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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
NATO conducts Annual Crisis Management Exercise (CMX)

 

03 Mar. 2015 NATO

 

NATO to exercise decision-making in crisis – CMX15 to focus on maritime security

 

Ambassadors on the North Atlantic Council (NAC) are preparing to rehearse Alliance and partner consultation and decision making procedures against the backdrop of a fictitious crisis.

 

The exercise is designed to test the NAC procedures at the strategic political-military level. It involves civilian and military staffs in Allied capitals, at NATO Headquarters and in both Operations and Transformation Strategic Commands. CMX15 involves no deployed forces. The exercise rehearses decision-making processes using an entirely fictitious scenario.

 

The scenario for CMX15 consists of a crisis developing between two non-NATO states at distance from Alliance territory. It contains a humanitarian and maritime dimension, with implications for the security of the Allies.

 

As with previous such exercises, CMX15 will have partner participation. Australia, Finland, Japan, Sweden and Ukraine will participate alongside Allies in the exercise. South Korea, New Zealand and Georgia chose to observe the exercise.

 

The European Union has been invited to exchange information on the evolving situation, along with the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Energy Agency which will also observe the exercise.

 

Partners will be involved in CMX15 according to Alliance decisions taken in 2011. In 2011, the Alliance renewed the framework that governs relations with partners in operational settings, in order to include partner involvement in planning, exercising and decision-shaping.

 

CMX15 will take place between 4 and 10 March 2015. This is the Alliance’s 19th Crisis Management Exercise (CMX) since 1992.

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Japan and the ‘Counter-Pivot’

 

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With the U.S. increasingly engaged elsewhere, should Japan do more for regional security itself?

 

The U.S. pivot (or rebalance) towards Asia is America’s “I’m back” moment and a warning to China (to paraphrase The Terminator’s “I’ll be back” message). For Japanese who fear Chinese expansionism it is a welcome development. But there is now a risk of a counter-pivot. A full-scale war with Russia is unlikely. But the invasion of Ukraine, combined with European disunity, vacillation, and weakness, ensures that Washington will focus more on NATO’s eastern borders in the coming months and probably years.

 

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* Robert Dujarric is Director, Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan, robertdujarric@gmail.com

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27 février 2015 5 27 /02 /février /2015 17:35
India to purchase Japanese amphibious rescue aircraft

A US-2 amphibious rescue aircraft participates in a rescue drill in the sea off Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Jan. 7. photo The Japan News

 

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 Asia News Network

 

NEW DELHI - India's defence ministry intends to purchase the Maritime Self-Defence Force's US-2 amphibious rescue aircraft from Japan, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. According to the ministry's sources, the ministry is expected to decide on the purchase officially at a meeting of a committee on defence procurement on Saturday at the earliest.

 

If this export will be realised, this will be the first full-scale export based on the new three principles on transferring defence equipment, which the Cabinet approved last April.

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25 février 2015 3 25 /02 /février /2015 12:35
Discover Iwo Jima


24 févr. 2015 US Air Force

 

Airmen from the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base recently toured Iwo Jima. The expedition was lead by 18th Wing Historian Steven Ove and the 18th Operations Group Deputy Commander Col. Paul Johnson. Follow along as they tour the historic island.

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24 février 2015 2 24 /02 /février /2015 17:35
Ghosts of Iwo Jima

 

20 févr. 2015 US Navy

 

Deafening silence.

Snow lightly dusts the branches of the Christmas trees on this cold, gray Galloway, New Jersey morning.

The rows are neatly lined - this is a farm, after all. Its principle crop is Christmas trees. However, its true purpose seems to be the sale of home and family, of comfort, of peace and safety ... of silence.

A sharp, shrill metallic buzz slices the early morning tranquility. It sounds like a chainsaw at first, but soon reveals itself as a four-wheeled, all-terrain vehicle.

Wally Kaenzig sits at the helm, gleefully carving a path through the fresh-fallen snow.

He laughs - zipping around with the wild abandon of youth. Wally is 94 years old.

If anyone has earned the right to laugh, it's Wally. He spent 26 days in hell.

