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12 mai 2011 4 12 /05 /mai /2011 18:30

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May 10, 2011 By Jay Menon AviationWeek.com

 

NEW DELHI - The Indian Ordnance Factories board has begun augmentation projects to meet the increasing demand for armored vehicles, spare parts and other equipment for the armed forces.

 

“Augmentation projects worth about 10 billion rupees ($224 million) [for] mine-protected vehicles, armored vehicle engines, T-72 tank variants [and] spares for T-72 overhauls are being executed,” a defense ministry official says.

 

In addition, projects for the Pinaka rocket, high caliber weapon systems, T-90 tanks, BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles and Arjun main battle tanks worth about 60 billion rupees are in the pipeline, the official says.

 

A senior Indian Ordnance Factories official says that the group has been enhancing production capacity and inducting state-of-the art technology. “During the last couple of years, indigenous production of T-90 tanks has started, and production of BMP-2 has resumed after a gap of seven years,” the official says.

 

Regular production of Arjun tanks, T-90 tanks, BMP-2 vehicles, Pinaka rockets, mine-protected vehicles for the army and 105-mm Light Field Guns has commenced, he adds.

 

“There has been a 30% increase in production of various types of ammunition during the last financial year [which ended March 31],” he says.

 

Indian Ordnance Factories is India’s oldest and largest industrial establishment. Functioning under the defense ministry, it has prepared a comprehensive plan for modernizing its facilities with state-of-the art technology during the next five years for an investment of 150 billion rupees.

 

The modernization plans include an online quality management system and hiring of about 8,000 skilled personnel.

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12 May, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

For the first time in an official, public document, the government has admitted the revolutionary Joint Strike Fighters intended to provide Australia's main air defence long into this century are likely to arrive later than planned and cost much more than expected.

 

A document released with Tuesday's budget describes a technical review of the US program to develop the multi-purpose stealth aircraft, which the RAAF intends will replace its retired F-111 long-range bombers and F/A-18 Hornet fighters. The review is expected to be completed mid-year.

 

Australia has ordered 14 JSFs, now officially designated the F-35 Lockheed Lightning II. The first of those aircraft was to be handed over to the RAAF in the US in 2014 so training of pilots and ground crew could begin there. It is hoped the first squadron of JSFs will be operational by 2018.

 

The Australian Defence Force, the Defence Department and successive governments have long said sufficient margins were built into the anticipated $16 billion cost of the project to cover any increases.

 

The budget document says the current approved costs of the aircraft and timing of their delivery are adequate, but it adds: "However, the diminishing buffers are of considerable concern and are being closely monitored."

 

(The Australian)

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May 11, 2011 By Jay Menon AviationWeek.com

 

New Delhi - User trials for India’s future main battle tank, the Arjun Mk. II Phase I, will begin in June, and the first batch of the advanced variant should be ready by 2014.

 

Two regiments of the Arjun Mk. I are already deployed in India’s western sector of Rajasthan by the army, and a further order for 124 tanks has been placed with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

 

“DRDO has already begun work on the improvements required for the Mk. II tanks, and about 20 improvements have already been completed,” a defense ministry official says. The two-phase project was cleared in 2010.

 

“After completing technical trials, the army will validate the major improvements carried out in the Phase I and II plans. This is scheduled during June 2011 and July 2012,” the official says.

 

The indigenously developed weapon system will undergo 93 upgrades in two phases, including the advanced air defense gun system for firing at attack helicopters. The tank also will be equipped with explosive-reactive armor to protect it from enemy missiles and rockets.

 

The tank is likely to benefit from new laser warning suites and missile-firing capabilities, which are much advanced over existing systems. It also will have an automatic target-tracking system to add accuracy when firing on a moving target.

 

Besides the 124 Arjun Mk. I tanks, the Indian army has signaled its intention to acquire another 124 Mk. IIs.

 

According to the official, 45 tanks will be ready in the Phase I period, and the remaining 79 will roll out during Phase II. “The first batch of Arjun Mk. II Phase I tanks are expected to be ready during 2013-14,” he says.

 

The official says the army’s Arjun Mk. I tanks were manufactured by Heavy Vehicles Factory.

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May 12, 2011 Sui Yang and Fan Juwei / PLA Daily – defpro.com

 

The reporters learned from the working conference on pilot projects of overall construction of modern logistics of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) which was concluded on May 9 that the PLA logistic departments had made satisfying phrasal achievements over the past 1-plus year through constantly improving the logistic support capacity of information-system-based systematic operations and further carrying out the pilot projects of overall construction of modern logistics of the PLA in earnest implementation of the “Outline of Overall Construction of Modern Logistics of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army”.

 

Since the pilot projects started, all major units and troop units concerned have not only attached much importance to summing up their own experience, but also boldly learnt from the advanced practice in this regard from the militaries of developed countries. A group army of the PLA Nanjing Military Area Command has basically sought out a development mode of modern logistics for army troops featuring “combat logistics, information logistics, and intensive logistics”. A base of the PLA Second Artillery Force has also established its development mode “driven by substantial pursuit, equipped with systematic supporting facilities, dominated by information technology and featuring precise support as well as standardized management”.

 

Qin Yinhe, deputy director of the PLA General Logistics Department, attended the conference and delivered a speech.

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May 11,2011 IBNLive

 

Mumbai, May 11 (PTI) Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) will formally enter into a collaboration on research in various areas from the 12th Five Year Plan onwards, a top defence scientist said today. The field of research collaboration will include basic research, high power microwaves, high power laser, and high speed computation among others, Dr V K Saraswat, Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister said at the National Technology Day Colloquium held at BARC today. "DRDO and institutions under DAE have been collaborating with each other informally but now there will be a formal collaboration between the two institutions for the development of important deliverables for the country's security," Saraswat said. "There are several fundamental problems which need to be resolved in many areas like sensors, materials and the synergy between DAE scientists and DRDO will help build India's future systems of high efficiency," he said speaking on 'Innovation through Technology in Defence'. Innovation with DAE will have to be an integrated model and it is essential that existing obstacles are removed to facilitate innovation, Saraswat said. With the warring scenarios changing with time and evolving technologies and innovations around the globe, it is important for India also to keep up this momentum of dynamic change. For this, the synergy between scientists of excellence from both DAE and DRDO is very important, he added.

