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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:00
L’opération de libération tourne mal, les 2 otages européens tués (Nigeria)


Nigerian Army - defenseWeb


Mar 8, 2012 Nicolas Gros-Verheyde (Bruxelles 2)


L’opération menée par les forces britanniques et nigérianes visant à libérer deux otages – l’un britannique Chris McManus, l’autre italien Franco Lamolinara – s’est mal terminée. Les deux otages sont morts. Ils avaient été enlevés le 12 mai dernier à Birnin Kebbi tout au nord Nigeria, près de la frontière du Niger, où ils travaillaient pour une entreprise de construction. Le mouvement islamiste Boko Haram serait à l’origine de ces évènements. Un décès confirmé par le Premier ministre britannique, David Cameron, dans un communiqué. « C’est avec grand regret que je dois dire que Chris et Franco ont perdu la vie. Nous attendons toujours la confirmation des détails, mais les premières indications indiquent clairement que les deux hommes ont été assassinés par leurs ravisseurs, avant qu’ils puissent être sauvés. » Le Premier ministre a précisé aussi pourquoi l’opération avait été tentée. « Après des mois à ne pas savoir où ils étaient détenus, nous avons reçu des informations crédibles sur le lieu (où ils étaient détenus). Une fenêtre d’opportunité s’est présentée pour obtenir leur libération. » Et « nous avions (toutes les) raisons de croire que leur vie était en danger imminent et croissant. »

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5 mars 2012 1 05 /03 /mars /2012 13:00
Rheinmetall: ready to team with India


Mar 2, 2012ASDNews Source : Rheinmetall AG


Without a doubt, India is the regional superpower of South Asia. Its armed forces form a mainstay of Indian security policy, and are now undergoing further modernization. Facing up to the challenges of an expanded mission spectrum, they rely increasingly on network-enabled operations: a “system of systems” consisting of sensors, C4I capabilities and effectors that enables an appropriate response to any and all threats.


From 29 March to 1 April 2012, Defexpo will take place in New Delhi. It is one of the largest defence technology trade fairs in Asia.


As one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall will be on hand with a representative selection of its diverse array of products for military and security forces. Building on a proud tradition, the Düsseldorf, Germanybased Rheinmetall Group covers many different capability categories.


Wiesel – mobile, air-portable, versatile

In order to operate in difficult terrain – in the mountains, for example, or in an urban environment – today’s armed forces need a flexible, quickly deployable, protected platform that can be readily integrated into network-enabled operations and which, above all, can be transported by air either on board or as underslung cargo. It was precisely with these capabilities in mind that Rheinmetall developed the Wiesel (‘weasel’) family of vehicles, which the company will be presenting at Defexpo 2012.


A lightweight tracked armoured vehicle, the Wiesel is standard equipment in German airmobile and mountain units. While the Wiesel 1 was originally employed as a weapons platform, the somewhat longer Wiesel 2 is now available in numerous other configurations.


Today the Wiesel family covers practically the full range of military ground capabilities, encompassing a reconnaissance vehicle, a command post version, an anti-tank-missile launcher platform, an automatic cannon platform, an engineering scout vehicle and a field ambulance version. Other variants include joint fire support team and joint fire support coordination team vehicles and a 120mm mortar carrier; Finally, a Wiesel-based mobile air defence system consisting of an air defence command post vehicle, an air defence reconnaissance and fire control vehicle, and an air defence weapon carrier round out the portfolio.


Much like other Rheinmetall vehicles – e.g. the Fuchs/Fox armoured transport vehicle – the Wiesel has accompanied the Bundeswehr right from the start in every deployed operation. Whether in the deserts of Somalia, the mountains of Kosovo or the rugged terrain of the Hindu Kush – the Wiesel has what it takes: high mobility coupled with protection. Transportable by air in a medium transport helicopter or as underslung cargo, the various members of the Wiesel family can be quickly deployed to new flash points. The Wiesel is thus the ideal platform for the Mountain Strike Corps, which is now in the process of formation.


Countering the threat from above: advanced air defence systems

Aerial attacks continue to pose a major threat to troop concentrations, military bases, civilian population centres and critical civilian infrastructure.


In the domain of VSHORAD technology, Rheinmetall’s Air Defence division is the global leader and the sole single-source supplier of battle management systems, fire control systems, automatic cannon, integrated missile launchers and Ahead ammunition. Its core competencies include the development and manufacture of complete air defence systems as well as simulators and training equipment.


Aware of India’s ambitious plans to modernize its air defence capabilities, Rheinmetall is presenting a wide array of sophisticated air defence solutions at Defexpo 2012.


The need for a 35mm gun-based air defence system able to meet current and coming requirements led to the recent development and manufacture of the Oerlikon Skyshield air defence system. Lightweight and compact, it is the world’s most advanced and effective system for low-level air defence. It basically consists of an Oerlikon Skyshield fire control unit and two high-performance Oerlikon Revolver Gun MK2 automatic cannons, specifically designed to fire Ahead airburst ammunition.


The heart of Rheinmetall’s proprietary Ahead technology is a high-precision timedelay projectile. At the optimum moment, it ejects a lethal cloud of heavy metal pellets, reliably neutralizing small and even very small projectiles, such as rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM) rounds, much the way a shotgun shell destroys a clay pigeon.


This weapon has been successfully deployed in NATO operations since 1996. It forms the main armament of the Oerlikon Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM system, which the German Bundeswehr has procured for defending its forward operating bases.


Furthermore, Rheinmetall’s air defence technology is by no means limited to static defence roles. Mobile applications are equally feasible. For short-term missions, a truck-mounted version is available which can be deployed without unloading the system from the truck. This is particularly useful if the mission involves protecting a succession of different sites for short periods. Mounting a Skyshield air defence system on an all-terrain 8x8 vehicle – e.g. a military truck made by Rheinmetall’s partner Tata – ensures maximum operational flexibility.


Existing Skyguard and Skyshield systems can also be retrofitted with Ahead technology. Furthermore, thanks to the modularity of its systems, Rheinmetall is able to bring additional components into play, readily creating multi-mission capabilities tailored to the needs of individual clients.


