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16 septembre 2011 5 16 /09 /septembre /2011 16:35

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16/09/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

 

Australia will conduct a diagnostic review of its NH Industries MRH90 multi-role helicopter programme and will report the findings by the end of October.

 

Another review was conducted in April, said the Ministry for Defence Materiel. This suggested that the Department of Defence (DoD0 should work with Australian Aerospace, the prime contractor, "to implement a remediation plan" for the troubled programme.

 

The Australian army has accepted just 13 MRH90 helicopters from a 46-aircraft order. Problems have plagued the programme, including engine failure, transmission oil-cooler fan failures and the poor availability of spares.

 

On 20 April 2010, one of an MRH90's two Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca RTM322 engines failed. Although the aircraft landed safely, the fleet was grounded for three months pending an investigation by the DoD and industry.

 

In July 2010, the DoD revealed that the failure resulted from the compressor blades fracturing after coming into contact with the engine casing. It established a new inspection regime and other measures to prevent another such incident.

 

The army's 13 aircraft are being used for testing and initial crew training.

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Sep 16, 2011 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that A39-002 KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport has completed its first flight in RAAF service.

 

The aircraft took off from RAAF Base Amberley at about 10.40am today for a 2 hours and 45 minutes long flight over Roma and the Sunshine Coast, before returning to RAAF Base Amberley.

 

During the flight the eight personnel on board conducted a check of the aircraft's systems and crew operating procedures.

 

Mr Clare said this flight was the next step towards the new air tanker entering service with the RAAF.

 

"This is the most advanced tanker aircraft in the world. It's an important piece of equipment for our Air Force," Mr Clare said.

 

"It's an Airbus aeroplane which has been converted into a flying petrol station, which will allow our Hornets, Super Hornets, C-17s and Wedgetail to be refuelled in the air.

 

"It can carry more than 100 tonnes of fuel, and can itself be refuelled by another tanker mid-flight.

 

"This means these planes can fly further without having to return to base, making them more effective."

 

Mr Clare said the aircraft is operated by Air Force's No. 33 Squadron from RAAF Amberley.

 

"This test flight was conducted to make sure they could work the aircraft safely and effectively," Mr Clare said.

 

Personnel will now begin an intensive operational test and evaluation flying program for the aircraft. Initial operational capability is expected in late 2012.

 

Air Force received two KC-30As during June 2011, with another two due to be handed over by the end of the year.

 

Qantas Defence Services is currently converting the final A330-200 aircraft into a KC-30A tanker at its Brisbane Airport facility, for delivery in 2012.

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BOL IR MJU-52 (photo : Alloy Surfaces)

 

15.09.2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

Chester Township, PA--Alloy Surfaces Company, Inc. (ASC), a subsidiary of Chemring Group PLC, UK, announces the award of a $6.9 million contract from the Royal Australian Air Force to supply BOL IR and MJU-50/B Special Material Decoys (SMD) to support the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operations worldwide. This is Australia's first large production order of BOL IR countermeasures to support the RAAF F-18s and the first time BOL IR is fielded on any F-18 platform. The BOL IR countermeasure is used on fighter aircraft to protect against infrared missile threats. The work will be performed at Alloy Surfaces production facility in Chester Township, Pa. and is expected to be completed by June 2012.

BOL on Australian F/A-18 Hornet (photo : Saab/RAAF)

ASC's President, Lawrence D'Andrea stated, "We are very pleased that the Royal Australian Air Force has selected the Special Material BOL IR countermeasure for their F-18 fighter aircraft. Alloy Surfaces is very proud to deliver the highest quality infrared decoys to protect the aircraft of our allies."

 
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16 septembre 2011 5 16 /09 /septembre /2011 06:30
South Korea To Issue AH-X RFP In January

 

Sep 15, 2011 By Bradley Perrett - aviation week and space technology

 

Sacheon, South Korea - Forget death and taxes. Probably the surest thing in aerospace these days is that South Korea will want serious technology transfer in any major military equipment order.

 

The country’s manufacturers are increasingly confident in their ability to win manufacturing contracts without the compulsion of offsets. More and more, they and the government want the know-how behind the systems that the country buys, with the aim of making the next generation themselves.

 

In an classic example of that process, the planned Korea Attack Helicopter (KAH) might end up as an amalgam of European, South Korean and U.S. technology if Boeing, as looks likely, wins Seoul’s separate AH-X rotorcraft for 36 heavy attack rotorcraft.

 

With a request for proposals likely within months, the other competitors for the AH-X competition are expected to be Eurocopter, offering the Tiger; Bell with the AH-1Z Viper; and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and AgustaWestland with the T-129, a derivative of the A129 Mangusta.

 

The South Korean army wants the Apache, say local and U.S. officials in government and industry. It has been trying to buy the aircraft for more than a decade, and its keenness has only risen with the transfer of U.S. Army Apaches ­(AH-64) from the peninsula to Iraq two years ago. While the preference of the South Korean forces is not always decisive in a country that often puts industrial development first, two factors are reinforcing Boeing’s already high chances.

 

One of those is the transfer of Apache airframe manufacturing to Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), which is shaping up as the national helicopter champion. KAI will build airframes for U.S. Army Apaches whether the country buys the aircraft or not, but South Korean orders will add to the orderbook.

 

A second factor is the definition of the indigenous Korean Attack Helicopter as an aircraft of about 5 metric ton—uncomfortably close to the gross weight of all of the AH-X competitors except for the 8-ton Apache.

 

Boeing’s approach to the offset requirement is to suggest the integration of Apache avionics on the KAH. As the U.S. government urges South Korea to put priority on interoperability with U.S. forces on the peninsula—and therefore choose the Apache—Boeing is stressing the value of the KAH being able to operate with its helicopter. Integration of U.S. weapons, such as the Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile, would also be simplified by moving systems from the Apache to the KAH.

 

Each of the other likely bidders brings important advantages. South Korea and Turkey have a developing military-industrial relationship that would be further promoted by the choice of TAI and AgustaWestland. The army already operates earlier versions of the AH-1, so that type should offer attractively low costs at entry into service. And Eurocopter, already a partner with KAI in developing the Surion transport under the Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) program, is well positioned to link its AH-X offer to codevelopment of the KAH. Moreover, all of those manufacturers can offer aircraft designed for NATO standards, somewhat diminishing Boeing’s claimed advantage in high levels of interoperability.