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May 11, 2011 By Asia-Pacific Staff aviation week and space technology

 

New Delhi - Perhaps it should come as no surprise, given India’s notoriety when it comes to defense procurement, that the downselect in its high-profile fighter competition has raised an unusual number of questions.

 

At issue is not so much who survived in the Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contest as how the downselect was conducted. The Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale were rated highly before the field was winnowed, but the losing contenders—the Boeing F/A18F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin F-16IN Super Viper, Saab Gripen IN and MiG MiG-35—have many unanswered questions.

 

Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab all have asked the government for a debriefing on why they were eliminated from the $12 billion competition to build at least 126 fighters. MiG did not join that appeal.

 

The defense ministry has made no public statement on the dramatic elimination, though officials on the acquisition team wonder what more information they can supply the losing vendors “over and above what we already have.”

 

Rather than naming Eurofighter and Dassault winners, the government asked them to extend the validity of their commercial bids till the end of the year and resubmit those documents by May 13. Bids expired at the end of April. The others were not asked to take that step.

 

The unusual procedure has some questioning what lies ahead. An official with one of the losing vendors says that “if the Typhoon and Rafale won this round on technical compliance and performance grounds, who says it’ll play out the same way on price? These planes are not cheap.”

 

With the defense ministry opting to choose between two of the most expensive fighters in the competition, there is a sense that negotiations could still fail, in light of the Indian defense establishment’s legendary sensitivity to unit price. “The known prices of the two final contenders could throw budgetary allocations for the MMRCA acquisition completely out of gear. The finance ministry won’t like that one single bit,” agrees an Indian air force officer who observed field trials of the six aircraft at the Leh air base in the Himalayas.

 

Saab CEO Hakan Bushke is even more explicit. “We are still offering the Indian government the Gripen,” he said after the company noted it was not selected. In these processes, there can be changes of direction, he added.

 

A price war is also not being ruled out, in part because Dassault is eager to secure the first export order for Rafale and Eurofighter officials have signaled they will be aggressive in pursuing the deal.

 

As things stand, commercial bids of the two finalists will be reviewed and compared to a previously established benchmark price, with the offer closest to the figure deemed the lowest bidder. Discussions on the $4.75 billion in offsets will also take place.

 

The decision not to pick either of the U.S. competitors has also raised questions about whether New Delhi is sending Washington a political signal over technology transfer or other issues.

 

When asked if the Pentagon’s policy on transferring sensitive electronics and sensor codes played a role in the decision, an Indian officer says, “The request for proposals is very clear about what technologies and software we expect to be fully transferred. If certain vendors have put forward bids which are not compliant with that requirement as a result of their home government’s export and transfer policies, that is something the [defense ministry] has taken into account while making its decision.”

 

Washington has been intensely courting New Delhi not just for this deal, but more broadly to strengthen the bilateral relationship. In that vein, the U.S. offered what it considered heavy inducements in the realm of technology transfer on the MMRCA, although Indian officials were skeptical about some of the associated caveats.

 

The U.S. bidders are reluctant to complain too loudly, though, not wishing to upset a military customer with whom they have other commercial interests. For instance, India is buying Lockheed Martin C-130Js and Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft while also considering Boeing C-17s and AH-64D Apache attack helicopters. Industry officials also believe the Boeing F/A-18E/F could still be a contender for a future Indian navy carrier aircraft requirement.

 

Indian officials are somewhat defensive about complaints that they have not been transparent and the MMRCA process has been confusing. “If there is a sense that this outcome was a surprise, then that is not correct,” says an officer on the defense ministry’s acquisition team. “In the spirit of the process, each vendor was briefed in a highly transparent manner about their performance in technical and field evaluation trials as well as compliance at every step. The sharing of information was done in such a way that the vendors who lost definitely knew that they were not making it.”

 

Indian air force chief PV Naik also dismisses the notion that the surprise expressed by the losing vendors had anything to do with the process. “Whether anyone is happy or unhappy, we have done whatever we were asked to do by the government. If you select one aircraft, it always happens that the other side would be dissatisfied. There is nothing wrong with our process. It is a human feeling,” he says. Nevertheless, the MMRCA acquisition team has been instructed by Defense Minister AK Antony to ensure that dissatisfaction among the losing vendors does not translate into delays in the remainder of the process.

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2011-05-11 (China Military News cited from RSIS and written by Richard A. Bitzinger and Paul T. Mitchell)

 

China may soon, at long last, get its first aircraft carrier. After years of renovation, the former Soviet carrier Varyag could, as early as this year, take to the sea as the largest and grandest ship in the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The Varyag will not be the last carrier in the PLAN; rumours persist that China will likely build four to six aircraft carriers. Yet, while PLAN is on its way to being a carrier-based navy, it will not happen easily or anytime soon.

 

Enter the Varyag

 

A casualty of the post-Cold War, the Varyag was laid down in the early 1980s, but construction was halted in 1992 when the vessel was only 70 percent complete. Ukraine, which inherited it after the breakup of the Soviet Union, stripped the ship bare and left it expose to the elements for several years. When the Varyag was finally sold and delivered to China in 2001 – ostensibly to be turned into a Macau casino – it was a rusted shell, without engines, rudder, weapons systems, or electronics. In addition, the process of removing sensitive equipment from the vessel had resulted in damage to its structure, so that even its seaworthiness was questioned.

 

Undaunted, in mid-2005 the Chinese moved the Varyag to a drydock at the Dalian shipyard in northeast China, where it was painted PLAN grey and its flight deck repaired. Subsequently, engines and electrical systems have been reinstalled and its bridge reconstructed. At the moment, China still lacks carrier-capable aircraft. The PLAN is reportedly interested in the Su-33 fighter jet, which is flown off Russia’s lone remaining carrier, the Admiral Kusnetzov. Rumours abound that it may buy up to 50 Su-33s from Russia or that it has already acquired a couple from Ukraine and is in the process of reverse-engineering the aircraft.

 

Next Steps

 

The Varyag will likely be used more as a research and training platform for future Chinese carrier designs and crews, rather than as a fully functioning carrier. At the same time, China is expected to begin construction of several indigenous carriers. At one time, the authoritative Jane’s Information Group speculated that the PLAN could build up to six aircraft carriers, commissioning the first by the middle of this decade.

