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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 17:40
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BMD-4M

 

24.03.2015 sputniknews.com

 

Les troupes aéroportées russes recevront prochainement un véhicule blindé combinant les caractéristiques d'un module de combat et d'un appareil de type hélicoptère, écrit mardi le quotidien Rossiïskaïa gazeta.

 

Le lancement de ce projet a été annoncé par le commandant des troupes aéroportées (VDV) Vladimir Chamanov. Une compagnie de recherche composée de quatre sections sera formée à la base de l'école aéroportée de Riazan pour concevoir un "véhicule de combat d'infanterie volant". Les meilleurs élèves diplômés des écoles techniques spécialisées y seront appelés sur la base du volontariat. Ils travailleront en coopération avec les spécialistes de l'Université technique Baumann de Moscou, de l'Institut d'aviation de Moscou, de l'Université technique automobile et routière de Moscou et de l'Université d'État Lomonossov de Moscou.

 

Entre temps, les nouveaux véhicules blindés de transport de troupe Rakouchka (coquille) et les véhicules blindés de combat d'infanterie BMD-4M seront présentés pour la première fois au grand public lors du défilé sur la Place Rouge à l'occasion du 70e anniversaire de la Victoire dans la Grande Guerre patriotique.

 

Les essais du nouveau VBCI avec le module de combat Bakhtcha se sont achevés en décembre 2014. En mars 2015 déjà, la division aéroportée de Toula a reçu les premiers VBCI modernisés. Plus de soixante véhicules supplémentaires devraient être construits d'ici la fin de l'année. Au sujet du renforcement de la puissance de feu, Vladimir Chamanov a annoncé: "Il existe une étroite coopération avec les entreprises de l'armement, notamment de Toula et d'Ijevsk, pour améliorer le poids volumique de l'armement avec de nouveaux équipements optiques et thermiques de fabrication russe". Des travaux actifs sont également en cours pour créer un nouveau module de combat sur roues.

 

Des unités spéciales ont été créées au sein des garnisons de troupes aéroportées (VDV) pour réagir rapidement aux menaces inattendues. Les officiers et les soldats sont prêts à se rendre en 24 heures partout en Russie et même en dehors pour y remplir leur mission.

 

Des bataillons de reconnaissance ont également été formés dans cinq unités aéroportées, précise Vladimir Chamanov. L'un d'eux est une force spéciale dotée de parachutes guidés Arbalet-2. On y trouve essentiellement des militaires professionnels. Le VDV prévoit pour eux certains privilèges, dont des primes. Et pour que les contractuels passent davantage de temps avec leurs familles, ils travaillent désormais cinq jours par semaine.

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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
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Le 22 mars 2015 nouvelles.gc.ca

 

CAMP ADAZI, LETTONIE – Des soldats du 3e bataillon, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), basés à Petawawa, Ontario, ajoutent une force militaire à l'exercice SUMMER SHIELD, un exercice d'entraînement militaire de l'OTAN, tenu à Camp Adazi, en Lettonie. Une équipe formée d'environ 45 soldats participera à des exercices tactiques avec tirs réels, du 21 au 31 mars 2015. Les Canadiens, forts de leurs connaissances et de leur expérience, prendront part aux exercices d'entraînement conjoints avec les forces de la Lettonie, de la Lituanie, du Luxembourg, de l’Allemagne et des États-Unis. L'exercice d'entraînement vise à montrer que l'OTAN est résolue et unifiée face au président russe Vladimir Poutine. L'exercice se terminera par une journée de visiteurs distingués le 31 mars.

 

    L'exercice SUMMER SHIELD est un exercice multinational annuel tenu au Camp Adazi, près de Riga, en Lettonie. Cette année, plus de 1100 troupes de l'OTAN s'y entraîneront ensemble dans le cadre d'un scénario de tir réel.

    L'exercice constitue une occasion inestimable pour les Forces armées canadiennes de s'entraîner et d'améliorer leur interopérabilité militaire dans la région de la Baltique avec les forces de l'OTAN.

    Les Forces armées canadiennes se sont engagées à travailler avec les alliés de l'OTAN, et elles cherchent toujours des occasions de prendre part à des exercices d'entraînement collectifs en Europe, et plus récemment en Pologne, en Allemagne, en Lituanie et en Lettonie.

 

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    « La participation du Canada à des exercices comme celui de SUMMER SHIELD illustre notre soutien vis-à vis de nos alliés de l'OTAN de l'Europe de l'Est face aux actes d’agression du régime de Vladimir Poutine. »

    L'Honorable Jason Kenney, ministre de la Défense nationale

 

    « Cet exercice constitue une occasion unique et stimulante pour les commandants et les soldats de prendre part à un scénario de brigade multinational de tir réel. Nous souhaitons aussi élargir cette expérience à nos unités et notre système d'entraînement et réaliser des gains à long terme dans le cadre de notre compréhension commune avec nos forces alliées. »

    Majeur Jonathan Hubble, commandant de la Force opérationnelle terrestre

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 16:30
Syrie: l'équipage d'un hélicoptère de l'armée capturé, un tué

MI-17 helicopter - source photo syriahr.com

 

22 mars 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Beyrouth - Des rebelles islamistes ont capturé dimanche cinq membres de l'équipage d'un hélicoptère militaire du régime syrien dans le nord-ouest du pays, rapporte l'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'Homme (OSDH), précisant que l'un d'eux a été tué par la suite.

