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19 novembre 2015 4 19 /11 /novembre /2015 13:50
£1.3Bn contract awarded for latest attack submarine

Anson Infographic - credits UK MoD

 

19 November 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

A £1.3 billion contract to build the latest Astute Class attack submarine for the Royal Navy has been awarded by the Ministry of Defence.

 

Both time and money are being saved on the building of Anson, the Royal Navy’s fifth Astute submarine. Savings of £50 million for the taxpayer have been achieved during negotiations with BAE Systems, and the agreed build time is to date the shortest ever for the Astute Class, with a current schedule some nine months ahead of that for Boat 3 (Artful).

Defence Minister Philip Dunne made the announcement as he visited the home of the UK’s submarine manufacturing industry based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria and viewed progress already made on the new submarine.

BAE Systems employs more than 7,600 people in its Submarines business, which includes those that work on the Astute programme, with thousands more working in the 400 suppliers across the UK submarine supply chain.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

This £1.3 billion contract marks an important step in the progress of the Astute programme. This is a key part of our £166 billion plan to ensure that our armed forces have the equipment they need to defend the UK’s interests across the seas, in the skies and on land, both at home and abroad.

This new contract for Anson not only provides significant financial savings of £50 million to the taxpayer but also secures thousands of jobs in Barrow and across the UK supply chain, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to increase defence spending each year for the rest of the decade.

Director Submarines at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Rear Admiral Mike Wareham, said:

The Astute Class provides the Royal Navy with the most technologically advanced submarines, offering much greater firepower, better communications, and more advanced stealth technology than their predecessors.

The first two of class, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush, are already in service and making a vital contribution to the defence of UK’s interest, both at home and overseas. Third of class Artful is undergoing sea trials and is due to be handed over to the Royal Navy by the end of 2015.

Featuring the latest nuclear-powered technology, the Astute class can circumnavigate the world submerged, manufacturing the crew’s oxygen from seawater as they go.

They also have the ability to operate covertly and remain undetected in almost all circumstances despite being 50 per cent bigger than the Royal Navy’s current Trafalgar Class submarines.

HMS Artful, the third of the Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, set sail from Barrow in July.

On his visit, Mr Dunne was also able to see the progress being made on Barrow’s £300 million infrastructure upgrade programme, which is due to be completed by 2022. This will prepare the site for investment in a new fleet of four Successor Ballistic Missile submarines and the renewal of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

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An A-Darter missile and Badger armoured vehicle

An A-Darter missile and Badger armoured vehicle

 

10 November 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The Public Enterprises Minister has given Denel a clean bill of health and the announcement of major multi-million Rand contracts adds further credibility but at least some suppliers of goods and services maintain they have not been paid.

 

According to one supplier, his company’s account with the State-owned defence industry conglomerate is currently 90 days in arrears.

 

“We also have no commitment as to when the outstanding amount of more than R10 million will be paid,” the disgruntled contractor said, adding there are “at least 20 other suppliers to Denel Dynamics” who find themselves in similar positions.

 

Last month Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said, in reply to a Parliamentary question, that the acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa had not exhausted Denel’s cash reserves.

 

Natasha Mazzone, opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow public enterprises minister, who first asked questions about Denel’s liquidity, said: “It appears the extent of the problem is greater than what has been reported and I have written to Minister Brown requesting her to urgently appear before the Parliamentary Public Enterprises Committee to respond to the Denel crisis”.

 

Among the other 20 companies who still await payment for goods and services are some that have incurred penalties on export contracts.

 

The newest addition to the Denel stable, now renamed Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS), this week confirmed a R900 million plus contract with NIMR in the United Arab Emirates for the development and supply of N35 (formerly RG35) mine protected vehicles.

 

The contract, according to a Denel statement, is one of the largest received by the now DVS and previously BAE Land Systems Land Systems South Africa in recent years and will provide work for two of the company’s major divisions for the next 24 months.

 

“It is one of several contracts awarded to DVS since it became part of Denel earlier this year and further confirms Denel’s leadership role in landward mobility and mine protected vehicles,” Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Denel Group Executive Business Development, said.

 

Other contracts Denel landward defence has recently concluded include 24 RG-31 mobile mortar platform (MMP) vehicles, assembly of driveline components for NIMR, maintenance and supply of spares for combat and military support vehicles and for components in the new Transnet electric locomotives.

