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Corymbe / Licorne : coopération franco-ivoirienne

 

31/08/2014 Sources : EMA

 

Du 22 au 27 août 2014, la frégate Ventôse, en mission Corymbe depuis le 1er août 2014 a mis à profit sa relâche à Abidjan pour s’entraîner avec les forces navales ivoiriennes et les soldats de la force Licorne.

 

Cette escale fut l’occasion de réaliser des périodes d’instruction opérationnelle (PIO) au profit de militaires ivoiriens. L’objectif était de transmettre une panoplie de savoir-faire et de méthodes utilisés au sein de la marine nationale. Ces PIO ont pris la forme de démonstrations d’intervention et de lutte contre les incendies à bord des navires, d’apprentissage du système Scott (qui permet une communication silencieuse entre deux bateaux, par signaux lumineux), ou bien des méthodes d’investigation d’un bâtiment dans le cadre d’une intervention de police en mer. Toutes ces actions sont destinées à accompagner la remontée en puissance de la marine ivoirienne après la guerre civile qui a sévi dans le pays à la fin des années 2000.

 

L’escale du Ventôse à Abidjan s’est achevée par un exercice de manœuvre nautique, dans le canal de Vridi, à la sortie du port autonome, avec le patrouilleur ivoirien Emergence, récemment admis au service actif.

 

Durant cette escale, des entraînements ont également été réalisés avec les soldats de la force Licorne :un exercice d’évacuation sanitaire (EVASAN) a été effectué avec l’hélicoptère Fennec du détachement air de Licorne, et les marins formant la brigade de protection du Ventôse ont pu bénéficier de l’expertise des soldats de Licorne dans les domaines du tir et des techniques d’intervention opérationnelle.

 

En place depuis 1990, la mission Corymbe est un déploiement naval quasi-permanent, en mesure de soutenir les forces armées françaises dans le golfe de Guinée, zone d’intérêt stratégique pour la France. Le dispositif est armé par un bâtiment de la Marine nationale, ponctuellement renforcé par des moyens terrestres et aéromobiles embarqués, et peut soutenir à tout moment tout type d’opérations dans la région. De plus, cette présence quasi-permanente permet de coopérer avec les marines régionales amies, et ainsi de participer à leur montée en puissance et au développement de capacités africaines autonomes.

Corymbe / Licorne : coopération franco-ivoirienne
Corymbe / Licorne : coopération franco-ivoirienne
Corymbe / Licorne : coopération franco-ivoirienne
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Le Courbet en opération de visite dans le golfe d’Aden

 

19/08/2014 Sources : EMA

 

Le 12 août 2014, la frégate de type La Fayette (FLF) Courbet, actuellement engagée dans l’opération EnduringFreedom(OEF) au sein de la TaskForce150, a effectué une visite de contrôle sur un bâtiment de commerce.

 

Lors d’un vol de surveillance maritime, l’hélicoptère embarqué Panther avait repéré, au large des côtes yéménites, un boutre suspecté de trafic illicite. Après avoir suivi sa piste durant la nuit, le Courbet a initié une approche au matin en demandant au bâtiment de s’identifier. Celui tardant à hisser son pavillon, et donnant des éléments incohérents, l’équipage de la frégate a donc décidé d’effectuer une visite à bord du boutre, sous la protection de l’hélicoptère.

 

Après avoir sécurisé le bâtiment, l’équipe de visite a contrôlé les documents d’identification du navire, et des quatorze membres d’équipage, conformément au mandant de leur mission au sein de l’OEF. La nationalité du bâtiment ne pouvant être établie avec certitude, il a été décidé d’inspecter sommairement la cargaison, et de contrôler les outils de navigation et de communication.

 

Les recherches ayant prouvé qu’il n’y avait rien d’illicite, la visite a pris fin dans l’après-midi. Le Courbet a ensuite repris sa patrouille vers le golfe d’Oman.

 

Engagé depuis le 4 août dans l’opération Enduring Freedom, le Courbet assure la permanence de la France dans la mission de lutte contre les trafics maritimes liés au terrorisme dans la mer Rouge, le golfe d’Aden et le golfe Persique.

Le Courbet en opération de visite dans le golfe d’Aden
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16/08/2014 Sources : EMA

 

A l’occasion de la commémoration du 70èmeanniversaire du débarquement de Provence et de la libération de la France, le général d’armée Pierre de Villiers, chef d’état-major des armées (CEMA), a participé aux côtés du Président de la République et de ses invités étrangers aux cérémonies commémoratives du 15 août 2014.

 

Réunies sur le pont d’envol du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle lors de la cérémonie d’hommage international présidée par le chef de l’Etat, les troupes des trois armées ont salué la mémoire de leurs pères, dont ils reçoivent l’héritage et perpétuent les valeurs de courage, de sacrifice, de dévouement et de fraternité d’arme. Comme le rappelle fréquemment le général de Villiers, ces valeurs, sans lesquelles le débarquement du 15 août 1944 en Provence n’aurait pas eu lieu, constituent le fondement de nos armées et font le succès de nos engagements opérationnels.

