Global military update

US Navy prepares Japan for nuclear-powered first

The US Navy has begun preparations to forward deploy the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington in Japan – the first time a nuclear-powered warship has been permanently stationed in the country. In a mission fraught with diplomatic difficulties, navy officials are anxious to balance Japanese domestic political and safety concerns with the security issues involved in protecting the 102,000-ton vessel’s reactor plant and other classified technologies

USAF grounds the majority of F-15 fleet
The US Air Force (USAF) has grounded most of its fleet of Boeing F-15 combat aircraft following the crash of an Air National Guard (ANG) F-15C during a training mission over Missouri on 2 November. The aircraft – from the ANG’s 131st Fighter Wing, based at Lambert-St Louis International airport – was one of four engaged in one-on-one aerial combat manoeuvres when it came down in the largely rural southwest of the state

Sweden and Thailand discuss JAS 39 Gripen offset issues

Sweden and Thailand commenced discussion earlier this week over the offset arrangements tied to the Southeast Asian country’s purchase of 12 JAS 39 Gripen multirole combat aircraft, with state-owned Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) expected to benefit from the negotiations. Saab announced the USD1.1 billion deal with Thailand last month, which will see the aircraft delivered in two phases

DCNS working to develop EEZ surveillance system for France

The combat management systems division of French military shipyard DCNS – i Systeme d’Information et Securite (SIS) – is looking to build on legacy shipborne sensor systems and develop new analysis software to increase surveillance and protection of France’s 200 n mile Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ). Philippe Guevel, business development director of SIS, told Jane’s that the company is looking to evolve surveillance beyond traditional, relatively short-range radars: “With the development of traffic of all kinds, illegal immigration, pollution, terrorism and fisheries control, the line between defence and security is blurring and our company is developing an offer to handle these kinds of threats.” Guevel said that “some long-range legacy products originally developed for ships can be used ashore [to enhance] the Centres Regionaux Operationnels de Surveillance et de Sauvetage [CROSS – Regional Surveillance and Rescue Operations Centres] and other such organisations”

Yugoimport SDPR offers thermobaric rocket for Wasp
Yugoimport SDPR is offering a new thermobaric rocket for the M79 Osa (Wasp) multipurpose assault weapon system. The basic M79 weapon system is combat proven and has demonstrated reliability and high accuracy when used in action. The use of a relatively long (nearly 1.6 m) re-usable launcher plus a bore-riding missile leads to a high degree of axial stability within the barrel

Carfil exhibits its PG-7EI thermobaric rocket
Romanian company Carfil showed a new thermobaric round for the locally built version of the RPG-7 rocket launcher during the Expomil 2007 exhibition in Bucharest on 18-21 October. Development of the new PG-7EI (Exploziv Incendiar, or Explosive Incendiary) round started in 2006 and qualification tests were conducted in December 2006

Source: Jane’s defence journal

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