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8 juillet 2014 2 08 /07 /juillet /2014 13:55
Tears of the Sun 2

 

08.07.2014 Armée de Terre

 

1 800 parachutistes français et britanniques s'étaient donné rendez-vous fin juin dans la région de Toulouse pour participer à l'exercice Tears of the Sun 2 ! Objectif : faire entrer du matériel dans une zone ennemie. Un exercice collaboratif entre la 11e brigade parachutiste et la 16th air assault brigade, qui a permis de renforcer la capacité commune d'intervention par la 3e dimension.

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8 juillet 2014 2 08 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
British and French rapid reaction forces call in the big guns

Airborne forces from Britain and France conduct a joint artillery and air support exercise in Castlemartin in Wales - Gallic Marauder photo UK MoD

 

08.07.2014 British Army

 

Airborne forces from Britain and France have conducted a joint artillery and air support exercise in Castlemartin in Wales.

 

Troops from the Colchester-based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) have fired artillery guns and called in fast jets alongside their counterparts from the 8th Parachute Marine Infantry Regiment (8 Regiment Parachutiste d’Infanterie Marine, 8 RPIMa) and 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment (35th Regiment Artillerie Parachutist, 35 RAP), both based near Toulouse.

 

The soldiers, who have recently returned from an interoperability exercise in the south of France, are taking part in the two-week live firing exercise to strengthen ties between French and British units.

 

The 260 troops fired a combination of artillery guns and mortars as well as receiving air support from jets on the French aircraft carrier, Charles De Gaulle.

 

Commanding Officer of 7 Para RHA, Lt Col Will Lynch, said. "This opportunity is perfect for us to continue to improve the way in which our two Armies operate.

 

"Exercise Gallic Marauder has been a fast moving artillery and air support exercise that has allowed us to operate in an all arms environment and asses each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We have learnt a lot from this exercise and we look forward to the continued co-operation between our sister regiments."

 

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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 10:50
19 VBCI et 2 CAESAR mis à disposition de la British Army, sur le sol français, pour six mois

 

04.07.2014 par Philippe Chapleau – Lignes de Défense

 

Lors du point presse de jeudi matin au Mindef, il a été annoncé que dans le cadre du volet "équipement" des accords franco-britanniques de Lancaster House signés en 2010, l’armée de terre va mettre à disposition de l’armée de terre britannique 19 VBCI et 2 CAESAR pour une période de 6 mois. Ce projet baptisé "Brittany" démarrera à l'automne après la signature des aménagements techniques.

 

En janvier dernier sur le théâtre malien, le chef d’état-major de l’armée de terre britannique avait pu apprécier les capacités opérationnelles du VBCI. L’armée de terre britannique avait alors formulé une demande formelle de mise à disposition de matériel qui se concrétise.

 

La letter of interest, encadrant ce prêt, a été signée le 1er juillet à Londres par les deux CEMAT. Selon la Dicod, "l’opération aura un coût très limité pour la France", les Britanniques prenant en charge les coûts de fonctionnement et de formation.

 

Cette formation sera assurée par le 1er régiment de chasseurs d’Afrique (Canjuers). Un autre régiment français sera impliqué dans la formation qui aura aussi lieu à Mourmelon. Les équipements seront pris sur le parc de gestion (PEGP) et non pas dans le parc des régiments.

 

Une première phase consistera en la formation des pilotes britanniques. La seconde phase, dite de "mentoring", verra l'étude de l'adaptation de la doctrine britannique en fonction du VBCI et de ses capacités.

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1 juillet 2014 2 01 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
photo Royal Wessex Yeomanry

photo Royal Wessex Yeomanry

 

28th June 2014 Dorset Echo

 

SOLDIERS from Dorset will celebrate becoming the UK’s new Armour Reinforcement Regiment with a parade in front of Prince Edward.

 

As part of the Army’s new 2020 design, Dorset’s Royal Wessex Yeomanry, based in Bovington, right, together with squadrons in Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon and Gloucestershire, will take on the new role.

 

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 16:45
Two RAF Puma HC1 helicopters flying low and fast during Exercise Askari Thunder in Kenya.

Two RAF Puma HC1 helicopters flying low and fast during Exercise Askari Thunder in Kenya.

 

27 June 2014 BBC Africa

 

A delay in an agreement between the UK and Kenya over British army training in the country has left 900 troops uncertain of when they can return home.

 

The British High Commission in Nairobi says talks over a new memorandum of understanding for the UK's use of the Nanyuki training area are continuing.

The MoD said it was making arrangements to fly the troops back to the UK using commercial carriers.

