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10 octobre 2011 1 10 /10 /octobre /2011 07:45



Corvettes of the family "Gowind" interest of Malaysia. (image : DCNS)

The French group hopes to export its ships in the family "Gowind" for maritime surveillance.
The French naval construction company DCNS is preferred to provide corvettes to Malaysia as part of a call for tenders for 24 copies, said Tuesday the financial daily Les Echos. "We received a letter of intent about a month ago, and since we are in advanced talks," he told the newspaper near the public group.

The Malaysian authorities, which require local assembly and transfer of technology, did not retain the other hand the German TKMS and Dutch Damen also candidates for this tender, specify Les Echos. The case could be completed by the end of the year, they added.

The building belongs to the family DCNS "Gowind" for missions "surveillance zone, the fight against piracy and terrorism, enforcement, fight against drug trafficking, environmental protection, humanitarian , search and rescue, maritime security, "said the DCNS on its website. These include corvettes able to deploy a helicopter or a drone.

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10 octobre 2011 1 10 /10 /octobre /2011 07:05



Le sous-marin Ouessant

crédits : MER ET MARINE


10/10/2011 MER et MARINE


Trente-trois ans après sa mise en service, le sous-marin d'attaque Ouessant fait ses adieux à La France. Vendredi, le cargo Fairpartner, spécialisé dans la prise en charge de colis hors normes, est arrivé à Brest afin d'embarquer l'Ouessant sur son pont. Construit en 2004 par le groupe Damen, le Fairpartner, de la compagnie néerlandaise Jumbo Shipping, mesure 144.2 mètres de long pour 26.6 mètres de large. Il est doté de deux impressionnantes grues dont la capacité de levage combinée est de 1800 tonnes. L'opération de chargement, menée dans le port de commerce, devait être achevée hier soir, ouvrant la voie au départ du convoi vers l'Asie.

Le Fairpartner, ici avec un autre chargement (© : JUMBO SHIPPING)

Le mois dernier, l'acte de transfert de propriété du sous-marin Ouessant a été signé entre les autorités françaises et malaisiennes. La Malaisie a repris le bâtiment afin de le transformer en musée à Klebang. Car c'est à bord de l'Ouessant qu'ont été formés, durant quatre ans, les premiers sous-mariniers malaisiens.

Construit à Cherbourg et mis en service en 1978, l'Ouessant est l'un des quatre sous-marins d'attaque à propulsion diesel du type Agosta. Long de 67.6 mètres pour un déplacement de 1725 tonnes en plongée, ce bateau était armé par un équipage de 54 marins et disposait de 4 tubes de 550mm pour la mise en oeuvre de 20 torpilles et missiles antinavire Exocet SM39. Désarmé en 2001, l'Ouessant avait repris du service quatre ans plus tard, après une mise à niveau effectuée par DCNS, pour les besoins du contrat Scorpène Malaisie. Le bâtiment a, ainsi, assuré la formation à la mer des premiers équipages des deux nouveaux bâtiments commandés par la marine malaisienne, qui ne disposait pas jusque là de sous-marins. Au total, 146 hommes ont obtenu leur qualification de sous-marinier lors des 42 sorties à la mer et plus de 9100 heures de plongée réalisées entre 2005 et 2009, année de la livraison du premier Scorpène malaisien, le Tunku Abdul Rahman, suivi l'année suivante par son sistership, le Tun Razak

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10 octobre 2011 1 10 /10 /octobre /2011 06:30


source defense-jgp.blogspot.com


2011-10-09 (China Military News cited from PTI)


After a pause because of the Visa row, India will resume the annual defence dialogue with China in January next year to discuss several key issues including resumption of Hand-in-Hand bilateral army exercise between the two nations.


China had suggested a date in the month of November this year but both the sides mutually agreed to hold the dialogues in January 2012, sources in Defence Ministry said here today. The last round of Indo-China dialogues had taken place in Beijing in January 2010. Various issues such as the situation along the Indo-China border and resumption of Hand-in-Hand exercise between the armies of the two sides will be discussed during the meeting, they said.


New Delhi had suspended military exchanges with China in August 2010 after it refused to grant permission to a senior Indian Army Commander to proceed on an official trip to Beijing. As an immediate fallout of the event, India refused to hold the third round of Hand-in-Hand exercise with China and had put all other military exchanges on hold. The first two editions of the army to army exercise had taken place in Kunming in China in 2007 and in Belgaum in 2008. Putting an end to the strained military relations, India had sent its first military delegation to Beijing in June this year.


Meanwhile, India and China will also hold the special envoy level talks on the issue of border management here, before the end of this year. National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivsankar Menon will be leading the Indian delegation during these talks.

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9 octobre 2011 7 09 /10 /octobre /2011 18:40


Dassault Rafale - photo RIA Novosti. Grigori Sisoev


NEW DELHI, October 8 (RIA Novosti)


India will choose the winner of the project to supply 126 fighters for country's air forces this month, Times of India said on Saturday quoting sources in country's Defense Ministry.


