11 Jan 22. InVeris Training Solutions Launches QuikTurn™ 360 and QuikTurn™ 90 Turning Target Systems. InVeris Training Solutions, the leading provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems for military, law enforcement agencies and commercial shooting ranges, today announced the debut of two new products, the QuikTurn™ 360 and the QuikTurn™ 90 Turning Target Systems. The two target systems join the ranks of a litany of cutting-edge live-fire range solutions from InVeris.
“With the release of the QuikTurn™ 360 and 90, InVeris adds to the robust range equipment product line that has made us an industry leader for 95+ years,” said Jon Read, director of live fire systems. “Designed for random and concealed placements throughout an indoor or outdoor shooting range, the QuikTurn 360 and QuikTurn 90 can be configured to fully enhance the live-fire training experience.”
The QuikTurn targets can be controlled in unison/collectively or individually controlled, and feature a 90° expose/conceal time in less than .5 seconds. With 360° target presentations, advanced target identification threat/non-threat target engagements, firearms instructors can conduct qualifications and advanced training scenarios to be authored, stored and accessed any time using the InVeris RangeMaster™ 9K/10K software and wireless tablet. From range design, equipment, installation and service, InVeris provides a one-stop shop for shooting range owners and operators around the world. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
12 Jan 22. Turkiye’s Defense Industry Executive Committee decided Wednesday to move forward with the first-phase mass-production of the Hurjet light attack jet. Apart from the Hurjet, which will be unveiled in 2023, the committee discussed adding more indigenous systems to the Turkish Armed Forces inventory and other security agencies, the Communication Directorate said in a statement. Without giving further details, the statement noted various projects concerning the country’s air, land and naval forces, including rockets, ammunition and equipment were decided during the meeting. The committee underlined the importance of indigenization of every kind of technology the country imports, noting that efforts in that direction will be supported. Despite obstacles, Turkiye will continue to work for the design, development and production of the indigenous system and technologies, the committee reiterated. The Hurjet aircraft is the fruit of an advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft project that was launched in 2017 by Turkish Aerospace Industries, and is expected to make its maiden flight during Turkey’s centennial in 2023.
Hurjet, designed with the goal of 5th-generation training aircraft, will be equipped with an advanced mission computer in its modern cockpit. The aircraft will be supplied with superior radar and sensitive attack systems, and with air and ground communication capabilities, it will reduce threats and risks.
Hurjet will be 13.4 meters (43 feet) long with a wingspan of 11 meters (36 feet) and will provide environmental security in offensive operations.
The main aim of the Hurjet project is to replace the Turkish Air Force’s T-38 trainer aircraft fleet — consisting of 70 aircraft — and to meet the needs of potential international customers, as noted on the Turkish Aerospace Industries’ website. In the project, Hurjet’s maximum altitude is set at 45,000 feet (14 kilometers), along with its 3,000-kilogram (6,600-pound) payload and a maximum speed of Mach 1.2. (Source: News Now/https://www.aa.com.tr/en)
11 Jan 22. Idaho ANG A-10 Thunderbolt IIs train with USMC F-35Bs. The Idaho Air National Guard (ANG) in the US has conducted an integration and training exercise with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 225 at Gowen Field in Idaho.
Pilots of the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 124th Fighter Wing’s 190th Fighter Squadron (FS), the Idaho ANG trained alongside F-35 Lightning II pilots from the VMFA 225.
Four F-35B fighters were deployed for the training.
190th FS operations director lieutenant colonel Mike Hampton said: “The F-35B is a fifth-generation fighter and the Marine Corps version of the Joint Strike Fighter, which utilises short take-off vertical landing.
“It can take-off and land vertically on boats or short, unconventional type airstrips and is unparalleled in its ability to identify, locate and destroy the most modern air defences on the battlefield.”
According to the US Air Force (USAF), integrating and training with different generation airframes offers essential lessons in enhancing combat readiness and working together in future conflicts.
The training focused on each airframe’s strengths and offered an opportunity for the two services to fight together.
124th FW commander colonel Chad Kornberg said: “Training with other units is a critical component to our wing maintaining combat readiness.
“We typically operate in a joint combat environment, working hand-in-hand with other services, and this training is imperative to prepare our pilots for combat operations.”
