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LONGBOW LLC Receives $51 Million Contract for Republic of Korea Apache Radar Systems

September 12, 2013 GLOBE NEWSWIRE


ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 12, 2013 – The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NYSE:NOC], received a $51 million foreign military sales contract to provide the Republic of Korea with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars (FCRs) for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter.


The contract includes six LONGBOW FCR systems, spares and in-country support. Production is scheduled through 2016, with assembly of the LONGBOW FCR performed at Lockheed Martin's Ocala and Orlando, Fla., facilities, and Northrop Grumman's Baltimore, Md., facility.


"The Republic of Korea is the 10th international customer for LONGBOW systems," said Tom Eldredge, LONGBOW LLC president and director of LONGBOW programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The LONGBOW FCR is a battle-proven radar system that will provide Republic of Korea Apache pilots with increased situational awareness, survivability and lethality."


"The LONGBOW FCR team will provide the Republic of Korea with a product that promotes greater regional security and provides warfighters with the highest level of protection while increasing the international Apache footprint," said Mike Galletti, director of the Tactical Sensor Solutions-Aviation business unit for Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division.


Since 1998, LONGBOW FCR has provided Apache aircrews with target detection, location, classification and prioritization. In all weather, over multiple terrains and through any battlefield obscurant, the radar allows automatic and rapid multitarget engagement.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.


Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is a 2012 recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence. The Malcolm Baldrige Award represents the highest honor that can be awarded to American companies for achievement in leadership, strategic planning, customer relations, measurement, analysis, workforce excellence, operations and business results.


Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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Philippines again stops procurement process for used Huey choppers

MANILA, Sept. 12 (UPI)


The Philippines has stopped the bidding process for the purchase of second-hand Huey UH-1 helicopters for a third time, the Manila Bulletin reports.


The Department of National Defense announced the halt after only one supplier put in a bid to supply the Bell UH-1 Iroquois -- unofficially called Hueys -- helicopters.


The Huey is powered by a single turbo-shaft engine with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor.


But the DND said it hasn't given up on buying 21 combat Hueys within its allocated budget of about $28.8 million, the Bulletin reported.


"While it is unfortunate that we have to declare the [failed] bidding, we're still going to pursue the implementation of this project," National Defense Undersecretary for Finance, Munitions, Installation and Materiel Fernando Manalo said.


The purchase is essential for the air force because of the deteriorating condition of many Hueys now in service.


The lone bidder for the project was the joint venture of Rice Aircraft Services and Eagle Copters.


But the joint venture was declared ineligible due because it failed to satisfy some documentary requirements, the Bulletin reported.


Defense officials will ask the air force to recommend how it now wishes to pursue the acquisition.


"It should be the end user who will have the final say after what happened," Manalo said."It can be a negotiated procurement."


Whichever route the air force goes down, the National Defense Department will make sure the government gets best value, he said.


"And we will do it very, very fast this time," Manalo said.


The air force already operates Huey helicopters equipped with machine guns it uses for troop transport and logistics evacuation of casualties during disaster-and-relief operations.


The Bulletin said bidding for the helicopters also was stopped for similar reasons in February and, prior to that, in December.


The Manila Standard Today reported Maj. Gen. Raul Dimatactac saying failure to get sufficient supplier bids was a blow to the air force.


"The 21 [helicopters] are very important to our inventory in the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing in order to effectively respond not only to requirements of the armed forces but [other] agencies," the vice commander said.


He said the helicopter wing has only 21 Hueys in operation.


"Our 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing used to have four squadrons and a squadron is composed of 24 helicopters," Dimatactac said.


The air force needs 96 Hueys, but has only 76 in its inventory.


"Of this number, 33 are beyond repair and 22 are recoverable. We have only 21 operational at present.," Dimatactac said.


"That's why we badly need to procure the 21 UH-IH1 helicopters."


He said the air force originally asked the defense department for 45 Huey's last year.


The Philippine Star newspaper reported Friday that eight firms, apart from the Rice Aircraft and Eagle Copters joint venture, had expressed interest in bidding for the contract.


The other companies were Radom Aviation Systems, Serpenair Group Inc./Bell Helicopter, St. Aerospace Engineering, Stone of David Tactical Equipment, Overseas Aircraft Support, Aerospace Engineering Group and Philjets Aero Services/Vector Aerospace.

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12 septembre 2013 4 12 /09 /septembre /2013 16:35
F-15 Silent Eagle : d'anciens cadres de l'armée sud-coréenne critiquent Boeing

12.09.2013 journal-aviation.com:


SEOUL, 12 septembre (Reuters) - Une quinzaine d'anciens commandants de l'armée de l'air sud-coréenne ont adressé à la présidence et au parlement une pétition contre la sélection du F-15 Silent Eagle de Boeing dans le cadre d'un appel d'offres estimé à 8.300 milliards de wons (5,6 milliards d'euros), a déclaré jeudi l'un des signataires.


Boeing est désormais le seul groupe éligible pour remporter le plus important contrat d'armement de l'histoire sud-coréenne, au détriment du Typhoon d'Eurofighter, dont l'actionnaire principal est EADS, et du F-35 de Lockheed Martin .


Lockeed et Eurofighter, dont font aussi partie le britannique BAE Systems et l'italien Finmeccanica , ne sont en théorie pas exclus du processus, mais leurs offres dépassent le budget alloué par Séoul, ce qui les élimine de facto selon la loi sud-coréenne.


