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


Le commandant en chef adjoint de la marine chinoise Xu Hongmeng vient d’annoncer, en marge de la session de l’APN (Assemblée populaire nationale), qu’il serait possible pour le premier porte-avions chinois d’être mis en service cette année. Au sujet de cette plate-forme d’envol et d’atterrissage d’avions, elle a effectué sa première sortie d’essai de 10 août 2011, laquelle a pris fin cinq jours plus tard, c’est-à-dire dans la matinée du 14 août. Par la suite, le porte-avions a exécuté successivement à titre expérimental trois autres sorties.


Référence : Quotidien du Peuple (Chine)

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 13:45

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March 12, 2012 Jim Garamone / American Forces Press Service – defpro.com


WASHINGTON | The Pacific will be a growing focus for the American military in the years to come, but the Middle East also must remain a priority, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Hawaii Mar. 8.


The secretary is in Honolulu to preside at today’s change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Pacific Command. Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard will pass command of the largest U.S. combatant command to Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III.


In a meeting with local reporters, Panetta addressed the importance of the Asia-Pacific region to the United States, but also fielded questions on Iran and Syria. “As we emphasize and focus on the Pacific and the region, this will remain a very important command and base, and we will continue to emphasize this region,” the secretary said.


Panetta also emphasized that this is a historic time for the Defense Department.


“We’re at a turning point after 10 years of war,” he said. “We’ve ended the mission in Iraq, and we’ve turned a corner in Afghanistan. We still have a war there, but I think we are on a better path toward transition in Afghanistan.”


U.S. forces participated in NATO operations that removed Moammar Gadhafi from power in Tripoli and gave Libya back to the Libyan people, he noted. “On terrorism,” he added, “we’ve scored significant success against the leadership of al-Qaida, although terrorism itself remains a threat.”


These successes must be viewed through the prism of economic difficulties, Panetta said. The United States is facing severe budget problems with record deficits and record debt, and Congress has mandated cutting $487 billion from the defense budget over the next 10 years.


“This happens at a time when we face some significant threats in the world,” he said. “We’re still fighting a war, we are still confronting terrorism. We have threats from Iran and from North Korea. We have the Middle East in turmoil, we have rising powers in the Pacific, and we have the threats of cyber war.”


President Barack Obama directed the Pentagon to develop a new defense strategy, Panetta told reporters, and leaders used this new guidance to make budget decisions. The strategy is the basis for building the force needed for the future, and the shifting of focus to the Pacific, he said. And the strategy puts the military on the right path while still doing the Defense Department’s part to solve the deficit crisis, he added.


The military will become a smaller and leaner force, Panetta said, but it will be more agile, quickly deployable and technologically advanced under the new strategy.


“Part of our strategy was to emphasize our presence in the Pacific and the Middle East,” he said. “We are a Pacific power, and we will remain one.”


The United States maintains forces in the Pacific “because we believe this is an important area economically, militarily, strategically and in terms of the allies that we have in this region,” the secretary said. But even in the middle of the Pacific, the Middle East still is a concern, he added.


Reporters asked Panetta about U.S.-Israeli cooperation on Iran. U.S. and Israeli leaders have discussed Israeli missile defense, and the two countries continue a very close military relationship, he said. U.S. and Israeli leaders held a series of discussions in the past week, the secretary noted. Iran obviously was a matter discussed at the highest levels, he said, and the United States understands Israeli leaders must make decisions they believe are in their country’s best interests, and America will do the same.


“When it comes to Iran, we have common cause against Iran, [and] we have the same concerns as Israel with regards to [Iran] obtaining a nuclear weapon,” the secretary said.


The United States has made it clear that a nuclear Iran is not acceptable, Panetta said.


“We are going to prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Panetta said. “We are also going to ensure they are not going to close the Straits of Hormuz.”


U.S. leaders believe sanctions against Tehran are working, the secretary said. “We think diplomacy and holding the international community together to apply that pressure needs to continue and that’s the right way to go right now,” he added. “We hope Israel will continue to be part of that international effort.”

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 13:05



March 10, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE


The Philippines has received the first four (of eight) W-3A transport helicopters from Poland. Two years ago, after several years of negotiations, the Philippines ordered eight W-3As from Polish firm PZL-Swidnik. The six ton W-3 was originally developed in Poland in the 1970s and was sold to other East European nations during the Cold War, as a competitor to the Russian Mi-8. When the Cold War ended, the W-3 was upgraded and certified to operate in Western countries. The twin engine W-3 can carry twelve passengers. Some W-3s were used with Polish troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.


There is also a W-3PL "battle support" helicopter version, and some of these are with Polish troops in Afghanistan. This is not a gunship, however, it does have an armored floor but it is otherwise not as robust as choppers specifically built as gunships. The W-3PL has a radar, HUD (head up display), anti-missile system (detectors and flare dispensers), and is armed with a 12.7mm machine-gun turret under the nose. There are winglets for carrying rockets and missiles.


The Philippines bought the W-3 because the aircraft had a good track record and it was, like the Russian Mi-8, cheap (in this case, $6.3 million each). But the main reason for buying the W-3s was that Swidnik was the only bidder. The Philippines was unwilling to pay higher prices that all the other helicopter manufacturers were asking. Poland had another advantage, in that its products have a better reputation for quality and reliability than their Russian counterparts.

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 12:31

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March 12, 2012. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


The U.S. Navy, and military is focusing more of its attention towards the Pacific, noting the shift of economic power and, some would argue military power, to the region, particularly with China.


