Vietnam Fabricated Components Igla Shoulder-Fired Missiles

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HANOI, -- The Missile Institute staff has researched and manufactured successfully e-9P516 block - key components of the structure Igla shoulder-launched missiles.

The scientific staff of the Institute of Missile Institute of Science and Technology Military - MOD research has designed, fabricated electronic block type 9P516.  This is the main component of the structure 9P516 missile launcher Igla , prepared release function and Igla missile launcher in battle.

According to Colonel Do Tuan Cuong, Head of Technical Applications missile, Missile Institute, author of the project "Research, design and manufacture of electronic block type 9P516 Igla missiles ", the team has mastered the technology and manufacturing electronic volume 6 of technical standards abroad; was transferred to the plant in the country overall structure assembled reporters.

The author has completed the design documentation, materials technology electronics manufacturing sector in accordance with the conditions of skilled technicians and workers Vietnam.

Based on the technology employed, the scientists also studied improvements, localized electronic block type 9P516 . Results, 2/4 block of electronic boards have been fully localized (produced from materials and components in the country), tested compatible and works well with the table structure prototype launcher; 2 other tables being studied under the direction of components used in combination with a foreign country, the first step to good results.

The study design, fabrication successful electronic block type 9P516 high practical significance, to help master the technology, actively source components and materials; reduce dependence on foreign experts, contribute to improving the quality of technical assurance and ability SSCD.

The 9K38 Igla Russian/Soviet man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM).

Surplus Market for AAV7 Series Remains Strong as Nations seek to expand amphibious capabilities

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NEWTOWN, -- Serial production of new-build AAV71 vehicles in the United States is dormant. Low-rate production of Samsung Techwin's KAAV7A1 licensed-production variant remains available on an as-required basis, primarily for export.

In 2013, the Philippine Ministry of Defense opened a bidding initiative aimed at acquiring eight new-build AAV7 series vehicles for eventual deployment with the country's Marine Corps.

Although no contractors responded to the MoD's initial bidding request, the subsequent process was reopened in May 2014. South Korean defense giant Samsung Techwin submitted the sole production proposal for the revived effort, offering to produce eight of its licensed KAAV7A1 variants and provide long-term logistical support for the products, at a total estimated cost of $53 million (PHP2.42 billion).

The Philippine MoD and Marines are now in the process of assessing the feasibility of Samsung Techwin's bid, and are expected to make a final decision on the contract sometime in early-to-mid 2015. Assuming the deal moves forward, production of the vehicles is scheduled to take place over the course of approximately 2.5 years subsequent to the date of contract signing.

Although the Philippine military's desire for new-build AAV7 series vehicles stands as an uncommon deviation in a marketplace that has now overwhelmingly shifted toward the acquisition of surplus vehicle stocks, its core requirement for expanded amphibious assault capabilities is nevertheless firmly in step with regional trends.

The South Korean prime Samsung Techwin has completed development and firing trials of a new generation remote weapon station (RWS) for the BAE Systems AAV7A1 (LVTP7A1) amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) used by the Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC).


Philippine Air Force S-211 to get environmental control system upgrade

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has allocated PhP39,614,257.57 for the acquisition of spares needed for the upgrading of the environmental control system of one of its SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet aircraft.

The environmental control system provides air supply, thermal control and cabin pressurization for the crew and passengers.

Avionics cooling, smoke detection, and fire suppression are also commonly considered part of an aircraft's environmental control system.

Pre-bid conference is scheduled for March 30 at 11 the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City. On the other hand, bid opening and submission is scheduled for April 14 at 9 a.m. at the same venue.

Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last five years.

The PAF operates three to five S-211s and uses it for air defense and attack missions.

Philippine Air Force SIAI-Marchetti S.211 jet trainer / Light attack aircraft. The Philippine Air Force has 25 aircrafts, including one partially completed airframe for spare parts and 15 assembled locally by Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation. Due to accidents, 13 remain in inventory, 5 in active service as of September 2013.

Russia Successfully Test-Fires RS-26 Ballistic Missile

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MOSCOW, -- The missile’s dummy warhead hit its target at the Sary Shagan range in Kazakhstan just minutes after takeoff from the Kapustin Yar rocket launch and development site in the southern Astrakhan region on March 18, Kommersant newspaper reported Thursday, citing a Defense Ministry source in Moscow.

The initial test launch of the RS-26 ICBM from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on September 28, 2011, fell through, with the missile veering off course and landing just eight kilometers from the launch site. All subsequent tests in 2012, 2013 and 2015 proved successful.

Currently it is unknown whether this missile carries a single warhead or Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs). Both configurations were tested in 2013.

Rubezh is more accurate than current ballistic missiles and is  capable of penetrating even the most sophisticated missile defenses.

The RS-26 Rubezh is expected to become operational in 2016.

  The Russian Strategic Missile Forces  RS-26 Rubezh (also known as Avangard) is a Russian solid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile with reported hypersonic warheads in advanced stages of development as of early 2015, based on the previous RS-24 Yars. 
However it has a different weight class and is smaller than current Russian Topol-M and Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles. In terms of dimensions it is similar to the new Russian submarine-launched Bulava.

U.S. Rescues Saudi Pilots from Crashed Fighter Jet

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. rescued two Saudi Arabian airmen from the Gulf of Aden after their two-seater F-15 fighter jet crashed Thursday, a U.S. defense official said Friday.

The jet appears to have been taking part in operations over Yemen, however, the defense official wouldn’t say why the airmen ejected from the F-15 or why the plane went down over international waters.

