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Syrie : le ministère français de la Défense passe ses sites Internet en alerte rouge

05.09.2013 Alain Ruello – LesEchos.fr

 

EXCLUSIF - Le niveau de surveillance et les astreintes ont été renforcées au maximum depuis jeudi pour éviter tout piratage des sites communiquant avec l’extérieur.

 

Même si aucune attaque n’a été décelée à ce jour, le ministère de la Défense a passé en alerte rouge jeudi dernier l’ensemble de ses systèmes informatiques connectés à Internet, a-t-on appris de bonne source. Cela concerne plusieurs centaines de sites, certains intimement liés à l’armée, comme celui de la Dicod - la direction de la communication - ou un peu plus distants, comme ceux d’associations ou de mutuelles.

 

Concrètement, les astreintes des équipes spécialisées ont été augmentées, les patch de sécurité logiciels que l’Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (l’Anssi) diffuse régulièrement sont appliqués sans tarder, et les prestataires sont tous alertés (il s’agit principalement de Prosody). Il s’agit bien sûr d’augmenter la capacité de réaction, au cas où.

 

Armée électronique syrienne

 

A ce stade, rien à signaler. La mise en ligne lundi soir des vidéos des massacres à l’arme chimique sur le site de la Dicod (Délégation à l'information et à la communication de la Défense) a provoqué l’écroulement des serveurs, faisant croire un instant à un acte de piratage. D’autant que la fameuse Armée électronique syrienne a déjà frappé, essentiellement aux Etats-Unis, comme on pu s’en apercevoir les lecteurs du « New York Times ».

 

Tout dernièrement, c’est le site de recrutement du corps des Marines qui a été touché  : ceux qui étaient tentés de s’engager ont eu la surprise de voir apparaître une page appelant les soldats américains à ne pas prendre part aux frappes que pourraient décider le président Obama.

 

D’où la vigilance accrue à Paris. L’opération malienne s’était accompagnées d’attaques, mais d’ampleur très limitée, puisqu’elles avaient principalement concerné le site historique de l’armée. Si les réseaux Internet sont passés en Vigipirate rouge, les autres systèmes d’informations, c’est-à-dire ceux qui servent au fonctionnement du ministère mais qui ne sont pas ouverts sur l’extérieur, sont toujours en jaune.

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Russian destroyer enters east Mediterranean to head task force – report

September 04, 2013 RT.com

 

A large anti-submarine ship named “Admiral Panteleyev” reportedly arrived in the east Mediterranean Sea to join the Russian standing naval force as flagship. It comes shortly before the scheduled rotation of two Russian landing craft carriers in the area.

 

 

The Russian Navy destroyer left the Far-Eastern port city of Vladivostok on March 19 and arrived in the designated area of the eastern Mediterranean on Wednesday, according to sources cited by Interfax and RIA Novosti.

 

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry said that large landing craft carriers “Novocherkassk” and “Minsk” of Russia’s Black and Baltic Sea Fleets have been dispatched to the area, and will join the permanent Mediterranean naval force on September 5-6 in accordance with the earlier planned schedule.

 

A General Staff source told Itar-Tass that reconnaissance ship “Priazovye” also headed to the area to aid in monitoring the situation in the region.

 

A senior Russian Navy Main Staff source also told Interfax that guided missile cruiser “Moskva” will be the next vessel arriving in the Mediterranean to replace “Admiral Panteleyev” as flagship.

 

Russian destroyer enters east Mediterranean to head task force – report

Missile cruiser “Moskva” (RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Ankov)

 

“Moskva” will arrive “in 10 days’ time,” the source claimed, adding that Russian Baltic Fleet destroyer “Nastoichivy” and escort ship of the Black Sea Fleet “Smetlivy” will also be joining the Russian naval unit “in the short run.” None of these claims have been officially confirmed.

 

The Defense Ministry has repeatedly stressed that the maneuvers are part of the “stage-by-stage rotation of warships and support ships of the standing naval force in the Mediterranean” and that the recent deployments are aimed at monitoring the situation in the region.

 

“This is a normal practice of any fleet in the event of rising tension in any given ocean or sea area,” Itar-Tass’s source said, adding that the Russian Navy will only be increasing its “complex monitoring” of the situation around Syria.

 

According to a ministry spokesman’s Tuesday statement, the key task of the Russian standing naval force in the Mediterranean is “comprehensive monitoring over the air, underwater, and surface situation in the zone of its deployment.”

Russian destroyer enters east Mediterranean to head task force – report

Landing craft carrier “Novocherkassk” (RIA Novosti / Vasiliy Batanov)

 

Prior to the arrival of destroyer “Admiral Panteleyev,” the naval force consisted of landing craft carriers “Aleksandr Shabalin,” “Admiral Nevelskoy,” and “Peresvet,” RIA Novosti reports. It also included escort vessel “Neustrashimy” as well as a tanker and a tugboat.

 

As the Russian Navy’s moves sparked speculations in the media claiming that Russia is boosting its naval presence in the region ahead of a possible Western strike against Syria, defense officials said that one should not draw parallels between relocations of warships and the Syrian crisis.

 

“Our military presence in this region predates the Syrian conflict, and will continue after it, and so it would be wrong to draw any connection between the rotation of our ships in the Mediterranean region and events in Syria,” a senior Russian Navy source told RIA Novosti.

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Des démonstrations auront lieu sur le site du 5e Régiment d’hélicoptères de combat.

Des démonstrations auront lieu sur le site du 5e Régiment d’hélicoptères de combat.

5/09/2013 sudouest.fr

 

L’Université d’été de la Défense aura lieu lundi et mardi dans la cité paloise.

 

Dix ans après son lancement, l’Université d’été de la Défense revient en Aquitaine après avoir effectué un petit tour de France. Inaugurée en 2003 à Arcachon, elle se déroulera lundi et mardi à Pau.

 

Cette rencontre est organisée à l’initiative des deux présidents des Commissions de la défense de l’Assemblée nationale. Elle rassemble tous les ans, à la fin de l’été, plusieurs centaines d’élus, de fonctionnaires et d’industriels du monde de la Défense.