C4ISTAR – Enhancing your vision, your impact and your information

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall is an increasingly important partner in the field of C4ISTAR systems. The Group’s product spectrum ranges from single sensors and components to sensor platforms and fire control units, and from individual soldier systems to complete battle management systems.


These sensor and fire control systems represent top-notch technology and are in service with a number of armed forces worldwide.


Rheinmetall has longstanding experience in equipping combat platforms with sensor and fire control systems. To enable customers to cope with today’s requirements, Rheinmetall has developed digital turret and vehicle systems that provide modular and flexible solutions for a variety of combat and turret systems, as well as to standard vehicles e.g. for law enforcement or security surveillance missions. Due to the technology applied and the system architecture these solutions can be used either for adapted upgrades or fully integrated solutions for systems under development.


As part of these digital turret and vehicle systems the Situational Awareness System (SAS), for example, on show at Defexpo 2012, is a complete panoramic close-up sight for local situational awareness. It can be integrated easily into turret or chassis and offers a 360° - both day and night sight - near-field view of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings, with automatic alarm and target-tracking functions. SAS provides outstanding “look through armour”, increases the safety and reduces the workload of the crew thanks to a high degree of automation.


The situational awareness of a combat vehicle can be complemented by the vehiclemounted version of Rheinmetall’s Acoustic Sniper Locating System (ASLS). ASLS comprises a powerful microphone antenna array with integrated analysis electronics as well as a control and display functions inside the vehicle.


When a round is fired ASLS instantly computes azimuth, elevation and distance of the sniper relative to the vehicle. Simultaneously ASLS alerts the crew acoustically and visually, displaying the results of the location  analysis on the vehicles manmachine-interface in real-time. In combination with the fire control system of the vehicle’s the crew can react within no time and start to engage the enemy position, before the next round is fired. Additionally, the geo-referenced position of the sniper –determined with a GPS system – can be fed into a C4I system, e.g. for information of other forces in the area, target assignment or subsequent engagement. ASLS is also available in a stationary version and a man-portable version, which can be connected to modern soldier systems.


In the field of soldier systems, Rheinmetall was awarded a contract by the German Army in 2011 to deliver the cutting edge “German Future Soldier - Expanded System”. The IdZ2 (formerly IdZ-ES) enhances the battle performance, endurance and protection of modern war-fighters on the ground and embeds them directly into the network-centric operations loop. Visitors will see the IdZ2 during Defexpo.


Rheinmetall Defence: totally oriented to today’s military


With its Combat Systems, Electronic Solutions, and Wheeled Vehicles divisions, Rheinmetall Defence supplies the world’s armed forces with systems and equipment systematically designed to assure successful outcomes in complex modern military operations.


Rheinmetall also maintains an extensive network of international partnerships for serving new markets as well as enabling technology transfer that will substantially benefit both the industry and the military of customer nations. This makes Rheinmetall the ideal industrial partner in the quest to supply India’s armed forces with advanced capabilities.

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2 mars 2012 5 02 /03 /mars /2012 12:04

Aravis - Eurosatory 2010 photo DICoD

photo ministère de la Défense


29/02/2012 Daily-Bourse.fr (AFP)


Le groupe d'armement terrestre Nexter a décroché une commande ferme de 73 blindés Aravis en Arabie saoudite, premier succès de ce véhicule de reconnaissance à l'étranger, a annoncé mercredi son PDG Philippe Burtin.


"Nous avons enregistré la semaine dernière une commande ferme de 73 Aravis", a déclaré M. Burtin à la presse en présentant les résultats du groupe pour 2011. "C'est la seule commande entrée en carnet" mais les discussions se poursuivent pour répondre à de nouveaux besoins, a-t-il ajouté.


Il s'est refusé à chiffrer le montant de la commande, la première à l'exportation pour ce blindé développé par Nexter sur ses propres fonds.


L'Aravis est un nouveau blindé de reconnaissance de 13 tonnes, ultra-protégé pour supporter les explosions de bombes placées au bord des routes (connues sous l'acronyme d'IED pour improvised explosive device) qui ont fait des ravages en Irak et en Afghanistan.


L'Aravis a été vendu à quinze exemplaires à l'armée française et il a fait ses preuves en Afghanistan, a expliqué Michel Bonnefis, PDG du Pôle Equipements du groupe.


Le montant du contrat français s'élevait à près de 20 millions d'euros pour les 15 véhicules, soit près d'1,3 million par exemplaire.


Le Délégué général à l'armement Laurent Collet-Billon avait évoqué ce contrat la semaine dernière, ajoutant que l'Arabie saoudite envisageait d'en acheter davantage.


Nexter, fabriquant de blindés, d'artillerie et de munitions détenu à 100% par l'Etat français, développe une activité commerciale intense à l'étranger sur un marché très compétitif.

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27 février 2012 1 27 /02 /février /2012 08:30


source CAIR


February 26, 2012 By Anantha Krishnan M - Express News Service


Bangalore: In tune with Indian Army's massive modernisation plans, defence scientists have gone one step ahead to give birth to a tech-solider as a system. Wrapped in sensors and sporting a combat suit stitched from NBC-clothing (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical), this solider from a la Star War zone is currently undergoing 'skill tests' at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) lab in Bangalore.


Sources tell Express that the project-X (not yet named), took birth 18 months back at CAIR. “We are sure that in future there will be a requirement from the Army for similar systems when the modernisation plans embrace the foot solider. By then, we will be ready with a system that is tested in-house, proven and fit for the field trials,” sources said.


For the project, the scientists have designed and developed indigenous wearable computers that can be leveraged to process, display, store and disseminate information received from the sensors. Necessary command and control (C2) applications that would be needed for collaboration between members of the combat team are also ready. These applications provide capabilities of locating self on a map using location based services, red-force and blue-force tracking, streaming video from head mounted and robot mounted cameras. Additionally, the CAIR has also identified power packs with suitable form factors.


“In modern combat, there are increasing demands being placed on the human soldiers along various dimensions. For example, in terms of perception, they are expected to be able to operate at night, in dense foliage and in densely built-up urban areas, where human vision may prove to be inadequate and direction of attack may not be perceptible,” say sources.


