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15 septembre 2014 1 15 /09 /septembre /2014 16:30
Egyptian Air Force- Mirage 2000

Egyptian Air Force- Mirage 2000

 

Michel Cabirol  - LaTribune.fr

 

L'Egypte souhaite diversifier ses approvisionnements en armements. Après avoir acheté quatre corvettes de DCNS, Le Caire pourrait en commander deux autres et moderniser ses Mirage 2000. Le ministre de la Défense se déplace aux Emirats Arabes Unis ce lundi et mardi il ira en Egypte.

 

Sous le signe politique. Le déplacement du ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, ce lundi aux Emirats Arabes Unis (EAU), puis mardi en Egypte, permettra à la France d'évoquer notamment les questions régionales, Irak et Libye. Aux Emirats, Jean-Yves Le Drian reviendra avec ses interlocuteurs sur la coopération de défense privilégiée entre les deux pays, et échangera sur les questions régionales et les crises en Irak et en Libye. Au Caire, le ministre s'y rendra afin d'aborder avec les autorités égyptiennes la coopération bilatérale dans le domaine de la défense. Ils évoqueront également les questions régionales et notamment les crises en Afrique du Nord, au Proche et au Moyen Orient.

Au-delà des dossiers géopolitiques, Paris et Le Caire poursuivront les discussions sur les  projets d'équipements et de modernisation de certains matériels de l'armée égyptienne. L'Egypte, qui avait eu une longue tradition d'acquisition d'armements français, souhaite à nouveau ne pas dépendre que des Etats-Unis, de la Russie, voire de la Chine en matière d'achats de matériels militaire. "Il y a une volonté de coopération entre la France et l'Egypte", explique un industriel. Le Caire a d'ailleurs surpris en juin tous les observateurs en s'offrant quatre corvettes françaises de 2.400 tonnes de la famille Gowind fabriquées par DCNS (1 milliard d'euros) financées par un pays du Golfe. Le groupe naval, qui a déjà reçu un acompte d'environ 100 millions d'euros, a vendu ces corvettes équipées de son système de combat, le Setis, et elles pourraient être armées de missiles surface-air VL Mica et mer-mer Exocet de MBDA.

 

Deux autres corvettes pour le Caire ?

Selon des sources concordantes, l'Egypte pourrait commander deux autres corvettes, qui étaient en option et qui seraient construites à Lorient, très rapidement pour un montant de 500 millions d'euros. Une signature serait attendue d'ici à la fin de l'année, voire dès octobre, indiquent des sources proches du dossier. Ce qui n'est pas exclu tant la négociation pour les quatre premières corvettes a été finalement très rapide, environ six mois.

Par ailleurs, DCNS continue de négocier un lot de torpilles (150 à 200 millions d'euros) pour armer les quatre premières corvettes. Tout comme MBDA, qui a vendu ses installations de tir (50 millions d'euros environ), propose un lot de missiles évalué entre 300 et 400 millions d'euros d'Exocet et de VL-Mica

 

Modernisation des Mirage 2000 égyptiens en vue ?

Une autre bonne nouvelle pour les industriels de l'armement tricolore même si cela reste à concrétiser. A la fin de l'été, le dossier de la modernisation des Mirage 2000 égyptiens (16 appareils), qui était très compliqué, expliquait-on au début de l'été à La Tribune, s'est finalement débloqué, selon des sources concordantes. Après de longues discussions avec les Égyptiens, Thales proposerait une modernisation de type Inde. Ce contrat permettait à New Delhi de moderniser, via Dassault Aviation et le groupe d'électronique, leurs 51 Mirage 2000 avec une nouvelle avionique, des équipements de guerre électronique (contre-mesures.) et un radar plus puissant pour un montant de 1,4 milliard d'euros. En Egypte, la facture s'élèverait à 900 millions d'euros, voire au-dessus du milliard, selon les différentes sources.

De son côté, MBDA propose un lot de missiles air-air Mica pour armer les Mirage 2000 égyptiens. Ce que le missilier européen avait déjà fait en Inde (493 missiles Mica IR/EM pour 959 millions d'euros). Par ailleurs, MBDA propose au Caire des solutions en vue de rééquiper l'armée égyptienne dans le domaine de la défense aérienne (Air defence) de courte et moyenne portée. Tout comme l'Arabie Saoudite, l'Egypte dispose actuellement de missiles Crotale (Thales). Un dossier qui pourrait être très, très explosifs entre les deux groupes.

 

Discussions sereines autour du Rafale avec Abu Dhabi

Et le Rafale aux Emirats Arabes Unis ? Les discussions entre les deux pays qui se poursuivent à un rythme de sénateurs, ont à nouveau frémi à la fin de cet été. Sans plus. Abu Dhabi, qui dispose de Mirage 2000-9 très performants, n'est pas vraiment pressé pour remplacer ces appareils, les seuls d'ailleurs à avoir participé avec le soutien de Dassault aux récents raids aériens réussis de l'armée de l'air émiratie en Libye, contrairement aux F-16 américains (le Congrès devait donner son accord). A Paris, industriels et gouvernement en ont aujourd'hui bien conscience. D'où des discussions très sereines dans un climat aujourd'hui apaisé entre Abu Dhabi et Paris, loin du tumulte imposé il y a plus deux ans par Nicolas Sarkozy qui avait fini par froisser Abu Dhabi. L'avionneur s'attend à être sollicité par Abu Dhabi pour optimiser son offre.

