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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:30
Turkey - AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Missiles

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

 

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $320 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 11, 2014.

 

The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of 145 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), 10 missile guidance sections, and 40 LAU-129 launchers, containers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, integration activities, publications and technical documentation, test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering and technical support, and other related elements or logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $320 million.

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:25
Elbit Awarded an $80 M Contract to Supply Latin American Country

 

Aug 13, 2014 ASDNews Source : Elbit Systems Ltd.

 

Elbit Systems, announced today that it was awarded an $80 million contract to supply a Latin American country with Command, Control, Computer & Communications (C4I) systems.

 

The project, to be performed over a three-year period, is part of the Army's extensive modernization program and is designated for all echelons, from the maneuvering forces up to the command headquarters. The new, unified communications network will play an important role during emergencies and natural hazards and disasters and will facilitate a real-time common operational picture, providing the Land Forces with enhanced operational performance and situational awareness.

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Report: Pentagon Made Hasty LCS Fleet Cut to 32

 

August 13, 2014 by Kris Osborn

 

A new Congressional report suggests the Pentagon may face further scrutiny over its direction to issue no new contracts for the controversial Littoral Combat Ship program beyond 32 ships.

The August report questions whether the Pentagon did the proper analysis before making the decision to truncate the Navy’s planned buy of 52 ships down to 32.

The LCS vessels are currently being procured under a 2010, 10-ship deal with each of the two contractors — the Lockheed design is a steel semi-planing monohull and the General Dynamics/Austal USA design is an all-aluminum trimaran hull.


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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Navy's Brand New Aircraft Launch System Embarks on Below-Deck Testing

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : Naval Air Systems Command

 

The Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Newport News, Virginia is all abuzz as below deck-testing of the Navy’s newest aircraft launch system begins aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

 

Following months of large-scale hardware deliveries containing critical components of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and shipboard installation by HII, teams from the government and industry partner General Atomics completed installation of the software — the brains of the new system. Below deck-testing began Aug. 11 with the Launch Control Subsystem, the first of many subsystem assessments on the path toward EMALS shipboard certification.    

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Boeing Tactical Surveillance Aircraft Receives Additional FAA Certification

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

Boeing, will begin offering global customers the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype (ERRP) now that the aircraft has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

“ERRP’s FAA certification gives us another approved modification in Boeing’s growing family of ISR airplanes,” said John Rader, vice president of Electronic and Sensor Solutions. “ERRP is a high-end signals intelligence aircraft that delivers near-real-time SIGINT to the warfighter, a capability in high demand from militaries around the globe.”

 

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Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora aircraft

Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora aircraft

 

12 Aug 2014 By: Dominic Perry - FG

 

Canada has shelved plans to acquire up to four manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms “due to reasons of security and technical feasibility”.

Ottawa launched the procurement process in August last year with the publication of a letter of interest (LoI) seeking an “enduring, operational level, multisensor, manned [ISR] capability”. It would look to buy three to four aircraft, it said.

An industry day was subsequently held on 20 September 2013 to further discuss the requirement.

However, just short of one year later Canada has pulled the plug on the process. In a notice posted on its public procurement website on 4 August, Ottawa says that “upon completion of an options analysis” it will no longer seek a “complete manned airborne [ISR] platform solution, due to reasons of security and technical feasibility”.

 

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Army selected for Joint Strike Fighter software assessment

 

August 14th, 2014 By Army News Service- defencetalk.com

 

The F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to perform independent software safety analyses of the next-generation strike aircraft commonly called the Joint Strike Fighter.

 

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Navy Designs New Amphib

 

August 13, 2014 by Kris Osborn

 

The Navy is evaluating designs, costs and specifications for a new class of amphibious assault ships designed to replace the current fleet of cargo-carrying LSD 41/49 dock landing ships, service officials said.

The existing fleet of dock landing ships, which function in a key cargo-carrying capacity as part of an amphibious ready group, will be nearing the end of their expected 40-year life span in coming years, said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Robert Walsh, director of the Navy’s expeditionary warfare division.


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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Northrop Grumman Delivers Lightning Fast, Self-Deploying Antennas for Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission

 

CARPINTERIA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation

 

Thirteen lightweight antennas that self-deploy in 200 milliseconds have been delivered to support Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).

