Thursday, May 7, 2015

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Marks First International Sale of P-8A Training System

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Marks First International Sale of P-8A Training System
*US Navy also purchases four new P-8A trainers
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources Boeing
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada -  ST. LOUIS, May 7, 2015: Boeing [NYSE: BA] will provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with a complete training system for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft under a contract that also includes the sale of four P-8A training systems for the U.S. Navy. This combined domestic and foreign military sale further strengthens the growing partnership between the U.S. Navy and the RAAF on the P-8 program.

The system utilizes simulators to train pilots and mission crews to operate the aircraft, its sensors, communications and weapons systems without relying on costly live flights.

“Boeing will deliver a seamless and comprehensive training solution for our customers’ pilots and mission crews” said Tom Shadrach, Boeing P-8 program manager on the Training Systems and Government Services team. “It will prepare them to use the world’s most advanced anti-surface and anti-submarine capabilities for any mission, at any time.”

Boeing currently provides P-8A aircrew training devices, electronic classrooms and courseware for the Navy at its 165,000-square-foot Integrated Training Center (ITC) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where the goal is to shift majority of the training to the ITC.

In February 2014, the Australian government approved the acquisition of eight P-8As and supporting infrastructure to include training and initial spares and support equipment. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017, the P8-A training system is expected to be delivered to Australia in 2018.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $31 billion business with 53,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

Sophisticated Rehearsals, Unmatched Realism


Boeing’s P-8 training system provides comprehensive, realistic, aircrew training at a fraction of the cost of live aircraft training. The goal is to provide combat-ready air, mission and maintenance crews in support of all platform missions, with a combination of equipment, software, courseware, personnel and logistical support. Boeing’s turnkey training solution accurately simulates aircraft and mission systems, permitting sophisticated mission rehearsals with unmatched realism.

An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solution


The P-8A Poseidon is an aircraft designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8A, and its variant for India, the P-8I, combine superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space.

Milestones

Jan 092015Boeing Delivered All P-8As to U.S. Navy on Schedule and on Cost in 2014
Nov 252014Boeing Delivers Sixth P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India
Oct 152014Boeing Delivers 18th P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy
Sept 102014Boeing Delivers 5th P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India
Aug 062014Boeing Delivers 15th Production P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy
July 022014Boeing, U.S. Navy Expand P-8A Maritime Patrol Fleet with 14th Delivery
April 072014Boeing to Provide Maintenance Training Devices for US Navy P-8A Poseidon
Feb 252014Boeing Receives $2.4 Billion Contract for 16 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Dec 052013Boeing Delivers 13th P-8A Poseidon to US Navy
Nov 222013Boeing Delivers 3rd P-8I to India

Contact:

Justin Gibson
Global Services & Support
Office: +1 314-777-7863
Mobile: +1 314-708-6293
justin.l.gibson@boeing.com  

James O’Callaghan
Boeing Defence Australia
Office: + 1 61 3305 1266
Mobile: + 1 0423 829 526
james.m.o’callaghan@boeing.com

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DTN News - CHINA DEFENSE NEWS: China Still Wants Russia's Deadly Su-35

DTN News - CHINA DEFENSE NEWS: China Still Wants Russia's Deadly Su-35
*Russia To Sell China Su-35 Multirole Fighter Jets
*China to Get Russian Su-35 Jets in 2014 – Rosoboronexport
*All You Need is Su-35: China Should Buy Russian Fighter Jets – Media
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources DWNU
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 5, 2015China still wants the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jet despite launching a new fighter jet last week.

As noted last week, China conducted the first test flight of the J-11D on April 29. The plane is an upgraded version of the J-11B fighter jets, which themselves are copies of the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27. Perhaps most  notable of the J11-D’s upgrades is that it reportedly incorporates the J-16’s advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.

As Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer have said of the AESA, “The AESA radar allows the J-16 to intercept enemy aircraft at longer ranges than either of its predecessors, and to attack multiple surface targets simultaneously. The AESA radar would also be datalinked to other Chinese platforms, including unmanned vehicles, to increase their situational awareness.”

As I mentioned in last week’s article, some analysts have been comparing the J-11D to Russia’s Su-35.

However, according to Want China Times, which cites an article in the Beijing-based Sina Military Network, China will still look to acquire Russia’s Su-35 even with the new J-11Ds.

“The Su-35 is necessary because it bridges the gap in the People's Liberation Army Air Force prior to the introduction of China's new fifth-generation fighter jets, the [Sina] report said, adding that without Su-35s China would need to figure out how it would go up against Japan's F-35s and India's Su-30MKI and T-50 aircraft,” Want China Times writes.

