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UNITED KINGDOM TO RECEIVE 50 APACHES
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Source: U.S. Army

WASHINGTON - The State Department approved a possible sale of 50 AH-64E Apaches to the United Kingdom and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3 billion. The United Kingdom requested the remanufacture of 50 United Kingdom WAH-64 Mk 1 Attack Helicopters to AH-64E Apache Guardian Helicopters, along with a list of customized installations.

The upgrade and refurbishment of these helicopters will allow the United Kingdom greater interoperability with U.S. forces and will improve security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

With a worldwide inventory of 1,134 aircraft, the United States has the largest inventory with 739, followed by the United Kingdom with 67, and Israel with 50.

Source:  DSCA
Associated URL: http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/united-kingdom-ah-64e-apache-guardian-attac
Source Date: August 27, 2015
Posted: 08/28/2015

 
 
RUSSIA'S 5TH GENERATION FIGHTER WILL WRAP UP TESTS IN 2016
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Aktug Ates

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - State tests on Russia's fifth generation fighter jet will be completed in 2016, Aerospace Defense Force commander, Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.

The PAK FA (T-50) took its maiden flight in 2010 and just this week, began test flights with missile launch exercises.

Serial production is scheduled to begin in 2016 at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant in Russia's Far East. Mass production will begin in 2017. The Air Force had planned to acquire 55 units by 2020; however, plans have been revised due to budget restraints.

The T-50 is in the same size range as the F-35 JSF, with a primary air superiority mission; ground attack and reconnaissance will be the secondary missions. The PAK FA features a long combat radius, supersonic cruise speed, low radar cross-section, super-maneuverability, and short takeoff and landing ability. The fighter is equipped with 14 types of high-precision weapons, including a modernized 9A1-4071K cannon. All of the aircraft's weapons are located inside the fuselage, thus reducing detection by ensuring low radar observability. In addition, the cockpit has no analog instruments, only liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

Source:  TASS
Associated URL: tass.ru
Source Date: August 27, 2015
Author: R. Barrett Edwards, Eurasia Analyst 
Posted: 08/27/2015

 
 
FRANCE REFUNDS RUSSIA FOR CANCELED MISTRAL CONTRACT
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Source: DCNS

MOSCOW - France has reimbursed Russia EUR900 million ($1.01 billion) for terminating the deal to sell two amphibious assault ships.

Initially, Russia pre-paid France EUR800 million for the ship's construction. The additional EUR100 million is compensation for the R&D that Russia performed in order to adapt the Kamov Ka-52 helicopters to the ship.

Under a $1.3 billion contract signed in June 2011, France was supposed to deliver two Mistral-class assault ships, to the Russian Navy. The first ship, the Vladivostok, was slated for delivery last November followed by the second vessel in November 2015. However, prior to the transfer of the first, French President Francois Hollande suspended the delivery due to Russia's involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.

Source:  Sputnik
Associated URL: www.sputniknews.com
Source Date: August 27, 2015
Author: R. Barrett Edwards, Eurasia Analyst 
Posted: 08/27/2015

 

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