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Jun 21, 2011 14:16 UTC
Most people think of militaries as stockpiling munitions, rather than real estate, even though both are equally true. Militaries are often very good at managing their munitions stockpiles, but generally lack the same level of expertise when it comes to commercial management of real estate. Some may even decide that they shouldn’t be in this business.
Which helps to explain why the 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron/PKJ at Lackland Air Force Base, TX let a maximum $40 million multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for “… services to provide innovative means to create lucrative and lasting real estate developments of the underutilized real estate assets at various Air Force installations…”
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Jun 19, 2017 04:56 UTC
THAAD: In flight
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is a long-range, land-based theater defense weapon that acts as the upper tier of a basic 2-tiered defense against ballistic missiles. It’s designed to intercept missiles during late mid-course or final stage flight, flying at high altitudes within and even outside the atmosphere. This allows it to provide broad area coverage against threats to critical assets such as population centers and industrial resources as well as military forces, hence its previous “theater (of operations) high altitude area defense” designation.
This capability makes THAAD different from a Patriot PAC-3 or the future MEADS system, which are point defense options with limited range that are designed to hit a missile or warhead just before impact. The SM-3 Standard missile is a far better comparison, and land-based SM-3 programs will make it a direct THAAD competitor. So far, both programs remain underway.
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Feb 22, 2017 00:58 UTC
- Lockheed Martin’s second T-50A jet trainer has made its maiden flight. The trainer, based on the T-50, has been designed to bridge the gap between 4th- and 5th-generation fighter jet technology, and is being entered into the USAF’s T-X trainer competition to replace the service’s fleet of aging Northrop Grumman T-38 Talon aircraft. Lockheed is also offering the T-50A Ground-Based Training System, a simulator designed to provide immersive instruction for pilots prior to taking flight. If selected, pilots will use the trainer to be able to fly F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
- Lockheed Martin has announced two successful rounds of testing of the modernized Tactical Missile System for the US Army’s TACMS Service Life Extension program. The missiles were launched using a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico last December and earlier this month. Updates to the missile include an improved guidance and control system, new software, and an upgraded fuze.
Middle East & North Africa
- The UAE will become the first Middle East operator of Raytheon’s RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 close-in weapon system. While the number of systems ordered remains unknown, the systems will be installed on the Emirate’s Baynunah-class corvettes, of which six vessels will be manufactured. Improvements made on the system’s predecessor include kinematic and sensor upgrades to expand the missile’s engagement envelope in order to defeat more maneuverable and higher speed anti-ship cruise missiles. Furthermore, the Block 2 upgrade significantly expands the missile’s effective engagement envelope by introducing a larger dual-thrust rocket motor and independent four-canard control actuator system to increase effective range by about 50% and deliver a three-fold improvement in maneuverability.
- Russian firm Rostec has revealed that they have signed an initial agreement with the UAE to develop a fifth-generation joint light fighter. The announcement was made at this week’s IDEX 2017 defense expo as Russian industry seeks to expand defense exports in the region. Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said that development work on the new fighter could begin as early as next year , and it is believed that will be a variation of the MiG-29 fighter jet. The UAE is also potentially looking at purchasing the Sukhoi Su-35.
- Russia’s latest variant of the T-90 main battle tank, the T-90MS, is now ready for export. Speaking at IDEX 2017, General of the Army Alexei Maslov said that low-rate production of the vehicle had been established, serial production processes has been fine-tuned, and they are now ready to begin taking orders. Maslov added that the tank features a high degree of process automation. It can conduct self-testing and self-diagnostics and can be integrated with foreign components, such as communication systems and air-cooling units. A number of Middle East nations are in discussions.
- Finland has concluded negotiations with South Korea to purchase 48 used K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers. Valued at $155 million, deliveries are scheduled to begin next year and will continue through to 2024. The 155mm howitzer was tested by the Finnish Army in the Lapland region and is part of a partnership with Estonia to bulk buy the system as both government’s phase out their older Soviet artillery pieces.
- China’s state-run Xinhua news agency has warned South Korea’s Lotte Group of grave consequences if the conglomerate allows the South Korean government to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system on part of a golf course it owns. The words of warning come shortly after Lotte reported that Chinese authorities halted work at a multi-billion-dollar real estate project following a fire inspection, indicating that Beijing was finding ways to retaliate at Seoul for going ahead with THAAD’s deployment, and includes reports of discriminating against some of their companies and cancelling performances by K-Pop artists without explanation. Over the weekend, a meeting between both nation’s foreign ministers saw China’s Wang Yi say that China understands South Korea’s need to protect their security but Seoul still needs to respect Beijing’s concerns about the deployment of THAAD.
- Nextar has inked contracts with the Indonesian government for the provision of 18 CAESAR wheeled self-propelled howitzer systems. The undisclosed value sale adds to 36 CAESAR systems ordered by Jakarta in 2012 and will include Nextar’s FINDART firing control system and CAESAR simulators. More than 50 artillery battalion auxiliary vehicles will be assembled in Indonesia by Nexter partner PT Pindad. Indonesia has become the first customer for the V-200 UAV, developed by the joint venture of Saab and UMS Aero.
