Thursday, February 24, 2011

Total MiG Phase-Out From 2014 Onwards


1001-Gun US Salute For BAE Systems’ M777 Howitzer

An order for 46 M777 howitzers from the U.S. Department of Defense takes the total number of guns ordered to 1001. The order comes as BAE Systems continues deliveries of M777 to Canada and Australia, in addition to the U.S.

Weighing in at less than 4200kg, the revolutionary M777 is the world’s first artillery weapon to make widespread use of titanium and aluminium alloys, resulting in a howitzer which is half the weight of conventional 155mm systems. As a result, it can be deployed by medium-lift helicopters quickly and beyond the reach of roadside bombs to otherwise inaccessible areas, extending its reach over the theater of operations.

Mike Smith, managing director of BAE Systems’ Global Combat Systems Weapons business commented: “M777’s capability is proven in combat daily – being sling-loaded under helicopters and air-dropped in some of the most demanding operational conditions on the planet. These additional orders serve to reinforce the confidence that our customers have in the system and its support.”

“M777 has passed every development and operational test in vital areas such as accuracy, consistency, operational flexibility and mobility. There is no other modern howitzer which has been subjected to such rigorous examination, or been engaged in such unrelenting operational usage and regular deployment by airborne assets,” added Smith.

The success of M777 on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is reflected in a global interest in the howitzer. BAE Systems is responding to a range of enquiries from countries wanting effective lightweight artillery support for rapid reaction and expeditionary forces.

BAE Systems’ facility at Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is responsible for final integration and test of the weapon system.

The M777 effort is managed by the U.S. Army/Marines Light Weight 155mm Joint Program Office at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

BAE Systems’ Land & Armaments sector is the largest military land systems manufacturer in the world. It provides design, development, production, through-life support and upgrade of armored combat vehicles, tactical wheeled vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, artillery systems, munitions as well as military and law enforcement products.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

RFP For AIP In P-75 (I) To Go Out In A Year

The Indian Navy will soon float a tender for the air independant propulsion (AIP) technology to be integrated in the follow-on order of the six Scorpene-class submarines, P-75 (I), which were cleared recently by the Government.

Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma has said that, the DRDO was testing the the land-based prototype of the indigenous AIP, and that the French were offering Mesma, but the Navy was interested in the fuel-cell technology.

The AIP will be integrated from the first submarine, in P-75(I). The subs will be a different boat altogether, though the basic platform would be the same, but it will have better sensors, combat management system, better detection, and that the Indian Navy was also trying for an indigenous torpedo.

The Navy has sent out the Request For Information (RFI) for the same and hopes to float the tender this year, after revising the Naval Staff Qualitative Requirements (NSQRs).

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Hawk Jet Trainers Part Of NATO Flying Training In Canada


Navalised Typhoon At Aero India-2011

At Aero India 2011 Eurofighter and partner company BAE Systems unveiled for the first time more details about the studies carried out for the initial definition of the navalised version of the Typhoon.

These studies have included the assessment of required design changes, piloted simulations to refine the aircraft’s handling qualities and discussions with key suppliers. The studies indicate that these changes are feasible, and would lead to the development of a world-beating, carrier-based fighter aircraft.

The most important element of the navalised Typhoon is that its exceptional thrust-to-weight ratio allows the aircraft to take off from a carrier without using a catapult but with a simple and much cheaper “ski-jump”. Detailed simulations have shown that the aircraft will be able to take off and land in this way with a full weapon and fuel load – providing a truly potent and flexible naval aviation capability.

The basic design of Typhoon helps to minimise the modifications needed to allow a Typhoon to conduct naval operations from a carrier. The aircraft’s structure is exceptionally strong, having been designed from the outset for the high dynamic loads associated with extreme air combat manoeuvring. The modifications required are limited and include a new, stronger landing gear, a modified arrestor hook and localised strengthening on some fuselage sections near the landing gear, as well as updates the EJ200 engines.

To reduce the aircraft’s approach speed and the resulting landing loads the study envisages the introduction of a thrust-vectored variant of the Eurojet EJ200 engine. Thrust vectoring (Engines with TVN have already undergone factory testing in the Eurojet facility) could be fully integrated into Typhoon’s advanced Flight Control System (FCS), allowing the pilot to focus on flying the approach path while the FCS manages the engine nozzle position. The ability to change the angle of the engines’ thrust will allow for a further enhancement in Typhoon’s already outstanding manoeuvrability, supercruise performance, fuel consumption and the handling of asymmetric weapon configurations.

A key design driver for navalised Typhoon is the commonality at 95 per cent with the land variant. Design changes are minimised, allowing for most of the spare parts and test equipment to be shared across a customer’s air force and navy fleets. The sensors, systems and weapons available to both variants will be common, allowing for a reduction in the aircrew training requirements. And in addition, the two variants will benefit from a common upgrade path – new capabilities will be available to both the air force and navy in similar timescales.