Saudi Arabia requested assistance on Thursday afternoon Washington time from the U.S. after the airmen ejected from their plane, the official said.

An HH-60 helicopter flying from Djibouti, where the U.S. maintains a major regional base, recovered the two Saudi airmen at approximately 5:20 p.m. ET on Thursday. The recovery operation took about two hours from the time of notification to the rescue of the airmen, the defense official said.

The rescue operation, the official said, was coordinated by the USS Sterett, a destroyer operating in the region. The USS New York was also involved in the rescue, the official said.

The defense official said the two airmen were ambulatory after they recovered, but referred further questions to the Saudi government.

The request for assistance, the official said, was handled on the tactical level, not requiring contacts at high levels between the two governments. Military planners in the region took the call for emergency assistance and contacted the USS Sterett, which began the hunt for the pilots and called in the HH-60 from Djibouti

“It’s a great example of the logistical assistance we are providing,” said the U.S. official. The rescued airmen were initially taken back to the U.S. base in Djibouti, officials said.

The Saudi plane wasn’t shot down by enemy fire, the official said. While a mechanical problem is suspected, an investigation continues, the official said.

Saudi officials in Washington didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Also Friday, President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz. Mr. Obama expressed appreciation for the Saudi efforts. The White House said the two leaders also agreed there was no military solution to the Yemeni crisis and urged talks.

A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA "Saudi Advance" Eagle Strike fighter is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter aircraft. The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) F-15SA is an advanced fighter jet aircraft version of the F-15E Strike Eagle featuring state-of-the-art sensors and a wide range of guided and smart munitions. In December 2011 the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia agreed with Boeing and the United States Government (USG) the purchase of 84 new-built F-15SA aircraft plus 12 options and the upgrade of 70 existing F-15E/F-15S to the SA standard under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.


First of 3 C-295s to be turned over to PAF Monday

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Air Force's first Airbus Military C-295, which arrived in the country last March 22, will be formally turned over to the PAF Monday.

This will take place after a blessing ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya said.

"The additional C-295s will enhance the overall capability of the PAF in providing airlift requirements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations," he added.

Lift requirements of the PAF is presently being carried about by the three Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" and three Fokker F-27 "Friendship" transport aircraft.

The PAF has an existing order for three C-295s from Airbus Military.

The contract is worth PHP5.29 billion. It was signed last year.

Training for the first batch composed of four PAF pilots and 24 maintenance crew was done in Seville, Spain and was completed last March 10.

"Succeeding training for pilots will continue this year in anticipation of the delivery of two more C-295s," Canaya stressed.

The first C-295 arrived at Clark Air Base, Pampanga in the afternoon of March 22.

Its arrival is five months earlier than the scheduled August delivery date.

Canaya said the C-295 is categorized as medium lift aircraft equivalent to the Fokker F-27 aircraft being maintained by the 220th Airlift Wing, the C-295s have rear ramp door similar to that of the C-130s for easier access and loading/unloading of passengers and cargoes.

"Thus, it can augment in the type missions performed by the C-130s for lesser payload requirements," the PAF spokesperson stressed.

He added that the C-295s can carry as much as 71 passengers, 50 paratroops, 24 stretchers with five to seven attendants or up to about 20,000 lbs of cargoes.

It is capable of short field landing and takeoff.

"The two other C-295 is expected in 2016 but earlier delivery is a possibility," Canaya said.

Canaya said the aircraft departed from Seville, Spain last March 16 where it was assembled.

It was flown into the country by civilian pilots and crew of Airbus Military.

Airbus won the Department of National Defense medium lift aircraft program by tendering a bid for PHP5.29-billion for three aircraft last year.

This is considerable lower than the PHP5.3-billion stipulated in the contract.

The Philippine Air Force C-295M tactical military transport aircraft at Clark Air Base.

Boeing, Destini Prima To Explore Service Opportunities For AH-6i Helicopters

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KUALA LUMPUR, -- Boeing and Destini Prima Sdn Bhd, a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) supplier for aviation safety equipment, today signed an agreement to explore potential opportunities for Destini Prima to provide services and support for Boeing's AH-6i helicopter.

Boeing's AH-6i, a light attack/reconnaissance helicopter, is currently being considered by the Malaysian government to fulfill the country's attack helicopter requirement, it said in a statement.

Under the agreement, the two companies will discuss opportunities for Destini Prima, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Destini Bhd, to expand its current expertise in aviation safety MRO to provide services and support for aircraft such as component maintenance.

"Exploring the possibilities for Destini Prima to build on its current services portfolio would not only benefit Destini Prima's business, but also is consistent with Boeing's aims to help expand opportunities throughout Malaysia's aerospace and defence industry," Jim Armington, East Asia & Pacific International Business Development Vice-President, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said.

Destini Prima Chief Executive Officer Tunku Johan Mansur said, "We are delighted to cooperate with Boeing to identify efficient and effective support solutions for the AH-6i helicopter and expand our aircraft-support capabilities."

The Destini Group is a leading Malaysian integrated engineering solutions provider, while Destini Prima specialises in maintenance, repair and overhaul of safety and survival products and spares for the aviation industry.

The group holds internationally recognised certifications from leading industrial regulatory and accreditation authorities.

The Boeing AH-6 is a series of light helicopter gunships based on the MH-6 Little Bird and MD 500 family.

