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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 18:10


INS Vikramaditya, ex-Admiral Gorshkov during refit


08 March 2012 navyrecognition.com


A Former Russian aircraft carrier (Soviet-built Admiral Gorshkov) which was being refurbished for the Indian Navy is being prepared to begin its first set of sea trials. These trials are expected to last through the spring and end with a delivery to the Indian Navy planned for late 2012.


The Indian government purchased the Soviet-era carrier Admiral Gorshkov in 2004. The vessel has been refurbished at Russia's Severodvinsk White Sea shipyard. 1,400 Indian specialists have received training to operate the ship.


According to a representative of the military-industrial complex quoted by Arm-TASS, the vessel will be delivered to India on December 4th. Delivery of the aircraft carrier by the end of 2012 had already been announced in September last year: it would seem that the delivery schedule remains unchanged. Russians and Indians had to overcome many difficulties associated with refinancing of the modernization of INS Vikramaditya and multiple postponements of delivery ensued over the last 8 years.


INS Vikramaditya will be operated in a STOBAR configuration, with a 14.3 degree ski-jump on the bow and three arrestor wires on the stern of the angled deck. This will allow the operation of 16 MiG-29K (and KUB) or Sea Harrier fighter aircraft and 10 helicopters.


The vessel is expected to displace 45,000 tons full load, with a length of 283 meters.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 18:00



March 09, 2012 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST


Just in: The seventh limited series production airframe (LSP-7) of the LCA Tejas has taken its first flight today at Bangalore. Stay tuned for updates, photos and videos.



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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 13:15
South Korea to Begin Spike-NLOS Acquisition

Spike missile launch (Photo Rafael)


7/3/2012 Arie Egozi - israeldefense.com


Future SPIKE missiles will be offered with a laser-homing head


Despite Seoul’s anger over Israel’s preference for an Italian training aircraft over a South Korean one, South Korea’s military will soon receive the Rafael-produced Spike-NLOS missiles.


South Korea sought to gain portable capability for launching long-ranged missiles, and therefore, chose to install missile launchers on Ford 550 vehicles, which carry protective solutions against small arms and shrapnel designed by Plasan. The Spike-NLOS is the long-range missile of Rafael’s SPIKE missile family. It has a range of 25 km, is extremely precise, and can be equipped with several types of warheads.


Rafael is anticipating additional deals for the export of Spike missiles. A demonstration of the Spike-ER missile was recently held in Israel when it was installed onboard an IAF Cobra helicopter. Representatives of foreign corps attended the demonstration of the missile, which has a range of 8 km. The advanced missile is marketed around the world as a more efficient substitute to the aging Hellfire missile, and it seems that several militaries will replace the US missile with the one produced by Rafael. Thus far, the missile has been installed on Spain’s Tiger helicopters, Italy’s I-129 helicopters, and Romania’s Puma helicopters.


The long-ranged missile can also be installed on helicopters, enabling a launch towards a ground target from a great distance that could be difficult to hit using ground fire.


Rafael’s Spike missiles are presently equipped with day and night homing heads. According to a source in Rafael, the missile will also be offered in the future with a laser homing head that will enable the missile to home in on a laser spot created by a laser marker positioned on the ground or operated from the air.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 13:10


Vietnam's BMP-1 tracked armored vehicle (photo : QDND)



QĐND - Scientists at the Institute of Engineering of the military (General Engineering) has successfully designed and manufactured test equipment Control Unit BU-40 loaded on the system of armored infantry fighting vehicles BMP-1. This is a completely new product, the technical application of modern microprocessors, compact structure, simple operation operation, stable operation and reliable.

BMP-1 tracked armored vehicle, have high mobility, are equipped with automatic reload makes reloading process easier and higher rate of fire. However, during use, the system automatically loaded or damaged, the repairs are complex cases that many soldiers have loaded by hand, a large effect to the tactical skills of the vehicle , the speed of artillery fire on the vehicle so as greatly reduced.

