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June 6, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

Update on PC-9A aircraft incident

The ongoing investigation into the RAAF PC-9/A crash at RAAF Base East Sale has revealed the crash was caused by loss of engine power as a result of the failure of a component in the aircraft’s fuel system.


The Aviation Accident Investigation Team (AAIT) will continue to analyse the aircraft to confirm there were no other factors that contributed to the power loss.

Air Force will now work with its contracted maintenance organisations, and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, to establish the cause of the component failure.

This will inform any further engineering and maintenance work that may be required to the component. Once this is completed, and no other factors are found by the AAIT, the PC-9/A will be cleared to return to flying operations.

Both Squadron Leader Collenette and Flight Lieutenant Andrews have now been released from hospital. Air Force continues to wish them well for their ongoing recovery.

 

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

 

Le Vietnam va acheter 6 sous-marins russes de type Kilo « pour défendre » le pays. Le ministre vietnamien de la défense, le général Phung Quang Thanh, l’a annoncé le 5 juin au 10è sommet de Shangri-La Dialogue à Singapour. Les spécialistes estiment que la facture s’élève à un peu plus de 3 milliards $.

 

Cette annonce intervient après une vague de protestations officielles faites par Hanoï après un incident survenu le 26 mai dernier : 3 bâtiments chinois appartenant à l’administration océanographique d’Etat avaient harcelé le Binh Minh 02, un navire vietnamien d’exploration pétrolière appartenant à PetroVietnam. Un des navires chinois a coupé le câble de recherche du navires. L’incident avait eu lieu dans la Zone Économique Exclusive du Vietnam.

 

Pour le ministre vietnamien de la défense, cet incident provoque une « inquiétude considérable sur le maintien de la paix et de la stabilité dans la mer de Chine méridionale ». De plus, le Vietnam a « fait preuve de patience en gérant cet incendient avec des moyens pacifiques en respectant la Loi internationale et le principe de la protection déterminée de notre souveraineté nationale. »

 

L’incident avait provoqué une forte colère au Vietnam, conduisant à des manifestations devant l’ambassade de Chine. Des hackers avaient attaqué des sites gouvernementaux chinois.

 

Le général Thanh a rencontré lors du sommet son homologue chinois, Liang Guanglie, pour évoquer divers sujets, dont cet incident.

 

Le vice-ministre de la défense, le Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, a aussi confirmé la signature du contrat des sous-marins Kilo. Il a précisé cependant que cet achat n’était pas directement lié à l’incident du 26 mai. Selon lui, il fait de « notre programme d’acquisition d’armements, destiné à renforcer nos capacités. » Il a ajouté que le Vietnam a « un besoin légitime de renforcer nos capacités militaires. »

 

Vinh a souligné que le Vietnam utiliserait « tous les moyens pour défendre notre souveraineté nationale. »

Depuis les années 70, la mer de Chine méridionale est le théâtre de revendications territoriales croisées entre les états riverains. En 1974, la Chine a pris possession par la force de l’archipel des Paracel, qui appartenait alors au Sud-Vietnam. Hanoï continue de les revendiquer. Des pêcheurs vietnamiens sont régulièrement arrêtés par la Chine dans la région.

 

En 1988, la China et le Vietnam se sont battus pour le récif Sud Johnson. La Chine a coulé 2 bâtiments vietnamiens et ouvert le feu sur les troupes vietnamiennes qui occupaient le récif.

L'analyse de la rédaction :

Pour plus d’informations sur ce sujet, lire l’article Conflit territorial en mer de Chine méridionale.

Référence : Defense News (Etats-Unis)

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6 juin 2011 1 06 /06 /juin /2011 11:45

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June 06, 2011 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

Seemingly exasperated by low-availability/serviceability for years as a consequence of what it has described unofficially as "unpredictable Russian support" and the country's apparent unwillingness to honour after-sales commitments, the Indian Air Force is looking for the first time beyond Russia for long-term maintenance and product support of its fleet of Ilyushin-76 heavy transports and Ilyushin-78M tanker transports at Agra, Chandigarh, Delhi and Nagpur.


In April this year, the IAF broke with tradition and floated a global tender to provide its Il-76/78 fleet "service support to ensure IAF requirements to maintain present airworthiness standards" for a period of five years, extendable to ten. The IAF has been improvising plenty to keep the heavy jets airworthy, but does not believe it can continue to do so without solid support. The Russian OEM, apparently, cannot be relied upon. The IAF has stipulated that bidders need to have the support of the Ilyushin Design Bureau.

According to the tender document, "The primary requirement of the contract is to ensure a minimum serviceability of 70% of number of [aircraft] included in the contract during the currency of contract. Period of contract shall be five years, further extendable for another five years. The vendor is required to meet this requirement by providing all the required maintenance and product support." It further stipulates that, "on any single day the serviceability of each fleet (IL-76 and IL-78) should not fall below 50% of total number of ac included in the contract."

Interestingly, the IAF has offered to pay the winning bidder an incentive if higher serviceability percentage above the minimum specified is achieved during execution of the contract. And they'll be penalised if they fall short of the required mark.

Nine IAF Ilyushins which will be undergoing overhaul and total life extension at the time the contract is expected to be awarded will not be included. An additional unspecified number of Ilyushins has remained grounded indefinitely "for want of spares/aggregates which have become unserviceable or expired their TBO/TTL".

