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21 mai 2011 6 21 /05 /mai /2011 11:30

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19 May 2011 Minister for Defence Materiel MIN49/11

 

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today kicked off in the next stage of industry consultation on the Australia-United States Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty.

 

The second round of consultation is being done through the Joint Defence and Industry Advisory Panel – which includes experts from major Australian Defence companies and small-to-medium businesses and is chaired by Mr Ken Peacock AM.

 

The Australia-United States Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty was signed in Sydney on 5 September 2007.

 

The US Congress passed implementing legislation on 28 September 2010, and the Treaty was ratified by the US Senate on 29 September 2010.

 

Legislation is required to be passed in Australia before the Treaty enters in to force.

 

Once implemented, it will create a framework for trade between Australia and the US in certain defence materiel and technology without the need for export licences.

 

The first round of consultation occurred in December 2010, and included meetings with industry in eight capital cities and regional centres.

 

This is the second round.  The Panel will advise Government on the impact of the Treaty on Australian companies, and provide a forum for input by industry experts to the development of the regulations necessary to implement the Treaty.

 

In the next few months, an exposure draft of the Defence Trade Controls Bill will be released for broader consultation with defence industry and academia.  Following this, legislation will be introduced into Parliament later this year.

 

Mr Clare said the Trade Cooperation Treaty could provide enormous opportunity for Australian industry.

 

“It has the potential to reduce delays caused by export control regulations, improve delivery times, improve sustainment and give Australian companies better access to US contracts,” Mr Clare said.

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21 mai 2011 6 21 /05 /mai /2011 08:00

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May 20, 2011 By Asia-Pacific Staff aviation week and space technology

 

New Delhi - The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft has certainly tested the patience of the Indian air force and the Indian defense establishment, but the coming weeks may finally yield important breakthroughs to fielding the indigenously developed aircraft.

 

Next month, Tejas is due to undergo a second phase of night trials and, if the systems perform as advertised, it will be cleared for night attack, a crucial requirement to achieve full operational clearance (FOC) as a day/night, all-weather platform by December 2012.

 

The Tejas recently began its first phase of night attack trials. The fifth limited-series-production aircraft (LSP‑5), in the final Mk.1 configuration that includes a night-vision-capable cockpit, was used in six night flights in which test pilots conducted mock targeting and attack drills to test simulated avionics and integration of weapons and sensors. The aircraft’s modified ELTA Systems multimode radar and Rafael Litening pod were both tested during the flights.

 

Following the first six tests last month, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said, “The preliminary results indicate that the integrated system performed very well, meeting the requirements of night operations. The flights also tested the helmet-mounted display system [Elta DASH] and instrument landing system.”

 

With the Indian air force set on establishing its first Tejas squadron in 2013, the next 16 months are crucial for the project test team. There are several flight-envelope expansion tasks still unfinished, including assessing angle of attack, g-forces and sustained turn rate. The next limited-series-production aircraft, LSP-6, is expected to be dedicated to resolving those issues quickly.

 

The air force is putting pressure on developments. Before Tejas reached initial operational clearance (IOC), the service waived some requirements, but it is firm it will not do so again for FOC, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Naik made clear during a Tejas ceremony in January when IOC was attained. “We’ve waited a long time for the Tejas. We don’t want a partial platform. We want everything fully operational,” he said.

 

The absence of certain capabilities that the Tejas team promised but could not deliver for IOC in January 2011 did not please the service, which was finally forced to extract assurances that the untested capabilities will be completed by next month. These include wake penetration tests as well as all-weather, day/night and lightning clearances. Several test points in weapons delivery in different configurations remain on the team’s must-do list and will continue through into next year. So far, the Tejas has only conducted live drops of gravity bombs and Vympel R-73 (AA-11 Archer) short-range air-to-air missiles. Strike profiles are being tested at the DRDO’s new bombing range outside Bengaluru.

 

In the next few months, Tejas platforms will fire air-to-ground munitions such as cluster weapons, laser-guided bombs and S-8 rocket pods against still and moving targets. Rafael’s Derby beyond-visual-range missile is expected to be a standard on the Tejas, with trials scheduled a year from now. Reports suggest a contract could be signed shortly. In its final Mk.1 configuration, the air force also expects the Tejas to be fully capable of deploying Kh-59-series stand-off strike weapons and Kh-35/31 antiship missiles.

 

The next big item on the program time line is the first flight of the LCA navy variant, expected in the next two months. Its progress has been delayed by issues with weight, landing gear and sink-rate parameters.

 

Meanwhile, India’s troubled and hugely delayed Kaveri turbofan engine development effort—once linked to the Tejas program—has made some progress in flight trials. Between November 2010 and April this year, the engine has powered an Iluyshin Il-76 flying testbed on 11 flights outside Moscow. The Kaveri, delinked from the Tejas program several years ago because of persistent failures to meet requirements, is being completed in cooperation with Snecma (and its M88 ECO core) for India’s fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft and, in a modified form, the country’s concept stealth unmanned combat aircraft known as AURA.

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21 mai 2011 6 21 /05 /mai /2011 06:00

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May 20, 2011 By Michael Martina/Reuters AviationWeek.com

 

BEIJING - China has agreed to expedite the delivery of 50 fighter jets to Pakistan, a Pakistani government minister confirmed on Friday, as Islamabad tries to deepen ties with Beijing as an alternative to increasingly fragile relations with the United States.

 

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has been holding talks with Chinese leaders during a visit that comes as ties with the U.S. have faltered after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan this month.

 

Pakistan’s Defense Minister Ahmad Mukhtar told media that his country was aiming to receive “50 aircraft in six months” from China at between $20 million and $25 million per aircraft.

 

As the pressure mounts in Washington, Gilani has courted “best friend” China, its biggest arms supplier, during the four-day visit that ended on Friday.

 

Pakistan’s already-strained ties with the U.S., a major donor, were battered after U.S. forces on May 2 killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a garrison town near Islamabad.

 

The fact that bin Laden was found in Abbottabad, and had been living there for years, has prompted many in Washington to call for a review of the billions of U.S. civilian and military aid that Pakistan receives.

 

The Wall Street Journal originally quoted an unnamed high-ranking Pakistani Air Force spokesman, in Beijing with Gilani, as saying the jointly developed JF-17 jets would be in addition to another batch of the same aircraft that is currently being assembled in Pakistan.

 

The JF-17 “Thunder” program dates back to 1999 and is aimed at reducing Pakistan’s dependence on Western companies for advanced fighters.

 

The jets are a single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft, that Mukhtar said are being jointly produced between China and Pakistan.

 

“There was a loan given for starting the manufacturing of this because the Chinese will also buy these aircraft,” he said on Chinese financing for the order.

 

The Pakistani Air Force has ordered 150 “Thunders”, which it may increase to 250. The 50 mentioned in the report are likely part of the larger order.

 

In February 2010, Pakistan fielded its first JF-17 squadron with 14 aircraft.