Wally is a survivor of Iwo Jima.

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14 février 2015 6 14 /02 /février /2015 12:20
Trois amiraux américains sanctionnés dans une affaire de corruption

 

Washington, 11 fév 2015 Marine & Océans (AFP)

 

La Marine américaine a annoncé mardi avoir sanctionné trois amiraux dans le cadre d'une affaire de corruption en Asie qui l'ébranle depuis des mois.

 

Les trois amiraux, qui n'ont pas été poursuivis par la justice dans cette affaire, ont reçu une "lettre de réprimande" de la part du secrétaire à la Marine, Ray Mabus, a annoncé la Marine.

 

Les lettres de réprimande mettent fin dans les faits aux carrières des officiers.

 

Les trois amiraux, le contre-amiral Terry Kraft, actuellement commandant des forces navales au Japon, le contre-amiral Michael Miller, en poste à l'école des officiers, et le contre-amiral David Pimpo, chargé de fonctions logistiques, ont été admis à faire valoir leurs droits à la retraite.

 

Les trois officiers "ont montré une faiblesse de jugement" et n'ont pas été à la hauteur de leurs responsabilités, a estimé M. Mabus dans un communiqué.

 

Selon la Marine, les officiers ont notamment reçus des cadeaux "inappropriés", et deux d'entre eux ont approuvé des liens avec une entreprise commerciale de manière là aussi "inappropriée".

 

Le procès des principaux accusés de l'affaire de corruption s'est ouvert début janvier en Californie. Un chef d'entreprise malaisien, surnommé "Fat Leonard", a plaidé coupable d'avoir corrompu des officiers pour obtenir des contrats d'avitaillement de navires américains lors de leurs escales en Asie.

 

Le patron de Glen Defense Marine Asia a reconnu avoir fourni de l'argent, des services de prostituées ou des mets de luxe pour obtenir les contrats. Selon l'accusation, les sommes en jeu se montent en millions de dollars.

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11 février 2015 3 11 /02 /février /2015 13:35
Japan to Open Military Aid Channel

 

February 09, 2015 By Ankit Panda – The Diplomat

 

Japan’s new Development Cooperation Charter will allow for non-combat military aid and prioritize Southeast Asia.

 

The Japanese government’s new Development Cooperation Charter will let Japan send aid to foreign militaries for non-combat use under its Official Development Assistance (ODA). The move will increase the tools available for Japan to build close military partnerships with countries around the Asia-Pacific region amid cool ties with China due to a territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The Japanese government has been interested in revising and updating the charter since at least last April as part of a broader adjustment of Japan’s defense posture under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party.

 

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11 février 2015 3 11 /02 /février /2015 12:35
Photo JC McIlwaine UNMISS

Photo JC McIlwaine UNMISS

 

2015-02-10 xinhua

 

Le gouvernement japonais a décidé mardi de prolonger de six mois la participation de ses forces d'auto-défense aux opérations de maintien de la paix de l'ONU au Soudan du Sud.

 

Cette courte prolongation a été approuvée par le cabinet du Premier ministre Shinzo Abe alors que la mission actuelle devait s'achever fin février.

 

Les Forces d'auto-défense terrestres ont contribué à développer les infrastructures, ont travaillé sur des projets de construction et ont apporté une aide médicale dans le cadre des opérations de maintien de la paix de l'ONU au Soudan du Sud, en particulier près de la capitale Djouba.

 

Les Forces japonaises d'auto-défense ont une base à Djibouti, où des troupes participent à des opérations de lutte contre la piraterie dans le golfe d'Aden.

 

La mission des Forces japonaises d'auto-défense a débuté en 2012 lorsque le Soudan du Sud a accédé à l'indépendance après plus de 20 années de guerre civile.

 

Le ministre de la Défense japonais Gen Nakatani a déclaré aux médias japonais que les efforts des Forces d'auto-défense avaient été bien accueillis au Soudan du Sud et que le Japon prévoyait de prolonger sa participation aux opérations de maintien de la paix de l'ONU dans le pays pour contribuer à maintenir la paix et la stabilité dans la région.

