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19 novembre 2015 4 19 /11 /novembre /2015 08:35
RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo thaifighterclub)

RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo thaifighterclub)

 

November 16, 2015: Strategy Page

 

In early October Thailand ordered another eight AW139 transport helicopters from Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland. The Thai army received its first two AW139s in 2014 and was impressed. The military tends to buy a lot more stuff after a coup (which Thailand had in 2014, the 12 th since 1932) because an elected government is much less cooperative about this sort of thing. The first two AW139s cost about $27 million each. These eight ton choppers carry up to 15 passengers and can get by with just one pilot. Cruise speed is 288 kilometers an hour and endurance averages 3.2 hours. The AW149, a military version of the AW139, is also available but is more expensive. The AW139 competes with the U.S. UH-60 and another European helicopter, the slightly larger NH90. AgustaWestland is a division of the Italian firm Finmeccanica.

 

Thailand has been trying to replace its aging force of helicopters for the last decade. This has led to the purchase of new American, European, and Russian helicopters, depending on who is offering the best deal at the moment. Thus Thailand has also ordered Russian Mi-17V5s, American UH-72As and UH-60Ms and European (Airbus) AS500 helicopters.

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10 octobre 2015 6 10 /10 /octobre /2015 11:35
Yuan class submarine (photo : pixnet)

Yuan class submarine (photo : pixnet)


08.10.2015 Defense Studies

The Thai Navy will rework funding pattern for the purchase of three Chinese submarines and resubmit the proposal to the cabinet for approval.

The purchase proposal was on the cabinet agenda last week but withdrawn amid a report the Defence Ministry wanted the navy to spread payments for the submarines over 10 years rather than seven, Thai media reported.

Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Tuesday denied reports that the navy's submarine procurement project was being suspended or stalled.

Gen Prawit said he had asked the navy, which plans to buy three Chinese submarines valued at 36 billion baht, to rework its funding plan. The proposal would be submitted to the cabinet for consideration "when the time is right".

There were reports last week that Thailand might prefer frigates in place of submarines. Newly appointed Royal Thai Navy Chief, Admiral Na Areenij had said that the navy would propose an ‘alternative’ if the submarine plan was stalled or cancelled. Local media interpreted this to mean that that the navy would propose the purchase of frigates.

(DefenseWorld)

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10 octobre 2015 6 10 /10 /octobre /2015 11:35
RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo : thaifighterclub)

RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo : thaifighterclub)


09.10.2015 Defense Studies

Contracts Announced Worth 140 Million Euro

New contracts worth a total of 140 million Euro for Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland helicopters. During the Helitech International Show held in London, the company announced orders for the AW139 and AW169 new-generation helicopter models, by both commercial and Governmental European and Asian customers for a total amount of eleven.

Among the operators to mention which have chosen the AgustaWestland’s new-generation helicopters is the Royal Thai Army, that will use eight AW139s for transport and utility services in addition to the two currently in service and the company Heliservices International GmbH which will use its new AW169 for offshore activities in the North Sea.

The helicopters ordered will be used for the implementation of a variety of missions, like passengers transport, law enforcement and offshore transport; and the entry into service of these machines, specifically ten AW139s and one AW169, is planned to take place between the end of 2015 and the end of 2016.

The AW139 and AW169 helicopters, thanks to great performances, cutting-edge technology and operating flexibility, have reached a unique success in their respective categories (intermediate for the world class leading AW139 and light intermediate for the recently certified AW169), obtaining a total of over 1,000 orders signed to date on the world market. The AW139 is the best selling helicopter in its category, with over nine hundred ordered, while the AW169 is the first new-generation helicopter in its category that has been launched on the market in the last thirty years presenting cutting-edge technological solutions in equipment, rotors, re-configuration capability for each mission, emissions reduction and safety standards.

(Finmeccanica)

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30 septembre 2015 3 30 /09 /septembre /2015 12:35
CARAT 2011 - photo US Navy

CARAT 2011 - photo US Navy

 

September 28, 2015 By Grant Newsham

 

The country needs a more robust capability. Here’s how it can achieve it.

 

As Indo-Pacific nations build up their naval power, submarines, cruise missiles, aircraft carriers, jets, and frigates get the most attention. However, an underreported but significant regional trend over the last five years is widespread interest in amphibious capabilities.

