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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 18:30
Préparation de l’exercice «Green Shield 2014»

03/06/2013 Armée de l'air


Une réunion préparatoire (Initial planning conference) de l’exercice «Green Shield» qui aura lien en 2014 s’est déroulée, les 22 et 23 mai 2013, au CDAOA (commandement de la défense aérienne et des opérations aériennes) sur la base de Balard à Paris, en présence d’une délégation saoudienne.  


Depuis sa première édition en 2007, l’exercice franco-saoudien air-air "Green Shield" est biannuel. Il s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’activité de coopération bilatérale entre l’armée de l’air française et la Royal Saoudi Air Force. En 2012, l’exercice, qui comportait un


volet air-sol avec des missions de type Close Air Support (CAS - appui aérien rapproché),  s’est déroulé dans l’espace aérien saoudien. Mais, lors de la prochaine édition en 2014, l’Arabie Saoudite sera l’hôte de la France. 

L’exercice "Green Shield" a vocation à entraîner au combat aérien les pilotes de chasse des deux pays.


En avril 2014, des avions de chasse saoudiens et plus d’une vingtaine d’avions français seront engagés depuis la base aérienne 133 de Nancy-Ochey. Ainsi, 16 chasseurs français (dix Mirage 2000, quatre Rafale et deux Alphajet) évolueront aux côtés de six F15 saoudiens. Pour compléter le dispositif aérien français, un E-3F et deux hélicoptères Caracal participeront à l’exercice.

Une délégation Saoudienne s'est rendue à Paris dans le cadre du futur exercice "Green Shield".

Une délégation Saoudienne s'est rendue à Paris dans le cadre du futur exercice "Green Shield".

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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 16:50
Diplomatic Clearances for Military Transport Aircraft Officially Launched
Brussels | Jun 03, 2013 European Defence Agency

The European Defence Agency launched, using its website, a diplomatic clearances portal for military transport aircraft. The portal implements the technical arrangement signed by thirteen Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden and Norway) for common provisions and harmonised procedures for overflights and landings. The arrangement enables Member States to operate without the need to submit diplomatic clearances requests for each flight, including support to on-going operations and transportation of IATA/ICAO compliant dangerous goods. This simplified mechanism is a significant step forward to more flexible and effective military airlift operations in Europe. The portal allows Member States to easily exchange the necessary information.


Presented to defence ministers in November 2012, the agreement improves the freedom of movement of EU military registered transport aircraft transiting national boundaries within the EU. The existing disparate requirements to obtain diplomatic clearances to land or overfly an EU member state cause delays and hampers swift airlift operations. This legacy mechanism needed updating to 21st century’s requirements, especially with a view to the future implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) in the coming years, where a route driven system will evolve into a trajectory driven system.

“The new diplomatic clearances agreement radically changes the way Member States deal with the issue. It allows substantial human and financial resource savings whilst making military transport operations more swift and efficient”, says Peter Round, Capabilities Director of the European Defence Agency.

The technical arrangement was implemented on 1 June and is still open for signature for all other EU member states and Schengen area signatories. Six additional Member States (Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Spain) indicated their willingness to sign the technical arrangement soon.


Diplomatic clearances portal

The new mechanism provides annual diplomatic clearance numbers for up to 95% of the daily military transport missions executed above the territories of the signing countries. It also harmonises the requirements for requests and notifications of diplomatic clearances. Finally, a common diplomatic clearance form has been created.

The diplomatic clearances portal on EDA’s website (http://eda.europa.eu/DICPortal) is the backbone of the new arrangement. Its main purpose is to provide transparency on national policies and procedures for granting diplomatic clearances for transport aircraft. The portal will also list annual clearance numbers to be used as well as restrictions nations might have regarding certain areas or routings.


Background and way forward

The European Air Transport Fleet partnership signed by 20 Member States in 2011 under the auspices of the European Defence Agency is looking at improving the availability of military airlift in the EU and developing concrete solutions to increase its efficiency and effectiveness.

The EDA ad hoc working group for Diplomatic Clearances that developed this technical arrangement will continue to work on different diplomatic clearance issues, including harmonisation of clearances for EU military transport aircraft outside the EU and clearances for air-to-air refuelling (AAR) operations in the European sky.


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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 10:55
Suivez les vainqueurs du Recce Meet 2013

16/05/2013 Armée de l'Air


Du 2 au 4 avril 2013, des équipages des escadrons 2/33 « Savoie », 2/30 « Normandie-Niemen », 1/7 « Provence », 1/91 « Gascogne » et les 11e et 12e flottilles ont participé à un challenge « reco »baptisé« Recce Meet ».


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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 07:50


June 3rd, 2013 By Alenia Aeronautica - defencetalk.com


Alenia Aermacchi and the Italian Air Force celebrate today the AMX 200,000 flying hours, a total of which includes both operational and test flight hours (2,200) since 1984, the date of the first flight of the prototype of the tactical support aircraft jointly developed by the then Aeritalia (46,5%), Aermacchi (23,8%) and the Brazilian Embraer (29,7%).


The AMX, nicknamed Ghibli in the Italian Air Force, is a light-attack and reconnaissance single-engine aircraft produced in Italy and Brazil according to specifications issued in 1981 by the Italian and Brazilian Air Forces to replace the G.91Y in Italy and provide the Brazilian FAB with a new tactical aircraft (which they call the A-1) to join the F-5s and the Mirage IIIEs operating at the time as interceptors in Brazil.


Six prototypes where manufactured (one was lost in an accident), 136 examples (110 single and 26 twin-seat, these last called the AMX-T) were ordered by the Italian Air Force and 56 were ordered by Brazil. All aircraft were delivered starting from 1988.


The AMX operated in Kosovo, Libya and they are still successfully operating in Afghanistan where, since November 2009, they have been flying over 7,000 hours thus proving their efficacy, low operational cost and perfect adaptability to very diverse scenarios from those they were intended for.


In 2012, Alenia Aermacchi completed the AMX ACOL update programme (Upgrade of Operational and Logistic Capabilities – Adeguamento delle Capacità Operative e Logistiche) re-delivering 52 upgraded aircraft (42 single and 10 twin-seat) to the Italian Air Force.


The ACOL programme envisaged the introduction of an inertial/GPS navigation system (EGI- Embedded GPS/Inertial) and the integration of a GPS-guided precision armament. Furthermore, on 42 single-seat aircraft, improvements in the communication and friend and foe identification systems (New Generation Identification Friend or Foe) were also introduced together with the Night Vision Google (NVG) capability.


In order to properly support these new operating capabilities, a modern multi-function colour display and a more powerful computer symbol generator (CSG) were integrated in the cabin.


Alenia Aermacchi and ItAF’s Reparto Sperimentale di Volo (Experimental Flight Department) collaborate daily with the equipment suppliers, with Selex ES participating as the main supplier of the avionics which distinguishes this AMX new version ACOL.


In Brazil, the A1-M upgrade programme is currently on-going, with the aim of updating the FAB’s AMX fleet to keep them operational at least up to 2032.

Italian AMXs Pass 200,000-Hour Mark
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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 06:35
Canada’s F-35 Debate Very Heated Compared To The One In Australia

June 2, 2013. By John Newman - Defence Watch Guest Writer


Firstly I like to say that I enjoy reading your Defence Watch page very much, as an Australian it is interesting to see the Canadian perspective on defence matters, including the regular reporting of defence matters here in Australia too.


