Thailand will buy frigate fro singapore

BANGKOK - Thailand's military, still standing watch over the kingdom's political upheaval, has been cleared to purchase thousands of Israeli assault rifles and a Singaporean warship.

Embattled Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, who doubles as defense minister, approved a package of defense modernization deals with his Cabinet on Sept. 9. In total, the package is worth an estimated $191.3 million.

Most of the package is devoted to a $152.8 million Singapore Technologies-designed amphibious frigate. The Royal Thai Armed Forces will also buy thousands of Israeli assault rifles and Russian shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.

"The Cabinet has been lenient with military requests this year in particular," said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political and security analyst with Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University. "The last thing Samak needs right now is disgruntlement in the military."

Cabinet documents obtained by Defense News say that Thailand's military will contract with Singapore Technologies to buy one large, amphibious frigate - called a landing platform dock ship - for transporting cargo and troops.

However, the papers don't specify an exact model. The frigate will be paid off in installments through 2011.

Thailand has also inked a contract to buy 15,037 Tavor TAR-21 assault rifles from Israel. This $30.1 million buy will boost the Thai military's total stock of the bullpup-design rifles to more than 30,000 - replacing many of the Army's aging rifles.

That purchase is coupled with a $4.4 million order for 531 Israeli Negev light machine guns, raising Thailand's stock to more than 1,100. These will be partially paid for from a special budget tied to securing the violence-scarred Malaysian border, where separatist Muslim insurgents continue to target soldiers and civilians. Russia will also supply 36 Igla-S shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles to Thailand - with seven launching mechanisms - for nearly $4 million.

The contracts, which Thitinan described as "scattered," suggest the Thai military lacks a "coherent long-term procurement strategy," he said.

In December, when a military council still led Thailand after former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's 2006 coup, it announced a similar round of purchases. In addition to overall modernization plans for each service, the military announced plans to buy Saab Gripen fighter jets, Chinese surface-to-surface missiles, armed personnel carriers and more.

"It's been a hodgepodge package in the last few years," Thitinan said.

The new package appears in part to address some of Thailand's topical needs, with the Negev light machine guns intended to fight the kingdom's gruesome southern insurgency. The amphibious frigate, according to Cabinet documents, will provide quick disaster relief. Singapore's fleet of landing platform dock ships - all built by the same Singapore Technologies firm - were among the many vessels delivering medics and supplies during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The deal, a modernization boon to Thailand's military, was inked under a shroud of political unrest. To approve the package, the prime minister and his Cabinet convened many provinces away from their Bangkok compound, still occupied as of Sept. 12 by protesters demanding Samak's resignation. At one point 10,000 deep, the protesters transformed the prime minister's stately grounds into a grungy campsite ringed with razor-wire and makeshift barricades.

After Samak issued a state of emergency on Sept. 2, no soldiers were dispatched to the compound, and many questioned his sway over the military.

Gen. Anupong Paochinda, the Royal Thai Army's commander in chief, has insisted that restoring peace through the military is not the answer. Still, Thai military leaders took a similar public stance just before they ousted previous Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra two years ago.

Relations between Samak and the military remain "smooth and close," said government spokesman Nattawut Saikua. But he added: "I say this realizing the leader of the last coup said many, many times he would not seize power."

However, Samak's tenuous hold on the prime minister's seat is not expected to affect the military's new arms package. source :

Singapore will buy more M-346 Jet Trainer from Italy

To bost trainng capability and capacaty on their own foghter pilot program, singapoe air force will buy 12 mre M346. This contract worth of 250milion euro. Italy's Finmeccanica has been awarded a 250 million euro contract by Singapore to supply 12 M-346 jet trainers built by its unit Alenia Aermacchi, the firm announced Sept. 28. Finmeccanica, teamed with prime contractor ST Aerospace and Boeing, expects to deliver the first aircraft in 2012.
"Successively, together with ST Aerospace, Alenia Aermacchi will make a contribution to ITS (Integrated Training System) activities and to supporting the fleet," Finmeccanica said in a statement. Finmeccanica CEO Pierfrancesco Guarguaglini said the contract proved "The international supremacy of this aircraft."
In July Finmeccanica confirmed that the aircraft had been selected by Singapore over the T-50 built by Korea's KAI.
The speed of the signing contrasts with negotiations to sell the M-346 to the UAE. The aircraft was selected by the Gulf state in early 2009, beating off competition from the T-50, but a firm order has yet to be made. The Italian Air Force has meanwhile ordered six M-346 trainers with the aim of acquiring a total of 15.

