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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 07:55
Mer de Chine, une logique de guerre ?

22 Septembre 2013 Par Francis Vallat, Président du Cluster maritime français, Président du Réseau européen des clusters maritimes - Marine & Océans

 

Les incidents et conflits larvés qui surviennent régulièrement en mer de Chine où se défient les flottes militaires des pays riverains, Chine, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaisie et Japon, sont extrêmement inquiétants. Plus probablement pour la paix du monde que les crises qui font aujourd'hui la "Une" de nos quotidiens (y compris le drame syrien). Je pense, en particulier, aux manoeuvres autour des îles Paracels et Spratleys qui génèrent des tensions entre le Vietnam et la Chine ou encore à celles concernant les bancs de Sarborough et de Thomas, dans les eaux philippines, qui aiguisent les tensions entre les Philippines et la Chine. A chaque fois l'enjeu y est le contrôle effectif de ces îlots tant sur un plan stratégique que pour les ressources minéralières ou halieutiques qu'ils recèlent. Je pense aussi à divers incidents navals intervenus ces dernières années, en particulier entre la Chine et le Japon, réglés en dehors de toute notion de droit.

 

Plus encore probablement que le fond, c'est la méthode et le comportement de la Chine qui inquiètent. Une méthode qui s'apparente à des tentatives de règlement des différends non plus par la voie diplomatique ou l'application des conventions internationales, mais par l'intimidation, voire la menace, le chantage, ou encore la politique affirmée et répétée du « fait accompli ». Cette logique risque de remettre en cause l'ordre international que nos ancêtres sont difficilement parvenus à établir pour sauvegarder la liberté des mers, garante de la liberté des échanges, elle-même garante de rapports pacifiques.

 

En ce sens, il s'agit objectivement d'une logique de guerre. Car si le droit international n'est plus appliqué, si les principes ne sont plus défendus, si les puissances ferment les yeux, l'anarchie s'installera, puis la violence avec un risque (une certitude ?) de retour à des affrontements armés et à des crises régionales graves. Il ne s'agit pas là, par ailleurs, seulement de liberté de circulation. L'enjeu est aussi celui de la protection de toutes ces ressources alimentaires et minières qui font de la mer l'avenir de la terre, que ce soit celles des grands fonds, des zones économiques exclusives et de la haute mer, à condition de les exploiter proprement et en les sécurisant.

 

Il s'agit là d'une problématique, à la fois particulière dans ses manifestations "maritimo-navales" d'aujourd'hui, et bien connue dans ses principes, à laquelle le XXIème siècle est confronté à son tour, comme il l'est par les problématiques de protection des grandes routes maritimes ou de circulation dans les bassins. De fait, l'esprit est le même, puisque là aussi l'équilibre entre les Etats dépend en grande partie de leurs capacités à organiser librement et pacifiquement leurs échanges commerciaux. C'est d'ailleurs pour cela que la piraterie est identifiée comme l'un des principaux problèmes de sécurité des prochaines décennies. D'autant que si à ce jour elle se concentre dans l'Océan indien, le Golfe de Guinée, au large du détroit de Malacca et le long de certaines côtes d'Amérique du Sud, il est malgré tout clair qu'elle peut et pourra concerner, dans la durée, toutes les zones côtières de notre monde qui voient transiter des flux énormes de richesses, au large de pays pauvres.

 

Il est donc essentiel, au vu de ces dangers, que les Etats de droit aient le courage de condamner plus vigoureusement ces agissements et prennent les moyens de se faire entendre, y compris de la Chine concernant la "mer de Chine"... appellation que certains dirigeants de l'Empire du Milieu invoquent pour dire "tout y est à nous" ! Mais il est vrai que sans moyens navals dignes de ce nom, le message de nombre de pays risque fort de ressembler aux moulinets de Matamore ou du Capitaine Fracasse. Raison de plus pour que la France ne baisse pas la garde. Il est encore temps !

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Osprey vs. Bison in the East China Sea

September 22, 2013 Richard D. Fisher, Jr. - thediplomat.com

 

China, Japan and the U.S. are ramping up their ability to deploy to disputed islands in the East China Sea.

 

Stability in the region between Taiwan and Japan, and the security of Taiwan, hinges on an arms race that will soon be accompanying the heightened paramilitary engagements between Japanese, Chinese and, occasionally, Taiwanese Coast Guard ships over who will control the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea.

 

For now this contest for control is confined to shoving matches largely between Chinese and Japanese Coast Guard ships, which take several days to deploy. However, China is now developing the means to project decisive force to these islands in hours, not days. Should China gain the upper hand in this arms race there is a greater chance it will use force to occupy the islands and then set its sights on the strategically more attractive nearby Sakashima island group.

 

For now, though, the upper hand is held by the United States, which has just completed the initial deployment of 24 U.S. Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey conventional, or twin tilt rotor aircraft, to Futenma Base in Okinawa. This unique aircraft, by virtue of its twisting rotors and engines at the ends of its wing, can take off like a helicopter, and then cruise at about 280 miles per hour, carrying up to 24 troops or about six tons of cargo to a range sufficient to reach the disputed islands. In a full-out surge, the 24 MV-22Bs at Futenma could potentially put about 500 troops or about 140 tons of weapons and material on the Senkakus or the Sakashimas in about one hour.

 

On September 17, 2013, Kyodo reported thatcurrent commander of U.S. Marine forces on Okinawa, Lt. General John Wissler, told Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaimu about the Osprey, “That aircraft has the ability to reach the Senkakus, should we need to support any sort of Japan-U.S. security treaty.”

 

China is also accumulating rapid lift assets. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has taken delivery of the first Ukrainian-built Zubr (Bison) large hovercraft. The first example, delivered in May, is now undergoing final modifications in Shanghai. At least three more are expected initially, but China may build many more of an indigenous version. Developed by the former Soviet Union to give its Naval Infantry the ability to rapidly invade NATO countries along the Baltic Sea, the Zubr can lift about 500 troops or up to 150 tons of armor, weapons and material up to speeds of 66 miles per hour. With just four Zubr hovercraft, the PLAN could potentially put 2,000 troops or up to 600 tons of weapons and material on the Senkakus in about four to five hours, or it could reach the island of Miyako-jima in about six to seven hours with a much reduced payload.

