Dec 31, 2012

Una exposición del Ejército revive la huella de España en el Protectorado de Marruecos

El pasado 27 de noviembre se conmemoró el centenario de la firma del inicio del Protectorado español de Marruecos, que se prolongó hasta la independencia de Marruecos en 1956. Una rúbrica mediante la cual España y Francia se comprometian a promover el desarrollo político, social, cultural, administrativo y militar de Marruecos en sus respectivas zonas de influencia, bajo la forma de protectorado, es decir, tutelando e interviniendo la acción política y la administración de los distintos elementos que el gobierno del Sultán fuese creando hasta estar en condiciones de asumir su independencia.

El ejército español tuvo un destacado protagonismo en el desarrollo de aquel protectorado. Inicialmente, sometió a la autoridad del Sultán la totalidad del territorio de su zona de influencia que, hasta entonces, escapaba por completo a todo control. Para ello, desde antes incluso de la firma del tratado, tuvo que hacer frente a una larga guerra para someter primero a los distintos aspirantes al trono del Sultán, luego a los señores de la guerra de las distintas áreas y, finalmente, a la autoproclamada República del Rif.


Wedgetail No Longer A Project Of Concern For Australia

Australia has removed the Wedgetail Boeing 737-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) program from its Projects of Concern list following delivery of all six aircraft and achievement in November of initial operational capability (IOC).


Preproduction J-10B Vigorous Dragon Fighter Starts Flight Testing

Preproduction J-10B Vigorous Dragon fighter jet starts flight testing. J-10B is proving to be more then just a test aircraft and People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) may induct few J-10Bs before it starts inducting fifth generation aircrafts.


US Navy moves to purchase up to 72 Boeing P-8s

The US Navy has initiated a process that could lead to placing a five-year order for up to 72 Boeing P-8A Poseidon, if the Department of Defense and Congress grants a multi-year procurement (MYP) authority.

Pentagon Preps Stealth Strike Force to Counter China

The U.S. military has begun a staged, five-year process that will see each of its three main stealth warplane types deployed to bases near China. When the deployments are complete in 2017, Air Force F-22s and B-2s and Marine Corps F-35s could all be within striking range of America’s biggest economic rival at the same time. With Beijing now testing its own radar-evading jet fighters — two different models, to be exact — the clock is counting down to a stealth warplane showdown over the Western Pacific.


Navy issues hurry-up order to equip MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with maritime surveillance radar

U.S. Navy officials have issued an urgent order to equip the service's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with the Telephonics Corp. RDR-1700 maritime-surveillance radar system.

The Northrop Grumman Corp. MQ-8 Fire Scout is a rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) deployed on Navy frigates, littoral combat ships, and other surface combatants for reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting.

Russian Air Force Gets Five Su-34 Bomber Aircraft

The Russian Air Force has taken delivery of five new multifunctional Su-34 bombers on Wednesday, according to an official statement.

Earlier this year, the Russian MoD and the Sukhoi Corporation signed a contract worth 2.5 billion euros for 92 Su-34 bombers.

The aircraft is referred to a 4+ generation aircraft due to its combat readiness after tests completed in 2011.

Y-20 Transport Emerges

It was hardly on the level of the J-20's appearance two years ago, but the advent of the Xian J-20 transport over the Christmas holidays was nonetheless important.

If nothing else, it's the third all-new Chinese military aircraft to emerge in two years, a pace of innovation unknown since the Cold War.

It is also by far the largest indigenously developed Chinese aircraft.


Dec 30, 2012

Navantia shows off new offshore patrol vessel to SA

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia is actively promoting the Avante 3000 class of Offshore Patrol Vessel to the South African Navy.

The ESPS Relámpagois payed an informal visit to Cape Town over the period 19 to 22 December 2012.The Spanish Ministry of Defence said that the visit is aimed at providing the crew with rest as well as enhancing cooperation and ties with the South African Navy. On her return journey, she will strengthen maritime security cooperation with other African navies.

With a displacement of 2,650 tons and a length of 94 meters, the Relámpago (“Lightning”) is an Offshore Patrol Vessel designed to protect sea areas of interest for Spain, maintain a naval presence overseas and carry out Maritime Security tasks where required. Intended for low intensity scenarios, the class is deployable in all oceans, self-sustained for long periods at sea in all meteorological conditions.

