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08/06/11 By Greg Waldron SOURCE:Flight International

 

Australia has awarded simulation firm CAE Australia a contract to provide aircrew training services for its air force's new KC-30A tankers.

 

"This means 16 more jobs and around $20 million in investment between 2012 and 2018," said minister for defence materiel Jason Clare. "CAE support teams will be on site at the KC-30A training facility to provide support and maintenance."

 

Training for the KC-30A will take place at the Royal Australian Air Force's Amberley base in Queensland. Clare added that the KC-30A work is an extension of CAE's existing contract to support Australian Defence Force simulators.

 

"CAE already has the contract to provide management and support to 15 of the defence force's training devices and simulators across the country," said Clare. "By extending the existing contract, defence can cut overheads and operate a more economical and efficient simulator training system for ADF personnel."

 

On 1 June the RAAF accepted its first of five KC-30A multi-role tanker transports. The aircraft is a modified Airbus A330-200. It is equipped with two underwing refuelling pods, the fly-by-wire Airbus Military air refuelling boom system and a universal aerial refuelling receptacle slipway installation, enabling it to be refuelled from another tanker. It also has seating for 270 passengers.

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8 juin 2011 3 08 /06 /juin /2011 06:45

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 7 (UPI)

 

Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stated that defense industries shortly will be required first to use indigenous products.

 

Hamidi said the policy was decided upon at the meeting of the Defense Industry Council, Enforcement and Security earlier in the week, Bernama news agency reported Tuesday.

 

Hamidi said, "We've decided that the Defense Ministry, Home Ministry and enforcement agencies must use local products," a decision that could strengthen the country's nascent defense industry.

 

Another reform by the Defense Industry Council, Enforcement and Security gathering was that any Finance Ministry contract to purchase military equipment must be made directly with the armaments manufacturer instead of through an intermediary trading company to reduce the chances of high commission fees being charged to the manufacturer.

 

The meeting concluded with participants directing the Finance Ministry to implement a centralized contract system to reduce competition between the country's defense and security industry components.

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8 juin 2011 3 08 /06 /juin /2011 06:15

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La Mission Jeanne d’Arc  poursuit son déploiement en océan Indien. Le 29 avril 2011, lors de son appareillage d’Abu Dhabi, l’état-major interarmées d’ALINDIEN a embarqué à bord du Mistral  pour trois semaines.

 

07.06.2011 EV2 Marine Monjardé MARINE NATIONALE

 

Depuis octobre 2010, le commandant la zone maritime de l’océan Indien – ALINDIEN – et son état-major interarmées (EMIA) ont mis le pied à terre, sur la base des forces françaises aux Émirats Arabes Unis à Abu Dhabi. Leur venue à bord du bâtiment de projection et de commandement Mistral  constitue le premier embarquement de l’EMIA depuis sa mise à terre. Cet embarquement de trois semaines permet de maintenir sa capacité de projection et de conserver une autonomie d’action et de décision en toute circonstance sur l’ensemble de la zone de responsabilité permanente (ZRP).

 

L’embarquement de l’EMIA ALINDIEN sur un bâtiment tel que le Mistral , au cours de la Mission Jeanne d’Arc  2011, lui a permis de conduire un exercice de planification au profit des forces armées malaisiennes. En effet, le BPC Mistral  dispose de toutes les infrastructures, tant en termes d’espace de travail que de moyens de communication ou de conduite des opérations, pour permettre à un état-major de mener une opération au plus près d’un théâtre.

 

Après une escale à Cochin (Inde) du 5 au 8 mai 2011, le Mistral  et le Georges Leygues  ont appareillé en direction de la Malaisie. Aux larges de leurs côtes, une délégation de 11 militaires malaisiens a donc embarqué sur le BPC afin de réaliser un exercice de planification de niveau opératif et interarmées, sur le thème du déploiement d’une aide humanitaire suite à une catastrophe naturelle. Les officiers élèves de la Mission Jeanne d’Arc  2011 ont eu l’opportunité de participer à cet exercice et d’avoir ainsi un aperçu concret de la méthode de planification associée.

 

Cet entrainement, qui s’est déroulé du 13 au 15 mai, s’est clôturé par la venue à bord de l’ambassadeur de France en Malaisie – son excellence monsieur Marc Baréty –, accompagné par six officiers supérieurs dont le brigadier général Hj Samsuddin bin Hj Sudirman, médecin général des armées malaisiennes à l’origine de l’entrainement.

 

Le transit le long des côtes malaisiennes a également été l’occasion pour les bâtiments du groupe école de la Mission Jeanne d’Arc  d’effectuer divers exercices de coopération avec la marine et l’armée de l’air malaisiennes. Durant deux jours, la frégate malaisienne Kelantan  a navigué aux côtés du Mistral  et du Georges Leygues , réalisant tout d’abord des exercices de transmissions (par signaux à bras, pavillon et scott de nuit), l’objectif étant d’apprendre à communiquer. Ensuite, un exercice plus complexe de transmission a été effectué, entre les central-opérations des trois bâtiments, afin de dérouler les procédures alliées de report de situation air et surface. Enfin, la marine malaisienne a accueilli deux officiers élèves ainsi que quelques membres de l’équipage du Georges Leygues  pour quelques heures. Ce transfert de personnel a été suivi par une manœuvre d’évolution tactique des trois bâtiments et une heure de tirs de petits calibres (12,7 mm) sur cibles de surface. Cette dernière manœuvre a été particulièrement enrichissante pour la frégate Kelantan  qui a apprécié le travail de concert avec le Mistral  et le Georges Leygues . La coopération avec l’armée de l’air a clôturé les échanges entre le groupe-école et les forces armées malaisiennes. Deux Sea-King  sont en effet venus apponter sur le Mistral  – ils s’agissaient pour eux d’une première sur un bâtiment de projection et de commandement – et ont réalisé 18 TAG (touch and go ), manœuvres entraînant les pilotes à l’appontage et au décollage.

 

À l’issue de ces activités de coopération fructueuses avec les forces armées malaisiennes, le Georges Leygues  et le Mistral  se sont séparés le temps d’une escale: direction Kuala Lumpur en Malaisie pour la frégate de lutte anti-sous-marine, Singapour et le salon de l’armement IMDEX (International Maritime Defence Exhibition) pour le bâtiment de projection et de commandement.

 

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8 juin 2011 3 08 /06 /juin /2011 06:10

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

 

Dans une étape importante pour l’industrie indienne, le constructeur naval français DCNS India a déclaré mardi qu’il avait signé un contrat d’“indigénisation” avec l’entreprise Flash Forge India Private Limited, de Visakhapatnam, pour la fourniture de pièces importantes destinées aux sous-marins Scorpene en construction aux chantiers navals Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) de Mumbai.