The largest tender of arms supplies to India worth $10.4 billion was announced in 2007. The six contenders, including Russia's MiG-35, Sweden's Gripen, U.S. F/A 18 and F-16, were in race for the tender.


After U.S., Russian and Swedish fighters were excluded from the list this April, the Eurofighter Typhoon, backed by UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, and the French Rafale jets continue their race for the tender.


Under terms of the tender the winner is to invest 50 percent of the contract in jets production in India. The first 18 fighters will be imported, while another 108 will be manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics, the paper said.



Eurofighter Typhoon - photo REUTERS/ Pascal Rossignol

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9 octobre 2011 7 09 /10 /octobre /2011 18:25


source dailyworldtrends.com


7 Oct 2011 DefenseNews AFP


SEOUL - North Korea could conduct a third nuclear test or missile launch before next year's U.S. and South Korean presidential elections if nuclear disarmament talks fail, a senior Seoul official said Oct. 7.


"I think that North Korea could test-launch a long-range missile or conduct a third nuclear test if denuclearisation talks with South Korea and the U.S. fail," said Kim Tae-Hyo, presidential secretary for national security strategy.


"North Korea could take provocative acts if it judges it won't be able to extract economic aid from South Korea and the U.S. ahead of next year's presidential elections in both countries," Kim told a security forum.


Chun Yung-Woo, senior presidential security secretary, told the same forum the North must shut down its newly disclosed uranium enrichment program before the six-nation disarmament talks can be restarted.


"In order for the six-party talks to resume, North Korea must show sincerity and take the required pre-steps, including a monitored shutdown of its uranium enrichment program," Yonhap news agency quoted him as saying.


"North Korea claims that the six-party talks should be resumed without preconditions but it does not want to tackle the core issue - nuclear weapons," Chun said.


The North abandoned the six-party forum in April 2009 and staged its second nuclear test a month later. It now calls for an unconditional resumption of negotiations.


The United States and South Korea say the North must first show it is serious about the process, notably by shutting down the uranium program which could be reconfigured to make bombs.


"As a matter of principle, we have no intention of rewarding North Korea for its illegal nuclear weapons," Chun said.


Last month, the nuclear envoys of South and North Korea held a second meeting in as many months to try to lay the groundwork for the resumption of the six-party talks. No significant progress was reported.


U.S. and North Korean officials met separately in New York in late July, and there are media reports that another meeting is planned. The forum also includes China, Russia and Japan.


Chun denied that the current conservative South Korean government, which rolled back the previous liberal government's policy of engagement and reconciliation, was seeking to push the North's regime towards implosion.


"When we pursue reunification as a policy, we don't seek the North's collapse," he said, adding that the goal was to induce reform and openness.


Seoul and Washington are coordinating their stance on the six-party talks before next week's summit in Washington between the U.S. and South Korean presidents.


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will meet Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan in Seoul later on Oct. 7.

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9 octobre 2011 7 09 /10 /octobre /2011 18:15


photo DoD


7 Oct 2011 DefenseNews AFP


TOKYO - A fuel tank and other parts dropped from a Japanese F-15 fighter jet on Oct. 7. The parts landed close to a residential area, the Air Self Defense Force said.


No injuries were reported after the parts landed on a water treatment center and in an empty lot just outside Komatsu base in Ishikawa prefecture in western Japan, the air force said.


It was not clear why the jet's parts fell during the morning practice flight, the air force said, adding that the aircraft returned to the base safely.


The air force suspended all F-15 fighter flights pending inspections and began an investigation into the accident.

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9 octobre 2011 7 09 /10 /octobre /2011 17:55


Photo: USAF


Oct 7, 2011 By Asia-Pacific Staff - aviation week and space technology


New Delhi - When India did not shortlist either of the U.S. fighter offerings in its large Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft competition, questions began to swirl about whether something was amiss with the defense industrial relationship between the two sides.


But it appears that U.S. industry still has access to this growth market. The latest sign is that after seven months of on-again/off-again talks, India’s effort to reengine more than 100 of its Sepecat Jaguar strike aircraft is finally moving forward with indications that Honeywell will land the deal.


Indian air force officials say that the defense ministry, in late August, was told to fast-track the acquisition to replace the Jaguar’s Adour Mk811 engines in light of operational considerations and requirements. That effectively means a contract will be awarded to Honeywell for its F125N engine.


Both U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed for the $650 million deal during their visits to New Delhi last year. U.S. officials suggest that the paperwork for a foreign military sale contract is already in process. Any arrangement with Honeywell would involve the purchase of more than 200 engines.


The issue is not a done deal, though. High-level officials at Rolls-Royce say they are still in talks with the air force to upgrade the current powerplant. Rolls-Royce did not respond to the service’s request for proposals earlier this year, and was believed to have stepped away from the competition in February, noting that it had issues with the stated requirement. While Honeywell offered a full new engine, Rolls-Royce’s entry was an upgrade of the existing Adour engine to the Mk821 standard, and therefore not strictly a “reengining” as demanded by the Indian air force (IAF).


