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13 juin 2011 1 13 /06 /juin /2011 07:00

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Jun 12 2011 David Pugliese’s Defence Watch

 

And more news from MDA, out of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

 

Here is their press release:

 

MDA's Information Systems group, in collaboration with IAI North America subsidiary Stark Aerospace, announced today the availability of Persist-INT On-Demand ISR Services. Persist-INT is a turnkey unmanned airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) service that is available to NATO ISAF forces in Afghanistan, based on MDA and IAI's existing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and ISR services in Afghanistan.

 

Persist-INT allows NATO ISAF forces to increase their operational safety and efficiency through rapid, effective expansion of their in-theatre ISR capabilities. MDA's in-theatre operation allows ISAF forces to acquire the capability with only minimal military staff, and without additional infrastructure or equipment. Interested customers may procure the service quickly and easily, by the hour, from operational budgets, and without making long-term commitments. Subscriptions are available for variable levels of service, up to and including 24/7 on-call and short-notice services to meet urgent operational needs.

 

'By building on MDA and IAI's successful turnkey ISR services to the Canadian and Australian defence forces in Kandahar, we are able to quickly scale our existing operations to offer the same capabilities to other nations,' said Dave Hargreaves, vice president and general manager, Integrated Information Solutions.

 

Persist-INT's covert monitoring delivers a real-time operational picture to forward-deployed troops and command-center personnel, providing electronic warfare capabilities and full-motion video compatible with NATO's Afghan Mission Network. The existing MDA-operated fleet of IAI Heron UAVs, which collect the ISR data, provides mission endurance of over twenty-four hours per flight, at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet, and has a proven availability and reliability track record of better than 90%.

 

ISAF forces can employ Persist-INT within days of contracting by leveraging MDA's existing KAF-based operations. MDA's turnkey service provides all required flight operations, data collection and delivery, as well as all the necessary maintenance, regulatory, and supply-chain operations. Optionally, Persist-INT can also provide ISR Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) and Beyond Line-Of-Site (BLOS) operations.

 

Since 2008, MDA and IAI have delivered over 18,000 flight hours of unmanned airborne ISR services in Afghanistan to the Canadian Air Force and to the Royal Australian Air Force. This unique commercially operated service is tightly integrated with the forces' operations, providing state-of-the-art ISR that has saved lives and significantly enhanced operational effectiveness.

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11 juin 2011 6 11 /06 /juin /2011 11:13

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Textron Systems unveiled the MRAP-level protected variant of the Armored Security vehicle in 2009. The vehicle is currently competing for the Canadian TAPV program. The vehicles to be delivered to Afghanistan could include similar protection measures. Photo: Tamir Eshel, defense Update

 

June 11, 2011 DEFENSE UPDATE

 

Textron Marine & Land Systems will provide 440 Medium Armored Security Vehicles (MASV) to equip the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) within 18 months for a total cost of $543 million.

 

The MASV family of armored vehicles comprises nine variants, configured for specific missions; the vehicles are derivatives of the M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) operated by the U.S. forces. ASV Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) are also operating with the Iraqi military and police, and the military forces of Colombia and Bulgaria.

 

The ASV missions within the U.S. Army include Military Police operations in support of convoy protection, checkpoint security, perimeter security and reconnaissance, as well as Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams (COLT) with the M1200 Armored Knight configuration. The MASV mission variants include command and control, ambulance, engineering, maintenance, mortar, and reconnaissance vehicles.

 

The vehicles ordered for the ANA will be configured with Enhanced Survivability (ES) capability, which improves blast protection to mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) levels. The new ES-equipped vehicles will continue to utilize the M1117 V-shaped hull design, improved with additional protection design features that enable it to meet MRAP blast protection standards.

 

The total value of the program, with all options included, could reach over half a billion US$. The production will be performed at Textron Marine & Land Systems’ facilities in the New Orleans area. Sofar this facility has delivered 3,100 ASV vehicles. Textron Marine & Land Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

 

The vehicles will be contracted through the U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process and funded through the Afghan Security Forces Funds (ASFF). The contract covers the $257 million first year baseline order contract, with follow-on options for additional deliveries in subsequent years. The initial funding of $125.9 million has been authorized, funding the production of 240 vehicles to be delivered by June 2012. The contract includes options to produce up to an additional 200 vehicles, plus two option years for training and logistics support, with a potential value of $286 million. While these additional vehicles, if ordered, would have an estimated completion date of December 2012.

 

These vehicles will be delivered with associated support equipment, spare parts, field service representatives, training and training aids. If the options are, training and logistics support would continue through the first quarter of 2014, in time for the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country.

 

Derivatives of the M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) are operating with the U.S. forces, Iraqi military and police, and the military forces of Colombia and Bulgaria.

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10 juin 2011 5 10 /06 /juin /2011 16:35

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Jun 10, 2011 ASDNews Source : Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

 

Kandahar, Afghanistan - MDA's Information Systems group, in collaboration with IAI North America subsidiary Stark Aerospace, announced today the availability of Persist-INT On-Demand ISR Services. Persist-INT is a turnkey unmanned airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) service that is available to NATO ISAF forces in Afghanistan, based on MDA and IAI's existing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and ISR services in Afghanistan.

 

Persist-INT allows NATO ISAF forces to increase their operational safety and efficiency through rapid, effective expansion of their in-theatre ISR capabilities. MDA's in-theatre operation allows ISAF forces to acquire the capability with only minimal military staff, and without additional infrastructure or equipment. Interested customers may procure the service quickly and easily, by the hour, from operational budgets, and without making long-term commitments. Subscriptions are available for variable levels of service, up to and including 24/7 on-call and short-notice services to meet urgent operational needs.

 

'By building on MDA and IAI's successful turnkey ISR services to the Canadian and Australian defence forces in Kandahar, we are able to quickly scale our existing operations to offer the same capabilities to other nations,' said Dave Hargreaves, vice president and general manager, Integrated Information Solutions.

 

Persist-INT's covert monitoring delivers a real-time operational picture to forward-deployed troops and command-center personnel, providing electronic warfare capabilities and full-motion video compatible with NATO's Afghan Mission Network. The existing MDA-operated fleet of IAI Heron UAVs, which collect the ISR data, provides mission endurance of over twenty-four hours per flight, at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet, and has a proven availability and reliability track record of better than 90%.

 

ISAF forces can employ Persist-INT within days of contracting by leveraging MDA's existing KAF-based operations. MDA's turnkey service provides all required flight operations, data collection and delivery, as well as all the necessary maintenance, regulatory, and supply-chain operations. Optionally, Persist-INT can also provide ISR Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) and Beyond Line-Of-Site (BLOS) operations.

 

Since 2008, MDA and IAI have delivered over 18,000 flight hours of unmanned airborne ISR services in Afghanistan to the Canadian Air Force and to the Royal Australian Air Force. This unique commercially operated service is tightly integrated with the forces' operations, providing state-of-the-art ISR that has saved lives and significantly enhanced operational effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

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9 juin 2011 4 09 /06 /juin /2011 05:45

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8 Jun 11 UK MoD An Estate and Environment news article

The RAF Air Traffic Controllers at Camp Bastion, the main UK base in Helmand province and the UK's fourth busiest airfield, have recently moved into a new state-of-the-art control tower.