Japan and Australia have created rudimentary amphibious forces, and New Zealand is working to develop one. Malaysia has publicly stated it wants a Marine Corps and even the small, remote Maldives has established a Marine Corps.

Apart from this, Asia also already has a number of Marine Corps or amphibious-capable ground forces. The ROK Marine Corps is one of the oldest and most capable, though largely tied to the Korean peninsula. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has a large Marine Corps, and as the PRC pursues its territorial expansion strategies it understands the value of amphibious forces and is rapidly building new amphibious ships.

The Indonesian Marine Corps is expanding, while the Philippine Marines are working to upgrade their force. India has amphibious-capable forces, even though they lack adequate funding and focus, and Singapore is looking to improve its amphibious capabilities. Bucking the trend, the competent Taiwan Marines have been pared down in recent years – to the point where they may eventually be ineffective.

The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) has a long history and can conduct amphibious operations. It has performed superbly in the south against separatist insurgents, and made important contributions to winning the nearly 30-year long Communist insurgency. However, the RTMC can make even greater contributions to Thailand’s national security and to regional security as well. The RTMC is indeed a neglected strategic asset, but to understand why, one first must understand why amphibious capabilities are important.

 

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17 septembre 2015 4 17 /09 /septembre /2015 16:35
Royal Thai Army places additional order for STARStreak Air Defence Missile Systems

 

September 16, 2015 Thales Group

 

Thales announced today at DSEI that it has signed a multi-million pound contract with DataGate in Thailand to supply the Royal Thai Army with the STARStreak air defence missile system.

 

This contract follows on from Thailand’s initial purchase of STARStreak in 2012.

 

The system comprises STARStreak missiles, the world’s fastest very short range air defence (VSHORAD) missile and Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML).  The LML tripod-based system allows swift deployment of STARStreak missile to deal with attacks from low-level fighter aircraft, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and attack helicopters.  The system plays a key part in the air defence forces continued commitment to protecting the Kingdom of Thailand.

 

Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales in the UK, said: “STARStreak is the leading VSHORAD system in the world today, enabling nations to protect key assets against both emerging and established threats.  We are honored to continue to serve the Royal Thai Army as a key supplier for Thailand’s advanced air defence capability.”

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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 07:35
New Airbus ACJ 320 in Commission at Royal Thai Air Force

RTAF ACJ 320 seat configuration consist of 75 seats (VVIP 4 seats, VIP 6 seats, the director of travel one seat, followed by eight seats, crew 2 seats. and 54 passengers seats) (photo : RTAF)


14.09.2015 Defense Studies


BANGKOK – The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has held a delivery ceremony of a new military aircraft which will be used for non-war missions. 

The delivery of Airbus ACJ 320 took place at Military Terminal 2 in Bangkok. Deputy PM and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan presided over the ceremony. The aircraft was purchased under the RTAF procurement project of a passenger plane for high-ranking and prominent persons.

Aside from transporting important persons, the airbus will be used for humanitarian missions such as evacuation of disaster-affected Thais living overseas and peace-keeping operations.

The ACJ320 boasts the most spacious cabin in the corporate jet market. The double engine airplane can seat up to 75 passengers and fly at a maximum distance of 5,900 kilometers or around seven hours when filled up.

The airbus is based at Royal Flight Squadron 602, Wing 6 in Bangkok.

(Pattaya Mail)

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15 mai 2015 5 15 /05 /mai /2015 16:20
Des pod Sniper pour la Thailande et la Roumanie


15.05.2015 par Info-Aviation
 

Les forces aériennes de Roumanie et de Thaïlande vont devenir les 18e et 19e clients du pod de ciblage AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR (ATP) a annoncé Lockheed Martin le 11 mai. L’avionneur américain travaillerait en outre avec Dassault Aviation pour intégrer le Sniper ATP sur le Rafale.

 

Le Sniper ATP est équipé d’un imageur thermique infrarouge à ondes moyennes (MWIR), d’une caméra haute définition, d’un télémètre laser, d’un marquage laser et d’un tracker. Sa configuration peut varier en fonction des exigences de chaque client.

