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01.07.2011 dawn.com - Reuters

 

MOSCOW: Russia will deliver a nuclear submarine to India by the end of the year, Russia’s navy chief was quoted as saying on Friday by state news agency RIA.

 

India sees Russia as a strategic counterweight to China but New Delhi has been upset by repeated delays to major weapons orders from Moscow, including the Admiral Gorshkov heavy aircraft carrier.

 

The date for delivering the Nerpa submarine to India, Russia’s close economic and political partner since Soviet days, has repeatedly been put back.

 

“We shall definitely supply this vessel to the customer by the end of this year,” RIA quoted navy commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky as saying.

 

Vysotsky said an fully trained Indian navy crew were ready to receive the submarine, which some Russian media reported last year had already been handed over to India.

 

The Nerpa, an attack submarine codenamed “Akula” — or “Shark” — by NATO, is usually armed with torpedoes and cruise missiles. It can go down to depths of 600 metres (2000 ft) for about 100 days. It can carry 73 people.

 

Construction of the Nerpa began in 1991 — the year the Soviet Union collapsed — but funding was frozen in the chaotic 1990s and the submarine was only launched and started sea trials in 2008, according to Russian media.

 

Twenty people died on the Nerpa after inhaling the toxic gas used as a fire suppressant when its fire extinguishing system switched on unexpectedly at sea trials in November 2008.

 

The accident was the deadliest to hit Russia’s navy since August 2000, when the Kursk nuclear submarine sank beneath the Barents Sea, killing all 118 sailors on board.

 

India agreed to buy the Gorshkov aircraft carrier and have it upgraded in 2004. But Moscow has repeatedly asked for more money and the latest price tag reported for the ship is $2.3 billion. It has still not been delivered to India.

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01.07.2011 China Defense Blog

 

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 20:40

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30/06/2011 LeFigaro.fr - Reuters

 

Les autorités pakistanaises empêchent désormais les Etats-Unis d'utiliser une base aérienne du sud-ouest du Pakistan pour lancer des attaques de drones (avions sans pilote) contre des organisations islamistes armées, déclare le ministre pakistanais de la Défense, Ahmed Mukhtar.

 

Le Pakistan s'oppose publiquement de longue date aux tirs de missiles américains contre des objectifs situés sur son territoire, voyant là une atteinte à sa souveraineté, mais, en coulisse, il a apporté un soutien, et notamment des renseignements de première importance, pour aider Washington à viser des membres d'al Qaida et des taliban dans le nord-ouest de son territoire, le long de la frontière afghane.

 

Le ministre de la Défense, cité par le Financial Times, a indiqué que le Pakistan avait mis un terme au décollage de drones américains sur sa base de Shamsi, au Baluchistan, province du sud-ouest du pays. Cette base a longtemps servi de point de départ à des raids menés dans le cadre de la guerre secrète contre les groupes fondamentalistes armés.

 

"Aucun vol américain n'a lieu désormais à partir de Shamsi. S'il doit y avoir des vols au départ de la base, ils ne seront que pakistanais", a-t-il dit au Financial Times.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 19:15

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30/06/2011 Adrien Prévost AEROCONTACT

Afin de gagner le contrat F-X japonais, Lockheed Martin proposerait de laisser les Japonais assembler eux-mêmes le F-35, selon le journal japonais Jiji Press. Le marché doit permettre au Japon de renouveler en partie sa flotte de F-4 Phantom II de McDonnell Douglas.

Lockheed Martin produit déjà, avec Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, les chasseurs F-2, dérivés du F-16, mais dont les Japonais ont grandement modifié les caractéristiques. Cependant la ligne de production doit fermer en septembre 2011.

John Balderston, le directeur de campagne du F-35 au Japon, a déclaré à Jiji que « Lockheed était prêt à ouvrir une ligne d’assemblage final et de vérifications dans une usine japonaise ».

Les deux autres concurrents pour la compétition sont l’Eurofighter Typhoon européen et le F/A-18E/F de Boeing.

Dassault Aviation n’a pas souhaité répondre à l’appel d’offres (pour environ 50 à 60 appareils) craignant sans doute une compétition flouée.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 18:55

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juin 29, 2011 THE HINDU

 

New Delhi, -  An over $ 3 billion deal with France for upgrading the Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) is expected to be considered by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) at its next meeting.

 

“Two proposals related to upgrade of the 51 Mirage 2000 aircraft in the IAF fleet are expected to be considered by the CCS at its next meeting,” a Defence Ministry official said.

 

The Government is considering the proposals which include one for the upgrade of systems of the aircraft and the other for over 400 MICA missiles for the upgraded fleet.

 

Under the contract, French firms Dassault and Thales will upgrade engines, avionics, navigation systems, mission computers, electronic warfare systems and radars and will help bring the aircraft to the Mirage 2000-5 standards.

