Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Egyptian army ensures that protect the Suez Canal


While the situation remains worrying in Egypt, where riots have claimed dozens of lives since last Thursday, the military came out yesterday for them. The staff of the Egyptian army has indicated in a statement that the strategic locations of the country, starting with the Suez Canal would be protected. Additional security measures have also been taken to ensure freedom of navigation in this passage Strategic begins worldwide.

The Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army, Abdel Fattah, was very concerned about the crisis in Egypt by now: "The continuing conflict between political forces on the progress of the State risqu (e) lead to the collapse of the state, "he said, assuring that the army would remain a" solid block ", a foundation on which" lie the foundations of the state. "

For the record, President Mohammed Morsi has declared Sunday a state of emergency in Suez, Port Said and Ismailia, following clashes that erupted after the death sentences of 21 people accused of involvement in violence which led to the death of 74 people (including supporters of the football club of Cairo) in February 2012 in Port Said. The state of emergency has, however, been observed and deadly clashes against the police since the rioters.

Under these conditions, anxiety disorders grows before shaking the region of the heart which opens one of the two ends of the Suez Canal. Essential in order to thousands of commercial vessels, including containerships linking Asia and Europe, the book, which connects the Red Sea

Russia: "high risk" of corruption in the military sector (NGOs)


The army and the Russian military-industrial complex high risk of corruption, according to the index of government anti-corruption in defense released Tuesday by Transparency International.

Based on a grid of 77 criteria, Russia was rated "D-", indicating a "high risk", alongside Belarus, China, Georgia, Israel, Turkey, Ukraine and some other countries. The only country to receive the highest rating, A are Australia and Germany, which have by organizing "effective mechanisms" to fight against corruption.

Among countries with "critical risk", the NGO cites Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya and Syria. The United States and Great Britain are in the group "low risk", while France, Spain, Italy and Poland are classified as "moderate risk."

The first NH90 made in Spain takes off


The first NH90 fully assembled in Spain made its first flight in January on the site of Albacete, where it was performed, NH Industries announced. Designated GSPA03 this device type TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) will be delivered to the airmobile force of the Spanish army (FAMET) in 2013. For the record, two prototypes of NH90 Spanish made on the French site in Marignane, are currently in flight test and certification campaign of this machine. NH90 Spanish is distinguished by the choice of Madrid to opt for a turbine engine with two General Electric CT7 of 8F5 and a communication system adapted to Spanish standards and electronic warfare system designed by the group Indra.

Tawazun to showcase UAE defence technology overseas


The strategic defence investment company Tawazun will this year display local defence technology overseas.

The company, launched in 2007, will show locally developed weapons and defence technology in the US, Brazil, France and the Far East.

“Entering any defence market with such products is not easy but people have started to see UAE-made products as proof that Emiratis are capable of entering any market and our portfolio speaks for itself,” said Saif Al Marzooqi, Tawazun’s associate corporate communications director.

Mr Al Marzooqi was speaking on a tour of the five factories at Tawazun Industrial Park on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi yesterday.

North Korea Upgrading Egyptian Scud Missiles

Egypt is responsible for the first wartime use of Scud missiles during its attack on Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Egypt is now working with North Korea to upgrade its Scud missiles. Much like Egypt’s tanks and jet planes, there really is only one country that could conceivably be a target of all that firepower.

Sitting on the other side of the Middle East, Egypt has no enemies in Africa that it needs a major military force to defend itself against.

Egypt’s brief conflict with Libya was a joke. Its interventions in civil wars in Yemen and Nigeria, the latter in support of a takeover by the Muslim north, certainly didn’t require any especially heavy firepower. There’s only one country that Egypt could conceivably find itself engaging in this kind of war with. And that’s Israel.

Egypt was the first country to use scud missiles. Its scud missile upgrades have the same target that they did in 1973.

    China is covertly working with North Koreans to modernize Egypt’s short-range missile systems, raising new concerns among United States intelligence officials about the arms programs of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated government in Egypt.

Yemen, U.S. intercept ship with 'large cache of illegal arms'


Yemeni authorities working with the U.S. Navy intercepted a ship carrying a "substantial" cache of "illegal arms" such as surface-to-air missiles, potent explosives and rocket-propelled grenades, a U.S. official and Yemen's government said Monday.

The incident took place in Yemeni territorial waters in the Arabian Sea last Wednesday, according to a statement issued five days later from Yemen's embassy in Washington.

The crew of the USS Farragut, a Naval destroyer, was working with Yemeni authorities when they spotted the vessel, said an official in the Obama administration. The ship had several flags onboard, but no reliable documentation showing where it came from, the official added Monday.

