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6 juillet 2013 6 06 /07 /juillet /2013 11:09
Liban : coopération avec le bataillon coréen

06/07/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Du 25 au 28 juin2013, une section de la Force Commander Reserve (FCR) était intégrée ausein du bataillon coréen, déployé dans le secteur Ouest de la zone d’opérationde la FINUL (ForcesIntérimaires des Nations Unies au Liban).

 

Une section d’infanterie de la FCR armée par les fantassins du 152e régiment d’infanterie de Colmar, a vécu pendant plus de 72 heures aux côtés des soldats corréens du ROKBATT (Republic of Korea Batallion) déployés dans la région de Tyr, dans l’Ouest de la zone d’action de la FINUL.

Liban : coopération avec le bataillon coréen

Cette coopération fut l’occasion pour la section de parfaire sa connaissance de la zone d’opération en effectuant des patrouilles conjointes avec les soldats coréens. Cette immersion dans le bataillon a également permis de renforcer leurs connaissances mutuelles en cas d’engagement de la FCR dans cette zone. Dans le même temps, les diables rouges ont effectué des instructions techniques, des activités sportives conjointes, et des présentations de matériel aux forces coréennes.

Liban : coopération avec le bataillon coréen

Cet échange, tant opérationnel que culturel, a permis de renforcer l’autonomie, la réactivité et l’expérience des unités de la FCR, tout en développant l’interopérabilité avec les bataillons du secteur.

Liban : coopération avec le bataillon coréen

Placée directement sous les ordres du général commandant la FINUL, la FCR est l’élément d’intervention d’urgence de la force. Basée à Dayr Kifa, elle est en mesure d’intervenir sur court préavis (moins de trois heures) dans tout le Sud Liban, dans le cadre de la résolution 1701.

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AIM-9X Block II

AIM-9X Block II

June 28, 2013: Strategy Page

 

Saudi Arabia and South Korea recently ordered over 150 AIM-9X Block 2 air-to-air heat seeking missiles. Both nations have used this missile for decades and are satisfied customers. They are not alone. The AIM-9X Block 2 is the latest version of the Sidewinder, a missile that has come a long way since it first appeared in the 1950s. In the last 25 years these short-range heat-seeking missiles have accounted for some 90 percent of losses in air-to-air combat. Sidewinder still dominates the market, despite a lot of competition from the likes of IRIS-T, ASRAAM, Magic, Python, Molinya, and several Chinese clones of foreign designs.

 

There are not only a lot of different heat-seekers out there, they offer a wide variety of features. Sidewinder has managed to dominate the field by concentrating on the most useful, workable, and popular features. For example, the 9X-2 can lock-on-after-launch. That is, the missile can be fired and then directed to a target via a datalink. That means it can be fired at ground targets or at an enemy aircraft behind you. The X-2 version also makes improvements in the warhead fuze and other components. As impressive as all these features, most are already found in similar missiles made in several other countries (including Russia and China). In effect, the X-2 version is just keeping up. What the U.S. sells, in addition, is an impressive track record of reliability and the high probability of actually performing as expected in combat. Over 4,000 X model Sidewinders have been built since it entered service in 2003. Block II (X-2) entered service four years ago.

 

The AIM-9 is a heat seeking missile and the heat sensors have become much more sensitive since the first AIM-9s. The current versions of the missile work by detecting a heat source at the point where the pilot is looking. This is done using the JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems), which allows a pilot to see, displayed on his visor, critical flight and navigation information. Sort of like a see-through computer monitor or HUD (Head Up Display). Most importantly, the pilot can turn his head towards a target, get an enemy aircraft or ground target into the crosshairs displayed on the visor, and fire a missile that will promptly go after the target the pilot was looking at. For Sidewinder the pilot has to be looking at something giving off enough heat to catch the attention of the missile's heat sensor. With the X-2 the pilot can launch the missile before he has located the target via the JHMCS, saving a critical few seconds.

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30 juin 2013 7 30 /06 /juin /2013 13:22
M-1985 système de lance roquette multiple 240 mm armée nord-coréenne

M-1985 système de lance roquette multiple 240 mm armée nord-coréenne

TOKYO, 30 juin - RIA Novosti

 

La Corée du Nord commence à déployer le long de ses frontières des pièces d'artillerie modernisées, annonce dimanche l'agence Yonhap se référant à une source au sein du ministère sud-coréen de la Défense.

 

"Nous nous sommes aperçus que les militaires nord-coréens étaient en train de déployer des batteries de lance-roquettes de 240 mm au nord  et à l'est du pays", a indiqué la source.

 

Selon cette dernière, Pyongyang est train de remplacer ses lance-roquettes de 107mm par ceux de 240 mm  modernisés, possédant une portée de 70 kilomètres, donc capables d'atteindre des cibles au-delà de la capitale sud-coréenne.

 

La Corée du Nord disposerait au total de 5.100 lance-roquettes multiples de calibre 107mm, 122mm et 240mm, selon des données militaires

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20 juin 2013 4 20 /06 /juin /2013 11:35
photo RP Defense

photo RP Defense

19 juin 2013 Par Julien Bonnet - Usinenouvelle.com

 

La Corée du Sud a lancé officiellement mardi 18 juin et pour une durée de onze jours l'appel d'offre pour un contrat de 7,3 milliards de dollars portant sur la fourniture de 60 avions de combat. Deux américains, Boeing et Lockheed Martin, l'européen EADS sont au coude à coude pour décrocher ce contrat.

 

Bataille commerciale dans le ciel coréen. La Corée du Sud a lancé officiellement mardi 18 juin l'appel d'offre pour un contrat de 7,3 milliards de dollars (5,5 milliards d'euros) portant sur la fourniture de 60 avions de combat. Il s'agit de la dernière étape d'un processus qui voit s'affronter deux américains - Boeing et Lockheed Martin - et l'européen EADS. La Corée du Sud a acquis 60 F-15 de Boeing depuis 2002 et souhaiterait donc acquérir 60 avions de combat supplémentaires d'ici 2021.