Here's the full IAF request for information.

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6 juin 2011 1 06 /06 /juin /2011 11:25

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June 06, 2011 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

The Indian govt today cleared the country's largest defence deal with the US so far. The Cabinet cleared a $4.1-billion deal for 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster-III heavy transport aircraft. Deal to be signed shortly. More details in a bit.

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6 juin 2011 1 06 /06 /juin /2011 11:16

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Une vidéo surprenante est largement diffusée en Chine : elle montre que le porte-avions chinois Varyag est terminé et que des avions se posent et en décollent.

 

Il y a seulement quelques semaines, une vidéo montrait l’installation en avril dernier du système radar du porte-avions chinois Varyag.

 

Voici maintenant une vidéo montrant le porte-avions construit au chantier naval de Dalian. Il s’agit du premier porte-avions chinois.

 

 

 

La Chine avait acheté le Varyag, un ex-porte-avions soviétique dont la construction n’avait pas été terminé, à Ukraine en 1998. L’explication officielle était de le transformer en hôtel flottant.

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5 Jun 2011 By WENDELL MINNICK DefenseNews

 

SINGAPORE - Vietnam will procure six Russian-built Kilo-class attack submarines "to defend" the country. Vietnam's Defense Minister, Gen. Phung Quang Thanh, made the comment June 5 at the 10th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore 5. Analysts put the price tag for the deal at just over $3 billion.

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The announcement comes in the wake of official protests lodged by Hanoi over a May 26 incident when three Chinese vessels operated by the State Oceanic Administration harassed the Binh Minh 02, a Vietnamese oil exploration seismic survey vessel belonging to the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam). One of the Chinese vessels cut the ship's survey cable. The incident occurred within Vietnam's Exclusive Economic Zone.

 

The incident causes "considerable concern on the maintenance of peace and stability in the East Sea [South China Sea]," he said. Further, Vietnam has "exercised patience in managing the incident with peaceful means in accordance with the international laws and the principle of determinedly protecting our national sovereignty."

 

The incident caused outrage in Vietnam, resulting in public protests at the Chinese embassy and hacker attacks on Chinese government websites.

 

Thanh met with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie at a bilateral meeting during the Shangri-La to discuss issues, including the incident. The Dialogue is organized by the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) and held annually each June in Singapore.

 

Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of Defense, also confirmed the Kilo submarine deal and added that Vietnam was also buying "Su-30 fighters and surface-to-air missiles." However, the procurements were not tied to the May 26 incident and were "part of our weapons appreciation program for enhancing our capabilities." He said Vietnam has a "legitimate need to upgrade our military capability."

 

Vinh emphasized that the recent incident with China was a "civilian clash" and not a military issue. Vietnamese law enforcement and maritime agencies are responsible for these types of problems, he said. "What happened, happened" and it must he handled within the guidelines of international law by peaceful means. However, Vinh stressed that Vietnam would use "all means to protect our national sovereignty."

 

China's military has been expanding its capabilities and influence in the South China Sea with a new submarine base on Hainan Island, and preparations are underway to begin sea trials of its first aircraft carrier.

 

China and Vietnam have been bumping into one another in the South China Sea since the 1970s. In 1974 China took the Paracel Islands by military force from then-South Vietnam, and Hanoi has continued to claim sovereignty over the islands. Periodic arrests of Vietnamese fishermen in the area have also caused frustration in Hanoi.

 

In 1988 China and Vietnam fought over the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea. China sank two Vietnamese naval vessels and opened fired on Vietnamese troops occupying the reef. A video documentary widely aired in Vietnam, dubbed the "Spratly Islands Massacre," available on YouTube, allegedly shows a Chinese frigate gunning down around 30 Vietnamese soldiers on the reef.

 

The latest incident has raised concerns China is becoming aggressive in the South China Sea and risks sparking a conflict. However, a member of the Chinese delegation attending the Shangri-La Dialogue said the Chinese vessels involved in the May 26 incident might be acting unilaterally without the consent or encouragement of Beijing. The State Oceanic Administration and other non-military maritime patrol and law enforcement organizations have in the past acted carelessly, he said. These organizations are often fighting over budgets and attempting to justify their existence, thus they sometimes "act muscularly."

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Jun 6, 2011 Rajat Pandit, THE TIMES OF INDIA

 

NEW DELHI: India is now deploying spy drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and light observation helicopters along the borders with China to keep a hawk-eye on the stepped-up activities of People's Liberation Army.

 

The construction of over 5,500 "permanent defences and bunkers" along the borders is now being speeded up to ensure their completion within four to five years, under the Rs 9,243 crore military infrastructure development project approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security for the Eastern Army Command.

 

"Sukhoi-30MKI fighters are already being based in IAF airbases like Tezpur and Chabua. Army Aviation bases in Assam are also now being upgraded, with seven helicopters and four Israeli Searcher-II UAVs already been deployed there," a defence ministry source said.

 

The Army is also pushing for a mountain strike corps after having raised two new mountain infantry divisions. The new divisions, with 1,260 officers and 35,011 soldiers, have their HQs in Zakama (56 Div) in Nagaland and Missamari (71 Div) in Assam.

