锘??xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>Janes news RSShttp://www.dqyukg.icu/Janes news RSS feed. urn:uuid:14da9df8-2f5e-4080-8baf-46ebb0b3aeafhttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/lockheed-martins-new-ceo-officially-begins-role-as-president Lockheed Martin's new CEO officially begins role as presidentNew Lockheed Martin board member James 鈥淛im鈥?Taiclet officially became president and CEO of the US-based defence firm on 15 June as planned, replacing Marillyn Hewson,...Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:17:39 Z<p>New Lockheed Martin board member James &ldquo;Jim&rdquo; Taiclet officially became president and CEO of the US-based defence firm on 15 June as planned, replacing Marillyn Hewson, who will stay on as executive chair.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]517c56b5-3d42-4490-8923-5168c5f74c18" alt="Lockheed Martin is based in a Washington, DC, suburb. (Lockheed Martin)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">Lockheed Martin is based in a Washington, DC, suburb. (Lockheed Martin)</p></div><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m proud to join you as the newest member of the Lockheed Martin team,&rdquo; Taiclet wrote in an email to the company&rsquo;s 110,000 employees.</p><p>Taiclet said he wants to build on the &ldquo;strong momentum&rdquo; that the world&rsquo;s largest defence contractor has enjoyed in recent years. In 2019 the company had a USD144 billion backlog, a record high for a fifth straight year. </p><p>Taiclet, 60, is a US Air Force veteran and a former Honeywell and Pratt &amp; Whitney executive. Most recently he was chairman, president, and CEO of American Tower Corporation, which owns and operates wireless and broadcast communications towers. He will remain on Lockheed Martin&rsquo;s board. </p><p>Hewson, 66, had been president and CEO of Lockheed Martin since 2013 and chairman since 2014. When Lockheed Martin announced the leadership transition in March, Hewson said it was the &ldquo;right time&rdquo; for her to scale back her role.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>urn:uuid:87a38f98-68f4-482f-8597-5e501a49111bhttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/serbia-test-fires-indigenous-pre-fragmented-ammunition-from-pasars-spaag Serbia test-fires indigenous pre-fragmented ammunition from PASARS SPAAGSerbia鈥檚 second prototype of the PASARS 6脳6 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) test fired indigenously-developed 40 mm pre-fragmented ammunition at ground targets...Tue, 16 Jun 2020 08:28:02 Z<p>Serbia&rsquo;s second prototype of the PASARS 6&times;6 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) test fired indigenously-developed 40 mm pre-fragmented ammunition at ground targets on the Miokovci firing range on 9 June, the Serbian Ministry of Defence reported on its website later the same day.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]16018648-1169-4ff6-86cb-483df8b1681e" alt="Serbia鈥檚 PASARS SPAAG test fired indigenously-developed 40 mm pre-fragmented ammunition at ground targets on the Miokovci firing range on 9 June. (Serbian MoD)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">Serbia&rsquo;s PASARS SPAAG test fired indigenously-developed 40 mm pre-fragmented ammunition at ground targets on the Miokovci firing range on 9 June. (Serbian MoD)</p></div><p>Acting Assistant Minister for Materiel Resources Nenad Miloradovi膰 said new pre-fragmented projectiles with a standard shell casing and tungsten balls with high penetration were used in the testing. </p><p>Produced by the &lsquo;Sloboda Company &ndash; Serbia&rsquo; munitions plant in 膶a膷ak, the ammunition has a new fuze through which it receives a radio command on when to explode from the electronic timing subsystem installed in the vehicle. </p><p>This ensures that all projectiles explode in the air above and in front of the target, which multiplies the effect of the projectile, significantly increasing the effectiveness of PASARS against aerial and ground targets, Miloradovi膰 explained.</p>urn:uuid:539f712f-73bc-4809-95b1-f175a5885d57http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/risk-of-sahel-insecurity-spillover-into-gulf-of-guinea-highlighted-by-deadly-attack-in-cote-divoire_10133 Risk of Sahel insecurity spillover into Gulf of Guinea highlighted by deadly attack in C么te d'IvoireDozens of militants attacked a frontier post in Kafolo, northeastern C么te d鈥橧voire, on the border with Burkina Faso, on 11 June, from 0300 h onwards. Local reports...Tue, 16 Jun 2020 08:06:59 Z<p>Dozens of militants attacked a frontier post in Kafolo, northeastern C么te d鈥橧voire, on the border with Burkina Faso, on 11 June, from 0300 h onwards. Local reports stated it was a two-pronged attack and included both a military base and the military checkpoint on the border. The post was occupied by soldiers and police. In a communique by the Ivorian Ministry of Defence, 10 security force personnel were killed and six others were wounded, with two police officers reported missing. One militant was reportedly neutralised during the standoff. Meanwhile media reports stated that the army has confirmed at least 12 security forces personnel were killed, and another seven were wounded. Following the attack, the military imposed a curfew in the area, forbidding residents to leave their residences.</p> <p>No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet, however local officials claimed the attackers were Force de Lib茅ration du Macina (FLM) militants. FLM is a faction within Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), which is further made up of Harakat Ansar al-Din, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb鈥檚 Sahara Emirate (AQIM), and al-Mourabitoun militants. The attack marked the first notable attack seemingly conducted by Islamist militants in the country since the March 2016 raid by JNIM predecessor groups 鈥?AQIM and al-Mourabitoun 鈥?which targeted the Grand-Bassam beach resort in southeast C么te d鈥橧voire, killing at least 19 people.</p> <h2>Spillover fears</h2> <div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]2aa7b056-5a1f-4a15-8f99-5be23c279ddb" alt="Attacks recorded in C么te d&#39;Ivoire from 2015 until June 2020. Accessed through JTIC country dDashboard on 11 June. (漏 Janes)"></div>urn:uuid:d7b5c440-136d-4820-8be2-8cd9b0783b2dhttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/israels-first-3d-printed-uav-takes-to-the-skies Israel's first 3D-printed UAV takes to the skiesThe Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have recently produced the country鈥檚 first 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:31:28 Z<p>The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have recently produced the country鈥檚 first 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).</p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]17a9d3b5-9b07-407c-8066-82108735af34" alt="Neta Blum, the head of the Israeli MoD鈥檚 Flight Technologies Department, standing next to the SkysPrinter. (Israeli MoD)"> <p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">Neta Blum, the head of the Israeli MoD鈥檚 Flight Technologies Department, standing next to the SkysPrinter. (Israeli MoD)</p></div> <p>The joint programme by the MoD鈥檚 Flight Technologies Department, part of the Directorate for Defense Research and Development, and IAI has seen the production of the SkysPrinter UAV and a successful test flight in December 2019.