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Naval modernisation in China outpaces the US, says defence analyst

China is acquiring submarines at about five times the rate of the US, a defence analyst has told policy makers at a Washington-based think-tank. Robert Kaplan, a visiting professor at the US Naval Academy, said that China and other Asian nations were pressing ahead with rapid naval-modernisation programmes while the US remains bogged down with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Romania challenges BAE Systems over ex-RN frigates
Romania has called on BAE Systems to enter into talks regarding contractual obligations linked to the sale of two ex-UK Royal Navy (RN) frigates. Government officials in Bucharest are seeking a “dialogue” with the company over the Type 22 vessels so that “this should not end up in court”, the office of the Romanian Minister for Defence has told Jane’s
Turkish defence industry embarks on a period of substantial overhaul
Turkey’s defence industry has entered a period of major re-evaluation in an attempt to transform itself into a technology-friendly sector, with emphasis on strengthening the neglected domestic defence front. In line with a new 2007-11 Strategy Paper prepared by the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM), the initial goal is to increase the proportion of defence systems produced locally from the current 25 per cent to 50 per cent by 2010

Taiwanese president calls on US to approve F-16 sale
Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian has called on the US to approve the sale of 66 F-16C/D Block 52 multirole fighters to the Asian country. Taipei sought approval from Washington to purchase the fighters in 2006 in a deal expected to be worth about USD5.5 billion over five to 10 years

Russia’s Almaz-Antey displays components of newly deployed S-400 Triumf SAM system

Russia’s S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile (SAM) system made its first public appearance at the MAKS 2007 air show, writes Miroslav Gyurosi. Manufacturer Almaz-Antey displayed three components of the system – the 55K6 mobile command post fitted to the Ural-532361 8 x 8 wheeled chassis, the 92N6 multifunctional (tracking and missile-guidance) radar fitted to the MZKT-7930 8 x 8 heavy wheeled chassis and 5P85T2 semi-trailer launcher towed by a BAZ-6402 tractor
Russian companies team to develop wheeled Tor-M2E

Russian communications and computer manufacturer Izhehevskiy Elekitromekhanicheskiy Zavod ‘Kupol’ has teamed with Almaz-Antey to develop an improved version of the Tor (SA-15 ‘Gauntlet’) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, writes Miroslav Gyurosi. Known as the Tor-M2E, this is being offered on a wheeled chassis as well as the tracked vehicle used for the original version. At the MAKS 2007 air show, the system was shown in wheeled form – a version aimed largely at export customers

Source: Jane’s defence journal

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