 

Par la suite, un défilé aérien et une revue navale, présidés par le chef de l’Etat depuis le Charles de Gaulle, ont clôturé l’événement en rade des Vignettes, à Toulon. Au total, 3600 militaires français ont participé à ces manifestations qui ont engagé une vingtaine de bâtiments -dont sept étrangers- un sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque, une vingtaine d’aéronefs de combat, la patrouille de France et trois avions historiques.

 

Pour sécuriser ce grand rassemblement, un important dispositif a été déployé. Les armées y ont contribué avec 1000 militaires provenant des trois armées, dont l’engagement a été coordonné par l’état-major de la zone de défense et de sécurité Sud. Avant de se rendre aux cérémonies commémoratives, le CEMA a tenu à rencontrer les militaires armant ce dispositif. Le général de Villiers s’est ainsi rendu, aux côtés du Premier Ministre, au centre opérationnel interministériel et interarmées, installé sur la base aéronautique navale de Hyères. C’est depuis ce centre opérationnel qu’ont été réalisées : d’une part la coordination de niveau interministériel des dispositifs de sécurité civils et militaires, mais aussi la coordination interarmées des moyens engagés respectivement dans les dispositifs particuliers de sûreté terrestre (DPST), maritime (DPSM) et aérienne (DPSA).

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SA Army prepares for ACIRCSA

SA Army prepares for ACIRCSA

 

14 August 2014 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb

 

Army Chief, Lieutenant General Vusi Masondo, has cleared the air around a possible South African military return to the Central African Republic (CAR) saying it would only happen under the AU banner.

“As the SA Army we will naturally support and respond to the call to intervene in conflict areas, regardless of where they may be on the vast African continent, with the CAR not an exception.

“Should we be needed by the AU to provide assistance in conflict resolution in Africa, we will oblige,” he told a media briefing at the Army College in Thaba Tshwane adding South Africa has wound up its mission in that country and was “no longer there”.

 

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Discours du ministre de la Défense et des Anciens Combattants, le colonel-major Bah N’Daw

Discours du ministre de la Défense et des Anciens Combattants, le colonel-major Bah N’Daw

 

14 août 2014 eutmmali.eu

 

Le Ministre de la Défense et des Anciens Combattants a réuni le 1er et 2 août 2014 une quarantaine de décideurs pour un séminaire sur la transformation de l’armée malienne à l’École de maintien de la paix Alioune Blondin Beye de Bamako.

 

Les discussions ont portés sur un vaste ensemble de propositions relatives à l’organisation, à la doctrine et à la mise en œuvre d’un nouveau modèle d’armée. Les grandes orientations seront présentées à la mi-septembre au Président de la République, afin d’aboutir à la rédaction d’un projet de loi de programmation militaire accompagné de son corpus de décrets d’application.

 

Les officiers de l’Advising Task Force (ATF), représentant le pilier « conseil » de l’EUTM-MALI, ont participé à ces deux journées. Les membres d’ATF accompagnement le processus de transformation de l’armée malienne en apportant l’appui de leur expertise dans les différents domaines de l’organisation des forces. Le Ministre de la Défense a tenu à saluer la qualité de leur travail à l’occasion du séminaire.

 

Seminar on the reform of the Malian army

 

The Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs gathered forty decision-makers on 1 and 2 August 2014 for a seminar on the transformation of the Malian army at the Peacekeeping School “Alioune Blondin Beye” in Bamako.

 

Discussions were carried out on a broad set of proposals centered on the organization, the doctrine and the implementation of a new model for the Malian armed forces. The principal findings will be presented in mid-September to the President of the Republic of Mali, aiming to draft a new law concerning military planning and its respective implementation of regulatory requirements.

 

The officers of the Advisory Task Force (ATF), representing the « advice » pillar of EUTM-MALI, participated in both days of the seminar. ATF members are escorting the transformation process of the Malian Armed Forces by providing support through their expertise in key areas of the organization. The Defence Minister paid tribute to the quality of their support at the seminar.

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PMP expanding product portfolio

 

14 August 2014 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Ammunition manufacturer Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) is diversifying its product range, manufacturing Russian calibre ammunition and investing in research and development, such as polymer bullet casings and less than lethal ammunition.

 

PMP recently concluded an agreement with US company PolyCase on the manufacture of heavy metal free ammunition and polymer cartridge cases, which are lighter and much cheaper than conventional brass. PMP is also conducting its own research into these areas and aims to double its research and development efforts in the next two years as it keeps abreast of technology and increases its portfolio and turnover.

 

Some of the research and development projects PMP is involved with deal with programmable fuses, heavy metal-free primary explosives and incorporating 3D printing in components and manufacturing processes.