 

Les nouveaux enjeux

 

À Pau, ce sont environ 400 personnes qui sont attendues pour une série de débats, de visites et de rencontres informelles alors que les questions militaires occupent le devant de la scène. Sur le plan intérieur, le nouveau Livre blanc, le budget de la Défense et l’annonce d’une nouvelle réforme des armées ont suscité de nombreuses interrogations avant l’été et le débat à venir sur la loi de programmation militaire va être l’un des temps forts de cet automne.

 

En ce qui concerne les sujets internationaux, l’opération Serval au Mali et les discussions liées à une intervention en Syrie sont présentes dans tous les esprits.

 

En lien avec l’ensemble de cette actualité, les responsables de l’Université d’été ont voulu que les points essentiels du secteur soient abordés « sous l’angle des nouveaux enjeux économiques et géostratégiques dans un contexte associant la réponse aux urgences opérationnelles et la préparation des outils de défense de demain ». Quatre débats sont ainsi prévus lundi. Ils auront pour thème l’opération Serval, la loi de programmation militaire, la cyberdéfense et les ressources humaines en temps de crise.

 

Mardi, après un petit-déjeuner consacré à la coopération européenne, la séance plénière reviendra sur l’ensemble de ces questions en s’interrogeant sur les conséquences que des ressources comptées peuvent avoir sur la stratégie. Le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, devrait prononcer l’allocution de clôture.

 

À l’occasion de ces journées, l’armée de terre organisera une démonstration dynamique sur le site du 5e Régiment d’hélicoptères de combat (RHC). Elle reproduira, en particulier, différentes phases des opérations récentes conduites sur des théâtres extérieurs.

 

Plusieurs visites sont également programmées, notamment au complexe de tir adapté où s’entraînent les forces spéciales et à l’école des troupes aéroportées.

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Commander 670 - photo Zeppelin

Commander 670 - photo Zeppelin

4 septembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Le fabriquant de bateaux pneumatiques semi-rigides vient de décrocher un marché avec la Marine nationale. Au cours des sept prochaines années, l’entreprise ludoise fournira entre 7 et 40 bateaux. Les embarcations de 6,70 mètres sont destinées aux fusiliers marins et aux commandos basés à Lorient. La première livraison interviendra dès octobre 2013.

 

Référence : Le Maine Libre

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Oiseau de nuit

 

05/09/2013 Flora Cantin - Actualités

 

Formateur à l’école de l’Alat depuis dix-huit ans, le lieutenant Marc Le Bris est le champion incontesté du vol opérationnel sous jumelles de vision nocturne. À son palmarès : plus de 3 300 heures dans cette spécialité.

 

Marco est au vol de nuit sous jumelles de vision nocturne (JVN) ce que Clint Eastwood est au cinéma américain : une star incontournable. Marco, comme l’appellent ses collègues, c’est le lieutenant Marc Le Bris, moniteur à l’École de l’aviation légère de l’armée de Terre (Ealat). À 48 ans, dont trente ans de service, il forme les pilotes au vol de nuit opérationnel (combat et sauvetage) sous JVN, savoir-faire propre à l’Alat. Marc découvre le plaisir du pilotage à 8 ans : « Mon oncle, qui m'installait à la place du pilote dans son petit avion, me faisait rêver en me parlant de l’Alat et j’ai passé les tests dès que j’ai pu. » Il intègre donc l’école nationale des sous-officiers de Saint-Maixent en 1983 et se spécialise dans le pilotage de l’hélicoptère Puma avant de rejoindre le 1er régiment d’hélicoptères de combat, à Phalsbourg.  « Avec ce régiment, j’ai participé à ma première opération extérieure, au Tchad, en 1986. Nous devions récupérer des soldats tchadiens blessés au combat. Cette expérience m’a marqué. Je me suis senti utile », se souvient Le Bris. Le pilote enchaîne sur des missions en Centrafrique, dans le golfe Persique – il participe notamment à la guerre du Golfe –, en Nouvelle-Calédonie et sur les porte-avions Foch et Clémenceau. En 1992, il vit sa première expérience d’instructeur JVN à l’Ealat, au Luc-en-Provence. Sept ans plus tard, il s’envole pour le détachement de l’Alat de Djibouti comme chef de bord Puma. En 2001, devenu moniteur, il retrouve la brigade JVN. Qualifié au pilotage des hélicoptères Gazelle, Fennec et Puma, le lieutenant Le Bris affiche  6 800 heures de vol à son actif quand la plupart des pilotes terminent leur carrière avec une moyenne de 4 000 heures.

 

Sa particularité ? Avec 3 500 heures de nuit dont 3 300 sous JVN, il détient le record mondial du vol opérationnel sous JVN depuis des années. « Ce vol est particulier : il est plus technique, plus précis. L’attention doit être plus soutenue. L’atmosphère est aussi plus calme que le jour. À travers les JVN, nous voyons le monde en vert, c’est magique  ! » explique-t-il. Pour se détendre, il délaisse parfois les airs pour la mer : « En plongée, je retrouve la technicité, l’attention, l’adrénaline. C’est un monde aussi calme et magique que celui de la nuit. Pour moi, la terre est un trait d’union entre ces deux univers. »

 

Dans une salle de cours de l’Ealat, qui fête ses 50 ans cette année, il décrit à trois pilotes stagiaires les particularités du vol sous JVN : « Avec 2,5 kilos sur la tête, le poids du casque et des jumelles, vous avez mal au dos. Le champ de vision est limité à 40 degrés. L’image n’a aucun relief, l’appréciation des distances est faussée, vos yeux n’arrêtent pas de balayer le paysage. Comme vous ne pouvez pas voir net à moins de 7 mètres, votre camarade à côté de vous est flou. C’est déstabilisant ! Il faut une grande concentration, cela demande beaucoup d’énergie. Pourtant, il faut maintenir une synergie dans l’équipage. C’est une question de sécurité. » Pour le lieutenant Toutain, chef de la brigade JVN, Marco est « très pédagogue et connaît toutes les subtilités des différents vols ». « Malgré sa stature, il reste accessible », commentent les lieutenants Megard et Rastouil, pilotes stagiaires.