A navalised Typhoon can deliver this commonality, without compromising on capability.


Lt Gen Hasnain Introduces 'Jee Janab' In 15 Corps


Hard Text-Based Negotiations For UNSC Reforms To Begin In March


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Corps Of Signals Centenary Celebration : Antony Asks Forces To Gear Up To Fight Cyber Wars

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has called upon the Armed Forces to be vigilant against emerging cyber threats. Addressing the centenary celebrations of the Corps of Signals here today, he called upon the forces to keep abreast of latest technologies. Terming the Corps of Signals as the “21st century arm of our forces”, Shri Antony said it has a major role in promoting inter-Service synergy and joint operations.

“The Corps is at the forefront of transforming the Indian Army to a network-centric force. It must continuously enhance its ability to absorb latest technologies in collaboration with the Industry and R&D establishment. The Corps has done commendable work, be it in fielding futuristic strategic defence communication networks, or development of state-of-the-art tactical communication systems. The contribution of the Corps in enhancing cyber security is worth a mention. However, the Corps needs to be ever vigilant, as cyber threats continue to multiply and intensify by the day,” Shri Antony said.

Speaking on the occasion the Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju said that besides being vital to the Armed Forces, Telecommunication and Cyber Infrastructure is a national and strategic asset as various other key sectors such as the Railways, Airlines, Banks and Industry depend on it. Shri Pallam Raju said that I&CT will be a key factor in reshaping the methodology of war fighting in the future.

“Any serious disruption can jeopardise our functioning including our responses to the war being raised by our adversaries. The ramification of cyber attacks launched by an unknown adversary or individual has necessitated a relook at the planning and security of Command and Control infrastructure at the highest levels of national governance,” Shri Pallam Raju said.

Underlining that the modern warfare has undergone a paradigm shift, the Chief of Army Staff General VK Singh said that the Corps of Signals has emerged as the proverbial “nervous system” of the Armed Forces in contemporary times.

“In all future wars, information superiority will be one of the key battle winning factors and future battlefield milieu would require communication system that are secure, responsive and reliable,” said General Singh.


India, Sri Lanka To Talk Fishermen Safety


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

No Manipulation In Defence Deals : Antony


Indian Naval Divers Set New Deep Sea Diving Record

Five Indian Navy Divers on board INS Nireekshak of Southern Naval Command have set a new national record for deep diving earlier this month. Lieutenant Commander Abhijeet Sangle, Chief Petty Officer KK Singh, Chief Petty Officer Shriom Singh, Leading Seaman MK Prusty, and Leading Seaman Narender Kumar dived to a depth of 233 metres in the seas off Kochi, breaking an earlier record set by Indian Navy divers. Such deep dives called saturation diving in professional circles, involve complex support systems from the Diving Support Vessel (INS Nireekshak) to enable the divers to explore the final frontiers in physical and mental endurance. Water pressure increases by 1 kg/cm2 every 10 meters as the depth increases. Other complications of deep dives include physiological problems of bubbles formed by gas throughout the body causing “decompression sickness” as the divers come up to surface. The complex science of saturation diving circumvented these problems with the aid of devices like decompression chambers.

The saturation Divers are pressurised to the required depth in the deck decompression chamber (DDC) on board the Ship, till their bodies are saturated with specially prepared breathing gas. A diving capsule pressurised to the same pressure is thereafter connected to the DDC and the Divers move into that capsule. The capsule or bell is then lowered into water to the set depth and one or more divers swim out to accomplish the task. The Divers use an umbilical chord that provides breathing gas, communication and hot water to keep them warm at that depth. On completion of task, the divers re enter the bell, close the hatch and return to the support ship under the same pressure. This procedure could be repeated till the task is completed. Once the task is completed, the DDC is gradually brought back to normal pressure over several days based on calculations, as the Divers continue to remain inside.

Commander AP Golaya, Commanding Officer of INS Nireekshak said that he is proud of his men. He also pointed out that Indian Navy affords its personnel, the satisfaction and challenge of stretching the limits of human endeavour in all spheres of activity.INS Nireekshak commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1995, has a crew of 120 including Divers, and undertakes salvage and other underwater operational tasks for the Indian Navy.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Italian Eurofighter Typhoons And Danish F-16s In Joint Exercise 'Winter Hide' !!


F-35C Lightening II Flown By First US Naval Pilot

Lt. Cmdr. Eric “Magic” Buus on Friday became the first United States Navy pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II. The F-35C will operate from the U.S. Navy’s large aircraft carriers by way of catapult launch and arrested landing. The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and Royal Air Force also will employ the F-35C.

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LCA Navy Mk-2 To Fly In 2015


Monday, February 14, 2011

DRDO Makes Mosquito Repellent For Armed forces

“MAXO”, a new weapon against mosquito hazard was launched today by Dr. Prahlada, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller Research & Development (Aeronautics & Services Interaction), in a function organized at FICCI, New Delhi.

