lunes, 23 de abril de 2018

Indonesia sigue con la licitación para cazas nuevos

KSAU: Still Procurement Process, Many New Aircraft Will Complete the Air Force




Eurofighter Typhoon (photo: AIN)

ANGKASAREVIEW.COM - Air Force Chief of Staff (KSAU) Marshal TNI Yuyu Sutisna said, there are still many new aircraft to be purchased by the government to complete the needs of the Air Force.

According to this four-star high ranking officer, there are three concepts in the rejuvenation or renewal of the main weapon system (alutsista) in the Air Force.

First, for the weapon that is not "economical" anymore then the TNI AU will conduct phase out or grounded. "We will retire, we will stop," said KSAU answering reporters' questions at the Halim air base premiere on Saturday (7/4/2018).

Secondly, it is an alutsista that has been owned and can still be upgraded its ability (upgrade process). "What we can still improve ability, yes we will upgrade," he said.

The third, is by way of new procurement. New procurement is carried out according to the consideration and the mature study and to meet the needs adjusted with the times. And of course, alutsista replaced is considered not economical anymore.

"For now the Air Force is more on new procurement," said KSAU.

He pointed out, the F-5E / F Tiger II because it was no longer economical then then grounded by the Air Force.

"We stop and we have a replacement with a more sophisticated fighter. That is in accordance with the demands of generation four and a half, "he added.

The other new aircraft that will complement the Air Force, Yuyu's jabar, are five heavy transport units that are likely to be the C-130J Super Hercules.


F-16V Viper (photo: cool jet)

"For helicopters, we also add six units. In process. Then CASA 212 nine aircraft, then unmanned aircraft, amphibious aircraft (amphibious aircraft), missile weapons, and so forth. This is the process of all, "he said.

My mission, said Yuyu, is to accelerate this procurement. "Especially for which the budget already exists, so that it can quickly strengthen the strength of the country (TNI AU)."

Explained further, TNI AU in building its strength is faced with the possibility of developing threats. The development of force is pursued by planning that has been made from posture, strategic plan, and minimal underlying strength (MEF).

"The development of our power leads to it, both alutsista and human resources," said KSAU.

Yuyu admitted, associated with the defense equipment owned, when confronted with the geographical area of ​​Indonesia, the number is still very limited.

During a working visit to Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin on March 29, the 22nd KSAU also said the Hawk 100/200 aircraft owned by the Air Force must have had a replacement candidate because the aircraft will be 30 years old by 2025.

The replacement process will be implemented in Renstra IV period 2020-2024. Yuyu said, replacement aircraft must be from generation 4.5 or above.

Related candidates for Hawk 100/200, sources of Space Review elsewhere said, some manufacturers began to re-offer products. Among others Lockheed Martin with F-16V and Eurofighter with Typhoon.

Angkasa Review

domingo, 22 de abril de 2018

Pampa obliga a aterrizar a avioneta en Salta

Un avión de las Fuerzas Armadas interceptó y obligó a aterrizar a una avioneta ilegal en Salta





El Ministerio de Defensa informa que un avión I-A63 Pampa de la Fuerza Aérea Argentina (FAA) interceptó y obligó a aterrizar este mediodía a una avioneta modelo Cessna 182 que ingresó en forma ilegal al espacio aéreo nacional, en la provincia de Salta.

El vuelo fue detectado y declarado irregular a las 11.20, motivo por el cual un avión de la FAA fue desplegado para divisar la matrícula de la aeronave (LV-HIP) e interceptarla.

Durante la interceptación, las autoridades aéreas instaron a los ocupantes del Cessna a aterrizar en el aeropuerto de Tartagal, aunque finalmente lo hicieron en el aeródromo de Orán.

De inmediato se alertó a las Fuerzas de Seguridad, por lo que efectivos de Gendarmería Nacional se dirigieron al lugar de aterrizaje.