 

Le soleil se couche. Il est 21 heures. Sur la piste, face au massif des Maures, trois Gazelle se mettent en route. Le bruit des rotors s’intensifie : des stagiaires vont décoller pour un exercice de vol de nuit en patrouille. Marc Le Bris est à leurs côtés. Alors que l’aéronef quitte le tarmac, le colonel Doutaud, chef de corps de la base école Général Lejay, témoigne : « Il a fallu plusieurs décennies pour que nos équipages sachent manœuvrer et combattre, en formation, de jour comme de nuit. Grâce à des hommes comme le lieutenant Le Bris, qui a formé des générations de pilotes, l’Alat maîtrise les savoir-faire particuliers du combat de nuit. Ce genre de vol est particulièrement éprouvant. En moyenne, les formateurs restent quatre ans dans la brigade JVN. Lui est là depuis dix-huit ans  ! » La majorité des pilotes engagés en Afghanistan, en Libye et au Mali est assurément passée entre les mains du lieutenant Le Bris.  

Oiseau de nuit
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Vidéo : Le GTSICAéro au complet à Évreux

05/09/2013 Armée de l’Air

 

Né de la refonte de l’armée de l’air, le « GTSICAéro » est devenu l’entité unique des systèmes d’information et de communications aéronautiques tactiques. Depuis le 1er septembre 2013, elle réunit trois escadrons dont le dernier en date est issu du groupe de télécommunications d’Orléans. Présentation de ce pôle opérationnel de plus de 400 aviateurs.

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L'A400M goûte à la terre et au gravier

04/09/2013 Par François Julian - air-cosmos.com

 

C'est un environnement auquel il sera régulièrement confronté : les pistes non goudronnées, faites de terre et de gravier. Airbus Military vient en effet d'annoncer que l'A400M a terminé une série d'essais sur piste sommaire en Espagne, plus précisément sur un terrain à Ablitas dans le nord de l'Espagne, près de Saragosse.

 

C'est l'avion de développement n°2 (MSN 2) qui a servi à ces essais. Vingt-cinq atterrissages ont été réalisés, qui ont permis de vérifier que les projections de graviers et de pierres n'endommageaient pas l'avion.

 

L'un des objectifs de ces essais était également de montrer que la masse de l'avion au décollage (qui peut atteindre les 141 tonnes) est suffisamment bien repartie pour ne pas endommager irrémédiablement ce genre de piste, souvent meuble.

 

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Le croiseur lance-missiles russe Moskva

Le croiseur lance-missiles russe Moskva

MOSCOU, 4 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Le croiseur lance-missiles russe Moskva, vaisseau amiral de la flotte russe de la mer Noire, arrivera dans la partie orientale de la Méditerranée le 17 septembre prochain, a annoncé mercredi à Moscou un représentant de l'Etat-major général des Forces armées russes.

 

"Le croiseur Moskva, qui se trouve actuellement dans l'Atlantique, fait route vers la Méditerranée sans faire d'escale au Cap Vert. Il y arrivera le 17 septembre", a indiqué l'interlocuteur de RIA Novosti.

 

Selon lui, le pétrolier Ivan Boubnov effectuera une visite de travail au Cap Vert à la place du croiseur Moskva.

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Czech gripen source Saab group

Czech gripen source Saab group

 September 4th, 2013 defencetalk.com

 

On the occasion of finalising talks between Czech and Swedish parties on prolongation of a lease agreement of SAAB 39 Gripen supersonic aircraft, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok visited 21st Tactical Air Force Base at Caslav to get more information on operation of these aircraft and conditions of their pilots who guard Czech air space daily for eight years.

 

A squadron of SAAB 39 Gripen (also known as JAS-39 Gripen) aircraft serves not only for the Czech Republic but also within NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System. “I am glad that pilots are very satisfied with the equipment they use. I think that this aircraft seems to be optimal choice for our military at all, that is in tactical, combat and operational economic respects,” said Jiri Rusnok, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic at the Caslav Base.

 

PM Rusnok was accompanied by Minister of Defence Vlastimil Picek and Chief of the General Staff of ACR Lieutenant General Petr Pavel. They toured the whole base including infrastructure and support facilities where pilots of SAAB had passed their experience with service. In discussion, Minister Picek, General Pavel and commander of the 21TAFB Colonel Petr Hromek informed PM Rusnok about risky factors that would possibly occure in transition to another type of supersonics.

 

Talks with the Swedish party resulted in mutually advantageous draft agreement on prolongation of the lease of 14 Gripen aircraft for more than ten years. Minister of Defence Vlastimil Picek said that the decision over the prolongation would probably take the next government and added that the present one had created the best for really simple decision in future.

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Calendrier des think tanks à Bruxelles Mise à jour : Lundi 02 Septembre 2013

Mise à jour par la Représentation permanente de la France auprès de l’UE

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FN Herstal to Exhibit at DSEi 2013

September 04, 2013 by FN HERSTAL

 

FN Herstal will attend the DSEi Defence & Security Event, due to take place in London on 10-13 of September. Staff will be on hand at booth N3-622 in the Belgian Pavilion at the ExCeL centre to answer questions about FN Herstal's latest products and developments, which will be on display.

 

FN Herstal's exhibits will be:

 

    The FN MINIMI® 5.56 light machine gun, the world's most widely deployed machine gun in 5.56mm

    The FN MINIMI® 7.62 light machine gun, combining lightweight, long-range, and hitting power; the MINIMI® 5.56 and the MINIMI® 7.62 feature high parts commonality and identical ergonomics and operator handling

    The famous FN MAG® machine gun, originally designed by FN Herstal, is still a leading reference in the field of 7.62x51mm NATO caliber general purpose machine gun with more than 200,000 units supplied to more than 90 countries all around the globe

    The family of FN SCAR® assault rifles: designed for, tested, adopted, and used by the most demanding combat units. This highly adaptable weapon is available in 5.56mm or 7.62mm NATO caliber, easy to change between short (CQC) and standard barrels, light, modular, ergonomic, accurate and highly reliable in the harshest conditions. An additional FN40GL® 40mm LV grenade launcher mounted under the 5.56 or 7.62mm assault rifle or as a stand-alone launcher provides increased capability to the user

    The FN SCAR® precision rifle in 7.62mm caliber is the latest development within the FN SCAR® family and is available with a foldable or fixed sniper-type butt; while retaining the ergonomics and reliability of the FN SCAR® assault rifle, it has been adapted for increased range and accuracy for sniper support or designated marksman roles

    The FN FCU™ fire control unit is a full solution highly accurate aiming system for 40mm LV/MV grenade launchers allowing first round hits, at all ranges, in the most difficult situations, by day or by night

 

In addition to an extensive range of portable weapons designed, developed and manufactured for military, law enforcement and special forces operators worldwide, FN Herstal's product portfolio also includes integrated weapon systems for air, land and sea applications.

