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30 octobre 2013 3 30 /10 /octobre /2013 08:50
Le drone Taranis de BAE Systems a volé en 2013


28.10.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com


L’information a été dévoilée par le Parlement britannique dans un rapport publié le 25 octobre : le drone Taranis développé par BAE Systems a effectué des essais en vol au cours de l’année 2013.


Ces essais ont eu lieu en Australie, comme l’avait révélé le quotidien britannique The Telegraph en janvier 2013.


Le démonstrateur de drone de combat avait été présenté pour la première fois en juillet 2010 et les essais au sol avaient débuté dans la foulée.


Pesant environ huit tonnes et possédant des dimensions proches de la taille d’un Hawk, le Taranis est resté discret depuis ses débuts en 2006. Le programme est actuellement estimé à environ 180 millions de livres.

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18 octobre 2013 5 18 /10 /octobre /2013 16:50
The M777 howitzer is manufactured in Barrow, England. (BAE)

The M777 howitzer is manufactured in Barrow, England. (BAE)


Oct. 17, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


LONDON — BAE Systems will suspend production of the M777 howitzer unless it can quickly secure a long-talked about order from India for the lightweight 155mm weapon.


The company said in a statement on Thursday that it had begun consulting staff and unions ahead of the suspension of production at its Barrow, England, facility because of continuing delays in negotiations with the Indian government over the sale of 145 guns.


Up to 200 jobs are at risk at the Barrow site, where BAE also builds nuclear submarines and supports other artillery programs. Its Hattiesburg, Miss., site in the US, which undertakes final assembly and testing of the gun, is not immediately impacted, the BAE statement said.


“The [Barrow] move comes about because of ongoing delays in the US government foreign military sale of M777 howitzers to India,” the company said.


A letter of agreement (LoA) between the US and Indian governments for the sale of the towed 155mm weapons expired on Tuesday, triggering a rise in the ceiling price of the package of guns, training and support from US $647 million to $885 million. That price, though, is likely subject to some flexibility if the deal can be finalized quickly.


Nobody is holding their breath for a quick deal. The major price escalation from the US government and BAE is likely to lead to further delay. In addition, India is gearing up for a general election.


India hasn’t managed to buy any new howitzers since the 1980s’ purchase of weapons from Bofors — a deal that became embroiled in a huge corruption scandal involving financial kickbacks.


A letter of request for the M777s was received from India in late 2012, and all trials and evaluations completed in January this year. The LoA has been in place since February.


BAE ceased producing assemblies for new gun orders this year and has been investing its own cash, keeping the line alive with work on spares and various inventory items.


But the company said that after months of its own investment, it can no longer maintain staffing levels. The artillery side of the Barrow facility employs around 350 people, the majority on the M777.


The British-based defense contractor has been building the weapon since 2004, predominantly for the US Marines and Army. Over 1,000 guns have been ordered and the last of those weapons, destined for the Australian military, are being assembled at the company’s Hattiesburg.


Barrow is responsible for the welding, machining and fabrication of specialized titanium items, such as the howitzer’s saddle and cradle. Final assembly and test of the M777 is undertaken by around 50 employees at Hattiesburg.


BAE said the Hattiesburg facility is completing assembly of guns destined for the Australians and also resetting some weapons supplied to the US military.


That work is expected to take the US side of the M777 operation through to around April next year.


The announcement of the potential closure of the UK howitzer production site comes just 24 hours after BAE’s US arm said it was closing its Sealy, Texas, wheeled armored vehicle facility, with the loss of up to 325 jobs.

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 07:30
Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) new Khareef Class corvette Al Shamikh seen during its sea trials on the summer of 2013. Photo: BAE Systems

Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) new Khareef Class corvette Al Shamikh seen during its sea trials on the summer of 2013. Photo: BAE Systems

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The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has recently accepted a new corvette – Al Shamikh – the lead ship of Khareef class. The 99 meter corvette has a displacement of 2,660 ton. It was constructed by BAE Systems at Portsmouth, UK and is designated ‘Ocean Patrol Vessel’ (OPV). Al Shamikh was launched in 2009 and accepted by the Royal Oman Navy in the UK June this year. Work at Portsmouth continues on the other two vessels of the class – Al Rahmani and Al Rasikh.


VL MICA missile launched on a test firing. The recent test launch from the RNO Al Shamikh was the first operational test launch for the new corvette. Photo: MBDA by Michel Hans

VL MICA missile launched on a test firing. The recent test launch from the RNO Al Shamikh was the first operational test launch for the new corvette. Photo: MBDA by Michel Hans

As part of the sea trials that followed the vessel conducted an operational naval firing of its VL MICA anti-air missile. Al Shamikh is the first deployment of the MICA VL Marine (MICA VL M) missile system, developed by MBDA. The live firing took place at the French MoD’s test range off the coast of the Ile du Levant in the Mediterranean Sea under the supervision and control of the French DGA – EM (Direction Générale de l’Armement – Essais de Missiles).

According to MBDA the VL MICA missile successfully intercepted and destroyed at very low altitude the target which was simulating a sea skimming anti-ship missile. “The success of this firing is evidence of the operational capability of the RNO with its new vessel and weapon system.” the announcement added.

VL MICA is the latest generation of air defence systems and deploys the MICA missile vertically launched from a canister which serves for both storage and launch purposes.  In its naval version, VL MICA provides both area air defence as well as self-defence of the host vessel. MICA fire-and-forget missiles can be equipped with either IR or radar seekers and are capable of dealing with the full range of airborne threats as well as saturating attacks.

Worldwide to date, 12 armed forces have selected the MICA missile.

The new Omani corvette Al Shamikh arrives at Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) Said bin Sultan Naval Base. Photo: BAE Systems

The new Omani corvette Al Shamikh arrives at Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) Said bin Sultan Naval Base. Photo: BAE Systems

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 07:20
BAE Shutters Texas Factory, JLTV Production Moved

Moving JLTV: Lockheed Martin will shift production of the JLTV to its Camden, Ark., facility after BAE Systems announced it would close its facility in Sealy, Texas. (Lockheed Martin)


Oct. 15, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News


WASHINGTON — In a surprise announcement with serious implications for the US Army’s ground vehicle industrial base, BAE Systems announced today that it is shuttering its Sealy, Texas, production facility by the end of June 2014.


