Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pakistan And Thailand To Boost Economic And Defence Relations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Thailand have agreed to enhance defence cooperation, a joint statement issued by the two countries at the end of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s visit to Islamabad said.

Prime Minister Shinawatra left Islamabad on Wednesday after a two-day visit in which much of the focus remained on deepening economic and trade relations.

The Thai premier was presented a replica of ‘Fasting Buddha’ and a commemorative postal stamp was also issued on the occasion of her visit.

Several steps the two governments agreed to undertake for enhancing defence cooperation included high-level exchanges between the three military services; cooperation in military training and exercises and academic linkages and collaboration in defence industry.

Coincidentally, prime ministers of both countries hold the defence ministry portfolio in their respective governments.

Pakistan had initially offered to train Thai military officers in its armed forces training institutes in 2010.

Moreover, the two countries agreed on the need for greater security cooperation. Areas identified for security cooperation included counter-terrorism, fight against transnational crimes and intelligence sharing. Modalities for collaboration would, however, be worked out later.

MULTILATERAL FORA: The two sides committed to support each other at regional and multilateral frameworks – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Asean Regional Forum (ARF), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Thailand will, moreover, continue to support Pakistan’s candidature for full dialogue partnership with Asean, while Pakistan will back Thailand’s bid for a position in the OIC.

The two will also support each other’s candidatures in the UN Human Rights Council.

TRADE: The inaugural session of the Joint Trade Committee established through one of the MoUs signed during the visit was held on Wednesday. The JTC meeting followed an interaction of business delegations of both countries a day earlier.

The two countries are eyeing to double their bilateral trade to $2 billion over the next five years.

Mr Sharif and Ms Shinawatra also agreed on expediting the conclusion of a draft model agreement for investment promotion and protection.

Prime Minister Sharif has called on Thai investors to invest in Pakistan. Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group has already made investments in Pakistan.

Pentagon Reduced F-35 Estimated Operating Cost To $857 Billion USD

The U.S. government has slashed its estimate for the long-term operating costs of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets by more than 20 percent to under $1 trillion, according to a senior defense official, a move that could boost international support for the program.

The Pentagon has been under pressure for over a year to revise its estimate of maintaining a fleet of more than 2,000 F-35s over 55 years, with industry and military officials arguing that many of the assumptions were outdated and off base. The new estimate of $857 billion could help ensure the new plane turns out to be as affordable as advertised and comes days after South Koreadetermined that only a bid by Boeing Co for its F-15 Silent Eagle came in below a $7.4 billion price ceiling for its plan to buy 60 new fighter aircraft.

Lockheed's F-35 and the Eurofighter Typhoon remain in the running, but Boeing's pricing marked a step toward winning the contract, according to sources close to the process. A final decision is expected in mid-September. It was not immediately clear what impact the lower F-35 operating estimate would have on the South Korean tender, but U.S. officials said Seoul could decide to restart the competition and ask for new bids.

The Pentagon's revision reflects data about the plane's performance based on over 7,000 hours of test flights and revised assumptions about how it will be used and maintained, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. The estimate was provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee by the Pentagon's F-35 program chief, Air Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, the official said. A revision had been flagged in June when the Pentagon's acquisition chief said he had expected a review to result in lower operating and maintenance costs. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the costliest weapons program in U.S. history. The Pentagon estimates it will cost $392 billion to develop and build 2,443 of the new jets for use by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

Lockheed is developing three models of the radar-evading warplane for the United States and eight countries that are helping fund its development: Britain, Australia, Canada, Norway, Turkey,Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands. The revision of the estimate was first reported by Bloomberg news.

REDUCING COSTS The cost per flying hour of the F-35B model, which can land like a helicopter, is likely be 16.6 percent lower than the earlier Pentagon projections, Lieutenant General Robert Schmidle, deputy Marine Corps commandant for aviation, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

The Marines plan to start using the F-35B for military operations from mid-2015. A second senior defense official said the current estimate by the Pentagon's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) office put the cost per flying hour of the F-35B model at over $41,000, but the actual cost would likely be closer to $37,000. A detailed analysis by the Marine Corps showed this would cut the plane's annual operating costs by nearly $600 million, or $12.3 billion over the next five decades, the official said.