Jan 18, 2017 00:55 UTC
The 14 variants in the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) form the core of the USA’s new state-of-the-art medium military transport truck fleet. Which in turn forms the core of the “mature logistics capability” seen in the Iraqi theater and elsewhere. FMTV trucks are all automatic transmission, and range from 2.5-ton cargo and van models to 5-ton cargo, tractor, van, wrecker, tanker, specialty, and dump-truck models in various 4×4 and 6×6 configurations. Some models also have attached trailers that increase their carrying capacity. Even so, the use of common engines, transmissions, drivelines, power trains, tires, cabs, etc. create over 80% parts commonality between FMTV models. Where possible, commercial components are used for added savings.
There have been 3 main phases of the FMTV program, including the last “SO23” open competition in 2003. All told, more than 50,000 FMTV trucks in various models have been delivered to the US Army. A bridging order to BAE continued production in Sealy, TX from 2008 through 2010, but the 4th phase re-compete saw a new firm begin FMTV production – alongside heavy truck production for the Army (FHTV) and Marines (LVSR), and medium trucks for the US Marine Corps (MTVR).
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Jun 19, 2015 02:12 UTC
Latest updates: Battle for Oshkosh: Will FHTV re-bid copy FMTV mistake?
THAAD on HEMTT
In 2009, with its bridge buy of FMTV medium trucks in place, and initial awards for the potential JLTV Hummer replacement designs underway, the next order of business on the US Army’s agenda was a new Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles multi-year contract: FHTV-III. That multi-billion dollar FHTV-III contract has been awarded – not as a re-compete like FMTV, but as a single-source solicitation.
Oshkosh has provided the core of this capability for over 20 yeas now. Its Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and their 13-ton payloads are the mainstay of the FHTV fleet, serving in variants that include M977/985 Cargo, M978 Fueler, M982/983 Tractors, and M984 Wrecker/Tow; they also serve as heavy transporters for Patriot and THAAD air defense systems. M1074/75 Palletized Load Systems (PLS) and PLS trailers (PLST) are best known for their automated container/pallet loading arms, and for their Universal Power Interface Kit (UPIK) that can add modules for firefighting, construction, cranes, cement mixing, etc. The M1000/1070 Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET) are flatbeds that can transport a 70-ton Abrams tank – or anything less – in order to save wear and tear on expensive armored vehicles and on the roads. A specialized FHTV truck called the M1977 CBT can even lay bridges. This article details the FHTV-III trucks, and related developments and contracts:
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Mar 16, 2015 05:05 UTC
- The Army released a Sources Sought notice (W15QKN-15-X-7820), looking for one vendor that can bundle together a series of aftermarket improvements to the M4A1 carbine. The package, to be called the M4A1+, includes increased accuracy, rails, mounting surfaces, neutral, non-black, color, coatings, backup sites and a kitchen sink full of other, smaller improvements.
- U.S. Northcom chief Adm. Bill Gortney told a Senate committee – in the course of expressing angst at the prospect of continued sequestration budget rules – that the U.S. might be facing a renewed cold war. The Administration to date has been reluctant to use the term.
- NATO officials are contradicting a Canadian government report to Parliament that Russia had acted aggressively toward one of its ships in the Black Sea.
- The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye prop planes are off on their first carrier deployment, five of them having been assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). In addition to having twice the observation resolution, the glass cockpit allows the co-pilot swap between flying duties and helping handle the information inflow.
- Argentina is joining a quickly growing list of nations producing their own drones. The INVAP-produced UAVs will reportedly be capable of staying in the air for 12 to 20 hours, providing the ability to be useful as ship-launched observers. The initial investment is reported to be $238 million.
- The French Navy is now considering the NH-90s to be fully capable in anti-submarine duties (French), now that they have successfully launched MU-90 torpedoes from the helicopters.
- Russia is officially abandoning (Russian) the Antonov AN-70 project into which it has invested billions of rubles. This was not unexpected, given the hostilities between Russia and Antonov’s Ukraine. Antonov is located primarily in Kiev and its outskirts, fairly distant from the relatively acquirable real estate in the eastern parts of Ukraine. Russia has been pushing increased planning and procurement with the domestic firm Ilyushin in recent months.
- Very happy with its anti-ship missile designs of late, Iran is opening up a production line to pump them out. The country claims their Qadir missiles have a 185 mile range. The Persian Gulf ranges from 35 miles wide to 230 miles wide.
- The U.S. has reportedly officially added THAAD to the resources it would supply to South Korea in an emergency. China has been openly nervous about an American anti-missile system sitting so close to its borders.
