DND Alocates Fund for Several Navy's Ship to Undergo Maintenance

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MANILA,--The Philippine Navy (PN) is allocating the sum of PHP6,095,160 for the acquisition of materials needed for the repairs and maintenance of the naval guns of frigates BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16).

The two ships are the former Hamilton-class cutters acquired from the US through the Excess Defense Articles Program.

They are armed with an Oto Melara 76mm autocannon and a variety of 25mm and 20mm light cannons.

Winning bidders are required to deliver the items within 45 calendar days.

Pre-bid conference is on Aug. 30, 1 p.m. at the Office of the PN Bids and Awards Committee, Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The Philippine Navy (BRP Gregorio del Pilar frigate.


Northrop Grumman’s T-X Jet Trainer Contender Emerges at Mojave Air and Space Port

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WASHINGTON, -- Prime aerospace defense contractors are throwing everything they have into the competition to replace the venerable T-38 Talon as the United States Air Force’s next jet trainer. Dubbed the T-X program, this new jet is supposed to bridge the gap between primary training on the T-6 Texan II and the advanced fighters that student pilots will one day fly, such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

About 350 jets are envisioned to be initially ordered by the USAF, but that number could grow substantially as export customers emerge—and if the aircraft ends up providing additional duties for the Pentagon. Namely, a version of the T-X, which will be far more maneuverable than the already-nimble T-38, could find a serious niche in the adversary support mission.

This unique Scaled Composites-Northrop Grumman heritage was clearly evident when the company’s T-X broke cover on Friday.

Dubbed the Model 400, the aircraft looks like a modernized, composite hybrid of the T-38 Talon and the F-20 Tigershark. It packs a single F404-GE-102D engine, a derivative of the same engine used in the F/A-18A/D, the JAS-39A/D (Volvo RM12), the F-117A, and India’s Tejas light fighter—as well as Lockheed's T-X competitor, the T-50A.

Revealed Monday on Twitter, Northrop Grumman’s T-X contender looks like a redesigned, single-engined T-38 of the 1960s with some similarities to the ill-fated F-20 Tigershark of the 1970s, both of which were also originally developed by Northrop.


Lockheed Martin may shift F-16 production to India

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NEW DELHI, -- With production winding down after 40 years in Fort Worth, Lockheed Martin is considering a plan to move assembly of future F-16 fighter jets to India — if that country places a big order for the planes.

The defense giant has offered India exclusive rights to produce and export F-16s, said Ken Ross, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth.

“We are in discussions with the U.S. government, the government of India and our Indian industry partners about this opportunity,” Ross said. “Details about this potential partnership will be determined in conjunction with the respective governments, Lockheed Martin and Indian industry.”

Lockheed acknowledged in February that the company had offered to build F-16s in India last year at a meeting between Lockheed’s CEO Marillyn Hewson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India is looking to replace many of its air force’s 650 planes and wants to become a hub for defense manufacturing.

Work on the F-16, which has been built since the 1970s, has been winding down in Fort Worth as the program matured and attention turned to building the next-generation F-35. Several hundred workers continue to build about one F-16 a month for Iraq at the Fort Worth plant, with orders in place to last through October 2017. Over the life of the program, Lockheed has delivered more than 4,500 F-16s.

Ross said that as F-16 manufacturing is completed in Fort Worth, “we anticipate F-16 mechanics transitioning from the F-16 production line to the F-35 production line to support increased F-35 production rates. Other F-16 personnel will have opportunities to transition to one of the F-16 modification programs.”

Lockheed is beginning to ramp up production of the F-35 fighter jet. The company is on track to deliver 53 F-35s this year and expects to more than double output to 120 aircraft by 2019. It’s in the midst of a $1.2 billion expansion and reworking of its Fort Worth manufacturing complex to prepare for more work.

About 8,800 people work on the F-35 program, and the company has said it expects to add 1,000 assembly-line jobs as it increases production.

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan.