A total of 325 employees will be put out of work between November and June, and some of the work being done at the facility will be moved to other BAE facilities, a spokesperson for the company said.


The facility at Sealy was focused on wheeled vehicle production. With orders having dried up for mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles and the family of medium tactical vehicles, and no new orders coming in, the company said it didn’t have enough work to keep the line open.


“We explored every possible option to maintain the viability of the facility, but the decline in US defense spending has made it necessary for us to continue rationalizing our business base,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems Land & Armaments sector, in a statement. “This was a difficult decision, but it in no way reflects upon the hard work and commitment of the employees. We will do all we can to assist them during this difficult transition.”


The move has implications beyond BAE Systems. The company had an agreement with Lockheed Martin to manufacture Lockheed’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at Sealy, but the company said that it will still provide the armored cabs, protection solutions and manufacturing expertise.


Lockheed said today that it is moving production of the JLTV to the company’s Camden, Ark., manufacturing facility.


In August, 22 JLTV prototypes left the Sealy line en route to the Army as part of the program’s Technology Development and Engineering and Manufacturing Development phases.


“BAE Systems remains committed to Lockheed Martin and our JLTV program,” Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles for BAE Systems said in a statement.


Lockheed Martin’s Camden line has already produced gear such as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ground vehicles.


BAE executives have been warning of layoffs for some time. During a tour of the company’s experimentation facility in Michigan in September, Signorelli expressed concern about the company’s manufacturing facility in York, Pa., as well. While the company has reached deals with the Army to keep the production line there humming through 2014, the work will run out about halfway through 2015.


“We mitigated the major risks in ‘14,” he said, but “we still can’t support the entire supply base. There will be layoffs.”


BAE Systems acquired the Sealy plant as part of its purchase of Armor Holdings in 2007.

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 07:20
Air Force, Marines Clearing APKWS Guided Rockets for F-16, A-10 and AV-8B

In April 2013 an Air Force A-10 Warthog launched APKWS FW guided rockets from altitudes of 10,000-15,000 ft at an airspeed of 348 knots. Photo  BAE Systems


October 15, 2013 defense-update.com


The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed the success of recent tests conducted with a fixed wing variant of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket. The tests were performed by the Direct & Time Sensitive Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-242), demonstrating robust design of the and the completion of the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. The conclusion of the JCTD is the next step toward evaluating the addition the Fixed Wing variant to the current APKWS Program of Record.

“The variety of tests helped us evaluate weapons systems build up, loading and delivery, and later, illustrate that the weapon would perform, as designed, to hit stationary and moving targets,” Bill Hammersley, the JCTD technical manager, said. “The success of these tests means that an aircraft pilot will be able to carry seven guided rockets in one launcher that weigh less than a single 500 lb. bomb, allowing for more shots in a single sortie,” added Hammersley.

“Fixed wing APKWS uses a different guidance control system to compensate for the higher altitude and longer range employments of the weapon,” Cmdr. Alex Dutko, Airborne Rockets /Pyrotechnics deputy program manager for PMA-242 explained. “The deployment mechanism had to be redesigned in order to overcome the higher aerodynamic forces of the fixed wing environment.” Guidance section tests not only demonstrated design robustness but also helped reduce risk in subsequent live-fire tests, Dutko continued. Rocket testing included ground launches and two different aerial launches, performance and MUA shots. Flight launches were tested from the A-10 Thunderbolt II, AV-8B Harrier II, and F-16 Fighting Falcon.

“These latest test results underscore the power and versatility of the APKWS technology and provide further proof that the system can be launched off of any platform capable of shooting an unguided 2.75-inch rocket,” said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems. “Since its introduction on Marine Corps helicopters in combat operations, the APKWS rocket has proven its ability to defeat a broad range of targets. This test is an important step in bringing that same capability to fixed-wing aviators.”

During the tests held since the spring of 2013 at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, APKWS rockets were fired from various aircraft at different altitudes. In April BAE reported that an Air Force A-10 Warthog launched the rockets at altitudes of approximately 10,000 and 15,000 feet, at airspeeds up to 348 knots. During this test the first controlled test-vehicle shot performed a series of pre-planned maneuvers to collect in-flight data. The second shot, into a 70-knot headwind, hit the target board well within the required 2 meters of the laser spot. The shot was laser-designated from the ground with a special operations forces marker.

To date, the APKWS rocket has been qualified on the AH-1W and UH-1Y helicopters, demonstrated on the Bell 407GT, and has been flown off the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, the Beechcraft AT-6B, AV-8B and A-10. It is expected to be similarly qualified for use on several other rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft including the AH-64D/E Apache, the armed MH-60R/S, AH-6, AV-8B, F-16, and F/A-18. BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the APKWS rocket, the only U.S. program of record delivering precision guidance for 2.75-inch rockets.

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 20:50
Research Into Military Jet Aircraft

Oct 15, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


    New military aircraft test laboratory unveiled at Loughborough University


A selection of our senior representatives recently visited Loughborough University to view a new test laboratory for research into our military jet aircraft – the only one of its kind in the UK.


Cooling effect

Developed in partnership with ourselves, Loughborough and colleagues from the Universities of Cranfield and Leicester, the facility can assess how to cool the electronic systems within an aircraft most effectively.  This is known as thermal management.


Based at Loughborough’s Holywell Park, it has been created by PhD student Andy Jones from the University’s Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering as part of his our BAE Systems sponsored studies at Loughborough.


Thermal management

Thermal management is an important consideration in the design and operation of high performance aircraft.  With industry moves towards More Electric Aircraft (MEA), global operations and, within the military environment, low observability the requirements on an aircraft’s thermal management system are increasing beyond current capabilities.


This is why the work being done by Loughborough, which has the potential to lead developments in this field, is important to us.  Initially the laboratory will be enabling greater understanding of the complex fluid dynamics and heat transfer of thermal management systems and beyond that it offers a potential platform for testing novel system architectures and future technologies.