After the ship was intercepted, Yemeni coast guard officers boarded it and "found a large cache of illegal arms," according to the Yemeni embassy's statement, which was also posted on the website of the Arabian country's state-run SABA news agency.

China's increasing military power conducive to peace in Asia-Pacific


Recently, Chinese people have heard much good news from the military industry. Soon after the “Y-20” jumbo air freighter succeeded in its first flight, there came the news that China successfully carried out its interceptor missile test. Thinking of previous outstanding performances including the launch of aircraft carrier, trial flight of the fifth-generation fighter jets and opening of Beidou satellite navigation system, Chinese people feel deeply proud.

For some narrow-minded Western media, China’s increasing military power seems to have given more evidence on the argument of “Chinese Military Threat Theory”, and makes it easy to draw a conclusion of “Every powerful country is inclined to seek hegemony”.

In fact, contrary to speculations held by some Western figures, China enhances its armament level only for the purpose of better maintaining regional and world peace. The world is not peaceful nowadays. More than 20 years have passed since the Cold War; Western countries have started five wars in a row, namely the Gulf War in 1991, the Kosovo War in 1999, the Afghanistan War in 2001, the Iraq War in 2003 and the Libya War in 2011. In retrospect of wars in the past few years, it is easy to see that the more unbalanced two countries’ military power is, the more Western powers want to start a war.

S. Korean military supports rocket launch


 The South Korean military has deployed two Aegis destroyers off its southern coast to trace a space rocket to be launched later in the day, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.

   The two Aegis warships with an advanced radar system left for the nation's southern waters to follow the path of the two-stage Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) after it takes off at Naro Space Center on the south coast at 4 p.m.
The Navy has deployed two Aegis warships to guard southern waters near Naro Space Center to support the successful launch of the space rocket," a JCS official said.

   One of the two ships is responsible for tracking the rocket from the beginning until its second stage ignition, while the other will follow thereafter until combustion is over, the official said.

   The SPY-1 radar system aboard the Aegis ships can track hundreds of targets as far as 1,000 kilometers away.

Pakistan’s Naval Survelliance Bolstered by U.S. P3C Orion Aircraft


Pakistan’s Navy will receive the P3C Orion surveillance aircraft from U.S. later this year, indicating strengthening defense ties between the two countries, said state media, quoting the country's ambassador Sherry Rehman in Washington.

      The Pakistani ambassador emphasized that Pakistan-US interactions were crucial to push forward bilateral defense ties and the Navy's key role in securing North Arabian sea lanes as part of the anti-piracy international coalition was widely appreciated by the US.

      Pakistan’s agreement with Lockheed Martin for the delivery of seven Orion aircrafts was signed seven years ago. Of these, three aircraft were delivered in 2010, while two were delivered in 2011.

       The Orion is a four-engine turboprop, anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft with a distinctive tail stinger or ‘MAD Boom’, used for the magnetic detection of submarines. They are used by most of the world’s naval forces including the U.S., Japan, New Zealand and Brazil, primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.

ST Engineering Wins Newbuild Contract for Eight Naval Vessels for the Republic of Singapore Navy

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced that the Group has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) for the design and build of eight new vessels.  This new development attests to the Group’s core strength of providing integrated capabilities and solutions to support its customers.

The Group’s marine arm, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) will build the eight vessels at its Singapore Benoi Yard.  Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics), the Group’s electronics arm, will supply the core combat systems and combat system integration solutions.  ST Marine will carry out the platform system integration as the lead system integrator.

Israeli raid in Syria, a center of weapons hit by missiles


 Israeli aircraft struck Tuesday night in Syria convoy heading towards Lebanon, security sources said Wednesday while residents near Damascus told AFP that missiles had hit a research center on unconventional weapons.

According to them, the center, which is located in Al-Hameh, about fifteen kilometers north-west of Damascus, was hit by six missiles that were partially destroyed, causing a fire and killing at least two people.

A video posted by anti-regime region showed explosions in the night, and the flames on the ground.

However, security sources have said on condition of anonymity that it was an armed convoy to Lebanon who was hit on the Syrian side of the border to 11:30 p.m. GMT, without specifying the exact location the attack.

Israel has repeatedly threatened to attack convoys could carry chemical weapons or other weapons available to the Syrian army, such as long-range Scud missiles or anti-aircraft missiles to Lebanon for Hezbollah Shiite near Damascus and Tehran.

Russia delivers upgraded fifth Kilo-class submarine to Indian Navy


Russia has delivered the Project 877 EKM (Nato Kilo-class) submarine, INS Sindhurakshak (S63), following completion of modernisation to the Indian Navy during a ceremony at Zvezdochka shipyard, Russia.