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9 février 2015 1 09 /02 /février /2015 17:35
Soryu class submarine (photo kure-news)

Soryu class submarine (photo kure-news)

 

3 February 2015 naval-technology.com/

 

India is reportedly considering a project to incorporate six Japanese Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines into its fleet, as part of Project 75I.

 

The Times of India reported that the proposal was sent asking the Japanese Government to 'consider the possibility' of building the six stealth submarines in India.

 

In compliance with the government's 'Make in India' initiative, the latest proposal includes the option for Japan to form a joint venture with an Indian shipyard.

 

If accepted, Japan would join other bidders, including France's DCNS, Germany's HDW, Spain's Navantia and Russia's Rosonboronexport.

 

India launched Project 75I in 2007 to replace its ageing fleet with next-generation diesel submarines.

 

With a submerged weight of 4,200t, Soryu submarines are claimed to be larger than German Type 214, French Scorpene or Russian Kilo vessels, and can carry a heavier weapons load.

 

The Indian Government is also considering procuring Japanese US-2i ShinMayva amphibious aircraft for the Indian Navy, which comes after Japan ended its self-imposed export ban.

 

Australia is assessing an option to replace its Collins-class vessels with Soryu submarines.

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3 février 2015 2 03 /02 /février /2015 08:35
Shinzo Abe: Working with global community the ‘only way to fight terrorism’

 

02 February, 2015 scmp.com

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he wanted to debate the possibility of Japan’s military rescuing Japanese citizens abroad, a day after Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a Japanese journalist.

 

The militants said on Sunday they had beheaded Kenji Goto, a veteran war reporter, after international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap failed. They killed another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa, a week before.

 

Abe reiterated his denunciation of the militants and said Japan was firmly committed to fulfilling its responsibility as a member of the global community in fighting terrorism and that it needed to be able to protect its citizens.

 

“Preserving the safety of Japanese nationals is the responsibility of the government, and I am the person who holds the most responsibility,” Abe told a parliamentary committee, adding that he wanted to discuss a framework for rescuing Japanese in danger.

 

In a show of defiance on Sunday, Abe vowed to boost Japan’s humanitarian aid to the Middle East.

 

The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released a video purporting to show the beheading of Goto, 47, who was captured in late October.

 

The video was released a week after footage was issued appearing to show the beheaded body of Yukawa, who the militants seized in August after he went to Syria to launch a security company.

 

The killings are fanning calls for Japan’s long-constrained military to be allowed to conduct overseas rescue missions as part of Abe’s push for a more muscular security posture.

 

Abe told a parliamentary panel that Japan, whose military has long been constrained by the post-second world war institution, could not take part in US-led air strikes on Islamic State, nor would it provide logistical support.

 

Family devastated

 

Scope for the military to mount rescue missions is limited by law but the government already plans to submit revisions to parliament to ease restrictions.

 

Even some advocates of changes to make rescues possible, however, say Japan’s military faces difficulty in acquiring the capacity to conduct such missions. Critics say sending troops overseas would just increase the risk.

 

An internal briefing paper for top government officials, seen by Reuters last week, said cases like Islamic State crisis did not meet proposed conditions for Japan to send troops to join allies in combat.

 

It dodged the question of whether planned legal changes would allow rescue missions in such cases, but a Japanese defence official said it would not.

 

Abe’s government had put high priority on saving Goto, who was captured when he went to Syria to try to seek Yukawa’s release.

 

An Islamic State video was released on January 20 appearing to show both Japanese men and threatening to kill them unless the group received US$200 million in ransom.

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, speaking to reporters on Monday, shrugged off speculation that Japan was ready to pay a ransom, adding that the government had no intention of negotiating with the militants.

 

Goto’s wife, Rinko, who had appealed for his release, said she and the rest of the family were devastated.

 

“I remain extremely proud of my husband, who reported the plight of people in conflict areas like Iraq, Somalia and Syria,” she said in a statement posted on the Rory Peck Trust, a London-based organisation supporting freelance journalists.

