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    End of RF-4


    It is official, the last NATO tactical reconnaissance unit on RF-4, the 348 MTA of the 110th Combat Wing of the Greek Air Force, will withdraw its RF-4E after 39 years of continuous activity on this model. The withdrawal ceremony is scheduled to take place on 5 May in Larissa AB, with a flight demonstration of the patrols "Zeus" and "Daedalus".

    Greece received its first eight RF-4Es in 1978-79 with the Peace Icarus II contract (SerNo 70357, 70358 and 71761 to 71766). In 1993, 20 RF-4E ex-Luftwaffe reinforced this small reconnaissance force reduced to five by attrition, allowing the permanent removal of the RF-84F still in service. Seven other aircraft were delivered for parts.

    There will remain some thirty F-4Es modernized in the early 2000s under the Peace Icarus 2000 program and aligned by the 338 and 339 MABs of the 117th CW of Andravida AB. They should fly a few more years.

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    Italian G550 CAEW enters service

    A first Italian Air Force G550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) aircraft has been taken on by 71° Gruppo of 14° Stormo based at Pratica di Mare, near Rome. The aircraft has received the military serial MM62293 and the unit code ‘14-11’.

    The initial G550 CAEW was delivered to the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) on December 19, in the course of a ceremony that was held at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel. The ceremony was attended by the Italian ambassador to Israel, senior officials from the Italian Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and representatives from the Italian Air Force.

    A second aircraft is expected to be delivered to the Aeronautica Militare during 2017.

    The acquisition is part of a military and industrial offset agreement that was signed between Italy and Israel in 2012. The deal followed the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s decision to purchase 30 examples of the Italian-produced M-346 advanced jet trainer, to replace the A-4 Skyhawk (Ahit) in the advanced training role.

    http://www.airforcesmonthly.com/2017/03/16/italian-g550-caew-enters-service/

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    A nice machine !

    Denmark selects CAESAR


    Nexter Systems, a 155 mm self-propelled cannon, has a second success in exports in the space of a month. After an order of 18 additional systems by Indonesia, it is the turn of Denmark to announce the purchase of 15 CAESAR to replace the 32 M109A3 Paladin in service since 1965. "It is a historic day for the army . Our firepower is back, "Major General Hans Christian Mathiesen, Chief of Staff of the Danish Land Army, said yesterday.

    Once in service with the 1st Danish Army Artillery Battalion, these 15 CAESARs will represent the bulk of the country's strike force, with Denmark having decided in 2008 to divest itself of its 12 launcher systems, Multiple rocket M270A1. This contract, the amount of which remains unknown, also includes an option for the delivery of six additional systems.

    It is actually a double victory for the French system integrator, who realizes in passing the first sale for export of the new version "high intensity" CAESAR unveiled in September 2015 during the trade show DSEI.

    The variant selected by Denmark is based on a 8 × 8 Tatra T-815 chassis allowing a higher load. A mass take, in particular justified by an almost doubled ammunition carrying capacity (30 shells instead of 18 on the 6 × 6 version) and better protection of the crew, thanks to an armored cabin of level 2A or 2B. The system can also be equipped with a 12.7 mm remotely operated turret, an anti-IED system and additional fuel reserves. With a mass of 30 tons, this variant is air-transportable by A400M.

    In addition to Nexter and CAESAR, the final phase of this competition, launched in November 2015, saw Elbit Systems and ATMOS compete with the Korean Hanwa Techwin with the K9 Thunder

    http://forcesoperations.com/le-danemark-selectionne-le-caesar/

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    Italian Eurofighters deployed to Iceland
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    Lithuanian Boxers to be armed with 30 mm MK44 cannons

    Orbital ATK Armament Systems has confirmed that the ARTEC Boxer (8x8) infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to be supplied to Lithuania will be armed with its 30 mm MK44 dual-feed cannon.

    The company will deliver the first of 90 MK44 cannons in mid-2017 and these will be installed in Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Samson Mk II remote weapon stations, which will also be armed with a 7.62 mm machine gun.

    Lithuania is taking delivery of 88 examples of the Boxer IFV, which will be called the Vilkas (Wolf) in Lithuanian service and will replace the ex-German Army M113 armoured personnel carriers currently deployed.

    http://www.janes.com/article/68824/lithuanian-boxers-to-be-armed-with-30-mm-mk44-cannons?from_rss=1
     
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    Germany plans to buy six Lockheed C-130J aircraft for 900 million euros

    The German government plans to buy six Lockheed Martin C-130J military transport planes for around 900 million euros ($966 million) starting in 2019 under a joint operating agreement with France, German government documents show.

    Germany and France first began working on the deal in October and announced broad outlines of their plans in February at a meeting of the NATO alliance, part of a broader push to increase European defense cooperation.

    The German finance and defense ministries provided first concrete details about the cost of the aircraft -- and 110 million euros in additional costs for infrastructure and training simulators -- in documents sent to lawmakers, who must approve the funding for the planned German-French agreement.

    The German finance ministry said Berlin would formally request procurement of the airplanes in 2019, according to the documents seen by Reuters.

    France has already ordered four aircraft and plans to buy two more for the fleet, which is to be based in Evreux, France and operated jointly by both countries, the documents showed.

    France would match Germany's spending of 110 million euros for infrastructure improvements at the air base and to buy simulators for joint training, they said.

    The joint fleet is to be ready for use by 2021.

    The German defense ministry told lawmakers that the simulators for the C-130J were built by Canadian firm CAE Inc, and official discussions with Canadian authorities about the procurement were planned in 2017.

    The German air force had initially hoped to buy up to 12 C-130J military transports itself for the joint fleet so it could operate some in France, and set up a second base in Germany, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

    The defense ministry settled on buying six aircraft, citing financial constraints, but several sources said the issue could be revisited in coming years.

    "The need was identified and it hasn't changed," said one of the sources.

    Germany says it need the C-130J transports to augment a planned fleet of 53 Airbus A400M transports and fill a capability gap that will come up starting in 2021 when Germany retires its fleet of smaller C-160 Transall transports, which can land at a broader array of airports and runways.

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    Ukraine Mig-29 and Su-27 normaly those with pixelized camo are modernized

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    That's nice...but an upgraded Harrier can only do so much...and only for four?

    Spain needs to bite the bullet and get a contract in for F-35Bs for their naval air to replace the HArriers.

    Sooner or later they will.

    Especially when they see the Bravo on the Italian carriers.
     
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