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RMN Hassan II - PH Farmaroc

RMN Hassan II - PH Farmaroc

4 septembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins

 

La frégate légère classe Floréal, de la marine royale, la RMN Hassan II, s’est rendue lundi 2 septembre au chantier naval portugais Alfeite, pour un entretien de routine qui durera 6 semaines.

 

Référence : Slate Afrique

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Russia Wrestles With Reality And Loses

September 5, 2013: Strategy Page

 

Russia has gone public with fears that their ambitious new warship building program may take up to five years longer. The Navy modernization plans are underway and include new equipment and facilities. New base construction is continuing in the Black Sea (at Novorossiisk, as an alternative to the old Soviet base of Sevastopol that is rented from Ukraine), the north coast (for the new Borei and Yasen class nuclear subs), and the Pacific (for the two new Mistral class amphibious ships). Dozens of new ships are on order and the navy is on schedule to complete the current modernization plans after another decade of effort if the promised money keeps coming.

 

Money is not the big problem. The inability of the Russian defense industry, especially the ship yards is. This problem is not a secret, the extent of it, however, is generally unkn0wn. The public got a hint three years ago that something was very wrong. In 2010 the government announced its decision to buy four Mistral amphibious assault ships from France. This was just the beginning as the Russian Defense Minister made it clear that Russia would seek more Western weapons and military equipment. Russia was planning to spend over $600 billion in the next decade to replace aging Cold War gear. The Defense Ministry insisted that the Mistral deal was but the first of many. Russia already had a deal with Israel, to build a factory in Russia to build Israeli UAVs under license. Similar deals were made with other Western suppliers for armored vehicles from Italy and various bits of technology from other Western nations.

 

The problems with the Russian defense industry are many. They include a shortage of skilled workers and competent managers as well as corruption, very poor quality control and a tradition of ignoring complaints from users. Changing these Soviet era habits has proved extremely difficult. There are simply too few competent Russian managers (in general) and fewer still willing to work in the defense industries. Same deal with skilled workers. Even during the late Soviet era the defense industry was regarded as a refuge for over-paid and corrupt incompetents. Imposing Western ideas like warranties and financial controls didn't work. The warranties were not honored and the financial controls were seen as an interesting challenge, not a new tool to aid management.

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Escadre russe en Méditerranée: quatre navires bientôt remplacés

MOSCOU, 4 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Quatre bâtiments de guerre de l'escadre russe déployée en Méditerranée seront remplacés en septembre, a confié mercredi à RIA Novosti une source haut placée au sein du ministère de la Défense.

 

Selon la source, un groupe naval comprenant les grands navires de débarquement Novotcherkassk et Minsk, ainsi que le bâtiment de reconnaissance Priazovie franchira jeudi et vendredi les détroits du Bosphore et des Dardanelles pour rejoindre l'escadre russe patrouillant en Méditerranée.

 

Cette escadre comprend actuellement le grand navire de lutte anti-sous-marine Admiral Panteleïev rattaché à la Flotte du Pacifique, les grands navires de débarquement Admiral Nevelski (Flotte du Pacifique) et Alexandre Chabaline (Flotte de la Baltique), ainsi que le patrouilleur Neoustrachimy (Flotte de la Baltique) et des navires de ravitaillement.

 

"Après avoir franchi les détroits de la mer Noire, le nouveau groupe naval remplacera les bâtiments relevant des Flottes du Pacifique et de la Baltique", a déclaré l'interlocuteur de l'agence.

 

La source a en outre annoncé que le croiseur lance-missiles Moskva arriverait mi-septembre en Méditerranée.

 

"Il y a tout lieu de croire qu'il accueillera l'état-major de l'escadre méditerranéenne actuellement installé à bord de l'Admiral Panteleïev. Le croiseur Moskva sera donc le navire amiral de l'escadre russe en Méditerranée", a indiqué l'interlocuteur de RIA Novosti.

 

Il a également fait savoir que le commandement des forces navales russes étudiait la nécessité de dépêcher deux autres bâtiments dans cette région: le patrouilleur Smetlivy et le grand navire de débarquement Nikolaï Filtchenkov.

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Belarus and Russian militaries during Zapad 2009 military exercise.

Belarus and Russian militaries during Zapad 2009 military exercise.

3 September 2013 army-technology.com

 

Belarus and Russian armies have started preparations for the forthcoming strategic army exercise, Zapad-2013, which is scheduled to be carried out at six firing ranges in Belarus and in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia.

 

Having discussed preparations for the exercise, the armies will now conduct reconnaissance of the areas where the drill will take place, refine the order of practical actions to be performed by the troops and agree all the aspects of support for the exercise participants, Belarusin Telegraph Agency (BelTA) reports.

 

Scheduled to take place from 20 to 26 September, the exercise will involve participation from around 12,900 military personnel, including over 10,000 Belarusian and 2,500 Russian soldiers.

 

Equipment will include approximately 350 armoured vehicles, comprising of 70 main battle tanks (MBTs), more than 50 artillery units and multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), as well as more than 50 aircraft and helicopters.

 

Also known as West 2013, the exercise will also feature latest defence products, some of which have already been inducted into the Belarusian army's operational service, whereas others are yet to clear final tests.

 

Specifically, these include Belarusian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), communication means, radar solutions, navigation and radio warfare products.

 

While in Russia, the Belarusian contingent will be represented by 200 personnel from the 103rd independent mobile brigade.

 

Belarusian defence minister, Yuri Zhadobin, has earlier told the news agency that the two phase exercise confirms Belarus' policy aimed at building up the regional security and adherence to allied commitments with Russia.

 

''During the first phase, the united command of the regional military taskforce is supposed to plan the application of the troops, troops management during deployment, isolation of areas where illegal armed units operate, the build up of air force and air defence units for protecting major state and military installations,'' Zhadobin said.

 

''In the second phase, we plan to practice troops management during military operations designed to stabilise the situation for the sake of ensuring the military security of the union state.''