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First Storm Shadwow release from Eurofighter Typhoon


9 nov. 2015 BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems’ Chief Test Pilot Steve Formoso describes how ongoing work on the integration of the weapons as part of Phase 2 Enhancements and beyond further enhances the Eurofighter Typhoon’s potent multi-role and swing-role capabilities.

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M109A7 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer photo BAE Systems

M109A7 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer photo BAE Systems

 

Nov 2, 2015 by Richard Tomkins. (UPI)

 

BAE Systems is continuing low-rate initial production of the M109A7 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer under the second option of a U.S Army contract.

 

An additional 30 sets of the weapon system -- one of which will include an M992A3 tracked ammunition carrier -- will be produced under the option, which is worth $245.3 million.

 

"The success of this program is directly attributable to the partnership between the Army and BAE Systems," said Adam Zarfoss, director of Artillery and Bradley programs at BAE Systems. "We've worked as a team to bring this much needed enhanced combat capability to the soldier to address immediate needs while providing a platform that can support future growth as requirements evolve."

 

The M109A7 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer, or SPH, is an upgrade of the M109A6 Paladin. It uses the main armament and cab structure of the M109A6, but replaces the vehicle's chassis structure with a new design to allow for the integration of Bradley common drive-train and suspension components.

 

Technology developments from the Crusader and Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon programs are also included in the upgraded Paladin. Among them: a 600 volt on-board power generation, distribution and management system, coupled with high-voltage gun drive and projectile ramming systems.

 

BAE Systems said that with delivery of the 30 Paladin sets under the second contract option, the company would have produced 66 systems to the Army, which intends to procure a total of 580 vehicle sets.

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photo BAE Systems

photo BAE Systems

 

15 oct. 2015 by BAE Systems

 

Unmanned technology with the potential to change the face of naval operations within a decade has successfully been demonstrated for the first time by BAE Systems in partnership with ASV at a site near Portsmouth Naval Base. The new system will allow crews to carry out vital tasks such as high speed reconnaissance and remote surveillance while keeping sailors out of harm’s way.

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Artist's impression of the Successor submarine. Image by BAE Systems

Artist's impression of the Successor submarine. Image by BAE Systems

 

LONDON, Oct. 12 By Richard Tomkins   (UPI)

 

BAE Systems starts renovation of naval shipyard for future Royal Navy nuclear submarines.

 

Groundwork has started on the renovation of a central shipyard complex that be used for outfitting future Royal Navy Successor submarines. British Forces News said BAE Systems had announced last year a $459 million modernization of the entire shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in anticipation of government approval of the nuclear deterrent submarines, which will replace Vanguard-class vessels. British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed earlier this week that Britain will order four new Successor submarines. BAE Systems was given an additional Ministry of Defense contract for the final phase of design work on the ships, which will carry nuclear ballistic missiles. Renovation of the central yard complex is expected to be completed the end of 2017, the British military's news service said.

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14 octobre 2015 3 14 /10 /octobre /2015 07:50
photo Nato

photo Nato

 

13 octobre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Berlin - Le ministère allemand de la Défense a identifié un nouveau problème technique sur ses avions de combat Eurofighter et une nouvelle fois gelé les livraisons jusqu'à nouvel ordre, a indiqué mardi un porte-parole.

 

Un problème de même nature qu'un défaut identifié l'an dernier, à savoir des trous mal ébavurés sur le fuselage, est apparu, mais à un autre emplacement, a indiqué à l'AFP un porte-parole du ministère à Berlin.

 

Il y a pile un an, la découverte de ce premier défaut avait conduit à un gel des livraisons de l'avion de combat européen à la Bundeswehr, l'armée allemande. Les livraisons avaient depuis repris, et la Bundeswehr possède maintenant 110 Eurofighter, 33 devant encore être livrés.

 

Une fois de plus toutefois nous ne réceptionnons pas de nouveaux appareils jusqu'à nouvel ordre, a dit le porte-parole.

 

Mais contrairement à ce que rapportait mardi le quotidien Süddeutsche Zeitung, la mise au jour du nouveau problème ne conduit pas à un nouvel abaissement des heures de vol. L'an dernier le nombre d'heures de vol maximales par appareil avait été abaissé de 3.000 à 1.500 en attendant la résolution du problème, et le ministère espère toujours pouvoir ramener ce plafond à 3.000 l'an prochain.