The old Air Traffic Control Tower consisted of a small cabin on stilts, but, funded and designed by the UK, the new facility closely replicates the standard layout of RAF control towers in Britain.

 

RAF and United States Marine Corps (USMC) Air Traffic Controllers based at Camp Bastion were present in both towers to ensure that the scheduled transition ran as smoothly as possible.

 

A wide variety of multinational jets, helicopters and drones now operate from Camp Bastion, making the operating environment almost unique. It currently has more traffic than Luton, Edinburgh and Birmingham Airports and is busier than Leeds-Bradford and Coventry put together.

 

The transfer of control from the old to new tower was planned and overseen by Senior Air Traffic Control Officer Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Tommy O'Flaherty and Executive Officer Sqn Ldr Steve Darling. Sqn Ldr O'Flaherty said:

 

"In the UK, most RAF stations tend to have one or two aircraft types - out here at Bastion we have many different types.

"Bastion Air Traffic Control is the most challenging air traffic environment; anyone who succeeds at Bastion will have no trouble back in the UK."

At 0900hrs on the day of the transfer to the new facility, controllers in the new tower began to run parallel operations by listening in and mirroring control of all aircraft. At 1000hrs, after resolving a few minor problems, transfer of control was successfully completed, with Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Riley USMC being the first person to formally control an aircraft from the new facility.

Since then all operations have been run entirely from the new tower with no major setbacks. SSgt Riley said:

"It was an honour to make the first radio transmission from the new tower after all the hard work everyone had put into the move."

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The new Air Traffic Control Tower is a greatly improved working environment, with the latest in communications systems, as well as providing a spectacular view of the ever-expanding Bastion Airfield. Sqn Ldr O'Flaherty added:

"In terms of facilities, Bastion's Air Traffic Control Tower is one of the best we have in the RAF. This is a brand new facility, purpose-built for the job."

When Bastion Airfield opened, in April 2006, it was designed to handle no more than 12 aircraft movements per week, and now, only five years later, it handles on average 14,500 per month, which equates to the UK's fourth busiest airfield.

The runway, originally just a dirt strip in the desert, is now over 11,000 feet (3.35km) long - enough to handle the largest passenger aircraft in the world. In March 2011, there were 16,293 aircraft movements, a number set to increase throughout the summer months.

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7 juin 2011 2 07 /06 /juin /2011 21:50

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June 7, 2011 defpro.com

 

In recent years, unmanned aerial systems have been playing an increasingly important role in military operations worldwide. Many of the sensors used in modern network-enabled operations are mounted on drones, i.e. unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs); in addition, modern armed forces are using them more and more often as effector platforms.

 

Under its SAATEG programme, which stands for "Systems zur Abbildenden Aufklärung in der Tiefe des Einsatzgebietes" or "Systems for imagery reconnaissance deep in the area of operations", the Bundeswehr is cooperating closely with Rheinmetall Defence of Germany and its partner company Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). The globally operating Israeli enterprise has over forty years’ experience in the international defence industry and some 17,000 employees. In total, IAI-made UAS products have already clocked on around 900,000 flight hours. Joint Rheinmetall and IAI projects now help to protect German and allied troops deployed in harm’s way in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

 

SAATEG INTERMEDIATE SOLUTION – HERON 1

 

Under a service contract with the Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall and IAI have been operating the highly advanced Heron 1 reconnaissance system in Afghanistan since March 2010. An interim SAATEG solution, it decisively enhances the Bundeswehr’s intelligence gathering and reconnaissance capabilities in Afghanistan. It is the first unmanned aircraft ever to operate under the aegis of the German Air Force.

 

Rheinmetall partner IAI supplies the system, the Heron 1, which is already operated by other allied nations in Afghanistan. This unmanned asset is a medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) aircraft that can operate around the clock, around the world in almost all weathers. Equipped with state-of-the-art imaging sensors, the Heron 1 forms an integral part of the C4I loop, transmitting imagery in real time and making it perfect for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, identification and acquisition of stationary and moving targets and post-strike evaluation. Thanks to its satellite data link, the Heron 1 is able to transmit full motion video information over long distances, while its imaging radar produces excellent reconnaissance results in real time even in conditions of poor visibility.

 

A typical SAATEG mission lasts 16 hours, though it has also operated for up to 27 hours at a stretch.

 

To date, the SAATEG interim solution has flown over 4,000 hours in Afghanistan, including 600 in May 2011 alone – over a hundred more than contractually agreed, representing an average of twenty hours a day. At the end of May, the German Air Force’s top-ranking general declared the Heron 1 squadron based in Mazar-e-Sharif to be fully operational.

 

Requests from other nations underscore the high quality of the reconnaissance results. In the meantime, hardly any ground operations take place without UAS support. Equally remarkable was the short time it took to get the SAATEG interim solution up and running, with not quite five months elapsing between award of the contract and the first flight in Afghanistan. In this brief timeframe, Rheinmetall and IAI put together a maintenance and logistical support organization and obtained the necessary airworthiness certification for an unmanned aircraft. In order to operate the system for the German Air Force according to contract and to assure round-the-clock support services, Rheinmetall made some 40 qualified aircraft mechanics and pilots available, arranging for them to be trained – together with German Air Force personnel assigned to the mission – at IAI in Israel to operate and maintain the new system. The Heron systems also had to be built and transported to Afghanistan during this period.

 

Given its positive experience with the system, the Bundeswehr opted to extend the original one-year service contract for a further two years.

 

Furthermore, the German Air Force is reviewing ways of enhancing its performance.

 

SAATEG FOLLOW-ON SOLUTION – HERON TP

 

In response to the Bundeswehr’s requirement for a follow-on solution for SAATEG starting in 2013, Rheinmetall has put forward the Heron TP (TP stands for turboprop). An advanced version of the Heron 1, the Heron TP is ready to go into operation right away. With a wingspan of 26 metres and a maximum take-off weight of 5,000 kilos, this 14-metre-long UAV can carry a payload of up to 1,000 kilos.

 

Its engine output is approximately 900 KW (around 1,200 horsepower). It has an operating ceiling of 45,000 feet (14,800 metre), higher than that of a civilian aircraft. Moreover, the Heron TP can operate in all weathers and climate zones, and be airlifted into any area of operations in an Airbus A 400 M military transport plane. This cutting edge system can remain in the air for over 36 hours.

 

Technologically speaking, the Heron TP represents the state of the art as well as offering robust scope for growth, especially with respect to payload. National sensor systems can be easily integrated into the aircraft.

 

Today the Heron TP already meets the full range of requirements for a future MALE reconnaissance system. It will be available faster, cost less and pose fewer risks than a newly developed aircraft. To a large extent, the system will be modified and produced in Germany, meaning that it will make a major contribution to national know-how in this field. Thus, particularly with respect to the air vehicle, there is no risky development work involved, since the principle challenges lie in improving the sensor chain as well as data preparation.

 

KZO

 

Developed for the Bundeswehr, the KZO reconnaissance system has come through its baptism of fire with flying colours. Deployed in Afghanistan since July 2009, by late May 2011 it had already flown nearly 600 missions.

