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MOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti)


The Indian Defense Ministry has barred six companies, including a small Russian defense firm, from bidding for defense contracts for the next 10 years, Russia’s Vedomosti newspaper reported citing Indian media.


The Corporation Zashchita (Protection), which Indian officials identify as Corporation Defense Russia, has been put on the Indian “black list” in connection with a corruption case involving former Director General of Ordnance Factory Board Sudipta Ghosh that came into the spotlight three years ago.


The list also includes Israel Military Industries, Singapore Technologies Kinetics, Germany’s Rheinmetall Air Defense (RAD), and India’s T S Kisan and Co Pvt Ltd и R K Machine Tools Ltd.


Corporation Zashchita, founded in 1993, specializes in the development and manufacturing of armored protection for civilian and military vehicles. The company has not yet commented on the Indian move.


A criminal case against Sudipta Ghosh and 11 other officials was filed in 2009 on charges of bribery and “preferential treatment” of certain suppliers.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 18:00



07 March 2012 - by Darren Lake – Shepardmedia.com


Defence spending in Asia is expected to overtake that in Europe at some point this year, according to London-headquartered International Institute for Strategic Studies.


John Chipman, director-general of IISS, said on 7 March that the change reflected both continued austerity measures in Europe and sustained economic growth in Asia, which also continues to have a number of conflict flash points.


Some 80% of Asian defence spending is accounted for by five countries: Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea. China alone accounts for some 30% of defence spending in the region although its spending remains far below that of the US, according to Giri Rajendran, senior fellow for defence economics.


Chipman said that the majority of China's capabilities are not as advanced as some alarmists would suggest and described them as 'nascent' rather than actual. Given current projections Chinese defence spending is not expected to exceed that of the US for at least the next 15 years and there will be a considerable gap in capabilities still to close.


However, other countries in the region, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, are also making substantial investments in upgrading capabilities on a smaller scale. The procurement reflects the economic growth in the region, which is allowing countries to invest more in defence.


The announcement formed part of IISS' launch of its annual Military Balance publication that aims to quantify defence capabilities country-by-country. This year there are a number of new additions to the book.


For the first time the IISS has sought to make some assessment of countries' cyber warfare capabilities. Nigel Inkster, director of transnational threats and political risk, told Shephard that quantifying such capabilities was a tricky exercise.


'To do it properly you have to take a whole of society approach,' he stated. He added that areas such as industrial capacity and education need to be taken in to account.


However, for IISS the key to understanding cyber warfare capacity is the extent to which governments try to harness these diverse elements into a cohesive capability. Inkster used Taiwan as an example of an advanced 'cyber society' with all the necessary elements, but added that as yet there was no indication that the government or the military had attempted to organise those elements into a coherent capability.


Also added this year was a more detailed analysis of combat support capabilities such as combat engineering, logistics and ISR.


Ben Barry, senior fellow for land warfare, said that this was not an area that had been covered properly in the past, but that without it you could not have an assessment of the full spectrum of a country’s combat capability.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 17:55



AMX International - strike aircraft (photo : Malcolm Clarke)



MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Air Force (PAF) expects the delivery of several jets and radar equipment for territorial defense during the term of President Aquino.


PAF spokesman Lt. Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said the acquisitions would boost the country’s defense stance against external threats.


He said six surface attack jets and trainer aircraft; a long-range patrol plane, one air defense radar, and a special mission airplane are expected to arrive in the country starting this year until 2016.


“This is a result of the defense acquisition system and the senior leaders’ meetings that they conduct very often. Hopefully, we will see initial deliveries by 2013 to 2014 or at the most 2015,” Okol said.


The new military equipment would be part of the second phase of the military’s modernization program to be implemented from 2012 to 2016.


The first phase included the acquisition of defense equipment that would improve the Armed Forces’ capability to conduct internal security operations.


The PAF would also acquire eight helicopters, seven attack helicopters, a C-130 cargo plane, and a long-range patrol aircraft and 18 basic trainer planes.


The 18 basic trainer planes have been delivered while others are in various stages of procurement.


The third phase of the modernization program to be implemented after 2016 would involve the acquisition of advanced multi-role fighter jets and long-range patrol aircraft and radars, Okol said.


Four brand new combat utility helicopters from two foreign firms arrived at the former Clark Air Base in Pampanga last month.


The “Sokol” helicopters were purchased from Augusta PZL Swidnik of Italy and Poland.


Four more combat utility helicopters from Augusta PZL Swidnik are expected to arrive in the fourth quarter. The acquisition of the eight helicopters costs P2.8 billion.


The military earlier announced that the first batch of helicopters would arrive in November 2011.


The four helicopters, however, arrived three months after.


The Sokol helicopters have night-vision capability and could accommodate 10 passengers.
The military expects the completion of the delivery of P3.4 billion worth of military hardware this year.


Okol said the PAF also expects the delivery of eight combat utility helicopters, three multi-purpose attack aircraft, equipment for coast watch stations, and 33 multi-purpose rocket launchers for the Presidential Security Group.


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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 17:40



Japanese Air-to-air missile Mitsubishi AAM-4


March 7, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE


Japan is spending nearly $500 million to equip its F-2 fighters (a slightly larger, locally made version of the F-16) with Japanese made AAM-4B air-to-air missiles. Although Japan also uses American AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, the new AAM-4B contain its own AESA radar, allowing the firing aircraft to turn away sooner. AMRAAM uses less powerful radar, requiring that the firing aircraft (or another aircraft) to track the target for a longer time before the small radar in the missile detects the target and takes over. The AAM-4B weighs 230 kg (506 pounds), is 3.67 meters (11.37 feet) long, and 200mm (8 inches) in diameter. Max range is 120 kilometers.


