martes, 25 de abril de 2017

Australia retira sus Seahawk S-70

RAN Retires Seahawk Workhorse

RAN Seahawk S-70B-2, serial N24-011 “Skeletor”

AFTER more than 6200 airframe hours and more than 28 years of service the Royal Australian Navy, Seahawk S-70B-2, serial N24-011 “Skeletor”, has flown its last operation.

Navy took the opportunity to retire the anti-submarine helicopter from 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross, during HMAS Arunta’s recent inter maintenance activity undertaken in Bahrain while deployed on Operation Manitou.

The helicopter’s last flight was into Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East region where it was dismantled and prepared for transporting back to Australia.

A Seahawk MH-60R helicopter, often referred to as the Romeo model, will soon arrive in the area allowing Arunta to maintain its extended surveillance and interception capability as it patrols with the multinational Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East.

Operation Manitou is the current name for the Australian Government's contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region.

South Coast Register

lunes, 24 de abril de 2017

Aviación presidencial en reparaciones

Noticias de la Flota Presidencial
Por Juan Carlos Cicalesi

El T-02 sigue en la FAdeA para la realización de un chequeo programado, avión mas motores. Durante la inspección de los motores se detectó fisuras en uno de ellos, en la primera etapa del compresor, la solución era cambiar el motor, colocando uno del T-03 mediante la autorización de RR ya que este se había vencido a fines del año pasado. Consultas preliminares con los de RR, ellos autorizarían a utilizar dicho motor, pero sin una causa clara aun, aqui le bajaron el pulgar al cambio y el avión sigue en la FAdeA sin saber justo donde va a "morir", si en ese lugar o mediante un vuelo ferry a El Palomar.
Ahora pasando al T-04, a comienzos de esta semana fue personal técnico de Aerolíneas a inspeccionarlo, La decisión es ponerlo en servicio, ya se le consiguió un motor y en estos días se define el otro. El primer trabajo se hace en El Palomar hangarado , colocado de ambos motores y el despreservado y puesta a punto solo para hacer el cruce a AEP. El tiempo de duración de este trabajo en la 1ª Brigada es de aproximadamente un mes. Una vez que llegue al AEP el avion entra en un check "C" mas boletines de servicio y AD, por unos dos meses. AA perdió ciertas capacidades de este avion y tienen que re-certificarse nuevamente y si todo sale bien, los trabajos comienzan en 15 días aproximadamente.

T-01: Se le interrumpió el preservado por falta de baterías y por lo tanto, no se puede energizar el avión. Ya se dio aviso de la novedad y nadie hizo nada aún.

Airbus usará más proveedores malayos

Airbus to Buy More from Malaysian Suppliers and will Rise by 25%
The Star

CTRM products range are : Airbus A320 series, Airbus A380, Airbus A350XWB, Boeing 787, Boeing 737 Next Generation, Boeing 777, V2500 Engine Nacelle, and Airbus A400M work packages 

Airbus to buy more parts from local suppliers

KUALA LUMPUR: As demand for aircraft grows, the quantity of parts that Airbus will be buying from Malaysian suppliers will rise by 25% to the value of US$500mil over five years to 2021.

It currently stands at US$400mil and the suppliers that will produce the parts are Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM),Spirit Aerospace and Celestica.

Airbus, the French aircraft manufacturer, had predicted earlier that demand for aircraft would reach 13,640 in this region over 20 years at a value of US$2.2 trillion.

China continues to be the main buyer of aircraft in the region from both Airbus and Boeing.
“We will be buying 25% more, and the companies will have to ramp up production and increase output,” Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier told reporters yesterday at an Airbus press conference.

Bregier added that “we are committed to growing our presence in the coming years. The value of work here, except China, is by far the biggest procurement in Asia and it will only grow as our production grows”.

“This is a recognition of the high quality of work undertaken by Malaysian companies and workers, the country’s competitive cost base and its expertise in the aerospace engineering sector,” he said.

Malaysia is the fifth-largest supplier of parts to Airbus for its aircraft, and the second largest in Asia after China.

Apart from more aircraft parts led by higher aircraft orders, Airbus wants to expand further into the maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) area, given the need for quality MRO services in the region.