 

Like the Heron 1, the KZO has added significantly to the Bundeswehr’ intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance capabilities. The tactical commander on the ground has a reconnaissance asset at his disposal that is ready for action 24/7 and can be used, for example, for watching over convoys or searching for explosive devices concealed on patrol routes. It is able to operate at ranges of over 100 kilometres and transmit imagery in real time, making it possible to detect, identify and locate targets with extreme precision. The KZO thus bridges a critical capabilities gap when it comes to protecting friendly forces and the civilian population.

 

In order to further enhance the system’s reconnaissance performance, Rheinmetall has developed a bi-spectral sensor head at its own initiative. Besides a higher-resolution thermal imaging device, it now features a high-performance daylight camera as well. Some systems are already being retrofitted with the new sensor head. Furthermore, the system’s operating range is being increased to 140 km.

 

WABEP

 

Even the best sensors are useless without robust, dependable, rapidly deployable weapon systems. For this reason Rheinmetall has developed a system of systems known by its German acronym WABEP, which stands for "Wirkmittel zur Abstandsfähigen Bekämpfung von Einzel- und Punktzielen", or "Weapon for standoff engagement of individual and point targets".

 

In this networked system, the KZO supplies reconnaissance and post-strike battle damage assessment capabilities. It is accompanied by the Harop attack drone, which is made by Rheinmetall’s tried-and-tested partner IAI. Characterized by an extended loitering capability, the Harop is able to take out high-value targets with extreme precision, speed and tactical flexibility. Because it is possible to abort the mission just moments before the target is hit, the WABEP is also suitable for peace enforcement missions where avoiding collateral damage is imperative. Equipped with a new sensor payload and teamed with the Harop attack drone, the KZO’s capabilities have been given a decisive boost.

 

WIDE-RANGING COMPETENCIES

 

Rheinmetall has extensive experience in integrating sensors, effectors and C4I assets into networked systems of systems. But the Group’s expertise extends far beyond mere system integration. A certified aviation company authorized to develop, manufacture and maintain aircraft, Rheinmetall has the know-how necessary for pushing forward the certification process for new systems. It also has longstanding experience with procurement processes, logistics, maintenance and the subsequent supply of spare parts. Finally, Rheinmetall is highly skilled in carrying out technical modifications, e.g. retrofitting new sensors into unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

One of the most trusted names in the German defence industry, Rheinmetall also cooperates with national and international partners such as IAI in the field of drone technology. This enables the Group to supply the world’s armed forces quickly and economically with complete systems for network-enabled operations, force protection, reconnaissance and engagement.

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04/06/2011 Bryn Weese Agence QMI

 

OTTAWA – C’est une petite firme d’Ottawa, ING Engineering, qui assure l’entretien, le lancement et la récupération des drones des Forces canadiennes en Afghanistan. Son équipe de sept membres a déjà effectué 30 000 heures de vol avec ces appareils de surveillance.

 

ING Engineering, qui participait mercredi et jeudi à Ottawa au CANSEC, le salon de l’industrie militaire, est responsable du Scan Eagle, un drone qui peut voler sans arrêt durant 20 heures, avec une autonomie de 100 km.

L’entreprise donne également la formation nécessaire aux militaires pour utiliser cet appareil sans pilote.

En Afghanistan, ING lance trois drones chaque jour, et deux autres en soirée.

 

«Notre mission là-bas, c’est de rechercher les gens mal intentionnés qui commettent des actes de violence, et nous avons un très large périmètre à couvrir, a indiqué Ian Glenn, président et chef de la direction de ING. Nous avons besoin d’une surveillance constante nuit et jour, afin de repérer des individus qui pourraient creuser des trous dans les routes et poser des gestes répréhensibles. C’est ce que le Scan Eagle nous permet de faire. C’est un peu comme avoir une caméra vidéo sur appel en plein ciel.»

 

En 2009, le gouvernement fédéral a accordé à Insitu, une filiale de Boeing, un contrat de 30 millions $ afin de fournir des véhicules aériens sans pilote aux Forces canadiennes. ING Engineering a été sélectionnée afin de diriger les missions de ces appareils en Afghanistan. Une compagnie établie en Floride a quant à elle obtenu un contrat pour de plus petits drones, lancés manuellement.

 

Selon le lieutenant-colonel Christian Lemay, de la Force expéditionnaire du Canada, les drones se sont avérés «très utiles» en Afghanistan. «Ils augmentent notre capacité à couvrir de vastes secteurs en appui à nos opérations en cours, a dit le lieutenant-colonel Lemay. De plus, ce sont des appareils qui ne mettent pas la vie des pilotes en danger.»

 

Le Canada utilise aussi le Maverick, un drone plus petit, alimenté par une pile au lithium polymère (semblable à celle d’un ordinateur portable), qui peut voler durant 30 minutes, avec une autonomie de 10 km. Le Maverick ne pèse qu’un kilo et peut se transporter dans un tube de la grosseur d’un tapis de yoga.

 

Comme le Scan Eagle, il peut recueillir et ramener à la base des données d’imagerie thermique et de la vidéo haute-définition, mais peut aussi envoyer en plein combat des images vidéo à un ordinateur portable. «Il vous permet de voir littéralement ce qu’il y a de l’autre côté d’un mur ou au-delà d’une intersection», a dit Ian Glenn, d’ING.

 

Les drones existent depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Leur usage s’est accru lors des conflits au Vietnam, en Corée et en Israël, mais ils connaissent vraiment une grande popularité depuis une dizaine d’années, selon M. Glenn.

«À titre de major, j’étais responsable du programme des drones pour l’armée en 1996, a-t-il souligné. À cette époque, un pays qui réussissait à faire voler un drone 150 heures par année se distinguait des autres. Maintenant, nous accomplissons ces durées de vol en un après-midi. La révolution, c’est de pouvoir faire de la surveillance constante de façon fiable, efficace, sécuritaire, et à coûts réduits.»

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June 6, 2011 defpro.com

 

India is committed to building the capabilities of the Afghan Security Forces. This was conveyed by the Indian Defence Minister Shri AK Antony to General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Minister of National Defence of Afghanistan, here last week.

 

During the hour-long delegation level talks, Shri Antony said that as a longstanding friend of the Afghan people, India remains fully committed to supporting Afghanistan in its reconstruction and development efforts. He conveyed the Government of India’s willingness to work with the Afghan government in building the capabilities of the Afghan Security Forces in accordance with the priorities of the Afghan government. Both sides noted that terrorism continues to pose a threat to all countries in the region and noted the need to ensure cessation of support to such organizations in the interest of peace and development.

 

Shri Antony said that India attaches high importance to bilateral relations with Afghanistan, as is evidenced in the multifaceted relationship between the two governments. General Wardak, who is accompanied by a seven-member Afghan delegation, conveyed the appreciation of the people and the government of Afghanistan for the friendship and support of the Indian government and people.

 

The Afghan Defence Minister, who is on a three-day visit to India at the invitation of Shri Antony, earlier laid wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and was presented a Tri-Services Guard of Honour.

 

There have been periodic exchanges between the Armed Forces of the two countries since General Wardak last visited India in April, 2008. The Afghan Chief of General Staff, General Sher Mohammad Karimi visited India in October last year.

 

The visit of Afghan Defence Minister to India marks another step in the steady progress in bilateral relations, particularly as his visit comes soon after the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Afghanistan earlier this month.