Schmidle said the Marines would fly the planes in short takeoff, vertical landing, or STOVL mode just 10 percent of the time, far less often than the 80 percent rate factored into the initial estimates. The manning levels assumed in the initial estimates were also higher than in practice, he said. "The Marine Corps has very aggressively stepped out in trying to find ways to decrease the operating and support costs, specifically with regard to the cost per flight hour," Schmidle said. "I wanted to challenge every assumption." He said he was confident additional savings could be achieved in coming years through efforts by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp to lower the cost of operating the airplane's engine, in line with trends seen on other military aircraft programs.

He said the Marines also expected to trim maintenance costs by doing up to 90 percent of the work in house, rather than farming it out to contractors. Similar efforts had resulted in big savings on the V-22, the Marines' tilt-rotor aircraft, he said. Schmidle said the Marine Corps' analysis forecast $520 million a year in lower maintenance and operating savings once the three other planes it now uses were replaced by the F-35, a process that is currently slated to be completed by 2030.

He said the impact of mandatory Pentagon budget cuts on the F-35 program remained unclear, but said the savings expected by replacing the existing AV8B Harriers, EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare jets and F/A-18 fighters with F-35s could make the case for accelerating that process.

Israel Successfully Tested Enhanced Ballistic Missile

Under a veil of secrecy, Israel appears to have taken another step toward boosting the range and accuracy of its ballistic missiles. A recent test fire of a weapon believed to be an improved version of the nuclear-capable Jericho III was deemed “highly successful,” by myriad defense sources.

The weapon was launched westbound from the missile test center at Palmachim AFB, south of Tel Aviv, to an unknown range and landed in the Mediterranean. The launch of the heavy missile was clearly visible throughout Israel's southern Mediterranean coast.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense declined to comment and issued a short statement saying merely that it had tested a “rocket propulsion system.”

“The scheduled test was pre-planned . . . and was carried out as expected,” the press release stated.

Reportedly, Israel's Jericho III intermediate-range ballistic missile is capable of carrying a 1,000-kg (2,204-lb.) warhead more than 5,000 km. It is believed to be designed to carry nuclear warheads.

Israel had never confirmed having nuclear military capabilities, nor has it admitted possessing an arsenal of ballistic missiles. But in 2008, the country launched what appeared to be a three-stage solid-propellant ballistic missile. Apart from defining it as a “dramatic leap” in missile capabilities, little else was said officially. However, analysts around the world have designated the missile as Jericho III, a heavier, longer-range version of its predecessor, the two-stage 1,500-km Jericho II.

Israel had begun developing ballistic missiles in the 1960s with the assistance of France, which also provided it with the Dimona nuclear reactor. The first prototype introduced then was the Jericho I short-range ballistic missile, with a range of 500 km. The Jericho II was first tested in 1986 and is believed to have become operational shortly after.

Almost immediately following that event, Israel introduced the Shavit satellite launch vehicle (SLV), which was apparently developed in parallel to the Jericho. The Shavit 1 three-stage SLV was used in 1988 to launch the experimental Ofeq-1 satellite and placed it in low Earth orbit. After three failures of the Shavit, Israel developed an improved SLV, the Shavit-2, used to launch the Ofeq-7 reconnaissance satellite in 2007 and the Ofeq-9 in 2010.

The Jericho III is believed to be derived from the Shavit-2 SLV, developed and manufactured by IAI's MLM Div., with Israel Military Industries Givon Div. developing the rocket engine for the first and second stage, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. producing the engine for the third stage.

Perceived to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East, Israel has vowed to prevent its archenemy Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities.

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets Towards Russian Aircrafts

The Japanese Defense Ministry has scrambled its interceptors for the second time in four days in response to the approach of Russian military airplanes, local media said late Sunday.

Two Russian Il-38 anti-submarine patrol aircraft passed near Japan’s northern shores, though they did not violate the country’s airspace, the Japanese Defense Ministry said in a statement cited by Jiji newswire.

The Russian military had not commented on the incident by the time of this article’s publication.

Last Thursday, Japanese fighters were scrambled over alleged violations of the country’s airspace by two Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed Tu-95s were flying in the area, but denied they had entered Japanese airspace. Similar incidents also took place in May and June this year.