 

DCNS assiste MDL pour la construction de 6 sous-marins Scorpene destinés à la marine indienne. Le premier exemplaire devrait être mis en service en 2015.

 

Flash Forge est un fabriquant de composants en alliages spéciaux, utilisés dans des conditions difficiles comme la défense, l’aérospatial, l’électricité, le pétrole et le gaz, la construction navale, la pétrochimie...

 

Le contrat signé avec Flash Forge est la conclusion d’un processus long et exigeant, allant de l’identification, l’audit de la fabrication et du contrôle qualité de partenaires potentiels, indique un communiqué de DCNS.

 

« La production de 6 sous-marins Scorpène par le chantier MDL, dans le cadre d’un transfert de technologies de DCNS, se poursuit. Simultanément, DCNS India travaille à la sélection et la qualification de compagnies indiennes en temps que partenaires pour la production sur place d’équipements destinés aux Scorpène, » ajoute le communiqué.

 

Comme l’Inde cherche systématiquement l’“indigénisation”, DCNS explique qu’il cherche continuellement à aller au-delà des transferts de technologies prévus par le contrat, afin que les équipements et systèmes vitaux puissent être fabriqués sur place.

 

« L’objectif est de renforcer les compétences locales avec les industriels indiens, » indique le communiqué.

 

« Nous sommes en Inde pour établir des partenariats avec l’industrie indienne afin de développer les capacités locales et effectuer de “véritables” transferts de technologies. Nous fournissons à nos partenaires indiens le savoir-faire et l’assistance technique pour qu’ils puissent fabriquer les équipements qui seront installés à bord des sous-marins Scorpène, » précise Bernard Buisson, le directeur de DCNS India.

 

« MDL, le constructeur des sous-marins, doit aussi sous-traiter des travaux à ces acteurs locaux. Ensemble, nous qualifions les compagnies qui répondent aux critères stricts nécessaires pour les sous-marins, » a-t-il ajouté.

 

Référence : MSN News (Inde)

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8 juin 2011 3 08 /06 /juin /2011 05:35

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7 Jun 2011 DefenseNews AFP

 

NEW DELHI - The United States on June 6 hailed India's decision to buy military transport planes worth more than $4 billion from U.S.-based aviation giant Boeing, saying it would sustain 23,000 American jobs.

 

The U.S. reaction came a day after the Indian cabinet approved a long-pending program to acquire 10 C-17 Globemaster III planes from Boeing.

 

"This comprehensive purchase will support an estimated 23,000 jobs in the United States," U.S. ambassador Timothy Roemer said in statement.

 

He said the deal would also provide India with maintenance infrastructure and aircrew training, and that more than 600 American firms would benefit indirectly.

 

The C-17 advanced airlifter can carry large combat equipment and troops or humanitarian aid across international distances to small airfields, according to Boeing.

 

India is spending billions of dollars to upgrade its military with hardware imports from Britain, France, Israel, Russia and the United States.

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7 juin 2011 2 07 /06 /juin /2011 21:30

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Boeing's C-17 Production Line at Long Beach is expected to takes off again,

producing at least ten Globemaster IIIheavy lift jets for India. Photo: Boeing

 

June 7, 2011 ByTamir Eshel DEFENSE UPDATE

The purchase of ten Boeing C-17 Globmaster III aircraft for $4.1 billion received the green light from the government yesterday, paving the way for formal approval of the largest Indian acquisition program through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales. A Letter of Acceptance to the US government is expected to follow soon, followed by formal signing of the contract. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to start 24 months after the signing of the contract. The heavy-lift aircraft will play a leading role providing strategic lift capabilities, mobilizing military assets within India and abroad and supporting disaster relief operations throughout the region.

 

The IAF currently operate a dozen Russian built Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft providing heavy-lift transport and about 100 Antonov AN-32 medium-lift planes. The first of six new Lockheed Martin C-130J arrived earlier this year, forming a new transport capability supporting rapid deployment special operations units.

 

Chris Chadwick, president, Boeing Military Aircraft said that the acquisition of ten aircraft is not the final step in this program, as the Indians could be interested in purchasing six additional aircraft. The Indian order comes as a relief for Boeing’s C-17 Long Beach production line, which could have dried out by 2012, lacking new orders. “Without the order by the Indian government, the last of the plant’s current orders would be delivered in December 2012. The order has a $5.8 billion annual economic impact and the jobs of about 25,000 workers in 44 states depend on the C-17 planes,” a Boeing spokesperson said. The deal will also offer significant opportunity for India’s aerospace manufacturers, as it comes with an offset requirement valued at $1.2 billion.

 

 

The new heavy-lift aircraft will play a leading role providing strategic lift capabilities, mobilizing military assets within India and abroad. The C-17 is also used throughout the world, supporting disaster relief operations. Photo: Boeing

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07/06 Alain RUELLO LesEchos.fr

 

Sauf retournement de procédure ou imprévu, l'avionneur américain n'entend pas remettre en cause l'élimination de son F-18 Super Hornet de l'appel d'offres indien pour l'acquisition de 126 avions de combat.

 

Sauf retournement de procédure ou imprévu, Boeing n'entend pas remettre en cause l'élimination de son F-18 Super Hornet de l'appel d'offres indien pour l'acquisition de 126 avions de combat.

 

« Malgré notre déception, nous acceptons la décision. Nous avons arrêté de promouvoir le F-18 en Inde qui reste un client sur le long terme », a déclaré ce mardi Dennis Muilenburg, le président de la branche défense du groupe américain lors d'une rencontre avec des journalistes à Saint Louis (Missouri).

 

Le ministère de la Défense indien a récemment sélectionné le Rafale de Dassault et l'Eurofighter du trio EADS-BAE-Alenia en finale de son appel d'offres estime a plus de 10 milliards de dollars).

 

Boeing devrait se consoler avec la prochaine signature d'un contrat de plus de 4 milliards de dollars pour la vente de 10 avions de transport C-17 (dont six options), selon le « Wall Street Journal ».

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07/06/2011 par Adrien Prévost AEROCONTACT

 

Après avoir été sélectionné pour la compétition indienne MMRCA, le Rafale de Dassault se place dans la course pour un nouveau contrat en Asie selon le quotidien The Malay Mail.

 

C’est à Kuala Lumpur, en Malaisie, que Dassault Aviation compte aller installer des bureaux dans les deux prochains mois.

 

La Malaisie recherche un remplaçant à ses MiG-29N Fulcrum à l’horizon 2015. Le marché serait de 18 appareils multi-rôles modernes et le programme lancé sous le nom de MRCA (Multi-Role Combat Aircraft).