 

Though quite belated, all these plans are meant to strategically counter China's massive build-up of military infrastructure all along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) over the last two decades.

 

A flurry of high-level meetings in the last two-three months, which included a top military briefing to PM Manmohan Singh, have dealt on the dire need to boost India's military infrastructure, strike capabilities and operational logistics along the LAC.

 

Incidentally, with five fully-operational airbases, an extensive rail network and over 58,000-km of roads in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), China can now move more than 30 divisions (each with over 15,000 soldiers) at their "launch pads" on LAC in double-quick time, outnumbering Indian forces by at least three-is-to-one.

 

China's rapidly-expanding footprint in infrastructure projects in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, in the backdrop of the Beijing-Islamabad military nexus which targets India, has served to further heighten concerns in the defence establishment here.

 

India's counter-moves, however, are anything but swift. Only 15 of the 73 all-weather roads earmarked for construction along the unresolved LAC, for instance, are actually ready till now.

 

IAF is now also upgrading eastern sector ALGs (advanced landing grounds) like Pasighat, Mechuka, Walong, Tuting, Ziro and Vijaynagar as well as several helipads in Arunachal after reactivating western sector ALGs like Daulat Beg Oldi, Fukche and Nyama in eastern Ladakh. "But the entire process needs to be hastened," said an official.

 

Similarly, Army and IAF want faster inductions of the indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems to counter the threat posed by enemy fighters, drones and helicopters on both western and eastern fronts.

 

While IAF has ordered eight Akash squadrons for Rs 6,200 crore, six of which are to be based in the North-East, the Army has placed an order for two regiments at a cost of Rs 14,180 crore.

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June 05, 2011 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

Here we go. Perhaps the first proper images of the MBT Arjun in Indian Army service. These photos are from the latest issue of DRDO's Tech Focus journal, which also has the latest Arjun schematics/specs. Over 100 Arjuns have been delivered to the Indian Army over the last couple of years.

 

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June 05, 2011 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

The combat-improved T-72 (Ajeya) tank. The soup-up by DRDO includes explosive reactive armour, GPS, an integrated fire detection and suppression system (IFDSS) and smoke grenade discharger. Full specs and schematics in the DRDO's latest edition of Tech Focus.

 

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June 05, 2011 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

Is India's jinxed BHIM 155mm/52cal tracked self-propelled howitzer back on track? Well, the DRDO has revealed in the latest edition of its Tech Focus journal that "the system has been successfully evaluated and accepted by the user". That's huge. The hybrid foreign gun mated with the indigenous Arjun chassis has had a tough run so far.

 

In 2005, after Denel's T6 turret was chosen to be the weapon mated to an Arjun chassis, the South African gun maker was blacklisted by the Indian government following allegations of using influence to swing a separate deal. In 2007, I visited the DRDO's tank lab in South India just after an effort to identify a new gun for the Bhim had ended in a single-vendor situation, with only the Samsung Techwin coming forward to bid with the K9 turret. So no go. Sort of lost track of the programme since until I saw the DRDO's journal today (full specs in the PDF).

 

DRDO describes the Bhim as "one of the finest 155mm/52cal self-propelled howitzers, which is endowed with superior firepower, high mobility and system availability characteristics (sic)."

 

Will update this post with more from the Army tomorrow.

 

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5 juin 2011 7 05 /06 /juin /2011 16:35

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June 5, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE

 

China claims to have, for the first time, developed, on its own, a world-class radar guided air-to-air missile without using foreign help (licensed or stolen technology). The 199 kg (438 pound) SD-10 missile is high speed (up to 4,000 kilometers an hour) and has a max range of 70 kilometers (with max altitude of 21 kilometers/65,000 feet). The missile is 3.9 meters (12.2 feet) long and passed all seven of its recent firing tests. The twenty year old U.S. AMRAAM design is similar to the SD-10, but about 25 percent lighter. China claims the SD-10 is equal, or superior to AMRAAM because of its state-of-the-art guidance system. But AMRAAM has an extensive combat record, something that China will have to match to prove their claims.

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June 05, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

SINGAPORE: United States (US) Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the US plans to deploy littoral combat ships to Singapore and seek ways to work with its military.

"In Singapore, we are strengthening our bi-lateral defence relationship within the context of the Strategic Framework Agreement and pursuing more operational engagement.

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"Most notably, by deploying US Littoral Combat Ships to Singapore. We are examining other ways to increase opportunities for our two militaries to train and operate together," he said at the question & answer session after the First Plenary Session - Emerging Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific at the 10th IISS Asia Security Summit The Shangri-La Dialogue here today.

Gates said the US was looking to prepositioning supplies to improve disaster
response, improving command and control capabilities and expanding training opportunities.

"This is to help prepare our forces for the challenges both militaries face operating in the Pacific," he added.

(Bernama)

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4 Jun 2011 By WENDELL MINNICK DefenseNews

 

SINGAPORE - North Korea's third nuclear test will likely be a highly enriched uranium (HEU) bomb, and neither China nor the United States can stop or reverse Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

 

These are the conclusions of a new study by Jonathan Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, at a book launch at the Shangri-La Dialogue on June 3 in Singapore.

 

"No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and International Security" looks at how North Korea has staked its future on the development of nuclear weapons and why the hermit nation will never surrender them.