Six battalions train each year at Nanyuki, 125 miles north of Nairobi.

 

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26 juin 2014 4 26 /06 /juin /2014 15:10
British and French airborne forces train together

 

26.06.2014 by British Army

 

Exercise Tears of the Sun, which took place this week in Toulouse, France, is a key interoperability exercise between 16 Air Assault Brigade and 11e Brigade Parachutiste (11e BP), which is at the forefront of closer military co-operation between Britain and France.

Both brigades are rapid reaction forces, held at high readiness to deploy on operations anywhere in the world. They form the Intermediate Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (I-CJEF) for contingency operations, ranging from disaster relief to war fighting, The concept, brought about in early 2013, has been developed by both the French and the British forces over the last 18 months and this exercise provides an opportunity for both armies to plan and fight, side by side .

Helicopters from Joint Helicopter Command, as well as French aircraft, bolstered the two airborne infantry battlegroups to provide a potent fighting force that was exercised in a number of different scenarios. Tears of the Sun gives both nations’ troops the chance to work through a theoretical joint mission, further understand their similarities and differences and prove that they are able to operate alongside each other.

16 Air Assault Brigade is the British Army’s largest brigade with some 6,200 soldiers, combining the speed and agility of airborne and air assault troops with the potency of Apache attack helicopters.

 

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16 juin 2014 1 16 /06 /juin /2014 14:50
Construction du Pont Bailey

 

16.06.2014 Armée de Terre

 

Du 3 au 6 juin 2014 : montage du Pont Bailey. Samedi 7 juin : inauguration du pont en présence d'autorités et avec pose de plaque commémorative.

L'unité responsable de la construction du pont est la 2ème compagnie de combat du génie aux ordres du CNE ASCIONE Thibault, elle sera renforcée par un détachement de réserviste ainsi que des soldats britanniques.

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13 juin 2014 5 13 /06 /juin /2014 16:50
UK armed forces to undergo further 1,060 job cuts

 

 

12 June 2014 BBC

 

The government plans to reduce the size of the armed forces by 2018

 

The Ministry of Defence has announced 1,060 armed forces redundancies in its fourth and final round of cuts.

 

As a result, 995 service personnel will leave the Army, 10 will go from the Royal Navy and 55 from the RAF.

 

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the cuts - part of the government's Strategic Defence and Security Review, called Army 2020 - "were unavoidable".

 

The National Audit Office has warned that plans to cut the Army and increase reservists have "significant risks".

 

Mr Hammond said the announcement "marks the end to a period of uncertainty and doubt for our personnel" and will address the "blackhole" in 2010's defence budget.

 

He said the announcement will allow "greater certainty for armed forces personnel going forward".

'Challenges'

 

"It is with great regret that we have had to make redundancies to reduce the size of the armed forces, but unfortunately they were unavoidable," he added.

 

General Sir Nicholas Haughton, chief of the defence staff, said the cuts would present "opportunities and challenges" and vowed to support military personnel who will leave the armed forces.

 

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12 juin 2014 4 12 /06 /juin /2014 16:50
Army reservists on a training exercise on Salisbury Plain [Picture: Shane Wilkinson, UK MoD]

Army reservists on a training exercise on Salisbury Plain [Picture: Shane Wilkinson, UK MoD]

 

11 June 2014 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

 

The National Audit Office has published a report into the progress of Army 2020, the transformation programme for the British Army.

 

The report examines the development of Army 2020 and the progress in implementing it. It also examines the main risks to successful implementation of Army 2020 and its dependencies with wider defence change programmes.

According to the National Audit Office report the MOD’s decision to reduce the size of the regular Army and increase the number of trained Army reserves was taken without appropriate testing of feasibility.

In response to the report Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

The MOD has always been clear that the numbers in the reserves would fall before they increased, but we have now seen the trained strength of the reserves climb for the first time in nearly 20 years. The well publicised IT issues in the Army Recruiting Centre are being addressed, the application process has been simplified, medical clearance procedures have been streamlined and the Army is running a high profile recruitment campaign. While there is much still to do, we are confident of achieving the target of a 35,000 trained reserve [across all 3 services] by the end of Financial year 2018.

The Armed Forces are being restructured to ensure they can defend against new and emerging threats to our security. In future, they will be smaller, but better equipped, able to deploy rapidly to protect our interests anywhere in the world and supported by an integrated reserve force.

After years of neglect, the reserve forces are being reformed and revitalised, with £1.8 billion being invested in better training and equipment to fully integrate them with the rest of the Armed Forces. Although there have been a number technical challenges, the programme is on track and the reserves are now growing in size for the first time in 18 years.