 

Le Rafale fera face à ses partenaires de jeu favoris ; le F/A-18E/F Super Hornet de Boeing, l’Eurofighter Typhoon du consortium européen EADS et le JAS-39 Gripen du Suédois Saab. Les Russes et peut-être les Chinois se présenteront aussi.

 

La Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF) opère aussi 18 Su-30MK-M de Sukhoï et 8 F/A-18D de Boeing. L’appel d’offre sera certainement annoncé lors du Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) qui se déroule en décembre prochain.

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7 juin 2011 2 07 /06 /juin /2011 19:00

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Jun 7 2011 David Pugliese’s Defence Watch

 

Bluedrop, out of St. John’s NL, recently announced it has been awarded the contract to provide the Hercules Observer Trainer (HOT) to the Australian Department of Defence.

 

More from its press release:

 

This project will see Bluedrop and its partners build and deliver the Hercules Observer Trainer (HOT) training device for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) by the end of June 2011. The contract is worth approximately $1M CAD. The HOT will help the Loadmaster aboard the Hercules to learn how to better spot and deal with Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) and Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) threats as the Hercules is operating in hostile territory.

 

The system has been successfully used for since 2008 at CFB Trenton by 426 Transport Training Squadron. This contract is being completed in partnership with Gladstone Systems Solutions (GSS), also based in St. John’s.

 

The HOT system is based on DRDC’s VirtualScan technology and is comprised of a Trainee Station, an Instructor Operating Station (IOS), and a synthetic environment that includes a visual database and a threat generator. The system consists of:

 

◦   Trainee Station: presents a visual display of terrain that can be seen from a window that represents one of the side windows for the Hercules.

 

Instructor Operating Station (IOS): provides the functions to permit the instructor to operate the Trainee Station load, deliver and edit scenarios, manage the simulation, monitor performance, and capture and record student activity.

 

◦   Synthetic Environment: creates the flight dynamics of the simulation aircraft and has sufficient aircraft control to teach the trainee. Also provides Computer Generated Forces (CGF) to present the trainee with ground threats and air traffic.

 

Hercules fleets experience ground threats to aircraft from surface-to-air missiles to anti-aircraft fire. Although the aircraft are fitted with defence systems these are dependent on sufficient early warning of the threat for the defence systems to de deployed in time to be effective during flights. Non-flying aircrew, such as Loadmasters and Flight Engineers, provide early warning while observing the ground from side observation windows.

 

A Hercules Observer Trainer (HOT) simulation system maximizes the ability of aircraft crew members to provide timely warning of external threats to the aircraft captain, thus enhancing the aircraft’s survivability in a hostile environment. The system is so intuitive and effective that in a recent study trainee Loadmasters were at same level of effectiveness at threat detection within two lesson plans as that found with experienced Loadmasters with significant experience.

 

Before the HOT, the training was provided in a live environment and the threat reporting was practised during live flight under the supervision of an experienced Loadmaster against imaginary threats. This was a very expensive and inefficient way of conducting that training. The HOT provides a cost-effective way to provide real-time training that is easily re-deployable to meet training needs in a variety of locations.

 

“The HOT will help Hercules aircrews better detect and respond to any threats to the aircraft from the ground. We are confident that DRDC’s VirtualScan technology will hold great promise for efficiently and inexpensively addressing threat avoidance training as well as for Search and Rescue training,” said Emad Rizkalla, Bluedrop President and CEO. “We are pleased to be expanding our focus to Australia and are already engaging with several potential global clients in the Hercules and Search and Rescue community.”

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7 juin 2011 2 07 /06 /juin /2011 18:15

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

 

Un responsable de la marine indonésienne a déclaré qu’il fallait au moins 10 sous-marins pour protéger la totalité du territoire maritime du pays.

 

« Avec 10 sous-marins à notre disposition, nous pourrions en envoyer 3 en patrouille à l’est, l’ouest et au centre du pays, pendant que 3 autres seraient disponibles pour les remplacer au pied levé, et que le reste serait utilisé pour la formation, » a déclaré dimanche le responsable de l’équipement de la marine, l’amiral Susilo.

 

A ce jour, la marine indonésienne dispose de 2 sous-marins : le KRI Nenggala et le KRI Cakra. Ce dernier est actuellement en entretien, ne laissant que le KRI Nenggala pour protéger tout le pays.

 

Susilo a rappelé que le gouvernement prévoyait d’acheter 2 autres sous-marins dans un proche avenir, dans le cadre de son projet de constituer une escadrille complète de sous-marins.

 

Référence : Jakarta Post (Indonésie)

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

 

La marine royale australienne a fait la preuve de ses capacités de sauvetage de sous-marin en détresse dans le cadre de l’exercice Black Carillon 2011-1, qui s’est terminé vendredi dernier au large de la côte d’Australie occidentale.

 

L’exercice, qui avait commencé à la mi-mai, était destiné à tester les capacités de sauvetage et d’évacuation d’un sous-marin en détresse dans un scénario réaliste.

 

La méthode d’évacuation retenu pour Black Carillon 2011-1 était le transfert de personnel entre un sous-marin posé sur le fond et le LR5, le sous-marin de sauvetage ex-britannique, vers un navire de surface. L’amarrage du LR5 sur le sous-marin en détresse exige une parfaite maîtrise du véhicule.

 

Le navire de surface était un navire “d’opportunité” : c’est à dire un navire sans adaptation particulière mais répondant à une série de critères précis. En général, il s’agit de navires type ravitailleur de plateformes pétrolières.

 

A leur arrivée à bord de ce navire, les sous-mariniers évacués étaient accueillis et examinés par une équipe médicale de la marine australienne.

 

Référence : Marine Australienne

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06.06.2011 China Defense Blog

 

Little is known about this new IFV but thus far it seems to have developed a complete family of variants in various stages of testing or field deployments. Some unconfirmed claims pointing to a heavy Type 89/ZSD89/YW534 mod, but without a closer inspection or an official acknowledgement from Norinco, they are still speculations.

At any rate, the PLA is long over due for a modern tracked vehicle,  this is especially true consider the weak armor protection the old Type89 and 86 families have to offer. 

 APC variant from the official Xinhua News
 Command variant
 Recon variant
 
SP 120mm turreted mortar variant

 

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SINGAPORE, June 6 (UPI)

China is seeking to allay its neighbors' concerns about its massive military and economic growth.

Addressing the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore, Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie insisted that China's progress in its defense and military modernization programs was "within the legitimate need of self-defense," the Business Times reported Monday.