 

Ces trois géants de l'aéronautique de défense ont chacun présenté leur offre, assortie de conditions favorables destinées à remporter ce marché, le plus important jamais passé par la Corée du Sud. Le pays s'est donné onze jours pour se décider.

 

Trois avions de combat en compétition

 

F15 SE en vol - photo Boeing

F15 SE en vol - photo Boeing

L'agence sud-coréenne d'acquisition des armements (DAPA), qui a bien précisé que le montant du contrat ne pouvait pas dépasser les 8 300 milliards de wons (soit 7,3 milliards de dollars ou 5,5 milliards d'euros), va devoir trancher entre le F-15 Silent Eagle de Boeing, le F-35 Lightning II de Lockheed Martin et l'Eurofighter Typhoon d'EADS.

 

La Corée du Sud souhaite acquérir 60 avions de combat supplémentaires

Propositions de partenariats industriels

 

Dans son offre, EADS propose d'investir 2 milliards de dollars pour aider la Corée du Sud à développer ses propres avions de combat s'il est choisi. Lockheed Martin s'engage pour sa part à aider le pays à développer et lancer des satellites de communication militaire, tandis que Boeing a promis d'acheter des milliards de dollars de pièces détachées aux entreprises sud-coréennes.

 

En janvier dernier, la Corée du Sud avait préféré l'anglo-Italien AgustaWestland à l'américain Sikorsky pour la livraison de six hélicoptères à la Marine sud-coréenne, un contrat de 567 millions de dollars, signe que Séoul, qui traitait habituellement uniquement avec des sociétés américaines, a élargi ces derniers mois la liste de ses fournisseurs.

 

Acquisition de missiles Taurus

 

La Corée du Sud souhaite acquérir 60 avions de combat supplémentaires

Autre exemple ce mercredi 19 juin, le pays a annoncé qu'il allait acquérir des missiles de croisière Taurus, produits par l'Allemagne et la Suède, après le refus des Etats-Unis de lui vendre un armement correspondant, le Pentagone s'inquiétant d'un regain de tensions avec la Corée du Nord. Selon l'agence de presse Yonhap, Séoul se porterait acquéreur de 170 de ces missiles air-sol (portée de 500 kilomètres) d'une valeur totale de 300 millions de dollars (223 millions d'euros).

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20 juin 2013 4 20 /06 /juin /2013 07:35
TAURUS KEPD 350

TAURUS KEPD 350

19 juin 2013 levif.be (Belga)

 

La Corée du Sud va acquérir des missiles de croisière Taurus, produits par l'Allemagne et la Suède, après le refus des Etats-Unis de lui vendre un armement correspondant, a annoncé mercredi l'agence sud-coréenne des achats militaires.

 

Au cours d'une réunion avec le ministre de la Défense Kim Kwan-Jin, l'Administration des programmes d'acquisition de la défense (DAPA) a approuvé un projet d'achat de missiles air-sol d'une portée de 500 kilomètres. L'amplitude de la commande et le budget nécessaires n'ont pas été confirmés mais selon l'agence de presse Yonhap, Séoul souhaiterait se porter acquéreur de 170 missiles d'une valeur totale de 300 millions de dollars (223 millions d'euros). Actuellement, l'Armée de l'air sud-coréenne ne possède que des SLAM-ER américains d'une portée de 278 kilomètres. La DAPA hésitait entre le Taurus et le Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) de l'américain Lockheed Martin. Mais le Pentagone n'a pas approuvé la vente de ces missiles d'une portée de 370 km, considérés comme une arme stratégique. "Dans un contexte de menaces croissantes de la Corée du Nord, nous devons acquérir (les missiles) au plus tôt. Mais l'acquisition du JASSM est devenue impossible compte tenu de la position du gouvernement américain", a justifié la DAPA. La Corée du Sud a lancé officiellement mardi l'appel d'offre pour un contrat de 7,3 milliards de dollars US portant sur la fourniture de 60 avions de combat, dernière étape d'un processus qui voit s'affronter trois géants de l'aéronautique de défense, deux américains et un européen. Boeing et Lockheed Martin, ainsi que l'européen EADS ont chacun présenté leur offre, assortie de conditions favorables destinées à remporter ce marché, le plus important jamais passé par la Corée du Sud.

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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 07:35
Séoul: un système anti-missiles national d'ici 2020

MOSCOU, 11 juin - RIA Novosti

 

La Corée du Sud se propose de déployer d'ici 2020 son propre système de défense anti-missiles qui permette des opérations offensives en neutralisant l'effet dissuasif des missiles nord-coréens, rapporte mardi l'agence Yonhap, se référant au ministère sud-coréen de la Défense.

 

Ce bouclier sud-coréen sera destiné à dépister les menaces d'une frappe balistique et nucléaire et à porter des coups préventifs pour les neutraliser. Le système comprendra des satellites de reconnaissance et des drones pour déceler des menaces balistiques, ainsi que des menaces de la part d'avions de combat et de bâtiments de guerre.

 

La décision de Séoul de déployer son système national de défense antiaérienne et antimissile s'explique par une montée des tensions dans la péninsule coréenne ces derniers temps.

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photo Dmitry A. Mottl

photo Dmitry A. Mottl

04/06/13 bourse.challenges.fr

 

La Corée du Sud devrait officiellement lancer la semaine prochaine l'appel d'offres pour le renouvellement de ses jets de combat, selon l'agence locale Yonhap, qui cite un officiel de l'agence des achats de l'armée. Pour ce contrat évalué à 7,5 milliards de dollars pour une soixantaine d'appareils, le F-15 de Boeing, le F-35 de Lockheed Martin et l'Eurofighter de BAE Systems et EADS sont sur les rangs. La durée de l'appel d'offres pourrait être limitée à deux à trois semaines, les parties ayant déjà négocié un certain nombre d'éléments.

