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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 08:35
Rheinmetall supplying Indonesia with tanks


DUSSELDORF, Germany, Nov. 13 (UPI)


Germany's Rheinmetall Group is supplying the Indonesian military with overhauled Leopard tanks, other tracked armored vehicles and ammunition.


Delivery of the vehicles will begin next year and be completed by 2016.


The order, which includes logistical support, was given to Rheinmetall by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense in late 2012 and is now being implemented following completion of legal formalities. It is worth about $289.6 million.


The company said it is providing 103 overhauled and modernized Leopard 2 main battle tanks, 42 upgraded Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles and 11 various armored recovery and engineering vehicles.


"With a population of some 240 million, Indonesia is one of the world's largest democracies," Rheinmetall said. "It plays an increasingly important role as a regional superpower and source of stability in Southeast Asia.


"The decision to procure these vehicles reflects Indonesia's need to modernize its ability to respond to potential threats to its territorial integrity. Moreover, in order to take part in U.N. peacekeeping and peace enforcement missions, Indonesia requires equipment that corresponds to the military standards of its partner nations."

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 08:35
China to Develop Army, National Defense


November 14, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Xinhua; issued November 12, 2013)


BEIJING --- The Communist Party of China (CPC) will strive to clear obstacles hindering the developmental trajectory of national defense and the army, said a communique released after a key meeting on reform.


The Party's goal is an army that "obeys the Party's command, is capable of winning battles and has a sound work style," said a communique released after the third plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, which closed here Tuesday.


"Great effort should be put to solving outstanding conflicts and problems that hinder development of national defense and the army," said the communique.


The communique urged innovation and development of military theories; strengthening of strategy guidance; improving military strategies and policies in the new era; and building a modern military with Chinese characteristics.


The document urged deepening reform of army establishments, pushing forward army policy adjustments, while pushing forward harmony between the army and civilians.

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 08:20
photo Nexter Canada

photo Nexter Canada



November 13, 2013. By David Pugliese - Defence Watch


The Close Combat Vehicle project is now at least two years behind schedule and has faced resistance from some in the military who are worried the new armoured carriers are unaffordable. The Canadian Army wanted the government earlier this year to cancel the project but that was declined, according to military, government and industry sources.


Retired chief of the defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier has since come out in support of cancelling the project to purchase the Close Combat Vehicle or CCV, arguing that the $2 billion could be used to help offset the budget cuts the military faces.


The Close Combat Vehicle was announced with great fanfare by the Conservatives in the summer of 2009. The government will buy 108 of the armoured carriers. The army originally argued that the vehicles, which would accompany its Leopard tanks into battle, were a priority for future missions.


The winning bidder on the vehicle program was supposed to be announced “in the fall”…..or that was what DND stated earlier this year/late last year.


Well it’s the fall. So what is happening?


First, the good news for bidders on the project. “An announcement regarding the CCV will be made in due course,” Mike Graham, a DND communications advisor told Defence Watch.


And now for the bad news.


First, Graham states an announcement will be made. That doesn’t necessarily mean that a contract will be announced. Who knows what that “announcement” will be?


And secondly, what exactly does in “due course” mean?


For the average person that means soon. But in this case the DND can’t define what in “due course” means. “I regret I don’t have more precise information to provide at this time,” Graham stated in his email to Defence Watch in response to the question about what “due course” means.


The term “in due course” was used by then Defence Minister Peter MacKay 2009 in answers when the RCAF would receive a new Fixed Wing SAR aircraft. And that was four years ago….

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 08:20
Selecting our Canadian Close Combat Vehicle partners



Nov 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


    A November planning session in Ottawa was the latest development in BAE SystemsaEUR(tm) drive to ensure Canadian industry has a major role to play in the Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) program.


BAE Systems has selected a coast-to-coast Canadian team of companies which would play a major role in the program if its CV90 is selected.  These strategic partners include:



    DEW Engineering


    SAAB Canada

    Calian (SED Systems)


    Valco Manufacturing




“Our goal was – and remains – to offer to the customer the highest-quality, highest-performing, Canadian solution.  And that meant seeking out Canadian companies that could meet our strict criteria on performance, capabilities and price,” explains Caroline Elliott, General Manager for Group Business Development in Canada.


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12 novembre 2013 2 12 /11 /novembre /2013 18:35
Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute partners with Ricardo on new 8x8 vehicle

Black Widow Spider 8x8 concept on display at the Defence & Security 2013 exhibition, Bangkok


11.11.2013 Ricardo - army-guide.com


The Defence Technology Institute (DTI) – the Thai ministry of defence’s research and development agency – today announced that it will partner with Ricardo on the next phase of development of its Black Widow Spider 8x8 armoured vehicle programme in support of the Royal Thai Army.


DTI was set up to develop Thailand’s defence technology capability and to help build the local defence industry; the Black Widow Spider represents its first major military vehicle programme. DTI and Ricardo have already completed the initial phase of technology development for the Black Widow Spider 8x8, and displayed the vehicle configuration at the recent Defence & Security 2013 exhibition hosted in Bangkok. The vehicle has been designed to provide protected firepower and extreme mobility in reconnaissance, command and control and fire support roles.


“DTI and Ricardo have agreed to work together to develop the next phase of the Black Widow Spider 8x8 project,” confirmed Colonel Tawiwat Veeraklaew, DTI’s executive director of R&D. “I am looking forward to working closely with Ricardo on this important project for Thailand’s defence industry.”


