viernes, 6 de mayo de 2016

Radios para las tropas australianas

Harris Corporation Selected for Australian Battlespace Communication System

Harris Battlespace Communication System 

BRISBANE, Australia — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has been named the preferred tenderer for an integrated battlespace communication system for the Australian Defence Force.

Harris was selected by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Land 2072 Phase 3 program, which is a critical part of the Australian Army's Networked Digitisation Plan. The plan will modernize the Australian Army's communications network - enhancing operational tempo and command and control.

Under the program, Harris will provide an integrated tactical communications network for voice and data services to tactical forces over line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight applications. The solution will include tactical radios and other systems and technology from Harris and other partner companies.

"This agreement reinforces Harris' status as a trusted partner and continues our long-standing commitment to providing the Australian Defence Force with secure communications and networking solutions," said Alan Callaghan, president and managing director, Harris Defence Australia. "Harris is proud to be part of such a pivotal program and to support the Australian Army's continued modernization efforts."

Harris Defence Australia is headquartered in Brisbane and also has primary offices in Canberra, Perth and Melbourne, Australia. Harris has served government and commercial customers throughout Australia for more than 25 years. The company has about 150 employees at six locations and provides products, systems and services in tactical and managed satellite communications and systems integration.


jueves, 5 de mayo de 2016

450 AMRAAM D para Australia

US Approved Sale of 450 AIM-120D AMRAAM to Australia

The AIM-120D, formerly known as AIM-120C-8 is the latest model of the AMRAAM 

WASHINGTON - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $1.22 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 21, 2016.

The Government of Australia requested a possible sale of:

Major Defense Equipment (MDE):
Up to 450 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AIM-120D)
Up to 34 AIM-120D Air Vehicles Instrumented (AAVI)
Up to 6 Instrumented Test Vehicles (ITVs)
Up to 10 spare AIM-120 Guidance Sections (GSs)

This request also includes the following Non-MDE: containers, weapon system support equipment, support and test equipment, site survey, transportation, repair and return warranties, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training, and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The total estimated value of MDE is $1.08 billion. The total overall estimated value is $1.22 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner and major contributor to political stability, security, and economic development in the Pacific region and globally.

This proposed sale is in support of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F/A-18, E/A-18G, and F-35 aircraft. This proposed sale will provide the RAAF additional air-to-air intercept capability and increase interoperability with the U.S. Air Force. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor for production is Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona. The principal contractor for integration is unknown and will be determined during contract negotiations. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. or contractor representatives to Australia.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.


miércoles, 4 de mayo de 2016

DCNS ahora busca ganar el contrato indonesio

PT PAL, DCNS Begin to Explore Indonesian Submarine Requirements in Working Group

Among the issues is the submarine platform that can operate in both deep and littoral waters

Indonesian and French officials have started a working group to explore Indonesian submarine requirements.

Among issues being explored is the feasibility of operating a platform that can operate in both deep and littoral waters.

Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has teamed up with French company DCNS in a formal working group to explore future submarine requirements of the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL), industry sources close to the matter have confirmed to IHS Jane's .

The working group, which started in March, has been formed under the ambit of a government-to-government framework between France and Indonesia and includes representatives from the private and public sectors.


martes, 3 de mayo de 2016

Modernización de los ASU-85 vietnamitas

Vietnam May Update Soviet Era ASU-85s

Vietnam apparently acquired some Soviet ASU-85 airborne SPATGs after the 1979 war with China, which recently have been brought out of storage. 

Officials from the Minotor-Service Corporation of Belarus attending the Defense Services Asia (DSA) 2016 exhibition told IHS Jane's that Vietnamese officials had expressed "strong interest" in purchasing Minotor's upgrade package for their ASU-85 airborne self-propelled anti-tank guns (SPATGs).

Minotor's upgrade package includes a new more powerful diesel engine powerpack that would increase speed from 45 to 60 km/h and range from 400 km to 450 km.

The revelation that Vietnam People's Army (VPA) had the ASU-85 in its inventory was made in the 16 March 2015 issue of the Bao Dat Viet website, showing vehicles operating in a May 2015 exercise. An informed source has told IHS Jane's that these were delivered following China's brief war with Vietnam in 1979.

