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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 17:40



26 mars 2012 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


Le 9 février dernier, l’IHS (Jane’s Defence Review) rapportait que venait d’avoir lieu la « cérémonie de pose de la quille » concernant le dernier « destroyer porte-hélicoptères » en cours de construction au chantier IHI Marine United, à Yokohama au Japon. Cette cérémonie est une tradition maritime lorsque le premier bloc d’un navire est descendu dans la cale. Les travaux avancent donc et ils ne sont pas anodins. En effet, ce nouveau navire est le plus grand vaisseau de guerre jamais construit depuis la fin de la Seconde guerre mondiale dans l’Archipel. Lancé en 2011, il devrait entrer en service dans les Forces d’autodéfense maritimes (FAD) – la marine japonaise - vers 2014-2015. Inscrit initialement dans le budget de la défense japonais pour l’année fiscale 2010, le nouveau « destroyer porte-hélicoptère » 22DDH(1) – et non « porte-avions », précaution oratoire pour Tokyo qui ne souhaite pas que ses voisins crient à la remilitarisation - est d’une taille largement plus grande que les Helicopter-carrying Destroyer de la classe précédente de type 16DDH Hyuga. Cette classe, qui comporte deux navires, le Hyuga et le Ise, était cependant déjà qualifiée de Porte-hélicoptères par le Military Balance 2011. Que dire du nouveau navire en construction ?


Référence : Affaires stratégiques

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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 17:30

Eurofighter Typhoon Photo PA source The Telegraph


March 27, 2012 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: British Forces Broadcasting Service; posted March 26, 2012)


Push for India to Buy BAE Jets


A government minister is going to India tomorrow to press the case for the Eurofighter jet.


The move is the latest bid to get the Indian government to buy the BAE jets ahead of the cheaper French Rafale fighters.


Speaking today in the Commons, Defence Minister Gerald Howarth said he would be pressing Eurofighter's case with the Indian government.

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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 17:30

T-90 source Ria Novisti

T-90 main battle tank


MOSCOW, March 26 (RIA Novosti)


Russia will display a prototype model of its new T-90S tank at the Defexpo 2012 arms exhibition in India later this week, arms firm Rosoboronexport delegation head Viktor Komardin said on Monday.


"This new tank will be the gem of the show," Komardin said. "Its first foreign presentation will be the main event," he added.

"The Indian Army already operates the T-90, so its modernized variant - which, by the way is an absolutely new machine - will be of great potential interest to the Indians," he said.


The show will take place in Delhi from March 29 to April 1.


India has overtaken China as the world's largest conventional arms buyer in the last five years, according to a report from the Swedish Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released last week. India spent $12.7 billion on weapons in that period, 80 percent of which came from Russia.

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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 17:20



TOKYO, March 27 (RIA Novosti)


Japan’s armed forces received an order to put on alert its missile interceptors ahead of a planned North Korean satellite launch in April, Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka said on Tuesday.


The Defense Ministry has been already taking preparations including deploying its Aegis-equipped destroyers and the land-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile systems on the Sakishima islands.


Minister Tanaka earlier warned that he might issue orders to shoot down the rocket if it posed a danger to Japan.

Earlier in the month, North Korea announced plans to launch an earth observation to mark the 100th birthday of its late founding leader Kim Il-sung in April.


The move is seen as a violation of a UN Security Council resolution and has drawn international condemnation. The United States and other countries suspect that the launch is a thinly veiled ballistic missile test.

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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 17:15

B-585 Sankt-Peterburg in 2010

Projet 677 submarine


NEW DELHI, March 27 (RIA Novosti)


Russia has offered help India build air-independent (closed cycle) propulsion systems for installation in Amur 1650 class submarines and also to equip future possible joint Indian-Russian built vessels, Viktor Komardin, the deputy head of Rosoboronexport's delegation said at the Defexpo Indian defense show on Tuesday.


The Amur 1650 is one of several contenders, including the Scorpene (France), Type 214 (Germany) and S-80 (Spain) in a tender for the Indian Navy for six subamrines with a total value of $11.8 billion.


"Russia is currently completing tests of a new air-indepedent propulsion system, which could be installed not only on the Amur 1650 but on jointly developed boats," Komardin said. "This is a critical factor for the Indians. So our chances here are good," he added.


Rosoboronexport, Russia's defense sales holding, has already offered India its Amur 1650 boat, which started trials with the Russian navy in 2010. The Amur has an armament of multirole torpedos and Klub anti-ship missiles, and can also strike land-targets with advanced cruise missiles, which may include the India-Russian Brahmos. "These missiles which the Indians want can only be supplied by Russia," Komardin said.


The Amur 1650 has a good chance of winning the tender, Komardin claimed, thanks to its ability to remain submerged for over 25 days using its air-independent propulsion, and also its long-range weaponry. Similar foreign boats can only stay submerged for 15-20 days.


Russia is currently evaluating the Lada class air-independent submarine, a derivative of the Amur 1650. In 2010 the Lada class submarine St Petersburg entered service with the Russian Fleet.


The Russian Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky told RIA Novosti previously that the first Russian air-independent boat, based on a similar design, the Projet 677 class, could enter service in 2014. Two such hulls are currently under construction at the Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard in St Petersburg, which could be fitted with a closed-cycle propulsion system.


An air-independent propulsion system is currently being rapidly developed by specialists from the Rubin submarine design bureau.


