.

“The Hurjet would be a strategic asset in our anti-terror warfare,” an Air Force officer said.

Turkey’s military has been fighting Kurdish militants in the country’s southeast as well as in neighboring Syria and Iraq. The fighting has claimed more than 40,000 lives since 1984.

TAI’s board gave the official go-ahead for the Hurjet program in August. The company has since been working on the architectural phase.

“We are hoping to have Hurjet’s maiden flight in 2022,” the TAI official said.

In addition to asymmetrical warfare, Turkey’s military is planning to use the Hurjet in border security missions.

The Hurjet will have a maximum speed of Mach 1.2 and can fly at a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet. The Hurjet will have a maximum payload of 3,000 kilograms, including ammunition, radar and camera.

Turkish officials have successfully tested the Hurkus-C, an armed version of the Hurkus family, equipped with L-UMTAS, a laser-guided long-range anti-tank missile. L-UMTAS was developed by the state-controlled missile-maker Roketsan primarily to operate from attack helicopters. In 2016, the system was qualified and integrated into the T-129, a Turkish attack helicopter built under license from the Italian-British AgustaWestland.

The aircraft also features other locally developed ammunition including CIRIT, TEBER, HGK and LGK. It can also use INS/GPS-guided bombs, conventional bombs, non-guided rockets and machine guns.

The armed Hurkus features armored body parts, a self-protection system, a data link, laser tacking, an electro-optical and infrared pod, an external fuel tank, and advanced avionics, according to TAI.

With a 1,500-kilogram payload that can be utilized through seven external hardpoints, the Hurkus-C will perform light-attack and armed reconnaissance missions.

TAI’s engineers began to design the Hurkus in 2004. For the Hurkus program, TAI signed two contracts with Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries: one for prototype development and the other for serial production.

Under a June 2014 serial production contract, TAI will deliver 15 aircraft with a follow-on option for 40 more.

The Hurkus platform features a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine that comes with a power rating of 1,600 shaft horsepower and a maximum speed of 574 kph. TAI’s sister company, Tusas Engine Industries, which specializes in engines, is locally developing a turboshaft engine to replace the Pratt & Whitney Canada engine.

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TAI Hurkus Basic Trainer Aircraft: Details

Northrop Developing 6th Gen Fighter design for both the Navy and Air Force

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Northrop Developing 6th Gen Fighter Plans

By: Aaron Mehta  

LOS ANGELES — Northrop Grumman has stood up a pair of teams dedicated to developing a "sixth-generation" fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, years before the services intend to issue requests for information on potential replacements for current aircraft.

It's an aggressive move that Tom Vice, president of Northrop's aerospace division, hopes will pay off in a big way for his company.

"Northrop Grumman will compete for the next generation fighter," Vice flatly declared, noting that there is a program manager already leading a team of Northrop staffers on the program.

When asked whether he envisioned Northrop acting as a prime contractor on a future fighter, he added "of course."

Vice's comments were made during a trip to Northrop facilities in California, arranged and paid for by the company.

Both the Air Force and Navy have begun preliminary planning for what is referred to as next-generation air dominance, or "sixth-generation" fighters. After working together on the F-35 joint strike fighter, the two services are looking at procuring their own respective jets.

The Navy's program is dubbed F/A-XX, while the Air Force's effort is known as F-X. In September, Col. Tom Coglitore, Air Superiority Core Function Team chief at Air Combat Command, told Defense News he wants to see Milestone A acquisition activity in early fiscal 2018.

A spokesman for Northrop confirmed that there are individual teams focused on each of the service requirements.

Vice indicated that Northrop is looking at a supersonic, tailless airplane design as a potential solution, something he noted no one has ever done before.

"You don't see any supersonic airplanes today without tails," Vice said. "Why? It's really hard. But if you think about new ways to do advanced computing, very high speed processing, new materials – that's why the research we do is so important, so we can build what could likely be the next-generation fighter in 20 years. It's going to require that kind of technology, because to build that airplane is going to be really, really hard."

He also hinted that making a system optionally manned would be relatively easy for the company.

While Vice may be confident in his program, outside analysts have questioned whether Northrop can survive long-term as an attack airframe manufacturer, especially if it loses out on the Air Force's Long Range Strike-Bomber program.

That program is expected to award a contract to either Northrop or its competitor, a team of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, in late spring or early summer.

UPDATED 1/21/15: This story was updated to clarify that there are two Northrop teams working individually on the Navy and Air Force programs.

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