But I especially enjoy reading, what appears to be the very very heated public debate that is going on in Canada regarding the F35.


In Australia the F35 debate has really been far more isolated to mostly newspaper reports on cost, delays and performance issues, but with what has been very little reaction from the general public overall.


Yes of course when you visit the various defence forums there is certainly more heated debate with the pro and anti F35 advocates, but in general it is certainly not the ‘big’ issue here in Australia with the general public as it appears to be in Canada.


And especially so when both major political parties are not fighting each other over the F35 program as a whole.


I thought you might be interesting in reading this:


Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade - 16/05/2013 - Department of Defence annual report 2011-12


It is a transcript of a very recent  report to a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Defence by two senior ADF members, Vice Admiral Peter Jones and Air Vice Marshall Kym Osley, it makes interesting reading.


Before going into the transcript, I just wanted to recap the path to date of the F35 in Australian terms (I’m sure you are probably aware of some of these things, but I thought I’d recap anyway):


·         Going back to the early 2000’s, the original plan was to obtain 100 F35A’s to replace the remaining 71 Classic Hornets and 21 remaining F111C’s.


·         In 2007 the Government decided to retire the F111C’s early (2010) and replace them with a ‘bridging’ capability of 24 FA18F Super Hornets for a period of approximately 10 years, till around 2020.


·         Shortly after this the new Government decided to have 12 of the FA18F’s ‘prewired’, prior to delivery, for possible conversion to EA18G Growler Electronic Attack aircraft at a later date.


·         By the 2009 Defence White Paper and the 2009 Defence Capability Plan (DCP), the Government confirmed that the plan was for 100 F35A’s, with an initial 72 (three operational and one training Sqns to replace the Classic Hornets) approved and at a later date, around 2020, when the FA18F’s were to retire, consider purchasing the remaining 28 F35A’s.


·         The 72 approved F35A’s were to be ordered starting with 14 in 2012 and to be followed later by another 58.


·         In early 2012 the Government, due to ‘concerns’ about further delays and cost issues with the F35 program ‘delayed’ the majority of the initial order, by that time it was committed to 2 F35A’s  (currently under construction) and delayed the next 12 till 2014.


·         At this time the Government announced that it would also investigate ‘options’ so as not to allow a ‘capability’ gap to occur between the planned retirement of the Classic Hornet fleet and the introduction of the F35A’s.


·         During 2012 an Auditor General report on the Classic Hornet fleet confirmed that they should make it through to their planned airframe life which would be around the year 2020 mark.


·         Also During 2012 the Government confirmed that all the 12 ‘prewired’ Super Hornets would be converted to ‘full’ EA18G Growler configuration (which would have meant that half of the fleet would have to be removed from service to then be sent off for conversion).


·         In late 2012 the Government sent a Letter of Request to the US on price and availability of an additional 24 Super Hornets, pricing was obtained for 12 FA18F’s and 12 EA18G’s. (The concern in defence forum circles was that this may have meant that moving forward the RAAF would have a ‘split’ fleet of 48 Super Hornet/Growlers and an approximately same amount of F35A’s, the goal to have an ‘all’ F35A fleet would disappear for many decades to come.


·         In early May this year, 2013, a new Defence White Paper was released confirming that the Government was satisfied with the progress of the F35 program and reaffirmed that the commitment’s commitment to the approved 72 F35A’s would proceed.


·         Interestingly, it also announced that the plan to upgrade the ‘prewired’ FA18F’s would not proceed, instead an additional 12 ‘new’ build EA18G’s, at a cost of $2.94Billion, would be acquired instead (this meant that half of the Super Hornet fleet didn’t have to be pulled from service for conversion, and avoided the subsequent reduction in capability).


·         It also announced that the 24 FA18F’s would now remain in service till around 2030 (instead of the original 2020 date) and prior to that time it would be for a future Government to decide on replacing them with the remaining 28 F35A’s originally proposed to bring the fleet up to 100 F35A’s.


What this means is that by about the mid 2020’s the RAAF fast jet fleet will consist of 72 F35A’s (three operational and one training Sqn), 24 FA18F’s (one operational and one training Sqn) and 12 EA18G’s (one operational Sqn).


Hope this doesn’t seem too long winded?  I just wanted to paint a clear as possible picture of the ups and downs, and up again, of the Australian F35 programme to date.


Getting back to the transcript of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Defence report, and I won’t repeat it all here as you can read it at your leisure, but there were three interesting paragraphs on the cost of the F35:


“From a cost perspective, the approved AIR 6000 phase 2A/B stage 1—that is, the ‘first 14 aircraft’—remains within budget. The unapproved AIR 6000 2A and 2B stage 2—that is, the ‘next 58 aircraft’—remains within its Defence Capability Plan provision.


“There is now strong alignment between the aircraft acquisition cost estimates from the independent US Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office, the US F-35A Joint Program Office, and the Australian New Air Combat Capability Project Office. However, the aircraft costs are sensitive to US and partner nation purchase profiles. The actual costs for each successive low-rate initial production lot continue to be below the US congressional estimates. Our first two aircraft are expected to be around, or less than, the $130 million estimate that Defence has had since before 2011. Overall, in 2012 dollars and exchange rate at A$1.03 to US dollars, 72 F35As are expected to cost an average of A$83.0 million—unit recurring flyaway cost—if ordered in the 2018-19 to 2023-24 time frame.


“The latest official US congressional F-35A cost estimates, sourced from the publicly available Selected Acquisition Report of 2011, are consistent with the Australian estimates and indicate the cost of the F-35A—unit recurring flyaway cost—reducing from a price of about $130 million in US then dollars for aircraft delivered in 2014 reducing over time down to about $82 million in US then dollars for aircraft delivered in the 2020 time frame.”


It’s interesting to see that the RAAF’s first two F35A’s are going to cost around $130m each, but it is expected that the 72 F35A’s will average out at $83m each.


Yes it is certainly an increase from the original estimates, but interestingly, over the years the Australian Government has always stated that it has made ‘provision’ for extra costs in the budget allowances anyway.


I suppose this is something that the Australian Government learnt a long time ago, just look at the significant cost increases in F111C project, that major Defence project costs are always going to exceed initial expectations, so it’s better to ensure that more money is allocated than not.

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photo European Defense Agency

photo European Defense Agency

02 juin 2013 Alexandre Duyck, envoyé spécial à Norfolk (Virginie, États-Unis) - Le Journal du Dimanche


PORTRAIT-Il aurait pu devenir chef d’état-major des armées françaises, il est le cerveau qui pense l’avenir de l’Otan. Cet enfant de gardien de la paix a deux passions : la République et l’aviation.


Ses mains parlent pour lui. Elles se tendent puis se mettent à vriller pour décrire le vol d’un avion de combat, partent à la chasse d’un objet imaginaire, d’un ennemi invisible. Ses doigts comptent, tapent, désignent… Le général cinq étoiles n’est pas à l’aise installé dans un canapé trop mou pour lui, on se dit que cet homme préfère la position debout et que, s’il faut vraiment s’asseoir, autant prendre place dans l’exigu cockpit du Fouga Magister de ses débuts ou du Rafale qu’il pilota encore l’an passé.


