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India - Diversifying Arms Purchases

 

 
India should increase its military imports from the U.S., particularly drones.
 
India needs to diversify its arms imports. Although it is one of the world’s largest arms importers, most of India’s weapons come from Russia. Over the last five years, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia accounted for about $15 billion of the $20 billion in arms that India imported, or about three-quarters. That level of dependence is unhealthy: One of the reasons why India bought the Jaguar Bomber from a European consortium in the 1970s was the concern that India was becoming dependent on Soviet weapons.
India began diversifying when it awarded a contract for advanced air force fighters to France, though negotiations for the Rafale have dragged on interminably and have yet to be completed. India also buys some significant quantities of Israeli weapons.
But New Delhi has not sufficiently tapped the U.S., without question the country with the most advanced military technology in the world. Although the U.S. is India’s second largest source of weapons, it accounted for less than seven percent of India’s arms imports in value terms over the last five years. It is time that India diversified its arms sources by getting more of its weapons from the U.S., especially when cutting-edge technology is involved, as in advanced drones.
There are multiple advantages for India in making better use of U.S. weapons options. First, New Delhi could negotiate the development of state-of-the-art drone technologies, in which the U.S. has the most experience, with drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – such as the MQ-8 Fire Scout and/or long-range drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper or even the older Predator B. This would add a new dimension to UAVs with persistent capabilities for India, and it would also help kick start investments in this sector. 
 
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Indian Air Force conducts Akash missile’s user trial

An Air Force version of Akash nuclear-capable missile being launched. Photo DRDO

 

13 August 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has fired Akash nuclear capable supersonic missile from the launch complex III of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odhisa, India.

 

ITR director MVKV Prasad was quoted by Press Trust of India as saying that the exercise was carried out as part of a user trial by IAF, and was 'fully successful.'

 

However, The New Indian Express reported that domestically developed missile failed to destroy target contradicting the Defence Research and Development Organisation's claims that all mission parameters were met.

 

Akash was supposed to intercept the Italian Mirage aircraft during the test, which was aimed at validating the flight consistency and effectiveness of the missile.

 

An unnamed ITR source told the news agency that the missile failed to intercept the target due to the delay in take-off.

 

The source said: "There was a slight disturbance in simulation following a few seconds delay in take off for which the missile failed to hit the target."

 

The missile also failed to take-off as planned on several occasions in the past as the launcher failed to receive required command in time to fire the missile, according to the news agency.

 

Developed by DRDO and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) as part of the integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP), Akash missile is an all-weather surface-to-air missile system capable of engaging aerial threats up to a distance of 25km.

 

Equipped with a launcher, control centre, multi-function fire control radar and supporting ground equipment, the 5.78m-long missile can destroy manoeuvring targets such as unmanned aerial vehicles, fighter aircraft, cruise missiles, and other ballistic missiles launched from helicopters.

 

Capable of reaching speeds of 2.5 Mach, the missile has already entered into IAF's operational service, and is awaiting induction into the Indian Army.

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photo S. Fort

photo S. Fort

 

13 août 2014, Par Elodie Vallerey –Usine Nouvelle

 

Le 12 août, le nouveau ministre indien de la Défense Arun Jaitley a assuré aux 245 membres de la Chambre haute du Parlement local, que les négociations entre le gouvernement et Dassault Aviation autour du contrat pour l'achat de 126 avions de combat Rafale "se poursuivaient".

 

Plus de deux ans et demi après la victoire de Dassault Aviation dans la compétition MMRCA pour le renouvellement de la flotte indienne d'avions de combat, les négociations n'en finissent pas... mais avancent.

 

"Au vu de la complexité de cette acquisition, le processus de négociation avec Dassault Aviation sur différents aspects de la proposition commerciale et sur les dispositions du contrat est toujours en cours", a assuré Arun Jaitley, le ministre indien de la Défense, lors de son audition le 12 août devant le Rajya Sabha, la chambre haute du Parlement en Inde, selon le blog spécialisé LiveFist.

 

Si l'avionneur français a remporté l'appel d'offres début 2012, le comité indien responsable de l'étude des coûts et du contrat MMRCA doit encore finaliser son rapport sur l'accord.

 

"Nous sommes très mobilisés en Inde et nous nous efforçons, avec nos partenaires français et indiens, de concrétiser le contrat de 126 Rafale dans les meilleurs délais", avait assuré le PDG de Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, lors des résultats semestriels du groupe fin juillet.