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La Russie achètera pour 500 mds EUR d'armements d'ici 2020

CHISINAU, 3 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Moscou débloquera 500 milliards d'euros pour l'achat d'armements d'ici 2020, a annoncé mardi le vice-premier ministre et président de la commission gouvernementale russe pour l'industrie de la défense Dmitri Rogozine, en visite à Chisinau.

 

Comme la région Asie-Pacifique est prioritaire pour la Russie au XXIe siècle, elle doit "investir sans tarder dans le développement de l'Est du pays. Nous y transférerons des entreprises aéronautiques et de production de missiles. Nous débloquerons 500 milliards d'euros rien que pour l'achat d'armements et 100 milliards de dollars pour la modernisation des usines dans le cadre du rééquipement des forces armées russes", a indiqué M.Rogozine qui participe à une conférence consacrée à l'intégration européenne de la Moldavie.

 

Commentant l'intention de Chisinau de signer un accord d'association avec l'UE, M.Rogozine, représentant spécial du président russe pour la Transnistrie (république autoproclamée sur le territoire moldave), a déclaré que la Russie n'avait pas l'intention de rivaliser avec l'Union européenne pour l'influence sur la Moldavie.

 

Selon lui, Moscou promeut sa coopération avec l'UE, mais elle accorde aussi une grande attention à la région Asie-Pacifique. "Ce sont la Chine, l'Inde, les deux Corée. L'UE est loin d'être le thème principal de l'ordre du jour mondial. Nous investissons nos fonds et intensifions nos rapports avec les pays de la région Asie-Pacifique et nous continuerons de le faire", a noté M.Rogozine.

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MiG-35 Matches The F-35 In Delays

September 4, 2013: Strategy Page

 

Russia recently announced that it would not, as earlier revealed, order 37 of its new (and still in development) MiG-35D fighters. Because of development problems, this order will now be delayed until 2016. The original price was to be about $29 million per aircraft.

 

Described as the equivalent of the American F-35, the MiG-35D would be the low-end to the high end T-50 (the Russian F-22). The T-50 is no F-22 and the MiG-35D is no F-35. The MiG-35D is a considerably redesigned MiG-29. The 29 ton MiG-35D is armed with one 30mm autocannon and can carry over (by how much is not yet clear) five tons of bombs. The big selling point for the MiG-35D is its offensive and defensive electronics, as well as sensors for finding targets on land or sea. This stuff looks very impressive on paper but the Russians have long had problems getting performance to match promises. This is particularly the case with the advanced electronics of the MiG-35D, which are running into problems because the F-35 electronics set a very high bar.

 

The 27 ton American F-35 is armed with an internal 25mm cannon and four internal air-to-air missiles (or two missiles and two smart bombs), plus four external smart bombs and two missiles. All sensors are carried internally, and max weapon load is 6.8 tons. The aircraft is very stealthy when just carrying internal weapons.

 

The MiG-35D has little stealth capability. The MiG-35D first flew six years ago, and there are currently about ten prototypes being used for testing and development work. The MiG-35D is expected to enter service some time before the end of the decade. The MiG-35D will sell for less than half of what the F-35 goes for (currently over $120 million each).

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INS Vikramaditya. An Indian Navy photo

INS Vikramaditya. An Indian Navy photo

Sep 02, 2013 brahmand.com

 

NEW DELHI (PTI): India is expected to take up the issues of progress made in the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier project and pricing of the fifth generation fighter aircraft project during Defence Secretary R K Mathur's meeting with his Russian counterparts in Moscow today.

 

The Defence Secretary is leading a high-level tri-services team comprising three-star rank officers from the three services, and the status of ongoing projects such as Gorshkov, which is now rechristened as INS Vikramaditya and FGFA are expected to come up for discussion, Defence Ministry sources said here.

 

In the delegation-level talks scheduled to be held today, the two sides are also expected to discuss the futuristic joint development projects for the armed forces, they said.

 

The meeting is also expected to discuss the ammunition requirements of the artillery and the tank fleet of the Army and the upgrade of the T-90 tanks.

 

However, it is not clear whether the Indian side will raise the issue of mishap on its Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhurakshak, which had come back from Russia a few months ago after an extensive refurbishment in a shipyard there and is believed to under warranty till January 2014.

 

India is planning to involve the Russian side into the investigations in the mishap after the completion of the Board of Inquiry into the matter.

 

It is learnt that the two sides are also planning to discuss the upgrade of one more Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhushastra, the last of the 10 submarines procured by India from Russia.

 

India had procured ten Kilo class vessels from Russia in early 1980s and the deliveries were made in 14 years from 1986 to 2000.

 

On the Admiral Gorshkov project, the Russian shipyards are carrying out the sea trials of the warship and it is expected to be delivered to India by the end of this year.

 

The FGFA is a co-development project between India and Russia whose Preliminary Design Phase programme was completed on June 19 and the Research and Development contract is under negotiation between the two countries to define the total scope, the work share and responsibilities of each side, and the financial implications of the programme.

 

The visit by the Defence Secretary to Russia was scheduled in June but had to be postponed as Mathur had just taken over his new responsibility at that time.

 

The visit by the Defence Secretary is to prepare ground for Defence Minister A K Antony's visit there during the October-November timeframe this year.

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INS Vikrant built by Cochin Shipyard Limited

INS Vikrant built by Cochin Shipyard Limited

05 September 2013 Vivek Kapur – Pacific Sentinel

 

The first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, was launched on August 12, 2013. While still several years from being operational, the launch of the carrier, which has been designed to carry 36 fixed wing fighter aircrafts, comprising a mix of MiG-29K and the indigenous LCA (naval variants) in addition to Ka-31 AEW and ALH helicopters, will provide air cover to Indian Navy (IN) vessels. The launching of the hull of INS Vikrant with the power plant and generators integrated is the first step in the further development of the ship, particularly the weapon systems. This work is likely to consume the better part of two years before the ship can join the operational fleet. Only the UK, the US, France, and Russia have demonstrated the ability to design and build such ships. Reportedly, the second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-2) is under design already.
 
One particular feature of the aircraft carrier is that it does not plan to utilise steam catapults, like the US super carriers, for the launch of the fixed wing aircraft. Instead, the bow of the ship sports a ski-jump configuration, in which the aircraft rolling down the very short available runway on take off is lofted into the air like a skier.1 This will impose limitations on the type of aircraft operable. The IAC-2 is likely to have catapults for aircraft launch.
 
