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An SAF Combat Engineer controlling the Rush Demonstrator UGV using the remote control unit. The Rush Demonstrator has a communication range of beyond 400m to ensure that its operators are at a safe distance away. (photo : Cyberpioneer)

Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), or simply "robots" in lay man terms, are fast shaping the way developed militaries conduct operations. Unlike Unmanned Aerial Vehicles which enable commanders to make key strategic decisions faster and with more accuracy, UGVs are valuable assets in another way.

The Army, which has been looking into UGV technology for about a year, recently unveiled the Rush Demonstrator UGV which aims to address requirements for a future spectrum of operations.

Before the advent of UGVs, repetitive and tedious tasks such as mine clearance and casualty evacuation required sizeable manpower. Imagine an asset which can work autonomously, constantly sweeping the ground to detect and remove land mines, or an automated system that transports wounded soldiers to the nearest medical post.

That asset, comes in the form of a UGV which the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries have used to great effect in Iraq and Afghanistan. To put it simply, UGVs proved their worth in performing repetitive but highly dangerous tasks that a soldier would be subjected to as combat operations progress.

Building on success

After achieving success in developing amini-UAV, DSO proceeded to take up the role of developing a UGV tomeet the Army's operational needs. To enhance their capacity tosupport the Singapore Armed Forces' exploration into UGVs for future force development, DSO developed a UGV with a much higher payload capacity for integrated payloads, as well as towed or dragged loads.

Dubbed the "Rush" for its comparatively fast ground speed, the UGV is designed to be a highly robust and deployable system that can potentially cover multiple roles such as forward tactical surveillance, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosive defence, combat support, and even casualty evacuation.

It is currently designed to support two modular mission payloads, the Electro-Optical/Infrared Camera and the Manipulator Arm and Gripper, which are within the maximum allowable payload weight.

The Rush Demonstrator UGV, with its electro-optical camera and manipulator arm payloads, can carry up to 30kg payloads, tow a 60kg trolley and drag a 30kg load from its rear. (photo : Cyberpioneer)

Performance for the future

The Rush Demonstrator, which weighs about 40kg, has successfully demonstrated the capacity to carry a 30kg load. It can also tow a 60kg trolley and drag a 30kg load by the rear.

To achieve this impressive power-to-weight ratio for a UGV of this weight class, the design team built the platform using high torque electric motors, which also allow the system to move at a maximum ground speed of 7km per hour.

The system has successfully completed environmental-worthiness tests and demonstrated several engineering innovations by DSO, such as a form-specific integrated circuit board design, common payload connectors and integrated heat sinks.

With its Electro-Optical Camera and Manipulator Arm, the Rush Demonstrator can support certain explosive ordnance disposal tasks and real-time tactical surveillance.

Surpassing expectations

While the team had set out to explore what could be achieved within the local defence science ecosystem, what they eventually came up with exceeded even their own expectations, said Captain (CPT) Gilbert Foo, Weapons Staff Officer, Army Systems Integration Office and officer-in-charge of the Rush Demonstrator Project.

Following the Rush Demonstrator's success, the Army will proceed to go into full-scale development, which will be applied to niche applications.

Robotics are expected to be next revolution in military affairs because of the benefits provided by such systems in countering insurgency warfare. The realisation of key enablers promoting the use of UGVs, such as better networks, artificial intelligence and more efficient approaches to power and energy all make UGVs a viable option for the future, said Colonel (COL) Tan Chor Kiat, Chief Systems Integration Officer.

"We want to position ourselves favourably to capitalise on this potential game changer as this technology matures,"said COL Tan.

With so much going for the platform, its future is bright. According to CPT Foo, the Rush Demonstrator has been used in several studies. One example: the 2nd Singapore Infantry Regiment tried the system as part of tactics development under the Army's infantry motorisation studies.

"The study told us a lot about what is needed in a UGV and what isn't, for a particular group and we will leave it to further studies to indicate if something like Rush Demonstrator is needed," added CPT Foo when asked about the system's future.

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HAIFA, Israel, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall


Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems"), announced today that it was awarded a contract valued at $32.7 million to supply an Asian army with advanced training systems for its armor and infantry forces. The project will be performed over the next three years.


The project comprises driving simulators for various armored vehicles (tracked and wheeled), and an advanced gunnery and tactical simulator. The flexibility of the solution allows training from the individual soldier's level to tactical teams and even higher hierarchies. The trainees also can configure the training session to match any combat scenario. To maximize its cost effectiveness, the system is designed to reuse as much of the components as possible by applying a "roll in roll out" concept to both the gunnery as well as the driving simulators. The users are therefore able to reconfigure the systems with any combination of turrets they desire. Additional unique capabilities include a smart scenario generator and large training areas at extremely high resolution for both open and urban terrains.


Yoram Shmuely, Co-General Manager of Elbit Systems' Aerospace Division, said: "This is a follow-on contract to a previous project that was successfully delivered to this customer, attesting to the satisfaction and belief in our advanced training and simulation capabilities. This award reinforces Elbit Systems' position as a world leading supplier of advanced training systems."


Elbit Systems is the leading supplier of training solutions in Israel and worldwide and has a leading position as a proven supplier of live, virtual and constructive (LVC) solution. Furthermore, Elbit Systems has fielded joint training solutions that enable its customers to conduct training of collaboration between different services (Land, Naval and Air).

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17 mai 2011 2 17 /05 /mai /2011 08:00



Philippine Navy may acquire the submarine no later than 2010 (photo : Militaryphotos)


In a phone patch, Navy Philippine Fleet spokesman Lt. Rommel Rodriguez told reporters that experts are now meeting with international counterparts to assess the plan’s feasibility.

He said the Navy may acquire the submarine not later than 2020, depending on the political and administrative atmosphere.


"Right now, there are studies that are being undertaken. There are researches right now that involves submarine," Rodriguez said. He noted the study, conducted by the fleet’s office of plans and programs under Lt. Cmdr. Merlito Martinez, is upon orders from Rear Admiral Jose Luis Alano.


Rodriguez, however, noted that purchasing one would require billions of dollars.