 

The close ties between China and Pakistan reflect long-standing shared wariness of their common neighbor, India, and a desire to hedge against U.S. influence across the region.

 

Premier Wen Jiabao assured Gilani on Wednesday of China’s “all-weather friendship” and said Pakistan had made “huge sacrifices” in the international struggle against terrorism.

 

“China-Pakistan strategic cooperative relations have infused the two countries’ relationship with new force and vitality,” President Hu Jintao told Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari during a phone call on Friday to celebrate 60 years of relations, Xinhua news reported.

 

Those comments contrasted sharply with the U.S. Congressmen’s criticism of Pakistan’s failure to know bin Laden’s whereabouts and insinuations that its powerful military was in some way complicit in hiding the al Qaeda leader.

 

For its part, Pakistan is furious at the U.S. for violating its sovereignty by staging the secret raid that killed the world’s most wanted man.

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May 20, 2011 By Shinichi Saoshiro/Reuters AviationWeek.com

 

TOKYO - Japan may drop the F-35 stealth fighter from a shortlist for the country’s next generation fighter due to a sharp delay in the plane’s development plan, the Kyodo agency reported on Friday citing diplomatic and defense sources.

 

The operational test of the radar-evading F-35—being developed by Lockheed Martin and Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway—is not expected to begin until 2017 and this would not satisfy Japan’s desire to receive delivery of the next fighter by March that year, Kyodo said.

 

The development of the multi-role F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, due to replace various aircraft in the military fleets of both the United States and its partners, has been hampered by delays and ballooning costs.

 

If Japan were to drop the F-35, its shortlist will be narrowed down to Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Eurofighter is a four-nation consortium of EADS, representing Germany and Spain, Britain’s BAE Systems and Italy’s Finmeccanica .

 

The Eurofighter Typhoon, used by NATO nations and Saudi Arabia, would be Japan’s first European fighter jet.

 

But the sources reckon that Japan, which has emphasized coordination with U.S. forces, could pick the F/A-18, Kyodo said.

 

Japan is looking to make the selection at the end of the year. The new fighter will replace Japan’s aging F-4 Phantoms.

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20 mai 2011 5 20 /05 /mai /2011 23:37

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May 20, 2011 By Leithen Francis AviationWeek.com

 

SINGAPORE — Concerns over China’s growing submarine fleet are leading Asian nations to invest in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability.

 

The Malaysian Navy uses six Westland SuperLynx helicopters for ASW, but wants ASW helicopters with more capability and plans to buy six, a senior official from the navy tells Aviation Week on the sidelines of this week’s Imdex naval defense show in Singapore. The government has included the requirement in the country’s 10th Malaysia Plan 2011-2015, he says.

 

The official says the navy wants medium-lift helicopters that have long range and endurance. He declines to name the helicopters in the running. But it is understood the contenders are the Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R and the AgustaWestland AW159.

 

South Korea also uses SuperLynx helicopters for ASW missions, but it is also considering buying the MH-60R, a South Korean navy official tells Aviation Week. AgustaWestland also is in the running. Besides the AW159, AgustaWestland has the AW101, a much larger ASW helicopter powered by three engines. The AW101 is out of the Malaysia competition because it is too big for Malaysia’s ships.

 

In the next couple of months South Korea is expected to decide whether it will seek to buy the helicopters from overseas or go for a locally developed product, an industry executive familiar with the situation says. Industry executives anticipate a request for proposals will be issued at year’s end.

 

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is proposing a naval variant of the Surion, the utility helicopter that KAI is developing, for the Korean army, with help from Eurocopter. The Surion is due to enter service next year. But it will be a challenge for KAI to develop a naval variant within a schedule and cost that meets the navy’s needs. The country also has a requirement for airborne mine countermeasures helicopters.

 

Another procurement that is in the works, but will take a few years to become a firm deal is Indonesia’s requirement for ASW helicopters. Indonesia’s navy has no ASW helicopters but wants to buy some, an Indonesian navy official says. He was unable to say when the ASW helicopters will be purchased and says it is up to the government. The navy plans to station the ASW helicopters on its Sigma 9113-class corvettes, he says. Indonesia recently took delivery of four aircraft from a Dutch shipbuilder, and a fifth is under construction in Indonesia, with more to follow.

 

Thailand, meanwhile, plans to purchase ASW upgrade kits for its Sikorsky S-70-7 helicopters, a Thai Navy official tells Aviation Week. Thailand bought six of the helos in the late 1990s, but to save money it never purchased the ASW kits, which include dipping sonar.

 

Mark Jarvis, Lockheed Martin’s director of design and production on the P-3, disclosed late last year that Singapore had issued a letter requesting information on the aircraft.

 

If Singapore purchases the P-3, it is likely to get former U.S. Navy P-3Cs in a similar configuration to the P-3Cs that Taiwan is getting from 2012 onward, Jarvis says. Taiwan already has S-70 ASW helicopters.

 

Asian countries consider boosting their ASW capabilities an urgent matter because of China’s submarine fleet and increased assertiveness.

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20 mai 2011 5 20 /05 /mai /2011 19:00

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20 May 2011DefenseNews AFP

 

TAIPEI - The number of Chinese missiles targeted at Taiwan is likely to reach 1,800 next year, despite improving ties between the former arch-rivals, Taiwanese media said May 20.

 

The Liberty Times newspaper cited a military intelligence report as providing the forecast.

 

Taiwanese experts have estimated that China currently has more than 1,600 missiles aimed at the island, mostly deployed in Fujian and Jiangxi provinces in the mainland's southeast.

 

The report followed comments made by Taiwan's top intelligence chief Tsai Teh-sheng in March, saying that China was targeting Taiwan with a "new type of powerful missile" known as Dongfeng 16.

 

"Its range is longer, and it increases the threat to Taiwan," Tsai said then, without giving further details of the weapon or the number that have been deployed so far.

 

Tensions across the Taiwan Strait have eased since Ma Ying-jeou became Taiwan's president in 2008 on a China-friendly platform.

 

However, Beijing still refuses to renounce the possible use of force against the island, which has ruled itself since the end of a civil war in 1949, should it declare formal independence.

 

The Pentagon said in an annual report to Congress last year that China's military build-up against Taiwan had "continued unabated" despite improving political relations.

 

Taiwan's defense ministry was not immediately available for comment.

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20 mai 2011 5 20 /05 /mai /2011 18:00

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20/05/11 By Arie Egozi Flight International

 

Elbit Systems' Elop subsidiary has been awarded a contract to supply an undisclosed Asian country with dozens of Compass payloads to equip its maritime patrol aircraft.

 

Elbit declined to name the buyer but said it "operates one of the largest maritime patrol fleets in the world".

 

The contract, valued at about $20 million, is scheduled to be completed within two years. The operator will use the equipment to help protect its coastlines.

 

Housed within a 15in turret, the Compass payload incorporates electro-optical/infrared sensors and a laser rangefinder and designator.