Les capteurs du Sniper ATP fournissent aux pilotes une image haute résolution pour le ciblage de précision dans le cadre des missions ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance et Reconnaissance). Il est capable de détecter, d’identifier, et de suivre automatiquement par laser des petites cibles tactiques à longue portée. Il permet aussi l’utilisation d’armes à guidage par laser et GPS contre des cibles multiples et mobiles.

Une photographie publiée en couverture de IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly du 6 mai montre le Rafale transportant un Sniper ATP sous son pylône central. L’Egypte, qui a récemment commandé le Rafale, a déjà des Sniper dans son inventaire pour ses F-16.

« Le pod visible sur la photo semble être un Sniper ATP, mais il s’agit d’un photo-montage pour illustrer la collaboration entre Lockheed Martin et Dassault pour des essais d’intégration du Sniper ATP sur le Rafale. », a commenté un responsable de Lockheed Martin. Dassault Aviation n’a pas souhaité commenté cette information de son coté.

La quantité exacte de Sniper achetés par la Roumanie ou la Thaïlande n’est pas connue. On sait juste qu’un logiciel spécifique pour leur intégration sera développé à Orlando, en Floride, dans l’usine de Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC).

La Thaïlande va intégrer le Sniper ATP sur ses F-16 A/B Bloc 15 qui sont actuellement modernisés en configuration MLU (Mid-Life Upgrade). La Royal Thai Air Force comprend 39 F-16A et 14 F-16B biplace.

Les F-16 de la Force aérienne roumaine, eux, n’ont pas encore été livrés par le Portugal qui doit fournir neuf F-16A et trois F-16B actuellement en cours de modernisation à la norme MLU M5.2 par OGMA. L’intégration du Sniper sera effectuée avant la livraison à la Roumanie en 2016.

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region - source orientalreview.org

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region - source orientalreview.org

 

March 20, 2015: Strategy Page

 

China is placing increasing pressure on nearby countries like Pakistan, Thailand, Burma (and so on) to arrest and return Chinese Uighur Turks who show up illegally. China accuses these Uighurs of being Islamic terrorists. While a few are most are economic refugees fleeing Chinese oppression in their homeland that has the misfortune of being part of China. Northwest China has long been the home of the Uighur Turks but in the last few decades China has encouraged Han (ethnic Chinese) to migrate to the area (Xinjiang province). Most Uighurs are found in Xinjiang province. There the nine million Uighurs are now less than half the population and most of the rest are Han Chinese. Chinese officials have been publicly urging soldiers and police to be more aggressive against uncooperative Uighurs.

 

The Uighurs are increasingly aggressive in attacking the growing Chinese presence among them. In Xinjiang province what angers the Uighurs is growing pressure from Han Chinese soldiers and intrusive Han government officials. Because of that many Uighurs continue to support anti-Han activity and this makes it possible for Islamic terrorists to survive and operate. The government accuses Uighur activists of endangering state security and tries to keep the unrest out of the news. The same thing is happening in Tibet, where the government is using the same tools to keep everyone under control.

 

While China is obsessed with the few Islamic terrorists fleeing Xinjiang most of these Uighurs are simply fleeing China. Many are showing up in Turkey, via smugglers who specialize in getting Uighurs out and as far away from China as possible. Turkey refuses Chinese demands to return any of these Uighurs unless they are caught engaging in Islamic terrorist activities.

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
G-Star unmanned air system - photo Innocon

G-Star unmanned air system - photo Innocon

 

11 Mar 2015 by: Arie Egozi - FG

 

The G-Star unmanned air system jointly developed and marketed by Israeli manufacturer Innocon and G-Force Composites from Thailand has completed qualification test flights at 10,000ft and performed automatic take-off and landing at its 200kg (440lb) maximum weight.

A tactical UAS with a wingspan of 8m (26ft), the G-Star has a current flight endurance of 10h, although an effort is under way to increase this to 15h.

 

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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 13:35
A scaled mock-up of Hyundai Heavy Industry KSS-500A submarine.

A scaled mock-up of Hyundai Heavy Industry KSS-500A submarine.

 

04.03.2015 by Maki Catama - aseanmildef.com

 

BANGKOK, -- Having previously Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) origin South Korea filed a class submarine Type-209 to consider the Thai Navy, on this occasion the South Korean company that others are HHI also offers submarine to the Royal Thai Navy.