Jean-Yves Le Drian qui cultive avec le prince héritier d'Abu Dhabi, cheikh Mohamed Ben Zayed Al-Nahayan, qui est également commandant-en chef adjoint des forces armées des EAU, des relations privilégiées, devrait en profiter pour le remercier de la signature du contrat Falcon Eye. Le ministre s'est beaucoup battu pour ce contrat de satellites espions, qui doit encore être mis en vigueur. Fin juillet, Airbus Space Systems (maître d'oeuvre) et Thales Alenia Space ont signé à Londres un nouveau contrat avec les Emirats Arabes Unis (EAU) portant sur la vente de deux satellites d'observation de type Pléiades.

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M-345 photo Alenia Aermacchi

M-345 photo Alenia Aermacchi

 

 

11 Sep 2014 By: Dominic Perry - -FG

 

France appears to have begun the process of seeking a replacement for its air force’s fleet of aged Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet trainers – and Alenia Aermacchi's M-345 is in the frame. Officials from nation’s DGA defence procurement agency and the air force will later this month travel to Alenia Aermacchi’s plant in Venegono, Italy, to evaluate the M-345 high-efficiency trainer.

 

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11 septembre 2014 4 11 /09 /septembre /2014 16:35
India receives fifth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft

Indian Navy's fifth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft taking off during its delivery. Photo Boeing.

 

11 September 2014 naval-technology.com

 

The Indian Navy has taken delivery of its fifth P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft from Boeing, which would support the navy's maritime patrol requirements.

 

Delivered as part of a deal signed in January 2009 for eight P-8I aircraft, the latest aircraft joins the navy's already existing fleet of four P-8Is, which are currently undergoing operational review.

 

Indian Navy naval staff deputy chief vice admiral RK Pattanaik said: "The P-8I programme is progressing on schedule, and the aircraft are providing the capabilities to meet our maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare requirements."

 

Powered by CFM International's two CFM56-7 engines, the aircraft features a directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system and the electronic support measures (ESM) system, which safeguard the jet from approaching infrared-guided missiles.

 

Based on Boeing's Next-Generation 737 commercial aircraft, the Indian navy version of the US navy's P-8A Poseidon jet integrates Indian-built sub-systems that are customised to meet the country's maritime patrol necessities.

 

Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) India vice-president Dennis Swanson said: "This is another important milestone for the programme and we look forward to continuing our great relationship with India.

 

"We'll deliver one more P-8I before the end of the year, followed by two in 2015."

 

Incorporating advanced sensor and display technologies, in addition to open system architecture, the aircraft supports missions including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), intelligence, maritime patrol, surveillance and reconnaissance.

 

Boeing P-8 international programme manager Mark Jordan said: "We appreciate that senior representatives of the Indian Navy were with us in Seattle to participate in delivery activities and watch the plane take off for Rajali.

 

"It's a great accomplishment for the entire team, and we're hard at work assembling and testing the next P-8I in line for delivery."

 

The aircraft has been built by a Boeing-led industry team including CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.

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Armement : Arabie Saoudite, Singapour et Maroc, meilleurs clients de la France en 2013

Armement - Le Rafale de Dassault Aviation attend son premier contrat à l'export (Crédits : Armée de l'air)

 

10/09/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Arabie Saoudite, Singapour et Maroc. Les trois premiers clients de l'industrie d'armement française ont représenté en 2013 près de la moitié des exportations d'armements tricolores (3,1 milliards sur 6,87 milliards).

 

Arabie Saoudite (1,92 milliard d'euros), Singapour (651,3 millions) et Maroc (584,9 millions). Voici les trois meilleurs clients des industriels de l'armement français en 2013. L'an dernier, ils ont cumulé à eux trois près de la moitié des exportations d'équipements militaires français (3,15 milliards) sur un total de 6,87 milliards d'euros de prises de commandes, qui ont explosé de 43 % en 2013 (4,8 milliards). Huit contrats d'un montant de plus de 200 millions ont été gagnés en 2013 (contre 3 en 2012). Soit un pactole de 2,82 milliards d'euros. Une performance qui permet à la France de rester au quatrième rang des exportateurs mondiaux d'armements, selon le rapport 2014 au Parlement sur les exportations d'armement de la France.

Par ailleurs, l'an dernier, la France a livré pour 3,8 milliards d'armements, dont 924 millions au Proche et Moyen-Orient. Des livraisons stables sur les cinq dernières années (3,3 milliards en 2012, 3,7 milliards en 2011, 3,7 milliards en 2010, 3,7 milliards en 2009).