Air-independent submarines, usually using hydrogen-orygen fuel cells, are quieter than conventional diesel-electric boats, and do not have to surface or use snorkel tubes to breathe air, which makes them vulnerable to detection by radar and other sensors.

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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 17:00

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27 March 2012 naval-technology.com


The Indian Navy is planning to boost its defence spending by 74% in the next financial year to 31 March 2013 in a bid to procure additional ships and submarines as well as pay for its aircraft carrier programmes.


Around $4.77bn has been allotted to the Indian Navy, up from $2.74bn last year, following an 18% increase in the overall defence spending.


India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told lawmakers while announcing the budget in Parliament that the allocation was based on present needs, and any further requirement will be met.


An Indian Navy official told Defense News that the increase in the Navy's defence spending comes at a time when costs for new ships and for the former Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov have increased from the originally planned allocation.


The costs for the Russian aircraft carrier increased from $1bn to $1.6bn and the French Scorpene submarine programme rose by about $1bn while its domestic warship-building programme have also seen a rise in input costs.


The Navy is also seeking to float a tender worth more than $11bn for the procurement of six conventional submarines with air-independent propulsion technology.


Currently, the Indian Navy is developing 46 warships that include frigates, destroyers and stealth destroyers.


Under Project 17-A, Mazagon Dock (MDL) and state-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) are building seven stealth frigates worth $10bn while GRSE is also building four corvettes for about $2.2bn under a separate project.


MDL has also been contracted under Project 15-A to construct three destroyers worth $3.5bn and another four destroyers at a cost of about $3bn.

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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 16:55


Weapon Training Simulation System (photo : Australian Army)




Meggitt Training Systems (MTS), makers of FATS® simulation technologies, has been awarded a USD $11 million contract from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for delivery of Weapon Training Simulation Systems (WTSS) at four purpose-built Australian Army facilities. This brings the total number of WTSS facilities to 25, further reinforcing the long-term relationship between MTS and the ADF.

Meggitt’s WTSS is a complete small arms training environment that includes individual training in marksmanship and weapons handling. It is configured for the future adoption of mortar simulators for crew and collective training missions with an integrated capability supporting call for fire and indirect fire tasks.

WTSS includes MTS’ new FATS M100 system architecture designed to deliver new levels of realism in virtual firearms training. The system also enables training developers to use and integrate the latest graphics platforms to best effect.

Ronald Vadas, President of Meggitt Training Systems commented: “These weapon training simulation systems and associated devices are core elements of the ADF’s weapons training process and complement its ‘train as you fight’ philosophy. We provide unsurpassed fidelity in weapons simulation and ballistic accuracy with superior feedback to trainees and instructors in a controlled environment. This facilitates a documented, seamless transition to ‘live’ ranges where lessons learned in simulation are applied with greater speed.”


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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 12:55



27.03.2012 Par Philippe Mesmer (Séoul, envoyé spécial) Le Monde.fr


Les participants au Sommet de Séoul sur la sécurité nucléaire sont entrés dans le vif des discussions, mardi 27 mars. Rappelant l'absence de moyen "efficace pour dissuader des terroristes d'utiliser des matières radioactives une fois qu'ils en détiennent" et qu'il existe dans le monde "suffisamment de matières radioactives, uranium enrichi et plutonium, pour produire 100 000 armes atomiques ", le président sud-coréen Lee Myung-bak a insisté sur l'importance de la sécurisation de ces matières. Un discours suivi d'une intervention de son homologue américain Barack Obama, pour qui le terrorisme nucléaire est l'une des "plus grandes menaces de notre époque".


Le sommet de Séoul intervient deux ans après la première édition à Washington, en 2010. Il est l'occasion d'une première évaluation de la concrétisation des engagements pris à l'époque en matière de sécurisation des sites et des matériaux nucléaires - utilisés autant dans le domaine médicale que dans la recherche ou la production d'électricité - ou pour la réduction des quantités de matières utilisables pour fabriquer des armes atomiques, l'uranium hautement enrichi ou le plutonium.


Depuis Washington, plusieurs pays ont signé ou ratifié la convention de 2005 sur la répression des actes de terrorisme nucléaire et de l'amendement à la Convention sur la protection physique des matières nucléaires. La Chine et l'Algérie les ont signés. La France a déposé ces textes au Parlement pour ratification. La Corée du Sud les a ratifiés en 2011. Plusieurs pays ont réduit leurs stocks d'uranium enrichi.




La France a travaillé avec l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique (AIEA) pour recenser les sources radioactives usagées d'origine française dans le monde et sécuriser celles qui présenteraient des risques. "Une première opération de rapatriement a pu être conduite l'an dernier à Madagascar", a précisé le premier ministre François Fillon.


Le Japon a quant à lui souhaité faire partager son expérience de l'accident de la centrale de Fukushima. "Ce sommet revêt un sens spécial pour nous, a souligné Noriyuki Shikata, du bureau du premier ministre. Il nous permet de témoigner de l'importance de savoir anticiper les risques, de pouvoir apporter des réponses rapides et d'être prêt au pire."


Autre question soulevée, celle de la coopération internationale. "Cette question reste délicate, explique Duyeon Kim, du Centre pour le contrôle des armements et la non-prolifération. Il faudrait établir des normes de protection et de sécurisation, mais beaucoup de pays sont réticents, car ils y voient une atteinte à leur souveraineté." Il y a néanmoins des amorces de coopération entre les pays participants.


