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May 30, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES


THE federal opposition is set to grill the government and Defence today over their plans for through-life maintenance of the troubled Collins-class submarine fleet, claiming the boats' costs will rise 36 per cent over the next decade.


Defence Minister Stephen Smith had failed to advance a maintenance support contract recommended more than two years ago by the Auditor-General, the opposition's defence spokesman, David Johnston, said yesterday ahead of Senate estimates hearings.

"The Gillard government is reluctant to face any real scrutiny and no portfolio illustrates this more starkly than the Defence Minister and his department," Mr Johnston told The Australian.

 

He queried the reason for delays from Mr Smith in replying to questions on notice related to outstanding defence concerns -- many of the questions asked more than two months ago.

 

A reply received last week to queries about ongoing costs for the Collins-class submarines included a reference indicating an answer had been prepared earlier this month.


That begged the question of whether the minister or his department delayed the reply to minimise the level of scrutiny they would face before Senate estimates, Mr Johnston said.


Defence estimates hearings begin today and the opposition is expected to focus on delays to implement a through-life support plan for the submarine fleet.

In 2009 the Auditor-General reported on the management of the Collins-class sustainment but two years later no contract had been negotiated despite the two principal parties being wholly government-owned, Mr Johnston said, referring to the Australian Submarine Corporation and Defence Materiel Corporation, responsible for military acquisitions and maintenance.

In reply to Mr Johnston's questions, the government said it was expecting to finalise the submarine maintenance contract "by the middle of 2011".

He said Mr Smith's office was notorious for failing to answer either questions on notice from the opposition or questions arising out of Senate estimates.

"There are currently 53 outstanding questions asked more than two months ago relating to submarines and the Strategic Reform Program, and 75 questions asked following the last round of Senate estimates in February," Mr Johnston said.

"These questions relate to a number of acquisition programs that have -- in defence terms -- been realigned, rescheduled or re-phased by defence bureaucrats, and are important to show the direction in which defence is heading."

A promised improvement for a more prompt response to questions from the opposition had not occurred, he added.

As of last night, Mr Smith's office had not responded to The Australian's request for comment.

 
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30 mai 2011 1 30 /05 /mai /2011 08:00

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Un sous-marin du type Scorpène (ici malaisien)

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30/05/2011 MER et MARINE

 

C'est finalement en août 2015 que le premier des six sous-marins du type Scorpène commandés par l'Inde devrait être prêt pour l'admission au service actif, la mise à flot devant intervenir en 2013. C'est ce qu'indique le journal Times of India, qui cite un « haut responsable de DCNS ». Le groupe naval français, qui porte ce contrat signé en 2005, travaille avec les chantiers indiens Mazagon Docks (MDL) de Mumbai, où les bâtiments sont réalisés en transfert de technologie. Après des débuts difficiles, le programme, qui accuse environ trois ans de retard (le premier sous-marin devait initialement être livré en 2012), a été remis sur les rails l'an dernier. En étroite collaboration avec DCNS, MDL et les autorités indiennes ont mis en place les plans d'action nécessaires pour que la construction et l'achèvement des sous-marins se déroulent dans les meilleures conditions possibles. Le chantier de Mumbai a, ainsi, remis son outil industriel à niveau et recouvre progressivement, avec l'assistance technique française, les compétences nécessaires à la réalisation des bâtiments. L'objectif est désormais de livrer tous les Scorpène entre 2015 et 2018, soit une unité achevée tous les 9 mois après la tête de série.

Concernant le volet consacré à la formation des futurs marins, deux équipages devraient se rendre en France afin d'être initié à la mise en oeuvre des Scorpène, notamment sur simulateurs.

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30 mai 2011 1 30 /05 /mai /2011 08:00

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May 30, 2011 by Vimal Bhatia, THE TIMES OF INDIA

 

JAIPUR: Milap, a new indigenous carbine, is likely to be inducted in the Indian Army soon, sources said.

 

Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)have developed this modern carbine. They have developed 20 models of the weapon. It is claimed the Army's fire capacity will soar after induction of the new weapon.

 

Defence sources said "The board is set to woo the Indian Army with its new carbine. The Army had been looking for a new carbine for a couple of years but things had not really moved."

 

After an earlier plan to make a carbine in association with a global firm failed following a corruption scandal, OFB has now tied up with Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to produce it. Named Milap, for the joint venture, the OFB-DRDO carbine is expected to be shortly presented to the Army for trials.

 

"The cost of making a Milap is estimated to be Rs 50,000, which is half of what it was envisaged by an earlier firm. Carbine is an automatic weapon generally used for close quarter battle (CQB)," sources said.

 

They added "Close quarters combat (CQC) or close quarters battle (CQB) is a type of fighting in which small units engage the enemy with personal weapons at very short range, potentially to the point of hand-to-hand or fighting with hand-held weapons such as swords, knives or bayonet. In the typical CQC scenario, the attackers try a very fast, violent takeover of a vehicle or structure controlled by the defenders, who usually have no easy way to withdraw. Because enemies, hostages/civilians, and fellow operators can be closely intermingled, CQC demands a rapid assault and a precise application of lethal force. The operators need great proficiency with their weapons, but also the ability to make split-second decisions in order to avoid or limit friendly' casualties. CQC is defined as a short-duration, high-intensity conflict, characterized by sudden violence at close range."

 

The defence spokesman Colonel S D Goswami refused to comment on the issue. However, he said that many modernization steps are being taken. "In performing its duty, infantry which constitutes 60% strength of the army, plays the most important role, success of infantry is success of army and man behind the weapon is most important. Infantry is queen of the battle. So we have envisaged modernization plans," he added.

