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Title: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on October 26, 2016, 03:47:23 AM
China weapons exports surge over past five years: report | Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-defence-exports-idUSKCN0VU11Q) - Feb 21, 2016
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China has almost doubled its weapons exports in the past five years, a military think tank said on Monday, as the world's third-largest weapons exporter pours capital into developing an advanced arms manufacturing industry.

In 2011 to 2015, China's arms imports fell 25 percent compared with the previous five year period, signaling a growing confidence in the country's homegrown weaponry despite key areas of weakness, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report on global arms transfers.

Chinese exports of major arms, which excludes most light weaponry, grew by 88 percent in 2011-2015 compared to the earlier five-year timeframe, SIPRI said.

The country still accounted for only 5.9 percent of global arms exports from 2011-2015, well behind the United States and Russia, by far the world's two largest arms exporters.

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China’s Growing Arms Sales to Latin America | The Diplomat (http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/chinas-growing-arms-sales-to-latin-america/) - August 24, 2016
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With next to no arms sales to the region before 2005, China is now a key supplier to Latin America. Venezuela continues to lead in China’s Latin American arms sales, with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) estimating that between 2011 and 2015 Venezuela purchased $373 million of Chinese weaponry. A $500 million deal in 2012 for weaponry including armored personnel carriers and self-propelled artillery ensures that this arms relationship is set to continue flourishing into the future.

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Indeed, SIPRI estimates that Chinese sales in the region from 2011-2015 made up 22 percent of the total arms sales to the region during that period. Further, the Aviation Corporation of China (AVIC), one of China’s largest state-owned defense enterprises, stated last year that at least 80 percent of the trainer aircraft fleet operated by African air forces now are Chinese-made. And while the vast majority of these sales have been for less sophisticated equipment (such as its armored personnel carriers and trainer aircraft), these sales have nevertheless helped China secure a key strategic goal in the region of developing and diversifying its energy imports from many resource-rich nations in the region. These sales have also helped China’s successful attainment of another strategic goal of building influence in the region through “soft power” image-building (a poll in 2014 showed that China’s favorability among sub-Saharan nations is higher than in any other region in the world, with no surveyed country in the region having less than 65 percent of respondents reporting positive views).

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Analysis: China gains ground in Africa | shephardmedia (https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defence-notes/analysis-china-gains-ground-africa/) - 06th October 2016
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In the 1970s and 1980s, top African clients of the Chinese defence industry comprised Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Somalia, which primarily purchased fighter aircraft, armoured vehicles and artillery.

The end of the East-West stand-off and the ensuing wide availability of former soviet weaponry at discount prices helped many African countries such as Angola, Ethiopia, Sudan or Eritrea modernize their military hardware at knockdown prices. The 1990s thus saw comparatively little sales of Chinese military materiel in sub-Saharan Africa.

However, in the last decade, Beijing has significantly expanded its presence in Africa with a myriad of major investments and subsidized public construction projects in exchange for access to natural resources. Another major incentive offered by the PRC to a number of African governments in exchange for access to their raw materials and political support to Beijing international policy, have been weapons systems. While Beijing’s political clout may be one reason to procure Chinese military hardware, the capabilities offered by the current generation of Chinese weapons’ systems also plays a part in African purchases, with Chinese equipment’s quality and technological content having significantly improved in recent years.
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on November 09, 2016, 01:37:35 AM
Malaysia buying Chinese-made Littoral Mission Ships (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=519.0)

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Second P18N offshore patrol vessel arrives in Nigeria | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/65351/second-p18n-offshore-patrol-vessel-arrives-in-nigeria) - 08 November 2016
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The Nigerian Navy's second Chinese-built 95.5 m-long P18N offshore patrol vessel (OPV) NNS Unity (F 92) arrived in Nigeria on 4 November.

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When Nigeria received its first P18N NNS Centenary in February 2015, the then naval chief of staff said the second would be delivered later that year, but Unity 's arrival was subsequently delayed.

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IHS Jane's understands that the delay was largely due to problems with the propulsion shafting system during initial sea trials off Shanghai.