 

Delivering an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability - even in adverse weather conditions - the package will be integrated into the maritime patrol aircraft's mission systems, such as its maritime search radar and command-and-control systems.

 

Elop's Compass system has already been installed for multiple users on hundreds of platforms, including unmanned air vehicles.

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Interview with Mr Maroof Raza, Mentor of Security Watch India (SWI)

 

May 20, 2011 defpro.com

 

India has faced numerous external as well as internal threats to its national security throughout the country’s entire history and had to constantly adapt to these challenges. The recent killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and its impact on Pakistani politics, as well as the region’s overall security situation, will possibly also affect India. And the deep wounds that the Mumbai attacks inflicted in November 2008 are still painfully felt.

Nicolas von Kospoth of defpro.com talked to the Mentor of Security Watch India (SWI), Mr Maroof Raza*, about the challenges for India’s homeland security environment and the approach of government and industry to finding solutions that meet the country’s security requirements.

Focusing on the entire scope of government organisations, industry, as well as India’s civil society, SWI is well-positioned to address issues concerning Indian internal/homeland security. The New Delhi-based independent, non-profit organisation engages in dialogue with all stake holders, research and publications for the public and the industry, and supports international companies that seek to enter the Indian homeland security sector.


defpro.com: Mr Raza, many countries in the world are currently facing a terrorist threat. Which aspects of the Indian experience in this regard are similar to other countries, and which are unique?

Maroof Raza: Primarily, the external threat to India is from Pakistan-based terrorist groups – almost all of whom have the support of Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies – and some of them have entered, or soon will enter, the vacuum created by the decline of Al Qaeda. Today, it is India and even Pakistan that is their target; tomorrow, it’ll be the rest of the world. Their aim is to challenge the multicultural and democratic ‘way of life’ that free societies offer, whether in India or in the West. Moreover, they target India’s economic success out of envy and with the aim to build sleeper cells to assist them amongst local Indian Muslim groups, just as they do in the West (for example in the UK).


defpro.com: Decentralised terrorist groups with AfPak experience, pirates off the coast, Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in the East: Which are the current “hotspots” in the Indian homeland security environment and how is the government positioned to deal with this variety of threats?

Raza: They are all of concern to the Indian government, but fortunately India has the forces and the resources to cope with most of them. Though, it could certainly do with more men in uniform and technology that will act as force multipliers. While the Naxalite-Maoist threat is the biggest in sheer size of their spread (spread as it is, across most of Central India in varying shades of lethality), it is still manageable if the government can provide better governance and more efficient police forces.

Though the threat from cross-border terror groups based in Pakistan is far more lethal, the current government has shown it’s helplessness in dealing firmly with Pakistan, as Dr Manmohan Singh, the Indian PM, seems to be working on a personal agenda of appeasing the Pakistanis; though there have been no results, as Pakistan’s military needs strained relations with India to justify its overbearing role within Pakistan.

The insurgency in India’s northeast remains a low key affair and is essentially a side show, as it doesn’t quite impact India’s industrial growth. The army has contained the north eastern insurgency for over 50 years now, and the need is once again to find political solutions. As for pirates off the African coast, the Indian navy has been dealing aggressively with the pirates, when required.


defpro.com: India is a very colourful country in terms of cultures and religions. How do you assess the internal conflict potential and its possible affect of the future homeland security situation?

Raza: Fortunately, or unfortunately, India has too many ethno-religious and social divisions that can be exploited by malignant elements to create internal conflicts. Moreover, the rapid growth of the Indian economy has created further pockets of resentment by dividing the society between wealthy and poor. Until this gap is narrowed to a satisfactory level, risks of internal conflicts within the country will persist.


defpro.com: What was your personal reaction to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death and the announcement that he has been living safely for months, if not years, in the heart of Pakistan?

Raza: I wasn’t surprised at all, and many of us had said so for years that he and much of the Al Qaeda’s top leadership were in Pakistan. It is Pakistan’s many supporters in the US and elsewhere who should’ve been surprised. Pakistan had been stringing the US along all these years, and this must come as a wakeup call. Just as the US eventually called Pakistan’s bluff over bin Laden, it must now call the bluff of the Pakistani army about the ‘jihadi’ threat on the security of its nuclear arsenal. Pakistan needs to be re-invented by the world, and only that’ll put an end to its deadly embrace of terror.


defpro.com: Which security-political impact does this event have for the relations between India and Pakistan? Does it change the awareness of terrorist threats to India that may originate from Afghan and Pakistani territory?

Raza: The killing of bin Laden will have an impact on Indo-Pak relations in the following areas: First, there will possibly be greater instability within Pakistan, with local terror networks blaming the Pakistani army for failing them against the US. Second, Pakistan’s army will increase their anti-India pitch or arrange another Mumbai-type terror attack to divert the public’s disappointment with them. Finally, there might be greater political opposition within India to Prime Minister Dr Singh’s policy of holding talks with the discredited and unstable Pakistani government.


defpro.com: Do you believe that India should tackle the terrorist threat as a police problem or, rather, a military one?

Raza: It has to be a combination of both: using the police and the armed forces. The police must be better equipped with their capabilities enhanced and expanded to cover all the possibilities that terrorists create. Currently, the Indian police are woefully short of the numbers that the new challenges would require. Further, their levels of capabilities differ, as they are a de-centralised force, controlled individually by each State government.

The armed forces are centralised, battle-hardened and with sufficient experience and capabilities to handle all the possible threats that India could face. But they are already quite stretched in terms of men and resources.


defpro.com: What is the role of the Pakistani government and authorities in the still unrelenting Islamic terrorism and what is the current perception in India of this possible link?

Raza: In recent years, the Pakistani government’s link to terrorism has become very complicated. The way to understand the situation is to try and not see Pakistan as a monolith structure dictated by a unified government, but a fractured collection of several interest groups and organisations.

There are multiple terrorist organisations and insurgent groups active within the borders of Pakistan and they find patronage from very different socio-political groups. Therefore, it is very difficult to shut down these groups merely by putting pressure on the very top of the government. A more extensive engagement that cuts across the entire hierarchy is necessary.


defpro.com: What is your assessment of the anti-terrorist measures and policies being implemented by the Indian government after the Mumbai attack?

Raza: The counter-terrorism measures have evolved to a great extent after the Mumbai attack, which served as a jolt to bring India out of its inertia. However, the security establishment still has a long way to go. Unfortunately, much of the efforts undertaken by the government are still reactive. There is far more focus on mitigation and post-incident investigation, while the efforts required to avert attacks still need more push.


defpro.com: Do you perceive a learning curve in homeland security-related authorities since 2008? What have been the key lessons learned during these last years regarding the threat of terror attacks in India?