"But since the Navy is geared towards Vision 2020, he wants to come up with a team, there is already a team that is conducting this studies and this studies will determine what capabilities do we need, where can we get this vessel or this submarine, what are the alternatives we have to be able to fund it, or how long will it take," he added.


He said the Navy needs to patrol the country’s territorial waters undetected, thus the need for a submarine.

"The amount may seem impossible for now but definitely we are taking a step forward because the President is (bent on) improving our naval capability. That is why, we are undertaking this study…We are taking a step forward, we are taking a step further," he said.


"It will be better (if we have a submarine) in patrolling our seas because when you have a submarine, it is physically invisible…We will be able to track those violating our maritime laws without them noticing us," said Rodriguez.


The assessment will first be presented to Navy officials before being submitted to the Armed Forces of the Philippine General Headquarters and the Department of National Defense.


Meanwhile, Philippine ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. is due to receive tomorrow a Hamilton class ship that the country had purchased from the US Coast Guard. The military spent P1.2 billion for it.

Rodriguez said a team from the Navy is now in California to undergo training to operate the ship. They will set sail in July and will probably arrive in August.


The ship may be deployed to Palawan, which should be patrolled because of oil interest in the area.

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17 mai 2011 2 17 /05 /mai /2011 07:00



Vue du futur porte-aéronefs Vikrant



17/05/2011 MER et MARINE


De manière assez surprenante, les autorités indiennes auraient renoncé, pour le moment, à lancer la construction de nouveaux porte-aéronefs. New Delhi se contenterait, dans un premier temps, du Vikramaditya (ex-Gorshkov), qu'elle doit toucher l'an prochain après une longue refonte en Russie. Ce navire de 283 mètres et 45.000 tonnes, capable de mettre en oeuvre 20 avions MiG 29-K et 12 hélicoptères, remplacera le vieux Viraat (ex-Hermès britannique mis en service en 1959) totalement à bout de souffle. Les travaux sur le premier porte-aéronefs de construction nationale, le Vikrant, sont également maintenus. Le bâtiment de 260 mètres et 40.000 tonnes, conçu pour embarquer 40 aéronefs, devrait être mis à flot cette année. Mais il ne sera pas opérationnel avant 2014. En revanche, la construction d'un sistership qui devait débuter au moment du lancement du Vikrant, serait renvoyée à plus tard.

Outre les difficultés techniques que rencontrent sans doute les industriels indiens pour mener à bien cet ambitieux projet, des facteurs économiques semblent justifier cette pause dans le développement de l'outil aéronaval indien. Certains journaux évoquent, notamment, l'explosion du coût des moyens consacrés à la lutte contre la piraterie, les eaux indiennes étant désormais à portée des attaques de navires marchands. La priorité serait donc données aux moyens permettant de repousser ce fléau, qui peut directement impacter l'économie régionale.

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17 mai 2011 2 17 /05 /mai /2011 06:00



CG imagination image of China Military Transporter


2011-05-16 (China Military News cited from Global TImes)


China is seeking to carry out the maiden flight of its first large transporter aircraft in 2012, according to a press release on the website of a major aircraft company, which has sparked speculation from aviation enthusiasts and defense observers.


Gao Jianshe, vice general manger of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said in a speech that all cadres and employees of the AVIC Xi’an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company (XAC) should complete their scientific research and production and ensure that the large jet will make its maiden flight before the 18th CPC National Congress scheduled next year, said the release issued on May 12.


The XAC’s press release had been removed from its official website Sunday evening. Ding Zhiyong, spokesperson for AVIC, declined to comment on the press release and said he had not read it.


According to XAC’s website, the company specializes in manufacturing bombers, fighter-bombers and regional passenger aircraft.


An earlier report by Xi’an-based Chinese Business View said that the XAC had been studying large transporter aircraft since 1993 and was selected as the major contractor for the aircraft in 2007, mainly in charge of the integration and assembly of the aircraft.


The large transporters will be capable of holding oversized payloads and taking off from temporary runways, greatly enhancing the air force’s power project capability, Daniel Tong, founder of the reputable website Chinese Military Aviation, told the Global Times, adding that it would also prove to be an invaluable asset for civil applications, such as disaster relief.


Bai Wei, former vice chief editor of the Aviation World Monthly, agreed. "China currently operates over a dozen of Il-76 transporters bought from Russia. The US operates over 120 C-17 transporters," Bai said.


A homemade large aircraft can also provide platform for some special aircraft, such as tanker aircraft and Airborne Warning and Control Systems, Bai added.


According to Tong, the prototypes and the initial batch of the transporter may be powered by a Russian D-30 engine or its Chinese counterpart used on the Russian IL-76 transporter and the Chinese H-6K bomber.


Chinese standards mark large aircraft as commercial aircraft and transporters with over 100 tons as a maximum take-off weight, according to the Xinhua News Agency. China’s large transporter will have a maximum take-off weight of over 200 tons, Tong estimated.


The large passenger aircraft C919, developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, is scheduled to make its median flight in 2014.

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2011-05-16 (China Military News cited from channelnewsasia.com)


China and Singapore have agreed to work towards enhancing defence exchanges and security cooperation between the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and People's Liberation Army (PLA).


This came as Member of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China, State Councillor and Minister of National Defence General Liang Guanglie met Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean on Monday morning.


The two met at the Ministry of Defence.


Later in the afternoon, General Liang called on Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana.


General Liang is in Singapore on a three-day official visit till Tuesday.


Mindef said General Liang's visit highlights the progress made in defence ties, following the signing of the bilateral Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation in January 2008.


The ministry added that the armed forces of both countries interact regularly through the exchange of visits, courses, seminars and port calls, and have also held two joint counter-terrorism (CT) training exercises.


Mindef said General Liang and Deputy Prime Minister Teo had exchanged views on regional security issues and reaffirmed the importance of the long-standing bilateral defence relationship and interactions.


They also expressed satisfaction with the progress in bilateral defence ties. In a statement to the media, Mindef said General Liang's visit underscores the warm and friendly defence relations between Singapore and China.