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NNS Unity arrived in Lagos on 4 November. Source: Nigerian Navy
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on November 26, 2016, 03:03:34 PM
Purchase of Chinese Subs by Bangladesh 'An Act of Provocation' Toward India | defense news (http://www.defensenews.com/articles/purchase-of-chinese-subs-by-bangladesh-an-act-of-provocation-toward-india) - November 23, 2016
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NEW DELHI — Ever since Bangladesh took delivery of Chinese submarines on Nov. 14, analysts in India have expressed increasing concern over a deepening of China's footprint in India's friendly neighbor.

The arrival of the submarines comes as Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar prepares to visit Dhaka on Nov. 30 to upgrade defense ties between the neighboring countries.

Bangladesh took delivery of the first of the two submarines purchased from China at a cost of $203 million. The Type 035G diesel-electric submarines, armed with torpedoes and mines, are capable of attacking enemy ships and submarines.

Analysts say the sale of the subs is part of a strategy meant to encircle India.
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on January 06, 2017, 02:20:20 AM
Thailand will purchase a total of 49 VT4 main battle tanks from China. | army recognition (http://www.armyrecognition.com/january_2017_global_defense_security_army_news_industry/thailand_has_signed_an_agreement_to_purchase_28_vt4_main_battle_tanks_from_china_10301176.html) - 03 January 2017
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The army commander in chief of Thailand has announced that the country will purchase more military equipment from China. The Thai army had signed an agreement to purchase 28 VT-4 main battle tanks from China and in the second phase would procure more such tanks until it has a full fleet of 49 tanks in fiscal year 2017.

After problems with the delivery of 49 T-84 Oplot tanks ordered from Ukraine, the army committee which decides on military hardware procurements has opted to cut the number of tanks to be bought from Ukraine and buy more from China instead, said General Chalermchai, Thai army commander-in-chief.

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Chinese-made VT4 main battle tank at Zhuhai air Show Live demonstration in November 2016.
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on April 06, 2017, 05:10:42 PM
Thailand approves the purchase of 10 additional Chinese-made VT4 main battle tanks. | army recognition (http://www.armyrecognition.com/april_2017_global_defense_security_news_industry/thailand_approves_the_purchase_of_10_additional_chinese-made_vt4_main_battle_tanks_10504172.html) -  05 April 2017
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According the British publishing Company Jane's Information Group the first contract features an initial 28 units of MBT-3000 and is valued at around $150 million, but the Royal Thai Army (RTA) could procure additional main batle tanks.

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The main armament of the MBT-3000 consists of 125mm smoothbore gun fitted with a thermal sleeve and fume extractor. It is fed by an automatic loader which holds a total of 22 projectiles and charges which can be loaded at the rate of eight per minute.
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on May 29, 2017, 12:49:37 AM
Algeria confirms PLZ45 acquisition | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/70806/algeria-confirms-plz45-acquisition) - 26 May 2017
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The Algerian military confirmed on 22 May that it has taken delivery of Chinese-made 155 mm PLZ45 self-propelled howitzers when it released imagery showing them being used during an exercise.

A photograph and video of six PLZ45s firing were released during a visit by chief-of staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah to the Fourth Military Region. The Ministry of National Defence (MDN) said that Lt Gen Salah oversaw a tactical exercise that included units from the 41st Armoured Brigade in the In Amenas area close to the Libyan border.
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Six PLZ45 self-propelled howitzers in a firing line during the exercise. Source: Algerie TV
Title: Pakistan's 1,500-tonne MPV fitting out at shipyard in Guangzhou
Post by: Ayoshi on June 14, 2017, 08:59:34 AM
Pakistan's 1,500-tonne MPV fitting out at shipyard in Guangzhou | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/71371/pakistan-s-1-500-tonne-mpv-fitting-out-at-shipyard-in-guangzhou) - 13 June 2017
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The ship is assessed to be the first of two 1,500-tonne maritime patrol vessels (MPVs) ordered in June 2015 by Pakistan's Ministry of Defence through the China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC).

The contract encompasses the construction of four 600-tonne, and two 1,500-tonne MPVs. The first three 600-tonne MPVs were built in China and have been delivered to the PMSA, with the most recent one being handed over in April 2017. Pakistan's state-owned shipbuilder Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) is building one vessel of each type locally.

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Photographs of the vessel fitting out at Huangpu show a gun installed forward of the bridge, likely to be 30 mm calibre, although definitive identification is precluded at present as the mounting is under wraps.