Pas de photo de famille, pas d’arme ancienne dont aiment à s’entourer les chefs militaires, pas même un drapeau ou un ballon ovale qui rappelleraient son soutien indéfectible à l’Usap, le club de rugby de Perpignan. Nommé en septembre 2012 à la tête de l’ACT (Commandement allié Transformation), l’un des deux états-majors suprêmes de l’Otan, Jean-Paul Paloméros a dépersonnalisé son bureau au possible. Le chef est ici pour bosser, pas pour décorer une pièce située au cœur de la base navale de Norfolk, la plus grande du monde, où mouillent en permanence quatre, voire cinq porte avions de l’US Navy.


Une mère bretonne, un père catalan


Toute sa vie, il a rêvé d’être un fils de l’air. Ses parents avaient pourtant les pieds bien sur terre. Une mère bretonne employée mutualiste; un père catalan gardien de la paix, "fier de son métier, fier de servir, qui nous a inculqué une discipline morale et intellectuelle". Enfance parisienne modeste et heureuse, très vite bercée par les bandes dessinées anglaises et françaises, Les Aventures de Tanguy et Laverdure. Ses lectures, bientôt complétées par les récits d’Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, décideront du sens de sa vie : Jean-Paul Paloméros sera pilote de chasse.


Enfant de troupe à 16 ans, à Autun, il rejoint le lycée militaire de La Flèche. Maths sup, maths spé, École de l’air de Salon-de-Provence qu’il intègre en 1973. Le jeune officier y évolue comme un poisson dans l’eau, découvrant peu à peu l’art du commandement, décidant d’une philosophie de vie qui ne le quittera plus : "Agir du mieux possible sans arrière-pensées, sans calcul. Prendre les risques nécessaires et suffisants. Assumer ses responsabilités." Suivre les règles que l’on demande aux autres de respecter. "Le commandant doit être tout sauf brutal et autoritaire. Je peux être dur mais un chef n’a pas le droit aux jugements péremptoires." De son visage se dégage un air de douceur étonnant chez un chef militaire de ce rang.


Pressenti pour l’Élysée


Il garde une reconnaissance sans faille à l’école de la République française, "ce pays où l’école donne sa chance au plus grand nombre." Ne dit-on pas plutôt des États-Unis, le pays où il travaille et vit désormais, qu’il est celui de tous les possibles? "Certes mais la compétition y est plus rude. Les plus faibles n’y résistent pas." Pilote, lieutenant à 22 ans, commandant d’une patrouille à 27 ans, il apprend à repérer les bâtiments soviétiques qui croisent en Méditerranée et apprécie, plus encore que les autres, les vols de nuit à basse altitude. Il monte en grade jusqu’à être nommé général de brigade aérienne il y a douze ans. Chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air en 2009, il est pressenti pour devenir chef d’état-major des armées après la victoire de François Hollande. Il n’en sera rien. "Son nom a été cité à plusieurs reprises, confirme un haut gradé. Mais il aurait fallu que le président se sépare tout de suite de l’amiral Guillaud, nommé sous Sarkozy, ce qu’il n’a pas souhaité faire. Une fois la guerre au Mali déclenchée, ça n’était plus possible d’autant que Guillaud n’a pas démérité."


«Le commandant doit être tout sauf brutal et autoritaire. Je peux être dur mais un chef n’a pas le droit aux jugements péremptoires»


Plutôt que les somptueux bureaux du centre historique de Paris, Paloméros s’installe dans un bâtiment sans âme du centre de la base de Norfolk où il succède à un autre Français, le général Abrial, au poste de commandant suprême allié Transformation, laboratoire pour l’avenir de l’Otan. Avant cela, il était à la tête de l’aviation française qui a attaqué Kadhafi.


"Le général est quelqu’un que j’ai toujours apprécié pour la clarté de son langage, confie Patricia Adam, députée (PS, Finistère) et vice-présidente de la commission de la Défense de l’Assemblée nationale. Il a su mettre en place les mesures d’économie nécessaires avec intelligence et respect des troupes. Le succès de l’opération Serval au Mali lui est également en grande partie dû. Certes, il était déjà en poste aux États-Unis mais l’opération n’aurait pas été une telle réussite si l’armée de l’air n’avait pas été aussi bien préparée sous son commandement."


"L’histoire est en train de s’écrire en Afghanistan"


Fort de deux victoires militaires et d’un passé qui l’a notamment conduit au Tchad et en Bosnie, Paloméros a débarqué en Virginie pour prendre la tête d’une équipe de 600 militaires issus des 28 pays membres de l’Otan. Sa mission : concevoir l’Alliance Atlantique des vingt ou trente prochaines années. Quels risques et menaces imaginer? Cyberattaques, nouveaux missiles, formes d’actions terroristes inconnues à ce jour, nouveaux champs de bataille… Comment les affronter? Avec quelles armes, quelles technologies, quelles techniques d’entraînement et de renseignement… Avec quels moyens quand tous les gouvernements réduisent leurs dépenses militaires? Il y a moins de deux ans, Paloméros avait réclamé vingt drones en 2020 pour l’armée de l’air française. Qui vient d’en acheter deux aux Américains…


Carol Pottenger, vice-amiral en retraite, observe : "C’est une mission très compliquée, réfléchir à l’avenir de l’Otan en faisant travailler ensemble 28 nations… Mais le général est à l’écoute et réticent à toute prise de décision hâtive. Rapide sur le champ de bataille, il est posé et réfléchi ici." L’ambassadeur américain Ravic Huso, qui fut le conseiller du commandant suprême : "Paloméros a toutes les capacités requises pour cette mission : l’expérience du terrain, le sens de l’anticipation, la compréhension des enjeux politiques… Le monde est tellement imprévisible que la tâche qui lui incombe est d’une importance capitale."


Dans la salle voisine, cinq horloges donnent l’heure à Norfolk, Zulu (GMT), Bruxelles, Kaboul et Bagdad. Dans les deux dernières villes, malgré l’intervention massive de l’Otan, les civils meurent chaque semaine par dizaines dans des attentats. En Afghanistan, les talibans attendent le départ des dernières troupes combattantes pour mieux asseoir leur pouvoir. "L’histoire est en train de s’écrire en Afghanistan, veut croire le général. Repensons à l’état de ce pays il y a seulement cinq ou six ans…"


Et la Syrie? Le massacre impuni d’un peuple par son dictateur? "L’Otan ne peut pas s’autosaisir. Nous dépendons d’une résolution de l’ONU. Or je ne vois pas venir de texte jusqu’à présent." Pris sous le feu des dirigeants politiques, des opinions publiques et des chefs militaires du monde entier, Paloméros s’en extirpe rarement, parvenant tout de même à consacrer du temps à sa famille. Souvent, il s’en va courir. Parfois, il écrit des poèmes dont la lecture relève du secret-défense. Seule son épouse est habilitée à les lire.

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2 juin 2013 7 02 /06 /juin /2013 17:50
C130 Hercules ISAF Credits Belgium Army - DG Com

C130 Hercules ISAF Credits Belgium Army - DG Com

02/06/2013 La Libre.be (Belga)


La réduction du poids de la documentation embarquée sur les avions de l'AMC devrait permettre de réduire la consommation de kérosène.