The 15.5 ton ASU-85, based on the chassis of the PT-76 amphibious tank, started arming Soviet Airborne Troops in 1959. It carries 45 rounds for its fixed D-70 85 mm main gun which has a maximum range of 10 km.

The ASU-85 was transported by the large Mi-6 "Hook" helicopter that the Vietnam People's Air Force also operated until the early 1990s.

The Soviet ASU-85s were part of larger shipments of T-62/55/54 tanks, BMP-1 armored personnel carriers and artillery that allowed the VPA to convert its 304th, 308th and 320th Infantry Divisions into Mechanised Infantry Divisions, or Motorised Rifle Divisions in Soviet terminology.

It is possible that the ASU-85s were kept in storage, which would appear to be confirmed by their being in good condition. Other Vietnamese reports indicate they were brought out of storage to provide a new capability for difficult terrain.


lunes, 2 de mayo de 2016

FAdeA corta un día la jornada laboral

FADEA ajusta costos laborales

Las autoridades de FAdeA anunciaron que paralizarían el trabajo de la totalidad del personal un día a la semana, lo que lograría un ahorro de casi cien mil dólares por cada jornada no trabajada. El día seleccionado es el viernes, buscando preservar las fuentes de trabajo, incluyendo a miembros del directorio, jerárquicos, línea de mandos medios y operarios.El personal cobrará el 75% neto de sus sueldos durante la jornada de suspensión, suponiendo que la empresa podría ahorrar casi medio millón de dólares en dichos días.

Una auditoria ordenada por el gobierno realizada mostró un verdadero descalabro en esta empresa, con gastos significativos no justificados, proyectos sin seguridad contractual, personal ocioso sin calificación, desanimo entre el personal que si labora, deudas a proveedores de importancia y un sinfín de problemas que deberá resolver la nueva conducción que ha quedado en manos de un empresario privado que tendrá que apelar a sus mejores artes para sacar adelante a FAdeA.

domingo, 1 de mayo de 2016

Francia gana el contrato submarino australiano

DCNS of France Wins $39 Billion Australian Submarine Contract

The DCNS Shortfin Barracuda submarine. 

France sinks Japanese, German bids to win $40 billion Australian subs deal

France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a A$50 billion ($40 billion) deal to build a fleet of 12 submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defense contracts, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday.

The victory for state-owned naval contractor DCNS Group underscored France's strengths in developing a compelling military-industrial bid, and is a blow for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to develop defense export capabilities as part of a more muscular security agenda.

Reuters earlier reported that DCNS would be announced as the winner, citing sources with knowledge of the process.

"The recommendation of our competitive evaluation process ... was unequivocal that the French offer represented the capabilities best able to meet Australia's unique needs," Turnbull told reporters in the South Australian state capital of Adelaide where the submarines will be built.

In a statement, French President Francois Hollande said the deal "marks a decisive step in the strategic partnership between our two countries", while Prime Minister Manuel Valls said it was "cause for optimism and pride."

The French shipbuilder's share of the overall contract will amount to about 8 billion euros ($9.02 billion), according to sources with knowledge of the deal. DCNS chief Hervé Guillou said the deal would create around 4,000 French jobs, benefiting shipyards and industrial sites in Lorient, Brest, Nantes and Cherbourg.

Australia is ramping up defense spending, seeking to protect its strategic and trade interests in Asia-Pacific as the United States and its allies grapple with China's rising power.

Japan's government with its Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries boat had been seen as early frontrunners for the contract, but their inexperience in global defense deals and an initial reluctance to say they would build in Australia saw them slip behind DCNS and Germany's ThyssenKrupp AG.

Political Implications

Industry watchers had anticipated a decision to come later in the year, but Turnbull's gamble on a July 2 general election sped up the process.

The contract will have an impact on thousands of jobs in the shipbuilding industry in South Australia, where retaining votes in key electorates will be critical for the government's chances of re-election.

"The submarine project .. will see Australian workers building Australian submarines with Australian steel," said Turnbull.

DCNS, which traces its roots to 1624 and is 35 percent-owned by defense electronics giant Thales SA, proposed a diesel-electric version of its 5,000-tonne Barracuda nuclear-powered submarine. DCNS enlisted heads of industry and top government figures to convince Australia of the merits of its offering and the benefits to the broader relationship.

