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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 12:30
Armor: Iraq Asks For More M-1s, Please

 

January 6, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Iraq is buying another 170 American M-1A1 tanks. In 2008 Iraq had ordered and received (by 2010) 140 M-1A1 tanks, 21 M88A1 armored recovery vehicles and 60 M1070 tank transporters (which can also carry supplies or other vehicles.) Iraq was not be the first Arab country to operate the M1 tank. Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia already operate over 1,600 of them, and Egypt has built hundreds of them (mainly using components imported from the U.S., but with some locally made parts). Iraq receives the M-1A1 version. All the other Arab users have at least some of the latest model (M1A2 SEP).

 

The Arab users of the M1 have been very happy with their American tanks. This satisfaction increased when they saw how the M-1 performed in Iraq. While most Arabs deplored U.S. operations in Iraq, Arab tank officers and M-1 crewmen were quietly pleased that their tanks appeared invulnerable, and able to assist the infantry in any kind of fight. Iraqi army officers have spoken to fellow Arab officers who have used the M-1, and were told this was the way to go.

 

Corruption in the Iraqi Army led to Iraqi M-1 crews being poorly trained and led. So far Iraqi troops have lost (or abandoned) at least 40 M-1s to enemy action or panic. At least one Iraqi Mi1 was destroyed by a Russian ATBM (anti-tank guided missile). The Iraqis promise they will do better with their new batch of M-1s.

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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 08:50
Armor: Poland Produces Their Own APFSDS

 

January 11, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Poland has ordered 13,000 120mm APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot, for smooth bore guns) tank gun shells from a local manufacturer for delivery by 2017. These are for Poland’s recently acquired forces of 237 second hand German Leopard 2 tanks. Poland bought some German APFSDS shells initially, but since the Cold War ended Poland has been producing APFSDS for the 125mm guns used by its T-72s, which the Leopards are replacing. Polish ammo plants will buy new manufacturing equipment to produce the 120mm APFSDS but will be able to build the shells at lower cost, and comparable quality to other nations and thus be able to grab some export business. Poland still has some locally upgraded T-72s (the PT-91) and continues to manufacturer 125mm APFSDS for these.

 

APFSDS weigh about 23 kg (50 pounds) and tend to be about  is 900mm (35 inches) long and use 8.1 kg (18 pounds) of slow burning explosives to propel the shell out the 120mm smooth barrel to a top speed of 1,555 meters (5,100 feet) a second. The sabots fall away after the shell leaves the barrel, leaving the 10 kg (22 pound), 25mm diameter (and 800mm long) depleted uranium or tungsten penetrator to continue on to the target (up to 5,000 meters away).

 

Most modern 120mm tank guns fire a shell that uses a smaller 25mm “penetrator.” The 25mm rod of tungsten (or depleted uranium) is surrounded by a “sabot” that falls away once the shell clears the barrel. This gives the penetrator higher velocity and penetrating power. This is the most expensive type of 120mm shell and already comes in several variants. There is APDS (Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot) and APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot, for smooth bore guns). The armor piercing element of discarding sabot rounds is less than half the diameter of the shell and made of very expensive, high density metal. Its smaller size enables it to hit the target at very high speeds, up to 1,900 meters (5,900 feet) a second. This is the most common type of anti-tank shell and is constantly being improved. Thus in the 1970s depleted (nonradioactive) uranium was introduced by the U.S. to replace the slightly lighter tungsten penetrators. The depleted uranium penetrators were more effective.

 

About twenty armies now have 120 mm and 125mm smoothbore guns which can obtain slightly more penetrating power using depleted uranium instead of tungsten. While composite armor was developed to defeat APDS but it was not always successful. HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank) rounds have fallen from favor because their success depends on hitting a flat surface on the tank. Modern tanks have few flat surfaces. On the plus side, HEAT shells must be fired at lower speeds, are good at any range, and many are now built with a fragmentation capability to make them useful for anti-personnel work. The AP type shells are less effective at longer ranges. Similar to HEAT, more expensive and still in use, is the HESH (High Explosive Squash Head) shell. This item hits the tank, the explosive warhead squashes, and then explodes. The force of the explosion goes through the armor and causes things to come lose and fly about the inside of the tank (the spall effect). The vehicle may appear unharmed, but the crew and much of its equipment are not. Works at any range but is somewhat defeated by spaced and composite armor.