L'armée belge, suivant l'exemple de plusieurs de ses homologues occidentales, a acheté des iPad pour remplacer à bord de ses avions de transport la volumineuse documentation technique en version papier embarquée à bord de ces appareils, a indiqué dimanche le ministère de la Défense. L'armée a passé un contrat avec Abelsys, revendeur d'Apple, pour acquérir 105 tablettes et divers accessoires qui seront utilisés pour équiper dix-huit avions - dont onze C-130 "Hercules", deux Mystère 2O et l'unique Falcon 900 - utilisés par le 15ème wing de Melsbroek.


Cet achat, annoncé par le magazine spécialisé 'Data News', a été confirmé à l'agence BELGA par un porte-parole du ministère, qui s'est toutefois refusé à préciser la marque des tablettes acquises. Selon 'Data News', ce contrat représente près de 18.000 euros.


La livraison doit avoir lieu lundi, a précisé le porte-parole. Nombre de compagnies et plusieurs forces aériennes ont déjà acquis des iPad pour améliorer la sécurité des vols en remplaçant la documentation papier concernant autant le trajet que l'avion. Le poids d'une mallette de pilote bourrée de documents peut atteindre 22 kilos.


Le commandement du transport de l'US Air Force, l'Air Mobility Command (AMC), a déjà franchi le pas et commandé 18.000 iPad 3, dotés d'une mémoire de 32 Go et d'une connexion sans fil (WiFi), pour un montant de 9,36 millions de dollars. 16.000 équipent les équipages de l'AMC et 2.000 d'autres divisions de l'US Air Force.


La réduction du poids de la documentation embarquée sur les avions de l'AMC devrait permettre de réduire la consommation de kérosène de 750.000 dollars par an, et représenter plus globalement une économie de 50 millions de dollars.

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2 juin 2013 7 02 /06 /juin /2013 12:30
IAF to Acquire New Nahshon Aircraft

29/5/2013 IsraelDefense


The planes will be used for intelligence collection and air control missions


The Israeli Air Force intends to acquire two new Nahshon aircraft. The aircraft are operated by IAF Squadron 122 at Nevatim airbase, which operated the Dakota aircraft in the past before being taken out of service.


The Nahshon squadron is based on Gulfstream 550 aircraft, originally produced as jet aircraft by General Dynamics in the US. the IAF utilizes two configurations of the aircraft for different missions: the Shavit configuration is used for SIGINT collection missions and the Eitam configuration is used for air control.


The IAF intends to strengthen both layouts and acquire one new aircraft for each of the configurations. The collection and control systems onboard the aircraft are mostly produced by the Israeli defense industries.

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2 juin 2013 7 02 /06 /juin /2013 11:50
The A400M and C295W will be offered to New Zealand. (photo : Airbus Military)

The A400M and C295W will be offered to New Zealand. (photo : Airbus Military)


01.02.2013 Defense Studies

The eventual retirement of the RNZAF’s C-130Hs will see Airbus Military pitch the A400M and newly-launched C295W to the New Zealand government.

Announced at its annual briefing to trade media, Airbus Military said while it views New Zealand as a longer-term proposition, it is confident the two aircraft could fill the gap to be left by the ultimate retirement of the RNZAF’s five C-130Hs and indeed enhance the nation’s airlift capabilities.

Airbus Military was upbeat about the potential its new products could offer, and will embark on initial discussions within an undisclosed period, believed to be in the nearer-term to seed the products as potential candidates.

One observer at the briefing noted the C295 could also provide a pragmatic solution to New Zealand’s future maritime patrol needs when the Orions fall due for replacement. Airbus Military is offering the C295W as both a tactical airlifter and maritime patrol aircraft.

The last of the RNZAF C-130Hs to undergo a 15-year life-extension was re-delivered only in February this year, five years later than expected, under a program that was originally approved in 2003.

Airbus Military’s advance campaigning comes as it readies to launch the A400M into service in the coming weeks. The manufacturer’s head of programs, Rafael Tentor, who was A400M project head, said it had been “a long and winding road” to get to this point of delivery, but the A400M was “now the right aircraft at the right time”.

(Australian Aviation)

C295W photo FG

C295W photo FG

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2 juin 2013 7 02 /06 /juin /2013 11:35
Su-30MKI photo Livefist

Su-30MKI photo Livefist

Jun 02 2013 indianexpress.com (PTI)


New Delhi - By the end of next year, Indian fighter planes could be equipped with indigenously-developed 'glide bombs', which will be guided to their targets for precision attacks.


The first-of-its-kind bomb in the country, being developed by the DRDO, will boost India's strike capabilities as targets can be hit even beyond the range of a fighter aircraft.


The DRDO is working on developing glide capabilities on the existing bombs of various payloads including 100 kgs, 250 kgs and 500 kgs.


"We are developing glide bombs which can be directed towards their intended targets using guidance mechanisms after being dropped from aircraft of the IAF," outgoing DRDO chief V K Saraswat said.


"Such a capability will allow the IAF pilots to drop the bombs at their intended targets from stand-off distances as the glide capabilities will help in enhancing the range of the bombs," he said.


The DRDO has already carried out two trials of such bombs successfully and plans to hold more trials this year for proving the capabilities of the ammunition.


"By the end of the next year, we want to complete all the development trials of the glide bombs before offering it to the IAF," he said.


The outgoing DRDO chief said the organisation is also in the process of developing an anti-radiation missile, which will multiply the strike capabilities of the armed forces by destroying the enemy's advance warning system.


Such missiles can be mounted on Sukhoi fighter planes Su-30 MKI.


These missile can detect a radar by tracking its electro-magnetic radiation and pulses generated and these would be independent of the radar wavelength and be able to destroy it.


Such missiles, currently in use of some major powers like the US, can detect and attack a radar antenna or transmitter with minimal aircrew input.


The proportional guidance system that homes in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed antenna and seeker head in the missile's nose.


The ARMs are used by the US Air Force and they move at the speed of over Mach 2, propelled by a smokeless and solid-propellant rocket motor.


The US Air Force introduced High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) on the F-4G Wild Weasel and later on specialised F-16s equipped with the HARM Targeting System (HTS).


Listing the successful test-firing of the over 5,000 km range Agni-5 missile as the "crowning glory" of his tenure as DRDO chief, Saraswat said more lethal versions of the missile would be developed.


He said the DRDO was working on producing a variant of the missile with Multiple Independently Targeted Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) warheads.This MIRV capability would make the missile capable of carrying multiple warheads to destroy several targets in one go.


Terming it as a "force multiplier", he said, "I will be able to do force multiplication with this... where I was using four missiles, I may use only one missile."


He said a few more tests of the missile would be done before it is ready for induction into the armed forces.


On the joint venture programmes to develop Medium-range Surface to Air Missile (MR-SAM) and Long-range SAM (LR-SAM) with Israel, he said the programme has been delayed by two years due to some technological problems.


India and Israel have formed a joint venture under which the IAF and the Navy would get these missile systems.

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PHOTOS: IAF Formally Inducts Pilatus Trainers

May 31, 2013 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist



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Un avion de chasse CF-18 Hornet à Bagotville

Un avion de chasse CF-18 Hornet à Bagotville

01/06/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca


La mise en place de la 2e escadre expéditionnaire aérienne basée à Bagotville continue d’avancer et la nouvelle escadre devrait pouvoir son envol en 2014 tel que prévu, a dit en substance le colonel-commandant de la 3e Escadre Bagotvielle, qui faisait le point devant la presse régionale.


