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Royal Thai Army buys ZBL-09/VN-1 8×8 IFV

RTA ordered ZBL-09 from NORICO to be commissioned in the cavalry unit.

Foreign correspondent said to TAF in LIMA 2017 yesterday that the Royal Thai Army signed the order to buy 34 ZBL-09 8×8 and 12,506 30 mm round from China’s NORICO.

ZBL-09 can be compared to BTR-3E1 earlier procured and deployed in the infantry units. RTA will buy one battalion of ZBL-09 and aim for 2020 delivery at the price of 1.695 mil USD each. TAF believe that this order is a part of the 400 million Baht project to upgrade the RTA maintenance factory to be able to maintain and refurbish all Chinese-made vehicle in RTA, including VT-4 tank, Type-85 and ZBL-09. Thy aim to become the regional center for Chinese vehicle maintenance.

22/03/2560 07.45 น. ThaiArmedForce.com – กองทัพบกไทยจัดหา ZBL-09 จากจีนจำนวน 34 คัน พร้อมกระสุน  12,506 นัด โดยจะเข้าประจำการใน หน่วยทหารม้า

ผู้สื่อข่าวต่างประเทศกล่าวกับ TAF ในงาน LIMA 2017 วานนี้ว่า กองทัพบกไทยได้ลงนามจัดซื้อยานเกราะล้อยาน 8×8 แบบ ZBL-09 จาก NORICO ประเทศจีนแล้ว

ZBL-09 มีสมรรถนะใกล้เคียงกับ BTR-3E1 ที่กองทัพบกไทยเคยจัดหาและประจำการอยู่ในหน่วยทหารราบ โดยกองทัพบกไทยจัดหาจำนวน 1 กองพัน คาดว่าจะได้รับรถในปี 2562 โดยกำหนดราคากลางของรถที่ราคาคันละ 1.695 ล้านเหรียญสหรัฐ (59,325,000 บาท) และกระสุนขนาด 30×165 มม. ที่ราคานัดละ 155 เหรียญสหรัฐ (5,425 บาท) ซึ่งเป็นการยืนยันว่ารถจะมาพร้อมกับป้อมปืนขนาด 30 มม. TAF เชื่อว่าการจัดหาในครั้งนี้เป็นส่วนหนึ่งของสัญญาการจัดตั้งโรงงานซ่อมสร้างยุทธยานยนต์จีนมูลค่า 400 ล้านบาทที่กระทรวงกลาโหมจะลงทุนที่โรงงานซ่อมสร้างยุทโธปกรณ์สายสรรพาวุธของกองทัพบก เพื่อเพิ่มศักยภาพให้สามารถซ่อมบำรุงรถถัง VT-4 และยานเกราะ Type-85 รวมถึง ZBL-09 ดังกล่าว โดยคาดหวังว่าโรงงานจะเป็นศูนย์กลางในการซ่อมบำรุงยุทธยานยนต์ของจีนในภูมิภาคได้

Original post thaiarmedforce.com

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Turkey to buy 2 batteries of S-400 air defense systems after loan agreement is finalized

Turkey to buy 2 batteries of S-400 systems from Russia

ALI ÜNAL ANKARA

Turkey will buy two regiments of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia in order to fulfil the country’s urgent requirement, Daily Sabah learned from security sources. The procurement agreement will likely be concluded when the Russian and Turkish finance ministers complete the loan agreement, the sources also indicated.

Turkey and Russia have engaged in ongoing talks regarding Turkey’s cooperation with Russia in the defense sector since the Russian-Turkish rapprochement in August 2016. However, the discussions have gained new momentum in recent weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov announced on March 15 that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Putin had discussed this issue during Erdoğan’s recent visit to Moscow on March 10, adding that both leaders were interested in the missile sale. Commenting on this issue, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık said on March 16 that, “Progress is being made in the discussions,” while adding that procurement talks have not yet been finalized. Officials for the Russian state corporation Rostec, which produces the S-400 systems, also confirmed that Ankara is ready to buy S-400 missile systems with a Russian loan, saying: “Turkey is expressing that it wishes to receive a loan. As soon as an agreement is signed and a decision is made on the amount of the loan, then we will sign a contract for the supply, including the S-400,” Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said on March 14.

The S-400 was developed as an upgraded version of the S-300 series of surface-to-air missile systems. The system entered service in April 2007 and the first S-400 was deployed in combat in August 2007. According to sources within the defense industry, a regular S-400 battalion consists of at least eight launchers with 32 missiles and a mobile command post. The system can engage all types of aerial targets, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and ballistic and cruise missiles within the range of 400 kilometers (249 miles), at an altitude of up to 30 kilometers. The S-400 systems are capable of firing three types of missiles to create a layered defense, and the system can be deployed within five minutes, while simultaneously engaging 36 targets.

As a N.A.T.O.-member, Turkey’s procurement of the Russian S-400 system has raised concerns regarding the compatibility and integration of these weapons into the N.A.T.O. infrastructure. Minister Işık clarified last week that Turkey will use the Russian systems without integration, noting: ”Russia’s S-400 missile systems will not be integrated into the N.A.T.O. system.”

Minister Işık also said the Russian missile system will be used to fulfill Turkey’s immediate requirement, while stressing that the uncompromising attitude of N.A.T.O.-member countries compelled Turkey to purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. “We underwent negotiations to purchase N.A.T.O.-produced missile systems, but we could not get a reasonable offer in terms of price and technology transfer. Thus, our negotiations with the Russians have intensified,” Minister Işık said on March 15.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s efforts to develop its indigenous long-range air missile defense system will continue, even after the procurement of Russian S-400s. ”We [Turkey] have already developed the short-range ballistic missile Hisar and are currently working on the mid-range Hisar project. Developments for our own long-range defense system are currently ongoing and we will be able to produce these systems within five to seven years,” he said.

