Monday, May 17, 2010
The proposal was sounded by Maurizio De Mitri, a senior vice president at Alenia Aeronautica, the unit of Italy's Finmeccanica group, which is a member of the Eurofighter consortium.
His proposal comes about two weeks after Romania approved a deal to buy 48 F-16 combat aircraft for $4.5 billion. Under the deal, half of the batch would include F-16C Block 50 planes with the rest include used models reconditioned to F-16C Block 25 standards.
The upgraded F-35 model initially considered by Romanian military officials was scrapped because of budgetary constraints that would have strained the country's economy by an additional $4 billion.
De Mitri outlined plans to sell Romania 24 Tranche 1 Typhoons, some of which have been flown by the Italian air force for the last seven years.
Defense News reported that the Eurofighter price, including logistical support and training, would be $1.3 billion. That would match the purchase price for the half of the Lockheed Martin F-16s that have been ordered.
Romania's Supreme Defense Council approved the F-16 deal in March but this week the Senate Defense Commission called in representatives of Eurofighter and rival Saab "to hear," as it said, competing options.
Sweden's Saab has already pitched its flagship Gripen fighter. Officials said in April that they could sell Romania 24 new Gripen for roughly the same price pitched by Lockheed Martin for its F-16s. The deal would also include training, logistics support, 100 percent offset and easy payment terms.
Eurofighter's de Mitri this week matched that bid, arguing that the 100 percent offset deal, as well as technology transfer and local industrial participation, could generate 5,000 jobs locally.
"Romanian industry could be involved in a logistical support program similar to that seen in other Eurofighter partner nations, which is leading to record performances for the aircraft," a Eurofighter spokesman told Defense News.
"Our price also includes logistical support and training and we are also offering long-term repayment," de Mitri added.
It is understood that Romania could take delivery of the Eurofighters by as early as the end of 2011.
A final decision rests with the Romanian parliament. But Bucharest is not the only government seeking to save money on F-16 deals.
Five years ago, Chile bought 10 new F-16s from the United States for an estimated $50 million each. It also purchased 18 used F-16s from the Netherlands for one-fifth of the price for each plane.
The J-11 is believed to now include better electronics and some other Chinese design modifications. China can manufacture most of the components of the J-11, the one major element it must import are the engines. China believes it will be free from dependence on Russia for military jet engines within the next 5-10 years. Currently, China imports two Russian engines, the $3.5 million AL-31 (for the Su-27/30, J-11, J-10) and the $2.5 million RD-93 (a version of the MiG-29s RD-33) for the JF-17 (a F-16 type aircraft developed in cooperation with Pakistan.)
Meanwhile, Chinese engineers have managed to master most of the manufacturing techniques needed to make a Chinese copy of the Russian AL31F engine. This Chinese copy, the WS10A, was part of a program that has also developed the WS-13, to replace the RD-93. China has long copied foreign technology, not always successfully. But in the last decade, China has poured much money into developing a jet engine manufacturing capability. The Chinese encountered many of the same problems as the Russians did when developing their own engine design and construction skills. But China has several advantages. First, they know of the mistakes the Russians had made, and so were able to avoid many of them. Then there was the fact that China had better access to Western manufacturing technology (both legally and illegally). Finally, China was, unlike the Soviets, able to develop their engine manufacturing capabilities in a market economy. This was much more efficient than the command economy that the Soviets were saddled with for seven decades.
The navy already has a regiment of 24 Su-30s (an advanced version of the Su-27), so they have experience with this type . The J-11s will apparently join the Su-30s in defending Chinese naval bases. The navy's offensive airpower comes in the form of J-8s (a two engine version of the MiG-21, which is no good as a fighter, but proved adequate as a bomber) and even older copies of Russian bombers. The J-11 can also be equipped with anti-ship missiles, and may eventually replace the J-8 and other missile carrying naval aircraft.
The J-8 is an 18 ton, two engine, variant of the MiG-21. This was China's first attempt at building their own aircraft design. But it was not a very original or successful effort. The J-8 first flew in 1969, and didn't get into service until 1980. It was quickly realized that this was a turkey. Fewer than 400 were built. The F-8 carries about three tons of bombs, and is not very maneuverable. China decided to make the most of it, and used the J-8 as a reconnaissance and electronic warfare aircraft. Thus the navy adopted it as well. It was a J-8 that collided with an American EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft off the coast in 2001. The J-8, which made the mistake of maneuvering too close to the much slower (propeller driven) EP-3, and crashed. The EP-3 survived and made an emergency landing in China, kicking off months of diplomatic tension.
