Tuesday, August 17, 2010
DTN News: Aerospace/Defense Headlines - News Dated August 17, 2010
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DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated August 17, 2010 Source: U.S. DoD issued August 17, 2010 (NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - August 17, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued August 17, 2010 are undermentioned;
DTN News: Rolls-Royce Awarded Contract For U.S. Navy CV-22 Spare Engines
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including U.S. DoD issued August 16, 2010 - No. 727-10 & U. S. Air Force website
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON, U.S. - August 17, 2010: Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $23,178,898 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0060) for the procurement of 12 AE1107C CV-22 spare engines.
Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in December 2011.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
CV-22 Osprey: This report covers the first comprehensive data taken by DTN News.
The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.
This versatile, self-deployable aircraft offers increased speed and range over other rotary-wing aircraft, enabling Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews to execute long-range special operations missions. The CV-22 can perform missions that normally would require both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The CV-22 takes off vertically and, once airborne, the nacelles (engine and prop-rotor group) on each wing can rotate into a forward position
The CV-22 is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, forward-looking infrared sensor, and other advanced avionics systems that allow it to operate at low altitude in adverse weather conditions and medium- to high-threat environments.
The CV-22 is an Air Force-modified version of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey. The first two Air Force test aircraft were delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in September 2000, for flight testing. The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, N.M., began CV-22 aircrew training with the first two production aircraft in August 2006.
The first operational CV-22 was delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command's 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla., in January 2007. Initial operating capability was achieved in 2009, with a total of 50 CV-22 aircraft scheduled for delivery by 2016.
Primary function: Special operations forces long-range infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply
Power Plant: Two Rolls Royce-Allison AE1107C turboshaft engines
Thrust: More than 6,200 shaft horsepower per engine
Wingspan: 84 feet, 7 inches (25.8 meters)
Length: 57 feet, 4 inches (17.4 meters)
Height: 22 feet, 1 inch (6.73 meters)
Rotary Diameter: 38 feet (11.6 meters)
Speed: 277 miles per hour (241 knots) (cruising speed)
Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters)
Maximum Vertical Takeoff Weight: 52,870 pounds (23,982 kilograms)
Maximum Rolling Takeoff Weight: 60,500 pounds (27,443 kilograms)
Range: 2,100 nautical miles with internal auxiliary fuel tanks
Payload: 24 troops (seated), 32 troops (floor loaded) or 10,000 pounds of cargo
Unit cost: $89 million (fiscal 2005 dollars)
Crew: Four (pilot, copilot and two enlisted flight engineers)
Date Deployed: 2006 Initial Operational Capability: 2009
Inventory: Active force, 12; Reserve, 0; ANG, 0
DTN News: U.S. Arms Sals To Gulf Arabs....Now Total 60 Billion To “Counter Iran”
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada -August 17, 2010: The United States has approved a long list of arms sales to friendly Arab countries in the Persian Gulf aimed at countering Iran’s growing influence in the region.The unprecedented sales could reach over $60 billion in pending deals with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
The largest deal is the possible sale of 82 F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia for $30 billion.The deal has caused some concern within Israel which is reportedly in a dialogue with the Obama administration regarding its commitment to retain the IDF’s qualitative military edge in the region.
For another $30 billion, the Saudis are also interested in purchasing as many as 60 Apache attack helicopters.
Another deal, announced over the past week, is the possible sale of the latest Patriot missile defense system to Kuwait for $900 million. The proposed deal would include the sale of 209 missiles.
Kuwait is interested in the Patriot system in face of Iran’s growing influence in the region. In its statement to Congress regarding the deal, the Pentagon said: “Kuwait needs these missiles to meet current and future threats of enemy air-to-ground weapons. Kuwait will use the increased capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.”
Israel is also looking to upgrade its Patriot systems and has held talks with the US about the possible sale of the latest version called the PAC-3. The PAC-3 is believed to be capable of intercepting most of Syria’s missiles. It is an improved version of the PAC- 2 in terms of coverage and lethality. The PAC-3 has an interceptor missile that uses a hit-to-kill system rather than an exploding warhead used by the PAC-2. The PAC-3 missile is also smaller and its launchers can fire 16 instead of just four missiles like the PAC-2.