Raza: Unfortunately, due to the federated structure of the Indian government and the lack of effective channels for knowledge-sharing, most of the homeland security agencies – primarily state police departments which are the first line of counter-terrorism – have their own learning curves. Thus, police departments like the ones in Delhi and Mumbai have evolved tremendously, now developing rapid response teams, state-of-the-art technology and practices, correct application of intelligence, etc. On the other hand, many state police departments still lack critical technologies or practices that have become norms in other parts of the country.


defpro.com: In what way has the Indian homeland security environment evolved since the Mumbai attack? What has been the specific affect of this particular event on the industrial landscape, as well as government spending and investment?

Raza: The Mumbai attack has expanded both the threat perception and the threat domain for India. The Indian government’s spending after the Mumbai attack has been increased tremendously, representing a more than 30 per cent cumulative increase in the central Ministry of Home Affairs (primary agency responsible for homeland/internal security) budget over the last three years. Similarly, the landscape for industries has been transformed as well. While until 2008 most of the major Indian corporations only saw defence as a viable market, almost all major Indian conglomerates and aerospace and defence companies are now involved within the homeland security market.


defpro.com: SWI supports national industry in the homeland security sector by providing counsel and promoting business opportunities. How well is Indian industry positioned to meet domestic requirements and how important is the contribution by foreign companies in terms of know-how, investment and overall solutions?

Raza: India’s industry has its own merits and weaknesses. On one hand, the Indian industry is renowned for its ingenuity and engineering capabilities. The cheap cost of manufacturing makes India competitive in the global market. Moreover, India’s portfolio of diplomatic relationships with the world is somewhat different from the US and many European countries. This allows Indian companies to make inroads in many markets that would be difficult for western companies to penetrate.

On the other hand, Indian industry lacks in high technology, having ignored this sector for many decades. It also lacks much of the tremendous capital that is required to invest in R&D or manufacturing and often accompanies activities in the homeland security business.

Overall, though, we believe that these strengths and weakness perfectly complement that of Western industry and it is for this reason that we tirelessly work to bring the two together and allow for a perfect match.


defpro.com: Thank you very much, Mr Raza.


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* Maroof Raza is currently the Mentor of IPPAI and Security Watch India (SWI), both being non-profit initiatives. He is also the Strategic Affairs editorial advisor for Times Now, a leading English-language television channel, and is a commentator on national security issues. He has written editorials for all the leading newspapers of India, and has lectured extensively in India and abroad on India’s security concerns, and has authored several articles, essays and books. His most recent publication is: Confronting Terrorism (an anthology of essays by Penguin Books, India). His earlier publications include “Low-Intensity Conflicts: The new dimension to India’s military commitments” and “Wars and no Peace over Kashmir” and edited a book entitled “Generals and Governments in India and Pakistan”. Additionally, as the General Editor of Military Affairs series of Har Anand Publications, since 2001, he has edited over twelve volumes as part of this series. He is also the publisher of “Salute to the Indian soldier”, a monthly publication on India’s armed forces.

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May 20, 2011 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

Air Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne will take over as the Indian Air Force's new chief on July 31. Currently Vice Chief, Browne has over 3,100 hours of flying on aircraft that include Hunters, all variants of the MiG-21, Jaguars and Su-30s. A fighter combat leader, Browne served as instructor at the IAF's top gun school, the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE).

 

According to an IAF statement today, Air Marshal Browne established the Indian defence wing in Tel Aviv in April 1997 where he served as Defence Attache till July 2000. Between 2007-2009, he was IAF Deputy Chief at Air Headquarters, responsible for all major modernization programmes.

 

Before taking over as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air Headquarters on Jan 1 this year, he commanded the IAF's Western Air Command, the lAF's most vital operational command. Under his command and personal supervision, the first ever landing of an Antonov An-32 took place at the Nyoma advance landing ground, located at an altitude of 13,300 feet on 18 September 2009 (see photo).

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May 20, 2011 by Shiv Aroor LIVEFIST

 

The Indian basic trainer competition has entered its final phase. Commercial bids of the three final contenders were opened this week (Livefist had reported earlier about the three contenders making it to the final phase). The government will now choose between (in photos from top) the Pilatus PC-21, Hawker-Beechcraft T-6C Texan-II and Korean Aerospace KT-1. More soon.

 

 

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20/05/11 By Greg Waldron Flight International

 

South Korea is to invite bids for a new stealth cruise missile to equip its Boeing F-15K Slam Eagle, following technical glitches implementing Lockheed Martin's AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM).

 

A source at the nation's Defense Acquisition Program Administration confirms that bidding for the missile will open in June. He would not divulge details about how many missiles South Korea intends to acquire, or the specific technical difficulties South Korea encountered trying to implement JASSM.

 

Possible bidders in the South Korean competition could include Europe's MBDA with its Storm Shadow missile, and MBDA Deutschland/Saab Dynamics joint venture Taurus Systems with its KEPD 350. Lockheed Martin could also submit a bid.

 

South Korea's official Yonhap news agency says the weapons would be used to strike North Korean nuclear facilities in the event of a crisis on the peninsula.

 

According to Lockheed Martin, JASSM is a weapon in the 900kg (2,000lb) class with a penetrator/blast fragmentation warhead. An all-weather weapon, it uses an infrared seeker and GPS signals for guidance.

 

"Designed to destroy high-value, well-defended, fixed and relocatable targets, JASSM's significant stand-off range keeps aircrews well out of danger from hostile air defence systems," the company said.

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

 

La marine sud-coréenne a suspendu au début de l’an dernier les activités des 3 plus récents sous-marins U-214 à cause de problèmes avec certains équipements.

 

Selon un parlementaire sud-coréen, des boulons qui n’étaient pas assez résistants, avaient été utilisés pour fixer des plaques de pont. Ils se sont rompus ou ont été arrachés au cours des activités maritimes.

 

Le premier U-214, le Sohn Won-il, a ainsi perdu au total 20 boulons en 6 occasions différentes entre 2006 et 2009.

 

Sur le 2è sous-marin, le Jeong Ji, des boulons ont été perdus ou se sont rompus en 6 occasions entre 2009 et 2010. Sur le 3è sous-marin, le Ahn Jung-geun, des boulons ont été perdus en 3 occasions pendant la même période.

 

Les sous-marins U-214 sud-coréens ont été conçus par la compagnie allemande HDW (Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG), et construits en Corée du Sud par Hyundai Heavy Industries.

 

Après enquête, il est apparu qu’un sous-traitan local avait fabriqué et fourni des boulons moins résistants que ceux prévus par le concepteur allemand.

 

Les boulons ont été remplacés par des boulons conformes aux spécifications, mais les problèmes ont continué. Des techniciens de HDW ont dû venir en Corée du Sud de juin à février dernier afin de réparer les problèmes.

 

« Depuis que les problèmes ont été réparés, les sous-marins n’ont aucun problème et naviguent normalement, » a indiqué un responsable de la marine sud-coréenne.

 

Référence : Korea Herald (Corée du Sud)

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20 May 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

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Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says the government hopes to sell Indonesian-made SS-2 assault rifles to Myanmar.