 

The deal has been hanging fire for the last five years as the two sides have been involved in extensive negotiations including the price of upgrade quoted by the French side.

 

Sources said certain questions were earlier raised over the cost of upgrading old aircraft but now all the issues have been resolved.

 

The deal was pushed to be signed during French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s two visits here in 2008 and 2010 but could not be finalised for various reasons.

 

The upgrades will help to add 20-25 years to the life of the Mirages, which were inducted by the IAF in the mid-80s and are deployed at its Maharajpura air base in Gwalior.

 

If the deal is finalised, four aircraft would be sent to France and the rest upgraded at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facilities.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 18:50

30/06/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

Tokyo has reaffirmed its plan for a 2014 first flight of its experimental Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin stealth demonstrator, while it also considers three fighters for its F-X requirement.

"The first flight of the ATD-X is scheduled in Japan fiscal year 2014," said Japan's defence ministry.

"The ATD-X is a trial product of a high-manoeuvrability stealth aircraft adopting various state-of-the-art technologies that may be applied to future fighters, and confirm and verify the practicality and operational effectiveness of systems under various flight conditions," said the ministry. "It is also intended for the study of air defence against stealth fighters that might be deployed in the neighbouring region in the future."

Japan unveiled the first full-sized mock-up of the ATD-X at Japan Aerospace 2008. Many observers, noting the immense costs and risks in developing an indigenous fighter, have speculated that the project was a bargaining chip to help Tokyo gain access to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, which Washington steadfastly refused to sell to its Pacific ally.

Meanwhile, the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed F-35A Lightning II are vying for the F-X requirement to replace Japan's McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms. Tokyo issued a long-awaited request for proposals for the deal in April.

According to Tokyo's mid-term defence programme for the years 2011-15, the Japan Air Self-Defence Force has initial plans to procure 12 aircraft, with the final number yet to be determined. At a media briefing at the Paris air show, however, Boeing said the F-X requirement is for 42 aircraft.

Boeing added that it elected to offer the Super Hornet as opposed to a variant of the F-15 because Japan seeks a diversity of fighter types. The country operates a large force of F-15Js, but was concerned about readiness in the event of a problem with a specific type of aircraft.

Under F-X, substantial parts of the aircraft selected will be produced in Japan. Both Boeing and Lockheed have a long history of industrial co-operation with Japan on fighter programmes, while Eurofighter is a newcomer. The strong diplomatic ties between the USA and Japan, and the possibility that they may one day face common threats in the form of North Korea or China, would appear to favour the US aircraft over their European rival.

Tokyo expects proposals to be submitted by the end of September. The defence ministry said it will request that funds for the F-X purchase be appropriated for FY2012, with the aim of inducting the aircraft in 2016.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 18:45

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30/06/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

 

 

Taiwan will upgrade 71 of its Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo indigenous defence fighters (IDF) in a deal worth NT$17 billion ($588 million).

 

At a ceremony at the Taichung factory of the AIDC, Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou inspected a newly upgraded IDF.

"I hope the IDF jets will stand for 'I do fight' and 'I don't fail'," said Ma, who posed in the cockpit.

 

 

 

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Avionics upgrades mainly involve colour displays in the cockpit, although the upgrade will also improve the IDF's mechanically scanned radar to better deal with electronic countermeasures. The upgraded aircraft will not, however, receive an active electronically scanned array sensor.

 

An industry source confirmed that six aircraft have been upgraded already, with 65 more to be modified over the next three years. Taiwan has 130 IDFs, and has yet to make a decision about upgrading the remaining aircraft.

Despite the IDF upgrade, the capabilities of Taiwan's air force are still in relative decline compared with those of China, which is steadily upgrading to modern types such as the Chengdu J-10, Shenyang J-11 (a copy of the Sukhoi Su-27), and the Sukhoi Su-30.

 

Taiwan has been trying to purchase 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters from the USA since 2006, but the Bush and Obama administrations, reportedly wary of angering China, have stalled on signing off the deal.

 

During a visit to the USA in May, Chinese army chief Chen Bingde urged his hosts to cease arms sales to Taiwan. He also requested that Washington review the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which requires the USA to sell Taiwan arms of a defensive nature.

 

Nonetheless, Taiwan is still interested in upgrading its air force, and several US congressmen have called for the F-16 sale to progress.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 18:30

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30 juin 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

L’Indonésie devrait conclure sous peu avec la Turquie un accord pour la construction de 2 sous-marins, a déclaré un responsable du ministère turc de la défense.