 

The highly configurable antennas are stored energy monopoles that deploy quickly and will be a critical part of the RCM Earth Observation satellites. The antennas will be integrated into the Automatic Identification System payload that will be used to provide an advanced maritime identification capability; enabling ship identification, position, course and speed data. The antennas were delivered to prime contractor, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA).

 

"We are pleased to provide an affordable and reliable antenna solution to the next generation of RADARSAT to support the Canadian Space Agency," said Dan Johansen, RCM program manager, Northrop Grumman Astro Aerospace. "Our continued emphasis on breakthrough engineering has resulted in a 100 percent success rate on more than 1,000 units on satellite missions."

 

The antennas have an adaptable and reliable design that can be easily tailored to specific applications and have been used in the Gemini and Apollo missions and in the most recent U.S. Air Force GPS satellites.

 

The stowed package is one of the smallest available and most compact for a deployable antenna of a given size. For example, the 13 antennas used in the RCM stow in a low mass and compact 4-inch by 4-inch by 2.5-inch canister.

 

The versatile antennas are available in monopole diameters from one-half inch to 1 3/8 inches and any length up to 25 feet.

 

For more information about Astro Aerospace products

 

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. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:20
photo USAF

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August 13, 2014 David Pugliese

 

Nine airmen became the first U.S. Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35 Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training at Elgin Air Force Base on August 7, the U.S. Air Force reports.

 

More from George Woodward, 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs:

 

“The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to be the best – it’s a big honor,” said Airman 1st Class, Saovada Pum.

“To be among the first to earn my 3-Level as an F-35 Crew Chief is a feeling of responsibility and also a significant measure of pride,” said Airman 1st Class Gideon R. Burris. “It’s special because the F-35 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the air.”

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:55
Débarquement de Provence: douze vétérans algériens invités en France

Débarquement des éléments de la 3e DIA (Division d'Infanterie Algérienne) depuis un LCI (Landing Craft Infantry) dans la région de Saint-Tropez. - photo ECPAD

 

Alger, 13 août 2014 marine-oceans.com (AFP)

 

Douze vétérans algériens de la Seconde guerre mondiale ont quitté mercredi Alger pour participer en France aux cérémonies commémorant le 70 anniversaire du débarquement de Provence, selon un journaliste de l'AFP.

 

Absents le 6 juin des cérémonies du "D-Day" en Normandie, les combattants "indigènes" seront représentés en Provence par une quarantaine de vétérans.

 

Les douze Algériens, nés entre 1917 et 1924 et formant la plus importante délégation, ont été reçus par des diplomates français en poste à Alger avant d'embarquer pour Paris d'où ils se rendront ensuite à Toulon (sud-est).

 

Quatre d'entre eux se verront remettre par le Président François Hollande les insignes de chevalier dans l'Ordre de la Légion d'Honneur.

 

Autour de 250.000 Algériens ont combattu pour la France, l'ancienne puissance coloniale, lors de la Seconde guerre mondiale.

 

"Le rôle des Algériens dans la libération du territoire européen et en particulier dans le débarquement de Provence, mais aussi dans les campagnes de Tunisie et d'Italie ainsi que dans la libération des villes de Marseille, Lyon et Strasbourg fera ainsi l'objet d'un hommage solennel", selon un communiqué diffusé par l'ambassade de France à Alger.

 

Des représentants de 28 pays, notamment africains, ont été conviés par François Hollande pour assister depuis le porte-avion Charles De Gaulle à une revue navale au large de Toulon. L'Algérie devrait être représentée par son Premier ministre, Abdelmalek Sellal, selon des informations de la presse locale.

 

Avant cette cérémonie internationale, un hommage sera rendu par le président français au mémorial du Mont Faron, qui domine Toulon, aux soldats alliés, forces françaises libres et soldats de l'Armée d'Afrique, résistants mais aussi civils.

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:50
BAE Systems' Artisan radar installed on frigate

 

Aug. 12, 2014 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Artisan, a new 3D radar system from BAE Systems, is being installed on Royal Navy Type 23 frigates.

 

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- BAE Systems is singing the praises of its medium-range 3D surveillance radar that can monitor more than 800 objects simultaneously.

The system is called Artisan and was developed for Britain's Type 23 frigates but can be used on other Royal Navy vessels as well. It has now been installed on the frigate HMS Iron Duke as part of a scheduled refit.

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:45
Libye : appel à l'intervention étrangère

 

13 août, 2014 – BBC Afrique

 

Le parlement de la Libye a voté en faveur d'une intervention étrangère pour protéger les civils pris au piège dans les combats meurtriers entre milices rivales.