 

The Defense Acquisition Program Agency is expected to issue a request for proposals in January 2012, with responses due by April, selection in July and a contract in October.

 

A key part of the mission is the destruction of North Korean special forces attempting to infiltrate coastal or land borders, says an industry executive. The KAH, replacing OH-6s and AH-1s, will perform a broader close support and reconnaissance role. Under the influence of the industry ministry, called the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, it will be designed with a cabin of up to eight seats so it can be easily transformed into a civil transport. Marketed internationally with the Surion, it would help establish a South Korean helicopter export industry.

 

A Boeing executive says the company is not interested in taking a risk-sharing role on the KAH. So even if the company wins AH-X, KAI, the selected South Korean manufacturer, will have to work with another partner, such as Eurocopter, for the airframe and dynamics of KAH.

 

The transfer of Apache structural work to KAI’s plant here is emblematic of the country’s mastery of manufacturing and helps explain its determination to move on to developing aircraft. A Boeing official says the Korean company hit quality targets almost from the beginning of its Apache program. Judged against such metrics as tolerances, finish and precision of fasteners, the helicopter bodies were delivered to an unusually high standard, he says.

 

Airframe production is due to rise to five from three a month as the remanufacturing of U.S. Army Apaches ramps up. A KAI official says the company has the workers and space for the expansion but will need new tools. It plans to design some that it expects will cut production costs.

 

So far in the program it has introduced tools for making subassemblies that are positioned vertically instead of horizontally, as before. They are easier to work with and save space, says a KAI production engineer.

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16 septembre 2011 5 16 /09 /septembre /2011 05:45

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15.09.2011 Tribune de Genève AFP

 

DÉFENSE | Les Etats-Unis sont sur le point de déployer un avion espion sans pilote au-dessus de la Corée du Sud, qui pourrait réaliser des images plus détaillées des activités militaires de la Corée du Nord, rapporte un quotidien américain spécialisé dans les informations sur l’armée.

 

Washington négocie actuellement avec Séoul pour faire voler un drone Global Hawk près de la zone démilitarisée, qui sépare les deux Corées, indique le quotidien Stars and Stripes, dans son édition de début de semaine.

 

"Je crois que nous en sommes très proches", déclare le Lieutenant-colonel Terran Reneau, chef des services de surveillance et de reconnaissance du 13è Air Force à Hawaï, cité par le journal.

 

Le ministère de la Défense sud-coréen n’était pas joignable dans l’immédiat.

 

Les Etats-Unis, qui comptent 28.500 soldats stationnés dans le sud de la péninsule, surveillent déjà les activités militaires de Corée du Nord avec des satellites et des avions espion U-2 (avec pilote).

 

Le Global Hawk a une durée de vol plus longue, jusqu’à 40 heures, à une altitude d’environ 20 km, et peut "voir" des cibles à une distance allant jusqu’à 550 km.

 

Un drone survolant le sud de la zone démilitarisée --qui en dépit de son nom est l’un des endroits les plus armés au monde-- pourrait donc "voir" toute la Corée du Nord, jusqu’en Chine, au nord de la rivière Yalu.

 

Cet avion pourrait donc fournir "une vue sans comparaison des activités dans ce pays reclus qu’est la Corée du Nord et susciter aussi la colère de la Chine", souligne le Stars and Stripes, qui appartient au département américain de la Défense, mais dont la liberté éditoriale est garantie par la Constitution.

 

Le drone Global Hawk est équipé de caméras à infra-rouge et à longue portée, de radars et de micros détecteurs, qui peuvent intercepter des signaux militaires étrangers.

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Sept. 15, 2011 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued September 14, 2011)

 

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Royal Australian Navy will lease an additional amphibious ship, the Windermere, to enhance the Navy’s amphibious capability during the forthcoming cyclone season.

 

This adds to HMAS Choules which will arrive in Australia in December and HMAS Tobruk which is currently in maintenance in preparation for the cyclone season which commences in November.

 

The additional ship has been leased to maximise the Royal Australian Navy’s ability to respond to humanitarian and natural disasters over the cyclone period.

 

The Windermere has been leased from 14 October to 31 January 2012, with the option to extend to the end of February 2012.

 

It has been chartered through P & O Maritime Services at a cost of $9.4 million. It is capable of supporting around 100 passengers and can carry 1,000 tonnes of cargo.

 

The Windermere is also in addition to Australia’s agreement with New Zealand that the New Zealand amphibious lift ship HMNZS Canterbury would be made available as part of the joint Pacific-focused Ready Response Force, subject to any operational requirements in New Zealand.

 

Today’s announcement is one of a series of actions the Government has taken this year to improve Navy’s amphibious capability and ensure it has the capacity required for the cyclone season.

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15 septembre 2011 4 15 /09 /septembre /2011 17:35

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Japan operates two helicopter carriers, but now plans

to buy a bigger ship, displacing about 19,500 tonnes

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Sept. 15, 2011 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Chosun Ilbo; published Sept. 15, 2011)

 

TOKYO --- Japan plans to build a 19,500-ton aircraft carrier capable of housing helicopters after China launched its first own aircraft carrier, Chinese media reported on Wednesday. Japan already has two helicopter carriers -- the Hyuga deployed in March 2009 and the Ise deployed in March 2011 -- but the planned new vessel will be bigger.

 

The 22DDH is scheduled for deployment in 2015. It will be 248 m long and cost around US$1.04 billion. It is 30 percent bigger than the Ise and can carry 14 helicopters. The Ise measures 197 m, has a displacement of 13,500 tons and can carry 11 helicopters.

 

Although dwarfed by China's aircraft carrier, which is 320 m long and can carry 50 fighter jets, the Japanese vessel will be equipped with the latest U.S. weapons systems to maximize its capability. It will be equipped with the Raytheon air and missile defense system, which has so far only been installed on U.S. vessels, and 11 missile launchers.