</p> <p>The electrically powered UAV was made from 26 parts printed using metal, nylon, carbon, and complex materials. These were assembled together with glue and fasteners without the need for specialised tools. SkysPrinter's body is 1.65 m-long, has a wingspan of 1.5 m, and a take-off weight of 7 kg, according to the MoD.</p> <p>Neta Blum, head of the Flight Technologies Department, introduced the idea of a 3D-printed UAV system and the MoD allocated research and development resources over the past year, leading to the test flight.</p> <p>Blum told <em>Janes</em> a printing technique known as selective laser sintering (SLS) allows new designs of the SkysPrinter to be rapidly produced in line with operational feedback from commanders on the ground. SLS technology solidifies polymer materials in precise measurements to produce finalised parts. This way of doing it gives us new production capabilities and significant advantages,鈥?she said.</p> <p>She described a process of field feedback leading to new versions of the UAV within an unprecedentedly short time. If a heavier payload is needed, for example, the design can be adjusted so the UAV has thicker wings for a larger take-off weight. </p> urn:uuid:16bc14fb-6b05-4710-b485-13a21402e696http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/gdls-secures-usd25-billion-contract-for-us-army-stryker-dvha1 GDLS secures USD2.5 billion contract for US Army Stryker DVHA1The US Army has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) with a USD2.5 billion contract to produce Stryker Double V-Hull A1 (DVHA1) vehicles.Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:30:30 Z<p>The US Army has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) with a USD2.5 billion contract to produce Stryker Double V-Hull A1 (DVHA1) vehicles.</p> <p>Service plans call for fielding 331 Stryker DVHA1s to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and this new contract covers seven years of work that will be completed by May 2027, according to Ashley John, the public affairs director for the army鈥檚 Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems.</p> <p> 鈥淸This contract] includes a new hull configuration, increased armour, upgraded suspension and braking systems, wider tyres, blast-attenuating seats, and a height management system,鈥?John told <em>Janes</em> on 15 June. </p> <p>In addition to increasing the chassis payload capacity from 55,000 to 63,000 lb, the DVHA1 upgrades include replacing the 350 horsepower Caterpillar C7 engine with a 450 horsepower Caterpillar C9 engine, replacing a 570 amp alternator with a 910 amp alternator capable of supporting electrical power required for future network upgrades, and more, according to the 2019 Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) report.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the army is also in the midst of a competition to pick a vendor to outfit Stryker DVHA1 vehicles with 30 mm cannons under the Medium Calibre Weapons System (MCWS) effort.</p> <p>Last year, the army awarded six companies 鈥?EOS Defense Systems, GDLS, Kollsman, Leonardo DRS, Pratt Miller, and Raytheon 鈥?with contracts valued at up to USD150,000. Each company was also given a Stryker DVHA1 and an XM813 cannon, and tasked with building a 鈥榩roduction-representative vehicle鈥?that integrates a government-provided weapon station onto the vehicle.</p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]3381ea68-bde9-4914-8059-c9c4c498672a" alt="US soldiers with 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment conduct a live fire exercise using the 30 mm Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle-Dragoon at the 7th Army Training Command鈥檚 Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, in February 2018. The army has awarded GDLS with a USD2.5 billion contract to produce Stryker Double V-Hull A1 (DVHA1) vehicles and is conducting a competition to determine which company will outfit the platforms with a 30 mm cannon. (US Army)"> </div>urn:uuid:75279fef-6759-4b3e-a7aa-1e11cf6514e9http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/moog-proposing-lighter-riwp-turret-configuration-for-madis Moog proposing lighter RIwP turret configuration for MADISMoog is planning to submit a lighter version of its Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) to the US Marine Corp after its initial offering was deemed too...Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:50:53 Z<p>Moog is planning to submit a lighter version of its Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) to the US Marine Corp after its initial offering was deemed too heavy for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).</p> <p> Tony Peck, Moog鈥檚 director for defence control systems, spoke with <em>Janes</em> on 11 June about the RIwP and the company鈥檚 bid to secure the Marine Air Defense Integrated System [MADIS] Increment 1 contract. </p> <p>鈥漌e鈥檙e happy to make it lighter,鈥?Peck explained. 鈥淚n our recent white paper submittal for the Increment 1 competition we detailed various ways of how to take upwards of 600 lb out of out of the system as it exists today.鈥?lt;/p> <p>Born, in part, out of the US Army鈥檚 Mobile Low, Slow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defense Systems (MLIDS) joint urgent operational needs statement effort that outfitted mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles (M-ATVs) with a RIwP configuration, the USMC sought to use a similar configuration on a JLTV, Peck explained. The service even acquired several RIwP prototypes and awarded the company with a long-lead materials contract, he added. </p> <p>However, since M-ATVs and JLTVs have different roof and overall load carrying capacities, his understanding is there needs to be an approximate 400 lb weight reduction to the RIwP configuration for MADIS.</p> <p>The company is proposing a host of potential changes including a lighter weight sight, swapping out the Raytheon Stinger Vehicle Universal Missile (SVUL) launcher that holds four surface-to-air missiles for one that hold two missiles and structural armor modifications.</p> <p>On the sight front, for example, the government supplied one that is a derivate of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle sighting system, which Peck called 鈥渧ery capable and very expensive鈥?</p> <div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]4f4a53ca-28e1-4eff-b237-753d21a612bf" alt="Moog is proposing a lighter RIwP turret for the USMC鈥檚 MADIS Increment 1 effort. (Moog)"></div>urn:uuid:7273dacd-42c1-4377-b6f8-ba9b37f52da5http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/south-koreas-dapa-selects-dsar-15pc-carbine-variant-for-rokas-special-warfare-command South Korea's DAPA selects DSAR-15PC carbine variant for RoKA's Special Warfare CommandSouth Korea鈥檚 Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has chosen local firearms manufacturer Dasan Machineries as the preferred bidder in a KRW3.8 billion...Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:50:19 Z<p>South Korea鈥檚 Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has chosen local firearms manufacturer Dasan Machineries as the preferred bidder in a KRW3.8 billion (USD3.1 million) programme to replace the S&T Motiv K1A 5.56 mm carbine currently used by the Republic of Korea Army鈥檚 (RoKA鈥檚) Special Warfare Command.