In terms of coordination, groups of individuals need to carry out complex coordinated tasks, even in the face of uncertainties and hostilities. In terms of logistics, the soldiers are expected to survive and sustain operations for prolonged durations. These demands can be met only by augmenting human capabilities with technology insertions.


For increasing perceptual capabilities, a number of imaging sensors like night vision sensors, infrared sensors, thermal and through-the-wall imaging sensors are provided to the gen-next solider. “Acoustic and vibration sensors can be harnessed to address sensing of direction of fire. This enables the soldier to become a cybernetic entity with extra-human sensing capabilities. The soldier as a system with one such sensors will be be able to receive the incoming data, store, process, display and disseminate it,” say sources.


Wearable computers along with ad-hoc networking capability are thus a critical necessity. The peer-to-peer networking capability allows the individuals to share sensory inputs, information about own and sensed enemy elements, tasks and plans. “This allows collaboration and coordination between individuals, effectively creating a cybernetic super-organism out of the team,” sources said.


The 'Soldier.ver2' is armed with a modular personal weapon which has thermal sight and greater aiming sight, when compared to some modern spit-fire units. With laser-pointers, nano-target correction modes and radio controls, the CAIR scientists are marching ahead in confidence rubbing shoulders with the mean man-machine. For they know, tomorrow is different.

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26 février 2012 7 26 /02 /février /2012 12:44


Aravis - Eurosatory 2010 - photo DICoD


The Nexter Aravis is a high mobility 4x4 protected multi-mission vehicle intended for land forces in scenarios such as Iraq and Afghanistan


February 25, 2012, Armyrecognition


Laurent Collet-Billon Delegate General for the French Armaments Procurement Agency (DGA) confirmed this Monday, February 20, 2012 during the presenting of the DGA 2011 results, that the French Defence Company manufacturer Nexter has signed a contract in late 2011 with Saudi Arabia, for "between 100 and 200" ARAVIS 4 x 4 armoured vehicle.


This is the first export contract for the high protected armoured vehicle Aravis, which has been designed, developed and manufactured by Nexter. The vehicle was unveiled in 2008 at the International Defence Exhibition Eurosatory in paris, France.


An order for 15 ARAVIS vehicles was placed by the Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (French army procurement agency DGA) in April 2009 for use by the French Army as a reconnaissance and escort vehicle for engineer units. The Aravis is currently in use by the French armed forces in Afghanistan.



photo Sipa Terre


In July 2006, Saudi Arabia has placed an order for 80 CAESAR 155mm wheeled self-propelled howiter which are also manufactured by The French Company Nexter.


The vehicle ARAVIS for Saudi Arabia should be equipped with a remote weapons system armed with a 20mm Nexter gun ARX-20.

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17 février 2012 5 17 /02 /février /2012 13:20
New Russian Tank to Appear in 2013

MOSCOW, February 17 (RIA Novosti)


Russia will complete the first prototype of the new Armata main battle tank by 2013 and begin production and deliveries to the Russian Armed Forces in 2015, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and the CEO of tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod Oleg Sienko told Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Lenta.ru news portal reported.


Uralvagonzavod and the military are testing the main components of the new tank. No other details were reported. Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry has signed a contract worth six billion rubles with Uralvagonzavod to upgrade 170 T-72 main battle tanks, to be carried out at a specially prepared facility in Omsk, Lenta.ru said.


“The Russian armed forces will have a new main tank with fundamentally new characteristics, fully automated loading and separate crew compartment by 2015,” Lieutenant-General Yuri Kovalenko, former First Deputy Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Automotive Armor Directorate said last April.


Kovalenko said work from other projects, including Object 195 and Black Eagle, will be incorporated in Armata's design.

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10 février 2012 5 10 /02 /février /2012 13:35


photo Armée de Terre


10.02.2012 Jean-Dominique Merchet - Secret Défense


Le nouvel appareil ne sera pas opérationnel à temps pour être engagé en Afghanistan

Le premier Caïman, le nom du NH-90 dans les armées françaises, a été livré le 22 décembre dernier à la Section
technique de l'armée de terre (Stat) de Valence. Il était temps ! L'hélicoptère européen a effectué son premier vol le 18 décembre 1995, seize ans auparavant... Et, selon le calendrier prévu, le premier module de quatre Caïman projetables sera disponible durant l'été 2014. Trop tard donc pour le théâtre afghan.

Le Caïman, fabriqué par Eurocopter, est en service dans la Marine nationale depuis le début de l'année.

Dans l'armée de terre, le Caïman doit succèder au Puma comme hélicoptère de manoeuvre, c'est-à-dire comme véritable bête de somme. Il y a urgence, car les 90 Puma de l'Alat ont quarante ans de moyenne d'âge...

Pour le ministère de la Défense, l'objectif est d'acquérir 133 Caïman Terre, afin de remplir le contrat opérationnel d'environ 90 hélicoptères déployables. Pour l'instant, seulement 34 ont été commandés et, fin janvier, le ministre de la défense a promis la commande, cette année, d'une nouvelle tranche de 34. Soit un total de 68. Les livraisons s'étaleront jusqu'en 2020, à raison donc d'environ huit par an. Quant aux commandes suivantes (65), elles interviendront plus tard...

Après la STAT, le Centre de formation interarmées (CFIA) du Luc (Var) recevra huit appareils, sur lesquels les pilotes et les mécaniciens seront formés. Les premiers équipages devraient être opérationnels fin 2013, date à laquelle les premiers Caïman arriveront au 1er régiment d'hélicoptères de combat (RHC) de Phalsbourg. C'est ce régiment qui assurera la montée en puissance du premier module projetable à l'été 2014. Après le 1er RHC, le 5ème RHC de Pau recevra des Caimans. A terme, les quatre régiments de l'Alat en seront équipés, y compris le 4ème RHFS (forces spéciales).

Au sein de l'Alat, les régiments sont désormais hétérogènes, au sens où ils sont dotés à la fois d'hélicoptère de combat (Gazelle, Tigre) et de manoeuvre (Puma, Cougar, Caracal et maintenant Caïman). Au sein des régiments, la structure de base est le Bataillon.