In June 2010, Russia's Zvezdochka shipyard was awarded a contract to upgrade the fifth Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, for the Indian Navy.

Upgrades to the submarine include the installation of 3M54E1 anti-ship and 3M14E land attack cruise missiles as part of the Klub-S missile system, as well as the Ushus hydro-acoustic (sonar) system and CSS-MK-2 radio communications system.

In addition, the submarine has been upgraded with a modified cooling system, a Porpoise radio-locater fitted and other refits to enhance military capacity and safety of the boat.

India test fires cannon launched laser-guided missile


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday conducted the tests of an advanced version of Cannon-launched Laser Guided Missile (CLGM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Odisha coast.

Altogether three rounds of the missile were test-fired from a specially built launcher at the launching complex-II of Chandipur based test range. A defence official said the mission was successful as the missile perfectly destroyed the targets as expected.

“The tests were conducted in between 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm during low tide period. There will be one more round of test on Tuesday. All the data have been collected and would be evaluated after the completion of the mission,” he said.

Philippines To Buy 12 S. Korean Fighter Jets


The Philippines will buy 12 South Korean FA-50 fighter jets to strengthen its poorly armed military, government spokesmen said Jan. 30 amid increasing maritime tensions with China.

The FA-50s will be the first fighter jets to be operated by the Philippine air force since it retired the last of its U.S.-designed F-5 fighters in 2005, said President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman, Edwin Lacierda.

“We don’t have any existing jets right now that are in use, therefore it is necessary for us to upgrade. This is part of the ongoing process of modernizing our military hardware,” he told reporters.

Lacierda said the jets would be used for “training, interdiction and disaster response” and would use their aerial cameras to survey areas. He stressed that the planned purchase was “not aimed at any particular country” despite the new tensions with China over conflicting maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Indian Army for UAV missile simulator


The Indian Army is in the market for a mission simulator to train UAV crews in operating IAI Heron and Searcher Mk.2 surveillance UAVs. The Army has stipulated that the UAV mission simulator should be capable of conducting initial and refresher training of external pilot, internal pilot, mission commander and observer with a separate console available to the instructor.

The Army proposes to use the simulator for simulation of single, air data relay (ADR) mission scenario, maritime scenario, with or without satellite communication (SATCOM) for single or multiple payloads, simulation of all phases of UAV mission as well as its payloads and to play pre recorded missions with annotations for analysis, rraining of internal pilot, external pilot, mission commander and observer in stand alone mode and as coordinated crew of a mission,

Moscow and Astana create a common system of DCA


Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the establishment of a joint regional air defense, reported Wednesday the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Defense.

"The signing of the agreement is the result of negotiations between the Kazakh Minister of Defense Adilbek Djaksybekov and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu which is in Kazakhstan for his first official visit," reads a statement issued by the Ministry of Kazakhstan .

Beginning in November 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs signed an agreement to create

U.S. Congressman supports new subs, F-16s for Taiwan


U.S. Congressman Edward Royce (R-CA) said in Taipei on Monday he is in favor That of the United States selling new submarines and fighter F-16 jets to Taiwan.

"With respect to submarines, Taiwan is in need of upgrades in terms of Their submarine fleet and I support newer subs for Taiwan," Royce, the new chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Said at a press conference.

He Said the focus of the U.S. is on the objective of diesel submarines Obtain HAVING Taiwan. "Our goal is to find an effective way to meet That objective," he added.

Pointing out congressional delegation que le icts he led on January 26-28 visit to Taiwan is here to learn more about the country's defense needs, Royce Said his delegation has "Begun That process" of meeting That objective. He added a day That Earlier, the delegation toured one of the Navy's submarines Existing has Guppy-class "Sea Lion" in southern Taiwan, as well as Attended a briefing on Taiwan's defense needs.

Syria Russian arms delivered under contracts concluded before the conflict


Russian weapons are delivered according to the Syrian government contracts before the civil conflict, which subsequently assumed a character armed, told reporters Monday evening Russian Deputy Syrian Prime Minister Jamil Qadri.

"We have former agreements signed before the crisis and the fact that Russia meet its commitments. We need different weapons to protect our sovereignty, especially against a possible Israeli aggression," said the Deputy Prime Minister.

He added that the weapons supplied by Russia can not be used against mass protests.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

No negotiations with China about strike aircrafts Tu-22M3


Rosoboronexport denied speculations about supposedly coming procurement of 36 Russian aircrafts to China

Rosoboronexport denied speculations Announced by a number of Russian media and unofficial Chinese websites about supposedly coming procurement of 36 Russian Tu-22M3 strike aircrafts to China .