</p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]c63c7f93-608b-4f4c-bdb4-473977062a40" alt="South Korea鈥檚 DAPA has selected Dasan Machineries as the preferred bidder in a programme to replace the S&T Motiv K1A 5.56 mm carbine. The company will be providing a slightly modified variant of its DSAR-15PC CBQ model (seen here) for the RoKA鈥檚 Special Warfare Command. (Dasan Machineries)"> <p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">South Korea鈥檚 DAPA has selected Dasan Machineries as the preferred bidder in a programme to replace the S&T Motiv K1A 5.56 mm carbine. The company will be providing a slightly modified variant of its DSAR-15PC CBQ model (seen here) for the RoKA鈥檚 Special Warfare Command. (Dasan Machineries)</p></div> <p>Speaking to <em>Janes</em> on 15 June, a military official said the company, which was selected on 3 June, had proposed its DSAR-15PC 5.56 mm close quarter battle (CQB) model, a slightly modified variant of which is expected to enter service following user and evaluation trials set to begin in July.</p> <p>The official pointed out that the 707th Special Mission Group and the 13th Special Mission Brigade of the Special Warfare Command will receive the first units of the unmodified weapon 鈥?about 1,000 鈥?after which, based on their feedback, some 15,000 improved rifles are set to be delivered to all units within the command by 2023. </p> <p>The 760 mm-long DSAR-15PC, which just as the Heckler & Koch HK416 5.66 mm rifle combines some of the AR-15鈥檚 features with a short-stroke gas piston system, has an effective range of 550 m, and a rate of fire of between 700 and 950 rounds per minute, according to the manufacturer. The weapon weighs 3 kg and its gun barrel is 11.5 inches long, making it suitable for CQB operations. </p> <p>The K1A entered service with the South Korean military in 1982, with about 180,000 units produced so far, including exports.</p> urn:uuid:5ffa320a-dc55-4dc5-8494-3ee069d2284chttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/update-echodyne-develops-family-of-metamaterial-electronically-scanning-array-radars Update: Echodyne develops family of metamaterial electronically-scanning array radarsEchodyne has developed a family of palm-sized metamaterial electronically-scanning array (MESA) radars for missions such as counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS),...Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:49:51 Z<p>Echodyne has developed a family of palm-sized metamaterial electronically-scanning array (MESA) radars for missions such as counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS), special event security, and UAS autonomy at a unit price of under USD50,000.</p> <p>Eben Frankenberg, Echodyne president and chief executive officer (CEO), told Janes on 9 June that the company鈥檚 innovation is creating phased array radars without phase shifters. While traditional phased-array, electronically-scanning array (ESA) radars phase shift or time delay to steer the beam, Echodyne鈥檚 MESA radars turn cells on and off to steer the beam. Echodyne believes that this simpler architecture brings an improvement in cost, size, weight, and power.</p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]e21afaad-810b-4d6d-9c47-2ee596b50dc7" alt="An Echodyne Echoflight air-to-air collision avoidance radar mounted on a DJI Matrice 600 UAV. (Echodyne)"> <p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">An Echodyne Echoflight air-to-air collision avoidance radar mounted on a DJI Matrice 600 UAV. (Echodyne)</p></div> <p>Echodyne has four radars. The EchoGuard and EchoGuard International ground-to-air airspace management radars detect and track air and ground threats in three dimensions. These two radars have the same 1.25 kg weight and 500 W power but slightly different frequency bands. The EchoGuard CR, for security missions including critical infrastructure, is the same weight but has significantly less power because it is for closer range.</p> <p>The EchoGuard can track a pocket UAS at 200 m, a DJI Mavic Pro or DJI Phantom 4 UAS at 900 m, a DJI Matrice 600 at 1.4 km, and small fixed-wing aircraft such as Cessnas at 2.5 km. The EchoGuard can also track humans on the ground at 2.2 km and ground vehicles and sea vessels at 3.5 km.</p> <p>The EchoFlight air-to-air collision avoidance radar is mounted on the front of a UAS for detect-and-avoid. This radar is smaller and lighter at 0.8 kg with less power at 40 W than the EchoGuard. There is also an EchoDrive high-end ground-to-ground/ground-to-air radar for unmanned ground vehicles (UGV).</p> urn:uuid:7f5efda3-8e0a-4c81-9d9c-ee8e3dca58cfhttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/robots-assist-libyan-eod-teams Robots assist Libyan EOD teamsExplosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams of Libya鈥檚 Government of National Accord (GNA) are using sophisticated unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to clear mines.Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:03:49 Z<p>Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams of Libya&rsquo;s Government of National Accord (GNA) are using sophisticated unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to clear mines.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]5b69e74f-a8a4-4c7b-9d74-27957f6f5aa3" alt="A Digital Vanguard during EOD clearance in Ain Zarah. (Libyan Ministry of Interior)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">A Digital Vanguard during EOD clearance in Ain Zarah. (Libyan Ministry of Interior)</p></div><p>Safariland's Digital Vanguard UGV was seen in photographs released by the GNA&rsquo;s Ministry of Interior on 1 June showing an EOD team working in Ain Zarah, south of Tripoli.</p><p>In service with numerous police and military forces around the world, the Digital Vanguard is designed for use in high-risk situations, including EOD and ones involving chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRNE) and other hazardous materials. It can also be used for tactical surveillance.</p><p>AB Precision&rsquo;s Sentinel, a variant of the Resolve, was seen in a photograph released by the Ministry of Interior on 2 June. Six Resolves were delivered in 2017 by the UK government as part of a GBP3 million (USD3.76 million) effort to supply EOD equipment to help remove mines from the central coastal city of Sirte. </p><p>&nbsp;</p>urn:uuid:39c3a814-bca3-4868-881c-16cce043aabehttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/uk-again-extends-helicopter-deployment-to-mali UK again extends helicopter deployment to MaliThe United Kingdom is to extend operations of three Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing Chinook heavy-lift helicopters that have been deployed to Mali since July 2018, the...Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:01:49 Z<p>The United Kingdom is to extend operations of three Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing Chinook heavy-lift helicopters that have been deployed to Mali since July 2018, the government announced on 12 June.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]501f09ff-ebbc-4499-a7b9-29002be5dc15" alt="Having supported French operations in North Africa since mid-2018, the three UK Chinooks will remain in-theatre for a while longer. (Crown Copyright)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">Having supported French operations in North Africa since mid-2018, the three UK Chinooks will remain in-theatre for a while longer. (Crown Copyright)</p></div><p>This second extension to the mission will see the Chinook HC.5 (fat tank) helicopters and almost 100 personnel that have provided intra-theatre air mobility support to French forces engaged in the Operation &lsquo;Barkhane&rsquo; regional counter-terrorism mission in the Sahel region of West Africa. The RAF did not say for how long the mission is being extended, but the previous occasion saw a further 12 months added.