China slams 'hypocritical' Philippines over sea row

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BEIJING / MANILA, – Beijing escalated its war of words with the Philippines over the South China Sea on Friday, March 27, decrying Manila as "hypocritical" for criticizing its land reclamation works in the area.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying's denunciation came one day after the Philippine foreign secretary accused Beijing of "accelerating its expansionist agenda" and maintained that Manila would resume its own construction in the South China Sea.

"The Philippines criticized China's normal construction on our own islands, but in the meantime it claims to resume its construction, such as airstrips on Chinese islands it has illegally occupied," Hua said at a regular briefing.

"This does not only violate China's territorial sovereignty but also reveals (the Philippines') hypocritical nature," she added.

Beijing insists it has sovereign rights to nearly all of the resource-rich sea, even areas approaching the coasts of the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations, based on a 1940s Chinese map with segmented dashes outlining its territory.

But the dashes, now nine in number, are in some places more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the nearest major Chinese landmass and well within the exclusive economic zones of its neighbors.

The dispute – with Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also claiming parts of the sea – has for decades been a source of deep regional tension and occasional military conflict.

Tensions have escalated sharply in recent years as China has moved to increase its presence and assert its authority in the waters.

On Thursday, March 26, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said China was trying to undermine a United Nations tribunal that is due to rule early next year on a challenge by Manila to Beijing's claims.

"China is accelerating its expansionist agenda and changing the status quo to actualize its nine-dash line claim and to control nearly the entire South China Sea before... the handing down of a decision of the arbitral tribunal on the Philippine submission," del Rosario said.

China maintains that it does not accept the UN's arbitration of the dispute, which it insists should be handled directly between Beijing and Manila.

"We once again ask the Philippines to withdraw all personnel and facilities from its illegally occupied Chinese islands and stop all wrong words and actions that violate Chinese territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests," Hua said.

Chinese reclamation work is well advanced on six Spratly reefs and workers are building ports and fuel storage depots and airstrips. These actions are considered destabilizing and in violation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and international law,” the DFA said in a statement.

Philippines‬ to forego ‪repair‬ of Pag-asa Island ‪airstrip‬

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MANILA‬, -- Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Friday said the military would not push through with its planned maintenance repair works on Pag-asa Island, one of the Philippine territories China is also claiming in the Spratlys.

In a chance interview after an earthquake drill in Marikina City, Gazmin said the military could not proceed with the repair of its facilities on Pag-asa Island including its eroding airstrip as doing so would require the construction of a pier.

Only a day before, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the repair of the airstrip would not violate the code of conduct among claimant-countries in the South China Sea.

“Repair and maintenance, that’s okay with us. But before we bring in construction materials there, we need to put up a pier to allow the entry of ships. So that will totally change the landscape. That’s against the DOC,” Gazmin said.

Gazmin was referring to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), a non-binding agreement signed by China and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEN) which includes the Philippines.

The agreement aimed to ease the tension between countries that have claims over the mineral resources-rich Spratly Islands.

Gazmin pointed out that the landscape of Pag-asa Island might be changed if the military will put up a pier in order to accommodate the ships that would carry the construction materials for the repair works. He said such move is in violation of the DOC.

“We cannot repair (our facilities) because the construction materials will be coming from the outside,” Gazmin said.

Gazmin said it was impractical and very expensive to use aircraft in transporting the materials to the island.

“If it will be by aircraft, it will be very very expensive and very impractical. So you have to bring in the boat but the boat cannot come in because there is no pier,” Gazmin said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has long planned to repair its facilities in Pag-asa, including its dilapidated runway. The AFP, however, did not push through with its plan as the tensions between the Philippines and China over the disputed islands in Spratly escalated last year.

Pag-asa is one of the nine islands occupied by the Philippines in the disputed chain of islands and islets in South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. These chain of islands and islets are commonly referred as the Spratly Islands.

The seat of government of Kalayaan town in Palawan is situated on Pag-asa Island.

Just on Thursday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said government could actually conduct repair works in the islands it occupies in West Philippine Sea as it is not covered by the DOC.

“I think the violation of the DOC is in terms of massive reclamation and we have said that maintenance and repair [are] not covered by the portion of the DOC which says repair and maintenance [do] not raise tension,” Del Rosario said.

Under the DOC, parties agreed “to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that woul complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features and to handle their differences in a constructive manner”.

The agreement, however, lacks the power to sanction states that will violate its provisions.

China and the ASEAN have yet to craft a code of conduct on exploration in West Philippine Sea or South China Sea, which is envisioned to be a legally-binding document.

It has been earlier reported that China is conducting massive reclamation works in several islands in the disputed territory.

Aside from China and the Philippines, other countries who have claims over Spratlys are Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command  officials visit Pag-Asa Island in Palawan.

KDB Darulehsan arriver in Muara after joining Multi Nations Maritime Security Exercise in Langkawi

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MUARA NAVAL BASE, -- KDB DARULEHSAN arrived safely at Jetty Bravo, Muara Naval Base this morning after successfully joined the Multi Nations Maritime Security Exercise (MNMSX) in Langkawi in conjunction to the 13th Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2015 (LIMA’15), Malaysia.

Present to receive the ship was the Deputy Commander of Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), Lieutenant Colonel (L) Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili@Suhaily and RBN Fleet Commander, Lieutenant Colonel (L) Pg Mohammad bin Pg Haji Damit along with RBN senior officers and personnel as well as families of the deployed personnel.

To bless the ceremony, a Doa Selamat was recited by Private Mohd Raduan bin Mohd Kamaluddin, from Royal Brunei Armed Forces Religious Department and followed by the Deputy Commander of RBN greeting the ship Commanding officer and the Officers of KDB DARULEHSAN onboard.