La operación formó parte del operativo Fronteras, en el marco del cual el Comando Operacional de las Fuerzas Armadas brinda apoyo en la protección y control del espacio aéreo a través de su Comando Aeroespacial.

Los LVTP-7 de la IMARA siguen siendo actualizados por Mecatrol

Los LVTP-7 de la IMARA siguen reviviendo


La empresa Argentina Mecatrol esta a punto de entregar el vehículo comando, el anterior había sido el recuperador, con esta nueva entrega serían 8 sobre los 12 previstos.

Juan Carlos Cicalesi


sábado, 21 de abril de 2018

Legionaria española sancionada por no asistir a desfile por cuidar a su hija

Tres días sin sueldo para una legionaria por no acudir a un acto para cuidar de su hija


  • La mujer explicó que no tenía con quién dejar a la niña y su marido también participaba en el desfile
La Vanguardia


Miembros de la Legión durante un desfile (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty)

Una legionaria del Tercio Juan de Austria, con base en Viator (Almería), ha sido sancionada con tres días sin sueldo por ausentarse de un acto conmemorativo a la patrona de la Infantería, la Inmaculada Concepción.

Los hechos, adelantados por el diario El País, se produjeron el pasado 8 de diciembre, cuando la mujer explicó que no tenía con quién dejar a su hija de dos años, ya que las guarderías se encontraban cerradas y su marido, también legionario, participaba en el desfile.

A pesar de la festividad, los militares tenían orden de acudir en el horario habitual

A pesar de la festividad, los militares tenían orden de acudir en el horario habitual. Ante esta situación, la mujer solicitó librar ese día aduciendo asuntos propios, cosa que le fue denegada, al igual que a su marido.

La resolución sancionadora recoge, según El País, que la soldado tiene la “responsabilidad desplegar los medios a su alcance, organizándose como estime conveniente, sin trasladar su deber de cuidado de los hijos a la institución castrense”.

No obstante, aunque esta cuenta con una reducción de jornada para el cuidado de la niña, su disfrute queda “supeditado a las necesidades del servicio”. Y en este caso, según se desprende de la sanción la festividad de la Inmaculada es parte de las “necesidades del servicio”.

viernes, 20 de abril de 2018

Putin suicidó a un periodista que lo investigaba

Russian investigative reporter dies after balcony fall

Authorities have said that Maksim Borodin's death was likely a suicide. But both his editor and friends disagree that Borodin, who wrote about crime and corruption, was suicidial.
DW


Russian reporter Maksim Borodin

Thirty-two-year-old Russian investigative journalist Maksim Borodin died suddenly over the weekend, his employer Novy Den confirmed on Monday. Authorities have described his death as a probable suicide, a narrative contested both by friends and Novy Den.

Borodin was found underneath the balconies of his building in the city of Yekaterinburg on April 12 and died three days later without having recovered consciousness.

According to the US government-funded Radio Free Europe, a policeman spokesman from  Sverdlovsk Oblast said it was "unlikely that this story is of a criminal nature." Police said that the reporter's fifth-floor apartment was locked from the inside, and that there was no sign of a break-in. They added that no suicide note had been found.


Security forces outside Borodin's apartment

Borodin's friend Vyacheslav Bashkov shared some details on Facebook on Sunday about the last time he spoke with the journalist. He claims Borodin called him at 5 in the morning on April 11, alarmed that his building was surrounded by what appeared to be security forces wearing camouflage and masks.

He told Bashkov that he was certain his apartment was about to be searched, but that the authorities were waiting on a warrant. Just one hour later, Bashkov wrote, Borodin called him back to say he had been mistaken and the officers appeared to be carrying out a drill.

Novy Dan's editor-in-chief Polina Rumyantseva has also said that she does not believe Borodin killed himself.

