Farnborough 2022: ‘Guns no longer required', says senior UK F-35 pilot
21 July 2022
by Peter Felstead
Seen on the centreline of an F-35B test aircraft, the pod-mounted 25 mm GAU-22/A Gatling gun has not been ordered by the UK. (Lockheed Martin)
“The days of the gun are probably over for the way we do business,” according to a senior UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning pilot, speaking to an audience at the Farnborough Airshow on 19 July.
“The dogfight does occur,” said Air Commodore Jim Beck, “but it happens in the information space now. It's all about, ‘Does my fusion engine get more information on him before his fusion engine can get information on me?' And the person who wins that battle will win the fight.”
In terms of fighting at close quarters, “We don't want to go there,” said Air Cdre Beck, “and we don't need to go there because we will make sure we play to our advantages and not theirs.
“We have no intention of flying fourth-gen tactics. A good fourth-generation jet pulls lots of
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Link 16 terminal qualified for French AWACS aircraft
26 September 2022
by Olivia Savage
French Boeing E-3F Sentry AWACS to get latest military tactical datalink. (Boeing)
The Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade 2 (MIDS-LVT BU2) has been qualified for use on all four of the French Air and Space Force Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
Announced by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on 22 September, the new terminal will enable the operation of the latest-generation Link 16 military tactical data network on its aircraft in September−November 2022.
In 2020 Thales and Air France Industries were selected to integrate the new MIDS-LVT BU2 terminal on the French E-3F AWACS, the announcement said.
The DGA conducted two years of tests to qualify the terminal, in conjunction with the French Air and Space Force and the two industrial partners. Specifically, the DGA Information Control Centre of Expertise and Testing handled security with the information systems, while the DGA Project Engineering Centre examined the authorisation files for flight, temporary employment authorisation, and qualification of the integration of MIDS-LVT BU2 on the AWACS. Several flights were conducted by the DGA Flight Test Centre, which tested the integration and operation of the terminal, the DGA said.
Turkey touts Eurofighter plan, should F-16 talks stall
26 September 2022
by Lale Sariibrahimoglu
Seen in Luftwaffe service, the Eurofighter could be an option for Turkey should continuing discussions with the United States over the F-16 fail to yield results. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)
Turkey has, for the first time, officially pronounced a possible purchase of Eurofighter Typhoons in case if the United States fails to sell Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons.
İbrahim Kalın, Turkey's presidential spokesperson, confirmed the previously reported plan, telling local NTV news channel on 23 September, “We have negotiations with Europe regarding […] Eurofighter […] Turkey will never be without alternatives.”
Turkey made a request to the United States for 40 F-16 fighters and nearly 80 modernisation kits for its existing warplanes in October 2021.
The US administration warmed to the sale of the fighters to Turkey, Kalın said, as the Joe Biden administration in June threw its support behind the potential sale after Ankara lifted a veto of NATO membership for Finland and Sweden.
However, a condition set out by the US House of Representatives in July 2022 to ensure that F-16 jets sold to Ankara are not used to violate Greek airspace has been rejected by Turkey.
Philippine Army deploys ATMOS 2000 howitzers for operational tasking
23 September 2022
by Kapil Kajal
The Philippine Army said that the ATMOS will boost the army's mobility and range, and enhance its indirect fire-support capability. (Soltam Systems)
The Philippine Army has deployed its Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery units to the service's 10th Field Artillery ‘Rolling Thunder' Battalion, marking the weapon system's entry into operational status.
The deployment was held on 21 September at Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation area in Nueva Ecija, which lies about 120 km north of Manila.
Videos of the deployment were released by the Philippine Army's official social media channels on the same day.
Philippine Army spokesperson Colonel Xerxes Trinidad told
on 27 June that the 10th Field Artillery Battalion operates under the service's artillery regiment. He further described the 12 artillery pieces as equipment that will boost the army's mobility and range and enhance its indirect fire-support capabilities.
The Philippine Army took delivery of the ATMOS units in December 2021 and conducted a three-day live firing exercise from 6 to 8 April 2022. This event marked the first in-country training programme for the weapons.
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