 

If it actually came to a race between the Osprey and the Bison, getting there first would make all the difference, as without the advantage of surprise, an adequately armed defender could significantly damage incoming hovercraft or helicopters. But the outcome would also depend on the result of intensive air and sea battles around these islands. For now, the superior performance of the U.S. Lockheed-Martin F-22A fifth-generation fighter and the Virginia class nuclear-powered attack submarine provide a margin of superiority that undergirds deterrence, but this could change quickly as the PLA Air Force increases the number of capable fourth-generation fighters supported by AWACS radar aircraft, followed by fifth-generation fighters that could even the odds, especially if China decides to strike first. Growing numbers of PLAN air defense destroyers like the new Type 052D could also help deny air dominance to Japanese and U.S. forces.

 

However, China could also gain the upper hand should it successfully develop its own tilt rotor aircraft, an ambition it likely has been pursuing for most of the last decade. In a surprising revelation, an article published August 28, 2013 on the web page of the China Helicopter Research and Development Institute (CHRDI) goes further, saying that China is now developing a quad tiltrotor design called the Blue Whale, with the goal of carrying 20 tons of cargo at speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour, with a combat radius of 500 miles. A model of the Blue Whale appeared at a Chinese helicopter technology expo recently held in Tianjin, at least confirming it is an active program.

 

Blue Whale’s performance goals are very close to a now lapsed Bell-Boeing program to develop a V-44 Quad TiltRotor, which faded with evolving heavy-lift requirements for the U.S. Army’s Future Combat System of programs, in turn cancelled in 2009. CHRDI does not reveal when they expect the Blue Whale to enter service or how China will overcome technical challenges for a quad tiltrotor that a 2005 U.S. Defense Science Board study said would take 20 to 25 years to overcome. By 2008 to 2009 the heavy lift program was punted to the U.S. Air Force-controlled Joint Future Theater Lift program, intended to develop a replacement for the venerable Lockheed-Martin C-130, perhaps by the late 2020s. China may think it can succeed with a quad tiltrotor design before the U.S. fields a new vertical heavy lifter. The operational implications of such a capability go well beyond the East China Sea, but may matter there sooner.

 

For Beijing, control of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands and the much larger Sakashima Islands, which have ports and airfields, is not simply a matter of salving historical resentments or even controlling resources; it is a contest for geostrategic position to influence the future of democratic Taiwan. From the Senkakus and especially the Sakashimas, the PLA can more easily impose an air and sea blockade on Taiwan or launch multi-axis attacks to rapidly take airfields to aid follow-on invasion forces. Before making any military moves, mere possession of these islands allows Beijing to exert far greater political pressure on Taipei to make “peace” at the expense of its virtual American ally and Tokyo. Occupation of the islands would also give Beijing greater legitimacy on which to develop latent claims to other islands in the Ryukyu chain.

 

The Miyako Strait in the Sakashimas also must be passed by Chinese naval forces trying to reach the Pacific Ocean. This group of seemingly negligible islands are in fact the lock in the door that keeps the PLA Navy from cruising the Pacific at will, a key link in the so-called “First Island Chain.” For Tokyo and Washington, preserving Japanese control over these islands proves to Beijing that it cannot use force to solve maritime territory disputes, but also gives Japanese and U.S. forces a large number of island base options from which to counter China’s rapidly growing air and naval forces.

 

At a time when Washington is far more preoccupied with preserving adequate strategic capabilities under threat from sequestration-enforced defense budget reductions, an expensive heavy-lift tiltrotor development program, like so many other programs, has crossed the line from “need” to “needless luxury.” But the absence of this level of capability may have consequences. Without the means to put decisive counter-invasion forces on these islands at a moment’s notice, Japan will have to consider something it has been very reluctant to do: militarize these islands. Tokyo is already considering the development of a 500 km short-range ballistic missile to defend these distant islands. Missiles, of course, fly much faster than the Osprey. On one level, China’s looming threat justifies such moves, but deploying missiles will encourage China’s buildup as well as anti-Japan factions in Taipei.

 

Despite its much advertised military and political-economic pivot/rebalance toward Asia, it remains an uncomfortable fact for Washington that successful military deterrence of Beijing will also require that the U.S. remain ahead in a growing, multi-faceted arms race. In the East China Sea this arms race and its implications are taking shape rather rapidly.

 

Richard D. Fisher, Jr. is a Senior Fellow with the International Assessment and Strategy Center and author of China’s Military Modernization, Building for Regional and Global Reach, (Stanford, 2010)

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INS Trikand_(F51) photo Brian Burnell

INS Trikand_(F51) photo Brian Burnell

23 September 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

Rosoboronexport will participate in NAMEXPO 2013, India’s premiere international naval & maritime exposition and conference to be held in Cochin, India from 23 to 27 September 2013.
 
Enterprises affiliated with the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) – Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering, St. Petersburg-based Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau and Sudoexport – as well as the Mars Research & Production Association and the Aquamarin Company will display their products under the aegis of Rosoboronexport, part of the Rostec State Corporation.
 
“We work closely with our Indian partners in the naval area and hope that the new specialized exhibition will be a good platform to showcase our capabilities. Today, India has set ambitious goals to strengthen the national naval forces and Russia, as its strategic ally, is ready to comprehensively cooperate to effectively implement these plans,” – said Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Viktor Komardin who leads the Company’s delegation at the exhibition.

 

Among the models having high potential in the Indian market are the Project 11356 frigates, which have long been successfully operated by the Indian Navy, Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarine and a variety of naval weapon systems.
 
According to Viktor Komardin, at NAMEXPO 2013, the Russian side is planning to discuss concrete steps to deepen cooperation with India’s state and private manufacturers of naval equipment. In particular, the joint design and construction of new ships is one of the most promising areas of cooperation.
 