Borodin often wrote about public corruption and secrecy, most recently about Russian mercenaries who had been killed in Syria. Thousands have reportedly been covertly deployed to Syria by a secretive contractor believed to be funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy Putin ally recently indicted by the US over charges that he bankrolled a "troll factory" trying to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The deceased reporter had written an article in February about the bodies of the alleged mercenaries being buried in a nearby village.

Australia entrena con los B-52s americanos

Australia to Train with USAF B-52 Bombers


A United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress bomber stationed at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, landed at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin on Tuesday 28 January 2014. 


Australia will host up to three United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers in Darwin as part of Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) initiative with the US.

The aircraft will take part in training activities with the Australian Defence Force from late March through to early April and will build on training activities already carried out between the US and Australia.

In November 2011, the Australian and US governments announced a broad concept for increased defence co-operation in Australia under the US Force Posture Initiatives. The initiatives comprise of annual deployments of US Marine Corps personnel and the EAC activities in Australia.

The USAF B-52 Bombers, from Pacific Air Force’s Andersen Air Force base in Guam, will train with Australia's F/A-18A Hornets and PC-9 aircraft as well as ADF Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in designated military airspace near RAAF Williamtown.

Defence said the training will provide the ADF with a valuable opportunity to integrate Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and ADF personnel with USAF B-52 Bombers in close air support scenarios.

EAC training exercises are designed to increase the ability of Australian and US air forces to operate together and to enhance security co-operation in the region.

RAAF Base Darwin has previously hosted USAF B-52 Bombers that took part in ADF training exercises in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Defence Connect

jueves, 19 de abril de 2018

Consecuencias impredecibles del ataque americano a Siria

US-led strikes on Syria: A move with unpredictable consequences

US, French and British strikes on Syria have been limited to attempting to deter chemical weapons use. The action may be ineffective and could provoke an asymmetrical response from Syria and its allies, experts say.

DW


 A British Tornado warplane (picture-alliance/AP Photo/L. Matthews)

The United States and its European allies launched airstrikes early Saturday on Syrian research, development and military facilities in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus last weekend that killed at least 40 people.

The tripartite military action from the United States, France and Britain was designed to set back or destroy Syria's chemical weapons program, the three countries said, and deter any further use in violation of international conventions. They stressed that the strikes were limited and not intended to signal a Western intervention in the Syrian civil war or an attempt at regime change.

"The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons," US President Donald Trump said in a televised address. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents."

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May repeated that the military action was not about "intervening in a civil war" and "it is not about regime change."

"It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties," she said.

Limited military operation


Sam Heller, a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, said the military action seemed intended as a limited, proportional and deterrent response against chemical weapons use.

"That is how these strikes were evidently planned in terms of the targets that were selected and also how they were communicated publicly, which seems to be uniformly in terms of chemical weapons deterrent, not more expansive political demands or some attempt at regime change," he said.

Trump, who in recent weeks has signaled that the US may pull back its presence in northeast Syria after the defeat of the "Islamic State" (IS), said in his remarks that the United States was not seeking a permanent presence in Syria.

The military action came despite concern that it could have unintended consequences, including direct Western conflict with Russia, which backs the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has troops at the Hmeimim air base and its naval facility at Tartus.

Moscow said none of the more than 100 missiles targeted its bases and it did not activate its air defenses, despite threats earlier in the week that it would shoot down missiles and the platforms from where they were launched. Russia said Syrian air defenses shot down 71 out of 103 missiles, although that could not be confirmed independently, and the Pentagon said the strikes "successfully hit every target."

Enough to deter chemical weapons use?


It is unclear if the tripartite military action will have the desired effect of halting chemical weapons attacks. The Assad regime has repeatedly used chemical weapons, including chlorine and nerve agents, during the seven-year war, despite a 2013 deal brokered by the United States and Russia to remove Syria's chemical weapons. Trump ordered 59 cruise missile launches in April 2017 on a Syria air base in response to a nerve agent attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria.