The ship also has a flight deck, though a helicopter is unlikely to be embarked as there is no hangar, nor are helicopters currently operated by the PMSA. However, a shore-based helicopter could land on the MPV if required, or from a Pakistan Navy ship.

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Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what appears to be a 1,500-tonne MPV on order for Pakistan's PMSA berthed alongside for fitting out at a shipyard in southern China.
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on October 05, 2017, 06:53:39 PM
Thailand to receive the first batch of 28 VT4 Main Battle Tank | Army Recognition (https://www.armyrecognition.com/october_2017_global_defense_security_news_industry/thailand_to_receive_the_first_batch_of_28_vt4_main_battle_tank.html) - 04 October 2017
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According to the Bangkok Post; the first batch of 28 VT4 main battle tanks purchased for $ 147 million from China is expected to arrive at the Royal Thai Navy's Thung Prong port in Sattahip district of Chon Buri between Oct 8-15,an informed source said Monday, October 2.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon proposed in April a plan to procure another 10 VT4 Main Battle Tanks from China at a cost of $ 600 million, in the second phase of procurement for the Chinese-made tanks, the source added. The 28 tanks were reportedly purchased using the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Meanwhile, army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad said he would plough ahead with his "Smart Man-Smart Army" policy next year.

Title: China targets export market with latest submarine designs
Post by: Ayoshi on December 12, 2017, 05:56:18 AM
China targets export market with latest submarine designs | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/76304/china-targets-export-market-with-latest-submarine-designs) - 12 December 2017
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Pakistan is acquiring eight S20 diesel-electric submarines based on the Yuan-class (Type 039A-series) design, with the first four boats to be built in China and deliveries commencing to the Pakistani Navy (PN) from 2022. The remainder will be built in Pakistan by the Karachi Shipbuilding and Engineering Works (KSEW).

Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) signed a contract worth THB13.5 billion (USD390 million) with China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Corporation (CSOC), the international trading arm of CSIC, for the delivery of a S26T diesel-electric submarine, an export variant derived from “the most advanced version” of the Yuan-class platform – the Type 039B/041 – in 2023. The service is expected to order two more S26T submarines in the next few years with the aim of operationalising all three boats by 2026. The entire programme would be worth THB36 billion if the follow-on order materialises.

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Export submarines

According to CSIC, the S20 and S26T platforms are fully indigenous designs that leverage the company’s experience from developing the Yuan-class submarines, which were first launched at its Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan in May 2004.

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The 1100T is a multirole diesel-electric submarine design that will be capable of performing a diverse range of missions, from anti-ship and submarine attack to patrol and reconnaissance. Source: Jane's sources
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on January 12, 2018, 06:14:47 PM
Images suggest Pakistan Army may be testing Norinco VT4 MBT | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/76877/images-suggest-pakistan-army-may-be-testing-norinco-vt4-mbt) - 08 January 2018
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Among the key differentiating features are the thermal-imaging capabilities and panoramic sights of the VT4, which enhance the vehicle’s ability to operate at night or in poorly lit environments. The VT4 is also capable of incorporating a remote weapon station.

Pakistan is known to be in close co-operation with China for the development and acquisition of MBTs, although it is also likely to continue to use other sources, notably Ukraine, for powerpacks and ancillary systems.

Pakistan currently deploys a fleet of Al-Khalid and Type 85-II MBTs, as well as a large quantity of T-80UDs MBTs, the latter which were supplied by Ukraine. The South Asian country is in the process of increasing the size of its armoured vehicle fleet to match that of its regional rival, India, which recently announced plans to convert a large part of its T-72 MBTs fleet to the T-90S standard.

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The PA may be testing AVIC's VT4 MBT (seen here). Source: Via cjdby.net

Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on February 20, 2018, 07:40:10 AM
China launches third Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/77904/china-launches-third-type-c13b-corvette-for-bangladesh-navy) - 14 February 2018
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China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the third of four Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvettes on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the sina.com website.

The launch ceremony for the 90 m-long warship – with pennant number F113 – was held on 12 February at the company’s shipyard in Wuhan, said the report.

The vessel follows BNS Shadhinota (F111) and BNS Prottoy (F112), both of which were launched in Wuhan in late 2014 and were commissioned into the BN in March 2016, according to Jane’s Fighting Ships .

However, images show that, unlike the previous two ships of the class, the latest one appears to be equipped with a more advanced phased-array radar, which, according to sina.com, could be the SR2410C 3-D multifunctional radar, although no official confirmation has emerged.