For now, it has a joint-venture maintenance unit, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), which specialises in the maintenance and overhaul of Airbus single-aisle aircraft, but opportunities exist for the A330-neo and A350.

“The form of expansion is not yet clear, but we definitely intend to extend the footprint of SAE. We are studying several possibilities,” he said.

Last year, there was market talk that AirAsia was keen to be party with SAE in the MRO business, but the talk subsided after some time.

Currently, Airbus has some arrangements on MRO with Singapore Airlines on the A350, but Bregier said “we have several options (for more MRO services) and it depends on partners”.
AirAsia Group is one of Airbus’ biggest customers for several aircraft types such as the A330-neo and A350.

Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) has ordered six A350 aircraft, two of which will be delivered this year, though a slight delay can be expected. Indonesia’s Lion Air Group, which has a stake in Malindo Air, is also one of Airbus’ biggest customers in the region.

MAS CEO Peter Bellew recently told StarBiz that the airline needed six more A330 or B787 aircraft with growing demand.

Over the next three to four years, he foresees MAS ordering about 35-36 new wide-body aircraft and players like Airbus and Boeing will be keen to get that business.
On this trip, Bregier is meeting both the CEOs of AirAsia and MAS.

(The Star)

domingo, 23 de abril de 2017

Político israelí: ¡Hay que bombardear Irán!

Iran Is a Bigger Threat Than Syria and North Korea Combined
Damascus and Pyongyang violated their agreements. Tehran can comply and still threaten millions.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the northeastern city of Mashhad, March 21. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
By Michael Oren | Wall Street Journal

The U.S. has signed agreements with three rogue regimes strictly limiting their unconventional military capacities. Two of those regimes—Syria and North Korea—brazenly violated the agreements, provoking game-changing responses from President Trump. But the third agreement—with Iran—is so inherently flawed that Tehran doesn’t even have to break it. Honoring it will be enough to endanger millions of lives.

The framework agreements with North Korea and Syria, concluded respectively in 1994 and 2013, were similar in many ways. Both recognized that the regimes already possessed weapons of mass destruction or at least the means to produce them. Both assumed that the regimes would surrender their arsenals under an international treaty and open their facilities to inspectors. And both believed that these repressive states, if properly engaged, could be brought into the community of nations.

All those assumptions were wrong. After withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Pyongyang tested five atomic weapons and developed intercontinental missiles capable of carrying them. Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, less than a year after signing the framework, reverted to gassing his own people. Bolstered by the inaction of the U.S. and backed by other powers, North Korea and Syria broke their commitments with impunity.

Or so it seemed. By ordering a Tomahawk missile attack on a Syrian air base, and a U.S. Navy strike force to patrol near North Korea’s coast, the Trump administration has upheld the frameworks and placed their violators on notice. This reassertion of power is welcomed by all of America’s allies, Israel among them. But for us, the most dangerous agreement of all is the one that may never need military enforcement. For us, the existential threat looms in a decade, when the agreement with Iran expires.

Like the frameworks with North Korea and Syria, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of 2015 assumed that Iran would fulfill its obligations and open its facilities to inspectors. The JCPOA assumed that Iran would moderate its behavior and join the international community. Yet unlike its North Korean and Syrian allies, Iran was the largest state sponsor of terror and openly vowed to destroy another state—Israel. Unlike them, Iran systematically lied about its unconventional weapons program for 30 years. And unlike Damascus and Pyongyang, which are permanently barred from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, Tehran can look forward to building them swiftly and legitimately in the late 2020s, once the JCPOA expires.

This, for Israel and our neighboring Sunni states, is the appalling flaw of the JCPOA. The regime most committed to our destruction has been granted a free pass to develop military nuclear capabilities. Iran could follow the Syrian and North Korean examples and cheat. Or, while enjoying hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief, it can adhere to the agreement and deactivate parts of its nuclear facilities rather than dismantle them. It can develop new technologies for producing atomic bombs while testing intercontinental ballistic missiles. It can continue massacring Syrians, Iraqis and Yemenis, and bankrolling Hamas and Hezbollah. The JCPOA enables Iran to do all that merely by complying.