La base des Forces canadiennes (BFC) Bagotville, située à 8,33 km à l’ouest de la ville de Saguenay, hébergeait déjà la 3e Escadre Bagotville, qui fournit des forces polyvalentes et aptes au combat pour appuyer les rôles de la Force aérienne du Canada au pays et à l’étranger et qui exécute en outre des missions de recherche et sauvetage.

C’est aussi à Bagotville qu’est basée l’équipe de démonstration des CF-18 Hornet.

En 2007, le gouvernement Harper a autorisé la mise sur pied à Bagotville de la 2e Escadre, une nouvelle escadre expéditionnaire comprenant le 1er Escadron de soutien expéditionnaire aérien (1 ESEA) et le 2e Escadron de soutien expéditionnaire aérien (2 ESEA).

La 2e escadre est destinée à se déployer rapidement en tant qu’unité autonome et à apporter un appui aérien où l’on en aura besoin, que ce soit au Canada ou ailleurs dans le monde.

Pour que l’effectif soit suffisant et que l’escadre expéditionnaire bénéficie du soutien nécessaire, il faudra ajouter un maximum de 550 employés et investir en matière d’infrastructure et d’équipement un montant estimé jusqu’à 300 millions de dollars, déclarait à l’époque le ministère de la Défense.

Le Colonel Paul Prévost, commandant de la 3e Escadre, qui terminera dans quelques semaines son mandat à la Base de Bagotville, a fait le point la semaine dernière devant la presse régionale sur la mise en place de la nouvelle Escadre, pour lequel il dit avoir consacré 75% de son temps depuis 2011.

Selon le colonel Prévost, cité par un quotidien de la région, la mise en place d’une telle escadre destinée à déployer à l’étranger des bases aériennes autonomes en cas de guerre ou de catastrophes en utilisant ses propres ressources de communication, logistique, requiert beaucoup de gestion.

Sont déjà affectés actuellement à la 2e Escadre 138 militaires, nombre qui devrait grimper à 250 d’ici 2014, l’année où elle deviendra opérationnelle et pourrait atteindre plus de 500 lorsque sa formation sera complétée.

Le colonel a aussi précisé à cette occasion, toujours selon les médias locaux, qu’en étant encore à «établir les priorités», il était trop tôt pour dire quelle partie des 300 M$ de ce projet sera investie dans des infrastructures à Bagotville, tels de nouveaux logements familiaux qui devraient aux 330 existants, l’achat d’équipements militaires, etc. «Le 300 millions $ ne comprend pas tout. Nous sommes à établir les priorités», précise-t-il.

Lorsque le colonel Paul Prévost quittera ses fonctions le 10 juillet pour le quartier général d’Ottawa, le commandant Sylvain Ménard prendra le commandement de la 3e Escadre et le colonel Érick Simoneau celui de la 2e Escadre expéditionnaire.

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Le capitaine Patrick Pollen pilote de l’équipe de démonstration du CF-18 pour 2013>>

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Laser guided bombs and hellfire missiles loaded on a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drone prior to a mission

Laser guided bombs and hellfire missiles loaded on a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drone prior to a mission

May 31, 2013 by Tamir Eshel - defense-update.com


France has decided to buy two MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) drones from the USA, to extend the strategic reconnaissance capability of the French Air Force after the current Harfang drones end their planned mission in 2014. The two General Atomics (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reapers that will be delivered by 2013 year-end. The two drones are not likely to be used in armed recce missions as they do  with the US Air Force. Defense-Update reports.

Given the short delivery schedule, it is likely the two Reapers will not be new but taken from the US Air Force inventory. According to the French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian the French Air Force desperately need the new drones to address the immediate situation in the Sahel region.

The Harfang was fielded with the French Air Force under the SDIM program in June 2008. France ordered three planes and two ground control stations which became operational with the Drone Experimentation Squadron 1/330 Adour, in Cognac, in June 2008. From the beginning the program was regarded as an interim capability, and proposals for the full capability plan were submitted by EADS Since 2007. Despite their ‘interim’ capability, the French Harfangs were supporting all contingencies the French forces were involved in, including Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.

Through the years the Ministry of Defense evaluated only two options – the Israeli Heron TP and US made MQ-9 Reaper. IAI, the developer and manufacturer of the Heron and Heron TP has teamed with Dassault Aviation and EADS to form industry teams to support the selection of its drones, but has not succeeded in winning the French Air Force support for its system.

The procurement of the two Reapers is also considered an interim phase, until France is capable of establishing its own drones, considered as the centerpiece of future intelligence and combat operations. Two parralel programs are currently underway in France – the collaborative development of a jet-powered Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) known as NeuroN, expected to replace some manned aircraft by 2030. Another collaborative development of a UAS, with the British industry. Dassault is also cooperating with Israel Aerospace Industries, on the development of a future MALE platform addressing the French requirements. However, it is not clear whether this alliance will hold after failing to win the interim MALE program. France is currently interested in MALE drones designed for strategic reconnaissance, attack missions are currently not a priority for these assets.

IAI is also coopreating with Rheinmetall’s Unmanned Aerial Systems, a joint entity set by EADS and Rheinmetall, pursuing a similar program in Germany. Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Berlin is set to decide on the procurement of 16 drones, five to be operational by 2016.

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Opération Baltic 2013 : exercice Baltic Region Training Event XV

01/06/2013 Sources : EMA


Les 29 et 30 mai 2013, le détachement français stationné sur la base aérienne de Šiauliai, a participé à un entraînement OTAN intitulé Baltic Region Training Event XV (BRTE XV).


L’objectif de cet exercice qui s’est déroulé en Lettonie était d’entraîner les moyens aériens de l’OTAN ainsi que la chaîne de commandement et de contrôle, et de renforcer l’interopérabilité des forces aériennes des pays membres.


Opération Baltic 2013 : exercice Baltic Region Training Event XV

La première phase de l’entrainement était consacrée à des exercices d’appui-feu réels sur le champ de tir d’Adazi au profit de 50 militaires des armées polonaise, lettone et estonienne déployés au sol. Les moyens aériens des pays baltes engagés (un L39 Albatros et un R44 pour l’Estonie, un hélicoptère Mi17 pour la Lettonie) ont été renforcés par deux Mirage F1CR déployés de France pour cette occasion. Plus de vingt guidages réels ont été effectués, aboutissant chacun à une passe de tir canon sur des figuratifs dédiés (bâtiments, voitures).

Le second volet de l’exercice consistait à conduire des opérations de recherche et de sauvetage (SAR) afin d’améliorer la coordination entre les moyens militaires et civils dans ce domaine. Les chasseurs de la permanence opérationelle ont participé ponctuellement à ces missions lors de leurs sorties quotidiennes.

Opération Baltic 2013 : exercice Baltic Region Training Event XV

Depuis le 30 avril 2013, près de 90 militaires français et 4 Mirage F1CR assurent la mission Baltic, sous mandat de l’OTAN. Durant 4 mois, le détachement conduit des missions d’assistance et de police du ciel de l’espace aérien de la Lituanie, de la Lettonie et de l’Estonie.