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On 12 February China launched the third Type C13B corvette (seen here prior to entering the water) on order for the BN, according to a local news report. Source: Via sina.com
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on March 12, 2018, 05:10:53 PM
Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)  ;)

PN, PAF successfully test-fire C-802 anti-ship cruise missiles | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/78378/pn-paf-successfully-test-fire-c-802-anti-ship-cruise-missiles) - 06 March 2018
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The Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have successfully test-fired various Chinese-built radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles to demonstrate the services’ “firepower and combat readiness”, according to a 5 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR): the media wing of the Pakistani military.

The test-firings took place in the North Arabian Sea on the final day of the ‘RIBAT-18’ exercise, with the C-802AK missile being launched from a PAF JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft and the C-802 missile from a PN Sword (F-22P)-class guided-missile frigate.

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This image shows PNS Saif an F-22P-class frigate, test-firing a Chinese-built C-802 radar-guided anti-ship missile in the North Arabian Sea on the final day of the ‘RIBAT-18’ exercise. Source: Via ISPR
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on March 27, 2018, 01:29:54 AM
China reveals sale of advanced missile-tracking technology to Pakistan | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/78845/china-reveals-sale-of-advanced-missile-tracking-technology-to-pakistan) - 26 March 2018
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China has revealed the sale of an advanced missile-tracking system to Pakistan that may enhance the South Asian country’s ability to develop multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) technology for its medium- to long-range missile systems.

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China revealed on 14 March that it had sold an advanced missile-tracking system to Pakistan. (CAS)
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on April 10, 2018, 12:20:12 AM
China launches fourth and final Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/79108/china-launches-fourth-and-final-type-c13b-corvette-for-bangladesh-navy) - 09 April 2018
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China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the fourth and final Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvette on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the cjdby.net website.

The launch ceremony for the 90 m-long warship, which has been named Prottasha (with pennant number F114), was held at the company’s shipyard in Wuhan on 8 April: about two months after third-of-class Shongram was launched at the same location.

The vessels follow BNS Shadhinota (F111) and BNS Prottoy (F112), both of which were launched in Wuhan in late 2014 and were commissioned into the BN in March 2016, according to Jane’s Fighting Ships.

However, images show that, unlike the first two ships of the class, the latest two appear to be equipped with a more advanced phased-array radar, which, according to the website sina.com, could be the SR2410C 3-D multifunctional radar, although no official confirmation has emerged.

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On 8 April China launched the fourth and final Type C13B corvette on order for the BN, according to a local news report. Source: Via cjdby.net
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on May 20, 2018, 09:59:46 AM
http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=1865.0

Sudan’s new FTC-2000 jets arrive | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/80108/sudan-s-new-ftc-2000-jets-arrive) - 16 May 2018
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Marketed by the Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC), the FTC-2000 is the export variant of GAIC’s JL-9 two-seat supersonic turbojet-powered trainer.

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One of Sudan's new FTC-2000 jets. Source: Sudan Ministry of Defence
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on June 26, 2018, 11:19:21 AM
Bangladesh reportedly ordered additional K-8W trainer jets | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2018/june/4339-bangladesh-reportedly-ordered-additional-k-8w-trainer-jets.html) - 21 June 2018
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Bangladesh on June 20 signed a contract with the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC, part of the Chinese state corporation AVIC) to supply the Bangladesh Air Force with an additional batch of K-8W combat training aircraft. The number of aircraft ordered and other details of the contract were not disclosed.

Bangladesh Air Force already received nine K-8W aircraft in 2014. They are in service with the 15th Squadron of the Bangladesh Air Force at the Matiour Rahman airbase and are used mainly as jets to train the Air Force Academy cadets.

They are used in combination with the more advanced Yak-130 to prepare pilots to operate the BAF frontline fleet of Chengdu J-7 and RAC MiG-29 fighters.

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A BAF K-8W trainer jet (Credit: Facebook/Bangladesh Air Force Magazine)
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on December 22, 2018, 12:40:24 AM
China begins work on Pakistan’s second Type 054A frigate | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/85384/china-begins-work-on-pakistan-s-second-type-054a-frigate) - 21 December 2018
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The contract for two Type 054A frigates for the PN is believed to have been signed in 2017 and a further contract for two more ships was announced in June 2018, when it was also indicated that delivery of all four ships was expected to be complete by 2021.