 

Quinze pays ont commandé plus de 100 millions à la France

Outre les trois premiers clients de la France en 2013, douze autres pays ont acheté du matériels français pour plus de 100 millions d'euros : Indonésie (480 millions), Brésil (339 millions),  Émirats Arabes Unis (335,2 millions), Ouzbékistan (208 millions), Inde (180 millions), Bolivie (161 millions), Qatar (124,9 millions), États-Unis (125,2 millions), Allemagne (115,3 millions), Malaisie (108,9 millions), Chine (107,8 millions) et Oman (104,1 millions). A noter que les exportations vers la Chine de matériels duals restent stables par rapport aux années précédentes (114, 3 millions en 2012, 93,7 millions en 2011, 109,8 millions en 2010).

Selon une étude d'impact réalisée par le ministère de la Défense, le conseil des industries de défense (Cidef) avec le cabinet McKinsey & Co, environ 40.000 emplois en France sont concernés par les ventes d'armes à l'exportation, auxquels s'ajoutent 10.000 emplois indirects chez les fournisseurs. "Dans une France frappée par le chômage et menacée de désindustrialisation, ces 50.000 emplois sont d'une importance vitale", a souligné mardi le ministre, Jean-Yves Le Drian. Sans les exportations d'armements, "le déficit de la balance commerciale aurait été de 5 à 8 points plus élevé chaque année" sur la période 2008-13, selon cette étude.

Pour Jean-Yves Le Drian, les opérations militaires "nombreuses, difficiles" dans lesquelles la France est engagée, notamment en Afrique, "font pleinement partie de cette dynamique" des exportations, en démontrant "la puissance et la fiabilité" du matériel issu de l'industrie de défense. Il s'est également félicité de l'"état d'esprit d'action en commun" des industriels français, évoquant "l'équipe de France des exportations d'armement".

 

Arabie Saoudite dépasse le milliard de commandes

Pour la première fois depuis 2007 (1,1 milliard), Ryad a commandé à la France pour plus d'un milliard d'euros d'armements. Le contrat qui pèse le plus en Arabie Saoudite et d'une façon générale dans le bilan des commandes françaises, est bien sûr LEX (Life Extension Sawari 1), la modernisation de quatre frégates et de deux pétroliers ravitailleurs de la marine saoudienne d'un montant de 1,1 milliard. A cette commande de DCNS, il faut rajouter un premier contrat engrangé par le groupe naval pour la modernisation de trois frégates Sawari 2 (programme ERA) d'un montant de 150 millions.

Par ailleurs, MBDA a conclu plusieurs contrats avec le royaume. Le missilier européen a vendu des missiles sol-air VL Mica à la Garde nationale, l'armée privée du roi commandée par le prince Mitaeb bin Abdullah (150 millions d'euros) ainsi que des Mistral, un missile surface-air de très courte portée. Surtout, le missilier a vendu un nouveau lot de missiles de croisière Storm Shadow (environ 500 millions), fabriqués en France.

 

Singapour et Maroc sur le podium

Traditionnel client de la France, Singapour se classe au deuxième rang des clients de la France même si l'Ile-Etat a préféré l'année dernière acheter des sous-marins allemands que français. C'est MBDA qui a réalisé la plus grosse commande avec la vente de missiles Aster pour plus de 300 millions d'euros. Un second contrat majeur a été signé avec les Singapouriens, la vente de six avions ravitailleurs MRTT (la part française s'élève à un tiers du contrat sur ce type d'appareils).

Le Maroc est la grosse surprise dans le classement des très bons clients des industriels de l'armement tricolores en 2013. Astrium (devenu Airbus Space Systems) et Thales Alenia Space (TAS), en tant que maître d'œuvre, ont signé l'année dernière un contrat portant sur la vente de deux satellites d'observation de type Pléiades au Maroc en deux phases (1 + 1), dont le montant s'élèverait à un peu plus de 500 millions d'euros, lancement compris. Un contrat tenu confidentiel.

 

Bolivie, Ouzbékistan, des nouveaux pays clients

De nouveaux clients apparaissent dans les clients de la France. Ce sont le cas de la Bolivie qui s'est offert 6 Super Puma AS332 C1e pour plus de 150 millions d'euros et de l'Ouzbékistan qui a acheté 10 Fennec et 6 Cougar. Deux contrats pour Airbus Helicopters, qui perce sur des marchés où la France était inexistante jusqu'ici dans le domaine de l'armement. C'est aussi le cas au Turkménistan mais de façon plus modeste (32,7 millions de commandes en 2013).

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X-47B Achieves New Set of 1sts Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

 

Sep 10, 2014 ASDNews Source : Naval Air Systems Command

 

The Navy's X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea.

While underway, the X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time and conducted a total of five catapult launches, four arrestments and nine touch-and-go landings, including a night time shipboard flight deck handling evaluation.

