Turkey Confirmed S-400 Delivery Dates; US Pulls Staff from Iraq; US Inflatable Satellites; JF-17 for Pakistan

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com)Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that Ankara had no intention of postponing the dates for the delivery of Russia’s S-400 missile systems, TASS reports.

“There is no talk about delaying or canceling the deliveries of the S-400s. The treaty on their purchase is a fait accompli, so why should we be discussing the possibility for delaying the delivery dates?” the diplomat told Haberturk TV.

On May 13, Bloomberg reported that Turkey was considering a US equest to put off the delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to Ankara.

Helicopters ferried US staff from the American embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday out of apparent concern about perceived threats from Iran, which US sources believe encouraged Sunday’s attacks on four oil tankers in the Gulf, MEMO reports.

The sabotage of the tankers, for which no one has claimed responsibility, and Saudi Arabia’s announcement on Tuesday that armed drones hit two of its oil pumping stations have raised concerns Washington and Tehran may be inching toward conflict.

A US government source said American security experts believe Iran gave its “blessing” to tanker attacks, which hit two Saudi crude oil tankers, a UAE-flagged fuel bunker barge and a Norwegian-registered oil products tanker off Fujeirah near the Strait of Hormuz

“We are currently training with the T2C2 equipment as we’re going away from government-provided equipment toward more commercial and off-the-shelf equipment,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Polle, a multi-channel transmission systems operator-maintainer with the division’s headquarters G6 section, Army Recognition reports.

The T2C2 is an inflatable satellite antenna, developed by an Army small business partner, providing a significant upgrade in the Army’s communications capability and efficiency – providing fast voice, video and data communications to the Army’s tactical network to obtain the situational awareness and mission command capabilities in a mobile and adaptable operation. “This system is important, as it allows commanders to send smaller teams out to support smaller units and detachments working in remote areas,” said Staff Sgt. Polle. “We won’t have to send out a large team which can take two trucks, a generator and six or seven heavy cases of communications equipment. Now we can take the T2C2 system in one truck with two soldiers who are highly-trained and mobile to set up the system in 30 minutes to provide communication capability.”

The final three Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 Thunder Block II multirole combat aircraft are set to be delivered to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) by late June, Jane’s reports.

The aircraft are part of an order placed by the PAF in late 2017 for an additional 12 platforms that are currently on the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF) final assembly line at PAC Kamra. AMF has built more than 100 JF-17s since the first JF-17 (serialled 09-111) was rolled out in November 2009.

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Source: Jane`s, MEMO, Army Recognition, TASS