“Even if the manufacture of the J-11 can be increased to two a month, the numbers would still be insufficient, not to mention it remains unclear whether the J-11 is technically advanced to take on fifth-generation fighters,” the report added.

While based off of the Su-27, the Su-35 offers a number of significant improvements, leading many in Russia to term it a 4++ generation aircraft. Air Force Technology has said the Su-35 “has high manoeuvrability (+9g) with a high angle of attack, and is equipped with high-capability weapon systems that contribute to the new aircraft's exceptional dogfighting capability. The maximum level speed is 2,390km/h or Mach 2.25.”

Besides helping combat adversaries’ high-end aircraft, the Su-35’s high fuel capacity and long range would greatly enhance China’s ability to enforce its claims in the South China Sea. Specifically, Beijing has trouble maintaining a regular presence over the enormous waters, which are roughly 1.4 million square miles (2.25 million square kilometers).  

*Sukhoi Su-35 Multirole Fighter Jet - Related Images





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Thursday, April 23, 2015

DTN News - Earth Day 2015 ~ To All DTN News Friends & Readers Globally

DTN News - Earth Day 2015  ~ To All DTN News Friends & Readers Globally
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth 
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 22, 2015People around the world will celebrate the 45th Earth Day,
an annual event designed to pay tribute to the environment and promote ways to protect our home planet. 


More than 1 billion people worldwide are expected to take part in Earth Day this year, with activities that include environmental rallies, tree planting and other service projects. 

Earth Day to mark the occasion, we'd like to share some of our favorite photos of this beautiful world.

God Bless You All for keeping Our Mother Earth save for coming future generations to live with dignity and respect

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Friday, April 17, 2015

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources U.S. DoD Release No: NR-133-15 Dated April 17, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 17, 2015Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS St. Louis.

The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828. It spent the majority of its service patrolling the coasts of the Americas to secure interests and trade. In addition, it served as the flagship for the West Indies Squadron working to suppress piracy in the Caribbean Sea, the Antilles and the Gulf of Mexico region.

“The name St. Louis holds a strong naval legacy,” Mabus said. “In this era when our country is faced with similar challenges as our forefathers, it’s important that all who encounter this ship are reminded of the history of our Navy’s bravery and sense of duty.”

The LCS is designed to defeat littoral threats, and provide access and dominance in coastal waters. A fast, agile surface combatant, LCS provides war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare. 

St. Louis will be built with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by detachments that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions.

The ship will be 388 feet long, have a waterline beam length of 58 feet and make speeds in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by a Lockheed Martin industry team in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Additional information about littoral combat ships is available online at: http://www.navy.mil/local/lcsfreedom/

The Lockheed Martin Team
The U.S. Navy’s current Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal water battlespace. A fast, maneuverable surface combatant, the LCS provides warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility for focused missions including mine-clearing, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.


A flexible and reconfigurable seaframe, LCS derives combat capability from rapidly interchangeable mission modules and an open architecture command and control system. Modularity maximizes the flexibility of LCS and enables commanders to meet changing warfare needs, while also supporting spiral development and technology refresh.

The Lockheed Martin-led team producing the Freedom-variant LCS includes naval architect Gibbs & Cox and ship builder Marinette Marine Corporation, as well as domestic and international teammates. The team’s design, a proven semi-planing steel monohull, provides outstanding agility and high-speed maneuverability.  Its common combat system provides commonality with the U.S. Navy’s fleet and allows unprecedented interoperability, while making training more cost effective. The ship’s design also provides flexibility – its shallow draft and narrow beam allow greater access to global ports given existing infrastructure, which is essential for this ship’s missions.

The Lockheed Martin team has designed and delivered two ships for this new class, while another six ships are under construction. The first ship, USS Freedom, was delivered to the Navy in 2008 and successfully completed its first deployment in 2010, two years ahead of schedule. Then, the ship deployed to Southeast Asia in 2013, a journey to be followed by USS Fort Worth in 2014.

USS Fort Worth, the team’s second LCS, was delivered two months early and incorporates improvements from lessons learned on USS Freedom. These includedifferent air compressors, fixes to cooling systems, a 15 percent increase in fuel capacity, and cosmetic changes.

The team’s third LCS, the future USS Milwaukee, was launched and christened in 2013 into the Menominee River at Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), followed by Detroit (LCS 7) in 2014. The Freedom-variant LCS industry team continues to produce ships at MMC.