Indonesia lays plan to acquire 20 units of M109 self-propelled howitzers

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JAKARTA, -- The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat, or TNI-AD) has requested for funding allocation from Jakarta to acquire up to 20 units of the M109 Series of 155 mm self-propelled howitzers to augment the service's indirect-fire support capabilities.

The request was disclosed in a transcript of a meeting on the country's defence budget for 2017, and reviewed by IHS Jane's on 18 August.

"The objective of the acquisition is to meet the TNI-AD's current requirement for such a platform", said the transcript, which has however given no details on where the TNI-AD plans to acquire the artillery systems from.

The US Army M109A6 'Paladin' 155mm self-propelled howitzer.


Japan confirms missile development plans

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TOKYO, -- The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has outlined its plans to collaborate with local industry to develop new surface-to-ship missiles (SSMs) that will strengthen the sovereignty of its remote islands.

An MoD spokesperson confirmed to IHS Markit on 19 August that the development project will feature a programme to develop Japan's existing SSM system, the Type 12, which is produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Additionally, the spokesperson said the MoD was in discussions with local governments about the deployment of the Type 12 to the islands of Miyako, Ishigaki, and Amami, which are all located in the disputed East China Sea.

The Japanese Army Type 88 Surface-to-Ship Missile is a truck-mounted anti-ship missile system.


Japan to build more ships to patrol disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands

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TOKYO, -- Japan is planning to build three more patrol ships for the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) to better protect the waters around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands from Chinese intrusions, Kyodo news agency reported on 22 August.

Quoting a government source, the report said the funds for the new vessels will be included in a draft supplementary budget for fiscal year 2016, which the government is aiming to pass during the upcoming session of the Diet.

The news comes as four China Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese territorial waters close to Kuba Island on 21 August, the 26th day on which Chinese ships have entered Japan's waters this year, Kyodo quoted the JCG as saying.

The Japan Coast Guard (PL-71) Patrol Patrol Large.


Thailand Navy M58 Patrol Gun Boat Sea Acceptance Trial

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BANGKOK, -- The Royal Thai Navy HTMS 561 Leamsing began the Sea Acceptance Trial (SAT). 58 meter ship design is a collaboration between the Royal Thai Navy and the shipyards Marsun.

HTMS Leamsing has a length of 58 meters and a width of 9:30 meters, and a maximum weight of 520 tons. Ships can reach a maximum speed of 23 knots and can travel up to 2500 nautical miles.

Serie M58 type vessel is armed with a 76mm Oto Melara main gun and 30mm cannon MSI Defence secondary and two .50 cal machine guns.

The Royal Thai Navy HTMS Leamsing (561) M58 Patrol Gun Boat.


Vietnam Purchase T-90 Training System

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HANOI, -- According to sources from the company Almaty, Vietnam and Kazakhstan signed a memorandum of understanding on the provision of training simulation system tanks - armored.

Representatives of Almaty, said Alexander Klimenko said: "The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding and will have a longer record of exports, this is only the beginning of our work will provide the equipment been to Vietnam ".

In addition, the Almaty also introduced its achievements for Vietnam counterparts. Specifically, simulation training systems with a full range of features of the helicopter Mi-17, special features of the Mi-17 aerobatics.

In particular, the Almaty to Vietnam also introduced simulation training systems with full features for T-72 tanks. But Kazakhstan is not yet confirmed the information.

But if the deal is to be authentic, this is good news next to the armored forces of Vietnam, by Russian producers previously published information also said Vietnam has ordered the number of tanks T- 90 MS more than speculation.

Manufacturer uralvagonzavod said, to meet the needs of today's modern and straight up, Vietnam has conducted meetings and ordering buy new T-90MS tanks from Russia to gradually replace outdated tubers blow.

Russian representatives have confirmed that Vietnam will buy in large quantities more than the initial figure of only 28 units.