- Aerospace maintenance firm TAE saw its management buy out its holding company, Air New Zealand, becoming an entirely Australian-owned firm, which may have figured in its recent contract win as the primary maintainers of the coming F-35 engines of the RAAF.
- The Fire Scout (MQ-8B) maritime drone is tested aboard the USS Fort Worth (LCS-3)…
Sep 15, 2014 15:28 UTC
- A few allies are saying [US Today] they’ll join the US in its efforts against the Islamic State, though there are many reasons [AP] why Middle Eastern countries may offer little more than lip service.
- Iran seems more motivated [BBC video] than Sunni Arabs, but they declined to attend an international meeting taking place today in Paris to conjure a global response to ISIL.
- Germany stands out [Defense News] as the most eager among European armament donors to Kurdish fighters.
- An unnamed official from the Syrian National Coalition denied [The Hill] a report from AFP that ISIL had reached a truce agreement with other rebel forces near Damascus in Syria.
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Mar 17, 2014 15:35 UTC
- The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) updated its database to include 2013 arms sales, and sees China’s share of international arms exports above France’s, as China gained the 4 percentage points that France lost from the 2004-2008 period to 2009-2013. The completion of a couple large French sales to India and the Middle East could still reverse that trend in the 4 years ahead. Trends in international arms transfers [PDF].
Ukraine/Russia: What to Watch Beyond Military Movements
- As Russia didn’t even pretend to massage the outcome of the Crimean referendum to make it look somewhat credible, the EU and the US have agreed to a new set of financial and travel sanctions targeting a few influential Ukrainians and Russians.
- As DID pointed out earlier this month, there’s no sign that London is ready to apply real state-to-state financial pressure, while Paris appears unwilling to cancel its Mistral contract with Russia. You know how the joke goes: in paradise the police are British and the cooks are French. In hell…
- The most likely explanation for a massive drop of custody holdings at the US Federal Reserve last week is that Russia moved some of its Treasuries to another central bank such as Belgium’s. Note that Russia didn’t sell these bonds, they presumably moved them out of direct US reach. An advisor to Putin recently made threats against the market for US Treasury market, were the US government to seize Russian assets.
- Lest you think Russians threats are empty, the BBC quotes former US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, talking about the 2008 financial crisis:
“Here I’m not going to name the senior person, but I was meeting with someone… This person told me that the Chinese had received a message from the Russians which was, ‘Hey let’s join together and sell Fanny and Freddie securities on the market.’ The Chinese weren’t going to do that but again, it just, it just drove home to me how vulnerable I felt until we had put Fanny and Freddie into conservatorship.”
- The (broke) Ukrainian government approved $600M in emergency military spending and mobilized its active and national guard troops. They are also saying they repelled Russian troops out of the Strilkove village in the Kherson oblast, just north of Crimea, though whether their effort was actually successful is disputed.
- Rostec’s Russian Helicopters grew their sales by 10% to RUB183B ($3.8B) in 2013.
Italy to Revisit JSF Buy
- Roberta Pinotti, appointed as Italy’s defense minister last month, said the country’s F-35 buy will be “rethought, reviewed, and reduced” as the new government is reviewing spending. A point of contention is whether parliament’s control of military spending will be overridden by the executive branch. Italy’s defense ministry is going to sell real estate, close facilities, and reduce its quantity of active troops. Pinotti is a former school teacher, but as a member of parliament she worked on defense matters and was for a few months a defense shadow minister (Italian governments have an short life expectancy). Sky TV interview [in Italian] | Il Fatto Quotidiano [in Italian] | Reuters.
Taking Care of Your Oil Tankers so You Don’t Have To
- Last week the Libyan government proved unable to prevent rebels from hijacking an oil tanker, leading to the sacking of the prime minister. Fear not, US Navy Seals took control of the tanker which will soon be returned to Libya.
Meanwhile in Pyongyang…
RHIBs from LCS
- Today’s video shows US marines launching and recovering rigid hull inflatable boats from USS Freedom (LCS 1):
Feb 19, 2014 16:10 UTC
- An announcement [in Chinese] from the PRC’s ministry of defense seems to indicate that production of Hongdu’s L-15 Falcon light attack trainers may soon pick up. So far they haven’t delivered more than a few prototypes and early units. According to the ministry, Hongdu has improved its recruitment and training. The L-15 is intended for domestic use and export to Zambia and possibly other countries close to China such as Pakistan.
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Mar 02, 2011 12:12 UTC
A number of countries are currently developing “future soldier” kits that attempt to give soldiers the same kind of advanced technologies now going into vehicles, aircraft, etc., including wearable computers, helmet displays, video streaming of night weapon sights, and more. The trade-offs lie in weight, complexity, power overhead, maintenance burden, and cost.
As currently conceived, the wisdom and long-term effectiveness of many of these programs is a matter of debate that will only be resolved by performance in combat situations. The IMESS effort may have an unfortunate acronym in English, but it sits firmly in the mainstream of these programs. The Swiss project’s vendors are also mainstream…
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