 

Pour l'instant aucun des Eurofighter en possession de la Bundeswehr ne se rapproche des 1.500 heures de vol, a précisé le porte-parole.

 

La Grande-Bretagne, tout en se disant au courant du problème, n'a pas pris de mesure dans l'immédiat. Les Eurofighter Typhoon de la RAF volent normalement et les livraisons continuent, a indiqué le ministère britannique de la Défense.

 

L'Eurofighter est fabriqué par un consortium européen constitué du britannique BAE Systems, de l'italien Finmeccanica et d'Airbus.

 

Après plusieurs déboires, ce concurrent direct du Rafale du français Dassault et du Super Hornet de Boeing a remporté récemment un gros succès commercial, avec une commande de 28 exemplaires par le Koweït.

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Les Challenger 2 devraient enfin faire l'objet d'un programme de modernisation visant à étendre leur durée de vie jusqu'à l'horizon 2035 - photo UK MoD

Les Challenger 2 devraient enfin faire l'objet d'un programme de modernisation visant à étendre leur durée de vie jusqu'à l'horizon 2035 - photo UK MoD

 

13 octobre, 2015 par Nathan Gain (FOB)

 

Moderniser ou remplacer, tel est le dilemne face auquel de trop nombreuses armées modernes se retrouvent confrontées en ces temps d’économies (forcées). Un choix cornélien qui n’épargne personne, mêmes les plus grandes armées actuelles ; à l’image d’une armée britannique sur le point de déterminer l’avenir de son parc de chars Challenger 2. Face à un programme d’achat jugé économiquement inenvisageable, le ministère de la défense britannique semble en effet s’être résolument tourné vers ce qui semble avoir toujours été son plan A, à savoir la prolongation de la durée de vie des Challenger. La date de sortie de service de ceux-ci devrait donc être déplacée de 2025 à 2035. « Toutes les options, allant de ne rien faire du tout à l’achat d’un nouveau tank, ont été étudiées durant la phase de concept du projet « CR2 Life Extension Project ». En l’état, il est très peu probable que l’armée [britannique] choisisse la solution consistant en la fabrication et l’achat d’un nouveau char de combat. Une décision définitive sera bientôt prise concernant les Challenger 2, et la phase d’évaluation du projet « CR2 LEP » devrait en conséquence commencer début 2016, » a récemment déclaré un porte-parole du ministère de la défense britannique.

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FCAS photo Dassault Aviation

FCAS photo Dassault Aviation

 

13/10/2015 Par Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves le Drian a annoncé le lancement par Londres et Paris de la "deuxième phase" du programme franco-britannique du futur drone armé Scaf.

 

La France et la Grande-Bretagne vont lancer la "deuxième phase" du programme "de démonstration franco-britannique du système de combat aérien futur (SCAF), dit drone armé", a annoncé fin septembre à l'Assemblée nationale le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian. En novembre 2014, Paris et Londres avaient donné le coup d'envoi à des études industrielles pour un futur drone aérien de combat franco-britannique à l'horizon 2030. Dassault Aviation et BAE Systems coopèrent sur ce projet qualifié "d'historique".et se partagent une enveloppe de 150 millions d'euros.

Outre les deux avionneurs, les deux motoristes Snecma et Rolls-Royce ainsi que les deux électroniciens Thales et Selex UK font partie de l'équipe historique. "Aujourd'hui, la France et la Grande-Bretagne décident de préparer ensemble l'avenir de leur aéronautique de combat", avait assuré le PDG de Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier. Ce contrat représente "une étape importante pour les deux pays et pour les deux industriels",  avait confirmé de son côté le patron de BAE Systems, Ian King

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M109 howitzer

M109 howitzer

 

Oct 8, 2015 By Dylan Vosman - defence-blog.com

 

The company BAE Systems will provide the Army of Brazil the first batch of 16 upgraded M109 self-propelled howitzers in 2016. The delivery of the second package is planned for 2018. Armored Troop The Brazilian army has undergone a major modernization in the last decade, especially with the emergence and consolidation of the Armored Training Center (Bld CI) training unit located in Santa Maria (RS). This process has just opened a new stage with the imminent delivery of modernized self-propelled howitzer (VBCOAP) M109. To date innovations in Armored Troop they focused on Movement and Combat Maneuver (MBT) function, with the acquisition of armored combat vehicles Leopard 1A5 KMW. Now the combat role by fires (self-propelled howitzers) gains a new dimension with the acquisition of VBCOAP M109 A5 within the strategic project OCOP (Getting Full Operational Capability) Army.