 

Organized by the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), the book launch is part of the 10th Asia Security Summit, dubbed The Shangri-La Dialogue, being held June 3-5 in Singapore. The book is part of IISS Adelphi book series that looks at international defense and security issues.

 

North Korea conducted two underground plutonium bomb tests in 2006 and 2009, and has been developing advanced long-range ballistic missile capabilities that could someday threaten the continental U.S.

 

Pollack looks at why North Korea disregards United Nations censure and openly circumvents sanctions by selling weapons and technology to other pariah nations to fund its nuclear program.

 

North Korea is more of a traditional Korean dynasty and not a communist state, Pollack said. The Kim family has successfully ignored efforts by China and the U.S. to influence it to abandon its nuclear program and adopt capitalist reforms. Instead, the Kim family has created an "impregnable fortress" that protects the family dynasty.

 

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and China's push towards improved relations with South Korea during the 1980s and 1990s, North Korea became concerned that its traditional protectors would abandon it. The only course of action was to create a mechanism that guaranteed its survivability. Nuclear weapons have clearly served that purpose well, he said.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once referred to North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons as a "small child seeking attention." Pollack does not believe this is the correct analogy. "This is a system of old men who have made the pursuit of these capabilities their life time work." He pointed out that North Korea made a conscious decision to begin a nuclear program in the 1970s, as ties between Beijing and Washington began improving.

 

Despite the fact that North Korea occasionally "drops hints" the nuclear program is a "bargaining chip" that can be exchanged for rice and oil, the reality is that Pyongyang has no intention of surrendering the capability.

 

The best course of action, Pollack said, is to continue sanctions and other pressure that slows further development, especially efforts by the North to miniaturize a nuclear warhead for fitting on a ballistic missile.

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04/06/11 Flight International

 

Boeing delivered two more F-15K Slam Eagle fighters to the South Korean air force at Daegu airbase on 30 May.

 

The aircraft, designated F-15K49 and K50, departed Boeing's St Louis facility in Missouri on 25 May and made stops at Palmdale in California, Hickam AFB in Hawaii and Andersen AFB, Guam, before arriving in South Korea.

 

Boeing delivered the first six of 21 F-15Ks it is producing under the Next Fighter II contract in 2010 and two more in April. The remaining 11 aircraft will be delivered up to April 2012, said Boeing.

 

Six of Seoul's new F-15Ks will participate in an advanced aerial combat training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada, in early 2012, it added.

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3 Jun 2011 DefenseNews AFP

 

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday vowed the U.S. military would maintain a "robust" presence across Asia backed up with new high-tech weaponry to protect allies and safeguard shipping lanes.

 

Seeking to reassure Asian allies mindful of China's growing power and Washington's fiscal troubles, Gates told a security conference in Singapore that Washington's commitment to the region would not be scaled back.

 

Instead, the U.S. military will expand its presence in Southeast Asia, sharing facilities with Australia in the Indian Ocean and deploying new littoral combat ships (LCS) to Singapore, where it has access to naval facilities, he said.

 

The LCS is a speedy, lighter ship designed to operate in shallow coastal waters.

 

Gates, who steps down at the end of the month after more than four years as Pentagon chief, said the U.S. military planned to deepen its engagement with countries across the Pacific, with more port calls and training programs.

 

The U.S. military will be positioned in a way "that maintains our presence in Northeast Asia while enhancing our presence in Southeast Asia and into the Indian Ocean," Gates said.

 

The speech came as countries facing a rising China watch the United States for signs of its long-term security plans in Asia, amid mounting disputes over territorial rights in the potentially resource-rich South China Sea.

 

"The U.S. position on maritime security remains clear: we have a national interest in freedom of navigation; in unimpeded economic development and commerce; and in respect for international law," Gates said.

 

Citing investments in new radar-evading aircraft, surveillance drones, warships and space and cyber weapons, Gates said the United Sates is "putting our money where our mouth is with respect to this part of the world - and will continue to do so."

 

The planned weapons programs represented "capabilities most relevant to preserving the security, sovereignty, and freedom of our allies and partners in the region," he said.

 

The programs also include maintaining America's nuclear "deterrence" amid continuing concern over North Korea's atomic weapons.

 

Senior U.S. officers have long pointed to China's military buildup, saying Beijing's pursuit of anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles as well as cyber warfare capabilities pose a potential threat to US naval power in the region.

 

Without naming China, Gates said the new hardware was a response to "the prospect that new and disruptive technologies and weapons could be employed to deny US forces access to key sea routes and lines of communications."

 

Although the Pentagon's budget would come under growing scrutiny and military spending in some areas would be cut back, Gates predicted that investments in the key "modernization" programs would be left untouched.

 

"These programs are on track to grow and evolve further in the future, even in the face of new threats abroad and fiscal challenges at home."

 

This would ensure "that we will continue to meet our commitments as a 21st century Asia-Pacific nation - with appropriate forces, posture, and presence", he said.

 

Looking back on US policy in Asia since he took over at the Pentagon in 2006, Gates said the military had bolstered ties with old allies, such as Japan and South Korea, as well with new partners, including India and Vietnam.

