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The Air Force is acquiring 50 CV-22 Ospreys to replace its fleet of  MH-53J
Pave Low helicopters used to insert and extract special  operations forces from
hostile areas. The Osprey can cruise at 230  knots, and has a two times greater
speed, range and payload than the  MH-53J.


The MH-53 helicopter fleet is a Low Density/High Demand (LD/HD) asset used to
deliver Special Forces into their objective areas.  Current and projected
worldwide tasks require increasing the fleet size. Air Force Special Operations
Command has modernized 25 of the 38 Pave  Low IIIEs to the MH-53M Pave Low IV
configuration. As of January 2002  the Air Force inventory was 13 MH-53J and 25
MH-53M. HQ-USSOCOM and HQ  AFSOC provided funding for conversion of two MH-53J
model aircraft to  the MH-53M. Warner Robins Air Logistics Center managed the
conversions,  to be completed by May 2002.

 
 
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces Australia’s formal export request for up to 100 MK-54  All-Up-Round Torpedoes, 13 MK-54 Exercise Sections, 13 MK-54 Exercise  Fuel Tanks, 5 Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes, support and test equipment for upgrades to MK
695 Mod 1 capability, plus spare and repair parts,  and various forms of US government and contractor support. Raytheon  Integrated Defense Systems in Keyport, WA is the contractor, and the  DSCA says that: “Australia will use the MK 54 torpedo on its MH-60R Helicopters and intends to use the torpedo on a planned purchase of the P-8A Increment 2 Maritime Patrol and Response
aircraft.”

 
 
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The USAF Theatre Battle Control Division intends to issue a solicitation for
contract award on a limited competition basis for the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) and Low Rate Initial Production  (LRIP) of the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar (3DELRR)  system. The 3DELRR Program is intended to produce and field the radar  system for the United States Air Force (USAF) that meets the Service's  theater battle space awareness needs in the current and forecasted  threat environment. 3DELRR will be the principal USAF long-range,  ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, tracking, and
reporting  aerial targets for the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) through the Theater Air Control System (TACS). It will replace the  legacy USAF AN/TPS-75 radar system as the TPS-75 is incapable of  detecting some current and emerging threats. The Government anticipates  release of the Request for Proposal in June of 2013 and contract award  in March 2014.
 
 
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The 22-month TD phase is the next step in transitioning mature components  into
testable subsystems as well as developing a preliminary design for  the new jamming pods for the EA-18G Growler AEA aircraft. The Navy’s  EA-18G Growler is the DOD’s only tactical AEA platform and supports all services from both aircraft carriers and land bases.


NGJ will replace the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system and will bring  increased
jamming capability to the warfighter that is critical to  sustaining the future
missions of the Navy and other services in strike  warfare, anti-access/area
denial and irregular warfare scenarios. The  goal is to deliver this capability
to the fleet in fiscal 2020.


Raytheon Co. will be required to design and build critical technologies that  will be the
foundational blocks of NGJ. Keys to success include  demonstrations of required
capabilities as well as crafting a design  that will be tested and flown on the
Growler during the subsequent 4½  year Engineering and Manufacturing Development
phase.


Raytheon Co. was one of four contractors involved in the 33-month NGJ Technology
Maturation portion of the acquisition process. They identified,  developed and
matured several critical technologies necessary to ensure  an AEA system that
would meet stringent Navy fleet requirements and  reduced technical and schedule
risk in future development phases.


 
 
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The new Lynx initiative was  christened with the developmental name of "Future Lynx" and intended as a replacement for the aging fleet of base Lynx helicopters in British  Army and Navy service. The requirements were specified  under the  Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft
(SCMR) and the Battlefield Light  Utility Helicopter (BLUH) programs. The programs eventually evolved under a single acronym known as "BRH"  for a "Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter". On June 22nd, 2006, the  MoD gave AgustaWestland the green light with a 1 billion pound agreement and committed to procuring some 70 Future Lynxes for both service  branches. However, in December of 2008, the MoD reduced their requirement to 62 examples.