 

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10 septembre 2014 3 10 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
Elderly F-16Ds Cracking Up

 

September 9, 2014: Strategy Page

 

In August 2014 the U.S. Air Force grounded 82 F-16D jets after cracks were discovered in longerons (metal support beams inside the forward fuselage, which hold the cockpit in place). The D version of the F-16 is the two seater used for training. Some 16 percent of the 969 F-16s in the U.S. Air Force are the D model and these are all at least 24 years old with more than 5,500 hours in the air. The longeron design for the D model is different than that for the single seat models because the D model has a longer cockpit canopy. The air force is making repairs and replacements to put the grounded F-16Ds back in service.

 

There was a similar problem in 2013 with some older F-15s. In this case the longerons in question were eventually discovered to be defective, not suffering from old age. The inspections of the older F-15s found substandard parts in 182 aircraft. Boeing (the manufacturer) eventually admitted that it had built over a hundred F-15s using longerons that were not 2.5mm thick, as specified, but in some cases only one millimeter thick. That apparently worked when the F-15s were new but age was not kind to the thinner metal and it eventually broke. Thicker stuff apparently would not have failed because of age.

 

The U.S. F-16 fleet is rapidly aging. The average age of existing F-16s is over 25 years, and the average aircraft has over 6,000 flight hours on it. Back in 2009 the first Block 40 F-16 passed 7,000 flight hours. In 2008 the first of the earliest models (a Block 25) F-16 passed 7,000 hours in the air. The F-16C was originally designed for a service life of 4,000 hours. But advances in engineering, materials and maintenance techniques have extended that to over 8,000 hours. Because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, F-16s sent to these areas will fly over a thousand hours a year more than what they would fly in peacetime.

 

The U.S. F-16 is one of the most modified jet fighters in service. The most numerous F-16 is the C model. The first version of this, the F-16C Block 25, entered service in 1984. The original F-16, as the F-16A Block 1, entered service in 1978. While most F-16s still in service are the F-16C, there are actually six major mods, identified by block number (32, 40, 42, 50, 52, 60), plus the Israeli F-16I, which is a major modification of the Block 52. Another special version (the Block 60), for the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is called the F-16E. The various block mods included a large variety of new components (five engines, four sets of avionics, five generations of electronic warfare gear, five radars and many other mechanical, software, cockpit and electrical mods.)

 

The F-16 is the most numerous post-Cold War jet fighter, with over 4,200 built, and still in production. During The Cold War, Russia built over 10,000 MiG-21s, and the U.S over 5,000 F-4s, but since then warplane has plummeted about 90 percent. One exception, since the end of the Cold War, has been the F-16, which has been popular enough to keep the production lines going.

 

The F-16 can also function as a bomber and ground attack aircraft, although not as effectively as the air force folks would have you believe. It can carry four tons of bombs, and has been very effective using smart bomb. In air-to-air combat, F-16s have shot down 69 aircraft so far, without losing anything to enemy warplanes. Not bad for an aircraft that was originally designed as a cheaper alternative to the heavier F-15.

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9 septembre 2014 2 09 /09 /septembre /2014 16:35
A Republic of Korea Air Force's KF-16CD Block 52 aircraft in flight. Photo BAE Systems.

A Republic of Korea Air Force's KF-16CD Block 52 aircraft in flight. Photo BAE Systems.

 

9 September 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The US Government is reportedly planning to sign an agreement with South Korea by the end of 2014 for the second phase of the Republic of Korea Air Force's (ROKAF) KF-16C/D Block 52 aircraft upgrade programme.

 

Two unnamed sources were quoted by Reuters as saying that the two sides are trying to finalise the pricing and schedule of the contract, as some changes requested by Seoul have increased the cost.

 

One of the sources said South Korea had already budgeted money for the project this year with an aim to conclude the current negotiations before the year end.

 

"The question now for BAE, the US Government and the South Korean Government is, can we fulfil the requirements the South Koreans are asking for at the price they're asking for," the source said.

 

The second source said: "The basic scope of the contract isn't changing. I wouldn't expect to see a significant increase in the price."

 

US Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek declined to address any specific communications with South Korea, while BAE Systems said the company was assisting as needed in the talks between the air force and Seoul.

 

In December 2013, BAE received a foreign military sales contract from the US to upgrade ROKAF's ageing fleet of 134 KF-16 fighters in two phases at a cost of $1.3bn.

 

BAE already started work on the $140m first phase, which included the development of design for the upgrades, including new radars, mission avionics, higher resolution screens and new weapons.

 

The second phase would fund systems integration and flight test activities, followed by production and installation of upgrade kits in the aircraft at the company's sites in Florida, New York, California, Virginia and Texas, the US.

 

BAE spokesman Neil Franz said: "Phase One of the programme began earlier this year and is proceeding on schedule, and we look forward to soon beginning Phase Two."

 

Powered by F100-PW-229 engines, the KF-16 is a Korean variant of the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter and was built by Korean Aerospace Industries under license from its manufacturer in the 1990s.