The S-400 missiles are the new generation of Russian missile systems and Russia has only sold the system to China and India thus far. Last year, both China and India signed an intergovernmental agreement for the procurement of four regiments of Russian-made S-400s. Turkey will be the first N.A.T.O.-member country to purchase the system.

Original post dailysabah.com

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As a N.A.T.O.-member, Turkey’s procurement of the Russian S-400 system has raised concerns regarding the compatibility and integration of these weapons into the N.A.T.O. infrastructure. Minister Işık clarified last week that Turkey will use the Russian systems without integration, noting: ”Russia’s S-400 missile systems will not be integrated into the N.A.T.O. system.”

Minister Işık also said the Russian missile system will be used to fulfill Turkey’s immediate requirement, while stressing that the uncompromising attitude of N.A.T.O.-member countries compelled Turkey to purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. “We underwent negotiations to purchase N.A.T.O.-produced missile systems, but we could not get a reasonable offer in terms of price and technology transfer. Thus, our negotiations with the Russians have intensified,” Minister Işık said on March 15.

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French MoD approves development of Rafale F4 standard

French government approves Rafale F4 upgrades

By Ryan Maass   |   March 23, 2017 at 3:36 PM

March 23 (UPI) — The French Ministry of Defense has given the green light for Dassault Aviation to begin developing the Rafale jet’s F4 standard.

The upgrade aims to provide the legacy F3-R standard jets with updated technological capabilities. Dassault representatives say the plan will make the fighters more effective during combat missions.

“I am delighted by the Minister for Defense’s decision,” Dassault CEO Eric Trappier said in a press release. “The F4 standard will incorporate operational experience feedback and enable continuous improvement of the Rafale to be maintained. It will reinforce the national skills and technological capabilities essential for preparing the development of the next generation of combat aircraft.”

French defense leaders expect to begin qualification for the F4 standard in 2018.

The Rafale is a twin-jet, multirole fighter primarily operated by the French armed forces. The plane is fitted to perform a balanced set of missions, including air defense, power projection, deep strike, air support and reconnaissance operations.

The governments of India, Egypt and Qatar have all placed orders for Rafale aircraft.

Original post upi.com

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Rafale: towards standard F4

Saint-Cloud, 22 March 2017 – On 20 March 2017, the French Minister for Defense, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, authorized the start of development of the new RAFALE F4 standard.

Dassault Aviation and the 500 French companies associated with the RAFALE program wish to thank the French Ministry of Defense, the Defense procurement agency (DGA), the French Air Force and the Navy for their confidence.

The policy underpinning the RAFALE program is continuous development to adapt the aircraft to changing needs, through a succession of standards. As early as 2023, a first version of the F4 standard will follow the F3-R standard, scheduled for qualification in 2018.

“I am delighted by the Minister for Defense’s decision. The F4 standard will incorporate operational experience feedback and enable continuous improvement of the RAFALE to be maintained. It will reinforce the national skills and technological capabilities essential for preparing the development of the next generation of combat aircraft”, stated Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “I am also delighted that the Defense Ministry underlines the need to continue with acquisition of the RAFALE, beyond the 4th tranche currently in production, in order primarily to meet the needs of the French Air Force. Finally, this robust national foundation will constitute a launch pad for our aircraft in future export markets.”

Source dassault-aviation.com

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Russia to develop Tor-M2DT short-range anti-aircraft missile system for the Arctic

Russia to develop Tor air defense missile system’s Arctic version

March 23, 18:30

The Tor-M2 system is currently the basic short-range air defense missile complex used by the Russian military

IZHEVSK, March 23. /TASS/. Works for developing the Tor-M2DT short-range anti-aircraft missile system for the Arctic application are planned to be finished by the end of this year, Air Defense Force Commander Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov said on Thursday.

“This year, the upgrade of the S-300V4 complex and the adaption of the Tor anti-aircraft missile system for Arctic applications will be completed. Work is in full swing to develop an advanced antiaircraft artillery complex,” the general said.

The first brigade set of the upgraded S-300V4 long-range antiaircraft missile system was delivered to the troops in 2014. From next year, only this modification will be operational in the ground force’s air defense armament, the general said.

Also, the ground forces have been supplied with the latest modifications of the Buk and Tor complexes and man-potable air defense systems since 2016, he added

The Tor-M2 system is currently the basic short-range air defense missile complex operational in the Russian Army. It is designed to provide air and anti-missile defense at the division level. The system is capable of protecting land troops from anti-radiation and cruise missiles, remote-controlled drones, glide bombs, aircraft and helicopters.

Under an agreement between the Izhevsk-based Kupol electromechanical factory and Vityaz engineering company posted on the website of state purchases, R&D works for developing the system’s modification for application in the Arctic and the Extreme North will be carried out in 2015-2020. The new version of the antiaircraft missile system should be mounted on the chassis of the DT-30PM-T1 two-section tracked prime mover (the DT two-section prime mover).

The S-300V4 is a modification of the S-300VM air defense system with better operational characteristics through the integration of modern computers and new components. The system is capable of hitting ballistic and aerodynamic targets at a distance of up to 400 km.

Original post tass.com

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