 

La source anonyme a indiqué que des discutions bilatérales avaient été lancées entre les 2 alliés. L’Indonésie a fait cette proposition à la Turquie en raison des « récentes améliorations notables dans l’industrie de construction navale turque, ainsi que l’approche constructive adoptée par la Turquie dans sa politique étrangère ». Ces discutions, selon le responsable, se sont révélées « très productives » et « l’accord est très proche »

 

Une fois l’accord conclu entre les 2 pays, la compagnie turque Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) s’associera avec l’allemand Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW) pour la construction aux chantiers navales de Gölcük de 2 sous-marins U-209 destinés aux forces armées indonésiennes.

 

Le responsable a exprimé l’espoir que la Turquie reçoive de nouvelles commandes plus importantes de l’étranger, puisqu’elle continue à améliorer ses capacités de production.

 

Référence : Today’s Zaman (Turquie)

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 18:15

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2011-06-30 (China Military News cited from telegraphindia.com)

 

The Indian Air Force eastern command has been asked to brace for a major modernisation drive that includes upgradation of airfields, network-centric operations and air defences along the border with China.

 

The drive will cover air bases from Kalaikunda in Bengal’s south to Vijaynagar, the country’s eastern-most “advanced landing ground” (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh.

 

“The (Eastern Air) Command shoulders a big responsibility, considering the fact that we share maximum borders with other countries in the area of responsibility of this command,” Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik said at the commanders’ conference in Bagdogra in north Bengal today.

 

“The emerging security scenario has the attention of highest levels in our government. I can assure you that we have full support in the implementation of various modernisation plans in EAC’s area of responsibility.”

 

The IAF has already begun moving its most advanced fighter aircraft — the Sukhoi 30 MKi — to Tezpur and Chabua in Assam. The Sukhois will also be deployed in Kalaikunda, Panagarh and in Jorhat, which is a major transport aircraft base, but not at airfields that are any closer to the frontier with China.

 

The air chief marshal did not specifically dwell on threat perceptions from China’s rapid military modernisation. But the moving of the assets and the priority being assigned to the reinforcing of air defences along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is an indicator of just how closely air headquarters is watching the ramping up of military infrastructure by China.

 

An IAF source said that apart from the deployment of the Sukhois, the two priority areas in the eastern command’s area of responsibility was the induction and use of special “mountain radars” to detect low-level flying objects (such as unmanned spyplanes).

 

It is understood that the IAF will this year begin deploying low level transportable radars made by French company Thales at station along the LAC from Arunachal to Ladakh. Each of these radars has a range of 180km.

 

Since 2006, the IAF has taken up a modernisation of airfield infrastructure (MAFI) project that is now being expedited. MAFI projects in the east include, apart from Kalaikunda and Panagarh, Pasighat, Along, Menchuka (the three are ALGs) and Chabua, Mohanbari, Jorhat, Guwahati, Bagdogra, Hashimara and Tezpur.

 

The second priority area is induction of network-centric capability — fundamentally an inter-connectivity between aircraft, airfields, radars, air-defence artillery and operations centres that will communicate data and pictures almost instantly. At the core of the IAF’s network-centric capability is a communication backbone called AFNET (air force network).

 

“We are in the process of developing an integrated air command and control system (IACCS) and are establishing the required infrastructure in air force nodes to complete connectivity…. The process is aimed at spending the barest time from sensor to shooter, which is, reacting fast to emerging situations,” Air Chief Marshal Naik said.

 

He gave senior officers and commanders in the eastern command an assessment of internal and external threat perceptions.

 

“I can assure you that we have full support in the implementation of various modernisation plans in EAC’s area of responsibility,” he said.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 17:25

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June 30, 2011 defpro.com

 

South Australian Premier Mike Rann and Federal Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today signed a land agreement that again reaffirms the multi-billion dollar Future Submarines will be assembled in Adelaide.

 

Mr Rann says the Memorandum of Understanding reinforces the Federal Government’s decision, as outlined in the 2009 Defence White Paper that commits to assembling Australia’s 12 new Future Submarines in South Australia.

 

“The State is working closely with the Defence Materiel Organisation to determine how best Techport Australia’s Common User Facility can support the project,” Mr Rann said.

 

“When we made the decision to develop and invest more than $300 million in the Common User Facility in 2005, we had always intended the precinct would be expanded.

 

“This is because we wanted to ensure Techport was capable of supporting future naval shipbuilding activity.

 

“This agreement signed today ensures that the Commonwealth’s Defence Materiel Organisation has first option over what happens to land adjacent to Techport.

 

“Strategically, this is an important move. The land immediately adjacent to Techport Australia has been identified as suitable for use in connection with the build or assembly of Australia’s Future Submarines.”

 

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said: “This agreement assures the Commonwealth first access to about seven hectares of strategic land adjacent to Techport’s Common User Facility, for use by organisations directly involved with the Future Submarine Project.

 

“South Australia has a well-deserved reputation as the ‘Defence State’. It’s the home of submarine maintenance and the Air Warfare Destroyer project. It’s also where the next generation of submarines will be assembled.