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30 mai 2011 1 30 /05 /mai /2011 06:00

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[From the last INDRA exercise in Oct 2010]

 

May 29, 2011 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

In a thumping sign that "relations between India and Russia [have] soured in recent years", it has come to light that Russia abruptly cancelled an INDRA-series naval exercise with India last month and has now cancelled an INDRA-series army exercise scheduled for June, reports India Today magazine senior editor Sandeep Unnithan. The Russians apparently notified the Indian contingent of its decision on the naval exercise inappropriately late -- well, after the five participating Indian warships (including five destroyers) steamed into Vladivostok.

 

Read the full report here. Hardcore.

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30 mai 2011 1 30 /05 /mai /2011 06:00

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May 21, 2011 Source: Xinhua

 

Russia will finalize the sale of 34 transportation helicopters to China by August, the Interfax news agency reported Friday.

 

The Mi-171 helicopters are being built in a plant in Russia's Buryat republic. The plant is a part of the Russian Helicopters holding.

 

The plant's CEO, Leonid Belykh, said the contract for building the helicopters was signed in 2010.

 

"This is not the first and hopefully not the last contract with our Chinese partners," he said.

 

Belykh said that Russian helicopter builders have been gradually shifting their cooperation with China from direct shipment to joint projects.

 

Russia and China have been negotiating on a joint venture for localization of assembly of the Russian helicopters, he said.

 

The Mi-171 can be used for both commercial and military purposes, depending on modifications.

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30 mai 2011 1 30 /05 /mai /2011 06:00

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Gepard 3.9 frigate for Vietnam Navy (photo : JSC Zelenodolsk Shipyard)

 

May 30, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

After successful sea- and acceptance trials, the secondGepard 3.9 class ship built byZelenodolsk Shipyard was sent to the customer.

The ship was loaded aboard the special-purpose transport vessel Eide Transporter on May 25 and shipped to Vietnam on May 26. Estimated duration of the cruise is 65 days.

As was earlier reported, all mechanisms, systems, and armament of the ship conform to the contract specifications and technical design.

The ship has improved navigability, maneuverability, dynamism, steering capabilities, and longer cruising range. The interior design was also changed with regard to the orderer's wishes expressed after the first frigate's delivery. According to experts, the second ship is more serviceable and easier to operate.

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29 mai 2011 7 29 /05 /mai /2011 21:00

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May 29, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE

 

In China, the navy and air force both have fighter and bomber squadrons stationed near the coast. Both services train the pilots of these aircraft to operate over water and attack naval targets. Of course, the navy has more aircraft with specialized equipment (radars optimized for searching open water) for searching for, and attacking ships (with special missiles.) Rather than battle each other over who should control these coastal combat squadrons, the navy and air force, in many areas cooperate. On Hainan Island (off the south coast) there is even an air base shared by air force and naval combat aircraft. In one area, stationing combat squadrons on offshore islands, the air force is ahead of the navy (which is more interested in providing air defense for naval bases and bomber units that can find and attack enemy warships.)

 

The air force generals and navy admirals have apparently drawn up plans on how to operate, and fight, together in wartime. This includes some joint training for air force units and their naval counterparts (as in air force fighters providing protection for navy bombers going after enemy warships.) But air force and navy units that do not undertake this kind of planning and training will largely ignore nearby air units from the other service, until forced into some improvised cooperation during wartime. This is what the most senior navy and air force commanders want to avoid. But there are limited resources for planning, and, especially, training (flying time is very expensive). So it's impressive that navy and air force commanders have overcome these problems to establish joint planning and training.

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29 mai 2011 7 29 /05 /mai /2011 21:00

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May 29, 2011 By Saurabh Joshi - StratPost

 

French Defense Minister Gérard Longuet announced that the French and Indian armies would be holding a joint exercise, Shakti.

 

Longuet made the announcement at a press conference held at the French Embassy in New Delhi on Friday. The two countries already hold air and naval exercises called Garuda and Varuna, respectively.

 

Indian Army sources have told StratPost that Shakti is to be a Counter Insurgency & Counter Terrorism exercise, which will be held in August.

 

Both sides are to begin planning the exercise, shortly.

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29 mai 2011 7 29 /05 /mai /2011 21:00

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May 29, 2011 By Saurabh Joshi - StratPost

 

Swedish defense and aerospace company SAAB is planning to offer its SAAB 2000 aircraft to the Indian Navy when it issues a Request For Proposal (RFP) for Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft in the next few months.

 

The Indian Navy currently operates the Russian Tu-142 Bear and IL-38 aircraft, in addition to Dornier aircraft. It has also ordered eight P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft and is expected to buy an additional four.

 

The aircraft is built by US aviation company Boeing, which is planning to pitch a medium range ‘diet’ P-8 for the Indian Navy’s MRMR tender.

 

While the SAAB 2000 is being offered with the RBS-15 Anti Ship Missile and a fifth generation Selex AESA radar, what is also interesting is that SAAB is offering re-manufactured aircraft, since the company ceased production of the aircraft in 1999.

 

“We will take an existing SAAB 2000. We will re-manufacture it and build it up. So it will be ground zero flying hours. We will have all the warranties. We will have 35,000 flying hours. It will have 25 years of support,” said Tommy Hultin, SAAB’s Business Development Director for the program.