 

Then there is the controversy over the health issues associated with depleted uranium, which is a metal that is one of the heaviest known. It is very effective at punching holes through enemy tanks. It is so named because all the harmful radiation has been "depleted" from it as a by-product of manufacturing nuclear fuel.  But because it's still considered a "nuclear" material it is controlled by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In effect, these anti-tank shells are technically "nuclear weapons." U.S. export laws had to be changed to allow the export of depleted uranium ammo.

 

Early on there were rumors that depleted uranium created dangerous levels of radiation when handled or used. In reality, depleted uranium is no more toxic than tungsten and other heavy metals. It is true that when depleted uranium penetrators go through armor, and come under enormous stress, they do produce brief, but high, bursts of radiation. This seems to be because a chunk of depleted uranium will absorb most of the radiation it produces through normal decay, which it cannot do once shattered. However, it is unlikely that the resulting "pulse" of radiation will cause injury or illness, particularly given the damage produced by the explosive effect and shell fragments inside a vehicle hit. The Poles don’t have any depleted Uranium, so they will be using tungsten.

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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 08:50
Armor: Swedish Armor Moves To The Russian Border

 

January 4, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Estonia has become the latest East European nation to buy second hand, but quite modern, armored vehicles from West European nations that feel they don’t need them anymore. In this case the Netherlands is selling 44 used, but well cared for, V90 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) to Estonia. These CV90s entered Dutch service between 2008 and 2011 and the ones Estonia is receiving have at least two decades of useful life left in them.

 

Estonia is one of the Baltic States that were often part of the Russian Empire but would rather cultivate cultural and economic ties with countries to the west. Estonia is also ethnically linked to Finland as both nations speak a similar Central Asian language (which is also similar to what is spoken in Hungary). In addition to sharing a language, all three of these countries also fear Russian aggression.

 

Development of the CV90 began in 1988, with production starting in late 1993. The 28 ton tracked vehicle has a crew of three and carries seven passengers (usually infantrymen). With a top road speed of 70 kilometers an hour, the CV90 can go 300 kilometers on internal fuel. The vehicle turret carries a 30mm autocannon and a coaxial 7.62mm machine-gun. Also in the turret is a thermal imager for night operations. The vehicle armor protects against projectiles of up to 30mm caliber.

 

There are several variants of the CV90, carrying different weapons (120mm mortar, anti-tank missiles, 120mm gun, 25mm gun, 30mm gun, 105mm gun, anti-aircraft radar, and missiles). The CV90 is 6.55 meters (20.3) feet long and 3.1 meters (9.6 feet) wide. Average cost of a new CV90 was about $5 million each. Estonia is paying about $3.2 million each for theirs. The Swedish army has about 555 CV90s, Switzerland 185, Finland 102, Denmark 45, and Netherlands 193. Several of the original owners of the CV90 upgraded them with things like more armor, better electronics and air conditioning. West European users have been quite satisfied with the Swedish made CV90.

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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 08:35
Armor: New Chinese Light Tank

 

January 26, 2015: Strategy Page

 

The Chinese like to develop a lot of specialized armored vehicles, in part to deal with the very different climates and geography found throughout their vast country. Thus they have a lot of amphibious armored vehicles as well as models equipped to handle marshy ground or deep snow. The latest specialized vehicle is a light tank designed to be more effective in Tibet and nearby provinces with a lot of rough, mountainous terrain. This would include the mountainous jungles on Vietnamese border.

 

The new tank (nicknamed the ZTQ) replaces the 21 ton Type 62 (WZ131Type 62 (WZ131) that entered service in the 1960s and some are still used as a light reconnaissance tank. The Type 62 looked like a scaled down Russian T-55 (or Chinese clone the Type 59) with much thinner armor (35mm/1.4 inches in the front). This provided protection from most artillery fragments as well as most machine-guns. The Type 62 had a four man crew and an 85mm gun. Over 1,500 were built before production ceased in 1989. There were stories in Chinese media during 2013 indicating that the Type 62 was being retired and some officers were not happy with that.