Les Etats-Unis, la Russie et le Kazakhstan ont évoqué la protection des sites où l'Union soviétique menait ses essais nucléaires. Les Pays-Bas, la Belgique, les Etats-Unis et la France se sont engagés sur un renforcement de la sécurité des sites contenant de l'uranium hautement enrichi, notamment ceux où sont produits les radio-isotopes dans le secteur de la pharmacie.

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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 12:00



Mar 27, 2012 ASDNews (AFP)


North Korea said Tuesday it would go ahead with a widely criticised plan for a satellite launch and called on US President Barack Obama to drop his "confrontational mindset".


"We will never give up the right to launch a peaceful satellite, a legitimate right of a sovereign state and an essential step for economic development," a foreign ministry spokesman told the official KCNA news agency.


The spokesman was responding to Obama's comments Sunday and Monday during a visit to South Korea.


The US leader said his country was not hostile to the North's people but denounced the rocket launch scheduled between April 12-16.


The US and other countries say it would in fact be a long-range missile test banned under UN resolutions.


"The US head of state said he had no hostile intention towards us," the spokesman said.


"But if that remark is genuine, he should abandon the confrontational mindset that tries to block us, and should have the courage to admit that we have as much right to launch our satellite as other countries do."


The North said it would judge whether Obama's remarks were genuine "or just another hypocrisy" depending on whether his country applies a double standard to the satellite launch.


It said it had invited foreign experts and reporters to witness "a scientific space technology project that has nothing to do with any military purpose".


The North said it has also asked the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to send experts to the site.


Obama has said any launch would jeopardise a US-North Korean deal reached only last month, under which the North agreed a partial nuclear freeze and a missile test moratorium in return for US food aid.


The North insists its satellite launch is not a missile test.


There was no reason to conduct such a test at this time "after labouring so much to reach an agreement with the US and when the whole political atmosphere is favourable", it said.

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27 mars 2012 2 27 /03 /mars /2012 07:10

Bofors 155mm howitzer 2 source rediff.com


March 26, 2012 stratpost.com


Dean McCumiskey, Managing Director and Chief Executive of BAE Systems’ India operations told StratPost his company would be open to discussing any question of technical assistance the OFB might require, in its attempt to execute the designs and technology documentation transferred to it as part of the old Bofors howitzer procurement.


BAE Systems has said it is ready to provide assistance to India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in its endeavor to build artillery guns on the basis of the technology of the Bofors FH77 B02 howitzer, transferred to it as part of the aborted procurement in the 1980s. BAE Systems owns the howitzer unit of the erstwhile Swedish company.


Dean McCumiskey, Managing Director and Chief Executive of BAE Systems’ India operations told StratPost his company would be open to discussing any question of technical assistance the OFB might require, in its attempt to execute the designs and technology documentation transferred to it as part of the old Bofors howitzer purchase, cut short because of the infamous corruption scandal.


The OFB has been tasked with the manufacture of 100 howitzers to be built using the technology transferred to it by Bofors.


Besides providing drawings and manufacturing instructions as part of the technology documentation transferred, Bofors was also required to provide technical support in understanding and executing the documentation, as part of the contract. But since the deal was cancelled, there was no move to execute the license production of the technology and build the howitzer in India.


Defense Minister A.K. Antony told Parliament earlier this month, “The government had secured the right of transfer of technology during the purchase of Bofors guns. Though all the technological documents as per the ToT contract were received by OFB from M/s AB Bofors, the Transfer of Technology was not carried forward as the dealings with the technology provider; (M/s AB Bofors) were suspended. Further, no indent was placed by Army on OFB for manufacture and supply of complete gun system.”


Consequently, India never requested any technical support from Bofors or any of its successor companies, the agreement for which lapsed several years back without any move to extend its validity.


StratPost understands from sources familiar with the technical details of the Bofors artillery procurement that it would be ‘almost impossible’ to make use of the documentation without assistance and support from the original designer and producer. There are also questions as to the availability of components and subsystems in the market, which has moved on from analogue to digital. Systems that would likely require redesign altogether could include the computer, range finder, gyro and positioning system.


BAE Systems currently makes the FH77 B05 howitzer, a significantly advanced version of the system supplied to India.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 22:12



Polish WZT-3 armoured recovery vehicle at MSPO 2009

Defence exhibition in Poland.

(Credit photo Army Recognition)


March 26, 2012, Army Recognition


The Supervisory Board of Polish Defence Company Bumar sp. z o.o. chose to implement the contract signed by Bumar sp. z o.o. and Indian Defence Company BEML Ltd. for the supply of 204 units of the WZT-3.


The Supervisory Board of Bumar sp. z o.o. also agreed to carry out the agreement of 27 February 2012 between Bumar sp. z o.o. and ZM BUMAR-Labedy S.A.


The contract is one of the priorities of Bumar sp. z o.o. Management Board.


The contract between BEML Ltd. and Bumar sp. z o.o. was signed on 17 January 2012. Its value is estimated at 275 million USD. Indian industry will take part in manufacturing the WZT-3. Bumar and BEML also signed an agreement on technical and research cooperation in the development of armoured recovery vehicle assembled on the chassis of the Indian main battle tank of Arjun.