Control Unit BU-40 as the "brains" of the automatic reloading system. So, in the process of inspection and repair system, workers must always be placed on top of quality control BU-40 control block. BU-40 control block structure is complex with many elements such as relays, semiconductors so to test, evaluate quality control block, if using manual methods today will to disassemble parts, take a long time, labor and the quality and efficiency is not high.

Testing Equipment Control Unit BU-40 size 460x320x120mm, weight 3.5 kg, using 220V-50Hz power and instructed by the LCD-2x20. The device can work in temperatures less than 700C, capable of directly testing the relays, switches of motor control block, helping utility workers need not removable from the vehicle control block no need to remove parts of the block that can accurately assess the quality of each element, significantly reducing time and manpower in the process of inspection and repair. Products can be equipped for the repair factory-armored up in full military uniform inspection and repair of the Control Unit BU-40's automatic system loaded on the vehicle BMP-1.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:50



Mar 7, 2012 timesofindia


NEW DELHI: India has started making payments to French defence major Dassault Aviation for upgrading its fleet of Mirage 2000 aircraft under a deal worth $2.4 billion.


The Indian government has started making payments for the deal to upgrade the Mirage aircraft, sources said.


As a result of the payments released for the deal by India, the price of dollar was impacted upon in the exchange today.


As per the proposal, French firms Dassault and Thales will upgrade the aircraft, which will add 20-25 years to the life of the Mirages, inducted by the IAF in the mid-80s.


Two different proposals, one for the upgrade of systems of the aircraft and the other for over 400 MICA missiles for the upgraded fleet, were placed before the CCS.


Under the deal, the French firms will help in upgrading the avionics, navigation systems, mission computers, electronic warfare systems and radars bringing the aircraft to the Mirage-2000-5 standards.


The French companies will have to invest over $900 million into the Indian defence sector as defence offsets.


As per the Indian defence offsets policy, foreign vendors bagging deals worth over Rs 300 crore have to invest at least 30% of the worth of the deal back into the Indian defence, civilian aerospace and homeland security sectors.


As per the agreement, India has sent two of its aircraft to France for upgrades and thereafter the rest would be upgraded at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facilities.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:45




March 8, 2012 defpro.com


Singapore | Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering)'s land systems arm, Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics), refers to the earlier announcement made on 6 March 2012 in relation to media reports on the debarment by Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) from business dealings with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).


Further to the announcement, ST Kinetics would like to update that it has since received an Order dated 5 March 2012 from the OFB ordering: (a) the "cancellation of all agreements" with ST Kinetics, specifically a Non-Disclosure Agreement signed on 11 August 2008 with the OFB; and (b) that ST Kinetics be debarred from entering into any contract with the OFB for a period of 10 years.


ST Kinetics is seeking legal advice on the Order by the OFB and intends to vigorously take appropriate actions to clear its name and defend its reputation.


As announced previously, ST Kinetics has never won any defence contracts in India. This development has no impact on ST Kinetics' defence business as India has not been a market for its defence export sales.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:35

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March 8, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE


The Indian government admitted that its counter-terrorism forces have been working with the American SOCOM (Special Operations Command). This sort of thing is touchy in India, especially with the local Communist Party. Throughout the Cold War India claimed it was neutral, but bought a lot of weapons from the Soviet Union (Russia) and were big believers in socialism and central planning (as well as democracy). In the last two decades, India has become less socialist, more prosperous and more inclined to buy Western weapons.


Another trend during the last two decades has been Pakistani use of Islamic terrorists against India. This has caused a lot of ill-will between the two countries, especially because Pakistan denies that it is supporting Islamic terrorists, despite the growing mountain of evidence to the contrary. This has pushed India to form closer relationships with other nations under heavy attack by Islamic terrorists. This includes Israel, the United States and many other Western countries.


Because SOCOM is one of the major players in the war against Islamic terrorism, India was interested in sharing information and techniques. Thus the quiet trips to India by Special Forces personnel. Some Indian operators have also travelled to the United States. This counter-terrorism work includes intelligence collecting, which Special Forces operators are well trained to perform. But this also imposes a lot of secrecy.


