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25 mars 2012 7 25 /03 /mars /2012 12:08

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le 25/03/2012 Par LEXPRESS.fr avec AFP

 

La Corée du Nord a acheminé la partie principale d'une fusée à longue-portée, destinée à lancer un satellite d'observation. Une manoeuvre considérée par les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés comme une nouvelle étape dans la mise au point d'un missile à tête nucléaire.

 

La Corée du Nord a acheminé la partie principale d'une fusée à longue-portée, destinée à lancer un satellite à usage civil en avril, selon Pyongyang, sur une base de lancement dans le nord-ouest du pays. 

 

"Les autorités militaires sud-coréennes et américaines sont averties du fait que la Corée du Nord a transporté la partie principale d'un missile à longue portée (à Tongchang-ri) et prépare le lancement", a déclaré un porte-parole du ministère sud-coréen de la Défense, sans autres précisions. 

 

La Corée du Nord prévoit le lancement d'un satellite d'observation

 

La chaîne de télévision japonaise Fuji avait déjà rapporté samedi que éléments de la fusée avaient été transportés par train sur le site. La Corée du Nord a annoncé le 16 mars son intention de lancer un satellite d'observation considéré par les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés comme une nouvelle étape dans la mise au point d'un missile à tête nucléaire. 

 

La fusée nord-coréenne devrait être lancée entre le 12 et le 16 avril vers le sud, pour marquer le centenaire de la naissance du fondateur de la dictature communiste, Kim Il-Sung. 

 

Son premier étage doit tomber en mer Jaune, à l'Ouest de la péninsule coréenne, et le deuxième étage en mer des Philippines, à l'Est de l'archipel philippin. En chemin, la fusée doit passer au-dessus d'îles de l'archipel d'Okinawa, appartenant au Japon. 

 

Le projet nord-coréen, même s'il n'est pas à l'ordre du jour officiel, devrait être au coeur du sommet de 53 nations sur la sécurité nucléaire qui se tient lundi et mardi à Séoul en présence du président américain Barack Obama et de ses homogues chinois et russe. 

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25 mars 2012 7 25 /03 /mars /2012 11:07

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25 mars 2012 Guysen International News

 

La Corée du Nord a acheminé la partie principale d'une fusée à longue-portée, destinée à lancer un satellite à usage civil en avril, selon Pyongyang, sur une base de lancement dans le nord-ouest du pays, rapporte  l'agence de presse sud-coréenne.

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25 mars 2012 7 25 /03 /mars /2012 10:55

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Après le tsunami de mars 2011, les forces armées ont été mobilisées pour porter secours aux rescapés. Photo Reuters

 

25 mars 2012 Par Olivier Fourt - RFI

 

Il y a un an, près de 100 000 soldats japonais étaient mobilisés par la catastrophe nucléaire de Fukushima. Tokyo avait dû faire face à un tremblement de terre et à un tsunami qui a ravagé des régions entières du Japon. La garde nationale américaine avait également été mobilisée lors du passage du cyclone Katrina en 2005 aux Etats-Unis. Face à la multiplication des événements climatiques violents, les acteurs de la défense vont devoir s'adapter.

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24 mars 2012 6 24 /03 /mars /2012 17:35

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Mar 23, 2012 Brahmand.com

 

BEIJING (PTI): China has conducted a massive military exercise in the high altitude Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, close to the disputed borders with India, during which it has for the first time tested the multi-role J-10 fighter aircraft.

 

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force have conducted ground attack training over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the "first operation of its kind", official media here reported.

 

According to a report and photos released by PLA Daily on Wednesday, the ground crew of J-10 regiment fuelled the fighters and loaded ammunition on the 3,500-meter-high plateau at temperatures below -20 C.

 

The fighters scrambled and attacked the targets with conventional as well as laser-guided bombs.

 

Sorties were made both during the day and at night, the report said.

 

It was the second time that the official media released photos of the home made J-10 fighter using laser-guided bombs.

 

The exercises were highlighted Thursday by another official daily - The Global Times.

 

The rare display of the news about exercises was seen as a message to the Indian side, which is also beefing up its border regions along the Line of Actual Control, (LAC) by deploying its top end fighter aircraft.

 

The J-10, which was also being sold to Pakistan, took part in exercises in October last conducted by PLA incorporating air forces and air defence units as well as armour and artillery units in Tibet Autonomous Region.

 

"The J-10 fighter was initially designed as an air superiority fighter, focusing on air combat and interception capability.

 

"But with modern sensors, avionics and land attack munitions, it can also perform well in ground attack roles," Bai Wei, former deputy chief editor of Aviation World Monthly told the state run Global Times.

 

The J-10's activities on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau have been relatively frequent in the past months, the newspaper said.

 

"Operations on the plateau are a routine for the air force. The main obstacles for plateau operation are thin air, complicated weather conditions faced by ground crews and low oxygen density, which makes igniting the engines much harder," Bai noted.

 

The J-10 fighters made their first flight during the Chinese Lunar New Year on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in January this year with a typical air combat patrol payload, namely two mid-range air-to-air missiles, two short-range air-to-air missiles, and three external fuel tanks.

 

The J-10's primary air combat weapon, the active radar homing mid-range missile dubbed as the PL-12, is a fourth generation radar-homing air-to-air missile, the daily said.

 

It is generally comparable to the US AIM-120 missile, which has a good service record in past air combat missions, Daniel Tong, a Chinese military observer and founder of the website Chinese Military Aviation said.

 

The Chengdu J-10 fighter made its official debut in 2006.

 

The aircraft has been delivered to the air force in large quantities along with the Shengyang J-11 two-engine heavy fighter, Tong said.

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24 mars 2012 6 24 /03 /mars /2012 12:45

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A Scorpene-class submarine of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

 

March 23, 2012 defpro.com

 

Mumbai | DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, signed through DCNS India a contract with SEC Industries worth Rs 310-cr (approximately €50 million) for the local manufcture of equipment for the P75 Scorpene submarines*.