 

If and when that happens, it would likely mean the reorientation of the PLAN around Carrier Battle Groups (CVBGs), with the carrier at the heart of a constellation of supporting submarines, destroyers and frigates – an amalgamation of power projection at its foremost. Such CVBGs are among the most impressive instruments of military power, in terms of sustained, far-reaching, and expeditionary offensive force.

 

The Challenge of Carrier-Based Operations

 

Possessing an aircraft carrier, however, does not automatically translate into being a carrier-based navy. For one thing, it could be 15 to 20 years before China could have a full fleet of four to six CVBGs. Moreover, few things are more challenging than carrier operations. Landing an aircraft on a carrier deck, moving in all three axes, is one of the most stressful aspects of flight operations. At the same time, the carrier deck is a highly dangerous work area, given its relatively small size and the number of activities all taking place at the same time. Consequently, the potential for mishap resulting in the death of the pilot or those supporting him is very high.

 

Carrier operations carry additional burdens. More than any other surface combatant, a carrier is a “system-of-systems” in and of itself. Carriers typically have several different aircraft types aboard in a “carrier air wing”. A US carrier air wing has four separate fighter squadrons, an electronic warfare squadron, a squadron of anti-submarine and search-and-rescue helicopters, an early warning squadron, and a cargo aircraft detachment. Moreover, so-called “cyclic operations” – the continuous launch and recovery of air missions over the space of a day – requires the careful orchestration of men and machines, all of which requires continuous practice to even begin to approach any degree of proficiency. Not only does this require a large shore-based training institution, but also a commitment to regular sea-based exercising.

 

Consequently, it is doubtful that the PLAN will attempt to duplicate the complexity of a US aircraft carrier. For one thing, the Varyag uses a “ski-jump” design, which obviates the need for complicated catapults; on the other hand, this greatly reduces the number of aircraft it can carry (the Kusnetzov carries only a dozen or so fighters), and how many it can operate at any one time. Additionally, these fighter aircraft have to sacrifice weapons loads and fuel in order to take off, greatly limiting their firepower and range of operations.

 

The Shape of Things to Come

 

Despites these challenges, the PLAN is obviously intent on becoming a carrier-based navy. If the last decade has shown us anything about the Chinese military, it is its resolve and determination to build up its armed forces. China continues to plow considerable resources into military modernisation – most recently by boosting its defence budget by 12.7 percent, to US$91.5 billion. If China does succeed in acquiring not just one, but a fleet of aircraft carriers, it would constitute a revolutionary turn of events in terms of expanding Chinese military power. That, in turn, could greatly alter the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific.

 

Richard A. Bitzinger is a Senior Fellow with the Military Transformation Programmme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Paul T. Mitchell is a Professor of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Canada.

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2011-05-11 (China Military News cited from indianexpress.com)

 

China now has the capability to deploy and sustain more than half-a-million troops for over a month on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in case of a high threat scenario with India.

 

Combining deft defence diplomacy with India’s neighbours and major infrastructure upgradation in restive Xinjiang and Tibet, Beijing is expected to be increasingly assertive towards New Delhi and may put pressure on Arunachal Pradesh in near future.

 

This threat perception and assessment in the form of a presentation in South Block was given to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A K Antony, National Security Adviser S S Menon, Principal Secretary T K Nair and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar by the Indian military brass last month.

 

While the government is tight-lipped about the presentation, the military brass told the PM that Chinese PLA has acquired the capability to deploy 34 troop divisions (one division has 23,000 troops) along the LAC in case of a high threat scenario by pulling out troops from Chengdu and Lanzhou military regions. When compared to the Indian strength of nine holding divisions along the northern borders, the PLA with a defence budget estimated at $150 billion holds overwhelming advantage.

 

As part of major infrastructure upgradation in Tibet and Xinjiang, China is doing the following:

 

Connection with all counties in Tibet with border roads completed. Road network increased from 51,000 km in 2008 to 58,000 km in 2010. Plans to increase black topped roads by another 70,000 km on the anvil.

 

Extension of Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Golmund to Lhasa and thereon to Shigatse (close to Sikkim). Rail connectivity is planned to link Kathmandu, Myanmar, Bhutan, Pakistan and Central Asian republics. Eleven new rail lines on the anvil in Tibet and Xinjiang for rapid deployment of PLA.

 

There are eight airfields in Tibet, including five operational ones; 18 air bases in Tibet and Xinjiang have the capability to put India under range of Sukhoi 27 aircraft.

 

The Indian security concerns get multiplied when this Chinese advantage is backed with an all-weather friend like Pakistan. Beijing is in the process of supplying four F-22 frigates along with JF-17 aircraft to Islamabad. PLA has pushed some 1,000 troops in PoK for upgradation of Karakoram Highway and to link it with sea ports of Karachi, Gwadar and Bin Qassim. This will not only give strategic depth to Pakistan but also allow PLA to control the Persian Gulf.

 

China’s Dong Fang Electric Supply Corporation and Pakistan Railways have also signed a feasibility study contract on a Havelian-Khunjerab Pass rail link. The military brass also gave information on Chinese inroads into Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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May 11, 2011 By Bradley Perrett AviationWeek.com

 

BEIJING — The fall of the U.S. dollar is helping Australia to lop A$4.3 billion ($4 billion) from its defense spending over the next four years.

 

Capital spending, determined by the timing of acquisitions as well as the lower price resulting from changes in exchange rates, will be A$2.4 billion lower than previously planned, says Defense Minister Stephen Smith. Because some spending has only been delayed, some of the money will return to the defense department in future budgets.

 

Defense operations also will be cheaper, by A$1.7 billion, though in that area the appreciation of the Australian dollar should have had less effect.

 

Apparently not counted in the capital spending budget, the government says it will spend A$198 million less than previously planned in acquiring a fifth Boeing C-17 and operating it over the coming four years. It is unclear how the government has saved so much money on the purchase and operation of just one aircraft.

 

Australia’s defense acquisitions from the U.S., its major foreign supplier, have become cheaper with the decline of the U.S. dollar, not to mention the strength of the Australian dollar based partly on strong mineral sales to China and India. One Australian dollar was worth $1.08 on May 10, compared with 90 cents a year earlier. Every payment denominated in U.S. dollars — for example, for Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet fighters — is therefore costing Canberra 17% less than a year ago.