“Ricardo is proud to have been selected by DTI to partner with it on this key vehicle programme,” commented Andy North, Ricardo chief engineer, defence. “This work builds upon our extremely strong reputation for the design, development and production of class-leading, agile and highly crew-protected defence vehicles, including the Foxhound, WMIK and Vixen platforms used by British forces. We look forward to working with DTI on this important programme and helping to develop a truly world-class defence vehicle.”

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7 novembre 2013 4 07 /11 /novembre /2013 12:45
An SA Army 120 mm mortar in action

An SA Army 120 mm mortar in action


06 November 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


The state of the South African Army’s vehicles and other so-called prime mission equipment (PME) is declining to unacceptable levels while modernisation remains stagnant due to budget constraints and hurdles from entities like Armscor, according to the Department of Defence.


In its annual report for the period April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013, the Department of Defence (DoD) noted that the period “remained a challenging year for the SA Army as a result of ever-increasing costs of the sustainment of PME, facilities, personnel, ammunition for training and operations.”


“The state of prime mission equipment, particularly in the Landward Defence programme, continued to decline to unacceptable levels. Additional funding provided for maintenance and repair of the operational vehicle fleet has had some effect, but is not sufficient to address this concern adequately. The rejuvenation of these capabilities therefore remains one of the DoD’s top priorities,” the DoD’s accounting officer said in the annual report.


As the Army did not receive any equipment from the Strategic Defence Packages (‘arms deal’), the DoD said it is lacking the required human resources, infrastructure and technologically advanced equipment.


Modernising the South African Army and acquiring more equipment “has remained stagnant” and has been hampered by a lack of funding and the delays to the finalisation of the Defence Review “which will inform the required future Landward Defence Capabilities of the SANDF”, the DoD said.


The serviceability and repair of equipment and vehicles was highlighted as a challenge to the landward arm of the SANDF due to the long process of acquisition, distribution of spares and shortage of personnel.


Although the SA Army said it was fully motivated to support its equipment, it said that support from Armscor and the Central Procurement Service Centre (CPSC) “remained extremely challenging.” Reliance on Armscor and the CPSC “created challenges for the SA Army resulting in the underutilisation of National Treasury funding.”


The South African Army actually underspent in the last financial year, something that was attributed to “external spending hurdles” such as the CPSC, Public Works department and Armscor, “which the SA Army is unable to influence.” Indeed, actual expenditure for 2012/13 was R12.367 billion, versus the R12.68 billion budgeted for.


The DoD said the defence budget allocation for landward renewal was “adequate” for the short term, but that rejuvenating the Army’s equipment, human resources and infrastructure was “compromised by a variety of institutional challenges central to which is the limited budget”. Indeed, the Strategic Capital Acquisition Master Plan (SCAMP) faces a budget deficit of R3 billion between FY 2017 and FY2020.


While the DoD highlighted the poor state of the Army’s vehicle fleet in its report, some relief came this year when Denel Land Systems received a contract for the production of 264 Badger armoured vehicles, to be produced over ten years, with the first delivery in 2015.


Apart from budget issues affecting equipment, the DoD said the SA Army’s personnel are insufficiently rejuvenated, directly affecting its ability to provide and sustain operational obligations in the future. A number of units were singled out as being in adequate to sustain operations, notably 16 and 17 Maintenance Units, 101 and 102 Field Workshops, Hospitality Services and VIP Protectors.


For the year under review, the DoD said the SA Army, as part of the Landward Defence Programme, made a significant contribution, notably through border protection duties and external deployments in Africa. “The SA Army fulfilled all its Joint Force Employment (JFE) commitments, notwithstanding the fact that it was overstretched, especially in the infantry, engineer, intelligence, signal and support capabilities. Reserve and MSDS [Military Skills Development System] members were utilised for both internal and external deployments to alleviate the pressure on Regular units.”


The external deployments included United Nations missions to the Democratic Republic of Congo (Monusco), Darfur (Unamid) and in support of training and protection in the Central African Republic. The SANDF also sent personnel to train DRC military forces. Two SA Army Reserve sub-units supported the Monusco and Unamid operations respectively


During the year under review, the SA Army provided 11 combat-ready sub-units for Border Safeguarding Operations as part of internal deployments. Eight SA Army Reserve sub-units were deployed for border safeguarding. A total of 10 784 reserves were called up for 1 647 109 man-days. 65% of the full call-up complement were employed for operational and force preparation duties.


The SA Army was also used to support the South African Police Service, particularly during the Marikana unrest, supported the African Cup of Nations and assisted the Mozambican Defence Force with counter-piracy operations in the Mozambique Channel.

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6 novembre 2013 3 06 /11 /novembre /2013 18:56
Salon de l'armement - L'armée de Terre s'expose à Washington

25/10/2013 Actu Terre


Washington. Du 21 au 23 octobre 2013, s'est tenu le Salon AUSA 2013, convention annuelle de l'US Army.

L'armée de Terre y était représentée par une délégation de personnels de plusieurs unités ayant participé à l'opération SERVAL au Mali. Ces militaires sont venus témoigner de leur expérience et partager leurs savoir-être et savoir-faire.