Finmeccanica has also teamed with EADS to pitch the aircraft for Europe's multi-nation Advanced European Jet Pilot Training (AEJPT) program and is set to compete with the T-50 again to supply the U.S. Air Force with a new trainer, a battle which will see BAE System's as a third competitor.

BTR 3E1 APC : Thailand brand new APC

As we know, thailand put order on BTR e31 APC from ukraine, On septem 2010 thailand navy receive first batch of his order (96 unit BTR E31). BTRE31 is very well armed apc and for thailand, BTR 3E1 didnt use Germany machine, as we know germany parlement didnt afford machine selling for Thailand BTR E31. Below is an expert view on this apc (source www.
In some aspects the Ukrainian vehicle is definitely better than those from Canada and China, because it carries an anti-tank missile. Actually, even though the Ukrainian APC claims to be "totally new", it shows all the signs of being a development of the Soviet APC, but the Soviet BTRs were absolutely incomparable with anything else in the world - the Soviets were always the best in this field - but the Ukrainian machine is okay.

However, if it were my decision, I would rather buy the Russian BTR-90 because it's faster and can carry nine troops instead of six, which is the greatest advantage in my opinion. Besides, the BTR-90 has an 800km range on roads, while the Ukrainian machine only has a range of 600km. That's a big difference, I would say - 200km under combat conditions is really a lot.

In addition, I believe that the Russian-made armour is much better than the Ukrainian. But when it comes to usability, since Thailand is not going to fight a real war anyway, it doesn't matter what they actually buy. Moreover, it's a waste of money because any APC made in any country would be destroyed by a single RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] or a couple of shots from any 20mm, or 30mm rapid-firing cannon mounted on a helicopter or jet-fighter, or by a single anti-tank mine.

It could also be destroyed by a single Molotov cocktail - so it's vulnerable to opponents that can't afford anti-tank grenades, but can afford a bottle. So, the combat effectiveness of these vehicles is doubtful in any case.

During combat missions by Soviet troops in Afghanistan, soldiers always sat on top of BTRs [bronyetransporter, or armoured transporter] and BMPs [boyevaya mashina pyekhota, or infantry fighting vehicle] while on the road, because it increased their survivability. If an RPG hits it, or it runs over an anti-tank mine, the soldiers inside will be killed - with 0% chance that any will survive.

But when they are on top of the vehicle, they could only be killed by a sniper's bullet or by a machine-gun, and in this case they will not all be killed at once - those who are not killed will have a chance to take cover. That is to say that while these vehicles were initially designed to provide armoured cover for troops while on the road, this feature is not used in practice.

The conclusion is that the soldiers would feel much more comfortable, and would travel much faster, with less fuel consumption, on non-armoured vehicles. But because countries such as Switzerland, Thailand and Singapore have never fought a modern war, they still believe in the value of APCs, despite the fact that the concept behind them is flawed. The use of these vehicles by the Soviet army was partly justified by the fact that the Soviets were prepared to fight a nuclear war, in which tanks and APCs can provide a lot of protection to troops against an atomic blast, but even in this case their value was doubtful. But to use them in non-nuclear wars, where an enemy is armed with RPGs and similar weaponry, is just ridiculous.