 

PMP is collaborating with a number of institutions on research and development, such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Armscor and various local universities. PMP is looking at a number of new areas, including less than lethal ammunition, and is exploring collaboration with various small arms and ammunition manufacturers such as Brugger and Thomet (B&T) on less than lethal ammunition production (Denel is marketing some of B&T’s small arms). Phaladi Petje, CEO of PMP, said that less than lethal ammunition was needed for the local security clusters in South Africa.

 

Petje noted that the 2012 Defence Review calls for the support of the South African National Defence Force and the consolidation of sovereign capabilities within South Africa. As a result, the company is trying to be sure it can localise some technologies that are critical to the defence force.

 

Part of the process of expanding the product portfolio and finding new markets involves being competitive and for this reason PMP is embarking on a massive machinery improvement programme worth R400 million over the next five years. This will see new machinery bought and older machinery upgraded and improved. The plant renewal process has begun, with some systems set to come on line in the next two to three years.

 

PMP aims to double its turnover to more than R1 billion over the next five years as it increases its presence in Africa and meets the needs of the local market. As part of its strategy of expanding into Africa, PMP recently made the decision to begin manufacturing Russian 7.62 x 39 mm ammunition for the AK-47 series of assault rifles and their generics. At the moment the company is ready to produce and deliver this type of ammunition and has sent out quotations to interested customers. It is also nearly ready to deliver 23 mm Russian calibre cannon ammunition. Petje told defenceWeb that there are requirements for the 23 mm ammunition and PMP is in discussions with clients for a ‘substantial amount’. He added that PMP has been having successes supplying ammunition to some countries in Africa.

 

“We realised that to penetrate the African market, we need products to complement their systems,” Petje said of the decision to manufacture Russian calibre ammunition, as a significant number of African countries use Russian rather than Western ammunition and military equipment.

 

As a state-owned company, PMP exists primarily to serve South Africa’s needs first. “We exist to meet the SANDF’s requirements and have an obligation to add to the national development objectives,” Petje said. In addition to supplying the South African National Defence Force with various calibres of ammunition, PMP also disposes of old ammunition stocks and recovers the copper, which is used in other applications, but the company is exploring the possibility of ammunition disposal on the rest of the continent.

 

PMP is currently producing 30 x 173 mm ammunition for the 30 mm GI30 CamGun of the Badger infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) being built for the South African Army. The company is busy qualifying the 30 x 173 mm CamGun ammunition for the Bushmaster cannon, which is extremely popular throughout the world and therefore a good export prospect. Petje said PMP would hopefully soon be having a foreign sale involving this type of ammunition.

 

PMP also developed the 20 x 42 mm ammunition for the shoulder-fired Neopup weapon. The ammunition is ready for production.

 

Since Swartklip ceased manufacturing .22 Long ammunition some years ago, there has been no local production of this type of ammunition and this is something PMP may consider as there is lots of demand. “It is in our thoughts,” Petje said, noting that the company receives many requests for quotes for such ammunition.

 

Some 40-55% of local manufacture is exported but in a good year Petje said PMP can export up to 60%. This year he expects the company to export 55-60% of its turnover. For the first time in many years PMP has a good order book – normally at this time of year he said the company has around 55% order coverage but at the moment it is sitting on 100%. “Next year is exciting,” Petje said, in terms of both orders and partnerships, with a ‘significant’ order pipeline.

 

One third of PMP’s turnover goes towards non-military business, such as chemicals for the mining industry, blasting fuses for mines and brass strip for industry. As PMP increases its turnover, it is expecting to sell mining drill bits outside South Africa, which is currently its main market for drill bits.

 

PMP makes ejection seat cartridges under license from Martin Baker and supports the ejection seats of the Hawk Lead-In Fighter-Trainer and Gripen fighter jet of the South African Air Force. The company also supplies different power cartridges e.g. fire extinguisher cartridges, bomb release cartridges, etc. for some international clients.

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Russian Navy Launches First Varshavyanka-Class Sub for Black Sea Fleet

"Varshavyanka" - class diesel-electric submarine.

 

MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti)

 

The first in the series of six Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines, built for Crimea-based Black Sea Fleet, will be put in service with the Russian Navy on August 22, a Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.

 

“On August 22, St. Andrew's flag of the Russian Navy will be raised on diesel-electric submarine Novorossiisk at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said.

 

According to the spokesman, the submarine is currently undergoing the second testing phase in the Baltic Sea and will soon arrive at the Admiralty Shipyards.

 

Construction of the Novorossiisk submarine started in August 2010, followed by the Rostov-on-Don sub in November 2011, the Stary Oskol in August 2012, and the Krasnodar in February 2014.

 

The much-anticipated delivery of these submarines, dubbed by the US Navy as “black holes in the ocean” because they are nearly undetectable when submerged, is a key part of Russia’s naval strategy in the Mediterranean, where Moscow has recently deployed a permanent task force consisting of some 10 surface ships.