"Nous ne pouvons pas choisir des voiturettes à la place de berlines simplement parce qu'elles sont moins chères", a regretté Kim Hong-rae, chef d'état-major de l'armée de l'air en 1994 et 1995.


"Nous pouvons attendre un ou deux ans, avec en vue les 40 prochains années", a-t-il ajouté, en référence à un rejet éventuel de l'offre de Boeing par Séoul, qui annulerait tout l'appel d'offres et obligerait le gouvernement à reprendre la procédure à zéro.


La pétition, adressée fin août à ses destinataires, dont l'agence officielle chargée des contrats d'armement, reproche aux F-15SE de Boeing, qui s'engage à en livrer 60 exemplaires, d'être toujours "basés sur des modèles des années 1970".


L'offre du constructeur américain doit encore être approuvée par une commission présidée par le ministre de la Défense. Des sources ayant directement connaissance de la situation ont annoncé à Reuters qu'une réunion, initialement prévue cette semaine, avait été reportée. (Ju-min Park et Joyce Lee; Julien Dury pour le service français)

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Editorial: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization - China’s NATO?

12 September 2013 By Tyler Roney – Pacific Sentinel


On Friday leaders of Central Asian nations will meet at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. China arguably wields the most power of the countries involved, and the propaganda mills in Beijing are pumping out content hailing the importance of the upcoming meeting. In the end, though, what does it really mean for the Middle Kingdom?
The SCO, previously known as the "Shanghai Five," is made up of major and minor players; while China and Russia are the main attractions, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan sit on the sidelines, hoping for a spot in China's "Go West" strategy. There is a lot on the agenda to cover, from China's pipelines to security in Afghanistan. However, one thing is clear: China holds the reins.
Currently, China's celebrated lord and master Xi Jinping is touring the Central Asian nations to much fanfare back home. The state run media is following his stops in each country closely, hanging on every written promise of upholding the rule of law and that China will provide 30,000 government scholarships for SCO member states to study in China.
Indeed, the SCO isn't just a meeting of like-minded nations; it's a chance for China to show off its charm.
Read the full story at The Diplomat
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Lancement du premier bâtiment de débarquement coréen

12 septembre 2013. Portail des Sous-Marins


La Corée du Sud a dévoilé ce mercredi son premier bâtiment de débarquement amphibie construit dans un chantier naval du pays, qui sera déployé pour les opérations de débarquement et de transport de la marine nationale en 2015, a annoncé ce mercredi la marine sud-coréenne.


Référence : Yonhap News (Corée du Sud)

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New 40mm Ammunition for Australia

Sep 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : ST Kinetics


Australian Munitions and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) have signed an agreement to cooperate in Australia and New Zealand for the development, manufacturing and marketing of ST Kinetics’ world-leading 40mm low velocity, extended range, and air bursting ammunition.


The two companies will focus on making new 40mm capabilities available to the Australian Department of Defence and establishing supply from within Australia. They will also look to introduce an innovative supply chain approach which includes reciprocation of supply.


ST Kinetics designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of 40mm weapons and ammunition, Fire Control Units and ammunition as systems, and has an unrivalled pedigree in this essential battlefield capability. Its innovative 40mm ammunition solutions also include air bursting, camera surveillance and even self-destruct rounds. The company’s 40mm ammunition is currently in service with a number of ABCA (American, British, Canadian, Australian) countries.

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Un an de tensions croissantes en mer de Chine pour les îles Senkaku/Diaoyu

La Chine a envoyé plusieurs de ses navires dans la zone des - très contestées - îles Senkaku (Photo China.org.cn)


11/09/2013 par Nicolas Laffont - 45eNord.ca

Un an après la nationalisation d’un archipel d’îles revendiqué par le Japon, la Chine et Taïwan, les garde-côtes japonais étaient en alerte mercredi.


«Nous sommes en état d’alerte, car ce jour marque le premier anniversaire de la nationalisation des îles Senkaku», a expliqué à l’AFP Yuma Miyako, un responsable des garde-côtes nippons.

Administrées par Tokyo, les îles sont situées à 200 km au nord-est de Taïwan et à 400 km à l’ouest de l’île d’Okinawa (sud du Japon).

Il y a un an jour pour jour, le Japon décidait d’acheter trois des cinq îles à leur propriétaire privé, ce qui n’a pas manqué de faire réagit Pékin, qui depuis, envoie régulièrement ses navires. Selon l’agence officielle Xinhua, ce sont 59 patrouilles de navires chinois qui ont vogué dans les environs des îles depuis le 11 septembre 2012.



Mercredi matin, quatre navires de la garde-côtière chinoise voguaient dans les eaux à proximité immédiate de cet archipel, soit juste à l’extérieur du rayon de 12 mille nautiques (22 km) marquant les eaux territoriales japonaises.

Ces quatre navires faisaient partie d’une flotte de huit navires qui avaient franchies la limite mardi pour en ressortir quelques heures plus tard.

La convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer précise qu’un pays a le droit d’expulser des navires militaires étrangers de ses eaux territoriales.

L’article 30 indique ainsi: «Si un navire de guerre ne respecte pas les lois et règlements de l’État côtier relatifs au passage dans la mer territoriale et passe outre, à la demande qui lui est faite de s’y conformer, l’État côtier peut exiger que ce navire quitte immédiatement la mer territoriale». Toutefois, ce texte ne fait pas mention de navires gouvernementaux, comme ceux des garde-côte, uniquement des «navires de guerre».

«Aussi appliquons-nous la ligne générale du gouvernement japonais qui est de demander (aux navires chinois) de quitter nos eaux territoriales» quand ils y entrent, a-t-il ajouté.