Les députés se sont réunis à Tobrouk dans l'est du pays à cause de la violence à Tripoli et à Benghazi, et 111 députés sur 124 ont voté pour l'appel.

Ni l'ONU, ni aucune autre puissance étrangère n'a pour le moment de plans d'intervention

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:40
La marine russe lancera 2 missiles Bulava à l’automne

 

13 août 2014. Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Deux missiles Bulava seront lancés depuis les SNLE de la classe Borei Alexander Nevsky et Vladimir Monomakh.

 

Ces lancements du missile balistique Bulava auront lieu en septembre ou octobre, a indiqué mercredi une source de l’état-major de la marine.

 

Le Vladimir Monomakh devait initialement lancer un missile Bulava en aout ou septembre, alors que l’Yuriy Dolgorukiy — le 1er exemplaire de la série — devait le faire en nombre. Il n’était pas prévu que l’Alexander Nevsky effectue de lancement cette année. L’Alexander Nevsky est le 1er sous-marin Borei de série, il a été admis au service en 2013. Le Vladimir Monomakh devrait l’être à son tour à la fin 2014.

 

Dans un premier temps, il avait été annoncé que l’Alexander Nevsky et le Vladimir Monomakh effectueraient 3 essais de missiles Bulava depuis la mer d’Okhotsk à l’été ou l’automne 2015. Pour cela, les sous-marins emprunteraient la route du Nord, avec chacun 16 missiles à bord, avait indiqué une source de la commission militaro-industrielle.

 

D’après le vice-ministre de la défense, Yuriy Borisov, au total 5 lancements sont prévus.

 

Référence : ITAR-TASS (Russie)

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La marine russe lance le 1er sous-marin Kilo destiné à la flotte de la mer Noire

 

13 août 2014. Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Le premier des 6 sous-marins de la classe Varshavyanka destiné à la flotte russe de la mer Noire, sera mis en service le 22 aout, a indiqué mardi un porte-parole de la marine.

 

« Le 22 aout, le pavillon à croix de St-André sera hissé sur le sous-marin Novorossiisk aux chantiers de l’amirauté à St-Pétersbourg, » a déclaré le capitaine de 1er rang Igor Dygalo.

 

Selon lui, le sous-marin effectue actuellement la 2è phase de ses essais en mer Baltique. Il sera bientôt de retour aux chantiers de l’Amirauté.

 

La construction du Novorossiisk a commencé en aout 2010. Il a été suivi par le Rostov-on-Don en novembre 2011, le Stary Oskol en aout 2012, et le Krasnodar en février 2014.

 

Ces sous-marins, qui sont surnommés par l’US Navy des “trous noirs dans l’océan” parce qu’ils sont presque indétectables en plongée, sont un élément clé de la nouvelle stratégie navale russe en Méditerranée, où Moscou a récemment constitué une force permanente composée d’une dizaine de bâtiments de surface.

 

La classe Varshavyanka (Projet 636.3) est une version améliorée de la classe Kilo. Elle dispose de technologies furtives, d’un rayon d’attaque accru et de la capacité de frapper des cibles à terre, sous-marines et de surface.

 

Ces sous-marins sont principalement destinés à des missions d’attaque de navires de commerce et anti-sous-marines dans des eaux relativement peu profondes.

 

L’équipage est composé de 52 membres. La vitesse en plongée est de 20 nœuds, l’autonomie de 400 nautiques en propulsion électrique avec la capacité de patrouiller pendant 45 jours. Ils sont armés de 18 torpilles et de 8 missiles anti-aériens.

 

La flotte de la mer Noire n’a pas reçu de nouveaux sous-marins depuis des décennies. Elle ne dispose actuellement que d’un seul exemplaire, l’Alrosa de la classe Kilo, mis en service en 1990.

 

Référence : Ria Novosti (Russie)

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Logistics: Afghan Army Becoming Immobilized

 

August 13, 2014: Strategy Page

 

As expected the Afghans are having a hard time maintaining the aircraft and vehicles they have received, mainly from the U.S., for their security forces. The problem is a growing number of these vehicles and aircraft are inoperable because of maintenance issues. Afghan officers complain that they cannot find or train enough Afghans to keep this stuff in running condition. Foreigners observe that corruption, low education levels, and stiff competition for skilled Afghans has meant that the Afghan military is unable to adequately maintain and repair the aircraft and vehicles they have.