The Pentagon also notified Congress earlier this month about the possible sale of 18 F- 16 fighter jets to Oman for an estimated $3.5 billion. Oman is one of the few countries in the Gulf which maintains strong ties with both Iran and the US. The Pentagon’s approval of the deal is seen as an effort to bolster American influence in the country.
Kuwait is also looking to improve its air force and has reportedly expressed interest in purchasing Boeing’s new stealthy F-15 Silent Eagle version. At the same time, Kuwait is also augmenting its mid-air refueling capability and is seeking around 10 new tanker aircraft from the US.
In his recent visit to Washington DC, Defense Minister Ehud Barak discussed the pending sale of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to Israel as the first foreign customer.
Under the pending deal, which has yet to be finalized, Israel will receive approximately 20 of the stealth fighter jets starting in 2015 as a first batch based on the American configuration of the aircraft. Later sales will already include the integration of Israeli indigenous systems.
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DTN News: Pakistan TODAY August 17, 2010 - More Aid Pledged For Pakistan Floods
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 17, 2010: Pakistan won more aid pledges on Tuesday after concerns that money is not coming through fast enough to help 20 million people hit by unprecedented floods and stave off a "second wave of death" from disease. Torrential monsoon rain triggered catastrophic floods which have affected a fifth of the country, wiping out villages, rich farm land, infrastructure and killing an estimated 1600 people in the nation's worst ever natural disaster. The United Nations last week launched an immediate appeal for $US460 million ($A512.08 million) to cover the next 90 days and UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Pakistan at the weekend, calling on the world to quicken its aid pledges.
Officials now estimate that 35 per cent of the funds have been committed. Japan on Tuesday came forward to pledge an additional $US10 million ($A11.13 million) in emergency aid and Australia promised an extra $US21.6 million ($A24.05 million). "There are grave risks that the flooding will worsen Pakistan's social circumstances but also its long-term economic circumstances will be potentially devastated," Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith told ABC Radio. State media in Saudi Arabia said the country had raised $US20.5 million ($A22.82 million) in aid on the first day of a national campaign for the Pakistani floods. Pakistan cricket on Tuesday pledged more than $US133,000 ($A148,060) for flood victims and said it was working to drum up further funds through an international exhibition match in England. Flood survivors cramped into sweltering tent cities or camping out along roadsides have hit out furiously against Pakistan's weak civilian government. Britain, which is emerging from a recent diplomatic row with Pakistan, branded the international response "lamentable" and charities said Pakistan was suffering from an "image deficit" partly because of perceived links to terror. A UN spokesman said on Monday he feared Pakistan was on the brink of a "second wave of death" unless more donor funds materialised, with up to 3.5 million children at risk from water-borne diseases. The World Bank also agreed to provide Islamabad with a loan of $US900 million ($A1 billion), warning that the impact of the disaster on the economy was expected to be "huge". UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged the world to speed up aid urgently, while Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the country could not cope on its own and warned the disaster could play into the hands of insurgents. "We fear we're getting close to the start of seeing a second wave of death if not enough money comes through, due to water-borne diseases along with lack of clean water and food shortages," said Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He said that about six million people were at risk of deadly water-borne diseases, including 3.5 million children. The United Nations estimates that 1600 people have died in the floods, while the government in Islamabad has confirmed 1384 deaths. Care International spokeswoman Melanie Brooks said the UN must explain to donor states that "the money is not going to go to the hands of the Taliban". "The victims are the mothers, the farmers, children," she said. The nuclear-armed country on the frontline of the US-led fight against al-Qaeda, where the military is locked in battle with Taliban in the northwest. "At that very crucial time this natural disaster has affected the ability and the capacity and the economy of Pakistan," Qureshi told the BBC. "The damage and the magnitude is too large for natural resources to cope with it... Pakistan needs your help."
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DTN News: National Day Of Indonesia On August 17, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 17, 2010: The National Day of Indonesia is one of the most important holidays in the country with weeks of preparation prior to the main day. During this celebration, the most solemn ceremony is the flag hoisting at the National Palace, televised live and considered a spectacle of the greatest respect and honor for the flag and the Republic of Indonesia.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, left, and his deputy Boediono greet the audience during a flag hoisting ceremony marking the country's 65th independence day at Merdeka (Freedom) Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010.
