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RUSSIA ACQUIRING NEW MCM VESSELS
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Project 12700 Alexander Obukhov

Source: Russia MoD


Project 12700 Alexander Obukhov

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MOSCOW - The Russian Navy is finally replacing its obsolete Project 266 Rubin fleet of minesweepers acquired during the Soviet era. The new Aleksandrit (Alexander)-class-class minesweepers (Project 12700) feature composite hulls. Moscow has approved the construction of eight new vessels.

The new ships will use remotely controlled boats, perhaps provided by a Western firm. ECA Group could provide its Inspector Mk 2 unmanned surface vessel (USV). The Russian Minstry of Defense might opt for a domestic company to build the USVs instead.

Source:  Russia Beyond The Headlines
Associated URL: https://www.rbth.com/defence/2017/07/26/clearing-the-way-new-generation-minesweepers-to-protect-russian-navy_810840
Source Date: July 26, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
HOLLOMAN AFB FLIES TOWARD FUTURE
Monday, July 24, 2017
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Inside new Block 30 ground control station at Holloman AFB

Source: US Air Force


Inside new Block 30 ground control station at Holloman AFB

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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - The United States Air Force provides day and night support to troops all around the world, and Holloman Air Force Base’s remotely piloted aircraft training mission is at the forefront.

"We are making the transition from the Block 1 MQ-9 Reaper and Block 15 Ground Control Station to the Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper and the Block 30 GCS," said Lt. Col. Alfred Rosales, 6th Attack Squadron commander. "Quite frankly it is a step in the right direction toward the innovation piece that the RPA community has been founded on."

Holloman's step forward with introducing an upgraded Block 5 and Block 30 to its training arsenal represents a constant strive for innovation.

"We are at the cutting edge of technology when it comes to the MQ-9," said Staff Sgt. Anthony, 6th Attack Squadron sensor operator.

The introduction of the Block 5 and Block 30 technology onto the battlefield June 23, 2017, called for an update to the Air Force’s RPA training program.

"The goal is to make the transition not so shocking when you go to a unit with these technologies," said Rosales. "We do not want this transition to be a big jump when you go from a schoolhouse like this to the Combat Air Forces."

The previous Block 1 MQ-9 and Block 15 GCS have been replaced with greater software and camera capabilities by their newer counterparts.

"The Block 5 is different on the sensor side because they now have high definition video," said Maj. Jay, MQ-9 pilot with the 6th Attack Squadron. "On the pilot's side, the aircraft now has a generator and alternator that charges the batteries in flight which we previously did not have."

Along with a more advanced camera and electrical system, the Block 5 and Block 30 are accompanied with an advanced communications systems, and streamlined payload capabilities.

"The Block 30 GCS has been made better for the crew, improving resource management and how we communicate with each other," said Rosales. "We even upgraded the positions of where our radio antenna are, they are now on the wings as opposed to the fuselage."

Improvements made for the Block 5 and Block 30 were influenced by needs of military members.

"Those weren't just requests from our RPA warfighters but also the guys on the ground saying they would like to have stronger communication links with the radios," said Rosales. "We went back to the drawing board and looked at the ways we could fix it."

Technology enhances every day, and the Air Force has made part of its job to always improve. Providing new and better capabilities is inherent to that mission, making the upgrades to Holloman's MQ-9s paramount.

"The Air force is always getting better," said Jay. "Its implementation and evolution in technology in the RPA community is just another step in that direction. It is all about providing value to our Airmen downrange and making the RPA enterprise more beneficial as a whole."

Source:  U.S. Air Force
Associated URL: http://www.holloman.af.mil/Article-Display/Article/1256396/holloman-flies-toward
Source Date: July 24, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
U.S. ISSUES SCANEAGLE UAV CONTRACT FOR AFGHANISTAN
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Source: Insitu


Source: Insitu


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WASHINGTON - Insitu Inc. has won a $19.6 million contract to provide five ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) and other spares and support for the Afghan National Army (ANA). This contract will help to support ScanEagle UAV operations within Afghanistan. Work on this contract will be completed in April 2018.

To date, Insitu's systems have accumulated more than 975,000 flight hours and 120,000 sorties. Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1257663/
Source Date: July 25, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 

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