CTRM (Malaysian Coorp) will cooperate with South African Corp (ATE) in strategic partnership

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23. - Son of Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM), CTRM System Integration Sdn. Bhd.. (CSI) will launch a strategic partnership with Advanced Technologies and Engineering Co.. (Pty) Ltd. (ATE) from South Africa to develop an inventory of aircraft in the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

Corporate Communications Unit of the Ministry of Defence said in a statement yesterday, told by CTRM ATE selection is made based on the ability of South African companies in the development of various subsystems of aircraft from around the world for this.

"Strategic Partnership Program is aimed at creating the integration capabilities of military aircraft in Pakistan.

"This program will be implemented in phases and is witnessing the first step into creating ATE integration capabilities in CTRM, with the aim of modernizing existing aircraft operations to a level higher operating capacity," the statement said.

Yesterday, the council signed a memorandum of understanding between the two companies was held in Cape Town, in conjunction with the African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2010.

The event was also witnessed by Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Chief of Defence Force, General Datuk Seri Rodzali David and the South African Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano.

The statement added that Pakistan and South Africa are able to forge strategic partnerships both in the military as both use the same number of aircraft in air forces respectively as Hawk and C-130.

Indonesia army receive 3 Mi 35 assault and transport chopter

source : ria novosti
Russia has delivered three Mi-35M Hind assault helicopters to Indonesia, a military source said on Thursday.

Russia signed an agreement with Indonesia in September 2007 to provide a $1 billion credit line to the Southeast Asian country for Russian weapons purchases. Indonesia planned to buy ten Mi-17 transport helicopters, five Mi-35Ms, six Sukhoi fighters and two Kilo-class submarines financed by the credit.

Jakarta became one of Russia's major arms customers in 1999 when the United States tightened an embargo on arms sales to the country over alleged human rights violations.

Washington has since lifted the ban, but Indonesia, the world's most populous Islamic country, continues to turn to Russia for its military hardware imports.

Moscow has already delivered three Su-27SKM fighters to Indonesia as the final part of an August 2007 $300 million deal for six of the Sukhoi fighters.

The agreement followed a 2003 deal on the purchase of four fighter jets by Indonesia from Russia.

The planes will take part in a military parade dedicated to Indonesian Armed Forces Day on October 5.

The Mi-35M is an export version of the Mi-24 Hind that was used extensively in Afghanistan. The Mi-24/35 can be used for transportation, assault and medical evacuation tasks.
(RIA Novosti)

F-22 raptor , Sukhoi Pak-Fa: strategy and contra strategy

In medio 70 era, USA intesiffly their built stealth capabality on their war plane, and the the result is very awesome. We cannot deny that usa make a leap frog in stealth technology and there is still a lap even it is become narrower in stealth technology between USA and Its main counterpart, Russia. Very clearly that russia makes rapid progress in carbon composite technology, as we know, material for RAM mainly consisted by carbon composite.
USA pride an as a frontline air fighter , ist use not only for deep interdiction is very well defender enemy air area but also to ensure USA superiority in aerial figth over is enemy war plane.

Sukhoi sent last su 27skm order to indonesia air forcr

In september 2010, sukhoi complted it order from indonesian air force, it is make indonesia air force has 10 unit sukhoi, consitesd of SU 30 and su 27 type. Some source in jakarta, said that indonesia has plan to get more sukhois in future year, at least 2 squadron su 27. If this plan become reality, it will be make indonesia air force as main su operator in south east asia. But even with more su squadron (unless more than 120 unit su) indonesaia air force its not in comparable condition if we compare it with aussie or singapore ar force. Until now Aussie and singapore is the stronggest air force in south east asia hemisphere
but good luck forTNI AU, with their very new expensive toy...

below is the full story..(source :
TEMPO Interactive, Makassar - Antonov 124-100 aircraft had just landed
at Sultan Hasanuddin Air Base at around 20:10 pm. Plane
Russia's Sukhoi aircraft carries one unit of the type SU-27 SKM
Additional ordered by the government of Indonesia.

The arrival of this aircraft Sukhoi complete nine units already
first arrived in Makassar. On Friday, two aircraft
Sukhoi newly purchased government through the ministries of defense and
security also arrived at Sultan Hasanuddin Air Base.