“We are still in dialogue with the Indian air force about what we believe is a much more cost-effective and lower-risk engine upgrade program. [It’s] a package that would minimize aircraft integration and would utilize existing Adour infrastructure in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), which we believe should be a point of deep importance for the customer,” said a senior Rolls-Royce India employee. Military officials confirm that the U.K.-based engine manufacturer has held several meetings with the acquisition team since February.


In briefings, Honeywell has criticized Rolls-Royce’s Mk821 program, suggesting that several parts of the engine still need to be developed fully. Honeywell says the F125IN is designed to “drop-fit into existing Jaguar airframes, resulting in an enhanced aircraft with superior mission capabilities and with a projected life-cycle savings of over $1.5 billion.” Privately, Rolls-Royce has questioned Honeywell’s “drop-fit” claim, suggesting that certifying the F125N on the Jaguar is likely to take an unacceptable amount of time from the military’s perspective.


The IAF, which began acquiring Jaguars in 1981, has since bought license-built variants from HAL, and has had them upgraded several times with new navigational aids, weapons capabilities and precision-attack systems, which incrementally crank up platform weight. After several complaints of low thrust across the aircraft’s operational envelope, particularly at medium altitude, the IAF decided four years ago to scout for a new powerplant. In 2008, an internal study of options had resulted in a recommendation for an engine replacement, rather than an upgrade.


Over the next few months, the Indian air force will also come nearer to choosing a close combat air-to-air missile for its Jaguars; the competitive field has been narrowed to MBDA with its advanced short-range air-to-air missile and Rafael’s Python 5. Live-fire field evaluations are scheduled to be held before the end of the year.


Indian air force head Air Chief Marshal Norman Browne, a veteran Jaguar pilot, has emphasized the need for efficient contracting, faced as he is with a depleted squadron strength. Four days into his post, on Aug. 4, a fatal Jaguar crash, still under investigation, is understood to have compelled fresh dialogue with the Defense Ministry to speed up modernization efforts.

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9 octobre 2011 7 09 /10 /octobre /2011 17:50


Photo: Lockheed Martin


Oct 7, 2011By Asia-Pacific Staff -aerospace daily and defense report


NEW DELHI — Impressed by early deliveries and the aircraft’s performance in recent operations, the Indian air force (IAF) is actively considering a proposal to acquire more than the 12 Lockheed-Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical special mission aircraft already expected.


With the last of six C-130Js from an original 2008 contract to be delivered in November, and a follow-on order for six more to be signed shortly, the IAF has lavished unusual praise on the program and indicated it will ultimately need more than a dozen. The IAF has not released an official figure, but Indian sources have said it could be as many as 24 aircraft.


“It is historic,” Air Chief Marshal Norman Browne says of the current order. “This is the first time in history that we have received aircraft earlier than the stipulated date. This has never happened before and is a new experience.” Speaking at his first public press conference since taking office at the end of July, he added that two C-130Js that had been pressed into earthquake relief duties in late September had performed “extremely well.” The C-130Js flew in bad weather typical of India’s northeast, ferrying tons of equipment and supplies to remote, quake-hit areas.


The IAF’s C-130Js operate as part of the 77 Veiled Vipers squadron at the Hindon air force base just outside New Delhi. It was recently decided that the follow-on six aircraft would join a newly formed squadron in Charbatia in the eastern peninsular state of Orissa, giving the IAF reach across the Bay of Bengal to its island territories, chiefly for deployments to the operationally significant Car Nicobar island base. Browne says the new aircraft will have “certain improvements” over the ones currently being delivered, but did not specify what those were.


Interestingly, the IAF chief says Lockheed would pass on certain cost benefits from the original contract, resulting from early execution of the contract, to the follow-on order for six more. This, the IAF chief says, would translate into a discount of $60-$80 million on the follow-on foreign military sales (FMS) contract, scheduled to be signed before January 2012 (Aerospace DAILY, Oct. 4).


For an armed service used to time and cost overruns both from indigenous and foreign military purchases, chiefly from Russia, the IAF hopes that the other aircraft it has contracted for from the U.S. will deliver similar results. In June, the IAF contracted for 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic lift aircraft for $4.1 billion.


Still, one defense ministry acquisitions team officer who worked on the C-130J procurement tempers the IAF’s enthusiasm. He suggests that the higher price of U.S.-built equipment, compared to Russian, for instance, more than balances out “perks” like early deliveries, roll-over price benefits and efficient program execution.


Meanwhile, the IAF also is eyeing the expansion and modernization of two crucial forward bases in the north in Nyoma, close to the disputed border with China, and Kargil, where India and Pakistan had a brief but intense border skirmish in 1999. Browne says he wants both bases to be able to operate the C-130J with full payloads, which is critical to high-altitude logistics operations currently undertaken by the IAF’s Antonov-32s. The IAF’s C-17s, which begin delivery in 2013, will also operate at these forward bases when runway extension and base upgrades are complete.


By contrast, things do not seem to be going as well for a related Russian deal. In Russia to attend the 11th Indo-Russian military cooperation meeting this month, Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony criticized “tardy progress made in the design and development of the Multi-Role Transport Aircraft (MTA).” Ministry sources said Antony was not pleased with the status report of milestones achieved in the development phase since the two countries formally agreed to jointly develop the aircraft in September 2010.