The J-11 is a continuation of the J-8 effort, but using more modern technology, and three decades of experience building warplanes. Russian concerns about Chinese inexperience are unfounded. The Chinese have a track record in this area, and the J-11 is apparently the best locally manufactured combat aircraft they have yet produced. With the growing Chinese skill in building jet engines, China has entered the big leagues of warplane manufacturing.
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(NSI News Source Info) BANGKOK, Thailand - May 17, 2010: Thai anti-government protesters have ignored an ultimatum by the government to pack up and leave their Bangkok encampment, dashing hopes of a swift end to a violent and debilitating standoff.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has withdrawn his offer of a November 14 election and says he will offer no more olive branches to the red-shirted demonstrators after their refusal to budge from their protest site in an upmarket shopping and hotel district.
WHY HAS THE DEAL COLLAPSED?
The red shirts agreed to Abhisit's five-point reconciliation plan and the November 14th poll date, but insist the premier and his deputy, Suthep Thaugsuban, be prosecuted for ordering troops to break up a rally at their previous protest site at the Phan Fah bridge on April 10, a botched effort that left 25 dead and more than 800 wounded.
Suthep reported to law enforcement authorities on Tuesday to hear complaints from the victims of the dead, but the red shirts said that was not enough. They have demanded his arrest, and that of Abhisit when parliament takes a recess on May 21, and he no longer has parliamentary immunity.
Abhisit said the deal was non-negotiable and ordered the red shirts to leave. They have refused and his government says it will scrap the polls -- which were due to take place more than a year early -- but proceed with the reconciliation plan without the red shirts on board.
WHAT OPTIONS DOES ABHIST HAVE LEFT?
Not many. Since the red shirts are refusing to leave and the government says the peace deal is now off, Abhisit can either wait for the rally to fizzle out -- which could take months and inflict huge damage on the economy -- or use the army to forcibly evict the demonstrators from the ritzy Rachaprasong intersection.
The latter is an option the military, perhaps Abhisit also, seems unwilling to take. A crackdown at a heavily fortified and well-guarded site could turn out to be another bloodbath, with heavy casualties on both sides.
It would no doubt be a chaotic battle that security forces have no guarantee of winning
Abhisit has repeatedly said the government has the authority to "take necessary action" against the protesters but his threats have so far been hollow. The red shirts know that and are probably calling his bluff.
WILL THIS DAMAGE ABHISIT'S CREDIBILITY?
It looks likely. His reconciliation proposal won him plaudits from almost all parties and saw his opinions ratings soar, with the Oxford-educated economist painted as a peacemaker keen to heal rifts, protect the monarchy and avert a civil war.
But nine days later, he is back on the rocks. Even if Abhisit orders a crackdown, it cannot be guaranteed the police will cooperate and doubts remain as to whether the aloof and soon-to-retire army chief Anupong Paochinda will agree to it given his stand that the standoff can only be settled politically.
Tuesday's embarrassing U-turn on plans to cut off power and water supplies and cellphone signals around the protest site to force the red shirts out further dented Abhisit's reputation and he will likely face pressure to either act decisively and follow through with his ultimatums, or step down.
HOW WILL THE LATEST TWIST IMPACT MARKETS AND THE ECONOMY?
Foreign investors have turned negative since violence flared in April and have sold 17.4 billion baht ($539 million) in Thai shares over the past five sessions, cutting their net buying so far this year to 21 billion baht as of Tuesday. Tensions and uncertainty have now increased and selling is likely to continue.
Thailand's finance minister on Tuesday said the crisis could trim 0.3 percentage point off Thailand's targeted annual growth rate this year of 4.5 to 5 percent.
Consumer confidence fell in February and March, after hitting a 21-month high in January, due to political turmoil, sinking to its lowest since July 2009, with sentiment eroded by political unrest and the possibility of a crackdown.
A North Korean patrol boat sailed about 1.6 miles (2.8 kilometres) into the South-controlled waters on Saturday night but quickly retreated after a South Korean broadcast warning, according to Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In less than an hour, another North Korean patrol boat intruded across the border but returned to its waters after another warning broadcast and two shots from the South Korean vessel, a Joint Chiefs of Staff officer said on condition of anonymity citing department policy. There were no injuries reported, he added.