Mardi, le porte-parole du gouvernement japonais, Yoshihide Suga, a estimé que baser des fonctionnaires japonais sur ces îles était «une option» envisageable, ce qui a fait également réagir Pékin par l’intermédiaire du porte-parole du ministère des Affaires étrangères de Chine qui a qualifié ces remarques de «très préoccupantes», ajoutant: «La Chine est déterminée à défendre sa souveraineté sur les îles Diaoyu et ne tolèrera aucune action japonaise qui l’enfreindrait», a déclaré Hong Lei. «Le Japon devrait s’attendre à subir les conséquences de cette provocation.»

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Beechcraft T-6C at Paris Air Show 2013

Beechcraft T-6C at Paris Air Show 2013

Sept. 11, 2013 by Ellis Taylor – FG


Singapore - BAE Systems has announced that it will team with CAE and Beechcraft to bid for Australia's military pilot training system project.


BAE will lead the consortium, with CAE will providing training, simulation and support services. Beechcraft will provide the T-6C Texan II as the primary trainer aircraft on a non-exclusive basis.


John Quaife, general manager aviation solutions for BAE Systems Australia says that Beechcraft and BAE already work together to deliver pilot training to the US Navy. CAE was also selected by BAE to provide three simulators for the Royal Australian Air Force's Hawk Lead-In Fighter programme.


Since 1992, BAE has operated the Australian Defence Force's Basic Flight Training School (BFTS) at Tamworth, which provides ab intio training and pilot screening for all ADF pilots using a fleet of Pacific Aerospace CT-4B piston trainer aircraft.


"These experiences and our combined track record in military flight training, complex project management and mission systems sustainment mean we can offer the Commonwealth a low risk, value for money solution to train the world's best military aviators at a location of its choosing," says Quaife.


The consortium is the first to announce its teaming arrangements in response to the Australian Department of Defence's Air 5428 project, which seeks to provide a complete pilot training system for all undergraduate pilots across the RAAF, Royal Australian Navy and Army.


Currently, pilots who graduate from BFTS are then posted to the RAAF's No 2 Flight Training School at RAAF Pearce in Western Australia for advanced training on the Pilatus PC-9/A, after which they are then posted to an operational squadron.


Under Air 5428, the respective training aircraft would be replaced by a new integrated training system run by the successful contractor. Australia would also likely acquire the same aircraft for use with the Aircraft Research and Development Unit and Forward Air Control Development Unit of the RAAF.


Lockheed Martin is expected to announce its teaming for the project soon, with industry sources indicating that it is likely to choose the Pilatus PC-21 as its main flying platform and will team with Hawker Pacific for sustainment. The three companies already provide a similar training package for pilots from the Republic of Singapore Air Force at RAAF Pearce under the Basic Wings programme.


Boeing, Thales and Raytheon are also expected to announce partners for their respective bids soon.


The tender will close in February 2014, with selection expected by the end of June 2015. Initial operating capability has been targeted for 2015-17.

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le Titus (crédits Nexter)

le Titus (crédits Nexter)

11.09.2013 ParGuillaume Belan (FOB)


Surprise ! Savamment entretenu par une campagne de communication originale, le suspens agitait le petit monde de la défense depuis quelques semaines, avec une question en tête :  quel est ce nouveau véhicule dont Nexter s’attache précieusement à garder le secret. Le voile vient d’être levé ce matin au salon DSEI sur le stand du constructeur français. Et oui, pour cette édition 2013, la grande nouveauté de ce salon anglais est française !


Titus: une famille


Il s’appelle Titus et c’est un beau bébé de 20 tonnes, haut perché sur un châssis 6X6. Véhicule de transport de troupe blindé, le Titus affiche une haute mobilité grâce au châssis performant du tchèque Tatra (rayon de braquage de 6 ,5 mètres) et à un moteur développant 440 chevaux (vitesse max de 110 km/h, autonomie de 700 km). Spacieux avec un volume interne unique de plus de 14 m3, moteur à l’avant, le Titus peut accueillir dix fantassins en plus de son équipage de 3 soldats.

le Titus (crédits Nexter)

le Titus (crédits Nexter)

Très protégé, jusqu’au niveau 4 normes selon les standards OTAN (résistant à un IED de 150 kg d’explosif) , il peut recevoir un armement téléopéré, comme l’ARX20 (20 mm) du constructeur. Pourvu d’un système moderne de vétronique, le Titus se veut également modulaire et adaptable à la mission. Il se décline ainsi en plusieurs versions formant une famille de véhicules : transport ; PC (4 radios et 3 postes opérateurs) ; acquisition d’objectif (mat d’observation et kit de transmission de données) ; support médical ; version zone urbaine (grillage ; échelle…) ; version mortier embarquée ; soutien ou dépannage.


Objectif  export


Présentation du Titus par Philippe Burtin à DSEI (crédits: G Belan)

Présentation du Titus par Philippe Burtin à DSEI (crédits: G Belan)

Depuis quelques jours certaines rumeurs annonçaient que Nexter allait dévoiler sa solution pour le programme VBMR (Véhicule Blindé Multirôles) qui doit venir remplacer le vénérable VAB, mais en réalité le Titus ne correspond pas aux spécifications françaises. Trop haut, roues trop grosses, non félinisé. Décidément non, le Titus est exclusivement tourné vers l’export. Son origine est d’ailleurs là « nous nous sommes rendu compte du besoin pour un tel véhicule à travers nos clients, notamment ceux qui ont choisi l’Aravis » confiait Philippe Burtin, PDG de Nexter à FOB ce matin. Les marchés visés par le Titus se situent donc au Moyen-Orient (Arabie Saoudite, pays du Golfe) et en Asie du sud. Le Titus vient donc utilement compléter la gamme de Nexter entre le VBCI et l’Aravis. Il confirme les ambitions du groupe terrestre français pour l’export. Tout en explorant le besoin français. Pour l’instant un seul prototype a été développé, mais un second devrait voir le jour l’année prochaine.