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Chief Test Pilot VBS armasuisse flies Gripen EF test aircraft Photo Stefan Kalm - saabgroup.com

Chief Test Pilot VBS armasuisse flies Gripen EF test aircraft Photo Stefan Kalm - saabgroup.com

LINKOPING, Sweden, May 30 (UPI)


Swedish defense company Saab is conducting meetings with Swiss firms to discuss potential business opportunities.


The talks are part of the company's effort to obtain a deal with the Swiss government for the procurement of 22 Gripen-E fighters.


The marketing/business opportunities tour involves industrialists in 10 regions of the country.


The decision to procure Gripen has not yet been taken by the Swiss government," Peter Kuratli, director of the St. Gallen Office for Economy and Labor said. "However, for any industrial cooperation to be long-term, work has to start early.


"I ... welcome the industry in the regions of St. Gallen, Thurgau and the Appenzell region to evaluate the subject and take the decisions that they feel appropriate."


Added Beat F. Brunner, member of the board of the industry association Swissmem: "To generate business for the Swiss industrial and technological base must happen in an effective way and as a long-term strategy. This is even more important when it comes to doing business with the defense and security industry."


If Switzerland decides to acquire the Swedish fighters, Saab would be required provide Swiss industry with business equal to the value of the Gripen contract.

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The New Air Force Station Thanjavur!

May 29, 2013 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist


Still in Tokyo, missed posting on this. The Defence Minister inaugurated the spruced up, expanded air force station at Thanjavur in southern India on May 27, a base that could house Su-30MKIs in the future. Sweet. Here's the MoD statement from the event:


Defence Minister AK Antony today dedicated to the nation the new air force station at Thanjavur at a brief function held to mark the occasion. Speaking to reporters Antony said the operationalisation of the Air Force Station Thanjavur would strengthen the air defence capabilities of the Indian Air Force in general and the Southern Command, in particular. He said various sensitive, strategic, industrial, aerospace and economic assets are coming up in the Southern Peninsula and the Station will play a vital role in providing protection to those assets.


The event was attended among others by the COSC and the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne and the AOC-in-C Southern Air Command Air Marshal RK Jolly. Antony said the Station will also help protect our island territories and Sea Lines of Communication in the Indian Ocean Region(IOR). He said even though we are a peace-loving nation, we have to protect our national interests from threats such as piracy and terrorism. He said the IOR is increasingly becoming more and more active. In the emerging security scenario, the presence of Fighter Planes in Thanjavur will not only guard our interests but also give a feeling of safety to our neighbours, he said.


Thanjavur airbase is poised to become a premier airbase in Southern Air Command. The status of the airbase as the pride of Southern Air Command befits the city of Thanjavur, which was a jewel in the crown of the Chola and Pandya Kingdoms. The airbase was first constructed in 1940 by the Royal Air Force. During the period 1942-45, 36 Sqn, 353 Sqn and 60 Sqn of RAF operated from this airfield with Hudson, Wellington 1C, Hurricane and Thunderbolt aircraft. These aircraft were used in various roles which included fighter operations, air transport, anti-shipping and anti-submarine patrol. After independence, the airfield was handed over to the Airports Authority of India and Vayudoot operations were undertaken from this base.


By the mid-eighties, a need was felt to build up the country's  air power capabilities in the Southern peninsula to provide Air Defence protection to the high value national assets as well as the island territories.   In addition, there was a growing need felt to protect our maritime trade and the large EEZ in the coming years.  The government, therefore, decided to create Southern Air Command at Trivandrum in 1984 and also gave approval for the formation of 47 Wing at Thanjavur.  The IAF took over the airfield in March 1990.


With the modernization and induction of new technology into the IAF, it was but natural to upgrade the infrastructure at Thanjavur to utilise the sophisticated weapon systems in times of need and the works towards it started in real earnest.  This included construction of runway, parallel taxi track and other operational, maintenance and administrative infrastructure to support air operations.


The air base is now ready to undertake fighter, transport & helicopter operations and detachments of these aircraft will be planned every year. The  Air Force Station is also slated to house an array of IAF platforms in the future including Su-30 'Air Dominance' Fighter Aircraft, Medium Transport Aircraft, Remotely Piloted Aircraft and a Medium Power Radar on build up of further infrastructure.


In the intervening years, this air base has been used extensively for relief operations whenever the southern peninsula was affected by natural calamities.  During the heavy floods in Tamilnadu in November 2008, the IAF helicopters operating from Thanjavur dropped 15,000 kg of relief material in Papanasam, Mulanguri and Pandalenur areas. Earlier, on his arrival at the Thanjavur Station, Shri Antony was presented a guard of honour. He unveiled a Plaque marking the dedication of the Station to the Nation. Two SU-30 MkI aircraft took off from the Station.


Speaking on the occasion,  Air Chief Marshal Browne said, in the years ahead, the strategic importance of the Thanjavur Air Base will grow in stature. He thanked the Defence Minister for settling issues relating to the relocation of some villagers for the expansion of the Station.

Su-30MKI photo Livefist

Su-30MKI photo Livefist

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Saudi Arabian PC-21 – photo Stephan Widmer

Saudi Arabian PC-21 – photo Stephan Widmer

29 May 2013 By Craig Hoyle - FG


London - Saudi Arabia's first PC-21 trainer has emerged in its future service livery at Pilatus's Stans manufacturing facility in Switzerland.


Drawn from a 55-unit order signed in May 2012, Royal Saudi Air Force aircraft 901 has made its first ground engine runs, ahead of a flight debut that is likely to be performed within the next couple of months. Deliveries to the service will start during 2014, as part of a deal including 22 BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainers.


Pilatus's current order book for the PC-21 includes 24 examples to be manufactured for Qatar. The type is already in operational service with the air forces of Singapore, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

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Mig-29M2 source info-aviation

Mig-29M2 source info-aviation

MOSCOU, 1er juin - RIA Novosti


La Russie entend reprendre les négociations avec la Syrie sur les contrats suspendus de livraison d'armes et les mettre à exécution, l'expédition de premiers lots de chasseurs MiG-29M/M2 étant notamment prévue d'ici fin d'année, rapporte samedi le journal Kommersant.

Selon le quotidien, il s'agit de la réalisation du contrat signé encore en 2007 pour la livraison de 12 avions et suspendu pour des raisons politiques, en attendant la stabilisation de la situation en Syrie déchirée par un conflit sanglant entre régime et opposition.

La Russie relance sa coopération militaire et technique avec Damas, suite à la décision de l'Union européenne de ne plus proroger l'embargo sur les armes pour l'opposition syrienne, écrit Kommersant, en référence à une source proche du dossier.

Jeudi 30 mai, le journal libanais Al-Akhbar a publié des extraits d'une interview du président syrien Bachar el-Assad, où il aurait annoncé que "la Syrie avait reçu un premier lot de missiles sol-air russes S-300". Il s'est avéré par la suite que M.Assad n'avait pas tenu de tels propos, mais a dit simplement que toutes les ententes russo-syriennes étaient respectées à la lettre. 

Washington a qualifié de "provocantes" les fournitures d'armes russes en Syrie.

Les ministres des Affaires étrangères des 27 ne sont pas parvenus à s'entendre sur la levée de l'embargo sur les armes pour les rebelles syriens. Pour éviter une scission au sein de l'UE, la chef de la diplomatie européenne Catherine Ashton a annoncé le droit de chaque Etat membre de prendre sa propre décision à ce sujet.