Actually, SOCOM has some relationships with most nations in the region. But India, being the local superpower, and under the heaviest attack by Islamic terrorists, is the one place where SOCOM most wants to be, as often as it can manage. India offers unique and copious information on Pakistan and other neighbors. The cooperation was sought by counter-terrorism organizations from both nations.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:35

JAS Gripen photo Ernst Vikne


09 March 2012 Pacific Sentinel


As Malaysia listed the Swedish-made Gripen multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) as one of its possible choices for its new generation fighter jets, Saab, the manufacturer of the aircraft, is harping on its long-term cost effectiveness. Saab media relations manager Peter Liander said the cost of the whole life cycle of its MRCA in terms of maintenance, operations and flying was more effective as compared to other MRCA of its class. (Source Bernama by Jamaluddin Muhammad)

Generally, potential buyers should not just look at the buying price only, but also the cost for its whole life cycle," he told Bernama at the Defense and Security 2012 exhibition here


Malaysia is considering replacing its ageing 10 Russian-made MiG-29 aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) as the service period of the fighter jet had ended and needed to be replaced.


Apart from Gripen, others such as European-made Eurofighter Typhoon, American-made FA-18 Super Hornet and Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 were reported to be under the Malaysian Defence Ministry's radar for consideration, too.


Read the full story at Air Recognition
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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:35

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March 7, 2012 Spacewar.com  (AFP)


Taipei - Taiwan's military said one of its drones was missing and believed to have crashed on Wednesday, the first such incident since the sophisticated pilotless aircraft was introduced two years ago.


Ground crew lost track of the drone around 15 minutes after it took off from a base in east Taiwan's Taitung county early in the day, defence ministry spokesman David Lo said, declining to provide details of the mission it was on.


The drone, developed by the Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan's main arms research unit, is designed to cruise for up to eight hours, with missions including surveillance and relaying communication signals.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:35

Formidable class frigate photo RSN


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


La marine de Singapour va envoyer une frégate furtive et un hélicoptère dans le golfe d’Aden pour participer à la lutte contre la piraterie. Cette opération aura lieu au 2è semestre 2012.


La mission — le 4è dans la région — fait parti de la décision de Singapour d’augmenter sa participation dans les opérations de maintien de la paix dans le point chaud de la piraterie.


Le ministre singapourien de la défense, Ng Eng Hen, a annoncé le projet mardi dernier, lors de l’examen du budget de son ministère par le Parlement.


Référence : Straits Times (Singapour)

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:25



08/03/2012 vietnamplus.vn


Le ministre de la Défense Phung Quang Thanh a plaidé pour le renforcement de la coopération dans la défense entre le Vietnam et l'Italie, lors de sa rencontre jeudi à Hanoi avec le général de division italien Claudio Debertoli, secrétaire général et directeur national des armements.


Il a souhaité que les ministères de la Défense des deux pays continuent de renforcer leurs relations d'amitié et de coopération dans la défense, dans l'intérêt de chacun des deux peuples ainsi que pour contribuer à la paix, à la stabilité, à la coopération et au développement de la région comme du monde.


De son côté, Claudio Debertoli a fait savoir qu'il s'était entretenu avec le vice-ministre de la Défense Nguyên Chi Vinh sur des questions régionales et internationales, ainsi que sur les mesures propres à renforcer les relations d'amitié et de coopération dans la défense, et la compréhension mutuelle entre les deux pays.


Durant son séjour, Claudio Debertoli est allé déposer des gerbes de fleurs au Mausolée du Président Hô Chi Minh et au Mémorial des Héros et des Morts pour la Patrie, avant de visiter le temple de la Littérature, le Musée de l'histoire militaire du Vietnam et le Musée des beaux-arts de Hanoi. -AVI

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:15



March 8, 2012 defpro.com


Dutch military security teams which will be travelling on board merchant vessels will be using the port of Singapore as their base, for instance for the storage of weapons and ammunition. On behalf of Minister Hillen, the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom signed an agreement to that effect in Singapore on 29 February 2012.


