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The Negotiations on An-188 Joint Production between Turkey and Ukraine Move Onwards

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The Negotiations on An-188 Joint Production between Turkey and Ukraine Move Onwards

ANKARA, Turkey (BulgarianMilitary.com), 30 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Antonov/the An-188 aircraft showcased at Eurasia-2018 in Antalya, Turkey

Turkish officials revealed that the negotiations on the joint production of the An-188 STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) military cargo aircraft between aerospace and procurement officials of Turkey and Ukraine has moved onwards, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

According to a Turkish aerospace official, “This is a complex program for which both sides are keen. We are positively discussing several aspects of an optimal modality for co-production.”

As a next step of the negotiation process, a Turkish delegation will inspect the Antonov production line in Kiev, Ukraine as agreed by Turkish and Ukrainian officials.

SSB (the defence procurement office of Turkey), TAI (Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries), and the Ukrainian Antonov and Ukroboronprom are the parties participating in the negotiations. Antonov is part of the state-owned defence and aerospace holding group Ukroboronprom.

Antonov presented for the first time its An-188 at the aerospace exhibition Eurasia-2018 in Antalya, Turkey, from 25 to 28 April.

Turkish officials explained that a co-production deal could be concluded only when the aircraft is brought to full compliance with NATO standards.

The short take-off and landing aircraft will have an innovative glass cockpit with the latest flight navigation and communication equipment. The flight distance covered by the An-188 aircraft is up to 7,700 km. The aircraft features a cruising altitude of up to 12,100 m. Depending on the aircraft and engine type and version a speed of up to 800 km/h could be reached.

All new aircraft belonging to the An-188 family will be capable of basing on different airfields, as well as air strips, and landing on short runways the length of which is only 600-800 m.

The new family will involve three versions with different turbofan engines – An-188-100 (with four D-436-148FM three-shaft high-bypass turbofan engines of the Ukrainian company Ivchenko-Progress); An-188-110 (with four AI-28 new-generation engines of Ivchenko-Progress); and An-188-120 (with four LEAP high-bypass turbofan aircraft engines of CFM International).

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The 155mm BONUS Precision-Guided Munitions of BAE Systems Will Be Acquired by the US Army

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KARLSKOGA, Sweden (BulgarianMilitary.com) – BAE Systems revealed on 9th October 2018 that its Bofors 155mm BONUS precision-guided munitions will be acquired by the U.S. Army under a contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The managing director for BAE Systems’ Weapon Systems business in Sweden Lena Gillström shared, “The proven reliability and mission success of BONUS make it an ideal solution for the U.S. Army as it continues to invest in advanced technological capabilities for its forces.”

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The latest variant of BONUS defeats heavily armoured targets and can be fired from any 155-millimetre artillery system such as M777 lightweight towed howitzers and the M109 self-propelled howitzer family of vehicles.

By carrying two smart munitions, which have advanced sensors enabling each one to independently seek out and destroy separate targets within a radius of 32,000 square meters, BONUS is much more capable in comparison to traditional munitions and its mission success per round is significantly better than with traditional ammunition.

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BONUS is developed and produced in cooperation by BAE Systems in Sweden and Nexter in France and manufactured at the BAE Systems facility in Karlskoga, Sweden.
The execution of the works under the contract will start immediately. The deliveries are scheduled for 2020.

“This contract furthers our position at the forefront of innovation in delivering smart munitions to the current and future battle space. The U.S. Army is now joining a number of international counterparts deploying these munitions, as interest in BONUS continues to grow worldwide,” added Lena Gillström.

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BONUS is operated also in Finland, France, and Norway, and Sweden.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems provides a wide range of solutions and services and thus enables militaries and governments to successfully carry out missions. The company offers large-scale systems engineering, integration, and sustainment services in the air, land, sea, space, and cyber sectors.

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The Newest Independence Variant Littoral Combat Ship Named by Secretary of the Navy

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U.S. Navy graphic illustration of the USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul L. Archer

WASHINGTON, the USA, (BulgarianMilitary.com) –Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced on 9th October 2018 that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32), learned BulgarianMilitary.com

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said, “I am pleased to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city of Santa Barbara,” and added, “This city’s innovative workforce and longstanding support of our Navy and Marine Corps team, whether active duty, reserve force, civilian or Veterans, the support from this community strengthens our Navy and nation.”