 

Hultin also says the Harpoon missile manufactured by Boeing, which India is already planning to acquire for the Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar and the P-8I aircraft, can also be configured on the SAAB 2000, which he points out, is one of the fastest turboprop aircraft flying.

 

SAAB's offer

The baseline SAAB 2000

 

Radar: Selex Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Maritime Surveillance Radar with long range search of 200 nautical miles. The interrogator functions of the Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) capability can be customized. The radar is paired with a Saab R4A AIS transponder receiver/transmitter system that marks maritime activity with an encrypted data link.

Electro-Optic (HDTV) and Thermal Imager sensors: For close range detection, identification and recording of surface objects and activities.

Growth options on the SAAB 2000

 

ELINT: Capable of intercepting and collect intelligence information consisting of detailed information of e.g. complex emitters active signal components, the relationship and the dynamics between active signal components.

ESM system: Automatically identifies RF (Radio Frequency) signal sources and Direction Finding of RF signal sources.

 

Specifications of the SAAB 2000

 

SPS system: Radar warning receivers, missile approach warning sensors, laser warning sensors as well as chaff and flare dispensers for self protection.

COMINT system: Enhances SIGINT capability by complementing the baseline ELINT system. Includes Direction Finder function and an Intercept System.

 

Cabin layout of the SAAB 2000

 

Command & Control (C2) system: Integrates and assists in controlling mission sensors and provides the user interface to mission operators, via four (4) workstations installed side-by-side in the cabin facing starboard, and to the pilots via a dedicated tactical display. The workstations also provide access to the mission communication system.

 

FLIR: Forward Looking Infra Red which can be used for identification of vessels. While performance depends on on environmental conditions such as fog, sea-state, salt percentage, it can typically be used within a range of 5-10 nautical miles.

 

SAAB says the aircraft can operate from high altitude airfields, ‘taking off with maximum load and fuel even at very hot temperatures’. With a cruising speed of 350 knots, it can climb to an altitude of 20,000 ft in 10 minutes and reach an operating area 1,000 nautical miles away within three hours. It can maintain position on a single engine even at a height of 20,000 feet.

 

The aircraft is said to be able to carry out a mission covering 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for 5.5 hours at an altitude of 2,000 ft, or longer patrol times at higher altitudes up to 31000 feet.

 

 

 

 

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29 mai 2011 7 29 /05 /mai /2011 17:00

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29 mai 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

Une lutte interne amère est apparue entre le gouvernement australien et son industrie de défense à propos du plus important projet de défense actuellement en cours : la construction de destroyers de défense aérienne a 2 ans de retard et dépasse le budget prévu de plusieurs centaines de millions $.

 

Jeudi, le gouvernement australien a été forcé de reconnaître publiquement que le programme était largement en retard par rapport au calendrier prévu.

 

Le projet de construire 3 destroyers de 6.500 t connaît une crise grave, un an à peine après que la construction de la coque ait commencé à Melbourne, Newcastle et Adelaide. Pour des spécialistes, ce projet pourrait devenir le plus grand revers de l’industrie australienne de défense, depuis la construction des sous-marins de la classe Collins dans les années 90.

 

A moins que la situation ne soit rapidement corrigée, cela pourrait constituer un coup très dur pour l’avenir de la construction navale en Australie.

 

La construction du 1er bâtiment, le HMAS Hobart, a été retardée par une série d’erreurs techniques, une mauvaise gestion du projet et le manque d’expérience en construction navale. Cela a provoqué une dispute animée entre la Defence Materiel Organisation et un des sous-traitants, BAE Systems, sur la responsabilité de cette débacle.

 

BAE aurait accusé le directeur de la DMO, Stephen Gumley, d’avoir exagéré la responsabilité de BAE. Les relations entre plusieurs partenaires clé du projet sont devenues très tendues.

 

BAE a accusé le maître d’œuvre du projet — l’Australian Submarine Corporation — et le concepteur espagnol — Navantia —, d’avoir contribué aux erreurs en fournissant des informations et des plans de la coque de mauvaise qualité. Alors qu’il savait que le projet connaissait de graves problèmes, le gouvernement australien a essayé de les cacher.

 

En octobre dernier, on apprenait le premier revers sérieux du projet : le chantier naval BAE de Melbourne a loupé le bloc central de la quille du 1er bâtiment. Le bloc a été construit avec des dimensions erronées en raison de mauvaises soudures. A ce stade, le retard du projet n’était que de 6 mois. Depuis, le projet a continué de glisser, BAE prévoit maintenant un retard de 12 mois pour ses blocs de coque. M. Gumley prétend que les actions de BAE ont provoqué un retard de 2 ans.

 

Jeudi, le ministre australien de la défense, Stephen Smith, a retiré une partie des travaux confiés à BAE, afin d’éviter tout nouveau retard.

 

13 blocs, confiés auparavant à BAE, seront répartis entre des chantiers australiens, et 5 seront finalement construits par Navantia en Espagne.

 

Référence : The Australian (Australie)

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29 mai 2011 7 29 /05 /mai /2011 12:30

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New airbase it is reportedly believed to be at Kota Warisan in Dengkil, near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang (photo : Airplane Pictures).

 

May 28, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

KUALA LUMPUR: The new air force base, to replace the one at Sungai Besi, will primarily served as a training establishment.

Royal Malaysian Air Force chief Gen Tan Sri Rodzali Daud said the new base would house the numerous training facilities in the organisation 'under one roof' as a management and leadership centre, especially for non-commissioned officers.