Selon le chef du Foreign Office, William Hague, l'absence de consensus sur la prolongation de l'embargo signifie de facto son abolition.

Le Kremlin a pour sa part estimé que la levée de l'embargo européen risquait de torpiller la préparation de la conférence Genève 2. Selon le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov, toute livraison d'armes aux anti-Assad sera "illégitime" et "contraire aux normes du droit international".

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F-35: le Canada examinera de plus près les nouvelles données américaines

Un F-35B largue une bombe guidée de 453 kg (Photo: Archives/Lockheed Martin)


01/06/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca


Les données américaines du Bureau du Programme d’avions de combat interarmées ayant été fournies au Congrès américain le 23 mai, des responsables du gouvernement canadien vont rencontrer des responsables américains afin de recevoir et clarifier les données propres au Canada pour la Mise à jour annuelle du ministère de la Défense nationale sur les coûts liés au F-35.

Conformément à l’engagement de fournir un compte rendu dans un délai d’au plus 60 jours, pris dans le cadre du Plan à sept volets, la Mise à jour de la Défense nationale de 2013 au Parlement sur les coûts du F-35 devrait prête au cours de l’été et, dit le Secrétariat national d’approvisionnement en chasseurs dans un communiqué, « déposée dès que possible».

Le Secrétariat national d’approvisionnement en chasseurs faisait d’ailleurs le point vendredi 31 mai sur les progrès réalisés par le gouvernement du Canada dans le cadre du Plan à sept volets relatif au remplacement de la flotte de CF-18, plan que le gouvernement Harper avait lancé en 2012 en réponse au rapport dévastateur du vérificateur général qui l’accusait d’avoir sous-estimé gravement les coûts d’acquisition du F-35 de Lockheed Martin.

Au cours des derniers mois, le Secrétariat a axé ses travaux sur le quatrième volet du plan, à savoir l’évaluation des options.

Il avait demandé le 3 mai aux entreprises pouvant offrir un avion de chasse pour remplacer les Cf-18, de donner leur avis du la méthode d’évaluation du questionnaire sur les capacités de l’avion, puis, le 31 mai 2013, on leur a présenté les questionnaires sur le prix et les retombées industrielles.

La méthodologie d’évaluation a donc été affichée vendredi sur le site du Secrétariat.

Cette méthodologie, les trois questionnaires et l’approche relative à l’analyse des options ont été élaborés par le Secrétariat et l’Aviation royale canadienne, dit le Secrétariat, «en plus d’être examinés et mis à l’épreuve par le Panel d’examinateurs indépendants qui se rencontre à intervalles réguliers et veille à ce que les travaux d’évaluation des options soient menés de façon rigoureuse et impartiale», les examinateurs étant MM. Keith Coulter, Philippe Lagassé, James Mitchell et Rod Monette.

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India: IAF Inducts Basic Trainer Aircraft Pilatus PC 7 MKII
1 june 2013 Pacific Sentinel
The IAF’s premier Academy located at Dundigal, Hyderabad on 31 May 2013 witnessed the unveiling of Pilatus, PC 7 Mk II, by the honorable Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri Jitendra Singh thereby formally inducting the aircraft into the service. Three PC-7 MK II aircraft got airborne in a vic formation led by Group Captain RS Nandedkar to put up a brief display for the audience. This marked the first formal flight of the Basic Trainer Aircraft over the skies at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad. This was followed by handing over of technical documents of the aircraft by Air Commodore Nagesh Kapoor, Chief Instructor (Flying) to Hon'ble RRM, Shri Jitendra Singh. 
After unveiling the new Basic Trainer aircraft, the Hon'ble Raksha Rajya Mantri said, “The induction of PC-7Mk II as Basic Trainer Aircraft in Indian Air Force is a very important landmark in our nation’s quest to modernise its Armed Forces. 
As part of the ongoing transformation, IAF is being equipped with cutting edge technology and state of the art aircraft and systems. However, the need to train our ab-initio pilots on modern trainers is crucial to prepare them for the exacting requirements of combat flying. 
With unveiling of Basic Training Aircraft (BTA), we usher in a new era. Imparting high quality flying training to our budding pilots will ensure proficient handling of more sophisticated aircraft in their demanding roles. PC-7 MK-II and its associated training infrastructure comprising of simulators and training modules promises higher safety standards while developing the critical skills in military aviation. The aircraft, with its excellent handling characteristics, user friendly onboard instrumentation and modern navigation systems, is ideally suited for IAF’s training requirements. 


On behalf of the Government, I assure the nation that no effort will be spared to equip IAF with the latest training aids and infrastructure. Funds will never be an impediment and today’s induction is one such instance to prove this”. 
Noting the induction of PC7 MK II as IAF’s Basic Trainer Aircraft to be a proud moment, the Air Chief said, “This event is a significant milestone in IAF’s transformation into a modern multi-spectrum strategic force. It is my responsibility to ensure that our pilots and technicians operate the best trainer in the world, the nation can afford. Pilatus will prove to be the ideal platform that will train the ab-initio trainees about the nuances of basic flying and expose them to modern avionics and nav aids. This trainer will provide a solid foundation and facilitate a seamless transition from ab-initio stage through intermediate and advanced stages into full-fledged operational flying for all streams. 
I take this opportunity to thank the government and in particular the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri for recognizing IAF’s urgent training requirements and for extending a very prompt response to the same. A special mention to MoD for providing an active interface with all stakeholders and facilitating fruition of the project in record time.” 
The PC-7 MK II aircraft would be used for Basic Training of all pilots of the Indian Air Force, in addition to the pilots of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. Till now this role was performed by the reliable but ageing workhorse, the HJT-16 Kiran aircraft. Ready to receive the new Basic Trainer that will bring in a much awaited augumentation of IAF’s training capacity, a comprehensive infrastructure upgrade is already underway at the Air Force Academy. 
A total of 75 aircraft have been contracted from Pilatus, Switzerland. The procurement of PC 7 MkII was approved by the government in May 2012 and the first batch of PC-7 Mk II arrived at the Academy in February this year as a part of accelerated induction plan. The first batch of Flight Cadets would start their training on PC-7 MK II from July onwards. 
Also present on the occasion were service and civil dignitaries including Chief Secretary Andhra Pradesh, Dr PK Mohanty, Ambassador of Switzerland Mr Linus Van Castelmur and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command Air Marshal Rajinder Singh.
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des A400M sur le parking de Seville (Espagne) où sont assemblés les appareils. (Photo Frédéric Lert)

des A400M sur le parking de Seville (Espagne) où sont assemblés les appareils. (Photo Frédéric Lert)


31.05.2013 par Frédéric Lert (FOB)


« Chaque jour, un Transall de l’armée de l’Air effectue quatre rotations au départ de Bamako pour approvisionner en eau les troupes françaises dans le nord du Mali. Un seul A400M suffirait à la tâche »


Voici un des nombreux exemples donnés par Airbus Military qui s’est livré au petit jeu du « what if » appliqué à l’opération Serval, au cours d’un récent briefing tourné vers la presse internationale. Un A400 porteur d’eau pour quatre Transall, voilà qui explique le titre de ce post. Airbus Military a de nouveau expliqué que dans le cadre de l’opération Serval, l’A400M aurait pu remplacer dans le même temps les C-17 et autres Antonov de transport stratégique et les C-160, C-130 et Casa 235 de transport tactique. Un A400M emporte 30 tonnes de charge utile sur 4500 km, là où un C-130 H-30 (version allongée) n’emporte que 18 tonnes sur 3500 km. Avec en plus l’avantage de posséder une soute bien plus vaste et de pouvoir embarquer par exemple un EC725, un VBCI Caracal ou deux Tigre simultanément. La capacité tactique de l’A400M lui aurait également permis de se poser au plus près des forces en progression, que ce soit à Bamako, à Gao, à Tessalit ou à Kidal. Aujourd’hui encore, les avions de transport stratégique utilisés pour Serval se posent à Bamako, ce qui oblige ensuite à de fastidieuses missions de « brouettage » ou des convois logistiques routiers sur près de 1000 km entre Bamako et le nord du Mali.