During a recent Senate defence committee meeting Conservative Senator Don Plett noted that the U.S. Strategic Defence Review placed greater emphasis on Asia-Pacific operations as a counter to China’s growing power and influence. Plett wondered whether the Royal Canadian Navy should be making a similar shift and put that question to Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, head of the RCN. (This is certainly a recommendation that naval officers such as now retired Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile and Rear Admiral Roger Girouard have argued for a long time)


But Maddison doesn’t see it that way. He argued that the “Canadian navy has been as present as we could be in the Indo-Pacific, specifically Southeast and Southwest Asia, for many years, decades.”


He went on to detail a number of deployments, such as HMCS Ottawa operating off the coast of Australia last year. In addition, he pointed out that the navy’s largest exercise will be at the upcoming RIMPAC exercise scheduled this summer in Hawaii.


“That is a long way of saying that I believe we have balanced – to the best of our ability – the ships that we have and the sea days that we have with the opportunities to work alongside our allies in the Pacific, in the European NATO area and, of course, in other areas of the world, such as, increasingly in the past 20 years, the Persian Gulf; the Indian Ocean; the Caribbean, especially in the counter-narcotics mission; and in the Arctic,” he explained.  “It is a question of balancing all of these priorities to get maximum strategic effect for Canada.”


Is he right? Or should there be more of a shift of naval assets on the East Coast over to the West Coast?

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 12:30



March 11, 2012 idrw.orgSOURCE: PTI


French aircraft manufacturing company Dassault is helping the Indian Air Force investigate the two recent crashes involving Mirage-2000 fighter jets.


A team of engineers and technicians from France arrived in Gwalior – the home base of 49 Mirage-2000 aircraft – to help the IAF in air-crash investigations, sources told PTI here.


The foreign team comprises members from SAFRAN, whose engines are fitted to the aircraft which has suffered only six casualties in its over 25 years of service with the IAF, they said.


The IAF is worried after losing two Mirage-2000 fighters in a span of 11 days and has grounded the fleet for preliminary checks.


On both the occasions it was the trainer version of the aircraft which crashed but the pilots managed to bail out successfully.


IAF has already ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the accidents.


The first crash took place on February 24 when the aircraft crashed near Bhind in Madhya Pradesh soon after takeoff.


The second accident took place on March 5, 100 km south-west of Jaipur near a village in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.


These aircraft started getting inducted into the IAF in the mid-80s and have had a very good flight safety record.


The IAF has also recently signed two deals worth over USD 3.2 billion for upgrading the capabilities of the Mirage 2000 with French companies Dassault, Thales and MBDA.


Dassault was recently awarded the contract for supplying 126 Rafale aircraft to the IAF.

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


Le Consulat général de France à Hong Kong et Macao est heureux d’annoncer que la frégate de la marine nationale Vendémiaire, en escale à Hong Kong du 14 au 19 mars 2012, ouvrira ses portes au public le dimanche 18 mars de 14h00 à 17h00, pour une visite des zones extérieures du bâtiment.


Référence : Consulat de France à Hong Kong


Escales : 14/03/2012 au 19/03/2012 : Vendémiaire F 734 à Hong Kong

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 12:08



March 12, 2012 idrw.org SOURCE : BANGALORE MIRRIOR


In another bull’s eye for the city, a Bangalore-based electronics firm has developed a device which would soon make the Indian Army’s Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT) an even more formidable weapon of war.


The indigenous Arjun tank, considered the finest third generation battle tank in the world, will soon be fitted with an ‘Automatic Video Tracker’, a device developed by Deepti Electronics and Electro-Optics Pvt Ltd (Delopt), Kanakapura Road. The device homes in on an enemy target and tracks it until it is destroyed.


Based on Line Replacement Units (LRUs) technique, a state-of-the-art technology, the tracker uses thermal technology to locate enemy tanks and vehicles. The device becomes the ‘eyes’ of the tank as it maintains a constant surveillance for potential targets. Once a target is detected, information is passed on to the gunner, who then launches a weapon to destroy the target. The entire process takes no more than a fraction of a second.


A prototype of the device was successfully tested on Arjun tanks in the Pokhran range, Rajasthan recently. A slightly modified version of the device will be handed over to the army in about a month’s time.


According to M R Sheshadri, director of Delopt, Arjun tanks are currentlyfitted with a manual thermal imager produced by a French company. It requires the navigator to constantly keep an eye on either the monitor or the view finder to locate enemy targets — a difficult process as both are on the move.


“By the time the information is passed on to the gunner, the target would have escaped,” Sheshadri, a former DRDO scientist, said. “With the thermal imager, the navigator can only track the enemy, but he cannot lock on to it for that perfect strike.”


Considering these drawbacks, the DRDO had called for tenders inviting firms to devise and manufacture a mechanism that would lock on to a target irrespective of its speed and location.


“Once the device locks on to a target, the commander can forget about it,” Sheshadri said. “The tracker will take care of the rest. It collects intelligence inputs like location, distance, range etc and in less than a few milliseconds output is sent to the gunner who then fires a missile to destroy the target. It has zero error. Unlike the earlier mechanism, with this device you can save personnel from fatigue. For instance, the tank commander can attend to some other duty while the tracker locks on to the target.”


An Arjun tank is operated by a four-member crew comprising a commander-cum-navigator, gunner, loader and driver.