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Offshore Patrol Vessel

Offshore Patrol Vessel

 

7 October 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP

 

Construction of the final Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) took an important step forward today.

Construction of the final Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) took an important step forward today, as the Minister of State for Defence Procurement started a computer-guided laser to cut the first piece of hull.

During a visit to BAE Systems’ Govan yard in Glasgow, Defence Minister Philip Dunne saw progress on the build of the first and second OPVs and met members of the workforce on a programme that has protected more than 800 Scottish jobs.

HMS Trent is the third of three Offshore Patrol Vessels which will begin joining the fleet in 2017. Alongside HMS Forth and HMS Medway, HMS Trent will go on to take part in counter terrorism, combating piracy, halting smuggling and defending UK waters.

The vessels are being built at BAE Systems’ shipyards on the Clyde as part of a £348 million contract.

Defence Minister, Philip Dunne, said:

These new ships will provide an important capability to the Royal Navy and our Armed Forces‎. They will perform vital tasks in defending the nation’s interests around the world.

This investment forms part of over £160 billion in our 10 year Equipment Plan which is funded out of the newly protected Defence budget.

Manufacture of these ships sustains over 800 quality engineering jobs here in Scotland, ensuring that the shipyards on the Clyde continue to sit at the heart of a thriving naval shipbuilding capability. They are paving the way for work to begin on our new T26 frigates next year.

This third generation of River-class patrol ship is expected to displace approximately 1,800 tonnes, be about 90m long and 13m wide and have a range of over 5,000 nautical miles.

Director Ships Support at the MOD’s Defence, Equipment and Support organisation, Neal Lawson, said:

HMS Trent, along with HMS Forth and HMS Medway, will provide the Royal Navy with the flexibility to operate in a wide variety of roles in UK waters and overseas. More capable than the existing River class, they will have a flight deck to take the latest Merlin helicopters, fire fighting equipment, and increased storage capacity and accommodation.

But the importance of this programme is not only that the OPVs will have the latest technology in new ships, but also that the build programme acts as a stepping stone to work on our future multi-mission warship, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

Construction of the first two ships, HMS Forth and HMS Medway, is already well underway.

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Artisan 3D fitting to HMS Queen Elizabeth


6 oct. 2015 by BAE Systems

 

Our cutting-edge 3D radar system, capable of detecting objects as small as a tennis ball and travelling at three times the speed of sound more than 25Km away, has been successfully installed to the Royal Navy’s future aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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photo BAE Systems

photo BAE Systems

 

30.09.2015 BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems today delivered the first production series ARCHER artillery system to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) during a ceremony at the company’s Karlskoga facility.

 

The ARCHER system is one of the world’s most advanced artillery systems with high mobility and precision. ARCHER provides fire support that is powerful and flexible, and features high levels of autonomous operation under protection. It is based on proven subsystems and has an extensive ammunition portfolio.

 

“BAE Systems Bofors and FMV have been working very closely to achieve our high-level requirements for the ARCHER program. This is an important milestone as we begin the delivery of all systems for our Swedish customer,” said Lena Gillström, managing director for Weapon Systems, Sweden at BAE Systems, Inc. “ARCHER will provide the Swedish armed forces with an advanced artillery system that focuses on the safety of our soldiers.”

 

BAE Systems’ employees and representatives from FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Defence were in attendance as Gillström delivered the first system to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvst.

 

“ARCHER is an important part of strengthening the Swedish defense,” said Dan Ohlsson, Acting Director General for FMV.

 

BAE Systems delivered the pre-serial ARCHER systems to the Swedish government in 2013, which have been in use by the Swedish artillery regiment.

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BattleView 360 ‘See-through’ Armored Vehicle System Makes DSEI Debut


18.09.2015 by BAE Systems
 

BAE Systems has used advanced fighter jet technology to create a situational awareness system that allows armored vehicle crews to ‘see through’ their vehicles in real time, and gives commanders a complete view of the battlespace.