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9 septembre 2014 2 09 /09 /septembre /2014 09:55
Exportations françaises d'armement : 40 000 emplois dans nos régions

 

09/09/2014 CNE Laetitia Périer - DICOD

 

Le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, s'est rendu mardi 9 septembre dans la matinée à l'université d'été de la Défense qui se tient cette année à Bordeaux (Gironde). A l'occasion de cette 12e édition, le ministre a participé à un petit-déjeuner débat organisé autour du thème : "Les bénéfices sociaux, économiques et technologiques de nos exportations d'armement".

 

Découvrez ici l'étude d’impact social, économique et technologique réalisée par le ministère de la Défense et le CIDEF avec le support de McKinsey & Company (septembre 2014).

 

Etude impact export armements - Sept 2014 - MINDEF.pdf

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9 septembre 2014 2 09 /09 /septembre /2014 09:50
Eurofighter photo Bundeswehr Bicker

Eurofighter photo Bundeswehr Bicker

 

MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti)

 

India may acquire 126 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft from Germany, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Monday.

 

Indian and German officials are once again negotiating a multibillion-dollar deal for the delivery of 126 German-made fighter jets to India, the agency reported, citing German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

 

India and Germany previously discussed a similar deal, but India decided against the Eurofighter jets in 2012 and chose to acquire French-produced Dassault Rafale combat aircraft instead. However, an agreement has not been reached so far.

 

The value of the possible contract is estimated at 7.6 billion euro (about $9.8 billion), according to the agency. Eurofighters are produced by the Bavaria-based Eurofighter GmbH company.

 

Steinmeier is currently in India, where he has been in talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The topics under discussion were trade, investment, high tech cooperation and renewable energy collaboration, according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

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Pakistan receives last upgraded F-16s

 

08.09.2014 by Tolga Ozbek - FG

 

Turkish Aerospace Industries has delivered its last four modernised Lockheed Martin F-16A/Bs to the Pakistan air force, concluding a “Peace Drive 2” programme signed in 2009.

 

A total of 41 aircraft have undergone avionics and structural modernisation activity at TAI’s Kazan/Ankara facilities since work started in 2010. This involved the replacement of more than 1,300 parts, with each aircraft taking around six months to update. The company also provided training for Pakistan air force personnel.

 

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4 septembre 2014 4 04 /09 /septembre /2014 19:55
Talios - Multi function targeting pod


4 sept. 2014 Thales Group

 

Designed entirely around operational feedback from users, TALIOS is the latest addition to the Thales family. TALIOS is the first optronic pod to cover the entire critical decision chain from intelligence gathering to weapon delivery.

Capabilities range from deep strike with long-range missiles and bombs to air-to-air target identification and close air support, and include the rapidly emerging requirement of Non-Traditional Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (NTISR).

Key features

- Latest generation of high-resolution sensors and high-precision line-of-sight stabilization
- Wide-angle vision providing critical contextual information and making the pod a key component of the pilot’s visual environment throughout the mission.
- Open architecture and a high level of functional integration


All functions will be standard for both French and international customers. With its open architecture, the TALIOS pod is conceived as a ‘plug & fight’ system for integration on all existing and future fighters.

Further info: https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldw...

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La Belgique roule-t-elle pour le F-35 de Lockheed Martin ?

Armement - Le ministère de la Défense serait très intéressé par le F-35

 

03/09/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Selon la radiotélévision publique VRT, qui a pu consulter un document secret interne à la Défense, le ministère semble favoriser le F-35 du constructeur américain Lockheed Martin.

 

La Belgique, pays symbole de l'Europe, roule-t-elle pour le F-35 de l'américain Lockheed Martin ? C'est ce que pense la presse belge. Selon la radiotélévision publique VRT, qui a pu consulter un document secret interne à la Défense, "le ministre de la Défense sortant, Pieter De Crem (CD&V) voulait le F-35, et il semble que son département lui emboîte le pas". Le ministère a envoyé cet été un "questionnaire taillé sur mesure pour le F-35" à cinq constructeurs d'avions de combat : Boeing (F/A-18F Super Hornet), Dassault Aviation (Rafale), Eurofighter (Typhoon), Lockheed Martin (F-35) et Saab (JAS-39 Gripen).

Les partenaires de la "coalition suédoise" - des partis de centre droit forment un gouvernement flamand - se serait mis d'accord pour l'instant pour que le prochain ministre de la Défense étudie le remplacement des F-16 mis à la retraite d'ici à 2023. La Belgique pourrait faire l'achat de 40 exemplaires d'avions de combat, selon les recommandations de Pieter De Crem, pour remplacer les 54 F-16.

 

L'opposition réagit

Les députés Dirk Van der Maelen (sp.a) et Wouter De Vriendt (Groen-Ecolo) ont réclamé mardi la convocation de Pieter De Crem, devant la Commission de la Chambre à propos du remplacement des F-16. Outre la convocation du ministre, les écologistes demandent l'audition d'experts, de représentants des Pays-Bas et du Canada, deux pays qui participent au programme F-35, et de la Cour des comptes. Les Verts souhaitent que la Cour contrôle les contacts pris entre la Défense et les constructeurs ainsi que les offres qui sont présentées.