While the tracker has been devised to primarily locate targets on land, it is capable of tracking air-borne threats as well.


“Whether the target is in the front or at the rear of the tank, the device can detect any enemy threat and lock on to it,” Sheshadri said. “During trials, it detected fighter aircraft and missiles at a distance of 25 to 30 kms away. But for terrestrial targets, the army wanted us to limit it to 3km. Israel has also installed a commercial grade version of the product in their surveillance gadgets like air balloons etc. The defence grade has been made available only to the  DRDO ,” he said.


Although it can locate a number of targets, the tracker can lock on to only one target at a time. “We are working to incorporate multiple target engaging facility,” said Sheshadri, whose firm took five years to develop the tracker.

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 08:55

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Mar 11, 2012 Deepak K Upreti - deccanherald.com


New Delhi - Build-up on Indian side will include modernising 70-80 facilities


India will expand and modernise around 70 to 80 airbases and airstrips for landing fighter and transport jets as well as large choppers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and  Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.


File photoThe strategic build-up on the Indian side is to match the highly rated Chinese infrastructure facilities for the operational movements and lifting of goods. According to top Home Ministry sources, it will take between three and eight years “to match” Chinese facilities on the other side of the LAC. The airbases on the Indian side of the LAC have currently facilities for landing small helicopters like Chetak, Cheeta and Dhruv but they are inadequate for bigger helicopters with “higher lifting capacity” of over three tonnes or so.


Well-placed sources told Deccan Herald that around 70 to 80 smaller and existing airbases would be “expanded” to accommodate choppers like Mi-17 twin-turbine transport helicopter.


Expansion plan


The small airbases at high altitudes are about 50 feet by 50 feet which would be doubled “in the strategic expansion plan.” In the hilly terrain, high walls will come up around the “new bases”.


Similarly airstrips at “very high altitude” will be modernised and made operational round-the-year with new strategic “pukka” roads and arteries to back up (the army and para-military forces deployed ) along the high-altitude and inhospitable border posts.


Arunachal Pradesh bases like Kimine and Zero supply point, in Ladakh Denchok and DBO and in Uttarakhand expanded landing facilities will be created at Rimkhim, Lapthal and Milan, close to Tibet border.


They said some of the airbases along the China borders close to Gunji and the Neelam valley provide “natural grounds” for good helipads in advanced areas.


The airstrips for aircraft are to be modernised and expanded at Fukche, Numua and DBO in Ladakh , Gauchar and Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand and Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

“After the 1962 war some of the airstrips in the forward areas in Ladakh became inoperational and were closed down and remained kachcha. In Uttarakhand airstrips were semi-operational, Now ,these  would be expanded, moder­nised and made fully operational for all kinds of logistic support,” sources said.


Land  is being developed  for aircraft to give them sufficient  turning space and safe runway.


In the North-East airstrips like “Lilabari” airport in Assam is for long fully operational for civil as well as other operations.


Roads on the Indian side of the LAC are being redone so that troops and supplies could be reached faster to the farthest Border Out Posts (BOPs), sources said. The “old time practice of  carrying of goods on the back is being altogether eliminated by two-phase development of roads on our side  giving quick access to the last BOP on the Chinese borders.”


The first phase is expected to conclude by 2015 with main roads in place and thereafterarterial  roads will be laid to feed the last man on the inhospitable Chinese border.


Twenty-seven Strategic roads located in ”very high altitude”, totalling 804 km along the LAC in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, are being constructed on a priority basis by the Ministry of Home Affairs for operational  purposes.


Sources said strategic  roads along the LAC have already come up at several strategic points. “The roads on the Chinese are very good with townships having sprung up alongside,” they said. Border points like Ganchok have water, electricity and inhabited houses.


China has developed a modern airport in Lhasa at 14,000 feet, put in place train and “pukka” roads on their side “to complete the chain” for logistic support in case of a conflict, the sources said. Chinese activities on the LAC have currently come to a zero level due to snow fall. Active movement could be noticed only after May, sources said.

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March 11, 2012 idrw.org - SOURCE: Sunday-guardian.com


The Naval version of India’s first indigenous fighter — the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA-Navy) — has not been able to obtain the certification needed to make its debut flight because of structural issues. The Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) refused the certification saying the structure of the aircraft needed rectifications. The debut flight was initially slated to take place by the end of 2010, but was delayed. The US Navy and the European consortium, EADS, are being consulted to rectify the problems.


The two most important features that require rectifications are the landing gear and special controls. The weight of the landing gear needs to be reduced. The movement of the Levcon (leading edge vortex control) too has to be reduced. A Levcon is a small wing ahead of the main wing of the aircraft, at the edge, and is required to have a controlled movement. These features distinguish the naval version from the Indian Air Force’s LCA. The LCA-Navy is heavier than the IAF version as it has a landing gear that makes its under-carriage weightier than its IAF counterpart. The Levcon is also missing in the IAF version.


Being built by the Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under the guidance of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the LCA-Navy has the primary role of air defence and anti-shipping strike and interception. Fuel dump, an additional feature that the LCA-Navy will have, will help the aircraft land safely by reducing its weight. The first LCA-Navy was rolled out in July 2010 and was supposed to take off by the end of 2010. It may be noted that the carrier-borne fighter’s first prototype had its Engine Ground Run (EGR) only on 26 September 2011.


Defence Minister A.K. Antony stated in Parliament last year, “Deficiencies have been detected in the airframe and other associated equipment of the LCA Navy. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is working out modalities with various organisations for rectifying these deficiencies by suitable modifications to the engine/airframe design.”


