08 June 22. Turkey selects Leonardo’s AW119T to train helo pilots.
Turkey has chosen the AW119T helicopter built by Italian firm Leonardo to train pilots, a government procurement official has told Defense News.
Turkish Land Forces Command will use the 15 helicopters purchased under the contract, the official said June 1, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to talk to the media.
The source did not reveal the contract price.
The AW119T is the Turkish version of Leonardo’s AW119M. The helicopter features a digital avionics suite that shows critical flight information on two large, multifunction displays, enhancing situational awareness and reducing pilot workload.
To enhance pilot safety, it also features a synthetic vision system that depicts a so-called highway in the sky, a moving map and a helicopter terrain avoidance warning system.
The 2.85-ton AW119T has a crew capacity of no more than two, and can carry up to an additional seven passengers. Its maximum range is 922 kilometers (573 miles) and its maximum cruise speed is 243 kph (151 mph).
Turkish Aerospace Industries, which builds the T129 attack helicopters under license from the Italian-British company AgustaWestland, is also a supplier of fuselage for Leonardo’s AW139 helicopters. (Source: Defense News)
08 June 22. Nato’s Dynamic Mongoose 2022 exercise set to begin in North Atlantic. The exercise aims to provide realistic, complex and challenging warfare training to the participants. Sailors and airmen from nine Nato member nations are set to participate in the Nato’s advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise, Dynamic Mongoose.
The exercise will commence on 13 June in the North Atlantic region.
Dynamic Mongoose will see participation of three submarines, 16 maritime patrol aircraft and 11 surface ships from the US, Norway, the UK, Portugal, Canada, Germany, France, Denmark and the Netherlands.
All the participating units in this year’s Dynamic Mongoose will reach Reykjavik, Iceland on 9 June.
This exercise is held annually in the Norwegian Sea, where various personnel, submarines, surface ships and aircraft converge for ASW training.
The long-planned exercise is led by Nato’s Allied Maritime Command (AMC).
Dynamic Mongoose aims to provide realistic, complex and challenging warfare training to the participants, to hone their ASW and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) along with interoperability skills, while maintaining safety.
The exercise will see submarines taking turns for hunting and being hunted in close coordination with the surface and air participants.
During the exercise, the participants will also demonstrate the mobility and readiness of the maritime element of Very High Readiness Joint Task Force’s (VJTF), Nato’s Response Force (NRF) spearhead.
Nato US Navy submarines commander rear admiral Stephen Mack said: “These exercises are designed to gain experience, enhance teamwork, and improve knowledge of the operating area strengthening the Nato Alliance’s interoperability.
“They will take place in the expansive waters of Greenland, Iceland and the UK (GIUK) Gap between Iceland and Norway, demonstrating Nato’s ability operate in the area, including our role in maintaining freedom of navigation for the international maritime community.” (Source: naval-technology.com)
09 June 22. India certifies HTT-40 basic trainer. India’s domestically developed Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) aircraft has received its airworthiness clearance certificate from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC). The announcement was made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 6 June.
According to HAL, the aircraft achieved certification in record time from the first flight. According to a previous report by Janes, the aircraft’s maiden flight was in mid-2016 and the certification of the aircraft began in September 2021.
An HAL source said that the contract for production is expected to be signed in October or November 2022. The production could start 18 months after the T0 (date of contract signature), he added.
“The computer numerical control (CNC) machine will subsequently be set up and we expect the first batch of aircraft to be delivered within 20 months of the contract signing,” the HAL source told Janes.
“We have the capability to manufacture 24 aircraft per year across two manufacturing facilities – at Bangalore and at Nashik,” he added. (Source: Janes)
07 June 22. Forces from US, Australia and Canada conduct US Navy’s FST-J exercise. The exercise aims to evaluate and hone tactical expertise of geographically separated units. Units from the US, Canada and Australia participated in the US Navy-sponsored week-long Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint exercise (FST-J).
FST-J exercises bring together various units from across the world to train together in a virtual environment and minimise the complex logistics involved in the live exercises.
It aims to evaluate and hone tactical expertise of geographically separated units.
The latest exercise involved participation of various units from the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the US Army, the US Air Force (USAF), the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the US Navy.
The FST-J exercise was also supported by the USAF’s 505th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) and the 926th Operations Group, Detachment 1 (OG/Det 1).
The 505th CTS is assigned to the 505th Combat Training Group, Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada and the 505th Command and Control Wing, headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
During the exercise, the 505th CTS’s Professional Control Force was deployed to provide range of mission support through its Joint Semi-Automated Forces, including realistic pilot role-play.
The USAF’s Air Operation Centre (AOC) Replication Cell provided command and control support to the participating carrier strike group and subordinate units.
US Fleet Forces Joint & Partner Nation Training team lead Brynt Query said: “They are critical enablers, the navy has no replication cell that compares to the 505th CTS team, and the FST-J mission would suffer without them.”