The system, called BattleView 360, will be on display on the CV90 tracked vehicle at the DSEI exhibition in London this week. BattleView 360 is highly adaptable and is being designed to seamlessly integrate with multiple existing vehicle types, systems, and radios.


At its core, BattleView 360 is a digital mapping system that collates, displays, and tracks the positions of all surrounding features of interest in two- or three-dimensional modes. This allows a vehicle commander to make rapid and informed decisions and communicate plans and instructions to other vehicles. The displayed imagery helps crews identify friendly and enemy forces, and can be used to generate safer routes out of the view of the enemy.


“Knowing what is going on around you has always been a challenge for armored vehicle crews inside noisy machines with limited visibility,” said Peder Sjölund, technology manager at BAE Systems Hägglunds, a subsidiary of BAE Systems, Inc. in the United States. “BattleView 360 builds on years of work across BAE Systems to improve situational awareness and integrate information so that crew workload is reduced and they can make fast, yet effective, decisions. The result is increased battlefield effectiveness and survivability.”

 

The head-worn part of the system can be synced to vehicle cameras to provide a ‘see-through’ capability in both visual and infrared. It can also be used by dismounted soldiers to relay information back to the vehicle. In a complete battlespace picture environment, the display can be integrated onto other vehicles or even unmanned aerial systems. BattleView 360 employs a head-down touch-screen display to allow commanders to quickly assess information and make quick and efficient decisions for targeting or other purposes. It also allows the commander to view the display of other crew members, such as a gunner.


Investment in advanced technologies for the land domain is a key focus for BAE Systems. Similar investment in an intelligent turret technology is being carried out by BAE Systems Combat Vehicles (U.K.) business. Both the U.K. and Swedish programs are vehicle agnostic and the technology can be integrated with new or existing vehicles via an electronic architecture.
 

BattleView 360’s head-down system features include:

  • Displaying Blue Force positions

  • Route planning

  • UAV route planning

  • Route progress monitoring

  • Polygon sketching

  • Line sketching

  • Dead ground display

  • Red ground display (ground that can be seen by hostile forces)

  • Best route for self-calculation

  • Best route for hostile-calculation

  • Area of uncertainty from last hostile sighting

 

For multimedia, please visit: https://resources.baesystems.com/?c=5828&k=f17ac7a0b2

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Typhoon Completes Meteor Guided Firing Trials

An MBDA Meteor long-range, ramjet-powered air-to-air missile launches from a Typhoon during recent trials in the UK, part of the flight test campaign for Typhoon’s ‘Phase 2 Enhancements’ (P2E) program.

 

Sept 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com/

(Source: BAE Systems; issued Sept 15, 2015)


Our Company has successfully completed guided firing trials of the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.

The trials took place at the Ministry of Defence’s Hebrides range in the United Kingdom and saw Typhoon conduct guided Meteor firings against real air targets in pre-planned scenarios. The trials formed part of the flight test campaign for the ‘Phase 2 Enhancements’ (P2E) programme which will introduce a range of new and improved long range attack capabilities including Meteor and Storm Shadow missiles.

Typhoon aircraft IPA6, a Tranche 2 standard aircraft equipped with the latest P2E software, was used for the trials. Our test pilot Nat Makepeace, who flew the aircraft, said: “The missile separated very cleanly and guided very successfully towards its target maintaining a datalink communication between the weapon and the aircraft.

“This year is undoubtedly one of the most exciting years I have experienced in the development of Typhoon. We are taking to the skies with upgraded software, trialling new nigh

 

t vision helmet technologies, developing and expanding weapons capabilities and looking forward to flying the Captor E-scan radar – all in the space of one year.”

The integration of the Meteor weapon further enhances Typhoon’s swing-role capabilities, allowing the pilot to engage hostile air threats at long range, at the same time as identifying and engaging targets on the ground.

The flight trials were conducted with support from QinetiQ, MBDA and Selex and form part of a NETMA contract to fully integrate the Meteor missile onto Typhoon by 2017.

Information on further developments in the Typhoon Phased Approach can be found here.

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Upgraded Spearfish Torpedo Successfully Completes in Water Trial

 

Sep 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

A prototype of the next-generation Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo has successfully completed a first in-water trial at the Ministry of Defence operated British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre, on the west coast of Scotland.