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10 Jan 22. Row erupts over ‘run-down pool’ for Special Boat Service combat training. MPs demand better facilities for Britain’s elite waterborne force after debate reveals soldiers lack an adequate facility to practice in
MPs have warned of the plight facing the Special Boat Service (SBS) after revealing it does not have an adequate pool to train in, despite being Britain’s elite waterborne force.
Richard Drax, the Conservative MP for South Dorset, told the Commons during defence questions on Monday that he was “shocked” to discover that the service does not have a proper aquatic centre.
He asked Jeremy Quin, the minister for defence procurement, when they would get something suitable, but he was unable to say.
Mr Drax told The Telegraph that he had made the revelation during a visit to the SBS site in Poole last month.
He said: “The SBS are marine special forces and yet they lack a swimming pool that can meet their operational demands so that they can train with their equipment in safety in a pool near their camp. They don’t have that facility. Instead, they have got a run-down pool that is totally inappropriate and cannot be used.”
The Telegraph understands that SBS personnel are disgruntled with the situation.
“It’s all a matter of money,” Mr Drax added. “If we are going to ask these brave men to do these things, the least we could do is provide them with the facilities to do it.”
Johnny Mercer, the former veterans minister, described it as a “farce”. He told The Telegraph: “You either commit to two tier 1 SF units or you don’t. The disinvestment in the Special Boat Service over recent years is a disgrace.”
Mr Mercer questioned why such “suitable facilities” for the Special Forces units were not budgeted for.
One Navy source confirmed to The Telegraph that “the pool is shut and out of bounds” and has been closed “for quite some time”.
“The long-term plan is to build an Aquatic Centre but they are still seeking funding,” they added. “Currently, the solution is that they go to Portland harbour and train there.”
Tobias Ellwood, the chairman of the Commons defence select committee, warned that if the UK is to retain the status of having elite forces “who are the best in the world”, then it is “critical we invest in upgrading key facilities such as the aquatic centre that is pivotal to so much of the SBS’s training”.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “There is a pool on the unit’s camp but it requires refurbishment. An aquatic centre would, of course, provide the best possible facilities, but such investments much be prioritised with improvements to wider infrastructure, equipment, and accommodation.” (Source: Daily Telegraph)
03 Jan 22. On Monday [3rd] the President of the Republic of Serbia attended a demonstration of the capabilities of the 72nd Special Operations Brigade. The President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces Aleksandar Vučić has attended the demonstration of capabilities of part of the 72nd Special Operations Brigade at the Rastko Nemanjić barracks in Pančevo. The President was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Nebojsa Stefanović, PhD, and the Chief of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff, General Milan Mojsilović.
After receiving a report in front of the Ceremonial Guard, President Vučić, accompanied by Minister Stefanović and General Mojsilović, attended the presentation of the Kornet-EM anti-tank missile system and the demonstration of capabilities of the 72nd Special Operations Brigade.
Following the demonstration, President Vučić wished the participants and their families a happy New Year. “I hope you continue to work hard, train hard, love your country as you always have, and fight. And as far as equipment and salary are concerned, we will strive to improve them month by month, year by year, and you should make every effort to keep up with the best special forces from all over the world. Learn from everyone, and protect what is yours. And once again, thank you for everything you do, thank you very much for your love of Serbia. Once again I wish you and your families all the best. Thank you. Long live Serbia!” said President Vučić.
- During the demonstration of capabilities, a part of the unit showed its counter-terrorism skills in cooperation with the Air Force and Air Defence helicopter unit.
- The 72nd Special Operations Brigade’s reconnaissance and counter-terrorism units demonstrated their skills, the use of the Kornet anti-tank system was simulated, and the use of service dogs was shown.
- On this occasion, [BOV M16] MILOŠ and HAMER (Hummer) combat vehicles, H-145M helicopter, UAV systems, remote-controlled Little Miloš unmanned platform and Kornet anti-tank missile system were used during the demonstration of capabilities.
- The Kornet-EМ anti-tank missile system that the 72nd Special Operations Brigade is equipped with, is intended for the destruction of armoured targets, targets with explosive reactive armour, and fortifications by day or by night.
- The Kornet anti-tank missile system set consists of a launcher with a tripod, a sighting device, an anti-tank guided missile, tools and accessories. The anti-tank missile has a range of 150 to 8000m. It has a thermal imaging sight and can penetrate 1100-1300 mm of armour. The system can operate at temperatures between -20º and + 60º degrees Celsius. (Source: www.joint-forces.com)
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