Acknowledging the importance of the forum, Liang is the highest-ranking Chinese official to attend the annual event in its 10-year history, which is organized and hosted by London's International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Liang told forum attendees that even as China's military upgraded its capabilities, it would nevertheless maintain its "rationality of self-restraint, the defensive nature of its defense policy, and its unfailing commitment to peaceful development" and, as Asia's largest economy, China was interested in regional peace and stability "more than anyone else."

China's recent military initiatives in the south China Sea, where it claims sovereignty over the Spratly archipelago, which has overlapping claims by the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, have raised concerns among its neighbors that Beijing's rising military capabilities could be used to enforce Chinese claims in such disputes despite Beijing's claims of peaceful intentions.

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TEL AVIV, Israel, June 6 (UPI)

Israel's High-Tech Industry Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with its Indian counterpart to boost cooperation in advanced technology, a move that will undoubtedly increase the Jewish state's burgeoning defense sales to India.

The Jerusalem Post reports that industry executives see the accord with the Confederation of Indian Industry, signed June 1, leading to a convergence of "Israel's innovative prowess with India's huge and talented pool of human resources."

Trade between Israel and India -- one Jewish, one Hindu, both locked in conflict with Islamist terror groups -- hit $47 billion in 2010, with India moving into second place among the Jewish state's export markets.

That didn't include defense sales on more than $1 billion annually. India is engaged in a top-to-bottom upgrade and expansion of its armed forces.

This includes massive spending on combat aircraft and building up naval forces to project Indian power across the Indian Ocean, a vital energy and trade route between the Middle East and Asia.

"Increased arms spending has created a natural market for Israeli military technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles and airborne early warning radar systems," the Post said.

In recent years, Israel has consolidated defense links with India into a strategic relationship.

On April 20, 2009, India launched its 650-pound RISAT-2 satellite, built by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and carrying the same multi-spectral aperture radar as the Tecstar-1 satellite developed for Israel's military.

The Indians, with Israeli help, fast-tracked vital surveillance systems in the wake of the attack by Islamic extremists on Mumbai, India's commercial hub, in November 2008 in which 166 people were killed, five of them Israelis.

In January 2009, India took delivery of the first of three Phalcon all-weather AWACS, also built by IAI, the flagship of Israel's defense industry, under a $1.1 billion deal. The radar system, produced by Israel's Elta Industries, is built around the Russian-built Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft. Delivery was advanced by two months following the carnage in Mumbai.

The Phalcons made India the first state in South Asia to have advanced multi-sensor AWACs capable of providing tactical surveillance or multiple airborne and surface targets and able to gather signals intelligence.

As part of the Phalcon deal, the Israelis disclosed they would establish five factories in India to produce artillery shells, a project reportedly worth $250 million.

Ties like this will likely deepen through the high-tech accord because of an Indian requirement that local components account for 30 percent of any contract.

Israeli firms generally focus on developing cutting-edge software and worldwide exports in 2010 totaled around $29 billion.

Given the fast-growing markets emerging in India and China, the high-tech accord is tailor-made for Israel's export-heavy economy. The two countries are already discussing an agreement to remove trade barriers.

The Israelis are focusing on the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, home of the fast-growing software center at Hyderabad.

It is close to signing an agreement with Matimop of Israel, a government agency that facilitates multinational research and development projects.

Andhra Pradesh is becoming a high-tech industries powerhouse, with software exports of $8 billion in 2010.

Missiles are a key Israel-India connection, and that requires intensive high-tech cooperation.

In 2008, India signed a $4.1 billion deal to purchase a shore-based and seaborne anti-missile air-defense system based on Israel's Barak long-range naval weapon built by IAI.

In August that year, New Delhi signed a $2.5 billion contract with IAI and Israel's Rafael armaments company to jointly develop an advanced version of the Spyder surface-to-air missile.

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Jun 7, 2011 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

A major milestone in the delivery of an upgraded Anti-Ship Missile Defence for the Royal Australian Navy's Anzac Class frigates has been achieved with the completion of a successful trial of the system.

 

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said the project involved a comprehensive upgrade of the HMAS Perth's anti-ship missile defence systems including a new phased array radar.

 

"This technology was developed and designed here in Australia by CEA Technologies," Mr Clare said.

 

"It's cutting edge technology which will improve the ability of our frigates to detect and track targets.

 

"It also means the Ship is now capable of engaging multiple targets at the same time."

 

Test firing was conducted at sea last month and involved the successful firing of an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile using the phased array radar system.

 

The Ship leaves today for the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii to conduct operational testing.

 

HMAS Perth is the lead Ship in this project. Defence will now prepare a business case for Government to upgrade the other seven ANZAC Class frigates.

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June 7th, 2011 By Carnegie Endowment, DEFENCE TALK

 

India’s rejection of the F-16IN Super Viper and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in its hotly contested Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition has disappointed many in the United States. Because there were great expectations that New Delhi would leverage this fly-off to cement its strategic partnership with Washington — particularly in the aftermath of the herculean American efforts to consummate the civilian nuclear cooperation agreement — India’s selection of two European platforms, the Eurofighter and the Rafale, as the finalists for the multirole component of its air force led many American observers to conclude that the country had settled for an airplane, not a relationship.

 

Many analysts have explained India’s decision as an expression of concern over America’s reliability as an arms supplier, or representing dissatisfaction with potential transfers of key technologies, or even an attempt to distance itself from the United States. In a new article in Force, Carnegie’s Ashley J. Tellis concludes that these explanations are incorrect, and describes how India’s “down-select” decision was made entirely on technical grounds. The two-step procurement procedure adopted by the Indian Ministry of Defense precluded political, strategic, or financial considerations from intervening in any way. Though this process might not serve India’s larger national security interests in an age of limited resources and numerous threats, India’s decision does not represent a strategic setback for U.S.-Indian defense cooperation over the long term.

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Jun 07, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

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The Thai Government has decided to purchase for the needs of the Army of the country additional 121 BTR-3E1.

This decision was made ​​on the test results the first installment of BTR-3E1, raised by the Ukrainian side in the performance contract between the HA Ukrspetsexport and military officials in Thailand.


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As expected, the corresponding contract is signed before the end of June this year. Today is the harmonization of parts of the contract.

 

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Jun 6, 2011 By Bradley Perrett aviation week and space technology

 

Seoul - Hidden among hills, mostly in tunnels, hundreds of North Korean heavy artillery pieces stand ready to rain thousands of shells a minute onto Seoul. For decades, the big guns have been the biggest threat that South Korea has had to face. More recently a new one has become more prominent in the South’s strategic calculations: an uncertain number of nuclear warheads of uncertain performance and reliability, potentially fitted to ballistic missiles fired from heavily protected sites in the far north of the Korean Peninsula.

 

No wonder, then, that strike and survivability are key requirements in South Korea’s F-X Phase 3 contest for 60 fighters.