"At the moment, our various training institutions, like the Air Force Specialty School in Tanjung Bungah, Penang, are scattered all over the country but soon, it will be centralised in one base.

"It will allow us to restructure our operations and relocate the air divisions and command headquarters to forward operational bases just like how the navy and army has done."

As part of the 'Air Force-Next Generation' strategy, Rodzali said the force would emphasise on courses in aero-mechanics, avionics, aerospace support equipment and information communications technology for the future generation of technically skilled personnel.

"Under our 'Engaging the Talent' mission, we want to nurture people with calibre and quality with skills in handling sophisticated equipment like digital avionics, as a way of keeping up with global challenges."

He declined to identify the exact location of the new air base, which will not have a runway, but it is reportedly believed to be at Kota Warisan in Dengkil, near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.

"Having a runway will not be feasible as the Klang Valley already has a congested airspace," he told a press conference held in conjunction with RMAF's 53rd anniversary on Wednesday.

He said the bunkered air defence operations centre at the Sungai Besi base would be relocated, possibly to the air force commando base in Bukit Jugra in Banting, while the helicopter squadrons to Subang, home to the RMAF's VVIP jets and helicopters, Hercules C-130s, maritime patrol squadrons and a national disaster air relief centre.

The 160ha Sungai Besi air base will make way for the multi-billion ringgit upscale Bandar Malaysia, undertaken by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (IMDB) via the Armed Forces Superannuation Fund.

Meanwhile, he said the RMAF's development plan included buying the muti-role combat aircraft, radars, sensors and the airborne early warning and control system.

The shopping list also include the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets of the United States, Dassault Aviation's Rafael from France and the Saab JAS 39 Gripen from Sweden.

"We are looking at acquiring between 12 and 18 ultra-modern fighter jets per squadron, to replace the aging MiG-29N Fulcrums by 2015. Ideally, we want to operate not more than two types of fighters for ease of logistics, maintenance and the like."

Rodzali added the RMAF would take delivery of 12 Eurocopter EC-725 from next year, six Airbus A400M medium-lift aeroplanes were due for delivery from 2015."

In the meantime, at least 15 of our Nuri S-61 Sikorsky helicopters will be refurbished with upgraded avionics to complement the Eurocopters.

(New Straits Times)

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28 mai 2011 6 28 /05 /mai /2011 19:00

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A330 MRTT for RAAF (photo : Airbus Military)

May 28, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT new generation tanker/transport for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has left Madrid at 10h00 local time on its ferry flight to Australia.


Designated the KC-30A in RAAF service, the aircraft is scheduled to arrive at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland on Monday 30 May, and to be formally handed over to the customer in the next few days.

On its ferry flight, the A330 MRTT is being flown by Airbus Military and RAAF crews, and will transit via McCarran (Nevada) and Hickam (Hawaii) in the USA.

The aircraft is the second converted by Qantas Defence Services in Brisbane, which was returned to Madrid for painting and finishing. It will be joined by the second aircraft for the RAAF in June, and two further aircraft later in the year. The fifth and final aircraft ordered by the RAAF, which arrived in Brisbane for conversion a few days ago, will be delivered next year.

The arrival of the aircraft at RAAF Amberley follows an extensive development and test programme for what is the world’s only certified and flying new generation tanker/transport aircraft. Civil Supplemental Type Certificate was obtained in March 2010, and the military certification in October.

In RAAF service the A330 MRTT will be equipped with two underwing refuelling pods, the fly-by-wire Airbus Military Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), and a Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI) enabling it to be refuelled from another tanker. It is powered by two General Electric CF6-80E engines. It is equipped with a comprehensive defensive aids suite (DAS) and fitted with 270 passenger seats.

(Airbus Military)
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28 mai 2011 6 28 /05 /mai /2011 17:00

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27 May 2011 By PAUL KALLENDER-UMEZU DefenseNews

 

TOKYO - Sources here confirmed that Japan is actively considering allowing the export of SM-3 Block IIA missiles to third-party countries following repeated requests by the U.S. government that the next-generation missile defense system, which is being co-developed by Japan and the U.S., be made available to protect other U.S. allies.

 

In an official comment by the Ministry of Defense (MOD), a spokesman said the issue is "under careful consideration" between the two governments, but the MOD had not yet reached a conclusion on the issue.

 

However, a senior official confirmed May 27 that the Japanese government is actively considering how to relax the export ahead of two-plus-two security talks in June by U.S. and Japanese defense and foreign ministers.

 

"Yes, the MOD's Policy Division is considering the issue," the official said.

 

The move is politically sensitive for both sides as Japan has strict regulations on arms exports, and the U.S. is keen that the advanced, next-generation Block IIA missiles, which are much more capable than the current SM-3 missiles, be available to allies.

 

In 1967, Japan introduced laws banning the export of weapons to communist bloc countries, countries subject to U.N. arms embargoes, or countries involved in or likely to become involved in international conflicts. In 1976, it extended the ban to weapons-related technology, although this was later relaxed in 1983 to allow export to the U.S. only. In a 2005 agreement, Japan further relaxed the law to include missile interceptors to be deployed by the two countries. However, re-export to third countries of the SM-3 Block IIA would still be banned unless Japan changes its position.

 

According to the MOD, Japan is spending 47.3 billion yen (U.S. $583.9 million) this fiscal year on development of the missiles, which will have a burnout velocity that is 45 percent to 60 percent greater than that of the Block IA and IB versions, as well as a larger-diameter kinetic warhead. This year, as part of the final phase of the development, prototype missiles will be designed and manufactured for use in a sea-launched missile experiment, according to the MOD documents.