The AIM-120D AMRAAM entered service in 1992, more than 30 years after the first reliable radar guided air-to-air missile (the AIM-7 Sparrow). AMRAAM was meant to succeed where the AIM-7 didn’t. Vietnam, in the 1960s, provided ample evidence that AIM-7 wasn't really ready for prime time. Too many things could go wrong. Several versions later, the AIM-7 got another combat test during the 1991 Gulf War. In combat, 88 AIM 7s were launched, with 28 percent scoring a hit. The AIM 9 Sidewinder did worse, with 97 fired and only 12.6 percent making contact. That said, most of these hits could not have been obtained with cannon, especially when the AIM 7 was used against a target trying to get away.


Japan developed their own successor to the AIM-7, the AAM-4, which was more like AMRAAM, but did not enter service until 1999. AMRAAM was available earlier and was bought as well.


AMRAAM was designed to fix all the reliability and ease-of-use problems that cursed the AIM-7. But AMRAAM has only had a few opportunities to be used in combat but over half of those launched have hit something. The 120D version entered service four years ago and has longer range and greater accuracy and resistance to countermeasures. So far, AMRAAMs have spent nearly two million hours hanging from the wings of jet fighters in flight. Some 2,400 AMRAAMs have been fired, mostly in training or testing operations. That’s about a quarter of those produced.


AMRAAM weighs 172 kg (335 pounds), is 3.7 meters (12 feet) long, and 178mm (7 inches) in diameter. AMRAAM has a max range of 70 kilometers. These missiles cost about a million dollars each. The missiles are complex mechanical, electronic, and chemical systems and each of them, on average, suffers a component failure every 1,500 hours.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 17:35

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March 7, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE


China is increasing its military budget 11.2 percent this year, compared to a 12.7 percent bump last year and 7.5 percent the year before. This means that the official defense budget is $105 billion. Like other communist nations, the Chinese keep a lot of military stuff outside the defense budget, so their actual defense spending is closer to $165 billion. Chinese defense spending has more than doubled in the last decade. This has triggered an arms race with its neighbors. Russia just announced a new military upgrade program that would increase defense spending by a third, and devote over 700 billion dollars in the next decade to buying new equipment. Japan, already possessing the most modern armed forces in the region, is increasing spending to maintain their qualitative edge. A decade ago, China and Japan spent about the same on defense, but now China spends more than three times as much. Even India is alarmed. Spending only a quarter of what China does, the Indian generals and admirals are demanding more money to cope. India and China are actually devoting a lot of their additional spending to just bringing their troops up to date. Both nations have lots of gear that was new in the 1960s and 1970s. They don't expect to be as up-to-date as the U.S., which spends over $700 billion a year, but there's plenty of newer, much better, and often quite inexpensive equipment to be had.


Meanwhile, the big mystery is figuring out what the Chinese military is up to with all this spending? This question's been rattling around inside intelligence agencies, and among diplomats, for the last decade. Once this sort of thing hits the mass media, however, things get a bit distorted. For example, what alarms Americans most frequently is how the U.S. is being demonized by the Chinese military leadership. Chinese politicians speak in more friendly terms, while tolerating the bellicose attitudes of their generals and admirals. The politicians refuse to rein in the aggressive attitudes of their military commanders. China experts counsel that the rants from the military are mainly to build morale within the ranks, and make it easier for the politicians to reduce corruption in the armed forces. This corruption is an old, old problem in China. It's been reduced in the last two decades, but is still there, in a big way. By whipping up this fervor for dealing with a major war, it becomes unpatriotic (for many, but not all, officers) to steal and connive.


To outsiders, it looks like the Chinese are preparing for something ominous. This is reinforced by the increasingly aggressive Chinese attitudes towards its neighbors over ownership of uninhabited islands (often just rock outcroppings that are barely visible at low tide). Outright possession of these islets gives the owner possession of nearby oil or natural gas deposits. Something worth fighting for and that's what worries neighbors when it comes to China's growing naval strength. Yet the Chinese aren't really all that active, given the size of their forces. In reality, a lot of the budget still disappears into questionable projects or non-military activities. Corruption remains a major problem in the military, as it has for thousands of years. China does not like to give this much publicity, and foreign media tend to ignore it. Corruption in the Chinese military is not as sexy a media event as, say, Chinese warships moving past Okinawa.


Inside China, military analysts decry the sorry state of military leadership, training and doctrine. It's easier to build new weapons than it is to train and maintain troops capable of using them effectively. The Chinese are more concerned with that, but not having a lot of success. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Defense wants to portray China as a formidable foe, in order to justify a large defense budget. This is a pattern that developed during the Cold War, and continues. China has replaced Russia as the arch-foe. While the U.S. still pays attention to the defense of Taiwan, Chinese military power is seen expanding farther and farther into the Pacific and Asia.


Just how real is Chinese military power? Technically, a lot of Chinese gear is well built. This we know by observing how China has absorbed Western (including Russian) technology over the last sixty years. They can build good stuff. If you have an iPhone or iPod, you are using Chinese built, or at least assembled, tech. China is still learning how to invent, design and build many of the iPhone/iPod components. And attempts to design competitive products have, so far, produced very poor results. Chinese have the talent and persistence to acquire the needed management and technical skills. It takes time, and Chinese leaders like to take the long view. That means realizing that current Chinese armed forces are not so good.