 

“It was his passion to highlight the effects on ordinary people, especially through the eyes of children, and to inform the rest of us of the tragedies of war.”

 

An opinion poll by Kyodo news agency on January 25, just after Yukawa was killed, found 61 per cent of respondents supportive of the government’s response

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2 février 2015 1 02 /02 /février /2015 18:35
Japan Successfully Launches New Spy Satellite

 

02 Feb. 2015 by Maki Catama -- aseanmildef.com

 

TOKYO, – Japan successfully completed the launch of a radar reconnaissance satellite on Sunday morning, the Kyodo news agency reports.

The launch was performed from the Tanegashima Space Center in the Kagoshima Prefecture in the south of Japan at 10:21 local time (01:30 GMT). The satellite was taken into orbit by the H-2A (H-IIA) carrier rocket.

This is the fifth spy satellite that Japan has launched into the Earth's orbit. It will allow to capture objects on the surface of the Earth at high resolution during nighttime and through clouds. The other four Japanese satellites that are orbiting the Earth include two optical imaging spacecraft and two radar imagers.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 17:50
First ever UK-Japan Foreign and Defence ministers meeting

 

21 January 2015 The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP and The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP - Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence

 

Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary meet Japanese counterparts in London

 

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have met the Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defence Minister Gen Nakatani, in the first ever Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting between the UK and Japan.

During the meeting, the ministers discussed the global security situation, including the challenge posed by ISIL and international terrorism, and what more the UK and Japan can do together in the areas of defence and security to promote international peace and security.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“The UK and Japan have long shared a very strong relationship. We work together in the G7 and G20 on issues that affect the whole world, including security, energy, cyber crime and healthcare, and we share a common belief in freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

“This week’s appalling threat by ISIL against two Japanese hostages demonstrates just how much these beliefs are at risk, and how important it is we work together to defeat those who would destroy our way of life.

“Today’s discussions have come at an important moment and demonstrate the unity between Japan and the UK, as strategic partners and as friends. We will continue to work together on the dangers we face and the interests we share.”

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“I’m delighted to welcome His Excellency Gen Nakatani here today. This is the first ever meeting of this kind between the UK and Japan. That is not just hugely symbolic, it also clearly reaffirms our resolve to deepen and broaden our defence relationship.

“It will be vital to build on the progress we’ve made today. We therefore welcome the plan for greater cooperation and the important role which Japan is increasingly playing on the international stage.”

Today’s meeting took place at Lancaster House in London and was first announced by the Prime Minister during Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s visit last year. The Defence and Foreign Ministers also met separately this morning for detailed discussions around their individual briefs, including the wider relationship between Japan and the UK and bilateral trade and investment

 

Further information

  • The joint Japanese-British statement issued after the meetings can be found here: UK-Japan 2+2 Statement (ODT, 8.34KB) ; UK-Japan 2+2 Statement - Annex (ODT, 15.6KB)
  • The Prime Minister agreed with Japanese Prime Minister Abe during Mr Abe’s visit to the UK in May 2014 to hold a Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting between the UK and Japan.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 07:35
Japan Selects Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities

 

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 18, 2015 – Northrop Grumman

 

The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected two Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) systems to enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

 

Under a process known as type selection, the Japanese government chose the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system to help maintain the country's sovereignty.

 

Type selection identifies the capabilities and systems to be purchased to meet specific defense requirements. Following selection, the U.S. government will be asked to enter into the foreign military sale (FMS) process for these items.

 

"Northrop Grumman has a long history working with Japan's Air Self-Defense Force and we look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come," said Mary Petryszyn, vice president for International, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "We are very pleased the Japan Ministry of Defense has expressed confidence in these systems and look forward to working with our U.S. military customers through the FMS process."

 

Contract terms, timing and quantities of aircraft are yet to be determined and, as such, details are not available at this time.

 

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.