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9 octobre 2011 7 09 /10 /octobre /2011 17:30

Rafale Air Defense gouv fr

photo Armée de l'Ar


08/10/2011 Par Xu Jiatong, - Chine Nouvelle (Xinhua)


La force aérienne indienne va ouvrir le 18 octobre l'appel d'offres final pour acheter une centaine d'avions de combat, dont la valeur pourrait atteindre plusieurs milliards de dollars, a rapporté samedi la presse indienneTrust.


"Nous devons être en mesure d'ouvrir l'appel d'offres final d'ici dix jours", a déclaré le général N.A.K. Browne de la force aérienne indienne.


Le ministère indien de la Défense a donné le feu vert vendredi pour le lancement de l'appel d'offres final après avoir approuvé les propositions de Rafale et l'Eurofighter.


L'Eurofighter et Rafale ont été présélectionnés pour l'appel d'offres après que quatre entreprises dont les américaines Lockheed Martin et Boeing, la russe MiG 35 et la suédoise Saab furent sorties de la course.

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9 octobre 2011 7 09 /10 /octobre /2011 11:30


photo Sirpa Air


08.10.2011 Rafale News


"The process for acquisition of the MMRCA is on its last lap and we should be able to open the bids in 10 days time from now" Indian Air Force chief, Norman Anil Kumar Browne said today during the 79th IAF anniversary celebration.

Yesterday, October 7th, the Defense Acquisition Council approved the offset proposals of both Dassault Aviation and Eurofighter Gmbh. This decision, eventually secures the selection of the Rafale and Typhoon made by the IAF on April 27th.

According to  Browne, determining the lowest bidder (L1) should take another 2 or 3 weeks after the bids opening because it requires complex calculations (life-cycle cost, aquisition cost and technology transfer)

"In the middle of November, we shall be able to announce to the whole world which plane we have selected, the L1 vendor"  he said

So the final stage of the MMRCA seems very clear now :

  • Opening of the bids around October 18th (10 days from now)
  • Anouncement of the MMRCA winner between November 7th and November14th. (2-3 weeks to calculate the lowest bid)
  • Contract signed before the end of 2011 (As announced by India Defense Minister)
  • First deliveries by late 2014, early 2015 (36 months after the contract is signed)
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9 octobre 2011 7 09 /10 /octobre /2011 08:20



8 octobre 2011 – Le Telegramme


Le Ouessant, le dernier sous-marin diesel français, a été racheté le 23 septembre par la Malaisie. Le sous-marin d'attaque de 1.450 tonnes a servi à la formation des premiers sous-mariniers de ce pays.


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Au total, 146 marins ont été formés à bord de ce bateau mis à disposition par la France, entre novembre 2005 et juillet 2009. Le sous-marin, qui avait été retiré du service actif en juillet 2001 (après 23 ans de service, 33.630heures de plongée et 338.680 nautiques parcourus), avait fait l'objet d'un reconditionnement spécifique pour servir de bateau de formation. Un cargo spécialisé dans ce genre de transport, le Fair-Partner, est attendu dans les prochaines heures au port de commerce de Brest. La délicate manoeuvre va consister à charger à bord du cargo le sous-marin construit au milieu des années 70. Le chargement s'effectuera en abaissant le tirant d'eau du navire de transport.


Navire-musée en Malaisie


Délestée de plus de 200 tonnes debatteries, la coque va ainsi rejoindre la Malaisie pour servir de navire-musée, les autorités malaisiennes ayant exprimé un véritablement attachement à ce navire qui apermis de former les premiers sous-mariniers du pays. Les travaux d'amarrage du sous-marin sur le pont devraient prendre de nombreuses heures, voire plusieurs jours, en raison de la complexité du chargement à stabiliser.

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8 octobre 2011 6 08 /10 /octobre /2011 18:20


photo US Navy


08 October 2011. StratPost


New Delhi: India will be looking at learning lessons on operating a nuclear-powered boat apart from honing its anti-submarine warfare skills when its navy exercises with their British counterparts in the Arabian Sea off Goa beginning Saturday.


India is lining up INS Shankush, a Shishumar-class diesel electric submarine, while the British have brought a Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarine for the week-long Exercise Konkan, which will focus purely on anti-submarine warfare maneuvers, Indian Navy spokesperson Commander P.V.S. Satish said here Friday.


Indian Navy will also deploy INS Betwa, a Brahmaputra class frigate, and an IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft during the exercise, he said.


The frigate and the aircraft will do the searching and tracking of the submarines in the exercise.


Apart from the nuclear-powered vessel, the British navy has got its auxiliary ship RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) Diligence, that usually handles support and supplies for the submarine, for the exercise.


The two sides will also exchange crews, apart from carrying out a harbor-based four-day wargaming at Goa before heading to the seas for the four-day maritime warfare maneuvers.


The two navies are meeting for the Konkan series of maritime exercises after a two-year gap. For the last exercise in 2009, Indian Navy had sent its ships to Britain.