Peacetime soldiers in general and Chinese ones in particular, develop a lot of bad habits that translates into defeats early in a war. But in a world with nuclear weapons, the old Chinese strategy of fighting a long war and grinding down a superior (man-for-man) force, no longer works. If you use conventional forces, you strike first and fast, then call for peace talks before the nukes are employed. This situation does not work to China's advantage. Chinese generals are going through the motions of creating a well-trained and led army, like many Western nations have, but are making very slow progress. Meanwhile, the Americans are particularly admired, with all their practical training methods and combat proven NCOs and officers. China still has far too much corruption in their military establishment, and too little initiative and original thinking, to create a force that can match the Americans. Going through the motions may work in peace time, but not once the shooting starts.


China insists that its growing military power is for defense only. That makes sense, as a lot of money is going into the navy, which protects the imports (mainly of food and raw materials) and exports (of manufactured goods) that are driving the unprecedented economic growth. The Chinese try to explain away the military buildup opposite Taiwan as political theater. This may be true, for a failed attempt to take Taiwan by force would not only disrupt the economy (and create a lot of unhappy Chinese), but would be a major failure by the government. Dictatorships cannot survive too many such failures, or too many angry citizens. So it makes sense that the Chinese military growth is largely for defense. But those large defensive forces can also be used to bully or intimidate neighbors, which is what the neighbors are worried about.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 17:30


Sous-marin Scorpene photo  DCNS


07 mars 2012 Par Rémy Maucourt -  L’USINE NOUVELLE


Thales, actionnaire de DCNS, compte s'allier avec ce dernier pour faire une offre à l'Australie. L'enjeu : le renouvellement des sous-marins du pays.


DCNS "s'intéresse au futur marché de renouvellement de sous-marins (conventionnels) australiens", annonce mercredi le PDG de Thales Luc Vigneron. Or Thales "est le deuxième industriel de défense en Australie", avec 3 000 employés sur place. Une alliance sur ce marché semble donc cohérente.


"Pour DCNS avoir un allié très fort localement c'est positif et puis nous, étant sur place, nous pouvons récupérer une part du travail", explique Luc vigneron. Il a utilisé cet exemple pour illustrer les bénéfices qu'il attend de la montée au capital de DCNS, dont Thales détient depuis décembre dernier 35%.


Outre les coopérations sur des marchés à l'export, Luc Vigneron prévoit des échanges en amont, entre les ingénieurs qui travaillent sur les concepts des armements qui verront le jour "dans cinq ou dix ans".


Ces deux types de coopération sont "des thèmes sur lesquels il faut échanger des informations sensibles, chose qu'on ne fait qu'entre sociétés qui ont des liens. Le fait d'avoir un lien capitalistique, même minoritaire, facilite les échanges d'informations", affirme-t-il.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 13:45



HMAS Anzac frigate will be equipped with a 127mm main gun, Sea Sparrow surface to air missiles.


7 March 2012 naval-technology.com


Babcock and UGL joint venture Naval Ship Management Australia has been selected as preferred bidder for Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Group Maintenance Contract (GMC) for its eight Anzac-class frigates.


The new GMC is expected to be valued at A$300m for the first five year period and has an option to extend for a further five years.

The final contract is likely to be awarded and signed by the end of June 2012 and will become operational following a transitional phase on 1 January 2013.


Babcock chief executive Peter Rogers said the selection has reinforced its growth prospects in the Australian naval support market.

"We look forward to working with the Australian Government and developing a long-term relationship as we support its plans to deliver a new, cost-efficient, integrated naval support solution," Rogers added.


Each Anzac-class frigate is equipped with a 127mm main gun, Sea Sparrow surface to air missiles and can embark an anti-submarine helicopter.


Based on the Blohm + Voss Meko 200 modular design, the frigate has been developed at Tenix's Williamstown yard in Victoria, Australia to provide command and control, weapons, equipment and sensors flexibility.


Powered by combined diesel or gas turbine system, the 118m-long vessel has a displacement capacity of 3,600t, speed of 27kt, a maximum range of 11,000km and can accommodate a crew of 163.


The frigate incorporates Sceptre A radar warner, a decoy system which includes an SLQ-25A towed torpedo and Nulka anti-missile hovering offboard decoy to provide radio frequency seeker anti-ship missiles protection.


The team has also been selected for the amphibious and afloat support ships' GMC tender, which is expected to be released by mid 2013.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 13:40


The Scorpene Submarine (file photo)


March 6, 2012 by M. Somasekhar - thehindubusinessline.com


Hyderabad - DCNS, the French defence major has signed a partnership sub-contract with SEC Industries for the manufacture of Scorpene submarine components. The deal is worth €50 million (approx Rs 310 crore).


This is a significant win for the Hyderabad-based, private sector manufacturer of key defence components. In addition to executing the contract, SEC Industries will benefit from the transfer of technology from the French company.


DCNS, is one of Europe's leading shipbuilders. The over 350-year-old company, has bagged a huge contract from India to supply six Scorpene attack submarines, which are under construction at the Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), Mumbai.


SEC Industries has upgraded its facilities near Hyderabad to meet the needs and standards of DCNS for the components and assemblies that it will manufacture for the naval submarine. The first batch of a dozen employees (total 40 employees) from the company is in France to get trained at the facilities of DCNS , said Mr D. Vidyasagar, Managing Director of SEC Industries.


“We have to execute the contract in four years. We will gain in technology terms, infrastructure and trained manpower,” he told Business Line.


Defence Offsets


SEC Industries, which is over 50 years old, is also well equipped to take advantage of the defence offset clauses which provide big opportunities to Indian industry. It is already in partnership with IAI of Israel for manufacturing a number of products like shipping containers, ground data terminal trailers, refuelling carts, hook arresting systems etc.


During the last two years, exports to Israel from the company have been over Rs 20 crore, said Mr Vidyasagar.


