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  1. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    By tom kington
    Published: 7 Apr 2010 09:43
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    Pakistan will test-fire in July the Spada 2000 air defense system acquired from MBDA Italia, a source at the firm said April 7.

    The Spada test-firing will follow the delivery of the first of ten Spada batteries ordered by Pakistan for 415 million euros in 2007. Antonio Perfetti, CEO of MBDA Italia, said that delivery of the battery was currently underway.

    All 10 batteries are due for delivery by 2013, and further orders from Pakistan could follow, Perfetti said. MBDA Italia is the Finmeccanica-owned Italian operation within the European missile house MBDA.

    "We have identified 95 percent of the offset arrangements on the Spada contract," said Perfetti, who added that offset was less than the full value of the contract. "A facility has already been set aside for munition assembly and other firms have been given work commitments."

    MBDA is also pitching an extended range version of its Marte anti-ship missile to India, for likely use on Sea King helicopters. The normal range, Marte Mk2-S version has now been delivered to the Italian Navy.

    "We started talking to the Indian Navy two years ago and we are obtaining an operational requirement for helicopters to serve as a base for future cooperation," said MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier, who was holding a press conference in Rome alongside Perfetti.

    "We are considering launching a demonstrator that could be ready in 18-24 months," Perfetti said. "The model for this fast, low risk approach was the Complex Weapons program in the UK."

    "We are looking for export customers interested in upgrade versions of products," Bouvier said. "We see it as a way of partly funding upgrades that our national customers could be interested in. The extended range Marte is an example."

    MBDA Italia is also working with Italy's Alenia Aermacchi to mount the Marte missile on the light combat fighter version of the firm's M-346 jet trainer, Perfetti said.

    MBDA Italia saw revenue of 450 million euros in 2009, 17.3 percent of total group revenues of 2.6 billion euros. The Italian unit's orders constituted 25 percent of the group order book, Perfetti said. Return on Sales in Italy was lower than the ten percent recorded at group level, he added, without giving the percentage. Spending on research and development at MBDA Italia rose by 60 percent last year.

    MBDA's Italian operation is also working on the MEADS missile defense system launched by the U.S., Germany and Italy. Bouvier said the Critical Design Review at system level should be completed by mid-year.

    "We have a contract that runs up to the Review and we have now started discussions on a production contract," he said.

    Bouvier played down continuing doubts over the program in the U.S.

    "We think this program will be strongly supported in the context of Transatlantic cooperation," he said. "We expect all milestones to be met in 2010," said Perfetti.
    http://defensenews.com/story.php?i=4572173&c=MID&s=TOP
     
  2. gowthamraj

    gowthamraj Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    what's a range of it?
     
  3. Ares

    Ares FULL MEMBER

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    Spada 2000 Advanced Air Defence System, Italy

    Speed
    High supersonic
    Radar Range
    60km
    Radar Tracking Capability
    100 targets simultaneously
    Configuration
    Detection centre - 2, 3 or 4 firing sections, each with 2 launchers - 6 ready-to-fire missile per launcher
    Missile Guidance
    Semi-active radar homing
    Radar
    RAC-3D radar
    Modes
    Air surveillance, detection and tracking

    The Spada 2000 is an all-weather, day and night, highly automated, air defence system developed by MBDA (formerly Alenia Marconi Systems). The system has quick reaction time and requires very few operators to man the system. The unit can operate independently or can be integrated with national air defence centres. Spada 2000 is in production and in service with Spanish Air Forces.

    The system provides air defence missile coverage of 2,000km². Target detection and tracking range is up to 60km and the missiles can intercept crossing and approaching targets to a range of 25km. The kill probability is high, even against highly agile crossing targets. The system can engage up to four targets simultaneously with Aspide missiles.

    Spada 2000 is modularised and integrated into sheltered units, which provides a high tactical and strategic mobility. The system consists of a detection centre and either two or four firing sections, each section equipped with two missile launchers. Each missile launcher has six ready-to-fire Aspide 2000 missiles.
    Detection centre

    The detection centre contains mission planning capability allowing fast and precise effective deployment of the weapons. The centre is fitted in a hardened shelter with an RAC-3D radar installed on a hydraulically operated mast on the roof of the shelter. The shelter houses the system's operating centre, including the voice and data communications suite.