The WZT-3 is tracked armoured recovery vehicle based on the chassis of the Russian-made main battle tank T-72. The WZT is a series of armoured recovery vehicle designed and manufactured in Poland, with the WZT-1, WZT-2 based on T-55 chassis, WZT-3, WZT-3M based on the chassis of Polish tank PT-91 and the WZT-4 based on the Malaysian main battle tank PT-91M.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 21:36

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2012-03-26 xinhua


La Corée du Sud pourra intercepter la fusée porteuse que la République populaire démocratique de Corée (RPDC) prévoit de lancer en avril si elle traverse le territoire sud-coréen, a annoncé lundi le ministère sud-coréen de la Défense.


"Nous préparons des mesures pour suivre la trajectoire du missile et l'abattre s'il dévie de sa course", a déclaré lors d'un point de presse un porte-parole du ministère, qui a qualifié le tir prévu par Pyongyang d'"acte téméraire de provocation".


La Corée du Sud et les Etats-Unis surveillent de près les activités militaires de la RPDC, a ajouté le porte-parole.


Plus tôt ce mois-ci, la RPDC a annoncé son intention de lancer un satellite à l'aide d'une fusée porteuse à la mi-avril.


La RPDC a affirmé que son lancement "respecterait strictement les réglementations internationales" et accuse les pays opposés à son projet de continuer à mener une politique hostile à son égard. De leurs côtés, Séoul et Washington voient dans ce lancement un projet visant à tester un missile à longue portée susceptible d'être porteur d'armes nucléaires.


Selon des reportages, le Japon, lui aussi, envisage d'intercepter la fusée de Pyongyang si elle traverse le territoire japonais.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 21:19

Japan flag source Ria Novisti


26/03/2012 Le Point.fr


Les autorités nippones craignent que la fusée nord-coréenne ou des parties du lanceur ne retombent sur le sol japonais ou dans ses eaux territoriales.


Le Japon va déployer des missiles sol-air Patriot dans le centre de Tokyo en prévision du lancement d'une fusée nord-coréenne le mois prochain, a annoncé lundi le ministre nippon de la Défense.


Naoki Tanaka a expliqué lors d'une séance au Parlement que cette batterie antimissile compléterait le dispositif qui va être installé dans l'archipel d'Okinawa, à l'extrême sud du Japon. "Nous travaillons sur les procédures visant à déployer les Patriot dans la métropole de Tokyo en nous inspirant des expériences précédentes", a dit M. Tanaka devant les sénateurs, en référence aux missiles sol-air de technologie américaine Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3).


Destruction de la fusée


Outre ces missiles antimissiles, les Forces d'autodéfense - nom officiel de l'armée au Japon - vont déployer des destroyers disposant du système de combat Aegis permettant de tirer des intercepteurs Standard Missile-3 (SM-3). "Nous préparons également le déploiement de Patriot dans les îles du sud-ouest, y compris Okinawa", que la fusée nord-coréenne devrait survoler avant de s'abîmer au large des Philippines, a ajouté le ministre.


Les autorités nippones craignent que la fusée nord-coréenne ou des parties du lanceur ne retombent sur le sol japonais ou dans ses eaux territoriales. Le Premier ministre Yoshihiko Noda devrait donner dans le courant de la semaine l'ordre formel de détruire la fusée dans le cas où elle menacerait le territoire nippon. La Corée du Sud a également annoncé qu'elle détruirait en vol le lanceur nord-coréen s'il déviait au-dessus du territoire sud-coréen.


Les services de renseignements sud-coréens et américains surveillent étroitement l'activité de la base de lancement de Tongchang-ri, dans l'extrême nord-ouest de la Corée du Nord, d'où une fusée doit être envoyée entre le 12 et le 16 avril pour placer en orbite un satellite d'observation à usage civil, selon Pyongyang. Le premier étage de la fusée doit tomber en mer Jaune, à l'ouest de la péninsule coréenne, et le deuxième étage à l'est des Philippines. Le Japon, la Corée du Sud, les États-Unis et leurs alliés soupçonnent en fait Pyongyang de préparer un test de missile balistique à longue portée.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 11:50



Mar 26, 2012 ASDNews (AFP)


Japan is to deploy surface-to-air missiles in central Tokyo in readiness for North Korea's planned rocket launch, its defence minister said Monday.


The siting of an anti-missile battery in the densely packed capital city would be in addition to facilities on the southern island chain of Okinawa Naoki Tanaka told lawmakers.


"We are working on procedures to deploy the Patriot in the Tokyo metropolitan area, acting on precedent," Tanaka told upper house members, referring to the PAC-3 surface-to-air missile defence system.


"We are also preparing to deploy the Patriot in the Nansei (southwestern) islands including Okinawa," as the second stage of North Korea's rocket is expected to fly over Japan's southernmost island chain, Tanaka added.


The nuclear-armed North has announced it will launch a rocket in mid-April to put a satellite into orbit, a move the United States, South Korea and other nations see as a pretext for a long-range missile test banned by the UN.


Tanaka said on Friday he was readying Japan's missile defence systems to shoot down the rocket if it looked set to fall on the country, a move similar to measures Japan took in 2009 before Pyongyang's last long-range rocket launch.


In 2009, Japan ordered missile-defence preparations, including the siting of one of its PAC-3 systems at Ichigaya, next to the defence ministry building in central Tokyo.


The preparations by Japan, regularly the target of North Korean barbs, come as world leaders including US President Barack Obama are meeting in Seoul for a summit officially focused on nuclear terrorism.


Obama urged North Korea's leaders Monday to "have the courage to pursue peace", while South Korea has said it is also preparing to shoot down the North Korean rocket if it strays into the South's territory.