 

It should be noted that the Type-209 submarines / Mod proposed by DSME is proposed also to the Thai Navy by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) from Germany. Thailand hopes that the submarine offered no physical form and is used by the Navy. From this side of the Type-209 / Mod-made DSME actually quite satisfy, but it is impossible to compete with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems with hull Type-209 submarines are the same although the respective copyright.

 

On the other hand HHI has proposed submarine HDS- 500 to the Thai navy has been no information regarding its use by the South Korean Navy, also does not appear on the site information HHI. The new submarine is being developed and was offered as an alternative to the Navy other countries, but have yet to find customers, as well as artificial Amur Russia.

 

Since 2011 the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) , which is regulated by the Defense Advanced Research belongs to the South Korean government has launched a program KSS-500A submarine, a small submarine that can replace class submarines Dolgorae small classes in South Korea last year also reported that the HHI developed a small submarine. Maybe submarine HDS-500RTN developed from KSS-500A, if this is true then it is a great option for the smallest submarine fleet RTN today.

 

This boat may have a weight of 510 tons with roaming capabilities are  continuous as far as  2,000 nautical miles for 21 days, the maximum speed of 20 knots and a maximum depth of 250 meters, this ship has a crew of about 10 people.

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24 février 2015 2 24 /02 /février /2015 12:35
L’EC145 T2 est motorisé avec l’Arriel 2E de Turbomeca photo Airbus HC

L’EC145 T2 est motorisé avec l’Arriel 2E de Turbomeca photo Airbus HC

 

23 février Aerobuzz.fr

 

L’Armée royale thaïlandaise six hélicoptères légers EC145 T2, la dernière évolution en date du bimoteur EC145 et aussi la plus puissantes (masse maximale au décollage de 3,65 tonnes). L’EC145 T2 est équipé d’un cockpit numérique et d’un pilote automatique 4 axes. Les EC145 T2 thaïlandais seront aménagés en version VIP, et destinés au transport de personnalités. Les livraisons débuteront en 2016.

 

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8 février 2015 7 08 /02 /février /2015 21:35
La marine sud-coréenne va participer à un exercice international en Thaïlande

 

SEOUL, 08 fév. (Yonhap)

 

La Corée du Sud a envoyé vers la Thaïlande des soldats de sa marine qui participeront cette semaine à la manœuvre militaire Cobra Gold, l’une des plus importantes au monde, qui a lieu chaque année, a fait savoir ce dimanche le corps des Marines.

 

Cet exercice, le plus grand de la région Asie-Pacifique, organisé à l’initiative de la Thaïlande et des Etats-Unis, commencera demain pour durer jusqu’au vendredi 20 février. Il a eu lieu pour la première fois en 1981.

 

Cette année, ce sera la sixième fois que la Corée du Sud prendra part à cet exercice. Six autres pays seront présents également : la Thaïlande, les Etats-Unis, Singapour, l’Indonésie, la Malaisie et le Japon.

 

Un total de 50 hommes des forces navales sud-coréennes sont partis à bord d’un avion Hercules C-130 il y a deux jours, a-t-il été précisé.

 

L’entraînement de la partie sud-coréenne consistera notamment à survivre dans la jungle, à se battre dans un environnement urbain et à effectuer des infiltrations aériennes et maritimes à Sattahip, un district de la province thaïlandaise de Chonburi, dont la ville de Pattaya fait partie.

 

Durant toute la durée de cet exercice, 14 officiers se joindront à l’exercice de commandement dans la province de Nakhon Nayok, dans la région centrale du pays.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 18:35
US Army UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter.

US Army UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter.

 

21.01.2015 by Maki Catama

 

BANGKOK, -- The Royal Thai Army is eyeing to acquire additional UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter as part of its modernization plans in 2016, Bangkok Post quoted Thai Army Chief Udomdej Sitabutr as saying on January 10.

The announcement did not specify as to how many of the aircraft the army was considering to buy. Thailand had bought six UH-72A helicopters from Airbus March last year at an estimated cost of $34 million.

 

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8 janvier 2015 4 08 /01 /janvier /2015 17:35
Thailand Eyes Submarine Fleet

 

January 04, 2015 By Prashanth Parameswaran Source : The Diplomat (Japon)

 

Is Thailand about to realize its long-deferred dream of acquiring submarines?