 

First seen in 2010, it is believed that the ZTQ entered service in 2014. The tank appears to have a 105mm or 125mm gun, improved armor protection and running gear that is more efficient and easier to maintain. The ZTQ is probably heavier, as in 30 tons or more. Armor design has advanced greatly since the 1960s as have artillery and heavy machine-guns. A closer examination of the ZTQ would probably reveal an armored vehicle with modern armor and other protection. So far China has released very little data on the new light tank. The vehicle is known because cell phone photos have been taken as many of them were shipped to Tibet on railroad flat cars or moved around on tank transporters for tests in different parts of the country. The turrets were often covered with netting to conceal details, although a few other photos have appeared with a clear (but not as detailed) view of the turret. It is of modern design and appears to be equipped with sensors. There appears to be modular armor (reactive or other lightweight types) for parts of the vehicle. Overall the vehicle is most definitely a modern design and the Chinese will probably eventually offer it for export. At that point the details will be revealed.

 

In 2006 it was believed that the recently introduced ZBD 97 amphibious tank would replace the Type 62. The ZBD 97 is armed with a 30mm autocannon and a 100mm gun/missile launcher in a small turret, plus several 7.62mm machine-guns. The fire control system includes a night sight. The crew of three is accompanied by seven infantrymen (or additional fuel and ammo) in the rear. While the ZBD 97 could replace the Type 62 in some respects, it was basically a scaled up IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle.) The ZBD 97 used license built components of the Russian BMP 3 in a Chinese designed amphibious infantry fighting vehicle chassis.  ZBD 97 was popular with the Chinese marines, but the army wanted a new light tanks. Now they have one.

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2 février 2015 1 02 /02 /février /2015 12:20
Entraînement franco-canadien


30 janv. 2015 Armée de Terre

 

Du 19 au 27 janvier, 3 000 hommes, dont deux pelotons du 4e régiment de chasseurs (4e RCh) de Gap, ont été déployés dans des conditions très réalistes dans l’exercice de brigade franco-canadien Rafale Blanche.
De la tenue jusqu’à l’armement, tous les moyens canadiens ont été utilisés dans cet exercice interarmes conduit par le 12e régiment blindé de l’armée canadienne.
L’exercice Rafale Blanche est une expérience unique d’échange et de savoir-faire entre deux nations dans le domaine du combat de jour comme de nuit, en condition de grand froid.

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Rafale Blanche 2015 : Portraits croisés de sous-officiers


31 janv. 2015 Armée de Terre

 

Portraits croisés de sous-officiers Français et Canadiens.

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2 février 2015 1 02 /02 /février /2015 12:20
Rafale Blanche 2015 : Portraits croisés de deux chefs de section


31 janv. 2015 Armée de Terre

 

Portraits croisés de deux chefs de section français et canadien.

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2 février 2015 1 02 /02 /février /2015 12:20
Rafale Blanche 2015 : Portraits de deux militaires du rang


31 janv. 2015 Armée de Terre

 

Portraits de deux militaires du rang français et canadiens.

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2 février 2015 1 02 /02 /février /2015 06:20
Entraînement franco-canadien Rafale Blanche 2015

 

31/01/2015 Camille Pegol – Armée de Terre

 

Du 19 au 27 janvier, 3 000 hommes, dont deux pelotons du 4e régiment de chasseurs (4e RCh) de Gap, ont été déployés dans des conditions très réalistes dans l’exercice de brigade franco-canadien Rafale Blanche.

 

De la tenue jusqu’à l’armement, tous les moyens canadiens ont été utilisés dans cet exercice interarmes conduit par le 12e régiment blindé de l’armée canadienne.

 

L’exercice Rafale Blanche est une expérience unique d’échange et de savoir-faire entre deux nations dans le domaine du combat de jour comme de nuit, en condition de grand froid.

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30 janvier 2015 5 30 /01 /janvier /2015 12:30
Security Assistance Enterprise Delivers Vehicles to Iraq

 

 

Jan 30, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Army

 

The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, also known as USASAC, has implemented and completed a case for delivery of 250 Mine Resistant Armor Protected, or MRAP, vehicles to the Iraqi government.

This complicated and monumental task was achieved in less than 90 days by USASAC and its security assistance enterprise partners, Dec. 23.

 

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28 janvier 2015 3 28 /01 /janvier /2015 17:45
photo Armée de Terre

photo Armée de Terre

 

28 January 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The French army has deployed 16 VBCI wheeled armoured vehicles to support its forces in the Central African Republic (CAR), where it says the vehicle is proving highly effective for asymmetric operations.

 

The VBCI brings together in one vehicle all the characteristics required in Central Africa: mobility, speed, protection, observation and fire support, the French Army said.