Working together

Mike Wiseman, Head of Flight Systems Engineering, BAE Systems said: “What Andy has managed to put together is really impressive and it has been great that BAE Systems has been able to support Loughborough by providing actual aircraft equipment.  By making the facility as representative of in-service systems as possible means the potential transfer of learning back into current aircraft development is enhanced.  Hopefully the success of this activity will lead to further opportunities for collaboration with Loughborough in the future.”


Andy Jones added: “Working with BAE Systems on this project has been fantastic, and I am delighted that they are happy with the unique test facility I have created here at Loughborough.”


In attendance

The visit was attended by our senior representatives, including Mike Wiseman and Steve Harris, BAE system’s University and Collaborative Programmes Relationships Manager.  Attendees from Loughborough included Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Linton, Professor Jon Binner, Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering and Professor Rui Chen – Andy’s PhD supervisor – from the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering.


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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 16:50
BAE equips Hawk AJT aircraft with new tablet computers

The new tablet computers enable Hawk AJT pilots to view technical publications, landing trajectories, conversion applications and weather forecasts at the tap of a touch-screen. - Photo BAE Systems


15 October 2013 airforce-technology.com


BAE Systems has equipped its Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT) aircraft with new tablet computers to enable trainees to readily view technical publications, landing trajectories, conversion applications and weather forecasts.


The training pilots would earlier view the information on reference cards and maps kept in their flight suit pockets.


Four tablets have been already delivered to the South African Air Force (SAAF) for testing last month, after completion of a comprehensive evaluation programme, which included trials against rapid decompression and analysed system interference from an electromagnetic compatibility perspective.


Hawk Product Development Engineering head Lee Franks said the tablet integration represents the latest in a long line of developments for Hawk that are focused on making the aircraft the best for the customers.

"They are an additional resource available to the pilot, they do not replace anything, only add to a truly world-class aircraft."


''Now we have handed over the first of these tablets, we want the South African Air Force to try them out; part of the beauty of them is they can be tailored to carry whatever information is needed by each customer,'' Franks said.


''They are an additional resource available to the pilot, they do not replace anything, only add to a truly world-class aircraft.''


Additionally, the tablets' compass effects were validated prior to hand-over to SAAF.


In addition to tablets, the company also manufactured six sets of gloves to help the pilots use the computers.


Franks added, ''Their traditional flying gloves were not suitable, so we immediately looked in to what was available on the market and then tailored the gloves to what would be needed by pilots.''


BAE is now manufacturing more tablets for trial by the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which are among the 18 countries to have acquired the aircraft.

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 07:20
F-35: Lockheed mise tout sur le casque de Génération 2 et annule la recherche d’autres solutions (VIDÉO)

Vision Systems International développe le casque pour les pilotes des F-35 (Photo: VSI)


14/10/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca


Bae systems, F-35, Gen 2, JPO, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Elbit Systems, Vision Systems International


Le programme américain de développement du F-35, le «US F-35 Joint Program Office» (JPO), mise tout sur le casque Vision Systems International Generation 2 de Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems et annule le programme similaire de BAE Systems.


C’est d’ailleurs le casque America Vision Systems Generation 2 (Gen 2) qui est utilisé actuellement dans la formation et l’entraînement.


Pourtant, les responsables du Pentagone avaient déjà été contraints dans le passé de reporter la phase de tests opérationnels du F-35 en raison de problèmes avec ce casque de haute technologie pour les futurs pilotes.


C’est pour cette raison que BAE Systems avait commencé à développer un casque alternatif en vertu d’une initiative parallèle du développement du casque – intégrant un casque de combat plus traditionnel équipé de lunettes de vision de nuit – dans le cas où les problèmes de développement du casque Gen 2 n’auraient pu être résolus de façon satisfaisante.


L’initiative visait également à réduire les risques et à résoudre certains autres problèmes techniques.


Avec cette décision d’annuler maintenant le programme de BAE, qui permettra aux contribuables américains d’épargner 45 millions $, le JPO se retrouve toutefois sans solution de rechange advenant de nouveaux problèmes avec le casque de Rockwell Collins Elbit.


C’est ce qu’on appelle mettre tous ses oeufs dans le même…casque.


La vice-présidente et directrice générale du programme du F-35 Lightning II chez Lockheed-Martin, Lorraine M. Martin, a déclaré quant à elle que sa société et ses fournisseurs continueront de se concentrer sur le développement et la livraison du casque et la fourniture de capacités conformes à la «déclaration de capacité opérationnelle initiale».


«La décision du gouvernement de procéder exclusivement avec le casque principal indique bien sa confiance dans les performances du casque et en la résolution de problèmes techniques déjà identifiés», a déclaré Mme Martin.


Le programme «helmet mounted display system (HMDS) doit aussi développer un casque de Genération 3 (Gen 3) qui disposera d’un appareil photo amélioré de vision nocturne, de nouveaux écrans à cristaux liquides, del’alignement automatique et d’améliorations logicielles.


La présentation du Gen 3est prévue pour 2016 et les tests de développement doivent commencer en 2017.


Quant au casque Gen 2, le Corps américain des Marines compte maintenant qu’il sera opérationnel pour les pilotes de F-35B dès juillet 2015.


En plus de fournir aux pilotes de chasse une «conscience situationnelle» sans précédent, les casques du F-35 leur fourniront toute l’information nécessaire pour remplir leurs missions dans toutes les conditions météorologiques, de jour comme de nuit.

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10 octobre 2013 4 10 /10 /octobre /2013 11:30
First BAE Khareef Corvette To Omani Navy

BAE Khareef Corvette  - Al Shamikh photo BAE Systems


09/10/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


The Royal Navy of Oman has received its first Khareef-class corvette from contractor BAE Systems Surface Ships. Named Al Shamikh, it's the lead ship of three such vessels being built within the Project Khareef programme.


Al Shamikh was first launched in July 2009 and entered sea trials the following year. The two other Khareef-class corvettes, Al Rahmani and Al Rasikh, were launched in July 2010 and June 2011 respectively.


Al Shamikh's inauguration into the Royal Navy of Oman took place during a ceremony, in the presence of the British Ambassador to Oman and various defence officials including Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi - the nation's Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs.