Designs provided by the Lockheed Martin industry team are based on configurations marketed to navies around the globe. These configurations, known as the Multi-Mission Combat Ship and Surface Combat Ship, are adaptable and can include proven  capabilities such as the Aegis combat system with the SPY-1F (V) radar and the MK 41 Vertical Launching System.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Narendra Modi ~ India’s Reformer-In-Chief

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Narendra Modi ~ India’s Reformer-In-Chief
*The 100 Most Influential People - Times
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources By Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 16, 2015As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story—from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.


Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern—a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a “digital India.”

When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract $11.7 Million To Beechcraft Corp., For Procurement of One UC-12W Aircraft For The Navy

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract $11.7 Million To Beechcraft Corp., For Procurement of One UC-12W Aircraft For The Navy
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-055-15 Dated March 25, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 27, 2015: Beechcraft Corp., Wichita, Kansas, is being awarded an $11,703,143 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of one UC-12W aircraft for the Navy, including engineering technical services. 

Work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, and is expected to be completed in July 2016. 

Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,703,143 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-2017).

*UC-12W ~ U.S. Navy version based on the King Air 350 - UC-12W  Provides Essential Airlift Capabilities For VIPs, Cargo

Like “Rudy” Ruettiger of the 1975 Notre Dame football team, the Marine Corps UC-12W aircraft is respected among large tactical aircraft in current theaters of war, despite its smaller-than-average stature. Forward-deployed in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF), the UC-12W Huron provides time-sensitive airlift of high-priority passengers and cargo.

“The UC-12W has proven to be extremely beneficial in satisfying fixed-wing assault support requirements,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Michelle Guidry, program manager, Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft Program Office (PMA-207). “The UC-12 utilizes commercial off-the-shelf designs that are cost effective and can efficiently support distributed operations in theaters of war and in support of forward-deployed Marines.”

The UC-12W, a modified version of Beechcraft Corporation’s King Air 350, is equipped with a cargo door, military required equipment, and is a modern and improved variant of the Navy’s current UC-12 Beechcraft King Air 200. A slightly larger aircraft than its predecessor, the UC-12W has 23.5 percent more engine power,  improved speed and rate of climb, added aircraft survivability equipment, enhanced avionics suite and allows more load-carrying capacity than the legacy UC-12B/F/M variants, according to Beechcraft Corporation data.

With the initial “proof of concept” deployment of the UC-12W in 2011, tactical assets in Afghanistan, such as the KC-130J Hercules, MV-22 Osprey, and CH-53 Sea Stallion, began resuming their traditional assault support missions instead of intra-theater light lift operations. After receiving a fleet request for improved cargo handling capabilities, PMA-207 teamed with industry partners to design and manufacture a lightweight cargo decking system for the UC-12W.  The first set of cargo decking delivered to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, provided Marines with the ability to remove passenger seats and quickly install cargo decking -- further increasing the mission flexibility of the UC-12W through multiple seating and cargo configurations. “Since 2011, the amount of cargo and passengers airlifted has more than doubled,” Guidry said. “Due to the success of the proof of concept deployment, UC-12W forward deployed missions will continue.”

To date, Camp Bastion-based UC-12W’s have flown 1,677 sorties and 1,822.8 flight hours, moved 4,221 Marines and 132.7 tons of cargo. “They [Operational support airlift] did a great job for us and I only wish they could have been out here more,” said Lt Col. Richard Coates, commanding officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Black Sea Rotational Force. “They filled the gap where KC-130s would have been overkill and commercial flights were expensive and/or inconvenient.”

The UC-12W’s success is not limited to Marines in Afghanistan.  Marines operating in the Asia-Pacific region have been utilizing the UC-12W’s improved cargo capacity and extended range fuel tanks, which increased operational range from 800 nautical miles to 1500 nautical miles at maximum payload to support MAGTF operations across the expansive Pacific Ocean. “The performance of the C-12W in the Western Pacific has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Lt Col. Michael Coletta, commanding officer, headquarters and headquarters squadrons, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. “Whether servicing day to day frags [fragmentary order] in support of the Marines and Sailors in Westpac, participating in theater level exercises, or executing real world missions, the C-12W has definitely earned its keep. Based on the parameters of passengers/cargo capacity, fuel burn, and range the C-12W is uniquely suited to handle the long, overwater flights that are a routine occurrence in the Western Pacific.”

Operational support airlift squadrons have been providing light-lift support in the Marine Corps Forces Central Command since 2004. (http://www.navair.navy.mil/)

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