Rosoboronexport will also hold talks with its partners in Southeast Asia, where potential customers are showing great interest in patrol boats and Project 22460E patrol ships, Gepard 3.9-class frigates, Bastion and Bal-E coastal defense missile systems, shipborne SAM and artillery systems, and anti-ship missiles. In addition, the integrated coastal zone surveillance systems in various configurations and their components, in particular the Podsolnukh-E coastal over-the-horizon surface wave radar, have high export potential.
 
More than 70 warships have been built for India over more than 45 years of Russian-Indian cooperation in the naval sphere. Russia is providing assistance in designing and supplying systems and equipment for indigenously developed ships under construction in India. Among them are the Project 15A, 15B destroyers, Project 17 frigates and Project 71 aircraft carrier. In addition, Sevmash, part of USC, is completing the trials of the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya.
 
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Taiwan Develops 'Smart' Munitions Against China: Report

Sep. 21, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s air force will be armed with “smart” munitions before the year’s end that could be used against any Chinese invasion by striking airfields and harbors on the mainland, media reported Saturday.

 

The new weaponry, developed under a project codenamed “Wan Chien” (Ten Thousand Swords), is scheduled to be carried by dozens of Taiwan’s fighter jets.

 

The island nation began developing its own smart weapons after the United States — Taiwan’s main arms supplier — refused to sell it guided bombs.

 

Taiwan’s air force plans to upgrade 60 fighters before the year’s end, with the last six being refitted and scheduled to be completed in December, the Taipei-based China Times reported.

 

The defense ministry declined to comment on the report.

 

The new weaponry will enable Taiwanese fighter jets to hit Chinese targets from a distance and reduce the risk of having to fly over mainland territory, analysts say.

 

The weapons, an equivalent of the US-developed joint direct attack munition (JDAM) that converts unguided bombs into all-weather “smart” munitions, is designed to target harbors, missile and radar bases, as well as troop build-ups prior to any invasion of the island, they say.

 

Each kit carries more than 100 warheads capable of blowing dozens of small craters in airport runways, making them impossible to use, they say.

 

The China Times said the refusal to sell JDAMs to Taiwan by United States had prompted the island to develop the offensive weapon on its own.

 

Ties between Taiwan and its giant neighbor have improved significantly since the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang government took power in Taipei in 2008. Ma was re-elected in January 2012.

 

But China still considers the island part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced defense weaponry, mainly from the United States.

 

Taiwanese experts estimate the People’s Liberation Army has more than 1,600 missiles aimed at the island.

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Le porte-avions chinois a fini une période d’entraînement

22 septembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Après une période d’entraînement, le premier porte-avions chinois le Liaoning est rentré le 21 septembre dans un port militaire à Qingdao.

 

Référence : Radio Chine Internationale

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INS Vikramaditya

INS Vikramaditya

22 septembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins

 

La Russie va remettre le 15 novembre à l’Inde le porte-avions Admiral Gorchkov, un bâtiment rénové de l’époque soviétique dont la livraison avait été repoussée à plusieurs reprises, a annoncé samedi le vice-Premier ministre russe Dmitri Rogozine.

 

Référence : 7 sur 7 (Belgique)

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Une délégation militaire américaine en visite au Vietnam

21/09/2013 vietnamplus.vn

 

Le général de corps d'armée Lê Huu Duc, vice-ministre vietnamien de la Défense, a reçu vendredi à Hanoi une délégation de l'US TRANSCOM (United States Transportation Command), conduite par son commandant William Fraser.

 

Lê Huu Duc a apprécié le bon développement des relations vietnamo-américaines ces derniers temps, notamment depuis la signature de la Déclaration commune de coopération intégrale.

 

Il a souligné que cette visite était une bonne occasion pour les deux parties de partager des expériences avant de souhaiter les voir poursuivre leur coopération dans la mise en oeuvre des cinq points s'inscrivant dans leur accord de coopération dans la défense.

 

Pour sa part, William Fraser a demandé aux deux parties de renforcer les échanges de cadres et de délégations, pour une meilleure efficacité de la coopération bilatérale ainsi que le renforcement de la confiance mutuelle en tous domaines.

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Vietnam : le ministère de la Défense apprécie le soutien d'un groupe autrichien

20/09/2013 VietnamPlus

 

Le général Le Huu Duc, vice-ministre de la Défense, a reçu jeudi à Hanoi la directrice générale exécutive du groupe autrichien Vamed Engineering, Andred Raffseder.

 

Le Huu Duc a hautement apprécié la coopération entre le groupe Vamed Engineering et le ministère de la défense observée ces derniers temps.

 

Hormis le projet d'aide publique au développement (APD) No 15 consacré à l'investissement dans des hôpitaux militaires, l'Autriche fait avancer actuellement un autre projet (APD No 7) pour investir dans des écoles de formation professionnelles de l'Armée populaire du Vietnam. Projets qui contribuent à répondre aux besoins indispensables des services de santé militaire du Vietnam.

 

Le Huu Duc a proposé au groupe Vamed Engineering de continuer de mobiliser les organes concernés du gouvernement autrichien afin d'accorder des prêts à taux d'intérêt préférentiel au Vietnam, lui permettant ainsi, en retour, d'élargir son champ d'investissement dans les domaines tels que le traitement des eaux usées et des déchets, la propreté de l'environnement, la formation à distance, la surveillance, la construction des centres de secours, la coopération dans l'industrie de défense, etc. - VNA

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Nouvelle-Calédonie : exercice Tafakula 2013 au royaume des Tonga

20/09/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Du 30 août au 14 septembre 2013, une section du régiment d’infanterie de marine du Pacifique (RIMaP) des forces armées de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC) a participé à l’exercice tongien Tafakula.

 

La section du RIMaP a été engagée aux côtés d’une section locale des HMAF « His Majesty’s Armed Forces », et d’une section d’US marines, issue du contingent américain tournant stationné à Darwin, en Australie. Le détachement français était renforcé par une équipe du service de santé des FANC qui a assuré le soutien sanitaire de tous les participants de l’exercice et dispensé des soins au profit du personnel du camp militaire tongien de Taliai

 

La première semaine a été consacrée à l’entraînement, à l’instruction et au sport, afin d’approfondir la connaissance mutuelle, de partager les procédures et savoir-faire propres à chaque nation. Des échanges de groupes de combat entre les sections ont permis de renforcer la cohésion des participants. Cette phase de l’exercice s’est achevée par une séance de tir aux armes légères d’infanterie sur l’île de Motutapu, située à une heure de navigation de la capitale Nuku’Alofa. La section du RIMaP a pu, à cette occasion, utiliser l’armement des autres détachements et montrer ses méthodes de travail, notamment dans le domaine du tir de combat.