 

But look a bit further. Even if North Korea collapses, South Korea will remain a neighbor of authoritarian, nationalistic and increasingly assertive China, which says it will field an advanced new fighter in 2017-19. And a united Korea would also have a border with Russia, which is developing its supercruising, stealthy PAK FA fighter.

 

That explains why the South Korean air force ranks air-to-air capability equally with strike as it seeks parliamentary funding for the program, with the aim of choosing the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle, Eurofighter Typhoon or Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter next year.

 

Pressed to nominate a priority, one program official says that an excellent strike capability would be valued more highly than an excellent air-to-air capability. Rapidly knocking out those guns, and ranging far into North Korea to hit ballistic missile launchers, nuclear facilities and command nodes would be critically important if war came.

 

That is one reason the stealthy F-35 is a strong contender for the order. But the repeated delays to the Joint Strike Fighter program are strengthening the hands of the F-35’s competitors.

 

F-X Phase 3 currently requires a first delivery in 2016, with initial operational capability in 2018, says air force Col. Taek-Hwan Song, who addressed a seminar on the program in Seoul last month held by the Korea Defense and Security Forum. The target dates should be easy for Boeing and Eurofighter to meet, but maybe not for Lockheed Martin.

 

The issue is not so much making deliveries in 2016. Lockheed Martin says that, since the company will deliver 135 F-35s to the U.S. and its partners in 2016, a handful for South Korea should not be too much of a problem.

 

Rather, the difficulty lies in getting a novel aircraft type into service at almost the same time as its lead customer. While the U.S. definition of “operational” is more demanding than South Korea’s, it is clear that the F-35’s schedule is now tight for a customer whose old fighters will run out of life around the end of the decade. It would be very hard to keep flying the aircraft that the F-35 is to replace—F-4 Phantoms and F-5 Tigers—past 2020, says Song. Australia, a committed F-35 customer, is in much the same position (AW&ST May 16, p. 27).

 

F-X Phase 3 could easily slip, however, boosting the F-35’s chances. The overall F-X program first emerged in 1988, and it took until 2002 before parliament had loosened its purse strings enough to allow the order of a batch of fighters under Phase 1. Parliament may not approve funding for Phase 3 this year.

 

A further complication is the demand that the winning bidder transfer technology to help South Korea to develop its proposed KF-X fighter. This requirement is now backed by the air force, which previously looked askance at the costly ambitions of the technologists in the defense ministry (see p. 22).

 

On this point Eurofighter, represented in South Korea by EADS, has a clear advantage over its U.S. competitors, since it is not subject to Washington’s strict rules on technology transfer. Eurofighter proposes that the Typhoon become the basis of KF-X, diminishing risk for the ambitious but still insufficiently experienced local industry.

 

Still, as a non-U.S. supplier, Eurofighter must wonder whether it is being used only as a stalking horse for Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The local military’s habit of buying U.S. equipment and the great effort that the U.S. puts into defending South Korea are factors that cannot be overlooked. Yet they also should not be overstated. EADS unit Eurocopter is supporting the development of South Korea’s Surion utility military helicopter.

 

Related to the issue of technology transfer, the Typhoon can also be put into local production, an important issue for local industry, since Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will probably need a replacement for the production line of its FA-50 light attack aircraft, a derivative of the T-50 superlsonic trainer, this decade.

 

Major parts of the F-15 are already in local production, since the type won F-X Phase 1 and 2, with orders for 40 and 21 F-15Ks, respectively. Boeing’s technology-transfer offer is based partly on KAI working on the Silent Eagle, which at this late stage in the F-15’s development cycle introduces fly-by-wire flight controls, weapons bays and canted tail fins.

 

KAI builds the wings and forward fuselages of F-15s for all customers, and could step up to a larger share of the aircraft structure if the big new order went to Boeing. For the Silent Eagle, KAI is helping to develop and make conformal packs fitted to each side of the aircraft to house munitions, equipment and fuel. South Korea is not the only country interested in fitting them, says Brad Jones, director of Boeing’s U.S. Air Force F-15 development programs. The packs will presumably be an option for the F-15Ks of Phase 1 and 2.

 

The canted fins of the Silent Eagle are not a large structural change that could threaten the 2016 delivery date, says Boeing. A new mounting structure is used but the fins themselves are unchanged from those of earlier F-15s.

 

While KAI has plant and trained workers for making F-15s, the air force has the equipment and skills needed to maintain them, thanks to the two previous phases of F-X. Accordingly, Boeing reckons its bid is the cheapest.

 

In other competitions Boeing must contend with a presumption that the customer will eventually buy the F-35 anyway, raising the temptation of moving on to that generation immediately. But South Korea’s plans—if they survive the perils of budgets and development challenges—suggest that F-X Phase 3 is Lockheed Martin’s only chance to sell its fighter to one of the biggest buyers of Western combat aircraft. The country’s next fighter requirement after F-X—F-XX—is supposed to be filled by the indigenous KF-X. Then the combat aircraft after that is to be pilotless.

 

F-X Phase 3 thus offers the South Korean air force an opportunity to consolidate its top-end fighter force on 120 F-15s, eliminating an intermediate type—but only if it bets that its two follow-on domestic programs will succeed.

 

The F-35 enjoys an obvious advantage as South Korea ponders its strike mission, although Boeing and Eurofighter argue that there is much more to stealth than an all-aspect low radar cross section, and that there is much more to survivability than stealth. South Korea has not yet modeled the effects of characteristics such as radar cross section and flight performance. Eurofighter, apparently confident of what South ­Korea will discover, urges it to do so. The air force suggested in 2008 that it could not accept compromises in flight performance, an attitude that would favor the Typhoon and Silent Eagle, with their low wing and thrust loadings, not to mention outright speed.

 

As in Japan’s similar fighter competition (also, confusingly, called F-X), Lockheed Martin will seek to satisfy South Korea’s demand for technology transfer by allocating offset work that will bring know-how from outside of the F-35 program. Some F-35 manufacturing is also available for allocation.

 

It is quite unlikely that South Korea would be allowed to build the F-35, since manufacturing is part of stealth technology. A final assembly line, as in Italy, is possible, but would cost at least $1 billion—and bring only the techniques of final assembly, a small part of the process of building a fighter.

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Jun 6, 2011 By Leithen Francis AviationWeek.com

 

SINGAPORE — Boeing has moved on from its loss in India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition and is now focusing on other opportunities in that country, while also preparing to compete for fighter contracts in Japan and South Korea.

 

“Although we’re disappointed with the results of the fighter campaign in India, we’ve moved forward,” Boeing Defense, Space and Security CEO Dennis Muilenburg told journalists during a press briefing at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 3.