The SA Navy is looking to acquire new offshore (OPV) and inshore (IPV) patrol vessels under Project Biro. Navantia said that the ship can be adapted to the requirements of the South African Navy. “This OPV is a medium sized, multipurpose and high performance ship with great versatility regarding missions (and) has low acquisition and life cycle costs,” a Navantia spokesperson explained.

The southern oceans off South Africa’s coast are notorious for their rough sea conditions. The Avante 3000 class vessel is able to operate in a sea state of 6, with waves up to 4 metres in height. This was the exact conditions that the Relámpago faced during her journey from Mozambique to Cape Town.

When asked by defenceWeb what the conditions were like, Naval LieutenantTasar Hernandez, Second-in-Command of the Relámpago, responded: “The ship was very stable, no problem for the two days.”

Although the third of the “Meteoro” class Avante 3000 maritime patrol ships built for the Spanish Navy, she is the first to undertake an international deployment when she left the Spanish port of Rota on 17 August. She first participated in Active Endeavour, helping NATO patrol the Mediterranean Sea to monitor shipping to help detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity.

Thereafter she participated in Operation Atalanta, spending over three months with the EU Naval Force fighting piracy off the Somali Coast. This included the protection of vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia and the protection of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) shipping. She made a name for herself when, on 8 September, she rescued 68 people after finding them adrift in a small boat in the middle of the Gulf of Aden.

Prior to her arrival in Cape Town, the Relámpago spent two days in Maputo, Mozambique. She will visit several African countries along the west coast of Africa before patrolling the waters off the Canary Islands. She is only due to complete her maiden deployment in February 2013, having completed a journey of almost 30 000 nautical miles.


Syria using more accurate Fateh A-110 missiles against rebels

Two U.S. military officials told CNN that the Syrian government has switched to using the more accurate Fateh A-110 missiles against the rebels.


Pentagon orders 21 V-22s

The Pentagon has placed an order for 17 MV-22s and 4 CV-22s for $1.4 billion.


Russian Air Force to get new paint scheme

The Russian Air Force will move away from its gray paint scheme from next year and adopt a new camouflage that will come in a variety of colors.

Not all aircraft will be repainted, only new aircraft and those that have undergone major repairs will get a new coat of paint.


Russia Delivers Four MiG-29K Fighters to India in Dec.

Russian aircraft maker MiG delivered in December a batch of four MiG-29K/KUB shipborne fighters to the Indian Navy under a contract concluded in 2010.
With the delivery, MiG has fulfilled all its obligations for 2012 stipulated in the 2010 contract with the Indian Defense Ministry,.
In March 2010, Russia and India signed a $1.5-billion contract on the supply of 29 additional MiG-29K Fulcrum-D carrier-based fighter jets to New Delhi.



Venezuela lidera compras de armamento español

El gobierno de Hugo Chávez compró armamento por valor de 164,03 millones de euros (217,54 millones de dólares) entre enero y junio, lo que supone un 26,5 % del total de las exportaciones de defensa españolas, según un documento del Ministerio de Economía remitido esta semana al Congreso.

Las ventas de la industria militar española alcanzaron los 619 millones de euros (821 millones de dólares), un 44 % menos con respecto al mismo período de 2011.

Además de Venezuela, los principales compradores fueron países de la Unión Europea como Alemania y el Reino Unido, así como otros de la OTAN.

El desembolso del país sudamericano corresponde casi en su totalidad a la construcción del último de los ocho buques militares encargados por Venezuela a los astilleros públicos de España Navantia.

Tras la entrega de ese buque en abril, el ministro de Defensa, Pedro Morenés, calificó a Chávez de "gran amigo" de España. En 2005, Caracas firmó un acuerdo con Madrid para la compra de cuatro patrulleros oceánicos y otros cuatro de vigilancia litoral, por valor de 1700 millones de euros (2255 millones de dólares), según cifras oficiales del gobierno español.

El material no incluyó tecnología estadounidense después de que Washington vetara la venta de piezas fabricadas por sus empresas.