"Today we celebrate the arrival of Al Shamikh into the waters of the sultanate, the first ship of Project Khareef, which would contribute to the strengthening of military capabilities and capacities of the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) which enjoys the Royal care and attention of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces", he was quoted as having said in BAE Systems' Omani corvette delivery press release.


Khareef-class Corvettes


The Khareef-class corvette construction programme has been taking place at BAE Systems Surface Ships' shipyard, located at Portsmouth Naval Base. Each is 325 feet long and displaces 2,660 tonnes of water.


Power is supplied by a pair of MTU diesel engines, giving a maximum speed of 28 knots, while their maximum range is 4,500 nautical miles and their endurance, 21 days.


The Al Shamikh, Al Rahmani and Al Rasikh can each accommodate a single medium-sized helicopter on their decks and are armed with a single 76mm Oto Melara cannon, a pair of 30mm MSI DS30M 30mm cannons and eight MM-40 Block III Exocet surface-to-surface missiles.


Omani Navy Corvettes


The new Omani navy corvettes will be tasked with numerous roles including designated sea-zone protection, long-endurance surveillance patrols, search and rescue, humanitarian aid and special operations.


The three corvettes all represent part of the Royal Navy of Oman's future procurement policy. Ultimately, they'll be joined in service by a new research vessel and four Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessels.

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10 octobre 2013 4 10 /10 /octobre /2013 06:50
BAE Awarded Latest Annual Nulka Rounds Production Contract

Oct 8, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


BAE Systems has secured a 15th successive annual contract to produce additional rounds for the Nulka active missile decoy.


Valued at approximately $35 million, the latest follow-on order will see production take place during 2014 in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, and 2015 in Mulwala, New South Wales.


The rounds will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy, bringing the total number of rounds supplied by BAE Systems to more than 1200.


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2 octobre 2013 3 02 /10 /octobre /2013 07:50
BAE's LRLAP Program Aces Qualification Tests

Oct 1, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


    BAE Systems, with support from its subcontractor Lockheed Martin Corporation, successfully completed qualification testing for the 155-mm Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP)


During the recent tests, nine LRLAPs were successfully fired at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. These tests were designed to demonstrate accuracy, reliability, lethality, and time of arrival control. In addition, six of the nine rounds were subjected to an environmental qualification, which included temperature variation and vibration tests that proved the LRLAP’s reliability after exposure to different transportation situations and storage environments. Test requirements were met or exceeded, and all objectives were successfully demonstrated.


“I am incredibly proud of the success our team has had on this crucial development program,” said Chris Hughes, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “We have made significant progress in qualifying the LRLAP in support of the deployment of the Advanced Gun System aboard the DDG 1000. The LRLAP will provide the Navy with an affordable, ship-launched alternative to currently used missiles.”


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30 septembre 2013 1 30 /09 /septembre /2013 17:50
First ARCHER systems delivered in Sweden

Sep 27, 2013 BAE Systems PLC


BAE Systems delivered the first four ARCHER artillery systems to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, during a handover ceremony at the company’s Karlskoga, Sweden facility Sept. 23.


BAE Systems employees and representatives from FMV and the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation, FLO, attended the ceremony where FMV’s Director General Lena Erixon received the four systems from Lena Gillström managing director at BAE Systems’ Weapon Systems business in Sweden.


“ARCHER is an important program, for both the Swedish and Norwegian Armed Forces. Today is an important milestone in our partnership and it is very encouraging for us deliver the first systems to our Swedish customer,” said Gillström.  It’s an immensely proud moment for everyone at BAE Systems and we now look forward to continuing our partnership with the Swedish and Norwegian customer in working on the delivery of all systems,” added Gillström.


In total, 48 systems will be delivered to the Swedish and Norwegian Armed Forces.


The ARCHER system is one of the world’s most advanced artillery systems with high mobility and precision.  It’s based on proven subsystems and has an extensive ammunition portfolio.

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30 septembre 2013 1 30 /09 /septembre /2013 11:55
Exercice amphibie de validation pour le VHM

Photos: Le VHM en configuration amphibie, muni d’un dispositif de flottabilité latéral (crédits: Armée de terre)


30.09.2013 Par Guillaume Belan (FOB)


Le Véhicule Haute Mobilité (VHM) va participer à un exercice amphibie interarmées de niveau intermédiaire, qui se déroulera du 1er au 3 octobre dans la région de Sainte Maxime (Var). Cette manœuvre sera l’occasion pour la STAT (Section Technique de lʼArmée de Terre) de réaliser la dernière étape de validation du VHM (véhicule haute mobilité) BvS10 aux opérations amphibies. Cet exercice est donc l’aboutissement du processus de validation du nouveau VHM, qui vient remplacer les vieillissants BV206 en service dans l’armée de terre. Le VHM aura subi plusieurs tests, dont l’exercice Cerces lʼannée dernière mené par la 27ème  BIM (Brigade d’infanterie de montagne).


Au total l’armée de Terre va recevoir 53 BvS10 (commande ferme). Alors qu’initialement le besoin exprimé concernait 129 véhicules, les difficultés budgétaires auront eu eu raison des tranches conditionnelles . Avec une capacité dʼemport dépassant les 5 tonnes (PTAC de 14 tonnes), le VHM peut embarquer jusqu’à 12 fantassins équipés du Félin avec leur armement individuel et collectif (missiles, roquettes et mortiers), les radios et les systèmes dʼinformation. Le VHM est décliné en 3 versions : version «Rang» (transport de troupes), version «Poste de commandement» et version «Logistique», équipée dʼun plateau déposable pour le transport de matériels.


Construit par le groupe suédois Hagglunds (groupe BAe), l’adaptation du véhicule aux spécifications françaises (« francisation ») est réalisée par Panhard (groupe RTD). Le VHM dispose de très intéressantes capacités de franchissement et peut facilement évoluer hors des routes, donc des itinéraires tracés qui, en Afghanistan, étaient souvent piégés. Il va apporter à l’armée une réelle capacité en combat embarqué en milieu montagneux et/ou enneigé mais aussi en terrain accidenté et peut se présenter comme un intéressant complément aux VAB et VBCI dans le combat du SGTIA à dominante infanterie. Il sera mis en œuvre par la 27ème BIM et la 9ème Blbima (brigade légère blindé d’infanterie de marine. Équipé d’un toureleau PL80 (12.7) servit manuellement par un soldat exposé, à terme il pourrait recevoir un toureleau télé-opéré (type Wasp ou Prector à l’instar du VAB Top).

