sábado, 16 de febrero de 2019

Suecia tendrá sus SPM Grkpbv 90 prontamente

First Grkpbv 90 to be soon delivered to Sweden

Army Recognition




In only 2 years, the Granatkastaranscarband 90 (Grkpbv90) has come from contract to delivery. FMV's Director General, Göran Mårtensson, was really impressed to already receive the first 4 wagons, noticing that much can be done when having a good cooperation (with reference to the cooperation between the FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces and the industry in charge of the project).


Presentation of the 120mm mortar carriers Granatkastaranscarband 90 (GRKPBV 90) for the Swedish army (Picture source : Swedish MoD)

By the end of 2016, the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) had signed an agreement with HB Development (HB Utveckling AB, the joint venture between BAE Systems Bofors AB and BAE Systems Hägglunds AB) for the building and delivering of 40 120mm mortar carriers GRKPBV 90 to the Swedish army.

The first 4 wagons are pre-trailer wagons that will be used for training, method tests and validation. The first regular wagons are then to be delivered in August this year. As for the other wagons, last delivery is scheduled for 2020.

The Granatkastarpansarbandvagn 90 (Grkpbv90) is a grenade launcher carrier expected to act as an artillery battalion and is based on combat vehicles 90 (CV90) which are a family of Swedish tracked combat vehicles. These vehicles will be equiped with their own navigation system, the POS2.

viernes, 15 de febrero de 2019

Rusia evalúa la impresionante ametralladora ligera RPK-16

Russian MoD intensively tests Kalashnikov RPK-16 Light Machine Gun

Army Recognition


Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) intensively tests the Kalashnikov RPK-16 light machine gun (LMG), according to the MoD’s official newspaper, Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda). "The operational tests of the RPK-16 LMG are nearing their completion. The program will be finished in the first quarter of the year," said the newspaper. Unlike the venerable Kalashnikov RPK-74 5.45 LMG, the new weapon meets modern requirements to assault LMGs, the Red Star added.


Kalashnikov RPK-16 Light Machine Gun (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Kalashnikov Group unveiled the RPK-16 LMG at the Army 2017 international military-technical forum. The firearm retains the traditional scheme and excellent reliability of the Kalashnikov-family weapons and incorporates a number of new developments, including enhanced ergonomics and tactical flexibility. To meet all operational requirements, the RPK-16 can be fitted with quick-change short and long barrels.

The firearm is complemented by a tactical silencer. Some additional pieces of equipment can be installed on the weapon, owing to Picatinny rails. According to the Kalashnikov Group, the RPK-16 is fitted with 95-round drum and 45-round magazines, the weapon can also be fed from the organic 30-round magazine of the Kalashnikov AK-74 5.45 mm assault rifle. The new LMG has a caliber of 5.45 mm, a rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute, a weight of 4.5 kg (with short barrel and without sound suppressor, magazine and bipod), and an overall length of 840-900 mm with the short barrel and 1,020-1,080 mm with the long one.

Bizarro: Si Argentina incumple contrato de gas, Bolivia recibe Pampas

La Argentina le comprará menos gas a Bolivia y pagará con un avión Pampa si necesita más en invierno


El Gobierno renegoció el contrato que le obligaba a comprar gas a Bolivia. Llegará menos fluido en los meses de menos consumo. Se ahorrarán US$ 460 millones en dos años.



Uno de los aviones Pampa III que podría recibir Bolivia si la Argentina incumple el contrato del gas. Marcelo Caceres



La Argentina renegoció un acuerdo de provisión de gas con Bolivia hasta 2026, que establece un esquema diferente de precios y cantidades contractuales, con mayor estacionalidad en las entregas para el período 2019-2020.

De acuerdo con esta adenda contractual, la Argentina recibirá menor cantidad de gas en los meses de menor consumo y podrá evitar el pago de penalidades. De esta manera, según la cartera de Energía, el país ahorrará US$460 millones en dos años.

“En estos últimos años, la Argentina tuvo la fortuna de descubrir y desarrollar importantes recursos y reservas de gas natural, en particular, en la formación de Vaca Muerta, que han permitido incrementar la producción local en forma muy significativa. En la actualidad, tenemos excedentes exportables de gas en verano, pero aún seguimos requiriendo importaciones en invierno”, dijo el secretario de Energía del Ministerio de Hacienda, Gustavo Lopetegui.

