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April 9, 2011 TheLocal.se- defense-aerospace.com

 

Sweden has committed to buying 15 new American-made Black Hawk helicopters to help increase its fleet in Afghanistan. Final negotiations are ongoing and if all goes well the first of the new machines may be delivered within a year, according to Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors. The plan is for Swedish pilots begin training on the new helicopter system in the US this summer in readiness for the arrival of the helicopters early next year. This, according to Tolgfors will allow Sweden to increase its military presence in Afghanistan from 2013. The entire new fleet of Black Hawks will be fully operational by 2017. By purchasing a proven system, Sweden can reduce its costs and take delivery earlier wrote Tolgfors in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper. Although the final cost has not been reported the government has allocated 4.7 billion kronor ($755 million) for new helicopters. The defence minister added that this sum also includes the operation of the system until 2020 and the training of pilots, crew and technicians. The government is hoping that the purchase of the Black Hawks will provide a long term solution to Sweden's helicopter problems. They will be hoping for a better solution than the last major acquisition of this kind, the Helicopter 14 [Swedish designation for the NH-90—Ed.], which was supposed to be delivered in 2008 but is not now expected to be fully operational until 2020.

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12 Apr 11 UK MoD

 

Pilots and aircrew from the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) recently got to see their helicopters from an enemy perspective when they were allowed to target aircraft with Taliban weaponry.

Naval airmen aim rifles

 

During two days arranged by the CHF's Intelligence Cell, the naval airmen were instructed in the use of Man-Portable Air Defence Systems, similar to those faced by coalition crews flying over Afghanistan in the past four years.

 

They were also shown examples of the small arms currently being used by insurgents and given a hands-on practical targeting stance to see exactly how enemy forces target the aircraft of the Joint Helicopter Force (JHF) - a coalition force comprising helicopters from all three Services to support ISAF and Afghan National Security Forces operations in Helmand province.

 

Lieutenant Mick Cowie RN, the Force Intelligence Officer, has completed three operational tours in Afghanistan:

 

 "It is essential that our aviation crews fully understand the types of weaponry that they face whilst deployed in Afghanistan," he said. "This hands-on experience ensures they are fully trained and prepared to face the threat."

 

Based at Camp Bastion, the JHF is responsible for some 150 flights every day. The Force is a truly tri-Service outfit, with an equal mix of Royal Navy, Army, RAF and Royal Marines manning its 24/7 operation. The aircraft are similarly representative, with RAF Chinooks and Merlins, Army Apaches and Lynx, and two types of Royal Navy Sea Kings.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 11 (UPI)

 

An upgraded analytical-computational system from the University of Maryland will help U.S. troops better locate insurgent assets in Afghanistan, officials say.

 

The upgraded technology – called Spatio-Cultural Abductive Reasoning Engine S2 -- combines a variety of geographical, cultural and incident information with an computational analysis technique called geospatial abduction to create an analytical tool that was first developed to analyze patterns of improvised explosive device attacks in Iraq and predict the locations of IED weapons caches.

 

"U.S. commanders can use our geospatial abduction techniques to zoom in on regions that have a high probability of containing HVTs (high value targets)," said the authors of a paper on the technology, which is to be published in the 2011 International Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

 

"In our study in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, half the regions we identified definitely contained an HVT. In addition, other regions we identified may well have contained an HVT because our ground truth data said there was an HVT in the province, without pinpointing the location."

 

The authors report that the regions they discover with SCARE-S2 contain, on average, just 4.8 villages, and have a density of high-value targets (including weapons caches and targeted commanders ) that is 35 times greater than in the Helmand and Kandahar provinces as a whole.

 

"In order to achieve this, we had to understand both the tribal geography of these two provinces and the geospatial constraints that insurgent groups have to operate under -- and to do so, we had to assemble a multidisciplinary team, get them to work together on understanding which tribes were where in the region, and then develop the computational models to identify regions containing HVTs," said V.S. Subrahmanian, a professor of computer science and director of the university's Lab for Computational Cultural Dynamics.

 

The university said the research further advances previous SCARE results on IED attacks in Baghdad by the same University of Maryland team, where they used a simpler form of geospatial abduction to pinpoint locations of small IED caches to within 0.45 miles.

 

Unlike that effort, where the attacks were carried out in a small, but dense, urban environment this effort focused on a much larger region made up of two whole provinces of Afghanistan that are sparsely populated and where open source data to carry out the study was of much poorer quality.

 

The SCARE and SCARE-S2 mathematical formulas are both based on abductive reasoning. Classical deductive reasoning tries to state what follows from a set of facts, while abduction tries to find the best explanation for a set of observations.

 

"The region geospatial abduction technique used here will help ground commanders focus intelligence assets on small, target-rich areas," said U.S. Army Capt. Paulo Shakarian, a Ph.D. candidate at the university and a co-author of the research paper. "The goal of this research was to help the warfighter better locate the enemy. We can deal a significant blow to an insurgent group by targeting large caches and leadership in this way."