 

The Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) is an improved version of the Kilo-class submarines and features advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

 

These submarines are mainly intended for anti-shipping and anti-submarine missions in relatively shallow waters.

 

The vessels, crewed by 52 submariners, have an underwater speed of 20 knots, a cruising range of 400 miles (electric propulsion) with the ability to patrol for 45 days. They are armed with 18 torpedoes and eight surface-to-air missiles.

 

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has not received new submarines for decades and currently operates only one boat – the Kilo-class Alrosa, which joined the Navy in 1990.

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Crimée: Poutine entérine la création d'un groupement armé autonome

 

 

IALTA, 14 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le président russe Vladimir Poutine a annoncé jeudi avoir entériné le programme de création d'un groupement armé autonome en Crimée.

 

"J'ai déjà entériné ce programme", a indiqué M.Poutine lors d'une rencontre avec des représentants des groupes parlementaires russes.

 

Il a ainsi commenté la proposition faite par le leader du groupe Russie juste, Sergueï Mironov, de renforcer la sécurité de la péninsule de Crimée qui avait adhéré à la Fédération de Russie en mars dernier. "Il faut créer un commandement autonome, déployer des unités militaires russes dans la péninsule", a déclaré M.Mironov.

 

La Russie doit prévenir d'éventuelles provocations sur fonds de "déclarations belliqueuses" de Kiev, a ajouté le parlementaire.

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Weapons of Protective Edge: Unmanned APC

 

13/8/2014 IsraelDefense

 

For the first time ever, a remote controlled APC participated in the fighting in Gaza, manufactured by G-NIUS

 

For the first time ever, a remote controlled, unmanned APC participated in combat during Operation Protective Edge.

 

Information about the unmanned activity was first published in "Israel Hayom".

 

The APC delivered four tons of supplies each time it entered the field. Soldiers activated it from a control center outside the border, equipped with a screen that transmitted the image seen from the driver's side of the carrier, and gas and brake pedals.

 

The APC was presented to IsraelDefense by the CEO of G-NIUS, the company that develops it, at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris two months ago. G-NIUS is a joint company of IAI and Elbit Systems, which also manufactures the first UGV operating in border patrol missions, called "G-NIUS".

 

The company's CEO, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yoav Hirsch, noted that a line of new development are on the agenda, and in fact it is possible to make all manned vehicles – unmanned.

 

The APC that took part in the fighting in Gaza is a M-113 APC, called "Zelda" by the soldiers (its official IDF name it "Bardelas"). A similar APC was hit by anti-tank fire during the fighting in Shuja'iyya. Seven soldiers were killed by that fire, and six others were killed during the rescue operation

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade US Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal robots

 

14 August 2014 naval-technology.com

 

Remotec, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to repair and upgrade 103 Mk3 series remote ordnance neutralisation systems (RONS), which will boost the potential and availability of explosive ordnance disposal robots.

 

Awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Centre, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, the value of the IDIQ contract could reach $12m if all options are exercised.

 

The RONS IDIQ contract includes the provision of depot-level repair support, modernisation of the Mk3 Mod 0 and Mod 1 version systems, as well as the implementation of government-approved configuration management conversions and engineering improvements.

 

The contract also offers the US Navy an option to buy a new RONS robot under a separate agreement if upgrades or overhauls are not cost-effective.

 

Northrop Grumman Remotec director James Heverin said: "Remotec is pleased to build upon the relationship we have had with the navy since 1988 and [is] proud to continue providing unmanned ground vehicle capabilities that keep our military bomb techs safe.

 

 

"The RCT and RONS story is an excellent example of how the partnership between government and industry can leverage the government investment in systems while providing new capabilities to users."

 

The RONS robotic system offers army and Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams with safe and secure site access. It also executes missions, including reconnaissance, diagnosis, render-safe procedures and the disposal of ordnance and improvised explosive devices.

 

Capable of being controlled through a fibre-optic cable or radio, the system integrates a chassis with articulators and wheels for improved mobility, a powerful manipulator, five cameras and an operator control unit.

 

Heverin added: "As we plan for the next-generation of military EOD robots, we can continue to provide RONS with new capabilities to meet evolving threats well into the future.

 

"Without a doubt, everyone's aim is ensuring our bomb techs have the best equipment possible to keep danger at a distance."

 

The navy's Indian Head facility is responsible for the development and procurement of EOD equipment to meet joint service needs.

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photo D3O Lab

photo D3O Lab

 

 

14 August 2014 army-technology.com

 

D3O Lab has received funding from the US Army's Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier for the evaluation of prototype shock-absorbing helmet system solutions.

 

Under the one-year foreign comparative testing (FCT) programme, the company will assess the blunt trauma characteristics of its prototype D3O trauma reduction and unrivalled shock technology (TRUST) helmet system.

 

Specifically, the PEO Soldier programme office for protection and individual equipment (SPIE) aims to assess the impact performance of the D3O shock-absorbing helmet system when it is fitted into combat helmets and impacted at 14ft/s, according to military standards.