 "Rosoboronexport Does not Have Any information on this issue Negotiating. No such discussions Conducted Have ever been, "- says Vyacheslav Davidenko the corporation representative.

"The commentary was made as year exception. Rosoboronexport usual only comments on the statements from the official sources Which does not include the Chinese listed websites. '

Norway To Buy 62 Light Armored Vehicles from Iveco


The Norwegian military is increasing the number of Iveco light armored vehicles in its fleet with a new order for the Italian-built machines.

Iveco Defence Vehicles announced Jan. 29 that the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation had agreed to buy 62 of the machines, which are known internationally as the Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV).

The value of the deal was not released, nor was an expected timeline.

The procurement brings total LMV purchases by the Norwegians to 170. Norway and other LMV customers have used the machines extensively in Afghanistan.

The new vehicles destined for Norway will be equipped either with a manual weapon turret or a remote weapon station from Norwegian supplier Kongsberg.

The deal also includes logistic support of current and future vehicles.

Thales delivers first maritime surveillance aircraft to Turkey

Thales has achieved delivery of the first of three maritime surveillance aircraft under the Meltem II programme for Turkey . This aircraft will be operated by the Turkish Coast Guard from Izmir Air Base. Pierre Eric Pommellet, Senior Vice-President of Thales Group, officially handed over the aircraft at a ceremony held at the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) facility in Ankara. The official hand-over was presided by Turkish Minister of Interior, Mr İdris Naim Şahin, who thanked all contributors to the programme and its main contractor Thales for “delivering a state-of-the-art aircraft which will enable the Turkish Coast Guards to perform their surveillance duty up to 120 miles from the coast”.

The ceremony was also attended by the Undersecretary for Defence Industries (SSM), the Turkish Coast Guards Chief Admiral, and the Turkish Coast Guard Izmir Air-base Commander. The French Ambassador to Turkey also attended the ceremony with a representative of the French defence procurement agency (DGA), as well as the General Managers of TAI, Havelsan, Aselsan and Milsoft, the Turkish companies involved in the programme.

Germany is to acquire armed drones


The German government is preparing to build his army of armed drones for use in conflicts abroad, according to a document obtained by Spiegel Online. In the text, which is a response to a question from the official left-wing party Die Linke, it is stated that these devices can attack targets in a way "fast, accurate and scalable" , and enhancing security through a "credible deterrence" drones like the "Predator" American.

Unlike the United States, Germany uses only UAV reconnaissance and surveillance, for example in Afghanistan. The new risk revive the heated debate about the drones attack the German government, reports Spiegel Online. The Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière, a member of the conservative party CDU Angela Merkel, has always been in favor of this solution. "Aircraft have the right to have guns, why unmanned aircraft would not they that right? " he asked in an interview with Die Welt.

Israel tests Thrust pod for fighting helicopter training


 Israel Aerospace Industries HAS icts Ehud expanded family of embedded training systems to allow the equipment to be used by attack helicopters and Soviet-era and Russian-built combat aircraft.

Named Thrust, the company's rehearsal autonomous helicopter safety and training system was recently used falling on a large-scale exercise Involving Hundreds of participants, Including rotorcraft, air defense aircraft, tanks and other land vehicles.

The equipment allows Thrust attack helicopters to use against ground targets virtual armaments, with enhanced capabilities to allow debriefing the reconstruction of all flight data and synchronization of audio and video data. The system Provides enhanced safety capabilities aussi, Including air collision and obstacle avoidance, falling on operations.

AIM-9X Block II performing better than expected

 The Raytheon AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder is about halfway through its operational testing and, thus far, the weapon is performing better than expected with one exception, the US Navy says.

"AIM-9X Block II missile has accomplished approximately half the planned objectives of operational test (OT) and is on track to complete on schedule by the end of the [third quarter] of 2013," says the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), which manages the dogfighting missile for the US Department of Defense. "Analysis completed to date indicates that the missile is exceeding performance requirements in all areas, including lock-on after launch (LOAL)."

The Block II's improved LOAL capability, which allows a fighter to launch the weapon without the missile's infrared seeker head locked-on to the target, will help US pilots to engage enemy aircraft from increased ranges compared to the older Block I AIM-9X.

Tokyo will create a naval force responsible for defending the Senkaku

Japan announced Tuesday the creation of a special force of 600 men and 12 vessels to monitor and protect the Senkaku archipelago in the East China Sea that Beijing him fight as the Diaoyu.