The Type 054A has become the general-purpose workhorse of China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), with a class of 30 ships either commissioned or under construction.
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on January 03, 2019, 04:12:02 AM
China State Shipbuilding Corp building 4 Type 054AP frigates for Pakistan | Navy Recognition (http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2019/january/6722-china-state-shipbuilding-corp-building-4-type-054ap-frigates-for-pakistan.html) - 02 January 2019 16:57
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These frigates will be equipped with modern detection and weapon systems, and will be capable of anti-ship, anti-submarine and air-defense operations. It is said that they will have a fully loaded displacement of about 4.000 metric tons and that these vessels may be armed with vertical launch cells able to fire Chinese HQ-16 air-defense missiles.

It also appears that these 4 ships could be the largest and more powerful combat vessels ever exported by China and that these frigates could double the combat power of the Pakistani Navy’s fleet.

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Type 054A frigate in China (Picture source : chinamil.com )
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on January 03, 2019, 04:28:55 AM
Royal Thai Army orders new batch of 14 VT4 MBTs | Army Recognition (https://www.armyrecognition.com/january_2019_global_defense_security_army_news_industry/royal_thai_army_orders_new_batch_of_14_vt4_mbts.html) - 02 January 2019 14:29
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The Royal Thai Army, who has just received 10 new VT4 Main Battle Tanks, will order 14 more from NORINCO for the amount of $ 73,425,976, according to the Army Ordnance Department of Thailand.
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on January 17, 2019, 02:13:40 AM
Thailand looks to procure more VT-4 tanks from China | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/85735/thailand-looks-to-procure-more-vt-4-tanks-from-china) - 16 January 2019
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Local media reported on 16 January that the RTA proposal features the acquisition of an additional 14 units at a cost of about THB2.3 billion (USD72.5 million).

The proposal, if approved by government, will take the RTA's VT-4 inventory to 52. The RTA ordered 28 VT-4s from Norinco in 2016 for THB5 billion and another 10 in 2017 for THB2 billion.

The initial batch of 28 tanks was delivered in late 2017, making Thailand the first export customer of the VT-4, which is the export version of the MBT-3000 design.

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The Royal Thai Army is reportedly looking to secure funds to procure 14 additional VT-4 MBTs made by Norinco. Source: Norinco
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on January 20, 2019, 03:46:52 AM
http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2019/01/photos-of-day-sm4-120mm-self-propelled.html

SM4 120mm self-propelled mortar with the Algerian Army

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Photos taken from china-defense.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on February 04, 2019, 03:38:55 AM
Thai Army buys more Chinese IFVs, ammunition and other items | Army Recognition (https://www.armyrecognition.com/february_2019_global_defense_security_army_news_industry/thai_army_buys_more_chinese_ifvs_ammunition_and_other_items.html) - 01 February 2019 11:25
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The Royal Thai Army’s buying spree shows no signs of letting up with the disclosure on February 1 it has committed to spending another 70.3 Mn USD (2.2 billion baht) on more military hardware from China, Teeranai Charuvastra reports on Khaosodenglish.

According to its purchase orders published on the army’s ordnance department, the Royal Thai Army will acquire three infanty fighting vehicles, 12 mobile artillery units, 10 maintenance vehicles, 12 armored command vehicles and three armored medical vehicles. These vehicles will join the existing fleet of 39 VN-1 IFVs Thailand bought from China in 2017.

Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on April 29, 2019, 11:19:27 PM
Bangladesh Navy receives final two Chinese-made Type C13B corvettes | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/88149/bangladesh-navy-receives-final-two-chinese-made-type-c13b-corvettes) - 29 April 2019
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The two new 90-m long ships, which have been named Sangram (with pennant number F 113) and Prottasha (F 113), were handed over to the service on 28 March and arrived at the naval base in Chittagong on 27 April, said ISPR.

The ships, which are expected to enter service in the near future, are the third and fourth of the class. Both ships were built in Wuhan by China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, with Sangram being launched in February 2018 and Prottasha two months later.
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The final two Shadhinota (Type C13B)-class corvettes for the BN arrived at the naval base in Chittagong on 27 April, according to an ISPR statement. (ISPR)

Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on August 27, 2019, 03:03:03 AM
Bolivian Navy Receives New Patrol Boats From China | Navy Recognition (https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2019/august/7422-bolivian-navy-receives-new-patrol-boats-from-china.html) - 26 August 2019 09:53
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The Bolivian Navy held a public ceremony August 15 inaugurating the incorporation of two new Type 928 YC patrol vessels acquired from the People's Republic of China.