“Ese cambio de contexto derivó en la necesidad de renegociar, en principio, por un período de dos años, el contrato de compra-venta de gas vigente entre YPFB e IEASA. A fin de encontrar una solución satisfactoria para ambas partes, hemos adecuado las cantidades contractuales a los requerimientos de la Argentina durante el verano y hemos establecido precios diferenciales en función de señales de mercado, en especial durante el período invernal”, agregó.

El acuerdo fue firmado hoy por las empresas YPFB y IEASA, con la presencia del secretario Lopetegui, y del ministro de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia, Luis Alberto Sánchez, en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Como compensación, el secretario Lopetegui ofreció al ministro Sánchez un avión Pampa 3 fabricado en FADEA "ante un sobrecumplimiento del contrato". El avión Pampa 3 será entregado por la Argentina a Bolivia si la oferta de gas se ve sobrecumplida en 45 millones de metros cúbicos por día durante los cinco meses de mayor demanda (mayo a septiembre). El contrato entre ambos países por la provisión de gas representará este año un monto de aproximadamente US$1.200 millones.

Entre los detalles del acuerdo, se estableció una nueva definición de los meses correspondientes a invierno, con una distinción entre los meses de "pico" y "resto". Los meses "pico" serán junio, julio y agosto, atendiendo a la mayor demanda en nuestro país, y mayo y septiembre serán considerados en la categoría “resto”.

Bajo el nuevo esquema de precios y cantidades se estableció que en los meses de “verano” (enero a abril y octubre a diciembre), YPBF entregará 11 millones de m3 de gas por día. En los meses de mayo y septiembre el volumen ascenderá a 16 millones de m3 por día, y en los meses pico del invierno, entre junio y agosto, el volumen será de 18 millones de metros cúbicos al día.

Además, Lopetegui y Sánchez firmaron un memorando de entendimiento para ampliar la frontera de la cooperación en materia energética entre ambos países.

Corea del Sur aprieta las clavijas indonesias para el proyecto KFX/IFX


Republic of Korea and Indonesia are Negotiating Changes to the KFX/IFX Fighter Program




KF-X/IF-X fighter

TSAMTO - A delegation from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) visited Jakarta to negotiate a renegotiation of the conditions for Indonesia’s participation in the KFX / IFX Korean Fighter Xperiment / Indonesia Fighter Xperiment joint development and construction program.

According to information and documents obtained by the Jane's Defense Weekly from a source on the Defense, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of the Indonesian Parliament, the negotiations were held for two days (January 24 and 25).

Indonesia was represented at the meeting by the leaders of the state-owned company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia, and the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Coordination (POLHUKAM).

The document that Jane's received indicates that Indonesia intends to propose to roll over its payment obligations under the program until 2031.

It is also expected that to further reduce the burden on the national defense budget, Indonesia will offer to make payments under the program through countertrade transactions instead of cash, by analogy with the strategy it implements when it purchases Su-35 fighters in Russia.

In addition, Jakarta insists on the expansion of intellectual property rights to technologies developed under the program, with a view to their commercialization in the future.

In accordance with the initial agreement signed between the two countries in 2015, Indonesia is obliged to pay 20% of the total development costs, which is estimated to be about $ 8 billion. The South Korean government will pay 60% of the costs, and KAI will cover the remaining 20 %

In exchange for investments, Indonesia will gain access to the technologies and know-how developed under the program, as well as the right to acquire fighters.




KF-X/IF-X fighter

According to current plans, the first prototype of the KFX / IFX is scheduled to roll out by 2021, flight tests begin in 2022, and production - in 2026.

The document states that after the start of serial production, Indonesia intends to acquire an initial batch of 16 aircraft. Jakarta also insists PTDI grants sales of KFX / IFX aircraft to potential buyers outside Indonesia.

KAI announced the launch of the KFX program in 2001, the aircraft was originally conceived as a subtle twin-engined multi-role fighter. In 2011, the Republic of Korea concluded an agreement with Indonesia on cost-sharing for the development of KFX / IFX, and its combat use was supposed to begin in 2023.

However, in 2012, the program faced financial difficulties and then President of the Republic of Korea Pak Geun-hye in early 2013 suspended its implementation. The program resumed in 2014, when the Republic of Korea and Indonesia signed a joint design and development agreement that governs the participation of countries in the program.

In 2018, Indonesian officials confirmed to national media that Jakarta did not fully pay for participation in the KFX / IFX program and the deficit was due to a reduction in the defense budget. In 2018, defense spending in Indonesia decreased by 12% compared with 2017 and amounted to $ 7.2 billion. At the same time, less than $ 1 billion was allocated for purchases, research and development.