 

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photo BAE Systems

photo BAE Systems

 

15 Sep 2015 By Vin Shahrestani, and agencies

 

A new state-of-the-art fighter pilot helmet by BAE Systems is able to to see in the dark, as well as to 'see through' the aircraft

 

BAE Systems has unveiled the Striker II, its most advanced fighter pilot helmet which removes the need for external night-vision goggles. The helmet has a fully integrated digital night vision and can also track the pilot's head movement, a feature that allows the aircraft computer system to work in sync with its human operator.

 

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BVS10 Beowulf - photo BAE Systems

BVS10 Beowulf - photo BAE Systems

 

Sep 15, 2015 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

A new BAE Systems all-terrain vehicle which can reach more places and carry more cargo than any other vehicle of its kind, is making its debut at DSEI in London this week.

The new vehicle, called “Beowulf,” is based on the Company’s revered Viking BvS10 fighting, troop-carrying and logistics vehicle that was initially designed in Sweden for the UK Royal Marines. Beowulf has a payload capacity of eight tonnes and built-in flexibility with special role cabins in the rear car to carry a combination of personnel and cargo. The vehicle can traverse through water, swamps, snow and soft sand; and climb 45-degree slopes. Beowulf features increased crew comfort and visibility, and is easy to maintain and support, resulting in reduced operational costs.

 

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Top 100 des entreprises d'armements

 

28.07.2015 fr.sputniknews.com

 

Le magazine américain Defense News a publié le Top 100 des entreprises d'armements et de matériels de guerre.

 

Sans surprise, les Etats-Unis restent hégémoniques sur le marché des armes, avec sept entreprises américaines parmi les dix premières du classement annuel présenté par Defense News.

 

Le géant des groupes de défense Lockheed Martin reste le premier vendeur d'armes de la planète, avec 40,128 milliards de dollars de chiffre d'affaires (dans l'armement). Boeing (29 mds USD) est deuxième et le groupe britannique BAE Systems est troisième (25,5 mds USD).

 

Sept sociétés russes figurent parmi les meilleures entreprises d'armements et de matériels de guerre au monde, selon le magazine américain.

 

Le meilleur producteur d'armes russe est Almaz-Anteï qui monte du 12e au 11e rang dans la nouvelle version du classement. Il a réalisé, en 2014, un chiffre d'affaires (dans l'armement) de 9,209 milliards de dollars.

 

Le Consortium aéronautique unifié (OAK) entre dans le Top 100 à la 14e place avec 6,244 mds USD de ventes d'armes, et le groupe Hélicoptères de Russie se situe au 23e rang (3,960 mds USD).

 

Le Consortium unifié de construction de moteurs (ODK) qui produit des propulseurs et moteurs pour l'aviation militaire et civile ainsi que pour les vaisseaux spatiaux progresse de 8 places pour se retrouver au 26e rang avec un chiffre d'affaires (dans l'armement) de 3,324 mds USD.

 

Le consortium russe Missiles tactiques (KTRV), qui fait aussi ses débuts dans le classement de Defense News, est 31e (2,812 mds USD) et le groupe de recherche et de production Uralvagonzavod est 52e (1,545 mds USD).

 

Le consortium RTI Sistemy, qui était 78e en 2014, se hisse à la 69e place avec 947,2 millions de dollars de ventes d'armes.

 

La France est représentée par cinq sociétés dont Thales (12e, 8,472 mds USD), Safran (20e, 4,081 mds USD), DCNS (21e, 4,074 mds USD), Nexter (57e, 1,392 md USD) et Dassault Aviation (58e, 1,332 md USD). Thales, qui occupait la 9e place en 2014, quitte de nouveau le Top 10.

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photo BAE Systems

photo BAE Systems

 

9 juin 2015 by BAE Systems

 

Take a unique 360 degree look at the flight of one of the world's most advanced fighter aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon.

This footage is shot during a recent test flight by the team from our Military Air and Information (MAI) business over the Lake District in Cumbria, United Kingdom.

You can see the navigator in the back seat of a twin-seat aircraft as it roars over stunning countryside.

Test pilot Peter Kosogorin, who was flying the sortie when this footage was shot, explains: "The benefit of having such a wide field of vision is that we can look at what the pilot is doing, you can look at the ergonomics, the head motion.

"We can see the human-machine interface as the pilot moves and the aeroplane's response to what he is doing.