The two new vessels will be deployed from the Santa Cruz Fifth Naval District's Tamarinero base and will be utilized to conduct surveillance and interdiction duties along the Bolivian-Brazilian border. According to statements made by Bolivian Naval officials, these two new vessels are merely the most recent of the country's maritime acquisitions from China - with the service now having received six Type 928 class patrol boats in total.

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Type 928 YC Patrol Boats (Picture source: Bolivian Navy)

Title: Re: Chinese Arms Exports
Post by: Ayoshi on October 11, 2019, 09:52:27 AM
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2019/09/royal-thai-navy-procures-type-071e-lpd-from-chinas-cssc/

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Royal Thai Navy Procures Type 071E LPD From China’s CSSC
16 Sep 2019

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) currently has five vessels of the Type 071 class commissioned in its fleet, with three more on the way. Thailand becomes the first export customer of the class.

Originally designed after the 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis, the Type 071 is 210 meters long and 28 meters wide. It is capable of carrying an 800 marines (1 battalion) and some 20 amphibious vehicles.

For amphibious warfare, the Type 071’s well deck may deploy at least two Type 726 / Type 726A, a Chinese LCAC of approximately 150 tonnes. Each LCAC is designed to deploy a battle tank (ZTZ-96A for example). The ship is also fitted with two large hangars and a flight deck, where two Z-8J helicopters can be operated simultaneously. The ship is fitted with one 76 mm gun and four 30 mm close-in weapon systems.

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The deal was reported to cost only Bt6.1 billion (200 million USD). Further details such as the location of the construction and delivery date have not been disclosed. The Royal Thai Navy’s Chief, Commander Admiral Luechai Ruddit told local media The Nation Thailand that the deal was transparent, and the large ship could be used for civilian purposes when needed.

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Thailand previously ordered a single S26T diesel electric submarine (SSK) from China’s shipbuilding industry as part of a government-to-government contract signed in 2017. The first steel cut for the first submarine took place on September 5, 2019.
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Post by: Ayoshi on October 22, 2019, 05:01:25 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/91942/former-plan-frigates-almost-ready-for-handover-to-bangladesh-navy

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Former PLAN frigates almost ready for handover to Bangladesh Navy
16 October 2019

The 2,200-ton diesel-powered ships, formerly Lianyungang (pennant number 522) and Putian (pennant number 523), have been undergoing overhaul at the Shenjia shipyard in Shanghai and at facilities close to the East Sea fleet's primary base at Zhoushan, respectively. Pennant numbers F 16 and F 19 have been painted on the hulls of the ships, which are likely to be renamed BNS Umar Farooq and BNS Khalid Bin Walid once in BN service.

The date for the handover of the ships to the BN as well as their departure from China has yet to be announced.

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The BN currently operates four frigates; an elderly Type 053H1 (Jianghu II)-class ship acquired from China in 1989, a modified Ulsan-class platform procured from South Korea in 2001, and two former PLAN Type 053H2 (Jianghu III)-class vessels transferred from China in 2014. It also operates two larger, 3,250-ton former US Coastguard Hamilton-class cutters, each armed with a 76 mm Oto Melara gun, acquired in 2013 and 2015.

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One of the two ex-PLAN Jiangwei II-class frigates that appear close to being transferred to the BN. The ship shown here, formerly known as Lianyungang, has been undergoing overhaul at the Shenjia shipyard in Shanghai. Source: Via haohanfw.com

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Post by: Ayoshi on January 05, 2020, 11:44:57 PM
https://www.janes.com/article/93346/china-hands-over-two-ex-plan-frigates-to-bangladesh-navy

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China hands over two ex-PLAN frigates to Bangladesh Navy
20 December 2019

The 112 m-long and 12.4 m-wide vessels, which will be renamed BNS Umer Farroq (also spelled Umar Farooq ) and BNS Abu Ubaidah once in BN service, were set to head to Bangladesh following the handover ceremony.