 

Japan had several aircraft carriers during World War II, but since its defeat it has focused on developing helicopter carriers, which are deemed purely defensive. It appears to be bolstering defenses to counter China's increasing submarine warfare capabilities. The new carrier will house mainly helicopters designed for anti-submarine warfare operations.

 

There are increasing calls within Japan to modify the 22DDH for fighter jets. But critics say it would be unrealistic to build such an aircraft carrier since its navy has only 45,000 personnel, and the already indebted government would run deeper into debt.

 

Chinese media speculated that Japan could buy Lookheed Martin F-35B stealth fighters capable of vertical takeoff and landing and base them on the new carrier.

 

Japan is also speeding up the development of stealth fighters and drones. Since 2009, it has invested 39 billion yen (around W562.2 billion) on development of an indigenous stealth fighter codenamed ATD-X. A prototype is expected to be unveiled in 2014, and development is to be complete in 2016.

 

Japan's Defense Ministry is also spending 15 billion yen this year on developing drones and robots. One unmanned helicopter has already been deployed with the Self-Defense Forces, while four prototype drones have been developed.

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Tarian was developed as a lightweight modular system designed to replace the traditional bar or slat armor at a weight saving of up to 98%. (photo: Defense-Update)

 

15.09.2011 DEFENSE STUDIES


AmSafe Industries, Inc., the leading provider of engineered restraint systems to the aviation, defence and specialty vehicle markets, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) for the marketing of its innovative rocket propelled grenade (RPG) protection system, Tarian.

The MOU outlines plans for both companies to collaborate with the aim of ST Kinetics to offer AmSafe’s RPG protection as an option on its vehicles and market Tarian in territories where they already have a strong presence.

ST Kinetics is the land systems and specialty vehicle arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. An AmSafe Tarian RPG protection system fitted on to a ST Kinetics Warthog all terrain vehicle, a variant of the highly successful Bronco, is on display at the DSEi conference being held September 13 – 15 in London. The Warthog is currently in service with the UK MOD.

“Our world class Tarian system provides the lightest and most effective RPG protection solution for the Warthog vehicles and we are delighted to be working together to provide enhanced vehicle functionality to military customers worldwide,” said Neal McKeever, vice president defence for AmSafe.

"We are pleased to collaborate with AmSafe to offer Tarian protection systems to our global customers as an enhanced protection at lower weight for improved survivability," said Mr. Patrick Choy, Executive Vice President, ST Kinetics.
Tarian was developed as a lightweight modular system designed to replace the traditional bar or slat armour at a weight savings of up to 98%.

The Tarian technology has been rigorously tested—in the UK by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the Ministry of Defence, and in the US by its Department of Defense counterpart DARPA—to include over 650 live firing shots. This testing has verified both a high level of performance and a multi-hit capability inherent in the Tarian technology.


(Shephard)

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Sep 15, 2011 ASDNews Source : Chemring Group PLC

 

Chester Township, PA - Alloy Surfaces Company, Inc. (ASC), a subsidiary of Chemring Group PLC, UK, announces the award of a $6.9 million contract from the Royal Australian Air Force to supply BOL IR and MJU-50/B Special Material Decoys (SMD) to support the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operations worldwide. This is Australia's first large production order of BOL IR countermeasures to support the RAAF F-18s and the first time BOL IR is fielded on any F-18 platform. The BOL IR countermeasure is used on fighter aircraft to protect against infrared missile threats. The work will be performed at Alloy Surfaces production facility in Chester Township, Pa. and is expected to be completed by June 2012.

 

ASC's President, Lawrence D'Andrea stated, "We are very pleased that the Royal Australian Air Force has selected the Special Material BOL IR countermeasure for their F-18 fighter aircraft. Alloy Surfaces is very proud to deliver the highest quality infrared decoys to protect the aircraft of our allies."

 

Chemring is an international leader in energetic material products and defensive countermeasures with more than 4,000 employees and 21 facilities in 8 countries. ASC is an industry leader in the design, development, and production of Covert Multi-Spectral Special Material Decoys and their decoys have unique properties of day and night covertness that make them extraordinarily well suited to the modern war fighting challenge. ASC decoys are on the leading edge of IR countermeasure technology and are currently being used to protect a wide variety of United States and allied military aircraft in combat.

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15 septembre 2011 4 15 /09 /septembre /2011 12:35

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Sep 15, 2011 Brahmand.com

 

NEW DELHI (BNS): A subsidiary of BrahMos Aerospace, BATL, has been awarded a contract to build five prototype airborne launchers of the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, according to a news report.

 

The BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) indigenously developed the airborne launcher designed by BrahMos engineers, a report by the Hindu newspaper said.

 

“The first prototype is undergoing various tests in Hyderabad. Four more prototypes will be fabricated at BATL with tests conducted in a staggered fashion,” the report quoting the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace, A Sivathanu Pillai, said.

 

The 6-metre-long airborne launcher fabricated using high strength aluminium weighs 350 kg and is the largest in the world.

 

According to the report, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has begun to make necessary modifications to the Sukhoi undercarriage to take on the launcher from which the missile, with a take-off mass of 2,500 kg, would be gravity-dropped.

 

Once the structural tests of the launcher are over, its mechanism of release would be tested from a static platform using a dummy missile. The launcher would then be integrated onto the reinforced Sukhoi airframe to repeat the test, it said.

 

The air version of BRAHMOS missile is expected to be flight tested on a Su-30 MKI aircraft by the end of 2012. Jointly developed by India and Russia, BRAHMOS has a range of 290 km and is already in service with the Indian Army and Navy.

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Sept 14, 2011 Kalyan Ray New Delhi, , DHNS – DECCAN HERALD

 

The indigenous Saras aircraft, whose track record was blemished by a 2009 crash killing three Indian Air Force personnel, will now be used to train rookie IAF pilots on flying cargo aircraft.

 

The IAF has signed up with National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore for the purchase of 15 Saras aircraft.

 

“NAL signed a memorand­um of understanding with IAF to sell 15 Saras aircraft. The Kanpur unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd will manufacture these planes,” Shyam Chetty, acting director of NAL, told Deccan Herald here.