According to the manufacturer introduced uralvagonzavod, T-90MS tanks are equipped with engines capacity of 1130 hp with automatic transmission 7 and 1 reverse amount, Sosna-U PNM viewfinder, automatically controlled turret UDP T05BV-1 RWS mounted 7.62 mm caliber Dalian, inertial navigation systems GLONASS and in particular with explosive reactive armor new enhanced protection capabilities.

Earlier it was reported that Vietnam has agreed to acquire T-90 or T-90A. They are earlier versions of T-90MS. Comparison of physical characteristics and their ability to fight is clearly superior to T-90MS.

The Russian Army T-90MS Main battle tank offers an upgrade path for the Russian T-90 tank New modernized (M) version of the export offering a balanced improvement in firepower, mobility and protection.


Indian Air Force Fighter Jets Get A Base Near China

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NEW DELHI, -- Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday dedicated to the nation the Pasighat advanced landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh which will allow fighter aircraft like Su 30 MKI to land and take off, in a major fillip to India's military capabilities along its border with China.

Terming it a red letter day in the history of the state, Rijiju said with the formal inauguration of the ALG that is capable of operating all types of aircraft and helicopters after Tezpur and Chabua, development process has started in the state which was lagging behind even after 70 years of independence.

Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command, who was present on the occasion said, "The ALG would enhance air support capability for the Army, paramilitary forces and the civil administration and would facilitate air connectivity for the people of Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of the country."

Pasighat ALG is a strategic asset and would be one of the operating bases under the Eastern Air Command capable of operating all types of aircraft and helicopters, Easterm Air Command spokesperson said.

Activation of this ALG would not only improve the response time for various operational situations but also the efficacy of the air operations in the eastern frontier.

The Union Minister of State for Home said, "The Northeast region abundant with rich natural resources is lagging behind in terms of development due to various reasons and the NDA government at the Centre is committed for its development on par with other parts of the country."

"The Northeast, a jewel in the country's crown was known to the rest of the country only after the 1962 Chinese aggression," he said.

India has opened a new military advanced airfield at Pasighat, in Arunachal Pradesh state, which will allow fighter aircraft like Su-30 MKI to operate a short distance from the Chinese border.


Japan Plans Another Record Defense Budget at $52Bn

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TOKYO, -- The Defense Ministry plans to seek a record-high budget of ¥5.17 trillion ($51.7 billion) for fiscal 2017, and aims to boost production of advanced missile interceptors to respond to increasing threats by North Korea, a government source said Thursday.

For the first time ever, the ministry is planning to allocate funds to acquire ship-based Standard Missile-3 Block 2A missiles, which have been jointly developed with the United States, the source said.

For the budget year starting next April, the Defense Ministry is also aiming to secure funds for improving the capacity of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors, according to the source.

North Korea has launched ballistic missiles at a record pace this year, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions and despite warnings from the international community, apparently prompting Japan to take more aggressive action to defend itself.

The fiscal 2017 budget request marks a 2.3 percent rise from the initial budget for the current year through March.

The Defense Ministry budget request for fiscal 2017 is likely to include ¥98.7 billion to retool 28 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors and ¥14.7 billion to buy SM-3 Block 2A missiles.

Tokyo and Washington plan to complete the co-development of the latter missiles by the end of next year and immediately start to jointly produce them.

To step up efforts to defend Japan’s remote islands, the Defense Ministry will request ¥74.6 billion to cover costs for the deployment of Ground Self-Defense Force units on Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture and Amami-Oshima Island off Kyushu.

The ministry also hopes that the government will spend ¥39.3 billion to acquire four Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft and ¥94.6 billion to buy six F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Japan selected the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant of the Lightning II through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales process.


Vietnam Receives Brand New Russian KAMAZ Military Trucks

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HANOI, -- According to information from representatives manufacturer vans and vehicles leading Russian military in Vietnam, a lot of military vehicles Kamaz has docked.

Known here as cars Kamaz -43 253 New life production teams by leading Russian truck manufacturing.