While increasing the Army reserve from around 19,000 to 30,000 won’t happen overnight, there is no longer the decline that has plagued the UK’s reserve forces previously. The MOD is confident of delivering a reinvigorated reserves by 2018.

General Sir Peter Wall with troops in Afghanistan [Picture: MOD, Crown copyright]
General Sir Peter Wall with troops in Afghanistan [Picture: MOD, Crown copyright]

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said:

The NAO report fails to capture the nature of the national austerity we faced at the time these decisions were made. The Army has designed a novel and imaginative structure which best meets the challenges we are likely to face within the resources made available. Thankfully, most of the structural change for our new model, which we call Army 2020, is now behind us. We are recruiting regular and reserve soldiers for this new Army avidly. I am confident that, having made such significant changes, the Army 2020 model will endure.

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12 juin 2014 4 12 /06 /juin /2014 12:50
A Royal Navy Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boat [Picture: Andrew Linnett, UK MoD]

A Royal Navy Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boat [Picture: Andrew Linnett, UK MoD]

 

 

11 June 2014 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

The Ministry of Defence has awarded millions of pounds worth of new contracts to maintain its fleet of small boats.

 

Six UK companies will benefit from a 5-year contract that will involve support for 1,450 boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police. They are:

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

The award of these contracts by the MOD provides the UK’s marine support industry with a steady volume of work, helping to maintain technical and engineering skills in this sector.

The competition attracted interest from across the marine industry, and is another example of the MOD’s commitment to seek best value for money from the commercial market.

Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boat during a man over board exercise
Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boat during a man over board exercise [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

The fleet of boats includes offshore raiding craft, pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launchers, and Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), and inflatables.

The contracts will provide maintenance, upkeep, repair, chartering, defect rectification, technical support, provision of spares and replacements.

Alistair Hughes, from the MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, is the team leader for commercially supported shipping. He said about the new contracts:

Small boats make up a critical component of the UK’s military effect, operating in the UK and globally. They can be seen in all areas of maritime from policing the UK’s naval bases to counter-piracy operations off Africa to training new recruits into the Royal Navy.

The award of the contracts follows 18 months of intensive activity between the team and industry to ensure the continued support of the numerous craft that make up the small boat fleet and find the best deal for the armed forces.

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11 juin 2014 3 11 /06 /juin /2014 12:50
UK Defence Organisation – Levene and Army 2020

A post from a new contributor, MartinR

 

The Levene Report on changes to the MOD sensibly pulled a number of defence organisations into one central joint forces command. However it also appeared to push the three armed services into deeper silos than before, each with their own budgets, etc.

I believe that an opportunity was missed to bring the three armed services together at the operational level. I would like to discuss this.

Annex I is a rough sketch of how I suggest that HM Armed Forces should be organised. It does not show everything, as I do not know everything, but it provides a framework. I have not included training organisations, establishments or units.

I suggest reducing the number of 4 star officers to four, as the numbers of service personnel do not, in my view, warrant more. Each 4 star officer should be a member of the Defence Staff, rather than the Naval, General or Air Staffs.

The 4 star officers should each command elements of all three armed services and the civil services to achieve their shared aim of defending the United Kingdom’s people, territories and interests.

I consider that the three armed services should remain separate entities. However they must always be looked on as parts of the whole; rather than as independent services that cooperate when necessary but otherwise go their separate ways.

Each armed service should be headed by a 3 star officer, who is the head of his service, and who concentrates on his service to ensure that it is always ready to play its part in defending the nation. However he must be subordinate to the CDS & VCDS.

The present system resembles a battalion where all the company commanders are lieutenant colonels, rather than majors, who consider that they can do as they wish, with just a nod to the CO & 2IC every now and then.

If the Navy complain that the RN cannot possibly be headed by a Vice-Admiral they should be reminded that Lord Nelson was a Vice-Admiral and if that rank was good enough for him…..

 

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6 juin 2014 5 06 /06 /juin /2014 07:49
Eagles Build, exercice franco-britannique (part 1)

Eagles Build, exercice franco-britannique / Crédits : 17e RGP

 

04/06/2014 J. SEVERIN – Armée de Terre

 

Durant quinze jours, les sapeurs parachutistes ont mené, avec leurs homologues britanniques, des missions de reconnaissance d’axes, de sécurisation d’itinéraires ou encore de gestion d’incidents. Un exercice de coopération et d’échanges qui permet de préparer les soldats aux théâtres d’opérations extérieures.