 

“[Myanmar] looked at the SS-2. We have been offering it,” he said Thursday after the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting in Jakarta.


Purnomo said that the nation’s arms trade was currently conducted by Indonesian Incorporated, which represented Indonesia’s state-owned weapons maker, PT Pindad; the Defense Ministry and the Defense Industry Policy Committee (KKIP).

“Myanmar is already in the process of transition. They already had an election. It has to be done in phases,” Purnomo said.

Col. Jan Pieter Ate a special assistant to the Indonesian Defense Minister, said that in principle Indonesia would not limit its arms sales to any nation, including ASEAN member nations.

“They should control their own markets rather than countries outside ASEAN,” he said.

Jan Pieter said that Indonesia’s policy on arms sales was related to the ASEAN defense industry collaboration.

“It’s all right if we want to sell [arms] to Malaysia, Laos or Vietnam, and Myanmar. What we do not hope for — and we do not compromise in this — is if the weapons are used to threaten other countries,” Jan Pieter said.

He added that Indonesia’s stance was firm, waving off the possibility that Indonesian-made weapons might be used on civilians.

“The main purpose of weapons is to defend a country. This appeals to us as well,” Jan Pieter said.

Weapons sales might help Indonesia support Myanmar’s shift towards democracy, he added.

“With such a relationship, we will have better access to the country to improve democracy. If one [nation] does not have a relationship with another, it would be hard to influence one another. One of the ways is through trade, and defense is one of the ways [to do that],” Jan Pieter said.

University of Indonesia security analyst Andi Widjajanto said the idea of selling Indonesian weapons to Myanmar was more positive than negative. “An ‘embargo’ of light weapons to Myanmar will in fact push the junta to enter the black market,” he said.

Giving Myanmar the option to remain in the international weaponry market would cause the transnational criminal network supporting arms smuggling to lose revenue, he said.

(The Jakarta Post)

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20/05/2011 Vietnam +

 

La 5e conférence des ministres de la Défense de l'ASEAN (ADMM-5) s'est achevée jeudi après-midi à Jakarta (Indonésie).

 

La Déclaration commune qui a été adoptée à son issue appelle à promouvoir la coopération entre les pays aséaniens en matière de sécurité et de défense afin de garantir la paix et la stabilité dans la région et donc d'assurer l'un des trois piliers fondamentaux qu'est la Communauté politique et de sécurité de l'ASEAN (ASPC) pour l'édification de la Communauté de l'ASEAN en 2015.

 

Cette déclaration affirme la liberté de la navigation maritime en Mer Orientale conformément au droit international, à commencer par la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer de 1982, ainsi que l'engagement des membres de l'ASEAN d'observer intégralement et strictement la Déclaration sur la conduite des parties en Mer Orientale (DOC), ainsi que de s'orienter vers l'adoption du Code de conduite des parties en Mer Orientale (COC) afin de maintenir paix et stabilité dans la région.

 

Cette conférence a également approuvé la création d'un comité de coordination commun dans l'emploi du matériel militaire de l'ASEAN pour des assistances humanitaires et des sauvetages suite à des calamités naturelles. Ses participants ont agréé trois propositions sur le programme de travail de l'ADMM pour les années de 2011 à 2013, la création d'un réseau de centres de maintien de la paix de l'ASEAN, et l'élaboration d'un mécanisme de collaboration dans l'industrie de la défense au sein de cette dernière.

 

Dans son allocution de clôture, le ministre indonésien de la Défense Purnomo Yusgiantoro a affirmé l'importance de la croissance du rôle de l'ADMM au sein de l'ASEAN, soulignant que ce forum est également un moyen de renforcer la coopération bilatérale. Son développement soutenu a considérablement amélioré la transparence, la confiance et le respect au sein de ce groupement régional, prémisse importante d'une intensification de la coopération en matière de défense.

 

L'ASEAN doit maintenir son rôle central dans le développement du Forum de l'ADMM+ avec d'autres pays tels que les Etats-Unis, la Russie, l'Inde, la Chine, la République de Corée, le Japon, la Nouvelle-Zélande et l'Australie, ce afin de promouvoir la coopération et de maintenir sécurité et stabilité dans la région comme d'assurer l'efficience des activités commune en ce domaine telles que lutte contre la piraterie maritime, la contrebande et le terrorisme...

 

Le différend territorial entre la Thaïlande et le Cambodge a également été discutés lors de cette ADMM-5. -AVI

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May 20, 2011 Andrew White, SHEPARD GROUP

 

Singapore - The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) is looking to extend its influence in South-East Asia with negotiations ongoing for sizeable armoured vehicle and UAV contracts in the region, officials have stated.

 

Present at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) in Singapore, DMO head of export programmes Terry Whelan said Thales Australia was chasing a requirement from the Indonesian armed forces for between 20 and 30 Bushmaster protected patrol vehicles. He said a sale  was 'very, very close' to being closed.

 

Currently, Bushmaster vehicles are used by Australian, Dutch and UK armed forces and a successful bid would be Thales Australia's first foothold in South-East Asia with a ground vehicle. Elsewhere, Whelan told Shephard that there was additional interest from international armed forces in Canada, Denmark, France and Jordan. The latter is looking to procure a number of Bushmaster vehicles for a forthcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

 

Describing how there had yet to be a fatality on board a Bushmaster vehicle following an improvised explosive device incident, Whelan said: 'It's got great off-road capability so the troops are not stuck on roads'.

 

In addition, Whelan said Insitu was looking to extend its relationship with Singapore. The company has already supplied the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) with a number of ScanEagle UAVs which started with trials on a frigate and landing ship during March 2009. In tests, the UAV was launched and recovered from helicopter decks in order to conduct day and night missions utilising EO/IR payloads.

 

Whelan added that discussions were also ongoing to supply the RSN with Insitu's Integrator system. The UAV was selected in August last year for the US Navy's Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial System programme.

 

Elsewhere, the DMO's Defence Export Unit which is also known as 'Team Australia' already provides C4I, radar and antenna technology to armed forces in South-East Asia.

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2011-05-19 (China Military News cited from peopledaily.com.cn)

 

China has achieved what some foreign experts once thought was impossible — it has independently developed a next-generation air-to-air missile without assistance from foreign specialists or borrowed technology.

 

Designed by Fan Huitao, the deputy director of the Air-to-Air Missile Research Institute under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the missile, known as the "Key Model," successfully passed the designed type approval test and achieved an excellent result, with all seven missiles hitting their targets.

 

Its successful development indicates that China already fully possesses the ability to independently develop internationally-advanced air-to-air missiles. It is a historic breakthrough in China's air-to-air missile development and has met the Chinese Air Force's requirement for the model to be designed, produced, delivered and made combat effective within one year. The new missile offers the military and country another trump card.