The 2009 rocket launch, which North Korea said was also aimed at putting a satellite into orbit, passed over Japan without incident or any attempt to shoot it down.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 11:45

South Korea.svg


Mar 26, 2012 ASDNews (AFP)


South Korea is preparing to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it strays into the South's territory during a launch planned for next month, the defence ministry said Monday.


The South Korean and US military are closely monitoring activity at the Tongchang-ri base, a ministry spokesman said, a day after Seoul confirmed the main body of a rocket had been moved to the site in the North's northwest.


Seoul is concerned that the first stage of the rocket, scheduled to drop into the Yellow Sea between South Korea and China, may fall onto the South's territory, the spokesman said.


"We are preparing measures to track the missile's trajectory and shoot it down if it, by any chance, deviates from the planned route and falls into our territory," he said without elaborating.


Japan has said it may do likewise if the rocket strays over its territory.


The North has announced it will fire the rocket to put a satellite into orbit between April 12-16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding president Kim Il-Sung.


The nuclear-armed state insists it has a right to launch a satellite for peaceful purposes.


The United States and other nations say the exercise is a disguised missile test, and that ballistic missile launches for any purpose are banned under UN resolutions.


The launch will cost the impoverished North at least $800 million, the spokesman said, reiterating Seoul's view that it is intended to test a long-range missile to carry nuclear warheads.


US President Barack Obama, visiting Seoul for a nuclear security summit, said Sunday the launch would jeopardise a recent US offer for food aid in return for a partial nuclear freeze and a missile test moratorium.


South Korea President Lee Myung-Bak discussed the issue in talks Monday with China's President Hu Jintao.


"The two leaders shared their concern over North Korea's announced plan to launch a satellite and agreed to continue discussions closely for the North to withdraw the plan," the South's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan told a briefing.


Inter-Korean relations have been icy since Seoul accused Pyongyang of torpedoing a warship in March 2010 with the loss of 46 lives.


The North denied involvement but shelled a South Korean border island in November 2010 and killed four people.


At a memorial service Monday commemorating the second anniversary of the sinking, some 3,000 troops, government officials and tearful family members paid tribute to the former crew of the Cheonan warship.


Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik, in a speech at the national cemetery in Daejeon where the sailors are buried, said the North's behaviour has become "more unpredictable than ever" since the death of Kim Jong-Il late last year.


"We urge again the North to withdraw its launch plan as soon as possible and to honour its international obligations," he said.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 11:40



March 26, 2012 by Greg Waldron – FG


Australian composites firm Quickstep has completed the first production parts it is making for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, with the firm hoping to secure additional work on the programme.


The parts have been presented to Northrop Grumman - a major partner in the F-35 programme - for acceptance. The parts were covered in a July 2011 purchase order from Northrop Grumman.


"The parts, assembled access panels for the F-35 aircraft, represent the first "flying" Group 1 parts manufactured by Quickstep for the [F-35] programme," says Quickstep in a statement. "Quickstep initially expects to manufacture approximately one completed part per week and will gradually ramp up quantity."


The company recently signed its second order for Group 1 parts and hopes to sign long-term agreements this year for Group 2 and Group 3 F-35 parts.


"This represents the start of Quickstep's first major production contract for the international defence industry - a core part of the company's growth strategy," says Quickstep managing director Philippe Odouard.


"With serial production now underway, we will be making regular shipments of Group 1 JSF [Joint Strike Fighter] parts to Northrop Grumman and receiving regular cash flow, with the intention of ramping up production over the next 12 months," he adds.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 11:30

C-17 Globalmaster source info-aviation


Mar 26, 2012 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company


Boeing will showcase a comprehensive portfolio of products and services at Defexpo India 2012, including the C-17 Globemaster III, P-8I, AH-64D Apache, CH-47F Chinook, V-22 Osprey, ScanEagle and 737 Airborne Early Warning & Control. Defexpo takes place March 29 to April 1 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.


"India is a significant market for Boeing and we are committed to working closely with the defense ministry, armed forces and indigenous industry to meet India's defense and security needs," said Dennis Swanson, vice president, International Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security in India. "In 2012, we will continue to strengthen our relationships in India through delivering on our promises on our existing P-8I and C-17 contracts; expanding our partnerships with the Indian aerospace industry; and demonstrating how the CH-47 and AH-64 are the right choices to meet India's heavy-lift and attack helicopter requirements."

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 07:35



25/03/2012 Par Sébastien Falletti – LeFigaro.fr


Barack Obama met en garde Pyongyang, alors qu'une conférence internationale sur la sécurité atomique s'ouvre à Séoul.


Barack Obama monte au front. Engoncé dans son blouson de Commander in chief, le président américain a scruté longuement les lignes nord-coréennes à la jumelle, sur la DMZ, la frontière la plus militarisée au monde, qui court le long du 38e parallèle. «Vous êtes postés à la frontière de la liberté», a-t-il lancé dimanche aux GI, lors de sa première visite sur ce vestige de la guerre froide décrit par Bill Clinton comme «l'endroit le plus effrayant sur terre». Cette promenade le long des barbelés qui déchirent la péninsule depuis 1953 vise à réaffirmer le soutien sans faille des États-Unis à son allié sud-coréen à l'heure où Pyongyang engage un nouveau bras de fer avec la communauté internationale.