 

Alors « go, go, go », plongez au cœur de l’action, en quatre épisodes, au côté de nos combattants. (épisode 1/4)

 

Dans l’épisode 1, découvrez comment est effectuée une reconnaissance d’axes, afin de détecter et de neutraliser d’éventuels engins explosifs.

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5 juin 2014 4 05 /06 /juin /2014 17:50
Photo S. Lille et J-J Chatard

Photo S. Lille et J-J Chatard

 

05/06/2014 Samantha Lille

 

A Lessay (Manche), des hommes du 6e régiment du génie et des sapeurs britanniques du 24th Commando Engineer se sont lancés dans la construction d’un pont Bailey. Un hommage aux soldats américains, qui 70 ans plus tôt, avaient eux aussi franchi l’Ay en bâtissant un pont.

 

Ces soldats rééditent un fait d’arme. Le 29 juillet 1944, la 133e compagnie du génie de la 79e division d'infanterie américaine avait construit au même endroit, un pont pour permettre le franchissement de la rivière normande, l’Ay, aux troupes alliées.

 

En 2014, 70 Français du 6e régiment du génie (6e RG) et 8 Britanniques du 24th Commando Engineer relèvent le défi. Une manière de commémorer à leur façon le débarquement du 6 juin. Pour ces hommes, cette collaboration n’est pas une première.  « Les deux régiments sont jumelés et se sont déjà entraînés ensemble, notamment lors de l’exercice franco-britannique Corsican Lion, en 2012 », explique le capitaine Ascione, commandant d’unité du 6e RG.

Ils mettent leurs connaissances mutuelles à profit pour cette réalisation. Le pont Bailey (pont préfabriqué portatif) qu’ils assemblent fait lui aussi partie du club des septuagénaires. Créé en 1941 par un ingénieur anglais du même nom, monté pour la première fois, en Italie en 1943, il est toujours d’actualité. Il a été utilisé en métropole lors d’inondations ou sur des théâtres d’opérations et le matériel mis en œuvre n’a pas évolué. Au Mali, en 2013, le génie français en a déployé un exemplaire à Tassiga, au-dessus du fleuve Niger. Un outil pratique car sa construction ne nécessite pas d’engin de levage où tout est assemblé à la force des bras.

 

L’ouvrage devrait être terminé le 6 juin. Une date symbolique pour une inauguration.

 

Reportage photographique

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2 juin 2014 1 02 /06 /juin /2014 12:50
Defender AL.2 ZH001 photo Colin Frankland

Defender AL.2 ZH001 photo Colin Frankland

 

30 Mai Ouest-France

 

Deux Mirage 2000 français ont évité de peu la collision avec un avion militaire britannique.

 

Un avion militaire britannique a évité une collision en octobre dernier avec deux avions de chasse français qui participaient à un exercice en Ecosse. C'est ce qui ressort d'un rapport des autorités britanniques chargées de la sécurité aérienne, publié ce vendredi.

 

Selon le rapport, les deux Mirage 2000 « n'ont pas vu » l'avion militaire britannique Britten-Norman BN2T Defender, qui effectuait « un exercice de navigation » le 10 octobre 2013, au nord de l'île écossaise d'Islay.

 

« La sécurité de l'appareil aurait pu être mise en danger »

 

L'un des deux Mirage est passé à 100 pieds (30,48 m) de l'avion britannique qui, ayant reçu une alerte l'informant de la présence d'un appareil en-dessous de lui, a alors pris de l'altitude, et vu un second Mirage passer au-dessus de lui.Les deux avions français opéraient depuis la base de la Royal Air Force Leeming, dans le nord-est de l'Angleterre, et participaient à un exercice militaire avec l'armée britannique.

 

Les autorités aériennes ont classé à B le risque de cet incident, ce qui signifie que « la sécurité de l'appareil aurait pu être mise en danger ».

 

« Les actions du pilote du BN2T ont empêché un incident plus grave », indique le rapport.

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19 mai 2014 1 19 /05 /mai /2014 16:50
Une compagnie britannique testera 20 VBCI en 2015

 

19 mai, 2014 Guillaume Belan

 

C’est le lieutenant-colonel Martin David, officier de liaison britannique à l’EMAT qui le précisait la semaine dernière à quelques journalistes français de l’AJD (Association des journalistes de la Défense) dont FOB faisait partie, en visite aux forces armées britanniques : dans le cadre de leur « medium weight capability », une compagnie d’infanterie mécanisée, à savoir le 4 Rifles viendra en France pendant plus de 6 mois tester le VBCI français.