Le Caïman est évidemment une machine beaucoup plus sophistiquée que le Puma qu'il remplace. Son autonomie est supérieure (5 heures), soit 1300 kilomètres. Il est prévu qu'il puisse être ravitaillé en vol. Son moteur (MRT 322) lui permet d'opérer dans de meilleures conditions à haute altitude et par temps chaud. Son autoprotection est installée sur les modèles de série (détecteur d'alerte laser, radar, missile) et il peut voler dans des conditions plus dégradées, grâce à son Flir (infrarouge) ou son détecteur d'obstacles. Il peut être armé de deux mitrailleuses de sabord Mag-58, de 7,62 mm pour son autodéfense. Une rampe d'accès à l'arrière permet de débarquer plus rapidement, voire d'embarquer des véhicules légers. Il peut transporter de 12 à 14 combattants équipés. Des critiques ont été formulées sur son train d'atterrisage que certains jugent trop bas : une garde au sol trop faible pourrait poser des problèmes pour des posers "dans la verte". Plus moderne, il rempliera les mêmes missions que le Puma. En cela, son arrivée ne constituera pas la même "révolution" que celle du Tigre par rapport à la Gazelle.

Depuis son arrivée à Valence, le premier Caïman de l'Alat a volé plus d'une trentaine d'heures, ne connaissant qu'une seule panne, reglée dans la journée. Les marins qui l'utilisent depuis quelques mois témoignent également de ses qualités de vol extraordinaires.

Seul point qui pose encore problème : la maintenance très lourde de cet nouvel hélicoptère. Il faut compter 15 heures d'entretien pour 1 heure de vol. Ses utilisateurs espèrent ramener ce chiffre à 10 pour 1.

(Merci de l'aide du LCL Alexis Durand de l'EMAT)
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8 février 2012 3 08 /02 /février /2012 17:30
Le nouvel hélicoptère Caïman séduit le patron de l’armée de Terre (Le Dauphiné)

Le NH90 Caïman a été présenté hier au général Bertrand Ract Madoux, chef d’état-major de l’Armée de Terre.

Photo DL/Fabrice HÉBRARD


07/02/2012 par Thomas ZIMMERMANN - ledauphine.com


Le 22 décembre dernier, le NH90 Caïman pointait le bout de ses pales à Chabeuil, au Groupement aéromobilité de la section technique de l’Armée de Terre (Gamstat).


Depuis sa livraison en terres drômoises, l’hélicoptère est actuellement en cours d’évaluation technico-opérationnelle.


Hier, le nouvel appareil de manœuvre de l’Armée de Terre a été présenté au général d’Armée Bertrand Ract Madoux, chef d’état-major de l’Armée de Terre (Cemat).


Presque un retour aux sources pour Bertrand Ract Madoux, qui a été chef de corps du 1 er régiment de Spahis de Valence de 1995 à 1997 ! Il a d’ailleurs dit sa « joie de retrouver la Drôme où j’ai sévi il y a quelques années. J’en garde un souvenir éblouissant. »


Avant de : « Saluer l’extraordinaire carrière de l’hélicoptère Puma qui va prendre une retraite bien méritée », et de mettre en avant : « Les capacités accrues dans différents domaines du Caïman », le patron de l’Armée de Terre a réceptionné le premier NH90 de l’Armée de Terre.


Manœuvrabilité, agilité, résistance….


Après “l’évaluation drômoise”, le Caïman sera employé au sein de la composante aéromobilité et mis en œuvre par l’Aviation légère de l’Armée de Terre (ALAT). L’appareil reprendra alors les missions dévolues aux hélicoptères de manœuvre type Puma et Cougar.


Il assurera ainsi l’héliportage tactique de combattants ou de matériel et de ravitaillement ; les évacuations sanitaires ; le soutien de civils lors d’opérations d’urgence et de crise. Le NH90 sera également engagé lors d’opérations de recherche, de sauvetage et de parachutage.


La technologie déployée sur cet hélicoptère de nouvelle génération va permettre une grande liberté d’action au commandement et une permanence “tout temps” sur le terrain. Sa manœuvrabilité, son agilité, sa résistance, sa capacité de pénétration et son autoprotection vont faire de cet hélicoptère un appareil incontournable de l’aérocombat.


Précisons enfin que l’objectif de l’état-major de l’Armée de Terre est d’être en mesure de pouvoir projeter un premier module Caïman en début d’année 2014. À ce jour, plus de 500 NH90 ont été commandés dans 14 pays. Une centaine a déjà été vendue.

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27 décembre 2011 2 27 /12 /décembre /2011 16:07
Le 1er hélicoptère Caïman livré à l’armée de Terre

27/12/2011 Armée de Terre


Le 1er hélicoptère NH90 Caïman a été livré à l’armée de Terre par la direction générale de l’armement. Il a rejoint le groupement aéromobilité de la section technique de l'armée de Terre.


La cérémonie de livraison du 1er NH90 Caïman à l’armée de Terre s’est tenue à Marignane le 22 décembre 2011, sur le site de son fabriquant : Eurocopter. Le général Poëdras, directeur de la section technique de l’armée de Terre (STAT), et le général Pertuisel, commandant l’aviation légère de l’armée de Terre (ALAT) étaient présents.


Livré par la direction générale de l’armement (DGA), ce 1er Caiman a aussitôt rejoint le groupement aéromobilité de la section technique de l'armée de Terre (GAMSTAT) de Valence, où il débutera son expérimentation technico-opérationnelle.


Le NH90 est l’appareil le plus performant de sa catégorie. Il possède une grande manœuvrabilité et une agilité qui lui permettent d’assurer des missions jour et nuit, même dans de très mauvaises conditions météo. La version terrestre réceptionnée le 22 décembre peut emporter jusqu'à 20 combattants, 2500 kg de matériel, ou un véhicule léger.


La DGA a commandé 61 Caïman, dont 34 sont destinés au renouvellement des flottes d’hélicoptères de transport tactique (TTH), et 27 au combat naval (version NFH). Une commande de 34 Caïman TTH supplémentaires est prévue en 2012.