Exercice amphibie de validation pour le VHM
Exercice amphibie de validation pour le VHM
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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
Sweden To Purchase 100 Armored Vehicles From BAE

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


British, French and Dutch militaries also operate the vehicle.

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
The Hawk in Flight

September 24, 2013 by Think Defence


BAE are making their pitch for the USAF trainer programme



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24 septembre 2013 2 24 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
Teams Form for Australia Trainer Contest

BAE Systems has announced it has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE to bid for Australia's pilot training system. The bid will be based on Beechcraft's T-6C Texan II. (Beechcraft)


Sep. 23, 2013 - By NIGEL PITTAWAY  - Defense News


CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — BAE Systems announced on Sept. 11 that it has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE to bid for the Australian Defence Force’s fixed-wing pilot training system.


John Quaife, BAE’s general manager for aviation solutions, said the team will provide a total flight training solution, based on Beechcraft’s T-6C Texan II turboprop trainer.


“Designed to meet the needs of undergraduate pilot training for the United States, Canada and other NATO air forces, the T-6C has amassed more than 2 million flying hours and has proven its ability as a versatile, cost-effective platform,” he said.


BAE Systems has provided services to Australia’s forces for flight screening and basic flying training since 1992 and won an AUS $88.8 million (US $83 million) Interim Basic Flying Training (IBFT) contract for a further six years in 2011. It also provides flying training and support in Australia for the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Brunei Air Force and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.


The company is also teamed with Beechcraft in the US to support T-6-based pilot training for the US Navy.


The Australian pilot training system competition, known as Project AIR 5428, has been underway since 2005, but a formal request for tender was released in August.


The BAE Systems/Beechcraft/CAE team is the first to break cover in the current incarnation of Air 5428. Raytheon Australia was an earlier team member, but the company declined to provide details regarding its status.


“Raytheon Australia maintains the same active interest in the AIR 5428 program that it has demonstrated over the last decade,” was all the company was prepared to say and was not prepared to attribute the statement to an individual.


Similarly, Boeing Defence Australia is also interested in the competition, but said only “There are a number of opportunities that Boeing is focused on in Australia. For competitive reasons, however, we decline to comment on specific projects.”


The Pilatus PC-21 is the main competitor to the T-6C, but the Swiss company is yet to reveal its plans for the pilot training system.


AIR 5428 will replace the separate fixed-wing basic and advanced flying training programs with a single system that will take a candidate from flight screening to wings and will make significant use of simulation and other synthetic training aids.


The tender is due to close in February and the successful system will graduate its first students in early 2017.

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24 septembre 2013 2 24 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Industry Pushes Back Against Army Report

BAE, makers of the US Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle, suppliers and labor unions say the Army is misreading what the industrial base will go through when the Bradley stops production in 2015 without a replacement program. (US Army)


Sep. 23, 2013 By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News


WASHINGTON — BAE Systems CEO Linda Hudson, the heads of 40 suppliers that help sustain the company’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle program and several labor unions penned a highly critical letter to Army Secretary John McHugh on Sept. 19.


The letter calls the Army to task for misreading the issues that the industrial base will face if the service goes through with stopping production of the Bradley in 2015 with no follow-on program to replace it until 2019.


The letter says that the company and the unions have “concerns with the Army’s recent report” and “we question the report’s initial observations and its implications on the Army’s short- and long-term plans for the Bradley industrial base.”


The industry partners did offer an olive branch of sorts, writing “we are hopeful that a dialog now will result in a more substantive and realistic plan which will allow us to retain the critical capabilities and jobs” in a supply chain that is responsible for 7,000 jobs across the country.


The July report, commissioned by the Army and carried out by consulting firm AT Kearney, was titled “M1 Abrams Tank Upgrade and Bradley Fighting Vehicle Industrial Base Study Preliminary Findings”


The report paints a rather grim picture of the manufacturing needs over the next several years, conceding that while “the demand profile for programs within the Army’s ground combat systems indicate a significant decrease in demand between 2015 and 2019” the government’s early findings indicate that the downturn should be sustainable since “the industrial base’s current manufacturing network has a significant amount of overcapacity.”


The industry group says that the initial 18-page report — a copy of which was obtained by Defense News —“lead us to question the potential final recommendations” which are due to be delivered to Congress on Dec. 15.


The most critical flaw in the report, BAE and its associates charge, is that it states since there is a shortage of skilled workers in the industrial base, shedding some workers over the next several years while keeping a small core of the most skilled is a “manageable risk” for the Army and for industry.


While AT Kearney and the Army said they did a deep dive into the supplier base for the report, the letter to McHugh charges that “few” of BAE’s Bradley suppliers were contacted for the study.


The government report also states that when it comes to heavy manufacturing capacity, the US defense sector actually “exceeds known demand for current programs and for planned future programs,” and that given the current defense downturn “most suppliers have mitigated the overall revenue impact with other work.”


BAE and its partners say that, in fact, just the opposite is true: Even those companies that found other work have done so outside of the defense industry and that “allowing these companies to exit the defense sector will impose resource, capability and cost implications on our nation’s armed forces now and in the future.”


Beginning in 2014, many ground vehicle programs will begin to transition from production to sustainment, and if some key new programs like the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) and the new Marine Corps amphibious vehicles manage to live past the coming budget ax, vehicle production is scheduled to ramp up sharply in 2019.


But until that happens, ground vehicle manufacturers like BAE, and General Dynamics, Navistar, and Oshkosh will struggle to hold on to as much of its critical supplier base as it can, with fewer orders to fill.

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 18:30
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23/09/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


Selon des sources concordantes, la direction du groupe britannique est très récemment venue à Abu Dhabi pour présenter son offre financière pour le remplacement des 60 Mirage 2000-9 émiratis.