"D3O TRUST has been developed to improve impact protection against blunt force trauma."

 

Originally developed with funding support from the Technology Strategy Board, D3O TRUST has been developed to improve impact protection against blunt force trauma, a physical trauma caused by a collision with a non-penetrating object or surface.

 

The helmet uses the company's unique patented technology to offer superior impact protection and comfort compared with existing helmets.

 

D3O general manager Mostyn Thomas said: "D3O has conveyed to this product the R&D expertise it has honed in creating industry-leading protective helmets for the US team sports market, particularly American football and baseball.

 

"D3O is committed to creating personal protection equipment, which will help to reduce the thousands of very common injuries affecting soldiers each year."

 

The D3O TRUST helmet consists of three individual parts, including a shock-absorbing liner to absorb and dissipate the energy released in the collision, an inflatable system that fits the solution to a range of head shapes, and a skull cap to offer more comfort and help with sweat management.

 

The shock-absorption liner is in turn encapsulated using D3O's new smart skin technology, which is a wipe-clean thermoplastic polyurethane that provides durability and an anti-microbial barrier.

 

Blunt force trauma is the principal cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and mild TBI, with the former affecting nearly 31,000 UK soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2006 and 2013.

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BAE, GD Wins Extra Funds for GCV Study

 

August 14, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued August 13, 2014)

 

-- BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $7,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical, cost, and risk assessments against select requirements for technology integration refinement that leverage the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) technology development phase assets for potential incorporation for a Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV) system.
Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 12, 2015.
One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,871,000 are being obligated at the time of the award.
Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-C-0128).


-- General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $7,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical, cost, and risk assessments against select requirements for technology integration refinement that leverage the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) technology development phase assets for potential incorporation for a Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV) system.
Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 12, 2015.
One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,871,000 are being obligated at the time of the award.
Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-C-0135).

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Kurdish Peshmerga forces - photo Matt Cetti-Roberts War is boring

Kurdish Peshmerga forces - photo Matt Cetti-Roberts War is boring

 

14/08/2014 Par Marc de Boni – LeFigaro.fr

 

LE SCAN POLITIQUE - Le député explique que la France va livrer aux Kurdes des munitions d'artillerie, du matériel de visée nocturne ou encore des armes antichar.

L'insistance du journaliste n'y a rien fait. Invité du journal de 20h de TF1 mercredi soir, Laurent Fabius a observé une discrétion totalement inflexible au sujet des livraisons d'armes consenties par la France aux forces Kurdes, qui luttent actuellement contre les djihadistes en Irak. «Je ne vais pas vous donner le détail des armes car on ne livre pas le plan de bataille de ses amis à ses adversaires», a expliqué le patron de la diplomatie française. Avant d'ajouter: «Je ne veux pas être plus précis sur la nature des livraisons (…) ce sont des armes sophistiquées». Pas un mot de plus du coté de Laurent Fabius donc, secret stratégique oblige. Peine perdue pour le ministre. Invité de Sud Radio jeudi matin, le député Eduardo Rihan-Cypel n'a pas hésité, lui, à délivrer un avis plus détaillé sur le contenu des livraisons d'armes.

 

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US donates $10 million to support French Army counter-terror operations in the Sahel

 

 

14 August 2014 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb

 

US President Barrack Obama has authorized the immediate release of US$10 million to fund the airlift and aerial refuelling services of the French Army as it launches a new trans-Sahel counter-terrorism operation in five West African countries on the southern rim of the Sahara desert.

 

In a special proclamation order issued on Monday, President Obama said the funds will help French forces involved in 'Operation Barkhane' to cover unforeseen emergencies.

 

"Pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.., I hereby determine that an unforeseen emergency exists that requires immediate military assistance to France in its efforts to secure Mali, Niger, and Chad from terrorists and violent extremists. I further determine that these requirements cannot be met under the authority of the Arms Export Control Act or any other provision of law.

 

"I, therefore, direct the drawdown of up to $10 million in defence services of the Department of Defence for these purposes and under the authorities of section 506(a)(1) of the Act. The Secretary of State is authorized and directed to report this determination to the Congress, arrange for its publication in the Federal Register, and coordinate the implementation of this draw-down," President Obama said.

 

US National Security Council spokesman Edward Price said the donation followed a French request for US support in the provision of cargo and troop airlift and aerial refuelling services.

 

Early this month, the French Army started deploying 3 000 troops to new operational bases in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger to mark the beginning end of Operation Barkhane.

 

President Francois Hollande ordered the re-deployment of the French Army to the broader regional counter-terror operation following the conclusion of 'Operation Serval' which pushed Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and allied trans-Sahelian Islamist militant groups from towns in northern Mali and back into desert hideouts.