</p><p>&ldquo;The Chinooks and aircrew allow French troops to cover a much larger field of operations, by moving personnel to the French bases spread across Mali, eliminating the need for dangerous road moves, and helping to move vital support equipment to strategic locations,&rdquo; the RAF said.</p><p>France has been engaged in a counter-terrorism campaign throughout the Sahel-Sahara region of northern Africa since 2012, with helicopters supporting the core of combat and air mobility operations.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>urn:uuid:c97ecf07-3efe-4ca1-bd0d-06c1cf2e590bhttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/mitsubishi-in-position-to-acquire-mitsui-shipbuilding_10107 Mitsubishi in position to acquire Mitsui shipbuildingJapan鈥檚 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is to hold talks with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (Mitsui E&S) over the potential acquisition of the company鈥檚 naval and...Mon, 15 Jun 2020 12:16:00 Z<p>Japan鈥檚 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is to hold talks with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (Mitsui E&S) over the potential acquisition of the company鈥檚 naval and commercial shipbuilding business.</p> <p> A spokesperson for MHI told <em>Janes</em> on 15 June that the two sides have agreed to 鈥渃ommence formal discussions鈥?over the transaction. The spokesperson did not disclose any additional details. </p> <p>MHI earlier indicated that the acquisition would strengthen its defence shipbuilding operations. 鈥淢itsui E&S has strengths in shipbuilding and repair for the Ministry of Defense including supply vessels and observation ships,鈥?MHI said in a statement reported by the Reuters news agency.</p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]465c4699-8f5d-4c5b-a5ec-307e1fe179e7" alt="MHI is looking to acquire Mitsui E&S鈥?shipbuilding business, which in January launched the JMSDF鈥檚 third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship. (JMSDF)"> <p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">MHI is looking to acquire Mitsui E&S鈥?shipbuilding business, which in January launched the JMSDF鈥檚 third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship. (JMSDF)</p></div> <p>Mitsui E&S said that the potential sale of its naval shipbuilding business would enhance MHI鈥檚 鈥減roducts and technologies [to] further contribute to Japan鈥檚 security and enhance its corporate value鈥?</p> <p>Mitsui E&S added that the two sides want to conclude a deal by the end of the year, with the shipbuilding transfer completed by October 2021.</p> <p>In late 2019 the two companies are also thought to have held discussions about a possible amalgamation with a view to collaboration on defence contracts. Such engagement was driven, in part, by growing fiscal challenges facing Mitsui E&S, which has posted net losses over the past three years.</p> <p> A spokesperson from Mitsui E&S told <em>Janes</em> in November 2019, 鈥淲e have been seeking a wide range of tie-ups and collaboration possibilities with other shipyards within and out of individual projects. We will continue to do [this] and make efforts to strengthen our competitiveness in various aspects.鈥? </p> urn:uuid:bce47708-2e25-4155-a2a8-759503fd0e2ehttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/uss-fitzgerald-departs-shipyard-for-san-diego USS Fitzgerald departs shipyard for San DiegoThe guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departed the Huntington Ingalls Industries鈥?Ingalls Shipbuilding division鈥檚 shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on...Mon, 15 Jun 2020 09:00:14 Z<p>The guided-missile destroyer USS <em>Fitzgerald</em> (DDG 62) departed the Huntington Ingalls Industries&rsquo; Ingalls Shipbuilding division&rsquo;s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 13 June to return to its homeport in San Diego, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed. </p><p>The sail away reflects more than two years of work for restoring and modernising <em>Fitzgerald</em> , following a collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX <em>Crystal</em> in June 2017, which caused extensive damage to the starboard side above and below the waterline, and led to the death of seven sailors. </p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]e09c2dbf-9deb-4395-87a7-12bd9a4885c8" alt=" Guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) suffered heavy damage in a 2017 collision with a merchant vessel. It has now been repaired and modernised. (US Navy)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">Guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) suffered heavy damage in a 2017 collision with a merchant vessel. It has now been repaired and modernised. (US Navy)</p></div><p>The ship had been relaunched in April 2019 and started at-sea testing in February 2020. </p><p>In San Diego the ship is slated to return to the US Pacific Fleet, noted Rear Admiral Eric Ver Hage, director, Surface Ship Maintenance and Modernization and commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center.</p><p>DDG 62 is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 and upon return to its homeport the crew will start basic phase training for certification. </p><p>To restore the damaged spaces to full operations and functionality, various hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&amp;E), combat system and command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C5I) repairs were completed.</p><p>urn:uuid:6297d22d-04ce-4ef0-a648-7dfcfc9c79echttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/uk-releases-key-user-requirements-for-mfp UK releases key user requirements for MFPThe UK鈥檚 Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation on 27 January issued revised key user requirements for the Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) programme to replace...Mon, 15 Jun 2020 08:59:13 Z<p>The UK&rsquo;s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&amp;S) organisation on 27 January issued revised key user requirements for the Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) programme to replace the British Army&rsquo;s AS90 self-propelled howitzer following an initial request for information (RFI) in April 2019.</p><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]11ffbb0d-9497-4e4b-a09b-43ca0a600afa" align="right" alt="The UK鈥檚 DE&S has issued revised key user requirements for the MFP programme to replace the British Army鈥檚 AS90."><p>The deadline for responses to the revised requirements, published on the DE&amp;S MFP Early Engagement Portal, is 17 February. The requirements document will lead to a command acquisition support plan between DE&amp;S and the British Army, which will formally agree the outputs that DE&amp;S will deliver.</p><p>It gives an in-depth explanation of what the British Army has defined as the prime performance indicators for the UK&rsquo;s future self-propelled artillery system.