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19 août 2013 1 19 /08 /août /2013 07:35
Alindien : passation de commandement

07/08/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Le 1er  août 2013, le contre-amiral Antoine Beaussant a succédé au vice-amiral Marin Gillier dans la fonction de commandant de la zone maritime de l’océan Indien (ALINDIEN).

 

Le contre-amiral Beaussant, auparavant directeur du service de soutien de la flotte à Toulon, devient ainsi le 29ème ALINDIEN. Il est le second à exercer son commandement depuis la terre avec son état-major. Composé d’une cinquantaine de militaires, officiers et sous-officiers des trois armées, l’EMIA ALINDIEN exerce habituellement son contrôle opérationnel depuis la terre. Il doit toutefois conserver son aptitude à embarquer à tout moment, en fonction des opérations à commander. Pour conserver cette capacité, l’EMIA ALINDIEN est régulièrement projeté à bord de bâtiments français.

 

En tant que ALINDIEN, il exerce son autorité sur une zone maritime s’étendant du Sud du canal de Suez à l’Ouest, et à l’Est jusqu’aux limites Ouest des eaux du Mianmar, de l’Indonésie et de l’Australie. Ses missions revêtent plusieurs aspects : contribuer à la stabilisation et au maintien de la paix dans la zone ; contribuer à la sécurité des espaces maritimes ; conduire des opérations militaires à dominante maritime ; participer à la protection des ressortissants français  et promouvoir la politique de défense de la France et animer les relations militaires bilatérales avec les différents pays de la zone.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
India, France to discuss Rs 80K cr worth defence deals

Jul 25, 2013 brahmand.com

 

NEW DELHI (PTI): Deals expected to be worth over Rs 80,000 crore including supply of 126 Rafale combat aircraft are likely to be high on agenda of French Defence Minister Jaen Yves Le Drian during his three-day visit to India from Friday.

 

India and France have been busy in negotiating the 126 combat aircraft deal for which the French combat aircraft was selected last year defeating its five other European and American rivals and over Rs 30,000 crore Maitri surface-to-air missile projects.

 

During the visit of the French Minister, the two sides are expected to discuss the two deals in his meetings with Defence Minister A K Antony and other senior military leadership along with ways of strengthening bilateral ties, Ministry officials said here.

 

The militaries of the two countries have close ties and hold regular exercises with each other. The Indian Army will be visiting a French military base in September for a company-level exercise, they said.

 

The French Minister will also visit the Gwalior-based Maharajpur airbase, which is home to the French origin Mirage 2000 aircraft.

 

The Rafale aircraft deal, which is expected to be worth over Rs 50,000 crore, has been moving at its natural pace and had seen hiccups when the French side asked the Defence Ministry to define the role of HAL.

 

The deal is not expected to be finalised before the end of this year, officials said.

 

India, France to discuss Rs 80K cr worth defence deals

In the recent times, France has been awarded several key tenders by India including the supply of six Scorpene submarines to the Navy and the multi-billion dollar 126 combat aircraft deal.

 

The contract worth over Rs 11,000 crore for upgrading the fleet of Mirage 2000 aircraft was also awarded to French firm Dassault Aviation.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
 RAAF C-130 Hercules (photo thebaseleg)

RAAF C-130 Hercules (photo thebaseleg)

26 Juli 2013 Defense Studies


Today in Perth, Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo and I witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Sale between Australia and Indonesia for five C 130H aircraft and associated equipment.

During my visit to Jakarta in April this year, I confirmed that the Australian Government was willing to sell five C-130H aircraft, along with a simulator and spare parts, to Indonesia at a discounted rate.

This offer was in addition to the four C-130H aircraft that Australia is currently in the process of transferring to Indonesia following discussions between our respective leaders in November 2011.

The sale of a further five C-130H transport aircraft will further enhance Indonesia’s capacity to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crisis.

The Memorandum of Sale was signed by Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force, General Hurley, and Indonesia’s Head of Defence Facilities Agency, Rear Admiral Lubis.

The Memorandum sets out the arrangements for the sale of the five aircraft, simulator and spare parts to Indonesia.

Australia is pleased to continue to assist the development of Indonesia’s airlift capability, which will support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

The sale of these additional aircraft and associated equipment reflects the strength of the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia, and the close ties between the Australian and Indonesian Defence forces.

(Aus DoD)

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Vers une première patrouille de SNLE chinois en 2014 ?

25 juillet 2013 Portail des Sous-Marins

 

La marine chinoise pourrait commencer à conduire en 2014 de premières patrouilles de dissuasion nucléaire avec une nouvelle classe de sous-marins nucléaires lanceurs d’engins. Pour les responsables américains, cette nouvelle, si elle est confirmée, met en lumière une nouvelle et grandissante menace pour la sécurité des Etats-Unis.

 

« Nous estimons que des patrouilles opérationnelles de sous-marins équipés du nouveau missile nucléaire balistique JL-2 commenceront l’an prochain, » a expliqué un responsable ayant connaissance des plus récentes évaluations de la force sous-marine chinoise par les services de renseignement.

 

La force nucléaire stratégique chinoise comprend actuellement 3 SNLE Type 094, chacun équipé de 12 tubes lance-missiles. Les sous-marins sont aussi appelés classe Jin par le Pentagone.

 

Si les patrouilles de dissuasion avaient effectivement lieu en 2014, ce serait la toute première fois que la Chine mènerait des opérations sous-marines avec des missiles à tête nucléaire, aussi loin des côtes chinoises. La Chine a pourtant mis son premier SNLE en service à la fin des années 80.

 

Référence : The Washington Free Beacon (Etats-Unis)

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Trials of Arjun Mark-II main-battle tanks to be completed this year

Jul 25, 2013 Rajat Pandit, TNN

 

NEW DELHI: The advanced version of the homegrown main-battle tank, Arjun, is all set to complete its protracted trials this year, which will include firing the Israeli-origin laser guided LAHAT missiles from its main gun.

 

This Mark-II version of the Arjun has "89 upgrades or improvements'' over the earlier 124 Mark-I tanks inducted by the Army. "The trials began in June 2012 at the Mahajan field firing ranges in Rajasthan. Phase-II of the trials, which basically revolve around the armaments, kicked off in May-June this year,'' said an official on Thursday.

 

Another round of the LAHAT missile firing will take place in the first week of August. "The remaining trials will begin in the third week of August at Pokhran. If the trials are fully successful, the production order for 118 Arjun Mark-II tanks will be placed,'' he said.