 

Un hélicoptère du régime a fait un atterrissage forcé dans la région de Jabal al-Zawiya dans le nord-ouest, un bastion du Front al-Nosra (la branche syrienne d'Al-Qaïda, ndlr), a indiqué à l'AFP Rami Abdel Rahmane, directeur de l'OSDH.

 

Quatre membres de l'équipage ont été capturés et un cinquième a été tué par des hommes armés dans un village de la zone, située dans la province d'Idleb, a-t-il précisé.

 

Deux membres de l'équipage sont aux mains d'Al-Nosra, tandis que deux autres ont été capturés par un groupe islamiste inconnu. Et au moins une sixième personne est en fuite. L'OSDH a montré des photos d'hommes entourant un hélicoptère endommagé et penché sur le flanc, dans une plaine.

 

La télévision d'Etat syrienne a pour a part reconnu qu'un hélicoptère militaire s'est écrasé lors d'un atterrissage forcé en raison d'une panne technique dans la province d'Idleb. Les recherches pour trouver l'équipage sont en cours.

 

Malgré les condamnations internationales, le régime utilise quotidiennement ses hélicoptères pour larguer des barils d'explosifs sur les régions rebelles en Syrie, faisant plusieurs centaines de victimes depuis un an.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 13:55
1er RCA : Engagement en salle d’honneur

 

22/03/2015 M. Boyer - armée de Terre

 

Retour aux sources pour le 1er régiment de chasseurs d’Afrique (1er RCA). Désormais, les engagés volontaires de l’armée de Terre (EVAT) signeront ou renouvelleront leur contrat dans la salle d’honneur du régiment.

 

Un cadre plus formel et symbolique, pour les soldats du 1er RCA. Le brigadier Soni du 1er escadron a ouvert la voie ! Il est ainsi le premier depuis de nombreuses années à signer son contrat de renouvellement d'engagement dans la salle d'Honneur du régiment : "Capitaine Jacques Vauquelin". En présence du directeur des ressources humaines, du président des engagés volontaires du régiment et du chef de corps, c’est avec émotion que le brigadier a renouvelé son contrat. Un retour sur une tradition chargée de sens car, face aux étendards et aux hauts faits d'armes de leurs anciens, les jeunes soldats prennent pleinement conscience de leur engagement au service de la France.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
China’s People’s Liberation Army – The politico-military nexus

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing anti-corruption drive has, so far, targeted 16 high-ranking military officers, as well as thousands of civil servants. The attention paid to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by the president ever since he became Chairman of the Central Military Commission in 2012 highlights the PLA’s importance as a political actor in its own right.

However, China also has an effective system of civilian control over the military, which works, unlike in the West, not because the armed forces are deemed to be apolitical, but, on the contrary, because they are thoroughly politicised.

 

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15 mars 2015 7 15 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
Global Firepower (GFP) ranking 2015


source Global Firepower (GFP)
 

Global Firepower (GFP) provides a unique analytical display of data concerning today's world military powers. Over 100 world military powers are considered in the ranking which allows for a broad spectrum of comparisons to be achieved concerning relative military strengths.

The user should note that nuclear capability is not taken into account as that would defeat the purpose of such comparisons. Instead, the GFP ranking is based strictly on each nation's potential conventional war-making capabilities across land, sea and air. The final ranking also incorporates values related to resources, finances and geography. Some statistics have been estimated where official numbers are not publicly available.

The GFP ranking is based on a formula utilizing over fifty different factors, compiled and measured against each nation. Bonuses (ex: low oil consumption) and penalties (ex: high oil consumption) are applied to further refine the list. The finalized GFP value is recognized as the "Power Index" (PwrIndx) which supplies a nation its respective positioning in the rankings.

 

Global Firepower (GFP) ranking 2015

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14 mars 2015 6 14 /03 /mars /2015 12:21
Polar Epsilon 2 Radarsat-2 source ADGA

Polar Epsilon 2 Radarsat-2 source ADGA

 

March 11, 2015 By David Pugliese – Defense News

 

VICTORIA, British Columbia — Canada's military for years has had a wishlist of billions of dollars of new equipment designed to support Arctic operations. But this year it is actually moving ahead on those acquisitions, first with new patrol ships and then by upgrading utility aircraft for operations in the country's northern regions.

 

The first steel will be cut on the Royal Canadian Navy's Arctic offshore patrol ships in September. Five ships will be constructed by Irving Shipbuilding of Canada, while Lockheed Martin is handling onboard combat systems in the CAN $3.5 billion (US $3.4 billion) project.

 

This year will also see the release of a request for bids on an upgrade program for the Royal Canadian Air Force's CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft, which are used for utility transports in the Arctic. The project is expected to cost $20 million to $49 million.

 

"The CC-138 Twin Otter will undergo a life extension program to ensure the fleet remains safe and operationally effective until the UTA [utility transport aircraft] enters service," Air Force spokesman Maj. James Simiana said.