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June 5, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE

 

The Taliban have been finding NATO troops too clever by half. An example occurred recently when a British base in the south was being hit by accurate sniper fire, but it was not immediately obvious exactly where the sniper was. The reason for this was a clever gambit by the sniper, who was firing from a nearby compound, via a small tunnel dug through the wall of the compound, terminating in a 30x15 cm (12x6 inch) opening to fire out of. To further conceal his position, he had some nearby associates fire assault rifles and a machine-gun just before he took his shot at the British. To further conceal himself, the sniper only fired three times a day. The British would not say how many soldiers the sniper hit, but the British quickly identified seven possible firing positions. The sniper was then tricked into firing again while the seven suspected sites were being observed, and this revealed the small hole in the wall as the location. A British Apache helicopter gunship was standing by, and it fired a Hellfire missile which, because of its laser guidance, hit the small firing hole, killing the sniper and one of his spotters.

 

Despite the loss of snipers like this one, Afghan traditionalists have been changing the way the Taliban fight. This can be seen by the increase in the use of sniping by the Taliban over the last few years. There has been a noticeable increase in sniping incidents each year. This is not seen as a major danger. NATO troops wear protective bests and helmets that can stop bullets fired at long range, making it very frustrating for the Taliban shooters trying to hit a distant target in a vulnerable spot.

 

This shift in tactics is largely a reaction to the better training, and weapons, of U.S. and NATO infantry. Afghans, and especially the Taliban, consider themselves great warriors. But they are getting tired of being defeated every time they get into a firefight with the foreign troops. Worse yet, if the Taliban stay put during a fight, the damned foreigners bring in a warplane that drops a smart bomb or two, bringing an inglorious (for the Taliban) end to the action.

 

Then some of the young guys remembered grandpa decrying the decline in marksmanship years ago. Back before the Russians showed up, in the 1980s, the best an Afghan could hope to have was a World War II, or World War I, era bolt action rifle. These weapons were eclipsed in the 1980s by full automatic AK-47s and the RPG rocket launcher. The young guys took to the AK, and the thrill of emptying a 30 round magazine on full automatic. Not bad for a brief firefight, and suddenly hardly anyone, except a few old timers, wanted to use the old bolt action rifle.

 

What was not noticed much outside of Afghanistan, was that this shift in weaponry brought to an end a long Afghan tradition of precision, long range shooting. Before the 1980s, this skill was treasured for both hunting and warfare. When doing neither, Afghan men played games centered on marksmanship. One, for example, involved a group of men chipping in and buying a goat. The animal was then tethered to a rock, Then the half dozen or so men moved several hundred meters away and drew lots to see who would fire in what order. The first man to drop the goat, won it. Since Afghanistan was the poorest nation in Asia, ammo was expensive, and older men taught the young boys all the proper moves needed to get that first shot off accurately.

 

During the 1980s, Saudi Arabia spent billions of dollars to arm Afghans with all the AK-47s and ammo they could use, and they used lots of it. But rarely for target practice. Compared to bolt-action rifles like the British Lee-Enfield, the AK-47 was much less accurate when one shot at a time was fired. The old timers, or a few young traditionalists, kept their Lee-Enfields, and made themselves useful picking off Russian soldiers at long distances, on those rare occasions where that was needed. Most Afghans preferred to get a free AK-47, lots of ammo, and spray distant Russian troops with lots of un-aimed bullets

 

The key to the accuracy of more traditional Afghan warriors was one of the most accurate military rifles every produced. Lee-Enfield is one of the oldest, and still widely used, rifles on the planet. Over 17 million were manufactured between 1895 and the 1980s. While there are more AK-47s out there (over 20 million in private hands), these are looked down on by those who use their rifles for hunting, or killing with a minimum expenditure of ammunition. The 4 kg (8.8 pound) Lee-Enfield is a bolt-action rifle (with a ten round magazine) noted for its accuracy and sturdiness. The inaccurate AK-47 has a hard time hitting anything more than a hundred meters away, while the Lee-Enfield can drop an animal, or a man, at over 400 meters.

 

There are millions of Lee-Enfields still in use throughout India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and even Iraq and other Persian Gulf nations. These are largely World War II leftovers. In the first half of the 20th century, the British gave out millions of these weapons to allies, or those being courted. Noting the accuracy of the Lee-Enfield (.303 caliber, or 7.7mm), the locals came to prize the rifle for hunting, and self-defense. There are still many gunsmiths throughout the region (and at least one factory in India) that will refurbish century old Lee-Enfields to "like new" condition. Ammunition is still manufactured, with the high quality stuff going for a dollar a round, and lesser quality for 25 cents a round. These rifles sell in the west for $500-1,000. The Lee-Enfield will carry on well into the 21st century.

 

One place where the Lee-Enfield found lots of fans was Afghanistan. There, the Afghans had been introduced to rifles in the 19th century, and they treasured these weapons. This was particularly true with the introduction of smokeless powder rifles in the late 19th century. Many Afghans were still using black powder rifles well into the 20th century. But once Lee-Enfields began showing up in large numbers after World War I (1914-18), no one wanted the larger, heavier and less accurate black powder rifles (which always gave off your position, with all that smoke, after you fired a round.) Now, wealthy drug lords are buying expensive hunting and sniper rifles for their militias, but so far, many of the Taliban Snipers appear to be using grandpa's old Lee-Enfield.

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04.06.2011 De Dan DE LUCE (AFP)

 

KABOUL — L'ampleur du début de retrait, prévu en juillet, des troupes américaines d'Afghanistan ne doit pas être déterminée par le coût du conflit, a estimé le secrétaire américain à la Défense Robert Gates samedi à Kaboul, entamant son ultime visite dans le pays avant de quitter son poste.

 

Des responsables et parlementaires américains ont récemment estimé que le coût de la guerre en Afghanistan devait être un élément-clé pour fixer l'étendue du retrait, ce qu'a rejeté M. Gates.

 

"Je pense qu'une fois que vous êtes engagés, le succès d'une mission devrait supplanter tout le reste. Parce que la chose la plus coûteuse entre toutes serait d'échouer", a-t-il déclaré aux journalistes dans l'avion l'emmenant de Singapour à Kaboul.

 

"Cela n'exclut pas des ajustements dans la mission ou dans la stratégie. Mais l'objectif ultime doit être le succès de la mission", a-t-il ajouté.

 

Cette visite en Afghanistan, dont les détails et la durée n'ont pas été précisés, est la dernière en tant que patron du Pentagone de M. Gates qui quittera prochainement ses fonctions.

 

Il devrait notamment rencontrer le président afghan Hamid Karzaï et des responsables afghans et américains et se rendre auprès de soldats américains dans le sud et l'est du pays, les deux régions où la présence des insurgés talibans est la plus forte et les combats les plus durs.

 

En annonçant, fin 2009, l'envoi de 30.000 soldats en renfort en Afghanistan, le président Barack Obama s'était parallèlement engagé à entamer en juillet 2011 le retrait d'une partie des troupes américaines qui y sont déployées. L'ampleur de ce retrait n'a toutefois pas encore été annoncée.

 

Environ 90.000 soldats américains sont actuellement présents en Afghanistan et forment le gros des 130.000 hommes de la Force de l'Otan (Isaf) qui soutient depuis fin 2001 le gouvernement afghan face aux talibans.