 

Selon l'agence coréenne, comme il est d'usage en pareil cas, les prétendants ont rivalisé de propositions pour s'attirer les faveurs du pays. EADS aurait ainsi mis sur la table un investissement de 2 milliards de dollars à Séoul pour y assembler les appareils. Boeing aurait pour sa part proposé 1,2 milliard de dollars pour une usine d'équipements pour son appareil, ainsi que pour des pièces d'autres programmes à l'export. Lockheed Martin s'et enfin engagé à produire certains éléments de ses appareils dans le pays, et à aider à l'export l'industrie aéronautique coréenne.

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30 mai 2013 4 30 /05 /mai /2013 17:35
Eurofighter

Eurofighter

May 30, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: The Korea Times; published May 30, 2013)

 

Bidding for $7.5 Bil. Fighter Program Set to Start

 

The bidding process for the $7.5 billion next-generation fighter procurement project will kick off at the start of June instead of midway through the month, the Defense Acquisition and Procurement Agency (DAPA) said Thursday.

 

“We plan to let bidders tender offers about a week earlier,” a DAPA official said.

 

The change in schedule aims at purchasing a high-end fleet of 60 multi-role fighter jets within budget constraints.

 

In order to replace Korean Air Force’s aging F-4s and F-5s with high-tech combat aircraft, Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS)’s Eurofighter Tranche 3 are competing to secure the contract.

 

There is speculation that the bid price will go beyond DAPA’s budget and so the accelerated schedule will enable the procurement office to purchase the aircraft at reasonable price without a hitch.

 

“Our first goal is to buy 60 fighter jets within the budget. As we are scheduled to make the final selection by the end of June, we may not have enough time for negotiations if we start receiving offers from mid-June,” the official said.

 

“In addition, an earlier schedule will quiet criticism on the most-expensive procurement deal in our history.”

 

He added that DAPA had already informed the bidders of the schedule change.

 

The DAPA official also said that those involved in negotiations may not be able to make a decision on some clauses and will need to consult with head office, which will take time.

 

In order to secure the sale of 60 fighter jets, the three defense firms are throwing around “sweet deals” if they win the contract.

 

Eurofighter said that it will investment 2 trillion won in Korea’s indigenous fighter program, or the KF-X program, while Lockheed Martin said it will help Korea Aerospace Industries’ (KAI) T-50 be selected for the U.S. Air Force’s trainer procurement project.

 

Boeing promised to establish an avionics maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Yeongcheon, North Gyeongsang Province, which will be its first such facility in Asia.

 

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OSI Of Vancouver Signs Contract With Daewoo To Provide Submarine Systems

May 29, 2013. David Pugliese Defence Watch

 

May 29, 2013 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), South Korea.  As part of the program, DSME will build three Type 209 diesel submarines (SSK) for the Indonesian Navy.  Under the terms of the agreement, OSI will deliver three Integrating Navigation and Tactical Systems, including ECPINS-W Sub software.  ECPINS-W Sub is the most advanced navigation software in the world specifically designed for the unique requirements of subsurface navigation.

 

About OSI

 

OSI Maritime Systems is a leading provider of integrated navigation and tactical solutions designed for naval and maritime security operations. The company develops and delivers integrated bridge systems for warships, integrated dived navigation systems for submarines and C2 systems for small craft. OSI currently has 16 naval customers from around the world with over 500 warships and submarines operating with its world leading integrated navigation and tactical solutions.

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28 mai 2013 2 28 /05 /mai /2013 17:50
Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 source Flight Global

Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 source Flight Global

May. 28, 2013 By Bartosz Glowacki – FG

 

Warsaw - Lockheed Martin UK has unveiled some details of an offer submitted for the Polish air force's advanced jet trainer (AJT) system competition tender for the Polish air force.

 

The company on 23 May said its offer of the Korea Aerospace Industries/Lockheed T-50 "would provide significant operational synergies with the current Polish air force [Lockheed] F-16 fleet". According to John Neilson, Lockheed Martin UK's director of communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, "the aircraft which will be included in the proposal for Poland would be built outside Poland. This is to be expected for the number now required to meet Poland's need".

 

"When selecting the best training platform to accompany our bid, fleet commonality and the ability to meet Poland's evolving pilot training requirements for the next 20 to 30 years were key considerations," says Tim James, who is part of the Lockheed Martin UK team in Poland.

 

If the bid is successful, it is believed maintenance of Polish air force T-50s would be performed at the WZL-2 Military Aviation Works in Bydgoszcz. Lockheed already has a strong relationship with the organisation through the F-16 programme, and recently opened a new paint stripping facility at the site. However, Neilson notes: "We may also be in discussion with other partners too."

 

Another element of the Lockheed proposal would be to establish a state-of-the-art training centre at the Polish air force academy in Deblin. This would be based on the Ascent Flight Training facility at RAF Valley in the UK, which is operated by a Lockheed Martin UK and Babcock International joint venture.

 

Warsaw should select a winner for its eight-aircraft requirement before the end of 2013. Other candidates are the Aero Vodochody L-159T1, Alenia Aermacchi M-346 and BAE Systems Hawk AJT.

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28 mai 2013 2 28 /05 /mai /2013 16:35
P-3_Orion_Republic_of_Korea_Navy

P-3_Orion_Republic_of_Korea_Navy

28 May 2013 naval-technology.com

 

The Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy has received approval from the country's joint chiefs of staff to procure maritime patrol aircraft, to boost surveillance capabilities.