 

He points out that Boeing has won some other competitions in India, such as an order for 10 C-17s.

 

India has a requirement for both attack and heavy-lift helicopters. Boeing is competing in those competitions and Muilenburg says the AH-64D Apache and CH-47F Chinook successfully completed the field trials.

 

The other Asian markets where Boeing is busy are Japan and South Korea. Japan issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 40-50 fighters and Boeing is in the competition with its F/A 18E/F Super Hornet, while the other contenders are the Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-35. Japan’s air force is hoping a decision can be made in time for the procurement to be included in the next budget cycle, starting April 1, 2012.

 

“We were very encouraged that the RFP was issued early this year, and we have every indication that the procurement will move ahead as planned,” Muilenburg says.

 

Japan’s defense guidelines say the first 12 fighters are to be delivered in the fiscal year ending March 2017. Muilenburg describes the F/A-18E/F as a low-risk solution, particularly in terms of cost and the delivery schedule. One of the challenges Lockheed Martin faces is convincing Japan’s defense establishment that it can deliver F-35s on time and on budget.

 

Muilenburg says Boeing already has a close relationship with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), which manufactures Boeing F-15s for the Japanese air force. The company plans to leverage that relationship — as well as the relationships it has with Fuji Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries — to help its bid to win Japan’s FX fighter competition. But Lockheed Martin also has a strong relationship with MHI, which builds F-2s, a derivative of the Lockheed Martin F-16.

 

Boeing also is waiting for South Korea to issue its RFP for 60 fighter aircraft, which is expected by the end of 2012’s first quarter. Boeing will be pitching F-15s.

 

Such competitions are taking on more importance within the Boeing group, particularly in light of U.S. defense cuts. Muilenburg says overseas sales in recent years accounted for 7% of Boeing’s defense business; but last year it jumped to 17%, and in the next few years it will account for 25%. “A great proportion of that [25%] is based on the strength of Asia-Pacific,” he says.

 

A breakdown of the Boeing group’s total revenue shows that it is split equally between civil and defense. Muilenburg predicts that the split will remain 50/50 for years to come, even though the defense unit’s biggest customer, the U.S. government, is reducing military spending.

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June 07, 2011 SHEPARD GROUP Source: BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems has been awarded a $4.9M AUD contract from Elbit Systems to upgrade 777 military vehicles, as part of the Australian Army's Land 200 Program (Land 75/ Land 125).

 

As a major subcontractor to Elbit Systems, BAE Systems will prepare these vehicles, including Macks, Unimogs, Bushmasters and M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), for the installation of a Battle Group and Below Command, Control and Communications (BGC3) system.

 

BAE Systems Australia will carry out the installation activities on the Mack, Unimog and Bushmaster vehicles at the Meeandah Military Facility in Brisbane, and on the M113 APCs at the new 7RAR Facility at Edinburgh Parks in northern Adelaide.

 

Managing Director of Elbit Systems in Australia Shlomo Weizer said: "We have selected BAE Systems Australia because of the company's vehicle systems installation capabilities. It demonstrated the technical capability, skilled workforce and capacity to deliver this work across two states."

 

In March 2010 Elbit Systems, Elbit Systems was awarded an Australian Government contract for the supply, integration, installation and support of a BGC3 system for the Land 200 Programme.

 

This programme will enable the Australian Army to achieve a major portion of its network centric warfare milestone.

 

BAE Systems contract with Elbit Systems runs from December 2010 to January 2013.

 

"BAE Systems is pleased to be working with Elbit Systems. We believe our experience in vehicle systems integration and engineering design, plus the ability to use the capability of our Defence Logistics team in Brisbane, makes us the right fit," said Kim Scott, Director Land and Integrated Systems.

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Jun 07, 2011 By Mihir Shah - LIVEFIST

 


Dr. Ashley Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has written a
commentary for FORCE Magazine, in an attempt to explain in some detail the reasons why two American aircraft – the Lockheed-Martin F-16IN Super Viper and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet – vying for the Indian Air Force’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contract worth an estimated Rs. 42,000 crore, failed to make the down-select. While the piece is a must-read, owing to the plethora of facts, figures, and new information presented, the analysis itself falls short on several counts. This post attempts to refute some of his arguments.

The first, and in some ways, most startling assertion by Dr. Tellis is that the IAF’s decision “was made entirely on technical grounds”, and that “in retrospect, this may have been exactly the problem”. While there is nothing wrong with this observation per se, the way in which it is being said appears to suggest surprise on his part that political, strategic, or financial concerns were not allowed to interfere in the decision making process. Indeed, when seen in the light of his earlier charge that India “settled for a plane, not a relationship”, it leaves the reader with the impression that the IAF, backed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), made a serious error in not letting these other factors influence its decision. This impression is only reinforced by the use of adjectives like “mechanistic” and “perverse” that he uses to characterise the IAF and MoD’s adherence to the two-step acquisition process. Altogether, these comments seem to carry the subtle (and in many ways, dangerous) insinuation that it would have been better for all parties had the process been designed in a way that would have allowed it to be ‘calibrated’ to geopolitical needs and considerations. In fact, nothing could be farther than the truth. The only thing keeping the MMRCA competition from being stymied in charges of impropriety, corruption, or political rabble-rousing like the tenders for 155 mm artillery and light utility helicopters, is a strict and almost pig-headed adherence to laid-down rules and procedures. Dr. Tellis recommendation is a sure recipe for disaster, as leaving even the smallest procedural gaps open to exploitation by vested interests would delay the induction of these fighters by years if not decades. What this would do to India’s war-fighting capabilities is not hard to imagine.

The other argument put forth by Dr. Tellis is that the IAF gave an inordinate amount of importance to air combat manoeuvering at the expense of superior sensors, weapons, and assorted electronics while framing its air staff qualitative requirements (AQSRs). It was this anachronistic focus on things that make a difference in close-range knife-fights, he claims, that led to the
Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale making the short-list, while the F/A-18E/F, the superior combat system, did not. While it is certainly possible that the ASRs were framed with a strong focus on aerodynamic superiority, Dr. Tellis fails to appreciate the reasons behind such a requirement. In the last decade, the IAF has been steadily shifting its attention towards countering the threat posed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and air defences on India’s eastern frontiers, where the ability of aircraft to operate in hot and high conditions will be of prime importance. The Kargil War only served to highlight the importance of being able to mount high-altitude missions in mountainous terrain, and also introduced the IAF to the unique challenges of doing so. So while Dr. Tellis is probably correct in declaring that “marginal differences in aerodynamic performance rarely affect combat outcomes”, he fails to grasp that even the minutest aerodynamic shortcomings can amplify themselves into serious operational deficiencies in such conditions, and no amount of superiority in sensors or weapons can compensate for these. Indeed, it is not difficult to see why the F/A-18E/F, an aircraft designed to operate from aircraft carriers at sea level, with its well-documented aerodynamic compromises and relatively high wing-loading, would be one of the four aircraft that failed to make the cut in the Leh trials.