 

Le conflit en Afghanistan coûte aux Etats-Unis environ 120 milliards de dollars par an et certains dirigeants et parlementaires américains estiment que le pays ne peut plus se permettre de poursuivre un engagement aussi coûteux et sans terme défini.

 

Des élus ont notamment réclamé un réexamen de l'effort de guerre après la mort d'Oussama Ben Laden, tué le 2 mai par un commando américain au Pakistan, estimant que l'objectif initial de la guerre en Afghanistan, la traque du chef d'Al-Qaïda déclenchée après les attentats du 11-Septembre, avait été rempli.

 

Selon Robert Gates, la décision concernant l'étendue du retrait devrait s'accompagner d'une planification à long terme des effectifs militaires en Afghanistan, mais aussi de la prise en compte de son possible effet sur les alliés et de l'impopularité croissante de la guerre.

 

"Nous devons apprécier le possible impact de notre décision sur nos alliés. On ne veut surtout pas précipiter une ruée de nos alliés vers la sortie", a-t-il expliqué, alors que les militaires américains ont annoncé que les progrès enregistrés au cours de l'hiver restaient fragiles.

 

"Dans le même ordre d'idée, on ne peut pas se voiler la face sur la lassitude croissante vis-à-vis de la guerre chez nous et sur le soutien de plus en plus faible au sein du Congrès" américain, a souligné M. Gates, "je pense que le président va devoir soupeser toutes ces choses".

 

M. Gates a annoncé qu'il profiterait de sa visite pour récolter "les dernières informations en date en provenance du terrain et les impressions in-situ sur la façon dont les choses se déroulent".

 

Parallèlement à ce début de retrait, les forces internationales transmettront en juillet la responsabilité de la sécurité aux forces afghanes dans sept zones du pays, inaugurant le processus dit "de transition" censé se poursuivre progressivement d'ici fin 2014 sur l'ensemble du territoire.

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03/06/2011 by Armed Forces International's Defence Correspondent

 

The German Army is getting ready to enhance its contribution to the allied efforts in Afghanistan by sending out a new helicopter UAV design for its first operational deployment.

 

When fielded by the German Army, the AirRobot Mikado AR 100B will give troops heightened awareness of their surroundings, streaming almost real-time aerial data to commanders on the ground.

 

The Mikado AR 100B has a VTOL capability, meaning it can take off and landing vertically, in the style of the RAF's now-retired Harrier design. It can carry a variety of recording equipment, allowing it to perform both day and night flights, and it gives troops the ability to pinpoint the location of potential insurgents, hostile weapons or armoured vehicles, while minimising their relative risk at the same time.

 

German Army AirRobot UAV

 

The German Army's already put the electric motor-powered AirRobot UAV through a series of trials and, right now, it's got six of the devices, along with their batteries and a charger. It can undertake flights lasting up to 20 minutes duration and it's got a range of about 1km.

 

That's not on a par with some of the more advanced UAV designs being used by military forces today but, that said, the Mikado AR 100B is comparatively small - just one metre in width - and those troops that have had the chance to fly it described it as user-friendly, rapidly-deployable and stable.

 

That stability comes courtesy of its rotor design, which consists of four sets of rotor blades, allowing it to hover in wind speeds of anything up to eight metres a second.

German UAV Deployment

 

"Finally, we have something that enables us to look behind obstacles without having to expose our own forces to direct threats", one soldier, who was not named, told news organisation Defence Professionals within the context of the upcoming German UAV deployment.

 

A typical mission would see the AirRobot Unmanned Aerial Vehicle deployed to survey areas ahead of advancing troops, ensuring, in advance, that they're risk-free.

 

On this basis, the unmanned quadracopter could see use by other forces, outside the military, perhaps including firefighters and police officers.

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Jun 3, 2011 ASDNews Source : US Air Force

 

Kabul, Afghanistan - A C-17 Globemaster III landed at Shindand Air Base recently marking the first time the large military transport aircraft was needed to land at the base since the refurbished runway opened in December 2010.

 

The landing marked a significant milestone as strategic airlift provides a critical and important capability to mass lethal and nonlethal forces on a global scale. Airlift is the rapid mobility cornerstone of the United States' first responder force in times of crisis anywhere around the globe, Shindand officials said.

 

"Shindand's ability to operate and maintain a C-17 capable war-fighting platform directly supports the U.S. Central Command commander's operational support vision for Western Afghanistan," said Col. Larry Bowers, the 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group commander "C-17 aircraft, in particular, are often the first called and sometimes the only military force capable of providing an initial response and volume to a crisis within hours of the need."

 

Located in Herat province, Shindand's originally Soviet-built runway, constructed in 1961, was rebuilt at the base after it suffered massive damage by coalition forces during the initiation of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002. The runway was rebuilt in 2009 and since then has supported coalition aircraft as large as a C-130 Hercules.

 

Officials said the role of the C-17 will be to transport cargo and passengers and within 60 days, the flightline will also have the capability to support two C-17s 24-hours a day in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

"Aircraft improves battlefield distribution for users and increases the system's ability to respond quickly to change which will serve to shorten Shindand's logistical timelines and supply lines for personnel, pieces and parts in direct support of OEF," Colonel Bowers explained. "Airlift is viewed as a foundation of U.S. national security at the strategic level and as a crucial capability for operational commanders within a theater."

 

The landing was truly a joint team effort, officials said.

 

"This landing could not have taken place without the teamwork of many base agencies coming together in a total team effort," said Capt. Billy Wilson, of 838th AEAG operations. "What's truly phenomenal is this landing had zero impact on fixed-wing operations."

 

Shindand's 2,600-meter long by 27.5-meter wide runway is constructed of concrete and provides all-weather capability. It will support all Afghan air force aircraft and is used to facilitate the Afghan pilot training program while supporting coalition operations.

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June 03, 2011 SHEPARD GROUP Source: Textron Marine & Land Systems

 

Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, today announced it has been awarded an Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) by the US Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., to produce up to 440 Medium armoured Security Vehicles (MASV) for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA).

 

MASVs include nine armoured vehicle configurations designed specifically for ANA roles and missions, and are derived from the combat-proven M1117 armoured Security Vehicle (ASV) and ASV armoured Personnel Carrier (APC). In addition to ASV and APC configurations, other mission variants include: command and control, ambulance, engineering, maintenance, mortar, and reconnaissance vehicles.

 

The vehicles will be contracted through the US Army Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process; however, this effort is being funded through Afghan Security Forces Funds (ASFF).

 

The one-year baseline contract, with a potential value of $257 million, authorizes initial funding of $125.9 million to begin work leading to the planned delivery of 240 MASVs and associated support equipment, spare parts, field service representatives, training and training aids. Vehicle production will be performed at Textron Marine & Land Systems' facilities in the New Orleans area, with an estimated completion date of June 2012.

 

The contract includes options to produce up to an additional 200 vehicles, plus two option years for training and logistics support, with a potential value of $286 million. While these additional vehicles, if ordered, would have an estimated completion date of December 2012, training and logistics support would continue through the first quarter of 2014.

 

"The ASV continues to play a key role in the US Army combat vehicle fleet around the world with its outstanding readiness rate and versatile mission roles," said Lt. Col. Mark Morano, product manager, armoured Security Vehicle, U. S. Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support and Combat Service Support. "The protection levels and extreme mobility offer the warfighter and commander a great degree of confidence in safety and mission success."