    Auxiliary equipment in the centre includes a global positioning system, a north finder, air conditioning and power supplies.
    RAC-3D radar

    Aspide 2000's radar is the Selex Sistemi Integrati (formerly Alenia Marconi Systems) RAC-3D, which gives three-dimensional volumetric air surveillance, detection and tracking. The system has the capacity to track 100 targets simultaneously within a range of 60km.

    The radar is capable of operating in hostile electronic warfare environments and is robust against clutter interference and electronic countermeasures. The radar features emission control, jamming location, random frequency agility and coded waveforms. The radar's erectable antenna is up to 13m in height.

    Operations centre

    The operations centre is manned by two operators for mission planning, system deployment and management during combat operations. The computer displays the air threat data in 3D coordinates.

    The system tracks, identifies and prioritises the targets and assigns the firing sections to the priority targets. The targets can also be assigned to other anti-air weapon systems. The system is able to coordinate up to ten small anti-air weapons deployed within a 10km radius.

    The operations centre can be connected to a remote upper level air defence command centre.

    Firing section

    The firing section consists of the tracking and illumination radar, the control unit and the missile launchers each with six ready-to-fire missiles. The radar carries out target acquisition, tracking and illumination functions for missile guidance.

    The control unit is managed by a single operator. The unit controls all the functions from target designation to missile launch and target intercept and operates in manual or automatic mode.

    Communications

    The communications suite includes the data links between the detection centre and the firing sections and also internal and external secure voice communications.

    Missile

    The Aspide 2000 missile is an upgraded version of the Aspide surface-to-air missile. The missile is capable of engaging hostile attack aircraft before the aircraft can release airborne standoff weapons. The Aspide 2000 is also capable of intercepting air-launched missiles once launched. The upgraded missile uses an enhanced single-stage rocket motor which provides increased missile speed, higher lateral acceleration and effective range.

    The missile is also in service with the Italian Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force as part of the Oerlikon Contraves Skyguard air defence system.

    The high-thrust single-stage solid-propellant rocket motor provides high supersonic speed and high agility to intercept manoeuvring targets. The guidance system is semi-active radar homing.
     
  4. gowthamraj

    gowthamraj Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    so it's range is similar to akash? i.e 25km
     
  5. BlueOval

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    ISLAMABAD: Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has introduced major reforms in the Pakistan Army despite many financial problems, with a major shift in the profile of who will be recruited more than others.

    The Army has started decreasing the number of Punjabis and Pashtuns in fresh recruitments and adopted the policy of encouraging Baloch, Sindhis and religious minorities for making an ethnic balance.

    The Pakistan Army has a total number of 480,000 troops. Currently, the percentage of Punjabis in Pakistan Army is 55.82 per cent, Pakhtuns 15.42 per cent, Baloch 2.34 per cent, Sindhis 15.09 per cent and people from Azad Kashmir/Gilgit-Baltistan are 8.48 per cent. The number of non-Muslims in the Pakistan Army is just 0.43 per cent.

    The GHQ has set a new target of decreasing the number of Punjabis from 55.82 per cent to 54.50 per cent, number of Pashtuns will come down to 14.50 per cent from 15.42 per cent while the number of Baloch will increase from 2.34 per cent to 4 per cent, Sindhis will increase from 15.09 percent to 17 per cent and recruits from Azad Kashmi/Gilgit-Baltistan will increase to 9 per cent from 8.48 percent by the year 2011. The number of non-Muslims will also increase from 0.43 per cent to 1 per cent by the next year.

    This year, 3,350 Baloch got commission in the Army and 5,000 more Baloch are ready to get fresh commissions. The GHQ has especially relaxed many terms and conditions only for Baloch so that they may easily join the Army. General Kayani will inaugurate a new cadet college in Sui early next year. The geographical location of this new cadet college will not only facilitate the Baloch but will also help the young Sindhis and Seraikis from south Punjab to join the Pakistan Army.

    It has been learnt that there is a sharp rise in the number of youngsters who applied for getting a commission in the Pakistan Army in the last two years, which indicates that this institution improved its reputation in recent years. The Pakistan Army played an important role in the last two years in defeating the Taliban in Swat and helping victims of floods a few weeks back.

    Currently, more than 147,000 troops are deployed on western borders, including tribal areas, 100,000 troops are guarding areas bordering India, 10,000 troops are busy in the UN duties outside Pakistan, and 16,000 troops are busy in training while only 62,600 troops are enjoying rest in cantonments.