 

Le scenario de l’exercice, qui s’est déroulé lors de la deuxième semaine, simulait une opération d’assistance humanitaire faisant suite à une catastrophe naturelle. Après avoir évacué la population située sur une zone touchée par un tsunami, chaque section a mené des actions de sécurisation dans son secteur de responsabilité. L’exercice s’est achevé par une manœuvre de combat interalliée de niveau compagnie.

 

Ces deux semaines ont permis de renforcer les liens entre les militaires des trois nations ainsi que la coopération interalliée.

 

Les FANC constituent le point d’appui central du « théâtre Pacifique» avec un dispositif interarmées centré sur un groupement tactique interarmes (GTIA) et les moyens de projection associés. Avec les forces armées en Polynésie Française (FAPF), dispositif interarmées à dominante maritime, les FANC ont pour principale mission d’assurer la souveraineté de la France dans leur zone de responsabilité, d’animer la coopération régionale et d’entretenir des relations privilégiées avec l’ensemble des pays riverains de la zone pacifique. Dans le cadre de leur mission, les FANC engagent régulièrement leurs moyens pour des opérations d’aide aux populations, en appui des autres services de l’Etat.

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Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group to produce 1,200 J-10 fighters

Two J-10 fighters at the Zhuhai Airshow on Nov. 5, 2008. (Photo Xinhua)

 

2013-09-19 wantchinatimes.com

 

Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group will produce a total of 1,200 J-10 fighters for the PLA Force to counter F-16 fighters over the Taiwan Strait and Western Pacific, according to our sister paper Want Daily.

 

The Moscow-based Voice of Russia says the J-10A uses the Lyulka-Saturn AL-31FN turbofan engine imported from Russia due to difficulties in the development of China's WS-10 Taihang engine. The newer J-10B variant will be fitted with the Taihang engine.

 

Geng Ruguang, senior vice president of China Aviation Industry Corporation, said the development of the J-10, Taihang engine and PL-12 air-to-air missile shows China has become the fourth nation in the world to design and produce its own advanced fighter.

 

 

Geng said the J-10B's active phased array airborne radar enables the fighter to track six targets and engage four of them simultaneously. Geng also said the J-10's radar system can also lock on to US F-16 and Japanese F-2 fighters without difficulty. Furthermore, the PL-12 air-to-air missile designed for the J-10 boasts similar specs to the US-built AIM-120 air-to-air missile used by the F-16A/B fighters of Taiwan's air force.

 

Taiwan currently has 388 fighters, of which 145 are F-16A/Bs purchased from the United States. The imbalance in the size of the size of the fighter fleets on opposing sides of the Taiwan Strait is a matter of serious concern for Taiwan's security.

 

Between 2014 and 2015, 36 J-10B fighters will also be supplied to the Pakistan Air Force under the name FC-20,

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Army to raise armoured corps in WB

September 12, 2013 By Arup Chanda - freepressjournal.in

 

Kolkata : Following frequent incursions by China violating the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army is planning to set up an armoured corps base in north Bengal.

 

Following intelligence reports and Chinese activity along the LAC, the Indian Army has marked parts of north Bengal and north-east region of the country, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own territory, as a ‘sensitive zone’.

 

A senior army official recently met West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee after she came down to Siliguri from the hills of Darjeeling and asked for 200 acres of land next to the Binaguri army cantonment in north Bengal.

 

He held a closed door meeting with Banerjee and apprised her of the situation and speed up handing over the land to establish an armoured corps division in the area. He stressed the need saying that China was actively increasing its influence in bordering Bhutan and Nepal, according to military intelligence reports.

 

China, he said, was carrying out many charitable activities and imparting free education through some voluntary organisations next to the LAC, and using them to carry out espionage activities in the region. China is also spending huge sums of money in setting up Buddhist monasteries in the region, he informed Banerjee.

 

The army plans not only to increase its personnel but also have an armoured crops division with tanks and large number of armoured vehicles.

 

The Indian Army currently has 63 armoured corps regiments and taking into account China’s military plans has also raised the Ladakh Scouts. In view of the recent developments it might raise another armoured corps regiment armed with MBT Arjun tanks and armoured vehicles to be deployed in north Bengal.

 

Though Banerjee, it was learnt, gave a patient hearing to the senior army official, she kept silent about acquiring land as her government was opposed to take away land from farmers.

 

However, a defence ministry official here remarked: “Not acquiring land from farmers for industry might be the chief minister’s policy for vote bank politics but this is a case of national security. The country’s security can never be compromised because of populism.

 

“We need the land as soon as possible to expand our base as we have been receiving disturbing reports about Chinese activities across the border in this region not only from military intelligence but also from other agencies of the central government,” he said.

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Force maritime d'autodéfense japonaise. (Photo RIA Novosti)

Force maritime d'autodéfense japonaise. (Photo RIA Novosti)

MOSCOU, 19 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Le premier ministre japonais Shinzo Abe a suggéré de modifier la Constitution pour renforcer l'armée et pouvoir combattre aux côtés de l'Amérique partout dans le monde, écrit jeudi  19 septembre le quotidien Nezavissimaïa gazeta.

La Chine et la Corée du Nord y voient une renaissance du militarisme mais la Russie, pour sa part, ne perçoit pas le Japon en tant qu'ennemi potentiel. Lors de son discours à Tokyo devant le conseil consultatif pour la défense le chef du gouvernement japonais Shinzo Abe a appelé à modifier la Constitution du pays, qui restreint la possibilité d'utiliser les forces armées nationales. Cette mesure permettrait à Tokyo, dès novembre, d'utiliser la force militaire pour la légitime défense collective.