 

The speech reflected how Washington has sought to strike a delicate balance between countering a more assertive Chinese military with a bigger presence in the region while seeking to defuse tensions through dialogue and exchanges.

 

Gates, who held talks with his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie on Friday, said efforts to promote a security dialogue with China had borne fruit and that military relations had "steadily improved in recent months."

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03/06/11 By Stephen Trimble Flight International

 

Both US bids for a major Indian Air Force fighter contract lost because of technical faults - not US export control policies or corruption in New Dehli, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace scholar Ashley Tellis said in an interview.

 

The former American diplomat in New Dehli arrived at his conclusions after a three-week trip to India that included meetings with top Indian government, military and industry officials. The IAF selected the Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon as finalists for the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA).

 

By excluding the Boeing F/A-18E/F and the Lockheed Martin F-16 - as well as the Saab Gripen and MiG-35 - the Indian government angered Washington DC, as well as set off a wave of speculation that the decision was based on concerns in New Dehli about overly restrictive US export policies.

 

But Tellis believes that interpretation of the MMRCA downselect is incorrect, while providing the most detailed assessment of the factors that led to the final decision.

 

According to Tellis' sources in the IAF, the F-16IN bid received low marks in the technical evaluation for a slow turn rate and poorer handling performance due to the addition of conformal fuel tanks.

 

Those deficiencies made the F-16IN less competitive in dogfights against older F-16 Block 50s, which are operated by Pakistan.

 

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet was the US government's best shot to win the contract, but it was also hampered in the Indian evaluation by poor manoeuvrability compared to the European fighters, Tellis said.

 

Boeing's bid proposed to improve the Super Hornet's power by introducing the General Electric F414 enhanced performance engine (EPE), with 20% higher thrust.

 

But the Indian evaluators refused to credit the EPE because it is a developmental item, Tellis said. This contrasted with India's acceptance of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar technology by the European bidders despite its developmental status.

 

"They just gambled on the fact that they were going to get an AESA by the time the airplane was going to enter the force," Tellis said.

 

The decision also reflected the IAF's preference for an aircraft with strong dogfighting performance over a combat style emphasising beyond visual range engagements using long-range sensors, Tellis said.

 

Indian officials expressed no concerns about the US government's export policies, which would have required heavy monitoring by US officials if certain sensors and avionics systems were included in Boeing's or Lockheed's bid, Tellis said.

 

"What they would have done in this case was demand that the vendor [substitute] equipment that did not have [monitoring] constraints," Tellis said. India had agreed to a similar arrangement with the acquisition of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon.

 

Despite the initial reaction by Washington officials, both sides are cooling off since the announcement, he added.

 

"The damage was certainly serious," Tellis said. "But both sides have understood how this outcome came out and both sides have made efforts to get beyond it. The US is going to win many more competitions in India."

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2011-06-03 xinhua CRI online

 

Le ministre chinois de la Défense, Liang Guanglie, s'est rendu vendredi à Singapour pour participer à un dialogue sur la sécurité en Asie-Pacifique. C'est la première fois qu'un ministre chinois de la Défense nationale assiste au Sommet annuel sur la sécurité en Asie, nommé aussi Dialogue Shangri-La, organisé par l'Institut international d'études stratégiques (IISS) basé à Londres.

 

La participation du ministre montre que la Chine poursuit une politique de défense nationale défensive et transparente, et elle est aussi le signe d'une confiance militaire mutuelle avec d'autres pays.

 

Cette année, le Dialogue Shangri-La regroupera, de vendredi à dimanche, les ministres de la Défense et des officiers supérieurs venus de 28 pays de la région Asie-Pacifique. La rencontre annuelle a lieu à l'hôtel Shangri-La de Singapour depuis 2002.

 

A cette occasion, le général Liang doit présenter la politique de défense chinoise et exprimer la détermination inébranlable de la Chine à poursuivre sur la voie du développement pacifique.

 

En marge du Dialogue, il rencontrera le secrétaire américain à la Défense Robert Gates et des chefs militaires de certains pays, afin de promouvoir les relations militaires bilatérales.

 

Dans les faits, la Chine n'a cessé de procéder activement à des échanges militaires avec d'autres pays en vue d'instaurer la confiance militaire.

 

Tout récemment, du 15 au 25 mai, le général Liang a effectué une visite d'amitié à Singapour, en Indonésie et aux Philippines.

 

De son côté, le chef d'état-major général de l'Armée de libération du peuple (ALP) de Chine, Chen Bingde, a effectué une visite d'une semaine aux Etats-Unis à la mi-mai.

 

Et plus tôt dans l'année, en janvier, M. Gates s'est rendu en Chine et a rencontré le président chinois Hu Jintao, qui est également président de la Commission militaire centrale, pour discuter des relations militaires bilatérales.

 

Ces dernières années, avec la montée en puissance de l'économie chinoise, certains responsables politiques et médias occidentaux, préoccupés par la dépense militaire de la Chine, se sont inquiétés de sa puissance militaire croissante et de l'opacité qui l'entoure.

 

Dans un article intitulé "Les navires de guerre chinois seraient presque prêts", publié le 7 avril par le journal The New York Times, on peut lire que les efforts de modernisation militaire de la Chine "ont suscité parmi les gouvernements étrangers des craintes que la Chine n'utilise une armée plus forte à des fins expansionnistes ou ne cherche la dominance régionale".