 

All ANA vehicles will be configured with Enhanced Survivability (ES) capability, which improves blast protection to mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) levels. The new ES-equipped vehicles will continue to possess the M1117 ASV's original, all-important V-shaped hull design, in addition to innovative protection design features that enable it to meet MRAP blast protection standards.

 

Reliability and supportability also are reinforced by a Total Package Fielding concept, which includes technical manuals, spares, and comprehensive operator and maintenance training.

 

"MASVs, and the extensive logistics support package provided with these vehicles, will serve our Afghanistan allies well in efforts to establish peace and security in their country," said Textron Marine & Land Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley.

 

Textron Marine & Land Systems has delivered more than 3,100 M1117 ASV and related configurations to the US Army, as well as military and police forces in Iraq, Colombia and Bulgaria. These vehicles have consistently achieved exceptional operational readiness and combat availability rates greater than 90 percent over the life of the US Army program. Through May of this year, Textron Marine & Land Systems also has achieved 68 consecutive months of on-time ASV deliveries to the US Army.

 

Current ASV missions within the US Army include Military Police operations in support of convoy protection, checkpoint security, perimeter security and reconnaissance, as well as Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams (COLT) with the M1200 armoured Knight configuration.

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June 03, 2011 by Beth Stevenson, SHEPARD GROUP

 

London - The US is buying 21 Mi-17V5 multipurpose helicopters from Russia, despite the purchase of the helicopters from state arms exporter Rosoboronexport being controversial in the US.

 

Under the $365 million contract, which was signed on 26 May, the helicopters will be supplied to Afghanistan forces by the US Army Forces Command, with the first Mil aircraft expected to be delivered in October.

 

On the same day it was also announced that a maintenance facility for the aircraft would be built in Afghanistan as a money-saving effort.

 

‘We have agreed that this [Mi-17] joint project with the US will encompass this kind of facility on the territory of Afghanistan because the transportation of helicopters to Europe for repairs would be too expensive,’ deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, said.

 

The Mi-17 is an export version of the Mi-8 Hip, and was specifically designed for the Russian conflict with Afghanistan in the 1980s.

 

In 2006 sanctions were imposed on the Rosoboronexport after the US accused it of violating the nuclear non-proliferation regime by dealing with Iran, but this was lifted in May 2010.

 

As a result of the embargo, various private intermediary companies in the US established a profitable business acting as the principle providers of Mi-17s.

 

In October 2009, US senator Richard Shelby revealed in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the US had spent $807.2 million on the purchase of Mi-17s for the armed forces of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

 

The aircraft were acquired as a civil platform, and were eventually resold to the Pentagon following modification for military use. The acquisition came under scrutiny from Congress because of the trade ban with Russia, and because US platforms had not been considered.

 

Defence of the decision included that the Mi-17 type was familiar to these armed forces and was suitable for conditions in Afghanistan.

 

Under the terms of the contract maintenance, spare parts provision and ground support equipment will be provided. The helicopter is currently produced at two factories in Kazan and Ulan-Ude in Russia. The transport aircraft can carry 37 passengers, and features powerful turbo shaft engines.

 

Meanwhile Russian Helicopters announced in May that delivery of the first three Mi-171Sh to the Ministry of Defence of Peru was pending, following a contract signed with Rosoboronexport in 2010. The second batch of aircraft is expected to be delivered at the end of 2011.

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June 02, 2011 Andrew White, SHEPARD GROUP

 

London - The UK armed forces' latest unmanned initiative went operational in Afghanistan this week under the codename 'Operation Panama', defence sources have revealed.

 

Comprising approximately a dozen unmanned Snatch Land Rovers and associated sensor suites and data links, sources told Shephard that the vehicles were now working in conjunction with other manned land platforms as part of 'Operation Talisman'- the UK effort designed to counter IEDs.

 

Sources said a single system, consisting of two Snatch UGVs and ground control station, were working in each of the six Talisman teams which already comprise two Buffalo Rummage and four Mastiff 'Protected Eyes' vehicles; two micro air vehicles; two HMEEs; and two Talon UGVs. It is understood that the MoD has a total of six Talisman teams in operation as part of a £260m programme.

 

A source said: 'Talisman is providing positive effect in theatre to enable safe passage, thereby allowing more taskings to be met. It also provides surveillance at distance with base protection an emerging requirement.'

 

As part of a £15m contract, sources said the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) had selected a MIRA unmanned Snatch ahead of offerings from BAE Systems and Marshall Land Systems. With additional integration of specialist equipment from Thales UK and Exponent, the UGVs were originally slated to deploy in March following extensive field trials in Jordan last year. Shephard is unable to specify particular sensor payloads due to operational security implications.

 

Meanwhile, the MoD is still compiling a business case for the use of UGVs for base protection. Options include Israeli company G-Nius's AvantGuard system with small systems such as Dragon Runner offering potential for situation awareness, ISR and counter-IED capabilities.

 

MIRA remote-control technology is fitted to the Snatch Land Rovers allowing it to be driven by operators within a convoy. Sources said the vehicle could also be easily reverted back into a manned platform for use inside bases such as Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province. However, sources said concept of operations for the system were continually evolving.

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MOSCOU, 2 juin - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie et les Etats-Unis créeront en Afghanistan un centre d'entretien des hélicoptères russes Mi-17B5 achetés par le Pentagone pour l'armée afghane, a annoncé jeudi à RIA Novosti Viatcheslav Dzirkaln, directeur adjoint du Service fédéral russe pour la coopération militaire et technique (FSVTS).

"Nous avons dit que dans le cadre de coopération avec les Etats-Unis, une structure adéquate devait être créée sur le territoire de l'Afghanistan, car il est assez onéreux d'acheminer les hélicoptères en Europe pour les réparer", a indiqué le responsable.

Le 26 mai, Washington et Moscou ont signé un contrat sur la livraison de 21 hélicoptères de transport militaire Mi-17V5 à l'armée afghane. Selon certains médias, le contrat atteint 367,5 millions de dollars.

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1 Jun 2011 DefenseNews AFP

 

NEW DELHI - India pledged to help strengthen the capabilities of Afghanistan's security forces after a meeting between the defense ministers of both countries in New Delhi on June 1.

 

Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony "conveyed the government of India's willingness to work with the Afghan government in building the capabilities of Afghan security forces," a statement said.

 

His Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak is on a three-day visit to India accompanied by a seven-member team.

 

Afghan-Indian ties have raised hackles in Islamabad, where the Pakistani government and military establishment has long considered Afghanistan its own strategic asset to offset the perceived threat from India in the east.

 

India last month pledged $500 million in fresh aid to Afghanistan, raising New Delhi's contribution to $2 billion, to be spent mainly on development projects.

 

India's military assistance has so far been limited to training Afghanistan's security personnel and investing in small infrastructure projects.

 

Any greater involvement of Indian forces in Afghanistan would likely face objections from Pakistan, India's regional adversary.

 

President Hamid Karzai's government has stepped up training of Afghan troops ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of NATO troops by 2014 from the country, where the Islamist Taliban has waged an insurgency since 2001.

 

U.S.-led international troops are due to start handing over control of security in limited areas to Afghan forces in July.

 

Wardak said ahead of his talks with Antony that Kabul welcomed Indian security assistance.

