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  1. BMD

    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/britain-stockpiles-new-asraam-missiles-for-the-f-35

    Britain Stockpiles New ASRAAM Missiles for the F-35

    LONDON — Britain is spending £184 million ($239 million) stockpiling a new version of the ASRAAM short range air-to-air missiles ahead of equipping the F-35B Lightning II combat jet with the weapon, the Ministry of Defence said Aug 16.

    The Ministry of Defence said the new order would see F-35s operated by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy start to use an updated version of the missile beyond 2022.

    The order for additional ASRAAM’s follows an announcement last September of a £300 million deal with missile maker MBDA to design and build an initial batch of updated weapons.

    Typhoon and Tornado combat jets are already cleared to carry the current version of ASRAAM.

    The updated variant of the missile is expected to enter service on the Typhoon in 2018, the MoD said in a statement.

    British F-35s will carry the current version of ASRAAM until 2022 at which point it will be taken out of service.

    The first F-35s are scheduled to be introduced into service with a British air force squadron in 2019. Royal Navy jets onboard the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth are planned to become operational the following year

    F-35 flight integration trials on ASRAAM have already begun in the USA. Integration of Raytheon's Paveway IV precision guided bomb is also underway on the jet.

    The new ASRAAMs will be built at a new £40 million manufacturing facility now nearing completion in Bolton, north west England.
     
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    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/ar...s-comments-uk-order-for-third-zephyr-uav.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinetiq_Zephyr

    United Kingdom Orders Additional Zephyr
    (Source: Airbus Group; issued August 17, 2016)
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    An artist's impression of Zephyr at altitude. (Airbus photo)

    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has announced its intention to exercise an option for the manufacture and operation of a third Airbus Zephyr S High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) unit.

    Flying at some 65,000ft, the ultra-lightweight Zephyr S is uniquely capable of providing persistent surveillance or communications over the same area of land or sea for weeks at a time without landing. The precise purposes for which the UK MoD will use its Zephyrs have not been disclosed.

    The Zephyr S will be delivered ready for flight trials in summer 2017.

    “Zephyr is a highly cost-effective complement to satellites and conventional aircraft with the potential to bring unique communication and surveillance capabilities to the UK and other nations,” said Sophie Thomas, HAPS Programme Manager.

    Running exclusively on solar power and flying above the weather and civil air traffic, the latest generation Zephyr S has a wingspan of 25 meters, is 30% lighter and can carry 50% more batteries than its predecessor. This enables the Zephyr S to carry heavier payloads for its surveillance and communications roles. The Zephyr S HAPS is designed to fly continuously for over a month if required before landing, being refurbished, and flying again.

    As well as for military purposes, Zephyrs can be used for humanitarian missions, precision farming, environmental and security monitoring, and to provide internet coverage to regions of poor or zero connectivity.
     
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    http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_02_17_2014_p33-662743.xml&p=1

    Broadband Stealth May Drive Taranis Design

    • BAE Systems' Taranis unmanned combat air system demonstrator is designed to defeat new counter-stealth radars, and may use thrust vectoring as a primary means of flight control and an innovative high-precision, passive navigation and guidance system, an AW&ST analysis indicates.

      Taranis is a blended wing-body shape with no tail surfaces, like most UCAS designs for wide-band, all-aspect stealth. It has a triangular top-mounted inlet and 2-D V-shaped exhaust nozzle. The underside is flat, with visible outlines representing weapon-bay doors. Panels under the leading edge point to provision for a dual-antenna radar like a smaller version of that fitted to the B-2 bomber. The demonstrator may be designed so that functional weapon bays and sensors can be installed for a follow-on program.

      The Rolls-Royce Adour engine is mounted low in the center fuselage, behind a serpentine duct. Two small doors are visible on either side of the raised centerbody, and are likely to be auxiliary inlets used at low speeds. The weapon-bay outlines are on either side of the engine and the forward-retracting main landing gears are outboard of the weapon bays. The demonstrator's gear comes from the Saab Gripen.

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      The wing leading edges are highly swept to reduce head-on radar cross-section at all wavelengths. The double-V trailing edge is swept more acutely than on most blended wing-body UCAS designs. Unlike the Northrop Grumman X-47B or the Dassault-led Neuron, there are no short-chord wing sections or short edges: The shortest edge is more than 11 ft. long.

      This most likely indicates Taranis is designed to avoid detection by very high frequency (VHF) early warning radars such as those being developed by Russia and China as counter-stealth systems (AW&ST Sept. 2, 2013, p. 28). VHF radars can detect some stealth shapes with wing and tail surfaces close in size to their meter-range wavelengths. When that happens, radar scattering is driven by “resonant” phenomena not affected by the target's shape.