 

While the Army has inducted 124 Mark-I Arjuns, the force and other agencies had suggested the 89 improvements for the Mark-II version. These included the capability to fire missiles from the main gun, advanced laser warning and control systems, and explosive reactive armour plates for better self-protection of the tanks.

 

With the long delay in the indigenous Arjun project, which was sanctioned as far back as in 1974, the Army has progressively inducted around 800 of the planned 1,657 T-90S Russian-origin tanks till now.

 

The T-90S tanks, which are replacing the older T-55 and T-72 tanks, are going to be the main battle-tanks of the Army for the foreseeable future. DRDO, however, wants Army to order a minimum of 500 Arjuns to stabilise production lines and pave the way for the development of a "futuristic'' MBT. "The Arjun Mark-II, a crucial indigenous effort, will have better firepower, mobility and survivability over the earlier version,'' said another official.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell Jr., commander of Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet - photo US Navy

Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell Jr., commander of Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet - photo US Navy

25 juillet 2013,Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Le commandant des forces sous-marines américaines dans le Pacifique (COMSUBPAC), a lancé la conférence d’ouverture de la 13è conférence annuelle des sous-marins de la région Asie-Pacifique, le 22 juillet à Yokosuka au Japon.

 

L’événement, qui s’est déroulé du 21 au 24 jullet, était co-organisé par l’US Navy et la marine japonaise. La conférence est destiné à renforcer la coopération régionnale et à développer les relations entre les pays opérant des sous-marins dans la région Asie - Pacifique, y compris des pays qui ne sont pas considérés comme alliés.

 

« C’est une conférence importante parce que nous réunissons 18 pays différents, représentant littéralement des milliers de sous-mariniers dont les pays ont au total plus de 240 sous-marins, » a déclaré le contre-amiral James F. Caldwell, Jr., COMSUBPAC. « Notre objectif aujourd’hui est sur l’évacuation d’un sous-marin, la survivabilité et le sauvetage. C’est une question très, très importante. Elle dépasse les frontières internationales. »

 

« Si nous devions aller au secours de sous-mariniers bloqués au fond, ce devra être une opération multi-latérale et multi-nationale, » a précisé l’amiral Caldwell. « Nous devons pouvoir compter sur l’expertise et la coopération de tous les pays qui seraient présents, en fonction de l’endroit où le sous-marin serait bloqué.Donc, nous insistons que, ici et aujourd’hui, c’est un événement important pour le sauvetage de sous-marins. La coopération, les communications, les exercices à la mer sont nos priorités pour améliorer notre expertise et promouvoir la coopération. »

 

Les Etats-Unis ont partagé leur expérience des derniers exercices de sauvetage et montré comment ils peuvent soutenir d’autres pays dans le sauvetage de sous-marins.

 

« Nous sommes ici aujourd’hui pour partager nos expériences, les leçons tirées des exercices à la mer. Nous allons avoir ces grandes discutions et nouer ces relations pour que nous puissions compter les uns sur les autres, si nous devions en avoir besoin, » a souligné l’amiral Caldwell.

 

Les pays assistant cette année à la conférence étaient : Australie, Canada, Chine, Equateur, France, Inde, Indonésie, Japon, Malaisie, Norvège, Pakistan, Pérou, Corée du Sud, Singapour, Thaïlande, Royaume-Uni, Vietnam, et Etats-Unis.

 

Référence : US Navy

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
KAI Publishes Small KF-X Concept

26 July 2013 By Bradley Perrett, Bill Sweetman – Pacific Sentinel

 

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has published a drawing of a moderately stealthy fighter concept based on its T-50 series of supersonic trainers and light-attack aircraft. The concept aircraft is far smaller and less ambitious than the all-new, twin-engine KF-X designs promoted by the Agency for Defense Development, the leading proponent of building an indigenous South Korea fighter.
 
Some South Korean industry officials doubt that the country has the technical resources to build the KF-X, especially if major civil aerospace programs go ahead at the same time; a 90-seat turboprop airliner is also proposed. But a KF-X derived from a current type would demand less engineering and may benefit from stronger pricing by avoiding competition with the Lockheed Martin F-35, although Saab is already in the market for advanced but moderately sized fighters with its Gripen E/F.
 
The T-50 and its FA-50 light fighter derivative are themselves based on the F-16 and were developed with help from Lockheed Martin, but the stealthy concept, called KF-X-E, departs from the F-16 planform used for the earlier aircraft. Some wing and fuselage edges are parallel, and the trailing edges of the main and tail planes are swept forward. The fuselage sides have chines. Nose volume of the KF-X-E appears to be small, limiting the size of the radar antenna, but the airframe seems to have more volume overall than the T-50, offering more space for internal fuel and thereby minimizing the need for external tanks and their radar reflections.
 
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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Philippines: Defense chief says purchase of 8 Sokol choppers from Poland is last

26 July 2013 By Dona Z. Pazzibugan- Pacific Sentinel

 

MANILA, Philippines—”Of what use is a combat helicopter if you cannot use its machine gun?” President Aquino asked in his State of the Nation Address on Monday.

 

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the purchase of eight Sokol helicopters from Poland would be the last by the Department of National Defense (DND) since they could not be used in combat, after all.

 

“I understand helicopters because I’m a combat officer. The first thing I noticed was, why do you have to remove the machine gun before you can get inside it? The entrance is too narrow, it’s all wrong,” said Gazmin, a former Army Special Forces commander.

 

The P2.8-billion deal with Augusta PZL Swidnik of Italy and Poland for eight Sokol helicopters had been signed, sealed and delivered when he assumed office in July 2010, Gazmin said.

 

“We just had to make the payment,” he said.

 

The eight Sokol (Falcon in Polish) helicopters were delivered in two batches in 2012.

 

Read the full story at Inquirer News

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Un Shaanxi Y-8J photographié le 24 juillet par l’armée japonaise.

Un Shaanxi Y-8J photographié le 24 juillet par l’armée japonaise.

26 juillet 2013 Info-Aviation

 

Un avions de surveillance chinois Shaanxi Y-8J a survolé les eaux entre l’île principale d’Okinawa et l’île de Miyako pour la première fois le 24 Juillet, a annoncé le ministre japonais de la Défense Itsunori Onodera le même jour.