In addition to the naval ships operating off the coast of Somalia, the government decided last year to deploy security teams consisting of heavily armed marines. These Vessel Protection Detachments (VPDs) protect vulnerable merchant vessels. The Netherlands has been actively involved in counterpiracy operations since 2008.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:10


China's Smart Hunter radar (photo : ADJ)



China’s SmartHunter in Thailand

The “SmartHunter” TH-5711 portable air defence missile operation and command system/ stealth air defence guard is being promoted by well knowned China Xian-based defence equipment producer at Bangkok’s Defense & Security 2012 exhibition.

SmartHunter offers the best solution against modern air threats with the integration of a Manpads/VSHORAD air defence missile system with a long range detection (30km) capability and reliable IFF, fully automated target information and commanding/ network operation.

The SmartHunter system has already been selected and supplied to the Chinese armed forces and also the armed forces of several other countries.

Following the strong interest by the Royal Thai Armed Forces, the producer is keen to provide Thailand with such effective systems.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:05



7 Mar, 2012, The Economic Times


CHENNAI: The first batch of the country's indigenously developed light combat aircraft (LCA) "Tejas" was likely to be handed over to the Indian Air Force by next year, a senior Aeronautical Development Agency official said today.


"As far as LCA is concerned, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is the prime agency. Last year they have started production. I hope from next year onwards they (the LCAs) will start entering the service..", Kota Harinarayana, Dr D S Kothari DRDO Chair, ADA, Bangalore, told reporters here.


In the first batch, IAF had placed orders for 40 LCAs. "Airforce has committed about 80 aircraft. Navy also wants similar aircraft", he said.


Harinarayana, former Programme Director for the LCA project at ADA, also mooted integration of auto component companies with HAL.


"See, HAL should not manufacture from bottom to top..that is from pin to aircraft. Pins should be made by pin-specialist. HAL can concentrate on integration. The problem is, there are no Tier I and II companies (to support other products for the construction of an aircraft)..we have to bring in that technology and innovation.", he said.


"The real challenge is we have to bring in technology at low costs which are globally competitive. We should be able to sell it elsewhere in the world", he said.


Earlier, addressing a seminar at the third edition of Tamil Nadu Manufacturing Summit, organised by CII, he said the global aerospace market was estimated to be USD 100 billion and dominated by US and European Union based industries.


In the next 20 years, India would need more than 1,200 aircraft worth USD 100 billion, he said.


He was of the view that Indian companies can enter into an agreement with Tier-I companies of the world so that there could not be any difficulty in bringing such technology to India.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:00



March 07, 2012 China Defence Blog


This gas operated bad boy brings a new meaning to "infantry firepower". Based on the proven QLB-87 design this launcher weights in only 20 lbs capable of firing HE, HE-DP and HE-I rounds.

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 21:08

cyber warfare


08/03/2012 Article de Jacques Cheminat avec IDG NS - lemondeinformatique.fr


Le renforcement des compétences de la Chine dans le cyber-espace va compliquer la tâche des américains pour se défendre contre l'espionnage industriel ou militaire, explique un rapport du Congrès américain.


Un rapport remis au Congrès américain dépeint un tableau sombre pour les Etats-Unis quant à la défense des activités et des sociétés IT. L'étude a été réalisée par la société Northrop Grumman pour le compte de la Commission de révision des relations économiques et sécuritaires entre le Chine et les Etats-Unis. Cette commission a été mise en place en 2000 par le Congrès US.


Il pointe notamment les risques d'inflitration au sein des chaînes d'approvisionnement des produits électroniques, via les puces ou les circuits intégrés. « La logistique de la microélectronique et des télécommunications est complexe, dispersée, ce qui rend difficile pour les entreprises américaines de vérifier l'authenticité des équipements électroniques » souligne le rapport. C'est d'autant plus vrai pour les matériels de télécommunications, notamment les systèmes de surveillance, qui peuvent être modifiés par des pirates pour donner de fausses instructions et provoquer des destructions ciblées des systèmes.