 

Première remarque: il s’agit d’une formule inédite et particulièrement poussée à la fois pour les Britanniques et les Français, rendue possible par les accords de Lancaster House et la coopération bilatérale réaffirmée entre les deux pays. De septembre 2014 à Mars 2015, soit pendant 7 mois, une compagnie britannique entière, soit environ 130 soldats, viendra se former à l’utilisation du VBCI (Véhicule blindé de combat d’infanterie de Nexter et RTD).

 

Au menu: ils suivront, tout comme les soldats français exactement la même formation (ou « transformation », relire l’article de FOB ici), à la prise en main du véhicule français de combat d’infanterie à Canjuers. La formation se déroulera en deux temps: à Canjuers pour la formation des équipages puis à Mourmelon pour un entraînement collectif  au combat embarqué/débarqué avec le 1er Régiment de Tirailleur, utilisant les centres de formations de l’armée française (Centac, Cenzub…).

 

Pourquoi une campagne de test aussi poussée ? En fait, le VBCI vient véritablement bousculer les habitudes britanniques. Car la Royal Army ne dispose pas dans ses concepts d’emploi de capacité de combat embarqué. Il s’agit donc pour eux d’une véritable petite révolution. Il faut donc le temps que les équipages prennent en main le véhicule mais également que les Français leur apprennent l’intérêt du combat embarqué, d’où l’entraînement collectif avec le 1er Tirailleur. À l’issue de ces 7 mois de formation, le 4 Rifles testera pendant 2 à 3 semaines, entre avril et mai 2015, les véhicules français sur une vingtaine de blindés VBCI mis à disposition par l’armée de terre. Outre le fait que les Britanniques ne soient pas habitués aux véhicules blindés à roues (le VBCI pourrait remplacer le chenillé Warrior), c’est donc surtout une nouvelle forme de combat que la Royal Army souhaite découvrir. Car très impressionnée par le déploiement du VBCI au Mali, notamment en terme de mobilité, l’Army est très intéressée par ces nouvelles capacités. Cette formation renforce également la Common Joint Expeditionnary Force (CJEF), force binationale franco-britannique qui sera opérationnelle dès 2016. Reste qu’au Royaume Uni, aucun besoin n’est encore formellement exprimé. Cette découverte pendant près de 8 mois, en France, du véhicule et de son utilisation doit venir aider l’armée Anglaise à définir son besoin. Puis s’en suivra un appel d’offres. On est donc encore loin d’une acquisition formelle du VBCI par l’armée de sa Majestée, mais une étape importante se précise.

 

En plein processus de transformation, l’armée de terre anglaise se montre réellement intéressée par cette capacité de projection stratégique que rend possible le VBCI. Tant qu’au système d’arme, ils vont regarder de près le 25 mm mais pourraient se tourner vers une tourelle CTAI 40 mm. A priori, rien d’impossible, même plus encombrante, l’industriel Nexter a déjà mené des études d’intégration de tourelle plus importante sur son véhicule blindé.

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14 avril 2014 1 14 /04 /avril /2014 16:35
Apache flies 50,000 hours on operations in Afghanistan

An Apache attack helicopter landing at Camp Bastion (library image) [Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Mez Merrill, Crown copyright]

 

14 April 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

The British Army's Apache attack helicopters, operated by the Army Air Corps, flew their 50,000th hour on operation in Afghanistan recently.
 

This represents a third of all UK Apache flying, a huge proportion of the total. Apache helicopters have been conducting operations in Afghanistan since 2006, deploying initially with 16 Air Assault Brigade, shortly after being introduced into service with the British Army. Since then the aircraft have been constantly deployed on Operation Herrick, the UK’s name for operations in Afghanistan, where they provide support to ground forces, tactical strike, reconnaissance, and armed escort to other helicopters.

To maintain Apache’s high tempo of operations, the aircraft are fully supported by air and ground crews from the Army Air Corps (AAC), and technicians from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). All these soldiers perform a vital function, keeping the aircraft serviceable and airborne.

Ground crew prepare to refuel an Apache helicopter
Army Air Corps ground crew prepare to refuel an Apache helicopter at Camp Bastion (library image) [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters, Crown copyright]

The current detachment, 664 Squadron AAC, part of 4 Regiment AAC, is commanded by Major Simon Wilsey, who actually flew the 50,000th hour. Major Wilsey said:

The operational tempo we have maintained over the last 8 years has been challenging, but the resilience of our soldiers, and especially that of their families supporting them, is outstanding. I am proud and lucky to command such high calibre, professional soldiers and such an amazing capability as the Apache.