A nuclear-armed Iran would be as dangerous as “50 North Koreas,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. in 2013, and Iran is certainly many times more dangerous than Syria. Yet Iran alone has been granted immunity for butchering civilians and threatening genocide. Iran alone has been guaranteed a future nuclear capability. And the Iranian regime—which brutally crushed a popular uprising in 2009—has amassed a million-man force to suppress any future opposition. Rather than moderating, the current regime promises to be more radical yet in another 10 years.

How can the U.S. and its allies pre-empt catastrophe? Many steps are possible, but they begin with penalizing Iran for the conventions it already violates, such as U.N. restrictions on missile development. The remaining American sanctions on Iran must stay staunchly in place and Congress must pass further punitive legislation. Above all, a strong link must be established between the JCPOA and Iran’s support for terror, its pledges to annihilate Israel and overthrow pro-American Arab governments, and its complicity in massacres. As long as the ayatollahs oppress their own population and export their tyranny abroad, no restrictions on their nuclear program can ever be allowed to expire.

In responding forcibly to North Korean and Syrian outrages, President Trump has made a major step toward restoring America’s deterrence power. His determination to redress the flaws in the JCPOA and to stand up to Iran will greatly accelerate that process. The U.S., Israel and the world will all be safer.

Mr. Oren is Israel’s deputy minister for diplomacy and a Knesset member for the Kulanu Party.

Indonesia selecciona firma para mantenimiento de ASM

Indonesian Air Force Selects Marvin Test Solutions for Maverick Missile Support

MTS-206A Maverick Field Test Set and MTS-916-3 Modular Target Simulator (photo : Intelligent Aerospace)

Irvine, Calif. – Marvin Test Solutions, Inc., a trusted provider of globally-deployed innovative test solutions for military, aerospace, and manufacturing organizations announced that the Indonesian Air Force has selected its MTS-206A Maverick Field Test Set and MTS-916-3Modular Target Simulator to support testing of AGM-65 (Maverick) missile and launcher systems, as part of an FMS (Foreign Military Sale) contract.

Part of Marvin Test Solutions’ comprehensive suite of test solutions for both legacy and today’s precision-guided “smart” weapon systems, the MTS-206A and MTS-916 provide advanced testing capabilities to maintainers at the intermediate and depot levels.

The MTS-206A is designed to test all current versions of the Maverick missile system, and is fully compatible with legacy target simulators such as the AN/DSM-787 (IR), AN/DSM-129 (TV/CCD), and SMU-127 (laser) as well as with MTS’ new modular target simulator, the MTS-916, that replaces all of the legacy simulators (EO/TV/CCD/IR/Laser).

“MTS is the exclusive producer of test sets for the Maverick missile and launchers since 2004,” said Major General Stephen T. Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), CEO of Marvin Test Solutions. “We’re pleased that the Indonesian Air Force has selected the MTS-206A and MTS-916 to meet their critical mission requirements. These state of the art test systems will provide enhanced mission readiness and simplified logistics for their inventory of Maverick missile systems.“


sábado, 22 de abril de 2017

Respuesta a MOAB: Infiltración y ataque talibán a base afgana

Taliban Fighters Infiltrate Afghan Army Base, Kill More Than 100
Attack in northern Balkh province came during afternoon prayers

Afghan soldiers stand guard at the gate of a military compound after an attack by gunmen in Mazar-e- Sharif province, Afghanistan, on Friday. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

By Ehsanullah Amiri and Jessica Donati - Wall Street Journal

KABUL—Taliban fighters entered the Afghan army’s regional headquarters for the north hidden in military vehicles on Friday and went on a shooting spree that killed more than 100 people, Afghan and U.S. officials said Saturday, in the latest sign of an emboldened insurgency that threatens the central government.

The attack involved at least eight Taliban militants who caught the soldiers off-guard during Friday prayers, when many were unarmed in a mosque on the base or having lunch at a nearby dining facility.

“Attackers blew up a military vehicle full of explosives at first security check post of the compound,” an Afghan military official said. “After that, they got into the compound in a second military vehicle.”