Ces contrefaçons issues de la Chine posent de plus en plus de problèmes au contre-espionnage américain. « En fournissant du matériel contrefait qui peut contenir un cheval de Troie intégré au firmware, un service de renseignement étranger ou des pirates ont de grande chance de pouvoir espionner plus facilement des sociétés ou des services publics ».


Un cyber-espionnage très intrusif


En matière de Défense, le rapport explique que l'Armée Populaire de Libération chinoise dispose d'un plan baptisé « information confrontation » qui semble envelopper les opérations sur les réseaux informatiques, la guerre électronique et les attaques psychologiques. « Les dirigeants de l'APL ont embrassé l'idée que le succès du combat repose sur la capacité d'exercer, souvent préventivement, un contrôle sur l'information et les systèmes IT de l'adversaire », souligne le rapport. Les Etats-Unis ont beaucoup de difficultés pour attribuer et apporter une réponse aux cyber-attaques. La Chine a développé ainsi de solides compétences  pour perturber les systèmes électroniques de commande et de contrôle de l'armée américaine. Cette infrastructure, connue sous le nom C4ISR, pourrait retarder une réponse rapide face à une crise majeure, comme une attaque sur Taïwan par exemple.


« Le commandement chinois pourrait accéder en profondeur dans les réseaux critiques liés à la logistique, mais aussi recueillir, à travers les données des systèmes de commandes et contrôles, des renseignements très précieux en temps réel. Il pourraient aussi corrompre des données sans détruire les réseaux ou le matériel » précise le rapport. Il rappelle que la Chine a investi fortement au niveau du renseignement, avec pas moins de 50 universités qui travaillent sur la sécurité de l'information.

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 18:55



March 8, 2012 defpro.com


Zodiac MILPRO (Military and Professional Boats) is proud to announce that its operations in Australia will enter in their new building in March.


Located South of Sydney, 25 Cawarra Rd Caringbah NSW 2229, the new facility, fully dedicated to Zodiac MILPRO operations, will provide an efficient platform for production, training and logistics.


Craig JORDAN, the Sales and Operations Manager of Zodiac MILPRO in Australia says “it is a perfect location, nearby the sea, with a great potential to better serve our customers”.


Zodiac MILPRO in Australia has a prestigious reference list with prominent customers such as the Royal Australian Navy and the New Zealand Navy, as well as a long history of distribution in the Pacific area.

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 18:20



March 8, 2012 stratpost.com


French warship builder DCNS will display the Scorpene submarine design at DefExpo 2012 in New Delhi, six of which are under construction for the Indian Navy at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.


Elements of the Scorpene design will also be put on the spot, such as the SUBTICS combat systems and the ‘optional’ MESMA Air Independent Propulsion system section, which the company has offered to incorporate into the Project 75 Scorpene boats under construction.


Design concept for PA2, France’s second aircraft carrier, with aircraft. DCNS will also display the design of a new generation aircraft carrier at DefExpo. Copyright: DCNS


DCNS recently delivered the first locally produced equipment for the large scale piping system onboard the P75 Scorpene submarines, built by Flash Forge of Visakhapatnam. A company statement quoted Bernard Buisson, Managing Director of DCNS India, as saying, “We remain fully committed to bring to the Indian government and our partners our innovative and proven technologies.”


The company plans to pitch the Scorpene in the contest for the Project 75 (India), a second program for the acquisition of six submarines, in addition to those being acquired under Project 75.


DCNS will also display its Barracuda nuclear submarine design at the exhibition. The French Navy has ordered six of the SSN (Sub Surface Nuclear) boat type, which is speculated to be the basis for a nuclear submarine to be jointly designed by France and Brazil. The Indian Navy recently received the Akula-II class nuclear submarine, Nerpa, under lease from Russia and renamed INS Chakra. India has an ongoing nuclear submarine construction program, with the first of class, INS Arihant and two follow-on boats.


A French Navy Mistral-class warship visiting Kochi in June, 2010.