 

Arun Jaitley a été nommé ministre indien des Finances et de la Défense fin mai lors de l'accession au pouvoir de Narendra Modi.

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La Corée du Nord effectue des tirs de courte portée dans la mer

 

14 août 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Séoul - La Corée du Nord a effectué jeudi un tir de trois projectiles de courte portée dans la mer, depuis ses côtes est, a annoncé le gouvernement sud-coréen peu après l'arrivée du pape François à Séoul.

 

La Corée du Nord a tiré trois projectiles de courte portée dans la mer de l'Est (ou mer du Japon, a déclaré un porte-parole du ministère sud-coréen de la Défense.

 

Arrivé dans la matinée à Séoul, non loin du 38e parallèle sur lequel a été tracée la frontière entre les deux Corée, le pape François doit lancer un message pour tenter d'aider à la réconciliation entre le sud capitaliste et le nord communiste.

 

Il célèbrera une messe pour la paix et la réconciliation sur la péninsule coréenne en la cathédrale de Myeong-dong à Séoul, le 18 août, au cinquième et dernier jour de sa visite en Corée du Sud.

 

Les autorités de Pyongyang, qui ont refusé que des catholiques nord-coréens viennent rencontrer le pape, garantissent en principe la liberté de culte, inscrite dans la Constitution.

 

Mais selon un récent rapport de la Commission de l'ONU sur la situation des droits de l'Homme dans l'Etat communiste, les chrétiens pratiquant leur foi en dehors des associations officielles s'exposent à des persécutions.

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US Reassures China as 2,500 Marines Head to Australia

 

Aug. 12, 2014 – Defense News (AFP)

 

SYDNEY — The United States stressed Tuesday it welcomes the rise of China and wants to work constructively with Beijing as it signed a deal to deploy 2,500 Marines to Australia as part of its “rebalance” to Asia.

 

China bristled when the agreement to deploy Marines to the northern city of Darwin was first announced by President Barack Obama in 2011.

 

But after signing the deal at the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Sydney, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was not interested in conflict with the Asian powerhouse.

 

“We welcome the rise of China as a global partner, hopefully as a powerful economy, as a full participating constructive member of the international community,” he said.

 

“We are not seeking conflict and confrontation. And our hope is that China will likewise take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of it and be that cooperative partner.”

 

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier defended the deal to bring US Marines and Air Force personnel to the Northern Territory, denying it was aimed at China which is embroiled in maritime disputes with neighbors.

 

“That’s not what it is directed to do at all. It’s about working closely with the United States to ensure that we can work on regional peace and security,” she told a radio program.

 

“The United States is rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific so it’s ways we can work together to support economic development as well as security and peace.”

 

After the talks Bishop, who also hosted US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, said the discussions were broad — ranging from tensions on the Korean peninsula to the crisis in Ukraine and to conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Afghanistan.

 

Threat of Foreign Jihadists

 

The threat of foreign jihadist militants fighting in these conflicts and then returning home radicalized was also explored. The US and Australia agreed to raise the issue at the United Nations.

 

Kerry said this problem, highlighted by images in local media of the seven-year-old son of an Australian jihadist in Syria holding a severed head, underscored the degree to which Islamic State fighters were “so far beyond the pale.”

 

“This image, perhaps even an iconic photograph, is really one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photos ever displayed,” Kerry said.

 

“It’s no accident that every country in the region is opposed to ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).”

 

Bishop made no comment about the prospect of an increased US military presence beyond the Marines, some 1,200 of whom are already in the country.

 

But a communique issued after the talks said that enhanced aircraft and naval cooperation was discussed, while the allies would also examine options for Australia’s contributions to ballistic missile defense in the region.

 

Bishop said there existed between Australia and the United States “a clear instinct for collaboration across a wide area of endeavor.”

 

“There is a desire to share the burden of implementing regional and global peace and prosperity, security and stability,” she said.

 

Bishop added that there was no more important security partner for Australia than the US and their longstanding alliance “had never been stronger.”

 

But she said Canberra did not envisage Australian troops would return to Iraq, where the US is carrying out air strikes and humanitarian airdrops to try to combat jihadist fighters.

 

However, Australia has offered support for humanitarian relief.

 

Kerry also ruled out sending troops to Iraq.

 

Speaking at the start of the talks at Sydney’s harborside Admiralty House, he said the Australia-US relationship was “essential to the stability of the Asia-Pacific region.”