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30 octobre 2013 3 30 /10 /octobre /2013 12:50
général-major Hubert De Vos, commandant de la Composante Terre photo Belgian Defense Sedeyn Ritchie

général-major Hubert De Vos, commandant de la Composante Terre photo Belgian Defense Sedeyn Ritchie


24/10/13 Stijn Verboven – MIL.be


Lors d'une conférence tenue ce mardi 22 octobre 2013, le général-major Hubert De Vos, commandant de la Composante Terre, a esquissé l'état actuel de sa composante et l'évolution attendue dans les prochaines années. La réunion a eu lieu dans la salle académique de Saint-Trond.


Photos Ritchie Sedeyn  >>


« Vous avez devant vous un produit de la guerre froide », commente le général De Vos. Le ton est donné. La soirée est dédiée à la présentation d'une synthèse de la Composante Terre, de ses grands défis et de la direction à emprunter à l'avenir. Selon le général, pendant la guerre froide, le scénario était clair : « Deux adversaires se faisaient face. Nous avons évolué vers un théâtre bien plus complexe. » Il illustre ses propos en passant en revue les opérations actuelles de la Composante Terre. En Afghanistan, il s'agit d'ennemis non conventionnels, au Liban de déminage et en Afrique de formations de militaires et leurs aspects sociaux.


Le général De Vos entrevoit plusieurs défis pour cette nouvelle Composante Terre: « À l'avenir nous n'aurons plus la possibilité de rester en dehors d'un conflit. L'Europe prendra davantage de responsabilités pour sa propre sécurité. Cela implique une coopération accrue entre les membres de l'Union européenne. Mais celle-ci ne peut pas tout résoudre à elle seule. Nous devons poursuivre les efforts et faire en sorte de conserver nos capacités actuelles. »


L'avenir de la Défense était également dans la salle ce soir-là : le général a tenu à encourager les futurs officiers et sous-officiers de Saffraanberg : « Je suis heureux de voir autant de jeunes visages. Vous êtes la Défense de demain. »


La conférence du général De Vos a été organisée par la coopération civilo-militaire de Saint-Trond.  Veerle Heeren, bourgmestre de la ville, était également présente afin de préciser l'importance du lien que sa ville a tissé avec le monde militaire.


Vidéo: Wim Cochet

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18 octobre 2013 5 18 /10 /octobre /2013 11:50
Ambiance noire, jaune, rouge à Bergen-Hohne


17/10/13 Nadège Godefroid – MIL.be


En Allemagne, le camp d'entraînement de Bergen-Hohne vit au rythme belge depuis le 11 octobre 2013. En effet, près de 2.000 militaires issus principalement de la Brigade médiane s'exerceront dans ce vaste camp d'entraînement jusqu'au 25 octobre 2013.


Photos Daniel Orban >>


Le stand 9 du camp arbore le drapeau belge depuis plusieurs jours. Dès le début de la période, des tirs permettant à chaque unité de tester leurs armes ont eu lieu. « Le camp de Bergen nous offre davantage de possibilités qu'en Belgique » explique le lieutenant Nicolas Nelon, chef de peloton au sein du Bataillon Libération- 5e de Ligne. « Son importante superficie nous autorise à de larges mouvements de véhicules, à la simulation d'attaques et aux tirs à balles réelles. »


Les Belges ont reçu la visite du chef de la Défense, le général aviateur Gerard Van Caelenberge et de nombreux VIP le 16 octobre 2013. Tout au long de la journée, ils ont pu apprécier le travail réalisé par les militaires et découvrir les tirs de véhicules Piranha au canon de 90mm. Une visite du poste de commandement du Bataillon des Chasseurs Ardennais ainsi qu'une rencontre avec les militaires néerlandais étaient également à l'ordre du jour.


Le 4 Bataillon Logistique de Marche-en-Famenne a accueilli, quant à lui, les invités pour démontrer l'importance des unités d'appui. « Ici, les installations sont rudimentaires » explique le lieutenant-colonel Jacques Weber, chef de corps de ce bataillon. « Nous avons donc installé des douches et des cuisines de campagne afin d'assurer un minimum de confort pour nos militaires pendant la période d'exercice. »


Ils rentreront en Belgique dès la fin de l'activité prévue le 25 octobre.


Vidéo : Mathieu Duhembre

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 11:35
Indian Bofors gun's barrel bursts during trials



15th October 2013 newindianexpress.com (PTI)


NEW DELHI - A barrel of the indigenous - version of the Bofors howitzers burst during their trials in the Pokharan range, delaying plans to induct these artillery guns into the Army.


The Defence Acquisition Council had recently approved the procurement of 144 such guns by the Army which are being manufactured by the Ordnance Factory Board, Jabalpur.


During the recent trials of the gun in Pokharan, the barrel of the gun burst when the Army was conducting the user trials for approving the gun for induction in the Army, sources said here.


The OFB has now been asked to carry out a defect identification inquiry (DII) by the Defence Ministry to ascertain the reasons behind the bursting of the barrel during the crucial trials, they said.


The user trials are carried out by the Services for approving the product being tested for induction.


The gun has been performing very well so far but the mishap will delay the user trials for another three to four months, they said.


Defence Minister AK Antony has been taking personal interest in the development of this programme and has asked both the Department of Defence Production and the Army to cooperate fully for making it successful.


The gun design, provided as part of technology transfer, has been gathering dust due to the taint associated with Bofors in the light of the payoffs scam.


If successful, the project would save the country millions of rupees and give the Indian Army much needed firepower.


The Army has failed to procure even a single piece of artillery after the Bofors scandal erupted in 1980s. All attempts to procure howitzers have had to be cancelled due to one reason or another.