 

Alongside the short-range DRAC unmanned aerial vehicle used for reconnaissance and the Tiger combat helicopter, whose HAD version is gradually entering the theatre of operations, the VBCI armoured infantry fighting vehicle strengthens the Sangaris force and in turn the multinational Minusca force.

 

Since its introduction into the Central African theatre of operations in early August 2014, the VBCI has continued to improve and to demonstrate its capabilities, both for deterrent effect and for command and support roles, according to the French Army.

 

"The deployment of VBCI in the area was accompanied by the return of calm…and the lowering of inter-communal tensions," said Captain Christophe, commander of the GTIA sub group Korrigan, which operates the VBCI in the city of Dekoa, 190 km north of Bangui.

 

Thanks to its armour protection, this latest-generation vehicle is able to cope with different kinds of threats, ranging from simple stones to grenades. Its imposing size and firepower has earned it the nickname of "fire bull" by the Central African population.

 

Approximately 2 000 French soldiers are currently deployed in Operation Sangaris alongside 8 500 Minusca personnel. Launched on December 5, 2013, Operation Sangaris aims to restore a minimum level of security in the Central African Republic and to accompany the establishment of the UN mission.

 

The Nexter Systems VBCI (Vehicule Blinde de Combat d’Infanterie – Armoured Infantry Combat Vehicle) entered service with the French Army in 2008 and has been deployed to Afghanistan, Lebanon and Mali. Several hundred have been delivered to the French military where they are replacing the tracked AMX-10P.

 

The VBCI features modular steel and titanium armour fitted to an aluminium hull. Its 8x8 configuration is designed for high mobility, giving a top speed of 100 km/h via a 410 kW diesel engine. Weapons options include a 25 mm cannon or 7.62 mm machinegun. Two crew are carried in addition to nine troops.

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28 janvier 2015 3 28 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
Fuchs NBC Reconnaissance vehicle (Image Credit – Plain Military)

Fuchs NBC Reconnaissance vehicle (Image Credit – Plain Military)

 

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Great news, the MoD has let a contract to regenerate the FUCHS CBRN vehicles.

Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiological protection equipment. Regeneration (repair, servicing, calibration and re-commissioning) of the Fuchs C&R Area Survey and Reconnaissance Vehicle and the supply of training, with In Service Support.

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26 janvier 2015 1 26 /01 /janvier /2015 12:35
The Combined Arms: Artillery Exercise in New Zealand

23 janv. 2015 NZ Defence Forces

Watch how the artillery, infantry, radar and UAV work together in this multinational military exercise. The units from the New Zealand Army, United States Marine Corps and United States Army came together in Exercise Kiwi Koru to test the Combined Arms aspect of war fighting.

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26 janvier 2015 1 26 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
Le 12 RBC à Rafale Blanche 2015


24 janv. 2015 45eNord.ca

 

Les blindés du 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada recoivent quelques militaires français lors de l'exercice Rafale Blanche.

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23 janvier 2015 5 23 /01 /janvier /2015 16:55
Vigipirate : Le CEMAT s’adresse à ses hommes


23/01/2015 SCH Beltran - Armée de Terre

 

Le général d’armée Jean-Pierre Bosser, chef d’état-major de l’armée de Terre, salue la mobilisation rapide et efficace des 10 500 soldats déployés dans le cadre du renforcement du plan Vigipirate.

 

L’ampleur de ce déploiement sans précédent démontre une fois de plus le professionnalisme avec lequel l’armée de Terre agit partout où elle se trouve. À cette occasion, le CEMAT adresse un message de soutien à ses hommes, dans lequel il souligne l’importance des moyens mis au service de la population et le caractère prioritaire de la mission. Il insiste, par ailleurs, sur la plus grande rigueur à appliquer dans l’exécution des savoir-faire.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:45
Ukraine delivered T-72AV tanks and BTR-4E APCs to Nigeria

BTR-4 Infantry Fighting Vehicule source Beegeagle's Blog

 

January 4, 2015 Denys Kolesnyk - info-news.eu
 

Ukraine Industrial, referring to Nigerian source “Beegeagle’s Blog”, published information about the delivery of Soviet-made T-72AB tanks and modern Ukrainian BTR-4E APCs.

Previously there was no information about contracts on delivery of such armaments to Nigeria. However, the information about the repair works of T-72AV at State Enterprise “Lviv Armor Repair Plant” appeared in September 2014. Concerning the BTR-4E, it seems that small part of 42 BTR-4E APCs batch designed for Iraq, was sold to Nigeria, after Iraq refused to accept them.