En clair : Abe souhaite renforcer la puissance militaire du pays et il lui est donc nécessaire de revoir la Constitution, qui interdit l'utilisation de la force sauf pour protéger l'Etat directement.

Cependant, la révision de la Constitution suscite des débats et une telle démarche demanderait des années, souligne le Wall Street Journal. C'est pourquoi le premier ministre a concentré ses efforts sur un changement d’interprétation officielle de la Constitution, afin de lever l'interdiction d'aider les alliés du Japon victimes d'une agression.

Le chef du gouvernement affirme que ces changements sont urgents car la situation internationale en Asie se complique. Par ailleurs, les politiciens japonais pointent généralement le réarmement rapide de la Chine et le risque d'une attaque nucléaire de la Corée du Nord.

Valeri Kistanov, directeur du Centre d'études japonaises à l'Institut de l'Extrême-Orient, note que de cette manière Abe cherche en réalité à renforcer son alliance militaire avec les Etats-Unis. D'après le traité de sécurité nippo-américain, les USA ne protègent le Japon qu’en cas d'agression majeure et si elle est de faible envergure, ce dernier doit se défendre lui-même.

De son côté, le Japon ne peut pas venir en aide aux Américains s'ils étaient attaqués. Tout au plus il lui est permis d'envoyer des navires de soutien logistique pour les bâtiments américains dans l'océan Indien qui ont participé à l'opération en Afghanistan. Abe souhaiterait transformer le Japon en pays normal, avec une armée normale. Autrement dit, élargir sa sphère d'activité afin qu'il puisse venir en aide aux USA partout dans le monde.

Les USA ne sont pas emballés par cette perspective. A leurs yeux le Japon a de l'importance en tant qu'allié subordonné, mettant des bases à leur disposition qui servent d'appui pour la dissuasion de la Chine, le contrôle de la péninsule coréenne et même les opérations au Moyen-Orient. Selon Valeri Kistanov, les Américains estiment que leur présence militaire au Japon sert de bouchon pour retenir dans la lampe le génie du militarisme japonais.

Evidemment les forces de sécurité russes surveillent la croissance de la puissance militaire du Japon. Mais contrairement à Pékin et Pyongyang, Moscou n'évoque pas la remilitarisation du pays. "Au niveau officiel, la Russie n'exprime aucune inquiétude à ce sujet", conclut l'expert.

Washington mène un double-jeu suite à l'aggravation du conflit sino-japonais autour des îles Senkaku (Diaoyu). Le département d'Etat appelle son allié à faire preuve de prudence mais les généraux tiennent un autre discours. Le chef des Marines à Okinawa, John Wissler, a déclaré hier que les avions hybrides américains Osprey pourraient être projetés sur les îles litigieuses en cas de besoin.

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Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya To Join Indian Navy In Nov

September 18, 2013 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist

 

With all trials successfully completed in the White Sea and Barents Sea, the Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov) aircraft carrier will be commissioned into Indian Navy service between November 15-20 at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, Russia.

 

The $2.33-billion deal finally delivers nearly a decade after it was signed, and after years of financial and technical turmoil. All considered, the deal goes down as one of the most ill-planned, where virtually every aspect of work on the ship was astonishingly underestimated by both sides, compelling an embarrassing price revision years after contract signature.

 

Well, now she's Indian, and she'll be most welcome. Shano Varuna!

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Le ministre chinois de la Défense insiste sur la mobilisation nationale

17/09/2013 Xu Yongchun  - Chine Nouvelle (Xinhua)

 

Le ministre chinois de la Défense nationale Chang Wanquan a mis l'accent mardi sur un système de mobilisation nationale répondant aux exigences des situations d'urgence et des préparatifs en cas de guerre.

 

M. Chang s'est ainsi exprimé lors d'une réunion sur la mobilisation nationale de défense au Commandement militaire de Lanzhou, capitale de la province du Gansu, dans le nord-ouest de la Chine.

 

Le système de mobilisation doit bénéficier aux citoyens en temps de paix et permettre de répondre aux situations d'urgence et à d'éventuelles guerres, a indiqué M. Chang, également général et membre de la Commission militaire centrale.

 

La Chine prendra des mesures concrètes à l'égard de son système de mobilisation afin que ce dernier permette au pays de se préparer à des conflits éventuels et à de nouvelles circonstances, a-t-il ajouté.

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Indian DAC approves acquisition of additional six C-130J aircraft

Indian Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft stationed at Hindon Airbase, near Delhi, India. Photo Hemant.rawat1234.

 

18 September 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

The Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the national Air Force's procurement of six additional C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at a cost of INR40bn ($635m) from the US, an unnamed defence source have revealed.

 

Quoted by Press Trust of India, the source said that the aircraft will be acquired through the foreign military sales (FMS) route between the Indian and US governments.

 

Meanwhile, the deal will now be transferred to the Cabinet Committee on Security for the final approval, the sources added, noting that the new aircraft will be based at Panagarh in West Bengal.

 

Panagarh serves as headquarters of the Indian Army's newly created Mountain Strike Corps for operations along the India-China border, according to the news agency.

 

An undisclosed senior defence ministry official was quoted by NDTV as saying: "With its ability to land almost anywhere, the additional C-130J will give the Mountain Strike Corps ability to move around troops and rush reinforcements along the front at a very short notice."

 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) currently operates six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were acquired under a $1.2bn FMS deal from US in early 2008, from Hindon Airbase, near Delhi, for special operations.

 

Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the C-130J Super Hercules is designed for airborne assault, search-and-rescue (SAR), scientific research support, weather reconnaissance and aerial refuelling, as well as maritime patrol and aerial fire fighting missions.

 

Fitted with a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller, the aircraft is a longer fuselage or stretched combat delivery variant of legacy C-130 Hercules, and can accommodate a payload of up to 20t and over 90 passengers.

 

The aircraft is operational with air forces in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Qatar, the UK and the US.