 

“This agreement is another example of Premier Rann thinking ahead. It’s because of decisions like this that South Australia punches above its weight when it comes to Defence.”

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 16:50

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30/06/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

India has issued a request for proposals for the overhaul of 30 Mil Mi-171V transport helicopters, with the work to be done outside India.

The work includes transporting the machines to an overseas location, where the main and tail rotors and storage batteries are to be replaced, according to the defence ministry's request. Other work will include replacing the aircraft's rubberised fuel tanks.

Other equipment that needs servcing includes winch assemblies, weapons and countermeasures systems.

The 30 Mi-171Vs have been operational for eight years and have recorded around 2,000 flying hours each. The Indian air force expects the overhaul of each helicopter to take 10 weeks.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 16:45

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June 30, 2011 By Saurabh Joshi - StratPost

 

The Indian Navy has inducted three Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC). These are the first of fifteen FICs in an order to a French manufacturer worth around USD 13 million.

 

The navy has also concluded a tender process for the acquisition of 80 more FICs and has identified Solas Lanka for the supply of these craft in a USD 67 million order.

 

Solas is a Dubai-based firm, the Sri Lanka unit of which, will be manufacturing these boats.

 

While the delivery of the fifteen French FICs will be complete, the delivery of the 80 boats to be supplied by Solas is expected to be completed in around 36 months after signing of the contract, which has been finalized by the Contract Negotiation Committee (CNC) of the Ministry of Defense.

 

These boats, the first of which were inducted into the navy in Mumbai in the last few days, are expected to bolster the coastal security mission, especially important after the 26/11 terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008. There are already initial plans to deploy some of these boats with the Sagar Prahari Bal (Coastal Guard Force).

 

These 8-10 meter long boats carry a crew of 4-5 and are lightly-armed, capable of speeds of 45-50 knots.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 12:59
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30.06.2011 ASIAN DEFENCE
India would receive its first new generation Nerpa Akula-II class nuclear attack submarine, which is undergoing sea trials in Russia, by the end of this year, a top Russian official has said. "The Nerpa will be handed over to the Indian Navy on lease by the end of this year," Director of Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Mikhail Dmitriyev was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.Under a USD 650 million confidential deal, part of the aircraft carrier 'Admiral Gorshkov' package, Russia is to give India the Nerpa on a 10-year lease, to be inducted as INS Chakra.
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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 06:20

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30/06/2011 MER et MARINE

 

La Malaisie a passé commande, auprès d'Eurocopter, de 12 hélicoptères EC725 destinés aux missions de sauvetage (Search and Rescue - SAR). De la classe 11 tonnes, ces machines, pouvant intervenir de jour comme de nuit, y compris dans des conditions météo très difficiles, remplaceront les actuel S-61 (Sikorsky) mis en oeuvre par l'armée de l'air malaisienne.

En parallèle de cette commande, Eurocopter a signé une série d'accord de coopération portant notamment sur le développement d'un centre de maintenance et d'un centre d'entrainement en Malaisie, ainsi que l'intégration d'industriels locaux dans le réseau de fournisseurs de l'hélicoptériste européen.

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30 juin 2011 4 30 /06 /juin /2011 05:50

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Jun 23, 2011 brahmand.com


LE BOURGET (ITAR-TASS): Russia's top arms exporter Rosoboronexport has supplied the first batch of four Su-30MK2 fighters to Vietnam, head of the company's delegation at Paris Air Show 2011 said.


Speaking about the share of aircraft equipment in overall exports of Russian armaments, Sergei Kornev noted yesterday that it made up 43 percent in 2010.


Normally, this indicator ranges between 45 and 50 percent, and this trend will keep in the near future, Kornev said.


The largest buyers of Russian aircraft are India, Algeria and Vietnam.


According to the Rosoboronexport official, the first four Su-30MK2 fighters had been recently sent to Vietnam.


"By our return to Moscow (i.e. by June 25) they will have been assembled and tested in flight. Rosoboronexport also offers Vietnam the Yak-130 trainer, but it is up to the customer to make the decision," he noted.


Earlier reports said Vietnam had concluded two contracts with Russia to buy 20 Su-30MK2 fighters.

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29 juin 2011 3 29 /06 /juin /2011 19:35

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2011-06-29 (China Military News cited from China Daily)

 

T he People's Liberation Army (PLA) has developed its first online military game to improve combat skills and technological awareness.

 

The Glorious Mission sets the player as a soldier with the PLA ground force.

 

The first-person shooter game has three models - basic training, single missions and team combat. Players can opt for single combat or be part of a group of 32 players, divided into two groups, who take on and defeat opponents.

 

As a new recruit a player will have to go through basic training and then receive professional indoctrination and instruction.