All naval LCAs will be tested at the Goa-based shore-based test facility (SBTF), which will have a simulated arresting gear and landing aids as in an aircraft carrier, as the aircraft will form a part of the fleet onboard the indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC). The Navy has ordered 46 of these aircraft for the IAC, which is expected to be ready for sea-trials towards the end of 2013. The 40,000 tonne warship is being built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd.


The LCA (Navy) project team comprises members of the Indian Navy, IAF, HAL, DRDO, CEMILAC, DGAQA, CSIR laboratories, educational institutions and other public and private sector partners. The programme is being headed by a retired naval officer, Commodore Balaji, who has been under tremendous pressure to show results.


The IAF LCA Tejas has been delayed already. Its final operational clearance (FOC), which was slated for 2013 will now come in 2014. With the first flight of the naval version too getting delayed, the entire programme has come under criticism.


Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma was quoted saying in Port Blair in February this year that the parent agency, ADA, concentrated mainly on the IAF version of the aircraft, more than the naval version, which caused the delay. The Navy chief largely blamed the ADA for not delivering.


Former IAF chief S. Krishnaswamy has said that the naval aircraft will probably need a new engine apart from a lot of testing and modifications. He has said that with the primary IAF version too hitting technological roadblocks, it’s bad news for the LCA programme all-round.

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11/3/2012 IsraelDefense


Israel Military Industries (IMI) is looking to overturn the 10-year ban India imposed against it


Last week, the Indian Defense Ministry added Israel Military Industries (IMI) to the blacklist of companies unable to carry out transactions with India for a period of ten years.


Altogether, India’s Ministry of Defense imposed a ban on six companies from presenting proposals for defense tenders in the country for ten years. The decision was announced three years after the names of the six companies were tied to corruption accusations.


In 2009, India’s Ministry of defense decided to freeze operations with seven companies that sold defense equipment to India, including IMI. The decision was made due to suspicion of corruption involving a former senior Indian official that was responsible for contacts with foreign industries.


In response, the companies have decided to appeal the verdict. IMI’s spokesperson stated that the company has and continues to operate lawfully. “IMI continues and will continue to operate vis-à-vis the Indian government towards settling this matter, and we cannot respond beyond that.”


“The decision is based on incorrect facts and it ignores the data and documents that the Israel Military Industries sent to the Indian Ministry of Defense,” Israel Military Industries said in a statement. “IMI will appeal the decision before the relevant Indian authorities.”

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 08:35

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2012-03-09 -- (China Military News cited from PLA Daily )


The conference of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on assigning the command and confrontation training pilot task was held on March 5, 2012 at the Nanjing Army Command College. Nearly 100 leaders and experts from the leading organs of the PLA general headquarters/departments, troop units and educational institutions to be involved in the pilot work attended the meeting.


The PLA general headquarters/departments decided to adopt confrontation training as the basic training method for command body training and troop units’ actual-troop exercise to realize the transformation of the command body training from the traditional model of organizing and conducting training solely by the command body to a new model of confrontation training which separates the command body, the simulated “Blue Army” and the directing and coordinating body. In order to encourage troop units to conduct confrontation training in a real sense, the actual-troop exercise will be transformed from one that is interfered by directing and coordinating body during the whole process to one that features independent confrontation drill by the “Red Army” and the “Blue Army”.


As a pilot program of command and confrontation training, the “Army Operation Command Training Center” of the Nanjing Army Command College will organize commanding bodies at division and brigade levels to carry out confrontation drill with simulated commanding body organized by educational institutions in order to enhance the capability of commanding body in commanding actual combat and organizing training by using information system.


Troop units at brigade and regiment levels and the simulated “Blue Army” will be organized to conduct the actual-troop confrontation drill in the combined tactics training base in order to adopt simulation method to reflect the true situation on the battlefield and the result of the confrontation.


The pilot program of command and confrontation training and actual-troop confrontation exercise will be launched in the Nanjing Army Command College and a training base respectively in the third quarter of 2012.


Chen Yong, assistant to chief of general staff of PLA, attended and addressed the meeting.

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 08:30



March 9, 2012 Spacewar.com (AFP)


Islamabad - Pakistan on Friday appointed a new head of its powerful military intelligence agency -- an organisation which has been accused of maintaining links with Taliban militants in the past.


"Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has appointed lieutenant general Zaheer ul Islam, corps commander Karachi, as new director general Inter Services Intelligence (ISI)," a senior government official told AFP.


A statement later issued by Gilani's office confirmed the new appointment but gave no details.


"The outgoing ISI chief lieutenant general Ahmed Shuja Pasha is retiring on March 18 and Islam will take up the position then," the official said.


Pasha, who was appointed ISI chief in September 2008, is considered to be close to Pakistan's military chief Ashfaq Kayani, who ran the intelligence agency himself until October 2007.


The ISI is feared within Pakistan as it plays a central, although covert, political role in a country that has spent more than half of its history since independence in 1947 under military rule.


Tensions between the army and government soared last year over a note seeking Washington's help to curb the military's powers amid fears of a coup after the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad.


The memo allegedly delivered to the then chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, was first made public by an American-Pakistani businessman in October.


Both Pasha and Kayani wanted a judicial inquiry into the affair, dubbed "memogate", while the civilian government sought to play it down. A judicial commission appointed by the Supreme Court is investigating.