 

DCNS India** signed a contract with SEC Industries for the manufacture of equipment (hull hatches, cofferdam doors, knuckle hoses, ballast vent valves, High Pressure air cylinders, weapon handling and storage system). Over the coming years, SEC will manufacture equipment under a TOT provided by DCNS India and they will be progressively delivered to our customer, Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), for integration onboard the P75 Scorpene submarines.

 

“The contract with SEC is part of the indigenization program implemented by DCNS India under the P75 Mazagon Purchased Materials (MPM) contracts. Through this will to manufacture in India, we are developing strong industrial partnerships and capabilities for the P75 and future programs. Together with our partners, we are positioning ourselves for the long term”, declared Bernard Buisson, Managing Director of DCNS India.

 

The concerned equipment are highly specific due to the physical constraints they will face onboard the submarines. As for the recent deliveries from Flash Forge, the local production will follow DCNS’ strict quality standards to ensure the submarines’ optimal performances with maximum safety over the long term.

 

DCNS, through DCNS India and its support teams in France, is providing SEC Industries with training sessions:

• In France, over 40 SEC personnel are to be trained within DCNS facilities for over a year periods (on 2012 and 2013);

• In Hyderabad, DCNS India will provide On the Job Training and technical support to assist the implementation of manufacturing processes and Quality Control procedures for a period of 5 years.

 

DCNS India will also provide the technical data package for the manufacturing and a 24/7 local assistance in order to allow SEC to meet quality requirement and on-time deliveries.

 

D. Vidyasagar, Managing Director of SEC Industries said “Through this contract, our company will gain in technology terms, infrastructure and trained manpower.”

 

“SEC Industries is upgrading its capabilities: set-up of a new workshop dedicated to this program, acquisition of new industrials means for sanding, welding and painting and recruitment of skilled manpower; technicians and engineers. Together with SEC we are investing in technology transfer for the satisfaction of our stakeholders and to be in position to get future orders from our esteemed Customer”, Bernard Buisson concluded.

 

In June 2011, DCNS India has signed a contract with Flash Forge India Pvt. Ltd. to supply equipment under the P75 Scorpene submarines program. The first equipment under this contract were delivered to MDL earlier this year.

 

Since DCNS India will be tying up with more Indian companies in the frame of P75, further announcements are to be made in future.

 

 

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NOTES:

* Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) is producing six SSK Scorpene submarines (P75) under transfer of technology (ToT) from DCNS. Simultaneously, DCNS India, DCNS Group’s subsidiary based in Mumbai, is working at the selection and qualification of Indian companies as partners for local production of the Scorpenes’ equipments. The first Scorpene submarine is to be launched at the end of 2013 and commissioned in 2015. The last Scorpene is expected to be commissioned in 2018.

** DCNS India Private Limited was inaugurated in March 2009 in Mumbai. It is specializing in naval services. DCNS India’s main missions are to support the naval shipyards and industries (Naval Technical Advice Department), to develop local services with Indian talents (Design & Marine Engineering Department), to achieve localized production with large base industrial partners (Program Department) and to extend sourcing opportunities for both local and international needs (Sourcing & Purchasing Department).

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24 mars 2012 6 24 /03 /mars /2012 12:34

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March 24, 2012 idrw.org (Reuters)

 

A defence ministry investigation found no foul play in the purchase of 12 helicopters from Italy’s Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland, a senior government source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

 

Last month, Defence Minister A. K. Antony had ordered a probe by the defence secretary – the top official in the ministry – into the purchase because of alleged irregularities.

 

“The probe is over and no foul play has been found,” the source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

 

Earlier, Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI) denied any wrongdoing over a 560-million-euro helicopter deal after Indian authorities launched the probe.

 

Given the history of graft in Indian defence contracts, the current minister is known to be very cautious about possible wrongdoing, as the government struggles to handle corruption scandals in telecoms and other sectors.

 

The contract for 12 AW101 helicopters was awarded after a comprehensive evaluation, following 17 months of negotiations that ended in February 2010, AgustaWestland said last month.

 

The government, which had earlier issued a letter of intent to AgustaWestland, was likely to give its final approval to the deal, the source said.

 

India, the world’s biggest defence equipment importers, approved last week a defence budget of 1.93 trillion rupees, including 795.6 billion rupees for acquisition of defence equipment in 2012/13 beginning April 1.

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24 mars 2012 6 24 /03 /mars /2012 09:00

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NEW DELHI, March 23 (UPI)

 

Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony has asked his ministry for material on the Rafale jet contract to answer questions from Parliament.

 

Antony's request was in response to a letter last month from a member of the standing committee of Parliament on defense, which raised a number of questions.

 

The queries related to the evaluation process that saw France's Dassault Rafale emerge as the lowest bidder for the $20 billion combat fighter deal, The Hindustan Times reported,

 

Included in the Feb. 27 letter is the question of how the Rafale, which hasn't been bought by any other country, was chosen for the Indian air force.

 

The MP requesting the clarification, MV Mysura Reddy, is a Telugu Desam Party MP in Rajya Sabha.

 

Reddy wrote about the fighter's performance in the recent air campaign in Libya, noting that "the Rafale failed in precision bombing" before concluding, "The ministry … must ensure … there has been no manipulation in the evaluation process."

 

Antony replied, "I have asked the ministry to examine all the points raised by you," also marking Reddy's letter to Defense Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma to examine the matter.

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24 mars 2012 6 24 /03 /mars /2012 08:25

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LONDON, March 23 (UPI)

 

British firm Visiongain predicts "rapid and dynamic" expansion in India's defense sector.

 

The Visiongain analytical report, "The Indian Defense Market 2012-2022," projects that that India will spend $38.51 billion on defense in 2012.

 

"Despite the continued existence of restraints on the market such as slow tender processes and a dominant state sector, huge opportunities exist for a wide variety of defense firms," the study reads.