The two aircraft that arrived Friday is already finished assembled,
Wednesday (15 / 9). The second flight test aircraft will be performed on
September 18 to 19.

In addition to one unit of Sukhoi, Antonov aircraft also mengankut three
replacement warranty team who was killed several days ago. Until now
The third identity is unknown technician. Party Airbase
Sultan Hasanuddin has not provided a description of the three technicians
replacement, and one unit of additional pessawat it. Antonov crew
still busy lowering the light combat aircraft equipment.

To complete the assembly of aircraft, has attended several teams from Russia.
They are assembling a team 12 people, 1 person the specialist of water
craft, 1 of the specialist of JPC Sukhoi, 9 of the specialist
enterpice sub-contractor, and 3 of the representatives of state
rostechnologi corporation.

Antonov plane was scheduled to return to Russia, tomorrow around
at 15.00 pm. At the same time the plane was going to bring home third
Sukhoi body technician who was killed after drinking.


PT91 Pendekar : TDM Pride ready for action

GEMAS: The army's pride -- the PT-91M Pendekar main battle tanks (MBT) -- are now fully operational.

Army chief Gen Datuk Zulkifeli Zin said the Pendekars (Malay for warriors) have full battle capability with the fleet of 48 complemented by 14 support vehicles, six WZT-4 armoured recovery vehicles, five PMC Leguan armoured vehicle-launched bridges, three MID-M armoured engineering tanks and an array of supplementary vehicles.

"The MBT regiment's readiness embodies the 'man, machine and method' development strategy the army professes."

He said this at the MBTs operational readiness declaration ceremony at the Syed Sirajuddin Camp in Negri Sembilan on Sept 1.

The MBTs are part of the 11th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps' (RAC) which celebrated its 58th anniversary on that day.

The delivery of the 48 Pendekars began in 2008.

This was followed by the other supplementary vehicles, reportedly under a US$380 million (RM1.18 billion) package from Poland.

The Pendekars each have a crew of three, weigh 45,310kg and can reach a speed of 70km per hour.

Calling the Pendekar acquisition as very pricey, Zulkifeli justified their need as history had proven that armoured vehicles played a significant role during battle.

"For instance, during World War II the German military used its Panzers to combat and capture Allied Forces.

"The speed and mobility of the Panzers were very suitable with their Blitzkrieg lightning offensive tactics," he add

Philippine hostage release operation tragedy

Hostage release operation is not an easy operation. Especially if perpetrator is numerous, armed and trained enough. Conditions will deteriorate if the hostage-taking occurred in the aircraft or other transportation such as buses that occurred in Manila, Philippines in August 2010. In this case the perpetrator, a former police armed with M 16 hostages tourist bus with 20 passengers inside. In this case the perpetrator only one with an assault rifle weapons Unfortunately the process of freeing the hostages taken by bus into the raid resulted in tragedy. Eight hostages were killed. Last investigation the cause of death of the hostage not only by the perpetrator but also by the invading army rifle. This proves that the attack carried out by teams who do not have qualified for the task of liberation of hostages. This also proves the Philippines does not have teams or troops who have that quality. It was only a few countries which has a reputation glorious liberation of hostages in the operation. Several countries including Israel, Germany and Indonesia.
In the case of Indonesia, a team was formed for the liberation of hostages troops at the airport dong Muang, Thailand.Perpetrators of 5 armed assault rifles and grenades. In this operation team successfully freed all hostages safely although one team member shot and killed.
Before the liberation operations, the liberator of the team was doing a brief training by wearing the same plane was hijacked, DC 9. This is to improve the team's ability to master the field.
It seemed to not run properly by the Philippines, as evidenced when they broke the window and meleparkan smoke grenades, they were puzzled to get into the bus. This causes the perpetrator immediately opened fire on hostages.