It also builds on the regular exchange of high-level bilateral visits between both sides.

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16 mai 2011 1 16 /05 /mai /2011 18:30



16/05/11 By Greg Waldron Flight International


Pakistan has requested a Foreign Military Sales deal to acquire spare parts for a number of its air force types, including the Lockheed Martin C-130 transport, F-16 fighter and T-33 trainer, as well as the Cessna T-37 trainer.


A notice issued by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency on 12 May notified Congress of a possible $62 million sale, but made no mention as to when Pakistan made the request.


Relations between Islamabad and Washington have been strained following the US special forces raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abottabad on 2 May.


Earlier this year the Pakistani air force inducted 17 new F-16 Block 52+ fighters into 5 Sqn, part of an 18-aircraft deal signed in 2006. Pakistan's 34 F-16A/B Block 15 aircraft are also undergoing mid-life upgrades.

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May 16, 2011 defpro.com


Singapore | DCNS is a major player in the European and world markets for value-added naval defence systems. As a naval prime contractor, shipbuilder and systems integrator, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions.


At IMDEX, the DCNS stand showcases:


• The SMX-25 known as “the lightning prowler”, and the ADVANSEA, an all-electric surface ship (propulsion and weapons). Introduced for the first time in Asia, these concepts demonstrate the Group’s capacity for innovation and anticipation: key element to bring Customer value and to conquer tomorrow’s markets.


• The innovative Gowind vessels, a new family of ocean-capable vessels designed by DCNS for all littoral and sea operations, are exceptional tools able to fulfil missions ranging from anti-piracy up to sea control and denial.


• The Gowind OPV is designed to meet the operational needs of a large number of navies focusing on coastal missions/homeland security. A first ship is in construction in France and will be delivered later this year. With a length overall of 87 metres and 1,000 tonnes displacement, the Gowind OPV will offer three weeks’ blue-water endurance, a range of 8,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 21 knots.


Bigger, the Gowind Combat is a multi-mission corvette (100 metres, 2,000 tonnes). It has a comprehensive Mission Management System for full-scale multi-threat missions, including a complete ASW suite with towed array sonar and improved stealth and survivability.


• The Scorpene Family submarines, already chosen by the Chilean, Malaysian, Indian and Brazilian Navies, represent the state-of-the-art in submarine design and construction. They benefit from the latest technologies developed for nuclear-powered classes operated by the French Navy, particularly as regard acoustic discretion and combat system performance. Excellent endurance makes the Scorpene one of the few medium-displacement designs suitable for extended ocean patrol duties. The modular design can also be readily tailored to each customer’s specific mission profiles and other requirements.


• The Andrasta, a compact submarine designed to operate in coastal waters, a theatre of growing importance to all maritime nations. Being also a fearsome adversary in deep water, Andrasta combines a state-of-the-art design with stealth, agility and power. A direct descendant of the Scorpene, Andrasta is remarkably effective in any underwater role that a client navy may wish to assign to it.


• DCNS will also present its Underwater Weapons Solutions, including, Contralto, the anti-torpedo countermeasure system (for submarine and surface ship), developed to face latest generation’s torpedoes.


• Sirehna, a DCNS centre of excellence, will represent the Group’s expertise in hydrodynamics, in various domains such as dynamic positioning, ship motion monitoring and stabilization systems and USV kits.


• A wide range of support services during the entire lifecycle of surface ships and submarines. These services stretch from the simplest order of spare parts to the through-life support of complete fleet. On top of current support operations, DCNS can carry out modernisation and life extension programmes to maintain fleet availability at optimal cost. DCNS also offers a complete set of courses and solutions designed to train all levels of naval and industrial personnel, from the start of a project through decommissioning and/or dismantling. Finally, DCNS proposes services in naval bases and shipyards from the Design, Engineering, Construction, Operation to the Maintenance. This global offer is designed to help navies to maintain and expand their self-sufficiency within technology transfer programmes.


From Singapore, DCNS serves south east-Asia in these areas through its subsidiary

DCNS Far East since 2005.



Last but not least, on the 20th of May, DCNS will participate to the Naval Technology Seminar with two presentations:


• DRONE and Ship: Encounter of a new kind. Mr Alain Bovis, DCNS Director of Science and Technology, CEO of Sirehna (1230hr, Track 2, Function Room 2).


• The SMX-25 submarine - The lightning prowler. Mr Nicolas Piganeau, DCNS Naval Architect (1330hr, Track 1, Conference Hall).

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16 mai 2011 par Daniel Favre – info-aviation


Le plus grand hélicoptère sans pilote chinois a effectué son premier vol d’essai le 7 mai à Weifang, une ville de la province du Shandong (est).


Baptisé V750, ce drone à voilure tournante s’est envolé depuis le centre d’essai du Weifang Tianxiang Technology Group. Le vol a duré dix minutes.


Le V750 affiche une masse maximale en vol de 757 kg. Il est doté d’une capacité de charge de plus de 80 kg et peut voler quatre heures à une vitesse maximum de 161 km/h en couvrant une distance de 500 km à une altitude de plus de 3.000 mètres.


L’hélicoptère pourra également être télécommandé à une distance de plus de 150 km, ou voler automatiquement suivant un programme.


Le V750 assurera des missions de surveillance et de reconnaissance aérienne.


Sa conception est le fruit d’une coopération entre Weifang Tianxiang Technology Group, Qingdao Haili Helicopter Co. Ltd, et l’Institut de recherche du contrôle automatique du vol. Son développement a débuté en août 2010. Sa production annuelle sera de 150 modèles par an.


« Le succès de ce vol d’essai comble une lacune dans le domaine de la recherche des drones hélicoptères en Chine », a déclaré Cheng Shenzong, le président du groupe Weifang Tianxiang Technology.

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May 15, 2011 United Nations(AFP)


North Korea and Iran are suspected of sharing ballistic missile technology, according to a UN sanctions report which China has sought to block, diplomats said Sunday.


A Chinese representative on a UN panel of seven experts on North Korea nuclear sanctions refused to sign on the report, which said prohibited material was moved through a "neighboring third country", according to diplomats.