 

An unnamed military source told Yonhap News Agency that the navy is considering purchasing a total of 20 maritime patrol aircraft to strengthen its surveillance capabilities against North Korea near the guarded western sea.

 

The aircraft will complement the ageing squadron of 16 Lockheed Martin-built P-3C anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft.

 

The state arms procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration is currently working on the plan, which is likely to cost approximately $889m.

 

Potential bidders for the acquisition programme include Airbus Military's C295 multirole maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), Boeing's P-8 Poseidon aircraft, and Lockheed Martin's SC-130J Sea Hercules.

 

Meanwhile, the South Korean Navy has placed orders with L-3 Mission Integration and Korean Air team to upgrade its eight P-3C Orion aircraft to Lot 2 standards by 2016, according to Flightglobal.

 

Upgrades to the P-3C aircraft include installation of multipurpose radar to enable detection of fixed and moving targets, high-definition electro-optical/infrared cameras, digital acoustic analysis equipment and a magnetic anomaly detector, according to Defense News.

 

L-3 Mission Integration surveillance systems senior director Brent Billingslea said that the aircraft would be equipped with mission system to enhance capabilities, while being completely compatible and interoperable with existing P-3 fleet for the navy.

 

Under the contract, L-3 will be responsible for the design and development of upgrades, while Korean Air will integrate the equipment on to the aircraft.

 

Armed with Harpoon Block II air-to-ground missiles, the P-3C aircraft is equipped with four Allison T56-A-14 turboprop engines, as well as tactical information system interoperable with the KF-16 fighter jet.

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27 mai 2013 1 27 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
L-3 Mission Integration, Korean Air to upgrade navy P-3C Orions

27 May 2013 By Greg Waldron – FG

 

Singapore - L-3 Mission Integration has entered a contract with Korean Air to upgrade eight Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion aircraft operated by the South Korean navy.

 

The contract will see the US company and flag carrier Korean Air, which operates a major MRO operation, upgrade the eight Lot 1 aircraft to match the navy's eight Lot 2 P-3Cs.

 

"The mission system that we're putting on these aircraft will be completely compatible and interoperable with South Korea's existing P-3 fleet and will add significant capability," says Brent Billingslea, senior director of surveillance systems at L-3 Mission Integration.

 

Under the deal, L-3 Mission Integration will design and develop the upgrades, which will be furnished to Korean Air for installation in South Korea.

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27 mai 2013 1 27 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
FA-50 lightweight fighter (KAI photo)

FA-50 lightweight fighter (KAI photo)

May 25, 2013: Strategy Page

 

South Korea has ordered another 40 of the locally made FA-50 fighter-bombers for $25.5 million each. Two years ago the South Korean Air Force ordered the first twenty (for $30 million each), and the first of these is to arrive in three months with the last of that first order arriving within three years.

 

The FA-50 will be equipped with South Korean, American, and Israeli electronics. The single engine, single seat aircraft is intended to eventually replace South Korea's aging fleet of 150 F-5 fighters. But first, the initial FA-50s will have to show what they can do in active service. That process will begin later this year.

 

The FA-50 is the combat version of the South Korean designed and manufactured T-50 jet trainer. This aircraft was developed over the last decade, at a cost of over two billion dollars. The first test flight of the T-50 took place in 2002. The 18 ton aircraft is actually a light fighter and can fly at supersonic speeds. The T-50 is an “advanced trainer” meant to prepare trainee pilots with the skills needed to handle jet fighters. With some added equipment (radars and fire control), the T-50 becomes the FA-50, a combat aircraft. This version carries a 20mm auto-cannon and up to 4.5 tons of smart bombs and missiles. The T-50 can stay in the air about four hours per sortie and has a service life of 8,000 hours in the air.

 

At $20 million each, the T-50 is one of the more competitive jet trainers on the market. About 100-150 trainers are bought each year by the world's air forces. But it is a tough market, and so far the only export customer for the T-50 has been 16 sold to Indonesia. Nearly a hundred T-50 type aircraft have been produced or are on order. In addition to the FA-50 variant, there is a light bomber variant (the TA-50) that costs $25 million each.

TA-50 breaking formation photo KAI

TA-50 breaking formation photo KAI

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Séoul refuse une apparente offre de dialogue de Pyongyang sur le nucléaire

27 mai 2013 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

SEOUL - La Corée du Sud a rejeté lundi une apparente offre de dialogue de la Corée du Nord sur le désarmement nucléaire transmise la semaine dernière à Pékin.

 

Le ministre sud-coréen des Affaires étrangères Yun Byung-Se a minimisé la portée d'une lettre remise vendredi par un envoyé du dirigeant nord-coréen Kim Jong-Un au président chinois Xi Jinping.

 

Notre position est qu'il n'y a pas de dialogue pour le simple fait de dialoguer, a-t-il dit lors d'un point-presse.

 

Le plus important désormais est que la Corée du Nord démontre sa sincérité à la communauté internationale en tenant ses engagements de dénucléarisation passés, a-t-il insisté.

 

Selon les médias officiels chinois, Kim Jong-Un exprime dans la lettre remise au président Jinping sa volonté de reprendre les discussions à Six (les deux Corées, Etats-Unis, Russie, Japon et Chine) sur le programme nucléaire nord-coréen.

 

Mais la Corée du Sud y voit un effort pour apaiser Pékin, irrité de n'être plus entendu comme il le souhaiterait par Pyongyang, plutôt qu'un signe sincère de modération.

 

La Corée du Nord, rappelle Séoul, considère que le développement de sa force de dissuasion nucléaire n'est pas négociable ou, à tout le moins, qu'elle pourrait envisager une négociation mais sans préalable.

 

Washington et Séoul exigent au contraire un geste de bonne volonté de Pyongyang avant toute reprise des pourparlers.