Japan Selects Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities

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19 janvier 2015 1 19 /01 /janvier /2015 12:35
US Navy Forward Deploys Guide-Missile Cruiser to Japan to Underscore Commitment to the Asia-Pacific Region

 

Jan 16, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

The U.S. Navy announced today that the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) will join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan. As part of the U.S. Navy's long-range plan to send the most advanced and capable units to the Asia-Pacific, Chancellorsville will leave her homeport of San Diego and deploy to Yokosuka in the summer of 2015.

 

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18 janvier 2015 7 18 /01 /janvier /2015 08:30
Le Japon débloque 200 millions de dollars pour la lutte contre l'EI

 

MOSCOU, 17 janvier - RIA Novosti

 

Le premier ministre japonais Shinzo Abe a annoncé samedi que son gouvernement allait octroyer 200 millions de dollars aux pays du Proche-Orient engagés dans la lutte contre le groupe djihadiste Etat islamique (EI).

 

Le chef du gouvernement japonais, qui se trouve en visite au Caire, a pourtant souligné qu'il s'agissait d'un "soutien non militaire". Evoquant la lutte contre le terrorisme, M. Abe a indiqué que "le monde subirait des pertes irréparables si le terrorisme se propageait au Proche-Orient".

 

L'expansion de l'Etat islamique, qui a conquis de vastes territoires en Irak et en Syrie, constitue actuellement l'un des problèmes internationaux les plus graves. Ce groupe, qui compte environ 30.000 combattants selon la CIA, a proclamé un califat sur les territoires occupés et envisage d'élargir ses conquêtes territoriales.

 

Depuis août, les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés de la coalition antiterroriste effectuent des frappes contre les positions de l'EI en Irak et depuis le 23 septembre, en Syrie.

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15 janvier 2015 4 15 /01 /janvier /2015 17:35
Jump Week at Yokota Air Base, Japan

 
13 janv. 2015 US Air Force

 

The 36th Airlift Squadron and 31st Rescue Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, maintain mission readiness and practice rescue tactics during Jump Week.

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14 janvier 2015 3 14 /01 /janvier /2015 17:35
Japan defence budget calls for 20 P-1s, 5 V-22s

 

14 Jan 2015 By Greg Waldron - FG

 

Japan’s parliament has approved a Y4.98 trillion ($42 billion) defence budget for FY2015, with a strong emphasis on new airpower capabilities. The budget, posted on the web site of Japan’s defence ministry, is 2.8% higher than in FY2014, and sets a new record for Japanese defence spending. It contains funding for several major aircraft programmes, notably 20 Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft. The budget will also see the radar and infrared sensors carried by the nation’s Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion aircraft upgraded, as well as service life extensions for three P-3Cs. It also includes funding for five Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft, which will be part of a new amphibious capability modelled on the US Marine Corps.

 

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9 janvier 2015 5 09 /01 /janvier /2015 13:35
nEuron photo Dassault Aviation - A. Pecchi

nEuron photo Dassault Aviation - A. Pecchi

 

7 janvier 2015 45eNord.ca (AFP)

 

La France et le Japon devraient s’entendre en mars sur un accord portant sur le codéveloppement d’équipements militaires ainsi que sur la transparence des politiques d’exportation, a affirmé mercredi en une le quotidien économique japonais Nikkei.

 

La signature d’un accord aura lieu quelque temps après une réunion dite 2+2 (responsables de la Défense et des Affaires étrangères des deux pays) à Tokyo, a précisé le journal, sans citer ses sources.

Le cas échéant, cette étape constituerait la base juridique et technique de la coopération.

Elle serait la suite logique des discussions qui avaient eu lieu entre le Premier ministre nippon Shinzo Abe et le président français François Hollande en mai 2014 à Paris, ainsi que d’une déclaration d’intention relative à la coopération et aux échanges de défense approuvée en juillet suivant lors d’un séjour du ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian à Tokyo.

Les deux pays saluaient alors l’engagement des discussions en vue de la conclusion d’un accord sur la coopération en matière d’équipements et de technologies de défense.

Cet accord devrait permettre une gestion appropriée du transfert d’équipements de défense, dans le cadre de projets concrets de coopération, notamment en matière de systèmes de drones, écrivaient-ils alors.

Sont aussi évoqués des développements de robots pour intervenir dans des environnements irradiés.

