View Full Version : Military Advancement/Tech News.....19-05-2009

Mohammad Shahjahan
05-19-2009, 04:22 AM
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NEWS 01:-
Panther On The Prowl In Afghanistan

The first batch of a fleet of versatile, protected vehicles has been delivered to troops on operations, complete with the latest battle-ready upgrades.

Weighing over 7 tonnes, the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle (PCLV) is fitted with the latest high-tech developments, including a remote-controlled weapon system that allows the user to operate a machine gun with a camera and joystick from inside its turret.

It can operate in all weather conditions, day and night using thermal imaging equipment that "sees" in the dark and the vehicles are protected against a range of threats including small arms, blast and anti-personnel mines.

Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, said: "Panther is an extremely tough, air-transportable and agile vehicle which will provide commanders on the ground with a vital asset suited to a variety of roles and operational environments.

"We have made a number of essential modifications since its entry into service which have been key to ensuring we deliver on our commitment to provide a vehicle which is fit for our frontline troops.

"I am confident that through our work with industry we have a vehicle which will be very effective in all sorts of situations."

Panther, which was delivered to 1 Mechanised Brigade for training last summer, has undergone design adjustments following a series of hot weather trials to make them ready for operations in Afghanistan. These include:

+ rear view camera for improved situational awareness;

+ protected engine compartment;

+ the addition of a fourth crew member;

+ theatre-specific Electronic Counter Measures (ECM).

The vehicles will be first used by both the RAF Regiment and the Army's Close Support Logistics Regiment. More vehicles are en route to theatre later this month for deployment on the frontline.

The modifications to Panther were carried out at BAE Systems Global Combat Systems' Newcastle production plant.

NEWS 02:-
Raytheon Secures Contract For Production Of Towed Decoys

Raytheon Company has received a $19.8 million contract for continued production of its ALE-50 line of towed decoys. The award by the U.S. Air Force Warner Robins Air Logistics Center represents the 13th production lot of ALE-50 decoys, which are used by the Navy as well as the Air Force.

The contract calls for 807 decoys for the Air Force to be delivered through April 2011.

"The performance of our ALE-50 decoy is second to none," said Roy Azevedo, deputy vice president for Raytheon's Tactical Airborne Systems business area. "It is an important part of Raytheon's advanced complement of integrated avionics that help control the battlespace."

Production of ALE-50 equipment began in December 1996. Completion of the Lot 13 program will bring the total number of decoys produced by Raytheon to 26,489.

Towed decoy systems enhance aircraft survivability by acting as preferential targets for many types of missiles. Raytheon's ALE-50 system has played a key role in aircraft self-protection for several military conflicts and currently equips F-16, B-1B and F/A-18 aircraft.

Work on the towed decoy system is being done by the company's Space and Airborne Systems business at its Tactical Airborne Systems facility in Goleta.

NEWS 03:-
Boeing To Move Missile Defense Division HQ

Boeing will relocate the headquarters for its Missile Defense Systems (MDS) division from Arlington, Va., to the company's facilities in Huntsville, starting immediately. The move will ensure MDS remains aligned with its government customers, while adding to Boeing's presence in the Huntsville community.
Initially, Boeing will shift division management and support functions, such as Human Resources and Finance, to Huntsville, and will evaluate moving other employees currently working on MDS programs in Arlington. Between 40 and 50 positions may be transferred by the end of this year.
"Huntsville is a leader in the aerospace industry, and Boeing is proud of its 47-year partnership with this community, which now includes work on defense, space and commercial programs," said Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager for Boeing Missile Defense Systems.
"Our customers have been locating more of their personnel and operations in this community, so now is the right time for us to center our missile defense business here as well. We want to remain close to our customers and the vital national-security programs Boeing employees support."
In addition, "Boeing already has 3,200 highly skilled employees and numerous program partners in Alabama," said Hyslop.
"Bringing our missile defense headquarters to Boeing's Huntsville site demonstrates the importance of those operations to Boeing, both now and in the future."
Boeing is the largest aerospace company in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. Current company operations in Huntsville include the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program and other missile defense work, such as the Arrow system and the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 seeker, as well as work associated with Ares I, the International Space Station, Future Combat Systems, Avenger, SBInet, and engineering for the 787 and the P-8A Poseidon.

