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 Singapore Weapons Exports, Article: International Defense Revie
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Posted: Nov 21 2010, 12:22 PM


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QUOTE (YourFather @ Nov 20 2010, 02:15 PM)
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Date Posted: 19-Nov-2010


Jane's Navy International


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ST Marine unveils Thai LPD details
Mrityunjoy Mazumdar

Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine has released details of the landing platform dock (LPD) ship that the company is building for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).

A model displayed by ST Marine at the Euronaval 2010 exhibition in Paris depicted a vessel similar to the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) Endurance-class landing ship tank. However, there is a key difference in the deletion of the bow ramp and its replacement with a starboard side door and ramp (about 6 m wide), providing access for light vehicles and personnel.

Construction of the Thai LPD started in mid-2009 and delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2012. The procurement contract is valued at about USD135 million and included an order for two 23 m Fast Craft Utility (FCUs) and two 13 m Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel (LCVPs).

The two FCUs (or Landing Craft Mechanised) are accommodated in a stern dock while the two LCVPs (or Fast Craft Equipment and Utility) are mounted on davits either side of the superstructure.

The propulsion system includes two Caterpillar C280-12 diesel engines, each rated at 4060 kW, driving two controllable pitch propellers. A bow thruster is also fitted. Maximum speed is listed as 17 kt and range at 12 kt is greater than 5000 n miles. Electrical power is provided by four Caterpillar 3512B 900 kW gensets.

Terma is providing its C-Flex combat management system initially with three multifunction consoles, a C-Search radar and sensor suite (including a SCANTER 4100 air and surface surveillance radar and combined identification, friend-or-foe system) and a C-Fire electro-optical director with thermal imaging, TV camera and eye-safe laser rangefinder.

Armament comprises an Oto Melara 76 mm Super Rapid gun forward and what appear to be two MSI Seahawk 30 mm mounts amidships. A single machine-gun mount is fitted on either bridge wing.

The LPD's load-carrying capacity is estimated to be in excess of 1,000 tons, given that its deadweight (displacement including the crew, passengers, cargo, fuel, water and stores less the lightship weight) is approximately 1,600 tons. A force of more than 300 troops can be embarked.

For comparison, each of the four Endurance-class ships can reportedly embark 18 main battle tanks, 20 trucks or infantry fighting vehicles plus around 350 troops. The RSN vessels have an overall length of 141 m, beam of 21 m, draught of 5 m and a full load displacement of about 8,500 tons.

The Thai LPD has a ship's company of 120 personnel (plus 15 in the embarked air group), which is almost twice as many as the RSN vessel and suggests that the level of systems automation in the new ship is inferior to the Endurance class.

Any idea, the Thai purchase come with the CCC integrated systems package?


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Posted: Nov 25 2010, 10:44 PM


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Its official, Warthog is now being used in Afganistan by the British!

New Warthog vehicle in Afganistan 23/11/10
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Posted: Nov 25 2010, 10:51 PM


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QUOTE (tankee1981 @ Nov 25 2010, 10:44 PM)
Its official, Warthog is now being used in Afganistan by the British!

New Warthog vehicle in Afganistan 23/11/10

How come I can't view it?? sad.gif

Is the url address is correct??

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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Thanks.. biggrin.gif


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*woot*
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Posted: Nov 26 2010, 01:32 AM


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Thanks for the working link! tongue.gif
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curious to know what the teething problems are, and a bit surprised to hear that they found the warthog less mobile...but otherwise this is a very proud day for me biggrin.gif


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Posted: Nov 26 2010, 11:43 AM


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I guess with all the weight it has, mobility would be impacted even if it has more power per ton.

my real question is: would a fleet of Bionix (or equivalent) been of more use in the fight than Viking/Broncos?

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QUOTE (FIVE-TWO @ Nov 26 2010, 11:43 AM)
I guess with all the weight it has, mobility would be impacted even if it has more power per ton.

my real question is: would a fleet of Bionix (or equivalent) been of more use in the fight than Viking/Broncos?