The Korean maritime border is not clearly marked, and violations by North Korean military and fishing boats are not unusual. But Saturday's incursion marks the North's first border violation since the 1,200-ton South Korean warship went down near the area on March 26, killing 46 South Korean sailors. Seoul has not directly blamed North Korea for the sinking, and Pyongyang has denied involvement, but suspicion has focused on the North given its history of attacks.
The two Koreas remain technically locked in a state of war because their three-year conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, in 1953. Their navies fought three bloody sea battles near the disputed sea border since 1999.
South Korea has said it will take stern action against anyone responsible for the sinking - one of its worst maritime disasters. The government was to announce the results of its investigation in the coming week. On Sunday, Yonhap news agency reported that South Korean investigators have obtained unspecified evidence showing North Korea's involvement in the sinking. Yonhap citing an unidentified government source as saying South Korea's military was considering issuing an anti-North Korea statement after the investigation outcome is announced.
South Korea's Defence Ministry and Joint Chiefs of Staff said they could not confirm the report because the investigation was still under way.
The Arabic-language channel quoted foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying that Teheran struck a deal on the amount of uranium to be exchanged and the modality of the swap - simultaneously or in batches.
'There is an agreement on the time and the volume of the fuel to be exchanged,' Mehmanparast said according to Al-Alam, without elaborating on the deal or with whom it was reached. 'But there is still the venue (to be decided) and if there are concrete guarantees, Iran is willing to discuss the location,' he added.
The remarks came as Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was due to arrive in Teheran for a nuclear summit that major powers have said might prove to be Iran's last chance to avoid tough new UN sanctions. Lula, who is expected to land at midnight (1930 GMT or 3.30am Sunday S'pore time), told reporters in Moscow on Friday he was 'optimistic' and hoped to be able to persuade Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to reach an agreement with the West.
The International Atomic Energy Agency proposed in October a plan whereby Iran would hand over its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia for enrichment to the required level of 20 per cent. The material would then be processed by France into the necessary fuel rods for the Teheran reactor, which makes radioisotopes for medical purposes such as the treatment of cancer.
Citing a 'lack of confidence,' Teheran rejected the proposal and offered an exchange of fuel simultaneously and in smaller quantities within the borders of country, but the West rejected its counter-offer.
“AmSafe’s passenger restraint has been a ubiquitous design in commercial aviation for more than 30 years, however, the demands our customers face today are more stringent than they were three decades ago,” said Bill Hagan, president of AmSafe Aviation. “This product delivers the same reliability and ease of use of the legacy restraint, but at a lighter weight to help carriers meet the challenges of rising fuel costs without compromising safety.”
The new lightweight seatbelt has the same patented performance qualities that AmSafe’s products have become known for. It has the same attach points as the conventional AmSafe seatbelt and can be easily retrofitted on both premium and economy seats.
“Using high-performance materials and design techniques, AmSafe has developed a commercial aviation passenger restraint that is notably lighter than our existing product offerings,” said Herb Mardany, vice president and general manager of AmSafe Aviation. “The improved ergonomic style of the AmSafe buckle is nicely suited for the modern seats and interiors of new aircraft and meets the requirements of the FAA.”
AmSafe traditional restraints are specified as original equipment on nearly all of the commercial, regional airframe manufacturer's aircraft:
AmSafe passenger restraints incorporate the most advanced technology available. The Company uses advanced materials, manufacturing techniques and in-house dynamic testing, along with continual research and development, to ensure that all seat occupants are safe and secure.
The new lightweight seatbelt will be available for shipping in the 2010 third quarter. For ordering information, please contact Chris Muklevicz, vice president of sales at AmSafe Aviation, at email@example.com or 602-850-2850.
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Cheap, easily deployable and highly effective, IEDs may be placed by the sides of the road or in buildings and may be carried by individuals or placed in vehicles. They are responsible for some 80% of the deaths and injuries to coalition troops in Afghanistan and training our forces to deal with them is truly an urgent operational requirement.
At ITEC, trade visitors will be able to meet a range of top companies providing training in countering the IED threat, especially in relation to prediction, detection, prevention and neutralization. Exhibitors include:
Lockheed Martin Simulation Training & Support specialises in
constructive staff training and decision making systems, as well as a
live training product.
b-design, Bohemia Interactive and Cogent3D all provide highly
realistic visual databases which play a key role in synthetic training.