 

The Key Model is an international-advanced AAM model. It is a secret weapon for gaining air superiority. It plays a crucial role in reinforcing the power of national defense and strengthening the influence of China.

 

However, it is very hard to develop and only a few developed countries around the world possess such a capability. The complicated system of the model and the high-grade, high-precision and advanced technologies needed to develop it has never been seen in the development of other models.

 

Foreign military experts once believed that employing foreign specialists as chief designers was the only way for China to succeed. Even some Chinese experts believed that the success rate of developing this kind of missile was not high when relying only on the current technical conditions of China. This was because China did not have any documents to refer to and could not use a shortcut.

 

The successful completion of the missile is the culmination of Fan Huitao's career in the aviation industry. After Fan graduated from Northwestern Poly-technical University with a major in aircraft engines in April 1986, he went to Luoyang and devoted himself to the field of air-to-air missiles.

 

In 2000, Fan took over as the chief model designer and began to lead a group in researching China's new-generation air-to-air missile.

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May 19, 2011 By Neelam Mathews defense technology international

 

New Delhi - India is increasing procurement of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), a critical need in light of the insurgency it is fighting in the northeast, the ongoing threat of terrorism, tension along the Pakistan border, and its emerging role as a regional naval power and subsequent need for persistent maritime surveillance. The military wants to acquire at least 1,500 unmanned systems in the next 3-4 years, ranging from man-portable drones to high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) vehicles.

 

A request for proposals (RFP) is expected this month from the army for 530 systems, capable of flying at 14,000 ft. An air force RFP will be released simultaneously for 150 systems, with ceiling of 22,000 ft., endurance of 1.5 hr. and 4-5 kg (8.8-11 lb.) of payload.

 

International contractors in ventures with Indian companies are vying for the business, even as products and prototypes emerge from local suppliers and government organizations such as the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) and the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO).

 

Until now, India has mostly deployed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drones. While the country lags in deployment of UAVs, it wants to develop an integrated program. “India is fortunate to have a large enough budget and full range of needs to do this,” says T.J. Master, a UAV consultant.

 

The military uses Israeli-built UAVs such as the Heron, Searcher Mk II and Harop from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The DRDO is developing a MALE drone called Rustom-H, funded with an initial allocation of $225 million. The Rustom-H is powered by an NPO-Saturn 36MT turbofan, has 12-15-hr. of endurance and carries payloads of 75 kg to 25,000 ft.

 

Despite the interest of private industry in India’s UAV procurement, there is concern that much of the business may go to government companies. Last year, after declaring its intent to involve the private sector in development of the Rustom-H, the project was awarded to government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Ltd. “This was disappointing,” says an industry source. “If there is no assurance of an order and government companies are always preferred, why should private industry spend time and invest money [in UAVs]?”

 

The navy, meanwhile, commissioned its second UAV squadron this year—with IAI Herons and Searcher Mk IIs—in the coastal city of Porbandar, Gujarat, near Pakistan. Its first UAV reconnaissance squadron is based in Kochi. “The location is ideal for covering the sea lanes from the Arabian Sea, as well as providing surveillance cover to high-value assets on the western coast,” says the navy. A third squadron is coming up in Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, in the south.

 

The navy is also looking at deploying unmanned rotorcraft from ships. IAI and HAL are working on converting the Chetak naval helicopter to a UAV with endurance of 6 hr., ceiling of 15,000 ft., speed of 186 kph (115 mph.) and 220-kg payload. Following delays, however, the navy last year issued a RFI for a vertical-takeoff-and-landing UAV. Northrop Grumman has made presentations here for its MQ-8B Fire Scout.

 

With insurgency an ongoing problem, interest has emerged in Northrop Grumman’s Airborne Standoff Minefield Detection System (Astamids), which was demonstrated on Fire Scout. “The insurgents lay mines to be remotely triggered 4 in. below roads in the eastern states of India,” an army official says. “The algorithms to locate IEDs (improvised explosive devices) through processing Astamids imagery will prove a boon to the paramilitary forces coping with this problem.”

 

Honeywell Aerospace also carried out live demonstrations and trials of its T-Hawk micro air vehicle last year, claiming it detects IEDs planted 20 in. underground.

 

Boeing has had discussions about its catapult-launched ScanEagle for homeland security. “It can also be launched from a P-8 [maritime surveillance aircraft] or F/A-18E/F Super Hornet,” says Rick McCrary, director of international business development at Boeing. Scan-Eagle uses a pneumatic catapult and flies preprogrammed or operator-initiated missions guided by GPS and an onboard flight-control system. In India, ScanEagle could be of value in intelligence-gathering in border areas and over water.

 

No matter which UAVs are specified, challenges persist. Reliability will be an issue, as monsoon rains can be destructive. A doctrine for procurement by the air force and army is not clearly defined, creating confusion and duplication. There is also a lack of operational benchmarks and experience, and no testing range. Networking of UAVs, which requires secure digital links and interoperability, is also an issue.

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19 May 2011 India Strategic

 

New Delhi. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has withdrawn the Request for Proposals (RfP) for re-engining the Indian Air Force’s Jaguar aircraft after one of the two contenders opted out.

 

The RfP was issued to Honeywell, which had offered its F 125 IN engine and Rolls Royce whose Adour 811 has powered the aircraft since its induction in the IAF.

 

IAF has about 125 Jaguars, described as Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft (DPSA) when the order was given in the late 1970s. But it has become old, and the engine is regarded as underpowered to meet current requirements. A decision was taken a few years back to install more powerful engines to utilize the residual life of the airframe, and an RfP was issued on 26 November 2010.

 

The two companies were given time till 22 April 2011 to submit the RfPs

 

But Rolls Royce withdrew recently from the competition, saying it had offered to upgrade the Adour 811 to Adour 821 while the RfPwas for reengining. There was no official word though from the company.

 

The resultant single vendor has situation forced the Ministry of Defence to cancel the RfP, and a cancellation letter was sent on 28 March.

 

Aour 821 powers the Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk, which both the IAF and Indian Navy are already buying. Privately, Rolls Royce sources say that a single engine for Jaguar and Hawk fleets would be cost effective in maintenance terms.

 

Mr Pritam Bhavnani, President of Honeywell Aerospace India, said that “Honeywell’s F 125 IN engine generates 30 per cent more thrust than the competition, and we do hope that our technical superiority will be our winning edge.”

 

IAF is now expected to make a fresh submission to the MoD to restart the process. If IAF chooses to go ahead with only one engine maker, then it has to go through the concerned government, either to buy the engine through an FMS type of deal or on commercial terms from the concerned company.

 

Mr Bhavnani said that Honeywell was supposed to give a demonstration to the IAF as part of the selection process after the RfPs were submitted. Although, the RfP has been withdrawn, Honeywell is continuing work to fine-tune the engine for this demonstration as and when it takes place.

 

“We are ready when IAF is, and we will prove the operational advantages of the F 125 IN engine.” Honeywell has already tested the engine on an old Jaguar aircraft.