Beginning in 2014, the British Army is set to receive delivery of 34  Wildcats while the Royal Navy will accept 28 examples the year  following. The initial Wildcat squadron for the Royal Navy has already been established as 700W NAS (Naval Air Squadron) in May of 2009, a group with history dating as far back as 1940. Its first helicopters are expected to  arrive in  January of 2013 to begin evaluations and conversion training for pilots  and crew.






 
 
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Under the deal, valued at about 400 billion won ($305 million), KAI will develop four prototypes of the T-50 trainer into advanced light attack  jets by 2012; the new jet will be designated the FA-50. A separate deal  on production will be sealed after that, according to DAPA and KAI  officials.


Developed in 2006, the $21 million Mach 1.4 T-50 is South Korea's first indigenous supersonic aircraft and the world's only high-performance supersonic trainer in production. KAI is the prime contractor and  Lockheed Martin is the principal subcontractor, assisting with  development and  international marketing 

With the modifications, the FA-50 will have advanced tactical data link  systems and
precision missile guidance equipment, the officials said.For example, the jet will be outfitted with the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) kit, incorporating an internal navigation system and  flip-out control fins to guide bombs. The WCMD corrects launch errors,  determines atmospheric conditions and computes optimum flight paths and cluster bomb release points.



The Air Force wants to introduce up to 150 FA-50s to replace the A-37  attack aircraft and F-4/F-5 fighters currently serving as a low-tier  backup to its higher-class KF-16 and F-15K fighters, the source said. According to DAPA officials, the FA-50 will be equipped with the  EL/M-2032 radar from Elta Systems, which is credited with a  look-up tracking range of 65 to 100 kilometers.



The FA-50 program had been stalled for years over the selection of a  radar system. DAPA originally wanted to equip the plane with the lightweight Vixen-500E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, developed by U.K. firm Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems, and to  launch the project. But co-developer Lockheed Martin opposed the move, citing protection of its technology
 

 

 
 
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SSM-700K Hae Sung I (Sea Star) Anti-ship Missile is a ship launched anti-ship cruise missile developed by the  Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD), Nex1 Future and the Republic of Korea Navy in 2003. The missiles are deployed on KDX-II and KDX-III destroyers as of 2006, each carrying 8 and 16 of the missiles respectively.



During the 1970s the Republic of Korea Navy decided to import Exocet anti-ship missiles to deter  naval provocations.  Considering the fact that the DPRK Navy is composed of numerous small to mid size ships, a cheap small size guided anti-ship missile was  proposed. In 1978 the Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD)  started the development of the Hae Ryong anti-ship missile, and by 1987 the ROK Navy approved for the mass production of the missiles. But the Hae Ryong was fitted with a semi-active laser guidance system, limiting its  tactical capability during bad weather. Additional pressure from the USA ultimately resulted in the termination of the
project.


In 1990, the problem of large proportions of the defense budget going into buying anti-ship missiles from foreign countries was brought up.  The ROK Navy ordered the ADD to develop a missile that was in par with  or better in performance than the Harpoon Block 1C missile. The new missile was code-named Hae Sung, and research of the following core missile technologies was started in 1996

 
 
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The F-CK-1's GD-53 Golden Dragon X-band pulse-Doppler radar is derived from the F-20's AN/APG-67, which itself is a descendant of the AN/APG-66 of the F-16. This radar provides the F-CK-1 with look-down/shoot-down  capability, and enables ten targets to be tracked and two to be engaged  simultaneously using Sky Sword II active radar-seeking AAMs. The GD-53  has a maximum effective scanning range of 57 km (35 mi).