 

“We do face new challenges,” he said, citing North Korea and maritime disputes in the South China Sea.

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NZ Navy's Newest Ships May Have Short Life

The amphibious ship Canterbury was part of New Zealand's Project Protector program. Two of the four inshore patrol vessels that are also part of the program could be replaced by a larger ship. (New Zealand Navy)

 

Aug. 12, 2014 - By NICK LEE-FRAMPTON – Defense News

 

WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s government is considering cutting half of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel (IPV) fleet.

 

Two of the four 180-foot IPVs, commissioned in 2009, could be swapped for a larger ship, said Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman.

 

“Obviously, if we felt that what we had already was ideal we wouldn’t be looking at this potential change,” he said.

 

The four IPVs, ordered under the NZ $500 million (US $423 million) Project Protector contract, which included two 279-foot offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and the 430-foot amphibious ship Canterbury, which participated in the recent Rim of the Pacific exercise, were ordered to help police, customs, fisheries and other government agencies protect New Zealand’s borders and exclusive economic zone.

 

However, staff shortages, particularly a chronic lack of technicians, have meant the Navy struggled to crew all the ships. The Navy has 2,059 regular personnel, down from 2,162 in 2010.

 

Business case documents, obtained under the Official Information Act by a New Zealand television channel, show two of the four patrol vessels would be sold and replaced by one longer-range ship, effectively a third OPV, in about five years.

 

Coleman says he will put the case to Cabinet next year if the government wins next month’s election.

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THOMAS signs contract to assist with upgrade for Australian submarine control system
 
13.08.2014 Pacific Sentinel
 
Sydney, Australia – Thomas Global Systems announced that it has signed a contract with Saab Australia Pty Ltd to provide technical support and electronic manufacturing of key components for the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) upgrade on the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarines.
 
Saab was awarded the ISCMMS project by ASC Pty Ltd (formerly Australian Submarine Corporation) in November 2013 and the project will last until 2016 as the Collins fleet is upgraded to more advanced capabilities.
 
Thomas is providing the remote steering console components and other critical electronic control modules for two of the fleets six submarines, from June 2014 until early 2015.
 
Thomas CEO, Angus Hutchinson, said - “We are pleased to again be partnering with Saab, this time on the important Collins ISCMMS upgrade program.  This is a great example of Australian industry working together to provide world-class support for our critical defence assets.  Thomas Global Systems is honoured to continue its support of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins fleet.”
 
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The Z-18F, China's new anti-submarine weapon


13.08.2014 Pacific Sentinel
 

To strengthen the anti-submarine capability of the People's Liberation Army Navy, Z-18F helicopters will likely serve on the Liaoning, the nation's first aircraft carrier and the Type 071 Yuzhao-class amphibious transport docks according to a report by Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News published Aug. 12.
 
The paper cited a Chinese military website which stated that the Z-18F is likely a modified version of the Z-8F helicopter designed based on the French-built SA 321 Super Frelon. By looking at photos posted online, Li Xiaojian, a Chinese military expert told the paper that the Z-18F is probably equipped with four eight-tube sonobuoy launchers, allowing the helicopter to carry 32 sonobuoys. A US SH-60 Seahawk, in comparison, is only able to carry 25 sonobuoys, according to Li.
 
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photo Armée de l'air Alban Battestini

photo Armée de l'air Alban Battestini

 

Aug. 13, 2014 – Defense News (AFP)

 

NEW DELHI — India’s talks to buy fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation in a 2012 deal worth $12 billion are still underway but are complex, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has said.

 

India chose Dassault for “exclusive negotiations” for 126 Rafale jets, but successive deadlines to complete one of the world’s biggest airline contracts have slipped by.

 

“Given the complexity of the procurement case, the process of negotiations with Dassault Aviation on various aspects of the commercial proposal and provisions of draft contract is on,” Jaitley told parliament late Tuesday.

 

The cost of the deal was pegged at $12 billion but media reports have recently put it at around $15 billion.

 

Jaitley, named defense minister when the new right-wing government took power in May, was replying to a question in parliament about progress on the purchase.

 

India is in the midst of a $100-billion defense upgrade program.

 

Military experts say India urgently needs the twin-engine multi-role fighters to maintain a combat edge against nuclear rival Pakistan, with which it has fought three wars.

 

The Rafale, which would replace India’s Russian-made fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-27 planes, beat out rivals such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

 

Jaitley told parliament that the United States has overtaken Russia as the largest arms supplier to India in the last three years, followed by France and Israel.