À la veille du sommet sur la sécurité nucléaire qui s'ouvre lundi à Séoul, la Corée du Nord a déclenché une escalade régionale en annonçant le 16 mars dernier le tir prochain d'une fusée Unha-3 emportant un satellite d'observation terrestre. Ce lancement «aux visées pacifiques»marque le centenaire de la naissance de Kim Il-sung, le fondateur du régime stalinien, le 15 avril prochain, selon Pyongyang, qui clame son droit souverain à l'espace. «C'est une provocation grave», ont immédiatement décrété la Corée du Sud et le Japon avec l'appui des États-Unis, qui estiment que le lancement d'Unha camoufle en réalité le test d'un missile balistique à longue portée, au nez et à la barbe du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU. La résolution 1874 votée en 2009 interdit en effet tout tir d'engin balistique au Royaume ermite.


La fusée nord-coréenne va dominer les discussions entre les 53 dirigeants de la planète, réunis à Séoul, à 40 km seulement de la DMZ, pour un sommet dédié à la lutte contre le terrorisme nucléaire où la France sera représentée par François Fillon. La Corée du Nord n'est pas invitée à la fête mais a déjà réussi à voler la vedette aux diplomates réunis pour décréter des mesures de lutte contre la prolifération, dans la foulée d'un premier sommet tenu à Prague en 2010 à l'initiative de Barack Obama. Le président américain demandera à ses homologues chinois et russe, Hu Jintao et Dmitri Medvedev, de faire pression sur le jeune Kim Jong-un pour qu'il renonce à son satellite. La menace iranienne sera également à l'ordre du jour de ses entretiens, alors que Pékin et Moscou sont réticents à sanctionner Téhéran.


Exploit technologique


L'Amérique a récemment suspendu l'aide alimentaire à la Corée du Nord qu'elle avait promise, à la suite d'un accord trouvé avec le régime des Kim en février, en échange d'un moratoire sur le nucléaire. Et elle promet une «réponse forte» si Pyongyang ne renonce pas à son projet. Ce tir serait «une grosse erreur», prévient Gary Samore, conseiller spécial d'Obama sur le nucléaire.


Mais ces menaces n'intimident pas le régime nord-coréen, qui vient d'acheminer l'étage principal de la fusée sur son pas de tir de Dongchang-ri, selon les sources militaires de Séoul. Et Pyongyang a lancé un défi aux dirigeants réunis dans la capitale sud-coréenne en leur interdisant d'évoquer son programme atomique sous peine de représailles. Tout communiqué mentionnant le dossier nucléaire nord-coréen équivaudra à «une déclaration de guerre», a rugi la dictature.


Ces déclarations fracassantes ont déclenché une réaction en chaîne en Asie du Nord-Est. Tokyo va déployer ses destroyers AEGIS équipés de batteries antimissiles afin d'intercepter la fusée qui doit être tirée entre le 12 et le 16 avril. L'Archipel a encore en mémoire le survol au-dessus de son territoire d'un missile balistique nord-coréen en 1998. Le président sud-coréen, Lee Myung-bak, a pour sa part annoncé son intention d'allonger la portée de ses missiles balistiques au-delà de 300 km afin de pouvoir menacer l'ensemble du territoire du nord.


Embarrassée par l'initiative de son petit frère communiste, la Chine ne voit pas d'un bon œil le réarmement des alliés américains dans la région et appelle toutes les parties «au calme». Mais ses moyens d'influence sur Pyongyang sont limités car «la fusée répond d'abord à un objectif essentiel de politique intérieure afin de renforcer l'emprise du jeune Kim», estime Daniel Pinkston, de l'international Crisis Group. Cet exploit technologique permettrait en effet au régime de donner le change à une population appauvrie à qui il a promis l'établissement d'une «nation puissante et prospère» en 2012.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 07:20

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3/23/2012 by RTTNews


China and Indonesia agreed on Friday to strengthen consultation and cooperation so as to raise their bilateral strategic partnership to new heights.


Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in talks in Beijing also agreed to expand practical cooperation between the two countries and also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.


Hu said since the establishment of the strategic partnership, bilateral links had seen healthy and rapid growth with fruitful cooperation in various areas.


He also appreciated Indonesia's stand on the 'one-China policy' with regard to Taiwan and firmly supported Indonesia in its effort to safeguard national unity and territorial integrity, China's Xinhua news agency reported.


Susilo said he was deeply impressed by the friendly feelings that the Chinese people hold toward Indonesia and said his country regarded China as a major cooperative partner. He expressed confidence that the strategic partnership would continue to advance on the existing sound basis.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 07:15

Japan PAC Missiles


March 25, 2012 David Pugliese - Defence Watch


Three Aegis destroyers will be deployed to the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan to intercept a North Korean rocket to be launched next month if it appears that it will fall in Japanese territory or waters, the Japan Times reported.


The Defense Ministry will deploy two Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis vessels equipped with Standard Missile-3 interceptors to the East China Sea from the MSDF base in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, government sources told the newspaper.


Another Aegis destroyer with SM-3 interceptors will be despatched to the Sea of Japan from the MSDF base in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture.

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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 07:05



March 25, 2012 Spacewar.com (AFP)


Seoul - North Korea has transported the main body of a long-range rocket to a site in the far northwest of the country in preparation for next month's launch, Seoul's military said Sunday.


"South Korean and US military authorities are aware that North Korea has moved the main body of a long-range missile (to Tongchang-ri) and is preparing for launch," a defence ministry spokesman told AFP without giving details.


The remark confirmed a report by Japan's Fuji Television that a train had taken the main body to the country's new launch site on Saturday.