 

On completion, their combat capability will be enhanced and they will enter the "exciting life of the military", according to an earlier report by the PLA Daily.

 

The game, described by the China Software Testing Center as the "first large local area network (LAN) military game that has full intellectual property rights in China", was co-developed by Nanjing Military Command and Wuxi Giant Network Technology Inc in Jiangsu province.

 

All of the game's weapons and equipment are part of the PLA's weaponry, including the Type 99 main battle tank, the ZBD2000 amphibious fighting vehicle and the J-10 multi-role jet fighter.

 

The program can simulate various weather conditions and accurately portray battle situations, Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

 

Experts at the Nanjing Military Command analyzed 34 military games and organized more than 30 symposiums to discuss the program's design and development.

 

After 32 months of development and tests, the final version was released on June 20 with many Chinese experts praising it as "a breakthrough in military games and a pioneering work in the cyber-game industry".

 

A PLA publicity officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed on Tuesday that soldiers and officers had been involved in the development and testing of the game and their feedback significantly contributed to the final version.

 

"I think it is possible that the game will be made open online for Chinese military fans to download and play," the officer told China Daily.

 

Video games are not unfamiliar to soldiers in the Chinese military.

 

"As far as I know, units of the PLA have long used video games in their training," said a veteran from the PLA ground force, who also requested anonymity. "For instance, the scouts may use Counter-Strike," a first-person shooter game developed by US-based Valve Corporation.

 

A student at a PLA Ground Force College, surnamed Wu, told China Daily that video games were part of lectures on air combat.

 

"The game did actually help us develop a stronger tactical sense," Wu said.

 

The combat situations helped improve tactical awareness, according to a professor.

 

"The game has benefited servicemen," Gong Fangbin, a professor at the PLA National Defense University, was quoted by Beijing Morning Post as saying. "It demands a tactical appreciation of your surroundings and the options facing you. It supplements ground training and is both educational and entertaining."

 

Ma Quanzhi, a public relations manager with the Wuxi Giant Network Technology Inc, the main developer of Glorious Mission, refused to disclose more details of the game, saying his company has not been authorized by the military to do so.

 

Other countries, including the United States and Russia, have used video games in military training and have achieved "satisfactory results", an earlier report by Chinese Defense, a newspaper run by the PLA, said.

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29 juin 2011 3 29 /06 /juin /2011 19:30

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June 29, 2011 DEFENSETECH

 

China Defense Blog posted this interesting report on the future of Chinese figther engine production — something PLA officials publicly acknowledge is the major “bottleneck” in the development of China’s 21st Century fighters.

 

Basically, the report by China Sign Post says that China will be able to mass produce high-quality, “top-notch” fighter engines capable of powering a modern tacair fleet in five to ten years. That coincides nicely with the amount of time it will likely take to start mass producing its first wave of stealth fighters like the J-20.

 

Still, all of this is hampered by a decentralized engine manufacturing sector and even if Chinese fighter engine tech gets to the point where the U.S. engine sector was in the early 1990s, its engines will support its rise as a REGIONAL military power, not a superpower, according to the report.

 

But who knows, China may advance much quicker than that or it may hit some serious snags, as the reports authors point out:

This is one of the greatest aerospace engineering challenges, however, one that only a small handful of corporations worldwide have truly mastered. This should not be surprising: an engine is effectively an aircraft’s cardiovascular system; it can be transplanted but not easily modified. Unlike a human system, it can be designed and developed independently, but faces temperature, pressure, and G-force challenges that only the most advanced materials, properly machined and operated as an efficient system, can handle. While China has made progress in recent years with materials and fabrication, it appears to remain limited with respect to components and systems design, integration, and management—the keys to optimizing engine performance in practice—and to making logistical and operational plans at the force level based on reliable estimates thereof.  
Based on available open source evidence, Chinese progress in this critical area remains uneven and the whole remains “less than the some of the parts.” Given the overall capabilities inherent in China’s defense industrial base and the resources likely being applied to this problem, we expect that China will make significant strides, but barring major setbacks or loss of mission focus, it will take ~2–3 years before it achieves comprehensive capabilities commensurate with the aggregate inputs in this sector and ~5–10 years before it is able to consistently mass produce top-notch turbofan engines for a 5th generation-type fighter. When it does, however, the results will have profound strategic significance, as China will have entered an exclusive club of top producers in this area and eliminated one of the few remaining areas in which it relies on Russia technologically.


Some of the most interesting points raised by the analysis are the fact that Russia may be unable or unwilling to provide China with large numbers of quality jet engines due to the fact that the Kremlin is going to be undertaking a major military modernization of its own for which it will need high-performance fighter motors. Not only does this mean China will need its own engines to power its jets but also any that it intends to sell on the international market, according to the report.