The importance of air power at sea can not be overstated especially since the Battle of Coral Sea (May 4–8, 1942), in which two opposing fleets fought a major sea battle through the use of aircrafts launched from their carriers. Replacement of the battleship of yore with aircraft carriers, as the new capital ship, has been a strategic choice for the navies of the world since then.
 

 

INS Viraat, currently the sole Indian aircraft carrier, operates British-made Sea Harrier2 fighters in addition to helicopters of various types. INS Vikrant’s MiG-29K fighters are modern fourth generation fighters that will provide the IN with state-of-the-art air defence capability through the use of advanced Beyond Visual Range (BVR) as well as Within Visual Range (WVR) missiles backed by advanced airborne radar and Infra-red search and Track (IRST) systems and excellent agility. The MiG-29K also has an anti-ship and anti-land target strike capability, which would help in vastly increasing the reach, safety and lethality of the fleets at sea.
 
CGI of INS Vikrant operational (File Photo)
The IN has fielded an aircraft carrier since 1961.3 The original INS Vikrant served from 1961 to 1997.4 Aspiring to field at least two carrier battle groups (CBGs), one each for the western and eastern seaboards, the IN negotiated for induction of the erstwhile Soviet carrier, the deactivated Admiral Gorshkov, while also commencing to design an indigenous aircraft carrier. The contract for its transfer of Admiral Gorshkov involved extensive refurbishment by Russia. The refurbishment has faced extensive delays and cost escalations, though the vessel is reportedly now nearing readiness.
 
The progress in the development of INS Vikrant indicates that India’s shipbuilding capabilities are maturing towards self-reliance in design and development of high-end naval vessels. At the higher end of naval equipment, the aircraft carrier and nuclear powered submarine are complex. By 2020, INS Vikrant should be ready for operational deployment and could be reasonably be expected to be joined in a few years by its sister ships that may include further refinements over the original design. Both INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant are expected to carry MiG-29K fighters, sourced from Russia, to be joined later by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL’s) Tejas (naval variant).
 
 
By the 2030s, the IN should be able to field three CBGs giving it the capability to protect India’s interests at locations far removed from the coast. The increasingly “designed and made in India” nature of the IN’s fleets should provide strategic and tactical flexibility through total ownership of critical technologies and capabilities. Air power afloat as an integral part of the Indian naval fleets should provide these vessels assured air defence and fire power against surface targets at sea and on land.
 
The IN has long aspired for a true blue water capability and the aircraft carrier project is a critical part of it. The IN has been involved in the project from the design stage onwards at the Cochin shipyard thus giving it total ownership. Also, the time and cost overruns in the indigenous aircraft carrier project are relatively minor. The Admiral Gorshkov’s refurbishment by Russian shipyards, with several decades of experience, stands as a comparison.5 The INS Vikrant is the lead ship of its class and future vessels of the same type, if built, should benefit from the from the construction process.
 
India has major maritime interests. These arise from the fact that most of India’s foreign trade is carried by sea. India’s energy imports also come by sea. Therefore, it is important for the country to be able to provide security along these sea lanes of communication (SLsOC). Moreover, with an expanding economy, India requires to be able to access raw materials sourced from other countries along the Indian Ocean rim as well as further away. Thus India must be able to freely access the SLsOC to these regions. The Indian Ocean hosts some of the most important SLOCs including the Straits of Hormuz and the Straits of Malacca. In international waters it is critical to have capabilities to protect national assets, particularly the sea passage choke points.
 
Naval fleets have the ability to stay on station for long and carry considerable integral firepower. An aircraft carrier bolsters the potency of naval fleets by deploying fighter aircrafts that can apply long distance power from their carrier. Carriers can provide intelligence, reconnaissance and other essential support functions as well. A carrier battle group thus enhances the power projection capability of its fleet manifold.
 
The INS Vikrant signifies the coming of age of India’s ability to design and build major warships in the country and much to cheer for the indigenous defence industry. Moreover, it indicates that the IN is close to achieving capabilities to field forces at long distances in order to safeguard India’s maritime interests.
 
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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  1. The upwards momentum imparted to the aircraft as it leaves the deck is designed to compensate for the very short available runway and, therefore, sub-optimal achieved speed due to the short take off run. The short take off run would result in lower speed than required for take off. However, the ski jump lofts the aircraft upwards; the additional height so gained allows the aircraft to build up adequate speed for a safe climb out.
  2. The Sea Harrier is an excellent aircraft with vertical landing and take off capability. However, its unique design restricts its radius of action, especially in vertical take off mode. Moreover, it was designed in the late 1950s and 1960s. Hence, its design has imitations in performance compared with modern fighters of later design.
  3. India bought the under-construction HMS Herculese Majestic class aircraft carrier from UK in 1957. Upon its completion in 1961, it was commissioned into the IN as INS Vikrant.
  4. INS Vikrant, which had commenced being built in 1943 and was finally completed in 1961, came to be decommissioned in 1997. IN bought the ex-Royal Navy HMS Hermes and induced it as the INS Viraat to replace the first INS Vikrant. The Viraat also boasts a ski jump configuration and came equipped to operate the Sea Harrier fighters in addition to helicopters.
  5. Initially, the Admiral Gorshkov was to be given free to India with India paying $800 million for its refurbishment and another $1 billion for MiG-29 fighters and other equipment. The final cost is in the range of $2.33 billion. Initial entry into service date was to be October 2008 with delivery finally delayed to October 2013.

 

 
Originally published by Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (www.idsa.in) and can be found HERE.
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Indian T-90s Get 5,000 Meter Reach

September 4, 2013: Strategy Page

 

India recently revealed that it had negotiated a manufacturing license to build 15,000 Russian Invar anti-tank missiles in India where they are used by T-90 tanks. India has earlier purchased 10,000 of these missiles from Russia (that were built in Russia) and with the manufacturing license the average cost will be about $2,000 per missile.

 

The Invar 9M119M1 (Invar-M) is fired from the 125mm gun, like a shell, but operates like a guided missile. The 17.2 kg (37.8 pound) missile is 680mm (26.7 inches) long and has pop-out fins (with a 250mm/9 inch span) that aid in guidance (laser beam riding, controlled by the tank gunner). The missile has a max range of 5,000 meters at a speed of 350 meters a second (14 seconds max flight time). The Invar enables the tank to hit targets at twice the range of the 125mm shells. The tandem warhead can penetrate up to 900mm of armor (35.4 inches). Invar has been around for two decades and India is buying the latest version, as well as the license to manufacture another 15,000 of them.