Designs of the Mistral-class LHD, being pitched to the Indian Navy for its LPD acquisition program, and the Gowind OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel), will also be on display. DCNS has delivered three Mistral-class ships to the French Navy and has commenced construction of the first ship for the Russian Navy. Check out the display at the French pavilion in Hall 12, Booth 12.2K.

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 17:55

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2012-03-08 (China Military News cited from Xinhua)


A senior Chinese military official said on Wednesday that China hopes to make joint efforts with Canada to promote dialogues and advance practical cooperation between the two armed forces.


Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army and a member of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while meeting with Walt Natynczyk, chief of the defence staff of Canada.


Chen praised the robust and rapid development of bilateral relations, featuring frequent high-level contacts, deepened political mutual trust and rapid development of economic and trade cooperation, which has benefited people of both nations.


The development of bilateral military ties has kept positive momentum, said Chen, adding China is willing to enhance military exchanges and cooperation with Canada at all levels and in all fields in the future.


Natynczyk said Canada attaches importance to developing relations with China and hopes that the two armies could forge closer ties.


He suggested that the two sides enhance regular high-level visits, expand pragmatic cooperation and increase contacts on multilateral occasions, so as to promote the ties.


Earlier Wednesday, Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission also met with Natynczyk and pledged deepened pragmatic cooperation between the two armed forces.


Natynczyk arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, starting his four-day China visit, which will also take him to Nanjing and Shanghai.


On the same day, Chen also met with Philippe Combes, deputy chief of staff of the French army, who just attended the 11th strategic dialogue between defense ministries of the two countries.


France was the first western nation to forge diplomatic relations with the new China, said Chen, noting that, as long as the two countries steer the direction of bilateral relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective, the bilateral ties will develop healthily.


China is ready to work with France to develop the partnership, said Chen.


Noting bilateral military ties are an important component of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, Chen called on the two armies to push practical cooperation to a new stage under the guidance of the consensus of both leaders.


Combes said the two sides had exchanged views in an in-depth way on major strategic issues concerning international and regional security.


France is confident about the development of bilateral military ties and is willing to make joint efforts with China to enhance cooperation in international actions such as military training, peacekeeping, and anti-piracy, said Combes.

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 17:50



08 March 2012 Pacific Sentinel


Members of the Armed Forces from U.S. Pacific Command will participate in the Balikatan combined military exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines from April 16-27, 2012.


Balikatan, meaning “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Tagalog, is a regularly scheduled multiservice combined exercise hosted annually by the Republic of the Philippines. Balikatan 2012 is the 28th iteration in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security by ensuring interoperability and readiness of Philippine and U.S. forces.

U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. said, "I’m delighted to announce the United States’ participation in the 28th exercise of Balikatan.  The longevity of this bilateral exercise speaks to the health of our alliance as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder next to our Philippine allies.  This exercise will build meaningful relationships not only between our militaries, but also among communities and first responders.”

Training will consist of a computer-simulated command post exercise (CPX), multiple field training exercises (FTX), and medical, veterinary, and engineering humanitarian and civic assistance (HCA) projects.

Approximately 4,500 U.S. personnel and 2,300 Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel from all services are planned to participate in the exercise.  This year's exercise is unique in that it is the first time that Balikatan will include multilateral engagement: an additional 20 participants from ASEAN and 15 colleagues from partner nations plan to contribute to the CPX.  In addition 385 local health professionals will support the HCA activities.

“As our military forces train together, our civil and military leadership will practice planning and decision making during a natural disaster scenario.  “I’m especially proud that U.S. and Philippine engineers and medical professionals will improve infrastructure, treat patients, and vaccinate livestock and pets against disease” said Thomas.

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 17:40



08 March 2012 Pacific Sentinel


Exercise SQUADEX is currently being conducted in waters off Townsville and Cowley Beach in North Queensland and is the first of a series of two exercises in which Australia's newest ship, HMAS Choules, conducts amphibious and flying operations with elements of the Australian Army.

HMAS Choules delivers a significant amphibious capacity which can be used in warlike and humanitarian operations.

The focus of the exercises is to work closely with Army in the lead up to the introduction of the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Ships.