According to a spokesman for the Japan Coast Guard, the future include special unit, in addition to two existing helicopter carrier, ten new buildings 1000 tons and 600 men. It will be complete within three years.

Currently the Japanese patrol and monitor these islands occur during Chinese naval incursions are part of the unit based on the island of Okinawa, strong 900 men.

Four of the ten additional vessels under construction and are already financed by funds allocated to the Coast Guard in 2012, the other six being financed by a supplementary budget approved in mid-January, the same official added.

China Denies Weapons Transfers to Burma's Wa Rebels


China 's embassy in Rangoon has rejected allegations Chinese weapons were transferred to Burma's ethnic United Wa State Army last year.
Chinese Spokesman Gao Mingbo posted a press release late Sunday on the embassy's website denying any weapons sales or transfers from China to Burma's ethnic armed groups.

The response was a reaction to a December report by the defense industry think-tank IHS Jane's Intelligence Review, outlining significantly advanced arms transfers to the ethnic rebel group. The report said they included, for the first time, at least 12 armored vehicles referred to as "tank destroyers."

VOA reported on the allegations last week and interviewed security analyst Anthony Davis, who wrote the Jane's report.
He said the build-up was not intended to cause instability in Burma, but rather to deter Burma's military from attacking the Wa like it is attacking the Kachin Independence Army. He said it also appeared to be a response to China's political setbacks in Burma.
China 's statement says the defense think-tank's allegations are ill-founded and misguided.  It says China's policy is to consistently respect Burma's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Telephonics to supply SAR radar for Mi-17V-5 helicopters


Griffon's wholly-owned filiale Telephonics HAS RECEIVED a contract to supply weather avoidance search and rescue (SAR) system for radar on the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Mi-17V-5 helicopters.

As share of the contract, Awarded by Kazan Helicopters, Telephonics will Deliver a total of 85 RDR-1600 radar.

Telephonics chief operating officer Kevin McSweeney said: "Being Chosen by Kazan and the Indian Air Force for the second time and efficacité Demonstrates the reliability of the RDR-1600 in challenging environments."

Around 93 of the airborne units, weather avoidance radar and surveillance Were successfully integrated Earlier in Support of the IAF Mi-17V-5 helicopters.
"As share of the contract, Awarded by Kazan Helicopters, Telephonics will Deliver a total of 85 RDR-1600 radar."

Defence Set to Buy Super Hornets Over Cutting-Edge Fighter

AUSTRALIA will almost certainly be forced to buy 24 new Super Hornet fighter planes at a cost of about $2 billion to plug a looming gap in its air defences amid delays in the purchase of the cutting-edge Joint Strike Fighter.

According to a leaked draft of the 2013 defence white paper, just two Lockheed Martin JSFs will be delivered to Australia by 2020.

This strongly indicates that the government will need to buy rival Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets, which are cheaper but older and less stealthy than the JSF.

''By the end of this decade, the ADF will take delivery of three Air Warfare Destroyers, two Landing Helicopter Dock amphibious ships and the initial two F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft,'' the white paper states.

While switching to the Super Hornets would not be a blow to the budget - each plane costs about $40 million less than each JSF - it may mean money is wasted because the government would lose economies of scale on training and maintenance by operating two different types of fighters. And experts say the Super Hornet would be challenged by the growing air combat capabilities of some of Australia's neighbours.

Indian Navy’s K-15 SLBM successfully completes development trials


The Indian Navy has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of its nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), K-15 Sagarika, in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Visakhapatnam, India, marking completion of its developmental trials.

During the 12th flight trial, the K-15 SLBM flew with a strike range of 700km at an altitude of 20km to hit the pre-designated target point following its launch from an underwater pontoon simulating a submarine launcher.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed K-15 underwater missile completes India's nuclear triad capability to fire missiles from land, air and sea.

DRDO chief VK Saraswat was quoted by Press Trust of India (PTI) as saying: "The medium range K-5 ballistic missile was test-fired successfully from an underwater pontoon and all parameters of the test-firing were met."

China’s New Freight Plane Extends Military Modernization Program



China successfully tested a locally- built freight plane, two months after the debut of its fighter jet, boosting the nation’s efforts to use homegrown technology to expand defense capacity.

The Yun-20, which had its maiden flight yesterday, can take a maximum load of 66 tons and is suited for long-distance transportation, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The plane will aid the armed forces and will help deliver disaster relief and humanitarian aid, according to the report.

China achieved a military milestone when its fighter jet landed on its new aircraft carrier in November, extending a modernization bid that’s recorded advances in submarines, cyber warfare and in outer space.