Bionix? Another way to put it is 'firepower from a Bushmaster autocannon versus a GPMG/Browning HMG?' I think the answer is quite clear to me cool.gif

However possibly one of the reasons why the more fiercer-looking vehicles has not been employed:

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The Marines had wanted to take tanks into Afghanistan when they began deploying in large numbers in spring 2009, but the top coalition commander then, Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, rejected the request, in part because of concern it could remind Afghans of the tank-heavy Soviet occupation in the 1980s.

From Washington Post


That being said, several other European nations have employed IFVs to great effect, namely the CV90 family and even M113 armed with 25mm Bushmaster autocannon. UK should have other IFVs in the A'stan (the Warrior IFV) but from what I gather the protection against IEDs isn't enough. Warthogs are probably more value-for-money than upgrading/expanding the Warrior fleet.

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Well, Warthog is an enhanced Bronco to suit conditions in Afghanistan. Not sure about whether Bionix is designed for conditions in Afghanistan.

Next is mobility, there are places Warthog (all terrain vehicle) can go whereas heavier vehicles cannot.

Lastly, specific capabilities whereby Warthog can meet specific requirements of the British in Afghanistan.

Looking forward to see the rest of the variants in the news!
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Posted: Dec 8 2010, 02:59 PM


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Warthog survived an actual IED hit...

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=5183706&c=EUR&s=LAN

Looks like the selling point can now include tested in combat.

Positive from the users...press release 7 Dec 10

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceN...thogVehicle.htm

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a follow-on order would be a real endorsement.
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QUOTE (FIVE-TWO @ Dec 8 2010, 04:39 PM)
a follow-on order would be a real endorsement.

British Army just gave us what was probably the best marketing needed. Worth noting is that the whole thing took abt 2 years to put together, which I thought was a pretty quick time needed to develop something combat ready.


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Posted: Dec 9 2010, 11:33 AM


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What would be even better if SAF deploy Warthog themselves in Afghanistan!
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QUOTE (Joe Black @ Dec 9 2010, 11:33 AM)
What would be even better if SAF deploy Warthog themselves in Afghanistan!

SAF do not need such a hardware over that Afghanistan as we only deploy X(number) on ground doing more to heart and minds "projects" not the "dirt" of front line.


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Posted: Dec 9 2010, 12:00 PM


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Surely they still need some vehicles to go around places, and thus the recent MRAP buy!
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QUOTE (Joe Black @ Dec 9 2010, 12:00 PM)
Surely they still need some vehicles to go around places, and thus the recent MRAP buy!

thot that was more for downtown Kabul?


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Elbit Systems has tested the Aeropak fuel cell system with a Skylark I-LE mini-UAV. The suitability of the fuel cell as a power supply for UAVs was evaluated in the recent test was conducted in Israel, using an operationally configured system carrying full mission payload (comprising of a stabilized EO payload, avionics and communications datalink). According to Singapore based Horizon, the fuel-cell powered Skylark I-LE is expected to double the current endurance (around 3 hours), delivering 900Wh net usable energy per liter of fuel.

Simulating real battlefield conditions and an actual payload in order to test the operational mission performance of the new fuel cell technology, Skylark’s new AEROPAK-enabled propulsion system was subjected to a number of operating scenarios. Tests included repeated take-offs and abrupt landings on various terrains, to determine the fuel cell’s durability and ruggedness, withstand rough landing impact. The UAS was also flown in windy and turbulent weather to gauge the fuel cell’s capability to sustain continuous high power drain from the aircraft’s motor. The Skylark I-LE system is currently operated with the Israel Defense forces ‘Skyrider’ unit, and with several international military users.

Designed as a drop-in replacement for lithium-polymer battery packs used in 5-10kg class UAVs, Horizon’s standard first generation AEROPAK is capable of delivering 600W peak power and 900Wh net usable energy, at less than 2kg total system weight. It uses hot-swappable cartridges that eliminate the need for battery chargers in the field.

The Aeropak fuel sell system has already been demonstrated on several mini-UAVs. The fuel cell has doubled the mission endurance of the Israeli IAI Birdeye 650LE from three to six hours, while the endurance of the South Korean RemoEye-006 experimental mini-UAV was increased from 2 hours to five, using Aeropak energy source.

http://defense-update.com/wp/20101207_aeropak_skylark.html
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Posted: Dec 9 2010, 04:33 PM


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Link to the Aeropak maker's website.

http://www.hes.sg/products.html
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