February 20, 2017

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New Pakistan scheme to sell the technically inferior fighter aircraft JF-17 to Sri Lanka

Pakistanis paying kick backs to Sri Lankan Defence Ministry and the SLAF



Pakistan is leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to somehow palm off the technically inferior fighter aircraft JF-17 to a hapless Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF). Efforts have been made by Islamabad for the last one year to convince the Sri Lankan government to purchase the aircraft that is jointly developed by Pakistan and China. Sri Lanka, aware of the technical shortcomings and design flaws in the aircraft had earlier decided not to consider the deal as earlier reported by the Sri Lankan news site 'The Sunday Leader'.

Pakistan has maintained incessant pressure, both on the political leadership and the SLAF to confirm the deal. In this process, not only has Pakistan offered sops to the SLAF like 'buy one JF-17 and get one F-7 free', gratis post-sale maintenance and training to SLAF pilots etc., but it is alleged to be
also using the 'kickbacks route' and which has been reported by the Sri Lankan media.

Therefore, taking a leaf out of China's modus operandi during the former President Mahinda Rajapakse's regime where big ticket projects like the Colombo Port City Project were bagged by the Chinese by paying off huge bribes, Pakistan is alleged to have paid kickbacks to some senior
bureaucrats in the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry and the SLAF, apart from targeting family members of top political leaders. How far Pakistan has been successful in compromising the Sri Lankans is not known and could not be independently verified.

According to sources, Pakistan has attempted to reach out to the key political leaders and officials through two separate entities that have been assigned for this task. One is a front company of the Pakistan Air Force, with links and a base in Colombo.

Myanmar Receives Its First Three Yak 130




After making their first flights in November 2016 in Russia, Myanmar officially receives its first three Yakovlev Yak 130 advanced training aircraft.

A ceremony organized on the spot shows the devices in a blue livery and carrying their definitive registration 1801-1802-1803.

The number of Yak 130 ordered by Myanmar is not known, the initial contract for the first 3 units was signed in June 2015.

The Yak 130 is a lightweight advanced training fighter, which features Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground capabilities with the ability to fire intelligent ammunition. It was adopted by the Algerian, Russian, Belarusian and Bangladeshi air forces.

Strong international competition exists in the field of advanced training aircraft, especially with the launch of the American TX trainer program, for the replacement of the T38 and which oppose the Leonardo M346, the AirlandTextron Scorpion, the KAI T50 Golden Eagle and the Boeing/Saab TX.


Key Equipment for Australia's Future Submarine Programme to be Agreed by Early 2018






Contracts for the five main sub-components of Australia's future submarines are expected to be placed by early 2018, according to the head of the project in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo : DCNS)

Suppliers for the five main sub-components for Australia's Future Submarine requirement are expected to be under contract by early 2018, programme head Rear Admiral Greg Sammut disclosed on 16 February.

Speaking at an industry day in Sydney, Rear Adm Sammut listed the top five items as being the main motor, diesel generators, DC switchboard, batteries, and weapon discharge system.

With construction in South Australia expected to start in 2023 with the aim of having the first of the 12 Future Submarines in service "in the early 2030s", work on the infrastructure necessary to ensure a fully qualified workforce was in place would begin in 2018, he said.

Meanwhile, concept design work and sensor selection studies were under way, detailed planning was proceeding on land-based build, test, and integration facilities, and an integrated master schedule was in development, Rear Adm Sammut.

The government announced in April 2016 that French shipbuilder DCNS, with its proposal for the Shortfin Barracuda 1A, a 4,700-tonne diesel-electric derivative of the company's 5,300-tonne Barracuda nuclear attack submarine, had defeated Japanese and German bids to replace the six-strong Collins-class fleet at an anticipated cost of AUD50 billion (USD37.5 billion).

A three-year AUD500 million design and mobilisation contract signed with DCNS in September 2016 covered early design work, moving into the preliminary design area towards the end of that period.

Rear Adm Sammut said that between 30 to 50 Australian personnel would be posted this year to the Future Submarine project office in Cherbourg, where the bulk of early design would be undertaken.

The combat system specification should be completed by the second half of 2018, at which time critical element design contracts for the combat system would be put out to tender, Rear Adm Sammut said.

Emphasising the importance of sovereign capability in both operations and life-of-type sustainment, Rear Adm Sammut said identification of the technology and training necessary to achieve this was already being pursued "as we go into a rhythm of what needs to delivered throughout design and construction".

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