 

M. Onodera a déclaré que l’avion chinois avait survolé les eaux internationales situées entre les îles au cours de la matinée et de l’après-midi. C’est la première fois qu’un avion militaire chinois est détecté dans cette zone du Pacifique.

 

Cette zone désigne les îles entre l’archipel nippon et les Philippines que la Chine considère comme sa première ligne de défense.

 

« Cela peut indiquer la volonté croissante de la Chine d’étendre son influence à l’étranger », a déclaré M. Onodera, après avoir inspecté une base aérienne de la Force maritime d’autodéfense du Japon (JMSDF) dans la préfecture de Kagoshima.

 

Le Y-8J est équipé du radar de surveillance maritime multi-mode en bande X et advanced early warning (AEW) de Thales UK Skymaster. Il aurait effectué son premier vol le 26 septembre 1998. Le Y-8J se caractérise extérieurement par un radôme de nez bulbeux qui remplace la station de navigation vitrée de la base aéronautique.

 

L’avion (qui porte le numéro 9321 sur sa dérive) a été photographié par la Force maritime d’autodéfense du Japon le 24 Juillet parmi. Il opère avec trois autres avions du même type (9281, 9301 et 9311).Il semble que ces 4 avions appartiennent au 1er Régiment d’artillerie de la base aérienne de Laiyang rattachée à la Flotte de la mer du Nord, et située dans la province du Shandong.

 

M. Onodera a ajouté que la Force Aérienne d’autodéfense du Japon (JASDF) avait déployé des chasseurs de brouillage électronique F-15 et une surveillance accrue de la région.

 

Pendant ce temps, la Garde côtière japonaise a annoncé que quatre navires appartenant à la Garde côtière de Chine (nouvellement créé) ont été repérés en dehors des eaux territoriales du Japon près des îles Senkaku / Diaoyu dans la mer de Chine orientale.

 

La Garde côtière de Chine a été mise en place dans le cadre d’une restructuration de l’Administration océanique d’Etat en Chine et a commencé à fonctionner cette semaine.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Hyunmoo III Cruise Missile

Hyunmoo III Cruise Missile

July 26, 2013 By  Zachary Keck - Flashpoints

 

South Korea’s Defense of Ministry submitted a budget to Parliament on Wednesday asking for 214.5 trillion won (US$192.6 billion) for the fiscal years between 2014 and 2018, Yonhap News Agency reported.

That breaks down to a yearly average of US$38.52 billion; according to Yonhap, South Korea spent US$29 billion on defense last year, although the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) put the figure at US$31.7 billion. Parliament has approved around 34.5 trillion won (US$31.05 billion) for FY 2013.

The budget proposal submitted on Thursday focuses heavily on beefing up South Korea’s missile defense, with such capabilities accounting 13.7 percent of the entire budget request. This in essence proposes funding the improved missile defense capabilities the Republic of Korea (ROK) has announced in rapid succession since North Korea’s latest missile and nuclear tests in December 2012 and February of this year.

Although it has continued to refuse to join the U.S.-led missile defense system, South Korea has gradually come around to fielding its own indigenous system. While it first considered missile defense capabilities during the late 1990s, progress really only began in the last few years of the Roh Moo-hyun administration (2003-2008), following North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006.

Indeed, in 2006 South Korea announced its plan to build the Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) system, initially intended to be made up solely of Patriot-2 (PAC-2) missile interceptors and radar. The SAM-X program reportedly appropriated US$1.2-1.6 billion toward this goal.

Then, in March of 2008, Raytheon announced it had started “preliminary planning efforts aimed at integrating Patriot air defense/ABM missiles into South Korea’s national command and control structure,” in the words of Defense Industry Daily.

After negotiations in 2006 and 2007, South Korea also received its first shipment of second-hand PAC-2 interceptors from Germany in late 2008. Although it initially expressed interest in purchasing 48 PAC-2 interceptors from Germany, in 2011 Finland temporarily seized a ship carrying 69 PAC-2s from Germany to South Korea. Berlin described this as the last of the sales.

In 2009, the U.S. announced that South Korea had officially requested the U.S. sell various types of SM-2 standard missiles. These would ultimately be used on South Korea’s three KDX-III Class Aegis Destroyers, the largest Aegis-equipped destroyers in the world, which were commissioned into the ROK Navy between 2008 and 2012.

KDX-III ships are also equipped with SPY-1D(V) radar  for early warning. Two of these were deployed in the crisis on the Korean Peninsula last spring, and the SPY-1D radar immediately picked up and tracked North Korea’s December 2012 launch of an Unha-3 long-range rocket.

Last year South Korea also purchased two Green Pine land-based radar systems from Israel. The Green Pine systems were jointly developed by the U.S. and Israel. Seoul also sought to purchase the Iron Dome from Israel, and proposed paying for part of this purchase by selling Israel other types of military equipment. Tel Aviv rebuffed South Korea on the military equipment although some reports have surfaced saying that Seoul is still pursuing the system.  

After years of South Korea insisting it was still considering joining the U.S.-led regional missile defense system, the U.S. more or less endorsed Seoul’s KAMD system at the ROK-U.S. 2+2 talks in June 2012. Although Seoul has claimed the KAMD system can be integrated into the existing U.S. system, some defense analysts have questioned how extensive this integration would actually be.

Following the endorsement in June, last October the two sides announced revisions to a treaty that restricted the range and payload sizes South Korea of missiles, giving Seoul the green light to ramp up its missile capabilities.

The ROK has hit the ground running ever since. In February of this year it vowed to speed up the completion of the KAMD system, which was initially expected to be in place in 2015. It also announced it is developing an indigenous ballistic missile capable of reaching all of North Korea. These would complement its existing domestically made cruise missiles that can already reach all of the North.

Following this announcement, South Korea said in April it would finally be opening its Air and Missile Defense Cell (AMD-Cell) in July. The AMD-Cell is a command and control center for the entire KAMD enterprise that was initially scheduled to be operational at the end of last year.

At the time of the April announcement, an unnamed ROK defense official told Yonhap that the AMD-Cell would analyze “information acquired from the U.S. early missile warning satellites and South Korea's radar system and sends it to Patriot missile units.”

Then, last month, South Korea announced it would be upgrading its KDX-III vessels with SM-6 surface-to-air missiles, which have a range of up to 400 km. The SM-6 systems are expected to be in place by 2016.