The company has signed agreements to make equipment for heavy duty launchers from Belarus and other defence products from Ukraine to tap the offset and defence export market, he added.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 13:20

Industries Militaires Israéliennes IMI


06 mars 2012 Romandie News(AFP)


JERUSALEM - Israël a exprimé mardi sa surprise après la décision de l'Inde de placer l'entreprise israélienne publique IMI (Israel Military Industries) sur liste noire pendant dix ans dans le cadre d'un scandale de corruption.


Nous sommes surpris par la décision du ministère indien de la Défense contre IMI, car les auditions sur ces sanctions contre IMI ne sont pas terminées, a indiqué un communiqué du ministère de la Défense.


Le ministère indien de la Défense a placé lundi sur liste noire six entreprises d'armement pour leur rôle présumé dans un scandale de corruption en 2009.


Les entreprises étrangères concernées par le boycott, outre IMI, sont: Technologies Kinetics Ltd (Singapour), Rheinmetall Air Defence (Suisse) et Corporation Defence (Russie).


Deux autres entreprises placées sur liste noire sont indiennes: RK Machine Tools Ltd et TS Kisan and Co Private Ltd.


Le bureau central des enquêtes a recommandé de placer les entreprises sur liste noire au regard des preuves fournies contre elles, a déclaré lundi le ministère indien de la Défense dans un communiqué.


La décision de les sanctionner a été prise aujourd'hui après que leurs réponses ont été prises en considération, selon le texte.


Selon le ministère israélien de la Défense, cette décision est prématurée et inattendue, notamment en raison du fait que IMI a de bonnes raisons de s'opposer à cette mesure. Le ministère a ajouté vouloir consulter IMI sur la réaction appropriée après la décision du ministère indien de la Défense.


L'Inde a gelé les actifs de sept entreprises en 2009, pour une valeur de 1,5 milliards de dollars (1,14 milliards d'euros) après l'arrestation d'un haut fonctionnaire du ministère de la Défense soupçonné d'avoir accepté des pots-de-vin des entreprises.


L'Inde et Israël ont établi des relations diplomatiques en 1992. Les rapports n'ont cessé de se réchauffer depuis.


La coopération militaire entre les deux pays couvre un vaste éventail de produits de défense, notamment des missiles, des drones, des radars, des systèmes électroniques et de sécurité terrestre.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 13:14



6/3/2012 Arie Egozi - israeldefense.com


India’s announcement comes after suspicion over IMI’s alleged involvement in bribery. India’s Ministry of Defense blacklisted five other companies as well


The decision of the Indian Defense Ministry to add Israel Military Industries (IMI) to the blacklist of companies unable to carry out transactions with India for ten years is grave, and not only from IMI’s perspective.


According to well-informed sources in Israel, IMI’s business in India has been limited in recent years, but this new decision could empower India’s opposition that opposes the close defense relationship between Israel and India. However, sources state that the damage will primarily affect future potential deals for IMI in India.


“There will be relatively little harm, as India is not exactly looking for IMI's products at the moment," one source said. “There might be noise coming from the direction of politicians, but the actual damage will be minimal."


India’s Ministry of Defense imposed a ban on six companies from presenting proposals for defense tenders in the country for 10 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, IMI’s spokesperson stated that the company has and continues to operate lawfully. “The company has not received any announcement concerning the publication of this topic. IMI continues and will continue to operate vis-à-vis the Indian government towards settling this matter, and we cannot respond beyond that.”

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 12:45

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Mar 7, 2012by Dan Martin (AFP) - ASDNews


North Korea has increased the number of anti-aircraft missiles deployed near the capital in preparation for potential attacks by US and South Korean planes, a report said Wednesday.


The number of SA-5 surface-to-air missiles with a maximum range of 300 kilometres (190 miles) sited near Pyongyang rose from two in 2000 to 40 in 2010, Yonhap news agency said, quoting a Seoul military source.


During the same period, the number of SA-3 missiles, which offer a short-range defence against low-flying aircraft, jumped to 140 from seven, it said.


The number of SA-2 missiles with a range of 48 kilometres increased to some 180 from 45 in 2000, Yonhap said, adding the North also had about 12,000 portable anti-aircraft missiles.


"In case of contingency, we could hit deep into the enemy territory only if we neutralise the North's surface-to-air missiles, radar systems and long-range rocket launchers," the source was quoted as saying.


"Our top priority is to introduce combat capabilities to secure command of the air."


The South's defence ministry declined to confirm the report.


The communist country has developed various types of missiles targeted at locations in South Korea as well as medium-range missiles capable of travelling more than 3,000 kilometres.


It has also test-fired intercontinental ballistic missiles, most recently in April 2009.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 12:35



7 mars 2012 par info-aviation


La Russie et la Chine s’apprêtent à conclure un contrat de livraison de 48 chasseurs russes Su-35, estimé à près de 4 milliards de dollars, a annoncé le 6 mars le journal russe Kommersant. Mais à une condition…


« La Russie et la Chine sont près de conclure le plus gros contrat de livraison d’armement de ces dernières décennies. Les parties se sont pratiquement mises d’accord sur la livraison en Chine de 48 chasseurs polyvalents Su-35, pour un montant estimé à 4 milliards de dollars », écrit le quotidien se référant aux sources militaires russes.


Selon le journal, un seul obstacle empêche la signature du contrat, Moscou exigeant que Pékin fournisse des garanties juridiques notifiant son engagement à ne pas imiter les appareils russes. Des garanties que la partie chinoise ne s’empresse pas de donner.



Le chasseur chinois J-10 serait une copie du Su-27 russe.