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22.12.2011 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense


L'armée de terre perçoit officiellement, aujourd'hui, son premier Caïman. NH Industries va livrer le premier des hélicoptères 133 commandés ou dont la commande est prévue. L'appareil rejoindra Valence et le GAMSTAT. Le Groupement Aéromobilité de la Section Technique de l'Armée de Terre expérimente les nouveaux matériels et tous les types d'aéronefs.


Un second Caïman sera livré dans les prochaines semaines et il sera affecté à l'école de l'ALAT au Luc. Encore plus tard, la première unité à mettre en service l'appareil sera le 1er régiment d'hélicoptères de combat (1er RHC) de Phalsbourg.

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20 décembre 2011 2 20 /12 /décembre /2011 08:20



19 December 2011 - by the Shephard News Team


The Australian Army has selected the Sentient Kestrel Land Moving Target Indicator (MTI) for the Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems being acquired under the Defence Capability Plan Joint Project (JP) 129 Phase 2. Under the contract Sentient will provide the automated target detection solution to support the Shadow systems in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.


To be operated by the 20 Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Regiment, Kestrel Land MTI will assist Australian forces in analysing ISR imagery from the AAI Shadow 200. The software processes the imagery in real time, automatically detecting small, moving targets such as dismounts and vehicles within the TUAV sensors’ field of view.


Equipped with cutting-edge payload technology including advanced electro-optical and infrared sensors the Shadow TUAV will transmit real-time, full motion video (FMV) to the Ground Control Station (GCS) and remote video viewing devices. The Kestrel system analyses the video footage and provide a real-time cue to operators on moving objects within the field of view. This capability will enable the Army to effectively detect and respond to enemy targets, and thus protect Australian forces.


According to the company, the Army has purchased three Kestrel Land MTI licenses for 20 STA Regiment, which will be deployed with the Shadow in Afghanistan early next year. Sentient has been working closely with 20 STA Regiment and AAI over the past years and has successfully demonstrated Kestrel’s automated target detection capability with the Shadow.


Kestrel is currently supporting the Australian Army on board the ScanEagle which will remain in service in Afghanistan during the transition-in of the Shadow.

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19 décembre 2011 1 19 /12 /décembre /2011 17:35
Kestrel to provide MTI capability for Australian Army's Shadow Operations

photo US DoD


Dec 19, 2011 ASDNews Source : Sentient Vision Systems


Automated Target Detection Solution on board the AAI Shadow 200 UAV Systems


Melbourne, Australia - 19 December 2011 - Under the Defence Capability Plan Joint Project (JP) 129 Phase 2, the Australian Army is acquiring two complete Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems.


Sentient announced today that its automated target detection solution - Kestrel Land MTI - will actively support the TUAV systems in their surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition missions.


Operated by the 20 Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Regiment, Kestrel Land MTI will assist Australian forces in analysing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) imagery from the AAI Shadow 200. The software processes the imagery in real time, automatically detecting small, moving targets such as dismounts and vehicles within the TUAV sensors' field of view.


The Army TUAV Capability Implementation Team, which is bringing the Shadow 200 into service, sees in Kestrel Land MTI a significant ISR capability enhancement.


The Shadow will be the Army's "eyes in the sky". Equipped with cutting-edge payload technology including advanced electro-optical and infrared sensors the Shadow will transmit real-time, full motion video (FMV) to the Ground Control Station (GCS) and remote video viewing devices. Kestrel will analyse the video footage and provide a real-time cue to operators on moving objects within the field of view.


This capability will enable the Army to effectively detect and respond to enemy targets, and thus protect Australian forces.


The Army has purchased three Kestrel Land MTI licenses for 20 STA Regiment, which will be deployed with the Shadow in Afghanistan early next year.


Sentient has been working closely with 20 STA Regiment and AAI over the past years and has successfully demonstrated Kestrel's automated target detection capability with the Shadow.


"Sentient's Kestrel Land MTI software has been in operation with Australian forces in Afghanistan now for over two years. It is that in-theatre experience in a variety of operational conditions that proved critical for the Australian Army." said Simon Olsen, Sales and Marketing Manager at Sentient.


Kestrel is currently supporting the Australian Army on board the ScanEagle which will remain in service in Afghanistan during the transition-in of the Shadow.

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17/12/2011 Sources : EMA


Le 9 décembre 2011, le Battle Group Picardie  a relevé le Battle Group Quinze-Deux sur la place d’armes de la base avancée de Surobi.



Au cours de cette prise d’armes, le général Jean-Pierre Palasset, commandant la Task Force La Fayette,  a félicité le BG Quinze-Deux et son chef de corps le colonel Jeand’heur pour avoir contribué à l’inscription de la Surobi au processus de transition.


Deux périodes ont caractérisé le mandat du BG Quinze-Deux . La première a été marquée par les opérations de sécurisation en vallée de Bédraou, dans la région du village d’Omarkhel ou encore en vallée de Jagdaley ou d’Uzbeen. La seconde phase a été placée sous le signe des actions de gouvernance et de développement ainsi que celui de la mise en œuvre de nouveaux modes d’action au profit des forces de sécurité afghanes, dans le cadre de l’accompagnement de la transition.


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Le colonel Didier Gros, chef de corps du 1er régiment d’infanterie (1er RI) de Sarrebourg a succédé au colonel Lionel Jeand’heur, chef de corps du 152e régiment d’infanterie de Colmar.


Le Battle Group Picardie , majoritairement armé par le 1er RI a donc pris les rênes du Groupement Tactique Interarmes (GTIA) Surobi. Ses principales missions sont la mise en œuvre et l’accompagnement de la transition et l’appui de l’armée nationale afghane en Surobi et dans le sud de Tagab.


Autour du 1er RI de Sarrebourg, d’autres unités composent le BG Picardie  : des cavaliers du 1er régiment de spahis de Valence, des tirailleurs du 1er régiment de tirailleurs d’Epinal, des artilleurs du 1er régiment d’artillerie de Marine de Laon-Couvron, et des sapeurs du 3e régiment du génie de Charleville-Mézières.