As expected, the budget unveiled this week proposed funding for the purchase of additional PAC-2 missile batteries, as well as PAC-3 upgrades to the existing systems. The PAC-3 upgrades appear to be a wise investment as South Korea's PAC-2s have had an intercept rate of 40 percent. Moreover, the PAC-3 can hit missiles at twice the altitude of its predecessor. 

What ties all these efforts together is the so-called “Kill Chain.” Seoul’s most ambitious program to date, the Kill Chain is a comprehensive set of indigenous satellites that South Korea hopes to have in place by 2021. These satellites would be integrated with the KAMD system with the goal of being able to detect North Korean missiles launches early enough to allow Seoul’s cruise and ballistic missiles to destroy them preemptively.

This will help the ROK military implement its new “active deterrence” doctrine, which was announced by Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin during the thick of the Korean Peninsula crisis in April.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 10:55
photo ECPAD

photo ECPAD

26/07 LesEchos (Reuters)

 

Le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian est arrivé jeudi soir en Inde pour une visite de deux jours destinée à "approfondir le dialogue stratégique" entre Paris et New Delhi, a annoncé vendredi le ministère.

 

Le ministre a prévu de rencontrer à cette occasion les industriels français du secteur de la défense et de s'entretenir avec son homologue indien Arackaparambil Kurian Antony avant de se rendre samedi sur la base aérienne de Gwâlior.

 

Cette visite survient cinq mois après celle de François Hollande qui avait constaté des progrès dans les négociations sur la vente de 126 avions de combat de Dassault Aviation à l'armée de l'air indienne.

 

L'Inde a présélectionné le Rafale en janvier 2012 au terme d'un appel d'offres très disputé pour une commande évaluée à quelque 15 milliards de dollars portant sur 126 avions et 63 options potentielles, et discute depuis avec le groupe français des termes du contrat.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 07:35
Indian Army gifts 7 bailey bridges to Myanmar Army

 July 26, 2013 irdw.org (Assam Tribune)

 

In a move to provide a vital fillip to the relationship between the two historic neighbours – India and Myanmar – the Indian Army yesterday handed over seven Bailey bridges to the Myanmar Army at Leimakhong army headquarter, about 20 km north of Imphal.

 

The General Officer Commanding Spears Corps Lt Gen AK Sahni, handed over the sevenBailey bridges to Commander Major General Soe Lwin of North West Command at Leimakhong.

 

“We are taking up this as a Prime Minister’s initiative for the development of border infrastructure”, said Lt Gen Sahni. “This will help in meeting the aspiration of the people and also to ensure security along the Indo-Myanmar border”, he also said adding, “This gesture by India will go a long way in providing a vital fillip to the relationship between the two historic neighbours.

 

The step has been taken as part of the 3rd Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet between India and Myanmar held under the aegis of Spears Corps of Indian Army at Leimakhong from July 23-25. The meeting was attended by high ranking officials from both the countries.

 

The Border Committee Meet is a landmark event which provides an opportunity for representatives of security forces and government officials of both nations to discuss and resolve crucial issues relating to border management, bi-lateral cooperation and counter-terrorism strategy.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 07:35
Australia commissions MRH90 and new squadron

CANBERRA, Australia, July 26 (UPI)

 

Australia has commissioned the first MRH90 Taipan multirole helicopters and inducted 888 Squadron which will operate the aircraft.

 

The commissioning took place at Naval Air Station Albatross, near Nowra in New South Wales.

 

The ceremony at Albatross marks the end of three years of training, testing and trials for the MRH90 Taipan, the Australian version of the medium size twin-engine NHIndustries NH90, a statement from the military procurement agency Defense Materiel Organization said.

 

NHIndustries is owned by Eurocopter and AgustaWestland.

 

Commander of the Australian Fleet Rear Adm. Tim Barrett said the navy will use the Taipan for maritime support previously carried out by the retired Sea King helicopter, built by Westland Helicopters.

 

In September 2011, the DMO announced the Sea Kings would be withdrawn from service in December 2011. Their last flight was Dec. 15, 2011, when three Sea Kings flew over Sydney Harbor and across to Canberra, passing Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian War Memorial before landing at Nowra.

 

"The commissioning of 808 Squadron is a significant milestone for the navy as we formally welcome into service a new generation, maritime support helicopter that not only replaces the retired Sea Kings, but delivers new capabilities and a capacity to meet emerging requirements in the future," Barrett said.

 

The 808 Squadron previously existed during the 1950s when it operated fighter aircraft from the carriers Sydney and Melbourne.

 

"This is a significant day for the men and women of 808 Squadron, who have all worked hard over a long period preparing ourselves, our unit and our aircraft to join the Fleet," Barrett said.

 

The 808 Squadron is based at the Naval Air Station Albatross and its aircraft will operate from the amphibious and afloat support ships including the Success, Tobruk and Choules.

 

In the future, these aircraft will also operate from the navy's new 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock amphibious ships Canberra and Adelaide.

 

The army also will use the Taipan which is replacing its Blackhawk helicopters as a battlefield and special operations support helicopter, the DMO said.

 

In April, Australian and U.S. defense officials announced the joint development of a logistics tracking system for use in naval operations.

 

The Pacific Radio Frequency Identification System allows faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies while laying the foundation for closer cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark M. McLeod said.

 

In an interview with the American Forces Press Service earlier this month, McLeod, senior U.S. Pacific Command logistics director, said the system uses technologies commercial retailers rely on to track goods from the manufacturer to warehouses and into buyers' hands.

 

The U.S. Defense Department already uses barcode technology to monitor everything from washers to armored vehicles, he said. The new system gives logisticians the ability to track shipments more thoroughly throughout the transportation process and keep tabs on inventory stocks.

 

McLeod also said the new system supports closer U.S.-Australian interoperability, especially important given a U.S. defense strategy increasingly focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 07:35
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source india-defence

July 26, 2013 irdw.org (IANS)

 

Negotiations on the $10 billion deal for purchase of 126 French Rafale jets for the IAF will be high on the agenda during talks between Defence Minister A.K. Antony and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian here Friday but no contract is due to be signed.

 

Le Drian, who is visiting India on the invitation of Antony, is arriving on a three-day visit.French firm Dassault Aviation bagged the deal for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) last year after being declared the lowest bidder, piping EAD’s Eurofighter.

 

While terming the deal “the most important tender in defence history”, a reliable source said Thursday that there was “no target” for the negotiations to be concluded.

 

No contract for the MMRCA deal would be signed during the minister’s visit, the source said, adding that the contract would come “in due course depending on the speed of the negotiations”.