The ISI has helped capture or kill hundreds of senior Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan since it joined the "war on terror" in 2001, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed 9/11 mastermind.


But many Western officials suspect that, having helped to create the Taliban that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, the organisation has been playing a double game.


Pakistan strongly denies any such links, although former military ruler Pervez Musharraf admitted in 2006 that some retired Pakistani intelligence officers may have been abetting extremists.

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 08:20



March 9, 2012 defpro.com


Reforms at the New Zealand Defence Force are on track, but the process has affected those who work for the Defence Force, the Vice Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force told a Select Committee Mar. 8.


Rear Admiral Jack Steer told Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee that the Defence Force has realised savings for 2011/12 of $127 million, as at the end of January. Savings for reinvestment for the full financial year are forecast to be $142 million – against the $130-$150 million we forecast in August 2011.


“In short, our reform programme is on track,” he says. “We have made savings and have a comprehensive plan for the remainder. We currently forecast to achieve $355 million savings for reinvestment by FY 14 /15.”


But the Vice Chief of Defence acknowledged that such fundamental change, that it had hit Defence people hard, with higher attrition and lower morale than in recent years.


“There is no shying away from the fact that it has impacted our people,” he says. “It is people that define our organisation, they are our greatest capability and if we cannot keep well trained people; or cannot keep morale up, we will not be able to deliver on our mission. This is a focus of the Defence Force leadership team.


“For the record I would like to state that we are immensely proud of the young men and women of our Defence Force. Every day they are prepared to step into harms way in the service of their country. They are a very impressive group of New Zealanders and we are most grateful and appreciative for the service they provide.”


With regard to Defence’s civilianisation programme, Rear Admiral Steer says savings had been realised earlier and of a greater amount than originally forecast. In total 304 members of the Defence Force were ‘impacted by civilianisation, with 85 of them appointed to civilian roles.


Rear Admiral Steer says this means that the next phase of civilianisation would be progressed through existing attrition and completion of contracts: “Our people even in roles under consideration for civilianisation, can have the certainty that there is a job until they decide to make a change.”


“This has been a hard year for the NZ Defence Force, with the losses of life on operations, the impact of the change programme, and the high tempo of activities.


“As we explain to our people, the changes we are undertaking are not about cutting the Defence Force, they are about ensuring that the money is spent where it needs to be to ensure the maintenance of the military capability that the New Zealand Defence Force provides to the Government of the day, and that contributes to the security and well being of the people of New Zealand.”


The Vice Chief of Defence formally noted the deaths while on duty in the years under consideration by the Select Committee of Corporal Ben Carson, FGOFF Dan Gregory, FLLT Hayden Madsen, LT Tim O’Donnell, Private Karifi Mila, Corporal Doug Grant; and Lance Corporal Leon Smith.


“Our thoughts remain with their family and friends. Our thoughts today are also with our colleagues from the 3rd battalion, the Yorkshire regiment and the 1st Bn, the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment who overnight lost six of their family in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan,” he says.

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12 mars 2012 1 12 /03 /mars /2012 08:05



11.03.12 LEMONDE.FR avec AFP


Les Etats-Unis prévoient d'envoyer un avion espion dans le ciel sud-coréen pour détecter des attaques potentielles par la Corée du Nord lors du sommet nucléaire international qui se déroulera à Séoul fin mars, rapporte dimanche 11 mars la presse sud-coréenne.




Les forces armées américaines et sud-coréennes envisagent de déployer un avion J-STARS (Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) pendant ce sommet des 26 et 27 mars, précise l'agence Yonhap. La surveillance de la Corée du Nord a été renforcée avant ce forum, auquel participeront une cinquantaine de chef d'Etat, dont le président des Etats-Unis Barack Obama.




Les avions J-STARS volent jusqu'à 12 km d'altitude, à une vitesse de 0,8 Mach, et peuvent détecter des activités nord-coréennes telles que des mouvements de troupes ou de missiles sol-sol. Les Etats-Unis avaient déjà fait voler ce type d'appareil dans le ciel sud-coréen lors de manœuvres conjointes américano-coréennes en novembre 2010, après le bombardement d'une île du Sud par le Nord qui avait fait quatre morts.


Le sommet sur le nucléaire est consacré à la sécurité du matériel et des installations nucléaires dans le monde et à la prévention d'attaques contre des sites. Le Nord a qualifié cette rencontre de "burlesque et de mauvais goût" et estime qu'elle prépare une attaque nucléaire de Séoul et de Washington contre Pyongyang.

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11 mars 2012 7 11 /03 /mars /2012 17:35



Sikorsky MH-60R ASW helicopter (photo : Sikorsky)



AIR 9000 Phase 8 seeks to acquire 24 MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters, associated support systems, and weapons, to replace the existing capability provided by the Navy’s 16 aging S-70B-2 Seahawks, and the cancelled Seasprite project.


The MH-60R is a mature platform currently in service with the United States Navy, with 100 aircraft delivered and 90,000 flying hours achieved at the time of signing the acquisition agreement. The aircraft will be equipped with Hellfire air to surface missiles, Mk 54 torpedoes, dipping sonar, sonobuoy launcher, multi-mode radar, and an integrated self defence system. The primary roles of the MH-60R are Anti-Submarine and Anti-Surface Warfare, while secondary roles include surveillance, search and rescue, and utility functions.


