Irkut Corporation will complete the deliveries of 222 Su-30MKI assembly kits to India in 2015

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In 2015 Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corporation) will complete deliveries of Su-30MKI assembly kits to India, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the corporation’s press-service.

“In 2015 Irkut Corporation will complete deliveries of Su-30MKI assembly kits to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL, India). Thus the corporation will successfully implement a contract for delivery of 222 Su-30MKI assembly kits; the fighters are assembled at HAL’s Nashik factory,” said in the press release. At present Indian air forces operate around 300 Su-30MKI fighters; some of them were assembled in Russia.

Super-maneuverable multi-role two-seat combat aircraft Su-30MK (the version developed for India is designated Su-30MKI), manufactured by Irkut Corporation since 2002, is able to destroy air, ground and surface targets using high-precision weapons. It has significant combat radius and may be operated under any weather and lighting conditions as well as under conditions of jamming and counterfire.

The total backlog for Su-30MK jets exceeded 300 aircraft. These jets have proven their capabilities during operation in India, Malaysia and Algeria.

US Starts Flying Its Most Advanced Spy Planes Over South China Sea

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon takes off from Perth Airport in 2014.

The strategic waters of the South China Sea are claimed by a confusing collection of various nations. The region’s strongest – and most vocal – stakeholder is China. On Thursday, the US Navy admitted that it is monitoring the area, launching its most advanced spy plane out of the Philippines.

The P-8A Poseidon is one the United States’ most advanced surveillance planes. It’s capable of both anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, and is currently flying over the South China Sea. The US plans to use the aircraft to share “real time” details about activity in Philippine waters.

 

“It was a remarkable opportunity to work alongside the members of the Filipino armed forces,” US Navy Lieutenant Matthew Pool told Reuters. “Sharing this aircraft’s capabilities with our allies only strengthens our bonds.”

Poseidons were the same planes used to hunt down missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 last April.

According to the Navy statement, the P-8A logged over 180 flight hours during a three week period which ended on February 21.

 

Before the Poseidon, the US flew P-3C Orions out of Philippine air bases. Those planes had operated since a 2012 security agreement.

Colonel Restituto Padilla, a spokesman for the Philippine military, said the Orions had been quietly replaced last year.

“We expect more surveillance planes to be deployed in the Philippines,” he told Reuters. “Increasing the frequency of rotation.”

While the US does not take official sides in disputes within the waterway, it does have an interest in aiding the Philippines, a close ally. The American government has repeatedly made calls against territorial aggression in the region, but China insists that US involvement only inflames hostility.

 

Nearly $5 trillion in trade passes through the body of water which stretches from the southern coast of China, to the northeastern shores of Malaysia.  On Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper spoke before the Senate Armed Services Committee, claiming that China is undergoing an “aggressive” expansion of its South China Sea outposts.

“Although China is looking for stable ties with the United States, it’s more willing to accept bilateral and regional tensions in pursuit of its interests, particularly on maritime sovereignty issues,” Clapper said.

In addition to China and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan, all lay claims to parts of the South China Sea.

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Chinese Naval Fleet Now Outnumbers US Combat Vessels

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China is at the forefront of building submarines and now has more than the United States, says a Navy admiral testifying before a congressional committee that is discussing future funding for US defense projects.

Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy told legislators on Thursday that not only is China building “some fairly amazing submarines” but that the Chinese are carrying out more deployments and expanding their area of operations as part of an rapid military buildup.

“We know they are out experimenting and looking at operating, and clearly want to be in this world of advanced submarines,” Mulloy told committee members, according to Reuters.

US military officials are in the middle of a major push to stay ahead of the Chinese, said Mulloy, adding that while the Chinese submarines are inferior in quality compared to those from the US, there are more Chinese nuclear and diesel vessels than what the US has, even though the US has the world’s largest defense budget.

The US Navy has 71 commissioned submarines, while the Chinese have 77 principal surface combatant ships, 61 submarines, 55 large and medium amphibious ships, and about 85 missile-equipped smaller combatant ships.

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What’s the Catch? Poland Gets ‘Free’ US Armored Military Vehicles

The Polish Army has received 45 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, all donated by the US government.

As the United States scales down its operations in Afghanistan, it’s looking for creative ways to get rid of its surplus military equipment. One solution: give it Poland, free of charge. But the fact that the European nation is engaged in zero combat missions raises concerns about who will actually benefit from such a gift.