 

Key personnel are hired away by civilian firms that can pay more. There are not a lot of Afghans capable of becoming aircraft maintenance technicians to begin with. Afghanistan has the lowest education levels in Eurasia and the lowest literacy rate. Foreign donors insist that the air force recruit and train local maintenance personnel. That can be done, with difficulty. But the good ones soon get hired away from civilian firms or immigrate. Bringing in foreigners to maintain this equipment, as many Arab countries do, is difficult in Afghanistan which is a dangerous place for foreigners, even before the Taliban appeared. Using foreigners also costs more than Afghanistan can afford.

 

The corruption means that needed spare parts never arrive because the money for their purchase was stolen. Or if the parts are on hand, they often disappear into the black market. It's all part of the local culture, which means that if you have Afghans operating and maintaining vehicles those that breakdown will tend to stay down and if this involves aircraft, those aircraft won't be flying much. Anything electronic that stops working tends to stay stat way, unless it involves something really simple like changing batteries or perhaps an easily replaced part (like a light bulb or antenna).

 

It’s not just the mechanics and electronic technicians that are in short supply there is also a shortage of literate people to handle basic things like maintaining inventories of parts, tools and even the weapons and vehicles themselves. Lack of inventory control means a lot of theft does not get detected for a while, if ever. Even broken stuff gets stolen because entrepreneurs can find someone who will fix an item that can then be sold on the black market.

 

This maintenance crises is causing some serious problems with the mobility of the Afghan ground forces. With more and more helicopters and transports grounded because of maintenance problems there’s no way to get reinforcements to where they are needed in a hurry. It’s worse on the ground where thousands of vehicles, from pickup trucks to armored vehicles are inoperable. This is particularly crucial with the primary armored combat vehicles in the Afghan army; the ASVs.

 

The U.S. Army bought over 600 M1117 ASVs (Armored Security Vehicles) for the Afghan Army. These were used, as American Army M1117s are, for security duties and most of them are operated by the seven battalions of the elite Mobile Strike Force. These vehicles can mount either 12.7mm machine-guns or Mk19 40mm automatic grenade launchers in their turrets. The vehicles cost about $900,000 each.

 

The ASV was, in effect, one of the first MRAPs (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) to get to Iraq (although it no longer qualifies as a proper MRAP). Originally developed in the 1990s for use by MPs in combat zones, only a few were bought initially. It was found that for Balkan peacekeeping, existing armored vehicles were adequate, and that in the narrow streets of Balkan towns, the ASV was too wide to be very maneuverable. Then came Iraq, and suddenly, the ASV was very popular. The army got lots more because military police like these vehicles a lot. The MPs originally wanted 2,000 ASVs, but before Iraq, were told they would be lucky to get a hundred. After 2004 the MPs got all they wanted.

 

The ASV is a 15 ton 4x4 armored car that is built to handle the kind of combat damage encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ASVs are, unlike armored hummers, built from the ground up as an armored truck. ASVs are 6.5 meters (20 feet) long and 2.75 meters (8.5 feet) wide, making them a bit larger than hummers. The ASV is heavy enough to survive most roadside bombs and keep going. The ASV is bullet, and RPG proof. The turret is the same one used on the U.S. Marine Corps LAV. When the marines went shopping for armored trucks, however, they passed on the ASV. This is believed to be mainly because most armored trucks have more room inside. The ASV carries a crew of three. Over 2,400 have been delivered (some to foreign customers) so far.

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KAI to develop medevac variant of Surion

 

13.08.2014 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will develop a medical evacuation variant of the Surion helicopter for the South Korean military.

The first flight of the variant of the 8.7t helicopter will take place in 2016, with service entry expected in 2018, says KAI in a statement. The medevac variant will be capable of carrying six casualties in stretchers.

The announcement follows an agreement between KAI and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). According to a report carried by state news agency Yonhap quoting DAPA, the development program will cost KRW32 billion ($31 million).

 

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 (Philippines) P5.9-B long-range patrol aircraft fails


13.08.2014 Pacific Sentinel
 

Seven companies can file motions for reconsideration to supply the Philippine Air Force with 2 aircraft units that will help boost maritime surveillance

 

MANILA, Philippines – The first stage of bidding for a P5.9-billion ($133.6 million)* contract for 2 long-range patrol aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) failed on Monday, August 11.