 

The 14-seater twin-engine ai­rcraft would be used for coastal surveillance as well as tr­aining young cadets on transport flying.

 

The indigenous aircraft fa­ced a major setback on March 6, 2009 when it crashed near Bangalore killing two test pilots and a flight engineer. The crash occurred when one of the engines was relighted. The first re-ignition failed and pilots went for the second re-ignition even though they did not have adequate height for the drill.

 

“We learnt from the failures and improved the design,” said Samir K Brahmachari, director general of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, parent outfit of  NAL.

 

The scientists have approached the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification and Director General of Air Quality Assurance under the Defence Ministry for certification as per US Federal Aviation Administration-23 standards. The certification process would take 18 months.

 

The second improved prototype of Saras would be ready in the third quarter of 2012 and the first production specification aircraft (PSA-1) would be ready by 2014 end.

 

NAL, in collaboration with Mahindra Aerospace, has also designed and produced a five-se­ater single engine aircraft that made its debut flight on September 1 in Melbourne.

The plane will be manufactured by an Australian company, which Mahindra acquired recently.

 

In-flight medicare

 

Christened CNM-5, the plane could be used for medical evacuation and ferrying critically ill passengers to hospitals as it has space to accommodate two stretchers and life support systems. Without the medical equipment, CNM-5 will have five seats and could be an effective transporter for the North East and the islands.

 

According to the market analysis of the company, India market has an annual demand for 30 such planes, each costing about Rs two crore, Brahmachari said. The turbo-prop plane that flies at an altitude between 10,000 to 15,000 ft in the visual range, had flown four hours in the last two weeks.

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Type 206A submarine from Germany (photo : Militaryphotos)

 

15 septembre 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

La marine thaïlandaise ne pourra probablement pas respecter l’échéance du 30 septembre fixée par une compagnie allemande pour l’achat de 6 sous-marins d’occasion, puisqu’un audit demandé par le ministère de la défense ne sera pas rendu à cette date.

 

Un comité de 8 membres désignés par le ministre de la défense, Yutthasak Sasiprapa, va étudier les avantages d’acheter les sous-marins U-206A d’occasion pour 7,5 milliards de baht (180 millions €).

 

Certains critiquent cet accord parce que, selon eux, les sous-marins ne valent pas le prix demandé.

 

La semaine dernière, le général Yutthasak, avait demandé une semaine pour étudier le projet après que la marine lui aie remis les 200 pages détaillant le projet d’accord.

 

Le ministre espère que le comité lui remette ses recommandations d’ici mercredi.

 

« Il est probable que le comité demande une nouvelle étude ou de nouvelles précisions, » a indiqué une source du ministère de la défense.

 

Le comité est composé d’anciens officiers de haut rang de la marine, dont l’ancien chef d’état-major Prasoet Bunsong, ainsi que d’officiers de l’armée de terre et de l’air.

 

La source a indiqué que certains anciens officiers de la marine membres du comité s’opposent à cet achat.

 

« Peut-être vont-ils donner au général Yutthasak une excuse pour rejeter l’achat de sous-marins allemands, » a estimé la source.

 

L’Allemagne a donné à la Thaïlande jusqu’au 30 septembre pour décider si elle va acheter les sous-marins U-206A, conçus pour des patrouilles côtières, puisque le projet d’achat n’a pas été approuvé par le Conseil de Défense sous le précédent gouvernement.

 

L’approbation du Conseil est nécessaire pour que le projet puisse être soumis au gouvernement. L’ancien président du Conseil et ministre de la défense, Prawit Wongsuwon, aurait semble-t-il préféré que la marine achète des sous-marins neufs à la Corée du Sud.

 

Le parti au pouvoir Pheu Thai Party pourrait soutenir cet achat, a ajouté la source, mais il pourrait aussi préférer que les sous-marins soient acheter à la Russie ou à la Chine.

 

Le chef actuel de la marine, Kamthorn Phumhiran, soutient le projet d’accord avec l’Allemagne. Il doit prendre sa retraite le 30 septembre prochain et espère que le nouveau gouvernement approuvera d’ici là l’accord.

 

Il explique que la marine est restée à l’écart du développement des technologies sous-marins depuis 60 ans, puisqu’elle n’a plus de sous-marins depuis la 2è Guerre Mondiale.

 

« En réalité, les officiers de marine veulent des sous-marins neufs, mais il faudrait dépense jusqu’à 40 milliards de baht (961 millions €), » a indiqué l’amiral Kamthorn said. « Et nous n’avons pas un budget aussi énorme. »

 

Référence : Bangkok Post (Thaïlande)

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15/09/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

 

Australia has taken delivery of its fifth and final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, as L-3 Link Simulation & Training begins operations of its C-17 training system at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley.

 

Australia originally announced the order for the airlifter at Australia's Avalon air show in March. The US Air Force approved the sale of the aircraft through the Foreign Military Sale process. To expedite the delivery, it assigned a C-17 that was already in production at Boeing's Long Beach plant in California.

 

The C-17 has seen extensive use in RAAF service. RAAF C-17s participated in relief efforts following Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. They have also participated in humanitarian relief efforts in Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand. In addition, they support Australian forces operating in Afghanistan.

 

"Since 2006, Boeing has enjoyed a strong partnership with the RAAF and the crews who fly the C-17," said Boeing C-17 programme manager Bob Ciesla, speaking at a handover ceremony in Long Beach.

 

"With this fifth C-17, the RAAF continues to expand and extend its global airlift reach."

 

Separately, L-3 Link Simulation & Training said it assumed responsibility for the C-17 training system at RAAF Amberley.

 

"Earlier this year, L-3 Link received a contract to serve as prime contractor for the USAF's C-17 TS and has been operating 10 installations in the US since 1 June," said L-3 Link.

 

"The RAAF Amberley installation, which supports the service's 36th Squadron, represents the first international C-17 TS installation that is being overseen and managed by L-3 Link."

 

L-3 Link will be responsible for providing the pilots, loadmasters and maintenance personnel of the RAAF's 36th Squadron with initial qualification and continuation training via classroom instruction, computer-based training and a range of simulation systems.