</p><p>The threshold and objective requirements have been revised from the original RFI and include a minimum range with unassisted ammunition of 30 km and an objective range of 40 km in all climatic conditions.</p><p>The system will also be required to conduct multiple-round simultaneous impact fire missions and relocate within 4.5 minutes of the first firing, including two minutes for the fire mission and the time taken for the system to move at least 550 m away from the firing point.</p><p>The new system will be required to support the UK&rsquo;s Strike brigades, as well as their Boxer and Ajax armoured fighting vehicles. This means they must be able to travel up to 520 km in 24 hours, including 200 km on unbounded roads and 30 km off road without assistance. All MFP platforms are also required to be operational at the end of an operational march.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>urn:uuid:f87d0f28-c457-4aa5-b511-f83f21901b32http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/update-taiwans-t-5-advanced-jet-trainer-conducts-maiden-flight Update: Taiwan's T-5 advanced jet trainer conducts maiden flightTaiwan鈥檚 Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) conducted on 10 June the first flight of its T-5 鈥楤lue Magpie鈥?(now renamed T-5 鈥楤rave Eagle鈥? advanced jet...Mon, 15 Jun 2020 08:17:08 Z<p>Taiwan&rsquo;s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) conducted on 10 June the first flight of its T-5 &lsquo;Blue Magpie&rsquo; (now renamed T-5 &lsquo;Brave Eagle&rsquo;) advanced jet trainer (AJT)/light fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF).</p><p>The prototype aircraft, which was developed in collaboration with the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), took to the skies for about 20 minutes from Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung City, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Taipei.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]b5931cd0-b569-4d63-afd2-f84f80319565" alt="Taiwan鈥檚 T-5 鈥楤rave Eagle鈥?AJT conducted its first flight on 10 June from Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung City. (Taiwanese MND)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">Taiwan&rsquo;s T-5 &lsquo;Brave Eagle&rsquo; AJT conducted its first flight on 10 June from Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung City. (Taiwanese MND)</p></div><p>The prototype was rolled out in September 2019 in a ceremony that was attended by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Three more prototypes of the twin-engined, supersonic aircraft are expected to be built.</p><p>The RoCAF is expected to acquire 66 units of the twin-seat T-5 under a TWD68.6 billion (USD2.2 billion) contract awarded in 2017. The AJT is expected to replace the service&rsquo;s ageing AIDC AT-3 trainers by 2026, while a light attack/fighter variant is intended to replace the service&rsquo;s Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II combat aircraft.</p><p>The T-5 is based on the AIDC F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter (IDF), which entered RoCAF service in the mid-1990s.</p><p>urn:uuid:532fe743-39e9-4708-82ca-e5f3a28d67cfhttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/ukraine-grows-ew-capability-to-address-russia-in-donbass Ukraine grows EW capability to address Russia in DonbassUkraine has developed and deployed electronic warfare (EW) units to address Russian EW efforts in the Donbass region. Janes was given access to personnel who have...Fri, 12 Jun 2020 15:58:46 Z<p>Ukraine has developed and deployed electronic warfare (EW) units to address Russian EW efforts in the Donbass region. <em>Janes</em> was given access to personnel who have conducted these operations, as well as details about the Bukovel-AD and Nota EW systems that have been used. </p> <p>A Ukrainian Army EW source, speaking anonymously, told <em>Janes, </em>鈥淚 started my activities in 2015. Due to the almost complete absence of EW means, we started to attract volunteer funds [and purchased equipment such as] Uniden, AOR, [and] HackRF to wiretap unprotected radio communications. Then slowly we started to have the means to fight against GPS navigation and we started to fight against UAVs. And then we got the Anklav [EW systems], which were just being tested. There were only channels to suppress GPS navigation, nothing else. But it was still a surprise for the Russians.</p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]236d9823-59f1-4384-ac6b-a6eed0c57817" alt="The Nota complex was developed by Tritel and is designed to address various UAVs and suppress cellular communication networks. (Mikhail Zhirohov)"> <p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">The Nota complex was developed by Tritel and is designed to address various UAVs and suppress cellular communication networks. (Mikhail Zhirohov)</p></div> <p>At least two systems for addressing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are in official service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine: Bukovel-AD from Proximus and Nota from Tritel. Bukovel-AD is intended for early detection of UAVs and can then be used to block data transmission, as well as control and navigation signals using GPS and GLONASS, according to Proximus. </p> urn:uuid:1cd98d27-847a-43a0-b99c-1d09b4cfbb8dhttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/serbia-unveils-modernised-m-84-as1-mbt Serbia unveils modernised M-84 AS1 MBTThe Serbian Army unveiled the M-84 AS1 main battle tank (MBT) at its Technical Overhaul Institute 鈥樐宎膷ak鈥?on 8 June. The tank was developed under the first part of a...Fri, 12 Jun 2020 15:34:32 Z<p>The Serbian Army unveiled the M-84 AS1 main battle tank (MBT) at its Technical Overhaul Institute &lsquo;膶a膷ak&rsquo; on 8 June. The tank was developed under the first part of a programme to modernise the army&rsquo;s M-84/M-84A MBT, a modified Yugoslav-produced variant of the Soviet T-72.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]764fa976-5182-45e6-823b-94a54b764992" alt="The Serbian Army unveiled the upgraded M-84 AS1 tank on 8 June. (Serbian MoD)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">The Serbian Army unveiled the upgraded M-84 AS1 tank on 8 June. (Serbian MoD)</p></div><p>The MBT&rsquo;s protection has been improved with add-on reactive armour on the front and sides of the hull and turret. The tank is better protected against top-attack munitions and also features slat armour for protection against rocket-propelled grenades.</p><p>Crew situational awareness has been improved and the MBT is equipped with a 360藲 thermal imaging observation system and remote controlled weapons station with a 12.7 mm machine gun and day/night electro-optical sighting system with a laser rangefinder.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>urn:uuid:17eafad8-a4bb-4104-a173-6adb97d11680http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/bundeswehrs-g36-rifle-replacement-reportedly-delayed-mg4-a3-lmg-to-be-delivered-in-2021 Bundeswehr's G36 rifle replacement reportedly delayed, MG4 A3 LMG to be delivered in 2021Parliamentary approval of the replacement of the Bundeswehr鈥檚 G36 assault rifle has been delayed again, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on 7 June. The newspaper...Fri, 12 Jun 2020 15:33:49 Z<p>Parliamentary approval of the replacement of the Bundeswehr&rsquo;s G36 assault rifle has been delayed again, the <em>Bild am Sonntag</em> newspaper reported on 7 June. The newspaper quoted a German Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson as saying parliament was to consider the issue in October, as opposed to at the end of June as previously planned. <em>Bild am Sonntag</em> blamed a legal complaint filed by an unnamed arms producer.