The Apache will continue to play a key role with 16 Air Assault Brigade once operations in Afghanistan draw to a close and the brigade starts to focus on readiness for contingency operations.

Aircraft technicians service an Apache helicopter
Aircraft technicians from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers service an Apache helicopter in Afghanistan (library image) [Picture: Corporal Mark Webster, Crown copyright]

Commander of the Joint Aviation Group, Colonel Jaimie Roylance of the Royal Marines, said:

This immaculately versatile machine has, for nearly 8 years, been the most clinically precise and effective attack helicopter when it has needed to be. But, equally, and sometimes at the same time, it has been the most wonderfully effective keeper of the peace, and protector of the vulnerable in its escort and deterrent roles.

There is a vital role for the Apache now, but I am just as sure that there will be an essential role for this exceptional helicopter, and for the force which flies and maintains her, in the years to come after Afghanistan.

Ground crew reload ammunition onto an Apache
Army Air Corps ground crew reloading ammunition onto an Apache attack helicopter in Afghanistan (library image) [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters, Crown copyright]
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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 11:50
Joint Warrior tests British Army's ability to react

A paratrooper from 16 Air Assault Brigade takes up a defensive position on arrival at the Kinloss airfield [Picture: Senior Aircraftwoman Tracey Dobson, Crown copyright]

 

8 April 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

The British Army has demonstrated its specialist air manoeuvre capabilities on the biggest military exercise in Europe.

 

An aviation assault to capture the airfield at Kinloss Barracks marked 16 Air Assault Brigade’s arrival on Exercise Joint Warrior.

Troops from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment battle group landed at Kinloss in Chinook, Merlin and Puma helicopters, protected by Apache attack helicopters, to assault the airfield. Once secured, more troops and heavier equipment were delivered across the day by C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

Airfield capture is a key skill required for the brigade’s role as the Air Assault Task Force, which is ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice to conduct the full range of military operations from non-combatant evacuation to war-fighting.

Paratroopers from 16 Air Assault Brigade
Paratroopers from 16 Air Assault Brigade are inserted into Kinloss airfield by Puma helicopter [Picture: Mark Owens, Crown copyright]

Brigadier Nick Borton, commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, said:

Joint Warrior provides an excellent opportunity for 16 Air Assault Brigade to work alongside the Royal Navy and RAF in its role as the British Army’s very high-readiness formation for contingency operations.

This is realistic and well-resourced training that reflects the type of operations that the brigade could be called on to do, both in terms of the tactical challenges and their expeditionary nature.

The mission we have achieved in a short space of time, and what we will go on to do across the exercise, is a powerful demonstration of the unique flexibility, reach and agility of airborne and air assault troops.

Paratroopers from 16 Air Assault Brigade
A paratrooper from 16 Air Assault Brigade takes aim as a Danish Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off from Kinloss airfield [Picture: Mark Owens, Crown copyright]

Exercise Joint Warrior involves 13,000 military personnel from 8 countries, more than 30 warships and 25 different types of aircraft. Taking place twice a year, the training aims to test how the Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force work together and with allied forces.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 11:25
Exercise Southern Warrior

Caption from the British Army

First Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (1RRF) have been taking part in live-firing training on Exercise Southern Warrior in the Falkland Islands. The Rifle Company dismounted exercise is facilitated by HQ British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI). Soldiers also had the opportunity for battlefield study and low-level adventure training.

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 12:50
Europe's largest military exercise impresses minister

Mark Francois at the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters at RAF Halton during Exercise Joint Warrior [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

 

7 April 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois has witnessed first-hand how Europe's largest military exercise is co-ordinated.

 

Joint Warrior, a multinational exercise currently taking place off the coast of Scotland, incorporates all 3 of the UK armed services; the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. Over the course of 3 weeks it will engage more than 35 warships, 25 different types of aircraft, and a total of nearly 13,000 personnel from the various participating nations.

Last week, Mr Francois visited RAF Halton, which is acting as headquarters for the exercise, where he received a detailed update. While there the minister learned more about those participating, and the scope, complexities and massive scale of the exercise.

Mr Francois said:

Exercise Joint Warrior represents a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the vast range of capabilities available for contingency operations and provides excellent training to test the high readiness of our armed forces.

This exercise sees us working with many of our international allies and this year will be the largest live, tactically-focused exercise held in Europe.

The level of management and co-ordination required is formidable and I was extremely impressed by what I witnessed at Joint Warrior’s headquarters at RAF Halton.