19 naval ships of various classes from ten countries joined the MNMSX to demonstrate the practical cooperation amongst the participating navies. The countries are, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and the United States.

The participation of KDB DARULEHSAN has showcased its ability to interoperate with different navies through practical exercises and it is also aimed to enhance understanding, consensus, mutual trust as well as friendship. KDB DARULEHSAN also took the opportunity to promote the culture of Brunei Darussalam by partaking in the LIMA ‘15 International Maritime Cultural and Food Festival as part of the LIMA ’15 incorporated events.

Royal Brunei Navy KDB DARULEHSAN Darussalam class offshore patrol vessel arrived safely at Jetty Bravo, Muara Naval base.

Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

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WASHINGTON, -- After more than ten years without deploying, the big deck amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is ready to ship out to lead an amphibious ready group (ARG) deployment next summer, the Navy said on Thursday.

The news comes as the ship and its crew completed a round of testing to prove repairs to Wasp’s troubled combat systems were successful.

“After a highly successful combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT), Wasp has sent a clear, concise and concussive message to the fleet: She is back in the fight,” read an enthusiastic press statement from the ship’s public affairs shop.

The more than two months of testing proved the ship’s close in weapon systems (CIWS), Mk 38 25 mm gun mounts and launches of a RIM-7 NATO Sea Sparrow and a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) and its electronic warfare suite.

“As a result of these successful engagements, Wasp was found fully mission capable in combat systems operations,” read the release.

The positive test results follow an upgrade of Wasp’s combat systems to the fleet standard Ship Self Defense Support System (SSDS) as part of a 2014 availability at BAe Systems.

“The last two years have been all about maintenance, including time in dry dock,” said Capt. Kurt Kastner, Wasp commanding officer.
“Many of the crew have never been underway in Wasp. We have a newly installed combat system and ship’s network that will take the crew some time to train on. We also have a very compressed schedule with basic phase events, flag officer high interest port visits and the Joint Strike Fighter operational testing.”

Wasp has been operating in a reduced capacity from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. since its last deployment in 2004 and has served as test platform for the Marine Corps short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

It was taken out of the deployment cycle due to the obsolescence of its mid-1980s Advanced Combat Direction System (ACDS), “automated command-and-control system that in the mid-1980s was envisioned as a centralized means for aircraft carriers and “big deck” assault ships to collect and sort combat information,” according to a 2012 report in Defense News.

After the ACDS system on Wasp failed a qualification in 2009, the ship was assigned the duty of the STOVL JSF test platform.

The ship is now scheduled to undergo flight deck and welldeck certification in the near future, according to the service.

“The crew onboard now had nothing to do with decisions that were made ten years – or longer – ago that took Wasp out of the deployment rotation, Kastner said.
“We are now the ones who will bring the ship back into the rotation and we are scheduled to deploy in the summer of 2016. It’s going to happen.”

The USS Wasp (LHD 1) is a U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship.

Submarine Plan Resurfaces with Backing from PM

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BANGKOK, -- A plan to buy submarines for the Royal Thai Navy is on again with strong backing from Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who wants Thailand’s fleet to be on par with neighbouring countries.

The sub plan, which has surfaced periodically over the years, re-emerged when Gen Prawit on Wednesday said the country needed to equip its navy with submarines as part of efforts to modernise the armed forces.

The defence minister said chances were good that the navy can fulfil its deep yearning for submarines, but he stopped short of saying when funds would be allocated.

"I can't say exactly how many percent (chance there is). But when I said the navy has a chance, it means more than 50% or 60%,'' he told reporters. The budget could be around 36 billion baht.

In July, the navy opened an ultra-modern, 540-million-baht submarine base and training centre in Chon Buri province, even though the country doesn't own a single sub.

Thailand has not had a submarine since 1951, but has been trying for several years to get some. In 2011, the military negotiated to buy six small used submarines from Germany for 7.7 billion baht and considered buying two larger new vessels from South Korea, but both deals fell through.

Navy officials say they want submarines to protect the Gulf of Thailand and Thai interests on the high seas. But one worry is the spat over the South China Sea's Spratly Islands — claimed in part or in part or in whole by Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam — could erupt into a regional conflict that destabilises the region.

The high-ticket price was the factor, however, that ultimately sank the submarine plan. This week, however, Gen Prawit asserted that the country needs submarines to keep up with other Asean countries Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam all have them.

Keeping up with the neighbours

A navy source said the navy quietly set up a committee commanded by chief of staff Thanarat Ubon to dust off the project in December after Gen Prawit gave navy officers a green light. The panellists visited Germany, Spain and South Korea, with China set to be their next stop in investigating sub sellers.

The navy wants to buy two diesel-powered submarines with displacement of 2,400-3,000 tonnes. The source said the Chinese-made Yuan class is favoured by the committee due to its specifications. The U-class from South Korea and Germany also pinged the sonar screen.

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan offered to sell weapons with special conditions and ''friendship price tags'' to Thailand twice when Gen Prawit visited Beijing in November. The offer, which also included 10-year payment plans, was repeated when the Chinese minister came to Bangkok last month.

The source said navy chief Adm Kraisorn Chansuwanit planned to swap the position between Adm Thanarat and Narongphol Na Bangchang, who is a deputy chief of staff at the Supreme Command, in a mid-year reshuffle to speed up the sub project. Adm Narongphol was a key figure on the submarine team before he was moved to the Supreme Command, the source added.

