Jun 29, 2014 18:18 UTC
Pacific 24 RIB
Britain’s Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police have about 1,450 small boats that need to be maintained. They include offshore raiding craft, pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launchers, Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), and inflatables. Large ships get a lot of attention, but many of day-to-day missions rely on these craft in various ways.
Over the next 5 years, the UK will maintain work among 6 UK companies to provide maintenance, upkeep, repair, chartering, defect rectification, technical support, provision of spares and replacements:
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Jun 25, 2014 16:02 UTC
Latest updates[?]: Myanmar interested again, after buying MiG-29s last time; More clarity re: current upgrade efforts; Background improved, incl. Tejas comparison chart; Additional Readings sections upgraded.
FC-1/ JF-17, armed
The FC-1/ JF-17 Thunder is a joint Chinese-Pakistani project that aimed to reduce Pakistan’s dependence on western firms for advanced fighters, by fielding a low-cost multi-role lightweight fighter that can host modern electronics and precision-guided weapons. It isn’t a top-tier competitor, but it represents a clear step up from Pakistan’s Chinese MiG-19/21 derivatives and French Mirage III/V fighters. This positioning addresses a budget-conscious, “good enough” performance market segment that the West once dominated, but has nearly abandoned in recent decades.
Pakistan has fielded JF-17s in squadron strength, with more on order and a Block II R&D program nearing completion. India’s competing Tejas fighter is overcoming project delays by looking to foreign component sources, but Pakistan and China remain out front with their offering, even though they began their project much later than India did. Pakistan and China have even set up a joint JF-17 marketing agency to promote export sales, which hasn’t paid off as quickly as they had hoped, but it would be unwise to count them out just yet…
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