      Taranis's flight controls are intriguing. There are two large elevon surfaces on the trailing edge, with deep “cat-eye” cut-outs at both ends: These prevent formation of right-angle shapes when the elevons move, and are large because the surfaces are thick. Outboard of the elevons are upper and lower “inlay” control surfaces, set into the wing surface.

      The elevons will provide pitch and roll force. The inlay surfaces can act as roll spoilers and speedbrakes, and differentially for yaw control. (Similar surfaces were used on the upper side of the X-47B.) But the inlay surfaces are non-stealthy when open, so they must mainly be used at low speeds, including take-off and landing. The one-piece elevons cannot provide yaw input that is independent of pitch or roll. There is no visible source of yaw control, which points to the use of thrust vectoring.

      In 2010, BAE teamed with two British universities to build a small UAV called Demon with fluidic vectoring—using air injection inside the exhaust to vector the thrust, with no moving parts externally or in the exhaust stream—as part of a flight-control system with no moving surfaces. A Rolls-Royce patent filed in the U.K. in 2005 outlines a fluidic vectoring system designed to generate yawing moments in a high-aspect-ratio 2-D nozzle.

      The navigation and guidance system for Taranis, perhaps not yet installed, very probably uses an advanced concept called simultaneous localization and mapping (Slam). BAE Systems Australia has been developing a highly autonomous Slam-based system and is responsible for the Taranis navigation and guidance gear, which it refuses to discuss (AW&ST April 1, 2013, p. 24).

      Slam is suited to a stealth aircraft because it can use passive sensors—day video, IR or passive RF. Nor does it rely on a sometimes inaccurate terrain database.

      Taranis is a subscale demonstrator. However, a 25% scale-up would result in an aircraft of almost twice the weight, so it is probably close in size to an operational follow-on. c

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    http://www.defensenews.com/articles...ons-prove-popular-in-saudi-led-yemen-campaign

    UK-Supplied Precision Weapons Prove Popular in Saudi-Led Yemen Campaign

    LONDON -- The Royal Saudi Air Force has used British-supplied cruise missiles against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed.

    The Storm Shadow long-range cruise missile was among a list of British-supplied precision-guided weapons named by Fallon as having been used against the Yemeni rebels since the two-year-long conflict erupted following a Houthi coup which saw the legitimate government forced into exile in Saudi Arabia.

    The MBDA-built Storm Shadow has been in service for a number of years onboard Royal Saudi Air Force and British Royal Air Force Tornado strike jets.

    The weapon, the most powerful missile in the RAF inventory, has been deployed in several conflicts by the British but this is the first confirmed operational firing by the Saudis.

    The other British-supplied precision-guided weapons listed as having been used in Yemen were the Dual Mode Brimstone, ALARM anti-radiation missile, Paveway guided bombs and the PGM500 (also known as the Hakim 2), Fallon said in response to a written Parliamentary question.

    Doug Barrie, the senior air analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said the firing of the cruise missile was “a notable first for the Saudis, as is the fact they continue to use the ALARM anti-radiation missile taken out of service by the RAF in 2013.”

    All the weapons mentioned were supplied by MBDA, with the exception of the Paveway IV, which is a Raytheon UK product.

    The MoD failed to respond in time to a question about whether non-precision weapons also have been used.

    Publication of the British air-launched precision-guided weapons used in the Yemen war comes at a time of growing international condemnation of the number of civilian deaths caused by the Saudi-led coalition’s air strikes.

    Anti-arms campaigners and others have been trying to pressure the British government into a ban on arms exports to the Saudis, so far without success.

    A recent Saudi air strike killed at least 140 people, with hundreds more injured, when aircraft attacked a funeral party in the country’s capital Sana’a. The Saudis later said they had been supplied with inaccurate information about the target.

    Fallon listed only precision-guided weapons and no mention was made of the controversial UK-supplied BL-755 cluster bomb.

    Earlier this year the British government denied the BL-755 , originally built by Hunting Engineering, had been used in the war after Amnesty International showed pictures of a partially exploded munition in a village in northern Yemen.

    The Saudis and their coalition partner, the United Arab Emirates, are both known to hold stocks of the internationally banned cluster weapon, said Amnesty.

    British defense officials said at the time that the weapon had not been exported since 1989.
     