NEWS 04:-
Analysis: China reveals new smart weapons

At the most recent Zhuhai Air Show, China put on open display its FT-5 Global Positioning System-guided bomb. The FT-1 and FT-3 500/250-kilogram-class, or 1,100/550-pound-class, GPS-guided bombs were on display at the previous show in 2006. China also showed off its 500-kilogram-class FT-2 with gliding fins added. The FT-2 has an effective range of 15 to 90 kilometers, a circular error probability of 20 meters and an air-dropping altitude of 3,000 to 12,000 meters -- around 10,000 feet to almost 40,000 feet.

The FT-5 small-diameter bomb copies the latest design of the U.S. military. A designer of the system said that the FT-5's warhead has a weight of 35 kilograms, or 77 pounds, and a circular error probability of 15 meters, less than 50 feet. It was developed mainly for unmanned aerial vehicles. The effective range of the FT-5 is 2 to 5 kilometers -- 1.2 to 3.1 miles -- when launched from a UAV and 3 to 35 kilometers when launched from a J-10A fighter.

China has also developed the LT-3 GPS-plus terminal laser-guided air-to-ground missile for the J-10A, which is very similar in structure to the U.S. Army's JDAM-plus laser-guided bomb.

These imitations provide evidence that the Chinese military has been tracking U.S. technology, viewing the United States as both a presumed enemy and a competitor in the arms-export market. Of course, China's imitations are not limited to U.S. military equipment, but it is certainly learning from U.S. technology as well as military combat doctrines.

China is now paying close attention to the development of anti-GPS-jamming multiple-guidance weapons. Its Sekong Co. has developed a 570-kilogram-class -- 1,256-pound -- guided bomb based on the Russian Krasnopole laser-guided projectile's seeker technology. China plans to promote this guided bomb along with the J-10A. A designer said that this bomb has a circular error probability of 3.1 meters and an air-release altitude of 500 to 10,000 meters -- more than 1,600 feet to almost 33,000 feet.

It is not clear whether the LT-3 has ever been test-fired, as China did not show video footage of this guided bomb under test.

As for anti-ship weapons, Chinese promoters of the J-10A said that the fighter can carry 75-kilometer-range, or 47-mile-range, new-generation C-705 anti-ship missiles or C-802A anti-ship missiles with a range close to 250 kilometers, or 155 miles. The C-705 was also on exhibit for the first time. The C-705 is a modified version of the C-704 with a turbojet engine and two flight fins. The weight of its warhead is 110 kilograms, or 243 pounds, and it has a minimum flight altitude of 12 meters -- close to 40 feet.

The J-10A fighter has 11 hard points, two of which are of compound structure.

The People's Liberation Army Navy seems to be assessing the possibility of acquiring J-10As for its combat ships. A Chinese source said that the navy liked its price and its aerial refueling capability. This source also disclosed that the J-10A's combat radius is 800 kilometers, or almost 500 miles. In this regard, the technological standard of the materials used on the J-10A can be judged far inferior to those of the same-generation fighters of the United States and Europe.

The J-10A is already fitted with an arresting hook imported from Russia for shipboard landing drills. However, the same source said no decision had as yet been made as to whether the PLA Navy will employ the J-10A as a ship-borne combat aircraft.

NEWS 05:-
ATK Executes Successful AARGM Firing

Alliant Techsystems, the U.S. Navy, and the Italian Air Force successfully fired an AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake on April 13, 2009.

The firing marks the fifth consecutive successful AARGM live fire in the program's System Development and Demonstration (SD and D) phase and continues AARGM's progression toward Independent Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT and E) commencing summer 2009.

ATK began work on the AARGM program SD and D contract in June 2003 and the program remains on-schedule to enter service with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in 2010.

The AARGM was fired from a U.S. Navy FA-18C Hornet in a scenario designed to test the missile's ability to identify, locate, track and prioritize multiple emitter targets in-flight; and its ability to function against shut-down emitter tactics.

During the missile flight profile, the AARGM identified and distinguished a pop-up priority emitter target from other secondary targets and altered its guidance. Then the AARGM's unique capability to overcome emitter shut-down tactics was tested by terminating the priority target's emissions.

In response to the emitter shut-down, AARGM utilized its GPS/INS navigation to continue guidance to the primary target location. In the terminal flight phase, the missile employed active Millimeter Wave (MMW) radar to locate and guide on the primary target.