 

The UTA is a proposed new fleet of transport aircraft for the Arctic but isn't expected to be ready to replace the 40-year-old Twin Otters until 2025.

 

In the meantime, the upgrade will replace the Twin Otter's wing boxes and install cockpit voice/flight data recorders, improving supportability with a new supply chain of parts, according to the Air Force.

 

In addition, high frequency radios and aircraft spares will be acquired and training devices will be improved.

 

The Air Force expects the upgrade contract to be awarded in 2016, with final delivery of the modernized Twin Otters in 2020.

 

Navy League of Canada analyst Norm Jolin said the focus for new Arctic equipment shouldn't be weapon systems but the austere environment. Much of the Arctic is still uncharted and despite global warming, the region is often inaccessible, said Jolin, a retired Royal Canadian Navy captain.

 

"Up in the north, it's still about survival," he said.

 

With that in mind, the Canadian Army plans to outfit individual soldiers with new winter warfare equipment, including snowshoes, skis and toboggans. Up to $49 million will be spent on that gear with deliveries to begin in 2021.

 

Further into the future, the Army plans to purchase up to 100 all-terrain vehicles capable of operations in the snow. The vehicles would replace tracked BV-206s purchased in the 1980s. The program is estimated to cost between $100 million and $249 million, but the military doesn't expect to go to industry for bids until after 2021.

 

Increasing the Canadian government and military's presence in the resource-rich Arctic is a key defense platform for Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In January, he named Julian Fantino as associate defense minister with a focus on Arctic issues.

 

Harper contends that the increased military and government presence is needed because oil, gas and minerals in the Arctic are critical to the country's economic growth. The types of incidents the Canadian Forces would most likely have to respond to in the Arctic, Jolin said, would be a major environmental disaster or a search-and-rescue operation, such as aiding a commercial cruise ship that has capsized after hitting an uncharted obstacle.

 

"The biggest thing will be coordination, so you'll want to have the ability to mount a command post, have good radios and radars, good surveillance," he said. "It's about command and control, power generation and communications."

 

To meet the communications and surveillance needs, Canada's military plans to take part in two space programs to support Arctic operations.

 

The government will fund the construction of two polar communications and weather satellites. An analysis of various options for the project is expected to start this year, with a request for proposals to be issued to industry in 2018. A contact will be awarded in 2020.

 

The two spacecraft, which will provide the backbone of military and government communications in the Arctic as well as weather forecasting, are estimated to cost $1.5 billion.

 

The Canadian military also has an increased surveillance capability planned for the Arctic, dubbed Polar Epsilon 2. The system will use the data produced by the Canadian government's Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) spacecraft currently under design. The RCM satellites are scheduled for launch in 2018.

 

Polar Epsilon 2 will involve the construction of ground infrastructure and systems to collect and process data from the three RCM satellites. The project is estimated to cost between $100 million and $249 million. A contract is expected to be awarded in 2017, with delivery of the systems two years later.

 

The building of other Arctic infrastructure is also underway. In 2013 the Canadian Forces opened a $25 million Arctic Training Centre in Resolute Bay. Canada has also just started work on a naval refueling facility on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Department of National Defence spokeswoman Dominique Tessier said.

 

Originally the plan was to build a deep-water port at Nanisivik, but because of the high costs of construction in the Arctic that has been scaled back to a $130 million refueling site for the Royal Canadian Navy. The site will be used to support the new Arctic offshore patrol ships.

 

Early preparation work for construction began in September 2014, Tessier said. Full operational capability of the facility is planned for 2018, she added.

 

"This upcoming construction season [in] 2015 will involve jetty recapitalization and site material preparation," Tessier said.

 

Subsequent construction seasons in the north, from 2016 to 2018, will see construction of tank farm and road upgrades.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 14:30
credits BBC MidEast

credits BBC MidEast

 

11-03-2015 Par RFI

 

Après dix jours d’intenses combats, et après après avoir repris al-Alam, un faubourg situé au nord de Tikrit, mardi, l’armée d'Irak et les milices chiites ont réussi une première incursion dans Tikrit, l'ancien fief de Saddam Hussein contrôlé par l’organisation Etat islamique. Chasser les jihadistes de cette ville reste leur principal objectif.

 

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9 mars 2015 1 09 /03 /mars /2015 17:25
M113A2 Wildcat photo Ejercito Real Sueco

M113A2 Wildcat photo Ejercito Real Sueco

 

09 March 2015 armyrecognition.com

 

WASHINGTON, -- The US Department of Defense has offered to the Argentine government one hundred armored tracked series M113 at a discounted prices. The total amount bid is $2,495,368, $2,277,049.20 of which correspond to the M113A2 , $24.412 for one M548A1 and 193,906.80 for six M577A2 .

The offer, issued by the DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency), includs 93 armored personnel carriers M113A2, a single load armored M548A1 and M577A2 six armored command post.

 

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8 mars 2015 7 08 /03 /mars /2015 13:56
Journée de la femme 2015

 

08/03/2015 Camille Pégol - Armée de Terre

 

8 mars 2015 : A l’occasion de la journée de la femme, notre personnel féminin est à l’honneur ! 