Jose M Ybarra-venezueladefensa

Dec 29, 2012

Philippines orders 3 AgustaWestland AW109s, accepts refurbished C-130B

Philippines signed a contract with AgustaWestland on Thursday for 3 AW109 helicopters. These helicopters will be delivered to the Navy.
On Friday, it also accepted a C-130B that was refurbished locally.



First six Su-35S fighters accepted by Russian Air Force

The Russian Air Force has taken delivery of the first six Su-35S fighters at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft manufacturing plant in Russia’s Far East.


Thatcher urged to steal French-made Exocet missiles during Falklands war

One of Britain's most senior law officers at the time of the Falklands conflict, the attorney general, Sir Michael Havers, urged the prime minister to steal deadly French Exocet missiles to stop them ending up in the hands of the enemy.


China Defense Ministry confirms new large transport plane being developed

China’s defense ministry has confirmed that the country is developing a large transport aircraft.


South Korea seeks 4 RQ-4 Block 30 aircraft

The Pentagon has notified Congress that South Korea has requested a possible sale of four RQ-4 Block 30 (I) Global Hawks with the Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS). The estimated cost is $1.2 billion and covers training and logistical support.


NATO extends contract to charter An-124

NATO has extended the contract to charter An-124 transport planes until at least Dec. 31, 2014.



Brasil podría fabricar helicópteros Mi17

Russian Technologies State Corporation y la brasileña Odebrecht Defesa & Tecnología firmaron el 14 de diciembre un memorando de cooperación técnica enfocado al desarrollo conjunto y la creación de una empresa mixta para la producción de helicópteros, dispositivos de defensa aérea y sistemas navales, entre otros sistemas. La delegación de Odebrecht (holding a cargo de Odebrecht y Defensa Technologia), visitaba Moscú entre el 15 y el 18 de octubre de este año. Durante las conversaciones de aquel encuentro se acordaron la creación de una empresa conjunta en Brasil para el montaje de los helicópteros de fabricación rusa (en primer lugar Mi- 171), la creación de un centro de servicio de los Mi-35M y el desarrollo de un sistema integrado de defensa aérea "Thor" para las fuerzas armadas brasileñas, de resultar éste escogido próximamente.


Pampa II remotorizado inicia ensayos de lanzamiento de armamento

El Centro de Ensayos en Vuelo de la Fuerza Aérea argentina inició la campaña de tiro requerida por las autoridades aeronáuticas para certificar el nuevo IA-63 Pampa II remotorizado con carga externa de armamento. Según una fuente oficial de la Fuerza Aérea Argentina, actualmente el IA-63 Pampa II, con el nuevo motor Honeywell TFE-731-40-2N, se encuentra certificado en toda la envolvente de vuelo, aunque sin uso de armamento. El objetivo de la campaña es asegurar la utilización de carga externa proyectable en el avión básico ya certificado.


Dec 26, 2012

India takes delivery of 2 AW101 VVIP helicopters

The Indian Air Force has received the first two of the 12 AW101 VVIP helicopters at Palam air base last week.



New Chinese UAV with under fuselage radome


Leaked Image Shows First RAF Rivet Joint

Aviation Week has posted an image of the first RC-135 for the Royal Air Force.

The RAF has three RC-135s on order, making the U.K. the first export customer for the RC-135V/W Sigint jets. The aircraft have been converted from a trio of 1964-vintage Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers.

The three aircraft were ordered by the Ministry of Defence in March 2010 and the first aircraft is expected to roll out early next year. Once in service, the aircraft will be operated by No. 51 Sqn which famously operated the Nimrod R1, an aircraft which for many years the RAF refused to disclose as being in operation because of the type’s intelligence gathering capabilities. In preparation for the Rivet Joint’s arrival, 51 Sqn crews have been flying missions with the 55th Wing to gain experience on the type. It is understood that the aircraft will be christened Airseeker in RAF service.

The aircraft distinctly lacks an air-to-air refuelling probe and given the RAF has not ordered a boom for its Voyager tankers, the new Airseekers will end up being dependent on USAF or tankers from other nations for refuelling.


Tony Osborne-aviationweek

Dec 24, 2012

New Chinese 4-engine large military transport aircraft

India Signs Deal For 42 More Su-30MKIs

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed a contract for 42 numbers of Su-30 MKI frontline Fighter Aircraft with the Ministry of Defence and Russian firm Rosoboronexport in New Delhi today.