« Moscou n’aspire pas seulement à s’établir sur le marché chinois, mais souhaite également éviter à l’avenir que ses avions soient copiés et vendus à des pays tiers à bas prix. Moscou a de bonnes raisons de redouter ce genre d’opérations. Ainsi, le chasseur chinois J-10 est une vraie copie du chasseur russe Su-27, le J-11 est une copie du Su-30, tandis que le FC-1 est le Mig-29 contrefait en Chine ». Cela dit, tous les appareils russes ont été mis à la disposition des ingénieurs chinois, a indiqué au journal une source au sein du gouvernement russe.


Les pertes subies par la Russie sur les marchés de pays tiers en cas de contrefaçon du chasseur Su-35 pourraient être supérieures aux bénéfices rapportés par la vente de ces avions à la Chine, a déclaré le directeur du Centre d’analyse du commerce mondial d’armes, Igor Korotchenko.


« Il faut prévoir des garanties supplémentaires en sus des obligations contractuelles ordinaires. Il est à noter que malgré le montant important des livraisons éventuelles de Su-35 à la Chine, les pertes subies par la Russie sur les marchés de pays tiers pourraient être considérables si Pékin décide de reproduire ces appareils sans autorisation », a indiqué l’expert.


« Pékin rivalise déjà avec la Russie sur les marché asiatiques, africains et latino-américains des armements, en offrant des produits à un prix moindre que celui des produits similaires russes. Il est à noter que le coût des armements chinois les plus demandés sur le marché mondial est de 20% à 40% inférieur au coût des systèmes russes sur lesquels ils ont été copiés », a souligné M. Korotchenko.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 12:30


Bell 412 EP  source thejakartapost.com


Mar. 7, 2012 by Greg Waldron – Flight Global


Indonesia's military has taken delivery of three Bell 412 EP (enhanced performance) utility helicopters following modifications performed at PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI).


The three helicopters will serve in the troop transport role, said PTDI in a statement. Two are going to the Indonesian army and one to the navy.


The three helicopters are part of an order for seven Bell 412s that were delivered to PTDI in a green condition - with no interior fittings - during late 2011 and early 2012.


Bell originally announced an order for five aircraft in early December 2011 and subsequently Indonesia executed an option for two more. Of the seven aircraft, four will go to the army and three to the navy.


The work done by PTDI is believed to include the addition of tactical radios and weather radars.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 08:50

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06/03/2012 DNA.fr


La Chine annonce une forte progression en 2012 de son budget militaire. De quoi alimenter les inquiétudes dans une région Asie-Pacifique où les Etats-Unis renforcent aussi leur présence.


La hausse du budget chinois de la Défense sera de 11,2 % cette année, à 670,27 milliards de yuans (80,6 milliards d’ €). « Nous avons un grand pays doté d’un long rivage mais nos dépenses de défense restent relativement basses en comparaison des autres pays importants », a argué Li Zhaoxing, porte-parole de l’Assemblée nationale populaire.


Certes, les dépenses militaires chinoises n’ont représenté que 1,28 % du PIB en 2011, alors que ce chiffre aux Etats-Unis ou au Royaume-Uni dépasse 2 %. Mais le montant officiel du budget militaire chinois est sous-estimé : « Le budget réel est environ le double », assure Willy Lam, de la Chinese University à Hong Kong.


La nouvelle progression pourrait aviver les tensions dans l’ouest du Pacifique où Pékin affirme ses ambitions. En particulier autour d’archipels disputés avec le Japon, le Vietnam et les Philippines.

Avion furtif, porte-avions...


Le Pentagone s’inquiète de la montée en puissance de l’Armée populaire de libération, la plus grande du monde et dont les programmes restent entourés du plus grand secret. En novembre, Barack Obama a annoncé que son pays allait consolider sa présence militaire en Australie ; Pékin y a vu le signe d’une « mentalité de guerre froide ». Washington envisage de stationner des navires de guerre à Singapour et de renforcer ses effectifs aux Philippines et en Thaïlande.


La Chine maintient que sa technologie militaire accuse 20 à 30 ans de retard sur celle des Etats-Unis. Cette position se confronte de plus en plus difficilement aux faits, Pékin se dotant d’outils de projection de forces. Avec plusieurs programmes emblématiques comme celui de son chasseur-bombardier furtif J-20, la construction de plusieurs porte-avions (le premier baptisé en mer en août 2011) et un missile balistique pouvant frapper à des milliers de kilomètres les navires de guerre.

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 08:45



06/03/2012 lalsace.fr


Davantage d’argent pour la police que pour la défense : la Chine verrouille la sécurité intérieure.


Les forces de maintien de l’ordre en Chine vont bénéficier d’une hausse de 11,5 % de leur financement en 2012 et disposer, cette année encore, d’un budget plus important que celui de la Défense, a annoncé le gouvernement.


Le budget consacré aux forces de police a été relevé à 701,7 milliards de yuans (84,3 milliards d’euros), a précisé le ministère des Finances. Cette hausse est légèrement supérieure à celle du budget chinois de la Défense, qui est officiellement de 11,2 % cette année, à 670,27 milliards de yuans (80,6 milliards d’euros).


Lors de son traditionnel discours de politique générale, le Premier ministre chinois Wen Jiabao a souligné l’importance du maintien de la paix sociale, notamment dans les campagnes, secouées par des révoltes contre les expropriations.


Ces derniers mois, la Chine a été le théâtre de conflits sociaux et de manifestations violentes, durement réprimées par les forces de l’ordre, notamment dans la province manufacturière du Guang-dong.


Parmi les causes de la grogne figuraient notamment des pollutions industrielles, des saisies de terres et expropriations de logements, des récriminations salariales ou encore de mauvais traitements infligés à des ouvriers migrants.