 

Click through the jump to read the report and get it’s take on the status of China’s jet engine manufacturing ability. 

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29 juin 2011 3 29 /06 /juin /2011 19:20

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29.06.2011 Source defence.pk

 

China s answer to RQ-4 Global Hawk 01

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2011-06-29(China Military News cited from Xinhua)

 

A spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Tuesday China is deeply disappointed at the United States' decision to withhold export control of high-tech products to China, saying such move was "discriminatory."

 

"The persistent US discrimination against China is not in line with the efforts to establish a Sino-US cooperative relationship of mutual respect that benefits each other," said MOC spokesman Yao Jian in a statement on MOC website.

 

The remarks of discontent came after the US Department of Commerce rejected the inclusion of China into its new list of license exception, Strategic Trade Authorization (STA), this month.

 

"On one hand, the United States is mad at its trade deficit with China, yet it restricts exports to China and refuses to facilitate imports by Chinese companies," Yao said, adding that such moves are contradictory.

 

Yao said US exports to China have expanded rapidly in recent years, but exports of high-tech items lag far behind goods such as agricultural products.

 

China's trade with the United States climbed by 22.3 percent to $169.52 billion in the first five months of this year with a trade surplus of US$65.5 billion, according to the Customs data.

 

Yao said the Chinese market potential would open up huge business opportunities for US companies to widen their exports to China.

 

"The unreasonable export control not only constrains the trade development between the two countries, but directly damages the interests of US firms and reduces their job opportunities," he added.

 

According to the US Commerce Department, the STA regime aims to build higher fences around a core set of items whose misuse can pose "a national security threat" to the United States.

 

The new US license exception given to 44 countries and regions eliminated the need for US exporters to seek licenses in nearly 3,000 types of transactions annually.

 

Items such as electronic components for use on the International Space Station, cameras for search and rescue efforts for fire departments, components for civil aviation navigation systems for commercial aircraft, airport scanners, and toxins for vaccine research will be eligible for the new license exception.

 

Yao reiterated that loosening of export control against China is a major concern for China.

 

'We hope the US side can take practical actions and change their discriminations against China to help facilitate a substantial development of Sino-US high-tech trade and promote a trade balance between us," he added.

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June 29, 2011 defpro.com

 

The New Zealand Defence Force is today advising 308 military personnel that they are no longer required in uniform and will be released in order to rebalance the workforce.

 

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones says, “To be an agile and responsive Defence Force we need to ensure we have the right people with the right skills in the right role.”

 

The rebalancing is part of the process to implement the Total Defence Workforce approach set out in the Government’s Defence White Paper released late last year. This will ensure the Defence Force has the right number of people performing military roles to support the force structure and capability, and the right balance of civilians in civilian roles.

 

”Since the release of the Defence White Paper we have determined which roles need to be performed by military people with military training, skills and experience, and which can be performed by civilians. We have also determined the numbers of military personnel we need across our ranks, trades, and branches in order to meet our current and future operational requirements.

 

“Today we are taking the first steps towards rebalancing and reshaping the Defence Force to take us through to 2035.”

 

“While those who registered their interest in applying for civilian positions will welcome the decision, this is a difficult day for the Defence Force. Our people remain the heart of our military capability.

 

“We have a robust support and retraining process in place on each camp and base to help these people make the transition from military to civilian life.”

 

The NZ Defence Force has a comprehensive personnel support structure made up of career managers and Well-being teams, as well as chaplains and psychologists, already in place at each camp and base and they can assist our people today.

 

To date the Defence Force has identified about 280 military roles that are to be civilianised. Military personnel who are being released will be strongly encouraged to apply for these newly civilianised roles or other vacancies within the Defence Force.

 

This means that by the end of this year, through this process as well as natural attrition, there will be approximately 500 fewer military personnel.

 

LTGEN Jones assures the public of New Zealand that these decisions affect less than 5% of total military personnel. He says, “The New Zealand Defence Force has over 9300 military personnel who remain ready and able to meet operational requirements both here and overseas.”

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June 29, 2011 defpro.com

 

Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced reforms to increase opportunities for the Australian industry to compete for Defence work. Mr Clare announced reforms to broaden and strengthen the Australian Industry Capability Program.

 

Currently Defence projects valued at more than $50 million require tenderers to submit an Australian Industry Capability Plan.

 

These plans outline how a company intends to involve Australian industry in the project through things like the use of sub-contractors or involvement in global supply chains.

 

Mr Clare today announced the following reforms to Australian Industry Capability Plans:

 

• The threshold for mandatory AICPs will be reduced from $50 million to $20 million. This means around 27 additional projects in the Defence Capability Plan will now require AICPs. It means more opportunities for Australian businesses. It will apply to all tenders from 1 July 2011.