The Polish Army has received 45 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, all donated by the US government. The vehicles are barely used. Each has driven less than 3,000 kilometers, and in total, the MRAP’s are estimated to be worth over $7.5 million.

“In the short term, the equipment will be used in exercises, military training, and when necessary, in combat,” General Lech Majewski, General Commander of the Armed Forces and Types of Special Forces, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

 

US Ambassador Stephen Mull said that the offering is just one of several benefits of partnering with the US.

“This is an example of a strong tradition of Polish-American partnership, and the example of a sustained commitment by the US to protect Poland,” Mull said, according to Polskie Radio.

But Poland is not currently defending itself, and is engaged in no military conflicts. Given that Poland is one of the only nations which has expressed willingness to provide arms to the Ukrainian military, many wonder if this equipment might find its way onto the battlefield.

Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law which established a joint military brigade between Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland. On Tuesday, Ryszard Czarnecki, of the Polish Law and Justice Party, called on both Poland and the larger European Union to pursue measures to “push Russia away from our borders.”

 

If Poland follows through with these plans, this raises the possibility that the US may be indirectly arming the Ukrainian military.

In addition, the vehicles can hardly be considered “free,” since such complex machines require millions of dollars in maintenance. A single, supposedly free military helicopter given to the Newark police ended up costing the department $2 million in upkeep and refurbishment, according to NJ Advance Media. A fleet of 45 would cost considerably more.

If the Polish military wants to utilize the gift in a real way, it will cost them plenty. This fact could encourage the Polish to sell.

“We Americans are proud of our partnership with Poland,” Ambassador Mull said as the vehicles were handed over. “[We’re] determined to deliver on our commitment to provide Poland with lasting security and prosperity.”

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AT Missile System “Khrisantema-S” to Work Up Practices at Russia Arms Expo

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Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov at the international military exhibition IDEX-2015 in Abu Dhabi presented the latest Russian anti-missile system “Khrisantema-S”; during the exhibition Russia Arms Expo 2015 in September the complex will work up combat firing, was reported in a press release of Industry and Trade Ministry on Tuesday.

“Khrisantema-S” performs a wide spectrum of combat functions for both armored targets, and for light armored vehicles and low-flying targets. We are keen to promote the capabilities of this machine. Here it is unfortunately not possible to conduct live fire, but everyone will be able to study it in action in the Nizhny Tagil exhibition Russia Arms Expo 2015,” the head of the Russian delegation at the Abu Dhabi exhibition Manturov said.

He noted that interest in the presentation of “Khrisantema-S” on the IDEX-2015 has been expressed by the Arab side. At the exhibition it was also presented the full-scale specimen of combat vehicle for unit commander.

Russia to Complete Upgrading BMP-3 Vehicles for UAE

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The contract for the modernization of 135 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles supplied to the UAE will be fulfilled in summer. This statement was made by Rosoboronexport Deputy Head Igor Sevastyanov.

“The contract for the modernization of 135 BMP-3 vehicles is being fulfilled according to schedule. Almost half of the machines have already been delivered to the customer. We expect to complete the work in summer,” Mr. Sevastyanov said at the IDEX 2015 exhibition in Abu Dhabi (UAE), noting that the contract worth about $74 million was signed in February 2011.

It’s worth mentioning that the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle is a Soviet and Russian armored tracked vehicle designed for transporting military personnel to the front line and increasing mobility. The infantry fighting vehicle is characterized by enhanced fire power, mobility, protection and ergonomics resulting in higher combat efficiency.

Russia’s Large Landing Ships Return to Black Sea

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The Russian Navy has performed rotation of warships of the permanent task force in the Mediterranean Sea. This information was furnished by a source in the Russian Navy’s Main Headquarters.

“On Saturday, the Yamal large landing ship of the Black Sea Fleet and the Alexander Shabalin large landing ship entered the Black Sea. They were part of the permanent task force of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean for two weeks,” the official said, noting that the large landing ships regularly call at the ports of the Black Sea, in particular, Novorossiysk.

On September 23, Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Alexander Vitko reported to the President that Novorossiysk was a crucial hub for transiting military cargoes to Crimea and Syria. In 2015, the Yamal and Alexander Shabalin large landing ships have already entered the Mediterranean Sea twice.