The operation to clear the attackers from the army’s northern headquarters in Balkh province, one of the more peaceful parts of the country, took several hours, as Afghan special forces drove out attackers holed up in buildings on the base.

“The Afghan commandos came and saved the day,” a coalition official said on condition of anonymity, adding that 130 soldiers had been killed in the attack. “Truth has to always be told out of respect to those lost.”

The Afghan army denied figures provided by the coalition, saying fewer than a dozen had been killed, while provincial officials accused the army of trying to coverup the scale of the incident.

Afghan and foreign officials similarly suspect the Afghan army underreported the number of casualties in last month’s deadly military hospital attack, in which at least 50 people were killed when militants stormed the facility disguised as doctors.

“They started shooting at everyone as they were coming out of the mosque,” an Afghan official said, adding that the provincial government had warned the army of an attack, but the report had been ignored. “It took a really long time to clear because two attackers got inside the building.”

The spokesman for the northern Afghan corps, Abdul Qahar Aram, on Saturday said the attack killed 11 people. It had lasted several hours, he said, and that five militants had been killed during the operation to secure the base, while a sixth had been caught alive.


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The U.S. military, which has a presence at the base, initially said that probably more than 50 Afghan soldiers and civilian contractors working there had been killed in the attack. Other Afghan officials confirmed the figure provided by the U.S. military, accusing the Afghan army of underreporting the number of casualties.

The Taliban in a statement on Twitter claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted the 209 Corps base in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of the province and killed over 100 people.

The U.S. military coalition in the country didn’t immediately say whether U.S. and German soldiers, who maintain a presence at a base in Mazar-e-Sharif, were involved in the incident but said no coalition forces were killed or wounded.

The Taliban are the country’s largest insurgent group and control or influence almost half of the country, according to U.S. government estimates, threatening to overrun at least a half-dozen provincial capitals this year.

Islamic State, while relatively small in Afghanistan compared with the Taliban, is also seen as a growing threat in the war-torn country and has proved resilient despite being targeted last week by the U.S. military’s “Mother of All Bombs.”

The bomb targeted caves and tunnels in the mountainous Mohmand Valley in Achin district, where U.S. and Afghan forces are camped out in an effort to clear the area of Islamic State.

The Taliban attack at the army’s northern headquarters followed an Islamic State ambush late Thursday on U.S. and Afghan special forces soldiers camped near a valley in east Afghanistan, where the U.S. military dropped its GBU-43, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, on April 13 targeting a militant stronghold.

The U.S. military didn’t immediately comment on the ambush by Islamic State militants on Thursday. An Afghan official said a “large group” of Islamic State fighters had attacked the soldiers and all the militants were killed after a battle that lasted several hours. Two Afghan soldiers were wounded, the official said, and there were no U.S. casualties.

—Ben Kesling in Washington contributed to this article.

Desastre bolivariano: El hambre impide a los pobres sumarse a las protestas

Demasiada hambre para sumarse a las protestas
Los sectores más pobres no se unieron a las marchas, pese al amplio rechazo a Maduro
Anatoly Kurmanaev | LA NACION

Los sectores más pobres no se unieron a la marcha

CARACAS.- El presidente Nicolás Maduro ha perdido apoyo entre las legiones de venezolanos pobres que otrora apoyaron al fallecido Hugo Chávez, pero en su mayoría demuestran poco interés en sumarse a las manifestaciones opositoras que sacudieron al país en las últimas tres semanas.

Muchos de los habitantes de las enormes barriadas de las afueras de Caracas y otras grandes ciudades de Venezuela sienten bronca por el colapso de la economía y la escasez de alimentos. Pero la agitación política en el país sigue restringido a los enclaves de clase media.

"Yo lo que tengo es hambre, así que no me importa si la gente protesta o no", dice el albañil Alfonzo Molero en una villa de Maracaibo, la segunda ciudad del país. "¿Con qué fuerzas voy a protestar si tengo el estómago vacío desde hace dos días?"