HMAS Choules can accommodate two large helicopters, 150 light trucks and up to 350 troops. The ship is commanded by Commander John Cowan, CSC, RAN.
Imagery of HMAS Choules at Exercise SQUADEX 2012 is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library. 

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 13:15



7 mars 2012 Antoine Barbizon - geotribune.com


Le ministère indien de la Défense a mis lundi 5 mars dernier les noms de six entreprises d’armement, dont une israélienne, sur liste noire en raison de leur implication présumée dans un scandale de corruption datant de 2009.


L’affaire a démarré en 2009 avec l’arrestation d’un haut fonctionnaire du ministère de la Défense accusé d’avoir accepté des pots-de-vin de ces entreprises. Six entreprises sont concernées. Quatre sont étrangères, l’israélien IMI (Israel Military Industries), le suisse Rheinmetall Air Defence, le russe Corporation Defence et Technologies Kinetics Ltd de Singapour. Les deux dernières, RK machine Tools Ltd et TS Kisan, sont indiennes. En 2009 déjà, année du début du scandale, l’Inde avait gelé les avoirs de sept entreprises pour une valeur de 1.5 milliard de dollars. La décision indienne de mettre ces entreprises sur liste noire pour une durée de dix ans a été recommandée par le bureau central des enquêtes après examen des différentes preuves rassemblées. Israël, qui entretient des relations diplomatiques chaleureuses avec l’Inde depuis 1992, a été le premier état étranger à réagir par un communiqué de son ministère de la Défense, qualifiant la décision indienne de prématurée puisque les auditions dans le cadre de l’affaire ne sont pas encore terminées.


Le maintien de cette décision de la part des indiens aura nécessairement des conséquences d’envergure tant la coopération militaire entre les deux pays est importante et variée, allant des missiles aux drones et aux radars en passant par les systèmes électroniques et de sécurité terrestre.

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 08:45



March 7th, 2012 By Air Force News Agency – Defence Talk


Not even the sun had a chance to rise before Airmen here began their work during a combined combat generation exercise, March 2, between United States and Republic of Korea air forces.


"The purpose of the exercise today is to test the ability of our team to execute our combat mission at a moment's notice," said Col. Craig Leavitt, 8th Operations Group commander.


"This shows the resolve that we have as a team, the United States and the Republic of Korea forces, to defend the Republic of Korea at any time," he added.


From start to finish, aircraft were generated as they would be for wartime operations. The exercise helps Airmen practice how several pieces of a much larger puzzle are brought together in one swift motion, representing a cycle of events paramount to the overall defense of the region.


Describing it as a "bilateral event," Col. Stephen Williams, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, noted the long hours spent behind the scenes that produced the combat air power seen between the five units. In all, the exercise included aircraft from the 35th and 80th Fighter Squadrons from the 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, ROK; the 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from the 388th FW at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; the 55th EFS from the 20th FW at Shaw AFB, S.C.; and the 38th Fighter Group of the ROK Air Force.




US/ROK forces show off air power"Airmen from all the groups are participating - the entire Wolf Pack - and they don't always get to see the tail end of this," said Williams.


A befitting finale, the "tail end" event was ushered in by the roaring sound of fighter jets as they glided down the runway as a combat-ready procession.


This isn't the first time the Wolf Pack has exercised full combat generation, and certainly isn't the last, but working with host country air power defenses has brought a more personal association to the importance of the exercise.


"This is their [Koreans] homeland," said Williams, reminding Airmen that the Wolf Pack is part of a vested interest in defending the Republic of Korea from enemy forces.


"The more we work together, the better we'll be if called upon to take the fight north," said Williams.

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Dutch's Leopard MBT (photo : Militaryphotos)




Indonesia has given the Netherlands a deadline to decide whether or not to sell its surplus Leopard main battle tanks (MBTs) after which Indonesia will look for other sources, a top defense official said Tuesday.

Defense Deputy Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said the ministry had given the Dutch until the end of March before deciding to buy the MBTs from other countries.