 

Le taux de féminisation avoisine aujourd’hui les 11% pour l’armée de Terre. Mêmes métiers, mêmes parcours, même implication… Qu’elles soient pilotes d’hélicoptère, de char ou de VBCI, chef d’équipe ou chef de section, chef de groupe ou chef de corps, cuisinière ou mécano, tireur minimi ou secrétaire, en France ou en opération extérieure, 1re classe ou capitaine…, militaire au féminin s’écrit toujours militaire ! 

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
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03/04/2015  by Joseph Carpenter - DefenceIQ

 

An RFP is being prepared by the Royal Netherlands Army for a replacement system to its 25-strong AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven UAV fleet with an expected issue date of early 2015.

 

The Raven support contract is coming to an end and the senior UAS adviser to the commander of the army has identified three user groups that would benefit from a small UAV capability, as revealed in December at Defence IQ’s UAS Training and Simulation conference in London. These groups are the country’s Special Forces (including the marines) with up to a one-hour endurance; reconnaissance units with a mid-range operating requirement; and national security forces with up to a three-hour endurance need. The military police are also anticipating an unmanned rotary-wing capability. It is therefore believed that any new system, which is likely to enter service at the end of 2015, would need to offer modular options to support a variety of payloads.

 

Among the requirements for the new fleet is the need for new flight simulators (both fixed and mobile), alongside maintenance, lifecycle support and potentially instructorship. The Army is also currently undertaking concept work on a flapping-wing micro-UAV for infantry to deploy on short reconnaissance missions.

 

Meanwhile, the Dutch Air Force currently operates the larger medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) MQ-9 Reaper by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The Navy is also likely to seek a ship-based surveillance UAV capability within the next two years.

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
 Indonesian Army Astros MLRS made in Brazil.

Indonesian Army Astros MLRS made in Brazil.

 

23.032.2015 by Maki Catama - aseanmildef.com

 

JAKARTA, -- Vice-President M Jusuf Kalla has said the government might postpone a plan to buy military weaponry from Brazil after it has postponed the presentation of credentials by Indonesias ambassador-designate to the country.

"We are reconsidering our plan to purchase weapons (from Brazil)," Kalla told the press here Monday.

The bilateral relations between Brazil and Indonesia have become tense following Brazilian President Dilma Rousseffs unwillingness to receive Indonesian Ambassador-designate to Brazil Toto Riyanto.

"On the same evening after the refusal, the President ordered the recall (of the ambassador-designate). I communicated with the Foreign Affairs Minister to recall (him) immediately," Kalla stated.

Indonesias Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly protested the decision of the Government of Brazil to abruptly postpone the presentation of credentials by its Ambassador-designate to Brazil, Toto Riyanto, after formally inviting him to present the credentials at a ceremony in the Presidential Palace of Brazil at 9.00 a.m. (Brazilian time) on February 20, 2015.

"The manner in which the foreign minister of Brazil suddenly decided to postpone the presentation of credentials by the Indonesian Ambassador-designate to Brazil, when the Ambassador-designate was already at the palace, is unacceptable to Indonesia," said a statement on the ministrys official website on Saturday.

The Brazilian government has postponed the credential letter presentation in protest against the recent execution of a Brazilian drug offender by the Indonesian government.

Indonesia will go ahead with the implementation of the death penalty on major drug offenders, despite protests from the governments of Australia and Brazil, Kalla stated.

"We have reiterated many times that we have the sovereignty and will carry out the executions. Remember that the death penalty is based on a court verdict and not a presidential instruction," Kalla noted here Monday.

He understands the right of a country to lodge its protest against the execution of its citizen. Indonesia has also protested whenever its citizens were about to be executed in other countries, he added.

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 08:25
Gladiator LAV III - photo Ejecrito Colombia

Gladiator LAV III - photo Ejecrito Colombia

 

February 28, 2015: Strategy Page

 

In 2014 the South American nation of Colombia received 32 LAV III. 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles from Canada to replace their elderly M113 tracked and EE-11 6x6 wheeled vehicles. LAV III is a 17 ton vehicle mounting a remote control turret using a 12.7mm machine-gun or 25mm or 30mm autocannon, plus two machine-guns. It has a crew of three and can carry seven passengers. Colombia bought the LAV III version with a V shaped double hull and add-on armor to provide more protection against mines and roadside bombs. Colombia paid nearly $3 million for each LAV III and may spend more on them as additional accessories become available.

 

Canada has a big user of the locally made LAV III and had constantly improved the vehicle. This makes the LAV III more attractive to export customers. Thus in 2008 Canada ordered $66 million worth of add-on armor for its fleet of 700 LAV III 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles. Since 2000 Canada has been replacing its 1980s era MOWAG vehicles with the locally built LAV III. The LAV III design was the model for the American Stryker. Canada has also exported LAV IIIs to New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. Although Canada also obtained more heavily protected trucks (MRAPs), for troops in Afghanistan threatened by roadside bombs, the LAV IIIs were still seen as suitable for most combat missions. Canada did not equip all its LAV IIIs with add-on armor, most of the kits went to the vehicles serving in Afghanistan.  There, the LAVs also received additional electronics and several other minor tweaks.