Según los analistas, mientras no haya un levantamiento de los barrios pobres, Maduro probablemente siga en el poder. "Los sectores pobres no están canalizando su descontento a través de la oposición", dice Alejandro Velasco, profesor de Historia de la Universidad de Nueva York y autor de un libro sobre las villas.

Muchos habitantes de las villas de Venezuela no parecen demasiado al tanto de las protestas y dicen estar muy ocupados tratando de sobrevivir como para preocuparse de tumbar al gobierno.

Más de cuatro de cada cinco venezolanos dicen no ganar lo suficiente para cubrir sus necesidades básicas, y tres de cada cuatro expresan haber perdido un promedio de 10 kilos de peso durante el año pasado, según la encuesta Encovi realizada por las tres principales universidades.

El férreo control del gobierno sobre los grandes medios hace que muchos venezolanos pobres que no tienen smartphones o acceso a Internet no se enteren del lugar y el horario de las convocatorias opositoras. El inmenso aparato de propaganda estatal da pocos detalles de las protestas y describe a los manifestantes, mayormente pacíficos, como "terroristas" tirabombas, desalentando así a los pobres a sumarse.

Algunos dicen que reciben intimidaciones de milicias armadas a favor del gobierno que rastrillan las villas en busca de disidentes. Otros comentan temer perder las magras entregas de alimentos que sigue haciendo un gobierno acuciado por la falta de fondos.

La semana pasada, cuando funcionarios del gobierno visitaron una de las villas más grandes del país en la localidad de San Félix, en el este de Venezuela, para relevar a quienes cumplían los requisitos para acceder a los bolsones de alimentos subsidiados, hasta los más radicalizados opositores de Maduro se pusieron tímidamente en fila, según cuenta el sacerdote local, Carlos Ruiz. "Nos guardamos la protesta adentro por temor a perder el bolsón de comida", dice Luisa Gutiérrez, madre soltera de tres hijos y vecina de San Félix.

Según la encuestadora Delphos, casi dos tercios de los venezolanos pobres quieren que Maduro se vaya, mientras que a principios de 2013, cuando asumió el gobierno, ese número era del 40%. Las clases bajas también han sido importantes para que la alianza opositora alcanzara el récord de dos tercios de mayoría parlamentaria tras la última contienda electoral, en diciembre de 2015. Las encuestas muestran que si se realizaran elecciones este año, los pobres le darían una paliza al gobierno.

Pero ese creciente desencanto no se ha traducido en protestas organizadas, según el encuestador Luis Vicente León, que agrega que en parte se debe a la propia oposición, cuyos líderes, mayoritariamente de clase alta, siempre han ignorado a los pobres de las barriadas. Pero en los últimos dos años, una nueva generación de jóvenes líderes opositores viene intentando sentar una base de apoyo popular en las villas, sin hacer caso del desdén de los pobres hacia la oposición ni de los peligros de las milicias del gobierno y de las tropas de la guardia nacional que a veces los atacan cuando entran en los barrios de clase trabajadora.

La semana pasada, los seguidores del gobierno incluso interrumpieron por la fuerza una ceremonia religiosa de Pascua en una iglesia de un barrio obrero del centro de Caracas, para intentar darle una golpiza al líder opositor Antonio Ecarri.

El discurso convocante de la oposición gira en torno de los derechos civiles, como la liberación de los presos políticos o la celebración de elecciones adelantadas, pero no dice tanto sobre los problemas básicos de los pobres, como la escasez y el precio de los alimentos.

"Nosotros, los políticos y activistas, no nos estamos poniendo en la cabeza de esta gente", dice Jhovani Landaeta, militante opositor en Valles del Tuy, una región pobre de las afueras de Caracas. "Esta gente está aislada del debate nacional."

Sin el apoyo de las barriadas, muchos militantes opositores temen que las actuales protestas terminen como la anterior ola de agitación de 2014, sin lograr el menor cambio político. El fracaso de aquellas protestas dejó desmoralizada y fragmentada a la oposición durante estos años.

"Para que las masas salgan a la calle tienen que sentir que están en un punto de no retorno", dice Félix Seijas padre, directo de la encuestadora Delphos. "Todavía no hemos llegado a ese punto."