During the final seconds of missile flight, the AARGM transmitted a Weapon Impact Assessment (WIA) message reporting weapon information to support Battle Damage Assessment (BDA). The missile then directly impacted the target.

"We are very proud of the versatility, reliability, and lethality the AARGM system has demonstrated throughout the test program. This is another example of ATK's ability to deliver on its commitment to affordable precision for our U.S., Italian, and Coalition customers," said Jack Cronin, President, ATK Mission Systems.

"AARGM's entry into Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) this past year, coupled with ATK's continued development success, ensures our customer's vision of fielded supersonic Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (DEAD) and multi-mode strike capability."

ATK participated in the missile firing as a member of the U.S. Navy's Integrated Product Team, led by the Direct and Time Sensitive Strike Program Office (PMA-242).

The test was led by members from the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division - China Lake and included Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three One (VX-31), the National Reconnaissance Office, the Naval Air Systems Command, and the Italian Air Force.

"Our international, government-industry team delivered another successful test result. It is a tribute to the professionalism of the entire development and test team," said Capt. Larry Egbert, the U.S. Navy's program manager for Direct and Time Sensitive Strike programs (PMA-242).

"We are now one important step closer to entry into Operational Evaluation and delivery of game-changing DEAD capability to our warfighters."

With this firing, AARGM has now achieved twelve consecutive successful live fires throughout development. The AARGM development team has demonstrated system maturity and reliability in over 200 Beech King Air flight tests and 58 Captive Carriage FA-18 sorties flown against a wide array of targets.

NEWS 06:-
Lockheed Martin Halifax Class Combat Systems Integration Team Completes Design Review

Lockheed Martin completed a successful System Design Review (SDR) with the Canadian Navy, marking a major milestone toward modernizing the combat systems on the Navy's 12 Halifax-class multi-mission frigates.

The SDR, a government-mandated review of a contractor's progress and planning for all elements of a program, covered in detail all of Lockheed Martin's plans for shipboard systems, trainers and facilities. With the successful SDR, Lockheed Martin can begin implementing the plans, including the final selection of key components for the new combat systems for the ships.

Following a rigorous source selection process, Lockheed Martin Canada has selected the major sensor and combat system elements to meet the requirements of the Navy's Halifax Class modernization effort.

These include the Thales Smart-S Mk II 3-D radar; Telephonics' IFF Mode S/5 Identification Friend or Foe; Raytheon's Pathfinder Mk II navigational radar; Saab's Sea Giraffe SG-150 (HC) 2-D radar; Ceros' fire control system radar; the Elisra Electronic Support Measures suite; Frontier Electronics' radar distribution and video switching system; and IBM's Multilink (Link 11, 16 and 22) system for coordinated sharing of combat system data.

"As the prime contractor for this combat system modernization effort, Lockheed Martin Canada has worked in concert with the Navy to ensure critical time-lines are met and that we continue to successfully march toward our goal of integrating the new systems into the Halifax-class frigates," said Tom Digan, President of Lockheed Martin Canada.

"Lockheed Martin's selection of these components represents an important milestone, and we welcome each subcontractor to the Halifax Class Modernization team as we work to meet the Canadian Navy's demanding operational requirements."

Awarded in late 2008, the Combat Systems Integration (CSI) contract is a C$1.5B program that will provide a new command and control system, radars, tactical data links, electronic support measures and other warfare capabilities for the Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates, which were commissioned between 1992 and 1997.

Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin Canada also will maintain the current command and control systems until the entire fleet has received the retrofit.

The CSI contract is a Government of Canada defence procurement which is subject to Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy. The IRB policy requires Lockheed Martin Canada, as the prime contractor, to undertake high-quality business activities in Canada equal to 100% of the contract value.

Lockheed Martin Canada has been the combat systems integrator for the Halifax Class for the past two decades.

The company hosts the Canadian Navy's integration lab at its facility in Montreal and employs dedicated teams in Esquimalt, BC, and Halifax, NS, to maintain and upgrade the combat systems, maintenance procedure trainers, and team trainers located there. The company is the original equipment manufacturer of the combat systems for the Halifax Class and is the in-service support provider for both the Halifax and Iroquois Class vessels.

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