Ces troubles mettent à mal le thème central de « société harmonieuse » que tente de promouvoir le régime communiste.

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C-130J photo Lockheed Martin


Mar. 6, 2012 by Greg Waldron – Flight Global


Australian firm Quickstep has been named the future sole source supplier for the composite wing flaps of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules.


The deal is worth between A$75 million ($79.8 million) to A$100 million over five years, said Quickstep in a statement.


"Quickstep was selected as sole source supplier for the C-130J flaps following an international commercial tender programme by Lockheed Martin, which attracted bids from numerous manufacturers from around the world," said the company.


Lockheed Martin representatives will visit the company in the second quarter of 2012 to complete contract details.


The company expects the first non-recurring activities related to the programme such as planning, tooling, training, and project management in the second quarter of this year, with deliveries of parts to commence in 2014.


Quickstep is also involved in the F-35 Lightning II programme, for which it produces access panels, fuel tank covers, aircraft skins and in-board weapons bay doors.

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Mar 5, 2012 timesofindia.indiatimes.com (AFP)


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Monday that it had successfully test fired a short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying atomic warheads.


The Hatf II (Abdali) has a range of 180 kilometres (113 miles) and carries nuclear as well as conventional warheads with "high accuracy", the military said in a statement.


"It provides an operational level capability to Pakistan's strategic forces, additional to the strategic and tactical level capability which Pakistan already possesses," the statement said.


South Asian rivals India and Pakistan -- which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 -- have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.


Pakistan's arsenal includes short-, medium- and long-range missiles named after Muslim conquerors.


The neighbours were on the brink of nuclear conflict in 2002 over the disputed territory of Kashmir, but a slow-moving peace dialogue resumed last March after a three-year suspension following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.


India and the United States blamed the attacks on Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Islamabad later admitted that the assault was at least partly planned in Pakistan.

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Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter- source RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, March 6 (RIA Novosti)


Russia and China may soon sign a $4-bln contract on the delivery of 48 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighter jets to the Chinese air force, Russia’s Kommersant business daily said on Tuesday.


“The sides have practically agreed on the delivery of 48 Su-35 multirole fighters, worth $4 billion, to China,” Kommersant said citing a source in the Russian defense industry.


According to the paper, the only obstacle remaining is Moscow’s demand that Beijing should guarantee the protection of copyrights on the production of Su-35s without proper licensing.


“Moscow is not only aiming to ensure its presence on the Chinese [combat aircraft] market, but also attempting to prevent the potential copycat production of Russian aircraft for subsequent sales to third parties with predatory pricing,” a Russian government source told Kommesant.


China has a record of building advanced combat aircraft based on Russian and other foreign designs, and relied almost entirely on copies of Soviet designs until the Sino-Soviet split in 1960.


The Chinese Chengdu J-10 fighter is based heavily on the cancelled Israeli Lavi fighter demonstrator, the Shenyang J-11 is a replica of the Su-30 Flanker-C, and the Chinese/Pakistani Chengdu FC-1 iuses Russian engines and other technology from the MiG-29. The J-15 is a Chinese-built derivate of the Sukhoi T-10K-3, a carrier-borne fighter prototype which China acquired from Ukraine.


The Su-35, powered by two 117S engines with thrust vectoring, combines high maneuverability and the capability to effectively engage several air targets simultaneously using both guided and unguided missiles and weapon systems.

The aircraft has been touted as "4++ generation using fifth-generation technology."

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MOSCOW, March 5 (RIA Novosti)


Russian companies will show more than 70 models of arms and military equipment at the international Defense & Security - 2012 exhibition in Bangkok, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said on Monday.


The exhibition, which opened on Monday, will last through March 8 with more than 250 companies from 30 countries taking part.


The Izhmash arms maker will present advanced sniper rifles SVD, SV-98 and SVDS, AN-94 assault rifles, the Bizon submachine gun and a variety of Saiga carbine modifications.


Other items will include Krasnopol and Kitolov-2m precision guided artillery shells, as well as an assortment of their models.

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Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter- source RIA Novosti


MOSCOU, 6 mars - RIA Novosti


La Russie et la Chine s'apprêtent à conclure un contrat de livraison de 48 chasseurs russes SU-35, estimé à près de 4 milliards de dollars, annonce mardi le quotidien Kommersant.

"La Russie et la Chine sont près de conclure le plus gros contrat de livraison d'armement de ces dernières décennies. Les parties se sont pratiquement mises d'accord sur la livraison en Chine de 48 chasseurs polyvalents Su-35, pour un montant estimé à 4 milliards de dollars", écrit le quotidien se référant aux sources militaires russes.

Selon le journal, un seul obstacle empêche la signature du contrat, Moscou exigeant que Pékin fournisse des garanties juridiques notifiant son engagement à ne pas imiter les appareils russes. Des garanties que la partie chinoise ne s'empresse pas de donner.

"Moscou n'aspire pas seulement à s'établir sur le marché chinois, mais souhaite également éviter à l'avenir que ses avions soient copiés et vendus à des pays tiers à bas prix. Moscou a de bonnes raisons de redouter ce genre d'opérations. Ainsi, le chasseur chinois J-10 est une vraie copie du chasseur russe Su-27, le J-11 est une copie du Su-30, tandis que le FC-1 est le Mig-29 contrefait en Chine". Cela dit, tous les appareils russes ont été mis à la disposition des ingénieurs chinois, a indiqué au journal une source au sein du gouvernement russe.