Pennant numbers F 16 and F 19 have been painted on the hulls of the ships, which can reach a top speed of 24 n miles, according to the BN.

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In PLAN service the primary armament of the ships consisted of a twin 100 mm gun, eight YJ-83 anti-ship missiles fired from slant-mounted containerised launchers, an octuple launcher for HHQ-7 short-range surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), and four twin 37 mm gun mountings. None of these have been removed, although the YJ-83 and HHQ-7 systems may have been modified in line with the C-802A and FM-90N export versions, particularly with regard to the missiles supplied.

In September 2019 the BN signed a contract for two more Type 053H3 frigates, including ex- Putian (pennant number 523), which is expected to be renamed BNS Khalid Bin Walid once in BN service.
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Post by: Ayoshi on February 13, 2020, 12:30:39 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/94238/uae-reveals-sr5-mrl-acquisition

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UAE reveals SR5 MRL acquisition
11 February 2020

The MRLs were each fitted with six-round pods for 220 mm artillery rockets or King Dragon 60 laser- and GPS-guided surface-to-surface missiles with a maximum range of 70 km. The system can also be fitted with two pods each with 20 122 mm projectiles.

The SR5 was not previously known to be in service with the UAE but has been seen in Algeria and Bahrain.

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Norinco SR5 and Jobaria multiple rocket launchers were lined on either side of the personnel for the parade at Zayed Air Base. The Jobaria on the left is configured to launch 300 mm projectiles. Source: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan

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Post by: Ayoshi on April 18, 2020, 02:15:59 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/95559/nigerian-army-receives-chinese-weapon-systems

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Nigerian Army receives Chinese weapon systems
16 April 2020

The Nigerian Army has received a consignment of Chinese armoured vehicles and artillery systems that included Norinco VT4 main battle tanks (MBT), ST1 tank destroyers, and self-propelled howitzers.

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The Nigerian Army did not identify the type or numbers of platforms being procured, although the media reported that 17 were delivered in this consignment, which is the first under a USD152 million contract signed in 2019 that also includes support and training.
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Post by: Ayoshi on April 29, 2020, 07:29:34 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/95814/china-dispatches-two-customised-vt4-mbts-to-undisclosed-foreign-customer

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China dispatches two customised VT4 MBTs to undisclosed foreign customer
28 April 2020

The images, which show the MBTs featuring a new explosive reactive armour (ERA) fitted to the glacis and turret, indicate that these VT4s are slightly different from the ones exported to Thailand and Nigeria.

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One of the two customised VT4s photographed leaving China’s Inner Mongolia First Machinery Group on 20 April. The group did not reveal the identity of the customer. Source: Inner Mongolia First Machinery Group
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Post by: Ayoshi on July 04, 2020, 04:15:13 AM
Lloyd’s register to certify Chinese-built LPD for Royal Thai Navy corvette and for Algerian Naval Force | Navy Recognition (https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/june/8649-lloyd-s-register-to-certify-chinese-built-lpd-for-royal-thai-navy-corvette-and-for-algerian-naval-force.html) - 25 June 2020
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Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding selects Lloyd's Register for two naval projects. The UK-based UK-based maritime classification society will provide assurance and certification services for vessels being built in China for the Algerian Naval Force and the Royal Thai Navy.

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The Royal Thai Navy project, a 210-metre Landing Platform Dock (LPD) ship, can carry up to 800 marines and 20 amphibious vehicles and has a well-deck that can deploy up to four Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicles - or hovercrafts - of approximately 150 tonnes each. The ship is also fitted with two large hangars that can carry up to four helicopters and a flight deck that can operate two helicopters. The expected delivery date of the LPD ship is 2023.

The second project, consisting of a 96-metre Corvette will be designed and constructed to LR's Naval Ship Rules. The Corvette is designed for operations including patrol, escort and protection of maritime interests within the nation's Exclusive Economic Zone. The Corvette incorporates a helipad and a crew of 78 people, has a range of 3,500 nautical miles and is capable of top speeds in excess of 27 knots. It is scheduled for delivery in 2022.

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The 210-metre Landing Platform Dock could be based on the PLAN Type 071 LPD. (Picture source: China.mil)
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The 96 meters corvette for Algeria could be based on the design of NNS Centenary (F91) of the Nigerian Navy or HTMS Narathiwat of the Royal Thai Navy. (Picture source: Indian Navy)