The Type 039A submarine (NATO reporting name Yuan-class) is a class of diesel-electric submarine in China's People's Liberation Army Navy.

Canberra taking steps to full flight

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CANBERRA, -- The Navy's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit is onboard Canberra conducting the trials with two MRH 90 helicopters from 808 Squadron and one S70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron, along with their flight teams, to support the trials.

Canberra’s Commander Air, Commander Paul Moggach, said the trials were required to set operating limits for the Landing Helicopter Dock’s six spot flight deck.

“These trials are critical to the safe operation of helicopters onboard. The resulting operating limits will be used by all helicopters that operate from the deck of either Canberra or Adelaide during the course their life,” Commander Moggach said.

“Aircraft operating limits take into consideration things like wind speed and direction, weight of the aircraft and the pitch and roll of the moving flight deck - and with six spots to individually test along with aft facing and running landings, the scale of the trials is significant.

“The successful completion of these trials relies on close coordination between the ship, the trials unit, the embarked flight and Fleet Aviation support staff,” he said.

Ship helicopter operating limits are developed for all aspects of operations, including launch, recovery, degraded states of recovery, vertical replenishment and on deck evolutions such as aircraft movement or refuelling. These are then overlaid to whole ship evolutions including amphibious operations using the ship’s Landing Craft.

Among other firsts, Canberra has completed her first helicopter hot deck refuelling and the first concurrent helicopter serial, with two helicopters operating from the deck at the same time.

Also part of the trials is the movement of air aircraft around the six-spot flight deck and between the hangar and flight deck via the ship’s two aircraft lifts.

Commander Moggach said Canberra’s newly formed category of Aviation Support personnel were doing a great job to satisfy the requirements of the testing.

Canberra’s Air Department is made up of Aviation Engineering and Aviation Support personnel and Commander Moggach said the entire team is working well together.

“I am particularly proud of the work done by the whole team who are working long days in a relatively new environment to support the trials,” Commander Moggach said.

“It is great to see the team operating at sea with helicopters in a multi-spot flight deck environment - just as they have trained for,” he said.

Able Seaman Aviation Support Gabriella Hayllar’s role is to handle the aircraft while they are on the deck as well as being the first response to flight deck emergencies and she said it was great to be doing her job at sea.

“My role involves moving the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck into position, lashing or unlashing the helicopters as they launch and recover as well supporting a range of other deck activities such as crash rescue fire fighting, casualty extraction and immediate first aid response to aircrew ,” Able Seaman Hayllar said.

“After training and working at 808 and 816 Squadrons ashore, it is great to be at sea on Canberra working a multi-spot flight deck with aircraft manoeuvring in different sea states.

“There is a lot we still have to learn, and it’s great to have the Squadrons embarked as there are many familiar faces onboard as we go through this process.

“The biggest challenge so far has been the heat and the big jump in tempo as we move and operate aircraft on and off the deck. It is a really exciting time,” she said.

Canberra departed Jervis Bay to conduct hot weather trials off the coast of Townsville before she proceeds south in April to do cold weather flight trials off Tasmania. The ship will return to Fleet Base East, Sydney in May before commencing her work up at sea across all her capabilities.

An S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter, takes off from the deck of HMAS Canberra in Jervis Bay, during First of Class Flight Trials.

PHOTO of the Day! The ‪Myanmar‬ Armed Forces 70th ‪‎anniversary‬ Armed Forces Day

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Photo submitted by : Yan Myo Naing
From: The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Description: The Artillery ‪‎Corp's 240mm Guided MLRS has shown in 70th Myanmar Armed Force Day.

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CPI Aero Awarded a Contract by Northrop Grumman for Its Airborne Laser Mine Detection System Program With a Potential Value of $6.75 Million

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EDGEWOOD, -- CPI Aerostructures, Inc. has been awarded a $1.21 million contract by Northrop Grumman Corporation to manufacture pod structural housings for the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $6.75 million.

In December 2014, the U.S. Navy issued a contract to Northrop Grumman to deliver five additional Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) systems. The contract also includes five subsequent options to deliver follow-on Full Rate Production (FRP) systems at a maximum order quantity of four systems per option. CPI Aero will manufacture pod structural housings under this new contract, with deliveries scheduled to commence in early 2016. The period of performance of the entire CPI Aero contract, including option periods, is through 2021.

Since 2005, CPI Aero has delivered 18 ALMDS pod structural housings for the U.S. Navy's LRIP Phases 1 through 4 and other Foreign sales. Northrop Grumman's ALMDS is part of the mine countermeasure mission package on the U.S. Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship and is designed to find and geolocate mine-like objects in waters near the ocean's surface, where aircraft carriers and expeditionary strike groups must operate.

The ALMDS is mounted on an MH-60S helicopter. The pod structural housings to be built by CPI Aero are pressurized and contain the thermally conditioned ALMDS laser and electronics.

Northrop Grumman AN AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) integrated into the MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter.

Boeing progresses Malaysian Hornet upgrade programme

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KUALA LUMPUR, -- Boeing is more than halfway through a programme to upgrade the mission systems on board the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF's) fleet of eight F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft as it seeks to increase its presence in the market.

A Boeing spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 26 March that system modifications on six of the eight RMAF Hornets have so far been completed. IHS Jane's understands that the upgrade brings the software capabilities of the RMAF aircraft to a comparable standard to that of the US Navy and Marine Corps.