On March 26, 2014, Ukraine’s ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko asked the Security Service of Ukraine to investigate the sale of military equipment to foreign states during the time of Russian military aggression against Ukraine. She also noted, that she had the information about the preparation of delivery of T-72 tanks and BTR-4E APCs to Nigeria.

Valeriy Heletey, then-Defense Minister of Ukraine, refuted some part of Tymoshenko’s statements, while confirmed the existence of a sales contract between Ukraine and Nigeria. “The contract was signed during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, and in case of inability to fulfill this contract, Ukraine will be obliged to pay the penalties.” – said Mr. Heletey.

According to unofficial information, in 2014, the Democratic Republic of Congo received a batch of modernized T-64B1M tanks in the framework of sales contract for 50 such tanks. However, 12 T-64B1M from that batch were delivered to the National Guard of Ukraine.

Source: Ukraine Industrial | Beegeagle’s Blog

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:40
BTR-4 received slight modernization

 

19.01.2015 by Denys Kolesnyk - info-news.eu

 

Ukrainian BTR-4 APC was slightly modernized, taking into account its combat experience in Iraq and Eastern Ukraine. The engineers upgraded its defense capabilities, extending its real life time in combat.

In Iraq this APC took part in the fight against the Islamic State, while in Eastern Ukraine – against the pro-Russia terrorists and Russian regular troops. In both armed conflicts BTR-4 showed itself from a positive side, however, some weaknesses were also spotted during its exploitation by the National Guard of Ukraine. The drawbacks concern the defense capabilities of the machine.

The specialists and designers installed new anti-mine “skirt”, increasing the protection of the vehicle from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The ‘Parus’ (Sail) battle module was equipped with the cage armor, increasing the protection from an RPG hit. Some other upgrades are planned as well.

Source: Ukraine Industrial

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:35
Arjun Tank May Miss Date Again

 

January 19, 2015 idrw.org

 

The domestically produced Arjun Tank beat the Russian T-90 tanks hollow in the field trials, but it may again miss the date for its delivery to the Indian Army in 2015, because of the new conditions slapped by the Indian Army procurers every time the state-run DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) came forward to declare ready its production.

 

On the recommendations of the Army, the Defence Ministry has kept demanding newer and newer additions in the Arjun Tank Mark-2 that its total weight has gone up and now DRDO is being posed the challenge to reduce its weight. The new challenges are thrown at DRDO every time trial of its tanks were completed against the order placed with it in 2010 for producing 124 such tanks.

 

When the trial was over, a new demand was made that the Army needs night vision device on the gunner side of tanks. The Chennai-based Heavy Vehicles Factory of DRDO complied with the demand, the Army sought a similar device also on the commander side. That too was complied with when a fresh demand came to install 120mm gun for anti-tank guided missiles. The gun was fitted when the demand came that it should be rather a laser gun.

 

Since the laser guns are not produced indigenously, DRDO bought them from Israel and installed them. The Army, however, rejected these guns for too much smoke it produces and sought more changes. An insider says as many as 72 technical changes have been incorporated by DRDO since I got the original order in 2010. The Defence Ministry insists that all these changes were felt necessary to have a most modern tank with the Army, but those in DRDO now smell a deliberate attempt to browbeat the public sector company to give up and let the government import the tanks from abroad.

 

Nobody in the Defence Ministry is ready to listen that so many changes have made the tanks costlier and heavier and hence the designs will have to be reworked to reduce price and weight and hence DRDO cannot make the delivery on time as announced by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar without understanding the politics that goes on in the ministry.

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20 janvier 2015 2 20 /01 /janvier /2015 13:45
Centrafrique : le VBCI au service de la force Sangaris

 

20/01/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Sangaris dispose de 16 véhicules blindés de haute capacité, particulièrement adaptés à la mission de stabilisation et d’appui de la MINUSCA. Le VBCI rassemble en un seul véhicule toutes les caractéristiques pour agir en Centrafrique : mobilité, rapidité, protection, observation et appui feu.

 

Aux cotés des drones de reconnaissance au contact (DRAC) et de l’hélicoptère Tigre, dans la version HAD arrivés progressivement sur le théâtre, le véhicule blindé de combat d’infanterie permet de densifier les appuis de la force. Cet engagement matériel va de pair avec l’évolution de la mission de Sangaris qui est devenue, peu à peu, « force de réaction rapide » de la MINUSCA.