 

Thailand may look to procure two or three submarines as part of an increased 2016 defense budget, finally giving the country a capability it has lacked for more than sixty years, The Bangkok Post reported Friday.

 

According to a source from Thailand’s defense ministry, the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is expected to propose the procurement of two to three submarines in the 2016 budget, with the country’s defense minister Prawit Wongsuwon already backing the plan in principle pending cost considerations. The navy has been considering submarines from various sources, but the South Korean Chang Bogo Class submarine is reportedly the least expensive at around $330 million each.

 

To the seasoned observer, Thailand’s plan to acquire submarines is neither new nor surprising. Lacking a submarine capability since 1951, the country has tried since the 1990s to ink submarine deals with several countries, including most recently Germany and South Korea. Though they eventually did not materialize, many were expecting Thailand’s submarine quest to once again become a top priority once the ruling military junta seized power in a coup in May 2014.

 

Since then, all signs have pointed to the RTN preparing for an anticipated purchase of submarines. In July 2014, it officially launched a multi-million dollar submarine training center, a significant boost to its incremental capacity-building efforts, which have included sending officers abroad to South Korea and Germany for training courses. On November 20 last year, which marks Royal Thai Navy Day, Thailand’s navy chief Kraisorn Chansuwanich revealed that he had revived plans to procure submarines and presented his proposals to defense minister Prawit. Prawit had reportedly agreed with the plan but had instructed the navy to present detailed studies on the types of submarines it wanted and their costs to see if they were affordable.

 

Despite previous doubts about Thailand’s submarine quest, some officials insist it makes strategic sense and ought to be pursued urgently. They say submarines would help Thailand ensure the freedom of navigation in the vital Gulf of Thailand, which could be disrupted if, for example, lingering territorial disputes in the South China Sea spiral out of control with spillover effects. They could also help protect critical infrastructure as Thailand continues its involvement in the Dawei deep sea port project in Myanmar over the next few years.

 

More broadly, submarines can also serve as an effective deterrent and protect Thailand’s sovereignty at a time when many of its neighbors either have or are quickly developing submarine capabilities. Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia already have submarines, Vietnam has begun receiving its Kilo-class submarines from Russia, and even the Philippines – traditionally a laggard in this respect – is also eyeing such capabilities. The “keeping up with the Joneses” factor that partly drives Southeast Asian military modernization trends ought not to be discounted, even if it is not often publicly acknowledged by officials themselves. For all the rhetoric about ASEAN solidarity, military buildups are as much about wariness of, and competition between, each other as they are about external threats like China or other transnational concerns.

 

Even so, past experience suggests that renewed efforts in this direction ought to be viewed with caution. The high price tag of actually buying submarines still remains a major concern, even if doing so is now a more urgent priority. Internal differences between various actors within government have complicated plans before, and could do so again. And with political stability in Thailand hardly assured, there is no guarantee that the current government will be in place long enough to actually follow through on its intended objectives. As Thailand continues pursuing its long-deferred dream of acquiring submarines, past may yet again prove to be prologue.

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 11:35
P180 Avanti II - photo Piaggio Aero Industries

P180 Avanti II - photo Piaggio Aero Industries

 

01 Oktober 2014 Defense Studies


The Royal Thai Air Force’s deputy chief of air staff, Air Chief Marshal Sutthiphan Kritsanakhup and Piaggio Aero Industries’ government sales director Francescomaria Tuccillo on 29 September reached an agreement in Rome for the delivery of one P180 Avanti II in a new photographic reconnaissance configuration.

Reached in the presence of Italian air force chief of staff Gen Pasquale Preziosa, the agreement will lead to a contract signing on 30 September. This will coincide with a Royal Thai Air Force delegation visiting Piaggio Aero’s new main facility in Villanova d’Albenga, near Savona, north-west Italy.

The Thai officials have already visited the Italian air force's 14th Wing, which is equipped with Avanti IIs in transport and special mission configurations, and its multi-crew training centre at Pratica di Mare air base, to receive information on the training capabilities that the service could provide to its Thai counterpart.

(FlightGlobal)

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1 octobre 2014 3 01 /10 /octobre /2014 11:35
US to supply additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters to Thailand

A US Army UH-72A Lakota light-utility helicopter at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., US

 

1 October 2014 army-technology.com

 

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated equipment to Thailand.