In the future, Indonesia intends to replenish the fleet of Russian-made aircraft with the KFX / IFX platform, and Seoul plans to replace the outdated F-4E “Phantom” and F-5E “Tiger-2” aircraft and, eventually, the F-16. As expected, the Air Force of the Republic of Korea will acquire up to 250 aircraft. About 350 KFX / IFX are expected to be exported.

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Alemania corta el acero del primero Tipo 218SG singapurés

Singapore Navy's First New Type 218SG Submarine to be Launched in Germany on Monday




The steel cutting ceremony for the first two Type 218 SG took place on January 12, 2018. TKMS has also started construction on the third and fourth submarines in January this year. Singapore’s four new Type 218SG submarines will replace the navy’s current Archer-class and Challenger-class submarines (photo : submarine matters)

SINGAPORE - Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will be officiating at the launch of the first of four new submarines for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in Germany next Monday (Feb 18), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has said.

All four Type 218SG submarines are manufactured by German defence contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine System.

The new submarines will replace the RSN's older ones, which are all second-hand refurbished vessels from Sweden.

Before officiating at the launch ceremony in Kiel, Dr Ng will attend the 55th Munich Security Conference on Saturday (Feb 16) and speak at the Maritime Roundtable on the topic "Bridging Troubled Waters - Deconflicting the South China Sea Disputes", Mindef said in a statement on Thursday.

He will be in Germany from Feb 15 to 18, it added.

The RSN's four Challenger-class submarines, which were made in the 1960s and bought by Singapore between 1995 and 1997, are ageing and two were retired in 2015. It also has two Archer-class submarines bought in 2005.

The first two Type 218SG submarines are expected to be delivered from 2021. They will be equipped with improved capabilities such as modern combat systems and Air Independent Propulsion systems, and carry a wider range of mission payloads.

Dr Ng will be attending the Munich Security Conference for the eighth time.

Inaugurated in 1963, the conference brings together key foreign affairs and defence leaders from around the world. Some 600 participants are expected to attend this year.

Dr Ng, who is due to meet his foreign counterparts while in the German city, will also speak at the 11th Munich Young Leaders Roundtable on Saturday.

Straits Times

jueves, 14 de febrero de 2019

MBT: Primer T-14 sería provisto en 2019

Russia: First serial T-14 Armata main battle tanks to be supplied in 2019





The T-14 tank on the heavy tracked Armata platform was launched into batch production after an upgrade. The first batch of 16 tanks will be supplied by the end of the year. On May 9, new T-14 will participate in the VE-Day parade in Red Square. They will be then distributed among units in various parts of the country for operation in close to combat conditions, the Izvestia daily writes.


T-14 Armata main battle tank displayed at Armya-2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

Twelve T-14 tanks and four T-16 armored recovery vehicles will be supplied to the troops by the end of the year, several Defense Ministry sources told the newspaper. The serial Armata differs from prototypes by some new units and systems. The first serial tanks will participate in the VE-Day parade and will then be tested by the troops. Sixteen vehicles will be sent to units deployed in various climatic zones. Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) Corporation told the newspaper it strictly observes the contract with the Defense Ministry to produce Armata tanks and combat vehicles.

Experts compare the T-14 to foreign analogues and say it exceeds US Abrams, French Leclerc and German Leopard 2. The Russian tank is 25-30 percent more effective and has better survivability than adversary vehicles. The tank is equipped with Afganit reactive armor. It creates an impenetrable dome over the tank and automatically destroys approaching shells, bombs and missiles without crew participation.

The tank's main characteristic is its unmanned turret. The T-14 crew remotely controls the weapons from an isolated armored capsule inside the tank hull. The capsule protects the crew and iumproves survivability on the battlefield. It is an innovation in tank design. The Armata has a new diesel engine of 1,500 HP. The firepower relies mainly on its 125mm gun 2A82. Designers said its technical level exceeds all existing tank guns by 1.2 times. The muzzle energy of the 2A82 gun is 1.17 times higher than the best NATO 120mm gun of Leopard 2A6 tank. But the Russian barrel is 60 centimeters shorter, which makes the tank more compact.

The Armata is a universal tracked heavy platform which can be used to carry tanks, heavy infantry fighting vehicles, engineering vehicles, heavy armored personnel carriers, tank support, reconnaissance and command vehicles.