 

The government is separately trying to drive down defense costs with an initiative called the Strategic Reform Program, which aims at cutting overhead while leaving military capabilities intact. So far, the program “has demonstrated that reform in defense is necessary, achievable and sustainable,” Smith says in a statement accompanying the federal government’s annual budget.

 

Still, the government is pushing harder in this area by reducing targeted staff numbers by 1,000 and demanding faster improvements under a long-standing budgetary device called the efficiency dividend, in which the public service is expected to deliver a better ratio of output to costs year after year. The Royal Australian Navy will be exempt from the tighter target, however, as it works to recover from low operational availability of its fleet, notably the amphibious force, which is largely out of service and derelict.

 

The timing of specific equipment orders set out in the budget is largely as expected. In the next 18 months Canberra expects to go ahead with projects for naval helicopters under the program called Air 9000 Phase 8, light to medium-heavy army vehicles under Land 121 Phase 3, light army training vehicles under Land 121 Phase 5A, battlespace communication systems under Joint 2072 Phase 2A, and landing craft under Joint 2048 Phase 3.

 

These are in addition to approval to buy the fifth C-17 and the British assault ship Largs Bay.

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11 mai 2011 3 11 /05 /mai /2011 21:00

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May 11, 2011 defpro.com

 

MELBOURNE, FL/ROCHESTER, NY | Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a $10 million order to provide RF-310M-HH multiband handheld software-defined radios to a central Asian nation in support of interoperable secure communications with coalition partners.

 

The RF-310M is the first tactical radio certified by the National Security Agency as compatible with new Suite B encryption algorithms, which protect voice and data transmissions up to U.S. SECRET level of classification. The RF-310M is considered a non-cryptographically controlled item (non-CCI), utilizing Type-1 Suite B encryption algorithms to provide secure classified SECRET and below voice and data transmissions. This allows for secure interoperable communications at the SECRET level and below between U.S. forces and their coalition partners. The RF-310M radio is interoperable with tactical radios such as the Falcon III AN/PRC152(C) handheld and Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack that use both Suite A and Suite B encryption.

 

"The RF-310M-HH is a significant solution to the challenges of military coalition communications," said Andy Start, president, international business unit, Harris RF Communications. "As coalitions work together to establish safety and security, one of the biggest obstacles is common interoperable secure communications. The RF-310M-HH addresses that need. Coalition forces benefit from improved coordination, easier mission planning, and reduced instances of friendly fire."

 

The RF-310M-HH radio uses the Sierra IIB programmable encryption module, certified by the NSA in June 2009. In addition to allowing secure interoperation with other tactical radios, the RF-310M-HH is also capable of hosting the APCO P25 waveform. This waveform provides interoperability with radios used by police and other emergency response organizations, allowing the RF-310M-HH to span the gap between tactical and public safety networks. With its programmable encryption technology, Software Communications Architecture (SCA) and coverage of the entire 30-512 MHz frequency range, the RF-310M-HH addresses interoperability challenges presented in coalition and inter-agency operations. The RF-310M also offers optional 762 to 870 MHz coverage.

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11 mai 2011 3 11 /05 /mai /2011 18:30

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May 11, 2011 Dong Qiang, Ma Sancheng, Wei Chun, You Chengfeng / PLA Daily - defpro.com

 

In an interview with a motorized infantry brigade under a group army of the Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in early May, PLA Daily reporters learned that there were only two incidents in this brigade that soldiers were disabled in the training in 2010, which was far less than the average level of the whole PLA. The reporters were amazed. Hu Guoqi, chief of staff of the brigade briefed the reporters on the use of the training software and DV camera that helped minimize the casualties.

 

This brigade makes use of software known as “rifle shooting adjustment system” and “element online tactical training” jointly developed by Ye Jun and his team. Ye, who graduated from the China University of Geosciences, is a soldier of an engineer and chemical defense battalion. The software can increase training pertinence and minimize accidents or damages caused by faults. When the DV cameras were distributed to each company, the soldiers could shoot the training process and then use the play back function to assess the difficult and important parts of the training.

 

Each company established a psychological counseling room with professional psychological consultants.

 

The “online shooting range” in the computer room of each company can enhance soldiers’ shooting accuracy through video games. The officers and men of the No. 9 Company told the reporters that after their practice with the “online shooting range,” both the excellence rate and the pass rate of the first live-shell shooting examination on the training ground increased significantly while the incidents of failure decreased substantially.

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HMNZS Te Mana (photo : Defense Update)

 

11 May, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

HMNZS TE MANA has successfully test-fired her Close in Weapons System (CIWS) during exercises in the South China Sea.

 

The CIWS (also known as a Phalanx) is a 6 barreled radar controlled 20mm machine gun that can fire up to 75 rounds of hardened steel bullets a second (4500 per minute). The purpose of the firing was to calibrate the CIWS radar tracking system to ensure accuracy. Four firings were undertaken, with a total of 550 rounds fired.

 

The weapon is designed as last-line of defence against Anti-Ship Missiles and other air targets. If a target isn’t destroyed at long-range by the ships missile system the CIWS fires a curtain of bullets to destroy the target as it closes in on the ship.

 

TE MANA’s Phalanx was upgraded in 2010 to improve its fire-control system, giving it the ability to target fast-moving surface targets, such as speedboats, as well as missiles and other air targets. An upgraded Phalanx will be fitted to TE KAHA later this year.

 

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HMNZS TE MANA and TE KAHA are participating in a Five Powers Defence Arrangements Exercise in the waters of South East Asia.

 

The multi-national Exercise named Bersama Shield, involving 1 submarine, 9 ships, 57 fixed wing aircraft (including 8 F-18s, 4 MIG 29s, and 16 F-16s), 5 maritime helicopters and a variety of air and land-based support elements from New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

 

The Five Power Defence Arrangements provide a framework for defence co-operation between Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom, and came into being on 1 November 1971.

 

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May 11, 2011 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

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 11, 2011 ASDNews Source : ITT Corporation

 

Clifton, N.J. - ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) has been selected to produce combined influence mine sweeping systems for the Republic of Korea under a multi-million contract awarded by GMB-USA.

 

These mine sweeping systems are designed to neutralize undersea mines, which are triggered by an acoustic and electromagnetic signature of passing surface ships. The ITT systems simulate these signatures, causing the mines to detonate. This innovative solution will be used by the Republic of Korea Navy to counter mine threats effectively and keep its waters safe.