As part of the exercise, the 505th CTS and 926th OG/Det 1 conducted seven Air Tasking Orders and Airspace Control Orders.
Additionally, the two units supported flying operations of 1,403 missions along with 2,357 individual sorties, to deliver certification training in the US Indo-Pacific Command’s joint air, maritime and littoral scenarios. (Source: naval-technology.com)
06 June 22. Multinational annual exercise BALTOPS 22 commences in Baltic Sea. Seven RN’s ships will offer speed and agility to swarm around participants in BALTOPS 22.
The 51st iteration of the multinational annual maritime-focused Baltic Operations exercise has commenced in the Baltic Sea.
The exercise, also known as BALTOPS 22, commenced on 5 June and will conclude on 17 June.
More than 45 ships, 75 aircraft, and around 7,000 personnel from 14 Nato allies and two Nato partner nations are taking part in the exercise.
It is being hosted by Sweden, a partner country since the mid-1990s.
US Sixth Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces Nato (STRIKFORNATO) commander vice-admiral Gene Black said: “In past iterations of BALTOPS we’ve talked about meeting the challenges of tomorrow.
“Those challenges are upon us in the here and now. BALTOPS 22 highlights our past investments and shows our collective partnership and capabilities as we recognise the importance of ‘freedom of the seas’ and the vital role the Baltic plays in European prosperity.”
The exercise aims to strengthen the ability to maintain stability and safety in the immediate area.
Throughout its course, the exercise will see a variety of training drills including air defence, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), mine clearance, amphibious operations and medical operations.
US Naval Forces Europe and US Sixth Fleet are leading the exercise, while STRIKFORNATO is responsible for the command and control.
The UK Royal Navy’s Type 45 Daring-class destroyer HMS Defender along with Archer-class (P2000) fast inshore patrol craft HMS Archer, Charger, Explorer, Exploit, Ranger and HMS Smiter are taking part in the drills.
The warships will provide the speed and agility to swarm around participants in Baltops 22.
During the ten-day exercise, the P2000 boats of the Coastal Forces Squadron will demonstrate their swarm credentials, along with all Joint Expeditionary Force partner nation vessels including Lithuanian, Latvian and Norwegian.
The ships will also conduct swarm attacks as the BALTOPS progresses into dynamic phase.
HMS Exploit commander lieutenant Martin Head said: “This deployment marks the end of months of planning, allowing us to deploy and engage with multiple navies.
“There have been some fantastic and rewarding days, such as training with our Joint Expeditionary Force partners, allowing us to improve our capability together, and fantastically warm welcomes in some truly fantastic cities: Antwerp, The Hague, Hamburg, Copenhagen.” (Source: naval-technology.com)
04 June 22. RoK, U.S. stage rare drills with air carrier. South Korea and the United States staged their first combined military exercises involving an American aircraft carrier in more than four years, Seoul’s military said on Saturday, amid reports that North Korea was preparing for a nuclear test.
The three-day drills took place in international waters off the Japanese island of Okinawa until Saturday, including air defence, anti-ship, anti-submarine, and maritime interdiction operations, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
The exercises came amid signs that North Korea is gearing up to conduct a nuclear test for the first time since 2017. Seoul officials have said Pyongyang has conducted multiple experiments with a detonation device in preparation for its seventh underground explosion.
The USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, joined the drills, alongside the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, the Aegis-equipped USS Benfold destroyer, and the Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn, the JCS said.
South Korea also sent the 14,500-ton Marado amphibious landing ship, the 7,600-ton Sejong the Great destroyer, and the 4,400-ton Munmu the Great destroyer, among others.
It was the allies’ first joint military exercise since South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol took office last month, and their first bilateral exercises involving an aircraft carrier since November 2017.
“The exercise consolidated the two countries’ determination to sternly respond to any North Korean provocations, while demonstrating the U.S. commitment to provide extended deterrence,” the JCS said in a statement.
At a recent summit with Yoon, U.S. President Joe Biden promised to deploy “strategic assets” – which typically include aircraft carriers, long-range bomber aircraft or missile submarines – if necessary to deter North Korea as part of efforts to bolster the extended deterrence.
On Friday, nuclear envoys from the United States, South Korea and Japan met in Seoul to brace for “all contingencies.”
The USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier, led U.S. military exercises in the Yellow Sea in March, after North Korea conducted a full test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time since 2017. The USS Abraham Lincoln strike group also operated in waters off the Korean peninsula in April.
During the last major flurry of North Korea’s ICBM and nuclear tests in 2017, carriers USS Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz, and their multi-ship strike groups, deployed near the peninsula in a show of force.
North Korea has long criticised the U.S.-South Korea joint military drills as a rehearsal for war. (Source: Google/Reuters)
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