 

The US company will also undertake programme management, training device modifications, courseware development, instruction, and concurrency management between the training system and the aircraft platform.

 

L-3 Link's partner on the programme, Textron unit AAI Corporation, will provide "maintenance training device production and modification in addition to all C-17 TS contractor logistics support", said L-3 Link.

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Sep 15, 2011 by Dan De Luce and Shaun Tandon – ASDNews - AFP

 

Seoul - The United States is close to deploying an advanced unmanned spy plane over South Korea which could provide a much more detailed view of North Korea's military activities, a report said.

 

The US military newspaper Stars and Stripes said Washington is negotiating with Seoul to fly a Global Hawk drone near the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.

 

"I think we are very close," the paper quoted Lt. Col. Terran Reneau, chief of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the 13th US Air Force in Hawaii, as saying.

 

Another air force officer, Lt. Col. David Gerhardt, was quoted as saying in the article published Monday that the Global Hawk "will likely fly over land in Korea as soon as agreements have been solidified to do that".

 

South Korean defence ministry spokesmen could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

The United States, which bases 28,500 troops in the South, already keeps watch over the North with satellites and piloted U-2 spy planes.

 

The Global Hawk can stay in the air longer, flying at an altitude of about 20 kilometres (12 miles) for up to 40 hours, with a line of sight to targets some 550 kilometres away.

 

This means that a drone flying just south of the DMZ could keep watch over all North Korea and over Chinese territory north of the Yalu border river.

 

The deployment could provide an "unprecedented view of goings-on in reclusive North Korea and draw the ire of China", Stars and Stripes said.

 

The Hawks carry long-range and infrared cameras, radar and listening devices that can intercept foreign military signals.

 

North Korea tested nuclear weapons in 2006 and 2009 as well as long-range missiles in 1998, 2006 and 2009, incurring United Nations sanctions.

 

Inter-Korean relations have been tense since Seoul accused Pyongyang of torpedoing a warship in March 2010 with the loss of 46 lives.

 

The North denied involvement in the sinking but shelled a South Korean border island last November, killing four people.

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September 15, 2011 By Manpreet Sethi - the-diplomat.com/flashpoints-blog

 

In a surprise move, NATO has reportedly offered to share its ballistic missile defence (BMD) technology with India. The tentative proposal, premised on the acknowledgement of the ‘commonality of threats’ faced by NATO and India, includes the sharing of BMD technology as well as the possibility of ‘training together.’ There has yet to be any official response to this offer, but its acceptance would make India the only non-NATO ally, apart from Russia, in the alliance.

 

Russia’s reservations on this issue are well known, and it’s most likely that India, too, won’t be jumping at the bit. This could be attributed to at least three factors.

 

One, as a non-aligned country during the Cold War years, India maintained its distance from bloc politics. Though the international landscape has changed drastically since then, India has retained its policy of not entering into an alliance with any country, though New Delhi does have strategic partnerships with a record number of nations today. While warming to the United States considerably in the last half decade, India is still unlikely to enter into any arrangement that might be perceived as compromising its sovereign autonomy. It may be recalled, after all, that India hasn’t formally accepted the Proliferation Security Initiative because it’s a US-led initiative. A US-led BMD architecture, then, would also be viewed from the same perspective.

 

Second, while it’s true that India has been working on the indigenous development of BMD technology, and has conducted four successful interceptions since 2006, there has been no shared commonality of threats with NATO. As premised on the US missile threat assessment, threats to NATO are believed to arise from missile proliferation by problem states. BMD is seen as necessary to defend against limited ballistic missile attacks involving ‘up to a few tens of ballistic missiles.’ The United States and NATO have been categorical in assuring Russia and China that the BMD isn’t designed to degrade their nuclear deterrent.

 

For India, the nature of the missile threat is quite different—it arises from its nuclearized neighbourhood. Both China and Pakistan have established nuclear and missile arsenals of substantive quality and quantity. In fact, both have spent the last decade enhancing their missile capabilities in terms of inventory build-up, range, accuracy, survivability, and reliability. In addition, China has invested in its own BMD and countermeasures technology. Therefore, the threats that the Indian BMD will be required to counter are very different from those of NATO, and there’s no clarity over whether NATO would be able to accommodate these threat perceptions.

 

Third, while the Indian research and development establishment is euphoric over the technological success of four interceptions, two endoatmospheric and two exoatmospheric, the impact of BMD on strategic stability has yet to be completely fathomed. India’s nuclear doctrine is based on deterrence by punishment, which essentially implies the communication of the threat that any use of nuclear weapons would result in assured retaliation designed to cause ‘unacceptable damage.’ Eschewing nuclear war fighting, India has largely been against deterrence by denial and has largely accepted the classical logic of nuclear deterrence that it can best be maintained through the suggestion of mutual vulnerability, which was also seen as best for strategic stability.

 

But the acquisition of BMD by China upsets the equation. India can’t hope to establish deterrence stability with China’s BMD without having a similar capability of its own. This, in turn, impinges on its deterrence relationship with Pakistan. The latter, meanwhile, doesn’t have the scientific and technological wherewithal to develop a BMD of its own, and is most likely to either increase its missile inventory and equip the missiles with countermeasures (acquired from China) or enter into some type of an acquisition or BMD-sharing arrangement with some of its allies, most notably China.

 

BMD, therefore, has the potential to upset the deterrence stability in the two nuclear dyads of the region. In fact, the deployment of BMD will impel the adversary toward the development and deployment of countermeasures or advanced offensive capabilities against BMD. This will push the countries into an offence-defence spiral, leading to an arms race not just in earth-based systems, but also in space-based ISR and navigation capabilities as they try to increase the accuracy of their missiles, along with their manoeuvrability, in terminal stages to avoid interception. The automatic tendency, then, will be to develop ASAT capabilities and resort to pre-emption to degrade the space-based assets of the adversary. It therefore appears likely that uncertainties and insecurities will only grow rather than decrease with availability of BMD in all three countries.