 

Les médias officiels nord-coréens couvrant la visite en Chine de Choe Ryong-Hae, directeur du politburo de l'Armée populaire du Corée, n'ont fait aucun état d'une proposition de dialogue par Pyongyang.

 

La télévision nationale chinoise CCTV a de son côté rapporté que Choe avait dit à ses interlocuteurs chinois l'ambition de la Corée du Nord de créer un environnement international pacifique pour pouvoir concentrer son énergie sur l'amélioration de son économie et des conditions de vie de la population.

 

La Chine est le principal allié de la Corée du Nord, mais les relations bilatérales se sont récemment tendues, Pékin ayant voté à l'ONU le renforcement des sanctions contre Pyongyang à la suite de ses tirs de satellite - des missiles balistiques déguisés, selon les Occidentaux - et d'un nouvel essai de bombe atomique en février.

 

Selon certains observateurs, Choe pourrait être chargé de préparer un sommet entre Kim Jong-Un et son homologue chinois Xi Jinping, qui doit rencontrer le président américain Barack Obama les 7 et 8 juin en Californie.

 

Pour le ministère sud-coréen de l'Unification, si le Nord désire sincèrement renouer le dialogue, il doit répondre à nos demandes répétées de discussions (...) sur le complexe industriel de Kaesong.

 

Depuis le 3 avril, le Nord interdit aux Sud-Coréens l'accès à ce complexe commun situé à l'intérieur de ses frontières, pourtant source essentielle de devises pour le régime.

 

Le 8 avril, il en a retiré ses 53.000 employés à un moment où les tensions étaient très vives sur la péninsule et où Pyongyang multipliait les menaces d'attaques nucléaires contre la Corée du Sud et son allié clé, les Etats-Unis.

 

Le site est né dans le sillage de la diplomatie du rayon de soleil, menée par la Corée du Sud de 1998 à 2008 aux fins d'encourager les contacts entre les deux frères ennemis qui restent techniquement en guerre puisque la Guerre de Corée (1950-53) s'est terminée par un armistice et non par un traité de paix.

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24 mai 2013 5 24 /05 /mai /2013 16:35
photo Gordon_Zammit

photo Gordon_Zammit

LEIDEN, Netherlands, May 24 (UPI)

 

With South Korea edging closer to deciding on a contractor for its $7.3 billion KF-X fighter program, a European competitor is dangling a new carrot to its bid.

 

EADS, based in the Netherlands and part of the consortium that builds the Eurofighter Typhoon, says if the aircraft is chosen to replace South Korea's antiquated F-4 and F-5 fleets, it will invest $2 billion "and its technology in the KF-X to help Korea to become a fighter jet producer."

 

The announcement follows that of Eurofighter, which promised to assemble 53 of 60 aircraft to be produced in South Korea. It's estimated the local assembly would lead to creation of 50,000 jobs.

 

EADS has also said it would build a maintenance repair and overhaul facility for the aircraft in South Korea and an aerospace software center.

 

"If Korea chooses Eurofighter as its next generation fighter jet and EADS invests more than 2 trillion KRW [$2 billion] in the KF-X program, it will bring bigger economic effect than the SURION and Korea will be the fifth country [that] produces Eurofighter, high-level fighter jets," EADS said.

 

"It will also create strong political and military ties with Europe."

 

SURION is a Korean utility helicopter developed by Korea Aerospace Industries with technology obtained from Eurocopter, an EADS subsidiary headquartered in France.

 

"The SURION raised Korea to the 11th helicopter manufacturer in the world," EADS said, and created 25,000 jobs.

 

In its news release, EADS emphasized its business ties to the country. KAI, it noted, has supplied parts for Airbus aircraft since 1998.

 

Airbus, located in France, is another EADS subsidiary.

 

Other competitors for the KF-X contract are U.S. companies Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Lockheed is offering its F-35 Lightning II fighter while Boeing is offering its F-15 Silent Eagle.

 

A news report from Seoul says the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration expects to make a final decision on a contractor next June.

 

"The price negotiations have been completed and we don't plan to have another round of negotiations," DAPA spokesman Baek Yoon-hyeong told a news briefing. "We plan to conduct the auction within June."

 

Meanwhile, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency reports the South Korean government has requested possible procurement of weapons in support of a "potential Direct Commercial Sale" of F-15 SE aircraft.

 

The package, if approved by Congress and if it goes through, would include associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

 

The deal would be worth $823 million.

 

Among items requested: Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, Joint Directed Attack Munition Tail Kits, small diameter bombs, general purpose bombs, AIM-9X-2 (Blk II) tactical missiles, containers, missile support and test equipment, provisioning, spare and repair parts.

 

"The proposed sale will provide the ROK with aircraft weapons for the F-15SE," the agency said. "These aircraft and weapons will provide the ROK with a credible defense capability to deter aggression in the region and ensure interoperability with U.S. forces."

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23 mai 2013 4 23 /05 /mai /2013 16:45
photo Sillinger

photo Sillinger

22 May 2013 by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb

 

The Libyan Navy has taken delivery of 30 new semi-rigid-hulled inflatable fast patrol boats from French military boat maker Sillinger, the first batch of 50 ordered in January this year.

 

According to the Libya Herald, the Libyan Special Naval Forces showcased seven of the new boats during a high-speed display at the naval harbour in Tripoli on Monday.

 

Naval Special Forces spokesman Colonel Ayoub Qassem said the high-powered boats, which range between 3.5 metres and 12 metres in length, will be used for the navy’s maritime border patrols.

 

He said they will be deployed to various naval bases including one at the port of Ras Ijdar in the west and Al-Burdi in the restive east where they will also be used on coastguard duties, protecting vital installations as well as monitoring illegal sea-borne intrusions and landings within the country’s territorial waters.

 

The order for the 50 rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBS) includes the 1200 RIB UM Inboard, designed for the high seas. Libya is the second customer for this new model.