Populating these databases with human figures that use Artificial
Intelligence to behave like real life individuals or crowds is the
specialty of Boston Dynamics.
Combat Training Solutions has a number of man-worn, vehicle
and stand-alone non-pyrotechnic devices for countering IEDs that are
inherently safe and stable. Another specialist in this area is MIL-SIM-FX
which has a range of simulated IEDs.
Chemring Defence offers both pyrotechnic and non-pyrotechnic
based solutions. The company's IED-Simulator is used to achieve general
training goals in urban operations awareness training, check point and
convoy training, ambush training and other tactical skills.
As many IED casualties occur in vehicles much effort and training time has been invested in teaching vehicle commanders and crews how to operate in areas of potential threat.
Raydon Corporation and Lockheed Martin have both developed
combat vehicle simulators for the range of new armoured and mine
protected vehicles now operating in
SAIC Corporation provides its Common Driver Trainer range of
Commenting upon the range and variety of simulation and training solutions on display, Tim Porter, Managing Director - Defence & Security, Clarion Events, said: 'Providing reliable and practical methods of helping our forces to protect themselves in conflict zones around the world is a top priority for our exhibitors'.
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Håkan Buskhe takes up his position as President and CEO of the defence and security company Saab (STO:SAABB) on 1
The board of Saab appointed Håkan Buskhe as new President and CEO on 26 April. As previously announced, current President and CEO Åke Svensson will leave Saab on 1
The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 17 May at 10.45.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
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Semcon will be responsible for developing, testing, certification, documentation and calculations of the multi-functional composite containers.
“We have collaborated with FMV since 2000 and are extremely pleased about the continued confidence they have in us. The containers we develop include advanced, complex technology and we look forward to continuing being in the vanguard of the armed forces’ ongoing developments,” says Peter M Nilsson, Area Manager at Semcon in Karlskrona.
Multi-functional composite containers The multi-functional composite containers are designed and developed for technical and safety use by the armed forces. There are three different standard models that, via different options, can be tailored to a customer’s requirements. Composite containers are very complex and have a number of functions such as EMC protection, heating and refrigeration, electrical central and roll-on roll-off frame.
FMV ordered the first specially adapted containers from Semcon nine years ago and to date 186 containers worth SEK 95 million have been delivered. The containers have a wide area of use, including liaison centres, workshops, medical, storage, documentation and maintenance containers. The containers have been used by peacekeeping forces in the Congo,
The containers are currently sold to the Swedish armed forces, but there is huge international interest in the product. Discussions with buyers in other countries are underway.
Semcon is a global company active in the areas of engineering services and product information. The Group has around 2,600 employees with extensive experience from many different industries. Semcon develops products, plants and information solutions along the entire product development chain and also provides many other services including quality control, training and methodology development. Semcon increases customers’ sales and competitive strength by providing them with innovative and solid engineering solutions. The Group has sales of SEK 2.3 billion with activities at more than 40 sites in Sweden, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Hungary, India, China, Spain, Malaysia and
This information is such that Semcon must publish according to laws governing the securities market and/or laws governing trading in financial instruments. This information was published at 11:30 a.m. on 15 may 2010.
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Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astronics, commented, “We are very proud to take part in the A350 XWB program. This is a critical win for Astronics because it reinforces our success in providing innovative, light weight, highly-reliable lighting solutions and it extends our content and value on commercial transport aircraft.”
The system will include ceiling emergency lights, emergency exit signs, seat and galley-mounted aisle floodlights, passenger information signs and exterior emergency lights. All of the products Astronics is supplying for the A350 XWB program will utilize light emitting diode (LED) technology to ensure maximum reliability while significantly reducing power consumption when compared with legacy solutions.
ABOUT ASTRONICS CORPORATION
Astronics Corporation is a leader in advanced, high performance lighting, electrical power and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries. The Company’s strategy is to develop and maintain positions of technical leadership in its chosen aerospace and defense markets, to leverage those positions to grow the amount of content and volume of product it sells to those markets and to selectively acquire businesses with similar technical capabilities that could benefit from our leadership position and strategic direction. Astronics Corporation, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, DME Corporation, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. and Luminescent Systems Inc., have a reputation for high quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong brand recognition and best-in-class manufacturing practices. The Company routinely posts news and other important information on its Web site at www.Astronics.com.
For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its Web site at www.Astronics.com.
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