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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Qatar may be procuring MK V Patrol Boats from US Shipbuilder USMI

According to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) release, The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for Mk-V Fast Patrol Boats, equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $124.02 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 19, 2016.

US plans to deploy 16 F-35 fighter jets to Japan in 2017

The Japanese government informed the city of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Monday that the United States plans to deploy 16 F-35 fighters at the US military base there from January to August next year, unveiled today the local newspaper Japan Times. It would mark the first time for that stealth aircraft to be stationed overseas. 
Formation flying qualities test by U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift in BF-2 and Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks in BF-4 on Aug. 22, 2012 
(Credit: NAVAIR)
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ATEC selected for US Army's ITEP preliminary design review phase

The U.S. Army has announced that the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney, has been awarded a contract for preliminary design review of a new engine for the Army's fleet of Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. 
An artist's impression of ATEC's HPW3000 helicopter engine demonstrator
(Credit: ATEC)
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French Navy Aquitaine-class FREMM Frigate Languedoc Started her Long Cruise in the Arctic

On 12 August 2016, the FREMM frigate Languedoc, the latest addition to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) fleet departed Toulon naval base for her long cruise. The long cruise is the last long deployment period of the vessel before it achieves "active duty" status. For her long cruise, Languedoc is sailing to the North Atlantic and eventually in the Arctic region. Languedoc is the third frigate of the Aquitaine-class for the French Navy.

Raytheon to modernize USAF Global Hawk UAVs ground controls

Raytheon Company has been awarded a subcontract valued up to $104 million to modernize the ground segment for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk autonomous aircraft. Raytheon partners with Northrop Grumman as the ground integrator for Global Hawk contracts. 
A maintenance technician checks the system Nov. 23, 2010, as an RQ-4 Global Hawk gets ready for a mission while deployed at an air base in Southwest Asia
(Credit: USAF/Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin)
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China's first military air ambulance makes debuts

The Military Transportation Institute under the Logistics Support Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) completed the final month-long environmental qualification test on China's first air ambulance jointly developed through military-civilian cooperation on August 19, the Chinese defense newspaper China Military Online announced on August 22, 2016. 
Medical workers offload a stretcher from China’s first military air ambulance
(Credit: 81.cn/ Wang Aiyong)
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South Korea takes delivery of AH-64E Apache Guardian training system

Boeing has delivered to the Republic of Korea an Apache Longbow Crew Trainer that the country’s Army air crews will use to prepare for the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters that Boeing begins delivering later this year.The system uses the Apache’s flight software and matured flight and avionics simulation models to create an accurate training environment that increases mission readiness.
The training system will prepare Republic of Korea pilots to operate new AH-64E Apache helicopters being delivered this year
(Credit: Boeing Defense)
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Huntington Ingalls Industries to Modernize USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $52 million contract from the U.S. Navy for nuclear propulsion and complex modernization work on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as part of its planned incremental availability.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Pictures Showing China's Type 055 Next Gen Destroyer Under Construction in Shanghai

Recent pictures from China confirm that the first hull of the next generation Type 055 Guided-Missile Destroyer (DDG) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) entered final assembly stage at the Jiangnan Changxing naval shipyard located near Shanghai. The information is reported from our colleagues from East Pendulum.

Russia's A-100 Premier AEW&C aircraft to make maiden flight in March 2017

Russian advanced airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft A-100 Premier will fly for the first time in March 2017, according to the Izvestia daily. Several dozen Russian defense contractors, including the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), United Instrument Corporation (UIC), Tekhnodinamika and Almaz-Antei, are cooperating in the development of the latest AEW&C plane. 
Russia's future A-100 AEW&C aircraft is highly based on the A-50U Mainstay
(Credit: Beriev)
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