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5.03.2012 Source: le Quotidien du Peuple en ligne


Lors de la conférence de presse tenue le 4 mars à l'occasion de la cinquième session de l'Assemblée populaire nationale (APN, Parlement chinois), Li Zhaoxing porte-parole de la session annuelle de l'APN a déclaré que la Chine augmenterait son budget de la défense nationale à 670,274 milliards de yuans (106,4 milliards de dollars) en 2012, soit une croissance de 11,2% par rapport à l'année dernière. Tout comme les années passées au cours desquelles à chaque publication par la Chine de son budget annuel de la défense nationale, le monde extérieur en prêtait une vive attention et toutes sortes d'explications, d'interprétations, de remarques et de commentaires fusaient de partout, si bien que Li Zhaoxing a cité un dicton occidental pour se moquer des médias étrangers qui, selon lui, s'inquiétaient à l'excessif des dépenses militaires chinoises.


En réalité dans la plupart des cas, les interprétations des médias occidentaux au sujet du budget militaire chinois ne répondent en fait pas à la situation réelle du pays. Car, pour ce qui est des dépenses militaires de la Chine, et surtout en ce qui concerne leur emploi, leur gestion, leur contrôle et leur surveillance, il existe tout un processus et des principes propres à la Chine elle-même.


Les dépenses de la défense militaire chinoise tiennent compte tout particulièrement des besoins et du planning de développement de celle-ci et il n'existe aucune comparaison ni aucune rivalité avec n'importe quel autre pays du monde. Le budget militaire tient compte principalement des principes suivants : les besoins de dépenses, le degré d'urgence et l'ordre de priorité ainsi que la croissance graduelle et limitée.


Les besoins de dépenses. Les besoins du développement de la Défense nationale et de l'Armée dépendent des facteurs suivants : l'environnement sécuritaire du pays, le courant de la modernisation des affaires militaires internationales, les nouvelles tâches assignées à l'Armée dans les nouvelles conditions historiques, l'amélioration des conditions de la vie matérielle et culturelle des militaires …… etc.


Pour ce qui est de l'environnement sécuritaire de la Chine, il est confronté actuellement toutes sortes de défis et à une situation qui se complique de jour en jour. Certains pays intensifient et renforcent dans le voisinage de la Chine leurs relations d'alliance tout en accélérant la réorganisation de leur disposition militaire visant celle-ci ; certains autres pays, et surtout une superpuissance mondiale, interviennent et s'ingèrent ouvertement dans les conflits de droits territoriaux maritimes entre la Chine et des pays voisins et tentent par tous les moyens de compliquer, d'exagérer, d'amplifier et d'étendre ce genre de contradictions. Il y a également des forces internationales qui accordent leur soutien et leur appui aux forces séparatistes à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur de la Chine et les encouragent à créer des problèmes et des incidents terroristes afin de porter atteinte à la paix et à la stabilité de notre pays. D'autre part, il est apparu de façon sensible ces dernières années en Chine des menaces de sécurité non traditionnelles, telles que celles qui mettent en danger la sécurité de nos ressources énergétiques ou bien la sécurité de nos voies stratégiques ; alors que les calamités naturelles, dont la sécheresse, l'inondation et le séisme, deviennent de plus en plus fréquentes et ont tendance à s'étendre et à s'élargir ; Quant à la Chine qui a pour principale mission de préserver et de protéger la paix mondiale, elle s'aperçoit qu'elle d'autres tâches importantes à accomplir. La situation sécuritaire internationale qui devient de jour en jour plus complexe et plus agitée complique et diversifie chaque jour davantage les tâches assignées à l'Armée chinoise dont la responsabilité s'alourdit sans cesse.


Le degré d'urgence et l'ordre de priorité. A l'heure actuelle, les tâches les plus urgentes pour l'Armée chinoise ce sont les suivantes : Primo, amélioration de ses équipements d'informatisation, renforcement de la valorisation de ses ressources humaines afin de pouvoir stocker du personnel qualifié et talentueux et rehaussement de sa capacité d'informatisation ; Secundo, intensification de l'entraînement combiné, dans diverses conditions, des trois armes de la terre, de l'air et de la mer, car l'élévation de la capacité de combat combiné constitue pour notre armée une tâche ardue ; Tertio, amélioration des conditions de travail et de vie de certaines de nos troupes armées, et surtout celles cantonnées dans des régions reculées frontalières et maritimes ainsi que dans des régions économiquement arriérées, et cela est une mission urgente et importante assignée à l'Armée chinoise ; Quarto, raffermissement de la direction des opérations outre-mer et de la participations aux activités des forces internationales de maintien de la paix et cela ressort également de nos dépenses militaires, bien que ces opérations et ces activités soient du ressort de l'ONU.


La croissance graduelle et limitée. Le maintien de la croissance modérée et dans une mesure appropriée des dépenses militaires constitue pour notre armée la garantie fondamentale de la réalisation de son but de modernisation. Depuis l'éclatement fin 2008 de la crise financière internationale, le PIB (Produit intérieur brut) chinois a connu une croissance annuelle de 14,5% et les dépenses financières nationales ont augmenté annuellement chaque année de 20,3%, alors que les dépenses de la défense nationale se sont accrues annuellement de 13%, ce qui fait que la part de ces dernières dans le PIB et celle des dépenses financières nationales également dans le PIB ont diminué respectivement de 1,33% et de 6,68% en 2008 à 1,28% et à 5,53% en 2011. La plupart des organisations internationales d'études stratégiques pensent qu'en ce qui concerne le niveau de modernisation, il existe actuellement un écart de vingt à trente ans entre l'Armée chinoise et les armées des pays développés. De toute évidence, la modernisation constitue pour celle-ci une tâche ardue et difficile à laquelle elle est obligée de faire face.