The J-15 jet was developed and built by AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corp., a unit of China’s largest aerospace company, Aviation Industry Corp of China. It can carry multi-type anti- ship, air-to-air, air-to-ground missiles and precision-guided bombs.

Qatar denies any support for radical Islamists in Mali

Prime Minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani, denied Tuesday any help from his country against radical Islamists in Mali which France went to war. "Qatar has provided humanitarian assistance to Mali last year with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and was accused of distributing weapons" radical Islamists, Sheikh Hamad said.

Story of a transport mission in Afghanistan


A pilot Transall, commander of the transport group operating in Dushanbe, says a mission like no other in the Afghan theater. Story.

"That day, I received a request for a mission on behalf of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force Force International Security Assistance). The message comes from the head of the "tasking branch", an American colonel, which already gives me an indication of the importance of this mission. It is to get a high-ranking Afghan delegation and on the ground Chakhcharan in central Afghanistan. The preparation of the mission requires even more care than usual because the destination field is isolated, almost non-existent infrastructure and mountains are performance Transall strain. Security measures are, in turn, very strict. Passengers must be "scanned" to stop air from Kabul, ammunition recovered and sealed in boxes before they embark.

Real risks to this mission since the Afghan authorities are prime targets for the insurgents. It can be a ground to air threat, or even an enemy infiltrator in the delegation. Thus, marines commando detachment reinforce the crew on board as observers, but also to ensure the safety of the cockpit. At dawn, about an hour before takeoff, an intelligence officer makes a detailed briefing while providing airport services defrosting the appliance, the climatic conditions in Dushanbe for two weeks being particularly harsh. Arrived in Kabul, I

Malaysia, Pakistan to jointly manufacture UAV, satellites


Malaysia has welcomed Pakistan’s offer to jointly manufacture tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and satellites to boost our defence industry.

Revealing this, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that Pakistan had made an impression on him of its capability to manufacture the said items on a large scale, which could mutually benefit both nations.

“Pakistan was convincing in terms of producing long-range UAVs, along with other strategic assets and equipment .

“With such offers, Malaysia need not depend solely on a country for such expertise,” he told newsmen after receiving a courtesy call from Pakistan’s joint chiefs of staff chairman Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne at the former’s officer in Jalan Padang Tembak, today.

'Combat-proven' Iron Dome At Aero India 2013


Israeli missile-maker Rafael will display at Aero India 2013, for the first time, it's 'game changer', the Iron Dome active defence system against short-range artillery rockets, most notably deployed during the November 2011 hostilities between Israel and Palestine. The Iron Dome will be part of an elaborate outside display of the full portfolio of the company's air and missile defence systems. (Of course, Rafael is unlikely to ever live down this timelessly ridiculous PR video they released for the Indian market at the 2009 show).
The company's outer display will also include David's Sling multi-platform interceptor system, the SpyDer SR/MR and the entire Spike family of tactical guided missiles.

Russian naval exercises in the Mediterranean are entering their final phase


Exercises international fleets conducted by Russia since January 20 in the eastern Mediterranean are entering their final phase. Buildings soon regain their homeports while others will be deployed in other areas.

Since 20 January, the Russian navy conducts extensive naval exrecices that mobilize units from fleets of the North, Baltic, Black Sea and the Pacific.

These exercises have resulted in such missiles against air and sea targets made by the missile cruiser Moskva (Black Sea Fleet), which housed the command center exercises, and the large ASW ship Smetlivy ( Black Sea Fleet). Large landing ships Azov and Saratov (Black Sea Fleet) for their part have simulated repel enemy air attack, and are supplied with artillery.

Cassidian Develops New System for Eurofighter Training


Cassidian's Eurofighter Maintenance System Trainer enhances the quality and efficiency of training for technical personnel
    Virtual training reduces training times in actual aircraft

Cassidian has been awarded a contract by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to deliver a new Maintenance System Trainer for training the German Air Force’s (Luftwaffe) technical Eurofighter personnel. The MST simulates the Eurofighter on-board systems. The unique feature of this system is that, thanks to the scope of the simulation, not only standard work flow procedures for maintenance and repair can be provided realistically and efficiently, but also complex systems knowledge, such as the correct procedure with regard to the detection, investigation and elimination of faults, and for carrying out tests. The current contract involves further developing the Luftwaffe’s existing training system, in order to enable training at the current aircraft standard.

The minesweeper U.S. failed in the Philippines will be dismantled


Caught between a coral reef and environmental concerns, and political Philippine government, the U.S. Navy announced its decision to cut the minesweeper USS Guardian and remove piece by piece.

"Our only option is sustainable dismantle the damaged vessel and remove sections," said the spokesman of the Pacific Fleet, Captain. Darryn James.