 

The 1200 RIB UM is one of the largest and most advanced of Sillinger's military offerings and is able to carry up to 25 people. Weapons options include a 7.62 or 5.56 mm gun on each side and a 12.7 mm machinegun on the front. Armour can be retrofitted to the sides of the boat. According to information from Sillinger, the 1200 RIB carries radar and infra-red cameras which make it easier for the boat to navigate rough seas in all types of weather. Powered by two 370 horsepower engines, the 1200 RIB UM Inboard weighs 3 900 kg.

 

Sillinger boats are widely used by French Navy commandos and the French Customs, particularly the 580 RIB UM, a boat designed for open sea surveillance or insertion operations.

 

Qassem said the Libyan Navy, which is still struggling to rebuild its capacities following the revolution which ousted Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011, is shortly expecting delivery of 25 patrol boats from South Korea. He said that Libya’s navy received Dutch-made patrol craft earlier in the year.

 

Meanwhile, Libya recently ordered two Raidco Marine RPB 20 boats, which will be delivered to the Navy on April 26. As part of the deal, Raidco is training 32 Libyan sailors (including four officers) as well as maintenance and other personnel in Lorient, France. They will remain in France for a month before sailing for Libya.

 

The RPB 20 series is 20 metres long, has a top speed of 28 knots (thanks to its double-chine deep-V hull) and can launch a small boat.

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22 mai 2013 3 22 /05 /mai /2013 12:35
DSME DW3000H frigates (photo Navy Recognition)

DSME DW3000H frigates (photo Navy Recognition)

20 May 2013 Defense Studies

 

The Royal Thai Navy will ask the cabinet to approve a budget of 13 billion baht for a new frigate to be built by a South Korean shipyard.

 

Navy chief Adm Surasak Rounroengrom said the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters is scrutinising the budget proposal and later will forward it to the Ministry of Defence. Once approved, it will be submitted to the cabinet for consideration, he said.

 

A navy source said the navy had set up several sub-committees to coordinate with the Korea-based shipbuilding and offshore contractor.

 

A navy selection committee last month chose Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to build the new frigate, a navy source said.

 

The company was one of two South Korean firms in the final round of bidding, organised by the navy panel.

 

Three other three foreign firms were eliminated in the previous rounds - from Spain, Italy and China.

 

The source said the high-capability frigate to be built by Daewoo would be based on the company’s type DX II frigate, which has a displacement of 5,000 tonnes, with modifications to meet the Thai navy’s special requirements.

 

The new navy ship will have a displacement of between 3,000 and 4,000 tonnes.  

 

Navy chief of staff Chakchai Phucharoenyot, who chaired the selection committee, earlier told the media the navy also asked the company to install a Combat Management System (CMS) which can be allied to the systems already installed in the frigates HTMS Naresuan and HTMS Taksin.

 

The new frigate, which would be the first South Korean-built naval vessel in the Thai fleet, is expected to be ready for commissioning in two years, Adm Chakchai said.

 

(Bangkok Post)

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22 mai 2013 3 22 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
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photo Rafael

21 mai 2013. Guysen News International

 

La Corée du Sud a déployé des dizaines de lance-missiles antichars israéliens de type Spike, (dits missiles Tamouz en Israël) achetés à la compagnie sécuritaire Rafael, à la frontière nord-coréenne, indique un responsable militaire sud-coréen officiel cité par l’agence Yonhap. Ces missiles chargés de protéger la frontière, ont été déployés dans les îles de Baengnyeong et de Yeonpyeong. Ils peuvent toucher l’artillerie du littoral nord-coréen. « Des dizaines de missiles peuvent détruire les infrastructures souterraines de Pyongyang et toucher des cibles mobiles », a ajouté ce responsable militaire.

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22 mai 2013 3 22 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
Israeli Spike missiles deployed

2013-05-19 By Jun Ji-hye - koreatimes.co.kr

 

South Korea has deployed Israeli-built anti-tank missiles able to incapacitate North Korean coastal artillery near the western sea border, a military official said Sunday.

 

"We recently have placed dozens of Spike missiles and their launchers on Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands," an official of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. “They can destroy the enemy’s underground facilities in the case of an attack. They are also capable of seeking and striking moving targets.”

 

The warhead is equipped with a camera so soldiers using the launchers can monitor video images while aiming; or they can input coordinates in advance, according to the official.

 

The satellite-guided Spike missile has a range of 20 kilometers ㅡ Yeonpyeong is located just 11 kilometers from North Korea.

 

The military initially planned to station the GPS-guided missile during the second half of 2012, but experienced a six-month delay because test-firing conducted in Israel from October last year to January this year saw malfunctions.

 

It made the deployment decision in March after all three successful tests. 

 

On Saturday, Pyongyang launched three short-range guided missiles into the sea off the east coast ㅡ two in the morning and one in the afternoon.

 

In November 2010, when the North shelled Yeonpyeong, killing four South Koreans, the military failed to hit the enemy artillery precisely because it was mostly hidden in tunnels or caves.

 

The missile is produced by Israel’s Rafael Advance Defense System and capable of neutralizing enemy strongholds, and is expected to prevent the recurrence of such an incident.

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21 mai 2013 2 21 /05 /mai /2013 07:35
CGI of the KFX Fighter Project (File Photo)

CGI of the KFX Fighter Project (File Photo)

21 May 2013 By Kang Seung-woo (Korea Times) – Pacific Sentinel

 

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is seen as one of strongest candidates to win the FX (Fighter Experimental) III project thanks to its stealth function. However, some critics are expressing concerns about the foreign military sales (FMS) program.
 
They say that should the U.S. aerospace and defense giant win the 8.3-trillion-won ($7.5 billion) bid, Korea will not be able to take advantage of the most-expensive procurement deal in history.
 