BAE Systems ne lâche pas l'affaire et tente d'imposer le Typhoon Eurofighter dans le ciel des Emirats Arabes Unis face au Rafale de Dassault Aviation. Selon des sources concordantes, la direction du groupe britannique est très récemment venue à Abu Dhabi pour présenter son offre financière pour le remplacement des 60 Mirage 2000-9 émiratis. La direction financière du groupe britannique, avec l'aide d'un pool bancaire tentait de répondre à des demandes émiraties portant sur des cofinancements d'équipements, dont ne dispose pas encore l'Eurofighter Typhoon (radar à antenne active, systèmes de guerre électronique, armements...) 

Pour autant, Londres devra aussi convaincre Paris de lui accorder une licence de réexportation des Mirages 2000-9, dont les Emirats veulent se débarrasser. Car c'est au vendeur de racheter ces avions de combat, dont certains sont encore très performants, et de les revendre sur le marché de l'occasion.


Trois pays du Golfe ont choisi le Typhoon

Au-delà des seuls Emirats Arabes Unis, le groupe britannique a pour objectif de tuer le Rafale dans l'ensemble des pays du Golfe (CCG). BAE Systems rêve d'imposer l'Eurofighter Typhoon comme le seul avion de combat complémentaire des flottes américaines (Boeing et Lockheed Martin), qui équipent les six pays membres du CCG. C'est déjà le cas en Arabie Saoudite, où BAE Systems se partage le marché du Royaume avec Boeing (F-15SA) depuis les années 80  d'abord avec les Tornado puis les Typhoon. L'Arabie saoudite avait signé en 2007 avec le Royaume-Uni un contrat pour l'achat de 72 Eurofighter Typhoon. Mais les deux parties négocient actuellement une augmentation du prix des appareils restant à livrer dans le cadre de ce programme nommé "Salam".

BAE Systems a également gagné son pari au sultanat d'Oman, qui va s'équiper de 12 Typhoon qui voleront aux côtés des F-16C/D de Lockheed Martin. C'est aussi en très bonne voie à Bahreïn, qui envisage de s'offrir des Typhoon en complément des F-16C/D.


Trois pays incertains

La bataille fait rage dans deux pays. Aux Emirats Arabes Unis, où le Rafale, équipé de son nouveau radar à antenne active ou radar AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array), est revenu en tout début d'année dans la course après une période après une période glaciale entre Paris et Abu Dhabi, qui entretient une flotte de F-16E/F (Lockheed Martin) et de Mirage 2000-9. BAE Systems rêve d'éliminer Dassault Aviation dans ce pays. "Nous faisons de bons progrès et nous avons le plein soutien du gouvernement britannique" dans ce dossier, avait assuré le directeur général de BAE Systems, Ian King, lors de la présentation des résultats semestriels du groupe début août. C'est aussi le cas au Qatar, qui a douze Mirage 2000-5. Cet émirat souhaiterait acheter 72 avions de combats en deux tranches. Il a envoyé à trois constructeurs des demandes d'information (BAE Systems, Dassault Aviation et Lockheed Martin).

Enfin, le Koweït, qui a déjà des F/A-18C/D (Boeing), pourrait commander de nouveaux avions de combat (18 à 22). Ce pays aurait aimé avoir des Rafale mais la pression américaine l'a jusqu'ici interdit. Ce qui pourrait relancer le Typhoon, dont la campagne de promotion est assurée non par BAE Systems mais par la société italienne Alenia Aermacchi.

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 17:50
Third Astute submarine named Artful

Artful, the latest Royal Navy Astute Class submarine, is unveiled in Barrow-in-Furness (Picture Andrew Linnett, UK MoD)


20 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support


The Royal Navy's third Astute Class attack submarine has been formally named.


The new submarine was named Artful in a traditional ceremony at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness.

Marking this milestone in the vessel’s construction, Lady Amanda Zambellas, the wife of First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas, named the submarine in the classic tradition of breaking a bottle on her bow; in this instance a bottle of beer from a local Cumbrian brewery.

Artful and her crew
Artful and her crew at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

The naming ceremony comes just 2 months after MOD announced that the first 2 of the 7 Astute Class submarines, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush, were nearing completion of their extensive sea trials and have been handed over to the Royal Navy to begin to prepare for operations.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

HMS Artful is the third in our fleet of Astute Class submarines, the largest and most advanced attack submarines ordered by the Ministry of Defence; providing unprecedented levels of stealth and attack capability for the Royal Navy.

Artful's crest shows an unspecified species of primate
Artful's crest shows an unspecified species of primate, chosen in 1945 by the Admiralty Advisor on Heraldry for the first vessel to hold the name [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Mr Dunne added that the Astute submarine building programme represents a significant investment by the government and is set to sustain more than 5,000 jobs in the UK.

Admiral Zambellas said:

Today’s naming ceremony in Barrow for Artful adds another capable nuclear submarine to the gathering momentum in the Astute Class. Ahead of her, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush are already being pressed hard towards operational use, contributing to the wider renaissance in the UK’s naval equipment programme and adding to the Royal Navy’s operational authority.

Artful, the latest Royal Navy Astute Class submarine
Artful, the latest Royal Navy Astute Class submarine [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

The Astute class submarines will replace the older Trafalgar Class boats, and possess greater firepower, the latest communications equipment and advanced stealth technology, making them quieter than their predecessors and harder to detect.

Artful is expected to be rolled out of the shipyard construction hall early next year and is due to start sea trials in early 2015. She is the second Royal Navy submarine to hold the name. The first HMS Artful was constructed by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering in Greenock in 1947.

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 17:35
Indian Navy receives first Hawk Trainer Jet

Dr R.K. Tyagi – Chairman, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited hands over Indian Navy's first Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer to Deputy Chief of Naval Staff - Vice Admiral Pradeep Chatterjee (AVSM NM)


23 September 2013 baesystems.com


The Indian Navy has received the first of 17 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, becoming the third naval operator of the Hawk along with the US Navy and the Royal Navy.


The 17 Hawk aircraft ordered by the Indian Navy form part of a contract for 57 aircraft signed in 2010 of which 40 are for the Indian Air Force.  Among its 18 customers worldwide, India is the largest operator of the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer with 123 aircraft ordered to date, of which over 70 have been delivered to the Indian Air Force. Hawk trainers already in service with the Indian Air Force are performing well.