 

The new government has raised the foreign investment cap on India’s defense industries to speed up modernization of the military.

 

The production-sharing deal agreed by the previous Congress government would see Dassault supply 18 Rafales by 2015 in a “ready to fly” state.

 

The remaining 108 would be made by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd under technology transfer agreements with India, which is keen to boost homemade defense manufacturing.

 

In a boost for Dassault, the government last month said the deal complied fully with technology transfer requirements spelled out in the plane tender offer.

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AUS: Conclusion of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations
Left to Right - Aus Minister for Defence: David Johnston, US Secretary of State: John Kerry, Aus Minister for Foreign Affairs: Julie Bishop, and US Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel
 
13.08.2014 Pacific Sentinel
 
I (David Johnston: Minister for Defence) hosted my US counterpart, Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, in Sydney for the 29th Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) and bilateral discussions.
 
This was the second AUSMIN that Secretary Hagel and I have participated in together and the first time I have hosted Secretary Hagel in Australia.
 
Australia is committed to our Alliance relationship with the US, which remains the cornerstone of Australia’s strategic and security architecture. After more than 60 years, our Alliance remains as strong and relevant as ever.
 
During AUSMIN talks on Monday and Tuesday with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, we discussed the strength of the Australia-US Alliance relationship and noted the significant progress made since last year’s meeting.
 
 
We signed a legally-binding agreement to facilitate the full implementation of the US force posture initiatives in northern Australia.
 
The Force Posture Agreement will provide a robust policy, legal and financial framework for the force posture initiatives. This important new agreement will facilitate the full implementation of the US Marine Corps and US Air Force initiatives in northern Australia that were agreed between our two countries in 2011.
 
The force posture initiatives are an expression of Australia’s support for a strong US presence in the region and their implementation was a central topic of discussions at AUSMIN.
 
During AUSMIN we also agreed to several new initiatives that will strengthen and enhance our security and defence cooperation.
 
We welcomed Japan’s efforts to make a greater contribution to international peace and stability. We agreed to enhance trilateral security and defence cooperation with Japan, including through the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue and further developing existing trilateral exercises.
 
In recognition of the growing threat posed by ballistic missile proliferation, we examined options for potential Australian contributions to regional Ballistic Missile Defence. I also accepted Secretary Hagel’s offer to send a team of experts to Australia to assess potential Australian contributions to the regional Ballistic Missile Defence capability.
 
In addition, we discussed our shared commitment to fostering global security and stability. We reaffirmed our commitment to completing a full international investigation into the origins of the attack against Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine.
 
We also acknowledged the important contributions our defence personnel have made together to global security, including in Afghanistan. We agreed on the importance of maintaining the hard-won interoperability gains from over a decade of operations, particularly for our Special Forces.
 
We also discussed naval cooperation and asked our respective officials to develop practical options to enhance training and exercising in Australia and the region.
 
On Monday, Secretary Hagel and I conducted a bilateral meeting and participated in a roundtable event with leading Australian strategic commentators.
 
We also conducted a wreath laying in Hyde Park, in recognition of our shared sacrifices in every major war since World War I.
 
The wreath laying was attended by the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Dennis Richardson, the Vice Chief of Defence Force, Vice Admiral Griggs, and Commander of US Pacific Command, Admiral Locklear.
 
Today I am travelling to Darwin to meet with Australian soldiers and members of the US Marine Corps rotational force at Robertson Barracks.
 
Robertson Barracks is home to the US Marine Corps rotational presence in northern Australia.
 
This year’s Marine rotation involves around 1150 US Marines, up from 250 Marines in 2013. The rotation also includes four helicopters and a range of vehicles and equipment. Larger rotations better position both nations to work with regional partners on common contingencies such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
 
I thank Secretary Hagel for his visit to Australia, and for our robust and productive conversations during his time here.
 
A copy of the Final AUSMIN 2014 Communiqué (PDF) is available.
 
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Accord de défense entre les USA et l'Australie

 

12/08/2014 Par Lefigaro.fr avec AFP

 

Les Etats-Unis ont signé aujourd'hui avec l'Australie un accord pour déployer 2.500 Marines dans le pays dans le cadre de la stratégie de défense américaine en Asie, mais les deux alliés se sont voulus apaisants avec la Chine qui craint un endiguement de son influence. Le secrétaire d'Etat américain John Kerry participait à Sydney, au côté de son collègue du Pentagone Chuck Hagel, à la réunion annuelle de politique étrangère et de défense AusMin entre les Etats-Unis et l'Australie.  Selon l'accord signé par les deux gouvernements, le contingent de Marines déployés actuellement près de Darwin, la capitale du Territoire du Nord en Australie, devrait passer d'environ 1.200 à 2.500 soldats d'ici 2017.