That’s because unlike direct commercial sales (DCS), the government-to-government FMS in which Washington would broker a contract between Seoul and Lockheed Martin is likely to restrict the U.S. company from transferring technology, which Korea plans to use in the project aimed at replacing its aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s.
 
However, Randy Howard, Lockheed Martin’s director of the Korea F-35 campaign, says Lockheed Martin is open to technology transfer and willing to make strong and solid commitments to help Korea with the project on the back of its track record.
 
“Lockheed is offering a robust industrial participation, offset, and technology transfer program. The offer includes the opportunity for the Korean industry to participate as a best value global supplier in the F-35 program, manufacturing the center wing and horizontal and vertical tails of the plane,” the American told The Korea Times.
 
Read the full story at Korea Times
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21 mai 2013 2 21 /05 /mai /2013 07:35
photo Forces Armées en Polynésie

photo Forces Armées en Polynésie

21 mai 2013 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

Le contre-amiral Anne Cullerre, commandant la zone maritime de l’océan Pacifique (ALPACI) et commandant supérieur des forces armées en Polynésie française (COMSUP FAPF), s’est rendue du 29 avril au 10 mai 2013 en Corée du sud ainsi qu’en Russie afin de participer à une série de rencontres bilatérales.

 

Référence : Forces Armées en Polynésie

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14 mai 2013 2 14 /05 /mai /2013 07:35
Bouclier américain: Séoul s'abstient de participer (agence)

SEOUL, 9 mai - RIA Novosti

 

La Corée du Sud ne participera pas au bouclier antimissile américain, possédant son propre programme de protection contre d'éventuelles attaques de missiles nord-coréens, a annoncé le porte-parole du ministère de la Défense Kim Min-Seok, cité jeudi par l'agence Yonhap.

"La Corée du Sud possède son propre système de défense antimissile le mieux adapté à parer les menaces croissantes en provenance de la Corée du Nord", a déclaré le porte-parole.

Selon lui, les militaires sud-coréens ne coopèrent avec leurs collègues américains dans le domaine du boucler antimissile que pour échanger des renseignements.

En mars, le chef du Pentagone Chuck Hagel a déclaré que les Etats-Unis entendaient renforcer d'ici 2017 leur bouclier antimissile suite aux menaces proférées par Pyongyang. Le Pentagone a l'intention de déployer en Alaska 14 missiles intercepteurs supplémentaires, portant ainsi leur nombre total à 44, et d'installer un radar de plus au Japon.

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13 mai 2013 1 13 /05 /mai /2013 07:35
photo US Navy

photo US Navy

May 13, 2013 ASDNews (AFP)

 

South Korea and a US strike force led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz kicked off Monday a joint naval drill slammed by North Korea as a "wanton" provocation and rehearsal for war.

 

The two-day exercise began with the departure of the 97,000-tonne Nimitz, one of the world's largest warships, from the southern South Korean port of Busan where it had been docked over the weekend, the US navy said in a statement.

 

"The operations include integrated flight operations, air defense events, surface warfare training events, precision ship maneuvers, and liaison officer exchanges," it said.

 

A number of other naval ships including guided-missile cruisers and a guided-missile destroyer will also take part in the drill designed to "reinforce regional security and stability", it added.

 

The exercise comes as the Korean peninsula is only just emerging from a period of highly elevated military tensions triggered by North Korea's nuclear test in February.

 

Angered by UN sanctions imposed after the test and by a series of large South Korean-US military drills, Pyongyang spent much of March and April issuing dire warnings including threats of nuclear strikes against Seoul and Washington.

 

The North called the latest exercise with the Nimitz "a grave military provocation" that would trigger a fresh cycle of escalating tensions.

 

"This is a wanton threat against us... that will push the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war," Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling party, said in an editorial on Monday.

 

"How could we ever ignore the arrival of such dangerous forces to the South?" it said.

 

"The warmongers... should never forget that our forces stand fully ready to attack at once in line with operational plans approved by our top command," the newspaper added.

 

North Korean troops near the disputed Yellow Sea border have been ordered to strike back if "even a single shell drops" in their territorial waters, the North's army command said in a recent statement.

 

Any subsequent counterstrike would trigger an escalated military reaction that would see South Korea's border islands engulfed in a "sea of flames", it said.

 

The tense sea border off the west coast saw deadly naval clashes in 1999, 2002 and 2009. The North shelled one of the islands, Yeonpyeong, in November 2010, killing four South Koreans and sparking brief fears of a full-scale conflict.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 12:35
Le porte-avions américain USS Nimitz arrivera samedi 11 mai en Corée du Sud

08/05/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca

 

Le porte-avions à propulsion nucléaire américain USS Nimitz (97.000 tonnes), arrivera le 11 mai prochain dans le port de Busan, en Corée du Sud, pour des manœuvres navales conjointes avec la marine sud-coréenne.

Le USS Nimitz a quitté le port de San Diego, aux États-Unis, le 19 avril dernier et il est entré dans la zone d’opération de la 7e flotte américaine le 3 mai.

Le Nimitz restera trois jours au port de Busan, puis participera aux manœuvres navales conjointes en mers de l’Est et du Sud.

L’escadre du USS Nimitz comprend, notamment, 77 aéronefs, le destroyer Aegis Samson, le croiseur doté de missiles guidés Princeton.

Le USS Bremerton (Photo: WikiCreativeCommons)

La Corée du Sud et les États-Unis ont par ailleurs commencé lundi 7 mai un exercice naval anti-sous-marins d’une durée de cinq jours, destiné à détecter, pister et détruire des sous-marins ennemi.

Les États-Unis ont déployé pour cet exercice le sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque de classe Los Angeles USS Bremerton (6.900 tonnes), deux destroyers Aegis et des avions de patrouille maritime et de lutte anti-sous-marine pour cet exercice. La Corée du Sud a de son côté mobilisé six navires dont un destroyer de 4.500 tonnes, des sous-marins de 1.800 tonnes, des avions anti-sous-marins (P-3C) et des hélicoptères Lynx.