 

Under the Obama administration's European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) for European ballistic missile defense (BMD) operations, the more advanced SM-3 Block IIA missiles would be placed on BMD-capable Aegis ships and would operate in European waters to defend Europe from potential ballistic missile attacks from countries such as Iran.

 

In September 2009, the U.S. government said it would deploy SM-3 Block IIA missiles by 2018 in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

 

Keidanren, Japan's most powerful industrial lobby that has been exerting pressure on the government for decades to allow the export of Japanese defense and space equipment, supports the impending change, said Satoshi Tsuzukibashi, director of Keidanren's Office of Defense Production Committee. "Yes, we support the relaxation of export rules in principal, as long as the exports remain carefully controlled to trusted allies," he said.

 

Japan is supposed to reach a decision on the issue by the end of 2011, according to a statement released by Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa in January.

 

An official at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo declined comment on the issue except to say that missile defense cooperation was a "central element" in the U.S.'s bilateral defense relationship with Japan.

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May 27, 2011 Shen Hao, Tang Xiangdong / PLA Daily – defpro.com

 

On May 24, the East China Military Material Purchase Bureau of the General Logistics Department (GLD) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) signed agreements respectively with the economic mobilization offices, manufacturers and logistics companies of the six provinces and one municipality in East China to set up a joint purchase support mechanism. Thereby, China’s first regional military-civilian joint support system for military material purchase was officially established.

 

The regional military-civilian joint support system for military material purchase is intended to ensure timely use of national economy mobilization force and emergency production support channels to implement joint purchase, emergency production and rapid distribution of urgently needed military materials in case of emergency.

 

It is learned that in recent years the East China Military Materials Purchase Bureau and the economic mobilization offices of the six provinces and one municipality in East China jointly set up two national-level production mobilization centers of military foods and tires respectively, and formed a bank of military material suppliers comprising nearly 600 manufacturers.

 

The regional military-civilian joint support system for military material purchase depends on the national economic mobilization system and all available social resources to implement emergency purchase support, effectively addressing difficulties in seeking processing companies and emergency market supply as well as emergency transportation of materials caused by the time constraint and bulk of materials.

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28 mai 2011 6 28 /05 /mai /2011 12:30

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2011-05-28 (China Military News cited from indiatimes.com)

 

Myanmar's president Thein Sein, a former military general, is in Beijing discussing a plan to allow the Chinese navy to dock in Myanmar ports and get direct access to the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.Thein Sein will have to consider New Delhi's apprehensions about China's naval expansion in its neighbourhood before acceding to Beijing's request, sources said.

 

He was given a reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing by Chinese president Hu Jintao on Friday. "I know India is very suspicious about Chinese navy's role in the Myanmar area. There is no need to worry because the Chinese navy will never take a hostile approach to India or any neighbour,'' Ma Jaili, an expert at the government think-tank , the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations said.

 

It may be difficult for Thein Sein to refuse Beijing's request. Myanmar needs to placate China because it is seeking additional Chinese investments in the energy and infrastructure sectors that include a plan to lay a road running parallel to the ongoing oil and gas pipelines projects.

 

Myanmar had allowed two Chinese warships, the Guangzhou and the Chaohu, to dock at Thilawa Port near Rangoon as they were returning from a counter-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean in August 2010.

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27 mai 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

Des rumeurs ont commencé à apparaitre, laissant supposer que le 2è sous-marin nucléaire indien de la classe Arihant, pourrait être lancé d’ici un an.

 

Tout a commencé il y a 2 semaines quand 4 marins ont été tués dans un accident lors de l’installation d’équipements lourds.

 

La presse avait indiqué que le sous-marin nucléaire, qui était supposé être l’Arihant, était présent en cale sèche. Or, le ministère indien de la défense a précisé que l’Arihant était en mer pour des essais.

 

Il se pourrait donc qu’il se soit agit du 2è sous-marin, l’INS Aridaman (destructeur des ennemis), comme l’a rapporté un site d’informations en hindi. Cette information n’a pas été reprise par la version en anglais de ce même site, ni reprise par la chaîne CNN-IBN. Selon des spécialistes, la source est qualifiée de “assez fiable”.

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27 May 2011 By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI DefenseNews

 

NEW DELHI - India has told France to stop supplying weapons and equipment to Pakistan in the name of fighting terrorism. The issue arose during talks between French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet and Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony during Longuet's visit here May 27.

 

Longuet confirmed India's expressions of concern about supplying weapons, telling reporters, "[India's] concern about weapon sales [by France to Pakistan] was raised."

 

France cannot afford to ignore New Delhi's concerns at a time when the French Rafale is competing in India's $10 billion Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program, which is in the final stages of evaluation, said Mahindra Singh, a retired Indian Army major general and independent defense analyst here.

 

Longuet also told reporters that India and France would hold land-based joint exercises in the future.

 

Longuet made a pitch for the Rafale during his talks with Antony, an Indian Defence Ministry source said.

 

Another topic that was discussed was joint development on an air defense system under the proposed Maitri project. However, no details are known on its progress.

 

The French also offered to sell India a variety of missiles, including beyond-visual-range missiles, said a diplomat of the French Embassy in New Delhi.