Joint Warrior sees ships, submarines, aircraft and ground troops from the UK, United States, the Netherlands, France, Turkey and other Nato allies battling each other at sea, in the air and on land in an area which stretches from the Irish Sea, north to Cape Wrath and east to the Moray Firth.

The Royal Navy has 12 ships taking part in the exercise, ranging from amphibious vessels, destroyers and frigates to mine countermeasures vessels. The crews involved will use the exercise to prepare for their imminent deployments to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Middle East.

There are also around 1,300 commandos from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, including force elements from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment and 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, embedded across the ships.

The Royal Air Force is providing fast jet aircraft in the form of Hawks, Tornados and Typhoons, simulating enemy aircraft and missiles as well as providing conventional air warfare capability.

The British Army is represented on the exercise by members of 16 Air Assault Brigade. They are supported by rotary assets from all 3 services, with Apache, Chinook, Sea King, Lynx, Merlin and Puma helicopters providing critical attack support and reconnaissance capabilities.

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BAE Systems Wins £16.8 Million Illuminating Shell Contract

 

7 April 2014 BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems has been awarded a £16.8 million contract to produce 105mm illuminating artillery shells, L43A5, for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD).

 

 “This award builds on more than 45 years of 105mm Illuminating Shell development,” said Lena Gillström, managing director of Weapon Systems, Sweden at BAE Systems. “Variants of the 105mm Illuminating Shell have been used by multiple armed forces around the world and continues to be one of the best solutions to meet a 105mm illuminating artillery shell capability.”

 

Upon completion of this contract, BAE Systems will have delivered more than 60,000 rounds of 105mm white and infrared illuminating artillery shells to the U.K. MoD.

 

Series production starts immediately and the rounds will be delivered from 2014 through 2016. Final assembly will occur at BAE Systems facility in Karlskoga, Sweden. The L43A5 can be fired from the 105mm Light Gun, currently in service with the United Kingdom and many other armed forces around the world.

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Defence Engagement: The British Army’s Role in Building Security and Stability Overseas

 

source Chatam House

 

General Sir Peter Wall, March 2014

General Sir Peter Wall discussed how the British Army is changing as it withdraws from Afghanistan and looks to future challenges. He described in particular how the British Army’s renewed focus on 'defence engagement' with partner nations is designed to help prevent conflict and build regional security and stability, and how this fits into the wider UK government approach.

He argued that the army is well placed to support this change in emphasis – with a long history of working with principal UK allies to build military capability and with partner nations to develop their security capacity. He outlined how this role supports UK overseas interests and counters threats to the United Kingdom, and reflected on how it fits within the wider transformation of the British Army.

 

Download paper here

 

Note RP Defense : thanks to Think Defence for the information.

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DFWES - photo  Richard Taylor

DFWES - photo Richard Taylor

 

March 31 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

A direct fire weapons effect simulator used by British forces is to continue to receive support from Saab under a $33.8 million contract.

 

Swedish defense company Saab says it has received a new contract to continue support and service of a simulator system used by the British Army.

 

The simulator is the Direct Fire Weapon Effects Simulator System.

 

The DFWES is a laser-based tactical engagement system for vehicles and anti-tank weapons to simulate the effect of weapon engagements that enables realistic and challenging training. It is used in force-on-force exercises in Britain and Canada, as well as in Germany.

 

Saab has supplied and operationally supported the system since 1994, the company said.

 

“This new contract, extending the use of the capability, is proof of the strong relationship between Saab and the British Army, and a renewal of our commitment as a highly trusted overall training provider to a leading military customer,” said Henrik Hojer, vice president and managing director of Saab’s training and simulation business.

 

The contract from Britain’s Ministry of Defense is worth about $33.8 million. The performance period of the contract was not disclosed.

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1 avril 2014 2 01 /04 /avril /2014 19:50
UK Armed Forces participate in Exercise Joint Warrior 2014

UK Army personnel patrolling with Scimitar vehicles during a previous Exercise Joint Warrior. Photo: Mark Owens, Crown copyright.

 

1 April 2014 army-technology.com

 

The UK Armed Forces is participating in Europe's biggest tri-service military exercise, code-named Joint Warrior 2014, off the coast of Scotland.

 

The exercise, which started on 25 March, involves more than 35 warships, 25 different types of aircraft, and approximately 13,000 personnel from the various nations taking part, including Turkey, Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Denmark, and the US.

 

All participating ships, submarines, aircraft and ground troops from the UK, US and other allies are battling each other at sea, in the air and on land in an area that stretches from the Irish Sea, north to Cape Wrath and east to the Moray Firth.