Bien qu’il s’agisse d’un exercice de routine organisé tous les ans,le Commandement du front sud-ouest de la Corée du Nord a toutefois menacé mardi 7 mai d’une réplique immédiate «Si un seul obus ennemi retombe dans [ses] eaux territoriales».

Les autorités militaires nord-coréennes ont également menacé, rapporte l’agence officielle nord-coréenne KCNA, de faire des îles sud-coréennes situées dans la zone frontalière en mer Jaune une «mer de feu» en disant que «si les ennemis prennent des contre-mesures imprudentes, nos missiles déployés sous le Commandement du front sud-ouest engageront une action immédiate et les cinq îles situées en mer Jaune seront transformées en mer de feu.»

Le porte-parole du ministère sud-coréen de la Défense, Kim Min-seok, a pour sa part déclaré lors d’un point de presse, selon ce que rapporte l’agence sud-coréenne Yonhap, que «les manœuvres conjointes sont de nature défensive et que «les exercices conjoints coréano-américains se déroulent plusieurs fois par an et existent depuis la création du Commandement des forces combinées Corée du Sud-États-Unis, en 1978.», ajoutant «Le Commandement combiné continuera ces exercices tout comme un élève n’abandonne pas ses études pour un examen. Les troupes militaires qui ne font pas d’exercices n’ont pas de raison d’être».

Quant à la venue du porte-avions à propulsion nucléaire USS Nimitz, le ministère de la Défense sud-coréen a expliqué qu’«un porte-avion américain à propulsion nucléaire vient chaque année en Corée du Sud à cette période où nous effectuons des exercices conjoints », ajoutant que «le niveau d’alerte militaire élevé sera maintenu pendant la visite de la présidente Park aux États-Unis.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 07:35
US shift to Asia on track despite budget cuts: admiral

May 8th, 2013 defencetalk.com (AFP)

 

Plans to expand the American naval presence in the Pacific with new ships and hi-tech weaponry will go ahead despite steep budget cuts, the US Navy chief said before a trip to the region.

 

Admiral Jonathan Greenert told AFP in an interview he will seek to “reassure” partners during a nine-day trip to Japan, Singapore and South Korea that mounting pressure on military spending will not derail Washington’s much-publicized shift towards Asia.

 

Of the navy’s current fleet of 283 ships, 101 are deployed and 52 are in Pacific waters, with plans to increase the US presence in the region to 62 ships by 2020, he said.

 

“We’re going to grow. There’s no question about the next seven to eight years,” said the admiral, who departs Wednesday on his tour.

 

Greenert, who will meet counterparts at the IMDEX maritime security conference in Singapore, said during his talks he would outline a steadily expanding naval presence, particularly in Southeast Asia.

 

“I’ll talk to them on deployments and how we’re going to sustain our presence out there through this 2013-14 period,” he said.

 

Under automatic budget cuts, the Pentagon faces a reduction of $41 billion this fiscal year and possibly up to $500 billion over the next nine years if US lawmakers fail to break a political impasse.

 

Military leaders have warned that flight hours, ship maintenance and some exercises will be scaled back due to the belt tightening, even as China and other Asian powers pursue an arms buildup.

 

Greenert acknowledged the cuts could slow down the arrival of some new weapons, and if funding were slashed over several years, ship-building plans would suffer.

 

But he said there were 47 ships under construction or under contract that would not be affected by any budget slashing.

 

“Shipyards won’t go empty. There’s no plan to break the contracts.”

 

For the Pacific, he touted efforts to strengthen the navy’s role in the region, from more joint drills to “more grey hulls” in the western Pacific.

 

The strategic “re-balance” is illustrated by what Greenert calls operating “forward,” with 42 of the 52 vessels patrolling the Pacific permanently stationed in regional ports.

 

The approach paid off amid recent tensions with North Korea, he said, when two US destroyers were ordered to the coast off the Korean peninsula.

 

The warships were close at hand in Japan at the naval base in Yokosuka, instead of having to travel a vast distance from the US West Coast.

 

“They are where it matters, when it matters,” he said.

 

The military also plans to send the latest cutting-edge hardware to Asia, with the first squadron of the new P-8 Poseidon aircraft to arrive in Japan later this year, he said.

 

The new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will have a prominent role in the Pacific, he said, which would free up bigger amphibious ships and destroyers for duties elsewhere.

 

The first LCS, the Freedom, arrived in Singapore last month for its inaugural mission, with four of the ships due to use the port through 2017.

 

The Pentagon believes the smaller LCS vessels are more compatible with similar-sized ships used by other navies in the region, and more suited to an area plagued by territorial disputes.

 

Given tensions over territorial rights in the South China Sea and beyond, Greenert said he would use his trip to discuss “protocols” at sea with partners to prevent crises.

 

“We’ll talk about protocols — how we want to operate together at sea and, when together, how would we operate and conduct ourselves if challenged, say in the South China Sea or East China Sea?” he said.

 

China is often at odds with its neighbors over territorial rights and a Pentagon report issued Monday accused Beijing of cyber espionage against the US government.

 

But Greenert said he did not view the Asian power as threat.

 

Instead, relations with China represented an “opportunity,” which if not handled correctly “could turn into a potential adversary.”

 

Washington was focused on how to “understand each other and develop a meaningful dialogue.”

 

The four-star admiral, who travels to Seoul after his stop in Singapore, said North Korea remained the biggest threat in the region, but that tensions had receded after Pyongyang toned down its bellicose language in recent weeks.

 

North Korea still had the ability to launch missiles but “the likelihood has gone down,” he said. “The rhetoric has lowered.”

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