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8 octobre 2011 6 08 /10 /octobre /2011 18:15


source http://livefist.blogspot.com/


08 October 2011. StratPost


Friday’s decision to proceed with the opening of the commercial bids of the two vendors for the Indian Air Force (IAF) tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) is likely to attract an additional charge upon the taxpayer.


With a stated intention to open the commercial bids within the next few days, the defense ministry will have to deal with the prospect of an automatic escalation in the effective rates it may have to ultimately pay for whichever aircraft it orders.


This is because of the recent aversion of the currency market to the Indian Rupee. The Rupee is currently trading at almost 49 Rupees to a US Dollar, having touched 50 to a Dollar recently. Why the exchange rate matters is that vendors typically quote prices in their own currencies.


So while India might have budgeted INR 42,000 crore for the MMRCA order, and the two selected vendors might have tried to price their bids as competitively as possible, their foreign currency quotes would have undergone a price escalation in recent weeks because of the fall in the value of the rupee.


Presumably, both surviving vendors, the four-nation Eurofighter consortium and France’s Dassault would have priced their bids in Euros. According to market data, the Euro has bought 62 Rupees to almost 67 Rupees in the past 120 days and is currently trading at around 66 Rupees to a Euro.


Assuming the two vendors had managed to match the budget of INR 42,000 crore in their own currency when they submitted their bids, today that amount would escalate to over INR 50,000 crore.


And what’s crucial is the exchange rate on the day the commercial bids are opened. This is because the rate that will govern the value of the the order, whenever it is ultimately placed, will be the rate on the day the bids are opened.


The Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP) specifically stipulates that the Base Currency selling rate, the rate at which the Indian Rupee is sold on the day of the opening of the commercial bids will determine the value of the order. It also says that it will only consider the prevailing rate at the Parliament Street branch of the State Bank of India to make the determination.


If the government must open the bids soon, maybe it should consider a contrivance to first flood the market with Euros. #justsaying


Note: 1 crore = 10 million

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7 octobre 2011 5 07 /10 /octobre /2011 12:50


source dailynews.lk


7 octobre 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


Deux bâtiments de la marine sud-coréenne, le ROKS Kang Gamchan et le ROKS Chunji, sont arrivés mercredi 5 octobre au Sri Lanka. Les 2 bâtiments, qui constituent le groupe-école de la marine de Corée du Sud, resteront au Sri Lanka pendant 3 jours dans le cadre de leur croisière annuelle de formation.


Les 2 bâtiments ont été accueillis officiellement par la marine du Sri Lanka et l’ambassadeur de Corée du Sud, Choi Jong-Moon. Le destroyer Kang Gamchan et le bâtiment de soutien Cheonji ont au total un équipage de 620 marins, dont 129 aspirants. C’est leur 5è visite au Sri Lanka, la première remonte à 1977.


Deux officiers de la marine du Sri Lanka doivent embarquer sur les 2 bâtiments avant leur départ. Ils resteront à bord jusqu’à la prochaine escale : Djeddah en Arabie Saoudite. La croisière de formation durera 95 jours et fera escale dans 10 pays : le Vietnam, le Sri Lanka, l’Arabie Saoudite, la Turquie, l’Italie, la France, la Grèce, l’Inde, la Malaisie et le Japon.


L’équipage des bâtiments sud-coréens participera à un match amical de football et à diverses activités avec la marine sri-lankaise.


Référence : Sri-Lanka News

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7 octobre 2011 5 07 /10 /octobre /2011 12:15


source china-defense.blogspot.com


October 7, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE


China has put into service at least one battalion of its new HQ-16A anti-aircraft missiles. This is a land based version of the HQ-16 system used in ships (and fired from VLS (Vertical Launch System) containers. This system is a license built version of the Russian Buk M2 anti-aircraft missile systems. These are the latest version of the SAM-6 class missiles, which proved so effective in the 1973 Arab Israeli war.


The M2E missiles weigh 328 kg (720 pounds) and have a max range of 40 kilometers. The land based version has four missiles carried on a tracked vehicle. The target acquisition radar has a range of over 150 kilometers. The export version is called the LY-80. The system can hit targets as high as 10,000 meters (31,000 feet) and as low as a hundred meters (310 feet). The system is carried by an 8x8 truck that contains the radar behind the cab, and behind those are four shipping/firing containers for missiles. These containers are tilted back so that the missiles can be fired straight up, just as they are from VLS cells.


The HQ-16 naval version has the missiles fired out of a vertical storage/launch cell that is flush with the deck of the ship. This is a system pioneered by the United States. This is one reason China has developed new ship designs to replace the Russian ones it has been using for over half a century.



Planeman's impression - source china-defense.blogspot.com



source china-defense.blogspot.com

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7 octobre 2011 5 07 /10 /octobre /2011 11:55


source .militaryphotos.net


Oct 7, 2011 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia


A new facility to test combat clothing will help to provide enhanced protection for Australian soldiers, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon announced today.


Mr Snowdon opened a new $4 million environment test facility at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Melbourne.