Il est à noter que pour la Chine qui applique résolument et sans faille la politique de développement pacifique, l'augmentation adéquate et appropriée de son budget militaire est tout à fait compréhensible, car celle-ci vise seulement à assurer et à améliorer sa capacité d'autodéfense et aucunement à pratiquer l'expansion militaire ou bien à agresser ou à envahir un quelconque pays.


Certains spécialistes étrangers et certains organismes d'études étrangers en la matière ignorent intentionnellement et ne tiennent aucunement compte de la tradition historique et culturelle chinoise cinq fois millénaire caractérisée par le développement pacifique ni de l'environnement sécuritaire complexe auquel est confronté la Chine, ce qui les intéresse c'est de noircir et de dénigrer celle-ci en menant à chaque fois grand tapage autour du problème de la croissance du budget militaire chinois et en altérant la vérité au sujet de la modernisation militaire chinoise, laquelle est complètement normale et compréhensible. Ce qu'il faut insister c'est que la modernisation de l'Armée chinoise est tout à fait normale, tout à fait naturelle, tout à fait juste, tout à fait justifiée, tout à fait bien fondée et tout à fait légitime, et que surtout qu'il n'y a aucune intrique et aucune machination à ce sujet-là. Quant à cette tâche-là, les armées des pays occidentaux l'ont accomplie il y a déjà une trentaine à une quarantaine d'années, ce qui signifie qu'elles ont devancé l'Armée chinoise qui a certainement le droit de faire des efforts pour les rattraper.

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March 5, 2012 SOURCE: IANS


India on Monday banned six defence firms, including four foreign companies, from doing any business in the country for 10 years beginning 2012, following the chargesheeting of a former Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) chief in a graft case.


The companies banned are Singapore Technologies,Israeli Military Industries, German Rheinmetall Air Defence, Russia Corporation Defence and two Indian firms, defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar told reporters in New Delhi.


The ban will be effective for 10 years beginning 2012, he added.The Indian firms are TS Kishan and Company Private Limited and RK Machine Tools, they added.


The action follows the Central Bureau of Investigation chargesheet against former OFB chief Sudipto Ghosh, and the probe agency’s recommendation for blacklisting the six firms.


The firms were issued a show cause notice and after perusing their replies, the government decided to “debar” them, Kar added.

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March 5, 2012 by Richard Dudley – Defense Update


Media sources are reporting that Japan and Britain may soon begin negotiations to create a joint project for the development of weapons to reinforce each nation’s domestic weapon’s industries. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan is anxious to form lucrative partnerships with foreign nations to offset the decline in Japan’s domestic defense manufacturing sector.


International defense firms have placed increasing pressure on Japanese manufacturers, hogtied by Japan’s decades-old ban on arm’s exports, as they have raced far ahead of Japan’s capability to remain competitive in a market dominated by multinational firms.


Now that Japan has decided to rescind portions of its ban on arm’s exports, the way ahead is open for a resurrection of Japan’s ailing arms industry. Prime Minister Noda is hopeful that removing the export ban will help to ease Japan’s burgeoning spending on defense, spending that has contributed to increasing Japan’s huge national debt.


By lifting portions of the arm’s export ban, Japan hopes to establish partnerships with the United States and European nations leading to the development and production of military goods that may be exported to customers engaged in UN peacekeeping operations and similar activities. Such partnerships are expected to boost Japan’s economic posture.


Prime Minister Noda is scheduled to meet with Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, in April to discuss partnership proposals already presented by the British. Britain previously proposed the two nations collaborate in the development of an autoloading mechanism for 155-milimeter howitzers and three other defense systems.


The strength of multinational arm’s producers has placed Japanese firms in a decidedly weak position, a trend the Japanese fervently hope they can reverse through an aggressive plan of partnership building.

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BRAHMOS LAUNCH- Test March 04, 2012 source LivefistJPG

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March 5, 2012 (DD India) – defpro.com


The Indian Army has successfully test fired the 290-Km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at the Pokharan range in Jaisalmer to operationalise the second regiment of the weapon system in service.


"In conformity and pursuit of operational and strategic surface to surface missile capability development, the second BrahMos unit of Indian Army has been operationalised. The Indian Army unit successfully launched BrahMos missile and destroyed the preselected target in the field firing ranges in Rajasthan," an Army spokesperson said in Jaisalmer on Sunday.


The test was witnessed by senior Army officials including Vice Chief Lt Gen Shri Krishna Singh and Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen A K Chaudhary.


The Army has so far placed orders for three regiments of the supersonic cruise missile and with Sunday’s test firing, two of them have been inducted operationally.


The Defence Ministry has also given a go ahead to the Army to induct a third regiment for being deployed in Arunachal Pradesh along the China border.


One regiment of the 290-km range BrahMos consists around 65 missiles, five mobile autonomous launchers on Tatra vehicles and two mobile command posts, among other equipment.


BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian Joint venture company headed by A Sivathanu Pillai, is also working to develop the submarine launched, air launched and a hyper-sonic version of the missile in the near future.


It has already been inducted into the Navy and is deployed on almost all the front line surface warships of the maritime force.

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March 4, 2012, OneIndia News


New Delhi, Mar 4: Army Chief General V K Singh on Sunday, Mar 4 wrote a letter to Defence Minister AK Antony saying Indian army is seriously short of ammunition and in the event of war, it may run out of stocks in two days, reports The Indian Express.


Report further claim that Indian Army also running short of artillery and air defence ammunition.


Moreover, same situation likely to continue as government hinting at cuts in defence spending in the next budget.


But, neighbouring country China on Sunday, Mar 4 announced to increase in their military spending by 11.2 percent this year. According to Chines official, country will spend nearly 106.4 billion dollars on defence in 2012.

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