The country is not named in the report, excerpts of which were passed to AFP, but diplomats said it was China, the isolated north's closest ally.


The New York Times reported that Beijing had put political pressure on the expert not to sign.


"There are certainly going to be some tough talks on the report this week," said one diplomat, speaking like the others on condition of anonymity. The sanctions panel's work is to be discussed on Tuesday.


The UN Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea after two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. It is banned from dealing in nuclear and ballistic material.


"Prohibited ballistic missile-related items are suspected to have been transferred between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran on regular scheduled flights of Air Koryo and Iran Air," the report said.


Air Koryo and Iran Air are the national airlines of North Korea and Iran. Both countries face UN sanctions over their nuclear programs.


North Korea used cargo flights because there was less security, the report said.


North Korea's international nuclear dealings have faced growing examination from the United Nations and western countries.


Six nation talks on ending the North's nuclear weapons drive have been stalled since December 2008.


Proliferation fears were heightened last November when the North said it had a uranium enrichment plant, which could give it a second way to make atomic bombs in addition to its plutonium stockpile.


China sought to block a previous sanctions panel report on North Korea this year which called for tougher implementation of sanctions and outlined the North's progress with uranium enrichment.


The new report was sent to all 15 members of the Security Council at the weekend and can only be released when there is unanimous agreement.


China has sought to bring North Korea back into the six-party nuclear talks, which also include South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States.


South Korea has insisted there can only be new six nation talks when the rival North has shown it is serious about negotiations and shown some kind of remorse for sinking a South Korean warship and shelling a frontier island last year. The North has denied sinking the ship.


The US special envoy on North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, will hold talks in Seoul this week focused on the stalled nuclear negotiations.

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May 16, 2011 defpro.com


WASHINGTON | The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified U.S. Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Malaysia for upgrades to existing F/A-18D aircraft, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $72 million.


The Government of Malaysia has requested the procurement and integration of a Mid Life Upgrade to existing F/A-18D aircraft including six (6) AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Pods. Also included are software development, system integration and testing, test sets, aircrew and maintenance training, support equipment, spares and repair parts, publications, technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor technical, logistics, engineering support services, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $72 million.


This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in East Asia.


Malaysia needs these assets to support future coalition operations and aircraft interoperability with the U.S. and other regional partners. This will upgrade the current FLIR pod to a current configuration, reducing obsolescence issues, and aligning the Malaysian Navy with functionality similar to the U.S. Navy.


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


The principal contractor will be The Boeing Company in St. Louis, Missouri.


There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.


Implementation of this sale will require the temporary travel of approximately eight contractor representatives to Malaysia for installation, system validation, and verification of this system along with other upgrade capabilities being integrated and installed simultaneously.


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


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

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16 mai 2011 1 16 /05 /mai /2011 11:30



13-05-2011 azernews.az


BAKU – Azerbaijan is in talks with two Chinese companies on the purchase of long-range missiles, Defense Industry Minister Yaver Jamalov has told the Baku-based ANS TV channel.


“Preliminary talks have already been held on delivering such missiles. The negotiations will be completed soon. I am hopeful that the missiles will be brought to Azerbaijan in the shortest time possible,” said Jamalov, who is attending a major international defense industry exhibition in Istanbul.


The minister said the IDEF-2011 exhibition was a major success for Azerbaijan, as the country signed a number of agreements with Turkey and Ukraine.


On the sidelines of the exhibition, Minister Jamalov and Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul signed a letter of intent on joint manufacturing of 105 mm canons and infantry rifles. Azerbaijan also inked an agreement with Turkey’s MKEK (Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation) to co-produce 120 mm mine launchers.


Jamalov said Azerbaijan has also signed letters of intent with Turkey’s Aselsan and Roketsan on joint production of 122 mm rockets and nocturnal devices.


According to him, an agreement was also reached with a Ukrainian company on joint production of anti-tank missiles.


He said further that Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry plans to manufacture 60 drones by the end of 2011. The newly opened plant in Azerbaijan produces two types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), he said.


Jamalov said Azerbaijani weaponry displayed at the IDEF-2011 exhibition is of great interest to the participants.


“As a result, the issue of using Azerbaijan’s 14.5 and 12.7 mm sniper rifles in Turkey’s armed forces was considered and agreed upon. Our rifles will most likely be available in the country’s armed forces soon.”


Jamalov said that during the exhibition Azerbaijan held talks on exporting its arms with a slew of companies from Turkey, the United States, France, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. The parties agreed that the companies’ officials would arrive in Azerbaijan to test military goods.


Azerbaijan is displaying a variety of weaponry at IDEF-2011, the sixth exhibition showcasing goods produced at its defense industry facilities. This year’s exhibition, which will last until Friday, displays 89 types of Azerbaijani military goods, a surge compared to the one held in 2009 when the country first joined the international exhibition with 27 types of goods. In addition to the weaponry displayed at previous exhibitions, Azerbaijan put on show its UAVs, new types of firearms and ammunition.


The exhibition was joined by over 400 companies from 71 countries.

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May 15, 2011, THE TIMES OF INDIA


NEW DELHI: India has started working on a network of air-defence systems which would be able to shoot down any enemy missile even at a distance of 5,000 kms, before it can enter the Indian air space.


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has already developed a missile that can intercept an incoming aerial threat 2,000 kms away under the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System and is now working on the second phase.


Under the second phase, missiles are being designed and developed in a manner that would enable them to shoot down any incoming missile at a distance of 5,000 kms, DRDO chief V K Saraswat said here.


The 5,000 kms interceptor missile is targeted to be ready by 2016, he said.


"It is well on schedule and we are already on initial design and testing stage," Saraswat said.


"Presently, our missiles are designed to engage targets within 2,000 km range. Later on, we will be making 5,000 km range class of interceptor missiles. That will be Phase-II of the BMD system," he added.


Last July, DRDO successfully tested the Phase-I of the indigenously developed interceptor missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island off Orissa coast.