 

Le VBCI, depuis sa mise en place début août 2014 sur le théâtre centrafricain, n’a cessé de conforter ses équipages sur sa puissance, à la fois force de dissuasion et d’appui au commandement. « Le déploiement des VBCI dans la zone a accompagné le retour au calme, et l’apaisement déjà entamé des tensions intercommunautaires», témoigne le capitaine Christophe, commandant le sous groupement du GTIA Korrigan, armé de VBCI dans la ville de Dékoa (190 km au nord de Bangui).

 

Ce véhicule de dernière génération est en mesure de faire face, grâce à son blindage, à différents types de menaces, allant du simple jet de pierres aux grenades offensives. Son gabarit imposant et sa puissance de feu lui valent l’appellation de « taureau de feu » par la population centrafricaine.

 

Environ 2 000 militaires français sont actuellement déployés dans l’opération Sangaris, aux côtés des 8 500 hommes de la MINUSCA. Lancée le 5 décembre 2013 par le président de la République, l’opération Sangaris vise à rétablir un niveau de sécurité minimal en République centrafricaine et à accompagner la montée en puissance progressive de la mission de l’ONU.

Centrafrique : le VBCI au service de la force Sangaris
Centrafrique : le VBCI au service de la force Sangaris

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photo 2nd Infantry Division - US Army

photo 2nd Infantry Division - US Army

 

Jan. 19 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

A U.S. Army Division and a Korean Army brigade are combining personnel and command staff to form a new joint army division beginning this week.

 

UIJEONGB, South Korea -- The U.S. Army and Republic of Korea Army are joining forces and establishing a combined division for improved readiness and defensive capabilities.

The U.S. Army said the new division will be comprised of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division and a brigade from the South Korean Army. Its commander will be American, while his deputy will be Korean.

Officers, non-commissioned officers and units will be attached to the division, allowing interoperability and capitalization of the strengths of both armies

 

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19 janvier 2015 1 19 /01 /janvier /2015 17:35
KAORI, le RIMAP en action

 

19/01/2015 ASP Bourceret - Armée de Terre

 

Du 8 au 12 décembre 2014, le régiment d’infanterie de marine du Pacifique – Nouvelle-Calédonie (RIMaP-NC) a organisé et conduit l’exercice interarmes KAORI, dans le sud de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.

 

La manœuvre a enchaîné une mise en place amphibie, du combat débarqué, un franchissement de cours d’eau et un parcours de tir réel du niveau section. Pour réaliser leur mission, les compagnies ont expérimenté l’emploi du groupe commando d’action par mer (GCAM), groupe d’aide au déploiement spécialisé dans le domaine des infiltrations nautiques et formé à partir des cadres du centre d’instruction des nageurs de combat (CINC). Sa mission principale était la reconnaissance tactique et le balisage de plage en liaison avec les plongeurs de la Marine nationale.

 

Cet exercice, qui a fait intervenir de nombreuses composantes des forces armées en Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC), a permis d’entretenir de nombreux savoir-faire tactiques et techniques.

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recent report by the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly on investments to outfit and equip Chinese soldiers in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has sparked controversy both within China and abroad—revealing sharp fissures in China’s ballooning defense budget. With a total defense budget estimated at $132 billion in 2014 and 2.28 million active duty soldiers on payroll, the PLA allocates a mere $1,523 (9,460 yuan) in outfitting each soldier, roughly one-thirteenth the value of the average deploying U.S. serviceman’s personal gear. At a time when the combat-readiness of China’s armed forces is already widely debated, costs of the basic infantrymen kit highlight critical shortcomings of the Chinese military.

 

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Swiss Army Opts for Leguan Bridge Layers

 

January 16th, 2015 By Krauss-Maffei Wegmann - defencetalk.com

 

The Swiss Defence Procurement Agency and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) signed a contract for the purchase of twelve Leguan bridge layers on a Leopard 2 chassis together with the associated peripherals and training equipment in Berne.

 

This brings to 16 the number of countries now using the Leguan system. As a major initiator of the Leopard 2 chassis variant, the Swiss Army is now one of four to be using these bridge layers.

 

The system is capable of laying one 26 – metre bridge or two separate bridges, each 14 metres in length. With a carrying capacity of around 70t (MLC 80), the bridge allows very heavy equipment to be used. The widespread use of the system results in very good interoperability.