 

T-90C_India source defense update

T-90C_India source defense update

India expects to have about 1,400 T-90s by the end of the decade. The first T-90 entered service in 1993, and India is the largest user. The T-90 is basically an upgraded T-72, which India already builds under license. The T-90 weighs about 15 percent more than the 41 ton T-72. The T-90 has a better fire control system, night vision that is good out to about 1,500 meters, and electronic countermeasures against anti-tank missiles. The autoloader, which often failed in the T-72, is more reliable and that makes the three man crew (commander, gunner, driver) more effective. The T-90 has ERA (Explosive Reactive Armor) in addition to its composite armor.

 

The T-90 is not as lively as the T-72 and is actually slower on the battlefield than the U.S. M-1 (which has a horsepower to weight ratio of 24:1, compared to only 18:1 for the T-90). The 125mm gun of the T-90 is basically the same as the T-72. However, if you use better ammo, you stand a chance against top rated tanks like the M-1. But that is not what India expects to face. The most likely opponent is Pakistan, which is largely equipped with 1950s era T-55s (actually the Chinese T-59 copy). The Pakistanis also have 700 or so older T-72 type tanks (Chinese T-69 and Ukrainian T-80), but these would be outclassed by the T-90. India plans to have 21 tank battalions ("regiments" in the Indian army) of T-90s (with 62 tanks each) by 2020. Actually, each battalion only has 45 tanks going into combat. The other 17 are for training and replacements.

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Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter (Falcon Hawk)

Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter (Falcon Hawk)

September 5, 2013: Strategy Page

 

For over a year now China has been testing a second stealth fighter design. This one is called the J-31 “Falcon Eagle” (from an inscription on the tail), and while it looks like the American F-22, it’s also smaller than China’s other stealth fighter (the J-20, which has been around longer). The J-31 was built by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (which makes the J-11, the illegal Chinese copy of the Russian Su-27). The J-31 has some characteristics of the F-35 as well and appears to be something of an “F-35” to the earlier J-20s effort to match the American F-22. It’s also possible that the F-31 is a competing (with the J-20) design that is hustling to grab sales the J-20 thought it had all locked up. The J-31 flew for the first time last October and there are at least two prototypes and the designer has talked of the J-31 being able to operate off an aircraft carrier (like the U.S. F-35 and the J-15, a J-11 variant).  One advantage the J-31 has is two engines, compared to one for the F-35. This means the J-31 could carry more weapons, but this is less crucial with all the guided weapons available.

 

The J-31 is further evidence that China is determined to develop its own high tech military gear. While China is eager to develop advanced military technology locally, it recognizes that this takes time and more effort than nations new to this expect. Thus China is trying to avoid the mistakes Russia made in this area. That means having competing designs and developing necessary supporting industries is part of that. All this takes a lot of time and involves lots of little (and some major) failures. The Chinese are doing it right and are willing to wait until they get military tech that is truly world class.

 

 

Both Chinese Stealth Designs Move Forward

The other stealth fighter, the J-20, was made by CAC (Chengdu Aircraft Company), which also produced the JF-17 and J-10. The J-20 made its first flight in 2011 and many more since then. There are at least two original J-20 prototypes and late last year a new prototype appeared that had several modifications and is estimated to have a max weight of 36 tons. While the J-20 looks like the American F-22 when viewed head on, it's overall shape, weight, and engine power is closer to the American F-15C. In other words, it's about 20 meters (62 feet) long, with a wing span of 13.3 meters (42 feet). J-20 has about the same wing area as the F-15C, which is about 25 percent less than the F-22 (which is a few percent larger than the F-15 in terms of length and wingspan). Worse, for the J-20, is the fact that its engine power is about the same as the F-15C, while the F-22 has 65 percent more power. With the afterburner turned on, the J-20 has more power than the F-15C and nearly as much as the F-22. But because the afterburner consumes so much fuel, you can't use more than a few minutes at a time. The new J-20 model appears to be able to supercruise, joining the F-22, Eurofighter and the Gripen as aircraft that can supercruise (go faster than the speed of sound without using the afterburner).

 

The J-20 has some stealthiness when it's coming at you head on. But from any other aspect, the J-20 will light up the radar screen. For this reason the J-20 is seen as a developmental aircraft, not the prototype of a new model headed for mass production. As such, it is only the fifth stealth fighter to fly, the others being the U.S. F-22 and F-35, plus the Russian T-50. The older U.S. F-117 was actually a light bomber and the B-2 was obviously a heavy bomber. Based on recent Chinese warplane development projects (J-11 in particular), the J-20 has a long development road ahead of it and will likely change size and shape before it reaches the production design. The J-31 may be an insurance policy, in case the J-20 effort goes off the rails in a big way.

 

While the shape of the J-20 confers a degree of stealthiness (invisibility to radar), even more electronic invisibility comes from special materials covering the aircraft. It's not known how far along the Chinese are in creating, or stealing, these materials, or the needed engines. China would most likely use the J-20 singly, or in small groups, to seek out and attack American carriers. To make this possible F-22 class engines are needed and that is still in development. Over the last few years China has admitted it has been developing the WS-15 engine (since the 1990s), a more powerful beast well suited for the J-20. No date was given as to when the WS-15 would be available for use or whether it would have the same vectoring (ability to move the hot jet exhaust in different directions in order to make the fighter more maneuverable) the F-22 uses.

 

For the J-20 to be a superior fighter, it would need electronics (including radars and defense systems) on a par with the F-35 and F-22. So far, the Chinese have not caught up with stuff used by current American fighters. But the gap is being closed, faster than it was during the Cold War when the Russians were creating, or stealing, their way to military tech equivalence with the West. The Russians never made it but the Chinese believe they can succeed.

 

Work on the J-20 began in the late 1990s, and the Chinese knew that it could be 25 years or more before they had a competitive stealth fighter-bomber. The J-20 is being tested in central China. The twin engine J-20 appears to be about the same weight class as the 30 ton F-15C. The F-35A is a 31 ton, single engine fighter, while the twin-engine F-22 is slightly larger at 38 tons. The Russian T-50 weighed in at 37 tons.