 

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ATD-X photo Japan MoD

ATD-X photo Japan MoD

 

13 août 2014  Info-Aviation

 

L’Institut de développement et de recherche technique (TRDI) du ministère japonais de la Défense et Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) ont démenti l’information selon laquelle le prototype de chasseur ATD-X ferait son premier vol en janvier 2015.

Le journal Mainichi Shimbun a rapporté le 12 août que MHI avait décidé d’entreprendre le premier vol du prototype d’avion de combat ATD-X pour remplacer les Mitsubishi F-2 de l’Armée de l’Air d’Auto-Défense du Japon, en janvier 2015. Le journal n’avait pas révélé sa source.

 

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Japan’s New Remote Island Defense Plan

The Japanese government is stepping up efforts to increase both its presence and the population’s awareness of claims to remote islands off the western coast of its main islands. The plans include the stationing of troops, increased investment in development, and the strengthening of “maritime education.” While these plans target islands from as far north as Hokkaido all the way south to Okinawa, they are still primarily concerned with exerting Japan’s claims to islands that are disputed with China.

 

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Kouriles/exercices russes programmés: rien à craindre pour Tokyo (experts)

 

MOSCOU, 13 août - RIA Novosti

 

Les exercices de la Région militaire est de Russie dans les îles Kouriles ont été programmés à l'avance, et les "protestations résolues" des Japonais ne sont en fait qu'une nouvelle tentative d'instaurer leur domination sur ces îles, ont estimé mercredi des experts interrogés par RIA Novosti.

 

"La défense côtière et de débarquement est d'une importance primordiale pour l'archipel des Kouriles face à une agression éventuelle. Les manœuvres actuelles ont été programmées à l'avance. Elles y ont été toujours organisées", a notamment déclaré Konstantin Sivkov, président de l'Académie des problèmes géopolitiques.

 

Et de rappeler qu'aucune opération offensive n'y était rodée.

 

"On n'y rode que la lutte contre les bâtiments de surface et les sous-marins ennemis, ainsi que la DCA, rien de plus. Les Japonais n'ont donc rien à craindre", a expliqué l'interlocuteur de l'agence.

 

Le général Evgueni Boujinski s'est joint à cet avis, en qualifiant l'indignation de Tokyo de "rituelle".

 

"Le fait que les Japonais considèrent les Kouriles comme leur territoire les regarde. Quant à nous, nous sommes en droit d'organiser des exercices où bon nous semble sur notre territoire. Il existe des projets de rétablissement du potentiel défensif des Kouriles. Autrefois, toute une division y était déployée (…). L'organisation de manœuvres est absolument normale", a souligné l'expert.

 

Tokyo a protesté mercredi auprès de Moscou en raison de la tenue d'exercices militaires russes dans la zone des îles Kouriles qui font l'objet d'un contentieux territorial entre les deux pays.

 

Le premier ministre japonais Shinzo Abe a qualifié d'inadmissibles les exercices militaires russes dans la zone des Territoires du Nord" (nom attribué par les Japonais aux îles Kouriles, ndlr), la diplomatie nippone soulignant que les manœuvres étaient organisées par Moscou "de façon unilatérale".

 

Des exercices du groupe interarmes des troupes de la Région militaire est, visant à perfectionner la technique de défense côtière et de débarquement, ont commencé mardi dans les îles Kouriles. Plus de 1.000 soldats y participent ainsi que cinq hélicoptères Mi-8 et une centaine d'unités de matériel technique. Les parachutistes, l'aviation et la Flotte russe du Pacifique sont impliqués.

 

Les relations russo-japonaises sont assombries par un litige territorial. Le Japon revendique les îles russes constituant la partie sud de l'archipel des Kouriles (Itouroup, Kounachir, Shikotan et Habomai) se référant au Traité commercial et frontalier de 1855, qui reconnaît ces îles comme japonaises. Moscou rappelle que les Kouriles du Sud ont été rattachées à l'Union soviétique à l'issue de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et que la Russie en a hérité après la disparition de l'URSS.