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 12:50
UK soldiers man a Starstreak missile deployment system during an exercise. Photo UK MoD

UK soldiers man a Starstreak missile deployment system during an exercise. Photo UK MoD



15 October 2013 army-technology.com


The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a multi-million pound contract to Thales UK for delivery of additional STARStreak short-range surface-to-air missile systems.


Announced by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech to the Northern Ireland Investment Conference in Belfast, the contract covers supply of additional 200 STARStreak missiles, which represent a critical component of the UK's ground based air defence (GBAD) capability.


UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology minister Philip Dunne said: ''This contract for 200 extra STARStreak missiles will not only provide our armed forces with a highly capable weapon, but it also secures hundreds of highly skilled defence jobs in Northern Ireland and should provide confidence to the export markets of the STARStreak system.'


Thales managing director David Beatty said: ''It demonstrates very clearly to our export customers the ongoing importance and trust that the UK MOD places in the STARStreak system and our design, manufacturing and support capabilities.'

"It secures hundreds of highly skilled defence jobs in Northern Ireland."


Expected to sustain 475 jobs at the Thales' facilities in Northern Ireland, the unspecified contract will increase MoD's STARStreak stocks as part of the government's transformation agenda for the armed forces to equip both the regular and reserve forces with the missiles.


Fired from the shoulder, from a lightweight multiple launcher or from the Stormer armoured vehicle, the STARStreak is a high velocity missile (HVM), designed to counter threats ranging from very high performance, low-flying fighter aircraft and fast strikes by attack helicopters.


The missile system, along with its air defence alerting device, was used by the UK Army to ensure a safe and secure 2012 London Olympic Games.


Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to complete by June 2014.

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11 octobre 2013 5 11 /10 /octobre /2013 11:40
Ratnik – équipement du XXIème siècle



28.09.2013 Rostec


L’ensemble d’équipement militaire pour l’armée russe «Ratnik» a été confirmé pour son adoption dans l’armement, indique-t-on dans le Ministère de la Défense. Les tests d’état commenceront en août et ils se termineront en novembre.


Nous n’avons pas fait appel à des modélistes  et des couturiers lors de la création du nouvel uniforme ce qui ne l’a pas empêché d’être bien meilleur que beaucoup de ses analogues étrangers pour son apparence et sa commodité d’utilisation. La préférence a été donnée justement à «Ratnik» qui s’est trouvé être le meilleur dans toutes les principales caractéristiques.


L’analogue français FELIN, pour lequel l’ancien chef d’Etat-major Nikolaï Makarov insistait pour son étude et sa copie, perd de peu face au «Ratnik» dans lequel l’équipement et l’armement ne font qu’un.


«Ratnik» arrivera dans l’armement début 2014. Les délais de tests et de livraison de l’équipement «Ratnik» sont strictement respectés, ils sont conformes au contrat. En 2014, 5-7 grandes unités passeront au nouvel équipement. Les autres seront équipées dans les cinq années suivantes.


L’évaluation de plus de 100 éléments séparés de l’équipement a été réalisée, incluant les casques, les gilets pare-balles et différents moyens de protection, durant le travail sur «Ratnik» dans le cadre des tests préliminaires. Les 40 meilleurs échantillons, suivant leurs caractéristiques tactiques et techniques, ont été admis aux tests d’état.


La livraison de plusieurs dizaines de milliers d’ensembles d’équipement militaire pour les militaires de l’Armée de Terre, les parachutistes et l’infanterie de marine, est planifiée dans la commande d’état de la défense pour 2014.


Le délai garanti moyen d’utilisation du «Ratnik» est de cinq ans, l’ensemble sera transmis d’un militaire à un autre tant qu’il ne sera pas mis hors service. Et disons que si le maillot avec les valves est porté que par un soldat, l’uniforme d’été est prévu pour deux.


L’uniforme de campagne actuel se distingue sensiblement de l'uniforme «Ratnik» par sa couleur, sa coupe et la structure de ses matériaux. Vers 2015, l’Armée russe passera au nouvel uniforme unifié prévu pour son port quotidien. Les militaires ne devront pas se rhabiller dans le vêtement «Ratnik» pour utiliser l’ensemble militaire — il sera identique pour tous.

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10 octobre 2013 4 10 /10 /octobre /2013 17:45
Rooivalk looks set for DRC deployment

Rooivalk set for DRC deployment


10 October 2013 by Kim Helfrich,- defenceWeb


Just on 30 years after development work started on a home-grown attack helicopter, South Africa’s Rooivalk seems set for its first operational deployment.


This is the inference drawn from a photograph circulating on social media of a Rooivalk with its customary camouflaged fuselage replaced by white paint. The photo was taken at AFB Bloemspruit, home to the SA Air Force’s 16 Squadron, which operates 11 Rooivalks.


The sighting of the white combat support helicopter comes after SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations Chief Lieutenant General derrick Mgwebi in August said South Africa had no say in whether the Rooivalk would be deployed to support the UN Forward Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the DRC.


“South Africa is a troop contributing country and it does not decide on what military assets will be utilised,” he told a media briefing in Thaba Tshwane.


“The UN as the co-ordinator of the FIB has been made fully aware of the capabilities of the Rooivalk and any decision on its deployment into the eastern DRC theatre has to be made by the world body. We have told them what the rate for the Rooivalk is and a decision on whether or not it will go to the DRC rests solely with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.


