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Russia delivers last Su-30MK2 fighters to Indonesian Air Force 09/28/2013 07:19:00

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) has taken delivery of the final two Sukhoi Su-30MK2 multirole fighter aircraft under contract from Russia at the Sultan Hasanuddin Air Force Base in Makassar, Indonesia. Delivered by Komsomolsk-na Amure Aircraft Production Association (KNAPO) in unassembled condition, the aircraft turns TNI AU's Sukhoi air superiority fighter jet fleet into one full squadron, comprising 16 Su-27 SKM and Su-30 Mk2 planes, Xinhua reports. Indonesian defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro was quoted by local media as saying that the country has invested around $1.17bn on procurement of the 16 aircraft along with ammunition, pilot training and logistic packages. Read more
Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveils attack drone 09/28/2013 07:18:54
    Iran unveiled on Friday an unmanned attack aircraft it described as its most sophisticated drone to date that can reach much of the Middle East, including Israel. Revolutionary Guard chief, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, called the missile-carrying plane a "strategic asset" for the military to protect Iran's borders. The military says the Shahed-129, or Witness-129, has a range of 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles), a 24-hour non-stop flight capability and can carry eight bombs or missiles capable of hitting both stationary and moving targets. Read more

Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveils attack drone
Raytheon's Griffin® missile demonstrates maritime protection capabilities 09/28/2013 07:18:36

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the Griffin® missile's combat proven capabilities in a maritime environment by successfully engaging fast-moving small boats from various platforms throughout a series of at-sea tests. During one of the tests, the MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System was integrated on a Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal-class ship, where the missile was employed against remote-controlled boats simulating a threat to the ship. "The Griffin missile and the MK-60 System provide the accuracy and lethality required to meet the requirements of our operational testing," said Capt. Mike Ladner, major program manager of Surface Ship Weapons, U.S. Navy Integrated Warfare Systems 3.0 program office. Read more
Pentagon finalizes $7.8 billion in F-35 contracts with Lockheed 09/28/2013 07:18:32

The Pentagon on Friday said it had finalized two contracts with Lockheed Martin Corp valued at $7.8 billion for 71 more F-35 fighter jets, citing what it called significant reductions in the cost of the new radar-evading warplane. The U.S. Defense Department said it signed a $4.4 billion contract for a sixth batch of 36 F-35 aircraft, with the average cost of the planes down 2.5 percent from the previous deal. All but $743 million of that amount had already been awarded to the company under a preliminary contract. The two sides also signed a $3.4 billion contract for 35 aircraft in a seventh batch, which reflected a 6 percent drop in the average price from the fifth group, it said in a statement. Read more
MiG-29K Carrier Trials Complete 09/28/2013 07:18:16

Flight trials of the MiG-29K on the INS Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov) in the Barents Sea have been completed. Deliveries of the naval version of the fighter to India continue, with the carrier to follow on November 15, and the Russian Navy will soon receive its first MiG-29K. The Russian defense ministry confirmed this month that its only remaining carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, will be modernized to accept MiG-29Ks as well as the Sukhoi Su-25UTG light attack and Su-33 combat aircraft. Read more
Raytheon wins $243 million U.S. Navy order for SM-6 missiles 09/28/2013 07:18:07

Raytheon Co has won a contract worth $243 million to build 89 new Standard Missile-6 interceptors for the U.S. Navy, the Pentagon said on Friday. The U.S. Defense Department said the contract would run through March 2016. Raytheon's new SM-6 missile uses the airframe and propulsion of its legacy Standard Missiles, but adds the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of its Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Read more
Turkish authority cancels Koç Holding’s national warship contract 09/28/2013 07:17:52

Turkey’s top defense procurement body has announced it canceled a contract which was won by Koç Holding earlier to build a number of corvettes as part of the national warship project, or MİLGEM in its Turkish acronym, for around $1.5 billion, in a written statement. The Defense Industry Executive Committee, led by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, decided by late Sept. 26 to re-launch the tender after an in-depth re-examination of files by inspectors after some complaints were raised by companies who were excluded from the tender. The statement said that the contract to produce six corvette ships by Koç Holding had been cancelled and a contract to build two ships would be awarded to the Turkish naval shipyard. The construction of four remaining ships will be put out to tender later, the statement read. Read more
Lada submarines: Made to defend and win 09/28/2013 07:17:47