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ASDNews: Apr 12, 2011

 

Camp Bastion, Afghanistan - The Marine Corps completed an aviation first, April 8, by flying MV-22B Ospreys on the aircraft's longest movement to date. Six Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 returned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit after a trek from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, to Souda Bay, Greece, with the assistance of a pair of KC-130J Hercules from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) who provided transport and aerial refueling support. "As far as aerial refueling missions are concerned, this was a Marine Corps and Naval aviation first," said Capt. Ben Grant, the executive officer for the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 detachment currently deployed in support of operations in Afghanistan. "Never before has an MV-22 movement been conducted this far or on this scale. On this mission, the MV-22s travelled in excess of over 2,800 miles from Camp Bastion to Souda Bay, using aerial refueling provided by KC-130Js. We transited three continents over land and water, three combatant commands' areas of responsibility, and did it with no major issues." The mission was conducted to return VMM-266 Marines, cargo and aircraft to the USS Kearsarge and the 26th MEU, which had been tasked to the Mediterranean region in support of operations in Libya. "This mission validated a capability that should ultimately be seen as routine," said Grant. "We affirmed the ability of the MV-22 to be long-range deployed with KC-130J support." Grant said the mission was conducted over two separate movements consisting of two Hercules and three Ospreys. During both movements, the KC-130Js not only refueled the MV-22Bs, but also transported more than 50,000 pounds of VMM-266's essential cargo, maintenance and support equipment. Nearly 100 Marines also made the journey so they could join the rest of the 26th MEU, and prepare for their return to the U.S.

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11/04/2011 par Adrien Prévost AEROCONTACT

 

Le détachement aérien du corps des Marines en Afghanistan à découvert une nouvelle utilisation pour ses KC-130J. Basé sur la plate-forme C-130 Hercules, le KC-130J sert principalement de ravitailleur et de transport de troupes. Devant le besoin de patrouilles aériennes à longue durée pour détruire des cibles au sol, des ingénieurs de Lockheed, des officiers de l’armée ainsi que des ingénieurs et chargés de systèmes d’armes de l’US Air Force ont travaillé ensemble sur un nouveau système baptisé « Harvest Hawk ». Il provient des hélicoptères d’attaque AH-1Z Viper et permet d’éclairer des cibles au sol et de les détruire à l’aide de missile AGM-114 Hellfire ou Griffin. Pouvant transporter jusqu’à quatre Hellfire et dix Griffin, la nouvelle variante de l’Hercules peut ainsi mener des missions d’appui feu au profit des troupes au sol. Pour une attention accrue sur les mouvements (alliés et ennemis) sur le terrain, deux officiers de tirs embarquent désormais dans l’avion uniquement pour faire du CAS (close air support). L’ajout de nouvelles capacités au KC-130J montre que l’on trouve toujours de nouvelles utilisations pour cet appareil de transport. Il démontre aussi la capacité d’adaptation de l’armée américaine dans un conflit dit « asymétrique » où la précision de l’armement délivré est essentielle. Le KC-130J a déjà éliminé à l’aide d’un missile Hellfire quatre insurgés pris en flagrant délit de pose d’IED (improvised explosive device) le 14 mars dernier.

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9 Avril 2011 par Jean-Dominique Merchet

 

Un drone tactique de l'armée de terre a battu, le 15 fevrier dernier, un record d'endurance avec un vol d'une durée de 5h12mn. Cet appareil, fabriqué par le français Sagem, est déployé en Afghanistan depuis octobre 2008, après l'embuscade d'Uzbine. Entre six et huit drones sont présents sur le théâtre en permanence. Le 6 mars dernier, les SDTI ont effectué leur 500ème vol en Afghanistan - soit  une moyenne de quatre à cinq vols vols par semaine. Les SDTI, servis par un détachement de 45 artilleurs du 61ème RA, sont basés à la FOB Tora.

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08.04.2011 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

De récents appels d'offres américains ont retenu mon attention (cliquer ici pour voir celui qui concerne le CP Vance à Bagram).

 

Le Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF-A) dont le QG est à Bagram Airfield, dirige les Global Counter Terrorism Forces (GCTF) d'Afghanistan. Ce commandement souhaite externaliser la sécurité de tous ses sites (depuis ceux de Bagram jusqu'aux VSP, les Village Security Platform, où opérent de micro-équipes des forces spéciales.

 

On lira ici le "statement of work" daté du 6 avril (cliquer ici pour lire ce texte en anglais). Ce qui en ressort, outre le fait que même les FS externalisent désormais leur propre sécurité, c'est que Washington poursuit ses efforts de régulation des sociétés de sécurité privée déployées en Afghanistan (des sociétés que j'appelle des SPER, sociétés de protection en environnement à risques. Voir Les nouveaux entrepreneurs de la guerre, paru début avril chez Vuibert/INHESJ).