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Lada-class submarine designed by the Russian Rubin Design Bureau

Lada-class submarine designed by the Russian Rubin Design Bureau

18 septembre 2013. Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Des sources du bureau d’études russe Rubin de St-Pétersbourg, ont indiqué que des sous-marins de la classe Lada avaient été vendus à la marine chinoise et qu’ils seraient équipés de systèmes d’alimentation et de contrôle de lancement de fabrication chinoise.

 

L’achat est confirmé par un article paru sur le site Strategy Page. Les 4 sous-marins concernés seront modifiés spécialement pour la Chine. A la demande de la marine chinoise, le système de propulsion anaérobie, basé sur des piles à combustible à hydrogène, sera retiré.

 

Comme les sous-marins de cette classe ne seront pas utilisés par la marine chinoise pour des opérations de combat en haute-mer, les piles à combustible du système de propulsion anaérobie ne sont pas nécessaires. La marine chinoise le remplacera par un autre système utilisant des moteurs chinois de type Stirling. Ce type de moteur est déjà utilisé à bord des sous-marins chinois Type 041 classe Yuan et Type 032 classe Qing.

 

Les 4 sous-marins Lada seront aussi équipés de systèmes électroniques développés en Chine et le système de contrôle de tir sera aussi modifié pour lancer des missiles anti-aériens et anti-navires chinois.

 

Référence : WantChinaTimes (Taïwan)

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Australian A330 MRTT simulator gets Level D certification

Sept. 18, 2013 by Greg Waldron – FG

 

Singapore - The Royal Australian Air Force’s full flight simulator for the Airbus Military Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has been granted Level D certification.

 

This is the first MRTT simulator in the world to receive the certification, says CAE, which produced the equipment. The certification was awarded by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

 

Based on the A330-200 airliner, the MRTT is designated the KC-30A in Australian service. The simulator is located at RAAF Amberley.

 

"Aerial refuelling is a complex, challenging and sometimes dangerous operation so we need the highest fidelity training systems to prepare our aircrews for mission success," says Ewan Ward, project director, Project Air 5402 - air to air refuelling, Defence Materiel Organisation.

 

"Our new KC-30A full mission simulator combined with the full suite of KC-30A training devices will play a key role in cost-effectively training our tanker aircrews to accomplish a range of refuelling missions."

 

Australia operates five KC-30A aircraft.

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Note de veille no 2 de l’IRSEM - Armement & économie de défense

17 septembre 2013 ieim.uqam.ca

 

L’actualité stratégique et politico-économique mondiale soulève aujourd’hui beaucoup d’intérêt pour les questions d’économie de défense, que ce soit sous ses aspects budgétaires, industriels et technologiques. C’est pourquoi dans le cadre des activités du domaine d’études Armement et économie de défense, l’idée de faire une note de veille Armement et économie de défense (AED) a fait son chemin. L’objectif de cette publication est double : d’abord, elle se veut informative sur quelques dossiers qui ont mobilisé l’attention du monde de l’économie de défense au moment de sa réalisation. Dans cette optique, le choix des sujets et des articles ne prétend surtout pas être
exhaustif ; il cherche plutôt à présenter des débats ou à mettre en évidence des articles au contenu plus originaux et/ou très riches en données et en informations sur un sujet intéressant ou d’actualité. Ensuite, la note AED souhaite donner de la visibilité aux problématiques propres au champ d’études en accordant une place à quelques articles publiés dans des revues à comité de lecture, lorsqu’ils se présentent, le rythme des parutions limitant toutefois la possibilité de les traiter à chaque livraison.Les notes de veille paraissent tous les deux mois.

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Philippines, US to hold war games near South China Sea

September 18th, 2013 defencetalk.com

 

The Philippines and the United States will begin war games near disputed South China Sea waters this week, showcasing fast-expanding military ties and likely further stoking tensions with China.

 

The annual exercises, which involve 2,300 marines from both sides, will take place amid the backdrop of ongoing negotiations to further increase an American military presence and the deployment of its hardware in the former US colony.

 

They also come three weeks before US President Barack Obama is due to visit Manila, a huge moment for the Philippines as it looks for US support amid a worsening row with China over rival claims to parts of the South China Sea.

 

“The Chinese will view these military exercises as yet another example of the Philippines stirring up tensions in the South China Sea and of the US taking advantage of the situation to increase its military presence,” regional security expert Ian Storey told AFP.

 

Beijing, which insists it has sovereignty to nearly all of the South China Sea, has repeatedly railed at the Philippines for refusing to back down in the territorial dispute and seeking to draw the US closer.

 

Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have competing claims to parts of the sea, which is believed to sit atop vast deposits of fossil fuels, but China has been particularly angered at the Philippines for being the most vocal.

 

For the Philippines, the dispute will continue to be “the central driver” of efforts to intensify its alliance with the US, according to Storey, a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

 

The Philippine-US Amphibious Landing Exercises (Phiblex) will begin on Wednesday at a naval base in Zambales, a province on the western coast of Luzon island facing the South China Sea.

 

It is about 220 kilometres (135 miles) from Scarborough Shoal, a group of rocky outcrops in the Philippines’ internationally recognised exclusive economic zone which has been occupied by Chinese vessels since last year.

 

Scarborough Shoal has become the prime focus of the territorial dispute in recent weeks, with the Philippines accusing China of erecting concrete structures there.

 

The war games, which will last three weeks, will involve two US warships and live ground fire exercises, according to the Philippine military.

 

Staff planning exercises will also be held “that will increase the capability to conduct bilateral maritime security and territorial defence operation”, the US embassy said in a statement.

 

Neither side, however, would release the specific locations for the sea drills.

 

The exercises take place as the allies are moving closer to a planned deal that would expand the US troop presence in the Philippines, which wants the agreement struck before the end of the year.

 

The pact would allow the United States to bring military hardware on to local bases, and formalise more US troop visits.

 

The United States had a permanent military presence at two bases in the Philippines until 1992.

 

The bases were closed amid nationalist opposition, but the current administration of President Benigno Aquino has rallied pro-US sentiment to counter China.

 

Even ahead of the pact, there has been a “surge” in recent years of US troops passing through the Philippines, according to John Blaxland, a security and defence analyst at the Australia National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific.