 

No time lines have been stressed, the source said.

 

The MMRCA deal is “complicated” and the contract has “technicalities and legal issues” including offsets and supply chain to be worked out, the source said, adding that France is “confident” of the deal being concluded.

 

Eighteen of the 126 planes are to be purchased directly from Dassault, while Hindustan Aeronatics Limited (HAL) is to manufacture the other 108 under a licence at a facility in Bangalore.

 

It will be Le Drian’s second visit to India. He will also visit the Indian Air Force station at Gwalior, to see the French Mirage 2000s being used by the IAF and discuss its upgradation, estimated at Rs.11,000 crore.

 

He would also interact with pilots, officers and technicians who fly and maintain the fleet.

 

Le Drian is expected to brief Antony about the French perspective on the global security scenario. Sources said such a briefing has been held by France only for two countries – Britain and the US.

 

He will present France White Paper on Defence and also give a lecture at the Institute for Defence and Security Analyses (IDSA) Friday on “Indo-French Defence Partnership: the Choice of Strategic Autonomy”.

 

He will also meet industrialists of the defence sector, members of the French community, and exchange views on global threats and current international issues with high-profile Indian researchers and scholars, as well as Members of Parliament.

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source Livefist

23 Jul 2013 by Greg Waldron – FG

 

Singapore - India has taken delivery of its second Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport. The new aircraft will enter service immediately, says Boeing.

 

New Delhi will receive three more C-17s this year, followed by five more in 2014, under a 10-aircraft deal signed in 2012.

 

"C-17s have an important role in supporting unique Indian air force operations in remote locations, such as the Himalayas and desert environments," says Nan Bouchard, Boeing vice-president and C-17 programme manager. "The C-17 provides the versatility to complete any mission, anywhere. We look forward to working with the Indian air force and the US Air Force as we deliver the remainder of India's fleet."

 

New Delhi received its first C-17 in June 2013. It is also considering the purchase of an additional six C-17s.

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South Korea launches second Incheon frigate

SEOUL, July 25 (UPI)

 

South Korea has launched its second Incheon-class FFX coastal defense vessel, Yonhap News Agency reported.

 

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior naval officials attended the launching ceremony for the 2,300-ton frigate Gyeonggi at Hyundai Heavy Industry's shipyard in the southeastern city of Ulsan.

 

The Incheon, lead vessel in the class, was designed under the government's Future Frigate Experimental program and launched in January.

 

Yonhap reported naval officials said the Gyeonggi -- named after Gyeonggi province that surrounds Seoul -- will be delivered to the navy next year and deployed for operation in 2015.

 

The Incheon is expected to be commissioned next year.

 

About 20 frigates will be built to replace the country's aging Ulsan and Pohang patrol escort ships by 2020. The vessels were built between the early 1980s and the early 1990s.

 

The Pohang-class vessels were built by Korea Shipbuilding Corp., Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Korea Takoma. Hyundai Heavy Industries also built the Ulsan guided missile ships.

 

The Incheon and Gyeonggi vessels are South Korea's first coastal patrol vessels built after the sinking of the patrol ship Cheonan -- a Pohang-class ship -- allegedly by North Korea in March 2010. The incident raised many questions by South Korean politicians and defense analysts about the condition of the navy's equipment.

 

The 1,200-ton naval corvette Cheonan sank rapidly after an explosion from a suspected torpedo ripped the vessel in half. It sank just more than 1 mile southwest of Baeknyeong Island near the de facto sea border with North Korea.

 

North Korea consistently denies it had anything to do with the sinking.

 

The South Korean government also became concerned the country's maritime protection was left wanting in the face of increasing intrusions by foreign fishing ships, especially Chinese and North Korean, into its economic zones.

 

In December 2011, then-South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called for "strong" measures to protect the country's coast guard sailors during an increasing crackdown on illegal fishing by Chinese boats. Lee said he wanted no repeat of the attack earlier that month on two coast guard sailors during a raid on a Chinese boat suspected of fishing illegally in South Korean waters earlier.

 

A coast guard officer allegedly was stabbed by the captain of the Chinese fishing boat and died shortly after in hospital. Another coast guard member was stabbed but lived, Yonhap reported.

 

The confrontation between the coast guard and Chinese fishing vessel was one of the most difficult in years, said the team that boarded the ship, a report in Joongang Daily said at the time.

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India Should Correct Defence Offset Guidelines

July 24, 2013 Source: Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis


On 23 May 2013, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued an Office Memorandum (OM), keeping in abeyance of ‘services’ related provisions from offset guidelines, the latest revised version of which was issued less than a year ago in August 2012. The abeyance of all services, effective from the date of issue of the OM, is applicable to all tenders or Request for Proposals (RFPs) issued after the notification of the OM, and also those tenders issued earlier but the commercial and technical bids are yet to be submitted.

The MoD’s action has created a debate among various stakeholders, particularly the Indian IT and software- related companies which see a loss of business to the tune of $10 billion as consequence of the OM. More importantly, the OM has opened up a new challenge for the MoD in articulating a revised offset policy that would take into account the current gaps in the offset guidelines while satisfying the services sector – a key stakeholder in Indian defence industry and a vital partner from the offsets point of view.

The OM comes in the wake of controversies surrounding the purchase of 12 VVIP Agusta Westland helicopters, in which allegations were made that bribes were paid through bogus software companies which merely worked as front organisations on behalf of middlemen and foreign companies. While the OM is an attempt to prevent such malpractices, it has in the process banned the entire services sector from doing offset business.

This is evident from its annexure, which has gone into every possible minute details in identifying and suspending all such paragraphs in the Defence Offset Guidelines of 2012 (DOG 2012), where the term services surfaces. Consequently, the term ‘Services” which broadly cover a range of activities including software development; software and computer based training modules; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO); engineering, designing and testing; quality assurance; and training has now become history till the time new orders are issued.

Interestingly, in addition to suspending the complete list of services which appear as the fourth category in the “List of the Products and Services Eligible for Discharge of Offset Obligations”, the annexure has also suspended services-related activities in other paragraphs, including the ones which had been included for the first time in the DOG 2012. Two such paragraphs relate to “vessels of war, special naval systems, equipment and accessories” and “Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’. Any services related to the above two now stand suspended.