</p><p>An MoD spokesperson confirmed to <em>Janes</em> on 10 June that parliament would consider the G36 replacement this year, while refusing to give further details. &ldquo;The choice of a replacement system will be reached through a fair process with clear and transparent requirements,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;The Bundeswehr plans to replace the G36 assault rifle with a new weapon. Until the completion of this process, the G36 assault rifle is operational without restrictions.&rdquo;</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]767fafbc-1911-4568-ae70-34a5dc4282fb" alt="German paratroopers have tested the MG4 A3 machine gun for three weeks. (Bundeswehr/Maximilian Schulz)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">German paratroopers have tested the MG4 A3 machine gun for three weeks. (Bundeswehr/Maximilian Schulz)</p></div><p>Meanwhile, German paratroopers have tested the MG4 A3 light machine gun (LMG) for three weeks on a shooting range in Baumholder, the German Army reported on its website on 3 June.</p><p>The MG4 A3 was tested by soldiers led by Staff Sergeant C Meier, a squad leader in Fallschirmj&auml;gerregiment (Parachute Regiment) 26, who was quoted as saying, &ldquo;The light machine gun fills the gap between the G36 rifle and the MG5 machine gun. In operations we use the MG4 for covering [fire] or as an assault element to combat individual or group targets. A rifleman can use the weapon for various attacks: lying, kneeling or even standing. It is an ideal weapon to react to a suddenly appearing enemy.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>urn:uuid:0a8ed889-fede-4601-af84-60a90c3a3e19http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/new-chinese-155-mm-sph-enters-service-with-plas-75th-group-army New Chinese 155 mm SPH enters service with PLA's 75th Group ArmyThe People鈥檚 Liberation Army Ground Force鈥檚 (PLAGF鈥檚) new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer 鈥?believed to have the designation PLC-181 鈥?has also entered service...Fri, 12 Jun 2020 15:32:31 Z<p>The People&rsquo;s Liberation Army Ground Force&rsquo;s (PLAGF&rsquo;s) new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer &ndash; believed to have the designation PLC-181 &ndash; has also entered service with a brigade under the PLA&rsquo;s 75th Group Army.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]ce9c414b-6f7a-4a74-9f14-ee0e1f20f8a1" alt="The PLAGF鈥檚 new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer has also entered service with a brigade under the 75th Group Army. (Via WeChat account of 75th Group Army)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">The PLAGF&rsquo;s new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer has also entered service with a brigade under the 75th Group Army. (Via WeChat account of 75th Group Army)</p></div><p>The group army, which is part of the PLA&rsquo;s Southern Theatre Command, revealed on 9 June via its WeChat account that one of its brigades has inducted several units of the 25-tonne SPH as well as of the Dongfeng Mengshi CSK181 4&times;4 armoured vehicle, among other platforms. </p><p>The induction ceremony was held in a desert area in China&rsquo;s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the brigade was also conducting training exercises. </p><p>The 6&times;6 SPH, which is manufactured by China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) and has the export designation SH-15, is also known to be in service with an artillery brigade under the PLA&rsquo;s Eastern Theatre Command.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]026f0cd1-c6d9-41d0-9af3-e5afc25301c0" alt="The CSK181 4脳4 armoured vehicle (front) was one of the platforms recently inducted by a brigade under the 75th Group Army. (Via WeChat account of 75th Group Army)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">The CSK181 4&times;4 armoured vehicle (front) was one of the platforms recently inducted by a brigade under the 75th Group Army. (Via WeChat account of 75th Group Army)</p></div><p>The system features an automatic gun-laying system, a semi-automatic ammunition loading system, a digitised control board, and has room for six personnel in the cabin area (including the driver).</p><p>No further details were provided about the SPH or other PLAGF units currently operating the system, which has been in service since at least January 2019. At that time, the state-owned <em>Global Times</em> newspaper reported that a PLAGF artillery brigade stationed in Tibet had been equipped with the new SPH to &ldquo;boost its combat capability and improve border security&rdquo;.</p><div class="container">&nbsp;</div>urn:uuid:51d838af-472f-41d1-8207-fbad81c82a8ehttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/denmark-begins-f-35-preparations Denmark begins F-35 preparationsDenmark has begun preparations for receiving its first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft, with the country鈥檚 parliament...Fri, 12 Jun 2020 10:49:22 Z<p>Denmark has begun preparations for receiving its first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft, with the country鈥檚 parliament approving construction of facilities and the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) revealing the national livery to adorn the jets.</p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]ac06f944-543f-4896-9b8e-87ed7e9264ee" alt="Seen here in US Air Force service, the F-35A will be fielded by the Royal Danish Air Force also. The country recently approved the building of facilities related to the jet, and revealed its national livery and markings for the fleet. (US Air Force)"> <p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">Seen here in US Air Force service, the F-35A will be fielded by the Royal Danish Air Force also. The country recently approved the building of facilities related to the jet, and revealed its national livery and markings for the fleet. (US Air Force)</p></div> <p>With the RDAF set to receive the first of its 27-contracted F-35As in 2021, the Danish parliament on 11 June approved legislation to build dedicated facilities at Skveststrup Flyvestation in Southern Jutland ahead of the commencement of type-operations there in 2023.</p> <p>鈥淲ith the Folketing鈥檚 [Danish Parliament鈥檚] adoption of the Civil Aviation Administration Skrydstrup Act today, construction of the complex to house the next aircraft can begin. First spades will be taken on Monday [15 June] by, among others, Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen and Bj酶rn Bisserup, Defense Secretary,鈥?the country鈥檚 Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced.</p> <p>As noted by the MoD, as well as instigating construction work of new F-35 facilities, the adoption of the Civil Aviation Administration Skrydstrup Act activates a compensation scheme for local residents set to be affected by future F-35 aircraft noise in the area. 鈥淎 broad political majority consisting of the Left, Conservatives, the Danish People鈥檚 Party, the Liberal Alliance, the Radical Left, and the Social Democracy is behind the political agreement to compensate approximately 1,600 homes in the area of the additional noise the F-35 aircraft brings in comparison to the current F-16,鈥?the MoD said.