 

This has dovetailed with Obama’s strategic “pivot” to Asia, which in turn has fuelled long-held Chinese concerns about the US trying to encircle China.

 

“The Philippines is one of the most enthusiastic supporters for the rebalancing in Asia, and the US is very happy to have regained routine access, if not formal basing at the naval and air facilities there,” Blaxland told AFP.

 

Storey also said that independent research data showed there had been an increase in US military visits.

 

The number of US warships making calls in the Philippines “has increased dramatically” to 80 this year, he said.

 

A Philippine Navy officer, who asked not to be named, confirmed the increase in port calls to Manila as well as in Subic, the former US naval base in Zambales.

 

AFP asked the US embassy in Manila for data on US military visits to the Philippines in recent years, but no information was provided.

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NZ Defense Chief Leaves Office Under cloud

Sept. 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Xinhua; published Sept. 17, 2013)

 

Gov't Under Fire As New Zealand Military Chief Leaves Office Under Cloud

 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- The head of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is to leave office, the government confirmed Tuesday, amid accusations that the country's most senior military officer was being used as a scapegoat for failed policies.

 

The government's unannounced decision not to reappoint Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones was an attempt to scapegoat him for multiple failures, defence spokesperson for the main opposition Labor Party, Phil Goff, said.

 

A safety review of the NZDF completed this month had indicated that government cost cutting, restructuring and high attrition were all factors in the poor safety record of the NZDF, he said in a statement.

 

The latest report also found that up to 5 percent of all navy lifejackets did not have the required inflation devices attached to them, he said.

 

However, Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said in a statement that Jones' "retirement" was completely unrelated to the health and safety review, adding "Sadly there were eight accidental deaths in defense over the past five years, and eight deaths in the five years prior to that period. One death is one too many."

 

Jones was appointed as the country's top military officer in January 2011 on a three-year contract and was instructed by the government to cut the defense budget by 400 million NZ dollars (326.79 million U.S. dollars).

 

In July, the NZDF was convicted in court on breaches of the country's workplace health and safety laws regarding the death of a soldier during a training exercise in September last year.

 

As a government entity, the NZDF could not be fined on the charge, which would normally carry a penalty of up to 250,000 NZ dollars.

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Entraînement avec les PSP Pluvier, et Cormoran et le Destroyer DAE Jo Young au large de Cherbourg

Entraînement avec les PSP Pluvier, et Cormoran et le Destroyer DAE Jo Young au large de Cherbourg

17/09/2013 Marine nationale

 

Le groupe école de la marine coréenne a fait escale à Cherbourg du 14 au 17 septembre 2013. Composé de la frégate Dae Jo Yeong et du bâtiment de soutien Hwa Cheon, il effectue un tour du monde pour la formation des jeunes officiers.

 

La campagne 2013 revêt une importance toute particulière, car elle marque les 60 ans de l’armistice de la guerre de Corée (Panmunjeom le 27 juillet 1953). Des représentants de la communauté coréenne en France se sont rendus à Cherbourg pour accueillir les navires à leur arrivée le 14 septembre. Une poignée de français ayant combattu en Corée ont embarqué quelques heures sur « cette petite portion du territoire coréen ».

 

Soucieux de partager leur culture et leurs traditions, les marins coréens organisent un spectacle à chaque escale de leur long périple. Ainsi, le 14 septembre, les cherbourgeois venus nombreux en centre-ville pour apprécier le concert de l’orchestre militaire, mais également les impressionnantes démonstrations de maniement d’armes et de Tækwondo. Bien qu’accostés au sein du port militaire, les bâtiments coréens ont également accueilli plus de 300 cherbourgeois pour des visites.

 

Le 15 septembre, le contre-amiral Soo Hong Jang, commandant du groupe école a reçu à bord  S.E.M. Hye Min Lee, ambassadeur de la république de Corée en France, et le vice amiral d'escadre Emmanuel Carlier, préfet maritime. Une occasion supplémentaire de louer l’amitié franco-coréenne et d’honorer les anciens combattants français de la guerre de Corée.

 

Au départ des bâtiments coréens le 17 septembre, les patrouilleurs de service public Pluvier et Cormoran les ont accompagnés et ont procédé à des entraînements mutuels au large de Cherbourg.

 

Le groupe école coréen est attendu à Anvers puis à Copenhague dans les jours qui viennent.

Le groupe école de la marine coréenne en escale à Cherbourg
Le groupe école de la marine coréenne en escale à Cherbourg
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Bangladesh Air Force on procurement drive

Sept.14, 2013  Bangladesh Defence Procurement

 

The Bangladesh Air Force received 8 more F-7BG1 from China last Sunday to make a full squadron of 16 fighter aircraft in the unit.

 

The F-7BG1 is the newest version of the F-7 series of fighter aircraft and boasts improved multi-role capabilities including launching of precision guided munitions and new generation Chinese air-to-air missiles. Each F-7BG1 cost $9.8 million according to bdmilitary.com sources in the Bangladesh Air Force.

 

The present government has procured 16 F-7BG1/FT-7BG1  multi-role fighter aircraft, one YLC-6C 3D radar and one JH-16 s-band AESA air defence radar from China. In addition 3 Mi-171Sh combat support and transport helicopters were also procured in the same period to strengthen the Bangladesh Air Force.

 

The Bangladesh Air Force is also set to receive 4 additional refurbished C-130Es from the United States of America under a $180 million purchase deal.

 

During the filing of this report the Bangladesh Air Force is in negotiation with Russian Rosoboronexport for the acquisition of 12 multi-role combat aircraft, 12 advanced jet trainers, two armed maritime patrol aircraft and nine other jet training aircraft under a $1.5 billion dollar state export credit facility provided by the Russian government to boost the Bangladesh Air Force’s capabilities.

 

The Bangladesh Air Force is rejuvenating its aircraft inventory after years of neglect. Ground based air defence will also be improved with the introduction of Russian and Chinese anti-aircraft missile systems, radar and air defence command and control centres.

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India can produce 10,000 km range ballistic missiles: DRDO

Sep 17, 2013 brahmand.com

 

NEW DELHI (PTI): Inter-continental ballistic missile Agni-5, which can cover entire China and reach Europe with its range of 5,000 km, will be ready for induction in the armed forces in two years, amid assertion by DRDO that it can produce a weapon system with a range of 10,000 km.