 

As India grapples with finding the best response to its missile threats, the NATO offer to share the ‘technology of discovering and intercepting missiles’ is an interesting development. It comes at a time when the Indian BMD technology trajectory seems to be on an upswing, when the state of Pakistan’s stability is on a downswing, and ambiguities on China’s intentions are on the rise. Is there a deeper message in this offer? India must undertake a careful assessment of all dimensions.

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14 September 2011 by Guy Martin - defenseWeb

 

Police in India have begun to receive their first Mine Protected Vehicle for India (MPV-I) vehicles, which will be used for anti-terrorist/guerrilla operations.

 

On August 25 the Jharkhand police received the first of six MPV-Is on order. They are being manufactured by Defence Land Systems India (DLSI), a joint venture between Mahindra & Mahindra (74%) and BAE Systems (26%).

 

Brigadier (retired) Khutub Hai, MD and CEO of DLSI, handed over the keys of the first MPV-I to B B Pradhan, Additional Director General of Police, Jharkhand Police, late last month. “This is a proud moment for DLSI as this is the first such vehicle of its kind indigenously manufactured by the private sector industry being delivered to the Police Forces in the country,” said Hai. “The MPV-I will meet all the stated parameters and we hope it will greatly enhance the operational effectiveness of the police forces in Naxal affected areas of the country.”

 

This year, nearly 300 security personnel were killed or injured in 76 improvised explosive device (IED) attacks, India’s Business Standard reports. Security forces in Jharkhand recently recovered 17 landmines during a search operation. India is battling Maoist Naxal rebels as well as other security threats.

 

“The equipping of police forces in the Naxal-affected states with 300 MPVs will reduce casualties by some 90%,” noted Hai.

 

DLSI is producing the MPV-Is at its factory at Prithla, near Faridabad, which has the capacity to produce 100 MPV-Is per year. It expects to build around 20 vehicles this year.

 

The six-wheeled MPV-I was designed by BAE Land Systems South Africa, world renowned specialists in building mine protected vehicles, and resembles South Africa’s Casspir mine protected vehicle.

 

The MPV-I’s protective shell comes from Sweden and is built into a monocoque body, using kits imported from South Africa. The 230 hp engine and chassis are from Russian Ural trucks manufactured at Haldia, West Bengal, which significantly reduces the vehicle’s price.

 

Like the Casspir, the 14 ton MPV-I is capable of withstanding a 21 kilogram blast of TNT under any wheel and a 14 kg blast of TNT under the crew compartment. Apart from mine protection, the MPV-I’s armour can withstand a variety of bullets, including 7.62 x 51 mm NATO ball, 7.62 x 39 mm AK-47 ball and 5.56 x 45 mm INSAS lead core from up to 45 degrees from the top and up to 90 degrees from the sides at a distance of ten metres, according to Mahindra. There are 16 ports from which to return fire.

 

With a seating capacity of 18 people, the MPV-I can transport a complete operational team of army or police personnel.

 

In February 2008 BAE Systems announced it was in discussions with Mahindra to jointly develop a mine protected vehicle based on its RG-31 and in January the next year announced it was setting up a joint venture with Mahindra & Mahindra to focus on land systems for the Indian market.

 

Mahindra already has experience building military vehicles and since 2001 has sold around 1 500 smaller vehicles, including the Rakshak, Marksman and Rapid Intervention Vehicle, India’s Business Standard reports.

 

India is one of the latest countries to acquire the knowledge developed by the former Defence Research Unit of the SA Council for Science and Industrial Research in the early 1970s (which produced the Casspir). Other countries that now have the once unique SA technology include the US, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Namibia, Russia and Serbia.

 

India already operates Casspirs, having bought 165 between 1999 and 2001. They have been extensively used by the Army and paramilitary units, especially in Jammu and Kashmir. Casspirs serve with a number of national armies including South Africa, Djibouti, Indonesia, Namibia and Peru, as well as private firms such as Mechem.

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September 14, 2011 defpro.com

 

DSEi London | SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract by Update Development ltd worth around EUR 4.3M (£3.8M) to provide Thermal Sight Systems (TSS) to the Royal Thai Army in support of their Scorpion Light Tank upgrade programme.

 

The contract, for an initial quantity of 42 TSS systems, will see SELEX Galileo provide the battle-proven Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Weapon Sight (STAWS) fully integrated with assisted-aiming fire control software which will provide the Scorpion with a modern direct fire capability, 24 hours a day under all battlefield conditions.

 

The contract follows in-country trials of the system with the Royal Thai Army and deliveries will commence in February 2012 with the systems expected to go into service mid 2012. Colin Horner, Head of Campaigns Land ISTAR & Imagers at SELEX Galileo said: “We are delighted that our proposal has been accepted by the Royal Thai Army and look forward to equipping the Scorpion Light Tank with this outstanding capability. The TSS is a cost effective upgrade to legacy vehicles such as the Scorpion and can provide extended direct fire capability to artillery platforms such as 155mm Howitzers.”

 

“The Surveillance and Target Acquisition Sight (STAWS) which provides the multi-waveband imaging solution is in service with the British Army and other coalition forces on remote weapon stations and other ISTAR assets and is well suited to the Scorpion Light Tank.” added Colin Horner.

 

The contract is for the first tranche of a three stage upgrade programme with the Royal Thai Army intending to upgrade a number of further vehicles. Successfully winning this contract puts SELEX Galileo in good stead to compete to supply the TSS for further Scorpion Light Tanks.

 

The complete TSS system comprises the STAWS, a commander’s display and a gunner’s display. Integrated assisted-aiming software can use the laser-sighting capability of the STAWS to automatically elevate the tank’s turret to the correct level based on the range of the target and the ammunition type being used.

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Deftech's AV-8 armoured vehicles for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

 

September 14, 2011 defpro.com

 

Thales has been awarded a major contract for the integration of an advanced open vehicle electronic architecture system for the 257 new 8x8 armoured-wheeled vehicles of the Malaysian Army. Thales acts as a subcontractor of DEFTECH (DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd), the local company selected by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence for the design, development and manufacturing of the vehicles.

 

This contract confirms Thales’s position as a leading player in advanced vehicle system integration.