Also, while he laments the IAF’s preoccupation with within visual range (WVR) combat, Dr. Tellis is guilty of a similar error in completely discounting the ground attack component of aerial warfare from his analysis. In doing so, he entirely misses the point of the MMRCA acquisition, and knocks down a strawman argument of his own making. If the IAF’s current force structure and future acquisition plans are studied in conjunction with its increasing focus on the eastern theatre, it is not hard to reach the conclusion that the MMRCA will be the primary strike fighter in its arsenal. In that role, the ability to attack ground targets with high precision weaponry and put sophisticated air defence networks out of action will be of prime importance. And the Rafale and Typhoon’s superlative passive sensors, data fusion, defensive aids, and wide range of modern weaponry, combined with their canard-delta configuration and high-powered engines would make these aircraft uniquely suited to take on the might of China’s dense air defence network and the PLAAF in the thin air of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau. That neither aircraft currently has radar that comes close to matching the impressive performance of the Super Hornet’s
AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar remains a problem, but the air force seems fairly confident that these will be available in good time.

Going further into his analysis, Dr. Tellis proceeds to question and attack the IAF’s ASQRs, in the process giving fallacious and simplistic examples of how these requirements were defined too narrowly. One would think that the IAF, like any other professional air force, would define its requirements based on an assessment of how and where its future conflicts would be fought. However, Dr. Tellis only alleges, though in a roundabout way cloaked in elaborate arguments and sophisticated language, that the IAF pulled these requirements out of a hat without fully understanding their implications as far as modern air combat went. Such matters can (and indeed should) be debated in military circles that have access to all the relevant information. But coming from a civilian analyst who was in no way involved with the procurement process, and professes no special expertise or experience in the strategic, operational, tactical, and technological aspects of aerial warfare, the argument merely comes across as indiscreet and perhaps not fully thought-out.

Much of this is in direct contradiction to what he wrote in a
comprehensive report on the status of the competition in January 2011. At that time, Dr. Tellis spared no superlative in heaping praise on the air force for its handling of the trials. He noted that “the IAF has bent backwards to be both scrupulously transparent and extraordinarily neutral throughout this process” and the reports it submitted to the MoD were “comprehensive” and “impartial to the point of appearing disinterested”. In the concluding paragraph, he wrote: “No matter which way India leans in the MMRCA contest, keeping the IAF’s interests consistently front and center will ensure that its ultimate choice will be the right one. A selection process that is transparent, speedy, and focused on the right metrics will not only strengthen the IAF’s combat capabilities, but it will also earn the respect of all the competing vendors and their national patrons. Some of them will be disappointed by India’s final choice, but those, alas, are the rules of the game.” The process was everything Dr. Tellis would have liked it to be – transparent, speedy, focused on the right metrics, and most importantly, driven entirely by the IAF’s requirements and interests. The professionalism displayed by the IAF had also come in for much acclaim from Lockheed-Martin and Boeing more than once; their statements after the down-select have been just as complaisant and agreeable. The reason why he would choose to essentially go back on his own counsel and vilify the air force in so public a manner, therefore, remains a mystery.

(Mihir Shah is a US-based engineer who tracks aerospace issues closely. He has contributed before to Livefist and Pragati magazine. He works at a firm specialising in energy efficiency consulting. Mihir has previously analysed the Pakistani JF-17 programme for Livefist. Views expressed by the author are his own.)
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June 6, 2011 defpro.com (Xinhua)

 

SINGAPORE | China has established consultation and dialogue mechanisms on defense and security with 22 countries, and has military-to-military exchanges with more than 150 countries, Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said at a regional security dialogue on Sunday.

 

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue organized by the London- based International Institute for Strategic Studies, Liang, also a State Councilor, said China has been promoting mutual trust and common interests with other countries through defense and security cooperation, with close to 400 military delegations to and from China each year.

 

China signed an agreement with Russia in 2009 to notify each other of missile launches. Between the defense ministries of China and the United States, direct phone link has also been set up.

 

"All these exchanges have helped the international community know better China's strategic pursuits and (the current condition) of its military forces," he said. "These efforts also help avoid various misunderstandings and mis-assessments and prevent conflicts and crises."

 

Liang said that he was at the multilateral Shangri-La Dialogue to "advance peace, cooperation and harmony" and work with defense leaders from other countries to promote exchanges and mutual trust.

 

Liang delivered a keynote speech at the dialogue on Sunday on China's stance and efforts to promote defense and security cooperation in the Asia Pacific, saying that China would hold steadfast to its pursuit of peace and development, the defensive nature of its defense policies, as well as the pursuit of good relations with its neighbors and other countries.

 

The Chinese military has held more than 40 joint exercises and training with more than 20 other countries for purposes such as anti-terrorism and disaster relief. It also provided aid where it can, joined more than 20 United Nations peace missions, and sent professional rescuers to countries hit by natural disasters like quakes and tsunamis, Liang said.

 

The Chinese defense minister set out four principles for advancing security cooperation in the Asia Pacific.

 

-- mutual respect, equal footing, and consideration for the core interests and key concerns of others.

 

-- advance mutual understanding, trust and assess the strategic intention of other countries as it is.

 

-- pursue mutual benefits and win-win outcome, and no alliance directed against a third party.

 

-- cooperation should be open and inclusive, and all countries are welcome to contribute to Asia Pacific security.

 

Liang also said that by playing larger roles in international and regional affairs, the emerging countries have created not threats, but opportunities, for Asia Pacific peace and security.

 

"We are in a new era that calls for a new way of thinking," he said. "The assumption of zero sum in terms of security and the cold-war mentality are increasing not congruent with the era we are in now."

 

Liang said that it was not helpful to ignore what other countries have done and twist their strategic intentions with speculation based sheerly differences on ideology and social systems, as such speculations often create enemies.

 

Liang said that trust begins with exchanges and that different countries should enhance dialogue and exchanges on the basis of mutual respect and equal footing, and objectively and reasonably assess the others' strategies.

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June 6, 2011 defpro.com

 

SINGAPORE | Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and his British counterpart Liam Fox met on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday.

 

They held in-depth discussions on bilateral relations, the relations between the militaries of the two countries as well as other issues of common concern.

 

Liang, who is also a State Councilor, said the frequent exchanges of visits by leaders of the two countries have helped push bilateral relations at various levels and on various fronts.

