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Another new AEW platform is appearing on the "low" end.

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AEW-themed C-295 clears flight test phase
By:Craig Hoyle London - 04:35 19 Jan 2012

Airbus Military has completed initial flight test activities on an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) derivative of its C-295 medium transport, as radar supplier Elta Systems anticipates a first sale of the developmental system.
Work on the project was revealed in May 2011, before Airbus Military announced the Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary as its programme partner at the Paris Air Show the following month. The European manufacturer also exhibited a radome-equipped demonstrator at the event.
"We have completed the flight trials and matured the aerodynamic configuration of the radome," said Fernando Ciria, Airbus Military's head of marketing and development for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. This activity has indicated that a C-295 modified for the AEW&C mission could provide an on-station endurance of up to 8h, operating at a maximum altitude of between 20,000ft (6,100m) and 24,000ft, he said.
Up to six operator consoles would be installed, using Airbus Military's fully integrated tactical system mission suite, with Elta to provide its active electronically scanned array radar and related equipment.
Ciria cited the C-295's large cabin, robust design and reliability as supporting the proposed new role, and said operators could acquire other versions of the same type to meet their air transport, maritime patrol and anti-surface/anti-submarine warfare requirements.
Elta already offers AEW&C conversions of the Gulfstream G550 business jet and Ilyushin Il-76 transport, and completed deliveries of both types in 2011 under orders with respective customers the Israeli and Indian air forces. By also equipping the C-295, the company hopes to enter a new market segment, said Avishai Izhakian, deputy general manager marketing, business development and sales for its airborne systems and radars division.
"This solution can be purchased by many more countries not accessible to us with higher-performance systems," Izhakian told IQPC's AEW and Battle Management conference in London on 17 January. "The radar is currently under advanced development, and we hope to have our first customer soon," he said, adding that production deliveries could start within three to four years of a deal being signed.

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And, Oman has asked BAE about a buy of 12 Eurofighter Typhoon

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Oman requests Typhoon buy from BAE
By: Craig Hoyle London - 02:05 23 Jan 2012

Oman has issued a request for proposals to BAE Systems linked to the purchase of about 12 Eurofighter Typhoons, only one month after its plan to also buy a new batch of Lockheed Martin F-16s was revealed.
In a statement issued on 23 January, the UK government said it "welcomes the government of Oman's request for a proposal from BAE Systems for the supply and support of Typhoon aircraft". The milestone represents "an important step towards the contract", it added.
The UK and Omani governments have been involved in bilateral discussions over a Typhoon sale for the past several years, with Muscat's interest now believed to be linked to the acquisition of Tranche 3 production examples.

A deal is expected to be signed later in 2012, said BAE, which added that deliveries would start three years after the order confirmation. The company has already handed over its first 24 Typhoons to Saudi Arabia under a Project Salam deal totalling 72 units.
The Royal Air Force of Oman's combat aircraft inventory includes eight F-16Cs, along with eight Sepecat Jaguars and 10 armed BAE Hawk 203s, as assessed by Flightglobal's MiliCAS database.
Oman's separate request for a second batch of 12 F-16C/Ds was outlined by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency in December 2011. The purchase could be worth about $600 million, it said.

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Rheinmetall shows a 50 kW laser that shoots down drones and mortar rounds

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German defense contractor Rheinmetall has shown off a new two-part laser system with a combined output of 50 kW, capable of shooting down drones and intercepting mortar rounds in mid-flight. The high-energy laser (HEL) weapon consists of a 30 kW primary laser mounted on a rotating turret and a 20 kW secondary beam for targeting stationary objects. In tests conducted in late November, the beams combined to slice through a 15mm steel girder at a distance of roughly 1,000 yards, while the 30 kW laser on its own was able to intercept a drone moving at more than 110 mph.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the system is its ability to lock on to small moving targets. In order to simulate a mortar round, testers used a steel ball of just over three inches in diameter. The HEL was able to detect the incoming projectile, before using two levels of tracking — a rough positioning provided by the mechanical turret and a more accurate fine-tuning by the laser itself — to intercept the target.
 