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Photo DPR Defence DRDO

Photo DPR Defence DRDO

September 11, 2013 By  Zachary Keck - Flashpoints


India will conduct a second test of its longest range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile sometime around September 15, according to local media outlets.

On Monday, the Chennai-based The Hindu cited an unnamed official at the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India’s military technology agency, as saying that DRDO is currently preparing for the second test of the Agni-V missile at Wheeler Island. The official said the test would be conducted “around September 15,” presumably depending on how preparations go and weather conditions. The report went on to cite another Indian official as saying that two Indian naval ships were being positioned in the Indian Ocean near the target point of the test.

The Agni-V is a three-stage, solid-fueled missile that can travel 5,000 km while carrying a 1,000 km payload, making it India’s longest range missile. It is often referred to as India’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in local media. Although it demonstrates mastery of all the necessary technologies of ICBMs, technically it is only an intermediate ballistic missile as ICBMs have ranges of at least 5,500 km.  

India first tested the Agni-V in April 2012. The first test, which was also conducted at Wheeler Island, was successful and garnered a lot of excitement in India, both because of the scientific achievements involved in developing an ICBM-like missile, as well as because the Agni-V will allow India to deliver nuclear weapons to many of China’s major cities for the first time. In light of this, some in India have taken to calling the Agni-V the “China killer.”

Last month The Hindu reported Tessy Thomas, the director of the Agni Missile Project at DRDO, as saying there will be two or three more tests of the Agni-V before the missile is deemed operational in 2015. She also said that the Agni-V, like all of India’s missiles, is a “weapon of peace.”

Back in May, V.K. Saraswat, who at the time was DRDO’s Director-General, confirmed that his organization was modifying the Agni-V to enable it to carry Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs). As The Diplomat explained at the time:

“MIRVs enable ICBMs to carry multiple nuclear warheads on a single missile, and strike multiple targets or a single target with greater efficiency. After the last stage of the ICBM boosts off, a MIRVed ICBM will dispense the warheads to their separate or singular targets. Both the Soviet Union and the United States MIRVed their ICBM forces during the 1970s, which complicated arms control agreements moving forward.”

In her comments last month, Ms. Thomas implied that the modifications to allow India to MIRV its Agni-Vs had been completed successfully. This raises the possibility that the upcoming test would use a MIRVed Agni-V, although The Hindu report did not give any indication to suggest that this is the case.

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Hyunmoo III Cruise Missile

Hyunmoo III Cruise Missile

Sept 11, 2013 spacewar.com  (AFP)


Seoul - South Korea will show off a cruise missile capable of surgical strikes on the North Korean leadership when it stages a military parade in Seoul next month, the defence ministry said Wednesday.


The parade on October 1 marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of South Korea's armed forces and is held every five years.


Around 11,000 troops will take part along with picks from the South's military arsenal, including tanks, artillery and rockets and a fly-over involving air force helicopters and jet fighters, a ministry official said.


Also on display will be the Hyeonmu 3, an indigenously developed cruise missile that was first deployed on naval destroyers in November last year.


Two days after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test on February 12, the South's defence ministry called in the media for a video presentation of the Hyeonmu's capabilities.


"It is a precision-guided weapon that can identify and strike the office window of the North's command headquarters," ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters at the time.


The North's nuclear test triggered two months of heightened military tensions on the Korean peninsula that witnessed almost daily threats of strikes and counter-strikes.


The tensions have since eased and the two Koreas are currently making progress on resuming a series of suspended cross-border projects and programmes.


Yang Moo-Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said South Korea should be wary of antagonising the North at such a sensitive time.


"In light of the current situation, a low-key event is more desirable than a large scale parade which is likely to irritate the North," Yang said.


But the event in Seoul will be nowhere near the scale of the mass display of military might the North put on in July to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

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Photo DPR Defence DRDO

Photo DPR Defence DRDO

September 11, 2013 by Shiv Aroor – Livefist


The second test of India's 5,500+ km range Agni-V ballistic missile is scheduled for Sunday, Sept 15 from Wheeler Island in the Bay of Bengal. This will be the second test of India's longest range strategic nuclear-capable weapon after its debut test on April 19 last year. Top sources tell me the Agni-V will be tested in a cannisterised configuration in December.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 07:45
Why Arms Embargoes Leak

September 10, 2013: Strategy Page


Russia recently revealed that two years ago Sudan had secretly bought 24 Mi-24 helicopter gunships and 14 MI-8 transport helicopters. Some have already been delivered. Russia told the UN that Sudan agreed not to use these helicopters in Darfur (western Sudan) where the UN has embargoed (since 2004) the introduction of new weapons. These sanctions have been strengthened year by year and now prohibit selling a lot of “dual use” equipment to Sudan. Despite that Sudan is currently negotiating to buy 18 former Indian Su-30K fighters that Belarus had bought cheap to upgrade and resell. Sudan is a likely customer and Belarus has long been a notorious exporters of weapons to whoever can pay, regardless of embargoes. So is Russia, which also makes more of an effort to justify its actions.


