Global defence update

Moscow and US to consider joint BMD project


Moscow has said it will consider co-operating with the US over its European ballistic missile defence (BMD) plans by building anti-missile radars in Russia for use by both countries. Responding to an earlier statement from US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said that he would not rule the option out, Colonel General Aleksandr Kolmakov, Russia’s First Deputy Defence Minister, said on 10 June that “whenever the offers arrive, we are prepared to consider them”




US urged to approve Taiwan’s purchase of 66 F-16C/D Block 52 multirole fighters
A member of the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee has called on Washington to approve Taiwan’s request to purchase 66 F-16C/D Block 52 multirole fighters. Speaking at a conference on 9 June organised by a Washington think-tank, the Heritage Foundation, Joe Wilson, a Republican Congressman memberof the House Foreign Affairs Committee,said the reaffirmation of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) earlier this year demonstrates that the US is willing to support Taiwan’s military modernisation





US unveils new JAB and ABV tracked vehicles
The US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC) have officially rolled out two new tracked vehicles based on an Abrams tank chassis. The Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) and the Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) were unveiled as new production programmes during a ceremony in May at Anniston Army Depot in Alabama. Designed by the USMC, both vehicles are based on excess M1 Abrams main battle tank chassis and they leverage work already done at Anniston Army Depot, according to Michael Burke, the facility’s general manager of production operations




South Korea deploys fast attack craft to maritime border

South Korea has taken steps to safeguard against a possible North Korean attack, as tensions on the peninsula remained high in the wake of Pyongyang’s nuclear test on 25 May. With South Korean concerns centring on the two countries’ western maritime border in the Yellow Sea, Seoul deployed Yoon Yung-ha , its first Gumdoksuri-class (PKX) fast attack craft, to the area, the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) announced on 2 June






EEZ claim drives Brazilian ship procurement programmes


The Brazilian Navy has unveiled plans to establish a second fleet – operating from a new base on or near the Amazon River – and procure a new class of 1,800-ton offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Meanwhile, proposals for the acquisition of additional 54 m Navio Patrulha (NAPA 500) patrol ships have also emerged as the navy accelerates efforts to modernise its surface fleet




Royal Navy to get 12-month reprieve in Iraq

UK Royal Navy (RN) ships and personnel could remain in the Gulf until mid-2010 under a new agreement between the British and Iraqi governments. A spokeswoman for the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) told Jane’s on 4 June: “The text the [Iraqi] Council of Ministers has endorsed asks British forces to stay on in Iraq for a year.” The text is being reviewed by Iraq’s Council of Representatives and the CMF hopes it will be ratified soon, the spokeswoman added







German Navy takes IDAS into production


The German Navy has earmarked funding to take the IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines) submerged-launched precision weapon into production for retrofit to its Type 212A submarines, according to industry and navy officials speaking at the UDT Europe 2009 conference and exhibition. Talks are meanwhile continuing with Norway regarding its participation in the IDAS full-scale development programme





Source: Jane’s Defence Journal

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