Since the OM talks of its validity “till such time that further instructions are issued”, one would assume that no sooner than later a revised guideline would be issued by the MoD. It is also assumed that the new guidelines would take into account the current gap in the offset policy which is biased in favour of the services sector. In comparison to the defence manufacturing sector which is subject to compulsory industrial licensing and where strict value addition principle is applicable (the latter being made more stringent in Defence Procurement Procedure 2013), the services sector is exempted from such conditions.

The services sector also gets further incentivised by the defence FDI policy which (after the 16 July 2013 meeting chaired by the Prime Minister) allows more than 26 per cent foreign equity in defence manufacturing sector on a case by case basis to be decided by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), India’s highest decision making body on security matters. The CCS decision is to be influenced by the FDI proposal’s credibility in bringing in yet to be defined “modern and state of the art technology” to India. In comparison, the services sector can attract upto 100 per cent FDI without any governmental watch or regulation.

The above imbalance has led to a flurry of offset inflows into the services sector which has in fact become the most preferred area for the foreign companies to choose Indian Offset Partners (IOPs) from, for the discharge of their offset obligations. This has, however, not necessarily led to capability enhancement of the Indian services sector, particularly the companies in the IT and IT enabled Services (IT-ITeS) industry which have already reached a certain level of maturity and international reckoning. Moreover as the VVIP helicopter procurement case shows, the sector is at times vulnerable to malpractice since the government has no wherewithal to see how much real work is being done in India and by the Indian companies.

The crucial challenge for the MoD is now to limit the flow of offsets into the services sector and ensure that value addition takes place in India. On the aspects of limiting offset flows into the services sector it would be ideal for the MoD to stipulate a maximum percentage of offsets that can go into the services sector. This would not only limit the scope for malpractice, but would provide a fillip to the manufacturing sector which constitutes the core of defence industrial base.

On the aspect of value addition by the services sector, the MoD has a real challenge on hand as the services by nature are intangible. The silver lining is that the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), an industry association, has come forward in devising a method by which the intangibles can be measured. The MoD now needs to work with the NASSCOM and other industry players to establish a mechanism and issue the revised guidelines that would thwart bogus companies from doing business in defence.

Last but not the least the MoD also needs to seriously think about the background checking of Indian Offset Partner (IOP). Presently the foreign companies have the complete discretion in choosing the IOPs, with virtually no background checking by the MoD. It is quite surprising that the Defence Offset Management Wing (DOMW) which has otherwise a wider mandate relating offset guidelines and all matters relating to post-offset contract management does not have the authority to ensure genuiness of the IOPs. A little background checking by way of examining the IOP’s annual reports, balance sheet and all such necessary documents would however trigger a fear among the foreign companies who would be more cautious in partnering with bogus companies.


Views expressed are of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDSA or of the Government of India.

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25/07 Par Alain Ruello -LesEchos.fr

 

L’avionneur Dassault continue d’oeuvrer à la conclusion de la vente de 126 Rafale à New Delhi avant la fin de l’année. Il mise aussi toujours sur 70 livraisons de Falcon cette année, malgré quelques retards sur son plan de marché au premier semestre.

 

Un point de suivi tous les jours vers midi avec Eric Trappier, le PDG, cinquante salariés mobilisés à plein temps, partage des responsabilités avec HAL, l’EADS local, arrêté : chez Dassault, la mobilisation est toujours aussi forte pour tenter de conclure la vente de 126 Rafale en Inde avant la fin de l’année. Et ni l’approche des élections générales, ni les manoeuvres présentes ou à venir de la concurrence pour faire dérailler l’affaire du siècle ne parviendront à faire changer d’avis New Delhi, affirme le patron de l’avionneur.

 

« La décision (de choisir le Rafale, NDLR), est ferme. Les élections ne changeront pas la nature du choix », a-t-il indiqué ce jeudi matin, à l’issue de la présentation des résultats semestriels. Si la signature n’intervient pas avant les élections ? Alors « cela se fera après. L’appel d’offres a été long et documenté. Je ne suis pas inquiet », a ajouté Eric Trappier qui met en avant le consensus de la classe politique sur la nécessité de moderniser l’aviation de combat indienne.

 

Pas d’inquiétude vis-à-vis de la concurrence

 

Pas plus qu’il n’est inquiet des initiatives que les concurrents pourraient prendre pour tenter de revenir dans la danse en profitant du calendrier électoral. La dernière rumeur en cours fait état de courriers envoyés par un ancien ministre des finances indien au ministre de la Défense actuel mettant en avant le coût élevé du Rafale.

 

« Je n’ai pas d’information, a répondu le PDG de Dassault à une journaliste indienne qui soulevait ce point. C’est sûr que le choix ne plaît pas à tout le monde », allusion à peine voilé aux Britanniques qui n’ont pas digéré que l’Eurofighter s’incline en finale dans leur ex-colonie.

 

A en croire Dassault, sauf si les autorités de New Delhi décident de ne plus acheter d’avions - ce qui est toujours possible - rien ne devrait empêcher la conclusion de ce qui s’annonce comme la première exportation du Rafale. Le processus de négociation qui implique plusieurs comités se déroule en toute rigueur, et tout est parfaitement « documenté ». Reste une seule incertitude : quand ?

 

Falcon : reprise encore molle

 

Sur le front des avions d’affaires Falcon, la tendance est plus prévisible : la reprise est là, mais encore molle et inégale selon les pays. L’Europe du Nord et l’Amérique du Sud affichent un certain dynamisme. En revanche, les Etats-Unis sont encore en retrait.

 

Sur le premier semestre Dassault affiche 27 prises de commandes de Falcon, deux de plus que l’année dernière sur la même période. L’objectif des 70 livraisons est maintenu sur l’année, malgré un léger retard sur le plan de marche depuis le premier janvier.

 

Dassault prépare activement la sortie du Falcon SMS, le futur appareil d’entrée de gamme de l’avionneur dont les caractéristiques seront dévoilées à l’automne lors du grand salon américain NBAA de l’aviation d’affaires. L’augmentation des frais de développement sur ce programme a d’ailleurs pesé sur la marge opérationnelle qui est passée de 12,7 % à 10,3 %. La marge nette a suivi la même pente pour la même raison. Sur les six premiers mois de l’année, elle s’est établie à 9 %, contre 10,6 % un an plus tôt. A 1,8 milliard d’euros, le chiffre d’affaires a baissé de 5 %.