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British aid for Yazidi refugees fleeing Mount Sinjar

International Rescue Committee helping Iraqi Yazidi refugees in Newroz camp. Picture: Rachel Unkovic/International Rescue Committee

 

14 August 2014 Department for International Development, Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

 

Britain will boost its support for 12,000 Yazidi refugees who have escaped from Mount Sinjar and made it to a refugee camp across the Syrian border, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

 

The Department for International Development (DFID) is providing funding for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide a month’s worth of water and medicine for the refugees. British funding for other aid agencies working in the Newroz refugee camp will support the distribution of hygiene kits to almost 4,000 men, women and children, ensuring refugees stay healthy and reducing the spread of disease.

A few weeks ago Newroz camp, in north-eastern Syria, was home to just 20 Syrian families displaced by the conflict in their country. But over the past week the IRC has been providing medical care and essential items to 12,000 people who have fled the mountain.

The Yazidi refugees walked up to 60km before reaching the camp, facing temperatures of up to 50 degrees and without water. To prevent refugees dying the IRC has distributed 90,000 litres of water and 600 jerry cans.

Justine Greening said:

These 12,000 Yazidi refugees have escaped a siege, walked 60km in 50 degree heat and found their way across the Syrian border to a refugee camp that used to house just 20 families.

They have shown immense courage to make it this far and we are extremely concerned for their wellbeing. By supporting the work of the International Rescue Committee, Britain will provide vital medicine and water to give immediate assistance.

Britain will continue to help the Yazidi people stranded on Mount Sinjar with airdrops of emergency aid.

Suzanna Tkalec, the International Rescue Committee’s Country Director in Iraq, said:

Thanks to funding from the UK we were able to reach severely dehydrated refugees straight away.

We are still gravely concerned for the thousands of people still stranded on the Sinjar mountains. Those that have managed to escape are seriously debilitated after having spent days without water and food on temperatures that reach 50 degrees.

We want all the people still there to be safely extracted from the mountain and brought to a safe place where they can receive immediate assistance.

A Yazidi woman now living at the Newroz camp said:

I was in the Sinjar mountains for a week before I escaped. Now I am a volunteer with the IRC in the health tent. I write the prescriptions. The people who are coming from the mountains after me are in bad shape. They are dehydrated and have fevers.

The UK has also deployed a technical adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government to boost their capacity to work with the UN and help ensure that assistance gets to those who need it most. Britain has already provided £3 million to four charities scaling up their efforts in the region.

UK humanitarian advisors are working closely with aid agencies in this region to assess what further assistance Britain can provide to help the hundreds of thousands of people affected by this crisis.

Justine Greening announced £8 million in new assistance for those displaced in Iraq on 8 August. This brings to £13 million the total committed by the UK in response to the crisis. This includes:

  • £2 million of emergency humanitarian supplies for 75,000 people, including aid that can be air dropped to help those trapped in the Sinjar Mountains as quickly as possible. Supplies will include reusable filtration containers filled with clean water, tarpaulins and basic shelter equipment, and solar lights that can also recharge mobile phones to enable communication
  • £3 million of fast-tracked funding for Mercy Corps, the IRC, who are already on the ground and helping displaced people in northern Iraq. This will go via DFID’s Rapid Response Facility, which has now been activated to deal with the crisis
  • £2.5 million of support for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to provide immediate medical and humanitarian assistance
  • a further £500,000 that will ensure Kurdish and UN systems are able to coordinate and respond to humanitarian needs in the region

See a summary and latest updates on the UK government’s repsonse to the Iraq crisis

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Special Operations: Preparing For A Pacific War

MSV Maritime Support Vessel project

 

August 14, 2014: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Navy SEAL commandoes used to have a near-monopoly on launching raids and other special operations missions from the sea. But now MARSOC (Marine Corps Special Operations Command) and U.S. Army Special Forces (which includes Delta Force) operators are also training to launch operations “from the sea”. The SEALs will probably retain their monopoly on scuba type operations because the SEALs already have a lot of training and regular practice in this specialized area. But given the shift of U.S. attention to the Pacific and the greater probability that more commando missions will be launched from the sea, more of the existing American commando force needs this kind of training.

 

To support this increase need for seaborne commando operations the navy is building special commando support ships and having more surface combat ships prepare to support commando operations. These preparations increasingly involve bringing in SEALs, MARSOC or Special Forces operators for training exercises. The commandos can be delivered via small transports to carriers and thence by helicopter to smaller ships (destroyers, amphibious carriers or the new LCS) for the actual mission (via a smaller boat that goes to a nearby beach.) The commandos also practice going in via low-flying helicopter or, if they are SEALs, via the specialized mini-subs that most American SSN (attack subs) can carry on their deck.

 

The navy and SOCOM (Special Operations Command) have been planning this shift for several years now and it includes creating some special commando support ships. In late 2013 the U.S. Navy began converting a 30,000 ton container ship to serve as a seagoing base (MSV or Maritime Support Vessel) for SOCOM commandos and support troops. Over $100 million is being spent to do the conversion. What’s interesting about this is that it’s an old idea.