Based on the pictures are published, there are 2 versions of military trucks were imported CBU includes a canvas-covered crates and barrels mezzanine. Especially as these vehicles with number plates still Russia (most likely temporary sea) to run from the factory to the port to board the train moved to Vietnam Sea.

Vehicles equipped with 4-stroke turbocharged V8 KAMAZ-740.31-240 symbols, use diesel fuel, a cylinder capacity of 10.85 liters capacity of 240 hp and peak torque of 932 Nm maximum in qualifying 1400 tassel.

Powerful engine emissions standards Euro-2 is redundant enough to "push" the car has a total weight of 14.590kg achieve maximum speed to 100km / h. Largest payload of 7.5 tonnes allow top category of the vehicle in the segment.

Particularly suitable vehicle operating on a variety of terrain, especially plain sugar. With 1,000km journey to the reserve, each refill fuel vehicles capable of running a circuit consecutive scissors from Hanoi to Quang Ngai to take.

Therefore should the service had several trucks have a lifespan of 30-40 or even 50 years still runs well, ensure maneuverability, large carrying capacity of our army for dozens of years.
Thus, one can see the selection Kamaz truck line is key in the next 20-30 years is absolutely correct choice.

When imported quantities large enough, the cars which have longer life expectancy greater than the people who are driving it as Zil-130 can gradually be phased border.

The Vietnam People's Army KamAZ-43 253 6-Wheeler Military Truck.


Japan officially turns over the 1st MRRV to Philippine Coast Guard

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Coast Guard formally received the first multi-role response vessel BRP Tubbataha from the Japan Government today after her Arrival and Blessing Ceremony at the Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force, Pier 13, South Harbor in Manila at 9am.

The 44-meter vessel was named after Lighthouse Tubbataha which is located in Tubbataha Marine National Park, Palawan.

She departed Japan on August 11 with two (2) PCG officers and ten (10) non-officers onboard.

Nine (9) more MRRVs will be built by the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMUC) Yokohama Shipyard for the Coast Guard and will also be named after the primary lighthouses in the country to denote the important role of the lighthouse as an aid to navigation to mariners.

Rear Admiral Melad lauded the Japanese government for the continuous and unwavering support to the PCG’s capability development programs. Over the past 18 years, Japan thru the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended numerous assistance to the Philippine Coast Guard in terms of human resource development, providing additional equipment for the communications, diving and rescue, personal protective equipment for oil spill combat operations, and donating small boats and rubber boats.

BRP Corregidor (AE-891), a 56-meter lighthouse/buoy tender vessel which is one of the capital ships of the PCG primarily used in the installation of buoys and other aids to navigation and in the removal of obstructions and hazards to the safety of navigation is marked as the first ever Coast Guard vessel donated by the Japan government in 1998.

The project formally called the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project was awarded by the transportation department to the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) last week. It is being implemented as an Official Development Assistance (ODA) project, via a tied loan extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The loan facility covers P 7,373,700,000.00 out of the total project of P 8,807,700,000.00. The balance will be sourced from the Philippine counterpart of P 1, 434,000,000.00.

Under the project terms, the MRRVs will be used by the PCG for the following purposes:

• Primary rescue vessels within the PCG District’s areas of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area;
• Assistance in the control of oil pollution and protection of the marine environment;
• Enforcement of all applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol;
• Service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area;
• Transport of personnel and logistical support.
The MRRVs will be deployed to various PCG Districts across the country, including Manila, La Union, and Puerto Princesa.

JMU’s winning bid is in the amount of 12,790,000,000.00 Japanese Yen, and includes the supply of standard spare parts and tools, crew training, ocean transportation, and marine insurance. The vessels will have a standard cruising speed of 25 knots, and a range of 1,500 nautical miles.

The Philippine Coast Guard BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401) Multi-Role Response Vessel Arrival and Blessing Ceremony at the Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force, Pier 13, South Harbor in Manila.