Indian Navy INS Sindhurakshak Submarine Drowned After Explosions

Several sailors have been killed among the 18, including three officers, feared trapped inside a Russian-built Indian Navy submarine that caught fire and sank after a blast on board in the port of Mumbai, the Navy said Wednesday.

The incident has claimed the lives of several sailors, Indian Defense Minister AK Anthony said, but could not specify how many, AFP reported.

Several sailors on board the INS Sindhurakshak managed to jump from the boat and escape the ensuing fire, after the explosion rocked the Kilo-class (Project 877 EKM) diesel-electric submarine just after midnight local time, according to Indian media reports.

'There are some people who are trapped on board, we are in the process of trying to rescue them, we suspect it to be in the range of 18,' a navy spokesman said, the Times of India reported.

The vessel was "fully-armed" at the time of the incident and the fire caused explosions among the torpedoes and missiles on board, local television station NDTV reported, quoting Indian Defense Ministry sources as saying.

"The blast took place in the weapons compartment," a defense source told the channel.

The fire was brought under control at around 3 a.m. local time, the paper said, after local fire-fighters attended the scene of the incident.

'The submarine has submerged at her berth with only a portion [of the hull] visible above the surface,' the navy said in a statement.

A rescue operation is underway, and the naval authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.

The fire is not the first such incident on board - in 2010, a crewman died following a fire in the ship's batteries while it was in another port.

The INS Sindhurakshak (S63) returned to India from Russia in January this year after an extensive refit at the Zvezdochka shipyard that included installation of Club S long-range cruise missiles.

A group of eight employees from Russia's Zvezdochka shipyard, which refitted the boat, is in Mumbai, but the yard is not in contact with them, it said Wednesday morning. None of them were onboard the vessel during the incident, the yard said.

"A group of eight Zvezdochka workers are in India now we cannot reach them right now. There is no information yet about what happened," a Zvezdochka spokesman said.

The Sindhurakshak was laid down in one of Russia's oldest shipyards, the Admiralty Wherf yard in St Petersburg in 1995. It was launched in 1997 and delivered in December that year. The vessel displaces 2,300 tons (surfaced), carries 52 crew, has a top speed of 19 knots and maximum diving depth of 300 meters. The Indian Navy operates ten Kilo-class boats, a type also operated by the navies of China, Russia and several other nations.

Indian Army Planned To Recruit And Deploy 100000 More Troops Near China Border

India has planned to recruit and deployed another 100,000 troops along the disputed borders with China and the Chinese southwestern Tibet. The troop increase will come over the next five years, as part of a $13 billion modernisation programme that will mark the largest expansion of the Indian army throughout the sub-continental country’s 60-year history, a Chinese scholar has reported in state media.

Earlier this month, New Delhi gave the green light for the Indian military to deploy Brahmos cruise missiles south of Tibet in India’s first tactical missile deployment targeting China, according to the Indian media.

“India needs pause when driving East,” an article by Li Hongmei said. India is now afoot to give a major impetus to its ‘Look East’ policy, when it kicked start a flurry of diplomatic activities with Southeast Asian countries in the last two months, and, of late, with Japan.

India and Vietnam agreed in September to jointly explore oil resources in the South China Sea. Early in October, India and Afghanistan declared the establishment of strategic and cooperative partnership between them. Recently, India signed defence pacts respectively with China’s neighbouring Vietnam and Myanmar.

The intensification of defence cooperation will also be high on the agenda of India, as it expects China’s small neighbours would rather look to it to balance what is said China’s increased assertiveness in the region, and view it as an increasingly important player in evolving an “inclusive regional architecture” in Asia.

That also explains why New Delhi is interested in selling to Vietnam the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile, an Indo-Russian joint venture. India has already been assisting Hanoi in bolstering its naval and air force capabilities. Vietnam has allowed India access to the Nha Trang Port, which is situated close to the strategic Cam Ranh Bay.

US Sent Earthquakes, Lightning and Rainstorms To Pakistan In 2012 Through Using HAARP

HAARP stands for High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program. A secret project where human can control weather.

HAARP have been kept secret but by the time secrets are coming out. This weapons have been in testing and used by some countries against others to send earthquakes/heavy rain storms/wind storms/lightning storms/tsunami/volcano etc.

In 1915 American scientist Nikola Tesla presented theory to control weather and use it as weapon. Pentagon started researching about it to make weather control weapon, a weapon superior to nuclear weapons.

