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2 décembre 2014 2 02 /12 /décembre /2014 17:35
L’Inde lance la compétition pour des canons automoteurs


02.12.2014 par Guillaume Belan (FOB)
 

Le Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) indien vient (enfin!) de décider, le 25 novembre dernier, de lancer la procédure d’acquisition pour 814 canons d’artillerie autopropulsés de 155 mm 52 calibre, pour un montant de 2,5 milliards de dollars. Le RfP (Request for Proposal) serait imminent. Ce programme d’acquisition remonte aux années 80. Las, un scandale de corruption avait alors annulé la procédure. L’armée de terre indienne a lancé plusieurs compétitions pour remplacer ses 2000 canons de 105 mm : canons tractés, embarqués sur camions ou chenillés de différents calibres, pour un marché total estimé à plus de 5 milliards d’euros.

Pour la compétition canons autopropulsés, le français Nexter s’est allié à Larsen & Toubro et propose une version locale du Caesar (relier ici l’article de FOB). Les 100 premiers systèmes doivent être achetés sur étagère et les 714 suivant produits localement.

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12 novembre 2014 3 12 /11 /novembre /2014 07:20
Pentagon Seeks Aircraft-based Drones for Future Missions

 

Nov. 11, 2014 By RAY LOCKER, USA TODAY – Defense News

 

The Pentagon is looking for ways to base multiple unmanned drones aboard larger aircraft, from which the drones will depart and return after they fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in hard-to-reach areas, according to a new request from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

 

The request for information released over the weekend seeks drones that would be based on larger aircraft, such as B-52 or B-1 bombers or C-130 transport planes, to cite a few examples. The smaller drones would then fly from the larger planes, conduct their missions and return to the aircraft, which would then be able to fly away from potentially contested airspace.

 

“The agency envisions a large aircraft that, with minimal modification, could launch and recover multiple small unmanned systems from a standoff distance,” the request for information says.

 

Drones are continuing to play a larger role in US military and intelligence operations, including flights over Africa and the Middle East in search of terrorist groups.

 

DARPA’s latest request is part of a series of research programs aimed at developing aircraft and weapons that will enable US forces to cover large distances to get to coastal and other regions that are often protected by rival forces.

 

Earlier this year, DARPA released requests for long-range, anti-ship missiles that would break down the defenses of potential rivals such as China and Iran, as well as underwater drones that would be based aboard larger submarines. Another DARPA plan would enable multiple drones to communicate with each other autonomously without a central station on the ground.

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