Sunday, July 27, 2014

RIMPAC 2014 group photos, can you spot the PLAN boats in those photos?

3 SU-30MKK of the Flight Test and Training Centre kicks off the 'Aviadarts-2014' international pilot competition in Russia

July 22, 2014
China and Russia launch 'Aviadarts-2014' international pilot competition
MOSCOW (BNS): Fighter pilots from China, Russia and Belarus have kicked off the "Aviadarts-2014" air force competition in Western parts of Russia from Tuesday.

The contest is aimed at displaying precision-firing skills for unguided air-to-surface missiles and shooting ground targets with aircraft guns. It also involves testing of air navigation skills, air visual reconnaissance and single-plane or two-plane aerobatic flight skills among others.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has sent an aviation detachment and three Su-30 fighters to attend the competition being held in the cities of Voronezh, Lipetsk and at the Pogonovo testing range.

"This action facilitates the pragmatic cooperation between the air forces of China and Russia in military training field. The military cooperation between China and Russia is not targeted at any third party," the Chinese Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Russia's Western Military District will be represented at the final stage of Aviadarts-2014 teams flying a Su-34 fighter-bomber, a MiG-29SMT fighter jet, a Su-24M front-line bomber and Mi-8MTV-5 modernized transport technical helicopters, according to Ria Novosti.

The domestic portion of the contest started on May 21, at the Air Force Academy base in Voronezh and finished on May 26, at the Pogonovo air range in Lipetsk.

The international portion of the competition is to take place from July 22-28.

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Photos of the day: CIWS of the North Korean Navy (Korean People's Army Naval Force)

They might not be very smart, but they are very big.

Confrimed. Venezuela to buy Hongdu L-15 Falcon lead-in fighter trainers

The negotiation to buy L-15 has been reported by several news outlets starting Feb of this year, including Janes.  it seems that the final deal is now finalized as of July 24th. 

Venezuela announces L-15 negotiations and K-8W shuffle
Inigo Guevara, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
26 June 2014

Venezuela is in negotiations to procure 24 Chinese Hongdu L-15 Falcon lead-in fighter trainers, the country's new Military Aviation (AMB) Commander, General Eutimio Criollo Villalobos, announced on June 25.

Negotiations between Venezuela and China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) began in November 2013, according to comments in local media by Minister of Defence Carmen Melendez in early April 2014.

According to Criollo Villalobos, who assumed command of the AMB in late May, the L-15 Falcons would be to equip Grupo Aereo de Caza No.12 (GAC-12 - Fighter Group No.12) at the Vicente Landaeta Gil airbase in Barquisimeto.

GAC-12 conducts advanced air-to-air and air-to-ground tactical training for student pilots destined for the F-16A/B and Su-30MKV.

2014年07月24日 16:00  观察者网









Saturday, July 26, 2014

The launch of the new Type 054A++ FFG at Huangpu Shipyard

According to Chinese internet rumor mill, this newly launched Type054A FFG is the one with the new 1130 CIWS layout, as well as new VDS in addition to the TASS.  The so-called Type 054A++.

PAP (WJ) Shanxi helcopter battalion (Taiyuan)

Thank you Andrew KC for this information.

A total of 12 birds are expected.

Ningxia People's Armed Police (WJ) commissions its first helcopter battalion.

It has been said that the PAP might enjoy a higher funding priority than the PLA ground force,  seeing the slow but steady growth rate of PAP's organic helicopter TOE, there could be some truth to that rumor.
The initial elements of the  Ningxia PAP (WJ) helicopter battalion composed of  3xZ-8WJ and 2xZ-9WJ.