 

"Those who are willing to work within the Indian government framework for indigenization of production will find themselves in a potentially long-term and lucrative arrangement."

 

The analytical report contains 89 tables, charts and figures that forecast the future of the Indian defense market through the next decade.

 

Besides Visiongain analysis, the report contains profiles of leading public, private, joint venture and international companies operating within the market and includes interviews with three experts in the field of Indian defense.

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24 mars 2012 6 24 /03 /mars /2012 08:05

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March 23, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE

 

China is aggressively marketing its weapons to Indonesia, offering low prices and no strings. The U.S., in contrast, had cut off Indonesia over human rights issues. The Chinese effort includes selling manufacturing licenses and helping to set up factories. The initial project in this area was to develop and produce 1,000 122mm rockets for the navy. The Indonesian space agency (LAPAN) contributed some of its research. These R122 rockets are simple devices, with a range of 15 kilometers. Eventually, Indonesia would like to add guidance systems.

 

Encouraged by that, Indonesia recently made a deal to produce more complex weapons like the Chinese C-705 anti-ship missiles. Indonesia has been buying the larger C-802A missiles from China for the last four years. The C802A is a 6.8 meter (21 foot) long, 360mm, 682 kg (1,500 pound) missile, with a 165 kg (360 pound) warhead. The C802 has a max range of 120 kilometers, and moves along at about 250 meters a second.

 

The C-705 is a smaller missile, at 325 kg (715 pounds) with a 120 kg (264 pound) warhead and a range of 140 kilometers. It is similar to the French Exocet missile, which costs more than twice as much (over a million dollars each, but the manufacturer is known to be flexible on pricing.) The Indonesians see the Chinese missiles as a much better deal, especially since Indonesia is not looking to start a war anytime soon. So why pay premium prices for a premium, battle proven, Exocet.

 

Indonesia wants to become more self-sufficient in weapons, and assembling C-705s, mostly from Chinese parts, is a start.

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24 mars 2012 6 24 /03 /mars /2012 08:00

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The Hyunmoo is the only ballistic missile developed by South Korea actually deployed.

The latest generation of Hyunmoo missile has a maximum range of 1,500 km.

 

March 22, 2012, Armyrecognition

 

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak is seeking to extend the range of the country’s ballistic missiles in response to possible nuclear and missile attacks from North Korea, a presidential spokeswoman said, March 22, 2012.

 

Lee told reporters that the government is in discussions with the U.S. to amend a 2001 accord that restricts South Korea’s missile range to 300 kilometers (186 miles), spokeswoman Lee Mi Yon said. An agreement will be reached shortly because conditions and realities have changed, she cited the president as saying.

 

The talks come as North Korea, under new leader Kim Jong Un, plans to launch a satellite atop a long-range rocket next month that the U.S. says will nullify a deal to provide the impoverished totalitarian state with food aid. President Barack Obama arrives in Seoul next week to attend a summit on checking nuclear proliferation, where the agenda will include North Korea’s atomic weapons program.

 

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance defense cooperation and ways of promoting enhanced stability of South Korea and stability in the region,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said yesterday at a briefing in Washington, declining to give specifics on talks with South Korea.

 

North Korea has rejected international criticism of its announcement of the launch to celebrate the centennial of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather. A North Korean rocket fired in 2009 demonstrated a reach of as far as 4,500 kilometers, and the government aims to increase the range to 7,000 kilometers, according to Baek Seung Joo of the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses in Seoul.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 21:12

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23/03/2012 LePoint.fr (AFP)

 

La Chine a appelé vendredi au "calme et à la retenue" à trois semaines du lancement prévu d'une fusée nord-coréenne et au moment où le gouvernement japonais a ordonné la préparation de ses systèmes de défense antimissile.

 

"Toutes les parties doivent rester calme, faire preuve de retenue et éviter les actes qui pourraient compliquer la situation", a déclaré le porte-parole du ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères, Hong Lei.

 

La Chine, principal allié de Pyongyang, avait déjà fait part de son inquiétude au sujet du lancement de ce satellite, perçu notamment par Séoul comme un tir déguisé de missile.

 

La Corée du Nord avait annoncé la semaine dernière qu'elle procéderait au lancement d'un satellite entre les 12 et 16 avril, depuis la base de Sohae, dans le comté de Cholsan (nord-ouest).

 

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 prochaine l'ordre formel de détruire la fusée dans le cas où elle menacerait le territoire nippon.

 

Le gouvernement japonais a déjà ordonné la préparation de ses systèmes de défense antimissiles.

 

"J'ai donné l'ordre de préparer le déploiement des systèmes PAC-3 et de navires de guerre équipés d'Aegis", a déclaré vendredi le ministre nippon de la Défense, Naoki Tanaka.

 

Les Forces d'autodéfense -- nom officiel de l'armée au Japon -- vont mettre en état d'alerte les missiles sol-air Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) et les destroyers disposant du système de combat Aegis permettant de tirer des intercepteurs Standard Missile-3 (SM-3).

 

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. Elle pourrait survoler les îles d'Okinawa, un archipel situé à l'extrémité méridionale du Japon.

 

D'après le quotidien Sankei Shimbun, le ministère nippon de la Défense pourrait déployer deux destroyers équipés d'Aegis près d'Okinawa et un autre en Mer du Japon, entre la péninsule coréenne et l'archipel nippon. Les missiles PAC-3 pourraient être installés sur une île d'Okinawa.

 

La Corée du Nord affirme que ce tir vise à placer en orbite un satellite d'observation terrestre, mais le Japon, la Corée du Sud, les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés soupçonnent Pyongyang de préparer un test de missile balistique à longue portée.

 

Actuellement en tournée en Asie, le secrétaire général de l'ONU Ban Ki-moon a répété que ce lancement constituerait "une violation évidente" des résolutions du Conseil de sécurité, qui interdisent à Pyongyang tout essai balistique.