Les deux pays avaient également mis en place un comité de transparence sur leurs politiques d’exportation mutuelles de moyens de défense, afin d’éviter les malentendus, le Japon ne supportant pas que Paris vende à des Chinois notamment des équipements potentiellement utilisables à des fins militaires.

A cet égard, un responsable japonais a anonymement déclaré au Nikkei qu’un accord était nécessaire pour permettre d’exercer une surveillance des ventes de matériels à des tiers.

Un accord va obliger les deux parties à effectuer un contrôle strict sur les armes afin d’éviter qu’elles n’aillent dans des pays impliqués dans des conflits. Les deux pays devront par avance s’entendre aussi sur les transferts de technologies à des tiers et sur l’usage de matériel à des fins différentes de celles prévues originellement, ajoute encore le Nikkei.

Rompant avec une auto-interdiction de près d’un demi-siècle, le Japon a décidé après le retour au pouvoir de M. Abe fin 2012 de lever l’interdiction de vendre des moyens militaires à l’étranger qu’il s’était imposée en 1967. Il peut ainsi se joindre à des programmes conjoints de développement dans l’armement et renforcer son industrie de défense.

Des accords de coopération existent déjà avec les Etats-Unis, la Grande-Bretagne et l’Australie.

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Japan, Australia Selected for Pacific F-35 Sustainment

 

Dec. 17, 2014 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense news

 

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday.

Japan and Australia will be responsible for heavy airframe maintenance for the northern and southern Pacific regions. Australia will be the center of heavy engine maintenance starting in 2018; Japan will follow as an engine maintainer three to five years later.

“Heavy” maintenance covers work involving changes or repair to the body of the aircraft, such as a replacement of a bulkhead or the fixing of a wing.

Australia is the only full Pacific partner in the F-35 program, with a planned buy of 100 F-35 models. Japan and South Korea are foreign military sales customers on the jet, with plans to buy 42 and 40 fighters, respectively.

Japan has also agreed to develop a final assembly and check-out (FACO) facility, which Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the F-35 program head, said is still being stood up.

He also noted that, unlike similar facilities in Italy and Texas, the Japanese FACO is being built vertically rather than spread across a large footprint, a result of Japan’s limited land to build on.

“The fact that Japan is investing their own money in building a FACO, and that FACO, with less investment than standing up something from the very beginning, could be transitioned into a maintenance capability, is a big factor, because for the enterprise that’s a great value,” Bogdan said. “Japan invests its own money in building a facility that with minimal investment on their part could be turned into a regional capability. So it was a factor in looking at what was best value.”

The Pacific announcement came a week after Bogdan made public the European sustainment partners.

Italy’s existing FACO will provide heavy airframe maintenance for Europe, with the UK potentially gaining extra business in the future if Italy cannot handle the workload. Turkey, meanwhile, will be the first of three European heavy engine maintenance facilities to come online, to be followed by Norway and the Netherlands.

While Italy will be the prime airframe maintainer for all of Europe, the Pentagon decided to go with two airframe maintainers in the Pacific due to the massive distances involved. Bogdan said the distance “makes it uneconomical and, from a movement of airplanes standpoint, difficult to take airplanes from the northern Pacific getting ready to go into depot and having to fly them 7,000 miles.”

“So from that perspective, geography played a fairly big role,” he added.

Estimates for how much work each facility will do are still being worked up, but the Joint Program Office believes the Italian facility will see 45-50 inductions of airframes for some form of heavy work between 2018 and 2022. Based on estimates, that would represent 150,000 hours of work, with a dollar value in the in the $30-$35 million range.

Bogdan has stressed that this is only the first wave of sustainment opportunities being offered to international partners and customers. He unveiled the sustainment strategy in an exclusive June interview with Defense News.

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney congratulated Japan and Australia in a statement and said the company looks forward to working with both nations to “establish affordable, world-class F135 [engine] depot capability in the Asia Pacific region.”