All these prohibitions began when the UN, appalled at the ethnic slaughter going on in Sudan (in the south and the west/Darfur region of Sudan) put a series of increasingly restrictive embargoes on weapons shipments to Sudan. Everyone agreed this was a splendid idea, and agreed to abide. Yet Sudan, and various rebel groups, continue to get weapons, and other military equipment. And it's no secret who's supplying the stuff. China ships weapons to the Sudanese government, and denies it. Ukraine appears to be the main supplier of weapons to Sudanese rebels in western and southern Sudan. These are shipped in through Eritrea (for Darfur) and Kenya (for southern Sudan.) Russian firms have participated as well, although Russia will sometimes bust the embargo by sending in lawyers to explain that what Russian firms sold to Sudan wasn’t really a weapon because the end-users have agreed not to do nasty stuff with their technically legal imports.


Much of this misbehavior does not stay secret for long. Back in 2008 the UN discovered Kenya was importing large quantities of weapons (at least 77 tanks, 15 jet fighters and 40,000 assault rifles and machine-guns in the last year or so) without reporting them. A 1991 international treaty, which Kenya signed, obliges all nations to report weapons exports and imports (the better to control the illegal trade in arms.) Not everyone follows the rules.


This particular scandal arose because in 2008 Somali pirates seized a Ukrainian ship while it was passing through the Gulf of Aden, on its way to Kenya, carrying 33 T-72 tanks and tons of smaller weapons. The UN had no record of this transaction (Kenya admitted the weapons were theirs.) Most of these unreported weapons for Kenya ended up with the south Sudan rebels, because the Kenyan buyer was acting as a middleman, not the end user.


The UN is also particularly concerned about trying to limit the undocumented sale of small arms. Most of these weapons are of Russian design (although manufactured by several countries, mainly Russia and China). The most common weapon is the AK-47 (and its many variants). "Small arms" include machine-guns of 7.62mm, and smaller, caliber, as well as pistols and machine pistols. The international trade in small arms is estimated at $4 billion a year, and about a quarter of that is illegal. It's believed that two thirds, or more, of the combat deaths each year are from small arms. This is particularly true in wars employing many irregular troops. Traditional tribal conflicts in Africa and Asia have become a lot bloodier because of the proliferation of small arms, usually illegally obtained ones.


The UN wants to impose more regulations on legitimate small arms sales, and encourage more vigorous prosecution of illegal arms traders. This effort, like an earlier one that banned the use of anti-personnel mines, would largely be symbolic, a feel-good measure for those pushing it. The reality is that the current proliferation of small arms is largely a result of the end of the Cold War. The former communist countries found themselves with millions of AK-47s and light machine-guns, as well as RPGs, landmines, grenades and ammo they no longer needed. Ukraine, then a part of the Soviet Union, inherited over seven million Soviet AK-47s and machine-guns, when it became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991.


Communist countries were police states with very large armies and police forces. Most of these personnel were armed with AK-47s, although the majority of the troops were reservists. So their weapons spent most of the time locked up in armories. Since the 1990s, these armories were either looted (as in Albania and Iraq), or had their contents sold off by corrupt officials in illegal arms deals. China still manufactures a lot of AK-47s, and is willing to sell them to shady dealers. The AK-47s have flooded Africa, Asia and the Middle East since the early 1990s, making them very cheap (less than $100).


The major gunrunners are known, but manage to find sanctuary in Eastern Europe and Russia. Another major source of such weapons are corrupt officials, who sell off weapons to anyone. Such corrupt officials also sell older weapons, instead of following orders and destroying them. An additional international treaty would not stop the gun runners or corrupt officials. Many nations that signed the 1991 treaty have not reported all their exports and imports. Kenya and China are just two of many offenders. In 2006, Italian police arrested some local gangsters and found that they were brokering an unregistered sale of half a million Chinese AK-47s to Libya.


Many countries didn't want to call out Ukraine for arming the Sudanese rebels, because the world is appalled at the brutality with which Sudan treats its ethnic minorities. That's where the rebels come from in Sudan, and it's hard to get too worked up about anyone who is arming the rebels.


In practice, the key to slowing the trade in small arms is local action. This is much more difficult than enacting a new arms control treaty. Such treaties are nothing new. For most of the last thousand years, the Roman Catholic Church has periodically tried to ban some weapons, and warfare in general. But weapons control, like politics, is all about local situations. There is no easy solution.

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destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113)

destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113)

September 10, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


Three China People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships arrived in Hawaii last week to join the US Navy in a search-and-rescue exercise, according to Associated Press. The PLAN guided missile destroyer Qingdao, a frigate and a supply ship took part in exercises Monday with the USS Lake Erie off Waikiki in order to foster operational familiarity between the two navies, according to the report. PLAN ships last visited the U.S. in 2006, when they stopped in Pearl Harbor and San Diego for communications drills and search-and-rescue exercises, while the two nations last held a joint drill in 2012 during an anti-piracy exercise off Somalia, the report notes.


Meanwhile, Admiral Wu Shengli, commander of the PLAN, is in San Diego to visit USN Third Fleet headquarters and meet with USN Chief of Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, according to another AP report. China will participate for the first time in the Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii in 2014, the world’s largest maritime exercise.