 

Liang said that there are new opportunities for bilateral relations and that the military ties are also at a stage of sound development.

 

The channels of dialogue have been expanding and the mutual trust increasing, with practical cooperation covering a wide spectrum ranging from the exchange of visits at senior levels and cooperation in the fight against pirates and peace keeping, to cooperation in professional training and exchanges between institutions of higher education.

 

Liang said he hopes to see the militaries of the two countries boosting their exchanges and cooperation and further advance the relations, which is in the long-term interests of the two sides.

 

He also invited the British defense secretary to visit China at a convenient time later this year.

 

Fox said that the interactions between different countries in the world have been ever increasing and that China is playing an ever larger role in the international system.

 

He said he sees extensive and great potentials in the cooperation between the military forces of the two countries.

 

He said he was hoping that the two sides can explore more flexible and practical ways to push ahead the exchanges and cooperation in fields such as peace keeping, antiterrorism, humanitarian relief and non-proliferation.

 

Both defense ministers were in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue organized by the London-based think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, a multilateral regional security forum that gathers defense ministers from 27 countries in the Asia Pacific and beyond. Liang held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the meeting with about a dozen of his counterparts. (Xinhua)

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

 

DCNS a livré les systèmes de combat destinés aux 2 premiers sous-marins Scorpene actuellement construits en Inde. Ces systèmes constituent le “cerveau” du sous-marin.

 

Bernard Buisson, directeur de DCNS India, a déclaré que les 2 systèmes avaient été livrés aux chantiers Mazagon Docks Ltd. (MDL), qui a commencé l’intégration du 1er système à bord du sous-marin. Il y a environ 20 à 25 ingénieurs français qui participent au transfert de technologies. Le travail à MDL se déroule à la satisfaction mutuelle.

 

Le 1er sous-marin Scorpene doit être mis à l’eau à la fin 2013 et admis au service actif en 2015. Le 2è sera prêt un an plus tard.

 

Buisson a indique que, en fait, MDL a déjà commencé à travailler à différents stades sur les 6 sous-marins prévus. Le dernier doit être livré en 2018.

 

MDL a construit les coques des 1er et 2è sous-marins. Il a commencé à fabriquer les coques des 2 sous-marins suivants. Simultanément, d’autres systèmes sont testés et installés progressivement à bord.

 

Buisson a ajouté que DCNS avait eu des discutions techniques avec la marine indienne concernant l’installation de systèmes de propulsion anaérobie à bord des 2 derniers sous-marins. Cela aurait un cout, mais le système permet d’augmenter l’autonomie en plongée de 3 à 4 fois, les rendant ainsi plus discrets et plus dangereux.

 

DCNS attend la réponse de la marine indienne, ainsi que la commande concernant une 2è série de 6 sous-marins au moins, dans le cadre du projet 75-I, tous seraient équipés de propulsion anaérobie. DCNS a déjà répondu à la demande d’information de la marine indienne à ce sujet.

 

Buisson a expliqué que le système de propulsion anaérobie proposé par DCNS, le MESMA, était basé sur une propulsion à vapeur, similaire à ce qui est utilisé à bord de tous les sous-marins nucléaires français. France ne dispose que de sous-marins nucléaires, cette technologie est donc parfaitement éprouvée, a-t-il ajouté.

 

Interrogé sur la participation locale au projet Scorpene, Buisson a indiqué que DCNS avait aussi parlé à des chantiers navals privés, en ce qui concerne les nouvelles procédures d’achat de la défense et les exigences de compensation.

 

« Nous sommes aussi en train de terminer la sélection de nos partenaires industriels pour l’“indigénisation” des MPM », a-t-il déclaré.

 

Les MPM (Mazagon Purchased Materials) sont des équipements que le chantier Mazagon doit acheter directement pour équiper les sous-marins : pompes, vannes, soupapes, systèmes de conditionnement d’air et divers autres sous-systèmes.

 

Référence : ThaIndia News (Inde)

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The PARS eight-wheeled armored vehicle developed by Turkey’s FNSS has beaten two established competitors to win a $559 million Malaysian contract. (FNSS photo)

 

BAE Systems Inc.’s FNSS Joint Venture Receives $559 Million Award from DEFTECH to Provide AV-8 Vehicles for the Malaysian Armed Forces

 

June 3, 2011 defense-aerospace.com

 

(Source: BAE Systems News; issued June 3, 2011)

 

ARLINGTON, Virginia --- FNSS of Turkey, a joint venture between BAE Systems, Inc. and Nurol Holding of Turkey, has received and signed a $559 million letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) from DEFTECH of Malaysia for the design, development and manufacture of 257 DEFTECH AV-8 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles and Integrated Logistics Support for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

 

The vehicle, to be manufactured by DEFTECH in Malaysia, is based on the FNSS-designed PARS 8x8 multi-purpose, multi-mission, wheeled armored vehicle. The vehicle will be redesigned by FNSS and DEFTECH engineers specifically to meet the requirements of the Malaysian customer.

 

“This effort will not only benefit the Malaysian Army, but will also further develop the indigenous capability in Malaysia,” said John Kelly, vice president of exports and international business for BAE Systems’ Land & Armaments sector. “BAE Systems, Inc. actively looks to support FNSS in its ambition to market its land vehicle expertise globally.”

 

Malaysia’s AV-8 8x8 armoured wheeled vehicle program involves the local design, development and manufacture of the vehicle, as well as the integrated logistic support. FNSS will provide the technical assistance and technology transfer to enable DEFTECH to produce the vehicles in Malaysia. The AV-8 will be Malaysia’s first indigenous 8x8 armored wheeled vehicle family consisting of 12 variants, for use by the Malaysian Army.

 

“This project builds on the already successful industrial partnership with DEFTECH, our long term industrial partner in Malaysia. We look forward to supporting DEFTECH on this challenging program and making it another success story in Malaysia,” said Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS. “FNSS is committed to providing the means for DEFTECH to realize the goal of developing an 8x8 Wheeled Armored Vehicle Family (AV8) to meet the Malaysia Armed Forces requirements. The project is based on putting in place the infrastructure to design, develop, produce and maintain a family of 8x8 Wheeled Armored Vehicles.”

 

FNSS and DEFTECH previously delivered 211 ADNAN Armored Combat Vehicles (ACV) and 8 120mm ACV Mortar Carriers to the Malaysian Army and are now about to complete the deliveries of 48 additional ADNAN ACVs under a separate contract.

 

FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of armoured combat vehicles and weapon systems for the Turkish Armed Forces and Allied Armed Forces. FNSS is a Turkish based joint-venture company between Nurol Group of Turkey and BAE Systems, Inc.

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