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8 Sep 2011 By PIERRE TRAN DefenseNews


PARIS - The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has ordered a further 200 small armored vehicles from Panhard, boosting a previous contract for 933 units, the procurement office said in Sept. 8 statement.


"The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) ordered from Panhard General Defense Sept. 6, 2011, 200 PVP for the Army," the procurement office said.


The PVP is the Petit Véhicule Protegé, an armored four-wheel-drive vehicle that can be fitted with a 7.62mm machine gun on a remote-operated turret.


The new batch of vehicles will be delivered in 2012. The last of the 933 units ordered in 2004 will be produced in December of this year, the DGA said.


No financial details were available.


The PVP has been deployed in Lebanon and Afghanistan.


Production of the PVP at two Panhard sites has so far generated 1 million hours of work, the DGA said.

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source defense.gouv.fr


08/09/2011 Direction générale de l'armement


La Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) a commandé à Panhard General Defense, le 6 septembre 2011, 200 PVP destinés à l’armée de terre. Cette commande s’ajoute au marché initial de 933 PVP passé en 2004 et dont le dernier exemplaire sera produit en décembre 2011. Ces 200 PVP supplémentaires seront livrés en 2012.


Le PVP est un véhicule 4x4 moderne, équipant les cellules de commandement des unités d’artillerie et de génie, ainsi que certaines unités spécifiques de l’infanterie parachutiste et alpine, de la circulation et du renseignement. Aérotransportable, blindé et très mobile, il peut transporter jusqu’à 4 passagers. Il dispose d’une mitrailleuse de 7,62 mm qui, pour certains emplois, est installée sur un tourelleau téléopéré de l’intérieur du véhicule. Le PVP est déployé au Liban depuis fin 2009 et en Afghanistan depuis début 2010.


Les PVP sont produits sur les 2 sites industriels de Marolles-en-Hurepoix (Essonne) et Saint-Germain-Laval (Loire). Le programme PVP a représenté jusqu’à présent un total d’environ un million d’heures de travail pour Panhard et ses sous-traitants.

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Mastiff protects engineer team from Helmand IED blast

A huge Mastiff armoured vehicle overshadows a young Afghan boy, on his way to fetch water from the village well, in the Shahzad region of Helmand province - [Picture: Staff Sergeant Mark Jones, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]


23 Aug 11 UK MoD - A Military Operations news article


A group of soldiers whose task it is to clear routes in Helmand province of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) recently emerged from their Mastiff armoured vehicle unscathed when a device exploded underneath it.


31 Armoured Engineer Squadron (31 AES), 32 Engineer Regiment, normally based in Hohne in northern Germany, are currently part of the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group.


They are the leading route proving and clearance squadron and their job is to travel across the UK's area of operations in their Mastiff armoured vehicles to make sure routes are safe from IEDs and bombs.


On one of their many patrols recently, the team were clearing one of the main routes through Helmand when their vehicle struck an IED. Sapper Gareth Addy said immediately they knew what it was:


"There was a massive explosion that seriously rocked the vehicle. It was the biggest I've ever experienced. Immediately afterwards it went very quiet and then you start to realise what's happened and worry if everyone is OK."


The team quickly began their drills to assess the situation and check whether there were any injuries. Despite the size of the bomb and the force of the blast, none of the people in the Mastiff were hurt.


The vehicle sustained some damage, but, thanks to the armour and design of the Mastiff, it was only minor, and after a further assessment by the team of the route, the patrol continued with their journey.




Mastiff protects engineer team from Helmand IED blast

Sapper Gareth Addy, 31 Armoured Engineer Squadron, ready to go out on patrol in his team's Mastiff vehicle - [Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]


Sapper Addy, aged 31 from Bridlington, who is a Mastiff driver and gunner, said it was only when they returned to Camp Bastion some hours later they realised how lucky they had been:


"The vehicles we use really do work and everyone now knows that, should the worst happen, they will do a good job of protecting us. In a strange way, that incident increased everyone's morale and confidence for the remainder of the tour."


The Mastiff is a heavily armoured, 6x6 wheel-drive protected patrol vehicle which carries eight people, plus two crew. It is used in Afghanistan to transport troops and protect large convoys as well as directly engaging the Taliban with its advanced weapons systems.


Although heavily armoured, these wheeled patrol vehicles have a less intimidating profile than tracked vehicles and give commanders on the ground in Afghanistan more options to deal with the threats they are facing.


Part of the Mastiff's resilience towards mine explosions comes from the fact that its hull is V-shaped, as opposed to flat, which pushes the force of any explosion outwards.


During Operation HERRICK 14, the engineers from 31 AES have played an important part in enabling both troops and locals to move more freely from one area to another and with greater confidence in their security.


31 AES is part of the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group, made up of Royal Engineers from both 32 Engineer Regiment based in Hohne, Germany, and 24 Commando Engineer Regiment based in Barnstaple, North Devon.

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18 juillet 2011 1 18 /07 /juillet /2011 05:50



Nicolas Sarkozy a réuni un conseil de sécurité à l’Elysée, à l’issue du défilé sur les Champs-Elysées, jeudi 14 juillet 2011, au cours duquel le chef d'état-major de l'armée de terre a été mandaté pour définir de nouvelles mesures de sécurité, suite au décès de plusieurs soldats français en Afghanistan.


En pleines célébrations de la Fête nationale, le président de la République, Nicolas Sarkozy, a réuni un conseil de sécurité à l'Élysée suite aux décès de cinq soldats français, tués dans un attentat à la bombe survenu dans la province de Kapisa, mercredi 13 juillet, puis d’un commando marine, qui a perdu la vie au cours d’un accrochage dans la vallée d’Alasay, jeudi 14 juillet, en Afghanistan


A l’occasion d’une conférence de presse, qui s’est tenue à l’hôtel de Brienne à Paris, Gérard Longuet, ministre de la Défense, accompagné de l’amiral Edouard Guillaud, chef d’état-major des armées, a annoncé la décision prise au cours de cette réunion exceptionnelle de confier au général Elrick Irastorza, chef d’état-major de l’armée de terre, la responsabilité de définir de nouvelles mesures de sécurité.