"The erosion of the norm (against chemical weapons use) has already taken place," said Eran Etzion, a former Israeli deputy national security adviser. There is no reason to believe that the "overall erosion of the use of chemical weapons will change."

Nicholas Heras, a Middle East Security Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, described Trump's actions as a "dog and pony show."


Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the strikes were a "one-time shot," unless the Assad regime used chemical weapons again.

"The Trump administration literally slapped Bashar al-Assad on the wrist, and even worse, the Trump team seemed to justify al-Assad using non-chemical weapon means to win his war. As long as al-Assad does not use chemical weapons, he is good," said Heras.

Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, said the United States had tried to look strong in a situation where it does not have much leverage, and seeks to leave Syria.

"Ultimately, what Trump is doing with these deterrence exercises is influencing a very narrow bandwidth within the Syrian civil war, which is the use of chemical weapons," he said, pointing out chemical weapons attacks have killed an estimated 1,900 people in a war that has claimed half a million lives.

War running in Assad's favor

The Western military response comes as the Syrian regime, backed by Russia and Iran, has largely turned the war in its favor, retaking large swaths of territory from rebels since Russia intervened in 2015.

This week, the Syrian regime retook full control from rebels of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, including Douma, where the alleged chemical weapons attack took place, after a two-month regime offensive.


The Assad regime and its allies retook eastern Ghouta this week after a nearly two-month offensive.

"From the point of view of al-Assad, Iran and Russia, the real action of this war is happening on the ground and on the ground al-Assad is winning," said Landis. "Syria and Russia have zero interest in escalating with America" at a time Washington is signalling it will pull back from Syria.

Both Russia and Iran decried what they called a violation of international law and Syria's sovereignty, but it was unclear what, if any, response they would make. The reaction from Damascus and its backers following the 2017 US strike in Syria was muted despite repeated threats.

Asymmetric response


If there is a Russian, Syrian or Iranian response, it is likely to be indirect and asymmetrical, such as targeting or undermining the US presence in Syria or retaliating against its allies.

"There are certainly various asymmetric means through which Russia, Syria and Iran could respond inside Syria or outside," said Heller.

The United States is vulnerable in northeastern Syria, where it has about 2,000 special forces deployed alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a mixed Kurdish and Arab force fighting IS and seeking to stabilize the northeast of the country. It also has troops in Iraq, where Iran-backed militias hold considerable sway.


Assad supporters rallied in Damascus and other cities to support the president and Russia. Radio claimed victory over the US and other enemies.

According to Heller, "there are ways the Syrian government and its allies can make it more difficult or less tenable for the US and its coalition to operate inside Syria," including possibly Russia using its air defenses to limit US airpower.

"The lowest-hanging fruit for Bashar al-Assad and his allies is not to target the United States military directly in Syria, but to try to degrade the efforts of the Syrian Democratic Forces to govern in the wake of IS," said Heras. "If al-Assad and his allies can weaken the SDF, they can crack the foundation of the US military's planning for Syria."

Threat of Israel-Iran conflict

Another potential response could be aimed directly or indirectly at Israel, which has carried out dozens of airstrikes in Syria targeting Iran and its Lebanese Shiite proxy Hezbollah. On Monday, suspected Israeli warplanes targeted Syria's T-4 air base, drawing a rebuke from Russia and vows of retaliation from Iran.

Following Saturday's US-led strikes, a top Russian defense official, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi, said Moscow may reconsider supplying Syria with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to upgrade its aging Soviet-era anti-missile systems. Such a move would restrict Israel's freedom to maneuver across Syria's skies.

"It is reasonable to expect that Russia will limit the ability of Israel to exercise a similar attack in the future," Etzion said, referring to the T-4 strike. "For the Russians, they don't want to be seen as supporting direct confrontation with Israel, but do believe the higher profile of alleged Israeli attacks in Syria are an increasing concern for them."

