US Air Mobility Command commander, Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, made her first visit to Boeing Field, Tukwila, Washington, on September 4 to receive briefings with Boeing officials. It was disclosed that Boeing took the opportunity to demonstrate a potential interim Enhanced Remote Vision System (eRVS) to Van Ovost during the visit. Boeing is working on RVS 2.0 to fix the troubled system currently installed on KC-46A fleet. The deficiencies of the system in its current form has forced the air force to place operational restrictions on KC-46 refueling. RVS 2.0 will include 4K color cameras with proper viewing geometry, operator stations with larger screens, a laser ranger for refueling aircraft distance measurement and boom assistance augmented reality.
The US Navy said Monday it’s searching the North Arabian Sea for a sailor aboard the USS Nimitz reported missing. A statement from the 5th Fleet said the sailor, whose name was withheld, was reported missing Sunday, when a call of “man overboard” was recorded at 6:47 pm local time. According to ABC News Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a 5th Fleet spokesperson, said that, “the sailor was not located upon a search on board, which resulted in a man overboard being called and the activation of the search and rescue.“ The sailor was listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown. The sailor is attached to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton was assisting in the search a statement from the US Fifth Fleet said Monday.
Brazil has decided to suspend the sale of its former aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo. No reasons were given and also no dates on when the bidding to dismantle the warship will resume. The former French Navy carrier has about 900 tonnes of asbestos and heavy metals in its structure and the French government had requested that the ship be dismantled at a European Union shipyard. Before the bidding was suspended, only one company was qualified for the bidding. São Paulo was first commissioned in 1963 by the French Navy as Foch and was transferred to Brazil in 2000, where she became the new flagship of the Brazilian Navy.
Middle East & Africa
Forces of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) started a five-day military drill, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. Turkey’s hunt for gas and oil reserves in waters claimed by Greece has put a huge strain on the relationship between the two NATO members. The long-running dispute between Turkey and Greece flared after the two countries agreed rival accords on their maritime boundaries with Libya and Egypt, and Turkey sent a survey vessel into contested waters this month. Both sides have held military exercises in the east Mediterranean, highlighting the potential for the dispute over the extent of their continental shelves to escalate into confrontation. Two weeks ago Greek and Turkish frigates shadowing Turkey’s Oruc Reis oil and gas survey vessel collided, and Turkey’s Defence Ministry said Turkish F-16 jets on Thursday prevented six Greek F-16s entering an area where Turkey was operating.
Germany has decided to drop the Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft from a list of contenders to replace its P-3 Orion. Berlin and Paris are shopping for a new aircraft that will enter service in 2025. This new aircraft will be a stopgap measure until 2035. However, Germany is worried that the P-1 might not be able to obtain a military type certification within five years. This will push the operational date beyond 2025.
The French Navy has formally retired its last Lynx Mk 4 helicopters, bringing the type’s 42-year Aeronavale service career to a close. A last embarkation at sea was completed from 18 to 23 July 2020, when the frigate Latouche-Tréville , the last remaining F70 Georges Leygues Class frigate in Marine Nationale service, sailed with a detachment of two Lynx helicopters for an operational/training mission off Brittany. Forty Lynx helicopters were purchased by the French Navy from the UK as part of a multinational agreement that also involved Puma and the Gazelle helicopters. Entering service in 1978, the Lynx has fulfilled a wide range of missions including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), maritime surveillance, over-the-horizon targeting, search-and-rescue, vertical replenishment, maritime counter terrorism, special forces operations, and disaster relief. In June 2019, it was announced that the retirement of the Lynx Mk 4(FN) would be brought forward from 2022 to 2020 to save money.
The Australian government has launched a grants scheme to support skills development in the defense industry, the country’s Department of Defense announced. The ‘Skilling Australia’s Defense Industry (SADI) Grants’ programme is aimed at supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A statement said that such firms can apply through the programme for grants worth up to $363,000 to support skills advancement. As agreed, the government will allocate $28.32 million for the SADI programme in the next three years to support the development of a skilled workforce.
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