The Lada class diesel-electric submarines are designed for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, defence of naval bases and sea lanes, as well as for reconnaissance. The Rubin bureau is willing to modify the export version’s basic design to meet the requirements of the Indian Navy. Yury Dolgoruky, the lead ship of Project 955’s borey class is already in the Russian Navy, and the serial ships Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh are scheduled for delivery at the end of the year. The Russian Navy, however, also needs a certain number of other ships of various classes, including non-nuclear submarines. Within the framework of the state armament program, there are plans to build twenty diesel-electric submarines by the year 2020. Six of them will are Varshavyanka Projects 636.3 vessels and the remaining 14 are the modified Lada Project 677 ships. Read more
15 F16s Sold To Jordan 09/27/2013 17:18:20

The ministry of Defense is intended to sell 15 F16 jet fighters and 52 Maverick rockets to Jordan. Both parties have agreed upon this, wrote minister Jeanine Hennis to the House. The signing of the contract will probably done next month. Included in the sales will also be training of the maintenance and use of the jet fighters. The actual delivery will take place around the end of 2015. The sale was judged on several criteria of the EU and passed the test. An important criterion is if it will have any consequences for the human rights in the receiving country. Read more
USCG to Acquire Up to 30 Fast Response Cutters 09/27/2013 17:18:16

The Coast Guard received approval this week to move forward on the production and eventual deployment of up to 30 fast response cutters after the cutter class completed the initial operational test and evaluation phase this past month. This means the Coast Guard may continue to acquire the FRC as the budget allows and that new plans are in place to support new cutters as they are commissioned. Seven FRCs were delivered to the Coast Guard, to date, beginning in 2011 and six are commissioned. Read more
ATK to Convert 120 Anti-Radiation Missiles for $102M 09/27/2013 17:18:08

ATK has been awarded a $102,426,881 contract to convert 120 anti-radiation missiles into all-up-rounds and captive air training missiles for the U.S. Navy and both Italy and Australia under foreign military sales agreements. The U.S. is acquiring 97 converted missiles, Italy is purchasing 15 and Australia will receive eight weapons under the firm-fixed-price contract for lot two of the full rate production program, the Defense Department said Wednesday. Seventy-eight percent of purchases are for the Navy, with 13 percent for Italy and the remaining nine percent for Australia. Read more
Belgium – AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles 09/27/2013 07:19:46

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Belgium of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $68 million. The Government of Belgium has requested a possible sale of 40 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II All-Up-Round Missiles, 36 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles, 2 CATM-9X-2 Block II Missile Guidance Units, and 10 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance Units, 4 Dummy Air Training Missiles, containers, missile support and test equipment, provisioning, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related logistics support, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $68 million. Read more
First ARCHER systems delivered in Sweden 09/27/2013 07:19:30

BAE Systems delivered the first four ARCHER artillery systems to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, during a handover ceremony at the company’s Karlskoga, Sweden facility Sept. 23. BAE Systems employees and representatives from FMV and the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation, FLO, attended the ceremony where FMV’s Director General Lena Erixon received the four systems from Lena Gillström managing director at BAE Systems’ Weapon Systems business in Sweden. “ARCHER is an important program, for both the Swedish and Norwegian Armed Forces. Today is an important milestone in our partnership and it is very encouraging for us deliver the first systems to our Swedish customer,” said Gillström. Read more
Raytheon's Precision Extended Range Munition completes first Guide to Hit test series 09/27/2013 07:19:25

Raytheon Company successfully completed its first two Guide to Hit (GTH) test series of the Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM) program for the United States Marine Corps. This GTH tested the structural integrity and the kinematic capability of the round when fired from a smooth bore mortar tube. The tests confirmed that after launch, the canards and tail fins deploy and the round transitions to steady flight. The test also confirmed that the round would meet expected range and impact angle requirements. The next series of GTH tests will be conducted out of a rifled mortar tube. "Raytheon is leveraging our extensive experience with precision artillery and munitions to meet an aggressive, 18-month development schedule," said Tom Bussing, vice president of Advanced Missile Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. Read more
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