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Inde : le contrat sur le Rafale serait proche d'être conclu

"Il ne serait pas opportun de modifier quoique ce soit dans le processus de décision" affirme le chef de l'armée de l'Air indienne. - photo Livefist

 

03/09 Claude Fouquet - LesEchos.fr

 

Le chef de l'Armée de l'air indienne monte en première ligne pour que New Delhi finalise le contrat d'achat de 126 chasseurs Rafale. La signature "va intervenir bientôt", affirme le militaire dans la presse indienne.

 

C'est devenu l'Arlésienne, mais l'acquisition de 126 avions de combat Rafale par l'Inde , qui a connu plusieurs retards depuis 2012, va bientôt être conclu, selon le chef de l'armée de l'Air indienne. Dans un entretien accordé ce mercredi au quotidien Hindustan Times, le militaire indien estime tout à la fois que le processus est allé trop loin pour que l'on change tout et surtout que l'armée de l'Air ne peut pas se permettre de retarder encore la conclusion de cet accord, en phase finale de négociations depuis janvier 2012.

"Il ne serait pas opportun de modifier quoique ce soit dans le processus de décision" explique le général Arup Raha en précisant que "les choses avancent assez rapidement" et que la conclusion de l'accord "va intervenir bientôt". Mais le chef de l'Armée de l'air indienne se garde bien de donner une date probable de conclusion.

 

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Changes in Saab’s organisation and the Group Management

 

3 September 2014 Saab

 

Defence and security company Saab today announces changes to its business area structure. The adjustments further develop and strengthen Saab’s organisation in accordance with its overall business strategy. At the same time changes are being made within the Group Management, which mark a shift in generations.  All changes will be effective from 1 January 2015.

 

A new business area:

 

To create a stronger and more aligned platform for Saab business units that have a business-to-business focus, a new business area, Industrial Products and Services is being established. Industrial Products and Services will contain business unit Aerostructures (today part of Business Area Aeronautics), business unit Avionics (today part of Business Area Electronic Defense Systems), independent technical consultancy company Combitech, and the Saab Ventures portfolio (currently part of Saab Corporate).

 

The business units in Industrial Products and Services differ from other operations within Saab because their focus is on business-to-business customers, or they operate independently from Saab’s main end-user sales. Other Saab business areas typically work with government or national authority end-users. This altered customer focus creates distinct management needs and priorities when it comes to strengthening business in the long-term. These needs and priorities will be better supported in the new organisation and Industrial Products and Services will develop individual growth strategies for each of its component units.

 

Changes in the Group Management:

 

Deputy CEO and Head of Aeronautics Lennart Sindahl becomes full-time Deputy CEO. Ulf Nilsson, today Head of Gripen within Business Area Aeronautics, becomes the new Head of Business Area Aeronautics and a member of the Group Management.

 

The current Chief Strategy Officer, Dan Jangblad, becomes Head of new Business Area Industrial Products and Services and will remain a member of the Group Management.

 

Jonas Hjelm, today Head of Market Area Americas, becomes new Head of Business Area Support & Services and a member of the Group Management. He will replace Lars-Erik Wige, who becomes Senior Advisor to the CEO and will leave the Group Management.

 

Head of Group Communication Åsa Thegström becomes a member of the Group Management.

 

Replacements for the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Market Area Americas will be recruited.

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A défaut de F-22, le Japon mise sur l’ATD-X Shinshin

 

2 septembre 2014 par Aerobuzz.fr

 

Frustré de ne pas avoir eu l’autorisation de la part de Washington d’acheter le F22 Raptor, le Japon qui doit se contenter de F35 JSF, veut s’affirmer en créant son propre avion de combat furtif, l’ATD-X de Mitsubishi. L’Empire du Soleil semble déterminé à relever un défi de taille malgré 70 années de sommeil technologique.

 

Shinshin ! Derrière ce nom signifiant « l’esprit du cœur » se cache en fait un démonstrateur d’avion de combat furtif « made in Japan ». L’appareil dessiné par Mitsubishi au début des années 2000 avec l’aide de l’agence de recherche japonaise TRDI est destiné à investiguer les technologies à mettre en œuvre par le Japon pour se doter d’un avion de combat furtif et moderne sans l’aide des occidentaux. Le démonstrateur ATD-X Shinshin, qui doit effectuer son premier vol début 2015 au plus tard, a fait l’objet d’importantes recherches en matière de matériaux, d’aérodynamique, d’électronique et de réduction de signature radar. Une partie des travaux sur la furtivité s’est déroulée en France en 2005.

 

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Sweden to go ahead with Gripen acquisition after Swiss No vote

 

09/01/2014 Defence IQ Press

 

When Switzerland voted No in the referendum to sanction the acquisition of Saab’s Gripen as its next generation fighter jet, it posed a problem for Sweden.

 

The two countries had agreed a co-financing deal to buy the JAS 39 Gripen E to share development costs but when the Swiss public voted against the proposed spending of public money, Sweden needed to decide if it would go ahead.

 

According to defence minister Karin Enström, Sweden will continue with its plan to procure the latest version of the Gripen as a result of heightened regional tension and political instability.