 

Se disant "très inquiet", il a prévenu que ce lancement pourrait remettre en cause l'aide attribuée à la Corée du Nord, dont une partie de la population souffre de malnutrition.

 

Le sujet sera discuté la semaine prochaine à Séoul lors d'un sommet sur l'énergie et l'armement nucléaires.

 

"Un tel acte ébranlerait les récents progrès diplomatiques et, par ses effets sur les donneurs internationaux, pourrait aggraver la situation humanitaire à l'intérieur du pays", a-t-il souligné lors d'un discours à Singapour.

 

Washington a annoncé fin février que les Etats-Unis livreraient 240.000 tonnes de nourriture à la Corée du Nord, qui s'est engagée à stopper son programme nucléaire et ses lancements de missiles et à laisser entrer des inspecteurs de l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique (AIEA).

 

Les Etats-Unis ont déjà prévenu que le lancement compliquerait la livraison de cette aide.

 

En avril 2009, la Corée du Nord avait déjà procédé à un tir censé mettre en orbite un satellite. Le Japon avait mis en alerte ses systèmes antimissiles et averti qu'il détruirait le lanceur en cas de menace, mais la fusée avait survolé le nord de l'archipel nippon avant de s'abîmer dans le Pacifique.

 

Le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU avait condamné ce tir et alourdi les sanctions à l'égard du régime nord-coréen.

 

En représailles, Pyongyang s'est retiré des pourparlers à six (Chine, Etats-Unis, Russie, Japon et les deux Corées) sur sa dénucléarisation.

 

L'homme fort du régime communiste à l'époque, Kim Jong-Il, est décédé le 17 décembre 2011 et a été remplacé par son fils cadet, Kim Jong-Un. Le tir prévu mi-avril doit coïncider avec le centième anniversaire de la naissance du fondateur du pays, Kim Il-Sung, grand-père de Jong-Un.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 20:52

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Le Japon se prépare avant le lancement d'une fusée par la Corée du Nord. Ici, un soldat japonais monte la garde devant un lance-missile de système PAC-3. C'est ce type de missile qui pourrait être installé à Okinawa, en cas de menace de la fusée nord-coréenne.

 

23/03/2012 Par LEXPRESS.fr

Le Japon prépare ses systèmes de défense anti missile à l'approche du lancement d'une fusée nord-coréenne chargée d'un satellite, mi-avril. La Chine appelle au "calme" pour éviter de compliquer la situation. 

Si la Corée du Nord tient sa promesse, elle doit lancer une fusée dans trois semaines, entre les 12 et 16 avril. La Corée du Nord avait annoncé la semaine dernière qu'elle procéderait au lancement d'une fusée chargée d'un satellite depuis la base de Sohae, dans le comté de Cholsan, au nord-ouest du pays.  

 

Le tir prévu mi-avril doit coïncider avec le centième anniversaire de la naissance du fondateur du pays, Kim Il-sung, grand-père de Kim Jong-un. Des dates fortes en symbole dans un pays où le troisième représentant de la dynastie Kim vient seulement de s'installer au pouvoir... 

 

Pyongyang affirme que ce tir vise à placer en orbite un satellite d'observation terrestre, mais le Japon, la Corée du Sud, les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés soupçonnent Pyongyang de préparer un test de missile balistique à longue portée. 

Une menace pour le Japon?

 

Le Japon se prépare à ce tir. 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. Elle pourrait survoler les îles d'Okinawa, un archipel situé à l'extrémité méridionale du Japon. Les autorités japonaises craignent que des éléments ne retombent sur son sol ou dans ses eaux territoriales 

 

Le Premier ministre japonais, Yoshihiko Noda, devrait donner dans le courant de la semaine prochaine l'ordre formel de détruire la fusée dans le cas où elle menacerait le territoire nippon. D'après le quotidien Sankei Shimbun, le ministère japonais de la Défense pourrait déployer deux destroyers (navires de guerre) équipés d'Aegis (radar de détection, de recherche et de poursuite de missiles) près d'Okinawa et un autre en Mer du Japon, entre la péninsule coréenne et l'archipel japonais. Des missiles PAC-3 pourraient être installés sur une île d'Okinawa. 

 

La Chine appelle au calme

 

La Chine, principal allié de Pyongyang, avait déjà fait part de son inquiétude au sujet du lancement de ce satellite. La Chine a de nouveau appelé, ce vendredi, au "calme et à la retenue". "Toutes les parties doivent (...) éviter les actes qui pourraient compliquer la situation", a déclaré le porte-parole du ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères, Hong Lei. 

Actuellement en tournée en Asie, le secrétaire général de l'ONU Ban Ki-moon a de son côté répété que ce lancement constituerait "une violation évidente" des résolutions du Conseil de sécurité, qui interdisent à Pyongyang tout essai balistique. 

 

Fusée ou aide internationale?

 

Se disant "très inquiet", il a également prévenu que ce lancement pourrait remettre en cause l'aide attribuée à la Corée du Nord, dont une partie de la population souffre de malnutrition. "Un tel acte ébranlerait les récents progrès diplomatiques et, par ses effets sur les donneurs internationaux, pourrait aggraver la situation humanitaire à l'intérieur du pays", a-t-il souligné à Singapour. 

 

Washington avait en effet annoncé fin février que les Etats-Unis livreraient 240 000 tonnes de nourriture à la Corée du Nord, qui s'est engagée à stopper son programme nucléaire, ses lancements de missiles et à laisser entrer des inspecteurs de l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique (AIEA). Les Etats-Unis ont déjà prévenu que le lancement compliquerait la livraison de cette aide. Le sujet sera discuté la semaine prochaine à Séoul lors d'un sommet sur l'énergie et l'armement nucléaires.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 20:24

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23/03/2012 liberation.fr (AFP)

 

Selon la presse officielle nord-coréenne, les préparatifs du tir sont désormais dans «une phase d'action totale».