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11 September 2013 Pacific Sentinel


Modernization Program Relies on ARINC's Extensive Aircraft Upgrade and Logistics Experience
Annapolis, Maryland — ARINC Incorporated today announced that it is aggressively moving forward on completing its contract to modernize five C-130B transport aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force. The program, which began in the first quarter of 2011, is moving along as budgeted and scheduled.
Under the contract, ARINC is helping the Indonesian government modernize their C-130B fleet for humanitarian purposes. The program includes structural and electronic modifications to retrofit the legacy C-130B airframes with more recent capability and technology.
The ARINC team has reached a major milestone in the project with the completed export of over 1000 parts necessary for the modernization. The parts, which include five complete outer wing sets, five auxiliary power units and environmental control systems and an avionics modification, needed to be exported from the US to the modification facility in Bandung, Indonesia, which required ARINC's significant logistical skills and knowledge.
ARINC is performing the work half way around the world from its Aerospace Division based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, enabling the Indonesian Air Force to get the benefit of its extensive aerospace expertise without having to bear the cost and logistical issues associated with transporting the aircraft.
"ARINC Aerospace is uniquely qualified to perform this type of work," noted Michael Young, Vice President of ARINC Aerospace. "We have far-reaching experience on multiple platforms and a broad range of capabilities. We are pleased that the project is going so well and that we are growing closer to the goal of enhancing the capabilities of the Indonesian Air Force."
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China's military to hold exercises involving 40,000 troops

Sep 10, 2013 brahmand.com


BEIJING (PTI): China's militarywill hold one of its biggest exercises involving 40,000 troops aimed at testing the logistic ability of the world's largest army to move its troops in real wartime situation.


Dubbed as "Mission Action 2013," the exercises will involve more than 40,000 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) from the Nanjing and Guangzhou military area commands.


The Air Force too will participate in the drills, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported without giving the specific schedule.


The troops are expected to maneuver over 30,000 km by vehicle, railway, sea and air in order to test logistic capabilities of the PLA in a real war situation, according to military headquarters.


The 2.3 million-strong PLA, world's largest army, will also test coordination capabilities of different army units and organise cooperation between military and civilian forces.


Civilian transport tools, including railways and civilian vehicles, civilian airliners and ships will join the military action, the report said.


"Mission Action 2013" is part of the annual military training plan and has been approved by the Central Military Commission (CMC) chaired by Xi Jinping, who is also Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

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Editorial: China Flies Bombers and Drone Near Japanese Skies

11 September 2013 By J. Michael Cole – Pacific Sentinel

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces were on a high state of alert on September 9 ahead of the first anniversary of Japan’s controversial purchase of islets in the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu archipelago, particularly after a pair of Chinese bombers flew near Okinawa the previous day.
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has ordered military personnel to strengthen their surveillance around the Senkakus, which are also claimed by China and Taiwan. A source in the Japanese government indicated that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Chinese maritime enforcement could take “outstanding” action in the area on September 11, the first anniversary of the purchase.
Read the full story at The Diplomat
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India shops for 6 Chinooks

September 11, 2013 Shishir Gupta and Pramit Pal Chaudhuri -  Hindustan Times


New Delhi - India wants to ink a deal for six Chinook heavy-duty helicopters by the time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets US President Barack Obama on September 27 in Washington.


A half-dozen CH-47 Chinooks, a twin-engined helicopter capable of carrying 50 troops or 6.5 metric tonnes of cargo, will carry a price tag of about $500 million (`3,200 crore).


Introduced in 1962, the Chinook played a major role in the Vietnam war and has been the mainstay of the American forces in Afghanistan.


The Boeing-made helicopters will be bought through the foreign military sales route in which arms are sold in a government-to-government deal on a fixed price basis — ruling out haggling that often invites bribery charge.


The Chinook deal is being fast-tracked, say Indian government sources, and New Delhi hopes to have it finalised by December.

This is partly being driven by a desire to flesh out the thin agenda at the Washington summit. The proposal will be added to the schedule of US deputy secretary of defence Ashton Carter when he comes to New Delhi September 16-18.


The Indian side wants some major defence purchases readied for the summit, but other Indo-US weapons deals are caught in red tape. For example, the M777 howitzer deal has been in the works for two years and now, in part because of rupee devaluation, the price tag is bigger.


The Chinooks also face barriers. Boeing recently tried to add limited liability clauses to its military purchases and the Indian government is not happy about it. US sources say they have yet to receive any notification from the ministry of defence about the Chinooks.


The induction of the Chinooks will confirm the Stars and Stripes look of the Indian Air Force’s airlift capabilities. India has already bought C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift airplanes.


Military sources say the US aircraft have proven better at functioning at high-altitudes then the Russian planes they are replacing.

India has been mulling buying Chinooks to replace the Russian-made Mi-26 transport helicopters that were transformational when they were introduced a quarter-century ago but have a record of chronic maintenance problems.


India will be the 17th air force in the world to use Chinooks.

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Chasseurs Su-35 pour la Chine: un contrat sera signé en 2014

MOSCOU, 7 septembre - RIA Novosti


La Russie et la Chine signeront un contrat sur la livraison de 24 chasseurs Sukhoi Su-35 à Pékin dès 2014, a annoncé samedi à Moscou le directeur général adjoint de l'Agence russe d'exportation d'armements (Rosoboronexport) Victor Komardine.


"Les négociations sont en cours, mais il est peu probable qu'un contrat soit signé avant la fin de l'année. Sa signature aura lieu en 2014. Les négociateurs chinois discutent des performances techniques de l'avion", a indiqué M.Komardine.