“MAXO” is a multi insect repellent based on Diethyl Phenyl Acetamide (DEPA) and is available in two variants “MAXO-military” and “MAXO-safe and soft”. The product is based on technology developed by Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, a premier laboratory under DRDO engaged mainly in development of technologies for NBC defence.

DEPA based formulations were developed by DRDE in 1986 and have been in use by Armed Forces in the form of smear and spray. The product launched today is now available for common man through M/s Jyothy Laboratories Ltd (JLL) who have taken licence for technology from DRDO under the DRDO-FICCI technology commercialization programme.

Available in the form of repellent wipes costing merely three rupees, they can be used for personal protection against mosquitoes and other blood sucking insects, especially those responsible for Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya fevers. MAXO repellent wipes are first of its kind introduced by any Indian company into the market. A single application of the wipe is effective for eight hours protection.


Sea Typhoon, On offer To Indian Navy, At Aero India-2011

"The work required to navalise Typhoon is quite modest. Studies have been completed and computer simulations have proved the concept. The process involves some strengthening of the existing airframe and under carriage, but this produces a weight differential of only 500kg from the existing aircraft - which is minor for an aircraft of Typhoon's power. So it has little effect on the aircraft's performance".

Royal Navy's Biggest Ship Ever, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Steps Out!!

Construction of the first of the two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth, took a huge step forward today as workers at BAE Systems' Govan yard moved two giant sections of the hull together for the first time. The structure is so big that it fills an entire hall at Govan and now extends beyond the doors onto the yard, providing a spectacular view from across the River Clyde.

Highlighting the skill and technology involved in British shipbuilding today, it took a team of 20 employees and remote controlled transporters just one hour to move 1,221 tonnes of steel over 100 metres across the shipyard. The hull section was then manoeuvred carefully into position to line up with the rest of the block.

Steven Carroll, Queen Elizabeth Class Project Director at BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division, said: “Seeing the mid section of the carrier come together brings into sharp focus the sheer scale and complexity of this engineering feat.

“With construction underway at six shipyards across the country, it is one of the biggest engineering projects in the UK today – second only to the London 2012 Olympics – and we’re all very proud to be a part of it.”

The two sections brought together today form the mid section of the hull up to the hangar deck and is referred to as Lower Block 03. Workers will now continue to outfit the block, which on completion will weigh over 9,300 tonnes and stand over 23 metres tall, 63 metres long and 40 metres wide. She is set to embark on the next stage of her journey to Rosyth in the latter part of this year, where HMS Queen Elizabeth will be assembled in the dry dock.

As a member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, BAE Systems is working in partnership with Babcock, Thales and the Ministry of Defence to deliver the nation’s flagships. This huge massive engineering project is rapidly gaining momentum and employs over 8,000 people across shipyards in Glasgow, Portsmouth, Appledore, Rosyth, Merseyside and Newcastle, with thousands more across the supply chain.

BAE Systems is also constructing the main stern section at its yard on the Clyde, which is the largest and most complex section of the carrier. At its Portsmouth facilities, work is well underway to construct the forward and lower stern sections of the hull, as well as the pole mast, whilst integration and testing of the ships’ complex mission system is underway at the Company’s Maritime Integration and Support Centre.

Another team of BAE Systems engineers on the Isle of Wight is testing the advanced communication systems. The Company is set to begin work on the two island structures, which house the bridge and traffic control facilities, towards the end of
the year.

Each 65,000 tonne carrier will provide the armed forces with a four acre military operating base which can be deployed worldwide. The vessels will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

BAE Systems

As Per New DPP, HAL Signs First IP Sharing Contract With UK General Dynamics

As per the new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2011, the first contract for sharing intellectual property rights (IP) with an international partner, was signed earlier this month between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the UK based General Dynamics, to support the Indian Air Force (IAF)'s fleet of Hawk aircraft. The seven-year contract is worth 4.9 million pound.

General Dynamics UK has been contracted by HAL to establish an overhaul capability to provide third and fourth line servicing for all the IAF and the Indian Navy's Hawk Mk-132 aircraft's Store Management System (SMS).

The Hawk SMS includes two Weapons Controls Panels (WCP) and one Weapons Programming Unit (WPU).

A General Dynamics official told DNA during Aero India that, "Unlike before when our team visited India, now we would take HAL personnel to UK and train them, giving them technology papers, so that they come back to India and manufacture on their own. this sever-year contract is renewable."

General Dynamics key activities during this support contract will include, provision of IP, technical publications, training, facility analysis, provision of spare parts and in-service support.

The Hawk-132 SMS allows the pilot of the trainer aircraft to monitor and operate its weapons, external pods and fuel tanks.

Sharing of IP has been made mandatory in the new DPP and is a requirement in all contracts.

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