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TerraN_EmpirE

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Troops set sights on new Glock pistols
11 January 2013
The MOD has signed a £9m contract to provide the Armed Forces with more than 25,000 new Glock sidearms. The Glock 17 Gen 4 pistol is much lighter than the current Browning pistol, and more accurate.

The Glock 17 also has an increased magazine capacity of 17 9mm rounds, compared to 13 rounds for the Browning.

Personnel across all three Services will begin to receive the new Glock 17s in the coming weeks and troops deployed to Afghanistan will be among the first to use the new weapon. The contract with Viking Arms Ltd of Harrogate, Yorkshire, also includes more than 25,000 holsters.

Warrant Officer 1 Mark Anderson, Royal Marines, who trialled the new weapon before the contract was awarded, said: “Pistols are vital in close combat and are a key part of a soldier’s armoury. Reliable, light and easy to carry, the Glock inspires confidence and performs exceptionally well.”

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne said: “We are determined to provide our troops with the best possible personal kit available and these new Glock 17’s will give them greater firepower and accuracy on operations.

“Now that we have balanced the budget we can invest with confidence in the equipment our Armed Forces need for the future. I have seen this pistol demonstrated in target ranges and am impressed that this new lighter, safer generation of pistol provides both better value for money for the MoD and will complement the wide range of weapons already available to front line troops

Sidearms are a valuable weapon for servicemen and women on the battlefield and the new Glock, manufactured in Austria, will complement the wide range of weapons already available to our forces, which includes:
SA80A2 assault rifles, which fire 5.56mm rounds;
Light Machine Guns, which fire 5.56mm rounds;
Sharpshooter rifles, which fire 7.62mm rounds;
General Purpose Machine Guns, which fire 7.62mm rounds;
Combat Shotguns, which fire 12-gauge cartridges; and
Sniper Systems, which fire 8.59mm rounds.
The Glock pistols will replace the Browning which after being used by the Armed Forces for more than 40 years has become increasingly expensive to maintain. The contract for a replacement pistol was put out to tender two years ago and is not in response to any specific or increased threat.
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that's Right The brits have gone Glock!
 

Scratch

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In other news, the UK is retiring quite a lot of assets early, due to those SDR results, without having thought about a timely replacement.

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Royal Navy to face surveillance, transport helicopter shortages
Craig Hoyle London - 3 hours ago

The UK Royal Navy will encounter a potential four-year gap in its ability to deliver organic airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) services late this decade, following the retirement in 2016 of its last Westland Sea King helicopters, the government's National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
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The Ministry of Defence's "Crowsnest" effort to buy a replacement capability should enter its assessment phase this year, with current plans calling for some of the RN's upgraded AgustaWestland Merlin HM2 multimission helicopters to be adapted to carry an ASaC equipment fit. Options are believed to include integrating systems currently flown aboard the Sea King, or ordering a new mission system from Lockheed Martin, including active electronically scanned arrays being developed by Northrop Grumman using technology also found on Lockheed's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

In its annual Major Projects Report, published on 10 January, the NAO says the RN also faces the prospect of a two-year gap in its commando helicopter force capability, between the retirement of its Sea King HC4/4+ transports (one picture above) and the full availability of an upgraded fleet of Merlin HC3/3As, which are due to be transferred from Royal Air Force ownership in 2014-15.

"The department is examining alternative means of closing these capability gaps," the government's spending watchdog says. A replacement ASaC system would be available in time to coincide with the operational availability of the RN's first of a possible two 65,000t Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, according to its four-year estimate. ...
Putting it sarcasticly, it looks like at the end of the decade, the RN will face a capability gap in being a navy.

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UK MoD reviews retirement plans for RAF transports, tankers
Craig Hoyle London - 11:20 10 Jan 2013

Faced with a looming shortfall in its ability to perform air-to-air refuelling and tactical transport duties, the UK Ministry of Defence is to extend the planned out-of-service deadlines for three of its current aged types.