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18 novembre 2014 2 18 /11 /novembre /2014 17:35
Publication : le personnel de la défense en France et au Japon



 18/11/2014 SGA/DRH-MD

 

Dans un contexte de renforcement de la coopération de défense entre la France et le Japon, la direction des ressources humaines du ministère la défense a réalisé avec son homologue japonaise la publication intitulée « Le personnel de la défense en France et au Japon ».

 

Cette publication concrétise une coopération soutenue entre la France et le Japon dans le domaine de la politique du personnel civil et militaire de nos deux ministères, coopération dont se sont félicités les ministres de la défense français et japonais lors de leur rencontre, au Japon, les 28 et 29 juillet derniers.

Cette broche offre également, pour la première fois, une vision comparée des ressources humaines de la défense de ces deux pays.

 

Brochure franco japonaise (format pdf, 2 MB).

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15 novembre 2014 6 15 /11 /novembre /2014 12:35
Etats-Unis, Australie et Japon vont parler défense commune en marge du G20

 

14/11/2014 tahiti-infos.com (AFP)

 

Brisbane, Australia - Japon, Etats-Unis et Australie vont profiter du G20 de Brisbane pour tenter d'approfondir leur coopération militaire, un sujet à même de froisser l'autre puissance régionale, la Chine, dont les relations avec Tokyo sont toujours très tendues.

 

Le président américain, Barack Obama, doit rencontrer le Premier ministre japonais, Shinzo Abe, et le Premier ministre australien, Tony Abbott, a déclaré à l'AFP un haut responsable de l'administration américaine.

 

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27 octobre 2014 1 27 /10 /octobre /2014 12:35
Japan Builds Response to Chinese Area-Denial Strategy

 

27 October 2014 By PAUL KALLENDER-UMEZU

 

TOKYO — Japan’s response to Chinese anti-access/area-denial threats rest on three planks: increasingly large helicopter carriers, next-generation 3,300-ton Soryu-class submarines and new Aegis destroyers.

 

This strategy is further enhanced by plans to deploy 20 Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft as replacements for the P-3C, and upgraded SH-60K sub-hunting helicopters.

 

When integrated, this will create a much more capable fleet able to expand its role beyond being a simple “shield” to the US Navy’s “spear,” analysts said.

 

Data from AMI International shows that the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers (22DDH) and the Soryu-class submarines are the leading programs for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), both in budget and importance to Japan’s maritime security, according to Bob Nugent, affiliate consultant at AMI.

 

Japan unveiled the first of the two planned Izumo-class ships on Aug. 6, 2013 — the largest Japanese warship since World War II — which will be able to carry 15 helicopters. In 2009 and 2011, the Navy also commissioned two new third-generation Hyuga-class helicopter destroyers, each capable of deploying 11 helicopters. 

 

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Vietnam Coast Guard ship CSB 8001 enters the Vung Tau Port in southern Vung Tau City in this November 17, 2013

Vietnam Coast Guard ship CSB 8001 enters the Vung Tau Port in southern Vung Tau City in this November 17, 2013

 

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Vietnam’s relationship with Japan has an important security component that is growing and evolving.

 

On August 1, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced during his visit to Hanoi that Japan would provide Vietnam with six vessels to boost its capacity for maritime security. A month earlier, it was reported that Japan’s Diet was also considering giving Vietnam Overseas Development Assistance in the form of new patrol boats for its maritime enforcement agencies.

 

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L'Hakuryu (SS-503), troisième sous-marin produit de la classe Soryu, en visite à Pearl Harbor en février 2013

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9 Octobre 2014 par Roxane Lauley – enderi.fr

 

En juillet dernier, l’Australie et le Japon ont signé un accord commercial. Depuis, les rumeurs enflent concernant l’achat de sous-marins japonais par Canberra. Un événement plus significatif qu'il n'y parait, autant pour le Japon que pour l‘Australie, et susceptible de changer la donne sécuritaire dans la région. Décryptage.

 

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Conducts Training in Sasebo, Japan


9 oct. 2014 US Navy

 

All Hands Update October 9, 2014 #3
An explosive ordnance disposal team conducts training in Sasebo, Japan.

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