"This is a great opportunity for DCNS because they will work with the Australian navy for the long run as it is a series of contracts and a huge opportunity to invest more and to develop business," French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on the sidelines of a trade fair in Hannover, Germany.

Japan had offered to build Australia a variant of its 4,000 tonne Soryu submarine, a deal that would have cemented closer strategic and defense ties with two of Washington's key Asia-Pacific allies, but risked antagonizing China, Australia's top trading partner.

Paul Burton, Defense Industry and Budgets Director at IHS Jane's said it was a surprise from a strategic standpoint that Japan didn’t win. "Japan is very keen to secure a significant piece of overseas business following the relaxation of its export legislation, and this Australian submarine deal was widely regarded as becoming a landmark trade," he said.

"The tradecraft required to convince a sophisticated domestic buyer that Japan's was superior to that offered by France was lacking."

ThyssenKrupp was proposing to scale up its 2,000-tonne Type 214 class submarine, a technical challenge that sources had previously told Reuters weighed against the German bid.

Both losing bidders said they were disappointed by the decision, but remain committed to their Australian businesses.

"Thyssenkrupp will always be willing to further contribute to Australia’s naval capabilities," said Hans Atzpodien, Chairman of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

Japan's Defence Minister Gen. Nakatani said the decision was "deeply regrettable," and he would ask Australia to explain why it didn't pick Japan's design.

America's Raytheon Co, which built the system for Australia's ageing Collins-class submarines, is vying for a separate combat system contract with Lockheed Martin Corp, which supplies combat systems to the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. A decision on the weapons system is due later this year.


sábado, 30 de abril de 2016

Flankers malayos con nuevos lentes de visión nocturna

RMAF Su-30MKMs May Get New NVGs


RMAF Su-30MKM will receive a demo of Gen 3+ night vision goggles (NVGs) from LEMT, which is part of the Belarus based firm BelOMO. LEMT officials tell Daili News, that the RMAF will soon receive a demonstration of the new generation NVGs, which do not require the cockpit lighting to be NVG compatible and allow the pilot to see out in darkness to 500 meters.

BelOMO is one of the largest optical companies in Eastern Europe with over 6,000 employees. The company is a well-known producer of high-quality optical sights for the small arms, including Thermal Imaging (TI) and Night Vision Sights.

The company is also showcasing a unique a solution for upgrading the day sights on RPG-7 launchers to day and night sights. The company also has on display its patented periscopic red sight, which can also be used for cornershot devices. With a product portfolio of over 200 devices, LEMT, has bought a number of selected products for display and demonstration.

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viernes, 29 de abril de 2016

Saab busca arrendar Gripens a Malasia

Saab Looks to Gripen Lease to Kickstart Malaysia's MRCA Programme

Saab is continuing to offer the Gripen C/D to Malaysia on a leasing option

Sweden's Saab remains committed to its offer of leasing the Malaysian government its JAS 39 Gripen C/D multirole fighter in a bid to kick-start the country's stalled multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) programme, Thomas Linden, head of Saab Malaysia, said on 19 April.

Speaking at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition, Linden outlined the lease package being offered to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to meet its stated requirement to replace its ageing fleet of Russian MiG-29N 'Fulcrum-A' fighters, which were originally scheduled to be retired by late 2010.

The MRCA programme has been delayed continually in recent years due to economic constraints in Malaysia but Linden said the Gripen lease programme provides an affordable method to procurement. The Malaysian lease proposal features the supply of new aircraft, he also confirmed.

"Our basic offer is a lease solution using examples where we have leased the Gripen to the Czech Republic and Hungary," he said. "The lease solution for Malaysia would work very similar to a purchase. There is no limit in the operation, you can use any weapons or systems, and we will build a local support solution here in Malaysia with our local partners. This programme is fully endorsed by the Swedish government."

He added, "When we lease the aircraft we will guarantee flight hours. So we will say that if you lease this aircraft from us you will get 'X hundred' flight hours per aircraft per year. And if we can't deliver that it's on us. What we are pricing in the lease are the capital costs that we have with the aircraft and also the support and related solutions."

