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Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by Technofox, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. Fenrir

    Fenrir FULL MEMBER

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    @randomradio I don't want to draw this out too much, though I did want to address it outside of PDF since that discussion was taking a negative turn with people trolling, but NASAMS would absolutely not classify as a QRSAM like SPYDER.

    SPYDER is an integrated firing/sensor platform featuring optical and IIR tracking capabilities for Python to supplement the active-homing of Derby.
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    NASAMS, even the high-mobility launcher I was using to compare ranges and function - each is organized very similarly - to AKASH isn't a self-contained unit and doesn't feature IIR, optical or radar guidance, just communications.
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    The High Mobility Launcher was designed as a quick-deployable, low-weight alternative to the heavier, larger canister launchers which require a heavy truck to move and deploy and are static once set up.
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    Multiple HML vehicles can be rapidly deployed via C-130 where as the canister launchers can not because they then need to be loaded onto trucks for transport. The HML is roll-on, roll-off and in ready fire mode once linked into the larger NASAMS battery featuring IIR, electro-optical and radar sensors. Sensors can be coopted from other assets, such as long-range radars like Sindre II or IIR on P-3Cs.
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    NASAMS is considered a medium-to-long ranges strategic missile defense system for wide-area coverage, such as the battery above protecting Warsaw during the NATO Summit. It is not a QRSAM in the same respect as SPYDER. It should be considered Norway's alternative to PATRIOT as it serves a similar function.
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    In short: not a QRSAM and I suspect Indian Military nomenclature would recognize it the same.
     
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    All three military branches have their own definitions for SAMs. For example, the Barak-8 with a 90-100Km range is a MRSAM for the IAF and LRSAM for the IN.

    The different variants of the NASAMS would be designated differently. For example, DRDO is developing a VL Astra, based on the BVR missile. The BVR version has similar range performance as the Aim-120C. They have designated that as a QRSAM. But the ESSM variant of the NASAMS would be called a MRSAM in the IAF and LRSAM in the IN.

    To be designated as a QRSAM, you need to demonstrate a low reaction time and LOBL, that's about it. The extra range and altitude is a bonus. The variants of NASAMS that can achieve this will be called QRSAMs.

    Btw, the Akash missile was designed back in the 80s which explains its size and weight.
     
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    One of my favorite things about the Norwegian Armed Forces is how much they coopt civilian infrastructure. I mean, how often do you see armored vehicles at your local corner store refueling and picking up a donut and coffee?
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    We've got heavy armor on our roads.
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    The Home Guard patrolling our neighborhoods.
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    All fun and games for foreign forces too, like these Danish soldiers.
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    Some militaries train for urban combat in mock cities. Not us. We even invite our friends in the USMC to bring the ruckus for a few weeks.
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    Personally I love being able to look out my window and wave to some friendly tankers as the plow through my flowerbeds:partay:.
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    This is pretty cool. HNoMS S305 Uredd test fired the IDAS submarine launched anti-aircraft missile (SLAM) last year, joining Germany as the two nations to do so. No word on potential deployments, and I don't expect any public announcements.

    https://navaltoday.com/2016/06/02/hnoms-uredd-first-norwegian-submarine-to-fire-idas-missile/

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    Pictures of KMN Uredd are really sparse:undecided:.

    Norway uses an air-launched version of IDAS too, the IRIS-T which is designated AIM-2000 in Norwegian service.

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    Finland cracks down on direct lobbying for HX fighter
    By: Gerard O’Dwyer, February 27, 2017


    HELSINKI — Finland's Ministry of Defence is blocking direct lobbying efforts by companies vying for its fighter replacement contract to add greater transparency to the selection and decision-making process.

    The block mechanism will effectively curtail direct approaches by aircraft manufacturers, or lobbyists hired to represent them on their behalf, in connection with all forms of marketing efforts linked to the Finnish Air Force's HX Fighter Replacement Program, or HX-FRP.

    All contenders for the fighter program contract, including Boeing (F/A-18), BAE Systems (Eurofighter Typhoon), Saab (JAS Gripen), Dassault Aviation (Rafale) and Lockheed Martin (F-35), have recruited Finland-based specialist lobbying and public relations agencies to represent their special interests.

