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RAAF C-27J SPARTAN DELIVERIES COMPLETED
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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RAAF BASE RICHMOND, NSW, Australia -- Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received the 10th and final C-27J Spartan into service during a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated RAAF on completing the upgrade to the Australian Defence Force’s comprehensive fleet of air mobility platforms. Minister Payne said the Spartan was a highly versatile aircraft that would enhance battlefield airlift capability of the Australian Defence Force. "The Spartan provides flexibility to Defence operations, allowing us to land at airfields that are smaller or unsuitable for our much larger transport aircraft like the C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster," Minister Payne said. "The Spartan can carry up to five tonnes of cargo and is capable of moving troops, equipment and supplies; conducting aero-medical evacuation missions and conducting air drops." Minister Payne said the Spartans are currently operated by No. 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond, and would relocate to RAAF Base Amberley in early 2019. "The relocation to Amberley will allow No. 35 Squadron to work from facilities purpose-built for the Spartan, and to be more responsive when deploying across Australia and into the Asia Pacific," Minister Payne said. Minister Pyne said Australia’s defense industry would provide important sustainment support for the capability. "Northrop Grumman Australia has been selected to provide through-life support to the fleet," Minister Pyne said. "In addition, Fibre Tech Solutions has delivered a cargo restraint system for use on board the Spartan and other air mobility aircraft, increasing the speed and ease of loading and unloading these aircraft. "This project supports jobs at both RAAF Base Richmond and Amberley, and will contribute toward developing Australian defence industry into the future." Over the last 12 months, the Spartan has supported Whole-of-Government efforts in the 2017 Papua New Guinea parliamentary elections and during international exercises in New Zealand, Guam and New Caledonia. Initial Operating Capability for the Spartan was declared in late 2016, and Final Operating Capability is scheduled to be declared in late 2019.

Source:  RAAF
Associated URL: airforce.gov.au
Source Date: April 18, 2018
Posted: 04/19/2018

 
 
COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS TO SUPPLY PHILIPPINES WITH COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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MELVILLE, N.Y. -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that during its third quarter of fiscal 2018, its Orlando-based subsidiary, Comtech Systems, Inc, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, received orders of approximately $6.5 million to provide tactical troposcatter equipment and to design and install ISR Video Downlink Systems for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Modular Transportable Transmission System (MTTS) troposcatter terminals will enable the Armed Forces to establish data links between island locations that were previously beyond the reach of high bandwidth terrestrial communications. These systems are an integral part of the AFP C4I Modernization plan, and will be utilized to transport various types of data from remote locations to command centers for real time decision making. The Video Downlink systems will allow the AFP airborne assets to deliver ISR data for distribution to ground-based decision makers in real time, and are designed to support future upgrades of AFP ISR capabilities.

"We believe the award by the Armed Forces of the Philippines demonstrates our long-standing troposcatter market leadership position and our belief that many other international countries can benefit from incorporating troposcatter systems in complex command and control systems," said Comtech Telecommunications president and CEOP Fred Kornberg. "As the only modern field-proven deployable troposcatter system, the Comtech MTTS is a natural choice for the AFP. We look forward to the opportunity to support the AFP modernization across a range of C4ISTAR technologies."

Source:  Comtech Telecommunications
Associated URL: comtechtel.com
Source Date: April 19, 2018
Posted: 04/19/2018

 
 
LEONARDO DEMONSTRATES AW159 TO MALAYSIA'S ARMED FORCES
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week.

The two AW159 Wildcats are part of the French Navy’s five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne d’Arc, to the Middle East, Asia and South Pacific and are embarked on the helicopter assault ship FS Dixmude to provide a battlefield reconnaissance capability to the deployed forces. The AW159 has a semi-rigid rotor head which gives it high agility and the same ship operating capabilities of the Lynx helicopter. It is also fitted with composite rotor blades utilizing the same technology that enabled the Lynx to break the world helicopter speed record.

The AW159 is powered by a pair of LHTEC CTS800-4N engines, each providing up to 1,361 shp, which gives the aircraft exceptional performance, even in hot and high environments. The key sensors integrated into the AW159 include the Leonardo Seaspray 7000E series Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a dipping sonar system, electro-optical device and Leonardo electronic warfare systems. A range of weapons can be carried, including torpedoes and air-to-surface missiles, on its weapon carriers. The UK’s Royal Navy and British Army operate 62 AW159 Wildcats in both naval and over land roles including ASuW, ASW, maritime surveillance and battlefield reconnaissance, while the Republic of Korea Navy operate eight AW159 helicopters in ASW and ASuW roles.

The Philippine Navy has also ordered two AW159s that will be delivered next year. The Royal Malaysian Navy currently operates the Leonardo Super Lynx 300 helicopter in the Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) roles. 847 Naval Air Squadron is part of the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force based at Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton and operate the Army variant of the AW159 Wildcat. The British Army’s variant of the AW159 Wildcat is almost identical to the Royal Navy variant with the only major equipment differences being the Army aircraft do not have the Seaspray 7000E series AESA radar or weapon carriers.

Source:  Leonardo
Source Date: April 19, 2018
Posted: 04/19/2018

 

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