 

"Global developments and Russian action in Ukraine, with troops in the country, underline the importance of us pursuing the acquisition of the next generation fighter aircraft," Enström told public broadcaster SVT.

 

"This is also about our security and defence capability in the future," she added.

 

The 60 Gripen jets – of which Switzerland were meant to buy 22 – are due for delivery in 2018 according to reports.

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A400M refuels F/A-18 fighter for the first time

 

2 sept. 2014 Airbus DS

 

August 2014, Seville. A400M refuels F/A-18 fighter for the first time

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 12:50
40 Jahre Erstflug Tornado


14 août 2014 Redaktion der Bundeswehr 08/14 14E24701

 

Jubiläum für den Tornado: Vor genau 40 Jahren, am 14. August 1974, hatte der Tornado seinen Erstflug. Das Mehrzweckkampfflugzeug war von Deutschland, Großbritannien und Italien konzipiert worden. Seit seiner Indienststellung fliegt der Tornado in den Streitkräften dieser drei Länder. Außerdem ist der Tornado bei der Luftwaffe Saudi-Arabiens im Einsatz. Durch stetige Modernisierungen ist sichergestellt, dass der Tornado bis über das Jahr 2025 hinaus eine Vielzahl von Aufgaben wahrnehmen kann.
 

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Boeing Tactical Surveillance Aircraft Receives Additional FAA Certification

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

Boeing, will begin offering global customers the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype (ERRP) now that the aircraft has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

“ERRP’s FAA certification gives us another approved modification in Boeing’s growing family of ISR airplanes,” said John Rader, vice president of Electronic and Sensor Solutions. “ERRP is a high-end signals intelligence aircraft that delivers near-real-time SIGINT to the warfighter, a capability in high demand from militaries around the globe.”

 

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Army selected for Joint Strike Fighter software assessment

 

August 14th, 2014 By Army News Service- defencetalk.com

 

The F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to perform independent software safety analyses of the next-generation strike aircraft commonly called the Joint Strike Fighter.

 

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photo USAF

 

August 13, 2014 David Pugliese

 

Nine airmen became the first U.S. Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35 Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training at Elgin Air Force Base on August 7, the U.S. Air Force reports.

 

More from George Woodward, 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs:

 

“The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to be the best – it’s a big honor,” said Airman 1st Class, Saovada Pum.

“To be among the first to earn my 3-Level as an F-35 Crew Chief is a feeling of responsibility and also a significant measure of pride,” said Airman 1st Class Gideon R. Burris. “It’s special because the F-35 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the air.”

 

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 (Philippines) P5.9-B long-range patrol aircraft fails


13.08.2014 Pacific Sentinel
 

Seven companies can file motions for reconsideration to supply the Philippine Air Force with 2 aircraft units that will help boost maritime surveillance

 

MANILA, Philippines – The first stage of bidding for a P5.9-billion ($133.6 million)* contract for 2 long-range patrol aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) failed on Monday, August 11.

 

Seven of the 10 companies that bought bid documents joined the bidding Monday, but – after 12 hours of the bidding session and a series of executive meetings – they were declared "ineligible." They were, however, given 3 days to file motions for reconsideration, according to defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong.

 

Long-range patrol aircraft were no longer in the inventory of the air force, but the acquisition project was conceived to boost the country's maritime domain awareness as tensions grow in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) among claimant countries.

 

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photo Armée de l'air Alban Battestini

photo Armée de l'air Alban Battestini

 

Aug. 13, 2014 – Defense News (AFP)

 

NEW DELHI — India’s talks to buy fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation in a 2012 deal worth $12 billion are still underway but are complex, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has said.

 

India chose Dassault for “exclusive negotiations” for 126 Rafale jets, but successive deadlines to complete one of the world’s biggest airline contracts have slipped by.

 

“Given the complexity of the procurement case, the process of negotiations with Dassault Aviation on various aspects of the commercial proposal and provisions of draft contract is on,” Jaitley told parliament late Tuesday.

 

The cost of the deal was pegged at $12 billion but media reports have recently put it at around $15 billion.

 

Jaitley, named defense minister when the new right-wing government took power in May, was replying to a question in parliament about progress on the purchase.

 

India is in the midst of a $100-billion defense upgrade program.

 

Military experts say India urgently needs the twin-engine multi-role fighters to maintain a combat edge against nuclear rival Pakistan, with which it has fought three wars.

 

The Rafale, which would replace India’s Russian-made fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-27 planes, beat out rivals such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

 

Jaitley told parliament that the United States has overtaken Russia as the largest arms supplier to India in the last three years, followed by France and Israel.

 

The new government has raised the foreign investment cap on India’s defense industries to speed up modernization of the military.

 

The production-sharing deal agreed by the previous Congress government would see Dassault supply 18 Rafales by 2015 in a “ready to fly” state.

 

The remaining 108 would be made by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd under technology transfer agreements with India, which is keen to boost homemade defense manufacturing.

 

In a boost for Dassault, the government last month said the deal complied fully with technology transfer requirements spelled out in the plane tender offer.