 

La Russie et le Japon restent formellement en guerre, puisqu'aucun traité de paix n'a été conclu au terme de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

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photo Japan MoD

photo Japan MoD

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews (AFP)

 

A group of major Japanese firms are planning a test flight next year for the nation's first homegrown stealth fighter jet, a report said Tuesday.

The consortium -- led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries -- is developing a jet that has similar technology to US-made F-35 stealth fighters, with a prototype set for a test run in January, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said.

 

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Colombian Navy receives new warships from South Korea

 

August 12, 2014 by David Pugliese

 

The Colombian Navy received three vessels from South Korea in late July, including a second-hand guided-missile corvette and two new offshore patrol vessels, according to Jane’s. The 1,723-ton corvette, formerly ROKS Anyang, was retired from Republic of Korea Navy service in 2011, and was re-commissioned as ARC Nariño, the article noted. The two OPVs were built to Colombian order at a South Korean shipyard, are to be followed by a third vessel which is currently being built in Colombia.

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Manoeuvres russes sur les îles Kouriles: ferme protestation de Tokyo

 

13 août 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Tokyo - Le Japon a fermement protesté mercredi auprès de la Russie qui a organisé des manoeuvres militaires sur les îles Kouriles, au coeur d'un contentieux russo-japonais qui remonte à la dernière guerre.

 

Ces manoeuvres sont très regrettables et nous avons transmis une ferme protestation à l'ambassade de Russie à Tokyo, a indiqué un porte-parole du ministère japonais des affaires étrangères.

 

Notre pays ne peut absolument pas accepter ça, a de son côté déclaré le Premier ministre Shinzo Abe mercredi à des journalistes, cité par l'agence de presse Jiji.

 

Techniquement et malgré d'importantes relations économiques, les deux pays n'ont toujours pas signé de traité de paix depuis la fin de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale en raison de leur différend sur les Kouriles à l'extrême nord de l'archipel nippon et que Tokyo appelle les Territoires du Nord.

 

Moscou et Tokyo se disputent en effet toujours quatre îles de l'archipel des Kouriles du Sud, annexées par les Soviétiques à la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

 

Les propos de M. Abe interviennent quelques jours après l'annulation par la Russie d'une rencontre avec un haut diplomate japonais à propos du conflit sur les Kouriles, en guise de rétorsion après la décision de Tokyo d'adopter de nouvelles sanctions à l'encontre de responsables russes dans la crise ukrainienne.

 

La tenue de ces pourparlers, qui devaient avoir lieu à Moscou en août entre les vice-ministres des Affaires étrangères russe et japonais, serait mal à propos après les dernières sanctions antirusses décrétées par Tokyo, avait indiqué le ministère russe des Affaires étrangères dans un communiqué.

 

Tokyo avait pris des premières sanctions fin avril, notamment une interdiction de visas touchant 23 citoyens russes. Moscou avait vivement réagi en promettant de riposter à cette décision qui ne resterait pas sans réponse.

 

Principal allié des Etats-Unis dans la région et membre du G7, le Japon se trouve depuis le début de la crise ukrainienne dans un dilemme fâcheux.

 

Depuis son arrivée au pouvoir fin 2012, Shinzo Abe a pourtant tout fait pour resserrer les liens avec Moscou, l'un des principaux fournisseurs de gaz de l'archipel. En l'espace d'un an et demi, il a ainsi rencontré le président Vladimir Poutine cinq fois.

 

 

Au-delà des intérêts purement économiques, Tokyo espérait aussi, en se rapprochant de la Russie, arriver à finalement résoudre le conflit des îles Kouriles.

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USA: Multilateral Exercise SEACAT 2014 Begins in Singapore, Continues Throughout Southeast Asia


12 Aug 2014 Pacific Sentinel

 

From Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs

 

<< Officers taking part in a previous SEACAT exercise work together in Singapore. (Singapore Ministry of Defence file photo)

 

SINGAPORE - The 13th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise commenced at the Republic of Singapore Navy's Multinational Operations and Exercises Center (MOEC) Aug. 11.

 

Focused on regional cooperation to address shared maritime security challenges like piracy, smuggling and other illicit activities at sea, SEACAT brings together liaison officers from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States to collaborate and coordinate practical responses to a number of realistic scenarios.

 

"As maritime nations that depend on the free flow of commerce at sea, we share an interest in addressing these challenges and recognize that none of us has enough resources to do it alone," said Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet's Task Force 73 and executive agent for SEACAT, who delivered opening remarks at the MOEC.