The programme, which is progressing as a US Foreign Military Sale, also allows the RMAF Hornets to operate the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) and the joint direct attack munition (JDAM).

A Royal Malaysian Airforce Boeing F/A-18 Hornet during Cope Taufan 2012.


An Indian Navy surveillance aircraft crashed about 25 nautical miles south-west off Goa with two officers on-board missing.

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MUMBAI, — An Indian Navy surveillance aircraft crashed south-west off Goa coast with two officers missing while one has been rescued.

The Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft, which was on a routine training sortie, crashed about 25 nautical miles south-west off Goa coast last night. The Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry into the crash.

A full-scale search and rescue operation involving nine ships and few aircraft was launched, the Navy said. "One survivor has been rescued. Search is on to locate two more officers -- a pilot and an observer," Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said in New Delhi.

The rescued officer, Commander Nikhil Joshi, has been seriously injured in the crash but is stable, Sharma said. The Naval air station at Goa lost communication with the aircraft at 10.02 PM, a statement from Navy said. The aircraft is feared to have ditched soon thereafter, it said. Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan has rushed to Goa to take stock of the situation.

Co pilot Sub Lt Nagori and observer Lt Kiran Shekhawat is still missing. Navy has deployed nine ships, helicopeters and planes off goa to look out for the missing officers. The aircraft was reportedly on a low level flying operation. The search and rescue operation is likely to continue for another 72 hours atleast. Crashed plane belonged to 310 Cobra sqn of Goa-based INS Hansa.  According to reports, first lot of debris have now been recovered by the naval ships. Search is on for finding other part of debris.

 HM-673 Indian Air Force Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft.

DND issues partial notice of termination for 21 'Huey' combat utility helicopters

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MANILA,  -- For failing to deliver the 21 UH-I "Huey" combat utility helicopters on the stipulated time, the Department of National Defense (DND) issued a notice of partial termination to suppliers Rice Aircraft Services Inc. and Eagle Copters Ltd. on Wednesday.

The two companies earlier formed a joint venture to supply 21 UH-I helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) for PhP1,263,600,000.

"In compliance with Section 88, Rule XXII of the IRR of Republic Act No. 9184 (Philippine Procurement Law), the contract agreement between the DND/AFP and the Joint Venture of Rice Aircraft Services Inc. and Eagle Copters Ltd. for the supply and delivery of 21 UH-I helicopters for the PAF with corresponding contract price of PhP1,263,600,000 shall be partially terminated for exceeding the ten percent maximum liquidated damages," the DND order signed by Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said.

The letter was sent to Robert Rice Jr., the representative of the joint venture.

"Liquidated damages" refers to "at least equal to the one-tenth of the one percent of the cost of the underperformed portion of every day of delay."

And once the "cumulative amount of the liquidated damages reaches 10 percent of the amount of the contract, the procuring entity shall rescind the contract without prejudice to the other courses of action and remedies open to it," DND said.

It added that maximum liquidated damages was reached last Jan. 31.

“You failed to comply with the agreed schedule of requirement of the contract agreement, which provides that the delivery should be within 180 calendar days upon opening of the Letter of Credit… The deadline for the delivery for the contract is on 23 September 2014,” the DND stressed.

It added that eight out of the 21 choppers were only delivered as of Wednesday.

Rice and its joint venture partner were given seven days to respond to the termination letter.

Four (4) upgraded UH1Ds and two regular hueys were formally accepted today March 11, 2015.

Myanmar signs deal to buy Thunder fighter from Pakistan

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BEIJING / NAYPYIDAW, -- Though four Chinese civilians were killed by bombs dropped by MiG-29 fighters of the Myanmar Air Force, sources from Pakistan's Ministry of Defense said that a contract had been signed for Islamabad to sell the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, also known as the FC-1 Xiaolong, which was jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, to Naypyidaw, Islamabad's Capital Television reported on March 18.

The report said various countries including Nigeria, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Myanmar had shown great interest in purchasing the fighter from Pakistan because its price is much cheaper than other fighter jets of the same class such as the F-16 and the Eurofighter. Myanmar demonstrated its interest in the fighter back in June 2014, according to the the Myanmar Times.

Myanmar also wants to build a production line with the assistance of China and Pakistan to build the fighter for itself. Thanks to previous cooperation with China, Myanmar already has experience in producing Chinese aircraft such as the J-7 fighter or Q-5 attacker.

The purchase of the Thunder has not yet been confirmed by government officials in Mayamar. Pakistan is pushing hard to sell the fighter to foreign markets but none of the countries mentioned above has yet made a decision.

The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China JF-17 Thunder Multi-role combat aircraft.


GRSE negotiating for building warships for Philippines

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KOLKATA, -- After making India's first warship for export, the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) is negotiating for delivery of two light frigates to the Philippines, an official said here on Monday.

The GRSE-built offshore patrol vessel (OPV) CGS Barracuda was commissioned by the National Coast Guard of Mauritius earlier in the month at Port Louis Harbour during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The success of Barracuda has generated a lot of interest in the GRSE among foreign countries. Right now we are doing a technical negotiation for two light frigates for Philippines," GRSE chairman and managing director Rear Admiral A.K. Verma (retd.) said here.

"The price bids are being finalised. Our competitors are Europeans and (South) Korean firms, so it's a big challenge for us. But if we get it, it will be a very big achievement both for the GRSE and the country," said Verma.

Verma was speaking during the launch of a GRSE-built Landing Craft Utility (LCU) for the Indian Navy.