    Moreover, the five European and U.S. fighter aircraft suppliers have contracted former senior Finnish military officers to help them develop sales strategies and add energy to their separate marketing efforts.

    Finnish Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö said the MoD’s position on direct lobbying adds more transparency to the overall tendering and competition process.

    "The defense minister does not take meetings with lobbyists. The reasons are well understood by them. The ministry's staff may have contact with manufacturing representatives but solely as a normal part of their duties," Niinistö said.

    Depending on the aircraft type and number of units acquired, the HX-FRP could carry an estimated project value of between $15 billion and $20 billion. This estimate includes the purchase of primary weapons systems and 30-year aircraft life cycle costs.

    The HX-FRP sets out to replace the operational capability of the Air Force’s F/A-18 aircraft. The service plans to phase out its fleet of 60 F/A-18 Hornets from 2025. A call for tender is scheduled to be dispatched by the MoD during the first half of 2018. The MoD is expected to deliver a procurement decision in 2021.

    The MoD will employ a similar lobbying block on procurement programs connected to the modernization of the Finnish Defence Forces.

    The Defence Forces' modernization drive gained momentum Feb. 16 when the MoD presented a defense policy report that flagged a plan to scale up Finland’s total wartime end strength from 230,000 to 280,000 troops.

    The report outlined a Defence Forces plan to develop a national military organization with integrated cross-service rapid reaction offensive units.

    "The increase is about 20 percent of the existing wartime strength level. We already have the basic equipment for these extra troops," Niinistö said.

    The Finnish government is primed to make spending decisions exceeding $20 billion in relation to key, large-scale procurement programs over the next five years. These include the HX project and the modernization of the Navy’s surface warfare fleet.

    Despite public finance constraints, Finland will find the money to modernize its armed forces and build a credible defense infrastructure, said Finance Minister Petteri Orpo.

    "The world is unfortunately in a situation that forces us to improve our security. Finland's security situation has taken a turn for the worse and we need to respond to ensure that we have the right levels of capability," Orpo said.

    The Navy’s $2 billion modernization plan will include the replacement of its Rauma-class missile boats and Hämeenmaa-class minelayers. Much of the Navy’s present surface fleet is set to be decommissioned from 2025.

    Finland's defense policy report also discusses its intention to deepen its defense cooperation with the U.S., NATO, the European Union and its closest Nordic neighbor, Sweden. Finnish cooperation with NATO is based on a nonaligned military policy.

    Finland’s deepening of military collaboration with international partners is taking place against a backdrop of general unease in the region over Russia’s growing unpredictability and the Kremlin’s continued muscle-flexing in the High North and Baltic Sea areas.

    "Finland’s defense system will be developed in such a manner as not to create any practical impediments to possible membership in a military alliance," Niinistö said.

    Although the door to possible membership of NATO will remain open, the Finnish government is unlikely to move in this direction without majority public support and the holding of a referendum to decide the membership issue.

    In respect of Nordic defense, Finland will not set predetermined limits on deepening bilateral military cooperation with Sweden. According to the defense policy report, collaboration with Sweden could potentially extend to "collective self-defense."

    The latest popular poll on NATO, released Feb. 15, found that 51 percent of Finns remain opposed to joining the alliance, with 21 percent favoring membership. Twenty-eight percent expressed no opinion.

    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/finland-cracks-down-on-direct-lobbying-for-hx-fighter
     
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    Yes, most of the pictures are dead links. I switched servers recently and that invalidated the target for most of them. I'll try to repost what I can.

    Despite being known as a pacifist nation, Norway has soldiers deployed to a number of nations. Included is Mali, where Norway's Fly Away Security Team provides protection for Norwegian diplomatic personnel assigned to UN missions (MINUSMA) and air force transports which frequent the country.

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    Beredskapsøvelse med Marinejegerkommandoen.

    Rapid response exercise with Norwegian Naval Special Operations Commandos (MJK). MJK is Norway's SEAL/SBS/MARCOS analoge.

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    Norway is one of the primary contributors and users of Heavy Airlift Wing Papa. Here one of the units C-17s lifts Norwegian Bell 412SPs.

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    Norway is one of only a handful of countries to us American 84/P maxillofacial shields.
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    Norwegian F-35s flying over the American South-West earlier this year. They should arrive in Norway sometime in the second half of 2017

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