 

Under the estimated $89m sale, Thailand has requested nine UH-72A Lakota helicopters, along with spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, and aviation mission planning stations.

 

Approved by the US State Department, the package also includes personnel training and training equipment, as well as other related elements of logistics support.

 

The sale is expected to contribute to Thailand's goal of upgrading and modernising its military forces with a new light-utility helicopter that can address requirements for rotary-wing transportation, while further enhancing interoperability between Thailand, the US, and other allies.

 

In addition, the sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of a major non-Nato ally.

 

EADS North America has been selected to serve as the prime contractor for the FMS programme.

 

The UH-72A Lakota, which is an unarmed utility militarised version of the EC-145 helicopter, is primarily used for search and rescue, medical evacuations, homeland security, VIP transport and disaster response and relief, as well as combat flight and pilot sustainment training missions.

 

Powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines, the helicopter can also be used for general support and counter-narcotics operations.

 

It is currently operated by the US Army, Navy and the Army National Guard.

 

In June 2013, Thailand also requested six UH-72A Lakota helicopters and related equipment from the US at an estimated cost of $77m.

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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 11:35
Mi-17V-5 photo  Russian Helicopters

Mi-17V-5 photo Russian Helicopters

 

MOSCOU, 29 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

L'armée thaïlandaise a signé un contrat sur l'achat d'un deuxième lot d'hélicoptères russes pour 40 millions de dollars, a annoncé lundi à Moscou un porte-parole du Centre russe d'analyse de commerce mondial d'armes (TsAMTO).

 

"Les discussions sur le nouveau contrat ont commencé en octobre dernier. La cérémonie de signature du contrat portant sur l'achat de deux hélicoptères Mi-17V-5 s'est tenue à Moscou", a indiqué le porte-parole.

 

L'Agence russe d'exportation d'armements (Rosoboronexport) n'a pas commencé cette information.

 

La Thaïlande a acheté trois hélicoptères russes Mi-17V-5 en février 2011.

 

Le gouvernement du pays a approuvé en octobre 2013 l'achat de huit hélicoptères polyvalents supplémentaires pour l'armée thaïlandaise dont deux Mi-17V-5 russes pour 39,9 millions de dollars et six UH-72A Lakota d'Eurocopter North America pour 55,4 millions de dollars.

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:35
Southeast Asia builds home-grown defense industry

 

12.08.2014 cnbc.com (Reuters)

 

Spurred by tensions with China, Southeast Asian nations are building up their own defense industries, channeling fast-growing military budgets to develop local expertise and lower their dependence on big U.S. and European arms suppliers.

 

While countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia won't do away with big-ticket imports from giants like Airbus or Lockheed Martin, they are increasingly encouraging domestic defense firms to manufacture hardware locally. With regional defense spending seen rising to $40 billion in 2016, 10 percent higher than last year, some countries are already developing their own exports.

 

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 07:35
Gripen Makes Its Debut In Australia


05.08.2014 Saab Group
 

Gripen entered a new continent when the Royal Thai Air Force, RTAF, dispatched six of its twelve JAS 39 Gripen to the exercise Pitch Black 2014 in Australia, beginning 1 August and ending 22 August.

The Pitch Black exercise is held in a vast area in Northern Australia with Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal as the main base, together with RAAF Base Darwin. 

All six RTAF Gripen left its base Wing 7 at Surat Thani in Thailand on July 29, with scheduled stops at Singapore and Bali before its arrival at RAAF Base Darwin on July 30. 

Seven countries take part in the exercise – the host RAAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), the United States Air Force (USAF), RTAF, United Arab Emirates Air Force and the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia. 

Over 110 aircraft and 2,300 personnel from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and France are due to take part in the exercise, among them a range of fighter aircraft. The RTAF Gripen are joined by F-18 A Hornet and F-18 F Super Hornet from RAAF, F/A 16 from USAF, F-16 Falcon and F-15 SG Eagle from RSAF and Mirage 2000-9 from the United Arab Air Force. 

Besides a fighter fleet, several support aircraft play important roles during the exercise, for example tankers like the KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-30 Multirole Tanker. Two AEW aircraft join as well, one Gulfstream 550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft from RSAF and one Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft from RAAF.  

