Archive for December 21st, 2017

Taiwan in talks with Dassault over upgrading of Mirage 2000-5

Posted in Air Force on December 21st, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on Taiwan in talks with Dassault over upgrading of Mirage 2000-5

Chief-of-staff of the Republic of China Air Force, Gen. Cheng RongFeng, told legislators today that the service spoke to Dassault in June this year regarding the upgrade of its Mirage 2000-5 fleet.

ROCAF Dassault Mirage 2000-5Ei Aoki-7
By Toshiro Aoki (http://jp-spotters.com/7600LL.html) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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India sourcing second-hand Mi-35s for Afghanistan

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The Hindu reports that New Delhi is making an attempt to buy second-hand Mi-35s and donate them to Afghanistan.

Afghan Air Corps Mi-35 helicopters
By Angelita Lawrence, U.S. Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Ukrinmash derails Bulgaria’s plan to overhaul MiG-29s

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The Bulgarian government was forced to suspend a plan to overhaul the country’s MiG-29s with RSK MiG after Ukraine’s Ukrinmash filed an appeal with the country’s competition regulator.

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By Master Sgt. Andrew Moseley (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2070605) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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USN MH-60S gunners suffering from chronic back injuries due to bad seat design

Posted in Industry, Navy on December 21st, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on USN MH-60S gunners suffering from chronic back injuries due to bad seat design

For several years, the U.S. Navy’s MH-60S community has been grappling with an issue with the gunner’s seat that has “directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries among service members.”

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Lockheed Martin given nearly $1 billion to sustain and upgrade USAF’s 683 Sniper pods

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The U.S. Air Force has given Lockheed Martin a $961 million, five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for the sustainment and upgrades for its fleet of 683 Sniper pods.

ANAAQ-33 Sniper XR
By Hunini (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons