martes, 27 de junio de 2017

AIM-9X B2 para todos

Raytheon Gets Contract for Production of AIM-9X Bock II Missiles for Indonesia and Others
Departamento de Defensa de USA

AIM-9X Block II AAM 

Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded $82,818,665 for modification P00029 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-15-C-0092) for procurement of 180 AIM-9X Block II all-up-round tactical full-rate production Lot 17 missiles for the Air Force (52); Navy (8); and the governments of Poland (93); Indonesia (14); Romania (10); and Belgium (3).

In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of 19 captive air training Missiles for Air Force (11); and the Navy (8); 50 AIM-9X missile containers for the Air Force (14); Navy (1); Marine Corps (1); and the governments of Poland (26); Indonesia (4); Romania (3); and Belgium (1); three special air training missiles for the Marine Corps’ Harrier program; two spare active optical target detectors for the Air Force; two spare tactical guidance units (live battery) for the Air Force; two spare captive air training missile guidance units (inert battery) for the Air Force; seven spare active optical target detector containers for the Air Force (6) and Navy (1); four guidance unit containers for the Navy (2) and Air Force (2); and associated lots of spares for the Navy, Air Force and government of Poland.

lunes, 26 de junio de 2017

Airbus ofrece upgrade a los Tiger australianos

Airbus Proposes Upgrade for Australian Attack Helicopters

Australian Tiger ARH 

LONDON — In the lead up to the 2017 Paris Air Show, European giant Airbus has revealed details of its two-stage proposal to upgrade the Australian Army’s Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter.

The managing director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific, Tony Fraser, said Airbus Helicopters is proposing an interim upgrade based on the Tiger Mark 2 development being mulled by European operators, including France. Beyond that, Fraser says a Mark 3 variant now on the drawing board will form the basis of a future armed reconnaissance helicopter, or ARH, replacement program flagged by the Australian government for the middle of the next decade.

Australia has 22 Tigers and was to undertake an extensive capability assurance program, or CAP, to keep the fleet relevant in the coming years. However, the ARH program has been mired in controversy since the first helicopters were delivered at the end of 2004, suffering a lower-than-expected rate of effort and a higher-than-desired cost of ownership to the commonwealth.

Australia's 2016 Defence White Paper and the associated Integrated Investment Program singled the helicopter out from all Australian Defence Force platforms for criticism, describing the program as "troubled."

Most recently, a 2017 report by the Australian National Audit Office, or ANAO, into the ARH program was scathing of the helicopter, which only achieved final operational capability last year, despite being in operational service for more than a decade.

The program is now seven years late, and although it hasn’t reached planned levels of availability and reliability, recent remediation efforts by the Australian Army; the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group of Australia's Defence Department, or CASG; and industry continue to improve performance indicators to the point where the Tiger’s cost of ownership has dropped by almost a third since 2012.


domingo, 25 de junio de 2017

Malasia va de shopping

Malaysia Outlines its Shopping List

RMAF CN-235 

As the global aerospace industry descends on Paris for the biennial aviation spectacle, the chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has revealed the contents of his shopping list.

A new multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA), new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and additional air defence radars are the primary capability acquisition goals, according to RMAF Chief Gen Affendi Buang.

In a written reply to Shephard, the RMAF Chief stated that these acquisitions would nevertheless be subject to the availability of funding allocations by the Malaysian government.

On the MPA requirement, Gen Affendi stated: ‘The RMAF is considering a few options to enhance the maritime patrol capabilities which is presently being undertaken by the Beechcraft B200T aircraft. Due to the age factor (23 years) and limited number and capabilities, more capable and fully-fledged MPA platforms (ASW and AsuW) with ISR and SAR capabilities are being evaluated to replace the B200T aircraft.’

As an interim measure, the RMAF is considering modifying and integrating some of its CN235 medium transport aircraft with the AMASCOS surveillance system from the B200T.

‘The procurement of [an] MPA is highly desirable to meet the ever-increasing surveillance and patrol requirement in the Malaysian Territorial Waters and EEZ but will still be largely dependent on the availability of funding from the government.’

Gen Affendi also said that in regard to the RMAF’s focus under the 11th Malaysia Plan of 2016-2020, and based on the budget allocated under the plan, the RMAF is focused on completing the existing procurement of A400M aircraft and its infrastructure, the final phase of EC725 helicopters infrastructure as well as the Sukhoi Service Technical Centre (located at RMAF Gong Kedak).

RMAF EC-725 

He also added that the RMAF was also in the process of upgrading its S-61A Nuri helicopters under the Nuri Upgrade Programme 4 (NUP4), its C-130H fleet under the C-130H Avionics Upgrade Programme 2 (AUP2) and its BAE Hawk 100/200s under the Hawk Upgrade Programme.

‘All these upgrade programmes are meant to optimise the asset’s capabilities besides meeting the present Air Traffic Management (ATM) requirement,’ he stated.

In regards to the Nuri upgrade programme (being carried out by Airod and Heli-One), the proof of concept helicopter (M23-37) was now on the final stage of issuance of the Supplementary Type certificate (STC) and Certificate of Airworthiness (COA) and this was expected to be done imminently.

On the C-130H upgrade programme, the RMAF Chief said the service forecast that the first phase of the programme would start by the end of this year.

He did not confirm which companies would be doing the upgrade, although it is known that Malaysia’s Airod would be the domestic company doing the upgrade with an undetermined foreign partner.

The Hawk upgrade programme was in the negotiation process, he stated, again not specifying the companies involved, although it is known that Airod and BAE Systems (as the OEM) will be doing the upgrade work.

Turning to the MRCA programme, Gen Affendi said with the service’s MiG-29 fleet passing the 20-year mark, they were starting to see ‘an increase in capability gap’.

‘Advancements in technologies especially the sensor fusion and weaponry is forcing RMAF to consider the available options for future operations of the MiG-29. The RMAF have proposed certain measures deemed fit and we are still awaiting the direction from Malaysian government.’

Regarding UAV capabilities for the RMAF, Gen Affendi stated that the RMAF was still in the early phases of planning on introducing UAV capabilities within the force.

‘The introduction and integration of this capability with the present and future RMAF assets are very much in the planning process. Nevertheless, the RMAF will continue to monitor and evaluate the development of the UAV platforms to provide better insight in identifying the most suitable platform for future operation.’

sábado, 24 de junio de 2017

Israel ayuda a rebeldes sirios

Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels
Fighters near Golan Heights in Syria receive cash and humanitarian help
Israeli soldiers took part in a training exercise in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, near the Syrian border in March.
Wall Street Journal

Israeli soldiers took part in a training exercise in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, near the Syrian border in March. PHOTO: JALAA MAREY/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
By Rory Jones in Tel Aviv,  Noam Raydan in Beirut and Suha Ma’ayeh in Amman, Jordan

Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces.

The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid, said one person familiar with the Israeli operation.

Israel has in the past acknowledged treating some 3,000 wounded Syrians, many of them fighters, in its hospitals since 2013 as well as providing humanitarian aid such as food and clothing to civilians near the border during winter. But interviews with half a dozen rebels and three people familiar with Israel’s thinking reveal that the country’s involvement is much deeper and more coordinated than previously known and entails direct funding of opposition fighters near its border for years.

“Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” said Moatasem al-Golani, spokesman for the rebel group Fursan al-Joulan, or Knights of the Golan. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.”

Israel’s aim is to keep Iran-backed fighters allied to the Syrian regime, such as the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, away from the 45-mile stretch of border on the divided Golan Heights, the three people said.

But its support for rebels risks heightening tension with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, which has long accused Israel of helping rebel groups. Mr. Assad has said Israel supports rebel groups and launches airstrikes in Syrian territory to undermine his hold on power. Israel has said it doesn’t favor any one outcome in the civil war.

Israel captured part of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 war and later annexed it—a move the international community doesn’t recognize.

Aid as a Defense

Israel has been providing Syrian rebels with cash and supplies in a secret engagement to carve out a friendly buffer zone.

Source: Institute for the Study of War

The threat of a permanent presence of Iranian and Hezbollah forces on the Syrian side of the strategic plateau could drag Israel’s military further into a conflict that it has watched warily but mostly stayed out of since it began in 2011. Israeli officials haven’t ruled out such an escalation at a time when they are cultivating other alliances with Arab states against their common enemy—Iran.

Fursan al-Joulan’s commander, who goes by the nickname Abu Suhayb, says his group gets roughly $5,000 a month from Israel. It isn’t linked to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and doesn’t receive Western funding or arms.

The office of Israel’s prime minister referred questions to the Israeli military, which didn’t respond to requests for comment on whether it was sending cash to or dealing directly with rebel commanders in the Golan region. It said only that it was “committed to securing the borders of Israel and preventing the establishment of terror cells and hostile forces … in addition to providing humanitarian aid to the Syrians living in the area.”

The person familiar with Israel’s assistance confirmed that cash moves across the border but said it goes for humanitarian purposes. However, rebels interviewed said they use the cash to pay fighters’ salaries and to buy weapons and ammunition—something the Israeli military wouldn’t comment on.

Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah have played a major role in propping up Mr. Assad’s forces. That help, as well as significant military intervention by Russia, has given the regime the upper hand in the multisided war.

Given the ascendancy of Iran in the war, Israel now fears it will establish control of a strip of land in Syria and Iraq that could be used to transport weapons to military bases in southern Lebanon and the Syrian side of the Golan.

Israeli officials have several times accused the Syrian regime and its Iranian and Shiite allies of planning attacks against Israel from Syrian side of the Golan. By contrast, Israeli officials have pointed out that rebels in that area have never tried to attack.

An Islamic State affiliate also has carved out a pocket of control on the south end of the Syrian Golan and clashes with rebels at times. Its fighters exchanged fire with Israeli forces last year.

The Israeli army has occasionally intervened in the Syrian war by launching airstrikes to stop suspected Iranian arms shipments bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

2011: Syrian uprising against Iran-backed President Bashar al-Assad begins.
2012: Syrian rebel group the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, which has a presence in the divided Golan Heights near Israel’s border, forms and later declares allegiance to Islamic State. It then joins with other groups to form the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, an offshoot of Islamic State.
2013: Israel acknowledges it is treating Syrians wounded in the war in hospitals near the border. Secretly, the military begins to build a relationship with rebel commanders on the Syrian side of the Golan and starts sending aid.
January 2015: An alleged Israeli airstrike kills Hezbollah militants and a general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps near Quneitra province in the Golan Heights. Israel later says the militants were planning to attack Israelis.
June 2015: Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon says Israel is helping Syrian rebels with medical treatment in return for assurances they won’t attack the Druse—a religious minority group that straddles the Israeli and Syrian sides of the Golan.
September 2015: Russia enters the war on the side of the Assad regime, tipping the balance of power in favor of the Iran-backed president.
December 2015: Lebanese Hezbollah militant Samir Kuntar dies in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Damascus suburb. Israeli officials later say he was planning attacks against Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan.
2016: Israel secretly sets up an army unit and budget to manage relationship with rebels and civilians on the Golan Heights, say people familiar with the policy.
November 2016: An Israeli airstrike kills four Khalid ibn al-Walid militants in Syrian Golan after Israeli soldiers come under fire.
March 2017: Israeli warplanes carry out airstrikes inside Syria, drawing fire from antiaircraft missiles in the most intense military exchange between the two countries since the start of the Syrian conflict.
June 2017: Syrian rebels say they have been receiving cash from Israel for the past four years that they use to help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons.
This effort to set up a de facto buffer zone in Syria is reminiscent of another Israeli scheme to protect its northern border by carving out a so-called security zone in south Lebanon during that country’s civil war in the 1970s and 1980s. Known as the “Good Fence” policy, it preceded an Israeli invasion of south Lebanon in 1982 that helped spawn Hezbollah. Hezbollah battled the Israelis until they withdrew in 2000.

Israel has dubbed the current Golan operation “The Good Neighborhood” policy, according Ehud Ya’ari, a fellow at the Washington Institute and Israeli political analyst briefed on Israel’s support to Syrian militias. It began under former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and continued under his successor, Avigdor Lieberman.

The fighters said rebel groups scattered across a roughly 125-square-mile border zone regularly deal with Israel.

“It’s a matter of interests,” said the person familiar with Israeli policy. Israel offers the humanitarian support and in return gets a “buffer zone” of local militias defending themselves.

Fursan al-Joulan is the main rebel group coordinating with Israel, according to fighters. It first made contact with the Israeli military in 2013 and Israel soon began sending cash and other aid, fighters said.

The group had just launched an offensive against regime forces in southwestern Quneitra province, which encompasses the Syrian side of the Golan, according to the spokesman Mr. Golani, who uses a nom de guerre.

The fighters carried wounded comrades to a border point where they were met by Israeli soldiers speaking Arabic, said Mr. Golani. Relatives of the wounded men pleaded for help and ambulances soon arrived to take the injured to hospitals in Israel. The moment was a turning point that opened communication between Israel and the moderate faction of opposition fighters, he said.

For Mr. Golani, the contact was also bittersweet. His cousin had died shortly before the encounter, killed by shrapnel that sliced open his stomach. He said he believes his cousin would have survived with surgery.

Fursan al-Joulan, based in Quneitra province, has roughly 400 fighters loosely allied with four other rebel groups on the Golan that also receive Israeli aid, according to the commander Abu Suhayb and other rebels. Some of these other groups are affiliated with the Free Syrian Army or receive other Western funding and weapons.

In total, there are roughly 800 rebel fighters across more than a dozen villages in this area, where thousands of civilians live, fighters said. Many of the rebels and civilians in this area rely on some level of support from Israel, they added.

“Most people want to cooperate with Israel,” said a fighter with rebel group Liwaa Ousoud al-Rahman, also fighting on the Golan.

viernes, 23 de junio de 2017

BNPB: Patrullas navales cuidan incursiones por playa

La Armada dispuso patrullas costeras en el límite con Pehuen Co
El Rosaleño

A raíz de haber encontrado a pescadores que habían cruzado el límite que tiene la localidad de Pehuen Co con las tierras de la Armada, dispusieron la ejecución de patrullas costeras y la reparación de alambrados y carteles que habían sido destruidos.
De esta manera se infraccionará a través de la Justicia, a quienes traspasen el límite y se dirijan entre otras zonas, a la de Punta Tejada y “las rocas”.
Según pudo averiguar El Rosalenio, En lo que va del año se han detectado e identificado la presencia de Ciento Ochenta y Cuatro (184) intrusos, siendo la mayoría de las personas pescadores y turistas de la zona que se encontraban paseando. En una oportunidad se encontraron intrusos portando armas de fuego con intenciones de cazar en una zona prohibida.
La Armada Argentina ha encarado la tarea de reestablecer los alambrados que marcan el límite y colocar la cartelería que señalice el Limite Fiscal para no dejar dudas a la población de que no se puede ingresar a dicha jurisdicción. Si bien el alambrado y la cartelería existían anteriormente, las patrullas las han encontrado destruidas por efectos del vandalismo.
Durante estos meses se ha difundido que está prohibido ingresar a Jurisdicción Militar, una vez finalizada la actividad de mantenimiento del alambrado que establece el Límite Fiscal y la colocación de la cartelería correspondiente, en el caso de detectar el ingreso repetido e irregular de personas la autoridad Policial labrará las correspondientes actuaciones judiciales, dándole intervención al Juzgado Federal de la ciudad de Bahía Blanca, que en turno corresponda.

jueves, 22 de junio de 2017

Boeing ofrece AH-64E a Australia

Boeing Offers AH-64E to Australia

Boeing offers AH-64E for the likely early retirement of the Australian Army’s Tiger ARH 

Boeing’s eagle eyes scan Australia

Boeing has begun to plan for the likely early retirement of the Australian Army’s Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter by considering such a requirement as a ‘prospect’. The company recently demonstrated its capabilities, including linking with UAVs.

In February this year the Australian Government in its Defence White Paper planned for the replacement of the troubled Tiger fleet from the mid-2020s.

The helicopter had a difficult birth and continues to struggle to achieve availability and datalink requirements and has not yet operated from the Royal Australian Navy’s new amphibious assault ships.

The possibility of a new requirement led Boeing to pull out almost all the stops at the Australian Air Show 2017, there was no public flight display, and demonstrate the AH-64E Apache to Australian personnel and to also demonstrate integration with a grounded Insitu ScanEagle UAV.

‘It took about two weeks to work out how to integrate with the ScanEagle; not full-time but we needed to find laboratory time to carry out the work,’ a company spokesperson said.

‘We had to lease the Apache and get the ScanEagle brought down from Queensland and we looked at how we could set that up.’

The company has added Australia to its potential future customer list, along with another in Asia-Pacific and one in Europe, which could take manufacture of the aircraft out beyond the current production line of 2027. The company is hoping to hit contract for some of these potential orders in the next four years.

The company is continuing to deliver AH-64Es for the US Army, and has just completed delivery of the last of 36 Apaches to South Korea, eight aircraft are in flight test for Indonesia, and Boeing has 24 on contract for Qatar.