 

La Corée du Nord a réaffirmé vendredi son intention de procéder comme prévu à un lancement de fusée dans l'espace, un projet dénoncé par les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés comme un tir déguisé de missile.

 

Les préparatifs du lancement «sont entrés dans une phase d'action totale», a déclaré un porte-parole du ministère des Affaires étrangères, cité par l'agence de presse officielle KCNA.

 

Toute tentative de priver le Nord de «son droit légitime» de procéder à un tel lancement «obligerait inévitablement la République populaire démocratique de Corée à prendre des contre-mesures», a poursuivi le porte-parole, sans spécifier lesquelles.

 

Alors que les Etats-Unis ont promis une «réponse robuste» si Pyongyang procède à ce lancement, le porte-parole cité par KCNA a assuré que les pays concernés par le dossier nord-coréen «ne devraient pas avoir une réaction excessive au lancement à des fins pacifiques d'un satellite par la RPDC depuis leur position de confrontation mais l'accepter honnêtement et calmement pour ce qu'elle est».

 

Pyongyang veut lancer entre le 12 et le 16 avril un satellite d'observation à usage civil, un projet dénoncé par les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés comme un tir déguisé de missile, en infraction aux résolutions de l'ONU qui interdisent à la Corée du Nord de procéder à des essais nucléaires ou balistiques.

 

Ce projet devrait être largement débattu en marge d'un sommet sur le nucléaire qui se tiendra lundi et mardi à Séoul, en présence de chefs d'Etat, dont l'Américain Barack Obama.

 

La Chine, principal allié de Pyongyang, a appelé vendredi au «calme et à la retenue» autour de ce projet de lancement. Le gouvernement japonais à de son côté ordonné la préparation de ses systèmes de défense antimissile.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 20:15

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23/03/2012 euronews.com

 

Branle-bas de combat au Japon. Le prochain lancement d’une fusée nord-coréenne met en ébullition l’archipel. Les systèmes de défense antimissile ont été mis en alerte. Tokyo craint qu’une partie de la fusée retombe sur son territoire et pourrait décider de détruire le lanceur. Des craintes également exprimées par la Corée du Sud qui affirme qu’il s’agit d’un tir déguisé de missile. La Chine appelle ce vendredi au calme et à la retenue. Le principal allié de Pyongyang ne cache pas pour autant son inquiétude. Tout comme les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés qui appellent la Corée du Nord à renoncer à ce projet. L’envoi d’une fusée entraînera une réponse “robuste” affirme aujourd’hui Washington.

 

Pyongyang entend procéder au lancement d’un satellite d’observation à usage civil à la mi-avril. Un tir en infraction aux résolutions de l’ONU qui interdisent à la Corée du Nord de procéder à des essais nucléaires ou balistiques

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 18:48

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March 23, 2012 By J. Berkshire Miller - the-diplomat.com/flashpoints

 

Three weeks ago, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba cautiously welcomed the “Leap Day” agreement between the U.S. and North Korea in which Pyongyang agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment activities and implement a moratorium on its long range missile and nuclear tests in exchange for 240,000 tons of nutritional aid from Washington.

But the tone in Tokyo has changed considerably since then, as the North has returned to its predictable cycle of negotiation followed by provocation. Japan has reportedly ordered missile defense systems to be prepared and deployed near its southernmost island of Okinawa.

 

The news follows the North Korean announcement this month that it intends to launch a satellite to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il-Sung. The move is provocative and may very well suffocate efforts such as the Leap Day deal to restart the moribund Six-Party talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Bilateral relations with Japan have been stymied for decades as a result of the unresolved issue of abducted Japanese nationals. However, aside from the political obstacle of the abductions, Tokyo has genuine security concerns about the regime in Pyongyang as a result of previous missile tests over Japanese airspace.

 

 In 2009, North Korea fired a Taepondong-2 missile over northern Japan resulting in new U.N. Security Council sanctions. These penalties were lumped on top of heavy unilateral sanctions from Tokyo – as well as previous Security Council sanctions – which were already in place after the North’s nuclear weapons test in 2006. In 2009, Japan threatened that it might try to intercept the missile if it crossed Japanese airspace (which it did – over two prefectures in the north).  However, no action was taken at the time, with Japan relying on its diplomatic sticks, via sanctions, rather than provoking the North with force.

 

So, has Tokyo’s strategic posture changed much in the past three years? Similar to 2009, the government has taken a tough line against the planned launch, and is preparing its Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) missiles in the event that Japan is threatened.

 

“I have ordered officials to prepare to deploy the PAC-3 and Aegis warships,” said Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka. The announcement came as Japan’s Diet passed a resolution condemning the launch.

 

Unfortunately, however, Tokyo is left with few practical options in dealing with Pyongyang’s belligerence. Unless it determines the test will genuinely endanger Japanese territory, it’s unlikely that the government would risk prodding a truculent and volatile regime in the North with a missile intercept. But the diplomatic options are lean as well. Japan has recently announced that it will extend its unilateral sanctions on North Korea. While these penalties essentially cut off all bilateral trade between the countries, they serve more rhetorical than fiscal bite as Japan and North Korea haven’t had a significant trading relationship in decades.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 18:30

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BEIJING, March 23 (UPI)

 

China will commission its first aircraft carrier, Varyag, into active although limited service Aug. 1, a report by Naval-Technology military news Web site said.

 

China will commission its first aircraft carrier into active although limited service Aug. 1.

 

The Chinese navy will take over the 55,000-ton vessel, purchased as an unfinished project from Ukraine in 1998 and deploy it in the increasingly political arena of the South China Sea, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.

 

China's People's Liberation Army Deputy Navy Commander Xu Hongmeng confirmed the commissioning and other tests to the newspaper.