 

China is also developing other support technologies, like the AESA radar, highly efficient cockpit, stealth, and software to tie everything together. Developing, or even copying, this tech is not easy. But the Chinese already know that, having decades of experience adapting stolen technology to their needs. Thus it appears that China is planning on having the J-20, in some form, ready for service by the end of the decade. The key factor is their ability to develop or steal the needed technology by then. The J-20 appears to be a fighter-bomber, as this kind of aircraft would be most useful dealing with the U.S. Navy and key targets in Taiwan or Japan. In any event, the J-20 is an attempt to develop some kind of 5th generation aircraft, complete with stealth.

 

 

The only other competitor in this area is Russia, where fifth generation fighter developments were halted when the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991. Actually, all development work on new fighters, by everyone, slowed down in the 1990s. But work on the F-22, F-35, Eurofighter, and Rafale continued, and those aircraft became, in roughly that order, the most advanced fighter aircraft available today. MiG resumed work on the I.42 in the 1990s, but had to stop after a few years because of a lack of money. Sukhoi has never stopped working on its T-50, funded by much higher sales of its Su-27/30 fighters. This fifth generation may come to be called the "last generation," after they are replaced by the second generation of pilotless combat aircraft (counting armed Predators and the like as the first).

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Pakistan Navy inducts new guided missile frigate

Sep 04, 2013 brahmand.com

 

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI (PTI): Pakistan has inducted a F-22P frigate made with Chinese assistance into its navy, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying the warship exemplified the "everlasting bond of friendship" between the two countries.

 

PNS Aslat was built in a shipyard in Karachi with technology transferred by China. China has delivered three more F-22P guided missile frigates to Pakistan under a 2005 contract.

 

The Aslat is equipped with surface and surface-to-air missiles, torpedoes and an electronic warfare system.

 

Addressing the induction ceremony on Tuesday, Sharif acknowledged Beijing's assistance in building the frigate and said the two sides share time-tested relations that go back to 1950.

 

"Construction of the F-22P Frigate at Karachi Shipyard under a transfer of technology arrangement is a testament of the everlasting bond of friendship that exists between China and Pakistan," he said.

 

He said he was confident that defence cooperation between the two countries will grow and serve as a source of improved peace stability and security in the region.

 

Pakistan views relations with China as "enduring, multi-dimensional and deep-rooted" and these ties form a pillar of the country's foreign policy, he said.

 

Sharif also referred to China's support in developing Gwadar deep sea port, saying the facility will help open new vistas of growth and prosperity. The port will become a game changer for trade and economy of the region after the development of rail and road infrastructure, he added.

 

Pakistan's strategic location can only be exploited to its advantage by developing the maritime sector and a capable navy for effective defence, he said.

 

In his address, naval chief Admiral Asif Sandila said a strong naval force is required to deal with the challenges faced by Pakistan.

 

Pakistan does not have aggressive designs against any country and it wants to promote peace in the region, he said.

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Type 214 Diesel Electric Submarine Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering

Type 214 Diesel Electric Submarine Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering

September 3, 2013: Strategy Page

 

South Korea recently launched the first of a second batch of six Type 214 submarines. This one was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The first three were built (from German components) by Hyundai Heavy Industries. Much to the chagrin of the South Koreans, who are trying to develop their own submarine building capability, the first three Type 214s had quality problems. Mostly it was defective components and poor construction techniques that left the three boats noisy and easier to detect.

 

The first three Type 214 subs were out of action for most of 2010 because of these problems. This was very embarrassing, as these subs were built in South Korea and that was a big deal in South Korea. Building submarines is a very specialized and exacting type of manufacturing, and South Korea has only been doing it for less than a decade. The first subs built in South Korea were these three German Type 214s, and the first of those entered service five years ago. The boats were built using licensed technology from the German developer (HDW) and many of the components were manufactured in South Korea as well. But then metal bolts in the Type 214s began coming loose or breaking seven years ago. The problem was traced to the South Korean supplier of the bolts which were not, it turned out, manufactured to the German specification. Eventually, German specialists were called in, and by 2011 the problem had been fixed.

 

South Korea went ahead with plans to build six additional Type 214 subs over the next 12 years. South Korea already had nine 1,100 ton Type 209 subs, designed and built in Germany. The Type 214 boats use fuel cells, enabling them to stay underwater for up to two weeks. The Type 214 is a 1,700 ton, 65 meter (202 foot) long boat, with a crew of 27. It has four torpedo tubes and a top submerged speed of 35 kilometers an hour. Maximum diving depth is over 400 meters (1,220 feet).

 

AIP boats go for up to a billion dollars each. The second batch of South Korean 214s will have an improved AIP system, which is apparently more reliable and provides a small increase in time underwater. South Korea will probably become a supplier of AIP systems as well because they now have the industrial expertise for this sort of high tech. The latest Type 214 boat is important because if it proves to be flawless it will make South Korea a contender in the international submarine market.

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Gumdoksuri Class, the Yoon Young-ha (PKG 711)

Gumdoksuri Class, the Yoon Young-ha (PKG 711)

03.09.2013 Portail des Sous-Marins

 

La marine nationale sud-coréenne a pris livraison de son 10e destroyer doté de missiles guidés et construit dans un chantier naval coréen, qui se joindra aux missions de patrouille pour protéger les zones côtières du pays, a fait savoir ce mardi l’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA).

 

Référence : Yonhap News (Corée du Sud)

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Syrie/intervention: Moscou saisira l'AIEA sur les risques nucléaires

MOSCOU, 5 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie évoquera les risques nucléaires liés à une possible frappe américaine contre la Syrie lors de la prochaine session du Conseil des gouverneurs de l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique (AIEA), a déclaré jeudi le ministère russe des Affaires étrangères.

"La Russie évoquera ce sujet dans le cadre de la session du Conseil des gouverneurs de l'AIEA qui débutera le 9 septembre prochain", a fait savoir le ministère.

Auparavant, le porte-parole de la diplomatie russe Alexandre Loukachevitch a indiqué qu'une intervention militaire occidentale en Syrie constituait une menace pour la sécurité nucléaire de la région.

Par la suite, Moscou a appelé le secrétariat de l'Agence à présenter une analyse des risques liés aux possibles frappes américaines contre le territoire syrien.

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