“We can buy the tanks directly from Germany, although the quantity might be different,” he told reporters at the Defense Ministry after a press conference on the results of a meeting of the Defence Industry Policy Committee (KKIP).

Initially, Indonesia had planned to buy the German-made MBT at a discounted price as the Dutch government was implementing harsh defense budget cutbacks that included disbanding its armored divisions in the wake of the economic downturn in Europe.

The plan was to buy 50 units of the 2A4 and another 50 units of the 2A6 variants of the MBT at a total price of US$280 including the costs to upgrade the A4 variant to the A6 standard.

The Indonesian Army said it needed to modernize its weapons systems with MBTs because it only had light tanks such as the British-made Scorpion and French-made AMX13 which weigh 8 tons and 14 tons respectively.

The Leopard weighs more than 60 tons leading to heavy criticism from lawmakers and NGOs who oppose the buying of the MBT, which is made by German firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Maschinenbau (KMW).

Deputy Defence Minister studied the possibility of locally assembling Sherpa tactical vehicle in Indonesia (photo : Bronco1978)

A minority party in the Dutch parliament, the Left Green, has also voiced its concerns at selling the MBTs to Indonesia taking note of what it claims is the possibility of the tanks being used to supress human rights in Indonesia.

Sjafrie has just returned from a tour of several European countries to discuss various aspects of defense cooperation.

In France, Sjafrie studied the possibility of locally assembling Sherpa light tactical, armored vehicles at state-owned arms manufacturer PT Pindad.

(The Jakarta Post)

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07/03/2012 france24.com


Alors que les budgets des armées européennes diminuent en raison de la crise, l'Asie accroît ses dépenses en matière de défense qui devraient probablement dépasser celles de l'Europe, selon l'Institut international d'études stratégiques (IISS).


AFP - Les dépenses militaires de l'Asie devraient dépasser celles de l'Europe pour la première fois cette année, selon le rapport annuel de l'Institut international d'études stratégiques (IISS) sur l'équilibre des forces dans le monde.


"Depuis la crise financière en 2008, il y a eu une convergence entre les niveaux de dépenses militaires en Europe et en Asie", a noté le directeur-général de l'IISS John Chipman lors d'une conférence de presse à Londres à l'occasion du lancement du rapport "Equilibre militaire en 2012".


"Alors que les niveaux de dépenses par tête en Asie restent sensiblement moins élevés qu'en Europe, au rythme actuel, les dépenses militaires en Asie vont probablement dépasser en 2012 celles de l'Europe, sur la base d'estimations", a-t-il ajouté.


La Chine, engagée dans un programme de modernisation de ses forces et de ses équipements militaires financé par sa forte croissance, arrive en tête des pays asiatiques pour les dépenses militaires, selon le rapport de l'IISS.


Dans le même temps, les dépenses militaires en Europe ont été amputées à cause de la crise économique. Le Royaume-Uni, qui a le plus gros budget militaire en Europe, a réduit le budget du ministère de la Défense d'environ 8% sur quatre ans, dans le cadre du plan d'austérité mis en place fin 2010.


"En Europe, les budgets de la défense restent sous pression et les coupes se poursuivent (...). Entre 2008 et 2010, il y a eu des réductions des budgets de défense dans 16 pays européens membres de l'Otan. Dans une bonne partie de ces pays, les baisses estimées ont dépassé les 10%", a affirmé M. Chipman.


Selon lui, les effets des coupes budgétaires se sont fait ressentir lors de l'intervention en Libye l'an dernier, où il y a eu des "trous" notamment dans le domaine du renseignement et de la reconnaissance.


Les Etats-Unis restent les champions en matière de dépenses militaires, même si eux aussi ont fait des économies, note l'IISS. En 2011, les Etats-Unis ont dépensé 739,3 milliards de dollars (561,3 milliards d'euros), comparé aux 89,8 milliards de dollars de la Chine, qui arrive en deuxième position.


Le budget américain de la défense dépasse à lui seul le budget cumulé des dix autres pays les plus dépensiers en matière militaire.

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