On possibility of any tie-up with the US or any other country for development of the BMD systems, Saraswat said, "Our process of international collaboration is only to accelerate our own development process. Whenever we feel the need of a new technology, we may go for collaborations."


On the US offering India the Aegis Missile Defence Systems, he said, "These are market forces and will always remain there. There would always be market forces trying to sell the available equipment. In India this is not just a R&D effort but an actual programme, so I don't think we should worry about this."


India is also developing the Long Range Tracking Radar (LRTR) for the BMD systems. While the radars used for the Phase-I experiments were built with equal partnership from Israel, the Phase-II will have 80 per cent indigenous component.


"Only some of the equipments and consultancy would be provided by Israel," Saraswat said.

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


Dans le cadre de l’Exposition maritime internationale de Singapour ( Imdex 2011 ), le bâtiment de Projection et de commandement "Mistral" et la Frégate de Surveillance "Vendémiaire" feront escale à la base navale de Changi du 16 au 21 mai.


Plus d'information : Ambassade de France à Singapour


Escales :


16/05/2011 au 21/05/2011 : Vendémiaire F 734 à Singapour : Salon IMDEX Asia


16/05/2011 au 21/05/2011 : Mistral L 9013 à Singapour : Salon IMDEX Asia

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May 15, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE


On May 6th, the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) held another counter-terrorism exercise. This one was in northwest China, where commandos from China, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan held drills that showed off specialized skills needed to deal with heavily armed terrorists. What was also demonstrated was the emergence of China as a major Central Asian power.


Although Russia dominated Central Asia for centuries, China, and the booming Chinese economy, is now moving in. Chinese traders and businessmen are all over the place. The traders offer the best prices and the widest variety of goods. The Chinese businessmen offer the most attractive deals, although Kazakhstan turned down a Chinese proposal to rent a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of unused farmland, and allow Chinese farmers in to work it. This sort of thing scares Central Asians, who have a population of less than 65 million, compared to 1,400 million Chinese. But the Chinese are being allowed to build highways and railways that will connect all of Eurasia, as well as oil and gas pipelines carrying energy to China.


This is all good, as long as the Chinese don't try to export a lot of people. This is a real fear, because Russia conquered Central Asia in the 19th century, and held on to it until the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, in part to prevent any large scale Chinese migration. But now China is in the process of replacing Russian influence, and there isn't a lot the people of Central Asia can do about it. Despite that, the Central Asian states believe that the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) may help keep the Chinese under control. The SCO consists of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, with Mongolia, Pakistan, India and Iran as associate members, or "observers". Russia, and the Central Asian states, are trying to get India made a member, as a counterbalance to China.


SCO, unofficially, exists to keep the peace between China and Russia over economic activities in Central Asia. At the moment, China is winning the race to develop large oil and gas fields in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. China needs the energy, and is willing to pay whatever it takes. Since the Central Asian nations are run by corrupt leaders, often dictators, the Chinese have an easy, if expensive, way to gaining control of natural resources. At the moment, Russia is more concerned with halting, or much reducing, the flow of opium, hashish and heroin from Afghanistan to Russia. These drugs have created millions of addicts and major social problems. Russia has supplied the United States with extensive information on the drug gangs in Afghanistan, and throughout Central Asia, and how the smuggling networks operate. Russia is also trying to get more cooperation from Central Asian governments as well. But in many of these countries, senior officials are on the drug gang payrolls.

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May 14 2011 By David Pugliese Defence Watch



From Australia’s Defence Department:


Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today provided an update on the Royal Australian Navy's Amphibious Ship capability.

Purchase of Largs Bay

The Government announced on 6 April that Australia had been successful in its bid to acquire the United Kingdom's Bay Class amphibious ship Largs Bay at a cost of GBP65 million (approximately $A100 million).

Australia has now signed a Letter of Intent with the UK Government and the first two payments of GBP22 million each (GBP44 million or $A66 million in total) have been made on the ship.

A sea-trial of the ship has also been conducted.

The trial was conducted in two phases - a harbour phase (11-17 April) followed by the at-sea phase (18-19 April).

Defence's final report on the sea-trial confirms that the ship is in good material state.

International shipping firm, Teekay Shipping Australia, thoroughly inspected the ship prior to the submission of Australia's bid and found that:

"the ship presents very well, and from a technical point of view, there are no major defects."

Teekay was also engaged on the sea trial and have provided an updated report that confirms their previous assessment.

The Government will now give consideration to what modifications are necessary for Australian use of Largs Bay, with such work on the ship subject to Government approval.

The ship remains on track to arrive in Australia by the end of the year in time for it to be operational in Australia in early 2012.

HMAS Tobruk

HMAS Tobruk will be docked in Sydney today for previously announced required maintenance, which is expected to take around two months.

In order to ensure Australia has an amphibious capability during this period, the Australian Government has chartered the long range support ship Aurora Australis from P&O Maritime Services from 8 May 2011 to 30 June 2011, with options for an extension up to a month.

The Aurora Australis is a 94 metre Super Icebreaker.

It can carry 700 tonnes of cargo, transport 116 passengers, embark watercraft and support helicopter operations.

The vessel regularly supports Antarctic bases with limited or no port facilities, making it unique among commercial vessels currently available and ideal for humanitarian and disaster relief work.

The charter of this vessel will help ensure that Australia is able to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief incidents over this period.

The lease will cost $3.375 million and will be met from within existing Defence resources.

If required for operations it can be supported by a Guided Missile Frigate as well as Heavy Landing Craft.

The charter of the Aurora Australis is in addition to Australia's agreement with New Zealand that the New Zealand amphibious lift ship HMNZS Canterbury would be made available as part of the joint Pacific-focused Ready Response Force during Tobruk's maintenance period, subject to any operational requirements in New Zealand.

HMAS Tobruk is also scheduled for routine maintenance for around a six week period in September and October 2011 to prepare the ship ahead of cyclone season.

Detailed planning is currently underway to ensure Australia has an amphibious capability during this period. Details will be provided closer to that time.

Options under consideration include ongoing cooperation with New Zealand over the use of HMNZS Canterbury, Aurora Australis and a range of commercial options.