"Our servicemen and women deserve the best possible protection and this facility will enable scientists to develop protective clothing suitable for a range of hazardous and toxic environments," Mr Snowdon said.


"This state-of-the-art facility can simulate any natural environmental condition that ADF personnel are likely to encounter between -20o to +50o Celsius."


DSTO researchers will use the multi-purpose environment simulation facility to assess the performance and function of ADF clothing including existing uniforms, developmental materials, and new design options.


They will also be able to assess the limits of human physiological performance in climatic extremes.


A key feature of the facility is a full-size, articulated mannequin that mimics human movement, enabling scientists to make objective, full system assessments rather than relying on the claims of manufacturers.


"This is a major improvement on the existing system of testing which used small swatch samples cut from uniforms or rolls of cloth," Mr Snowdon said. "The fully kitted-out, moving mannequin will substitute as a virtual soldier and allow the entire ensemble to be evaluated in a holistic way."


"This new facility significantly enhances DSTO's support to the ADF's integrated force protection capability and will help to refine the design of combat clothing, so it offers more comfort, protection and integrates better with other combat equipment," he said.


Mr Snowdon thanked local industries for their work in the design and manufacture of the facility.


Heuch Pty Ltd of Victoria won the tender for the design and construction of the temperature-controlled chamber which was built by Nicro Engineering of Geelong. Melbourne firm Hooker Cockram was responsible for construction of the building housing the facility.


"This is surely testament to Australian industry's ability to deliver projects that directly benefit Defence capabilities and I would encourage other local companies to consider future opportunities working alongside Defence," Mr Snowdon said.

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7 octobre 2011 5 07 /10 /octobre /2011 11:30



K122 ship at launch ceremony - (photo: Nguyen Van Xuan)


Morning 5 /10, General Factory Z189 defense industry has celebrated and successful launch K122 passenger ship.


Passenger ship K122 is the biggest and most modern Vietnam Navy today by design and construction.


Vessels 71 meters in length, width 13.2 m, range 2,500 nautical miles, carrying the 180 guests (sleeping).


On the construction process, the factory has applied several technical solutions with quality standards and modern technologies of the European partners.


The building and launching successful passenger ship K122 ensure the technical features, good quality will contribute to building the Vietnam People's Navy increasingly formal, well-trained and modern.


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7 octobre 2011 5 07 /10 /octobre /2011 11:30
India studying NATO offer on joining missile programme


October 7, 2011 T. S. Subramanian – THE HINDU


DRDO is getting ready to launch Agni-II Prime


The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) invitation to India in the first week of September to be a partner in its ballistic missile defence (BMD) programme is being analysed, according to V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister.


“We are analysing the report. It is under consideration,” he said on September 30 after the successful launch of the Agni-II ballistic missile from the Wheeler Island on the Orissa coast.


India has so far conducted six interceptor missile tests as part of its quest to establish a credible shield against ballistic missiles launched from adversarial countries. Of these, five interceptor tests, including the first three in a row, were successful.


The first interceptor missile test took place in November 2006.


These six tests featured a missile launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on the Orissa coast, mimicking the path of a ballistic missile coming from an “enemy country” and an interceptor launched from the Wheeler Island destroying the incoming missile in mid-flight.


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is the author of India's BMD programme and Dr. Saraswat is the programme's architect. He is DRDO Director-General.

Ballistic clash


A top DRDO official had described an interceptor destroying an incoming ballistic missile in mid-flight as “hitting a bullet with a bullet.”


After three successful test-flights of Shourya, Prithvi-II and Agni-II missiles, all surface-to-surface missiles, on September 24, 26 and 30, the DRDO is getting ready to launch Agni-II Prime from the Wheeler Island. “The two stages of Agni-II Prime, their rocket motors and the re-entry vehicle are ready,” the DRDO Director-General said.


Tessy Thomas, Project Director, Agni-II Prime, said: “We are flying” the Agni-II Prime in the first week of November and that “everything is ready” for the launch. The two-stage missile has a range of 3,000 km.


It will lift off from a road-mobile launcher, that is, a huge truck. Ms. Thomas was confident that a problem in the control system of Agni-II Prime in its maiden flight in December 2010 would be overcome this time.


The DRDO is also busy with the maiden launch of the Agni-V ballistic missile in December. The three-stage, surface-to-surface missile can take out targets 5,000 km away.

On schedule


“Agni-V is on schedule. We will launch it as announced by the Raksha Mantri [Defence Minister A.K. Antony] by the end of this year,” said Avinash Chander, Chief Controller (Missiles and Strategic Systems), DRDO. “All the sub-systems have been tested.”


Both the Agni-II Prime and Agni-V can carry nuclear warheads.

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Oct 6, 2011 By Tim Kelly/Reuters - AviationWeek.com


TOKYO - U.S. aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin said on Thursday it will offer final assembly of the F-35 fighter to Japanese firms in a bid for a defense contract from Tokyo.


Lockheed, seeking to bolster its chances of winning a bid to supply warplanes worth as much as $8 billion to Japan, said it will also offer manufacture of major components, maintenance work and engine assembly of the F-35 to Japanese firms.