The spokesperson said further that the production line can produce almost 100 helicopters a year and the company expects to achieve close to that level ‘in the next few years at least’.


miércoles, 21 de junio de 2017

Tailandia compra anfibios chinos

Thai Cabinet Nod for Bt2.3 bn Armoured Carriers Deal with China

Thailand will buy 34 Norinco ZBL-09/VN-1 armored personnel carriers from China worth 2.3 billion baht ($68 million)

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Army’s proposal to buy 34 armoured personnel carriers from China.

The proposal to buy the ZBL-09/VN-1 for Bt2.3 billion was put forward by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan.

The Cabinet gave the nod for the purchase with budgetary commitments in fiscal years 2017-20.

The Army chief will later fly to China to sign the government-to-government purchase contract.

The Cabinet was told that the new VN-1 carriers will be stationed at the First Cavalry Division, the 10th Cavalry Battalion in Nan, and the 7th Cavalry Battalion in Uttaradit. (NationMM)

Army chief defends purchase of 34 armoured personnel carriers from China

Army commander-in-chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart on Wednesday defended the decision to spend Bt2.3 billion on the purchase of 34 Chinese VN-1 armoured personnel carriers, saying it was a good deal and cheaper than any offered by Western countries.

ZBL-09/VN-1 with an amphibious capability 

Following Cabinet approval yesterday for purchase of the ZBL-09 vehicles, he said one of his assistants would travel to China next month to sign the contract.

The country’s economic woes make it appropriate to buy cheaper military hardware from China, the Army chief reasoned. However, he acknowledged that having an unelected government makes it “more difficult” to purchase military hardware from the West.

The Army will use the VN-1s to replace the ageing V150 and M113 armoured personnel carriers bought from the US after the Vietnam War more than 40 years ago, Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich said.

The procurement is part of the Army’s plan to strengthen its capacity, he said.

Under the military cooperation, China will provide assistance to Thailand in setting up maintenance facilities and transfer technology, Kongcheep said, adding the Army has already prepared a maintenance centre in the northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The Army had previously purchased 10 VT tanks from China while the Navy has signed a contract to buy a Yuan class submarine.

martes, 20 de junio de 2017

Más ofertas rusas a Filipinas

FSMTC Offers the Philippines Helicopters, Marine Equipment and Small Arms

Mi-35 and Mi-17 helicopters 

Russian Federation suggested the Philippines helicopters, marine equipment and small arms

Moscow - INTERFAX.RU - Russia held a presentation for the Philippines helicopters, marine equipment, small arms, "Interfax" on Wednesday, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Russia.

"Talking about the supply of certain models of arms and military equipment is premature waiting for official requests from the Philippine side." - said the official representative of the Russian FSMTC Maria Vorobyova.

She said that the Philippine side held presentation of production of concern "Kalashnikov", Mi-17V-5, Mi-171SH helicopter, Mi-35 helicopters, speedboats, Coast Guard Systems, other samples of military products.

In FSMTC we said that we are talking about military equipment and weapons that will help the Philippines improve the efficiency of the fight against terrorism and piracy.

"The question of the formation of the legal framework of the Russian-Philippine military-technical cooperation", - said m.Vorobevy.

"The Russian Federation in response to the interest of the military-technical cooperation of the Republic of the Philippines in the development of leadership expressed its readiness to further discuss the parameters of mutually beneficial partnerships in this sphere", - said the representative of the Russian FSMTC.


lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

Rusia amenaza con venganza por derribar un avión sirio

Russia threatens to retaliate after US downs Syrian fighter jet
Mark Moore - New York Post

Russian Su-25 ground attack jet takes off at Hemeimeem Air Base in Syria. AP

Russia said it would target US aircraft after a Navy fighter jet downed a Syrian air force plane that dropped bombs near militia fighters aligned with the United States, according to reports.

“Any aircraft, including the international coalition’s planes and drones, discovered west of the river Euphrates, will be accompanied by ground and air-based anti-aircraft defenses as aerial targets,” Moscow said in a statement Monday.

The US said it acted in “collective self-defense” when an F-18 Super Hornet on Sunday shot down a Syrian SU-22 that had attacked a site near Tabqa occupied by members of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The fighters are assisting the US-led coalition in Syria in its efforts to wipe out Islamic State terrorists.

Syria said the plane was targeting militants with the terror group.

Russia, which is backing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, called the downing of the Syrian jet an “act of aggression” that violated international law.

“This, if you like, is help for the terrorists that the US are fighting under what they call their anti-terrorism policy,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.