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May 14, 2011 by Ajai Shukla BUSINESS STANDARD


New Delhi - Backed by their govts, those eliminated in reckoning for Rs 43,000-crore fighter aircraft deal press for reasons why.


The elimination of four aircraft vendors from the $9.5-billion global competition to sell 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force (IAF) has not been accepted quietly. Business Standard has learnt the ministry of defence (MoD) has already got letters from all four, inquiring why their fighters were found unfit.


The first inquiry was from Russia, asking why the IAF had found the MiG-35 unsuitable. Next was the US embassy here, asking the specific reasons that had led to the elimination of the two American fighters, the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet; and the Lockheed Martin F-16IN Super Viper. MoD sources also confirm that Sweden’s Gripen International has written in, seeking details of why the fancied Gripen NG fighter was ruled out.


Earlier, on April 27, the MoD had written to the four vendors, briefly outlining but not detailing the reasons for their elimination. The remaining two vendors —Eurofighter GmbH and Dassault of France — were asked to extend the validity of their price bids, given two years earlier.


Vendor protests after elimination from a tender would usually be rejected as a pro forma exercise. This time, however, an MoD procedural error could provide the vendors a lever to claw their way back into contention. The MoD’s Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), which must review the IAF’s technical evaluation and flight trials to ascertain that procurement procedures were followed in full, had not completed its work before the MoD sent out the rejection letters.


It remains unclear why the MoD sent out its rejection letters before the TOC had ensured full compliance with procedures. Now, the three-man TOC — headed by the Scientific Advisor to the Raksha Mantri (SA to RM), V K Saraswat, with Bharat Electronics Ltd chief, Ashwini Datt and the IAF’s Air Marshal Anil Chopra as members — is scrambling to complete this mandatory review. Emailed a questionnaire by Business Standard, the MoD has not responded.



Aviation experts apprehend that this procedural lacuna could be exploited by one of the “politically influential vendors” (read Boeing and Lockheed Martin) to re-enter contention. Senior IAF officers, however, emphatically rule out selecting either American fighter. Says an IAF officer involved in the selection: “The US companies, which flaunt their technological leadership, are feigning hurt that their fighters were found technologically unsuitable. But it was their misjudgement to offer the IAF fighters like the F-16 and the F-18 that are decades old. It is arrogance to claim these have been modernised and are good enough for a country like India. If they wanted to argue technology, they should have fielded the F-35.”


The Russian vendor, RAC MiG, is also upset with the IAF’s rejection but for another reason. “The MiG-35 has been developed in Russia as a natural replacement for the 2000-odd MiG-21s that are in coming to the end of their service lives in tens of air forces around the world. With the IAF — a bastion of MiG fighters — rejecting the MiG-35, the Russian builder worries about the negative signal this will send across the world,” points out Pushpindar Singh, aerospace expert and editor-in-chief of the trade magazine, Vayu.


Meanwhile, Gripen International is fine-tuning its strategy for appealing the IAF’s rejection. According to the MoD’s letter to the company, the Gripen NG was found non-compliant with the IAF’s tender requirements on 51 counts, of which 43 relate to the critical Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Gripen International argues it is unfair to say the IAF has not been provided “proof of technology”, or proof that the Gripen NG’s Selex AESA radar (still under development) had surmounted the key technological obstacles needed for operationalising it in time for delivery to India. That is because Selex (in partnership with Euroradar) is also developing the Eurofighter’s AESA radar, which the IAF has accepted as technologically viable, and likely to be ready in time for delivery to India. Gripen points out that if Selex has convinced the IAF about having mastered the technology for the Eurofighter’s AESA radar, that same technology will drive the Gripen NG’s radar.


But IAF sources reveal that Gripen failed to provide proof that their AESA radar development was on track and that they could integrate it on a fighter. In contrast, Dassault had fitted two prototype AESA radars on Rafale fighters, proving they were close to completion. Eurofighter, too, test-flew a prototype AESA radar for the IAF evaluation team, convincing them it would be ready by 2014-15.


So far, all six vendors had conspicuously praised the MMRCA technical and flight evaluation procedures, declaring this was the most professionally handled competitive procurement they had ever encountered anywhere. Now, clearly, the gloves are off.

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14 mai 2011 6 14 /05 /mai /2011 11:30



May 13, 2011 By Robert Wall AviationWeek.com


LONDON — A decision between the NH Industries NH90 and Lockheed Martin MH-60R for Australia’s future multi-role helicopter is imminent, with the source selection team having completed its evaluation.


An Australian military official notes the decision on who will win the so-called Air 9000 Phase 8 Future Naval Aviation Combat System program to replace the Seahawk and canceled Seasprite is ready to go to the cabinet for approval and subsequent announcement.


The Australian navy already is buying MRH90s — with three of six already delivered — that are being procured as part of the purchase of 46 of the transport versions of the NH90 being built by Australian Aerospace. Those six helicopters are to replace Sea Kings.


But the fielding of the MRH90s is not necessarily an advantage for NH Industries. Australia has been struggling with the fielding of the rotorcraft and has currently suspended taking more of the helos beyond the 13 already handed over.


Training of personnel for the new system also has slowed, in part owing to a hiatus in flying operations after an engine problem was discovered. Although a fix was identified, the maintenance regime now in place is laborious, the military official says.


Another concern for Australia is that the cost of continuing to operate aging Black Hawks, which the MRH90 is to replace, are starting to rise.


Progress on fielding the Tiger reconnaissance and attack helicopters is moving ahead more swiftly, although it is not problem-free, either. So far, 19 of 22 helicopters have been handed to the military. Full operational capability is expected in December 2012.


One current challenge is the integration of the Thales TopOwl helmet-mounted sight system. That needs to be resolved to clear Tigers in Australia for night operations. The target is to achieve that by October or no later than the end of the year.

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14 mai 2011 6 14 /05 /mai /2011 08:00



13.05.2011 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense


Le gouvernement australien, qui avait consenti de gros efforts d'équipements de ses forces armées au cours des dix dernières années, vient d'annoncer des coupes budgétaires.