 

Contrastant avec ce commentaire, le 7e Livre blanc sur la défense nationale de la Chine, publié le 31 mars par l'Office de l'information du Conseil des affaires d'Etat de Chine, indique que la Chine adhère à une politique de défense nationale défensive, qui est déterminée par la voie de développement de la Chine, ses objectifs fondamentaux, sa politique étrangère, ainsi que ses traditions historiques et culturelles.

 

Dernier exemple en date de la volonté de rendre les affaires militaires chinoises plus transparentes, le ministère de la Défense a donné sa toute première conférence de presse régulière à Beijing le 27 avril.

 

Ces dernières années, la dépense pour la défense nationale de la Chine a généralement représenté 1,4% du Produit intérieur brut (PIB), alors que les chiffres des principaux pays développés du monde sont restés de l'ordre de 3% à 4%, selon le porte-parole du ministère chinois de la Défense, Geng Yansheng.

 

Jusqu'à décembre 2010, la Chine a fait participer 17 390 de ses militaires à 19 missions de maintien de la paix de l'ONU. Neuf personnels ont perdu la vie pendant ces missions. Au total, la Chine a dépêché plus de casques bleus que tous les autres membres permanents du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU.

 

Par ailleurs, la Chine s'est fixée pour politique de ne jamais utiliser de prime abord l'arme nucléaire, à aucun moment ni en aucune circonstance.

 

En dépit des préoccupations des pays occidentaux, la Chine a poursuivi sa politique de défense nationale défensive et transparente, a prôné le développement pacifique, et a activement contribué à la paix et à la stabilité du monde.

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03 Jun 2011 | Ref. 105/2011 BAE Systems press release

 

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.

 

About FNSS

 

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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3 Jun 2011 DefenseNews AFP

 

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government jacked up defense spending and government employees' pensions in a new budget June 3 that set a deficit of 4 percent of GDP.

 

The budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012 starting July 1 came as pressure mounts on Pakistan to launch a military offensive in the restive North Waziristan region, known as the hub of Taliban and Al Qaeda linked militants.

 

It earmarked 495 billion rupees ($5.7 billion) for defense, an 11 percent increase on the current year.

 

"We stand by our valiant men, who are laying down their lives to safeguard our country," finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh told parliament. "The country has constantly been suffering because of the existing security situation," but the government was determined to improve the economy and provide security to the people, he said.

 

More than 4,410 people have been killed across Pakistan in bomb blasts and suicide attacks blamed in Taliban- and Al-Qaeda-linked militants since July 2007.

 

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a string of recent attacks against government security forces and has vowed to launch even larger ones to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden, shot dead in a U.S. raid last month.

 

The total budget for the next year was fixed at 2,504 billion rupees ($29.1 billion), with a budget deficit of 850 billion rupees ($9.9 billion), or four percent of gross domestic product (GDP), Shaikh said.

 

The budget also provides rises of up to 20 percent in government employees' pensions and promises to bring at least 2.3 million new taxpayers into the tax net.

 

Pakistan has long defied Western pressure to end giant tax-dodging in a country where barely 1 percent of the population pays at all, as a corrupt bureaucracy starves energy, health and education of desperately needed funds.

 

The International Monetary Fund last year halted a $11.3 billion assistance package over a lack of progress on reforms, principally on tax.

 

In the wake of catastrophic 2010 floods that cost the economy $10 billion, Washington donated hundreds of millions of dollars and demanded that Pakistan's rich, whose lifestyles outstrip many in the West, step up to the plate.

 

Shaikh said Pakistani exports grew by 28 percent, an unprecedented rate, during the current fiscal year.

 

"We also hope that our remittances will reach a level of $12 billion by close of this year," he said, adding: "Our foreign currency reserves have reached $17.3 billion."

 

He said that the government had achieved some macrostability, checked inflation and begun to impact the growth rate.

 

Local newspaper The News reported this week that Pakistan had decided to launch a "careful and meticulous" military offensive in North Waziristan after a recent visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Islamabad.

 

But Lt. Gen. Asif Yasin Malik, the corps commander supervising all military operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told reporters on June 1, "We will undertake operation in North Waziristan when we want to."

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03 Jun 2011 | Ref. 101 BAE Systems press release

 

Sea Acceptance for the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) capability for HMAS Perth has been completed successfully after the ship engaged a Phoenix unmanned aerial target using an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile.

 

Perth is the first of eight Royal Australian Navy ANZAC Class frigates to be upgraded under the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Project.

 

The ASMD project is being managed under the ANZAC Alliance by BAE Systems, Saab Systems and the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). CEA Technologies was the prime contractor alongside the ANZAC Alliance members for Phase 2B of the project to supply the Phased Array Radar (PAR) for integration with the upgraded combat system by the ANZAC Alliance.

 

The upgrade of the frigates will significantly improve the anti-ship missile self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC Class by integrating:

 

    The leading edge CEA Phased Array Radar (CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT)

    The Vampir NG Infrared Search & Track system

    The Sharpeye Navigation Radar System

    An upgraded 9LV Combat Management System, including improved operations room layout

 

Platform integration required significant structural modifications, undertaken at BAE Systems' shipyard at Henderson, WA between January 2010 and February 2011.