Adding to the Indian Navy’s fleet of aircraft, the Hawk provides the ideal platform for pilots to transition smoothly to the Navy’s frontline aircraft.  Hawk effectively integrates air and ground based elements offering the most efficient and cost-effective method of training pilots.


We have worked closely with the Indian MOD and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to establish a production line in India where the Hawk aircraft are assembled.  Guy Griffiths, Our Group Managing Director—International said, “The introduction of the Hawk to a new user is a momentous occasion, and further testimony to the aircraft’s global success. This marks another significant milestone in our longstanding partnership with HAL which has established a track record operating a world-class Hawk production capability. We are committed to strengthening our relationship with HAL and exploring long-term sustainable business opportunities, globally.”


Looking forward, Griffiths added:  “We have also submitted our response to HAL’s Request for Proposal for a potential order to supply products and services for the manufacture of 20 additional Hawk aircraft to the IAF, and are now looking forward to partnering with HAL in providing the Indian Air Force’s display team this fantastic aircraft.”


Our Sea Harrier aircraft, which pioneered the short take off and vertical landing for jet aircraft, was bought by the Indian Navy in 1980 and the company continues to support them.

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
Royal Navy’s third Astute-class submarine officially christened

HMS Artful during naming ceremony. Photo BAE Systems.


23 September 2013 naval-technology.com


The UK Royal Navy's third Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine has been christened as HMS Artful (S121), during a ceremony held at BAE Systems' shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, UK.


Built by BAE Systems, the 97m-long and 11.3m-wide submarine can accommodate a crew of 98 and will eventually replace existing Swiftsure and Trafalgar-class vessels for the Royal Navy.


UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology minister Philip Dunne said that the HMS Artful is the one of most advanced attack submarine ordered by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), to offer unprecedented levels of stealth and attack capability for the Royal Navy.


"The Astute submarine building programme represents a significant investment by the government and is set to sustain over 5,000 UK jobs within BAE systems and the 400 separate suppliers across the supply chain," Dunne said.


Capable of carrying a crew of 98, the 97m-long Astute-class submarines feature Thales Sensors Outfit UAP(4) electronic support measures, and are armed with Tomahawk Block IV (tactical tomahawk) cruise missiles as well as Spearfish torpedoes and mines.


First Sea Lord Admiral, sir George Zambellas, said: "Ahead of her, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush are already being pressed hard towards operational use, contributing to the wider renaissance in the UK's naval equipment programme and adding to the Royal Navy's operational authority."


Astute-class vessels feature ECB680 communications and SEEPIRB emergency beacon buoys as well as an ultra-high frequency satellite communications antenna.


BAE Systems maritime submarines managing director, John Hudson, said the christening ceremony has marked a step ahead for 7,400t HMS Artful to joining its sister vessels HMS Astute and HMS Ambush in the Royal Navy fleet.


"The design and build of a nuclear-powered submarine is as challenging as it is complex, so today represents a significant milestone in Artful's programme," Hudson said.


Scheduled to be launched early next year, HMS Artful is expected to start sea trials in early 2015.

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 06:50
Royal Navy names latest nuclear submarine HMS Artful

HMS Artful, built by BAE Systems, is the the third of the Royal Navy's seven Astute-class submarines


20 September 2013 theguardian.com


Britain's latest nuclear-powered submarine has been unveiled.


HMS Artful, a 7,400-tonne, 97-metre-long attack submarine, was officially named in front of thousands of guests in an event to mark its completion at the Devonshire Dock Hall in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.


Artful, the third of seven Astute-class submarines, has now moved a step closer to joining her sister vessels HMS Astute and HMS Ambush.


The other submarines in the class in various stages of design or build are Audacious, Anson, Agamemnon and Ajax.


The Astute class of vessels, while nuclear powered but not nuclear armed, have greater conventional missile firepower, state-of-the-art communications equipment and advanced stealth technology, making them quiet and harder to detect, according to the Ministry of Defence.


Royal Navy submarines patrol the seas for months at a time, providing a key part of the UK's armed defence.


Built by BAE Systems, the Barrow yard has been working on the Astute programme since 2001.


Friday's ceremony was performed by Amanda Lady Zambellas, wife of the Royal Navy's First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, inside BAE Systems' giant submarine construction facility.


John Hudson, managing director of BAE Systems Maritime - Submarines, said: "The design and build of a nuclear-powered submarine is as challenging as it is complex, so today represents a significant milestone in Artful's programme.


"It requires real skill and innovation to deliver submarines as sophisticated as Artful and this would not have been possible without the valued contribution of our employees and the collaborative efforts of the whole submarine enterprise.


Sir George Zambellas said: "Today's naming ceremony in Barrow for Artful adds another capable nuclear submarine to the gathering momentum in the Astute class.


"Ahead of her, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush are already being pressed hard towards operational use, contributing to the wider renaissance in the UK's naval equipment programme and adding to the Royal Navy's operational authority."


Artful will remain in the Barrow yard to complete a series of commissioning activities, before being launched in early 2014 for further tests and commissioning.

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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
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VBCI photo Nexter Canada

18/09/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45enord.ca


L’Institut Rideau et le Centre canadien de politiques alternatives viennent de publier un rapport sur le projet d’achat de véhicules de combat rapproché de l’Armée canadienne, et selon les auteurs, l’achat est inapproprié.


Intitulé Stuck in a Rut: Harper government overrides Canadian Army, insists on buying outdated equipment a été écrit par le professeur de sciences politiques Michael Byers de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique et l’analyste de la défense Stewart Webb (chercheur invité à l’Institut Rideau et associé de recherche au Centre canadien de politiques alternatives).


Le gouvernement a l’intention d’acheter 108 nouveaux véhicules de combat rapproché (VCR).


Selon les deux auteurs du rapport, la nécessité d’acheter ces véhicules doit être remis en question. En effet, d’après Michael Byers et Stewart Webb, l’achat de ces véhicules serait redondant avec la modernisation actuelle des 550 véhicules blindés légers III (VBL III) de l’Armée canadienne, qui doit permettre d’étendre leur durée de vie jusqu’en 2035.