 

China bought the hull of the unfinished vessel in 1998, with no guns and engines, from a Ukrainian shipyard where it had been under construction. It was left unfinished after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, leaving Ukraine with Soviet bases and equipment.

 

The vessel remains officially unnamed in China but is referred to by its old name -- Varyag -- when mentioned in reports.

 

The vessel, an Admiral Kuznetsov class carrier, measures around 1,000 feet in length and 122 feet wide at the water line.

 

The August commissioning will move China into the small group of nations that have aircraft carriers.

 

"Currently, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, India, Brazil and Thailand, operate a total of 21 active-service aircraft carriers," Xinhua said.

 

Chinese officials have gone out of their way to stress since August that the vessel isn't aimed at offensive military operations. It is to be used for training naval staff and pilots, as well as scientific work, China's state-run news agency Xinhua said in December.

 

The Naval-Technology Web site also said the Chinese navy will begin flying its domestically built J-15 fighter -- still under development -- from the carrier.

 

"Trial runs for the Shenyang J-15, a carrier-based fighter aircraft that will operate from the Varyag are also in the pipeline," Xu said. "China will need at least three aircraft carriers."

 

The J-15, called The Shark, is believed to be a modified version of a Russian Su-33 prototype, also purchased from the Ukraine, Global Security Web site reports.

 

The J-15 is designed to fly from so-called ski-jump carriers, like Varyag, rather than carriers designed to launch aircraft using a catapult.

 

The combination of aircraft carrier, albeit small compared to many others, and the new aircraft has China's neighbors concerned about Beijing becoming more aggressive over disputed island territories in the South China Sea.

 

Many of the territories lie closer to other countries than mainland China.

 

The Spratly Islands -- the largest group -- lie off the southwest coast of the Philippines as well as Brunei and Malaysia. Ownership of the Spratly Islands is the most difficult of all the territorial claims because of the number of claimants, including Vietnam and Taiwan.

 

Further north, off the west coast of the Philippines, lies the Scarborough Shoal, disputed between China and the Philippines.

 

Vietnam and China also are fighting for sovereignty over the Paracels, a group of islands south of China's Hainan Island province and off the east coast of Vietnam.

 

China's maritime activities are "overbearing" and arouse "anxiety about its future direction," Japan's annual Defense Ministry white paper stated.

 

The document, released in August and called "Defense of Japan, 2011" describes China's rapid modernization of its military hardware as an attempt to "strengthen its capacity to have its military potential reflected in distant locations."

 

Beijing's buildup of its maritime power and its defense policy in general, which was noted in last year's white paper, continues to be "a concern for the regional and the international community," a report by Yomiuri Shimbun said.

 

China should "be aware of its responsibility as a major power and abide by international rules," the Yomiuri Shimbun report said.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 18:27

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Two MultiRole Vessels (MRVs) along with three new helicopters will be ordered to the Navy.

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23.03.2012 DEFENSE STUDIES


MANILA — Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in charge Vice Admiral Alexander Pama on Thursday expressed optimism that the contracts for the service's two multi-role vessels (MRVs) will be signed by July this year.

 

With the expected signing of this vital document, the contracting shipbuilder can proceed ahead with the construction of the above-mentioned ships as per design specification of the Philippine government.

The acquisition cost for the two MRVs is estimated to be worth P10 billion.

Pama said that the two vessels would greatly increase the PN's patrolling and disaster relief mission capabilities as the proposed ships are capable of cruising even at the heaviest seas,aside from being equipped with helicopters and and LCMs, allowing them easy access to calamity-stricken communities.

Aside from the MRVs contract, the PN chief stated that the contract for the three brand-new helicopters for the naval service will also be signed by the end of the year, giving the command's air arm new equipment to fulfill its mandate of patrolling and securing Philippine maritime sovereignty.

 

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 13:35

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23.03.2012 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

Australia can still expect to pay an average $US70 million ($A67 million) for each Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, even as production of the next generation F-35s ramps up.

The head of the JSF program for US aerospace company Lockheed Martin, Tom Burbage, said production was now running at four aircraft per month.

"We believe over the purchase time of your 75 airplanes, that cost will average out somewhere around $US70 million ($A67 million)," he told reporters in Canberra.

"The early ones will be more, the later ones will be less.

"It is dependent on an assumption that we are going to go up in the production rate."

Australia is now committed to buying 14 of the advanced Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs, with two arriving in 2014 and another 12 scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2017.

Defence is likely to make a decision on the next tranche next year.

But over time, Australia is set to buy as many as 100 of the advanced jet fighters to form the core of the nation's air combat capability out to the middle of the century.

Production of the first parts for the first Australian aircraft starts soon.

Australia's first JSF aircraft will be produced in what's termed low rate initial production (LRIP) lots, with aircraft contracted at a fixed price.

Mr Burbage, who is in Australia for talks with the government, defence officials and local companies making JSF parts, also responded to criticism of the program which will also supply the aircraft to the US, UK, Canada and their allies.

There are concerns the program is costing too much, running late and the resulting aircraft will be outmatched by modern Russian and Chinese aircraft.

Mr Burbage said so far, 16 top tier air forces had fully assessed JSF and they were all still backing it.

"So I would put my stock in their evaluations and their take on what the airplane is going to be capable of doing," he said.

Mr Burbage said those views counted for more than those from a series of pundits who lacked access to all the JSF information and refused to accept that it would be highly capable.

"I often wonder to myself how much faster could we go and how much easier would this program be if we weren't constantly in a defensive crouch, trying to hold off these allegations," he said.

Mr Burbage said had Lockheed spent time trying to understand the capabilities of the aircraft most often tipped as fifth generation opponents to the JSF - the Russian PAK-FA and the Chinese J-20.

"We don't fully understand them yet," he said.

"That they are going to that type of airplane and that type of capability would indicate that what we are doing is pretty important."