During Pitch Black 2014 participants will conduct Offensive Counter Air and Defensive Counter Air missions, launched from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal. Exercise participants will utilise the Delamere Range Facility and Bradshaw Field Training Area.

Mission scenarios will progressively become larger and more complicated through the course of the exercise, requiring mission commanders to factor in a variety of air combat roles.

You can read more on the official website of Exercise Pitch Black 2014 here
 

 

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Polynésie française : visite du contre-amiral Cullerre en Asie du Sud-Est

 

05/04/2014 Sources : EMA

 

Du 11 au 22 mars 2014, le contre-amiral Anne Cullerre, commandant la zone de responsabilité permanente Asie-Pacifique (ZRP ALPACI) et commandant supérieur des forces armées en Polynésie française (COMSUP FAPF), s’est rendu dans quatre pays du sud-est asiatique pour une série d’entretiens avec les autorités militaires de ces pays (Thaïlande, Birmanie, Singapour et Indonésie).

 

Le contre-amiral Cullerre s’est d’abord rendu en Thaïlande. Les forces armées en Polynésie françaises (FAPF) coopèrent régulièrement avec les forces armées thaïlandaises au cours d’exercices tels que Cobra gold ou lors d’escales de bâtiments de la marine nationale donnant lieu à des embarquements d’officiers thaïlandais et à des entraînements conjoints à la mer.

 

En Birmanie, l’amiral Cullerre a travaillé avec les autorités militaires sur le renforcement de notre coopération bilatérale, plus spécialement celle exercée dans le domaine de la sécurité maritime et de la surveillance des zones économiques exclusives.

 

Ce même sujet a été évoqué lors des rencontres avec les autorités militaires de Singapour, pays avec lequel la France entretient une coopération active en s’appuyant notamment sur l’Information Fusion Centre (IFC). Depuis sa création en avril 2009, un officier de liaison français est affecté dans ce centre régional de collecte et de partage d’informations d’intérêt maritime .

 

Le contre-amiral Cullerre a également pu profiter de sa présence à Singapour pour rencontrer le contre-amiral Cindy Thebaud, commandant de la Task Force (TF) 73 basée à Sembawang.

 

Enfin, ALPACI a représenté le général d’armée Pierre de Villiers, chef d’état-major des armées (CEMA) au 4eJakarta International Defence Dialogue, qui réunissait les hautes autorités militaires et ministérielles de quarante-six pays de la zone indo-pacifique. Ce forum annuel a pour objectif d’aborder des problèmes d'actualité et les défis auxquels les pays de la zone doivent faire face pour améliorer la sécurité de la navigation maritime, lutter contre la criminalité transnationale et encourager l'établissement de relations de coopération bilatérale et multilatérale.

 

ALPACI, au nom du CEMA, participe aux activités de coopération régionale et entretient des relations privilégiées avec l’ensemble des nations présentes sur cette zone.

 

En temps qu’ALPACI et COMSUP FAPF, l’amiral Cullerre a pour mission de garantir la souveraineté nationale dans les zones maritimes de  la Polynésie française et du Pacifique. Sa zone de compétence s’étend sur tout l’océan Pacifique, les détroits indonésiens et du méridien du cap sud de la Tasmanie à l’ouest, à la côte américaine à l’Est, à l’exception de la zone entourant la Nouvelle-Calédonie sous la responsabilité du COMSUP Nouméa.

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UH-72 Lakota photo US Army

UH-72 Lakota photo US Army

 

01 April 2014 Defense Studies


EADS-N.A., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $34,018,858 modification (P00772) to sole-source, Foreign Military Sales contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for six Lakota helicopters with the environmental control unit, mission equipment package and airborne radio communication (ARC-231) radios for the Royal Thai Army. 

Fiscal 2010 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $34,018,857 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is April 3, 2015. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss. 

Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

(US DoD)

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J+S Ltd receive award from DSME for the supply of an integrated Torpedo Launcher System for the new Royal Thailand Navy Frigate

14.03.2014 Pacific Sentinel
 

Barnstaple, 12th March 2014 – J+S Ltd is pleased to announce that they have been selected by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) as the suppliers of an integrated Torpedo Launcher System (TLS) for the New Royal Thailand Navy Frigate.
 