America kept refusing about this project but several secrets were revealed by the time that America is working interestingly on HAARP project and wants to make a powerful weather controlling weapon for US military till 2020.

Several private organizations who want control over oil of other countries have been secretly funding this project for America. Later these years USA admitted officially that US army, US navy and US air force are also funding this project.

Russian intelligence agency GRU revealed that once an American senator Ted Stevens who was against HAARP and was investigating about it, he was murdered. GRU also revealed that from the investigations of Ted Stevens America is controlling HAARP from a secret base in US state Alaska.

GRU intelligence also revealed that another person in contact with Ted Stevens, Major Aaron Malone who was working as guard in Alaska Air National was murdered by the secret weapon attack "Tesla" (a laser beam fired from satellite) on his C17 aircraft.

US investors are a threat to Pakistan:

Russia and Wikileaks revealed that America is testing HAARP weapon on other countries. They revealed that America is trying to control nuclear power Pakistan with weather control weapon. America have sent spies/secret agency workers and engineers to the Pakistan by labeling them as investors, NGO workers.

Russian scholar and strategic culture foundation deputy head Andrei Areshev, who is researching on HAARP technology said that: we investigated and found that in 2012 America used HAARP on Pakistan's North-West part. He said that America tried to drown Pakistan in water by floods. War against nuclear Pakistan cannot be won easily, so HAARP is the second method against Pakistan by America.

Wikileaks and Russia revealed several times that America sends army personals in Pakistan in the name of aid workers. US have tried to send marines several times in Pakistan but due to protests of Pakistani people government couldn't fulfil this demand of America. Wikileaks revealed that America sent spy agents and army commandos in the Pakistan during flood times by telling Pakistan government that they are normal citizens came to help Pakistani flood affected people.

USA Wlling To Lease Or Sell Nuclear Submarine To Australia

The United States has indicated for the first time it would be willing to lease or sell a nuclear submarine to Australia in a move that will inflame tensions with China and force the Coalition to declare its policy on bolstering regional defence. US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich told The Australian Financial Review yesterday that whichever option Canberra pursued as a replacement for its Collins class submarines, Washington viewed Australia’s subs program as crucial to security in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Decisions about the design of the Australian submarine are up to Australia’s leaders, including whether they pursue diesel power or nuclear power,” Mr Bleich said. “Whatever they decide the US is willing to help.

Pakistan Airforce Suspends Its Development Plans

Due to financial constraints and non release of funds by the federal government, the Pakistan Air force (PAF) has suspended its up gradation and development plan called “Air Force Development Plan 2025,” says a report of the Senate’s standing committee on defence Thursday.

The committee quoted Air Chief marshal Tahir Rafique in its report, who, it said, told the committee members during its recent visit to the air headquarters that the AFDP 2025 programme was launched in 2003/04 by former president Pervez Musharraf aimed at making it at par with modern air forces of the world.

He said under the plan, the PAF received money by the federal government till 2007.

“After 2007 PAF did not get a penny from federal government and had to shelve the plan,” the air chief was quoted as saying in the report by its Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.

The report further said that due to suspension of the development plan, PAF had to close number of projects which have affected the overall up gradation in the country including air bases, jets and other facilities.

India Soon To Get Japanese Amphibious US-2 Planes

Japan is close to signing an agreement to supply amphibious planes to India, a report said Monday, in what would be the first sale of hardware used by the military since a weapons export ban was imposed.

During a four-day visit to Tokyo by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, starting Monday, the two sides are setting up firm plans for Delhi to purchase the US-2, a domestically-developed aircraft used by Japan’s armed forces.

The sale, reported by the Nikkei business daily, would be the first of a finished product made by Japan’s homegrown defence industry since rules were imposed restricting the export of weapons systems and other equipment.

It would also mark a strengthening of the alliance between Japan and India, which both see rising China as a threat to regional stability.

Experts say the aircraft must be classed as for civilian use if it is to comply with Japan’s 1967 self-imposed ban on arms exports, part of the post-World War II anti-militarist drive.

The US-2, which was developed by ShinMaywa Industries and has been sold to the Japanese navy at a price of roughly $99 million, has a range of 4,700 kilometres and can land in seas with waves of up to three metres.