Previously due to have been retired last month, some of the Royal Air Force's remaining eight Lockheed Martin C-130H transports will remain in use until October 2013. The step carries an associated cost of £16 million ($26 million), according to data contained within the UK National Audit Office's (NAO) Major Projects Report, published on 10 January.
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Steps are also being taken to address any potential tanker shortfall created by an earlier decision to accelerate the retirement of the RAF's Lockheed TriStar and Vickers VC10 fleets as part of the UK government's 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). This was to have seen the latter type leave use in March 2013, but the NAO says: "The Department is currently exploring an extension of a few months to that date to provide additional refuelling capability." However, it also reveals: "The length of time the department can continue to operate the aircraft is constrained by the closure of the maintenance facility for the aircraft at St Athan."

Use of the TriStar will continue beyond a planned July 2013 end date until March 2014, for an additional cost of £7 million, the NAO says. This would be just two months before the AirTanker consortium is scheduled to declare full capability with a new fleet of Airbus A330 Voyagers, three of which are already in use in the passenger transport role. Release to service approval for the incoming type to begin in-flight refuelling activities is "imminent", AirTanker says. ...
When deciding to randomly retire stuff to safe money, do people actually think about what that will mean a few years down the road?
 

TerraN_EmpirE

Tyrant King
Re: European armed forces

sounds "penny wise pound foolish." the Sentinal program I think shows how the MOD is playing this out. buying the cheap stuff and stuffing the pricy programs.
 

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Brigadier
Re: European armed forces

sounds "penny wise pound foolish." the Sentinal program I think shows how the MOD is playing this out. buying the cheap stuff and stuffing the pricy programs.
It is Criminal to think that the Sentinal aircraft which cost more than £1 billion that's $1.6 billion is going to be retired

5 aircrafts which is something a modern nation would dream too have are being retired, perfect example why UK is going down then people think why we are in recession

We were never going to get 12 Type 45 DDG but we could have got 10 or certainly 8 of them, but no we got only 6 minus the Tomahawks

They retired the Nimrods and now we need to dedicate a SSN for that, which tied down the capability to provide Tomahawk to allied nations

We had 32 DDG and FFG over a decade ago and now we have 19, 4 perfect useful Type 22 were discarded

The list of blunders is endless
 

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that's Right The brits have gone Glock!
How times change. My father's service revolver was given with the instruction: "You can fire it six times and throw it once". That was in 1939-40. I have seen the weapon in the Army Museum and was told, as I had read before, that is was designed to limit ammunition consumption.
 
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Saab seems set to develop & built the next gen of the Gripen fighter. Sweden wants to buy 60 aircraft. The plan relies on the swiss also buying the plane to share costs, though.

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Sweden Approves Next-Generation Gripen Purchase
By Anthony Osborne - Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

LONDON — The Swedish government has given the country’s armed forces a green light to procure the next-generation version of the Gripen fighter aircraft.

Defense Minister Karin Enstrom told ministers on Jan. 17 that the armed forces will buy 60 Saab JAS-39E Gripens for an as-yet undisclosed price. The first aircraft is set to be delivered in 2018, with the full complement received by 2027.
“It is a historic decision that will consolidate Swedish fighter capability for a long time,” Enstrom said, adding that the move will ensure that “strategically important skills” will be retained for the Swedish aviation industry.

According to reports, the decision retains caveats under which the order would be canceled if Switzerland doesn’t finalize a planned order for the aircraft to replace its aging fleet of Northrop F-5 Tigers.
The decision comes just more than a month since the Swedish Parliament — the Riksdagen — voted in favor of the decision to buy the Gripen E, with 264 members out of a possible 301 voting yes for the program.

In a statement, Saab says the decision is “within the span previously discussed, both by the government and the Swedish armed forces, in order to meet future defense needs in Sweden until 2042.
“This decision once again shows the broad support both from politicians and authorities for Gripen being the backbone of Swedish air defense for many years to come.
“We have held continuous and fruitful discussions with defense authorities. These talks will now continue until there is a formal order in place,” the company added.
 

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