 

Mr Bhavnani also said that Honeywell was ready to share high levels of technologies with India, be they on aircraft or other systems.

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May 19, 2011 By Robert Wall, aerospace daily and defense report

 

MADRID — The Royal Australian Air Force is likely to take delivery of its first two KC-30A tankers in June, marking the first customer handover of the Airbus Military A330-based refueler.

 

Commercial talks between industry and the Australian government are under way to finalize the terms for the handover; but Antonio Caramazana, head of Airbus Military derivatives programs, notes that the second and third aircraft are ready.

 

Before year’s end, the company also expects to deliver the first aircraft. It was damaged in January during a test accident when the boom detached while refueling a Portuguese F-16. The fighter also sustained damage.

 

To reduce the chance of such an event recurring, the human-machine interface for the boom operator station has been improved to make it clearer once contact has been established to ensure that the operator does not mistakenly induce loads on the boom.

 

The incident caused some of the latest delays in delivering the tanker, which should have gone to Australia more than two years ago. Some last-minute issues with technical documentation also caused Australia to refuse to accept the tankers, although Caramazana says those problems have been resolved.

 

Meanwhile, Airbus is ready to fly the fifth and final A330 to Australia for conversion into a tanker. That work is due to begin in June, with aircraft delivery planned in 2012. Airbus Military CEO Domingo Urena concedes it has taken longer than expected to complete the program, noting that “this is a complex aircraft” and the first of its type. But, he adds, the company will meet its commitment to hand over four aircraft this year.

 

The U.K. will be the next customer to receive A330 tankers. The first two of 14 should arrive this year under the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) program. The military certification of that type is due early in June, and first delivery is planned in October. The first aircraft uses a three-point refueling hose-and-drogue system; the second employs a two-point system. (The U.K. fleet is split equally between the two types.)

 

In September, Cobham Aviation Services in the U.K. is due to begin modifying the remaining 12 A330s into FSTAs.

 

Airbus Military also is working on modifications to the type certificate for the Australian aircraft for the Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates program. Work on the Royal Saudi Air Force program should wrap up in August and is mainly focused on avionics changes. The UAE work, involving validation of avionics and data link changes, should be completed in December.

 

Caramazana also says discussions with French officials to formalize a request for proposals have gained momentum in recent weeks owing to the operational experience of the Libya campaign. The notional in-service date is 2017, although funding issues still have to be resolved.

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MAY 19, 2011, By JEREMY PAGE The Wall Street Journal India

 

BEIJING—China has agreed to provide 50 more JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan on an "expedited" basis, a spokesman for the Pakistani air force said, one of the most concrete illustrations yet of how China could fill the vacuum if the U.S. scales down its aid to Pakistan following the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

 

The agreement to accelerate supply of the jointly developed jets, the first 50 of which are being assembled in Pakistan, came as Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani held talks in Beijing during a visit that he has used to portray China as an alternative source of military and civilian aid.

 

The air-force spokesman, a high-ranking officer who declined to be identified by name, said the deal had been reached during Mr. Gilani's four-day visit to China, which concludes Friday following a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

 

"We're getting the 50 jets, on top of the ones we already have. Something has been agreed in Beijing, so they'll be expedited," he said, declining to give further details.

 

Mr. Gilani's visit was arranged long before bin Laden's death raised questions about Pakistan's efforts to hunt down the al Qaeda leader, and the trip is ostensibly to mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations on Saturday.

 

But as political pressure mounts in the U.S. for a review of aid to Pakistan, Mr. Gilani has used his visit to highlight his country's long and increasingly close relationship with China, which he described Tuesday as Pakistan's "best friend".

 

China is Pakistan's biggest arms supplier and its third-biggest trading partner.

 

The JF-17 is a potent symbol of the two countries' friendship, and a key part of Pakistan's plans to upgrade its aging fleet of American-supplied F-16s and French-made Mirages and to try to match the air power of neighboring India—its arch rival.

 

The U.S. has repeatedly delayed delivery of F-16s to Pakistan, and has insisted that they not be used against India, with which Washington is now cultivating a strategic partnership to counterbalance Beijing's clout in Asia.

 

China and Pakistan began developing the relatively cheap multipurpose fighter in 1999 and Pakistan, which has said it wants 250 of them altogether, inducted its first squadron of JF-17s last year, and a second earlier this year.

 

The air-force spokesman said he did not know whether the second batch of 50 jets would be assembled in Pakistan or delivered whole from China.

 

He also declined to discuss whether they would be the basic so-calledBlock I models, like the first batch, or an upgraded Block II version, which military aviation experts say could include radar-evading stealth technology—potentially giving Pakistan that capability for the first time.

 

Questions also remain over the new jets' engines. The first batch were all fitted with Russian ones, but Russian officials have expressed reservations about supplying more of those engines as Pakistan and China have been marketing the JF-17 in many of Russia's traditional markets.

 

China has been developing its own engine, but it is still undergoing tests, military aviation experts say.

 

The Pakistani Embassy declined to provide further details about the deal, and a spokeswoman for Mr. Gilani did not respond to repeated phone calls. China's Foreign and Defense Ministries both declined to comment, as did China's air force and the Chinese company which jointly produces the JF-17 with Pakistan.

 

China has hailed the strength and longevity of the relationship this week, praising Pakistan's efforts to combat terrorism, and supporting its response to the U.S. raid. Wen Jiabao, the premier, said China and Pakistan would remain friends "forever" when he met Mr. Gilani on Wednesday.

 

However, Beijing's rhetoric has been more reserved than Pakistan's, reflecting a desire not to antagonize the U.S. or India or to become too entangled in Pakistan's domestic and international problems.

 

Nonetheless, diplomats and analysts say China sees an opportunity in the aftermath of bin Laden's death to enhance its economic and military influence in Pakistan with a long-term view to containing India's rise, and opening new trade routes to Central Asia and the Middle East.

 

China and Pakistan are also discussing plans for Pakistan to buy China's more advanced FC-20 fighter, also known as the J-10, Ahmad Mukhtar, Pakistan's defense minister told reporters Wednesday.

 

Pakistan's efforts to showcase its close ties with China are causing consternation in the U.S.

 

During a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, Republican Senator Jim Risch of Idaho expressed frustration at Mr. Gilani's statement that China was Pakistan's "best friend" despite billions of dollars of U.S. aid over the last decade.

 

 

"It just—it just doesn't make sense...Because, frankly, I'm—I'm getting tired of it, and I think Americans are getting tired of it as far as shoveling money in there [to] people who just flat don't like us," he said, according to a transcript.

 

At a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week, Congressman Michael McCaul (R) of Texas raised particular concern about whether U.S. military aid had been diverted into the JF-17 program.

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19 May 2011 India Strategic

 

New Delhi. French shipbuilder DCNS has delivered two highly sophisticated Combat Managements Systems (CWS) for the first two Scorpene submarines being built in India.