“Until a letter of assistance confirming the UN wants Rooivalk in the DRC is received, no aircraft from 16 Squadron will leave South Africa,” he said.


That at least one and possibly two of 16 Squadron’s inventory are now in UN white indicates the UN has taken a decision in favour of the rotary-winged aircraft that started life as a tank buster meant for use in the Border War.


At the time of publication no official confirmation of the Rooivalk DRC deployment had been received from the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) communications directorate.


Military aviation experts and enthusiasts were making use of chatrooms to spread the word, discussing possible armament and transport options to the eastern DRC.


On armament, aviation commentator Darren Olivier was of the opinion the Rooivalk will be equipped with the FZ 90 70 mm wraparound fin air rocket (WAFAR), carrying up to 76 in four underwing pods and 700 rounds of ammunition for the 20 mm F2 cannon. No Mokopa or other anti-tank missiles will be loaded “but the rockets and cannon are potent weapons,” he said.


Another chatroom poster said an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft was due in at OR Tambo International Airport late last night and wondered if it would pick up Rooivalks for the DRC.

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10 octobre 2013 4 10 /10 /octobre /2013 07:35
Le Pakistan se cherche un chef des armées et un chef de l’armée

Le général Khalid Shameem Wynne et le général Walter Natynczyk, en mai 2012 (photo Nicolas Laffont 45eNord.ca)


08/10/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

Pakistan, Ashfaq Kayani, Khalid Shameem Wynne,


Après la première transition démocratique de son histoire, le Pakistan s’apprête à prendre une décision tout aussi cruciale avec le remplacement du chef de ses forces armées, ainsi que du commandant de l’armée.


Selon le porte-parole du premier ministre pakistanais, Nawaz Sharif, le premier ministre annoncera la nomination des nouveaux commandants en même temps après la tenue de consultations.


Le mandat du général Khalid Shameem Wyne, commandant des forces armées pakistanaises a expiré dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, alors que le mandat du chef de l’armée le général Ashfaq Parvez Kayani expirera le 29 novembre prochain.


Dans un communiqué, le chef de l’armée Kayani a dit qu’il était temps «pour d’autres de faire avancer la mission de faire du Pakistan un pays véritablement démocratique, prospère et pacifique qui incarne le plus beau rêve que nos pères fondateurs avaient prévu pour nous».


Sa déclaration ouvre officiellement la course à la chefferie d’une armée de 600.000 hommes confrontée à des défis internes, allant de la montée en puissance des talibans pakistanais à son crédit entamé par le raid de la CIA contre Oussama Ben Laden à Abbottabad, où est établi la principale académie militaire du Pakistan.


À quoi s’ajoutent des enjeux externes comme les relations avec les États-Unis et l’Inde rivale, et le rôle du Pakistan dans le futur de l’Afghanistan après le retrait des forces de l’OTAN.

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2 octobre 2013 3 02 /10 /octobre /2013 11:35
Guns Up For Australian Army 6x6 G-Wagons

02.10.2013 W&E Platt Pty Ltd - army-guide.com


The Australian Army will soon take delivery of the first Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6x6 surveillance reconnaissance vehicles (SRV) fitted with a new customised weapons suite.


Under Phase 3A of Project Land 121, around 200 G-Wagon 6x6 SRVs will each receive front and rear weapon mounts developed by Australian weapon mount specialist W&E Platt.


In a AUD$2.5 million contract with Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), the company is currently building the mounts at a rate of about 10 sets per week. The contract also includes a spare parts package and technical documentation.


In collaboration with the DMO, Platt undertook extensive in-house design and engineering evaluations of the bespoke weapon mount solutions throughout much of 2012, including Commonwealth of Australia sponsored live fire trials of advanced prototype mounts.


Designed specifically for the unarmoured 300 CDI G-Wagon 6x6 SRV platform, the weapon mount fit comprises a front rail mount for both left and right-handed gunners that is installed on the upper dash structure for the vehicle commander; and a rear skate mount fixed to the rear stowage compartment. The latter enables the gunner to engage targets left, right and to the rear of the vehicle but not to the front of the vehicle, where arcs of fire are restricted by rotation stops.


Each weapon mount can accept a Minimi 5.56mm light machine weapon or a MAG-58 7.62mm general purpose machine gun.


Australian Army units earmarked to receive the 6500kg gross vehicle mass G-Wagon 6x6 SRV include the three Regional Force Surveillance Units: the Pilbara Regiment, NORFORCE and the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment. It is understood that Royal Australian Air Force Airfield Defence Guards units will also receive the vehicle.


Delivery of the Platt weapon mounts will continue through the first quarter of 2014.

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30 septembre 2013 1 30 /09 /septembre /2013 16:35
Afghanistan : dans la peau d’un mentor

30/09/2013 Sources : EMA


Le commandant Olivier, 43 ans est affecté au 3e régiment d’artillerie de marine à Canjuers depuis 2011. Il y exerce la fonction d’adjoint au chef du bureau opérations et instruction. En Afghanistan, il  occupe le poste de mentor auprès des militaires afghans de l’école des blindés (ABS : Armored branch school). Il est ainsi engagé dans le cadre du détachement EPIDOTE depuis le mois d’avril 2013, pour une durée de 6 mois.


« Ma mission ici, est de « mentorer » le chef d’état-major (CEM) de l’école des blindés et de commander l’équipe de mentors pour toute la partie logistique et ressources humaines ».


