USAF Installed Thunderbolt Wings | Iran Unveils Raad MRAP | Thailand Prepares To Evacuate Citizens From Hong Kong
Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions won a $31.1 million contract modification or one E-2D Hawkeye Integrated Training System III Weapons Systems Trainer and one Aircrew Procedures Trainer, including technical data. The Hawkeye is an advanced all-weather, carrier-capable tactical Early Warning Aircraft. The Advanced Hawkeye is assigned aboard aircraft carriers and provides airborne early warning and command and control to carrier air wing. The E-2D can act as a sensor to guide the fleet’s weapons onto targets that other aircraft and ships can not locate. Also it warns of incoming anti-ship missile attacks. Rockwell will perform work in Norfolk, Virginia and estimated completion is in April 2024.
The US Air Force announced that the last pair of new wings for 173 A-10 Thunderbolt planes was successfully installed last week. “From a warfighter point of view, bringing this program to a successful conclusion was a significant accomplishment for the entire enterprise team,” said Stephen Zaiser, director of the 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. The Air Logistics Complex’s 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron swapped wings on 162 A-10s as part of the A-10 Enhanced Wing Assembly replacement program. The remaining 11 were installed at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea. The $2 billion project is to remove and replace the wings on the planes.
Middle East & Africa
Jane’s reports that Iran unveiled its first indigenously developed mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP) on August 13. According to the magazine the Raad was unveiled in a ceremony held at the Defense Industries Organization in Isfahan and is a more advanced version of the Toufan. The Toufan was developed to provide Iranian forces with a highly mobile vehicle that is capable of carrying out logistics and combat missions in all possible theaters of war. It is ambush protected with ballistic protection to resist land mines, improvised explosive devices, and steel core bullets.
The first steel to be used in Britain’s HMS Cardiff, an anti-submarine frigate, was ceremonially cut in a Glasgow-area shipyard on Wednesday. It marked the start of construction of the second of eight Type 26 Global Combat Ships, also known as City Class, or C-Class Ships for the British Navy. The cutting-edge frigates for the Royal Navy will replace the current anti-submarine warfare Type 23 frigates and provide advanced protection to the Continuous at Sea Deterrent and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and offer unrivaled anti-submarine warfare capability.
During a telephone briefing on August 13, General Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of the US Air Force in Europe, Air Forces Africa, and NATO’s Allied Air Command told Journalists that the deployment of a squadron of US Air Force F-35s to Europe “allowed us to integrate this fifth generation platform into various exercises and training sorties with our allies and partners“. The US Air Force in Europe has been preparing to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the UK through a series of activities with NATO countries. In July the USAF together with the UK Ministry of Defense’s Infrastructure Organisation broke ground during a ceremony on a new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II infrastructure at RAF Lakenheath.
After the current protests in Hong Kong, Thailand’s military has prepared a plan to evacuate its citizens living in Hong Kong in case the security situation there deteriorates. Bloomberg reports that the Air Force is ready to deploy two planes, a Lockheed C-130 Hercules and an Airbus A340, if the Thai government orders an evacuation. The Hercules is a turboprop transport aircraft. The aircraft is able to land and takeoff from unprepared runways. Hong Kong citizens have been protesting against a bill allowing extraditions to China. The protests are already lasting for 11 weeks and have made headlines due to the police clashing with demonstrators at Hong Kong’s airport. Flights had been cancelled at the beginning of the week, because of the violence of the protests.
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