 

Other countries made upgrades to LAV III type vehicles. In 2006 the U.S. Army equipped 150 of its Stryker wheeled armored vehicles with ERA (Explosive Reactive Armor.) Invented by the Israelis in the 1970s, ERA consists of explosives packaged between layers of sheet metal. When the hot gas jet produced by a shaped charge (of an RPG or missile warhead) hits the ERA explosives, the gas jet is disrupted and rendered harmless by the ERA explosion. Many American M-2 and AAV-7 armored vehicles in Iraq are already protected by ERA kits (which cost over $100,000 each). The Stryker ERA cost nearly $300,000 per vehicle, and added 3.5 tons of weight (compared to 2.5 tons for the current slat armor it will replace.)

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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Soldier Equipment and Technology Advancement Forum

 

Mar 3, 2015 Source : ASDEvents

 

  • Optimising Soldier Equipment For Winter Warfare
  • 15 April, 2015 - 16 April, 2015, Oslo, Norway

 

The dismounted soldier and marine are still the greatest asset of any defence force and time and time again have proven vital for mission effectiveness in a variety of complex operational environments. As the global political and economic landscape has shifted and many soldier modernisation programme managers are evaluating changes in national defence strategies, it has never been more important to gather the community and share information on how dismounted operations can be improved with new equipment and technology advances.

Unlike other events, SETAF is a meeting for the soldier modernisation community that is designed around a series of focused discussion groups run by co-chairs who are selected experts on vital subject matter.

With no PowerPoint presentations, the SETAF meeting will dedicate the precious time of its participants to in-depth learning, networking and discussions, making it a complementary part of the soldier modernisation communities’ annual training and development programme.
 

SETAF Event Highlights

  • No Attendees only participants: SETAF’s unique discussion based format means we deliver only technical discussions lead by experts in their field
  • Participation confirmed from soldier system experts from Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, US, Canada, Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands
  • Soldier Winter Warfare Equipment Briefing Day: hear from local and international programmes and how they design and optimise their soldier systems for sub-zero environments
  • Real solutions uncovered in the SETAF exhibition zone: the very latest technologies will be showcased to help advance the next generation of soldier system
     

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Benefits of Attending

  • No attendees, only participants. SETAF is an event where everyone gets involved in technical discussions, no one sits out and just observes!
  • Explore shared experiences and uncover opportunities for partnership and exchange of lessons learnt with new and innovative industry partners in the SETAF exhibition zone
  • SETAF Artic Focus Day: Don’t miss the chance to hear briefings from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Canada on how they optimise soldier systems and focus their design for sub-zero and low temperature harsh operational environments
  • Hear direct operational feedback from soldier systems tested in theatre and how this real life experience is redesigning the next phase of national programmes
  • Take advantage of over 20 hours of informal networking-more than at any other soldier system meeting in 2015!
     

Focus Day / Workshop

Don't Miss the Pre-Conference Winter Warfare Soldier Equipment Briefings Day | 14th April 2015

Make Sure you register for the SETAF Programme Acquisition and Integration Masterclass | 16th April 2015
With Colonel Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier

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Speakers

  • Major General Anukul Chandra, Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ
  • Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation
  • Adelbert Bronkhorst, Principal Scientist, TNO Defence, Security & Safety
  • Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg, Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement, Norwegian Defence Staff
  • Colonel Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
  • Darren Browning, Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
  • Derek Riezebos, Project Manager -VOSS-E-Lighter Programme, Netherlands MoD
  • Ed Andrukaitis, National Defence HQ, National Defence Headquarters
  • Gert Nutzel, Chief Scientist, PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.
  • John Foley, Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead, Thales
  • Lt Colonel Christopher Woodburn, nfantry Weapons and Optics, Maneuver Branch, Fires and maneuver Integration Division, United States Marine Corps
  • Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej, Soldier System TYTAN - Project Manager, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces
  • Lt Colonel Tiberius Tomoiaga, Director, METRA
  • Major Enric Bouffard, Lead Requirements Officer, Soldier Clothing, Protection And Equipment, Canadian Army
  • Major Jonathan Herbert, Director Land Requirements 5-6, National Defence Headquarters
  • Olaf Aul, Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics
  • Patrick Curlier, Vice President Optronics and Defence Division Sagem Defense and Securite, Sagem
  • Ross Jones, Programme Leader - Dismounted Soldier Systems Programme & Delivery Directorate, DSTL
  • Rune Lausand, Chief Scientist, FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
  • Steven Savage, Senior Scientist, Defence, Safety and Security FOI -POWER, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 18:40
The United States Will Fund Equipment Purchases And Training For The Ukrainian Army

The aid for Ukraine will not probably include lethal weapons, such as depicted Javelin ATGM. Photo: SOI-East Combat Camera/Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers/US DoD.

 

03 March, 2015 defence24.pl

 

The United States will allocate USD 120 million in order to realize a training programme for the Ukrainian soldiers, along with a programme purchases of armament for Ukraine.

 

Geoffrey Payatt, US Ambassador in Ukraine stated this fact in his interview for the Ukrainian “Inter” TV station. According to Payatt, the money will be allocated to train the soldiers and procure equipment for them – but not the lethal weapons.