The decision keeps the rescue equipment in deeper waters and limit further damage to the coral reef.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

India Presses Israel on Joint Missile Project

 The Indian government has asked Israel to speed up development of its joint medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) project, which has faced technical snags since its inception in 2009.
MRSAM topped the agenda when Air Chief Marshal N.K. Browne, commander of the Indian Air Force, visited Israel last week, Ministry of Defence sources said here.
During his Jan. 21-23 visit, Browne was scheduled to meet with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak; Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, chief of the General Staff; Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, commander of the Israeli Air Force; and Rear Adm. Ophir Shohaim, director of the Directorate for Defense Research and Development.

U.S. Taxpayers Help Pakistani Fertilizer Firm To Expand In U.S. Even Though it Refuses To Control Bomb Materials That Kill U.S. Troops In Afghanista

The Pakistani corporation that has refused the Pentagon’s urgent appeals to control the flow of explosive materials to bomb-makers who kill U.S. troops is expanding its fertilizer manufacturing into the United States.
And it is being done with the help of U.S. taxpayers through the municipal bond market.
The Indiana Finance Authority has approved $1.27 billion in tax-exempt bonds for Midwest Fertilizer Corp. to build a nitrogenous fertilizer manufacturing plant in Posey County. Midwest is a new startup company of the Fatima Group, a conglomerate headquartered in Lahore, Pakistan.
Fatima’s fertilizer components are used by terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan to build homemade bombs — the No. 1 killer of American service members in Afghanistan.
Fatima’s corporate leaders know this is happening, based on communications with Obama administration officials and military leaders, but they have refused pleas to control the flow, according to an Army general.
Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, who heads the Pentagon's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), bluntly criticized Fatima in testimony last month before a Senate panel.
He called Fatima “less than cooperative” in even instituting minimal controls on calcium ammonium nitrate, or CAN, a fertilizing compound that has been used in 70 percent of the homemade explosives deployed against U.S. troops.
Fatima is the only Pakistani producer of CAN, which is illegal to import into in Afghanistan.
Gen. Barbero said that nearly 1,900 Americans in Afghanistan had been killed or wounded by homemade bombs in 2012 at the time of his Dec. 13 testimony. He said the only sources for CAN are two Fatima Group plants in Pakistan.
In his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian affairs, Gen. Barbero said:

The submarine INS Indian Sindhurakshak will leave Russia after modernization

After a Russian shipyard modernization Zvyozdochka, the submarine Kilo class is ready to join the Indian Navy.
 
According to Itar-Tass, the submarine INS Sindhurakshak sail January 29.

The submarine has been modernized in Severodvinsk shipyard Zvyozdochka. It was equipped with cruise missiles Club-S radar Porpoise and the refrigeration system has been modernized.

The INS Sindhurakshak is the 5th submarine to be repaired and upgraded by the shipyard Zvyozdochka.The first, INS Sindhuvir, was handed over to the Indian Navy in 1999.

Afghan air force advances media battlefield tactics

The commanders of the Afghan Air Force and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan signed two Decrees operational in January 23 Implementing Procedures to Improve response to air Afghan battlefield casualties by the AAF's new C-208 Cessna Caravan and Its fleet helicopters Mi-17.

The Decrees address the high-priority casualty evacuations and the dignified, Culturally-appropriate transfer of fallen members of Afghan National Security Forces. The signings Took place in the NATC-A headquarters at the Kabul International Airport.

"These are critical air support mission to campaign success, augmenting ground CASEVAC When needed resources," Emphasized Brig. Gen. Steven Shepro, the NATC-A command. "To Improve the efficacité thesis of missions, the AAF and NATC-A team Have the accelerated delivery, setup and initial operating capability of the C-208 fleet in a matter of months."

The decree initiatives directly instruct aircrew and streamlined command, control and communication security across organisms. The AAF's primary unit for managing mission is flying the Afghan Air Force Command and Control Center. Selon the NATC-A Director of Operations, Colonel. Reginald Smith, the AAF HAS Transferred 146 patients for continued medical care in the last three months of 2012. The primary AAF aircraft movements used for casualty Have Been Mi-17s, C-27A Spartans and Cessna 208B.

Jordan: the army sends reinforcements to the Syrian border

The Jordanian army sent reinforcements to the Syrian border, a senior official of the army of King Abdullah was quoted as saying Israel Hayom. According to the official, Amman has sent thousands of troops, hundreds of armored vehicles, dozens of tanks and missile batteries for backup. According to the Lebanese Daily Star, Jordan cooperate fully with Israel which it transmits messages from Saudi Arabia and Qatar on the situation in Syria and the possibility of an imminent fall of Bashar al-Assad.

