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29 Dec 15. Electro-optical turret sought for MSC vessels
Richard Scott, London – IHS Jane’s Navy International. Key Points:
• The MSC-EOS will provide enhanced visual imagery to augment existing electronic sensors
• RfP responses are due for submission at the end of April 2015
US Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels are set to receive an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance turret as part of efforts to improve ship situational awareness.
Acquisition of the new electro-optical sensor system – referred to as MSC-EOS – is being managed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. Up to 100 systems could be required over a planned five-year ordering period. MSC operates approximately 110 non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships that deliver support to the US Navy (USN). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
27 Dec 15. Germany to Send AWACS Planes to Turkey. Germany will send Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) to Turkey to help augment the NATO ally’s airspace from potential threats from Syria.
A London-based Turkey specialist said the move aims to deter primarily Russian aggression against Turkish aircraft patrolling the country’s Syria border.
“This is a message to Russia in the aftermath of the crisis,” the analyst said. “It is NATO’s best interests if a potential Turkish-Russian conflict is prevented.”
Russia pledged to take revenge — and “not just by means of commercial sanctions” — after two Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian SU-24 on Nov. 24, citing a brief violation of the Turkish airspace along the Syrian border.
Turkish diplomats said the German military would send more troops to operate the early warning aircraft in Turkey.
In a letter to the Bundestag, the lower house of the German Parliament, the German government said NATO’s AWACS aircraft would be temporarily moved to a Turkish air base in the central Anatolian province of Konya.
The move will denote a temporary relocation of the Boeing E-3 Sentry aircraft from Germany’s Geilenkirchen Air Base to Konya Air Base.
On Dec. 22, Germany withdrew its Patriot air and anti-missile defense systems from Turkish soil after a three-year-long deployment. The move came shortly after NATO agreed to strengthen efforts to protect Turkey’s southern borders and airspace.
Germany, along with other NATO allies, deployed the Patriots in Turkey to help the Turkish better counter any potential missile threat from Syria.
Earlier this year, the Berlin government said it would not renew the Patriot mandate in Turkey. The German Patriots were deployed in the southeastern Turkish province of Kahramanmaras.
The German withdrawal left only Spanish Patriot systems in Turkish territory. Those missile systems are stationed in the southern province of Adana near the Incirlik military base where U.S. and allied forces carry out airstrikes against radical jihadist strongholds in Syria.
In early 2013, the Dutch, US and German missile systems were stationed in Turkey. Spanish Patriots replaced the Dutch systems early 2015.
Spain agreed to extend its Patriot mandate in Turkey to help protect the Turkish territory.
On Dec. 18, NATO allies agreed to augment Turkey’s southern borders and airspace by sending aircraft and ships. The NATO assistance will include surveillance aircraft and what NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described as “enhanced air policing, and increased naval presence including maritime patrol aircraft.”
The ships will be provided by Germany and Denmark currently exercising in the eastern Mediterranean. (Source: Defense News)
21 Dec 15. UK MoD assesses HAV hybrid airship ahead of planned first flight. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is assessing a concept-to-capability demonstration (CCD) of the Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) Airlander 10 platform as it looks for potential uses for the hybrid a