 

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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 18:35
Australian Light Armoured Vehicle in Puckapunyal, Victoria

Australian Light Armoured Vehicle in Puckapunyal, Victoria

 

19 February 2015 Minister for Defence

 

The Minister for Defence, the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, today announced the Australian Government has given First Pass approval for project LAND 400 Phase 2 – Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability. The Request for Tender has been released for the multi-billion dollar project to replace the Australian Defence Force’s Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).

Mr Andrews, together with the Minister for Industry and Science, The Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, urged Australian industry to take advantage of opportunities arising from project Land 400 Phase 2.

Speaking at the Puckapunyal Army Base, Mr Andrews said Australian industry would have the opportunity to participate in both the acquisition and support phases.

“The ASLAV is the ADF’s current mounted combat reconnaissance vehicle and has seen extensive operational service, including in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan,” Mr Andrews said.

“The fleet will reach the end of its life around 2021. The Government is committed to replacing and enhancing the Army’s fleet of combat vehicles and other land force capabilities to best protect our soldiers.”

Mr Macfarlane said the prime contractors leading bids to provide the new vehicles would be expected to maximise Australian industry content while ensuring an effective capability, without detriment to the quality, interoperability, schedule or cost of the project.

“When it comes to Defence contracts, Australian suppliers want a piece of the pie,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Government’s broader policy settings, including our Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, are focussed on building on our strengths and maximising opportunities for investment and job creation.

“Australian industry must continue to demonstrate that it can be competitive, and can be a vital, long-term contributor to supply chains and support strategies.”

The upcoming Defence White Paper will confirm the remaining scope of the program, which is likely to provide an infantry fighting vehicle, currently partly provided by the M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier, a manoeuvre support vehicle, and an integrated training system.

When fully delivered, the LAND 400 Program will allow Army to successfully sustain mounted close combat against emerging and future threats as part of a joint force.

Australian companies wishing to be involved as sub-contractors to have the opportunity to pursue a range of opportunities including:

· Component and parts supply;

· Integration of Australian communications, sensor and weapons systems;

· Engineering and testing;

· Facilities; and

· Vehicle sustainment and logistics.

This process is consistent with the successes achieved by Australian companies in winning work in other major Defence procurement programs including the international Joint Strike Fighter program.

Defence continues to provide assistance to industry through a number of other related and successful programs including the Global Supply Chain program and Team Defence Australia.

 

Australian suppliers are being encouraged to register at: http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/AboutDMO/OurStructure/GMLandandMaritime/LandSystems/Content/land400industryopp.aspx

 

Industry registration link: http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/AboutDMO/OurStructure/GMLandandMaritime/LandSystems/Content/land400industryopp.aspx

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The Mbombe 6x6 armored vehicle to be assembled in Jordan for its military. Photo: Paramount Group

The Mbombe 6x6 armored vehicle to be assembled in Jordan for its military. Photo: Paramount Group


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 26 (UPI)

 

Jordan has become the first customer for the Mbombe 6x6 armored infantry combat vehicle from South Africa's Paramount Group.

The initial 50 vehicles for the Jordanian armed forces will be assembled in Jordan by KADDB, or the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, which will also produce some components for it.

Additional details of the deal, including its monetary value, were not disclosed.


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Infiltration sous voile des GCP du 17e RGP

 

03/03/2015 SCH Beltran - Armée de Terre

 

Les GCP du 17e régiment du génie parachutiste (17e RGP), filmés à l’occasion d’un saut d’entraînement, nous commentent l’originalité de l’infiltration sous voile.

 

Les groupements des commandos parachutistes (GCP) sont des petites unités issues des régiments de la 11e brigade parachutiste (11e BP). Elles sont composées de soldats choisis pour leurs qualités physiques et morales et ont la particularité de s’infiltrer en zone hostile à la suite d’un parachutage à haute altitude. Ces soldats ont pour mission d’appuyer la mise à terre et l’engagement de la 11e BP, de renseigner ainsi que de mener des actions ponctuelles dans la profondeur. Ils sont engagés sur tous les théâtres d’opérations et participent à la lutte contre le terrorisme.

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General Khalifa Haftar photo Magharebia

General Khalifa Haftar photo Magharebia

 

2 March 2015 BBC Africa

 

A controversial anti-Islamist, General Khalifa Haftar, has been named head of the Libyan army.

 

Libya's internationally recognised government controls only a small part of the country, with Tripoli controlled by rivals Libya Dawn. The country has been blighted by fighting between the factions, as well as attacks by jihadist groups. Gen Haftar launched Operation Dignity last year, a self-declared war on Islamists in the city of Benghazi. On Monday there were reports of fighting between Haftar-controlled troops and Islamists in the city. The former general is a divisive figure amongst Libyans. He has drawn praise for attempts to bring order to the chaos in the country but criticism for his aggressive use of force, including air strikes. His critics say he targeted both moderate and hardline Islamist groups in the east, which further radicalised some people, according to BBC Libya correspondent Rana Jawad.

 

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Irak: l’armée déploie 30.000 soldats et lance un assaut sur Tikrit

 

2 mars 2015 45eNord.ca (AFP)

 

Les forces gouvernementales irakiennes bombardaient lundi des positions djihadistes dans et autour de Tikrit, un bastion du groupe armé État islamique au nord de Bagdad où une offensive d’envergure impliquant quelque 30 000 hommes était en cours, a indiqué l’armée.