Israel has long warned it won't allow an Iranian and Hezbollah entrenchment in Syria that could target Israel, raising concern about direct conflict between the two enemies that could spiral into a regional war.

Contrato por Oplots para Tailandia quedó completado

Contract with Thailand is Fulfilled. Next Batch of Oplot Tanks for Ukraine


Oplot-T tank 

The contract for supplying the main battle tanks "Oplot-T" to the Kingdom of Thailand – is successfully fulfilled. The batch of combat vehicles successfully passed the test in the presence of customers and will soon be sent to the Kingdom of Thailand. This was announced by the Director General of the SC "UkrOboronProm" Pavlo Bukin after the tests.

"The contract was fulfilled despite Russia’s unfair competition and military aggression. We are grateful to our strategic partners from Thailand for a wise understanding of the problems, faced by Ukraine and for their confidence that Ukraine is capable of overcoming the artificial obstacles, raised in our relationship," said Pavlo Bukin.

According to him, "Thai contract" implementation allowed Ukraine to receive currency revenues to the budget and load the production capacities of UKROBORONPROM (UOP) enterprises.

"Having fulfilled the export contract with Thailand, the State Concern aims for the production of tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The "Oplot" tank – passed into service in 2009 – requires renovation of some components, as important technological innovations emerged during this time. At the same time, the Armed Forces and UOP enterprises gained experience in operating the military equipment in the ATO zone. We are ready to integrate into the "Oplot” tanks for the Ukrainian Army technology, developed as a result of combat experience: We are talking about advanced digital equipment, in particular – the sighting complex and fire control system", – said Pavlo Bukin.

He informed that works on new "Oplot" tanks are being carried out in accordance with research and development works that are being currently coordinated with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. These works also include a significant T-64 upgrade – operated in the Ukrainian Army – for unification with the "Oplot" tanks.

The achieved level of fit out will be further applied for T-64 main battle tanks modernization. Such unification will significantly reduce “Oplot” production cost and reduce the cost of T-64 modernization.

UOP State Enterprise "Malyshev Plant" carried out the works on tanks manufacturing. Implementation of this contract allowed Ukraine to receive inflow of foreign currency to the budget and load production facilities of the enterprise.

Ukroboronprom

miércoles, 18 de abril de 2018

Protestas contra el gobierno húngaro

'Vik-tator!': Thousands protest Orban government in Hungary

Hungarians are calling for changes to the voting process they say has given Prime Minister Viktor Orban's party an unfair advantage. International observers have also queried the fairness of the recent national election.

DW


Protests in Budapest

Thousands of Hungarians rallied in Budapest on Saturday in protest of what they saw as a rigged electoral process that gave Prime Minister Viktor Orban a fourth term in office last week. The motto of the rally was "We are the majority."

"We want to live in a state of law, where checks and balances are present …We want to live in a real democracy," said organizer Viktor Gyetvai.

Hungary's April 8 general election has also been criticized by international observers such as the OSCE, which described the campaign as marked by "intimidating and xenophobic rhetoric, media bias and opaque campaign financing."

The organization also criticized the amount of public funds made available to Orban's ruling party, Fidesz, a right-wing populist party.

There have been multiple reports of irregularities at polling stations, all to Fidesz' advantage.

Victor's Victory: What's next for Hungary and the EU?

'Filthy Fidesz!'

Shouting slogans like "Vik-tator!" and "Filthy Fidesz!" marchers headed towards the center of government in Budapest. Amongst other things, they were calling for a change in the rule that has allowed Fidesz to maintain a super-majority in parliament despite winning only around 50 percent of the vote.

Outside Hungary, not just the OSCE has slammed Orban's campaign rhetoric demonizing migrants, and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker even jokingly called the Hungarian premier a "dictator" to his face after a summit.

The 54-year-old politician has been in power since 2010. Under his administration Hungarians have complained about a clampdown on the free press, overreach into the country's judiciary, and questionable election practices.