Le général Elrick Irastorza doit se rendre « sur place immédiatement » pour pouvoir y déterminer les moyens de renforcer la sécurité des troupes françaises déployées sur ce théâtre d’opérations, a déclaré le ministre, alors que le chef de l’Etat vient de confirmer le retrait progressif des forces armées françaises d’Afghanistan.


Gérard Longuet a insisté sur la nécessité de soutenir les forces de sécurité afghanes, pour « ne pas affaiblir les zones où nous avons crée un climat de sécurité  » et « utiliser tous les moyens et méthodes  » pour poursuivre cette sécurisation du territoire afghan.


 « L’objectif c’est la sécurité et la sécurité, c’est la consolidation des forces de sécurité de l’Etat de droit. Nous devons concevoir, dans cette perspective de transition, l’optimisation de nos moyens  », a-t-il en effet rappelé.


Les propositions du général Elrick Irastorza sont attendues « d’ici la fin de la semaine prochaine  ».

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June 02, 2011 by Shiv Aroor  LIVEFIST – Source DRDO


India's DRDO holds its annual awards ceremony tomorrow for technology excellence. The organisation released the following feature today, listing its achievements. Here it is in full:

DRDO has made many significant achievements during the recent past, including the last year. Many important systems were inducted/accepted by the services. The production value of systems based on technologies developed by DRDO (inducted/accepted/orders placed) during the past one decade is well over Rs.1,10,000 crores.

Agni-III, the 3500 km range ballistic missile was successfully launched with user’s participation. Training flights were held by the users for various missiles that are already inducted. These included two flight tests each of Agni–I, Agni–II and Dhanush (from naval ships) and five flights of Prithvi II (P– II). Orders worth over Rs. 25,000 crores for surface-to-air missile AKASH have been placed by the users. These include 8 squadron for IAF and 2 regiments for the Army. Successful flight tests of endo-atmospheric interceptor for 2,000-km class target were carried out. Each flight led to a direct target hit and disintegration of the target. Capabilities of NAG, the third generation anti-tank missile, which is a vehicle mounted system was demonstrated in a series of user trials. Advanced versions of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the only one of its kind in the world, were developed and flight-tested. Thus, BrahMos block II with target discrimination precision strike capabilities was test-fired. Similarly, BrahMos block III with capability for steep diving from high altitudes and high maneuvers at multiple points during supersonic flight. Development of advanced missile systems is a continuous effort and requires systematic development of more and more advanced technologies. RLG based Inertial Navigation System was developed, qualified and tested. Active Radar Seeker for advanced missions was developed. A fibre optics gyro was successfully developed and tested on board.

In the area of aeronautics, Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) concluded its extensive flight tests including weapon trials, dropping of bombs, jettisoning drop tanks and night flights; leading to its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) on 10th January, 2011. Over 1,640 flights covering a period of over 969 hours have been completed by Tejas Mk.1. The first prototype of LCA Navy was rolled out and its induction tests were concluded. In tune with changing war of scenario, major thrust has been given to develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Successful flight trials of RUSTOM-1, a UAV with endurance of 14 hours and altitude ceiling of 8,000 meters demonstrated the capabilities for automated/remotely piloted landing/ take-off and associated technologies. NISHANT, another UAV developed by DRDO was ready for induction by the Army. A medium sized aerostat based platform was developed for surveillance applications. A novel method was developed and flight-tested for an in-flight structural monitoring of the manned as well as unmanned aircraft structures. The scheme was flight tested on a NISHANT UAV. Besides, over 100 test flights of a 3,000 gram Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) designed and developed by DRDO were carried out. A laser seeker kit SUDARSHAN for 1,000-pound bombs was developed and initial demand for significant number of seekers kits has been received from the users. Major milestones in the indigenous development of fighter aircraft engine was achieved with the completion of “Official Altitude Testing” (OAT) of Kaveri Gas Turbine Engine for simulated operating conditions. Subsequently, the flights of Kaveri engine were successfully carried out on a Flying Test Bed (FTB) proving the technological capability and maturity of the indigenous efforts. This is the first time that an indigenously developed gas turbine engine for fighter aircraft has been flown on a FTB board. DRDO has developed expertise in the field of testing and certification for various components sub-systems and systems as well as complete airborne platforms. Thus, Initial Operational Clearance of LCA and Advanced Light Helicopter Mk.3 were major activities in this area.

Advanced Active-cum-Passive integrated sonar system HUMSA NG was designed, developed and installed on various ships of Indian Navy. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of navigation was demonstrated at sea. A carbon dioxide curtailment System for submarines was designed and developed. The system has been accepted by the user. SANJEEVANI Mk.2, a device designed and developed to locate victims trapped under the debris was handed over to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Kerala Govt. Fire Services.

An advanced facility was created to undertake full scale processing of large rocket motors. The facility was commissioned and the casting of various motors commenced. Development of PINAKA – multi barrel rocket launcher system was achieved with the successful transfer of technology to production agencies, two regiments of PINAKA (worth Rs 1300 crores) have been raised by Army which is likely to place orders for another two regiments. The transfer of Technology (ToT) for multimode grenade was completed, for which Army has placed an order for 10 lakh grenades. Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) for INSAS and AK-47 rifle was introduced into service with order for 10,000 Launchers. The state-of-the-art microcontroller based system Instant Fire Detection & Suppression System (IFDSS) BMP-2/2K developed for providing protection against fire to the troops & engine compartment, was accepted by the Army. Production order worth Rs. 168 crores has been received.

MBT Arjun Mk.1 was successfully inducted in the Army and two regiments of Arjun Main Battle Tank have been raised. A Carrier Command Post Tracked (CCPT) vehicle was accepted by the Army for induction. A modified Armoured Amphibious Dozer (AAD) completed its user trials. User trials of remotely operated vehicle (ROV DAKSH) were successfully carried out and LSP order for 20 numbers is being executed. Design of Snow Gallery for protection of personnel and equipment from avalanches and design of Instrumented Composite Tower for studies on avalanches were completed.