 

Today, combat vehicle platforms need to achieve greater efficiency on the battlefield and are becoming increasingly complex due to the need for integration of electronics equipment and network capabilities. Thanks to Thales’s high-level expertise in C4ISR* systems for land forces, the Group has been selected to provide an integrated and scalable vehicle electronic architecture system including a wide range of new-generation equipment (communications, vetronics, sensors, command & control, mortar, optronics, etc.) to meet the rigorous operational performance criteria of the Malaysian Army.

 

In order to lead this programme in close cooperation with the customer, Thales relies on its local presence through Thales Malaysia Sdn Bhd and strengthens its local footprint thanks to its Malaysian joint-venture, Sapura Thales Electronics (STE), who will supply the complete HF and VHF radio communications system for the 257 vehicles.

 

Thales will integrate a state-of-the-art Open Information Communication System (OICS) - branded as VSys-net – a vehicle system electronics solution designed to optimise integration and enable information exchange (voice, data and video) both within vehicles and externally. It combines a set of sub-systems and specific equipment that assist the commander during the mission (Battlefield Management System), manage the status of the vehicle components (Platform Management System), assist navigation, provide an optimised situational awareness and enhance survivability.

 

This solution will provide a consistent vehicle electronic architecture among the 12 variants (Infantry & Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Command, Anti-Tank, Recovery, Surveillance, etc.). This will reduce integration risks on the overall program, speed up the operation, manage all platform systems in real time and enable optimised support services.

 

The Malaysian Army also renews its trust in Thales’s field proven equipment such as the unique 120mm 2R2M Mortar for the mortar variant offering an unmatched range of 13km, as well as the SQUIRE ground surveillance radar as part of the surveillance variant.

 

“We are very proud of the renewed confidence in Thales’s solution expressed by the Malaysian Army. Thales strengthens its commitment to Malaysia and the local defence industry with know-how and technology transfer.” explains Jean-Philippe Durieux, Country Director, Thales Malaysia. “Thales’s excellence and expertise in complex systems integration make us a trusted partner, able to respond to the armed forces’ ever growing needs.”

 

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* Command, Control, Communication, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance

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Known as Super Bainite, the new armour steel has been developed to have outstanding ballistics properties
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14 Sep 2011 By ANDREW CHUTER DefenseNews

 

LONDON - Tata Steel is to produce a super steel armor in Britain using an invention developed by the U.K. Ministry of Defence's research laboratory.

 

The Indian-based company has signed a deal to produce a Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl's) development known as super bainite. The licensing agreement will see Tata produce the armor at its Port Talbot, South Wales, steel plant.

 

The deal, unveiled at the Defence & Security Equipment International show in London Sept. 14, allows Tata to manufacture and process the steel in the U.K. and Europe and to export it globally.

 

Program officials at Dstl say they are in discussion with potential processors in the U.S. and elsewhere, and there is also a potential for manufacture outside Europe, possibly India.

 

Manufacture will give Britain its first onshore supply of high performance steel armor. Previously, it has had to import the material from established producers in places such as Sweden and France.

 

The ultra high-hardness perforated plate can also be supplied in a soft version that can be bent into various shapes and then hardened.

 

Dstl's Peter Brown, one of the inventors of the armor, said super bainite has outstanding ballistics properties compared with normal steel armors.

 

"The ballistic performance of perforated super bainite steel is at least twice that of conventional rolled homogenous steel armor. The introduction of perforations creates a large number of edges, which disrupts the path of incoming projectiles, significantly reducing their potency," said Brown.

 

The steel has military and commercial applications but Paul Davies of Tata Steel said he hopes armor specialists recognize the potential of the material for appliqué up-armoring.

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Cadillac Gage V100 of the Vietnam Armed Forces (all photos : Army TV)

 

14.09.2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

(VNA) - The military technical experts Vietnam has upgraded armored vehicles from the 60’s into a modern fighting vehicles today.

Army Television shows the Vietnam's military experts to upgrade armored vehicles V100, test it, including its amphibious capabilities.



The upgrade process was done in Mechanical Engineering Institute, the General Department of Engineering, Department of Defense, old engine was replaced by diesel engines, adding night camera, and redesigned the electrical system .


After the upgrade, V100 vehicle was "combat ready", and will be included in the staff complement of combat units.

(VTC News)

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14.09.2011 DSEI army-guide.com

 

DSEI, London -- Thales has been awarded a major contract for the integration of an advanced open vehicle electronic architecture system for the 257 new 8x8 armoured-wheeled vehicles of the Malaysian Army. Thales acts as a subcontractor of DEFTECH (DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd), the local company selected by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence for the design, development and manufacturing of the vehicles.

 

This contract confirms Thales’s position as a leading player in advanced vehicle system integration.

 

Today, combat vehicle platforms need to achieve greater efficiency on the battlefield and are becoming increasingly complex due to the need for integration of electronics equipment and network capabilities. Thanks to Thales’s high-level expertise in C4ISR1 systems for land forces, the Group has been selected to provide an integrated and scalable vehicle electronic architecture system including a wide range of new-generation equipment (communications, vetronics, sensors, command & control, mortar, optronics, etc.) to meet the rigorous operational performance criteria of the Malaysian Army.

 

In order to lead this programme in close cooperation with the customer, Thales relies on its local presence through Thales Malaysia Sdn Bhd and strengthens its local footprint thanks to its Malaysian joint-venture, Sapura Thales Electronics (STE), who will supply the complete HF and VHF radio communications system for the 257 vehicles.

 

Thales will integrate a state-of-the-art Open Information Communication System (OICS) - branded as VSys-net – a vehicle system electronics solution designed to optimise integration and enable information exchange (voice, data and video) both within vehicles and externally.

 

It combines a set of sub-systems and specific equipment that assist the commander during the mission (Battlefield Management System), manage the status of the vehicle components (Platform Management System), assist navigation, provide an optimised situational awareness and enhance survivability.

 

This solution will provide a consistent vehicle electronic architecture among the 12 variants (Infantry & Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Command, Anti-Tank, Recovery, Surveillance, etc.).

 

This will reduce integration risks on the overall program, speed up the operation, manage all platform systems in real time and enable optimised support services.