Achat de véhicules de combat rapproché: une vision de la Guerre froide selon des chercheurs

Une description du projet que l’on peut lire dans des documents de la Défense nationale indique toutefois que le VCR est en complément des véhicules légers et véhicules lourds. Le VCR doit être «à la fois hautement protégé et mobile sur le plan tactique. Le VCR comblera une lacune entre les parcs de véhicules blindés légers (5 à 25 tonnes) et de véhicules blindés lourds (plus de 45 tonnes) actuels, ce qui apportera à l’Armée canadienne une capacité opérationnelle qui peut fonctionner en étroite symbiose avec le char de combat principal ou indépendamment dans un environnement très actif», est-il ainsi écrit dans une description du projet d’achat de la Défense.


Le coût estimatif du projet d’achat des véhicules de combat rapproché est d’environ 2 milliards $.


En mai dernier, certaines sources affirmaient que l’armée canadienne ne voulait plus de ces véhicules et préférait utiliser l’argent à d’autres fins, comme le maintien des formations, en pleine période de compressions budgétaires. L’ancien commandant de l’Armée canadienne, le lieutenant-général Peter Devlin, s’est d’ailleurs plaint à plusieurs reprises de subir trop de coupures de budget et que l’Armée risquait de perdre des capacités importantes.


Comme l’explique le professeur Byers, «En dépensant 2 milliards $ dans des véhicules que l’armée canadienne ne veut ni n’a besoin, le gouvernement Harper abdique sa responsabilité pour équiper et former nos soldats correctement, et à assurer une responsabilité fiscale.»


Le Conseil du Trésor se réunit demain, le jeudi 19 septembre, pour prendre une décision finale sur le projet d’achat des véhicules de combat rapproché. Nexter, General Dynamics et BAE Systems sont les trois compagnies en lice pour le projet.

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15 septembre 2013 7 15 /09 /septembre /2013 12:49
BAE Selects 4 Firms for Type 26 Frigate Program

Sep. 11, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


LONDON — BAE Systems began selecting key systems suppliers for the Royal Navy Type 26 frigate program now on the drawing board.


Rolls-Royce, MTU, David Brown Gear Systems and Rohde & Schwarz were unveiled as suppliers on the second day of the DSEi defense show in London Sept 11.


The awards will see Rolls-Royce supply its MT30 gas turbine, with MTU responsible for the diesel engines and David Brown the gear box. Rohde & Schwarz will provide the ships integrated communications system.


The Rolls-Royce MT30 is the same engine as the one that will power the Royal Navy’s two 65,000 ton aircraft carriers now under construction.


BAE’s program director, Geoff Searle, said the suppliers were the first of between 30 to 40 companies expected to be selected for major systems deals on Type 26 by the end of the year.


There are about 70 competitions for Type 26 systems. Final supplier selection for major items will be completed in 2014.


The Type 26 program has been in the assessment phase since 2010 and BAE is now refining the design of the warship.


The Royal Navy is planning to buy 13 Type 26’s with the first of the new warships expected to start replacing the current Type 23 fleet in the early 2020s.


It will be the maritime industry’s single biggest surface warship program once the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers are completed late in the decade.


Searle said the Type 26 program is expected to continue through to the 2030s. The warship has primarily a utility role with a bias toward anti-submarine capabilities.


Aside from the firming up of the supply chain, BAE revealed a number of design changes to the 6,000-ton warship. The most significant of those was a switch of the mission bay from the stern of the vessel to a position just behind the helicopter hangar.


The hangar can house a variety of containerised modules of equipment or facilities ranging from mine counter measures to fast intercept craft.


Searle said that moving the mission bay back gave the Royal Navy greater flexibility including possible extension of the hangar space to handle unmanned air vehicles when required.

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13 septembre 2013 5 13 /09 /septembre /2013 16:20
Rolls-Royce Joins BAE Hawk AJTS Team to Pursue USAF T-X Contract

Sep 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


    Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft


BAE Systems, Inc. and Rolls-Royce today announced that Rolls-Royce is joining the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) team as an exclusive partner to compete for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program. As the engine supplier to BAE Systems on this pursuit, Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft.


“Rolls-Royce’s extensive propulsion expertise, coupled with their lengthy relationship with the U.S. Air Force, makes them the perfect choice to integrate their Adour Mk951 engine in the Hawk AJTS aircraft,” said Robert Wood, vice president of BAE Systems’ Hawk Advanced Jet Training System team. “The selection of Rolls-Royce rounds out the Hawk AJTS team as we pursue the T-X program win.”


Rolls-Royce joins BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and L-3 Link Simulation & Training as the fourth member of the Hawk AJTS team. The team plans to offer the Hawk AJTS as the replacement of the T-38 trainer. The Hawk AJTS is uniquely tailored to meet the training needs of the U.S. Air Force and will be manufactured in the United States with the involvement of a strong U.S. supply chain.


“We are delighted to join the Hawk AJTS team and bring our decades of experience to the program,” said Tom Hartmann, senior vice president of Customer Business at Rolls-Royce Defense. “The Rolls-Royce Adour engine has demonstrated success with 8.6 million flying hours and 200 engines already in service within the U.S. Department of Defense, plus hundreds of others in service around the world. The Hawk AJTS is the affordable, low-risk option, offering proven performance to the U.S. Air Force.”


The Hawk AJTS effectively integrates live and synthetic air- and ground-based elements to successfully train pilots for 5th generation fighters such as the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor. It is the world’s only fully-integrated, off-the-shelf system in service today that is ready now to train U.S. Air Force combat pilots. More than just an aircraft, the Hawk AJTS teaches student pilots how to address the critical flow of information, learn to interpret it correctly, and make the right decisions to maintain operational advantage.


Almost 1,000 Hawk aircraft have been sold across the globe, helping produce highly trained pilots in 18 countries for newest-generation aircraft such as Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II, and JAS 39 Gripen. The Hawk aircraft, which is in active production around the world, is the future lead-in trainer for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35, and for militaries in the U.K., Canada, and Australia.

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