 

Back in 2004 the U.S. Navy was asked by SOCOM to look into the idea of modifying a container ship for use as seagoing base for Special Operations troops (Special Forces and commandos). This idea was apparently inspired by incidents in the past decade where SOCOM forces had been based temporarily on navy ships. Off Haiti in 1996 and Afghanistan in 2001 the Navy provided an aircraft carrier with most of its air wing withdrawn and replaced with Army or Special Operations helicopters and personnel. While this tactic demonstrated tremendous flexibility on the part of the navy it could not be done on a regular basis because it tied up one of the most valuable navy assets (carriers and their crews.) Then in 2001 the navy began converting four SSBNs (ballistic missile firing nuclear subs) to carry 154 cruise missiles as well as SOCOM (so far mainly SEALs) commandos.  This includes commando equipment and special boats to get them ashore.

 

The conversion concept had several major advantages over the traditional approach of building a new type of military ship. Commercial vessels, even ones the size of aircraft carriers (large tankers and container carriers), typically require crews of less than fifty rather than thousands for military ships of the same size. A large container ship used for military purposes could be operated by fewer than a hundred sailors compared to 1,100 on an LHD or 3,200 on a Nimitz-class carrier. It would also be easier to upgrade, as the modules could be removed and replaced independently.

 

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) would own and operate these ships using civilian crews. The navy would keep one or two of these ships ready at all times plus a reserve of special containers ashore for use on additional MSC-owned ships or those leased from commercial users.

 

The current MSV project uses a smaller (30,000 ton) container ship and will handle a few hundred SOCOM operators and support troops and less than a dozen helicopters plus some small commando boats.

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Cérémonie des 50 ans des FAS: date avancée

 

14/08/2014 Armée de l'air

 

La cérémonie commémorative célébrant le cinquantenaire de la création des forces aériennes stratégiques (FAS), prévue initialement le 17 octobre 2014, a été avancée au vendredi 3 octobre pour des raisons protocolaires.

 

Organisé sur la base aérienne 125 d’Istres, cet événement marquera également les 50 ans de la première prise d’alerte de la dissuasion nucléaire, le 8 octobre 1964.

 

Anciens des FAS, en service actif, réserviste ou en retraite, faites-vous connaître! Les pré-inscriptions sont ouvertes jusqu’au 1er septembre 2014 sur le site Internet de l’association nationale des forces aériennes stratégiques (ANFAS) www.anfas.fr

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40 Jahre Erstflug Tornado


14 août 2014 Redaktion der Bundeswehr 08/14 14E24701

 

Jubiläum für den Tornado: Vor genau 40 Jahren, am 14. August 1974, hatte der Tornado seinen Erstflug. Das Mehrzweckkampfflugzeug war von Deutschland, Großbritannien und Italien konzipiert worden. Seit seiner Indienststellung fliegt der Tornado in den Streitkräften dieser drei Länder. Außerdem ist der Tornado bei der Luftwaffe Saudi-Arabiens im Einsatz. Durch stetige Modernisierungen ist sichergestellt, dass der Tornado bis über das Jahr 2025 hinaus eine Vielzahl von Aufgaben wahrnehmen kann.
 

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Crise ukrainienne: la Suisse renforce ses sanctions militaires

 

MOSCOU, 14 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le gouvernement suisse a élargi l'interdiction d'exporter du matériel de guerre en Russie et en Ukraine, annonce jeudi le site officiel du Conseil fédéral dans une déclaration.

 

Selon la déclaration, "face à l'aggravation du conflit en Ukraine", le Conseil fédéral a décidé "d'étendre l'interdiction existante d'exporter du matériel de guerre vers la Russie et l'Ukraine, en incluant des biens militaires spécifiques conçus ou modifiés à des fins militaires, mais qui ne sont pas des armes ou d’autres moyens de combat".

 

Il s’agit par exemple de véhicules terrestres, de drones, d’avions Pilatus ou de produits chimiques.

 

Par ailleurs, le Conseil fédéral a décidé de renforcer les mesures pour éviter que le territoire helvétique ne serve à contourner les sanctions imposées par l'UE à l'encontre de la Russie.

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UK and Nigerian navies conduct sea exercises

The Royal Navy's HMS Iron Duke with Nigerian Navy patrol boats. Photo Royal Navy.

 

13 August 2014 naval-technology.com

 

The UK Royal Navy's Type 23 Duke-class HMS Iron Duke (F234) and the Nigerian Navy have carried out exercises aimed at exchanging skills and techniques.

 

Personnel from both navies participated in sessions in navigation, seamanship, fire-fighting and damage control techniques, in addition to first aid and an at-sea exercise involving Nigerian personnel on HMS Iron Duke.

 

HMS Iron Duke chief petty officer Norm Brindley said: "The training proved very useful. It's always good for us to conduct training with other navies as it forces us to review our own techniques.