The F35s will be used to replace Australia's existing Hornet and F-111 aircraft.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 12:45

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SINGAPORE, March 22 (UPI)

 

Singapore Technologies Kinetics has been banned from doing business with India's Defense Ministry.

 

Singapore Technologies ST Kinetics was blacklisted following initial investigations of corruption conducted by India's Criminal Bureau of Investigation of former Ordnance Factory Board Director General Sudipta Ghosh.

 

In a Board of Trade report, Singapore Technologies Kinetics expressed concern over the fairness of the legal process surrounding its implication in the Ghosh corruption case. Singapore Technologies Kinetics stated its dismay that it was now prohibited from doing any defense business with India's Ministry of Defense and all of its agencies, and not just the military's defense procurement agency as the company had hoped.

 

Singapore Technologies Kinetics can still legally challenge the blacklisting and await a court ruling on arbitration, The Business Times reported Thursday. No charges have been brought against Singapore Technologies Kinetics.

 

In the interim, Singapore Technologies Kinetics has accordingly filed three petitions in the Delhi High Court to overturn the blacklisting decision on three tenders it had entered into with Indian defense authorities.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 12:40

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23.03.2012 Le Monde.fr avec AFP

 

Le secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a prévenu vendredi la Corée du Nord que le lancement d'une fusée pourrait décourager l'aide humanitaire internationale et aggraver la situation déjà difficile dans ce pays. "Un tel acte ébranlerait les récents progrès diplomatiques et, par ses effets sur les donneurs internationaux, pourrait aggraver la situation humanitaire à l'intérieur du pays", a-t-il déclaré lors d'un discours à Singapour.

 

Devant une audience composée de responsables gouvernementaux, diplomates et professeurs, Ban Ki-moon a déclaré être "très inquiet et très profondément préoccupé" par l'annonce de Pyongyang, la semaine dernière, sur le prochain lancement d'une fusée chargée d'un satellite, prévu pour la mi-avril. Ce lancement serait "une violation évidente" des résolutions du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU, a-t-il déclaré, soulignant que la Corée du Nord devait déjà faire face à "une crise humanitaire sérieuse".

 

Pyongyang veut lancer entre le 12 et le 16 avril un satellite d'observation à usage civil, un projet dénoncé par les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés comme un tir déguisé de missile, en infraction aux résolutions de l'ONU qui interdisent à la Corée du Nord de procéder à des essais nucléaires ou balistiques. Le lancement devrait avoir lieu depuis la base de Sohae, dans le comté de Cholsan. 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. Elle pourrait survoler les îles d'Okinawa, un archipel situé à l'extrémité méridionale du Japon.

 

Le gouvernement japonais a ordonné la préparation de ses systèmes de défense antimissiles. 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 prochaine l'ordre formel de détruire la fusée dans le cas où elle menacerait le territoire nippon.

 

"Toutes les parties doivent rester calmes, faire preuve de retenue et éviter les actes qui pourraient compliquer la situation", a déclaré, vendredi, le porte-parole du ministère chinois des affaires étrangères, Hong Lei.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 12:40

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March 23, 2012 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

Just received this statement from Rheinmetall Air Defence AG, one of six companies recently blacklisted by the Indian government from doing any business with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB):

 

Rheinmetall Air Defence AG of Switzerland (RAD) objects to the decision of the Indian Ministry of Defence announced on 5 March 2012 to exclude it from doing business with India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). This decision was based on allegations against RAD which the company categorically rejects as false and as entirely without merit. The Indian authorities have yet to inform RAD of the details of these allegations. Transparency with regard to investigations would enable RAD to put forward conclusive evidence that will refute all claims made against it. RAD is keen to cooperate with India’s authorities and to assist in any investigation related to the company. RAD insists that its employees have invariably behaved in a correct, law-abiding manner. The company has made this clear to the Indian authorities in meetings, in which RAD underpinned its position with comprehensive documentation. Just as they are in every other country in the world, RAD employees in India are subject to the company’s stringent compliance regulations and have adhered to them. A mutually beneficial, trustful relationship with Indian government authorities and armed forces continues to be very important for the company. RAD will therefore do everything in its power to prove these allegations wrong. In the meanwhile, RAD remains committed to a close dialogue with the Indian authorities.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 12:30

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NEW DELHI, March 22 (UPI)

 

India's Defense Research and Development Organization says it wants to take part in the development of procurement policies.

 

In the course of seeking more funds for research and development, DRDO expressed concerns that its indigenous weapon programs are at risk from substandard manufactured supplies from defense public sector undertakings and in Ordnance Factory Board production.

 

DRDO maintains shoddy DPSU and OFB products are undercutting the quality of its manufactures, citing as an example the Arjun tank, which last year outperformed the Russian T-90 tank in army trials but subsequently disappointed the frontline combat units who received them from the Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi. The reason cited for the Arjun's sub-par performance was poor manufacture and ineffective quality control, The Business Standard reported Thursday.

 

DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat is seeking the direct intervention of Defense Minister A.K. Antony and stated: "DRDO is mandated to develop prototypes and then hand over to production agencies for large-scale manufacture. But we have realized that a substantial amount of handholding is required in the post-development phase. DRDO would like to play a lead role in the selection of production partners and the lead integrator for production of DRDO-developed products, so as to ensure seamless transfer of technology, manufacture and product support."

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 12:30

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Mar 23, 2012 ASDNews by Kyoko Hasegawa (AFP)

 

Japan on Friday readied its missile defence systems to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens the country, as the UN chief warned that next month's launch could jeopardise food aid.

 

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

 

The move by North Korea's new leadership has set off alarm bells across the region. The Philippines is calling for help from the United States to monitor the rocket, part of which is expected to land off the archipelago.

 

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

 

But the North's atomic programme is expected to be the subject of intense discussion at the talks, which are also to be attended by the presidents of China and Russia.

 

"I have ordered officials to prepare to deploy the PAC-3 and Aegis warships," Japan's Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka told reporters, referring to surface-to-air missiles and destroyers carrying missiles.