Escorted by honor guards, a flag bearer carries an Indonesian national Red-White flag during a ceremony marking the country's 65th independence day at Merdeka (Freedom) Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010.
Honor guards march before a flag raising ceremony marking the country's 65th independence anniversary at the presidential palace in Jakarta on August 17, 2010. Indonesia is celebrating its 65th Independence Day after declaring independence in 1945, although it had to fight the Dutch colonialists in a bloody struggle that lasted until 1949.
This ceremony is led by the President and Vice President and attended by the cabinet, military brass, family members of the current and preceding president, diplomatic corps, and honored guests. In several towns, celebrations are very lively. Neighborhoods gear up for fun and games for the kids. Krupuk (shrimp chips) eating contests, bike decorating, games, races, and lots of fun fill the day. The women are busy in cooking contests to see who can make the biggest krupuk or the most delicious nasi tumpeng.
A spectacular parade is usually held on the Sunday after Independence Day. The parade is marked by floats and marching bands, starting near the National Monument and traveling down JI. Thamrin and JI. Sudirman. The floats are sponsored by government institutions, state companies, private firms, and foundations.
The Philippines enjoys warm and cordial relations with Indonesia, developed through frequent exchanges of visits by high-level officials. Bilateral meetings between the two countries are also held at the sidelines of annual meetings such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Non-Aligned Movement, and the United Nations General Assembly, among others. Last November, the Philippines and Indonesia celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Philippines-Indonesia Bilateral Relations at a reception held at a hotel in Manila. We congratulate the people and the government of Indonesia led by H.E., President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and its Embassy in the Philippines headed by H.E., Ambassador Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo, on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of their Independence. We wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors.
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DTN News: Pentagon Publishes Report On China's Military After Delay
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - August 17, 2010: The U.S. Defense Department on Monday released a delayed annual report on China's military, with a slight change to the title indicating increased coverage of security developments in addition to its assessment of China's military power. The report routinely overlooks China's peaceful defense policy and ever increasing military openness, saying it sees only "modest improvements in the transparency of China's military and security affairs," and demanding more information. The report, which came after a delay of about five months, also alleges "uncertainties" remain as it tries to assess China's military intentions. "The limited transparency in China's military and security affairs enhances uncertainty and increases the potential for misunderstanding and miscalculation," says the report. The report, submitted to the Congress by the Pentagon annually pursuant to U.S. law since 2000, has drawn protest from China over its interfering nature, distortion of facts, and baseless speculations. China has been submitting annual reports to the United Nations on its military expenditure since 2007. It has also invited military representatives from many countries to observe its war games, conducted joint military exercises with its neighbors and countries including the United States. The Washington Post says the 83-page report, which was originally due out by early March, is more ambitious in scope as it includes a discussion of the Pentagon's view of China's broader strategy and U.S. officials' visions for relations with China. The newspaper quoted U.S. analyst David Finkelstein as saying that the report contains the message of Washington wanting to expand military exchanges.
Some analysts said the delay of the report, like that of the report by the Treasury on China's currency value, was obviously in line with their role of serving U.S. interests in playing down differences in bilateral relations. The report, as usual, interferes with the internal affairs of China by making willful comments on the situation across the Taiwan Straits. Beijing has "continued unabated" the military build-up near the Taiwan Straits, and that "the balance of cross-Strait military forces continues to shift in the mainland's favor," it says. China's economic achievements and technological progress have enabled the country to embark on a comprehensive transformation of its military, the report says. "Current trends in China's military capabilities are a major factor in changing East Asian military balances and could provide China with a force capable of conducting a range of military operations in Asia well beyond Taiwan," it said. The title of the report for this year is Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China, in contrast to the Military Power of the People's Republic of China over the past years. The Pentagon report acknowledges that the Chinese military has contributed to global peacekeeping and humanitarian operations and anti-piracy operation, calling for more military cooperation. "The pace and scope of China's military modernization have increased over the past decade, enabling China's armed forces to develop capabilities to contribute to the delivery of international public goods," it says. The United States welcomes these capabilities, and wants to work with China to develop them further, says the report.
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