Spain approved for MH-60R purchase

by Gareth Jennings

If Spain were to go ahead with acquiring the MH-60R, it would join Australia (pictured) and other countries in fielding the type. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The United States has approved the sale of Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters to Spain.

The State Department approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 15 March, covers eight MH-60R helicopters, plus associated equipment, weapons, and services for an estimated USD950 million.

“The proposed sale will improve Spain's capability to meet current and future threats. The MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter will provide the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions along with the ability to perform secondary missions, including vertical replenishment, search-and-rescue, and communications relay and will bolster the Spanish Navy's ability to support NATO and remain interoperable with the US and the NATO alliance,” the DSCA said.

The Spanish Navy (Armada Española) fields the Sikorsky SH-60B (S‐70B‐1) Seahawk helicopter as its primary rotary-winged anti-submarine warfare and anti‐surface warfare type. Twelve such helicopters are flown from navy frigates in these roles. It also fields SH-60F, Bell AB212, MD 500, and Sikorsky SH-3D helicopter types.


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Algeria parades converted T-62 tanks

by Jeremy Binnie

Two of the T-62s with Berezhok turrets in the military parade in Algiers on 5 July. (AFP via Getty Images)

The Algerian People's National Army (ANP) unveiled the T-62 tanks that it has converted into fire-support vehicles during the parade marking the 60th anniversary of the country's independence on 5 July.

The parade included 10 of the conversions, which involved replacing the tank's original turrets with the Russian-made Berezhok turret that has been used to upgrade many of the ANP's BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles. This involved fitting an additional armoured collar around the T-62's turret ring to accommodate the smaller diameter of the Berezhok.

A T-62 hull fitted with this collar, but not the new turret, was seen in Algerian media coverage when ANP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Saïd Chengriha visited the Central Logistics Base in Blida on 1 December 2020.

The facility was previously shown fitting Berezhoks to BMP-1s. The Russian media reported in 2015 that Algeria had placed a second order with KBP, Tula, for 360 Berezhoks for BMP-1s and quoted the company's general director as saying that more than 400 had been delivered under the first contract.


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Decreasing margins: The Indian Air Force's dwindling air superiority

by Akhil Kadidal

For decades, the Indian Air Force concentrated its military air infrastructure and units against Pakistan. However, since 2015 China has been accelerating the building of new airports and airbases near India's border. (Janes)

For decades, the Indian Air Force (IAF) commanded an advantage in air superiority against regional adversaries such as Pakistan and China. However, a mix of domestic policies and technological advances by Beijing is eroding India's tactical advantages.

As the world's fourth largest air force, according to Janes data, the IAF comprises 1,713 manned aircraft plus more than 232 surveillance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). However, its combat strength is more modest than these numbers suggest.

About 29% of its aircraft (511) are ageing or obsolete, Janes data shows. Most of these dated platforms are combat aircraft, including the Cold War-era Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 air-defence fighters and Sepecat Jaguar deep-strike aircraft.


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Sikorsky Raider X prototype 90% complete, engine delivery expected in November

by Gillian Rich

The Sikorsky Raider X was 90% complete in June 2022 at the company's West Palm Beach facility. The aircraft is shown here with the turreted cannon under the nose and with the weapons bay door open, with the modular effects launcher attached. (Sikorsky)

Sikorsky said that the prototype Raider X, its submission for the US Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme, is 90% complete and the company has 98% of parts on hand for the build.

The company is waiting for the T901-GE-900 Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) from General Electric to arrive in November 2022.

The ITE is “the last significant piece of our helicopter that hasn't been installed”, Pete Germanowski, FARA chief engineer at Sikorsky, told reporters on 28 June.

The army announced on 23 March that it conducted the first ‘light-off' off General Electric's T901 First Engine to Test (FETT), meaning power was produced by igniting fuel in the engine.


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