Selon M.Komardine, Pékin et Moscou mènent également des discussions sur les armements à installer à bord des Su-35 chinois. Mais cela doit faire l'objet d'un contrat spécial.


Le directeur général de Rosoboronexport Anatoli Issaïkine a annoncé en août dernier que la Chine se doterait de chasseurs Su-35 après un spectacle présenté par un groupe de voltige aérienne chinois au Salon aérospatial international MAKS-2013 dans la région de Moscou.


Le Sukhoi Su-35 est un chasseur polyvalent hautement manœuvrable de génération 4++. Sa vitesse maximale atteint 1.400 km/h près du sol et 2.400 km/h en altitude. L'appareil est capable de détecter des cibles volantes à plus de 400 km de distance.

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Industry: Final shipment of Su-30MK2 fighters delivered to Indonesia

10 September 2013 Pacific Sentinel


Rosoboronexport completes fulfillment of contract from 2011
An AN-124-100 "Ruslan" delivered the unassembled fighters together with 13 technicians who will assemble the aircraft, reports ITAR-TASS, citing the Indonesian newspaper "Jakarta Post". According to it, Major Mulyadi, a representative from the airbase, made the statement reporting the delivery of the planes.
Flight-testing of the Su-30MK2 will take place after assembly and before the Indonesian Air Force accepts delivery of the planes.
As a rule, aircraft assembly and testing take place over a week, the representative of the airbase noted.
Weapons will be purchased for the delivered planes under a separate contract.
The first two aircraft under the 2011 contract with the Indonesian Air Force were delivered back in February. A second pair of Su-30MK2 planes was delivered in May. After this delivery the contract will be considered completely fulfilled.
The fighters will form a part of the 11th Squadron of the Indonesian Air Force, which will have five single-seater Su-27SKM planes and 11 double-seater Su-30MK2 planes at its command.
Earlier it was reported that Rosoboronexport and the Indonesian Ministry of Defense signed a contract worth USD 470 million for the purchase of six Su-30MK2 multifunctional Russian fighters in December 2011. Between 2003 and 2010 Indonesia had already acquired five Su-27SK and five Su-30MK2 fighters.
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Le leader du PCV souligne le rôle de l'Institut de la défense

09/09/2013 vietnamplus.vn


Le secrétaire général du Parti communiste du Vietnam (PCV) Nguyên Phu Trong a inauguré lundi la nouvelle rentrée des classes à l'Institut de la défense, où il a souligné le rôle et la responsabilité de cet établissement.


En tant que centre d'éducation et de formation des officiers de haut rang de l'Armée, l'Institut doit valoriser ses acquis, se renouveler plus vigoureusement, rehausser la qualité de ses recherches dans les sciences, relier étroitement la pratique et l'étude de la théorie, développer l'art et la culture militaires du Vietnam, répondant à la demande du pays.


Il a proposé à l'Institut de s'intéresser en particulier à l'édification d'un contingent de cadres hautement qualifiés, notamment de professeurs, ainsi qu'à la rénovation des contenus, programmes et méthodes d'enseignement et d'étude.


Le leader du PCV l'a exhorté à continuer d'élargir ses activités de coopération internationale sur la formation, l'entraînement des cadres de haut rang de l'armée des pays amis afin de réaliser la ligne extérieure du Parti et de l'Etat, prendre en considération l'investissement dans la formation et l'entraînement des cadres pour le Laos et le Cambodge.


Il a également demandé aux ministères, secteurs et localités, notamment aux ministères de la Défense, de la Sécurité publique, de l'Education et de la Formation, des Affaires étrangères, de Hanoi... de créer des conditions et de se coordonner plus étroitement en vue d'aider l'Institut à achever toutes les tâches confiées.


Le même jour, Dinh Thê Huynh, membre du Bureau politique, secrétaire du CC du PCV, chef de la Commission de la propagande et de l'éducation du CC du PCV, a également assisté à la rentrée scolaire de l'Académie nationale de politique et d'administration Hô Chi Minh, où il a demandé d'édifier un corps de gestionnaires, de scientifiques et d'enseignants hautement qualifiés, dotés de connaissances théoriques et d'une vision sur l'avenir du pays et du monde, ainsi que d'expériences de direction et de gestion.


Il a également souhaité que les étudiants ne cessent de cultiver leurs vertus révolutionnaires et de faire des efforts dans leurs études pour maîtriser les connaissances modernes nécessaires à leur mission.

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The RSN’s Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng (right) exchanging a handshake with the Commander-in-Chief of Vietnam People's Navy Admiral Nguyen Van Hien after the signing ceremony onboard the RSN’s submarine rescue and support vessel, MV Swift Rescue

The RSN’s Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng (right) exchanging a handshake with the Commander-in-Chief of Vietnam People's Navy Admiral Nguyen Van Hien after the signing ceremony onboard the RSN’s submarine rescue and support vessel, MV Swift Rescue

08/09/2013 VietnamPlus


La Marine populaire du Vietnam et la Marine de Singapour ont récemment conclu un accord de coopération en matière de sauvetage de sous-marins.


Le document a été signé lors d'une visite à Singapour du vice-ministre de la Défense et commandant de la Marine populaire du Vietnam, l'amiral Nguyen Van Hien, débutée le 6 septembre.


Lors sa visite de trois jours, l'amiral Nguyen Van Hien a rencontré le contre-amiral Ng Chee Peng, commandant de la Marine singapourienne. Ils ont également signé un mémorandum sur l'échange d'informations concernant les activités maritimes non militaires des Marines vietnamienne et singapourienne.