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    http://ukarmedforcescommentary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/beyond-harpoon-and-storm-shadow-and.html

    Storm Shadow Mid Life Upgrade

    Requirements and aspirations voiced in the past years included a two-way data link for in-flight retargeting and a different seeker. At one point, the DUMAS (Dual Mode Active IR and Imaging IR Seeker), result of a joint UK – FR technology demonstration programme, was expected to be part of the MLU. DUMAS combined an active infrared scanning laser and a passive infrared detector which, used in conjunction with sophisticated algorithms, provided detection, imaging and accurate identification.

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    No information is coming out from the MOD at the moment, but it is pretty likely that the RAF will still want to exploit the chance to share the costs involved in life-extending Storm Shadow.
     
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    http://www.navigadget.com/index.php/tag/military

    GAJT: single enclosure GPS anti-jam system
    JUN 16, 2011 gps jammer, gps navigation, military

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    GAJT (pronounced “Gadget”), is world’s first single-enclosure GPS anti-jam system. Just announced by NovAtel and QinetiQ the device is designed specifically for military land vehicles and it nullifies GPS jammers, ensuring the satellite signals required to get a position fix will always be loud and clear. This GPS Anti-Jam system – GAJT works like a noise canceling headphones. It has six different antenna’s so it can null jamming signals from multiple sources.

    It is designed for military use but GAJT is a commercial off the shelf product which means short order lead times. It will be ready third quarter of this year.

    We wonder if you can use this to nullify the signals from LightSquared towers which are almost guaranteed to interfere with GPS signals.
     
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    New SA80A3 Assault Rifle Revealed At DVD ’16


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    Para wearing new VIRTUS load carriage equipment and Batlskin Cobra helmet aiming SA80A3 [© Bob Morrison]

    Part of a feasibility study for the SA80A2 Mid Life Improvement project, which aims to prolong the in-service life of the UK Forces’ 5.56mm weapon beyond its 2025 OSD, the A3 prototype includes a number of modifications including:-.

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    Para wearing new VIRTUS load carriage equipment and Batlskin Cobra helmet holding SA80A3 [© Bob Morrison]

    ¤ a safety stud placed above the change lever on the trigger mechanism housing to ensure that this lever does not over-rotate,

    ¤ the Weaver rail on top of the upper receiver being taken off and a full length Picatinny rail fitted – this will allow day sight and night sight to be mounted in tandem,

    ¤ a new foregrip, or quadrail, as part of the new full-length rail which will be attached slightly differently to the current one allowing the barrel to be more free-floating than at present to improve accuracy and consistency,

    ¤ redesign of the A3 upper receiver for improved reliability and maintainability over the current A2 variant,

    ¤ and colour change to Matt Earth for better compatibility with MTP camouflage uniforms.

    At this stage the A3 model, of which ten prototypes have been produced, is a feasibility study but as much of the A2 stocks have seen extensive combat service in Iraq &/or Afghanistan since introduction in late 2001 they deserve a speedy upgrade.

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    SA80A3 prototype fitted with inline sights and under-barrel grenade launcher [© Bob Morrison]

    http://www.combatandsurvival.com/uk-news/7908-new-sa80a3-assault-rifle-revealed-dvd16
     
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    @Abingdonboy @Blue Marlin Some Royal Marine units have already switched from the SA80 to the C8 colt. It could be a serious choice to replace the SA80,what do you think ?

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    From a Spanish Army Flickr page...British personnel at a European Sniper Exercise...

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    i dont know nothing about guns, your asking the wrong person here. anything aeronautical/naval/cyber im your guy but land warfare? no.
     
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    The SAS/SBS have been using the C8 for decades as have the Army's Pathfinders but the SA80 is stated to be in service until at least 2025 for want of budgetary allocation to find a replacement.
     
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    Dunno how C8 compares to M4, but M4 (incredibly light eaasy weapon) has heating and endurance issues (dirt goes in the direct gas imprigement). Modified versions like SIG or HK would be better choice imho. Although it appears that HK already fixed a lot of SA80 issues.
     
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    I'd like to ask a few questions about the UK's present & future space involvement...

    > Why was the pursuit of locally-made SLVs stopped? Did they think it'd be more cost-effective to pursue joint European collaborations?
    > What is UK's stake in the ESA? (Economic/work-share, anything)
    > Is Brexit going to effect such collaborations? I would think it wouldn't collapse cooperation entirely...but it could make the dealings somewhat more difficult. Anyway I'd rather have your opinion on that.
    > What's in store for the future? Is the Skylon getting anywhere? Any other project worth mention?

    And also, I'd want to know which particular agency is responsible for UK's national space activities? UKSA? I'd think it's a more distributed thing with companies like BAE playing a bigger part than any state-run agency.
     

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