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03 May 17. Flying High: Russia’s T-50 Super Jet Preparing to Soar with Next-Gen Engine. Flight tests of Russian newest PAK FA (T-50) fighter aircraft with a standard engine will start in the near future, General Designer of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Sergei Korotkov said Wednesday. So far, the prototypes of the aircraft have been equipped with the so-called Izdeliye 117 — an engine of the “first stage,” which has already been put into production, while the engine of the “second stage” is being developed.
“Testing of T-50 aircraft with the next-generation engine, which was initially created for this aircraft, will start in the near future,” Korotkov said.
Russian Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) is the fifth-generation stealth fighter. It is a single-seat, twin-engine multirole jet fighter designed for air superiority and attack roles. The first flight of the aircraft took place in 2010. (Source: defence-aerospace.com/Sputnik News)
04 May 17. Portuguese Army initiates small-arms acquisition programme. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) is to execute the procurement of a large number of small arms for the Portuguese Army, the service has told Jane’s. The contract will start this year and run until 2022, the army added. The acquisition of 10,225 small arms for a total cost of EUR41.9m (USD45.8m) was included in the 2015-2026 Military Programming Law approved in May 2015, although the original plan seems to have been updated and will now see the delivery of new types of weapons. The initial plan covered acquisition of assault rifles, light machine guns, sub-machine guns, and pistols between 2017 and 2026. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 May 17. Iranian midget submarine missile test reportedly fails. Iran’s attempt to test launch a missile from one of its midget submarines has failed, Fox News reported two US officials as saying on 3 May. The officials said the test was carried out in the Strait of Hormuz using a Yono-class submarine: a North Korean design that is produced in Iran as the Ghadir. It was not stated when the failed test took place.
There were reports in February that Iran had test-fired a submarine-launched cruise missile called the Nasir. When images of the Nasir were released for the first time in April, it appeared to be based on the Nasr anti-ship missile, the Iranian version of the Chinese C-704, that has an air-breathing engine rather than a solid-fuel motor as well as a booster that together would give it a significantly longer range than the 38km listed for the Chinese missile. A consignment of Nasirs was then handed over to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) in a ceremony on 22 April. While the Iranian media made no mention of the Nasir being a submarine-launched missile during its coverage of the handover ceremony, with the addition of folding control fins it could potentially be encapsulated so that it could be launched from the 533 mm torpedo tubes on both Iran’s Ghadir and ‘Kilo’-class attack submarines. There has been speculation – but no evidence – that Iran received 3M-54 Club submarine-launched anti-ship missiles from Russia for the three ‘Kilos’ that were delivered in the 1990s. Meanwhile, there have also been indications that Iran is working on its own submarine-launched missile. Most notably, in February 2015, Iranian television showed footage of a sub-surface launch of what IRGCN commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi described as a “very special weapon”. That test appeared to be a failure as the footage showed the missile producing a double exhaust plume, suggesting its launch capsule was not discarded correctly or its motor was venting from the side of its airframe. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 May 17. Indian Army tests BrahMos land attack supersonic cruise missile. The Indian Army has successfully test-launched an advan