• The ability of a company to arbitrarily reduce the level and type of work included in an AICP will be removed. Any Contract Change Proposal which alters the intent or outcome of a contracted ACIP will need to be approved by the Head of Commercial and Enabling Services DMO. Companies that breach their AICP obligations will be listed in the Defence Annual Report.

• A new clause will be included in the Conditions of Tender allowing a company to be excluded from a tender if they have previously failed to meet their AICP obligations.

• AICP performance will be included in the Company Scorecard used by Defence to assess a company’s performance. It will be made a category in its own right and will receive an appropriate weighting as a result.

• Project teams will be made more accountable for AICP performance by including them in the DMO Project Manager’s Charter.

 

“I have met with a lot of small businesses since I got this responsibility. In the past 42 weeks, I’ve visited 48 factories, shipyards and other Defence industry sites,” Mr Clare said.

 

“Everywhere I go small business talks about this. These reforms are based on their feedback.

 

“This will create more opportunities for Australian companies.”

 

GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN PROGRAM - UPDATE

 

Mr Clare also provided an update on the Global Supply Chain Program.

 

Five multi-national Defence companies have signed a Global Supply Chain agreement with the Australian Government – Boeing, Raytheon, Thales, Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin.

 

Through these agreements, the Government funds multi-national Defence companies to hire a team of people to identify and certify Australian companies as part of their global supply chains.

 

Global Supply Chain Agreements are designed to outline the way a multinational Defence company engages and facilitates opportunities for Australian industry to compete for work in their supply chains.

 

The Government has invested more than $11 million in the program over the past three years.

 

When the program was established everyone agreed that if it could provide a 10-fold return on the Government’s investment it would be a roaring success.

 

To date it has delivered more than a 30-fold return on investment with more than $356 million in contracts awarded to Australian industry.

 

Australian SMEs have been the big winners, winning about 90 per cent of the value of these contracts.

 

The agreement signed with Boeing has led to about more than $200 million worth of contracts to Australian companies.

 

The agreement signed with Raytheon has led to more than $100 million worth of contracts, and the remainder with Thales.

 

“In January Lockheed Martin also joined the program and I’m hopeful with the awarding of the new naval combat helicopter contract we will see more work for Australian companies from the Global Supply Chain Program,” Mr Clare said.

 

“It is obviously already a great success and I’ll have more to say about the future of the Global Supply Chain Program later this year.”

 

STRATEGIC REFORM PLAN PILOTS

 

In February Mr Clare announced the first four Smart Sustainment pilot projects.

 

Today he announced two more. These are:

 

• BAE – BAE and DMO will work together at the Hydrographic SPO in Cairns to trial an Integrated Project Team concept. This pilot will allow DMO, Navy and BAE staff to apply lessons learned and work seamlessly together to sustain the ADF’s hydrographic capability.

• H.I Fraser – H.I. Fraser will set up a pilot project to establish a rotatable pool of spares to reduce lead times and keep business in

• Australia . This pilot will be conducted in Sydney at the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving SPO with support from the Naval Inventory Procurement Office.

 

“This is all about testing good ideas. The Defence industry has a lot of good ideas. I want Defence to test them and if they work, roll them out across Defence,” Mr Clare said.

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29 juin 2011 3 29 /06 /juin /2011 17:45

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29-June, 2011 PK/NN (Release ID :72929) - Ministry of Defence

 

Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today inaugurated the DRDO’s state-of-the-art composite propellant processing facility – ACEM (Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials) at Nasik in Maharashtra and dedicated the facility to the Nation.

 

“I am happy to dedicate this modern propellant processing facility to the nation. I congratulate all of you for reaching this milestone. I am sure the team of young scientists, guided by their experienced colleagues will deliver world class rocket motors and requirements for various strategic projects. The responsibility of making this facility one of the best in the world and making it Advanced in every sense of the word lies collectively upon all of you”, Shri Antony said in his inaugural speech.

 

The facility has been set up by HEMRL (High Energy Materials Research Laboratory), a Pune based DRDO laboratory engaged in research and development of high energy materials including solid rocket propellants. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Antony, said that today missiles have become one of the most important and effective means of delivering warheads. “Our strategic capability to boost our defence preparedness is judged by its weapon delivery.” He stated that despite doing well in many fields, we continue to be on the wrong side of the information divide. “Nations the world over are today judged by which side of the information divide they are on. I am sure that with the inauguration of this facility, we will take a small but significant step towards bridging this gap. ”

 

He further emphasized that nothing but unwavering and full faith in our own capabilities will help us in achieving our objective. Expressing satisfaction that most of the plant and machinery under embargo had been constructed indigenously. He stressed that to be more meaningful and to be sustained for a longer term, the indigenization process must be total and irreversible.