The contract was agreed upon in December 2013. The system will integrate with the ship’s Combat Management System (CMS) and Gyro compass. The J+S Ltd TLS is designed to fire a range of Mk44 and Mk 46 torpedoes and has the capability to be modified to fire the latest Mk54 torpedo.
 
Delivery will commence in March 2016 to DSME for installation on the new Frigate. Set-to-Work (STW) and Harbour Acceptance Trials (HAT) will follow leading to Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT) in 2017.
 
Andy Toms, Managing Director commented: “J+S Ltd is delighted and proud to receive this major contract from DSME. We are increasingly looking overseas for business growth opportunities and have identified East Asia and the ASEAN region of great potential. This order is a welcome boost to our Barnstaple based business and raises our profile internationally as an independent supplier of lightweight torpedo launchers.  We have supplied and supported similar systems to the UK Royal Navy for many years and look forward to developing a strong business relationship with DSME and the Royal Thailand Navy.”
 

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Atlas Elektronik building sonar for Thai frigate

 

ULM, Germany, Dec. 18 (UPI)

 

Sonar systems for a new frigate being built for Thailand by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering are being supplied by Atlas Elektronik GmbH.

 

Atlas Elektronik, headquartered in Germany said the contract from Daewoo is for the supply and integration of a bow sonar and a low-frequency active towed array sonar system.

 

The two will be delivered in early 2016. The monetary value of the contract, however, was not disclosed.

 

"Together, the two systems offer active and passive sonars for the detection, tracking and classification of underwater vehicles, such as submarines, torpedoes and unmanned underwater vehicles," the company said. "In addition, these sonars are able to detect and classify small speedboats, divers or floating obstacles, e.g. containers or tethered mines."

 

The bow sonar to be supplied provides a surveillance radius of up to nine miles, while the towed array sonar operates in the low-frequency range from about 2 kHz and permits observation of the sea space at ranges of more than 37 miles, the company said.

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DRS integrating command system into Thai armored vehicles

 

 

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 2 (UPI)

 

DRS' mission command capabilities are being integrated into First Win armored tactical vehicles by Thailand's Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co Ltd.

 

The system to be delivered is C4InSight, a modular, scalable and open architecture communications system with the ability to interface and control a wide range of HF and VHF radios, satellites and other line-of-sight and below line-of-sight communications systems.

 

Central to it is DRS's Network and Imaging Systems group's data distribution unit, which enables centralized communication between the C4ISR -- command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance -- platform and weapon sub-systems.

 

"This new partnership is an exciting venture for DRS, providing us with the opportunity to establish a relationship with a world-class defense manufacturer like Chaiseri," said Mike Sarrica, president of DRS's Network and Imaging Systems group. "We are excited to team with a company that values the full spectrum of unique capabilities and experience that DRS has to offer in this field on a superior vehicle like the First Win multi-role armored vehicle."

 

DRS said Chaiseri will be responsible for in-country installation and on-going support and maintenance of the mission system products and systems and that DRS will provide engineering support from its facilities in the United States and Britain.

 

No additional details about the teaming agreement were disclosed.

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Northrop to Supply Air Defense Radar Systems to Royal Thai Air Force

 

November 27th, 2013 By Northrop Grumman - defencetalk.com

 

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the Royal Thai Air Force to supply additional AN/TPS-78 air defense and surveillance radar systems.

 

Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will begin supplying equipment to the Royal Thai Air Force in 2015. The company will also provide training, spares and logistics support.

 

“With this award, we continue our 25 years of support of the Royal Thai Air Force and the national security infrastructure of Thailand,” said Robert Royer, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s International Systems business unit. “Highly mobile and proven in a wide range of environmental conditions, the AN/TPS-78 will give the Royal Thai Air Force a powerful new capability for monitoring its national airspace.”

 

The Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-78 is among the latest generation of highly mobile, state-of-the-art radars made possible by advances in high power transistor technology and designed to operate in some of the harshest, most demanding environments. The radar has proven particularly adept at detecting small targets in areas of difficult land and sea clutter, making it well suited for use in mountainous and coastal regions.

 

The S-Band, long-range AN/TPS-78 is in use with the U.S. Air Force and a variety of customers worldwide. To date, AN/TPS-78 systems have logged more than 1 million operating hours.

 

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.

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