 

En effet, le cadre légal est désormais clairement établi par tous les documents qui sont transmis avec l'appel d'offres. Dans le "statment of work" par exemple, il est intéressant d'étudier le point numéro 3 ("limitations") où il est préciser que "les gardes ne peuvent mener aucune action d'essence gouvernementale", c'est-à-dire qui va au-delà de la simple sécurité physique du site et des personnes qui s'y trouvent. C'est une avancée importante puisque ce point n'était pas jusqu'alors explicitement énoncé dans les appels d'offres (il y a donc un périmètre d'activités clairement établi qui laisse aux forces armées la conduite des opérations de guerre, comme je le préconise d'ailleurs dans mon livre).

Par ailleurs, et c'est logique", il est bien précisé que le garde est "un non-combattant", qu'il est donc sous statut civil et qu'il bénéficie des droits des civils tels qu'établis par les conventions de Genève.

 

Ces documents sont peut-être fastidueux à lire, mais leur lecture est éloquente. Elle démontre que les Américains poursuivent le processus d'externalisation (dans ce cas, non pas pour des questions d'économie, mais pour libérer du personnel), tout en faisant de louables efforts pour l'encadrer sur le papier.

Il reste désormais à voir comment cette régulation va se concrétiser sur le terrain. L'enjeu reste bien le suivi de la prestation externalisée; or, sur le terrain irakien ou sur celui d'Afghanistan, ce suivi est encore problématique.

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Afghan Map War in Afghanistan News reports provided by ISAF Joint Command.  Operations are reported in the following provinces:  Helmand, Kandahar, Kabul, Zabul, Kunar, Khost, Logar and Paktika.

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Avec Géraud Burin des Roziers, Thomas Goisque a réalisé ce documentaire de 52’ en octobre dernier en Afghanistan. Géraud était inséré au cœur du bataillon hélicoptère à Kaboul alors que Thomas suivait les opérations au sol avec  les fantassins du 126e Régiment d’Infanterie dans la province de Surobi.

 

Dans ce reportage filmé en champ et contre-champ, vous découvrirez la vie de ces hommes et femmes d’exception prêts à donner leur vie pour en sauver.

 

Par des images exceptionnelles, hommage est rendu à l’Infirmier Major Thibault Miloche mort au combat dans la vallée d’Uzbeen le 14 octobre 2010.

 

Accéder à la rediffusion du reportage sur M6 Replay

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April 02, 2011 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry  2nd MAW  - WAR ON TERROR

 

Refueling Platform Making Waves in Ground Support Combat

 

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - One of the U.S. military’s most seasoned aircraft has found a new purpose as a one-of- a- kind weapon for the Marine Corps in support of troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The U.S. military has relied on the C-130 Hercules platform for a variety of tasks including air-to-air refueling, and cargo and troop transportation for more than 50 years. But the Marine Corps, in partnership with Lockheed-Martin, has recently created a unique variant of its KC-130J by outfitting an existing plane with what has been dubbed the Harvest Hawk weapons system. “It’s a brand new capability for the Marine Corps and it’s proving itself very well,” said Capt Joel D. Dunivant, a KC-130J aircraft commander with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. “I’ve been a KC-130 pilot my whole time in the Marine Corps, but this is a new capability for us to support the Marines on the ground.” The Harvest Hawk system includes a version of the target sight sensor used on the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter as well as a complement of four AGM-114 Hellfire and 10 Griffin missiles, a modular, precision-guided missile system typically employed on unmanned aerial vehicles. The system expands the role of the KC-130J for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) beyond its traditional level of support to include close air support against enemy positions and providing surveillance to disrupt improvised explosive device emplacements.

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April 1, 2011 By Spencer Ackerman DANGER ROOM

 

The U.S. military may be preparing its spy planes to support the NATO-led war in Libya. But it’s also preparing to surge about $1 billion worth of balloon-mounted cameras and other intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance gear to Afghanistan in advance of the Taliban’s anticipated spring re-up. Defense Secretary Robert Gates testified to the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday that “we will be adding ISR to Afghanistan,” not diverting it to Libya. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell says that the money won’t go to “more Predators” or other high-end drones. Instead, it’ll provide cheap ways for troops to add to perimeter surveillance for their bases and outposts: “aerostats and fixed-camera positions.” That’s to help troops spot insurgents who plant homemade bombs in the areas surrounding the bases or to mass for attacks against U.S. forces. Those homemade bombs are on the rise in Afghanistan, but the outgoing director of the Pentagon’s task force to defeat the deadly devices credits tools like the aerostats for dramatic decreases in the bombs’ effectiveness. The Pentagon’s hot on its cameras-n-balloons approach, known as the Persistent Threat Detection Systems program. “It has a wide area range that can also cover down on roads” when mounted atop towers on Afghan bases, says Morrell. “When daisy chained together throughout a battlespace it soaks up the terrain and becomes eyes in the sky.”

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