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I don't know which is stranger, that there's a youtube video of a sock puppet explaining the difference between air to air missiles... or that it's actually pretty good:  

Chinese Xian H-6 medium bombers ready for maritime orientation flight on Saturday. Looking decidedly Old School.  

The optics for both gunner and pilot include thermal imagers made by Safran (based on their Iris product line). The Osiris mast-mounted sight also includes other optics, a laser-rangefinder and an aut

Sale of 3 E-2D Hawkeye to France to replace the 3 E-2C operated by our navy has been approved for 2 billions $

 

https://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/france-e-2d-advanced-hawkeye-aircraft-spares-and-support-equipment

 

Contract include the planes, spare parts and training on the new systems compared to the C version.

Military planning law on our side state the order should be placed this year.

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Afghan air force Super Tucano crashed in an area controlled by the Taliban carrying a US crewmember on board (it could have been shot down). It seems that the injured US pilot was rescued however it is not clearl if there was a second pilot and if so, if he was saved as well. 

 

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Japan accidentally leaks image of new hypersonic anti-ship missile.

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Source 1: https://twitter.com/Defence_blog/status/1281125899186962432/photo/1

Source 2:https://defence-blog.com/news/japan-accidentally-leaks-image-of-new-hypersonic-anti-ship-missile.html

 

Japan was also planning to develope the ASM-3. An supersonic anti-ship missile. By Mitsubishi Hea3238471_original.jpgvy Industries.

Source 3: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASM-3#cite_note-5

 

Does anyone have some more information about the hypersonic anti-ship missile?

 

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   Ka-52 are going to receive Izdelie 305/LMUR long range ATGM

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   The upgraded Ka-52M combat helicopter, armed with the new “Product 305” long-range missile, is due to complete state trials by October 2022, according to materials posted on the government procurement website.

   “Participation in the state joint trials of Ka-52M helicopters in terms of modernization. Refinement of helicopters according to the results of the SJT. Deadlines: beginning - December 1, 2020, ending - September 30, 2022, ” TASS reports the text of the documents.

 

   During the modernization, the Ka-52 will receive a new long-range missile “Product 305”, which was previously armed with the Mi-28NM attack helicopter. The materials of public procurement indicate that the new machine will receive a unit for interfacing with this missile, a launcher for it, and a command radio line for using new missile.

 

   In addition, the helicopter will be equipped with a new round-the-clock sighting system, new on-board communications and data exchange systems, a new fire control system, new satellite navigation system and others.
   According to the materials, the first two helicopters will be created before the end of November this year by re-equipment and refinement of existing machines. The transfer of gunships for flight testing should take place before May 31, 2021.

 

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Slovak MOD released the final statement regarding the investigation of the accident of one of the few operational MiG-29 from last year. The report basically confirms what was circulating around already at the time of the accident. The plane simply run out of fuel due to a rapid change of weather and subsequent inability to land on Sliač airbase. Instead the pilot tried to reach Bratislava airport but he didn't have enough fuel for that. 

 

https://spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/557181-pricinou-nehody-mig-29-bol-nedostatok-paliva/ 

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On 7/14/2020 at 8:39 PM, Beer said:

Slovak MOD released the final statement regarding the investigation of the accident of one of the few operational MiG-29 from last year. The report basically confirms what was circulating around already at the time of the accident. The plane simply run out of fuel due to a rapid change of weather and subsequent inability to land on Sliač airbase. Instead the pilot tried to reach Bratislava airport but he didn't have enough fuel for that. 

 

https://spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/557181-pricinou-nehody-mig-29-bol-nedostatok-paliva/ 

 

Slovak MOD declassified another investigation report. This time from the worst air accident in the history of independent Slovakia. In 2006 an An-24 carrying KFOR soldiers from Pristina, Kosovo, crashed into a hill near Košice airport. 42 died, one soldier surived. According to the report the most probable reason for the accident was an error of the crew which resulted into a controlled flight into the terrain. They executed the landing in purely visual manner without paying enough attention to the instruments which according to the report worked well. 

https://www.mosr.sk/sprava-o-vysetreni-leteckej-nehody-vojenskeho-lietadla-an-24/

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   Kh-50, 1.8 meters long 180 mm caliber guided missile, MoD wants UAV (Sirius) to fling those at enemies. HE warhead(s) ranging from 10 to 20 kg. Guidance - sat or inertial + different self-homing systems for terminal part of flight to hit stationary and moving targets.