The T-16 armored recovery vehicle manufactured on the Armata platform is designed to evacuate damaged vehicles from the battlefield and repair them in field conditions. It has a set of special equipment, e.g. utility blade, and differs from existing BREM-1M by a more powerful manipulator crane and a haulage winch. The T-16 conning turret for the crew is located at the front to the left side. The crew comprises three men: commander, driver and operator. The protected capsule has seats for the crew of the evacuated tank. The diesel engine and automatic reversing gearbox are behind the manned compartment.

The T-16 ecovery vehicle has a strong armor and dynamic and electronic protection against guided weapons, and anti-mine devices with electromagnetic detonators. The T-16 has a combat module with a large-caliber machinegun remotely controlled from the armored capsule.

The Defense Ministry said in 2018 Armata would be tested in the Arctic. Trials in the mountains and desert with high temperatures are also planned.

"Covert drawbacks and design miscalculations are usually exposed at the stage," expert Sergey Suvorov said. "Since Soviet times, the armor had to be tested in various conditions - in a hot and cold climate and dusty terrain. The Defense Ministry requires a tank to properly operate in a temperature range of minus 50 to plus 50 degrees Centigrade. Tanks will be sent for trials to northern units, e.g. in Buryatia where temperatures fall to the required critical degrees. In Soviet times, tanks were tested in the heat of Kara Kum Desert in Turkmenistan. Now they are sent to Astrakhan region," he said.

Expert Viktor Murakhovsky said that the serial tanks which become the backbone of the armor differ from the prototypes. "The exterior of Armata is likely to be the same. The upgrade concerns the power plant, transmission, the sight and ammunition. They will have to design new munitions for the tank, including guided and detonated in flight," he said.

To make a comparison, the Soviet Union upgraded the engines of the T-62 and T-80 tanks. Thus, the T-80 actually got a new power plant before the serial production, the Izvestia said.

Seis Yak-130 más para Laos

Russia will Deliver Another Six Yak-130 to Laos




Yak-130 of the Laos Air Force (photo : Military9Army)

10 Yak-130 will enter the country


Russia delivered four Yak-130 combat trainers to Laos. As stated in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the equipment has already been fully paid. According to “Kommersant”, this is only the first part of a batch of ten such machines. The total cost of the procurement, as estimated by “Kommersant”, is about $ 300 million. Earlier, Laos handed over to Russia 30 fully operational T-34-85 tanks. Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin declared “Kommersant” that this is a free transfer of equipment, for which Moscow is extremely grateful to Vientiane.

The fact that Laos purchased four Yak-130 combat training aircraft from Russia was reported to the Russian Ministry of Defense on Tuesday, stressing that the equipment had already been delivered. “Under the contract signed in 2017, four Yak-130 combat training aircraft were delivered to Vientiane on a commercial basis. Aircraft paid in full, "- said the military department. They also noted that armored and lightly armored vehicles, as well as other Russian-made weapons, were simultaneously delivered to Laos. The contract was signed on August 26, 2017 by the head of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev, and the Prime Minister of Laos, Thonglun Sisulit, in Gorki, near Moscow. On January 10, 2019, Interfax, citing a source, announced the delivery of several Yak-130 to Laos. Then the FSMTC of Russia did not comment on this information.

According to “Kommersant”, we are talking about the beginning of the implementation of a larger supply. According to the source of “Kommersant”, according to the above contract, ten such machines will be delivered to Laos. The estimated cost for all of the Yak-130 was about $ 300 million. Laos became the fifth foreign recipient of the Yak-130 aircraft produced by the Irkutsk Aviation Plant of PJSC "Irkut Corporation" after Algeria (16 units), Bangladesh (16 units), Myanmar (six units) and Belarus (eight units).

In early January 2019, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that Laos transferred 30 T-34-85 tanks to Russia in a fully operational condition. Until recently, armored vehicles were in service with the army of Laos. Agreements on the return of T-34-85 tanks to Russia were reached in January 2018 during the visit to Laos of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu. The military department stressed that this decision was made by Laos "in recognition of the many years of military and military cooperation, which in many ways contributed to the protection of sovereignty and strengthening the defense capabilities of the Lao PDR) Patriotic War. The echelon with tanks is now following Siberia (on Tuesday it was in Krasnoyarsk, and on Wednesday should arrive in Novosibirsk) and is heading for Naro-Fominsk.

January 20 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Army. According to the Russian defense ministry, a representative Russian military delegation will take part in the celebrations in Vientiane. The opening of the representative office of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is also timed to this date. In addition, a detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is currently working in Laos.