Au début de son mandat, le commandant Olivier est passé par une phase d’observation. « C’est comme ça qu’il faut fonctionner, j’ai déjà exercé une fonction similaire lors d’un séjour de longue durée au Cambodge. D’abord, observer, c’est de cette manière qu’on parvient à nouer des liens sincères mais j’ai aussi une autre astuce…», déclare Olivier : gagner la confiance des afghans. Grâce à sa patience et son observation, il a remporté ce défi. Signe que la glace est brisée et que la méfiance a laissé place à la confiance, Olivier est invité chaque jour à boire le thé avec le lieutenant-colonel Nurzaï, le CEM qu’il accompagne. « Les afghans aiment beaucoup les proverbes, je me souviens d’ailleurs de ce jour où, un des élèves de l’école m’a dit, tant qu’on n’a pas bu le thé Olivier, on ne peut pas faire la guerre. C’était le signe que je  faisais maintenant partie de leur environnement. Ici, avant de commencer à parler des sujets sérieux, la convivialité est de rigueur».


Lors de sa mission au Cambodge, le commandant Olivier a appris la langue du pays. Il avait compris que cette étape lui permettrait de tisser des liens de confiance avec les personnes qu’il accompagnait. En 2006, lorsqu’on lui a annoncé son départ comme OMLT (operational mentor liaison team) en Afghanistan, le commandant s’est lance dans l’apprentissage du persan d’Afghanistan, également appelé « Dari », l’une des deux langues officielles de ce pays. « Je savais qu’apprendre la langue permettrait un rapprochement avec la population. On ne partage pas les mêmes choses quand il y a un interprète au milieu de la conversation. Malheureusement, cette mission ne s’est pas faite. J’ai quand même continué à apprendre le persan dans ses différentes variantes (iranien, dari, tadjik) utilisé comme langue officielle en Iran, en Afghanistan et au Tadjikistan. C’était une question de choix personnel car je trouve cela très intéressant. Finalement aujourd’hui je suis en Afghanistan et très content d’avoir poursuivi cet apprentissage ».


C’est tout seul qu’il a appris le Dari, sans prendre de cours. Sa particularité, il la tient de sa volonté et de sa ténacité. Il commence par des méthodes d’apprentissage sur CD, regarde des films et s’exerce seul à l’oral. Il ajoute, « en fait, on apprend toujours, je suis encore en plein apprentissage ».  Aujourd’hui, quand le commandant Olivier discute avec le chef d’état-major de l’école des blindés, on sent la connivence et le respect entre les deux hommes. Chacun s’est adapté à l’autre. Mais l’absence de barrière de la langue a bien évidemment contribué à les rapprocher. 


Cette complicité et cette proximité lui ont permis de mener à bien sa mission d’instructeur auprès de l’armée afghane. Il ajoute, « Notre rôle ici est de laisser travailler les forces afghanes seules, d’observer et de les conseiller au besoin. Nous ne commandons personne, nous sommes là pour aiguiller, guider et permettre aux militaires afghans d’acquérir des méthodes de travail  pour qu’ils continuent sur la bonne voie quand nous aurons quitté le pays ». Aujourd’hui les instructeurs du détachement d’EPIDOTE ne forment plus les militaires afghans, ils en sont à un stade de conseil. L’armée afghane a pris la main et forme elle-même son personnel.


Être instructeur requiert de nombreuses qualités. La première est l’ouverture d’esprit. Apprendre à connaître les différences de l’autre, mais surtout les accepter pour gagner respect et confiance. L’ouverture sur le monde et sur une culture nouvelle sont deux points essentiels pour réaliser une telle mission. « En résumé, un mentor doit savoir faire preuve de curiosité et  de persévérance», confie Olivier.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 07:40
New Arena-3 APS Debut At RAE-2013

Arena-3 covers 360 degrees in four quadrants with four modules, each comprising two sensor modules (possibly bi-static transmit and receive modules) photo Noam Eshel, Defense-Update


September 25, 2013  by Tamir Eshel - Defense-Update


A new active protection system from Russia appeared today at RAE-2013, as part of the display of a series of upgrades offered to The T-72 main battle tanks. The new system, dubbed Arena-3 covers 360 degrees in four quadrants with four modules, which seems to comprise two sensors two effectors. According to the manufacturer, two targets can be intercepted at each direction, at 0.3 second intervals. The system is effective at elevation of +20 degrees and -6 degrees. It is designed to intercept projectiles and missiles at a distance of 50 meters from the protected tank. The previous configuration included multiple effectors and a high profile radar that has not received well among tank crews. According to the tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod, the system is effective at target velocity of 70-1000 meter/second (pertaining to RPGs, anti-tank missiles and HEAT tank rounds). The upgraded T-72 with Arena-3 weighs 46.5 tons.

New Arena-3 APS Debut At RAE-2013

According to the manufacturer, two targets can be intercepted at each direction, at 0.3 second intervals. The system is effective at elevation of +20 degrees and -6 degrees. Photo Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 17:50
Polish Army Eyes New Biological Reconnaissance Vehicles

Sep. 25, 2013 - By JAROSLAW ADAMOWSKI – Defense News


WARSAW — The Polish Defense Ministry has launched a technical dialogue to select defense manufacturers willing to supply seven new biological reconnaissance vehicles to the Polish Army, the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate said in a statement.