 

Seven of the 10 companies that bought bid documents joined the bidding Monday, but – after 12 hours of the bidding session and a series of executive meetings – they were declared "ineligible." They were, however, given 3 days to file motions for reconsideration, according to defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong.

 

Long-range patrol aircraft were no longer in the inventory of the air force, but the acquisition project was conceived to boost the country's maritime domain awareness as tensions grow in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) among claimant countries.

 

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Défense: Israël attache une importance à sa coopération avec le Vietnam

Le général de coprs d'armée Nguyen Chi Vinh, vice-ministre vietnamien de la Défense. (Source : VNA)

 

13/08/2014 Vietnam +

 

Israël attache toujours une grande importance à sa coopération avec le Vietnam, notamment dans la défense, et sur la base du respect mutuel, de la compréhension et de la confiance, a déclaré Dan Camen, conseiller chargé de la défense de l’ambassade d’Israël en Thaïlande et au Vietnam.

 

Dan Camen, qui a été reçu mardi à Hanoi par le général de coprs d'armée Nguyen Chi Vinh, vice-ministre vietnamien de la Défense, a promis que durant son mandat, il fera tout son possible pour promouvoir la coopération dans la défense entre Israël et le Vietnam afin de la porter à la hauteur des potentiels et des atouts de chacun.

 

Nguyen Chi Vinh, pour sa part, a souhaité que le Vietnam et Israël doivent mener des discussions en vue de la signature rapide d’un mémorandum sur la coopération bilatérale dans la défense et un mémorandum supplémentaire sur le cadre de la coopération dans l’industrie de la défense.

 

Selon le vice-ministre vietnamien, depuis l’établissement des relations diplomatiques entre le Vietnam et Israël en 1993, les deux pays échangent régulièrement des visites de divers échelons et les relations de coopération dans divers secteurs, dont la défense, ne cessent de s’épanouir.

 

Les deux pays devront mettre en place un groupe de travail mixte sur la coopération dans la défense pour approfondir leur coopération dans ce secteur, a remarqué le vice-ministre Nguyen Chi Vinh en exprimant également l'espoir qu’Israël aura un attaché de défense au Vietnam dans les temps à venir

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Third Vietnamese Submarine Delivered to Cam Ranh in Year-End

Third Vietnamese submarine HQ-184 Hai Phong will be delivered in year-end (photo : Gomtin)

 

13.08.2014 Defense Studies

The third diesel-electric submarine (SSK) Project 636, built in St. Petersburg Admiralty Shipyards for Vietnamese Navy in late 2014 will be delivered at the point of bases in Cam Ranh Bay, according to Interfax-Military News Agency, citing a source in the Russian shipbuilding industry.

"Currently, the third boat export series is working out the program of ship crew practice customer. This - the second stage of the marine part of the training. The first successfully completed 1 to July 20 in the area of ​​the island of Hogland. During the first phase of the boat held submerged 57 hours, "- said the agency interlocutor.

According to him, 20 August boat will return to the factory, and then again after 10 days will be released into the sea. "In November, she will be transferred to the customer," - he said. The fourth boat series recently came to the factory sea trials.

According to the plan is the construction of the fifth and sixth corps. "Launching of the sixth boat series is scheduled for September next year," - said the agency interlocutor.

The first and second series of the Vietnamese boat HQ-182 "Hanoi" and HQ-183 "Ho Chi Minh City" in April became part of the 189th Brigade Navy submarine forces in Vietnam. Delivery to Kamran accomplished by the Dutch LASH.

Contract to supply Vietnam six diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 was signed in 2009 during the visit to Moscow by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. In addition to the construction of the submarines contract provides for the training of Vietnamese crews, as well as supply of necessary equipment and technical equipment.

Project 636 diesel-electric submarine is the third generation of submarines. These boats have a good modernization potential, allowing them to integrate new weapons, and in particular, anti-ship missile complex Club, significantly expanding the zone of destruction purposes. Due to the ultra-low noise in the West boats of this type are called "black hole".

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India - Diversifying Arms Purchases

 

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

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

 

13 August 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

14 août 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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US Reassures China as 2,500 Marines Head to Australia

 

Aug. 12, 2014 – Defense News (AFP)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Threat of Foreign Jihadists

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

However, Australia has offered support for humanitarian relief.

 

Kerry also ruled out sending troops to Iraq.

 

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

 

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

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NZ Navy's Newest Ships May Have Short Life

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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