 

"We are talking to relevant local governments about the deployment," he said.

 

The surface-to-air interceptors would reportedly be deployed on Japan's southern Okinawa island chain, but any order to shoot down the North Korean rocket would first need the approval of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

 

Japanese officials have said the projectile may pass over Okinawa.

 

In a notice to the UN's International Maritime Organisation, North Korea has said the first stage of the rocket will fall in international waters between China and South Korea.

 

The second stage is expected to splash down just 190 kilometres (118 miles) east of the northern Philippines.

 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who plans to raise the rocket launch at the Seoul summit, said any launch could discourage international aid donors and worsen North Korea's already dire humanitarian situation.

 

"Such an act would undermine recent positive diplomatic progress and, in its effect on international donors, would likely worsen the humanitarian situation inside the country," he said in a speech in Singapore.

 

North Korea has warned that any attempts to raise the rocket launch at the Monday-Tuesday nuclear summit in Seoul would be taken as "a declaration of war" and rejected South Korean demands to call off the launch.

 

But Ban, a South Korean, said the launch would be a "clear violation" of UN Security Council resolutions and warned that the North already has a "serious humanitarian crisis" on its hands.

 

The United States voiced doubt last week over whether it could provide food aid to Pyongyang if it followed through on the launch, after an apparent breakthrough deal with North Korea last month.

 

Washington had said it would deliver 240,000 metric tons of food aid to North Korea, which remains hampered by food shortages after a devastating famine in the 1990s.

 

In return, Pyongyang agreed to a partial freeze on its nuclear programme, to suspend missile tests and to allow the return of UN atomic inspectors.

 

The Japanese defence minister, who met with US ambassador John Roos late Thursday, said the two sides "reconfirmed to further strengthen Japan-US cooperation, especially on the North Korean issue".

 

In 2009, Japan ordered similar missile-defence preparations before Pyongyang's last long-range rocket launch, which brought UN Security Council condemnation and tightened sanctions against the isolated communist state.

 

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

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 08:35

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2012-03-22 (China Military News cited from zeenews.india.com)

 

China has conducted a massive military exercise in the high altitude Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, close to the disputed borders with India, during which it has for the first time tested the multi-role J-10 fighter jets.

 

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has conducted ground attack training over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the "first operation of its kind", official media here reported.

 

According to a report and photos released by PLA Daily yesterday, the ground crew of J-10 regiment fuelled the fighters and loaded ammunition on the 3,500-meter-high plateau at temperatures below -20 C.

 

The fighters scrambled and attacked the targets with conventional as well as laser-guided bombs.

 

Sorties were made both during the day and at night, the report said.

 

It was the second time that the official media released photos of the home-made J-10 fighter using laser-guided bombs.

 

The exercises were highlighted today by another official daily - The Global Times.

 

The rare display of the news about exercises was seen as a message to the Indian side, which is also beefing up its border regions along the Line of Actual Control, (LAC) by deploying its top end fighter aircraft.

 

The J-10, which was also being sold to Pakistan, took part in exercises in October last conducted by PLA incorporating Air Forces and air defence units as well as armour and artillery units in Tibet Autonomous Region.

 

"The J-10 fighter was initially designed as an air superiority fighter, focusing on air combat and interception capability.”

 

"But with modern sensors, avionics and land attack munitions, it can also perform well in ground attack roles," Bai Wei, former deputy chief editor of Aviation World Monthly told the state run Global Times. The J-10's activities on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau have been relatively frequent in the past months, the newspaper said.

 

"Operations on the plateau are a routine for the Air Force. The main obstacles for plateau operation are thin air, complicated weather conditions faced by ground crews and low oxygen density, which makes igniting the engines much harder," Bai noted.

 

The J-10 fighters made their first flight during the Chinese Lunar New Year on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in January this year with a typical air combat patrol payload, namely two mid-range air-to-air missiles, two short-range air-to-air missiles, and three external fuel tanks.

 

The J-10's primary air combat weapon, the active radar homing mid-range missile dubbed as the PL-12, is a fourth generation radar-homing air-to-air missile, the daily said.

 

It is generally comparable to the US AIM-120 missile, which has a good service record in past air combat missions, Daniel Tong, a Chinese military observer and founder of the website Chinese Military Aviation said.

 

The Chengdu J-10 fighter made its official debut in 2006. The aircraft has been delivered to the Air Force in large quantities along with the Shengyang J-11 two-engine heavy fighter, Tong said.

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23 mars 2012 5 23 /03 /mars /2012 08:30

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22 Mar, 2012 The Economic Times

 

NEW DELHI: The first of the six Scorpene submarines ordered by the Indian Navy will be launched for sea trials in 2013, a top official of the firm constructing the submarines has said.

 

India had placed orders for six Scorpene submarines with French firm DCNS in 2005, of which the first is expected to be commissioned into the Navy by mid-2015 after a delay of around three years.

 

"As per the schedule, the first Scorpene submarine would be 95 per cent ready towards end of 2013 after which it will be launched for sea trials," DCNS' India head Bernard G Buisson told PTI here.

 

Sea trials of a submarine are carried out when almost all the weapon systems and sensors to be deployed on board it are integrated.

 

He said most of the issues causing delays in the submarine programme have been sorted out and expressed confidence that there would be no further delays in the programme.

 

The six Scorpenes are being constructed at the Mazagon Dockyards Limited (MDL) under Project-75 under technology transfer from French firm DCNS.

 

The government approval for construction of the six submarines was accorded in September 2005 at a total cost of Rs 18,798 crore and the contract was signed in October that year.

 

The project cost was revised to Rs 23,562 crore in February 2010, along with revision in delivery schedule.

 

Commenting on the delays experienced in the project, Defence Minister A K Antony had recently told Parliament that "Most of the teething problems have been resolved and various plans have been put in place to minimise delays."

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