 

«Les forces de sécurité avancent depuis trois directions vers Tikrit, Ad-Dawr (au sud) et Al-Alam (au nord)», a déclaré par téléphone à l’AFP un colonel de l’armée irakienne.

«Des chasseurs-bombardiers, des hélicoptères et l’artillerie visent Tikrit pour assurer la progression (des forces progouvernementales) et couper les voies de ravitaillement», a-t-il précisé.

Des sources militaires ont fait état d’avions irakiens participant à l’opération, mais il n’était pas clair dans l’immédiat si l’offensive pouvait aussi compter sur un soutien aérien étranger, iranien ou de la coalition internationale antidjihadistes conduite par les États-Unis.

Selon le colonel, les forces progouvernementales «progressent également sur les routes secondaires afin d’empêcher la fuite de Daech (un acronyme du groupe djihadiste en arabe)», qui contrôle Tikrit depuis neuf mois.

Le groupe armé État islamique (EI) s’était emparé de cette ville en juin à la faveur d’une percée fulgurante dans le nord et l’ouest de l’Irak, où ce groupe extrémiste sunnite impose sa loi et multiplie les atrocités, comme sur les territoires qu’il contrôle en Syrie voisine.

L’opération militaire en cours à Tikrit est l’une des plus ambitieuses entreprises par Bagdad à ce jour pour faire reculer les djihadistes.

Elle a débuté tôt lundi, après avoir été annoncée la veille par le premier ministre Haider al-Abadi.

D’après le colonel irakien interrogé par l’AFP, les forces impliquées dans la bataille de Tikrit appartiennent à l’armée, à la police, à des unités antiterroristes, à des groupes de volontaires progouvernementaux connus sous le nom d’Unités de mobilisation populaire et à des tribus locales sunnites hostiles à l’EI.

«Venger Speicher»

Depuis Samarra, l’autre grande ville de la province de Salaheddine, le premier ministre irakien a appelé dimanche les forces progouvernementales à épargner la population civile lors de cette offensive majeure.

«La priorité que nous avons fixée à l’armée et aux forces qui l’aideront est de préserver la sécurité des citoyens», a indiqué M.Abadi, semblant vouloir rassurer la population de Tikrit, principalement sunnite, qui craint des représailles de la part des forces de sécurité si les djihadistes sont chassés de la région.

Le premier ministre a martelé ce message sur les réseaux sociaux, appelant «à protéger les civils et les propriétés avec le plus grand soin».

L’armée irakienne resserre l’étau depuis plusieurs semaines sur Tikrit, une ville qu’elle a plusieurs fois échoué à reprendre même si elle a enregistré quelques succès dans d’autres secteurs de l’Irak depuis le début des frappes de la coalition internationale contre les djihadistes.

Hadi al-Ameri, commandant des Unités de mobilisation populaire et figure centrale de la lutte en Irak contre l’EI, avait appelé samedi la population de Tikrit à quitter la ville dans les «48 heures», «pour venger Speicher».

Speicher est une base militaire proche de Tikrit où plusieurs centaines de nouvelles recrues, essentiellement chiites, avaient été enlevées avant d’être exécutées lors des premiers jours de l’offensive de l’EI en Irak.

Les milices chiites en particulier ont toujours promis de venger les exécutions de Speicher, suscitant des craintes de massacres visant la population sunnite dans le cas d’une reprise de Tikrit, région d’origine de l’ancien président irakien Saddam Hussein.

D’autant que certaines tribus sunnites de la région ont été accusées d’être impliquées dans le massacre de Speicher.

Dimanche, M. Abadi s’est également adressé aux habitants de Tikrit pour leur demander de se retourner contre les djihadistes.

«J’appelle tous ceux qui ont été trompés et ont commis des erreurs à déposer les armes aujourd’hui. Celle-ci pourrait être leur dernière chance», a-t-il dit, suggérant la possibilité d’une amnistie pour certains habitants qui avaient choisi le camp de l’EI.

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Iraq 'seizes districts from Daesh' in Tikrit advance

 

2 March 2015 BBC MidEast

 

Iraqi government forces say they have retaken some districts around Tikrit in their fight to recapture the city from Islamic State (IS).

 

A force of about 30,000 troops and militia are said to be attacking on different fronts, backed by air strikes from Iraqi jets. A commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards is taking part in the operation, a Shia militia commander told the BBC. Tikrit, north of the capital Baghdad, fell to IS militants last June. Security sources told the BBC that pro-government troops had seized control of the two districts of al-Tin, near Tikrit university north-east of the city, and the district of al-Abeid, in the west. Earlier, fighting was also reported in al-Dour, south-east of Tikrit, as well as in al-Alam, north of the city, and nearby Qadisiya. There were few details of the operation but army and medical sources were quoted as saying that five soldiers and 11 militia fighters had been killed.