In the field of electronics and electro-optics, many systems were inducted/accepted by the services. 3D medium range surveillance radar - ROHINI and its naval variant REVATHI were inducted. 3D low-level light weight radar - Aslesha (for IAF) as well as Bharani (for Army) was accepted by the user. The engineered version of upgraded Weapon Locating Radar (WLR – Swathi) developed by DRDO was realized by the production agency. The electronic warfare system SAMYUKTA (naval variant) and SUJAV were inducted. Orders have been received for the Combat Net Radio (CNR) with anti-jamming features. A holographic sight for rifles/carbines was developed for aiming in closed quarter battle role and was accepted by the users.

Even with the most advanced weapon systems, the man behind machine is the most crucial factor in winning the war. The Life Sciences laboratories of DRDO continued to develop technology to maximize the operational efficiency of our soldiers and provide them with adequate support and protection. Some of the major achievements are highlighted. Three mobile laboratories for nuclear, biological and chemical defence were handed over to the user and rigorous training was imparted to them. An upgraded first-aid kit for protection against chemical and biological agents as well as the nuclear radiation were accepted by the services. Technology for producing DRDO developed kits for detection of swine flu was transferred to the production agency. The Combat Free Fall (CFF) protection system to meet the requirements of high altitude paratrooper’s mission requirements was designed developed and is under limited series production. A Submarine Escape Set (SES) for escape from an abandoned submarine from depths of 100m was designed and developed. Navy has projected a requirement of over 400 suits. Greenhouses were established at power plant locations such as Siachen Base camp, Chushul, Battalik etc and an average of 1400 kg vegetables of high nutritive values were produced in each greenhouse by standardizing the practices and procedures. About 5000 MT of vegetables are locally grown for meeting Army’s requirements A Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) was designed, developed and accepted by the Air Force. Series production of systems for deployment at all the Air Force Selection Boards of the IAF is underway. Yoga Training Modules have been developed for toning up cardio-respiratory, respiratory, endocrine and nervous systems to maintain optimum physical fitness and mental health of troops deployed at high altitude extreme climates. Yoga training was provided to over 2000 personnel who were to be deployed at Siachen Glacier. MoU has been signed with Indian Railways for joint development of Biotoilets to be installed in rail coaches. Biotoilets have been installed in Lakshadweep Islands and NE region of India for safe disposal of human waste and MoUs signed with Indian Railways & Min. of Urban Development for installation in rail coaches & homes. MoU with Ministry of Urban Development is under process for joint development of biotoilets and their installation under mass civilian program.

Advanced materials have been always at the core of weapon systems and military hardware. Significant milestones were achieved in this critical area. A low-alloy steel “DMR-1700” with ultrahigh strength and high fracture toughness was developed as a cost effective replacement of 250 grade maraging steel. The alloy was successfully proven by successful demonstration in the intended application. A 500 ton per annum capacity titanium sponge plant based on DRDO technology was set up at Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML). The Plant was inaugurated by the Defence Minister on 27 Feb 2011. Light-weight composite armour for Mi-17-IV helicopter of IAF has successfully undergone integration and flight-trials. Technology developed for vacuum investment casting of gas turbine blades for Kaveri engine was extended for making high pressure turbine blades for land-based gas turbine for power generation. The runways at strategic locations often require rapid repairs. Many of these locations are in extreme

cold regions where the normal concrete does not set in easily. Technology for rapid repair of runways in cold regions was developed and successfully demonstrated at sub zero temperature.

A dedicated team of DRDO engineers executed highly specialized nature of Civil works at some of the most difficult and hazardous area within the stipulated time frame. Agreements for co-operation / co-development in frontline areas of science, technology and engineering were signed with several countries.


1. Silicon Trophy 2010:
Research Centre Imarat (Programme AD), Hyderabad in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the laboratory in developing a Ballistic Missile Defence System.

2. Titanium Trophy 2010: DL, Jodhpur in recognition of its contribution in the area of camouflage and low observable technologies for the Armed Forces and critical defence equipment.

3. Life Time Achievement award for 2010 has been conferred on Air Cmde R Gopalaswami (Retd), Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) Hyderabad for the development of liquid rocket engines for missiles and multi-fold array of technology and management initiatives.

4. Technology Leadership Awards for:

Dr. V Bhujanga Rao, Distinguished Scientist & Director, Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Vishakhapatnam for outstanding contributions in the design, development and induction of indigenous underwater weapons, naval stealth products, underwater mines, fire control systems and autonomous underwater vehicles.

S Sundaresh, Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller Research & Development. Shri S Sundaresh pioneered the development of complex, multi-disciplinary, technology intensive Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS) for the MBT Arjun through successful system integration, weapon system trials and user acceptance.

Dr G Malakondaiah, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad. Dr. G Malakondaiah has made valuable contributions in the development of speciality low-alloy steel DMR-1700 as a cost-effective replacement of maraging steels. AB class naval steels were indigenized under the leadership of Dr G Malakondaiah and are being used in the construction of the very first indigenously built aircraft carrier at the Cochin Shipyard.

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5 mai 2011 4 05 /05 /mai /2011 13:00



04 May 2011 by defenceWeb


The South African Army is purchasing night vision tubes worth R3 million from vendor ECM Technologies. The order was placed last month. It adds to the some R238 million spent on night vision equipment since 2007. In addition to the R241 223 912.08 spent on new equipment, some R17 241 102.51 has been spent on maintenance and repair. The equipment replaces dated technology based on first and second generation image intensifiers. The acquisitions appear separate from Project Cytoon that is seeing the SA Army Tactical Intelligence Corps gaining 14 Thales Squire ground surveillance radars and 65 Thales Sophie thermal imagers.


Thermal imagers detect radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum.


Since most objects emit such radiation, thermal imagers allow their users to "see" their surroundings with or without visible light. The warmer the object, the brighter the object appears in the imager. Humans, with an internal body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius tend to stand out against their surroundings, which are mostly cooler. This also allows thermal imagers to spot camouflaged targets. Many modern thermal imagers include an eye-safe laser rangefinder and pointer, a compass, GPS and digital camera. The Thales Sophie can spot humans at over 4km, tanks at 10km, helicopters at 12km and jet fighters at 16km, Thales says.

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