Chinese Z-9 Helicopters to Arrive to Cambodia in April 2013

Cambodia's air force will be strengthened by the arrival of 12 military helicopters, including four attack choppers, from China next year, government officials said yesterday.



North Korea could have U.S. within missile range, says South Korea

North Korea said the December 12 launch put a weather satellite in orbit but critics say it was aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile.


Israel says Syria chemical weapons are secure for now

Syria's chemical weapons are still secure despite the fact that President Bashar al-Assad has lost control of parts of the country, a senior Israeli defense official said on Sunday.


Royal Air Force/Royal Navy F-35B training to start in January at Eglin AFB

The United Kingdom's first Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) underwent a functional check flight (FCF) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on December 18 in preparation for Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots starting training in January.

By Dave Majumdar Flightglobal

Eurocopter Delivers 8th NH90 NFH Caiman to France’s DGA for its Deployment by the French Navy

Eurocopter delivered the French DGA’s first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) in its new Step B version, to be used by the French Navy.

This aircraft will join the fleet of seven NFHs already delivered to the French Navy in the first standard configuration.

U.S. Navy orders 2 C-40A Clipper aircraft from Boeing

Boeing, is being awarded a $145,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of two C-40A Clipper aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

The Boeing C-40 Clipper is a military version of the Boeing 737-700C airline transport. It is used by both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.


Russia to finance Indonesian purchase of six Flanker fighter aircraft

Russia's Vnesheconombank (VEB) will provide Indonesia a total of $399.5 million in credit to finance purchases of six Russian-made Su-30MK2 Flanker multirole fighter aircraft and related equipment.



Delivery of the first Belgian NH90

NH announces the delivery to the Belgian Defence Forces of the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter.


Boeing's Final Design for Wedgetail AEW&C Airborne Mission Segment Accepted by Australia

The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment.


Pakistan Navy test fires land attack missile

The Pakistan Navy said in a news release that it has test fired a land attack missile for the first time.


India to sign for 42 Su-30MKIs and 59 Mi-17 V5s during Putin’s visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to secure a deal to supply 42 Su-30MKIs and 59 Mi-17 V5s to India during his official visit there on Monday.



German Tiger helicopters start flights in Afghanistan

Four German Tiger attack helicopters that arrived in Afghanistan recently have started flying near Mazar-e Sharif, in northern Afghanistan.



Dec 23, 2012

Rajoy y lo mucho que aprendió en Afganistán

Fue casi al final de su visita cuando el presidente Mariano Rajoy pudo observar con sus propios ojos la inmensidad del desafío que la misión (y guerra) de Afganistán ha supuesto en estos últimos once años para las Fuerzas Armadas de España.

Esteban Villarejo-ABC-Por Tierra Mar y Aire

Raytheon to Provide Six ATFLIR for Malaysia's F/A-18C/D

Raytheon , is being awarded a $25,700,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) for the procurement of six Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pods in support of the F/A-18 C/D aircraft for the Government of Malaysia under the Foreign Military Sales Program.


Boeing Wins Contract for RAAF Growler Kits

Boeing, is being awarded a $101,862,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0086) to exercise an option for the procurement of 12 EA-18G Lot 37 Full Rate Production (FRP) Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Kits.


U.S. Sen. wants to stop delivery of four F-16s to Egypt

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday to delay delivery of the first four F-16s for Egypt.



Russia orders 30 more Su-30SMs

The Russian Defense Ministry signed an order for 30 Su-30SMs with Irkut on Wednesday. These fighters will be delivered to the Russian Air Force by 2016.


Ria Novosti

USAF plans to retire F-16s, A-10s

The U.S. Air Force intends to eliminate 21 F-16s from the Iowa National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing; 20 A-10s of Arkansas National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing at Fort Smith; 24 A-10Cs of the Reserve 917th Fighter Group at Barksdale Air Force Base.



Norway Confident in F-35 Choice

According to Norwegian Minister of Defence, the F-35 program is of vital importance to both the United States and Norway in ensuring that Norway fulfil their future operational requirements.