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RUSSIA TO LAY DOWN TWO PROJECT 636.3 SUBMARINES IN 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Source: Admiralty Shipyards


Source: Admiralty Shipyards


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MOSCOW - Following last year's order for an additional six Project 636.3 submarines, Russia will this year begin laying down two of the submarines at Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg. The Defense Ministry made this announcement on Thursday.

The Defense Ministry did not specify exactly when the submarines would be laid down, but Navy officials have said that construction could start during the first half of the year.

Russia placed an order for six Project 636.3 submarines in 2016. These six follow the initial order for six, which were built for the Black Sea Fleet. The new submarines will join the Pacific Fleet once completed.

The current schedule calls for two submarines to be delivered in 2019, with two being delivered each year thereafter. By 2021, the Pacific Fleet expects to have all six Project 636.3 submarines in service.

Source:  Tass News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/4047770
Source Date: February 23, 2017
Source Language: Russian
Posted: 02/23/2017

 
 
AIR FORCE DELIVERS ARMY HELICOPTERS TO EUROPE
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Source: US Air Force


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STUTTGART, Germany - Air Force Air Mobility Command C-5 Galaxy transports delivered AH-64 Apache helicopters to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, today and are expected to deliver UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia at the end the month as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

U.S. European Command's area of focus includes all of Europe, large portions of Asia, parts of the Middle East and the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The command is responsible for military relations with NATO and 51 countries with a total population of close to a billion people.

"The speed of the [combat aviation brigade’s] arrival ensures we have additional combat firepower and support if needed at the time and place of our choosing," said Army Col. Todd Bertulis, U.S. European Command’s deputy director of logistics. "Through the Air Force’s rapid and global strategic reach, we have the ability to reinforce our rotary assets in hours. The continued rapid and responsive logistics efforts of Operation Atlantic Resolve should assure our European allies in maintaining a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous and at peace."

Strategic Airlift Capability

The Air Force’s strategic airlift capability provides global air transportation and enables Eucom to move the helicopters from their home stations rapidly.

The Apache helicopters are based out of Fort Bliss, Texas, and the Black Hawks are based at Fort Drum, N.Y. They are being deployed to Europe on a nine-month rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. effort designed to reassure European allies in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Some helicopters are being airlifted to various areas across Europe, and some equipment is moved by rail. The combat aviation brigade will bring nearly 2,200 troops and about 50 Black Hawk, 10 Chinook and 24 Apache helicopters to Germany, Latvia and Romania.

Portions of the brigade arrived in Europe via ship at Bremerhaven, Germany, in mid-January. Its operations will include medical transport missions, training and exercise support and various aviation operations throughout Europe to improve interoperability and strengthen relationships with NATO allies, Eucom officials said.

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: defense.gov
Source Date: February 22, 2017
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Posted: 02/23/2017

 
 
CONTRACT TO UPGRADE RAF'S LONG-RANGE MISSILE
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Harriett Baldwin with Laurent Collet-Billon

Source: UK MoD


Harriett Baldwin with Laurent Collet-Billon

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LONDON - Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin has today announced a £146 million ($182.7 million) contract with MBDA to regenerate an air-launched missile, alongside her French counterpart Laurent Collet-Billon.

The shared deal with MDBA will see the U.K.'s Storm Shadow and France's SCALP missiles updated so they remain fit for purpose and ready for operational use.

During an inward visit by Laurent Collet-Billon, the Minister confirmed the strong partnership with France in a series of meetings at Lancaster House. The collaboration is providing a £50 million saving for both sides.

The contract will keep the missile in service for the next decade and beyond and help to sustain around 60 U.K. jobs. Storm Shadow is a combat-proven, long-range, precision cruise missile, already in service with RAF Tornados, deployed recently against Daesh in Iraq.

The midlife refurbishment program has been developed in co-operation with the French Government who will be updating their own similar missile known as SCALP.

By taking advantage of the similarities, this collaboration not only reaffirms the strong defense relationship as outlined under the Lancaster House Agreement, but has also resulted in a £50 million saving for both the U.K. and France.

The regeneration will consist of a midlife refurbishment of current missile parts such as the turbo-jet engine, an upgrade of the navigational system, and a like for like replacement of items such as the cabling, seals and gaskets.

The work will sustain around 60 jobs at MBDA in Stevenage and Bolton, in a variety of roles including software and systems engineering. Over 40 jobs will also be sustained through the supply chain.

Storm Shadow is designed to target substantial buildings and structures, such as military facilities, control centers, bunkers, missile sites, airfields and bridges, which might otherwise require the use of several aircraft over the course of numerous missions.

France is the U.K.'s most important European Ally, with both countries' defense budgets together account for almost half of all European defense spending. This deal is the most recent example of collaboration in a long history of cooperation on defense and security. The £146 million investment in Storm Shadow will sustain the missile until its planned out of service date in 2032.

Source:  U.K. Ministry of Defence
Associated URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mod-signs-146-million-contract-to-upgrade-rafs-long-range-missile
Source Date: February 22, 2017
Posted: 02/23/2017

 

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