The North has announced it will fire the rocket to put a satellite into orbit between April 12-16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding president Kim Il-Sung.


The United States and other nations say that the exercise is a disguised missile test, and that ballistic missile launches for any purpose are banned under UN resolutions.


The launch is expected to dominate talks later Sunday between visiting US President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak. It will also be a key topic on the fringes of a 53-nation nuclear security summit starting Monday in Seoul.


Preparations for the launch "have entered a full-fledged stage of action", the North said Friday.


It warned the South's conservative government not to raise the launch or the North's nuclear programme at the Seoul summit, threatening "strongest counter-measures which no one can imagine".

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25 mars 2012 7 25 /03 /mars /2012 18:25

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March 25, 2012 David Pugliese - Defence Watch


Lee Berthiaume of Postmedia News, who is with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his Asia-Pacific trip, reports that government officials announced that Canada is negotiating with Japan to establish a military logistics base. The idea behind the support hub is in case the Canadian Forces need to have a staging area to react quickly should the need arise in the Asia-Pacific region.


The Canadian Forces is undoubtedly hoping this support hub goes more smoothly than the one that is to be established in Germany.


You might recall that German politicians and members of the public rejected the Defence Department’s plans to create a military logistics base near Cologne, telling the Canadians they’ll have to go elsewhere.


Defence Minister Peter MacKay had announced the support hub in February with great fanfare. It was to be located at Germany’s Cologne-Bonn Airport (or as it is called in German, Köln-Bonn). MacKay released the news during a visit to Ottawa by German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere.


But MacKay’s plan came as a complete surprise to the public and local politicians in Germany, who say they were never consulted, and who are against the move. “The airport of a major city is not the right location for additional military air traffic,” Cologne Lord Mayor Juergen Roters said.


The Cologne-Bonn Airport is one of the busiest in Germany and locals are against having additional military aircraft operate from there because of the added noise pollution. The airport serves Bonn, Cologne and the surrounding area.


The airport’s management has also rejected hosting the Canadian hub, saying they were surprised by MacKay’s announcement.

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25 mars 2012 7 25 /03 /mars /2012 16:27


Surveillance satellite image of long-range missile launch

site in north of Pyongyang


March 25, 2012 armyrecognition.com


South Korean and United States military officials confirmed Sunday, March 25, 2012, that North Korea had moved the main part of a long-range missile to a launch site north of Pyongyang. The information is based on images obtained from surveillance satellites.


It is likely to be the ''carrier rocket'' for the launch of an observation satellite that North Korea plans to carry out in mid-April to mark the 100th anniversary of its late founding leader Kim Il-sung.


The international community, including Russia and the United States, has condemned the launch, which they suspect is a thinly veiled ballistic missile test. The Japanese Armed Forces warned they could shoot down the rocket.


Pyongyang accused its critics of attempting to encroach on its sovereignty and said it had no intention of cancelling the plans.


UN Security Council Resolution 1874 prohibits North Korea from conducting launches that use ballistic missile technology. A similar launch in 2009 drew international criticism and led to UN Security Council sanctions.


The launch comes a day before an international nuclear security summit opens in South Korea’s Seoul to be attended by more than 53 world leaders and international organizations.

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25 mars 2012 7 25 /03 /mars /2012 15:19



2012-03-25 (China Military Article released by China-defense-mashup.com)


To identify the development of sea power, we can employ the function cluster rule. It means that in a specific field, the major military factors of hard power and soft power gathering in clusters could facilitate mutual interaction and development, achieving advantages in certain battlefields and the piercing through function of specific military strength.


Only with the seamless integration of technology and strategic thinking, can maximum sea power be achieved.


War starts on land. Throughout history, humanity has studied military affairs on land, which is characterized by strength of arms relying on science and technology. In military history, the representative technologies have glistened in stone and metal used in equipment forged with technologies from early times, and have been shown in the innovation of explosive and fortification technologies.


The trend of strategic sea warfare commenced in the 16th Century. Comparing with land and sea warfare, we see that the naval battle is no longer simple attacks, but combat with master strategies by impenetrable units. It is no longer simple plunder at sea, but planned and highly efficient actions.


Technological advantage is not enough to maintain a strong navy. For example, the maritime supremacy of the Portugal, Spain and Holland finally declined in spite of the rapid development of technologies of shipbuilding, nautical knowledge, steam power, wireless communication, and firepower.


The emergence of sea power theory and its combination with naval combat technologies contributed to the emergence of sea function clusters. The attainment of sea power propelled Britain and the U.S. shift their military focus to the sea, which helped them gain maritime supremacy.


Without sea power theory, the sea function clusters would be only half as successful and there would be no real maritime superpowers.


If we follow strategic thinking and expand into unconquered new fields, we will be able to achieve great strategic advantages.


According to the theory of Alfred Thayer Mahan, naval force exists to safeguard the exports of emerging capitalism. The three factors of domestic goods, ocean transport and colony were the three major aspects of sea power. In the hundred-year history of sea supremacy, its character has changed greatly away from mercantilism to global strategy.


Mercantilism injected abundant vitality into naval construction. It even spurred Columbus' expedition to look for China with its "gold and spices" bringing attractive economic returns. The costal European countries got the first of the gold.


Global strategy guided the strengthening of Western superpowers. Its aim was similar to that of mercantilism, and originated in the 18th Century, facilitated by the trade and supremacy of the European continent.