 

"This next generation technology will support allied efforts to keep important shipping lanes and harbors open, in this case, helping South Korea protect trade routes," said Vice President and General Manager Rich Sorelle, of ITT's Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems business.

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11.05.2011 Metal Storm - army-guide.com

 

Brisbane, Australia -- Defence technology specialist Metal Storm Limited has announced that Metal Storm Incorporated (MSI) has completed all of the requirements under the Mission Payload Module Non-Lethal Weapon System (MPM-NLWS) Technology Development Phase contract. The US Government has provided written confirmation that all Contract Data Deliverables have been received and accepted.

 

Metal Storm has been a participant in the program since 2005 when the Marine Corps began evaluating alternative solutions for the MPM program. This latest phase of the Procurement Process required the development of a non-lethal payload with suppressive effects. This was subjected to exhaustive testing by the U.S. Marine Corps. Additionally, a representative system was developed and fitted to the Marine Corps Transparent Armoured Gun Shield (MCTAGS) to facilitate evaluation of human systems integration.

 

Metal Storm, Inc. President, Peter D. Faulkner stated, "Our participation in the Technology Development phase of the program allowed Metal Storm and its team members to better understand the unique requirements of the MPM program. We were able to solve many of the difficult challenges in developing a system that maximizes the incapacitating effects while at the same time, minimizing the risk of significant injury to the targeted personnel."

 

Metal Storm developed a version of its FireStorm that can deliver a large volume of non-lethal munitions at ranges up to 150 meters. The munition was co-developed with Safariland, (a division of BAE) which was demonstrated in a series of tests witnessed by the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

John Kapeles, Safariland Site Director, Operations and Engineering said "Safariland, a BAE Systems Company, is proud to partner with Metal Storm, Inc., on the MPM-NLWS development and demonstration program. Safariland's primary area of focus was development and characterization of an explosive payload design to meet the system requirements for light and sound stimuli, personnel incapacitation, and non-lethal effects. The successful payload characterization tests conducted as part of this effort demonstrated a significant improvement in the ability to meet operational requirements requiring a robust, reliable and quantifiable non-lethal human effect. The non-lethal human effects, combined with the high-volume payload delivery made possible by the Metal Storm launcher system, will provide the warfighter an increased capability to project non-lethal force accurately at extended ranges."

 

Mr. Faulkner said "The next step in the Marine Corps acquisition process will be the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. Under EMD, the selected system will be more fully developed to a production ready state. We are anticipating the source selection process for EMD to begin in Q4 of this year."

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May 11, 2011 Press Trust Of India

 

The Indian Army is likely to add a new NBC or Nuclear-Biological-Chemical suit to its artillery which would proved effective against any kind of dangerous weapons or chemicals and protect the soldiers from any kind of negative effect. "DMSRDE (Defence Material and Stores Research Development Establishment) of Kanpur has developed a new NBC or Nuclear-Biological-Chemical suit that would be proved effective against any kind of dangerous weapons or chemicals and protect soldiers from any sort of attack," DMSRDE director Arvind Kumar Saxena told PTI.

 

"Though the organisation have developed the chemical attack resistant suit, but the suits necessary for the nuclear and biological war situation has not been prepared.

 

"The work on the biological suit is likely to be completed by 2013, whereas the preparation for the nuclear one is in the primary level," he said.

 

Saxena said that the work on the suits, purely developed on indigenous technique in four of the ordinance parachute factory laboratories here, have been tested successfully and the director general of quality assurance in Pune have also given its nod after examining it.

 

The NBC suit was handed over to the army for their approval and they were quite satisfied after examining it, he said, adding that the officials have also ordered 40,000 pieces of the same to the ordinance parachute factory.

 

The suit, worth about Rs 20,000, is much cheaper than its foreign counterparts, Saxena said, adding, that the further progress on the other two suits are going on.

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Hsiung Feng-III (HF-3) anti-ship missile

 

2011-05-11 (China Military News cited from CNA)

 

A local newspaper reported on Monday that the military had begun deploying locally developed Hsiung Feng-III (HF-3) anti-ship missiles on its warships in anticipation of the imminent launch of China’s first aircraft carrier early next year. In the first stage, the supersonic ship-to-ship missile will be deployed on 15 warships. It will eventually also be installed on mobile launchers along Taiwan’s west coast. Reports that Taiwan had begun deploying HF-3s on destroyers date back to as early as 2006. That year, a Kidd-class destroyer berthed at Suao was seen with four HF-3 missile launch tubes. Also in 2006, British defense publication Jane’s reported that Taipei had allocated funds for the production of 120 HF-3s that year alone.

 

SUPERSONIC

 

Military analysts said the HF-3 and a Russian-developed system, were the world’s only supersonic anti-ship missiles. The HF-3 is three times faster than conventional anti-ship missiles the Chinese-language United Daily News reported. Analysts said it was difficult to counter the HF-3 missile, which has a maximum speed of Mach 2 and a range of up to 130km. The missile is capable of targeting fuel tanks and ammunition depots on ships, and can be used against China’s aircraft carrier battle groups, military sources said. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) said the deployment of the HF-3 and the Hsiung Feng II-E cruise missile capable of hitting China’s east coast would enhance Taiwan’s ability to deter a Chinese invasion. Lin said he had asked the navy to evaluate the feasibility of deploying the missile on Kidd-class destroyers. The HF-3 was first unveiled during the 2007 Double Ten National Day military parade. In the first stage, the navy’s eight 4,000 tonne Cheng Kung class frigates and seven 500 tonne Chin Chiang fast-attack missile boats will be outfitted with the HF-3, each warship being equipped with four missiles, military sources said.

 

OVERCOMING

 

As China will soon commission its first aircraft carrier battle group, Lin said Taiwan should also strive to overcome its difficulties in acquiring diesel electric submarines, which he said are the most effective weapons to deter an enemy invasion. Taiwanese intelligence authorities said China had almost completed renovating its first aircraft carrier, the Varyag, which it acquired from the Ukraine in the 1990s. The carrier could be formally commissioned late this year or early next year. Although the date may be close to the legislative and presidential elections on Jan. 14, intelligence sources said that would be a coincidence rather than a deliberate ploy. The carrier will be able to accommodate about 20 jet fighters and helicopters. Intelligence sources say China will take delivery of Ka-28 and Ka-31 helicopters from Russia this year for deployment on the Varyag, but J-15 jet fighters, patterned after Russia’s Su-33, will not be completed until 2015. In the initial stage, the aircraft carrier will mainly carry out training missions, but it will be assigned to China’s South China Fleet after the battle group acquires combat capabilities, military sources said.