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May 28, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE

 

China is offering its ZBL 09 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle for export (as the VN1). This is a 21 ton vehicle that has a crew of three and carries seven passengers. The vehicle is 8 meters (25 feet) long, three meters (9.2 feet) wide and 2.1 meters (6.5 feet, to the hull roof) high. It's amphibious, and has a top water speed of 8 kilometers an hour. On roads, top speed is 100 kilometers an hour, and max road range on internal fuel is 800 kilometers. The infantry carrier version has a turret with a 30mm autocannon. There are also artillery versions carrying either a 105mm or 122mm howitzer.

 

The ZBL 09 entered service in 2009, and some brigades will be equipped with it, to operate somewhat like the American Stryker brigades. China has been developing new wheeled armored vehicles for over a decade. Until recently, these were all based on Russian designs. The ZBL 09, however, borrows more from the West. Still, some of the more recent (five years ago) Russian type designs were interesting, and instructive.

 

Back then, for example, the 18 ton, 6x6 WMZ551A model was given a new turret. The vehicle has a crew of three and can carry nine more troops. Using technology and weapons obtained from Ukraine, the new vehicle has a 30mm autocannon, instead of 25mm. More importantly, the new turret has an improved fire control system (containing a laser range finder, and a vidcam that shows the vehicle commander what the gunner sees.) This is apparently related to earlier Chinese effort to upgrade its BMP1 tracked infantry fighting vehicles, with BMP3 turrets from Russia. These also have the 30mm cannon. The main problem with all these upgrades is money. The government wants Chinese-made weapons to be used, as they are cheaper, and supply is more assured. But the Chinese manufacturers don't want to move up to the 30mm autocannon design just yet. Many Chinese generals believe that the Chinese 25mm autocannon is sufficient.

 

There is agreement that an improved fire control system is a good thing. But there is not much space available inside a BMP. Some export models of the BMP3, when equipped with a thermal imager, have to mount some of that gear on the outside of the vehicle. There is also agreement that wheeled armored vehicles for the infantry might be a better investment. The Chinese have been following American success in Iraq with the Stryker and LAV wheeled combat vehicles. Chinese designers eventually concluded that the roomier internal layout of Western vehicles did serve a useful purpose, and the ZBL 09, and all the electronics installed in it, are an example of what the Chinese learned.

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May 27, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE

 

Three of South Korea's new Type 214 subs were out of action for most of 2010 because of defective components. This was very embarrassing, as these subs were built in South Korea. Building submarines is a very specialized and exacting type of manufacturing, and South Korea has only been doing it for less than a decade. The first subs built in South Korea were these three German Type 214s, and the first of those entered service three years ago. The boats were built using licensed technology from the German developer (HDW), and many of the components were manufactured in South Korea as well. But then metal bolts in the Type 214s began coming loose or breaking five years ago. The problem was traced to the South Korean supplier of the bolts which were not, it turned out, manufactured to the German specification. Eventually, German specialists were called in, and by February of this year, the problem had been fixed.

 

South Korea now plans to build six additional ton Type 214 subs over the next 12 years. South Korea already has nine 1,100 ton Type 209 subs, designed and built in Germany. The Type 214 boats use fuel cells, enabling them to stay underwater for up to two weeks. The Type 214 is a 1,700 ton, 65 meter (202 foot) long boat, with a crew of 27. It has four torpedo tubes and a top submerged speed of 35 kilometers an hour. Maximum diving depth is over 400 meters (1,220 feet).

 

AIP boats go for up to a billion dollars each. The second batch of South Korean 214s will have an improved AIP system, which is apparently more reliable, and provides a small increase in time underwater. South Korea will probably become a supplier AIP systems as well, because they now have the industrial expertise for this sort of high tech.

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May 27, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE

 

In early May, a NATO warship, searching for Somali pirates in the India Ocean, intercepted and inspected a small North Korean freighter and found fifteen tons of weapons, headed for Eritrea. Both North Korea and Eritrea have UN weapons sanctions on them, so the ship was seized and taken to a nearby port. This was not a unique situation.

 

Last year, North Korea was caught trying to break the UN weapons embargo on Congo. South Africa revealed that, in late 2009, it seized several containers of spare parts for T-55 tanks. The crew of the French ship transporting the containers were suspicious of the contents, and asked port authorities in South Africa to investigate. The containers had been put on the French ship in Malaysia (a growing center for arms trafficking), and were marked "bulldozer parts." The containers had earlier been shipped from North Korea to China, changed ships, and carried to Malaysia. North Korea is increasingly using elaborate deceptions like this because their own merchant ships are  being watched.

 

Warships around the world are constantly on the lookout for the 200 or so North Korean merchant ships. It's all because the war on terror. With over 50,000 ocean going vessels out there, that could make it to North America, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard were forced to develop techniques to deal with the situation. This meant focusing on those ships that presented the greatest threat. Fortunately,  only a few thousand ocean going ships regularly visit North America. Most are huge cargo vessels or tankers, constantly moving back and forth between East Asian or Persian Gulf ports and their North American destinations. These are easy to watch. So the navy has established a class of ships that get special attention. These are called vessels of interest (VOI). Some get included in this list because they carry hazardous materials (explosives or very dangerous chemicals). Others are VOIs because they are where they shouldn't be, or are simply suspected of involvement in one seagoing criminal activity or another. If a Chinese or African coastal freighter is spotted approaching North America, it becomes a VOI. If a sailor jumps ship in the United States, that vessel becomes a VOI (because this is now considered a method for smuggling terrorists into the country.) More attention is paid to theft at container ports. Its long been common for criminals to smuggle goods (usually drugs) and people (often prostitutes, or just illegal migrants) in via shipping containers. But terrorists could also come in that way. Appeals to port workers patriotism usually provides a steady supply of tips on which crooks are, or might be, crossing the line from thieving to terrorism.