The F-CK-1 can carry two AAMs - either TC-1 Sky Sword Is or TC-2 Sky Sword IIs. The Sky Sword I is the ROC's first indigenous-developed  missile system, first deployed in 1993. It is a short-range  infrared-guided AAM roughly comparable to the AIM-9 Sidewinder. The Sky  Sword II, in comparison, was deployed in 1999 and is a radar-guided  beyond-visual-range AAM. Its seeker head, based on a Motorola-Raytheon  design, was originally intended for use on the AIM-120 AMRAAM, however  the contract was lost to Hughes. The TC-2 provides the IDF aircraft with a maximum missile range of 60 km (37 mi). Both missiles remain the  primary AAMs in service with the ROCAF.

In addition to the Sky  Sword missile systems, the F-CK-1 is also equipped with a single M61A1  20 mm cannon, mounted on the port-wing strake corner. An air-to-ground  weapon, the GPS-guided Wan Chien cluster bomb, is currently undergoing  testing and evaluation with the ROCAF.
 
 
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F-16Cs are Block 25, 30 and 32. F-16CGs are Block 40/42s. F-16CJs are Block 50/52s. Recently, the use of the unofficial term CM designates a Block 40/42 or 50/52 with CCIP mod which essentially  levels the field between them and renders the CG/CJ designations  obsolete. You will occasionally see F-16C+ in various places, which is fairly convoluted, and has to do with  various upgrades to the series such as CUPID but the essential math on  that is a C+ is a jet that is able to use targeting pods and GPS guided  weapons. 


Block designations: F-16s were built with Pratt & Whitney engines from day 1. The C models used the F-100-PW-220 in the first production  Block, the Block 25. Up until that point, F-16A/B Block #s had been 1,  5, 10, 15 and 20. The 25 was a continuation of that Block designator  system. The Block 30 was slated to merely be the same progression,  but it was decided that  General Electric produced a great fighter engine, the F-110-GE-100, and  since Pratt had the F-15C/E contract locked, it was unfair that GE was  frozen out of the F-16 production. The original intent was to have the  engines be interchangeable between airframes. The Block designations were changed to reflect which motor was installed in the Block 30 series. A Block with 0 is a GE so the Block 30s are GE powered. A 2 designates a Pratt powered jet, so the Block 32s are  Pratts. The Blocks are the same otherwise……same jet, different engines.

 
 
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New naval threats include an apparent goal to provide new naval  attack Su-30MK2 fighters with multiple ISR assets to ensure the  targeting of U.S. ships. The M400 locating radar, new radar satellites  and possible new radar equipped strategic UAVs may all be combined with new ground-based long-range radar systems to provide an overlapping ISR  picture for PLA attack platforms.  It can then be expected that a common naval battle zone picture can then be used to coordinate strikes by  Su-30s, multi-role J-11s, J-10s, submarines and surface ships.  Land-based ballistic and cruise missiles may also be used in naval battles.  


The U.S. is going to face greater pressure to augment  its airpower assets in Asia.  A PLAAF with more than 300 Su-27/30 class  fighters plus hundreds of J-10 fighters, with modern ISR and weapons,  means the PLAAF will no longer be a sub-standard airforce.  The advent of modern combat jet engines also means that the PLA will be increasingly  able to develop new indigenous fighters such as the “XXJ” program. The PRC can be expected to sell what it makes, increasing threats in other  areas critical to U.S. interests.


Given U.S.  global commitments, it may no longer be sufficient to purchase 300 or less F/A-22 fighters.  To sustain deterrence the U.S.  will require fighter platforms that are significantly superior to  current or anticipated Russian or PLA fighters.  It is also necessary to accelerate the introduction of advanced versions of the F/A-18E/F in  order to give U.S. carrier battle groups a margin of superiority.  In  addition, the Navy should ensure that its version of the F-35 should also be superior to anticipated threats. Just as important the U.S. should  continue to develop and
field superior aircraft weapons and invest in  truly effective combat UAVs which can defeat or avoid expected PLA  aerial threats.