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  A bit from Army 2020 about ATGMs

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   ATGM Ataka is only in production in the base version, there are no M and D (8 km and 10 km) in the series. Each missile has a receiver for both laser and radio signals.
The Ataka (the rocket itself) is adapted for firing on the move, while the Chrysanthemum should be launched only in a stationary position.

 

The appearance of the Product 305 is no longer a secret; next year they hope to receive an export passport and show it at the exhibition.

 

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Aero L-39NG has now EMAR 21 and EMACC international military certification (valid for all NATO and EU countries). 

https://www.dnoviny.cz/letecka-doprava/aero-vodochody-letoun-l-39ng-ziskal-typovy-certifikat

 

Also the first PP16 L-159 was delivered to the Czech airforce. PP16 means a large mainteanance action after 16 years of service prolonging the service life by another 8 years. Part of that is small modernisation of instruments (better NVG compatibility, some modernized displays and added Integrated Stand-by Instrument System. All 16 single seaters will go through this procedure. The 8 twin-seaters (5 T1+ and 3 T2) are newer and don't need it yet.  

https://www.armadninoviny.cz/aero-vodochody-dodalo-armade-prvni-l-159-po-predepsanych-pracich-pp16.html

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UAF An-26 with 28 crewmembers and soldiers on board crashed near the Chuchuiv airbase west of Kharkiv. According to the reports 22 died, 2 are in critical condition and 4 remain missing atm. 

 

In other news Serbian MiG-21UM crashed and nearly hit civilian houses. At least one pilot died.

 

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The news about the UAF An-26 (76 yellow) now state that 26 died (21 of them kadets from Ivan Kozhedub Air Force University), one kadet survived and is in stable condition and concious. The alleged 28th person didn't make it on board for some reason. The probable cause of the crash is stated to be a left engine failure. 

 

Allegedly the one that survived was one of two who jumped out of the plane shortly before it impacted the ground. 

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   Preparations for the production of AI-35 engines for Turkish cruise missiles have begun in Ukraine

 

   Zaporozhye machine-building design bureau "Progress" them. Academician A.G. Ivchenko signed a number of contracts for the supply of components for the production of 12 AI-35 turbojet engines. The total amount of contracts amounted to UAH 16 million ($ 560 thousand).

 

   As defence-ua.com reports with reference to the ProZorro portal, at the end of September contracts were signed with FED JSC and Element PJSC. Under the terms of the agreement, by December 31, 2021, the manufacturer must receive 12 pumps of the FMP35E-1 regulators and 12 ECU-35 units. Both elements are used in the design of the new AI-35 turbojet engines and their modifications, which are being developed by the Ivchenko-Progress State Enterprise.

 

   AI-35 engines are to be delivered to Turkey, where they will be used in advanced cruise missiles of the Gezgin project. This was announced last year by the director of the enterprise Igor Kravchenko. “We make AI-35 for the Turks. This is for a cruise missile. Now we have signed a contract for this engine, ”said the head of the enterprise. We are talking about a new cruise missile, which is being developed as part of the Gezgin program. According to reports, the characteristics of the Turkish development will be comparable to the American Tomahawks, and will receive a modular design. It is believed that the maximum range of the rocket can reach 1000 kilometers.

 

   Recall that the AI-35 turbojet engine is designed for UAVs and high-precision weapons. Work on the engine started in 2015, and two years later the detailed design phase began. The unit with a dry weight of 61 kg develops a maximum thrust of 310 kgf. Specific fuel consumption in cruising mode is 1.4 kg / kgf-h.

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