Monthly Archives: August 2015

Manufacturers: Careful with Parts Printing – Make Them Inspectable | Japan Launches Second Heli Carrier | Iran Looking to Russia for Long Deferred…

Americas Technology allowing parts to be printed is rapidly seeing military adoption, but manufacturing experts warn that they need to be designed in a fashion to allow for inspection. The Navy is prepping a patch of seafloor off Florida to be an undersea training grounds of sort. They have installed the first leg of data cable, surfacing at Naval Station Mayport. More will be installed to reach the grounds, about 50 miles offshore. Europe France has reportedly returned Russia’s $900 million for failing to deliver the two Mistral class helicopter carriers it had manufactured…

Saudis, Egypt – and now Malaysia Intent on Russians French Mistrals – But Can they be Sold?

RFS Vladivostok,DCNS concept(click to view full) In August 2009, Russian media reported that their country was planning to take a radical step, and buy a French BPC-210 Mistral Class amphibious assault ship (BPC/LHD) by the end of 2009. The outlet quoted the Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, who said that: “We are negotiating the purchase of one ship at present, and later planning to acquire 3-4 ships [of the same class] to be jointly built in Russia.” That plan eventually came true, with a contract for 2 ships, and a possible follow-on for 2 more. France currently operates 3 Mistral Class LHDs, after buying a 3rd using economic stimulus funds. Unlike other LHD designs, the Mistral Class can’t operate fixed wing aircraft, and some observers in Russia and elsewhere classify at as an LHA. …

JLTV: Oshkosh Wins, But May Not be Uncontested

Ultra APV demonstrator(click to view full) In an age of non-linear warfare, where front lines are nebulous at best and non-existent at worst, one of the biggest casualties is… the concept of unprotected rear echelon vehicles, designed with the idea that they’d never see serious combat. That imperative is being driven home on 2 fronts. One front is operational. The other front is buying trends. These trends, and their design imperatives, found their way into the USA’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, which aims to replace many of the US military’s 120,000 or so Humvees. …

Oshkosh Takes JLTV Competition | Air Force Keeps ‘Em Guessing on A-10 | More Nations Interested in French Heli Carriers

Americas Oshkosh won one of the largest land forces defense contracts ever, taking the $30 billion JLTV contract. The initial order for 17,000 vehicles will start replacing Humvees in fiscal 2016 and really ramp in 2018. Runner ups were Lockheed and AM General. In what is perhaps the biggest reality perception difference between the Air Force and the rest of the military and civilian government, the Air Force has been working hard to shut down the A-10 program, maintaining that the close air support stalwart isn’t earning its keep. The several billion dollars saved would go to more F-35 work, as that platform has been tipped to be the replacement, although some senior Air Force officers have suggested that perhaps a completely new craft would be in order. …

Saudis, Egypt – and now Malaysia Intent on Russians French Mistrals

RFS Vladivostok,DCNS concept(click to view full) In August 2009, Russian media reported that their country was planning to take a radical step, and buy a French BPC-210 Mistral Class amphibious assault ship (BPC/LHD) by the end of 2009. The outlet quoted the Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, who said that: “We are negotiating the purchase of one ship at present, and later planning to acquire 3-4 ships [of the same class] to be jointly built in Russia.” That plan eventually came true, with a contract for 2 ships, and a possible follow-on for 2 more. France currently operates 3 Mistral Class LHDs, after buying a 3rd using economic stimulus funds. Unlike other LHD designs, the Mistral Class can’t operate fixed wing aircraft, and some observers in Russia and elsewhere classify at as an LHA. …

House Rep Wants “Transparency” from Air Force | Sandia Settles Over Illegal Use of Fed Funds for Lobbying | Russia Delivers Helos to Peru; Loans…

Americas A House Representative is demanding answers from the Air Force Secretary regarding discrepancies over the Air Force’s projected cost for the Long Range Strike Bomber program, after it emerged last week that the estimated program cost rose from $33.1 billion to $58.4 billion over the 2016-2026 period. Rep. Speier has given Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James until the end of September to provide clarification on the swinging cost estimates, as well as criticizing the Air Force for lack of transparency…

MIDS-LVT Contracts; $880.8M to ViaSat & Data Link Solutions | Winner of JLTV Competition Coming Soon | MoD Looking at New Amphibious Vehicle for…

Americas The Navy has begun integration testing and certification of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The missile is scheduled for fielding on the aircraft in 2019, with the LRASM a joint DARPA/Navy development program intended to produce the Navy’s next generation of long-range strike missiles. …

Army’s I2WD Gets Support to the Tune of $994.7M | $8.4M from Navy to Camber Corp for A2AD | Pakistan Buying Mil Mi-35M Hind Helos from Russia

Americas Following the news earlier this week that the Pentagon intends to increase the number of UAV Combat Air Patrols by 50% by 2019, private contractors are reported to already be stepping into the breach to support stretched Air Force personnel. General Atomics is reported to have been operating some ISR flights since April, with the DoD earmarking approximately 10 of the 90 scheduled Combat Air Patrols for contractors. The Air Force wants to boost the number of its own drone-operating personnel, despite planning to phase-out its MQ-1 Predator UAVs completely by 2018. Meanwhile, the heavyweight MQ-4C Triton UAV is scheduled to undergo a Navy operational assessment in September, with an initial production contract slated for next year hanging on successful completion of this assessment. The two months of testing could lead to a Milestone C decision and subsequently a production contract, ahead of an anticipated Initial Operation Capability date of 2018…

Information Warfare Directorate – Four Firms Get 3-Year $994.7M Contract

CACI International received a $75 million task order to support the US Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) under the Technical Engineering Support Services (TESS) contract. CACI was awarded the 5-year, $900 million TESS contract on Aug 19/09. …