"We get a unique image of the entire aircraft and it gives us a new perspective."

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Full speed ahead for the River Class OPV programme



8 juin 2015 by BAE Systems

 

As the first steel is cut for HMS Medway, take a look back at the progress across the River Class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessel programme

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Why do we spend so much? The British defence industry is to blame (photo Think Defence)

Why do we spend so much? The British defence industry is to blame (photo Think Defence)

 

01 Jun 2015 By Lewis Page * - The Telegraph

 

The defence review is a chance to stop wasting money on tanks, frigates and pilots - and break the dominance of BAE Systems

 

It’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) time again, in which we follow the new custom of making all defence policy shortly after an election without debate – thereby humanely relieving ministers of any need to justify their actions.

Things are dire in the Armed Forces. The RAF is down to embarrassingly few operational bombers and has no submarine-hunting planes at all. The Army is yet again stripping itself of soldiers. The Navy is shortly to receive aircraft carriers, but they can carry only vertical-lift jets. We used to have some of those, but we got rid of them in the last SDSR. We will have to buy the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter instead, which is new, complicated and cripplingly expensive.

So our defences are rickety: yet there’s no prospect of any big spending increases. Indeed, George Osborne has asked for further cuts to be made. Nor is there any prospect now of the MoD managing to avoid replacing Trident – much as it would corporately like to.

So that’s it then: Britain’s just a third-class power. And yet our defence budget is the fifth biggest in the world. It’s around the same as that of France, and France has a proper aircraft carrier – complete with planes. France also has hundreds of operational strike jets, not scores; it has maritime-patrol planes; its army may soon have twice as many soldiers as ours.

 

 

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* Lewis Page is a former Royal Navy officer and author of 'Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs: Waste and Blundering in the Military’

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Command centre of Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier now installed


26 mai 2015 by BAE Systems

 

Timelapse video charting the incredible journey of the 680-tonne command centre of the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier – HMS Prince of Wales – as it left its construction hall in Govan, Glasgow this month before being installed on the under-construction carrier in Rosyth dockyard, near Edinburgh.

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F1 technology adapted to CV90


28 avr. 2015 by BAE Systems

 

In a world first, tracked military vehicles are being upgraded with technology adapted from Formula One to improve handling and speed across the battlefield.

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Denel finishes acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa

 

29 April 2015 by defenceWeb

 

State-owned defence conglomerate Denel has now acquired Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) from BAE Systems, with BAE yesterday announcing the sale of its 75% stake in LSSA.

 

Denel took over the majority ownership stake for R641 million ($53 million) in cash. The complete acquisition cost Denel R855 million, as it also bought the remaining 25% stake from BAE Systems’ partner DGD Technologies.

 

Speaking to defenceWeb last week, Denel Group CEO Riaz Saloojee said that with the acquisition of LSSA, the whole landward mobility capability of the South African National Defence Force will once again be invested in the state. LSSA, Denel Land Systems, Mechem and LMT will be under one roof.

 

Regarding the future of LSSA, Saloojee said Denel plans to grow the division to produce more vehicle capacity than there is at present. LSSA will be focused on the international market, particularly in areas like the Middle East and Africa.

 

“This proposed divestiture will further focus our portfolio on our core capabilities and strong franchise positions in tracked, combat, and amphibious vehicles and weapon systems which represent markets where we possess strong franchise positions and discriminating capabilities,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems’ Platforms and Services sector, when the deal was initially announced. “We also recognise that the LSSA employees have made a significant contribution to BAE Systems over the last 10 years, and we believe that transitioning ownership to Denel will better position the LSSA business to achieve its full potential working with a strong South African company.”

 

BAE Systems and Denel signed an agreement to proceed with the sale in August last year, which was anticipated to conclude during the fourth quarter after receiving regulatory and other approvals.

 

LSSA has comprised three business segments employing approximately 500 people. The LSSA business specialises in the design and manufacture of military tactical-wheeled vehicles, mechanical driveline products, precision-machined components and gears, fire directing systems, and remote weapon launching platforms, subsystems and products.

 

LSSA already works with Denel, supplying commander and gunner sights for the Badger 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle being developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army.

 

The deal comes as BAE sells off various divisions, such as its Safariland protective clothing and body armour business for $124 million, commercial armoured vehicle activities for $10 million and a small unmanned aerial vehicle business.

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