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2011-05-11 (China Military News cited from jamestown.org and written by Carlo Kopp)

 

The maiden test flight in January 2011 of China's J-20 stealth fighter prototype is an important strategic milestone in several different respects, and is part of an ongoing effort by China to develop advanced military technology. The J-20 is the first combat aircraft developed by China that qualifies as "state of the art" by Western measures. It also shows that China has mastered "stealth shaping" technology—the essential prerequisite for developing stealth aircraft. Finally it shows that China has managed to integrate its strategic planning with the functional definition of a modern combat aircraft. Once fully developed, the J-20 has the potential to alter the regional balance in the Asian air power strategic game, by rendering nearly all regional air defense systems ineffective.

 

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has yet to disclose any of the intended performance parameters of this fighter aircraft, or its intended avionic systems and weapons fit. As a result, analysts are left with one choice only, which is to apply analytical criteria such as size, shape and configuration to draw an estimate of the aircraft's characteristics. If applied with rigor, this technique can produce highly accurate results.

 

Scaling the dimensions of the J-20 against proximate ground vehicles of known types in photographs does yield very accurate dimensions, showing that the J-20 is a large fighter, in the size class of the United States F/FB-111 family of aircraft, or the proposed but never built FB-22A "theater bomber." This in turn indicates an empty weight in the 40,000 – 50,000 lb class, depending on construction technique used in the design, and an internal fuel load of up to 35,000 lb. Inevitably, this yields subsonic combat radius figures in the 1,000 – 1,500 nautical mile class, subject to the thrust specific fuel consumption of the production engine in subsonic cruise. The J-20 is therefore a fighter built for reach, and would be competitive in range performance against the F/FB-111 series, the F-15E Strike Eagle series, and the new Russian Su-35S Flanker series. The implications of this will be discussed further.

 

J-20 Capability Assessment

 

The shaping of the J-20 prototype has important implications from the perspectives of aerodynamic performance and stealth.

 

The delta canard configuration of the J-20 design is common to the earlier Chengdu J-10, the European Eurofighter Typhoon, the French Rafale and the prototype of the Russian MiG I.42 super cruise fighter. This configuration provides for high supersonic performance, excellent supersonic and transonic turn performance, and better short field landing performance than conventional delta wing designs. If equipped with suitable engines, a J-20 would be very efficient in supersonic cruise regime, with excellent close combat maneuver performance. The intended engine fit has not been disclosed, although there has been speculation that the prototype may be fitted with imported Russian Al-41F1S or Item 117S engines common to the Su-35S and T-50 PAK-FA prototypes. The Al-41F1 is an evolution of the supersonic cruise engine developed for the MiG I.42, with a more powerful Item 129 engine in development for the production T-50.

 

There has been some media speculation about an indigenous engine for the J-20, designated the WS-15, but no substantial official disclosures to date.

 

The detail airframe stealth shaping design of the J-20 is clearly based on shaping design rules developed by the United States, and employed primarily in the F-22A Raptor, but with an engine inlet design closer to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This is important insofar as most radar signature improvement in stealth designs is a result of shaping, with radar absorbent materials and detail design employed primarily to "clean up" unwanted reflections that could not be suppressed by shaping. Qualitative and quantitative analysis performed by the author indicates that the J-20 has the potential to yield much better stealth performance from the front and sides than the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and possibly as good as the F-22A Raptor, should Chinese designers master materials and detail design techniques adequately. The design has only two apparent weaknesses, which are the curvature in the slab side shaping, which provides broader reflection lobes than necessary, and the circular exhaust nozzle, a weakness common to the F-35 and T-50. Both may be artifacts of the prototype and may not be features of a future production aircraft.

 

The shaping design will be highly effective against radars operating above the 1 GigaHertz L-band, but much less effective below this band. This band coverage encompasses most surface based and airborne search, acquisition and fire control radars used by the United States and its allies in Asia.

 

A survey of twenty-six unclassified English language Chinese research papers on radar absorbent materials indicates a high level of research effort in the area, but mostly for materials not suitable for aircraft applications. Research in this area is usually not published in the West and there is no reason to believe China would do differently.

 

The available data supports the proposition that the J-20, once fully developed, will be a high performance stealth aircraft, arguably capable of competing in most cardinal performance parameters (i.e. speed, altitude, stealth, agility) with the United States F-22A Raptor, and superior in most if not all cardinal performance parameters against the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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2011-05-11 INDIA DEFENCE

 

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) would be testing some of the new military platforms during the Indian Army's six day-long ongoing exercise -- Vijayee Bhava -- in northern Rajasthan. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would also be testing its satellite capabilities to connect to a real-time war-like situation. "ISRO is keenly watching the efficacy and robustness of its satellite down-links for the field forces," an army spokesperson said here today. Western Army Commander, Lieutenant General S R Ghosh today reviewed the six day-long exercise and briefed the operational commander. Over 50,000 troops are taking part in the exercise, which is being conducted by Chandigarh-based Western Army Command. Army is putting into test some of the new concepts derived from its transformational studies carried by it in the last few years.

 

 "The purpose of the exercise is to transform Army into a lean, agile and enabled force ready to tackle the developing security situation in today's scenario" - Western Army Commander, Lieutenant General S R Ghosh

 

The concept of dedicated Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) units would also be validated during the exercise to enhance operational situational awareness.

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May 10, 2011 defense-aerospace.com Source: Australian Department of Defense

 

(N.B.: All monetary values in Australian dollars)

 

In the 2011-12 Budget, Defence will undertake a significant realignment of its budget.

 

This realignment aims to:

--Ensure that Defence has the funding it needs, when it needs it; and

--Reduce operating expenditure through increased efficiencies.

 

As a result of the realignment, Defence will return to Government:

-- $1.1 billion in 2010-11 and an additional $1.3 billion over the next four years by reprogramming Major Capital Investment Program funding; and

-- $0.4 billion in 2010-11 and an additional $1.3 billion over the next four years from reduced operating expenditure, adding to savings from the Strategic Reform Program (SRP);

-- $87 million in 2010-11 and an additional $111 million over the next four years for lower than planned costs associated with acquiring the fifth C-17 aircraft.