According to the released technical specification, the designed high-mobility vehicle will have a medium loading capacity. The vehicle must carry a crew of seven and weigh a maximum of 16 tons. The seven vehicles are also to be enabled for air transport by the Lockheed C-130E Hercules aircraft. Polish Air Force has six such transport aircraft in its fleet.


Under the plan, the vehicle contract will also cover servicing and maintenance.


Applications are to be submitted by Sept. 30, according to the Armament Inspectorate. After the applications are reviewed, the ministry aims to meet with the manufacturers to discuss the technical and financial aspects of their initial offers by Oct. 18. The Polish ministry has already established a task team to handle the application and evaluation process.


Delivery of the vehicles to the Polish Army is scheduled for 2014.

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 17:50
FMV receives delivery of the first Archer pieces

25.09.2013 FMV army-guide.com


BAE Systems Bofors delivered the first pieces of the Archer artillery system to FMV Monday, September 23. The acquisition of Archer is a joint Nordic project in collaboration with Norway and a total of 24 pieces was commissioned for the Swedish Armed Forces from BAE Systems Bofors.


    This is a project that delivers one of the best artillery systems. We have had both successes and setbacks in the project, but now the first four pieces of the Archer artillery system could finally be delivered, says Lena Erixon, FMV Director General.


    The fact that we could receive the first pieces now is a result of our Norwegian partners at FLO, the supplier BAE Systems Bofors – and of course FMV who in the situation acted flexible and powerfully. All have helped to get the pieces to the Artillery regiment. They will now be transported to Boden where FMV, FLO and the artillery regiment will continue with both tests and training, says Lena Erixon.


Delivery of the first Archer pieces from Lena Gillström BAE Systems Bofors to FMV's Director General Lena Erixon took place in Karlskoga, Monday, 23 September at 16.00 pm. Thereafter delivery inspection and transportation to the artillery regiment occurred.

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
Sweden To Purchase 100 Armored Vehicles From BAE

BAE Systems Hägglunds makes BvS10 armored all terrain vehicles. (BAE Systems)


Sep. 24, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER  - Defense News


LONDON — The Swedish government will buy 100 BvS10 armored all terrain vehicles from BAE Systems Hägglunds, according to Defense Minister Karin Enström.


The deal is part of the options for up to 127 vehicles agreed upon when BAE secured a US $100 million contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in 2012 for 48 of the go-anywhere tracked machines.


Enström announced the deal in a local newspaper that covers the town where the BvS10 is built.


Deliveries of the first 48 vehicles from BAE’s Örnsköldsvik factory are coming to a close and a contract is expected to be in place by the end of the year to enable the company to tack the new batch of BvS10s on the end of the original order without a break in production.


Production of the latest batch of vehicles for Sweden is scheduled to run on until 2016. Like the original order, the upcoming contract will be produced in troop carrier, command vehicle, logistic carrier and ambulance variants.


No price for the options has been revealed but it will likely be in excess of $160 million, given the cost of the first 48 machines.


British, French and Dutch militaries also operate the vehicle.

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
Afghan forces learn air-to-ground integration

September 24th, 2013 By Army News Service - defencetalk.com


As U.S. forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, the Afghan Air Force and the Afghan National Army are integrating air and ground forces to conduct combat fire support and logistics missions as they continue to grow and lead operations.


On Sept. 18, three Afghan National Army fire support officers and two staff officers with the 4th Infantry Brigade, 203rd Corps, conducted an air-to-ground integration, or AGI, exercise near Hunter Base in eastern Afghanistan.


The Afghan National Army, or ANA, soldiers successfully coordinated with two Afghan Mi-35 helicopters. They conducted live-fire drills, including how to abort a mission.


The AGI exercise, part of a proof of concept initiative to certify Afghan air coordinators, allowed ANA soldiers to communicate with the pilots and provide a safety net for the army and air force to work together in the same area of operation.


“Currently the Afghan security forces depend on the coalition forces to provide them air support,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Brown, a native of Sacramento, Calif., a NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan adviser. “In 2015, they (Afghan forces) are going to have to rely on their own assets to provide this type of support.”


Brown and U.S Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Keith Hunt, 504th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, and a Lexington, N.C., native, are helping to develop the curriculum to create a new Afghan Air Force, or AAF, career field, Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator.


The program the AAF is developing in hand with the ANA is critical to the AAF transitioning, said Brown. This is a critical point in the future of the Afghan military.


“They’ve shown and demonstrated their ability to do some of these missions on their own,” he added.


The classroom instruction started Sept. 14, when the ANA soldiers trained to identify terrain, enemy targets, and mark friendly positions on a map. The hands-on instruction included procedures for communicating with a pilot.


ANA 2nd Lt. Nasrullah, a fire support officer with the 4th Kandak, 4th Infantry Brigade, said the training, along with the live-fire exercise, went well. He said he found the classroom training, where he learned how to communicate with the pilots using codes, very effective.


“I think we have the capabilities, ANA and ANP (Afghan National Police), to fight against the insurgents,” he added. “We had a (recent) operation with no U.S. support, and we were successful against the enemy.”


“We are just there for guidance and assistance,” said 1st Lt. Robert Gordon, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and an adviser with 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, who is partnered with Nasrullah and his team. “They are at the point where they can go out and do their missions on their own,” he said.


“They’ll be able to utilize those helicopter fighters to push the enemy back,” he added.