 

BAE Systems' Maritime Business Unit Director Harry Bradford said: "A key challenge in the project was the parallel development of new sensor systems, such as the PAR, and extensive changes to the ship and its systems, then ensuring that the integrated system worked effectively to meet customer requirements.

 

"HMAS Perth now has new forward and aft masts equipped with leading-edge radar and other sensor systems and the RAN's most advanced operations room, housing a state-of-the-art Combat Management System."

 

He said BAE Systems looked forward to seeing ASMD rolled out across the other RAN ANZAC ships. He stressed the Company would work hard to secure a role in supporting the upgrade of the seven remaining ships so the RAN had a full complement of cutting-edge ANZAC ships that met the RAN's needs for their remaining life.

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June 3, 2011 THE HINDU

 

Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Friday asked the DRDO to prioritise the development of 5,000-km range ballistic missile while building a credible missile defence system for the country.

 

He also congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation for developing the interceptor missile allowing India to join an elite club of nations possessing such advance technology.

 

“DRDO must demonstrate the capability to develop missiles of the range of 5,000 km at the earliest. This is a challenge for the DRDO and I hope they will successfully meet this challenge at the earliest,” he said in New Delhi.

 

Mr. Antony was addressing a gathering of defence scientists who received the DRDO’s annual award for excelling in their respective areas.

 

“The interceptor missile defence programme has taken India into the elite club of nations that possess the capability to demonstrate this technology. DRDO should now concentrate on developing a credible ballistic missile defence for the country,” he added.

 

He also asked DRDO scientists to focus on the development of Mark II version of the Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun for the Indian Army and the Kaveri Engine.

 

“The development of MBT Arjun and Kaveri Engine has been hit by delays. Development of MBT Arjun is a major milestone. But Mark II is another area of challenge. That challenge you have to meet,” he told the gathering.

 

Mr. Antony also asked the DRDO and the Indian Air Force to ensure on schedule the induction of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas into the force.

 

“After getting the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for the LCA Tejas, we are moving towards its Final Operational Clearance (FOC). I am sure DRDO and IAF will work together to deliver Tejas on schedule,” he said.

 

He added that the delays in the development of indigenous engine for the fighter jets had given more time for the induction of the LCA and the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) for the IAF.

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June 1, 2011 defense-aerospace.com

 

(Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency; issued June 2, 2011)

 

WASHINGTON --- The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Wednesday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of up to 110 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $202 million.

 

The Government of Australia requested a possible sale of up to 110 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles, 10 AIM-120C-7 Air Vehicle-Instrumented, 16 AIM-120C-7 Captive Air Training Missiles, containers, weapon system support equipment, support and test equipment, site survey, transportation, repair and return, warranties, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $202 million.

 

Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. Australia’s Government policy places interoperability with US Forces as an important goal and objective for equipment acquisition. Accordingly, and in line with the overall procurement strategy, Australia seeks an acquisition FMS case which supports the procurement, integration and introduction into service of the AIM-120C-7 system for the F/A-18F Australian Super Hornet.

 

The proposed sale will allow the Australian Defense Force to complete Australia’s F/A-18 program under their Project AIR 5349. Phase I allowed acquisition of F/A-18 Block II aircraft and Phase II is for the acquisition of weapons. This proposed sale will provide standoff weapon capability required for Bridge Air Combat Capability for the Royal Australian Air Force. In addition, the upgrade is being viewed as an important step in maintaining interoperability with the U.S. Air Force. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this new capability into its military.

 

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

 

The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile System Corporation in Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

 

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Australia.

 

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

 

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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June 03, 2011 SHEPARD GROUP Source: Saab

 

Saab has received an order from Thailand regarding upgrading of combat management and fire control systems.

 

The defence and security company Saab has received two orders from the Royal Thai Navy for the upgrading of combat management and fire control systems on two frigates of the Naresuan class. The total contract amount is MSEK 454.

 

The contracts involve upgrading the frigates with the latest generation of combat management and fire control systems, 9LV Mk4 and CEROS 200. Saab will also supply data-link equipment to the ships, which will allow communication between the frigates and Thailand's existing Gripen aircraft and Saab 340s, the latter fitted with the ERIEYE airborne radar system.

 

"Saab will supply an advanced combat management and fire control system which allows interoperability between naval and airborne units, providing more effective use of resources and capabilities," says Gunilla Fransson, Head of Saab's Business Area Security and Defence Solutions.

 

Saab is the main contractor to the Royal Thai Navy, and as well as supply of its own systems, its tasks will include procurement of third-party systems and responsibility for integration of all existing and new systems.

 

"This is Saab's first major agreement with the Royal Thai Navy and the business strengthens our position in Thailand, which is an important market for Saab," says Gunilla Fransson.

 

The contracts mainly concern the Security and Defence Solutions business area as the supplier of the combat management and fire control systems and the Tacticall communication systems. The Electronic Defence Systems business area will supply the Sea Giraffe AMB surveillance radar system as well as data-link equipment for communication with Gripen and the ERIEYE Airborne Early Warning systems.

 

The contract will run between 2011 and 2014.

