September 1, 2014

USS Nimitz Aerial Shots

Chinese Red Arrow -10 heavy anti-tank missile makes debut

China has test fired its first remote fiber-guided heavy anti-tank missiles during Peace Mission -2014 exercises

Israel’s Newest Type 800 Dolphin-class submarine - INS Tanin- to Set Sail for Israel

Photo: Moshe Shai

Israel’s newest Dolphin II-class submarine is poised to set sail from Germany, where it was constructed.  The vessel, named the INS Tanin (pronounced ta-NEEN), is one of three submarines being constructed for the Israeli Navy by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Kiel, Germany.

The newer subs are 68.6 meters (225 feet) long, 2,050 tons’ displacement on the surface, and 2,400 tons submerged.

The Tanin is armed with  ten swim-out torpedo tubes – four 650 mm-diameter and six 533 mm-diameter tubes. It is said to carry DM-2A4 Seehake wire-guided torpedoes, UGM-84C Harpoon antiship missiles and Triton anti-helicopter missiles.  The Tanin also has an air-independent propulsion (AIP) system, allowing it to perform extended operations underwater without surfacing.

McDonnell Douglas QF-4 Drone Dual Intercept MEADS Test

November 2013

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) intercepted and destroyed two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree air and missile defense (AMD) capabilities at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The flight test achieved all criteria for success.

All elements of the MEADS system were tested, including the 360-degree MEADS Surveillance Radar, a networked MEADS battle manager, two lightweight launchers firing PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missiles and a 360-degree MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR). All system elements worked as planned.MEADS is a next-generation, ground-mobile AMD system that incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed battle management, easily transportable launchers and the hit-to-kill PAC-3 MSE Missile.The first target, a QF-4 air-breathing target, approached from the south as a Lance missile, flying a tactical ballistic missile trajectory, attacked from the north. The Surveillance Radar acquired both targets and provided target cues to the MEADS battle manager, which generated cue commands for the MFCR. The MFCR tracked both targets successfully and guided missiles from launchers in the Italian and German configuration to successful intercepts.

"Today's successful flight test is the culmination of three countries working together to design, develop and build the most advanced and capable air and missile defense weapon system in the world. No fielded ground‐mobile AMD System can intercept targets from two directions at the same time, as MEADS did today," said NATO MEADS Management Agency General Manager Gregory Kee. "MEADS technology can now be leveraged as mature, network-ready battle management, sensors and launchers to achieve the networked AMD capabilities envisioned by Germany, Italy and the United States."The test demonstrated over-the-shoulder maneuverability of the PAC-3 MSE Missile in engaging the targets.

"Based on the maturity of the MEADS hardware and software, we asked our customer to expand this test to a dual intercept," said MEADS International President Dave Berganini. "The MEADS program continues to meet or exceed its commitments. Earlier this year, MEADS successfully demonstrated radar cueing, interoperability with networked NATO systems during Joint Project Optic Windmill (JPOW) and certification of our Mode 5 IFF system. Now we're thrilled to demonstrate an unprecedented dual-intecept that has met test objectives and readies MEADS for further development and testing in Europe."

The MEADS program is 3-for-3 in achieving flight test objectives. In November 2011, MEADS performed a simulated intercept of an air-breathing target. In November 2012, MEADS acquired, tracked and destroyed an MQM-107 target. Both tests demonstrated full-perimeter, 360-degree defense with the PAC-3 MSE Missile performing unique over-the-shoulder maneuvers to defeat targets attacking from behind the MEADS emplacement.MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States.

Ukraine army and navy losses

In one of the most serious escalations in this conflict yet, two Ukrainian border guard ships have been sunk off the coast of Ukraine.

Ukraine has been loosing aircraft, tanks and now coast guard boats on a consistent basis.

Ukraine Army T64 tank losses in eastern Ukraine against separatists

Royal Australian Artillery Defensive Positions at Exercise Koolendong 2014

Was the No 55 T-50 PAK FA stealth aircraft which caught fire on June 10, a technology demonstrator for Indian Air Force?

Earlier on  June 10 it was reported that smoke was observed coming from the fighter’s starboard engine air intake during landing, and a fire broke out shortly afterwards at Zhukovsky air base near Moscow.

Photo - Sukhoi Corporation

Technology beggars cannot be choosers - Lesson from Russia

India has currently paid over quarter of a billion dollars for the preliminary design but the Sukhoi Corporation is currently not giving any explanation as to why a prototype aircraft caught fire during a technology demonstration.Russia has built six prototypes of PAK-FA and, after repeated requests from India, it agreed to hold a demonstration flight earlier this year for technical evaluation. The flight ended in a fire that embarrassed the Russians.

If some DRDO charlatan has been sent as a designer to enjoy Russian countryside summer on tax payer money ,  this is what you will get. Role of India sick sarkari manufactures in the project has been reduced to that of neighborhood auto spare parts dealer - they will supply - tyres, basic navigational instrument VOR-DME, coolant for the radar, laser designation pod and heads-up display for the aircraft.

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Turkish military Victory Day parade photos - 30 August 2014