 

Dr. VK Saraswat, SA to RM, Secretary Defence R&D and DG DRDO, speaking on the occasion, said that this was not the end but the beginning of a longer journey as new and more efficient propellants will keep emerging, for which the facilities will need to be created. He stated that the users expectations was high and assured that DRDO will come up to these expectations.

 

Sh. S Sundaresh, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller Research & Development (Armament & Combat Engineering) stressed upon the need to identify additional land for the residential complex in the vicinity of the facility and sought the help of district administration in this regard.

 

ACEM has been set up as a dedicated facility, to meet the requirements of composite propellants for solid rocket motors during their development phase as well as the limited series production. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and machinery operated remotely through PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), thus, avoiding human exposure to hazardous processes.

 

It incorporates a large number of critical technologies and machinery, designed, developed and realized indigenously with the support of over 40 private firms participating in the endeavour. Many of these technologies and machinery such as special purpose mixers were inaccessible to India due to “denial regimes”. The mixers were designed and developed jointly by DRDO and Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Bangalore. Thus, the Centre is equipped with highly advanced facilities for processing, NDT (Non-Destructive Testing), quality control, as well as static testing of various rocket motors. The installations have been made compliant to the applicable explosive safety norms and are equipped with integrated fire fighting system to ensure adequate safety.

 

The occasion was also graced by Shri Harishchandra Chavan, Member of Parliament, Shri Anil Sahebrao Kadam, local MLA and Dr. Subhananda Rao, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller Research & Development (Aeronautics) & Director HEMRL and Shri Avinash Chander-Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller Research & Development (MSS).

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29/06/11 By Craig Hoyle SOURCE:Flight International

 

The Royal Australian Air Force's second of five Airbus A330-based KC-30A multi-role tanker transports has been delivered to its Amberley air base in Queensland.

 

Formally accepted by Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation on 22 June, aircraft A39-002 follows the first KC-30A, which was delivered three weeks earlier. The newest aircraft arrived at Amberley on 18 June following a ferry flight from Airbus Military's Getafe site near Madrid.

 

Airbus Military said the third aircraft for its A330 tanker launch operator is currently in conversion at Qantas Defence Services' (QDS) Brisbane facilities in Queensland, and will be delivered before the end of the year. A fourth aircraft for the RAAF is being refurbished following its involvement in earlier certification activities in Europe.

 

"The fifth and final aircraft for the RAAF, also converted by QDS, will be delivered in 2012," Airbus Military said. The General Electric CF6-80E-powered fleet will be flown by the service's 33 Sqn.

 

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29 juin 2011 3 29 /06 /juin /2011 17:25

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29/06/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

 

New Zealand has invited proposals to purchase 17 surplus Aermacchi MB-339CB trainer aircraft, with bids due by 22 August.

 

Following the disbanding of the country's Air Combat Force in 2001, Wellington tried to sell the aircraft, presumably to another country, but no sale was concluded. As such, New Zealand is opening bidding in an effort to sell the fleet either as a complete package or in portions.

 

New Zealand's defence ministry said the aircraft last flew one year ago, and have been maintained under an "on condition" maintenance regime at the air force's Ohakea air base on the country's north island.

 

The package comprises airframes, spare engines and support equipment, including a simulator. Weapons are also included provided the prospective buyer has the necessary clearances.

 

In April New Zealand put eight Douglas A/TA-4K Skyhawk ground-attack and training aircraft up for sale following its failure to sell them as a "going concern". According to media reports some of these aircraft have already gone to museums in New Zealand.

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29 juin 2011 3 29 /06 /juin /2011 12:45

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29/06/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

 

Northrop Grumman is pitching its MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft system to the Indian navy.

 

Earlier this year the company responded to an Indian request for information for a high-altitude, long-endurance UAS issued in October 2010, said an industry source.

 

In US Navy service BAMS is planned to work closely with the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. At a seminar about BAMS hosted by Northrop for members of the Indian military, possible co-operation between BAMS and the Indian navy's future P-8I aircraft was a point of discussion.

 

India's first of eight P-8Is recently entered final assembly at Boeing's Renton factory. The company has also proposed a variant of the 737-based P-8I for India's medium-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft requirement.

 

New Delhi is increasingly turning to unmanned systems to patrol its vast ocean frontiers, which include the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. In January the Indian navy stood up its second UAS squadron, which will operate Israel Aerospace Industries-supplied Herons and Searcher IIs over the northern Arabian Sea.

 

In March, Israeli sources told Flightglobal that India's navy has operational requirements for additional systems made by IAI, potentially including improved Heron or Heron TP systems carrying maritime sensor payloads. Evaluations using some systems have already been carried out.

 

Northrop plans to roll out the first MQ-4C in early 2012, with the first flight to occur around the middle of the same year.

 

One stumbling block in a potential BAMS sale to India could be the international Missile Technology Control Regime, although India is not a signatory.

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