 

 

During the five-day command post exercise (CPX), liaison officers will receive simulated reports of suspect vessels in the Straits of Singapore and Malacca, the Andaman Sea or the South China Sea. After sharing information from all available sources, such as Singapore's Information Fusion Center (IFC), Malaysia's International Maritime Bureau (IMB), or the Philippines' Coast Watch System, the LNOs will develop and implement response plans during a concurrent field training exercise (FTX). Based on the situation, aircraft and ships from participating navies will investigate and conduct on scene boardings as necessary.

 

This year's exercise incorporates maritime search and rescue (SAR) scenarios as well as participation by regional coast guards, like the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

 

"We're all mariners here and I'm pleased that organizations like Malaysia's MMEA are part of the mix this year," said Williams. "Coordination between navies, coast guards and marine police is a big part of getting after maritime security challenges, especially those that overlap with international and territorial waters."

 

Several staff members from the forward deployed Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 are also on hand to participate as U.S. LNOs and to run the CPX scenario.

 

"For the second year in a row, DESRON 7 is looking forward to participating in this year's SEACAT exercise," said Capt. Fred Kacher, DESRON 7 commodore. "Exercises like this help to strengthen partnerships so we are ready to respond as one team to challenges whenever they arise in this incredibly important maritime region."

 

SEACAT, which began in 2002 under the name "Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism," was renamed in 2012 exercise to expand the scope of training among regional navies and coast guards. Participating U.S. forces include staff from Commander, Task Force 73, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) and a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

 

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Les militaires russes participeront à des exercices en Chine

 

11.08.2014 Par La Voix de la Russie

 

Environ 900 militaires russes de la région militaire Est sont partis pour la Chine où ils participeront aux exercices de l'Organisation de coopération de Shanghai (OCS) Mission de paix 2014.

 

Les manoeuvres auront lieu du 24 au 29 août avec la participation des contingents des cinq pays de l'OCS, à savoir la Russie, le Kazakhstan, le Kighizistan, la Chine et le Tadjikistan.

 

Les exercices engageront plus de 7 000 militaires des Etats membres de l'OCS.

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Response teams in Able Response Exercise 13

Response teams in Able Response Exercise 13

 

SEOUL, 11 août (Yonhap)

 

Les autorités militaires et sanitaires de la Corée du Sud et des Etats-Unis organiseront cette semaine un exercice de simulation conjoint pour renforcer leur capacité à faire face aux menaces biologiques et à l'apparition de maladies, a déclaré ce lundi le ministère de la Défense.

 

L'exercice annuel de lutte contre le terrorisme biologique, «Able Response 14», a commencé ce lundi et se déroulera jusqu'à jeudi avec la participation de plus de 200 personnes des ministères de la Défense, des autorités sanitaires et d’agences gouvernementales des deux pays à l'Institut coréen pour les analyses de défense (KIDA) à Séoul.

 

Au cours de l'exercice de cette année, le quatrième du genre, les participants examineront les systèmes des deux pays pour réagir contre les menaces biologiques et l'apparition de maladies, comme le virus Ebola, et chercheront des moyens de coopération.

 

«Grâce à cet exercice, la capacité de réponse face aux menaces biologiques des deux pays s'améliorera», a indiqué un responsable du ministère de la Défense.

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PLA Navy set to build 10 aircraft carriers

 

2014-08-12 wantchinatimes.com

 

To create its first blue-water navy, China plans to construct a total of 10 domestic aircraft carriers according to the Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine operated by Andrei Chang also known as Pinkov, a military analyst from Canada.

 

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photo foreignminister.gov.au

photo foreignminister.gov.au

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, United States Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel and Minister for Defence, David Johnston ahead of the signing of the Force Posture Agreement during the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2014 at Admiralty House in Sydney. 12 August 2014.

 

Sydney, 11 août (Xinhua)

 

La ministre australienne des Affaires étrangères Julie Bishop et le ministre de la Défense David Johnston ont tenu lundi une conférence avec leurs homologues américains, le secrétaire d'Etat John Kerry et le secrétaire à la Défense Chuck Hagel avant les consultations ministérielles annuelles entre l'Australie et les Etats-Unis (AUSMIN) prévues mardi.

 

L'événement AUSMIN à Sydney comprendra la signature de l'Accord de la Posture militaire, qui établit le cadre légal de la présence de la marine américaine basée à Darwin, et qui permet le développement de l'armée américaine en Australie au cours des 25 prochaines années.