Linden said that the Malaysian government's response to Saab's leasing proposal for the Gripen has been "positive", although he added, "Whether or not Malaysia will go with this or whether they will go another way, we don't know that yet."

jueves, 28 de abril de 2016

Irán finalmente obtiene sus S300

Irán recibió el primer lote de sistemas de misiles S-300 de Rusia, dijo que el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de Irán

 Irán ha recibido de Rusia el primer lote de mercancías en un contrato para el suministro de sistemas de defensa aérea S-300 rusos. Esto fue anunciado el 11 de abril, el representante oficial del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores del país Jaberi Ansari
 se firmó el contrato para el suministro de sistemas S-300 entre Rusia e Irán en 2007. La operación ascendió a aproximadamente $ 900 millones. Sin embargo, en 2010 la ejecución del contrato se ha suspendido
 La situación cambió con el suministro a Irán después de que Rusia entró en una confrontación con Occidente por la crisis de Ucrania y comenzó a establecer relaciones con Asia y el Medio Oriente
Irán ha recibido de Rusia el primer lote de mercancías en un contrato para el suministro de sistemas de defensa aérea S-300 rusos. Esto fue anunciado el 11 de abril, el representante oficial del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores del país Jaberi Ansari pasa agencia Tasnim.

"Ya hemos anunciado que, a pesar del cambio repetido de tiempo de entrega, la transacción está en el proceso de aplicación, y hoy tengo que informar que la primera parte del equipo ha llegado en Irán, el suministro de otras partes continuar", - cita al representante de la agencia de noticias Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores Mehr.

Sobre la entrega a Irán de la primera tanda de S-300 también informó de 11 de abril de "Interfax" una fuente en las estructuras relacionadas con la exportación de armas. "Hemos comenzado la ejecución práctica del contrato de Irán, el primer lote de S-300 sistemas enviados al cliente," - dijo la fuente.

No dio más detalles sobre el número de sistemas en cuestión. Según la fuente, el contrato está programada para llevar a cabo en su totalidad antes de finales de 2016.

Otra fuente dijo a la agencia de noticias que el primer regimiento de antiaéreos sistemas de misiles S-300 rusos para interceder en misiones de combate en el sistema de defensa aérea de Irán este verano. "Este regimiento constará de dos batallones de S-300 Ingeniería ya ha sido enviado al cliente.", - Dijo la fuente.

Dijo que los expertos iraníes finalizados en este momento. Según él, para completar la ejecución del contrato para el suministro de cuatro divisiones de sistemas de defensa aérea S-300 a Irán para ser el final de este año.

se firmó el contrato para el suministro de sistemas S-300 entre Rusia e Irán en 2007. La operación ascendió a aproximadamente $ 900 millones. Sin embargo, en 2010 la ejecución del contrato se ha suspendido. Esta orden dio el entonces presidente Dmitry Medvedev, en relación con la aprobación de la Resolución 1929 del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU, prevé la imposición de sanciones contra Irán.

Moscú ha vuelto a Teherán un avance en la cantidad de 167 millones de dólares. A pesar de esto, Irán apeló reivindicación c para la Corte de Arbitraje Internacional en Ginebra, exigiendo compensación por parte de Rusia de la interrupción del suministro. El monto de la demanda era casi cuatro mil millones de dólares.

La situación cambió con el suministro a Irán después de que Rusia entró en una confrontación con Occidente por la crisis de Ucrania y comenzó a establecer relaciones con los países de Asia y el Oriente Medio. Como resultado de ello, en enero de 2015, Moscú ha firmado un acuerdo intergubernamental sobre cooperación militar con Irán. 13 de abril el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin firmó un decreto que permite la entrega a Irán de S-300. Un portavoz del jefe de Estado, Dmitry Peskov, al comentar la orden, dijo que la entrega de S-300 a Irán podría comenzar "en cualquier momento".

El 9 de noviembre de 2015, el director general de "Rostec" Sergei Chemezov dijo que el acuerdo entre Moscú y Teherán entró en vigor. También señaló que cuando se ha completado la primera parte del contrato, Irán se retiraría demanda legal por parte de Rusia en relación con el fracaso del contrato.

A finales de noviembre el año 2015 sobre el inicio de las entregas de S-300 a Irán, dijo el embajador iraní a Rusia Mehdi Sanai. En diciembre, el comienzo de las entregas confirmó el ayudante del presidente de la cooperación técnico-militar (MTC) Vladimir Koyin.