Verma said the defence miniratna PSU was in competition with six foreign ship yards including Navantia, Spain; STX France; and Hyundai, Daewoo, and STX from Korea.

The GRSE which delivered India's first indigenously-built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette, INS Kamorta, to the Indian Navy is working on 15 more ships.

"The INS Kamorta was the 93rd ship that we built and delivered.

No other shipyard in the country has this recognition. Currently we are working on orders of 15 more ships for the navy," said Verma.

The INS Kamorta is the first of four anti-submarine Kamorta-class stealth corvettes which has been built for the Indian Navy.

Japan, Australia Could Add To Osprey Order Book

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LANGKAWI, -- Bell Helicopter sees a chance that Japan will buy more MV-22 Ospreys than the 17 budgeted for the coming financial year.

Australia is also a prospective customer for the tiltrotor aircraft, a product of Bell and Boeing, says Richard Harris, Bell’s vice president for international military sales.

Japan plans to order the Osprey to strengthen its ability to move soldiers and equipment to remote islands that may be invaded or threatened with invasion. While Ospreys, able to fly faster and farther than helicopters, should make a great difference for that objective, 17 may not be enough, Harris says, speaking at Malaysia’s Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition.

Japan is preparing to launch a program, UH-X, for about 150 two-engine helicopters that could contribute to reinforcement of outlying islands. But the intended aircraft, of 5-6 metric tons (11,000-13,000 lb.) gross weight, will be more limited than the Osprey in payload, range and speed.

The outlying islands that Japan is worried about are never officially identified, but are obviously the Senkakus, which China claims under the name Diaoyu Islands.

Australia does not have missions of that sort, but industry officials note that MV-22s would bolster the effectiveness of the country’s special forces, which are repeatedly a key part of its contribution to operations in conjunction with allies.

Boeing promoted the Osprey at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon near Melbourne last month.

A suitable number of Ospreys for such a role would be 10, Harris says.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a think tank in Canberra, questions whether Australia can justify buying Ospreys when it has Boeing CH-47 Chinooks in service and Alenia Aermacchi C-27 Spartan light airlifters on order.

A  U.S. Air Force V-22 Osprey at Mildenhall AFB in Suffolk, England.

Japan prepares to commission Izumo helicopter destroyer

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BEIJING / TOKYO, -- Preparing for a potential conflict with the PLA Navy over the disputed East China Sea, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is ready to commission its most advanced helicopter destroyer, Izumo, on March 25, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

Developed by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, Izumo is the lead ship in its class of helicopter destroyer. It can carry seven anti-submarine warfare helicopters and search-and-rescue helicopters.

With five helipads on the flight deck, five helicopters can take off or land simultaneously. The ship can carry 400 troops and 50 trucks for amphibious operations. The ship has neither a ski-jump nor a catapult to launch fixed-wing aircraft but it can still become a light aircraft carrier after Japan receives F-35 Lighting fighters from the US, which have vertical take-off and landing ability.

Japan also plans to purchase 20 P-1 and P-3 patrol planes to carry out missions against Chinese submarines in the East China Sea.

China meanwhile recently launched its 25th Type 056 corvette. The vessel is also the seventh Type 056A developed for anti-submarine warfare in the East and South China seas.

Gen Nakatani, Japan's defense minister, said at the graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy of Japan on March 22 that he had taken note of the fact that China's military budget has grown by 10% annually for past five years.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) JS Izumo (DDH-183) Izumo-class helicopter destroyer.

Altriz Develops New Simulator for Malaysian Navy

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LANGKAWI, -- Malaysian company Altriz Technology is currently developing a Bridge Shiphandling Simulator (BSS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), to go alongside an earlier Fleetwork Trainer (FWT) already in operation. Together, these systems comprise what is labelled the Altriz Naval Training Simulator.

The BSS, an integrated bridge system, replicates actual ship bridges where officers can train in ship navigation and ship manoeuvring. Screens show instrumentation such as GPS displays, engine order telegraphs, electronic chart display information systems and radar displays.

Syafiq Jasmin, a senior software engineer, said Altriz commenced the project in June 2014 following a specific request from the RMN. The system uses realistic 3D modelling, and the aim is to create consoles that permit trainees a 270º view. Different weather conditions and atmospheric phenomena can be simulated.

Altriz states it uses ‘top-quality commercial off-the-shelf components to lower total cost of ownership’. The base system can also be easily customised to suit a client’s need. Thus, commercial shipbuilders are another target group for Altriz so they can demonstrate their own designs to clients.

The computer-based FWT, already in service with the RMN at the KD Pelandok naval training centre in Lumut, allows sailors to train in tactical communications and ship manoeuvring. Altriz claims, ‘It integrates computing power, 3D modelling, ship hydrodynamics, oceanography, environment and navigation charts to produce near-realistic training environments for the officers on board.’

The simulator’s screens give operators a panoramic sea view, while hydrodynamics replicates roll, pitch and yaw. A flag-hoisting feature permits sailors to train in visual signalling, while navigational elements such as turn, acceleration and deceleration replicate the characteristics of individual ship classes. Students usually learn in groups of ten, each with their own computer. A recent innovation at the RMN’s request was the addition of a radar function.

Jasmin said LIMA 2015 has given good publicity to his company. He commented that countries like Brunei and Vietnam have shown interest in the Altriz Naval Training Simulator.

Altriz Technology Bridge Shiphandling Simulator.

PAF to upgrade electrical systems of S-211 aircraft

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has allocated the sum of Php36,054,883.22 for the procurement of spare parts needed for the upgrade and maintenance of the electrical systems of one of its SIAI Marchetti S-211 jet trainer.