Pour 2011, c'est 1,6 milliard de dollars australiens qui vont échapper au budget de la Défense; et pour la période 2012-2015, le montant retranché du budget sera de 2,6 milliards de $ australiens. Sur trois ans, un millier de postes va être supprimé, a aussi annoncé Stephen Smith, le ministre de la Défense.


Rappelons que les Australiens ont consenti de très gros efforts qui leur ont permis d'acheter des Tigre, des NH-90, 24 F-18 en attendant les F-35, des C-17 de transport, de commander deux BPC en Espagne, de moderniser leur artillerie et de maintenir des contingents militaires en Irak, en Afghanistan et en Asie du Sud-Est. Ces efforts s'étaient accompagnés d'une externalisation massive du soutien, du facility management...

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13 mai 2011 5 13 /05 /mai /2011 17:30



May 12, 2011 DNA PTI


New Delhi - To improve coordination among agencies involved in maritime security, Indian Navy has operationalised Joint Operation Centres (JOCs) at its three Naval Commands and in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It has also put in place Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to conduct joint maritime drills.


"JOCs have been established at Western, Eastern and Southern Naval Commands and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Navy has also issued a set of SOPs to coordinate with Indian Coast Guards (ICG) and other stake holders in maritime security," Defence ministry officials said here today.


On May 10, Defence minister A K Antony reviewed the coastal security and was briefed by Navy chief admiral Nirmal Verma on the steps taken to secure the coastline.


The security review was attended by Director General of ICG Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, defence secretary Pradeep Kumar and Secretary Defence Production R K Singh.


Antony was further briefed on patrolling of coastal areas by the Navy and ICG, formation of Sagar Prahari Bal, deployment of Fast Interceptor Crafts and the set up of National Command Control Communication and Intelligence Network to cover the national coastline.


"The National Command Control Communication and Intelligence Network would be completed by next year. The procurement of Interceptor Crafts is on schedule," officials said.


Vice Admiral Chopra briefed Antony on procurement of assets by the ICG.


"Since 2009, ICG has contracted more than 100 different platforms- ships, patrol vessels and boats- and 16 Dornier aircraft," officials said.


"12 Dorniers aircraft and two Chetak helicopters are under construction while nine interceptor boats, four Dorniers and two Chetaks have been inducted into the service," they added.


Acquisition of 30 twin-engine helicopters is also in pipeline, they said.


While nine ICG stations have been established since 2009, 20 more have been sanctioned by the Ministry which would be set up across the coastline.


Chopra further informed on sanction of 10 air-units for the force out of which three have been established.


Expressing satisfaction over the security measures, Antony asked Navy and Coast Guard officers to give top priority to the coastal security.

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13 mai 2011 5 13 /05 /mai /2011 16:30



May 13, 2011 defense-aerospace.com


(Source: Australian Strategic Policy Institute; issued May 13, 2011)


Australia needs a Plan B and even a Plan C to maintain air combat supremacy in the event of further delays in the new Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), a new study says.


Plan B, the "least bad" option, would involve extending the life of existing RAAF Hornet aircraft past 2020 while Plan C would involve buying additional Super Hornets on top of the 24 ordered to replace F-111s.


Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst Andrew Davies said problems with the JSF program must be raising questions within defence and the government of another looming capability gap later this decade.


The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning JSF is an advanced stealth multi-role combat aircraft that will be the mainstay of US and allied air forces to around mid-century.


Australia will acquire up to 100 JSF aircraft in a deal worth up to $16 billion with the first due for delivery in 2014 and entry to service in 2018.


Delays in JSF development mean initial operational capability is now looking more like 2019-20, about the time classic Hornets, which entered service in the mid-1980s, are reaching retirement.


The government has argued that the JSF delivery schedule contains enough flexibility to account for delays but Dr Davies said the margins were becoming uncomfortably tight.


JSF, once billed as an affordable US$55 million aeroplane, is now looking more like a US$130 million aeroplane.


Dr Davies said cost was less of a problem for Australia than the delivery schedule.


"Schedule pressures mean that the ability of the RAAF to maintain its fleet of around 100 combat aircraft, the publicly-stated necessary number to maintain capability in the last few years of this decade, is now coming under question," he said.


On the plus side, JSF is now well ahead in its flight test schedule and looks like being as stealthy as claimed.


Dr Davies said more of a concern was software, the bugbear of numerous high technology defence projects.


"Development is behind schedule and the latest re-plan has slipped each successive (software) delivery further out," he said.


"The initial warfighting capability is scheduled for late 2013 and the full warfighting capability is now out to April 2016."

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May 13, 2011 defense-aerospace.com


(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued May 13, 2011)

(N.B.: all monetary amounts are in Australian dollars)


Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced Defence will save $100 million over the next decade under new arrangements for operating the radar network protecting northern Australia.


The savings will be achieved by Defence working in partnership with BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin to deliver more efficient support services to the radar -- the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN).


Mr Clare said this was a terrific example of Defence and industry working together to deliver savings to the taxpayer.


“Defence, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin Australia have done excellent work to deliver these savings,” Mr Clare said.


“This $100 million saving will be achieved without any impact on the operating capability or safety of the radar network. This represents a saving of 16 per cent per year.”


Mr Clare said the savings follow an end-to-end review of the JORN system to identify possible savings measures.


“The JORN system was chosen as one of the four initial pilot projects developed in early 2010 for the implementation of Strategic Reform Program – Smart Sustainment Initiatives,” Mr Clare said.


“These revised support contracts represent a significant saving for Defence and would not have been possible without the excellent work put in by both Defence and the industry partners – Lockheed Martin Australia and BAE Systems.”


JORN provides long range surveillance of Australia’s northern sea and air approaches up to 3000km from the three radar sites located near Laverton, WA, Alice Springs, NT and Longreach, QLD.


The revised contracts include an extension to the original contract support periods. Additionally, the contracts include an option for further extensions should capability outcomes and cost savings continue to be achieved.

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12 May 2011 DefenseNews AFP


WASHINGTON - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou on May 12 renewed on the U.S. to sell F-16 fighter jets to the island, saying he needed leverage as he pursues reconciliation with China.


