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INDIA RE-LAUNCHING GLOBAL TENDER FOR NEW-GENERATION ASSAULT RIFLE
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Source: Indian Ordnance Factories


Source: Indian Ordnance Factories


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NEW DELHI - The Indian government is re-launching a global tender for a new-generation standard issue assault rifle to replace the Indian Army's glitch-prone, the domestically-made INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) 5.56mm assault rifle. This promises to be a mega-project for India as it seeks an initial batch of 65,000 rifles to be followed by another 1.2 million produced in India under license.

The multi-billion-dollar program follows in the wake of an earlier failed tender launched in November 2011 that was eventually scrapped in May-June 2015 after the Indian Army claimed that none of the bidders could meet the qualitative requirements of its tender. The fundamental issue was an overly ambitious requirement that the rifle have interchangeable barrels, with the 5.56x45mm primary barrel to serve in conventional warfare missions while a 7.62x39mm secondary barrel would be utilized in counterterrorism actions.

This time the requirement is for a 7.62 x 51mm assault rifle that can also be fitted with a 40mm under-barrel grenade launcher manufactured locally by the ordnance factor in Trichy. The request for information (RFI) issued by the Indian Ministry of Defense on September 27 calls for the new rifles to be "state of the art" in terms of design, metallurgy and performance parameters with the expectation that the new weapon will remain technically capable and relevant for the next 25-30 years.

A request for proposals (RFP) for formal commercial bids is to be issued in April 2017.

Source:  The Economic Times
Associated URL: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/once-again-army-starts-global-h
Source Date: September 28, 2016
Posted: 09/28/2016

 
 
PHILIPPINES MOVES AHEAD WITH GUIDED-MISSILE FRIGATES BUY
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Source: Hyundai Heavy Industries


Source: Hyundai Heavy Industries


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MANILA - The Philippineshas finalized a contract for two new guided-missile frigates. A Notice of Award (NOA) was formally served to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in August.

HHI offered PHP15,744,571,884 for the two frigates. The DND has allocated PHP18 billion for this acquisition: PHP16 billion for construction and PHP2 billion for munitions. These frigates will carry anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, as well as surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

Source:  Update.PH
Associated URL: http://www.update.ph/2016/09/government-finalizing-contract-for-navys-2-missile-
Source Date: September 27, 2016
Posted: 09/27/2016

 
 
LOCKHEED MARTIN AND JAPAN CELEBRATE ROLL OUT OF JAPAN AIR SELF DEFENSE FORCE’S FIRST F-35A
Friday, September 23, 2016
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Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, JASDF Chief of Air Staff

Source: Lockheed Martin


Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, JASDF Chief of Air Staff

Source: Lockheed Martin


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FORT WORTH, Texas - Senior Japanese and U.S. government officials joined Lockheed Martin to celebrate the roll out of the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II, marking a major milestone in Japan’s enhanced national defense and strengthening the future of the U.S-Japan security alliance.

Kenji Wakamiya, Japan’s State Minister of Defense spoke at the event, saying, "With its low observability and network capability, the F-35 is the most advanced air system with cutting-edge capability as a multi-role fighter. As the security environment surrounding Japan has become increasingly severe, because of its excellence, it is very significant for the defense of Japan to commit to acquiring the F-35 year by year. Given that the United States Government has designated Japan as a regional depot in the Asia-Pacific area, introduction of F-35A to Japan is a perfect example, enhancing the Japan-US alliance."

Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, JASDF Chief of Air Staff, said, "The F-35A has remarkably advanced system. This highly sophisticated 5th generation fighter will bring a great development to air operations as a game changer. In integration with current JASDF assets, it surely promises to enormously contribute to not only the benefit of our national defense and but also regional stability."

Japan’s F-35 program includes 42 F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing aircraft, acquired through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program. The first four aircraft are built in Fort Worth and the remaining 38 aircraft will be built at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Final Assembly & Check-Out facility in Nagoya, Japan, where aircraft assembly is underway. Maintenance training for the first JASDF F-35A technicians is underway at Eglin AFB, Florida, and the first JASDF F-35A pilots are scheduled to begin training at Luke AFB, Arizona, in November.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Associated URL: lockheedmartin.com
Source Date: September 23, 2016
Posted: 09/27/2016

 

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