 

The Malaysian Army also renews its trust in Thales’s field proven equipment such as the unique 120mm 2R2M Mortar for the mortar variant offering an unmatched range of 13km, as well as the SQUIRE ground surveillance radar as part of the surveillance variant.

 

“We are very proud of the renewed confidence in Thales’s solution expressed by the Malaysian Army. Thales strengthens its commitment to Malaysia and the local defence industry with know-how and technology transfer.” explains Jean-Philippe Durieux, Country Director, Thales Malaysia. “Thales’s excellence and expertise in complex systems integration make us a trusted partner, able to respond to the armed forces’ ever growing needs.”

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September 14, 2011 SHEPARD Source: ST Kinetcis

 

AmSafe Industries, Inc., the leading provider of engineered restraint systems to the aviation, defence and specialty vehicle markets, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) for the marketing of its innovative rocket propelled grenade (RPG) protection system, Tarian.

 

The MOU outlines plans for both companies to collaborate with the aim of ST Kinetics to offer AmSafe’s RPG protection as an option on its vehicles and market Tarian in territories where they already have a strong presence.

 

ST Kinetics is the land systems and specialty vehicle arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. An AmSafe Tarian RPG protection system fitted on to a ST Kinetics Warthog all terrain vehicle, a variant of the highly successful Bronco, is on display at the DSEi conference being held September 13 – 15 in London. The Warthog is currently in service with the UK MOD.

 

“Our world class Tarian system provides the lightest and most effective RPG protection solution for the Warthog vehicles and we are delighted to be working together to provide enhanced vehicle functionality to military customers worldwide,” said Neal McKeever, vice president defence for AmSafe.

 

"We are pleased to collaborate with AmSafe to offer Tarian protection systems to our global customers as an enhanced protection at lower weight for improved survivability," said Mr. Patrick Choy, Executive Vice President, ST Kinetics. Tarian was developed as a lightweight modular system designed to replace the traditional bar or slat armour at a weight savings of up to 98%.

 

The Tarian technology has been rigorously tested—in the UK by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the Ministry of Defence, and in the US by its Department of Defense counterpart DARPA—to include over 650 live firing shots. This testing has verified both a high level of performance and a multi-hit capability inherent in the Tarian technology.

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ST Kinetics Spider Light Strike Vehicle (photo : Cyberpioneer)

 

14.09.2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

ST Engineering today announced that its land systems arm, ST Kinetics, has won a contract worth S$68m from the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) through an international tender, to supply its new generation Spider Light Strike Vehicles (Spider LSV) and spares. Delivery is expected to take place over 2013-14.

 

Designed with a unique center drive configuration allowing for weapon systems to be mounted on both sides of the driver, the Spider LSV incorporates a state-of-the-art electronic controlled engine, a 4-speed automatic transmission and an enhanced suspension system capable of high cross-country manoeuverability. The Spider LSV has an increased seating capacity for a crew of six and is heli-portable.


Another varian of th Spider - LSV with 120mm SRAMS-Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (photo : XTemujin)

"We are extremely pleased that MINDEF has selected the Spider LSV. This is an excellent testimony to ST Kinetics' continued focus to innovate through smart engineering, effective solutions to meet our customers' evolving operational needs." ~ SEW Chee Jhuen, President, ST Kinetics.

 

This contract is not expected to have any material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share and earnings per share of ST Engineering for the current financial year.

 

(STEngg)
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14/09/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

 

Australia and Canada have reiterated their concerns with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II programme, with Australia repeating the possibility of acquiring additional Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets.

 

Australian defence minister Stephen Smith made the comments during a joint press conference with his Canadian counterpart, Peter Mackay, who was on an official visit to Australia. Mackay said Canada is still committed to 65 examples of the F-35A, the conventional take-off and landing variant of the aircraft that both countries plan to acquire.

 

"We're not looking at backing away from our commitment to purchase and procure the Joint Strike Fighter," said Mackay. He added, however, that Canada shares the reservations about the programme expressed by Australia's Smith and former US defence secretary Robert Gates.

 

"Canada's fleet of F-18 Hornets will have to be taken out of use around 2017, so there is a degree of urgency for us when it comes to the F-35 procurement being on-time and on cost."

 

For his part, Smith said Australia is still committed to an initial 14 examples of the F-35A. Department of Defence plans have indicated the country could eventually buy up to 100 - a number that has come under increasing doubt owing to delays and cost concerns with the F-35 programme.

 

One journalist asked Smith about the possibility of Australia acquiring no more than 14 F-35s.

 

"No, no, no," Smith replied. He said his primary concern is that Australia is "starting to rub up against our capability schedule. The last thing I will allow to occur with our procurement of the F-35 is a gap in capability".

 

He reiterated the importance of the risk assessment into the F-35 early next year, which could result in Australia adding more Super Hornets.

 

"Whilst we've not made a decision on this, the obvious possibility for us is more Super Hornets," he said.

 

On 5 August, the Royal Australian Air Force received two Super Hornets, bringing its total of the type to 20. The final four of a 24-aircraft Super Hornet order will be received by the end of 2011. Australia purchased the Super Hornet as a stop-gap owing to delays in the F-35 programme.

 

Smith and Mackay also said that the two countries will hold regular Australia-Canada meetings on issues such as procurement, capabilities and budgets.

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13/09/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

 

South Korea appears ready to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a long awaited programme to upgrade its Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries F-16C/D fighters.

 

The nation's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said it will issue the RFP on 16 September, at its Seoul office. The deadline for bids is 2 December 2011.

 

According to DAPA announcement 2011-16, companies qualified to attend the explanatory session on the 16th include Lockheed, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

 

A major element of the upgrade would be the addition of an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to Republic of Korea Air Force F-16s - known as the KF-16 in Korean service.

 

Raytheon is interested in providing Seoul with its Raytheon advanced combat radar, while Northrop aims to sell its scaleable agile beam radar.

 

Industry sources said the upgrade could provide a new mission computer and a common data link with US aircraft, as well as Seoul's own fleet of Boeing F-15K Slam Eagles.

 

Flightglobal's MiliCAS database lists the nation as having 118 F-16Cs and 51 two-seater F-16Ds.

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