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F-X III fighter contest F-35 Eurofighter F-15 SE photo FG

F-X III fighter contest F-35 Eurofighter F-15 SE photo FG

July 25, 2013 Source: Reuters


SEOUL --- South Korea said on Thursday it would hold a new round of bidding next month for its 8.3 trillion won purchase of 60 next generation fighter jets, [which was] suspended after bids exceeded the budget.

The Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the country's arms procurement agency, suspended the auction earlier this month after 55 rounds. None of the entries, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35, Boeing Co's F-15 and EADS's Eurofighter Typhoon, submitted bids meeting the required price.

The DAPA said it would begin a new round of bidding for its biggest-ever defence import programme in the third week of August. Analysts said that was unlikely to close the price gap that has scuppered previous rounds.

"We have decided at the defence project committee meeting to resume bidding for the F-X project," DAPA spokesman Baek Youn-hyeong told a briefing.

Baek hinted at the possibility of increasing the budget, but offered no further details.

"If there is no entry with price within the project budget after the resumption of bidding, we will pursue the project again through reviews or increase in overall budget," he said. (end of excerpt)


Click here for the full story, on the Reuters website.

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Report: Japan Eyeing Marines, Drones

Jul. 25, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

TOKYO, JAPAN — Japan should acquire amphibious units like the US Marines and surveillance drones, newspapers on Thursday reported a government paper will say this week, as a territorial dispute with China rumbles on.

 

The interim report, to be issued as early as Friday by the Defense Ministry, will also promote “the need to boost a comprehensive capability of containment” as part of anti-ballistic missile measures against North Korea, reports said.

 

The phraseology falls short of any mention of “pre-emptive strike capability” but reflects an ongoing debate in Japan’s defense community about the need to reinterpret aspects of the pacifist country’s military stance.

 

Nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Japan needs to discuss the idea of having some kind of first strike provision if it is to effectively counter threats from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

 

However, observers say he must tread carefully. Japan’s constitutionally prescribed pacifism enjoys wide support in the country at large and is particularly cherished by Abe’s coalition partners, a centrist Buddhist party.

 

The Asahi and Yomiuri, influential papers on the left and the right, respectively, say the interim report advocates a US Marines-like amphibious force, capable of conducting landing operations on remote islands.

 

It also suggests looking at the introduction of a drone reconnaissance fleet that could be used to monitor Japan’s far-flung territory.

 

The report will be reflected in Japan’s long-term defense outline that is expected to be published toward the end of this year, a defense ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that a committee comprising top defense officials has been engaged in discussion on these subjects for several months.

 

China has become increasingly active in the seas surrounding Japan, including waters near the Tokyo-administered Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyu islands.

 

The row over their ownership, which began decades ago, erupted last September when Japan nationalized three of the islands. It took another turn Wednesday when possibly armed Chinese coastguard vessels sailed through nearby waters for the first time.

 

Later in the day, Tokyo scrambled fighters to shadow a Chinese reconnaissance aircraft that flew in international airspace in between two Okinawan islands.

 

It was the first time Beijing had sent a military plane through the gap and out to the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo officials said, adding they saw it as a sign of “China’s ever-growing maritime advance.”

 

Abe’s administration decided to review the current long-term defense outline, which was drafted by the now-opposition Democratic Party of Japan in 2010.

 

The hawkish premier this year boosted Japan’s defense budget for the first time in more than a decade against the backdrop of growing concerns about China among many countries in the region

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Major Military Forces in the Asia - Pacific Region (Approximate Strength)  Source JDF 2013

Major Military Forces in the Asia - Pacific Region (Approximate Strength) Source JDF 2013

25.07.2013 journal-aviation.com (Reuters)

 

TOKYO, 25 juillet (Reuters) - Le gouvernement japonais, mené par le Premier ministre Shinzo Abe, devrait profiter d'un examen de sa politique de défense pour envisager d'acquérir la capacité de mener des frappes préventives, peut-on lire jeudi matin dans le quotidien Yomiuri.

 

Selon le journal, les premières conclusions de l'examen, dont le rapport final est attendu à la fin de l'année, devraient dès vendredi conseiller d'étudier comment "renforcer la capacité de dissuasion et de réponse aux missiles balistiques".

 

Même si le rapport provisoire ne devrait pas aller jusqu'à évoquer la possibilité de frapper des bases ennemies en cas de menace imminente, le recours potentiel à des attaques préventives affaiblirait encore plus le sens pacifiste de la Constitution japonaise, rédigée après la défaite du pays lors de la Seconde guerre mondiale.

 

L'article 9 de la Constitution, écrite sous l'égide des forces d'occupation des États-Unis, interdit de participer à toute guerre, mais n'empêche pas dans les faits les Forces japonaises d'autodéfense de constituer l'une des armées les plus puissantes d'Asie.

 

Yomiuri rapporte que le ministère de la Défense étudie aussi la construction de drones de surveillance et la création d'une force navale pour protéger des îles reculées, comme l'archipel Senkaku/Diaoyu, qui est l'objet d'une dispute territoriale avec Pékin, en mer de Chine orientale.

 

"Quelle que soit la manière dont le Japon explique les choses, la Chine va violemment le critiquer", annonce Michael Green, analyste pour le Centre des études stratégiques et internationales, basé à Washington.

 

Dans un premier rapport, publié au début du mois, le ministère japonais de la Défense a estimé que Tokyo faisait face dans la région à la double menace d'une Chine de plus en plus autoritaire et d'une Corée du Nord de plus en plus imprévisible. (voir ) (Linda Sieg; Julien Dury pour le service français)

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Afghanistan: la CIA réduit sa présence (journal)

WASHINGTON, 24 juillet - RIA Novosti

 

La CIA ferme ses bases secrètes en Afghanistan, pays où les troupes américaines combattent depuis 2001, annonce mercredi le journal The Washington Post en se référant à des sources bien informées.

 

La CIA réduira de deux fois le nombre de ses bases, passant de 12 à 6 au cours des deux prochaines années, précise le journal.

 

La réduction de la présence physique de la CIA en Afghanistan s'explique par la diminution de la menace d'attaques de l'organisation terroriste d'Al-Qaïda. Actuellement, cette organisation agit essentiellement depuis le Pakistan et le nombre de ses chefs s'est considérablement réduit depuis 12 ans.

 

Par ailleurs, selon le journal, la CIA a changé de stratégie dans ce pays, remplaçant son réseau d'agents par une flottille de drones qui permettent de contrôler l'espace aérien de l'Afghanistan et du Pakistan et de frapper des terroristes présumés.