L’armée de l’Air doit recevoir incessamment son premier avion, qui sera suivi par un deuxième avant la fin de l’année. La commande reste aujourd’hui officiellement à 50 appareils, bien qu’une forte réduction soit officieusement à l’ordre du jour. L’armée de l’Air devrait se contenter d’une trentaine d’appareils, ce qui débouchera immanquablement sur de passionnantes renégociations du contrat déjà signé.



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Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29M-2 photo Beltyukov

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29M-2 photo Beltyukov

MOSCOU, 31 mai - RIA Novosti


Le constructeur d'avions militaires russe MiG compte livrer à Damas plus de dix chasseurs MiG-29 M/M2, a fait savoir vendredi le PDG du groupe Sergueï Korotkov.


"A l'heure actuelle, une délégation syrienne se trouve à Moscou pour discuter des détails et des délais d'exécution du contrat", a expliqué M.Korotkov.


En dépit des pressions internationales, la Russie se déclare déterminée à poursuivre ses livraisons d'armes et d'équipements militaires en Syrie, ravagée depuis plus de deux ans par une contestation civile meurtrière.


Jeudi dernier, le président syrien Bachar el-Assad a reconnu de façon implicite la livraison d'un premier lot de missiles russes S-300 à son pays.


La Syrie est le principal importateur d'armements russes dans la région.

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A330 MRTT photo Airbus Military

A330 MRTT photo Airbus Military

29 May 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceweb.co.za


The Algerian Air Force is looking to buy between four and six Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports (MRTTs), Airbus has confirmed.


Rafael Tentor, head of light and medium aircraft at Airbus Military, told defenceWeb that Algeria was “very much interested” in the MRTT. Following a request from the Algerian Air Force, Airbus sent a Royal Air Force MRTT to the North African country at the beginning of May for evaluation.


This was seen at the Algerian Air Force’s main transport base of Boufarik near the capital Algiers. The aircraft that landed featured two refuelling pods mounted on the wingtips.


Tentor told defenceWeb that the MRTT conducted aerial refuelling tests with the Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets


He said that the Algerian Air Force is seeking to buy between four and six MRTTs to replace its existing fleet of Ilyushin Il-78 Midas tankers. Tentor was optimistic that Airbus Military would have an Algerian campaign by the end of this year.


Other African nations that may be interested in MRTTs are Egypt and South Africa, according to Tentor. South Africa could use the MRTT for externally deploying its fighters, and as the aircraft can be configured for VIP duties, it could also fulfil the government’s current requirement for a new VIP transport.


Funding has been made available for a VIP jet purchase this financial year. However, Airbus has not offered the MRTT to South Africa yet, according to the company, but is talking to the government about its C295 light transport.


The A330 MRTT is based on the commercial A330-200 passenger jet and is able to carry 111 tonnes of fuel in its wings, leaving the fuselage free for other payloads. It can be used as a pure transport aircraft able to carry up to 300 troops, or can carry 45 tonnes of cargo. The MRTT can also be converted to accommodate up to 130 stretchers for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.



The MRTT has been ordered by the United Kingdom (14), Australia (5), United Arab Emirates (3) and Saudi Arabia (6). The MRTT has also been selected by India and is the preferred choice of the French Air Force. India is expected to sign a deal shortly.


The MRTT has experienced two refuelling boom failures in flight, something Airbus said was due to operator error. The company said that modifications have been made to ensure no accidents occur again.



Guy Martin is attending Airbus Military’s annual Trade Media Briefing at the company’s invitation.

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tejas source Livefist

tejas source Livefist

30/05/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


The Indian Air Force's newly-inducted HAL Tejas combat aircraft should reach final operational status by late 2014, according to defence minister A.K. Antony's statement.


In early 2011, the HAL Tejas achieved IOC (initial operating clearance) status but, since then, ongoing issues have delayed its full introduction into service. "To achieve this [final operational status] objective, all stakeholders including the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and IAF must put their energy together in a focused manner", Antony urged.


Referring to the Tejas' indigenous background and the need for India to start working on other home-grown military technologies, he added: "We continue to be the largest importer of defence equipment. The share of indigenous content in defence procurement is low. Our experience has been that foreign vendors are reluctant to part with critical technologies.


"There are delays in the supply of essential spares [and] there are exorbitant price increases. The services [need] to realise that we cannot be eternally-dependant on foreign equipment and platforms."


Indian HAL Tejas


The Indian HAL Tejas story dates back to the 1980s. At that point, India launched its LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) programme, which aimed to develop a new fighter type to take over from the Indian Air Force's elderly MiG-21s.


The resultant prototype Tejas design made its first flight in January 2001, followed some seven years later by the first production model. Since 2011's IOC award, the IAF Tejas fleet has carried out many sorties but, in August 2012, a three-month grounding was imposed, on account of issues involving the aircraft's ejection seat configuration. Ultimately, the Indian Air Force is set to be equipped with a maximum of 180 Tejas fighters, while the Indian Navy will get up to 50 examples.


Powered by a single F404-GE-IN20 turbofan, the Tejas has a top speed of Mach 1.8, an unrefuelled range of 850 kilometres and a service ceiling of 50,000 feet. Eight weapons hardpoints can carry up to 4,000 kilograms of ordnance, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, anti-ship missiles and bombs. These are supplemented by a 23mm twin-barrel GSh-23 cannon, complete with 220 ammunition rounds.

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Pakistan Air Force suspends “Air Force Development Plan 2025,” says report



30th May, 2013, dawn.com


ISLAMABAD: Due to financial constraints and non release of funds by the federal government, the Pakistan Air force (PAF) has suspended its up gradation and development plan called “Air Force Development Plan 2025,” says a report of the Senate’s standing committee on defence Thursday.


The committee quoted Air Chief marshal Tahir Rafique in its report, who, it said, told the committee members during its recent visit to the air headquarters that the AFDP 2025 programme was launched in 2003/04 by former president Pervez Musharraf aimed at making it at par with modern air forces of the world.


He said under the plan, the PAF received money by the federal government till 2007.


“After 2007 PAF did not get a penny from federal government and had to shelve the plan,” the air chief was quoted as saying in the report by its Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.


The report further said that due to suspension of the development plan, PAF had to close number of projects which have affected the overall up gradation in the country including air bases, jets and other facilities.


The report also quoted air chief as saying that the PAF was also not given full share in the defence budget and it received only 60 per cent of the whole budget allocated for PAF.

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