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3 Jun, 2011THE ECONOMIC TIMES

 

NEW DELHI: India will by year-end test its 5,000-km intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), often termed the China killer " for its ability to reach the northernmost areas of that country, the head of a premier defence research agency said on Friday when Defence Minister AK Antony asked for the expeditious development of the Agni-V missile system.

 

" DRDO ( Defence Research and Development Organisation )) has developed a spectrum of missiles with a different range and payload capability. Now, DRDO must demonstrate its capability to reach a range of 5,000 km at the earliest, Antony said at a function at the research agency.

 

DRDO chief VK Saraswat , who was present beside Antony, said Agni-V will be tested by the end of this year.

 

Antony also asked the agency to also develop a "credible" Ballistice Missile Defence (BMD) system to intercept enemy missiles that may target India, thereby taking the county into an elite club of nations such as the US.

 

"The interceptor missile development programme has taken India into an elite club of nations that possess the capability to demonstrate and deploy missile defence. DRDO should now work towards developing a credible ballistic missile defence for our country," Antony told the gathering of defence scientists.

 

India is in the process of developing its own BMD system and has carried out six tests in the last two years, of which four have been successful.

 

The BMD programme comprises a two-tiered system called Prithvi Air Defence ( PAD )) for high-altitude interception at 50-80 km and Advanced Air Defence ( AAD )) for low-altitude interception 15-30 km.

 

India has also inducted its latest 3,000-km Agni-III missile into the armed forces and has begun serialised production of the weapon system.

 

Agni-III, Saraswat pointed out, is an inducted missile. "So there is no confusion whether or when it will be inducted. Agni-III is an inducted missile. It has completed its complete development and is under production," he added.

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2011-06-03 (China Military News cited from deccanherald.com and written by Gurmeet Kanwal and Monika Chansoria)

 

The bonhomie at the Hainan BRICS summit notwithstanding, China’s massive infrastructure build-up in Tibet is causing concern to the government of India. Defence minister A K Antony has spoken in parliament of the rapid development of rail, road, airfield and telecom infrastructure and military camps being undertaken by the Chinese authorities in Tibet. He assured the MPs that ‘necessary steps’ were being taken to counter these developments.

 

Antony acknowledged that a road network stretching across 58,000 km coupled with five operational airfields at Gongar, Pangta, Linchi, Hoping and Gar Gunsa have come up in Tibet. Besides, extension of the Qinghai Tibet Railway (QTR) line to Xigaze and another line from Kashgar to Hotan in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is also in progress.

Effectively controlling the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is crucial for China’s security as Tibet comprises approximately one-fourth of China’s land mass.

 

Control over Tibet forms part of the larger concept of Chinese national integration under President Hu Jintao’s dictum of ‘going down the road of development with Chinese characteristics and a Tibetan flavour.’ In the wake of ethnic violence in Tibet in 2008, increased force levels of the paramilitary people’s armed police, Chinese frontier guards and the garrison duty forces have been stationed in the region.

 

Mobile PLA

 

China has chosen to upgrade the infrastructure and logistics system in Tibet to enhance the ability of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to become a more mobile and better-equipped fighting force that can be deployed faster and sustained over a longer period of time.

 

The concentrated expansion of infrastructure in Tibet has improved the PLA’s capability to rapidly induct integrated forces.

 

The QTR railway line is being further extending westwards from Lhasa to Xigaze. Along with the rapid development of the lateral road network in Tibet and a large numbers of axial roads leading to passes bordering India. The roads are being constructed to military specifications in order to be turned over to the PLA in the event of war or an internal disorder. The logistics build-up opposite India’s eastern theatre is a cause for concern since it augments the PLA’s ability to deploy rapidly from the mainland.

 

Construction of new airfields and the upgradation of advanced landing grounds (ALGs) and helipads in and around the TAR, coupled with the acquisition of new transport aircraft, will enhance China’s strategic airlift capability resulting in faster induction and concentration of field formations in comparatively shorter time-frames and, consequently, over shorter warning periods. The construction of airfields and ALGs closer to Indian borders boosts the PLA Air Force fighter aircrafts’ striking range and provides it the ability to strike and engage targets in India on a broad front and in depth.

 

Another major infrastructure development is the construction of new missile bases in Tibet. According to recent reports, China has placed advanced Dong Feng-21 medium-range ballistic missiles along the borders it shares with India. During a future conflict with India, the PLA could easily move 500 to 600 mobile ballistic missile launchers to bases close to the Indian border from their current deployment opposite Taiwan.

 

Complexities of the Tibetan terrain, vagaries of climate, and sustenance capacities of the thrust lines chosen, are all factors that influence the depth of operations that are planned to be undertaken. To address this aspect, the PLA is reportedly constructing Hyperbaric Chambers to facilitate the rapid acclimatisation of troops brought in from lower altitudes. It is also building the first batch of oxygen-enriched barracks using plants for troops in the TAR at the Nagchu Military Sub-Command at an altitude of 4,500 metres.

 

It is in the Indian interest to upgrade the logistics infrastructure in the states bordering Tibet so as to facilitate the rapid reinforcement of sectors threatened by the Chinese during any future conflict. Simultaneously, India should enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to maintain all round vigil on the border. The army and the air force must also upgrade their firepower capabilities by an order of magnitude so as to engage and destroy PLA forces at a distance. It needs to be remembered that effective defence does not come cheap.

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