 

The search for VOIs has also uncovered a lot more nefarious activity on the high seas than the navy had previously suspected. While it was known that North Korea had been shipping illegal goods (drugs, counterfeit cash, weapons) around on its merchant ships, the VOI search uncovered much, much more. The North Koreans were discovered to be a lot more active in gunrunning and smuggling illegal raw materials (ore, oil and lumber) out of Africa and Asian hot spots. As a result of the VOI program, they are increasingly getting caught.

 

So far, there's been no proof that the North Korean smuggling fleet has been servicing terrorist organization. But it's believed the North Koreans would, if the price was right, and the chances of getting caught seemed minimal. Certainly, moving goods in and out of Somalia is one of the most dangerous activities a merchant ship could be involved in. Most of the North Korean ships are old and decrepit. These ships are rather small and slow, and have to scramble for any kind of cargo. So they have a reputation for going anywhere, to carry just about anything, if the price is right. The North Koreans are also aware of the U.S. scrutiny, and have a sense that they will be left alone as long as they do not cross the line (deal with terrorists.)

 

Meanwhile, all VOIs have become a seagoing version of the usual suspects. The same ships keep showing up again and again when the navy, coast guard or port authorities go looking for bad behavior.

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May 27, 2011 defpro.com

 

The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT new generation tanker/transport for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has left Madrid at 10h00 local time on its ferry flight to Australia. Designated the KC-30A in RAAF service, the aircraft is scheduled to arrive at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland on Monday 30 May, and to be formally handed over to the customer in the next few days.

 

On its ferry flight, the A330 MRTT is being flown by Airbus Military and RAAF crews, and will transit via McCarran (Nevada) and Hickam (Hawaii) in the USA.

 

The aircraft is the second converted by Qantas Defence Services in Brisbane, which was returned to Madrid for painting and finishing. It will be joined by the second aircraft for the RAAF in June, and two further aircraft later in the year. The fifth and final aircraft ordered by the RAAF, which arrived in Brisbane for conversion a few days ago, will be delivered next year.

 

The arrival of the aircraft at RAAF Amberley follows an extensive development and test programme for what is the world’s only certified and flying new generation tanker/transport aircraft. Civil Supplemental Type Certificate was obtained in March 2010, and the military certification in October.

 

In RAAF service the A330 MRTT will be equipped with two underwing refuelling pods, the fly-by-wire Airbus Military Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), and a Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI) enabling it to be refuelled from another tanker. It is powered by two General Electric CF6-80E engines. It is equipped with a comprehensive defensive aids suite (DAS) and fitted with 270 passenger seats.

 

The A330 MRTT

 

Having received its supplemental type certificate from European civil certification Authority EASA in March 2010 and military certification from Spanish Authority INTA in October, the Airbus Military A330 MRTT is the only new generation strategic tanker/transport aircraft flying and available today. The large 111 tonnes/ 245,000 lb basic fuel capacity of the successful A330-200 airliner, from which it is derived, enables the A330 MRTT to excel in Air-to-Air Refuelling missions without the need for any additional fuel tank. The A330 MRTT is offered with a choice of proven air-to-air refuelling systems including an advanced Airbus Military Aerial Refuelling Boom System, and/or a pair of under-wing hose and drogue pods, and/or a Fuselage Refuelling Unit.

 

Thanks to its true wide-body fuselage, the A330 MRTT can also be used as a pure transport aircraft able to carry 300 troops, or a payload of up to 45 tonnes/99,000 lb. It can also easily be converted to accommodate up to 130 stretchers for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC). To date, a total of 28 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by four customers (Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom), with Saudi Arabia having already placed a repeat order.

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May 27, 2011 daijiworld.com

 

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS): France said Friday it has put on hold the sale of heavy military equipment to Pakistan and awaits an explanation on its spy agency's role in the 2008 Mumbai terror strike and in providing a safe haven for Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a US strike May 2.

 

It has also expressed the hope that Pakistan's dialogue with US on terrorism would throw light on questions that have cropped up in the wake of Osama's killing on its soil.

 

French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet told reporters here that Osama's killing in Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad, close to capital Islamabad, had raised a lot of questions that needed answers.

 

Though Longuet did not name the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), he was alluding to the suspected role of the Pakistan's spy agency in sheltering Osama.

 

On the sale of military equipment to Pakistan by France, Longuet said till the time Pakistan's clarifications were not satisfactory, it would not sell heavy defence hardware.

 

"This point was raised during the bilateral meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Paris recently. I can tell you that France is only selling Pakistan equipment that can be used for electronic interception to fight terror," the French defence minister, who wound up his two-day visit to India, said.

 

"In fact, heavy military equipment is not being sold. We have discouraged any request from Pakistan for heavy equipment," he added.

 

Asked about the recent revelations on ISI's involvement with the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike, Longuet said: "Terror cannot be a weapon of anybody or any government."

 

"After the death of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan should be given an opportunity to explain its position vis-a-vis terrorism," he added.

 

Noting that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Islamabad Friday, Longuet said France was keenly watching the discussions between the US and Pakistan on terrorism and was awaiting the outcomes of the talks.

 

Lamenting that the US was not openly sharing all the information on terror that it receives from Pakistan with its coalition partners, including France, he said at least now, the information would be shared.

 

"We are waiting for those clarifications. It is not a matter of a few days, a few months or a few years," he said when asked how long this review of defence supplies to Pakistan would go on.