</p> urn:uuid:ec4e83c8-622d-4fee-a568-263cb0dfc708http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/arquus-unveils-fortress-mk-2-and-armis-logistics-family-at-online-expo Arquus unveils Fortress Mk 2 and Armis logistics family at online expoFrench armoured vehicle manufacturer Arquus presented its Fortress Mk 2 protected mobility vehicle and Armis range of logistics vehicles in an online expo being held in...Fri, 12 Jun 2020 10:48:39 Z<p>French armoured vehicle manufacturer Arquus presented its Fortress Mk 2 protected mobility vehicle and Armis range of logistics vehicles in an online expo being held in lieu of the Eurosatory exhibition that was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]020f4d2c-2cb1-4878-a4e7-8b3f0ef39996" alt="The Armis 8脳8 is part of a new range of logistics vehicles presented by Arquus in an online exhibition that began on 8 June. (Arquus)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">The Armis 8&times;8 is part of a new range of logistics vehicles presented by Arquus in an online exhibition that began on 8 June. (Arquus)</p></div><p>Launched by Arquus on 8 June and lasting until 31 July the exhibition provides an insight into the new vehicle families. The Armis range of logistics and tactical trucks includes 4&times;4, 6&times;6, and 8&times;8 variants. The Fortress Mk 2 is an evolution of the original Fortress, which was originally marketed as the high-mobility version of the company&rsquo;s Bastion protected mobility vehicle.</p><p>Development of the Mk 2 began in 2019 to maintain the mobility of the original Fortress, while adding greater protection and retaining the same gross vehicle weight of 14.5 tonnes by using a new generation of lighter armour, Arquus spokesperson Marin Tollet told <em>Janes</em> in a 10 June email. This enables the vehicle to retain its original axles and engine, Tollet said. The Mk 2 has also been reworked so that it can accept a wider array of weapons, including the Arquus Hornet remote weapon station (RWS). </p><p>The Armis trucks have been developed using Arquus&rsquo;s own equity to provide all logistical and tactical missions that a force might require during long operational deployments. Examples cited by the company include water carriers, mobile workshops, and tow trucks.</p><p>All of the vehicles are compatible with the French Army&rsquo;s Scorpion equipment and can be provided with the Hornet RWS and either protected or unprotected cabs.</p>urn:uuid:671bf48b-4813-4ffb-9839-18b0826b05ffhttp://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/taiwanese-shipbuilder-csbc-corporation-lays-keel-for-rocns-first-lpd Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation lays keel for RoCN's first LPDTaiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation held a keel-laying ceremony on 9 June for the first of a planned class of four landing platform dock (LPD) vessels for the...Fri, 12 Jun 2020 08:30:51 Z<p>Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation held a keel-laying ceremony on 9 June for the first of a planned class of four landing platform dock (LPD) vessels for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN). </p> <p>The ceremony, which was hosted by RoCN Commander Admiral Liu Chih-pin and attended by CSBC Chairman Cheng Wen-lon, among others, was held at CSBC鈥檚 facilities in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. </p> <p>The 153 m-long amphibious ship, the construction of which began in May 2019, is being built under a TWD4.635 billion (USD156.3 million) contract awarded to CSBC in April 2018. </p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]1974e455-6d65-463c-89b6-28015caea6dc" alt="A model of the RoCN鈥檚 future LPD was displayed at the 2018 Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence exhibition. Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation held a keel-laying ceremony for the vessel on 9 June 2020. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)"> <p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">A model of the RoCN鈥檚 future LPD was displayed at the 2018 Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence exhibition. Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation held a keel-laying ceremony for the vessel on 9 June 2020. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)</p></div> <p>The vessel, which is expected to have a beam of 23 m and a full-load displacement of 10,600 tonnes, is scheduled to be handed over to the navy in April 2022. </p> <p> According to information provided to <em>Janes</em> at the 2018 Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence exhibition 鈥?where a model of the vessel was displayed 鈥?the LPD will be armed with a 76 mm naval gun in the primary position, as well as two close-in weapon systems (one in the forward and another in the aft section), and two remotely operated machine guns located on the port and starboard sides aft of the bridge house. </p> <p> A CSBC Corporation representative told <em>Janes</em> at the time the LPD would also be armed with two inclined launchers mounted amidships capable of firing the Hsiung Feng II- and III-series of anti-ship, and land-attack cruise missiles. </p> urn:uuid:b48a827f-3c49-4a1f-a604-8af1a5a1d239http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/aero-vodochody-sold-to-new-joint-venture Aero Vodochody sold to new joint venturePenta, a Central European investment firm that has owned Aero Vodochody for the past 13 years, has sold the Czech aircraft manufacturer to a new joint venture between...Fri, 12 Jun 2020 08:29:14 Z<p>Penta, a Central European investment firm that has owned Aero Vodochody for the past 13 years, has sold the Czech aircraft manufacturer to a new joint venture between Hungarian businessman Andr&aacute;s Tombor and Czech defence company Omnipol.</p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]cba16c4e-6615-46a6-aa9f-d104c1bf2139" alt="The L-39NG had its first flight in December 2018. (Credit: Aero Vodochody)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">The L-39NG had its first flight in December 2018. (Credit: Aero Vodochody)</p></div><p>Under a newly signed agreement, Tombor will own 51% of the joint venture, while Omnipol will own the remaining 49% and oversee Aero Vodochody&rsquo;s daily operations, Aero said on 11 June. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.</p><p>Richard H&aacute;va, whose family owns Omnipol, said Aero has &ldquo;huge potential for the future&rdquo; and that the new owners plan to &ldquo;develop all three pillars&rdquo; of the company&rsquo;s existing activities: aircraft manufacturing, aircraft support, and co-operation with the world&rsquo;s major aerospace manufacturers.</p><p>Aero and Omnipol have a long working relationship. Omnipol has handled most of Aero&rsquo;s aircraft exports for decades and has been helping it develop the L-39NG trainer jet for the past five years. </p><p>Penta co-owner Marek Dospiva said his firm transformed Aero from a money-losing operation into a &ldquo;thriving company&rdquo;, but decided to sell it to focus on other investments in its portfolio. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>urn:uuid:36dcd45f-62fd-4f91-8ef7-e79f24f12da9http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/indonesia-signs-preamble-contract-for-first-iver-huitfeldt-variant-frigate Indonesia signs preamble contract for first Iver Huitfeldt-variant frigateThe Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a preamble contract that paves the way for the country to procure its first-ever frigate from Denmark.Fri, 12 Jun 2020 08:27:26 Z<div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]ed098cec-2ff0-4fa3-9c59-f55753573df7" alt="Denmark鈥檚 first-of-class Iver Huitfeldt frigate. Indonesia has signed a preamble contract, with the intention to eventually procure a variant of the ship for its requirements. (Guy Toremans)"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">Denmark&rsquo;s first-of-class Iver Huitfeldt frigate. Indonesia has signed a preamble contract, with the intention to eventually procure a variant of the ship for its requirements. (Guy Toremans)</p></div><p>The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a preamble contract that paves the way for the country to procure its first-ever frigate from Denmark. </p><p>The contract was signed on 30 April in the presence of representatives from the MOD, state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, and PT Sinar Kokoh Persada, the Indonesian agent for Danish company Odense Maritime Technology (OMT).</p><p>Among articles covered in the preamble contract include workshare arrangements that will be taken once an actual contract for the first vessel materialises, a defence industry source close to the matter has confirmed with <em>Janes</em> while providing documentary evidence of the occasion. </p><p>As first reported by <em>Janes</em> in March 2019, Indonesia has grown increasingly keen on a variant of the <em>Iver Huitfeldt</em> -class frigate, three of which are in service with the Royal Danish Navy, for the country&rsquo;s own two-ship surface combatant requirement. </p><p>A piece of unclassified correspondence between the country&rsquo;s then-defence minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, and the cabinet secretary of President Joko Widodo provided to <em>Janes</em> that month made the case for the <em>Iver Huitfeldt</em> class as one that features &ldquo;reliable combat capabilities, and can operate in the extremities of Indonesia&rsquo;s exclusive economic zone&rdquo;. </p><p>The <em>Iver Huitfeldt</em> class displaces 6,600 tonnes at full load, and is powered by four MTU 20V 8000 M70 diesel engines in a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration, giving it a top speed of about 28 kt. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>urn:uuid:6fa3b8fb-82be-4610-9213-f5d5fa04bc46http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/limited-ice-going-capabilities-offer-mission-flexibility-for-brazils-new-submarine-rescue-ship Limited ice-going capabilities offer mission flexibility for Brazil's new submarine rescue shipThe Brazilian Navy鈥檚 new submarine rescue ship NSS Guillobel (ex-Adams Challenge) is able to operate in mild glacial temperatures, which will enable it to support some...Thu, 11 Jun 2020 15:15:44 Z<p>The Brazilian Navy鈥檚 new submarine rescue ship NSS <em>Guillobel</em> (ex-<em>Adams Challenge</em>) is able to operate in mild glacial temperatures, which will enable it to support some Antarctic missions, the service told <em>Janes</em>.</p> <div class="container"> <img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]cde0691d-b159-4ac7-a921-fec023bcde40" alt=" NSS Guillobel (ex- Adams Challenge ) (Brazilian Navy)"> <p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small"> NSS Guillobel (ex- Adams Challenge ) (Brazilian Navy)</p></div> <p>Unlike its predecessor, NSS <em>Felinto Perry</em> (K 11), the newly commissioned submarine rescue vessel has received a red-white paint scheme, demonstrating its ice-going capabilities. </p> <p>A Brazilian Navy spokesperson told <em>Janes</em> on 5 June that certain features of the hull design as well as auxiliary machinery will enable the vessel to operate in mild glacial temperatures such as those recorded in the Antarctic summer. These limited features will offer some mission flexibility that will enable <em>Guillobel</em> to support the Brazilian Antarctic Program (PROANTAR) under specific conditions, the spokesperson said. </p> <p>The materials used for the construction of the vessel enable operations in cold waters up to 5掳C and in ambient shade temperatures as low as 鈥?0掳C, which enabled the navy to adopt the red-white paint scheme that will increase the chances for the vessel to be used in Antarctic missions. The vessel is designed with the classification requirements for side-impact, has a flared bulbous bow, a transom stern, a round bilge hull, and a double plate skeg in the centreline aft.</p> <p>NSS <em>Guillobel</em> was commissioned into service with the Brazilian Navy on 12 May. It was acquired by Brazil in October 2019 to support its new submarines being built under the PROSUB programme and to replace its existing submarine rescue vessel <em>Felinto Perry</em>. It was built by Spain鈥檚 Balenciaga Shipyard in 2009 and previously operated by Bahraini company Adams Offshore under the name <em>Adams Challenge</em></p>urn:uuid:65deff1c-c5a5-4d21-a7d2-4cc8dbdd1358http://www.dqyukg.icu/defence-news/mid-life-upgrade-completed-for-second-ran-anzac-class-frigate Mid-life upgrade completed for second RAN Anzac-class frigateThe second of eight Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac-class frigates has completed an extensive mid-life capability assurance programme featuring numerous upgrades,...Thu, 11 Jun 2020 14:14:28 Z<p>The second of eight Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac-class frigates has completed an extensive mid-life capability assurance programme featuring numerous upgrades, including the installation of a second-generation CEAFAR2-L active phased-array air search radar.</p><p>Work on HMAS <em>Anzac</em> began at the BAE Systems Australia facility in Henderson, Western Australia in September 2018 and was completed in May 2020. Several weeks of sea trials were set to start on 11 June followed by handover to the RAN. </p><div class="container"><img src="[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]071e438a-e0ef-41cf-a6bb-f6a0d7957d4d" alt=" HMAS Anzac (seen here post upgrade) is the second of eight RAN frigates of the class to have completed the AMCAP programme. (BAE Systems Australia )"><p class="text-body text-sm-center text-muted small">HMAS Anzac (seen here post upgrade) is the second of eight RAN frigates of the class to have completed the AMCAP programme. (BAE Systems Australia )</p></div><p>Work on the third-of-class, HMAS <em>Warramunga</em> , began in September 2019 and is expected to be completed in September 2020. The programme for all eight ships is scheduled for completion early in 2024. </p><p>The Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) forms the major work element within an AUD2 billion (USD1.38 billion) Warship Asset Management Agreement signed in April 2016.</p><p>Under the eight-year programme BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia, Naval Ship Management, and the Australian government jointly support the 3,600-tonne Anzac-class frigates until their replacement in the 2030s - under Project Sea 5000 by nine Hunter-class Future Frigates based on BAE Systems&rsquo; Type 26 Global Combat Ship.</p><p>The AMCAP scope of work includes the replacement under Project Sea 1448 4B of the ageing Raytheon SPS-49(V)8 ANZ long-range air search radar with the CEAFAR2-L.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>大发信誉赌城