The F-35 “has taken our industry and partners to a new level,” John Balderston, the campaign director for Lockheed’s bid, told reporters at a Tokyo hotel where the company was displaying a mockup of the plane.


“It will put Japanese aerospace into the lead,” Balderston said, referring to what Lockheed says is its more advanced technology than rivals.


Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is competing for an order to replace aging F-4 Phantom fighters in Japan against Boeing’s F/A 18 Super Hornet and the Typhoon, made by a consortium of European firms including EADS, Britain’s BAE Systems and Italy’s Finmeccanica.


Japan rarely buys European equipment, preferring to arm its military with U.S. or Japan designed weapons, and the 40-plane order is expected to go to either Lockheed or Boeing.


While the newer design of Lockheed’s F-35 has an edge in stealth technology, cost overruns and schedule slips have cast doubts over its prospects.


The Pentagon said on Wednesday it expects to finish a “should cost” estimate for the next batch of F-35s this month.


Officials estimate it will cost $382 billion to build 2,447 of the jets for the U.S. military, but Pentagon chief arms buyer Ashton Carter has pledged to push that down to a far lower “should cost” level.


American arms makers have typically farmed out much of the production to Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and IHI as part of past agreements to supply equipment to Japan’s army, navy and air force.


Boeing executive Phillip Mills told Reuters last month that local defense contractors could build three-quarters of the Super Hornet’s components under licence if Japan picked the aircraft.

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7 octobre 2011 5 07 /10 /octobre /2011 05:45



Vessels of South Korean Navy Command (file photo)


October 6th, 2011 MDAA


South Korean defense officials say a controversial proposed naval base, off the southern coast on Jeju island, will not allow permanent stationing of U.S. naval vessels.  And, they say the facility, to be completed in 2015, is meant to deter North Korea, not China.  However, they are not commenting on reports another small base will be built in the sea, between the Korean peninsula and Japan, to protect an island also claimed by the Japanese.


South Korea’s defense establishment is hitting back against what it says are inaccurate reports about a joint civilian-military project being built on a southern resort island.


The Jeju Multipurpose Port Complex is to host a South Korean navy base as well as accommodate cruise liners. It will be home to other civilian activities, such as terminals and a park.


Rear Admiral Koo Ok-hyoe says, although U.S. Navy and other friendly foreign navies are welcome to visit, it will not be a permanent anchorage for any American ships.


The admiral says the facility will be too small for a carrier battle group.


Officials are also rejecting claims of base opponents that it would also host a U.S. missile defense system.


American military officials concur that there are no plans to host its ships or missiles there.


South Korea’s deputy chief of naval operations, Admiral Koo, also denies the facility is being built with China’s growing military maritime force in mind.


Admiral Koo says the new facility is intended to help deter and repulse any aggressive acts by North Korea and not to check any other nation. 


He says it must be kept in mind that the two Koreas have never signed a peace treaty since their three-year civil war, in the early 1950’s, and that the countries remain “technically at war.”


Some villagers on Jeju, supported by outside civic groups, are opposed to the base. They contend it would militarize a resort island and damage the environment.


The admiral and defense officials (at a special briefing Wednesday for foreign correspondents) would not comment on reports South Korea also plans to construct another small naval base on Ulleung island, in the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan. Some politicians here say such a base is needed to protect a nearby tiny island which South Korea holds but is claimed by Japan, a former colonial occupier of Korea.


Source: Voice of America

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7 octobre 2011 5 07 /10 /octobre /2011 05:40



October 6, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE


Some aircraft seem to fly forever. A prime example is the 1930s era DC-3. The latest revival for this iconic aircraft is a refurb that creates a 13 ton aircraft with a rebuilt and lengthened fuselage, upgraded wings, new engines and modern electronics. Called the BT-67, it is in use by eight civilian (including the U.S. Forestry Service) organizations and nine air forces (including the U.S. Air Force and the Chinese Air Force.) The BT-67 is about a meter (three feet) longer than the original DC-3 and 1.5 tons heavier. Cruising speed is 380 kilometers an hour, compared to 240 for the DC-3. Range is more than twice the 1,600 kilometers of the DC-3. Typical load for the BT-7 (4 tons) is also about twice what the DC-3 would normally haul. The longer range made the rugged BT-7 capable of delivering airfreight to research stations in Antarctica, from an airport in South Africa. The BT-7s cost about $5 million each.


But there are other refurbs. Five years ago, Colombia paid about $20 million to convert five World War II era C-47 (DC-3) transports to gunships (armed with night vision sensors and a three barrel 12.7mm/.50 caliber machine-gun, and some bombs). These aircraft carried a five man crew. Such gunships first appeared, using World War II era C-47 transports, in the 1960s over Vietnam. The troops called the gunships, which liked to operate at night, "Spooky."


Many DC 3 (or C-47 or "Dakota" in military usage) aircraft continue to fly. Several hundred DC 3s are still operating worldwide, mostly owned by small domestic carriers in the U.S. and by some Third World air transport companies. A state of the art aircraft in the mid-1930s (during which only 500 were built), over 35,000 DC 3's were produced for use during World War II. The DC-3 was, in fact, the most widely manufactured aircraft of the war.