 

In total, Defence will reduce its call on the budget by $1.6 billion in 2010-11 and $2.7 billion over the next four years (2011-12 to 2014-15).

 

The reprogramming is necessary to better reflect realistic achievement of milestone delivery payments by industry for capability and infrastructure projects. This accommodates anticipated delays in project delivery from industry.

 

In 2010-11, capital expenditure has slipped by $1.1 billion which will have flow-on impacts in future years.

 

The experience to date with the Strategic Reform Program has demonstrated that reform in Defence is necessary, achievable and sustainable.

 

With the benefit of this experience, the Government considers that Defence can and should do more to reform.

 

The White Paper and the workforce and shared services stream of the SRP predicted a net increase in the Defence APS workforce of 1,655 from 2010-11 to 2013-14.

 

Reforms to shared services and other efficiency measures means that Defence can reduce this overall forecast APS workforce growth by 1,000 over the next three years.

 

This includes the application of the Government’s increased efficiency dividend to Defence. Under this whole of Government measure, the efficiency dividend will rise from 1.25 per cent to 1.5 per cent in 2011-12 and 2012-13, before returning to 1.25 per cent for 2013-14 and 2014-15.

 

Reducing the APS workforce growth will be achieved by natural attrition, not hiring new staff and, if required, some limited voluntary redundancies.

 

Savings from these reductions to forecast APS growth will be returned to the Budget.

 

There will be no reductions to the Australian Defence Force military workforce as a result of these changes.

 

Given priority accorded to maintaining support to operations, improving Navy sustainment and enhancing capability development, the Joint Operations Command (JOC), the Navy and the Capability Development Group (CDG) will be exempt from these additional reductions to their forecast APS workforce.

 

These reforms will be incorporated into the Strategic Reform Program, including oversight by the Defence Strategic Reform Advisory Board chaired by Mr George Pappas.

 

 

For more information and access to the Portfolio Budget Statement go to http://www.defence.gov.au/budget/11-12/index.htm

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May 10, 2011 By Jay Menon Aviationweek.com

 

NEW DELHI — India is slowly shifting its allegiance from its traditional arms suppliers in Russia toward other European firms.

 

The country last month rejected Russia’s bid to sell India its MiG-35 fighter jets in the largest arms tender of this century. India also declined Boeing and Lockheed Martin’s bids for the $11 billion Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft contract. The final contenders to deliver 126 jets are the Rafale, made by France’s Dassault Aviation, and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

 

Senior Indian Air Force (IAF) officials say Russia’s Rosoboronexport and MiG design bureau were informed about the perceived drawbacks of the Russian offer, which included the engines. “The Russian technologies did not fit the program,” an official says, without elaborating.

 

In another snub of Russia, for the first time the IAF has decided to look beyond Moscow for spares for its inventory of Russian systems. India’s defense ministry recently issued global tenders worth several million dollars to international suppliers to reload its stocks of spares for its Russian-made MiG-23, MiG-27 and MiG-29 combat aircraft; IL-76 heavy-lift transports; IL-78 midair refuelers; all Mi-series helicopters; Pechora and OSA-AK air defense missiles and P-18 and P-19 radars.

 

The IAF has pointed out that delays in Russian after-sales support for military equipment are hurting the country’s battle readiness. “India has long leaned on Russia to equip its armed forces with military hardware. But Russia doesn’t have it all together to supply in one go anymore,” a senior IAF official tells Aviation Week.

 

The IAF also has problems with the serviceability of its MiG series, leading to the government informing parliament in February that it was planning to phase out the accident-prone fighter jets by 2017, when modern aircraft would be inducted.

 

“Many more such tenders are in the pipeline,” the IAF officials says.

 

But the change in stance also signifies a significant step in the government’s efforts to strengthen its rapidly depleting air power and ensure it is ready to meet the challenge of combating a resurgent China and an ambitious Pakistan.

 

The Indian army also has issued a request for information for acquiring active protection and countermeasure systems for its T-90S main battle tanks. 

 

“Supply of spare parts are an issue with Russia, and though we still depend on the original equipment manufacturer for specialized spare parts, we are forced to look outside Moscow for generalized spares at a better price,” an army official says.*

 

India has been heavily reliant on Russia, which produces about 60% of the equipment used by the Indian armed forces. India has awarded its largest arms contracts to Russia during the recent decade, including its order for the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and a group of MiG-29K jets for the vessel, as well as frigates and a rented submarine.

 

India also joined forces with Russia to build BrahMos cruise missiles, a fifth-generation fighter jet and the new MTA transport plane.

 

Ajay Lele, a former IAF wing commander who currently works with the New Delhi-based Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, tells Aviation Week that India is exploring other options since its buying potential has increased and its nuclear market has also opened up.

 

“A country’s defense requirements cannot wait endlessly,” Lele says. “India wants hardware on [the] ground, hence it is looking for better technical options that include easy deliverables, state-of-[the]-art technology and economies of purchase.”

 

India has tripled its defense budget over the past decade – to $32 billion this year, the world’s 10th largest – in an attempt to foil a quadrupling of spending in the same period by neighboring China. The country is planning to spend $80 billion on defense in the next five years to acquire new equipment.

 

Kapil Kaul, chief executive of the Indian unit of consulting firm the Center for Asia-Pacific Aviation, says that geopolitical concerns are also being taken into account, as India looks to shore up relations with Europe. “[With the] European Union being an important political partner, India needs to balance the geopolitical impact,” Kaul says.

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10 May 2011 DefenseNews AFP

 

TAIPEI - Taiwan plans to delay buying weapons from the United States to save money so that it can phase out its decades-old conscription system, a senior lawmaker and media said Tuesday.

 

Taiwan's defense ministry intends to push back the due date for buying Patriot missiles from 2014 to 2017 and postpone buying Black Hawk helicopters from 2016 to 2019 or 2020, according to a statement from lawmaker Lin Yu-fang.

 

Lin, a defense expert, said the delay was due to the huge price tags of the weapons as well as Washington's later than expected approval of the arms sales.

 

Local media said the military is tightening its spending to raise money to hire professional soldiers so that it can scrap conscription in the next few years.

 

The United States last year unveiled a $6.4 billion arms package for Taiwan, including the Patriot missiles and Black Hawk helicopters, triggering an angry protest from Beijing.