Ma said he was committed to seeking weapons from the U.S. despite belt-tightening by his administration, which has raised defense spending at a slower pace than planned since the global economic downturn.


In an address to a U.S. think tank, Ma pledged to move forward with his policy of improving relations with China, saying the island has benefited from his outreach to the mainland since taking office in 2008.


But Ma said: "The right leverage must be in place, otherwise Taiwan cannot credibly maintain an equal footing at the negotiating table."


"We continue to urge the U.S. to provide Taiwan with necessary defensive weaponry such as F-16s and diesel-powered submarines," he told the Center for Strategic and International Studies by video-link from Taipei.


The U.S. last year approved $6.4 billion in weapons for Taiwan, including Patriot missiles and Black Hawk helicopters. But the package did not include fighter jets, which Taiwan believes are necessary to close the gap as China rapidly boosts its military budget.


China angrily protested the package, temporarily snapping off defense ties with the U.S. Beijing considers Taiwan - where the mainland's defeated nationalists fled in 1949 - to be a territory awaiting reunification.


A senior Taiwanese lawmaker, Lin Yu-fang, said May 10 that Taiwan would delay buying weapons from the U.S. package to save money as the island undergoes a costly shift from conscription to a professional military.


Ma said only that Taiwan wanted a "small but strong" military force and that he has made "adequate arrangements" both to buy weapons and to transform the military.


He acknowledged he has not met a goal of devoting 3 percent of the gross domestic product to military spending due to other priorities since the economic crisis.


"We will try in the future to catch up with that, but I can assure you we do have the resolve to defend ourselves," he said.


Ma is seeking another term in January elections. The rival Democratic Progressive Party led Taiwan for eight years before Ma and has emphasized the island's own identity, often clashing with Beijing.


Ma's critics have denounced him for reaching a sweeping trade pact with China, saying that the landmark agreement weakens Taiwan's de facto independence and may bring reunification by economic instead of military force.


But Ma said the trade pact helped Taiwan achieve growth of 10.82 percent last year - a 23-year high - and may paradoxically reduce dependence on China as other trading partners find it easier to do business with the island.


"We shouldn't put all our eggs in one basket. But we can't really leave no eggs in one of the largest baskets of the world," he said.


Ma said the stability in relations with China would also help Taiwan build its "soft power" as foreign companies drawn by the island's location would see its safety, prosperity and high standard of education.

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12 mai 2011 4 12 /05 /mai /2011 19:00



HMNZS Otago (photo : defencetalk)




Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS OTAGO, sailed today on its inaugural deployment to the South Pacific.


Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Simon Rooke, OTAGO and its ship’s company will be visiting Raoul Island, Tonga, Samoa, the Tokelau Islands, Rarotonga and Niue over 38 days.


While in the South Pacific the ship will be undertaking a range of activities including maritime security and surveillance patrols, humanitarian aid disaster relief activity, military and diplomatic engagement within the region and working with Pacific Island states to undertake fisheries surveillance patrols in support of the Forum Fisheries Agency.


OTAGO will also be involved with diverse tasks including: sea riding opportunities and engagement with the Mutual Assistance Programme, hosting 11 artists sponsored by the Pew Environment Group, and providing logistical support to the Department of Conservation amongst other diplomatic engagement activities with the Pacific Island Nations.


Concurrent with these activities, the ship will continue to undergo sea trials and continuation training both at sea and alongside in order to contribute to the full release of the Offshore Patrol Vessel's capability.


“This is the first international deployment for OTAGO which offers a new capability in supporting New Zealand’s Pacific Island neighbours” said Lieutenant Commander Rooke.


“The voyage will offer up some challenges for all of us and is a chance to demonstrate how our new ship can operate in the heat of the tropics.”


“We are also looking forward to interacting with ships from the nations we are visiting to enhance our ability to operate together for activities such as Search and Rescue and Resource protection.”


Ship Information


Displacement 1900 tonnes


Length 85 metres


Beam 14 metres


Speed 22 knots


Range 6000 nautical miles


Propulsion 2x Mann Burmeister & Wain 12RK280 diesels producing 5400 kW


Core Complement 35


Flight personnel 10


Multi Agency Complement 4


Additional personnel 30


Total Complement 79


Boat Capacity 2 x 7.3 m Zodiac RHIB


Deployable by 2 x Powered Davits


(RNZ Navy)

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May 12, 2011 SHEPARD GROUP Source: BAE Systems Australia


BAE Systems has signed a new contract to continue supporting Australia's strategic Over the Horizon Radar (OTHR) system that will deliver major savings in support of Defence's Strategic Reform Program (SRP).


The Company has supported OTHR development, sustainment and operations since the mid- 1980s.


Throughout the contract, BAE Systems has pursued initiatives to deliver savings and efficiencies.


BAE Systems Managing Director Jim McDowell said when the SRP was announced in 2009, the company committed to deliver further cost savings.


"Working closely with the OTHR Systems Programs Office and in line with the SRP, the new agreement will deliver in excess of 16% savings over the five year contract.


"This has been achieved without adversely impacting on the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)'s OTHR operational capability," Mr McDowell said.


The five-year contract extension, with options to extend for a further nine years is valued at AUD $116 million.


Under the contract, 120 BAE Systems employees (based in Adelaide and the Northern Territory) will provide maintenance, logistics, engineering development, installation, verification and validation, operator training and support to the operation and enhancement of Radar Three and other key elements of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network.


"Working closely alongside the OTHR Systems Programs Office we have been able to achieve an agreement that includes both the necessary cost savings and incentivisation framework, and one that incorporates a culture of continuous improvement," Mr McDowell said.


Key features of the new contract include:


· Significant subcontract, materials and labour cost savings


· Incorporation of a new Efficiency Program that will help to identify further efficiencies using a LEAN approach


· Simpler contract model incorporating pain/gain share has reduced back office overhead and provides a genuine incentive to the Contractor, and


· Increased operational availability and improved operational flexibility delivered within existing contract labour profile.

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