When allied paratroopers jumped, it was usually from a DC 3 (which could carry 28 troops, but over sixty people were squeezed in during emergencies). With a maximum range of 3,400 kilometers and a top speed of 296 kilometers per hour, the C-47 was the common cargo carrier (up to 3.5 tons) and general purpose "flying truck." It still is, and more and more of these aircraft are being rebuilt, like the BT-67, to keep them flying for another decade or so.

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6 octobre 2011 4 06 /10 /octobre /2011 19:15


USN photo


6 octobre 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


Soit 70 milliards de dollars australiens – ou 50,44 milliards d’euros. C’est ce que coûterait à Canberra l’achat des 12 sous-marins dont la construction a été décidée dans son dernier Livre blanc. Un coût qui pourrait toutefois être très sous-estimé dès lors que l’hypothèse d’une propulsion nucléaire n’a pas encore été définitivement écartée.


Référence : Défense et Sécurité Internationale

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The Korean military’s new five-ton truck mounted 105mm gun howitzer was developed by Samsung Techwin, the Samsung Group’s defense and precision machinery unit. (ROK MND photo)


October 6th, 2011 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Korean Ministry of National Defense; dated Sept. 26, 2011)


The first truck mounted 105-millimeter howitzer was revealed to the media for the first time on Sept. 22 at the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan, Seoul.


The new weapon, developed by Samsung Techwin, the Samsung Group’s defense and precision machinery unit, was displayed at a weapon exhibition that was opened inside the ministry compound.


After being assigned as a project under Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration in 2009, Samsung Techwin begin making the new wheeled howitzer from 2010 in an effort to enhance combat capabilities with other widely used artilleries.


“Since the 105-millimeter self-propelled artillery is being loaded on a five-ton truck, the cost of the weapon is relatively cheap and it shows more outstanding performance than existing towed artillery,” said an executive at Samsung Techwin. “Shells have to be loaded manually. But firing control is operated automatically and radiation of heat can be selected either in automatic, manual and half automatic. The number of operating personnel can be reduced by three compared to existing towed artilleries.”


In the meantime, other new weapons were also displayed at the exhibition: Signal Robot that is embedded with bullets developed by Hanwha and a portable Global Positioning System automatic warning device developed by Hyundai

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Oct 6, 2011, monstersandcritics.com


Moscow - India's military is considering using Russia's Glonass satellite system for navigation and targeting, a leading Russian newspaper reported Thursday.


Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov offered Delhi access to the system during a recent meeting with his Indian counterpart Arackaparambil Kurien Antony, Kommersant newspaper wrote.


Glonass is a worldwide satellite navigation system similar to the US' GPS system. Russia placed its 24th Glonass satellite into orbit on Monday, upgrading the system to full worldwide coverage.


India could use Glonass for monitoring and controlling its own ballistic missiles and would avoid the cost of setting up its own worldwide satellite navigation network, the report said, citing a senior Russian army officer.


Russian army spokesmen have said that the Glonass system would allow guided missiles to strike targets anywhere on Earth with an error margin of less than one metre.


Antony was in Russia from Monday through Wednesday on a visit devoted primarily to talks on ongoing and future arms acquisitions from Moscow.


Topping India's Russian arms shopping list are a nuclear submarine, a retrofitted aircraft carrier and modern tanks.


Russia in 2010 sold some 3.5 billion dollars of weaponry and military equipment to India. A recently signed deal worth 1.5 billion dollars will deliver 29 MiG-29 fighter jets to India's navy by the end of 2012, according to news reports.

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The new Landing Craft Utility for Philippine Navy (all photos : EaseFlash/Timawa)



The Philippine Iron Construction and Marine Works (PICMW) located in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental has completed the construction of the first Philippine-made Navy vessel, a 579-ton Landing Craft Utility (LCU).


The ship’s hull and fixtures were made fully by PICMW while the engine and propulsion system was created by Propmech Corporation, a known Philippine marine dealer for Caterpillar propulsion sytems on seacrafts.


The construction of the ship was funded by the Navy’s P176-million LCU acquisition project. The Philippine-made LCU will provide for a readily available watercraft for combat support missions such as logistic transport and amphibious operations.


PICMW configured the LCU to transport combat personnel, tanks, vehicles, artillery, and cargo. It is said to be stationed in Mindanao.

The ship’s characteristics are as follows:
-Complement: 15 Personnel/Crew
-Length: 51.43 M
-Breadth: 10.00 M
-Depth: 2.44 M
-Draft: 1.52 M
-Displacement: (Approx) 579 Tons
-Speed: 14 knots
-Hull Construction: Flat Bottom, Welded Steel


-Passenger Capacity -200 sitting passengers
-Cargo Space Area -About 250 m2
-Weight of Cargo -Maximum of 110 tons


Shipbuilding and repair has been going on at PICMW even before Hanjin came to Misamis Oriental.


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