The MH-60R is a “military off the shelf” solution, although seven minor modifications will be made to adapt the aircraft to suit unique Australian requirements. All aircraft will be delivered in standard USN configuration, with modification work scheduled to occur during the period 2018 – 2020. The project will also necessitate limited modifications to both the Anzac class frigates and Hobart class air warfare destroyers, and planning for this work is underway.


Second Pass approval for the MH-60R project was announced on 16 June 2011. DMO aims to deliver the first aircraft in 2014, and to reach Initial Operating Capability, consisting of the first flight at sea, in 2015. The capability is expected to mature to provide eight embarked flights (in USN configuration) by July 2018. Final Operational Capability, including all ship and aircraft modifications, and a mature weapons suite, will be achieved by 2023. The S-70B-2 will be sustained until the new capability is established.


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11 mars 2012 7 11 /03 /mars /2012 12:40

J-20 Mighty Dragon Chengdu J-20 PLA Air Force pic7 source


2012-03-10 (China Military News cited from chinapost.com.tw)


China's stealth fighter, the J-20, will not be operational this year as previously speculated, a Beijing-based evening paper reported Thursday, citing ranking Chinese Air Force officials.


Several Chinese media outlets reported recently that the J-20, a Chinese stealth jet fighter, or its fifth-generation twin-engine fighter, will enter service earlier than scheduled following the plane's successful tests last year in the western Chinese city of Chengdu.


However, Gao Shouwei, a lieutenant general of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, told the Legal Evening News that test flights are still under way and the jet is not expected to be operational this year.


Commenting on the fighter's capacities, Gao said on the sideline of a National People's Congress meeting that the J-20 fighter has both advantages and disadvantages if comparing with the stealth jets of other countries, including F-22 of the United States.


The J-20, developed by China's Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, has attracted much attention since it made its maiden flight in Chengdu Jan. 11, 2011.


Reports of the stealth's successful tests have surprised the world with the speed with which China has developed its stealth jet, and have fostered anxiety in Western countries including Russia that are developing their own stealth jets.

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11 mars 2012 7 11 /03 /mars /2012 12:35



Type 053H1 frigates with Myanmar Navy hull numbers F21 and F23
(photos : Militaryphotos)

Two photos were posted onmilitaryphotos.net indicating that China handed over two Type 053H1 frigates to Myanmar Navy. In the Myanmar Navy ships have hull numbers F21 and F23.

Frigates Type 053H1 Jianghu-2 (development of the Type 053H1 Jianghu-one - the modified MRS Soviet D.50) were built in China inthe years 1981-88 at the shipyard Hudong Shipyard in Shanghai.Results for the Chinese navy was built 10 of these ships, including one ship in 1989 sold to Bangladesh and was named F18 Osman. Also in the years 1984-85 were built two frigates for the Navy Type 053H1 Egypt (951 Najim Al-Zafir and 956 El Nasser).

Displacement, standard / full - 1565/1960 ton
Length - 103.22 m
Breadth - 10.83 m
Draft - 3.19 m
Powerplant - Two-shafted, two diesel 12E390VA (16,000 hp), 2 DG12PA6V280 BTC
Speed ​​- 25.5 knots
Range - 3,000 miles at a speed of 18 knots and 1750 miles at a speed of 25 knots
The crew - 195 people (including 30 officers)

2x2 launchers of SY-1 antiship missiles;
2x2 100-mm gun mounts Type 79A;
6x2 37-mm gun mounts Type 61 or Type 76;
2x5 240-mm ASW rocket launchers Type 81 (30 depth charge rockets RGB-12) or 2x6 ASW rocket launchers Type 3200 (36 depth charge rockets);
2 depth charge mortars Type 64;
2 depth charge racks

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11 mars 2012 7 11 /03 /mars /2012 12:30



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


Trois navires de la Force maritime d’autodéfense japonaise, que sont le JS Hamagiri (DD155), le JS Sawayuki (DD125) et le JS Asayuki (DD132), ayant à leur bord 600 officiers et marins, ont jeté l’ancre au port de Chua Ve, ville de Hai Phong (Nord-Est).


Référence : Vietnam+

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10 mars 2012 6 10 /03 /mars /2012 17:40



10.03.2012 Source: xinhua


Le porte-avions chinois réaménagé commencera à servir officiellement dans la marine cette année, ont déclaré hier de hauts responsables militaires.


Des avions de combat participeront bientôt aux essais en mer qui se déroulent bien à ce jour, a déclaré Xu Hongmeng, commandant adjoint de la marine chinoise.


« Les autorités militaires prévoient de permettre la mise en service du porte-avions cette année », a indiqué M. Xu à Beijing.


Un porte-parole du ministère de la Défense avait déclaré précédemment que le transporteur serait utilisé principalement pour la recherche scientifique et la formation des pilotes des futurs porteurs.


Les experts militaires estiment que le transporteur sera mis en service le 1er août, la journée de l'Armée en Chine, et servira dans la mer de Chine méridionale. Il n'a pas encore été nommé.


Des photographies publiées en ligne ont montré des avions et des hélicoptères atterrir sur le pont de l'appareil dans le port de Dalian en Chine du nord-est.


Des avions de combat chinois J-15, que les experts militaires considèrent comme le modèle le mieux adapté au transporteur, ont pris part à des exercices de décollage et d'atterrissage à courte distance à la fin de l'année dernière, selon un reportage du journal pékinois Legal Evening News hier.