 

"We will welcome any cooperation in the field of training and helping of Afghan national security forces so that they are able to secure and defend the country," he told reporters, according to PTI news agency.

 

"There is a very genuine interest in strengthening our relations in all sectors including defense," said Wardak, the first top Afghan official to visit India since Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by U.S. troops on May 2.

 

After more than two decades without influence in Kabul, New Delhi swiftly established ties with Karzai's regime after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion deposed the Taliban, which was allied to Pakistani elements.

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June 1, 2011 defpro.com

 

As the German Army recently announced, a team of instructors has been deployed to Afghanistan to introduce German soldiers in the operation of a new small tactical reconnaissance unmanned air system (UAS). The Mikado AR 100 B, built by the German manufacturer AirRobot GmbH & Co. KG, is intended to provide additional situational awareness to troops in northern Afghanistan.

 

The vertically take-off and landing (VTOL) system is powered by four rotors and is equipped with a video sensor, which transmits the collected data in near real-time. The images are being processed by a ground station and can be stored for detailed analysis at a later moment. With a maximum payload of approximately 200g, the system’s can be equipped with different cameras, including daylight, twilight or infra-red cameras, and supports troops in a effective radius of 1,000 metres during a maximum flight period of 20 minutes. With a maximum

 

“Finally, we have something that enables us to look behind obstacles without having to expose own forces to direct threats,” a soldier explained after a training course on the new system. The portable Mikado UAS, with a span of merely 1 metre, will help troops on patrol to detect and identify suspected persons, weapon systems and vehicles from a safe position, providing the soldiers with an improved situational awareness and reducing the risk of undesired surprises before they further approach the area.

 

The instructor team is training a total of 48 soldiers in six training courses to operate their new asset. The first course for the “Army’s small eye” involved some 495 training flights with a duration of 10 to 20 minutes. According to the Army, the system is easy to handle and can be quickly deployed with the troops. Its four rotors allow for a stable and easy to control flight and enable the system to hover nearly silently over the target, providing video footage from any desired angle. The only limitation are winds stronger than 8 m/s, making a stable flight difficult to impossible.

 

AirRobot provides the German Army with six of these small VTOL systems, as well as with two rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. Providing power to the system’s four rotors and the video camera, the batteries allow for an operational range of 500 metres with analogue video operation and 1,000 metres with a digital video operation. In case of a technical failure or low battery power, Mikado automatically returns to the ground station or a pre-determined point and autonomously carries out an emergency landing.

 

The German company, which has offices in Germany and the USA, has originally designed the Mikado AR100-B for civilian purposes and expanded the system’s operational scenarios to defence and security purposes, including military, police and rescue missions. (nvk)

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May 31, 2011 ASDNews Source : TenCate

 

TenCate Protective Fabrics USA has supplied TenCate Defender(tm) M inherently Flame Resistant fabric for use in an extensive user trial for Australian Defence Force currently in action in Afghanistan. The uniforms for the Australian soldiers involved were manufactured by Crye Precision(tm) in Brooklyn (New York, USA) and printed with the Multi Cam(r) pattern. Select members of the Australian Defence Force serving "outside the wire" in Afghanistan will be issued garments made with TenCate Defender(tm) M.

 

The combination of the technical textiles expertise of TenCate and the innovative apparel design of Crye Precision(tm) ensures that Australian forces will receive the best protection and maximum comfort. TenCate Defender(tm) M is currently worn by every United States deployed ground troop in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Protection, durability and comfort

 

TenCate Protective Fabrics and its supply chain partners fully manufactured fabric for this program while the uniforms are being supplied by Crye Precision (tm). The Flame Resistant fabric selected for the uniforms is TenCate Defender(tm) M in 6.2 ounce rip stop. According to Chris Corner, Director of Market Innovation and Business Development for TenCate Defense & Tactical in the USA comments: "TenCate Protective Fabrics is proud the Australian Soldiers are evaluating our fabric as part of the Multi Cam(r) user trial. The TenCate Defender (tm) M product portfolio was designed to provide the best combination of protection, durability and comfort. We are honored by the opportunity to provide our materials for this new program".

 

Repeatedly chosen

 

Since 2007, TenCate Defender(tm) M fabrics have repeatedly been chosen by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps for ground troops in the Flame Resistant Army Combat Uniform (FR-ACU) and Marine Corp's Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) programs. TenCate Defender(tm) M fabrics are made from a unique fiber blend that includes Lenzing FR(r) Rayon. As the leader in inherently Flame Resistant materials, TenCate Protective Fabrics also provides fabrics used in other American programs such as Inclement Weather Combat Shirt (IWCS), Army Aircrew Combat Uniforms (A2CU), Improved Combat Vehicle Coveralls (ICVC), Navy Shipboard Jackets, Army Flash Hoods and several others. TenCate Defender(tm) M is also delivered to the Norwegian Navy and to the Soldier of the Future program of the Italian Army.

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28 May, 2011,  Russia Today

 

Moscow and Washington have signed their first contract to use multi-purpose Russian-made helicopters in Afghanistan. The contract is hailed by the Kremlin as the first major contract in the history of the countries’ military cooperation.

 

­The cost of the deal, which will supply 21 Mi-17V5 military transport helicopters to the Afghan army, reportedly stands at about US$ 300 million.

 

According to Kommersant newspaper, the first nine machines will be delivered to Kabul before the end of the year and the rest will be supplied in 2012.

 

Along with the supply of helicopters, the deal includes the delivery of spare parts, ground support equipment and the provision of maintenance services, the newspaper said.  

 

Russian authorities have hailed the move as an important step in the countries’ military cooperation.

 

"[This  is] the  first  large  contract  in  the  history  of  the US-Russian military-technical  cooperation, signed  directly with  the US Department of Defense," said Russian Presidential Aid Sergey Prikhodko.

 

"Its signing is a major step forward in the two countries' practical cooperation in raising the combat capabilities of the Afghan Armed Forces," he added.

 

The contract was reportedly signed on April 26, during Deauville talks between the Russian and American presidents.

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Moscou se félicite d’avoir signé le 26 mai un contrat avec les États-Unis sur la livraison de 21 hélicoptères de transport militaire Mi-17V5 à l’armée afghane, a annoncé le 28 mai l’assistant du président russe Sergueï Prikhodko.

 

« Il s’agit du premier gros contrat russo-américain signé directement avec le ministère américain de la Défense. La signature de ce document est un résultat important de la coopération bilatérale visant à rendre l’armée afghane plus efficace », a indiqué M.Prikhodko.

 

Le commandement de l’Armée de terre des États-Unis et l’agence russe d’exportation d’armements « Rosoboronexport » ont conclu un contrat sur la livraison de 21 hélicoptères Mi-17V5 en Afghanistan alors que les présidents russe et américain « examinaient les moyens d’élargir la coopération antiterroriste entre les deux pays à Deauville », a ajouté M.Prikhodko.

 

Le montant du contrat s’élève à 367,5 millions de dollars, selon les médias. Le premier lot d’hélicoptère sera livré à l’Armée de l’air afghane en octobre 2011. Les autres appareils seront remis à l’Afghanistan en 2012.