 

UK International Security Strategy Minister Dr Andrew Murrison said Joint Warrior continues to provide realistic training platforms for the UK Armed Forces, testing the vast capabilities of all three services.

 

"This exercise sees us working with our international allies, including the US, Netherlands, France, Turkey, Norway and Nato, and will be the largest live, tactically-focused exercise held in Europe this year," Murrison said.

 

The Royal Navy has deployed 12 ships, including amphibious vessels, destroyers, frigates and mine countermeasures vessels, which will be used by the crews to prepare for their imminent deployments to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Middle East.

 

The UK Army is represented by 16 Air Assault Brigade personnel, who will be joined by the Royal Air Force (RAF), army and Commando Helicopter Forces, as well as Apache, Chinook, Sea King, Lynx, Merlin and Puma helicopters for the provision of critical attack support and reconnaissance capabilities.

 

As well as supplying fast jet aircraft such as Hawks, Tornados and Typhoons, the RAF will also simulate enemy aircraft and missiles, and provide conventional air warfare capability.

 

In addition to this, RAF surveillance aircraft will provide a detailed picture of enemy movements and positions to the Royal Navy, while the Tactical Supply Wing will supply logistic support to air assets.

 

Joint Warrior provides a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the range of capabilities available for contingency operations, while providing excellent training that tests the high-readiness capabilities of the armed forces.

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31 mars 2014 1 31 /03 /mars /2014 20:50
Now even neutral Switzerland has more tanks than Britain

 

31 March 2014 By William Turvill dailymail.co.uk

 

Now even neutral Switzerland has more tanks than Britain even though it has not fought in a war for more than 150 years

 

    Switzerland has kept 380 Leopard 2 Tanks, while Britain has 227 active Challenger 2 tanks

    The number of British tanks reduced by 40 per cent in a 2010 spending review, while overall military spending was cut by 5 per cent in 2013

    Meanwhile, regular army numbers are to be reduced from 102,000 to 82,000

 


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UK to lead major military exercise off coast of Scotland

Flight deck operations on HMS Illustrious during Exercise Joint Warrior (library image) [Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Ray Jones, Crown copyright]

 

27 March 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

Multinational forces will be training off Scotland this weekend as part of Europe's largest military exercise.

 

 

Exercise Joint Warrior will be hosted in the UK and will incorporate all 3 UK armed services: the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The exercise, which began on 25 March, will engage more than 35 warships, 25 different types of aircraft, and a total of nearly 13,000 personnel from the various participating nations, which include the USA, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, France, Holland and Denmark.

Ships, submarines, aircraft and ground troops from the UK, US and other allies will be taking part, battling each other at sea, in the air and on land in an area which stretches from the Irish Sea, north to Cape Wrath and east to the Moray Firth.

Exercise Joint Warrior represents a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the range of capabilities available for contingency operations and provides excellent training which tests the high readiness capabilities of the armed forces.

Dr Andrew Murrison, Minister for International Security Strategy, said:

Exercise Joint Warrior is an initiative dating back over 30 years and continues to provide realistic training platforms for our armed forces, testing the vast capabilities of the 3 services.

This exercise sees us working with our international allies, including the US, Netherlands, France, Turkey, Norway and Nato, and will be the largest live, tactically-focused exercise held in Europe this year.

HMS Bulwark's landing dock
Royal Marines from 42 Commando prepare to launch an amphibious assault from HMS Bulwark's landing dock (library image) [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Nicky Wilson, Crown copyright]

The Royal Navy has 12 ships taking part in the exercise, including amphibious vessels, destroyers, frigates and mine countermeasures vessels.

The crews involved will use the exercise to prepare for their imminent deployments to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Middle East, where they will carry out activities including deterring adversaries, conducting maritime security operations, reassuring allies and providing humanitarian disaster relief.

Nearly 1,300 commandos from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, including force elements from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment and 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, will be embedded across the ships, enabling them to undertake a large-scale amphibious assault on a beach in Cumbria.

The RAF will provide fast jet aircraft in the form of Hawks, Tornados and Typhoons, and will simulate enemy aircraft and missiles as well as providing conventional air warfare capability. In addition to this, RAF surveillance aircraft will supply the Royal Navy with a detailed picture of enemy movements and positions.

The British Army will be represented on the exercise by members of 16 Air Assault Brigade, who will be joined by RAF, Army and Commando Helicopter Forces, with Apache, Chinook, Sea King, Lynx, Merlin and Puma helicopters providing critical attack support and reconnaissance capabilities.

Logistic support to air assets will be provided by the Tactical Supply Wing of the RAF.

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