Traducción de Jaime Arrambide

Corea del Sur dona 222 vehículos a Camboya

South Korea Donates 222 Military Vehicles to Cambodia

South Korea on 23 March handed over 208 military trucks and 14 engineering vehicles to Cambodia as part of a military aid package. 

Korea donates military vehicles

South Korea has given more than 200 military vehicles to Cambodia and nearly 200 more will arrive in July.

The first batch were handed over yesterday at a ceremony at the Techo Hun Sen Military Technical Institute in Kampong Speu province.

The trucks, light utility vehicles, excavators, bulldozers, buses, ambulances and cars were deployed in rows in the area where the ceremony took place.

General Chao Phirun, the director-general of the Defense Ministry’s materiel and technical services department, said it was the third time Cambodia had received military aid from South Korea.

He said the 222 vehicles included 208 vehicles of all kinds and 14 pieces of engineering machinery, along with spare parts.

Gen. Phirun said military aid amounting to 145 vehicles, including two patrol boats and eight pieces of engineering machinery, would arrive from South Korea in July.

“The South Korean government could give 30 to 50 more military trucks as well as some spare parts,” he said.

In 2010, Cambodia received 188 vehicles including military trucks, 66 pieces of engineering machinery and utility boats for the navy.

In 2012, a further 212 vehicles and 29 pieces of machinery were granted to Cambodia.

Last August, South Korean military attache to Cambodia Colonel Yung Yeong Chang and incoming attache Colonel Yoo Beom Gi promised to strengthen cooperation with the kingdom.

They met Neang Phat, a secretary of state at the Defense Ministry, and agreed to provide military equipment.

Speaking in the ceremony yesterday, South Korean Vice-Minister of National Defense Kang Byung Joo said 22 types of military vehicles and military engineering machinery had been granted to Cambodia since 2010.

“Following this handover, I believe that it will contribute to promoting the relationship of both countries, enhancing the security capacity of Cambodian military officers and improve military facilities,” he said.

Mr. Kang said Cambodia supports peace and security in his country and had joined the international community to speak out against North Korea’s nuclear test.

Last year, the Cambodian government called for North Korea to fully respect UN resolutions and urged North Korea to comply with all concerned parties to resolve tensions through peaceful negotiations.

Defense Minister Tea Banh said the military aid from South Korea helped the kingdom’s military bring more types of transport into its training.

He said the vehicles would be distributed to various ministry units to maintain social order and peace in Cambodia.

China is also a big donor of military aid to Cambodia. After the ceremony, Gen. Banh said there would be more military aid from other countries in response to Cambodia’s needs, but he did not name the countries.

viernes, 21 de abril de 2017

Vocero español de Kim: Tenemos la bomba fétida

El vocero español de Norcorea amenaza: "Tenemos la bomba H"
Esas fueron las palabras de Alejandro Cao Benós, el delegado especial en occidente del régimen.

 Alejandro Cao de Benós

En medio de acusaciones entre Estados Unidos y Corea del Norte, el vocero para occidente del régimen de Kim Jong-Un, el español Alejandro Cao de Benós, salió a hablar y sostuvo que poseen la bomba termonuclear.

"Corea está perfectamente preparada con armas nucleares y termonucleares. Tenemos la bomba H. Claro que EE.UU. tiene muchos más misiles que Corea, pero no es cuestión de cantidad sino que es cuestión de la potencia de detonación", aifirmó en una entrevista.

Además, en diálogo con Infobae, explicó que "una bomba termonuclear es 100 veces más potente que una nuclear. Con tres o cuatro de ellas es suficiente para acabar con el mundo entero".

En tanto, el vocero del régimen comandado por Kim Jong-Un para occidente fue duro y sostuvo sobre la tensión con EE.UU.: "Nadie va a tocar a Corea, si la tocan el pueblo la va a defender con fusiles y misiles. Queremos la paz pero no la vamos a mendigar".

Durante la misma entrevista, Cao Benós también vaticinó que "Corea está lista para la guerra hace mucho tiempo" y afirmó que Norteamérica" no quiso firmar la paz definitiva, por lo que puede atacar en cualquier momento".