 

Washington has recognized Beijing officially over Taipei since 1979, but remains the island's main arms supplier.

 

China considers Taiwan part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, although the two sides have been governed separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.

 

It has warned Washington repeatedly against arms sales to the island.

 

A defense spokesman said he could not immediately confirm the reports.

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Say Tata: celebrity rides didn't sway MMRCA shortlist

 

10/05/11 Flight International

 

When it comes to news value, India's $10 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contest never seems to disappoint. In keeping with this trend, the confirmation of its shortlist for the 126-aircraft deal, which emerged not from its defence ministry but via local bloggers and the defeated bidders themselves, delivered the expected level of drama.

 

US companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin grabbed most of the local headlines at February's Aero India show near Bengaluru by flying a Who's Who-quality list of Indian celebrities, including a Bollywood actor, industrialist Ratan Tata (pictured below) and media hard-hitters in their Super Hornet and F-16 products.

 

Saab used massive billboard posters and gave a local student the experience of a lifetime after he won a "Top Gun" contest to fly in the Gripen, but the RSK MiG-35 no-showed, presumably because Russia and India had already signed a deal to jointly develop a fifth-generation fighter based on Sukhoi's stealthy PAK-FA.

 

Keeping a lower profile were Dassault and the four-nation Eurofighter consortium, with one involved source commenting: "You don't need a gimmick when you've got the best fighter." Ironic then that it is Europe's Rafale and Typhoon designs which remain in contention for the massive MMRCA prize.

 

The USA has been rocked by the elimination of the F-16 (always a long-shot due to its operation by neighbouring Pakistan), and even more so by claims that the Super Hornet failed to meet India's technical requirements. Boeing officials were certain that the US Navy's main strike fighter would be toughing it out with the Rafale and Typhoon when the shortlist emerged, and the Department of Defense's reaction of being "deeply disappointed" was a massive understatement.

 

Clarity on the reasons behind New Delhi's larger-than-expected MMRCA cull will come soon if the defeated bidders choose to comment after receiving formal debriefings. But its surprise action - and the real likelihood of a selection being made before extended bids expire on 31 December - makes it clear that its programme does have more to do with operational capability and technology transfer than column inches.

 

June's Paris air show will provide the next forum for Dassault and Eurofighter to tout the merits of their well-matched candidates, which are now in combat use over Libya for France and the UK. Thankfully, their marketing agendas are unlikely to have much regard for celebrity passengers.

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Su-27/30 of the Vietnam People's Air Force (photo : Militaryphotos)

 

10 May, 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says that India will continue to assist Vietnam in the modernization of its armed forces, particularly the Navy and Air Force.

 

In a discussion with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, in Hanoi, Mukherjee said “India is also prepared to strengthen intelligence cooperation with Vietnam.” He met the Vietnamese Prime Minister on may 4th. Mukherjee said that the strategic partnership established between the two countries is based on implicit mutual trust, a convergence of interests including in the field of defence and security and similar approaches on global and regional issues.

 

“As two dynamic and fast growing economies of Asia, our effort is to add greater content, through concrete programmes and projects, to our strategic partnership, he added.

 

In 1994, both the countries signed a Protocol on Defence cooperation. Over the years Indo-Vietnamese Defence cooperation has grown steadily through visits by military delegations, ship visits from India and training of Vietnamese Defence personnel in India. Both countries have held a series of India Vietnam Security Dialogue.

 

On Dec 18, 2007 Gen Phung Quang Thanh in his remarks (to the Defence Minister , AK Antony) put forward various proposals including training of Vietnamese Defence Personnel, enhancing the exchanges of delegations, expanding training cooperation and cooperation between the defence industries of the two countries. He also suggested increase in the frequency of goodwill visits by naval ships, application of information technology in defence and e- technology and technical support to Vietnamese navy. The Vietnamese Defence Minister expressed gratitude to India for providing training to armed forces officers in various areas and said ‘they are bringing back valuable knowledge and skills to their work areas’. So far, a total of 49 officers have attended various Army and Navy Courses and 64 officers have attended English language courses.

 

(Frontier India)

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May 10, 2011 defpro.com

 

Cologne, Germany / ITEC | Presagis, a leading provider of commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation, and embedded graphics solutions, today announced that it will provide its COTS modeling and simulation software and services to CAE for use in delivery of the state-of-the-art National Modelling and Simulation Centre (NMSC) for the Ministry of Defence of Brunei Darussalam.

 

This facility will be used by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Ministry to Defence to analyze force structure options, evaluate and validate capabilities, develop doctrine and tactics, and support training and mission rehearsal exercises. CAE is the prime contractor responsible for the design, development and delivery a turnkey and fully integrated NMSC.

 

"Presagis is proud to support CAE in the development of the NMSC," said Guillaume Hervé, President, Presagis. “Our customers have a common need to cut development costs and time to market, and to be able to focus their engineering talent on innovative application development. This world class modeling and simulation center is an example of how COTS tools can be leveraged to enable our customers to meet their application requirements faster and with significant savings.”

 

The Presagis suite of integrated off-the-shelf products, including, STAGE, Vega Prime, Terra Vista, Creator, and SIM OneNet, will form the foundation for the NMSC’s Simulation Software Infrastructure. The tools provide CAE with advanced modeling and simulation capabilities, including 3D modeling, terrain generation, scenario development, artificial intelligence, and visualization, for the generation and execution of complex scenarios for experimentation, training and analysis by the NMSC.

 

With a focus on speed to market and delivery of a flexible, long term solution that would offer regular feature updates, support for users, and the ability for the NMSC team to easily extend its modeling and simulation capabilities, selection of proven, standards-based tools was desired. Presagis support for key modeling and simulation industry standards, such as the Common Databse (CDB) and OpenFlight, across its toolset ensures development of an open and flexible infrastructure while also enabling Presagis to develop a high fidelity, CDB-based database of Brunei as a foundation for NMSC simulations.

 

“We expect reduce the overall time-to-market in delivering Brunei’s NMSC through use of the Presagis pre-integrated suite of COTS products,” said Aldofo Klassen, CAE’s Chief Technology Officer. “Off-the-shelf tools based on industry standards will help reduce the time and expense associated with designing, integrating, and testing various applications while also allowing the NMSC to benefit from the ability to retain the flexibility to easily adapt and update the simulation infrastructure in future.”

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