Now, the U.S has taken the place of Britain and gained an unapproachable advantage in global strategy. We can see three facets of sea power: the global economic system and the benefits of globalization; global military intervention and maintaining supremacy; and the promotion or compulsion of Western values.


Highs and Lows of Sea Power


After the formation of the sea function cluster, the steam engine, the power of the mine, was equipped on warships in the 18th Century, before the invention of the steam locomotive. By tradition, such a development should have been employed first in land transport.


We have adequate evidence that the revolution of naval power led the development of railway transport and land warfare. Following that, the appearance and improvement of steel battleships, naval artillery and the submarine drove the emergence of the mechanized warfare.


The formation of function clusters brought social as well as military benefits. Science historian J.D. Bernal said most of the major improvements in science and technology could be directly attributed to the requirements of land and sea forces.


Many of the technologies driving social progress come with the emergence of function clusters that accelerated the development of maritime civilizations, new social structures and economies. In technologies such as the computer, satellite positioning and mobile communications, we can see the influence of sea or space function clusters.


However, we should remember that they were based on destroying the balance of global geopolitics and allowed a few countries to plunder the world's ocean resources. They had other negative and disastrous effects.


Firstly, the rise of sea power destroyed the structure of civilizations. Colonialism and aggressive wars indeed propelled the rise of Western civilizations, but seriously damaged global civilization and non-Western civilizations. It also deepened conflict among civilizations.


Secondly, the rise of sea power damaged international relations. It changed geopolitical relationships. The expanding wars become weapons in benefits disputes. Humanity paid a painful price and sustained serious damage to social progress.


Moreover, the rise of sea power subverted security. The sea power theory is primarily focused on military conquest. The expansion of sea power represented the continuously increasing threat of war, putting the sea and coasts forever at war or on a war footing.


Evolving Sea Power Theory


Today, sea power faces a series of exterior transformations such as economic globalization. Even those superpowers that can influence the global economy cannot avoid the structural defects of capitalism, such as the financial crisis. This undermines trade based on sea power.


In the era of equal civilizations, the developed industrial countries can confine rational competition among civilizations, but they cannot suppress extreme violence such as terrorism. They can destroy an army, but cannot cope with an uprising of religious doctrines.


The expanding rule of economies should not be neglected. The rise of sea power has made it possible for all countries to boost their economies. The "Four Asian Dragons" and BRIC countries are examples of this phenomenon. Piracy in the Gulf of Aden is an example of obtaining wealth by violence. They are driven by poverty rather than ideology. Even for modern warships, piracy is a hard nut to crack.


All of these conditions put the sea power theory cherished by Western countries in conflict with global ambitions.


In the modern world, major events in international politics, military, economy and culture contribute to the emergence of the modern sea function cluster. We can speculate on how to evolve modern sea power theory.


Can we abandon restraints on the values of attractive foreign cultures?


Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilization" aimed to point out the phenomenon of contradictory civilizations separated by the sea. He highlighted Chinese Civilization, in which military culture plays an important role, inheriting ancient Chinese military strategies expressed as "the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without combat."


With more coastal countries developing sea power, a harmonious maritime environment will be required. The world is waiting for a trans-ocean culture based on the mutual understanding of civilizations and mutual respect in the interests of development, rather than superiority of values, economic plundering and gunboat diplomacy.


Can we demolish the cold war mentality by drawing up a responsible "sea power strategy"?


China is positioning itself internationally to be firmly rooted in the present while looking to the future and playing the role of "a stakeholder" in international politics, a responsible great country and a major part of the global security system.


Whereas some colonial powers made the sea a channel for plunder, China is using it to optimize the structure of its economy. The new sea power does not use the strength of weapons to bully others, but instead focuses on safeguarding the nation's interests and facilitating mainstream development, and in this process contribute to the stabilization of the global economy.


Thus we propose that the strategic aspect of sea power theory should focus on safety at sea, and effective military deterrence to safeguard security. It brings not compulsion politics, but responsible politics; not a "leadership" strategy, but a "development right" strategy.


Can we change the idea of "the sea as a military tool" by establishing a "peaceful sea power"?


For a long time, hegemony has made or extended the sea as a battlefield.


China's navy has never brought war to another country.


We can define the concept of a "peaceful sea power" based on the features of never waging war abroad, never participating in colonial wars or overseas military occupation, and having no interest in exploiting other countries through military compulsion.


Mahan's concept of the implementation of sea power comprises two parts: control of the sea and utilization of the sea. Analyzing the effects of the financial crisis on trade and piracy in the Gulf of Aden, we can conclude that the desirable navy value is operational effectiveness of the sea.


Traditional sea power theory confounded the dialectical relationship between control and utilization of sea power, as the former should yield to and serve the latter.


Communication and cooperation coexist and grow with globalization. Sea power should be a tool for communication rather than a tool for war. It should be a creative and vigorous path to peace. Such thinking indicates the rise of a new type of sea power.

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25 mars 2012 7 25 /03 /mars /2012 14:55



Mar 25, 2012 The Times of India (IANS)


SEOUL: India and South Korea Sunday expressed concern over North Korea's plans to launch an " application satellite" next month, saying nothing should be done to increase tensions in the region.


Visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at their summit meeting here, "shared their views on the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula including its denuclearization," a joint statement said.


"Noting North Korea's announcement made on March 16, 2012 that it plans to launch the so-called "application satellite", they urged that nothing should be done which increases tensions in the region and violates the relevant UN Security Council resolutions," the joint statement added.

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