J10, IDF Cing KUO, F 16 A/B, SU 30 and Mirage 2000 Comparation according Taiwan Military Dept

Now day, China has better fighter than Taiwan, this statement come from simulation performed by Taiwan Military Department.The source told the Chinese-language Liberty Times’ (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) that when facing China’s Su-27s, Su-30s and J-10 fighters, Taiwan’s F-16A/Bs had a slight advantage, while the IDFs and Mirage were inferior. The computer evaluation showed that Su-30s are the best jets in China’s air force. While an F16A/B can match an Su-30, an Su-30 has 1.7 times the capability of the IDF and 2.8 times that of the Mirage 2000.
A J-10, meanwhile, has 0.88 times the capability of an F-16A/B, but 1.36 times that of a Mirage and 1.52 times that of the IDF.
Or if we make shortlisted of that figure :

1 F16 = 1 Su 30
1.7 IDF = 1 SU 30
2.8 Mirage 200 = 1 Su 30
0.88 F 16= 1 SU 30
1.36 Mirage 2000 = 1 J-10
1.52 IDF = 1 J 10

The military source said the main factor behind the results of the evaluation was the projected range of the air-to-air missiles the jets possess.

F-16A/Bs carry US-made AIM-20 missiles, IDFs carry domestic TK-2 missiles and Mirage 2000s carry French-made MICA missiles.

The Su-30s and Su-27s carry the Russian-made R-77 missiles while the J-10 carries Chinese-made PL-12s.

The source said that since the MICA only has a projected range of 60km — while the other four missiles have projected ranges of more than 100km — the Mirage 2000 did badly in the evaluation.

A senior fighter pilot told the Liberty Times the computer simulation was questionable because it failed to consider an aircrafts’ combat capabilities.

Taiwan Missile shiled will ready in next year

Taiwan missile defence shield ready next year: report

by Staff Writers
Taipei (AFP) Sept 6, 2010
Taiwan expects a much-anticipated missile defence shield to be ready next year after buying advanced weapons at a cost of about 300 billion Taiwan dollars (9.4 billion US), local media reported Monday.
Six batteries of Patriot III missiles forming the backbone of the system will account for roughly half the costs associated with the project, the China Times newspaper said.

A long-range early warning radar system, priced at about 40 billion Taiwan dollars, will allow the military to detect and track incoming ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, it said.

While the Patriot III and radars are US-made, the system will also include locally produced tactical ballistic missiles evolved from existing missiles known as "Tienkung", or Sky Bow, the paper said.

The defence ministry declined to comment on the report.

Military experts estimate the People's Liberation Army currently has more than 1,600 missiles aimed at the island.

Ties between Taiwan and its giant neighbour have improved markedly since President Ma Ying-jeou of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang took office in Taipei in 2008.

But China still considers Taiwan to be territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced defence weaponry, largely from the United States.

Washington announced in January a weapons package for Taiwan that includes Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters, and equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fighter jets, but no submarines or new fighter aircraft.

Beijing reacted angrily to the arms deal, valued at 6.4 billion US dollars, halting military and security contacts with the United States.

Indoensia air force will receive the last sukhoi packet

MOSCOW - Russia will deliver the last of six contracted Su fighter jets to Indonesia on September 7 and 16, an informed source said on Monday.

Under a $300 million contract, signed in 2007, Russia is to complete the delivery of three Su-30MK2 and three Su-27SKM fighters to Jakarta by the end of 2010 in addition to two Su-27SK and two Su-30MK fighters purchased in 2003.

The third Su-30MK2 jet was delivered in January.

Russia's An-124 transport plane will deliver two Su-27SKM planes to the air base in the city of Makassar in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province on Tuesday, the source said. The other Su-27SKM plane will be delivered to the same base five days later.

The planes will be sent to Indonesia earlier than scheduled following a request by the Indonesian military authorities, who would like the aircraft to take part in a military parade dedicated to Armed Forces Day on October 5, he added.

Indonesia earlier said it needed at least one squadron equipped with 16 Sukhoi fighters to replace part of the outdated fleet of U.S. F-16 fighters.