The name of the future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) is chosen in honour of Santa Barbara, California and is the third vessel, which will bear that name. It will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. Its length will be 128.32 m, and the beam length – 31,61 m. The speeds at which the USS Santa Barbara will be able to reach will be about 40 knots (74.08 km/h).

Delivery of 16 LCSs has been accepted by the Navy. The total number of the procured LCSs is 32 together with the newest contract modifications. Ten of the ships (LCS 15, 17, 19-26) are under construction.

The littoral combat ship (LCS) is a set of two classes of relatively small surface vessels developed by the United States Navy. The first two LCS variants are the Freedom class and the Independence class are. Both of them are slightly smaller than the U.S. Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, but larger than Cyclone-class patrol ships. USS Independence (LCS-2) is the lead ship of the Independence-class of littoral combat ships.

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The LCS is a modular, reconfigurable vessel, developed for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures missions near shore. Each LCS features an interchangeable mission package, which provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas.

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Lockheed Martin Revealed the Delivery of the 300th THAAD Interceptor

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WASHINGTON, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, 10th October 2018, the global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, the USA, revealed the delivery of the 300th interceptor for the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The Vice President for the THAAD system at Lockheed Martin Richard McDaniel shared, “The Missile Defense Agency, industry and Lockheed Martin team of men and women who engineer and produce the THAAD interceptor have remained steadfast in their commitment to excellence as global demand for this system has grown year after year,” and added, “The 300th interceptor delivery is a reflection of that dedication and our continued focus on providing high-quality, reliable system capabilities to maintain overmatch against our adversaries.”

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The demand for the hit-to-kill missile defence system and interceptors of the company is constantly growing. The THAAD system is one of the most advance missile defence systems and the only system in the world, developed for intercepting threats both inside and outside the atmosphere. The United Arab Emirates was the first international partner of Lockheed Martin that procured THAAD under a contract, which was concluded in 2011. The seventh THAAD battery was activated by the U.S. Army in December 2016 and presently the system is forward deployed with U.S. troops in Guam and South Korea. The 200th THAAD interceptor was supplied by Lockheed Martin in September of 2017.

The THAAD system protects America’s military, allied forces, citizen population centres and critical infrastructure from short and medium-range ballistic missile attacks. It is proven and features 100% mission success in flight testing. Some of its advantages is that it is rapidly deployable, interoperable with other BMDS elements including the PAC-3 Missile, Aegis, forward based sensors and the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.

Read more: Lockheed Martin Introduces Its Multi-Domain Synchronized Effects Tool 

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GA-ASI Announced the Completion of the FOT&E for Its Gray Eagle Extended Range

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GA-ASI Announced the Completion of the FOT&E for Its Gray Eagle Extended Range
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SAN DIEGO, California, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Earlier this week, on 8th October 2018, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced that recently the company has completed Follow-On Operational Test & Evaluation (FOT&E) for its MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range in Palmdale, California at Air Force Plant 42 in partnership with the U.S. Army, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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The President, Aircraft Systems at GA-ASI, David R. Alexander commented, “We expected the Gray Eagle Extended Range to perform well and it performed as advertised. The FOT&E highlighted some of the key benefits that the MQ-1C ER will deliver to our U.S. Army customer, including significantly increased endurance, more payload capacity to support future mission tasking, and considerable improvements in system reliability and maintainability.”

The period of testing of that Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), which took 644 flight hours, began in early June as reported. Since the goal is long range and persistent reconnaissance, the full range of the MQ-1C-ER’s capability was tested and the expectations in regard to its endurance were significantly exceeded. Now, after the successful testing, the MQ-1C ER can be initially fielded to the U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command (INSCOM) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM), followed by units from Forces Command (FORSCOM).

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“The Gray Eagle ER clearly demonstrated its ability to support the future force. We added multiple payloads that enable it to perform a wide range of missions to further support the warfighter in contested operations,” added David R. Alexander.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is a leading company in the field of design and manufacturing of reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, among which are the Predator®RPA series and the Lynx®Multi-mode Radar. The company also makes various ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, develops meta-material antennas and provides pilot training and support services.

Reaper, Predator, and Lynx are registered trademarks of GA-ASI.

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