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photo WZL-2 Military Aviation Works

 

13 Aug 2014 By: Arie Egozi - FG

 

Deliveries of upgraded RAC MiG-29s to the Polish air force are continuing, and negotiations for a second batch may begin soon.

 

The upgrade is being performed by Poland's WZL-2 Military Aviation Works, and is based on a design and systems supplied by Israel Aerospace Industries. The modernisation package includes new avionics, cockpit instruments and an advanced debriefing system.

 

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The AHRLAC taking off from Wonderboom airport photo Guy_Martin

 

13 August 2014 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

The first Paramount Group Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) prototype has performed its maiden flight and has embarked on a rigorous flight testing programme.

 

The Experimental Demonstrator (XDM) prototype’s first flight to the public took place this morning at Wonderboom airport outside Pretoria, although the aircraft took to the skies for the first time on 26 July. The aircraft was piloted by test pilot ‘Blokkies’ Joubert on its maiden flight, who flew the aircraft for around 35 minutes. He reached an altitude of 9 000 feet and a speed of around 120 knots as he evaluated the aircraft’s handling abilities. So far, the XDM aircraft has flown seven hours.

 

Testing has gone well, with no systems failures so far. The first prototype will probably fly 100-200 hours before Paramount and prime contractor Aerosud are satisfied with initial testing. During test flights a Cessna Caravan has been used as a chase plane, but future test flights will use a faster Pilatus PC-12.

 

Construction of the second prototype (Advanced Demonstrator - ADM) is currently underway, and this will be used to test weapons and sensors, mission equipment and other hardware as the first prototype is being used mainly for handling tests. The ADM model will be finished around the end of this year and undergo flight testing from the second quarter of next year, according to programme leader Paul Potgieter Junior.

 

Aircraft could be delivered from the end of next year. Initially production will probably stand at four to eight in the first year then three to five a month after that as production ramps up. Production will take place at a new dedicated factory. Paramount is in advanced discussions with a number of potential customers and has started marketing the aircraft.

 

“AHRLAC is a home grown, world class capability that will enable developing countries and advanced nations to strengthen and diversify their security infrastructure. It offers the global industry a new, very cost effective and multi-role solution that will change the way global air forces procure and structure their air fleets. AHRLAC is a solution shaped for today’s modern threats like insurgencies, piracy, poaching and terrorism,” Ichikowitz said.

 

Paramount said the aircraft can perform tasks previously carried out by four separately configured aircraft, as it integrates designs from attack helicopters, surveillance platforms and reconnaissance aircraft with the ability to carry surveillance, weapons, radar and electronic warfare systems.

 

AHRLAC has been designed for both civilian and military missions and can be configured for a variety of roles due to its innovative interchangeable mission pod. Roles include patrol and reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, close air support, training, cargo and light attack. “This enables the aircraft for multi-role uses which include disaster management, internal security, border control, maritime patrol and environmental protection,” Paramount said.

 

Aerosud Managing Director Dr Paul Potgieter said the AHRlAC was designed as a low cost homeland security solution. “To compete with the best in the world we had to apply the very latest technology to find that competitive edge, starting with using the very latest digital design and manufacturing techniques.” Potgieter said he believed the AHRLAC is the most detailed CATIA design ever undertaken in this category, with every part, down to the rivets and screws, being designed digitally. This resulted in the aircraft being built without jigs, saving time and cost.

 

Potgieter told journalists during a briefing at Wonderboom that four features of the AHRLAC stand out. The pusher propeller configuration allows for an unobstructed forward view, for pilots, sensors and weapons, and also allows for jet-like pilot training, something that has attracted a lot of interest. Other highlights include the interchangeable payload pod, the six hardpoints on the wings and the rugged landing gear that allows for operation on unprepared airstrips.

 

The AHRLAC is being developed by Paramount with Aerosud as the prime contractor, but the project also involves local and international suppliers. Global suppliers include Pratt & Whitney (PT6 engine), Cobham (antennae/communications) and Zeiss (electro-optical equipment. Local suppliers will include Paramount Advanced Technologies, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Denel (which will supply weapons like the Mokopa missile, amongst other items).

 

During a post-flight media briefing, Ichikowitz said the AHRLAC reinvented the way aircraft are developed and produced, not just in South Africa but around the world. “This is without doubt a truly historic moment in the South African aerospace and aviation industry. What we have witnessed today has relevance for the whole country and the continent.”

 

Ichikowitz said that the aerospace and defence industries are often a prime driver of economic growth and the innovation that comes with it and that the South African defence industry has long been an innovator. “This project shows this industry is still alive and well. AHRLAC is exciting but what is going to happen around ARHLAC is very exciting. It marks the rebirth of a dormant industry – that is what is exciting for me…One of the challenges we have on this continent is we still suffer from self-doubt – this project proves we can build things that have been designed in Africa for African conditions.”

 

“Watch this space,” Ichikowitz told journalists. “This is just the beginning as more can be expected from AHRLAC, Paramount and South Africa.”

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