World defence update

Iran claims new submarine and sea-launched missile capabilities


Iran’s 25 August statement that it has begun production of a new class of indigenously developed submarines able to fire missiles is the latest in a series of recent claims of improved military technology. In all cases little or no hard information is provided by the Iranian authorities, making it difficult to assess the accuracy of these claims






India plans more anti-ballistic missile tests
India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is planning two more anti-ballistic missile flight tests before the end of 2008, according to Indian press reports. The first test, scheduled to take place some time in September, builds on previous successful flight tests in November 2006 and December 2007




Under strain: US Army
The US Army continues to perform well in the face of daunting challenges, including two wars that have lasted longer than the Second World War and have been fought by a relatively small all-volunteer force, while simultaneously undertaking perhaps the greatest top-to-bottom overhaul in the service’s 233-year history. Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) General George Casey is unequivocal when he says that today’s army is out of balance. “The demands for our forces exceed the sustainable supply



Indonesia secures loan to support Sukhoi fighter deal with Russia
Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) has agreed a loan worth about USD300 million from France’s Natixis investment bank in order to secure the country’s purchase of six Sukhoi fighter aircraft from Russia, an MoF source told Jane’s on 25 September. However, although the loan was agreed in principle between Sukhoi, the French bank and the MoF earlier in September, the source said the 15 per cent advance payment that the Southeast Asian country is due to pay the Russian aircraft manufacturer under the terms of the deal may prove to be a stumbling block





Indian MoD agrees ‘in principle’ to MiG-29KUB acquisition
India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has agreed “in principle” to the acquisition of 29 additional MiG-29KUB carrier-borne combat aircraft for the Indian Navy (IN) as a follow-on order to the 16 MiG-29K/KUBs it bought in 2004. Official sources said the MoD’s defence acquisition council had recently cleared the IN’s proposal to buy the aircraft over the next three to five years for an estimated USD2 billion as part of its operational plans to raise three fighter squadrons



Indonesia seeks subs on credit


The Indonesian Navy has outlined plans to procure submarines from a foreign supplier over the next few years through export credit, a funding facility being increasingly used by the southeast Asian country. Speaking through the state-owned Antara news agency on 23 September, Navy Chief of Staff Vice-Admiral Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno said that “several countries” had offered to sell submarines to Indonesia, including Germany and South Korea



Source: Jane’s defence journal

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