Recall that the previous contract was signed during the HeliRussia exhibition at the end of May 2016: the holding company “Helicopters of Russia” and the Ministry of Defense of Laos agreed on the repair of military products. According to the contract, the holding’s specialists had to repair four helicopters during the year, among them two Mi-17-1Bs and two Mi-17s.

Kommersant

Azerbaiyán bota OPV israelí en el Mar Caspio

Azerbaijan has launched its new SBS ship afloat

Navy Recognition



Azerbaijan has put its brand new Tufan-type (Saar OPV-62) border guard ship S-206 afloat in the Caspian Sea. This vessel is to be incorporated to the State Border Service (SBS) of the Azerbaijan’s Coast Guard.


Saar OPV-62 S-204 (Picture source : WeapoNews)

This vessel will help the Coast Guard of Azerbaijan to complete important missions including the ensuring of border security in the Caspian Sea, the organising of reliable protection of the oil and gas industry, the managing of rescue missions and also the surveillance of its coasts.

The S-206 is scheduled to be equipped with modern equipment, radio communications and weapons (including missile and anti-missile weapons, night and day surveillance systems, etc…). It is also fitted to accommodate a helicopter on its 62-meter long deck, and various high-speed boats.

miércoles, 13 de febrero de 2019

China ya estaría negociando con Guaidó

China habla con Guaidó para proteger sus inversiones en Venezuela, según WSJ

El gobierno de Pekín estaría adelantando un diálogo con el gobierno interino de ezuela de Juan Guaidó para proteger sus inversiones en caso de la caída de Maduro, según reveló The Wall Street Journal.


Juan Guaidó, presidente interino de Venezuela. Foto: Getty Images

Dinero

La República Popular de China ha estado teniendo conversaciones con la oposición venezolana, a través del gobierno del presidente interino Juan Guaidó, para mantener a salvo sus inversiones en medio de la crisis que afronta el país y jugando todas las cartas posibles mientras aumenta la presión sobre Nicolás Maduro, para el que Pekín ha sido un aliado, según The Wall Street Journal.

Dice un reporte hecho por el medio que los diplomáticos chinos, preocupados por el futuro de sus proyectos petroleros en el país sudamericano y la deuda de casi US$20.000 millones que Caracas tiene con Pekín, han mantenido negociaciones de deuda en Washington en las últimas semanas con representantes de Guaidó, que encabeza los esfuerzos respaldados por la mayoría de la comunidad internacional para expulsar a Maduro, según indicaron fuentes cercanas a los diálogos.

Las conversaciones son una señal de los temores que se han formado entre los simpatizantes del gobierno socialista de Venezuela.

Durante casi dos décadas, los préstamos de Venezuela con China y Rusia a cambio de petróleo han brindado un apoyo vital para mantener el régimen venezolano.

Las relaciones florecieron desde los mandatos de Hugo Chávez, quien fortaleció los lazos con esos países, así como Cuba, Irán e incluso la India en un esfuerzo por combatir el “imperialismo” de los Estados Unidos.

Pero los lazos comerciales y financieros con estos países se han tensionado desde que Maduro, el sucesor elegido por Chávez, tomó el poder en 2013 y la economía comenzó a disminuir, con la producción de petróleo cayendo a más de la mitad mitad después de años de malas decisiones.

Las sanciones impuestas por Washington el mes pasado a la industria petrolera de Venezuela han desesperado a Maduro, al ser asfixiado con su mayor fuerte de ingresos y proyectando nuevas caídas en la producción de petróleo.

Según The Wall Street Journal, la Cancillería de China no respondió a una solicitud de comentarios sobre los presuntos contactos que ha tenido Pekín con la oposición venezolana. En las últimas semanas, el ministerio ha sugerido que se están llevando a cabo discusiones y que China quiere que se respeten sus intereses.

Al ser consultado sobre el rumor de conversaciones en una reunión informativa el 1 de febrero, el vocero del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Geng Shuang, dijo que Beijing "ha estado en estrecha comunicación con todas las partes de diversas maneras sobre la situación en Venezuela".

"No importa cómo evolucione la situación, la cooperación entre China y Venezuela no debe ser socavada", dijo.

Entre tanto, Guaidó ha extendido públicamente su invitación a China y Rusia. El presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, elegido para comandar una presidencia interina “hacia una transición a la democracia”, ha argumentado que el cambio político es el camino hacia las reformas económicas necesarias para restablecer la estabilidad.