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Chinese Arms Exports
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:47:23 PM »
China weapons exports surge over past five years: report | Reuters - 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 - 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 - 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.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2016, 10:37:35 AM »
Malaysia buying Chinese-made Littoral Mission Ships

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Second P18N offshore patrol vessel arrives in Nigeria | IHS Jane's 360 - 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.


NNS Unity arrived in Lagos on 4 November. Source: Nigerian Navy

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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2016, 12:03:34 AM »
Purchase of Chinese Subs by Bangladesh 'An Act of Provocation' Toward India | defense news - 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.

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2017, 11:20:20 AM »
Thailand will purchase a total of 49 VT4 main battle tanks from China. | army recognition - 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.


Chinese-made VT4 main battle tank at Zhuhai air Show Live demonstration in November 2016.

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2017, 02:10:42 AM »
Thailand approves the purchase of 10 additional Chinese-made VT4 main battle tanks. | army recognition -  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.

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2017, 09:49:37 AM »
Algeria confirms PLZ45 acquisition | IHS Jane's 360 - 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.

Six PLZ45 self-propelled howitzers in a firing line during the exercise. Source: Algerie TV

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Pakistan's 1,500-tonne MPV fitting out at shipyard in Guangzhou
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 05:59:34 PM »
Pakistan's 1,500-tonne MPV fitting out at shipyard in Guangzhou | IHS Jane's 360 - 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.


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.

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017, 03:53:39 AM »
Thailand to receive the first batch of 28 VT4 Main Battle Tank | Army Recognition - 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.


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China targets export market with latest submarine designs
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 02:56:18 PM »
China targets export market with latest submarine designs | Janes - 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.


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
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2018, 03:14:47 AM »
Images suggest Pakistan Army may be testing Norinco VT4 MBT | Janes - 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.


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


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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2018, 04:40:10 PM »
China launches third Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy | Janes - 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.


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

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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2018, 02:10:53 AM »
Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)  ;)

PN, PAF successfully test-fire C-802 anti-ship cruise missiles | Janes - 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.


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

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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2018, 10:29:54 AM »
China reveals sale of advanced missile-tracking technology to Pakistan | Janes - 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.


China revealed on 14 March that it had sold an advanced missile-tracking system to Pakistan. (CAS)

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« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2018, 09:20:12 AM »
China launches fourth and final Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy | Janes - 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.


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

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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2018, 06:59:46 PM »
http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=1865.0

Sudan’s new FTC-2000 jets arrive | Janes - 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.


One of Sudan's new FTC-2000 jets. Source: Sudan Ministry of Defence