 

On his meeting with Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony Thursday, Longuet said his counterpart wanted to know about France's opinion on Afghanistan after Osama's killing. "I said we are in the framework of the (US-led) coalition and we are aiming at progressive transition by 2014. We stick to that commitment," he added.

 

Hailing India as "a strategic partner" of France in this part of the globe, Longuet said the South Asian giant was "a factor of stability and peace" in the world and that was the reason France supports New Delhi's candidature as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council whenever reforms take place.

 

Longuet said his visit to India was part of the strategic bilateral agreement between the two countries and a follow-up to the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to India in late 2010.

 

Noting that the defence relationship between the two nations was going strong, he said it had translated into sophisticated war games and training between their armed forces.

 

Apart from the Garuda series of air exercises and Varuna naval exercises, the two countries would launch their Shakti series of army exercises this year.

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27 May, 2011, THE ECONOMIC TIMES

 

BANGALORE: Concerns over arms sales to Pakistan and the outcome of several multi-billion arms deals dominated talks between French defence minister Gerard Longuet and his Indian counterpart, AK Antony, during the former's two-day visit to New Delhi starting Friday.

 

Mr Longuet's visit comes at a time when India is looking to finalise the lucrative $11-billion Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender for 126 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force , for which French aerospace giant, Dassault Aviation is one of the contenders, through its offering, Rafale.

 

"We have one single speaking partner (Dassault) instead of four partners (European firms from Italy, Germany, Spain and UK). Mr Longuet said, taking an expected swipe at rival short-listed candidate, the pan-European consortium built, Eurofighter Typhoon.

 

 

The MMRCA tender is considered the most military aviation contract in recent times, and had some of the world's largest defence vendors vying for it, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Saab.

 

The French minister also said that a decision on the IAF's $2.4-billion Mirage-2000 fleet upgrade was also eagerly awaited. Last week ET had reported that the while the contract was yet to be formally signed, the Cabinet Committee on Security , which gives the final go-ahead for large procurements, had given its tacit approval for the deal.

"We are in the final stages of the upgrade agreement. It is up to the Indian political establishment to take a decision. We are confident that it will happen soon," he said.

 

France's ambassador to India, Jerome Bonnafont also confirmed that price negotiations over the deal had been completed, and a decision was awaited. Longuet also assuaged Indian concerns about the sale of arms by Paris to Islamabad, which includes military systems, aircrafts and submarine in the past.

 

"Concerns did come up in my discussions with the Indian Defence Minister about India's concerns. We supply Pakistan equipment that enables them to intercept terrorist communications. And we have decided to discourage any requests from Pakistan for heavy equipment, notably naval equipment," the defence minister said.

 

However, Longuet refused to elaborate whether Paris was reviewing its military sales policy towards Pakistan.

 

Apart from meeting Mr Antony, Longuet will also be meeting the three Indian military service chiefs during his visit.

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27 mai 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

Le ministre français de la défense, Gérard Longuet, a déclaré ce vendredi que les retards que connait le projet Scorpène indien, avaient été provoqués par une infrastructure inadaptée du chantier naval de Mumbai et par la négociation sur les prix avec l’Inde.

 

Le ministre, qui effectue une visite de 2 jours en Inde, a cependant indiqué qu’il ne devrait plus y avoir de nouveaux retards puisque la modernisation du chantier de Mumbai commence à porter ses fruits.

 

« Ce retard est le prix que l’Inde doit payer pour devenir autonome dans la construction des sous-marins les plus modernes au monde... Les efforts de modernisation du chantier de Mumbai portent leurs fruits et nous avons de bonnes raisons de croire qu’il n’y aura plus de nouveaux retards, » a déclaré gérard Longuet.

 

Le premier sous-marin devrait être livré en 2016, suivi par un nouveau sous-marin chaque année.

 

Référence : Business Standard (Inde)

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"Concerns did come up in my discussions with the Indian Defence Minister about India's concerns [over France's supply of military hardware to Pakistan]. We supply Pakistan equipment that enables them to intercept terrorist communications. And we have decided to discourage any requests from Pakistan for heavy equipment, notably naval equipment," French Defence Minister Gérard Longuet said in response to a question I put to him this morning at a press interaction in Delhi.

Asked if France, which has supplied several large military systems to Pakistan including fighter aircraft and submarines in the past, was reviewing its military supply policy to Islamabad, Longuet said, "We are awaiting certain clarifications from Pakistan." He did not say what those clarifications were, or when he expected them. They are, presumably, about Pakistan's sponsorship of terror groups on its soil and Afghanistan.

Asked about the M-MRCA, and US disappointment, the French Minister said, "The US might be sad [about its two aircraft being eliminated in the IAF M-MRCA contest], but with 50 per cent of the world arms market, they no doubt have other satisfactions." He added, "We have full confidence in Indian procedures. The government wants full transparency, and Dassault has been completely transparent." A team of US government officials met the Indian defence minister yesterday.

In an expected swipe at the Eurofighter consortium, the French Defence Minister said, "We are one country, and we have enjoyed a relationship since 1953. Dealing with one country you know well, I imagine, is better than dealing with four countries. It is just simpler."


Also, "There will be no restrictions on the use of our equipment. That is an assurance." He provided no further details on the Rafale offer.

On the IAF Mirage-2000 upgrade, Longuet said, "We are in the final stages of the upgrade agreement. It is up to the Indian political establishment to take a decision. We are confident that it will happen soon."

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