Pre-bid conference is scheduled for March 30, 11 a.m. PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

While submission and opening of bids is on April 14, 9 a.m. on the same venue.

Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last five years.

The PAF is known to operate between three to five units of the S-211s which is now acting as the country's fighter aircraft since the retirement of the Northrop F-5 "Tiger" interceptors in 2005.

Philippine Air Force AS. 211 Jets of the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Air Defense Wing.


DND to upgrade Gozar Air Station in Mindoro

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MANILA, – The Defense Department will upgrade the Gozar Air Station in Mindoro Occidental in line with its effort to boost the Philippines’s territorial defense capabilities.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the air station would be refitted and equipped with radars through the military’s upgrade program.

“We give primacy to the enhancement of our capability to monitor and secure our territory. Gozar Air Station will play a major role as we shift our focus from internal security operations to territorial defense,” the defense chief said in a statement.

Gazmin visited the facility last March 21 and was welcomed by local officials led by Lubang Island Mayor Juan Sanchez.

Aside from Gozar, the government is also considering installing radars in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte and Salakot in Palawan. Gazmin and other security officials visited the Salakot Air Station on Tuesday to inspect the facility.

The Philippines is upgrading its territorial defense capabilities amid the aggressive expansion of China, which has been occupying disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Security officials have repeatedly claimed that the military’s modernization program has nothing to do with the territorial dispute and is not directed against any country.

Gozar Air Station was named after Lt. Jose “Pepe” Gozar, who served as instructor in the Flying School at Zablan Air Field until the outbreak of World War II. The facility became operational in 1961.

Earlier, The STAR reported that the Philippines would acquire three air search radars from Israel to enhance its monitoring activities in the West Philippine Sea.

The radars will be acquired from state-run Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. – Elta for P2.6 billion. Defense officials have signed an implementation arrangement that would pave way to the purchase.

Officials said the radars could also be used for civil aviation because the country derives income from aircraft flying within its airspace.

The Gozar Air Station Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro -- On July 1st. 1957 the Philippines government started construction of the Gozar Air station. The radar installation incorporated was designed to guard the central south western airspace of the Philippines. 

Gozar AS (Air Station) became the main radar check-in facility for military aircraft moving between (from/to) Southeast Asia (Saigon, Danang, etc), and Clark Air Force Base, north of Manila.

The Philippines is fast tracking the acquisition of air defense surveillance radars from Israel’s Elta Systems so it can monitor intrusions in its air space.

The project worth P2.68 billion ($62.85 million*) will fund the installation of radar systems in Palawan (Mt. Salakot) to cover the West Philippines Sea (South China Sea) and old radar sites Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro (Gozar Air Station) and Pasuquin Air Station in Ilocos Norte (Paredes Air Station). 

The first radar system is expected to be installed 22 months after the notice to proceed is issued and the letter of credit is signed. The radar systems will cover a 350-nautical mile radius.

Acknowledgement: Credits to John Schuiteman for the aerial photo of Gozar

Two C-01 Rafale fighter aircraft performance permissibility in Jakarta

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JAKARTA, -- Secretly competition tension fighter aircraft manufacturers who want their products appointed as successor to the F-5E / F Tiger II Air Force increased, and today the two fighter C- French Air Force Rafale 01 stop at the Main Air Base Halim, Jakarta.

Both aircraft twin-engine multirole fighter-made Dassault Aviation, France, was transported to wear medium transport aircraft A-400M Air Force France, according to information from the Department of the Air Force Information, Monday .

They are the same contingent of the French Air Force, who previously competed at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2015, Malaysia, a few days ago. In no user ASEAN C-01 Rafale.

Air Force plans to remove the F-5E / F Tiger II made in Northrop, United States. There are several candidates who are keen filler offered, namely artificial JAS39 SAAB Gripen AB, Sweden, Eurofighter Typhoon (Eurofighter / consortium of Western Europe), F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 60 (Boeing-USA), and the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker ( Russia).

Not just Air Squadron 14 (where Tiger II incorporated) which will look for a replacement fighter, but will also build three new combat air squadron.

If we assume that a squadron of magnitude of 12 to 18 aircraft would require 48 to 64 units of fighter aircraft fitted new support system, the system of care and maintenance, training systems, and others.

The name C-01, Rafale is almost never mentioned until some time ago and now two units of fighters who participated nature Hermattan Operations, in northern Libya, it reveal itself. In addition to its technological content, products weapon France is known to have a very charming design with a high enough price.

While in Jakarta, the second unit of the C-01, Rafale it will show fly in the face of Air Force officials.

Not just in Jakarta for demonstration -Some flew Air Force fighter pilot participate as an aviator tandem- also held at the Main Air Base rd, Madiun, East Java. This air base, known as the "nest" Air Force fighter aircraft.

C-01 made Dassault Aviation Rafale (Dassault Breguet used) in several variants, the Rafale A, Rafale B, Rafale C, Rafale D, and Rafale M, specifically created to be placed in the carrier.

Rafale, Typhoon and Gripen --Everything delta wings with wing kanard-- active in humanitarian operations in the Middle East over the UN mandate, including Operation Karakal (JAS39 Gripen).

Compared to its competitors, Rafale and Gripen figure far from creepy but save lethality and high technology in wiping out an opponent in the air, sea and land.

NOTE: News information was translated via Google.

The French Rafale fighter aircraft landed at Halim AFB.