 

DCNS India Managing Director Bernard Buisson told India Strategic that both the CWS had been delivered to Mazagon Docks Ltd., which was in the process of integrating the first one at present. There were about 20 to 25 French engineers assisting in technology transfer, and work at MDL was maturing to mutual satisfaction.

 

The first Scorpene submarine, under the Indian Navy’s Project 75, will be launched end-2013, and commissioned in 2015. The second one would be a year later.

 

Buisson said that MDL was actually doing some work regarding all the six submarines under the project, at different levels, and that all the six submarines would be delivered by 2018.

 

MDL had built the hulls of first and second submarines, and begun work on the hulls of third and fourth submarines. Simultaneously, other systems were being tested and installed on them progressively.

 

He said that DCNS has had technical discussions with the Indian Navy on installing Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) systems on board the last two submarines. There would be a cost, but the AIP would increase the submergence of the submarines by three to four times, thereby making them hidden and more lethal.

 

The company was awaiting the vy’s response, as well as the Nav der for the new line of six or more end ubmarines under Project 75-I, all of which would be equipped with he AIP systems. DCNS had already esponded to the Indian Navy’s RFI n this regard.

 

He said that DCNS’ AIP system Hs was based on the MESMA steam AIP used on board all the French uclear submarines – France as only nuclear powered subs and accordingly proven for technology.

 

Asked about local participation in the Scorpene project, Buisson said that DCNS was also talking to private shipyards as per the new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and offset requirements. “We are also in the process of finalizing the selection of our industrial partners for indigenization of MPM (Mazagon Purchased Materials from other companies) items.

 

MPM items includes pumps, valves, air conditioning equipments and various sub-systems.

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19 May 2011By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI DefenseNews

 

NEW DELHI - India's top acquisition body has cleared a $2.1 billion deal to upgrade 51 Dassault Mirage 2000H aircraft, ending a four-year wait.

 

At its May 19 meeting, the Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) agreed to the French proposal to allow only French missiles on the upgraded Mirage aircraft, ruling out a proposal to arm the planes with Israeli missiles, said a Defence Ministry source.

 

A contract is expected within three months, and the program is to be complete within five years after that.

 

Under the deal, lead integrator Thales and Dassault will upgrade four Mirages in France, then help India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) perform the work on the other 47. MBDA will help deliver a variety of missiles for the upgrade.

 

The upgrade includes replacing the avionics with two mission computers, an advanced navigation system, and pulse doppler radar that can look down to detect targets through clutter out to 70 nautical miles.

 

The new glass cockpit will come with two lateral displays and an advanced head-down display. The upgraded radar warning receiver will have an instantaneous wide bank receiver and an integrated missile approach warning receiver that can provide continuous information on time to impact. A new jammer will be able to handle multiple surveillance acquisition radars. Other new gear will include a digital video recorder, data transfer system, and simulation systems.

 

The upgraded aircraft will be able to carry four beyond-visual-range missiles and other missiles and smart ammunition.

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May 19, 2011 defpro.com

 

Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today kicked off in the next stage of industry consultation on the Australia-United States Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty.

 

The second round of consultation is being done through the Joint Defence and Industry Advisory Panel – which includes experts from major Australian Defence companies and small-to-medium businesses and is chaired by Mr Ken Peacock AM.

 

The Australia-United States Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty was signed in Sydney on 5 September 2007.

 

The US Congress passed implementing legislation on 28 September 2010, and the Treaty was ratified by the US Senate on 29 September 2010.

 

Legislation is required to be passed in Australia before the Treaty enters in to force.

 

Once implemented, it will create a framework for trade between Australia and the US in certain defence materiel and technology without the need for export licences.

 

The first round of consultation occurred in December 2010, and included meetings with industry in eight capital cities and regional centres.

 

This is the second round. The Panel will advise Government on the impact of the Treaty on Australian companies, and provide a forum for input by industry experts to the development of the regulations necessary to implement the Treaty.

 

In the next few months, an exposure draft of the Defence Trade Controls Bill will be released for broader consultation with defence industry and academia. Following this, legislation will be introduced into Parliament later this year.

 

Mr Clare said the Trade Cooperation Treaty could provide enormous opportunity for Australian industry.

 

“It has the potential to reduce delays caused by export control regulations, improve delivery times, improve sustainment and give Australian companies better access to US contracts,” Mr Clare said.

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19/05/2011 MER et MARINE

 

Le bâtiment de projection et de commandement Mistral est actuellement en escale à Singapour, en marge du salon IMDEX Asia, qui se tient du 18 au 20 mai. A cette occasion, le navire français accueille des visiteurs dans le cadre des relations diplomatiques mais aussi commerciales puisque DCNS, concepteur du BPC, cherche à vendre ce produit à plusieurs pays, notamment en Asie.

 

Ayant appareillé de Brest le 1er mars en compagnie de la frégate Georges Leygues, le Mistral participe à la mission Jeanne d'Arc. A ce titre, il embarque, en plus de son équipage, 135 officiers élèves et un groupe tactique embarqué (GTE) de l'armée de Terre (près de 250 hommes, une trentaine de véhicules, des mortiers et 4 hélicoptères).

 

A l'issue de son escale à Singapour, le BPC devrait mettre le cap sur l'Indonésie.

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RNZAF P-3K2, Peter Clark

 

19/05/11 By Peter Clark Flight International

 

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has accepted its first upgraded Lockheed Martin P-3K2 under a delayed project to transform the capabilities of its six-strong Orion fleet.

 

Handed over at Whenuapai air base on 3 May, P-3K2 prototype NZ4204 features glass cockpit avionics, an upgraded mission system, replacement communications and navigation equipment and new sensors.

 

The new standard will introduce a fundamental change to the capability of 5 Sqn, Air Vice Marshal Peter Stockwell, chief of air force, said.

 

NZ4204 will now undergo a period of operational testing and evaluation to prove its transition from maritime patrol aircraft to airborne surveillance and response asset.

 

New Zealand's P-3K2 upgrade dates back to October 2004, when L-3 Communications Integrated Systems was awarded a fixed-price contract worth NZ$373 million ($291 million), with NZ4204 having arrived at the company's Greenville site in Texas in September 2005 for modification.

 

The aircraft had been due for return late in 2008, but the programme encountered lengthy delays because of factors including concerns over stall performance, anomalies with its digital indicated airspeed display during take-offs and a periodic yaw problem.

 

Resolving these required additional flight-testing and data analysis. The prototype was also unable to fly for six months last year following the discovery of loose fasteners on its wing straps.

 

Despite these problems, sources said the aircraft's data management system is now proving to be stable and its new sensors are "demonstrating excellent detection performance".

 

Work on all six aircraft was to have been completed by September 2010 but the Department of Defence now estimates the project will be completed by mid-2013.

 

Production aircraft NZ4201 should be delivered from sub-contractor Safe Air's Blenheim site in New Zealand within the next few months.

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