Le navire ne sera doté d'une capacité de combat que lorsque les avions militaires pourront y atterrir et en décoller, indique l'expert en porte-avions Zhang Yao, chercheur senior à l'Institut d'études internationales de Shanghai.


L'appareil a pris part à quatre essais en mer dans la mer Jaune depuis le mois d'août dernier.


Le navire sera capable de transporter une trentaine de chasseurs et hélicoptères, ainsi qu'un équipage de près de 2 000 personnes.


Le porte-avions Admiral Kuznetsov a été acheté à l'Ukraine en 1998 comme coquille vide et a été réaménagé pour son rôle en tant que plateforme de recherche et de formation. Toutes les armes et les systèmes de radar et autres équipements à bord ont été fabriqués en Chine.


La Chine a encore un long chemin à parcourir avant de produire ses propres porte-avions, car elle doit s'adapter aux nouvelles tendances de développement, a constaté hier Xu Xiaoyan, lieutenant général de l'Armée populaire de libération. « La Chine aura besoin d'au moins trois porte-avions », a-t-il souligné.


Le major général Luo Yuan, chercheur à l'Académie des sciences militaires de l'APL, a déclaré qu'« il est tout à fait possible pour la Chine de construire plus de porte-avions correspondant à la puissance économique du pays ».

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10 mars 2012 6 10 /03 /mars /2012 09:00



09/03/2012 vietnamplus.vn


En tant que membre de l'ASEAN, le Vietnam est prêt à partager ses expériences avec le Cambodge dans l'organisation de la 6e conférence des ministres de la Défense de l'ASEAN (ADMM-6).


C'est ce qu'a souligné le général Phung Quang Thanh, ministre de la Défense, lors d'une rencontre vendredi, à Hanoi, avec le général cambodgien Nieng Phat, secrétaire d'Etat, envoyé spécial du ministre cambodgien de la Défense nationale.


Le Vietnam a participé très activement, ces dernières années, aux conférences et séminaires régionaux parmi lesquels les conférences de la coopération dans la défense et la sécurité comme l'ADMM, a dit Phung Quang Thanh.


En 2010, le pays a organisé avec succès, a-t-il poursuivi, la 4e conférence des ministres de la Défense de l'ASEAN (ADMM-4), ainsi que la conférence élargie des ministres de la Défense de l'ASEAN (ADMM+).


De son côté, le général Nieng Phat a affirmé qu'en qualité de pays organisateur, le Cambodge fera de son mieux pour que l'ADMM-6 soit organisée conformément au plan prévu, pour l'intérêt des pays membres de l'ASEAN.


Auparavant, le général Nieng Phat avait eu une séance de travail avec le général Nguyen Chi Vinh, vice-ministre de la Défense.-AVI

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 18:38

BRAHMOS LAUNCH- Test March 04, 2012 source LivefistJPG

source Livefist


March 9, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE


The second Indian Army BrahMos missile battalion has entered service. There was also a successful test of BrahMos on March 4th. So BrahMos missiles have only been deployed on the Pakistan border. But since the army version of BrahMos is carried around in a truck mounted launcher, the missiles could quickly be moved to the Chinese border. The third BrahMos battalion is believed to be for service on the Chinese border. India has been building up its forces in Arunachal Pradesh (which China claims) in the north-eastern.


BrahMos is a stealthy supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land, is about three-and-a-half times faster than the USA's subsonic Harpoon cruise missile and three times faster than USA's subsonic Tomahawk missile. An air-launched variant is expected to enter service within two years and will make India the only country with supersonic missiles in all the defense forces. A hypersonic version of the missile, which is also presently under development with speed of Mach 7 to boost aerial fast strike capability, is expected to be ready by 2016.


BrahMos has the capability of attacking surface targets by flying as low as 100 meters (310 feet) in altitude. It can gain a speed of Mach 2.8, and has a maximum range of 290 km. Its air launched version weighs 2.5 tons and the Indian Air Force is working on having an even smaller and lighter version. The army and navy versions of the BrahMos missile weigh three tons or more. All versions have a 200 kg (660 pound) conventional warhead, but it is possible to replace that with a nuclear warhead. The missile is also available for exports whosoever may interested in it as long as they are ready to shell out about $2-3 million for each missile. The cost depends on the version. The BrahMos has been developed as a joint venture between the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia under BrahMos Aerospace. The missile is named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.


BrahMos is criticized for being too expensive for what it does. Spending $3 million to deliver a 200 kg warhead seems excessive when there are so many other, cheaper, alternatives available. The one area where BrahMos is valuable is as an anti-ship missile, which is what it was originally designed for.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 18:25



Air Warfare Destroyer for Royal Australian Navy (image : Aus DoD)



The Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and the Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced the allocation of construction work for the third ship of the $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Project.

The allocation of block construction work for ship three is as follows:

• Forgacs (Newcastle) – 15 blocks;
• ASC (Adelaide) – eight blocks;
• Navantia (Spain) – five blocks; and
• BAE Systems (Melbourne) – two blocks.


This means the four shipyards will construct the same blocks for ship three that they are constructing for ship two. The construction arrangements for block structure and block pre-outfit are:


• Ship 1: BAE Systems 7, Forgacs 14, ASC 9
• Ship 2: BAE Systems 2, Forgacs 15, ASC 8, Navantia 5
• Ship 3: BAE Systems 2, Forgacs 15, ASC 8, Navantia 5


Getting the same shipyards to build the same blocks for ships two and three will enable the AWD Project to take advantage of lessons the shipyards have learnt and the experience they have gained from building the same blocks.