 

La Russie et l’OTAN ont lancé des négociations sur les hélicoptères il y a plus d’un an, selon le journal Kommersant. L’Alliance a tenté en vain de persuader Moscou de livrer les appareils gratuitement en vue de contribuer à la stabilité en Afghanistan. Les pays membres de l’Alliance n’ayant pas réussi à réunir les fonds nécessaires pour acheter les hélicoptères, les États-Unis se sont joints aux discussions. Moscou et Washington se sont finalement mis d’accord pour financer ensemble la livraison des hélicoptères.

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Déployé depuis février 2009, le détachement-air de Bagram met en œuvre le système intérimaire de drone MALE (moyenne altitude longue endurance), baptisé Harfang. Le 26 mai 2011, il a réalisé sa 400ème mission au profit de la force internationale d’assistance et de sécurité, au dessus de l’Afghanistan, passant à cette occasion la barre symbolique des 4000 heures de vol.

Le Harfang est un drone de renseignement, surveillance et reconnaissance non armé, piloté à distance par du personnel navigant expérimenté issu des filières chasse, transport ou navigateur. En Afghanistan, il remplit quotidiennement des missions au profit de l’ensemble des forces françaises et étrangères de la coalition. Disposer d’un vecteur aérien endurant et discret, qui observe en temps réel et à des kilomètres de distance, de jour comme de nuit, représente un atout majeur pour les forces terrestres déployées en Afghanistan. Surveillance de villages et de compounds , escorte de convois, recherche d’engins explosifs improvisés, préparation de zones pour les posés d’hélicoptères, appui renseignement aux troupes au contact etc…son champ d’action est très large. 

Le détachement Harfang est armé par une quarantaine de personnes. Parmi eux, se trouvent treize mécaniciens et neuf membres d’équipage comprenant du personnel navigant, des officiers renseignement et des interprétateurs image. Il faut ajouter les 18 militaires responsables du soutien de ce détachement dans les domaines de la logistique, des communications et de l’administration.

Au cours de ce vaste panel de missions, le Harfang, système expérimental intérimaire, a permis au personnel de l’armée de l’air d’acquérir un savoir et une expertise technico-opérationnelle de tout premier ordre.

 

Sources : Armée de l'air

 

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MOSCOU, 28 mai - RIA Novosti

 

Moscou se félicite d'avoir signé jeudi un contrat avec les Etats-Unis sur la livraison de 21 hélicoptères de transport militaire Mi-17V5 à l'armée afghane, a annoncé samedi l'assistant du président russe Sergueï Prikhodko.

"Il s'agit du premier gros contrat russo-américain signé directement avec le ministère américain de la Défense. La signature de ce document est un résultat important de la coopération bilatérale visant à rendre l'armée afghane plus efficace", a indiqué M.Prikhodko.

 

Le commandement de l'Armée de terre des Etats-Unis et l'agence russe d'exportation d'armements "Rosoboronexport" ont conclu un contrat sur la livraison de 21 hélicoptères Mi-17V5 en Afghanistan alors que les présidents russe et américain "examinaient les moyens d'élargir la coopération antiterroriste entre les deux pays à Deauville", a ajouté M.Prikhodko.

 

Le montant du contrat s'élève à 367,5 millions de dollars, selon les médias. Le premier lot d'hélicoptère sera livré à l'Armée de l'air afghane en octobre 2011. Les autres appareils seront remis à l'Afghanistan en 2012.

 

La Russie et l'OTAN ont lancé des négociations sur les hélicoptères il y a plus d'un an, selon le journal Kommersant. L'Alliance a tenté en vain de persuader Moscou de livrer les appareils gratuitement en vue de contribuer à la stabilité en Afghanistan. Les pays membres de l'Alliance n'ayant pas réussi à réunir les fonds nécessaires pour acheter les hélicoptères, les Etats-Unis se sont joints aux discussions. Moscou et Washington se sont finalement mis d'accord pour financer ensemble la livraison des hélicoptères.

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28.05.2011 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

Le détachement-air de Bagram (au nord de Kaboul) a réalisé, le 26 mai, sa 400e mission au profit de la force internationale d'assistance et de sécurité, au dessus de l'Afghanistan. Il a passé à cette occasion la barre symbolique des 4000 heures de vol.

 

Le détachement Harfang (la photo ci-dessus a été prise début mai à Bagram) est armé par une quarantaine de personnes. Parmi eux, se trouvent treize mécaniciens et neuf membres d'équipage comprenant du personnel navigant, des officiers renseignement et des interprétateurs image. À cela, il convient d'ajouter les 18 militaires responsables du soutien de ce détachement dans les domaines de la logistique, des communications et de l'administration.

 

PS: Un Harfang à Deauville: pendant le G8 un drone a été déployé à partir de la base d'Evreux. Selon Cassidian, ce drone "a transmis en temps réel les informations receuillies au centre d'opération interministériel de Deauville, au CNOA de Lyon Mont-Verdun ainsi qu'au centre des opérations Air (COAIR) de Paris Balard, qui ont centralisé l'ensemble des données employées par les différents capteurs Air".

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MOSCOW, May 27 (RIA Novosti)

 

The U.S. Army Forces Command and Russian state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport have sealed a contract for the supply of 21 Mi-17V5 multipurpose helicopters to Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation said on Friday.

 

The United States and Russia have been in talks for more than a year on the deal to provide the much needed vehicles for the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

 

General Abdul Wahab Wardak, Chief of Staff of the Air Force in Afghanistan, earlier said the cost of one helicopter had been agreed at $17.5 million.

 

"Apart from the helicopters, the contract stipulates the procurement of reserve units, ground support equipment, and maintenance support," the spokesman said.

 

The first helicopters will be sent to Afghanistan in October 2011.

 

The Mi-17 is an export version of the Mi-8 Hip helicopter. Currently in production at two factories in the Russian Volga area city of Kazan and the East Siberian city of Ulan-Ude, it features powerful turboshaft engines and can transport up to 37 passengers.

 

In May 2010, the United States lifted sanctions against Rosoboronexport that it had earlier blacklisted from tendering for U.S. arms deals. The sanctions were imposed in 2006 after the U.S. government accused Rosoboronexport of violating the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

 

Despite the ban, dozens of Mi-17s have been bought by the United States for Afghanistan and Iraq over the past four years via intermediaries as commercial items, thus avoiding direct contacts with Rosoboronexport.

 

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STUTTGART, Germany, May 27 (UPI)

 

The German military has contracted Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks to produce Actros Heavy Recovery Vehicles for immediate use in Afghanistan.

 

Mercedes Benz said the lead time for delivery of the mine-protected vehicles is seven months. The number of vehicles ordered and the monetary value of the contract weren't disclosed.

 

The Actros vehicles to be delivered will be of the same configuration and protection level as those operated by the Canadian armed forces in Afghanistan since March 2008.

 

With the Actros 4151 AK 8x8 provides Level 4 ballistic protection and Level 4b mine protection.

 

The protected special vehicle is 34.5 feet long, with a wheelbase of 18 feet.

 

Mercedes said a particular challenge faced by heavy recovery vehicles is the distribution of axle loads in all deployment situations. While the weight of the armored cab lies across the front axles only, in recovery situations the weight of the raised, towed vehicle places a load on the rear axles which can act like a huge lever. The Actros 4151 AK 8x8 Recovery vehicle, however, has been designed in such a way as to ensure a substantially uniform axle load distribution and also enable safe handling in both heavy-duty recovery situations and also when driving without a load.

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