 

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Credits : Idé

Credits : Idé

 

2-03-2015 Par Madjiasra Nako envoyé spécial – RFI

 

L'armée tchadienne a mené une offensive contre Boko Haram au Nigeria et repris la ville de Dikwa, dans le nord-est du pays. Dikwa était aux mains du groupe islamiste Boko Haram depuis plusieurs semaines. Selon l'état-major de l'armée tchadienne, il y a eu un mort et trente-quatre blessés du côté tchadien et il y a des morts également dans les rangs des islamistes. Un important matériel militaire a été récupéré au cours de l'opération. Notre correspondant au Tchad, Madjiasra Nako, a pu se rendre à Dikwa où l'armée tchadienne continue son ratissage.

 

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Credits VOA

Credits VOA

 

02/03/2015 Par Georges Malbrunot – LeFigaro.fr

 

La population sunnite craint des représailles des milices chiites accompagnant l'armée dans ses opérations contre Daech, qui contrôle depuis juin ce bastion de l'ancien dictateur Saddam Hussein.

 

Après avoir essuyé plusieurs échecs au cours des six derniers mois, l'armée irakienne a lancé lundi une opération d'envergure pour reprendre Tikrit, mobilisant plus de 30 000 hommes pour la reconquête de la plus importante ville de la province de Salaheddine, à 160 km au nord de Bagdad.

«Les forces de sécurité avancent depuis trois directions», a déclaré à l'AFP un officier de l'armée irakienne. «Des chasseurs bombardiers, des hélicoptères et l'artillerie visent Tikrit pour assurer la progression (des forces gouvernementales) et couper les voies de ravitaillement». On ignore si des avions iraniens ou de la coalition internationale anti-Daech (acronyme de l'État islamique en arabe) participent à cette délicate opération.

 

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U.S. To Re-Enter Indian Light Copter Contest


March 2, 2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist
 

India's third attempt at procuring 197 light reconnaissance/surveillance helicopters (RSH) for the Indian Army and IAF kicks off this month, and if two attempts across the last decade haven't thrown up enough dust, indications are that this third effort is all set to be even more interesting.

 

The two finalists in the last abortive attempt, Airbus Helicopters with the AS550 C3 Fennec and Kamov with the Ka-226T2 Sergei will both compete through respective build partners in India (the latter has a seemingly separate proposal to build the Sergei and Mi-17 V-5s in India.)

U.S. firm Bell Helicopter, which competed in the original effort (that began in 2003) has signalled that it will be re-entering the competition this year through local partners. Livefist learns that Bell Helicopter and an Indian partner will field the Bell 407GT in the new RSH contest.
 

B.S. Singhdeo, Managing Director, Bell India tells Livefist, "We are not prepared to discuss the details of the RSH; however Bell Helicopter is committed to the India and we are highly interested in the program.  Bell Helicopter has the right products to meet the future needs of India’s military."

 

The 407GT is a militarised version of Bell's 407GX, featuring the Garmin G1000H™ flight deck. Your correspondent was invited to fly in a 407GX at Aero India last month in Bengaluru in which a senior IAF pilot was at the controls for a 20-minute demo flight.

Bell reportedly withdrew from the original competition in 2006 after it was informed that the 407 hadn't satisfactorily demonstrated the three-axis vector maneouver during field evaluation trials. The competition went into the ground a year later when a complaint by Bell on the trials compelled the government to scrap a potential decision to award the contest to Eurocopter. The fresh contest sees another possible face-off between Bell and Airbus.

 

"In November 2014, Bell Helicopter established Dynamatic Technologies Ltd. as a single source supplier of major airframe cabin assemblies for the Bell 407GX and 407GT.  During Aero India, Dynamatic handed over first articles of these aerostructures.  Bell Helicopter continues to evaluate potential partners in India to support our local manufacturing footprint," says Singhdeo.

 

And AgustaWestland? The government's 2014 guidelines on 'dealing with Finmeccanica group of companies in all procurement cases', issued following the VVIP AW101 helicopter controversy, suggest that the light helicopter competition is open to AgustaWestland. It is not clear at this time if AgustaWestland has or will respond (through a partner, of course) to the new 'Make in India' RFI with its AW119 Koala, the platform it fielded in the second abortive procurement attempt.

The MoD has extended its deadline for interest from vendors three times since November last year, actions that speak loud about a desire perhaps for maximum participation. The truth is, two successive aborts have brought with them a measure of damage to confidence in India's ability to see crucial acquisition programmes through. The MoD sees the the light helicopter competition as a fairly uncompl

In a separate but related development, Airbus Helicopter has informed Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (which license builds Alouette-II/IIIs in India) that its inventory of rotor blade kits for the Cheetah and Chetak have been exhausted, and that a previous order will necessarily be the last one.

As Livefist reported recently, the other side the light copter modernisation effort is seeing forward movement too, with HAL's LUH scheduled for a first flight soon.

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Estonian infantry personnel sitting in a Dutch CV90.

Estonian infantry personnel sitting in a Dutch CV90.

 

20-02-2015 Defensie.NL

 

Dutch infantrymen are currently in Estonia to demonstrate the possibilities offered by the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle. Estonia recently bought a total of 44 CV90s from the Netherlands. These vehicles are to be delivered in 2016, by which time the Estonians want to be able to handle the vehicles.

 

Estonia bought the surplus CV90s in order to increase their firepower. In addition, the Estonian army wishes to step up its military exercises with NATO partners in view of the current developments on the eastern border of the Baltic country.

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