The AWD project involves the construction of 90 separate steel blocks being built at four shipyards in Adelaide (ASC), Melbourne (BAE Systems), Newcastle (Forgacs) and Spain (Navantia) as well as the three sonar block assemblies being built in Spain and the United Kingdom.


In May last year the Government announced the reallocation of 18 blocks for AWD Ships one and two. Thirteen blocks were divided between Forgacs, ASC and BAE with five allocated to Navantia.
The reallocation of work for ship three means that overall division of block construction across the project is:


• Forgacs – 44 blocks;
• ASC – 25 blocks;
• BAE Systems – 11 blocks; and
• Navantia – 10 blocks.


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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 18:23

Osprey class vessels mine-hunter-uss-navy


March 9, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE


Taiwan is getting two used American Osprey class coastal mine hunters. Each of the Ospreys will cost $53 million, mainly for refurbishment, upgrades and training. Five years ago the U.S. Navy decommissioned its twelve Osprey mine hunting ships. The Ospreys entered service in the 1990s, and are 893 ton, 61 meter (188 foot) long ships that require a crew of 51 and carry mine hunting sonar, and gear for destroying any mines found.


The Ospreys are being replaced by LCS ships carrying the mine countermeasures module. The LCS is about three times larger than the Ospreys, and may not be able to go places the Osprey's could go. LCS is supposed to be the Navy's green/brown water "solution", but many counter-mine experts believe it is too big for the mine clearing job. The LCS costs a heck of a lot more and is still not available, leaving the U.S. with only a handful of mine warfare vessels, of the somewhat larger Avenger Class (MCM-1), which run about 1,400 tons.


Counter Mine operations have always gotten the short end of the stick in the U.S. Navy. This is more a tradition, than a conscious decision to downplay this threat. American sailors have always been able to scramble and overcome naval mines during the few instances where a lot of them were encountered. One of these days, that famous luck will run out. Meanwhile, Taiwan will have a little of what the U.S. once had in the mine hunting department.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 18:15

NH-90 NZ photo NZDF

NH90 to assist RNZAF during assault, transport and

search-and-rescue missions


9 March 2012 airforce-technology.com


The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has formally inducted the first of its two new French NH90 medium utility helicopters into operational service for training missions within New Zealand.


The two helicopters were delivered by Nato Helicopter Industries (NHI) as part of a NZ$3.3bn long-term development plan (LTDP), aimed at helping its military meet minimum capability levels.


New Zealand Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said the NH90s will considerably improve the defence forces' ability to conduct military, counter-terrorism, disaster relief, search and rescue, and other operations.


"This milestone illustrates that we are delivering on the plan laid out in the Defence White Paper," Coleman added.


The NH90, intended to replace the aging fleet of 12 Vietnam War-era UH-1 Iroquois helicopters that have been in service since 1966, will boost the prospect of New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) engagement in distant ad-hoc coalitions.


The multi-role, medium-sized, twin-engine NH90 helicopters are capable of carrying over twice the Iroquois's payload and can operate in harsh military environments, over land and sea, day or night.


The aircraft are equipped with four-axis auto-pilot and advanced mission flight aids, specific mission and role-fit equipment, infrared and night vision systems, on-board monitoring and diagnostic systems, and fly-by-wire control technology.


The helicopter will also be operated by the air force from the Navy's 9,000t multi-role vessel HMNZ Canterbury to enhance counter-terrorism, disaster relief, search and rescue, and other operation capabilities.


A total of eight operational helicopters, including one spare, were ordered in 2006 under a $771m deal which also involved spare parts and training.


The RNZAF will receive the remaining six NH90s over the course of this year.


The helicopters are also in service with the German, Spanish, Italian and the French Armed Forces.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 18:14

W-3A Sokol source Flight Global


09 March 2012 - by Tony Osborne- Shepardmedia.com


The Phillippines Air Force (PAF) has taken delivery of the first batch of four W-3 Sokol helicopters from PZL-Swidnik.


The aircraft were handed over in a ceremony at Clark Air Base on 8 March after being flown in from Poland in late February. The second batch of four will arrive in the second quarter of 2012.


Eight Sokols were ordered in 2010 under a $65 million contract as part of its wide-ranging 'Back to Basics' modernisation of the PAF's assets.


The Philippine Air Force’s Sokols are equipped with navigation and avionics systems including a NVG compatible cockpit, allowing it to operate day and night in all weather conditions. The helicopter can transport up to 11 troops in the cabin or can lift up to 2,100 kg (4,630 lb) using its external cargo hook. The aircraft can also be fitted with a M60D machine gun on each side of the cabin.


Aircrew and maintainer training for the initial batch of aircraft was completed in February in Poland before the aircraft were air freighted to the Philippines.


Mieczysław Majewski, President of PZL-Świdnik, said: '[The handover] marks the start of a long partnership with the Philippine Air Force as these helicopters enter active service. We look forward to supporting the Sokols in service and expanding our partnership with the Philippine armed forces in the future.'


The modernisation focuses on improving the PAF's ability to conduct internal security operations.


The contract for eight aircraft under the Combat Utility Helicopter (CUH) programmes also includes training and support. The aircraft will be used in the SAR, medical evacuation and combat utility missions.


Further modernisation of the PAF will include the purchase of seven attack capable helicopters, 18 basic fixed-wing training aircraft, one C-130 aircraft and a single long-range patrol aircraft.

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