    According to some observers, the Army is already over stretched and it needs some expansion but defence sources claimed that the overall size of the Army would not be increased. Many people think that salaries of Army soldiers and officers were increased recently and therefore, the Army had once again become very attractive for the lower and middle class youth but in reality increase in salaries had created many problems for the GHQ.

    Few people are aware that the defence budget is on the decrease. It was 19 per cent of the GDP in 2006-7 but it is 16 per cent of the GDP in the financial year of 2010-11. The Pakistan Army is getting 46.83 per cent of the total defence budget while the rest is going to Air Force, Navy and the Ministry of Defense. The total defence budget was 3.9 billion dollars in 2003-4 but this year only 2.7 billion dollars were allocated for defence spending.

    Last year, the Army was spending 56 per cent on establishment and salaries, 17 per cent on military operations, 44 per cent on sustenance and 10 per cent on maintenance. When the government increased the salaries without increasing the overall defence budget, the GHQ was forced to decrease its spending on sustenance and maintenance and this year the Army is spending 62 per cent on establishment and salaries.

    This burden clearly created problems for the operational capabilities of the Army. This is one of the reasons that Pakistan Army is reluctant in starting a new operation in North Waziristan despite the fact that a big number of troops are already deployed in that area.

    Sources claimed that the US and Nato forces had decreased their troops from areas of Paktia, Paktika and Kunar bordering North Waziristan and Bajaur. Pakistan Army commanders think if they start a new operation, the militants will easily get refuge in Afghanistan and there will be no use of spending money on a big operation.

    An Indian national was arrested by the Pakistan Army on November 25 from the Janikhel area, which is very close to North Waziristan. He entered the NWA from Afghanistan very easily and there are apprehensions that militants active in the NWA are getting indirect help from the Indians based in eastern Afghanistan.

    It is also interesting to note that Pakistan received more than 10 billion dollars from the US between 2002 and 2008 but the Pakistan Army received only 1.6 billion dollars. The government of Pervez Musharraf gave more money to civilian authorities than the Army.

    Pakistan received 2.8 billion dollars after April 2008 from the US out of which the Army received just half the amount. According to defence experts, Pakistan is spending 7,818 dollars annually on one Army soldier while India is spending 27,171 dollars on each soldier. India has no major deployments on the borders of China and Bangladesh.

    The major chunk of the Indian Army is deployed along Pakistan borders, which is a matter of serious concern for the Pakistan Army commanders who have been forced by the US to focus more on the western borders rather than the eastern borders.

    Kayani launches reforms in Pakistan Army
     
  6. Coltsfan

    Coltsfan <b>SENIOR MEMBER</b> SENIOR MEMBER

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    That is hardly a noticeable change in %, close enough to be rounded off.
     
  7. Tailchopper

    Tailchopper Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Please not - none of these soldiers are from the special forces , they are normal infantry men.
     
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  8. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    You uploaded this video?
     
  9. veteran

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    well Black blood nice try. I think the video was just ordinary, as i can understand you are a civilian. What you see in this video might look exceptional to you and other non-military people. However these are just combat drills. these are very basic infantry training. These operations are taught for insurgency or you can say for close combat operations. Now a days even country's like Poland, Norway are training their infantry harder. The reason is everybody wants to be on top. I will certainly not speak about Pakistani army,but surely i can speak about the Indian army. We have devised guerrilla warfare tactics better than any other country, the world renowned CIJWS is the one of its kind(although there are many guerrilla warfare schools in the world).
     
  10. Coltsfan

    Coltsfan <b>SENIOR MEMBER</b> SENIOR MEMBER

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    why start another "my cock is bigger than yours" ?
     
  11. veteran

    veteran 2nd Lieutant ELITE MEMBER

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    how old are you chap??
     
  12. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    A little respect here, you talking to a retired Army officer.
     
  13. Coltsfan

    Coltsfan <b>SENIOR MEMBER</b> SENIOR MEMBER

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    My apologies. I should have used a more civil language to make my point.
     
  14. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    But...what if our cock IS bigger than theirs??....sorry just kidding :smokin:
     
  15. Dilemma

    Dilemma Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Well it looks like basic infantry training, nothing big. Every country does it and there is nothing unique about it.
     

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