Israel very worried about Syrian chemical weapons to fall into the hands of terrorist organizations

The concern up to Jerusalem where information circulating that warehouses Syrian chemical weapons were on the point of falling into the hands of terrorist organizations with links to al Qaeda. This is why, according to some Israeli sources, Iron Dome batteries are to be deployed in the Bay of Haifa. In addition, the general reserve Yaakov Amidror, military attaché of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have made, a few days ago, a quick visit to Moscow to ask the Russians to prevent at all costs the disappearance of these unconventional weapons.

Thailand Show New Variant DTI-1 Rocket Launcher

Defence Technology Institute (DTI) of a research body of Thailand Ministry of Defense recently issued a new variant of multi-barrel rocket launcher vehicles DTI-1 to the public. DTI-1 is a cooperation between DTI and China National Precision Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CPMIEC) with base WS-1 rocket launcher made ​​in China.

Significant difference from the vehicle's appearance from the previous serie is located on the driver's cabin was fully covered with steel plates. There is also a place for additional crew for blast-off line at the back of the driver's seat. Of vehicle allegedly used regular use of Volvo FM-400 6x6. Unexplained STANAG Level of fertilizer layer of protection for. 

As with WS-1 rocket launcher, the DTI-1 also has a diameter of 302 mm rockets and can reach targets as far as 180 km. The diameter of the rocket and the distance to reach the largest in the area. As we know, the Army corps artillery Thailand is indeed very powerful in arms

First C-130H Being Readied for Indonesia

The first former RAAF C-130H is being prepared for transfer to the Indonesian air force.

Photographed by H-model fan Joshua Williams at RAAF Base Richmond, A97-006 was seen departing the base on a test flight following deep-level maintenance.  With evidence of significant work having been performed on the aircraft by Qantas Defence Services, it is believed -006 was the last aircraft to go through deep level maintenance under the existing contract between Defence and QDS. The aircraft was subsequently flown to Townsville for repainting.

U.S. Delegation Visits Taiwan Base Amid Subs Speculation

 A U.S. congressional group paid a rare visit to a Taiwan naval base on Jan. 27, a military source said, raising speculation about efforts to revive a U.S. deal to provide the island with eight submarines.

The delegation, led by Rep. Edward Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the U.S. House Committee, Edward Royce, arrived Jan. 26 as part of a visit to East Asia, according to the de facto U.S. embassy, the American Institute in Taiwan.

“While in Taiwan, the delegation will meet with senior leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, trade and other significant issues,” it said in a statement.

The delegation visited the Tsoying naval base in the south for a briefing and boarded a warship Jan. 27 before meeting Kaohsiung city mayor Chen Chu, the military source told AFP, without providing details.

The United States remains the leading arms supplier to Taiwan despite switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

In April 2001 then-President George W. Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington’s most comprehensive arms package for the island since 1992.

India's Vikramaditya to undergo final trials in mid-2013

 India's delayed aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is to undergo trials this summer prior to its delivery to the Indian navy.

Trials cannot commence before June as the port of Severodvinsk, at which the ship is moored, will be icebound until then, Russia's embassy in New Delhi said in a statement on its website.

An Indian navy source separately confirmed that "delivery acceptance trials" will take place this summer, setting the stage for final delivery to the Indian navy.

"On acceptance of the ship from the builder, it will be formally commissioned with the Indian tri-colour being hoisted on top of ship, after which it will start its journey towards India," said the embassy.

"The navy intends to commission the ship in Russia and sail it back to India by October-November 2013. It is expected to join active service by December."

The Vikrmaditya underwent 100 days of sea trials in 2012, culminating in successful flight trials involving RAC MiG-29K/KUB aircraft flown by Russian pilots in November.

China says concerned by Japan's move to boost military


 China expressed concern on Monday afterJapan unveiled plans to boost the number of its military personnel, as a bitter territorial dispute between the two countries drags on.

Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Sunday the government would increase the number of personnel, now standing at about 225,000, by 287 in the next fiscal year starting in April, the biggest rise in two decades. The figure represents an expansion of about 0.1 percent.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Japan should pay greater attention to regional concerns, alluding to Japan's at times brutal behavior during World War Two which China considers Japan has not done enough to atone for.
"Due to historical reasons, Japan's neighboring countries pay great attention to its military developments," Hong told a daily news briefing.
"We hope that Japan pursues a path of peaceful development, respects the concerns of countries in the region, take history as a mirror and does more to benefit regional peace and stability," he added.

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