 

"AUSMIN est le forum principal de promotion de la coopération bilatérale sur les politiques étrangères, de défense et de politique stratégique entre l'Australie et les Etats-Unis. C'est l'occasion de réaffirmer notre alliance ainsi que la profondeur et l'ampleur de notre relation", a indiqué Mme Bishop dans un communiqué.

 

Mme Bishop a indiqué que les dirigeants discuteront des façons d'améliorer leur travail ensemble, particulièrement en faveur de la stabilité et de la sécurité régionales, et continueront à promouvoir la mise en application des initiatives de posture de l'armée américaine.

 

"Nos discussions exploreront des opportunités d'approfondissement de la coopération en matière de défense et d'interopérabilité entre nos deux armées", a indiqué Mne Bishop.

 

Il s'agit des deuxièmes AUSMIN impliquant MM. Kerry et Hagel, les premières ayant été tenues l'année dernière à Washington, aux Etats-Unis.

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Southeast Asia builds home-grown defense industry

 

12.08.2014 cnbc.com (Reuters)

 

Spurred by tensions with China, Southeast Asian nations are building up their own defense industries, channeling fast-growing military budgets to develop local expertise and lower their dependence on big U.S. and European arms suppliers.

 

While countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia won't do away with big-ticket imports from giants like Airbus or Lockheed Martin, they are increasingly encouraging domestic defense firms to manufacture hardware locally. With regional defense spending seen rising to $40 billion in 2016, 10 percent higher than last year, some countries are already developing their own exports.

 

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The Secret Taiwan UAV Program

 

August 7, 2014: Strategy Page

 

Taiwan has been developing its own UAVs since the 1990s. With some help from the United States Taiwan began delivering modern models to the armed forces in 2011 (after a major boost in UAV funding in 2007). Taiwan has kept details secret although some information gets out when civilian versions of the military models are offered for export.

 

Taiwan is known to have several smaller UAVs, weighing under 20 kg (44 pounds). These are battery powered, have endurance of 60-90 minutes and an operator range of about ten kilometers. These are similar to the U.S. Raven and somewhat larger models that complement Raven (like Puma). There are also known to be larger UAVs, weighing up to several hundred kilograms (up to 500 pounds), with endurance of up to ten hours and payload of 50 kg (110 pounds). These are regularly use to patrol the Taiwan Strait and would be useful in wartime for spotting Chinese naval targets for Taiwanese anti-ship missiles. There is also at least one helicopter UAV (similar to the U.S. Navy Fire Scout) and a new one, still in development, that is similar to the U.S. Navy X-47B and able to carry over 500 kg (1,100 pounds) of weapons.

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DND to Spend P15 B for Two Ships, P2.5 B for Ammunition

Navantia ship model during ADAS 2014 exhibition (photo : Roy Kabanlit)

 

11 Aug 2014 Defense Studies

MANILA, Philippines - The defense department will spend P2.5 billion for the ammunition of the two frigates it will acquire for the Philippine Navy.

Defense Assistant Secretary Patrick Velez said security officials have decided to separate the purchase of ammunition from the frigate acquisition project, citing international arms restrictions.

“There will be two (projects). The acquisition of armaments will be treated as a separate project,” Velez told The STAR in a recent interview.

“You cannot combine the offensive portion and the actual building of the ship. The ammunition will require about P2.5 billion,” he added.

Velez said they could not award the project to shipyards that do not manufacture missiles.

Before it was divided into two, the frigate acquisition project had an approved budget of P18 billion. About P2.5 billion of the outlay was allotted for the ships’ armaments.

Now that the project has been divided into two lots, the budget for the two ships stands at P15.5 billion.

Sources told The STAR defense department might consider negotiated procurement for the ammunition to ensure that the armaments are compatible with the ships to be acquired.

Defense officials are about to finish the technical discussions for the project and will hold the bidding for the project within the year.

A total of six companies are qualified to submit bids for the project. They are Navantia Sepi (RTR Ventures) of Spain, South Korean firms STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. and Hyundai Heavy Industries, Inc.; Indian firm Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. and French company STX France SA.

The frigate acquisition project is among the big-ticket items in the Armed Forces Modernization Program.

The ships can be used to boost the Philippines’ security presence in the West Philippine Sea, repatriate migrant workers and respond to calamities.

The two ships to be acquired for the Navy are expected to complement the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, the two vessels purchased from the United States.

(PhilStar)

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