World military update

Boeing’s Super Hornet enters Denmark’s combat aircraft contest


The US Navy (USN) has responded to a request for information (RfI) from Denmark regarding the Boeing F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet multirole combat aircraft, it was announced on 27 August. The RfI, which Boeing received in May, pertains to the Royal Danish Air Force’s (RDAF’s) New Combat Aircraft competition for 48 aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16AM aircraft



Belgium transfers second Wielingen-class frigate to Bulgaria


The second of three Belgian Navy Wielingen-class frigates, the ex-BNS Westdiep , was officially transferred to the Bulgarian Navy by the Belgian Ministry of Defence at Zeebrugge Naval Base on 22 August. The delivery to Bulgaria of the renamed Gordi follows a pre-transfer sanitisation and pre-handover training of the 90-strong Bulgarian crew



Romania’s upgraded radars offer easier maintenance
Lockheed Martin has completed upgrading the first two of Romania’s five AN/FPS-117(E)1T long-range air-defence surveillance radars. The work included upgrades to the platform’s electronics cabinets, new displays and remote maintenance centres; and has resulted in improved signal and data processing capabilities for the ground-based system, which has been operated by the Romanian Air Force since the late 1990s



Georgia releases images of ‘Russian missile wreckage’


The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs has released a series of photographs showing what it says is the wreckage of Russian Tochka (SS-21 ‘Scarab’) and Iskander (SS-26 ‘Stone’) tactical ballistic missiles fired against targets in Georgia. Early reports of Russian ballistic-missile attacks on Georgian territory focused on the Tochka



Safir launch ‘paved way for placing Iranian satellite in space’


Contrary to initial reports, the Shahab 3-based Safir (Messenger) vehicle launched by Iran on 16 August 2008 did not place a satellite in orbit. The US Spacetrack system recorded nothing being orbited between the launch of Americom-21 and Superbird 7 communications satellites from Kourou in French Guiana on 14 August and the launch of an INMARSAT 4-F3 communications satellite from Tyuratam in Kazakhstan on 18 August





Taiwan considers different military hardware sources


Taiwan could seek to acquire military technologies from Europe if the United States continues to freeze the sale of defence hardware to the country, according to Jack Tang, programme director at Taiwan’s Industrial Participation Programme (ICP) Office. Referring to Washington’s apparent reluctance to move ahead with the sale of military equipment to Taiwan for fear of destablising improved relations between the country and neighbouring China, Tang told Jane’s on 18 August that the impasse could have a significant impact on Taiwan’s defence industries





Romania moves closer to fighter acquisition decision
Romanian Defence Minister Teodor Melescanu announced on 2 September that the government would make a decision “in a week or two regarding the acquisition procedure for a new fighter [aircraft]”. The announcement followed Melescanu’s meeting with his Swedish counterpart, Sven Tolgfors, in Bucharest. Melescanu acknowledged that the Saab Aerospace JAS 39 Gripen “is part of the list” of respondents for the contract, “where [a total of] five competitors meet the operational criteria set by air force specialists”



Source: Jane’s defence journal

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