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NEW DELHI: July 23, 2013 DHNS - deccanherald.com

 

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is scheduled to visit Delhi later this week, giving rise to speculations of “forward movement” in India’s biggest defence deal to purchase 126 fighter jets from France.

 

For the last two years, India and France are locked in price negotiation to purchase the medium multi-role fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). French major Dassault Aviation’s Rafale fighter planes were selected to replace ageing MiG-21s.

 

The much-awaited deal, sources said, is on the agenda of bilateral talks between Le Drian and his Indian counterpart A K Antony, including National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, between July 25-27.

 

But there is no confirmation on whether an announcement on finalisation of the deal can be expected by the week-end.

 

The French minister will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and members of the Parliamentary standing committee on defence, sources said. Dassault Aviation had earlier raised questions on the role HAL would play once the mega deal is signed. But the Defence Ministry is understood to have conveyed to the French company that HAL would be the lead integrator and there was no change in conditions mentioned in the original tender.

 

As per the tender, Dassault will deliver 18 aircraft in fly-away condition whereas HAL will manufacture the rest under licensed production. The top bosses of HAL and Dassault met last month on the sidelines of the Paris air show to discuss the project and iron out differences. “Both chairmen expressed satisfaction on the work already achieved by the integrated teams and renewed their commitment towards successful completion of various projects,” Dassault said in a statement issued in June.

 

Though the tender was valued at $ 10.4 billion (Rs 42,000 crore), the price is set to escalate in the final commercial contract, making it India’s biggest defence deal. The new price band may be between $ 17-20 billion, but there is no official word. The sliding rupee will also be taken into account for the new price that is being negotiated for two years.

 

The French minister will be travelling to IAF station in Gwalior, which houses the Mirage-2000 fleet. In 2011, India signed a Rs 10,900 crore (approximately $ 2.4 billion) agreement with French arms majors Thales and Dassault Aviation for upgrading 51 Mirage-2000 fighters.

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Exercice Paras 1er RCP - Crédits : ADC A.Duclay/EMIA-NC

Exercice Paras 1er RCP - Crédits : ADC A.Duclay/EMIA-NC

22/07/2013 ADC A. Duclay - Armée de Terre

 

Le mardi 16 juillet 2013, les forces armées de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC) ont organisé un exercice de saut en mer au profit des militaires du 1er régiment de chasseurs parachutistes (1er RCP) de Pamiers. Ils arment la compagnie tournante du régiment d’infanterie de marine Pacifique-Nouvelle-Calédonie (RIMaP-NC) de Plum.

 

Après un premier repérage de la zone de saut (1km de long par 400 m de large), un témoin inerte de dérive (TID) a été largué depuis l’avion CASA 235. Il sert à évaluer l’orientation du vent et à définir l’axe de largage le plus adéquat, pour que, malgré la dérive subie durant le saut, les parachutistes atterrissent dans la zone délimitée.

 

Au total,  ce sont 40 parachutistes qui ont été largués par vagues successives au-dessus de la Baie des Citrons. Côté soutien, entre les équipes de récupération, la sécurité et le service sanitaire, l’exercice a mobilisé autant de personnes et 13 embarcations (Zodiac, chaland, vedette).

 

Très lourd en moyen et en organisation, l’exercice est organisé trois fois par an au profit des compagnies tournantes. Ce type de saut n’est effectué qu’outre-mer : à la Réunion et en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Il permet de préparer les parachutistes à être opérationnels sur tous terrains et être aguerris à tous types d’atterrissages.  L’objectif est donc d’acquérir des compétences supplémentaires.

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JDS Kashima passes Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, as she enters Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

JDS Kashima passes Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, as she enters Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

23 July 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

Three Japanese warships have arrived in Portsmouth for a 4-day visit to help forge closer links with the Royal Navy.

 

The ships belong to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron and are visiting as part of a 5-month global deployment.

The squadron comprises training vessel Japanese Defence Ship (JDS) Kashima, 2 destroyers – JDS Shirayuki and JDS Isoyuki, and 180 cadets.

After anchoring in the Solent overnight on Sunday, 21 July, the vessels arrived in the naval base on Monday, with JDS Kashima firing a 21-gun salute as she approached Southsea. The saluting gun at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, responded in similar fashion.

JDS Isoyuki passes the submarine escape training tank tower of Fort Blockhouse as she enters Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

JDS Isoyuki passes the submarine escape training tank tower of Fort Blockhouse as she enters Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

The cadets’ stay in Portsmouth includes visiting the Royal Navy’s marine and air engineering facilities at HMS Sultan in Gosport, and experiencing operations room and bridge simulators at HMS Collingwood in Fareham.

Naval history is also on their itinerary, with visits to the Naval Historical Branch at the naval base and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

JDS Shirayuki passes the stern of JDS Isoyuki as the former enters Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

JDS Shirayuki passes the stern of JDS Isoyuki as the former enters Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

Commander Jeff Short, who has helped to arrange the visit, said:

The Royal Navy has a lot in common with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force. We have engaged as maritime nations since 1613 and exchanged students for the last 150 years.

More recently, we have worked together on counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean and we share common equipment such as the Merlin helicopter.

While we may be separated by geography, we are joined by the sea and, just as importantly, by our similar ethos and doctrine. This visit is eagerly anticipated by the Royal Navy and the interaction of the Japanese cadets with our young officers at Sultan and Collingwood will be one of many highlights.

Japanese sailors line the deck of their ship as they enter Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

Japanese sailors line the deck of their ship as they enter Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

Rear Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa, who is embarked on JDS Kashima, said:

Japan and Great Britain have a history going back hundreds of years. The Royal Navy was the model for the foundation of the Japanese Navy so we are very pleased to be here. One of our first priorities is to absorb a bit of history by going around HMS Victory and the capital, London.

The public can also get involved with the visit by climbing on board JDS Isoyuki when she opens up her gangway free of charge to visitors on Wednesday 24 July between 10am and 4pm. And the squadron’s embarked 40-strong military band will be performing the same day next to HMS Victory between 12:30pm and 1:30pm.

The squadron – which last visited Portsmouth in 2008 – departs at 9am on Thursday 25 July.

JDS Shirayuki passes the stern of JDS Isoyuki in Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

JDS Shirayuki passes the stern of JDS Isoyuki in Portsmouth Harbour [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Simmo Simpson, Crown copyright]

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