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 12:30
Oshkosh Delivers M-ATVs to UAE

Oshkosh Defense recently delivered the last of the 750 M-ATVs sold to UAE. (Oshkosh Defense)


Sep. 24, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense news


Company Says It's Working on Saudi Deal


QUANTICO, VA. — Oshkosh Defense finished shipping the last of the 750 MRAP-All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) sold to the United Arab Emirates, and is working on a deal with Saudi Arabia for an undisclosed number of the lighter MRAPs, company officials here said.


John Bryant, senior vice president of defense programs for the company, said that Oshkosh is working on a long-term maintenance and supply agreement with the UAE to keep those M-ATVs humming. The UAE deal was announced in July 2012, and deliveries were completed this past August.


Since the potential Saudi deal is still in its early stages, Bryant said he could not provide any additional details, though he does expect announcements to be made by the end of the year.


Since the program came on line in 2009, the US Army, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Command purchased about 8,700 M-ATVs for use in Afghanistan, but as part of the overall divesture of its wartime MRAP fleet, the government will keep about 5,600 of them, with the Special Ops Command retaining about 250 vehicles.


Bryant said that the US government is planning on re-fitting almost all of the vehicles that come back from Afghanistan at its own government depots, but that Oshkosh’s supplier base should still see plenty of work funneling parts and technical expertise to the depots to finish up the work.


He also said that the company’s supplier base should stay pretty healthy over the next several years given the amount of work they have servicing Oshkosh’s heavy and medium vehicle fleets, as well.


“We don’t see any drying up of our supply base,” he said.


The company is also working on a series of safety, survivability, and mobility upgrades for the vehicles as they come home, including suspension upgrades and a new communications suite for international customers that would allow them to integrate more — and different — radios onto the platforms.


As one of the three finalists for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, Bryant is concerned about the fact that the program’s managers say that they’ll run out of money to continue testing by next summer, unless they receive an infusion of cash.


Still, he said, the company is continuing to perform its own testing on the JLTV, and is eager to share that information with the government if they need it.

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
Afghanistan : cours de communication pour les futurs leaders afghans

25/09/2013 Sources : EMA


Du 14 au 16 septembre 2013, les militaires de la force PAMIR ont dispensé des cours sur la communication au profit des étudiants du « strategic command and staff course », l’équivalent du centre français des hautes études militaires (CHEM).


Le « Strategic Command and Staff Course » se situe au plus haut niveau de la formation de l'armée afghane. Chaque année, sur une période de 36 semaines, il accueille une promotion de 30 stagiaires, du grade de colonel à général de division. Quatre thématiques y sont enseignées : Guerre et Stratégie, Relations internationales, Questions nationales et Préparation de l'avenir. Le SCSC a pour but de former et d'entraîner les futurs leaders du pays, chargés d’assurer de hautes responsabilités dans un contexte interarmées, interministériel et interallié. Le module de communication s’inscrit dans la composante « préparation de l’avenir ».


Les militaires français de la cellule communication de la force PAMIR ont ainsi consacré 3 demi-journées à la formation de ces élèves particuliers que sont les futurs leaders de l’armée nationale afghane (ANA), mais aussi ceux qui sont appelés à servir au sein d’autres ministères tels que l'intérieur, les frontières, etc. La première demi-journée a été consacrée à l’enseignement théorique sur les différents types de médias et leurs attentes. Les stagiaires ont appris à mieux appréhender le fonctionnement matériel et éditorial des radios, de la presse écrite, des télévisions, ainsi que le fonctionnement des nouveaux médias.


La seconde contribution au profit de SCSC a été l’organisation d’un média training sur deux demi-journées. Un exercice préparatoire à la fonction de porte-parole que la majorité des stagiaires endossera au sein de l’armée afghane ou d’un ministère. Après une rapide présentation des attitudes à adopter lors d’une interview, les 30 stagiaires se sont exercés à l’interview en direct, face à une caméra.


La coopération de la France avec le SCSC s’inscrit dans le cadre de la mission EPIDOTE. Cette formation à la communication contribue au partage des savoir-faire délivrés par les français aux afghans dans le cadre de la formation de leur armée et plus généralement des hauts responsables du pays, en leur apportant l’expérience française en la matière.

Afghanistan : cours de communication pour les futurs leaders afghans
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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 11:25
T-90C to Conquer Peru

September 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Uralvagonzavod; issued Sep 24, 2013)


On September 19 a firing range in Peru saw demonstration of the T-90C tank of the Uralvagonzavod produce for Gen. Ricardo Moncada Novoa, Commander-in-Chief Land Forces and 300 officers.


The command authorities of the South American republic were shown the T-90C tank combat and running capabilities by day and at night as well as accuracy of fire with all types of weapons at different ranges from a halt and on the move under conditions of limited visibility and mountainous terrain.


The combat vehicle crew completed all missions successfully having demonstrated high potential of the Russian tank manufactured by Uralvagonzavod.


After the major demonstration one of the Peruvian drivers of the T-55s being in service with the Peruvian Army was offered to “take a drive” of the T-90C tank. After a 5-min briefing, he made a run showing a good skill level and brought the tank to a halt by the Commander-in-Chief. The experiment is a proof that the advanced T-90C tank is as resoponsive and simple as its predecessor T-55 produced by Uralvagonzavod 40 years ago.


Senior officers of the Peruvian Army appreciated the T-90C tank capabilities and the skill of the tank crew members.

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