 

Addressing a press conference on a seminar to be held on Monday, DRDO Chief Avinash Chander said all the ballistic missiles in country's arsenal would be canistered to reduce the reaction time, in case of a nuclear attack.

 

He said by the end of this year or the beginning of the next year, the country's first indigenously-developed nuclear submarine INS Arihant would be carrying out weapon trials as part of its tests towards its induction in the Navy.

 

"Yes... actually range is least problematic part of the missile. We have full capability to go to any range. If we need a particular range, we can achieve that in two or two-and-a-half years. The issue today is more with the accuracy of the missiles," Chander said.

 

The DRDO chief was asked if the premier research organisation would be able to provide 10,000 km range missiles if government gives a go ahead to it.

 

Commenting on the Agni-5 missile, which was successfully test-fired on Sunday for the second time, he said, "The missile would be ready for induction in armed forces in the next couple of years after three to four more successful test-firings from canisters."

 

He said the Agni-5 along with all other ballistic missiles would be canistered which will help in reducing the response time in case of a nuclear attack.

 

"It (the response time) will be in order of few minutes from stop to launch and it will be very short. I cannot give you the exact time," Chander said.

 

India has a 'no-first use' policy for nuclear weapons which means that it needs to have a strong and quick response capability to reply in case of a strike by an adversary.

 

Asked if there was a need for having missiles with higher ranges than the Agni-5, Chander said, "As on date, we don't think we need those ranges but if needed, it can be done."

 

On why was India now willing to categorise the Agni-5 as an ICBM whereas earlier it was hesitant to do so, the DRDO chief said world-over missiles with ranges of 5,000 to 5,500 km were termed as ICBMs.

 

"I do not see why we should be diffident about our strengths and capabilities. Agni-5 is able to go trans-continental and is capable to go these ranges. It is definitely an ICBM. I don't think there is any negative or positive connotation of this term," he said.

 

Asked if there were any problems with the telemetry and systems of the Agni-5 before its Sunday trial, he said there were issues regarding this but the organisation went ahead with the test as they were not associated with the performance of the weapon system.

 

On INS Arihant's weapon firing trials including the 700-km K-15 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile, Chander said it is ready for integration with the indigenous submarine and there no issues on it.

 

Talking about the weapon and the sea trials of Arihant, whose nuclear reactor was activated recently, the DRDO chief said, "They have a full plan of various activities which will include firing of missiles and validation of other systems on board it.

 

"Arihant has achieved criticality. It is going through of cycle of trials and that is on. That has to be done in a certain time-line and we are on time."

 

Reacting to queries, Chander said there was no programme such as Agni-6 at the moment.

 

On the 1,500 km range Nirbhay cruise missile, he said the second test-firing of the weapon system would be conducted by the end of this year.

 

Chander said a number of changes have been made in DRDO structure as seven clusters have been created with primary objective of enhancing efficiency and performance of the laboratories while reducing the delays in the projects.

 

He said the trials of the Arjun MkII tank programme were going on and 79 modifications have been validated.

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Navantia Sets the First Landing Craft for Australia Afloat

September 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Navantia; issued September 16, 2013)

 

Navantia has set afloat, today at 12:00, the first of the series of twelve fast landing crafts that is building for the Royal Australian Navy. The design of these ships is based on the ones built by Navantia for the Spanish Navy and commissioned from 2006 to 2008.

 

The contract, signed in December 2011, includes the total construction in Navantia in the Bay of Cádiz, and means a workforce of 350,000 hours.

 

The landing crafts are destined to operate with the ALHD “Canberra” and ALHD “Adelaide”, strategic projection ships, similar to LHD ”Juan Carlos I”, also built by Navantia. Commissioning of the four first units is scheduled for April 2014.

 

The main characteristics of the ships are:

 

- Lenght overall: 23.30 m.

- Floatation lenght: 21.27 m.

- Width: 6.40 m.

- Depth: 2.80 m.

- Propulsion: two 809 kW diesel engines, two waterjets propellers

- Speed: more than 20 knots

- Autonomy: 190 miles at full load

- Loading capacity flexibility: Abrams vehicle, several Army vehicles, fusiliers’ company or 20 feet container truck.

 

Australia is a strategic country for Navantia, regarding the number of naval programs, where Navantia presents as a solid and safe option. Recently, Navantia has created Navantia Australia Pty, as a proof of our commitment in the country.

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Multilateral SEACAT 2013 naval exercise concludes

Sailors from the Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training (MCAST) team exchange best practices with a Royal Malaysian Navy boarding team as part of SEACAT 2013 drill. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo.

 

17 September 2013 naval-technology.com

 

Navies from the US, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore have conducted their annual Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) 2013 exercise from 2-12 September 2013.

 

During the exercise, the participating navies performed planning exercises at the Changi command and control (C2) centre at Changi Naval Base, Singapore.

 

The US Navy's Freedom-variant of the littoral combat ships (LCS), USS Freedom's (LCS 1) boarding team carried out a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise with the Indonesian Navy, during the at-sea training event.

 

Freedom's commanding officer commander, Pat Thien, said: "We did exactly what the ship was built to do: we operated in a near-shore environment, in littoral waters, with other ships similar in size and we were successful."

 

In addition, the drill involved both command post exercise at Singapore's Changi Naval Base and a field training exercise in several regional locations at sea.

 

The allied navies also conducted other drills such as tracking of ships, and the boarding of a merchant vessel simulating to be engaged in terrorist-related activities at sea.

 

First conducted in 2002, the SEACAT exercise aims to improve sea-based information-sharing and the coordination of maritime security responses in the region.

 

The exercise has witnessed patrol vessels from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), accompanying sea security teams, patrol boats from the Singapore police coastguard and maritime patrol aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

 

In addition to enhancing dialogue and practical cooperation during realistic scenarios, the drill provides hands-on practice for participating navies in maritime security operations, while highlighting information sharing and multilateral cooperation in scenarios.

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