La signature de ces documents traduisent les bonnes relations bilatérales entre les deux pays dans la défense. Actuellement, les forces armées des deux pays effectuent régulièrement des visites de hautes délégations et des échanges d'informations. -VNA

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L'émergence des marines asiatiques vue par l'auteur de Flottes de combat

09.09.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

Bernard Prézelin, auteur du livre "Flottes de combat" (Éditions Ouest-France), donnera une conférence sur "L'émergence des marines asiatiques", samedi 14 septembre à 17 h 30 à bord de la frégate La Motte-Picquet, en escale à Saint-Malo.

Le conférencier analysera et expliquera les tensions actuelles entre les pays riverains de la mer de Chine (Corée du Nord et du Sud, Japon, Chine, Vietnam, Taïwan, Philippines, Malaisie…), tensions qui impliquent également les États-Unis et la Russie. Il mettra en évidence la croissance très rapide de la flotte chinoise, et le développement de ses nouvelles capacités, qui entraînent une escalade des forces navales dans toute cette région où se développe aussi un trafic maritime vital pour le commerce mondial.

L'accès est gratuit sous réserve des places disponible et sur présentation d'une pièce d'identité.

Cette conférence est organisée par l'Acoram (Association des officiers de réserve de la Marine) dans le cadre de la relation de parrainage entre la ville de Rennes et la frégate La Motte-Picquet.

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La marine indienne veut moderniser et renforcer sa flotte sous-marine

9 septembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins


Alors que la tragédie du sous-marin Sindhurakshak réduit les capacités sous-marines de la marine indienne, plusieurs projets de modernisation de la flotte existante et de construction de nouveaux sous-marins ont été accélérés.


Les projets dont le déroulement a été accéléré sont la modernisation de la classe Shishumar (U-209) pour les équiper de missiles anti-navires, une amélioration du système de contrôle des armes pour un sous-marin Kilo, des simulateurs pour former les équipages au lancement d’armes et un appel d’offres pour une nouvelle série de sous-marins classiques.


Des sources indiquent que la modernisation des sous-marins de la classe Shishumar pourrait être autorisée sous peu. Il s’agit d’une amélioration majeure par rapport à l’armement actuel composé de torpilles et de mines. La modernisation de 2 des 4 sous-marins entrainerait l’achat de près de 100 missiles Harpoon auprès des Etats-Unis. Le constructeur des sous-marins, HDW, sera chargé de la modernisation et de la formation des équipages. Si les INS Shalki et Shankul sont concernés par la modernisation, la décision n’a pas encore été prise concernant les 2 autres sous-marins de la classe.


Pour réduire les couts de formation des équipages et préserver la vie des sous-marins, 2 simulateurs de torpilles seront achetés en Allemagne.


Comme le nombre de sous-marins opérationnels est tombé à 11 après l’accident du Sindhurakshak, il a été décidé d’accélérer la modernisation (actuellement en cours) des 2 sous-marins de la classe Kilo pour les remettre en service au plus tôt. La marine penche pour l’achat d’un nouveau type de système de contrôle de lancement pour un des Kilo — très probablement pour l’INS Sindhukirti.


Un coup d’accélérateur a aussi été donné à la publication des appels d’offres pour une série de sous-marins classiques (P 75I), équipés d’un système de propulsion anaérobie pour une meilleure autonomie en plongée. Alors que les appels d’offres sont en attente depuis l’an dernier, la marine a obtenu une prolongation de la validité de l’autorisation du ministère de la défense.


Des sources indiquent qu’une dernière série de consultations avec les constructeurs probables — en France, Allemagne, Espagne et Russie — se déroule actuellement, et que les spécifications définitives seront fixées sous peu par la marine. Après un retard de plus d’un an, l’appel d’offres pour la nouvelle génération de sous-marins sera probablement lancé avant décembre.


Référence : Indian Express

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sous-marins de la classe Shishumar

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Deux avions supersoniques T-50i exportés par vol de convoyage vers l’Indonésie

Décollage de deux avions supersoniques d`entraînement T-50i à Sacheon


2013/09/10 yonhapnews.co.kr


SACHEON, 10 sept. (Yonhap) -- Deux avions supersoniques sud-coréens T-50i ont été exportés vers l’Indonésie par un vol de convoyage pour la première fois, a déclaré ce mardi Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).


Les deux T-50i, produits par KAI, ont quitté la base aérienne de la région de Sacheon, située dans la province du Gyeongsang du Sud, ce matin à direction de l’Indonésie. Ces deux avions supersoniques voleront environ 1.600 kilomètres pendant deux heures vers leur première destination, Kaohsiung, à Taïwan, et après un ravitaillement, ils se rendront à Cebu, aux Philippines, où ils resteront un jour là-bas.


Le lendemain, les deux avions voleront d'abord vers Sepingan et arriveront à leur dernière destination, Iswahyudi, la principale base de l'armée de l'air indonésienne. Les avions voleront un total de 5.600 kilomètres pendant sept heures. C’est la première fois que la Corée du Sud exporte des avions par un vol de convoyage et non par un navire ou avion de fret.


Avec ces exportations de T-50i, la Corée du Sud est devenue le sixième pays exportateur d’avions supersoniques après les Etats-Unis, la Russie, le Royaume-Uni, la France et la Suède. «Avec ces exportations, KAI vise à atteindre 2.000 milliards de wons (1,841 milliard de dollars) de ventes et à devenir l’une des 15 premières sociétés aérospatiales», a fait savoir Ha Seong-yong, président de KAI.

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