 

This versatility, coupled with the unique protection and mobility characteristics of the Leopard 2 chassis, enables the Leguan to also be used for civilian purposes, for example, to quickly restore supply routes after natural catastrophes.

 

Krauss Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG leads the European market for highly protected wheeled and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the USA and Turkey some 3,200 employees develop, manufacture and support its products.

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17 janvier 2015 6 17 /01 /janvier /2015 19:55
Vigipirate: neuf brigades vont déployer leurs réservistes

 

17.01.2015 par Philippe Chapleau – Lignes de Défense

 

A partir de ce week-end, des réservistes issus de trois brigades de l'armée de terre vont être engagés dans le dispositif Vigipirate. Il s'agit des réservistes de la 9e BIMa, de la 11e BP et de la 2e brigade blindée (et non pas de la 27e BIM, comme je l'ai précédemment écrit). L'ensemble forme un Guépard Réserve de 200 hommes (3 fois 61 soldats et un EMT).

 

Après un déploiement de 8 jours, une nouvelle rotation d'UE de 60 hommes chacune sera effectuée. Les brigades qui fourniront des militaires seront les suivantes: 1er brigade blindée, brigade de transmissions et d'appui au commandement et 6e BLB.

 

Huit jours plus tard, nouvelle rotation. Cette fois, ce seront des réservistes des 3e BLB, 7e BB et 27e BIM qui seront déployés.

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Bientôt RAFALE BLANCHE 2015 pour le 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada

Les parachutistes de la compagnie A du 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment, se posent à Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage. (Sergent Sébastien Fréchette/affaires publiques 5 GBMC)

 

14 janvier 2015 par Nicolas Laffont - 45eNord.ca

 

Les militaires du 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada mèneront du 19 au 27 janvier, l’exercice RAFALE BLANCHE, qui les amènera cette fois, tant dans les secteurs d’entraînements de la base de Valcartier, que dans les MRC de La Jacques-Cartier et de Portneuf.

 

Ils seront près de 2.800 soldats à prendre part aux manœuvres hivernales qui ont pour but de préparer les troupes à diverses situations et environnements, dans le contexte de la «montée en puissance» de la brigade.

 

Le 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada sera en effet en «haute disponibilité opérationnelle» dès le mois de juillet, c’est à dire prêt à intervenir pour n’importe quel type d’urgence, au pays et à l’étranger, et selon les besoins du gouvernement du Canada.

 

Dans la MRC de La Jacques-Cartier, les troupes seront particulièrement visibles dans les villes de Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier et de Fossambault-sur-le-Lac.

 

Dans la MRC de Portneuf, la présence militaire sera surtout perceptible dans les villes de Saint-Basile, Pont-Rouge et Saint-Raymond, mais ce seront surtout les zones rurales de ces localités qui seront mises à contribution pour les scénarios militaires.

 

Dans une moindre mesure, la population de la région immédiate de Québec pourrait elle aussi remarquer la présence de troupes sur son territoire, alors que des soldats du génie militaire y fouilleront occasionnellement des bâtiments à la recherche de faux engins explosifs de circonstance. Ces manœuvres visent à parfaire la compétence des sapeurs de combat en matière de fouille et de neutralisation d’engins explosifs, le tout dans un contexte d’appui aux autorités civiles.

 

Les soldats porteront leur arme personnelle en tout temps et utiliseront parfois des munitions à blanc et du matériel pyrotechnique.

 

En appui aux troupes au sol, de nombreux aéronefs militaires sont prévus. Les citoyens des agglomérations visitées pourront apercevoir à l’occasion des hélicoptères CH-146 Griffon et CH-147F Chinook, ainsi qu’un avion CC-130J Hercules, des chasseurs CF-18 Hornet et des Alpha Jet (appareils civils). Des drones seront possiblement mis à contribution, tout dépendamment de la météo.

 

Des parachutistes du 3e Bataillon Royal 22e Régiment effectueront à plusieurs reprises des sauts à partir d’un Hercules, surtout dans le ciel de Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, de Fossambault-sur-le-Lac et de Lac-Saint-Joseph. Du matériel sera parfois parachuté de ce même avion, de façon à appliquer les techniques de largage.

 

À noter que la journée du 24 janvier sera consacré à des activités «portes ouvertes».

 

La population pourra jeter un œil aux différents équipements, armes et véhicules et discuter un peu avec les soldats.

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