 

"Training with the Nigerian Navy was particularly interesting. They do a lot of things under the same principles as our methods, so it was a good refresher for both sides."

 

HMS Iron Duke boarding officer lieutenant Oliver Behan said: "The two days were an excellent chance to work with regional partners and assist the Nigerian Navy with its training.

 

"It was a chance for both navies to see how the other conducts boarding operations and all of us were able to take some valuable lessons from the two days."

 

Capable of accommodating a crew of 185, the 133m-long Duke-class vessels are armed with the vertical-launched Seawolf point-missile defence system and the Boeing Harpoon surface-to-surface missile for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare capabilities.

 

The 4,900t vessels are powered by a diesel-electric and gas (CODLAG) system, comprising two Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A 34,000hp gas turbines and two Alstom 1.5MW 4,400hp electric motors.

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US prepared to increase pressure on N. Korea: Kerry

 

Aug 12, 2014 Spacewar.com (AFP)

 

Sydney - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he was prepared to improve relations with North Korea, but warned of further pressure and isolation if it chose the path of confrontation.

 

Kerry, in Sydney for joint security talks with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop, said both sides had discussed hopes for a peaceful move towards a denuclearised Korean peninsula.

 

"The United States, I want to make this clear, is absolutely prepared to improve relations with North Korea if North Korea will honour its international obligations. It's that simple," he said.

 

"But make no mistake, we are also prepared to increase pressure, including through strong sanctions and further isolation, if North Korea chooses the path of confrontation."

 

Last month, a top-ranking North Korean military official threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the peninsula.

 

"If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival... our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon -- the sources of all evil," Hwang Pyong-So, director of the military's General Political Bureau, said in a speech.

 

Hwang, who holds the rank of vice marshal in the Korean People's Army, said a recent series of South Korea-US military drills, one of which included the deployment of a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier, had ramped up tensions.

 

The UN Security Council last month condemned North Korea for recently launching a series of short-range ballistic missiles.

 

The North often test-fires missiles and rockets into the sea as a show of force or to express anger at perceived provocations, but the frequency of recent tests has been unusual.

 

UN resolutions bar North Korea from conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology. The North has defended the launches as a legitimate exercise in self-defence and a response to US war manoeuvres.

 

Already under crippling sanctions since 2006, Pyongyang was hit by fresh UN punitive measures in March 2013 over its third nuclear test.

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INS Kolkata - photo Livefist

INS Kolkata - photo Livefist

 

14 août 2014. Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Le bombardement par Israël de la bande de Gaza a des conséquences assez inattendues pour la marine indienne. Le conflit, combiné avec la défaillance de l’organisme indien de recherche, a conduit au retard de l’installation d’un système de missiles à bord du destroyer INS Kolkata, un navire dont l’admission au service actif reste cependant programmé pour ce samedi en présence du premier ministre Narendra Modi.

 

Cette affaire illustre la manière dont des conflits étrangers peuvent affecter l’Inde, en particulier son niveau de préparation militaire : l’armée et la marine indiennes sont très dépendantes des importations et des savoir-faire étrangers.

 

L’admission au service actif signifie normalement qu’il est opérationnel, prêt à accomplir ses missions. Mais l’INS Kolkata est privé de son système de défense anti-aérienne et de son sonar actif remorqué, un des 2 moyens qui lui permettent de détecter les sous-marins, ont reconnu ce jeudi des officiers de haut-rang.

 

« Nous sommes inquiets, » a déclaré le vice-amiral A.V. Subhedar, responsable de la construction et des achats de navires. « Mais nous pensons que le missile sera disponible sous peu : les lanceurs sont prêts. »

 

Le système de défense anti-aérienne devait être développé conjointement par la Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) indienne et par Israel Aircraft Industries selon un accord signé en 2006.

 

Le contre-amiral A.B. Singh, adjoint au chef d’état-major, a expliqué que le système de lancement du missile Barak NG (pour nouvelle génération) était prêt, mais qu’il ne pourrait être installé à bord du destroyer qu’après que le missile ait été testé en Israël.

 

Un précédent essai, en février, a échoué « parce qu’il y a eu des oscillations, tous les paramètres n’ont pas été respectés. »

 

Un essai complet du missile — au cours duquel il sera lancé depuis un lanceur et devra abattre un missile attaquant — ne devrait avoir lieu que vers la fin septembre.

 

L’essai a été retardé à cause des bombardements israéliens sur la bande de Gaza. De nombreuses compagnies aériennes avaient annulé leurs vols vers Tel Aviv — des roquettes lancées par le Hamas étaient tombées à proximité de l’aéroport — jusqu’à ce qu’un cessez-le-feu fragile n’intervienne cette semaine.

 

Le destroyer INS Kolkata, d’un déplacement de 6.800 t, est la tête de série du Projet 15A. 2 autres sont en construction : le Kochi et le Chennai.

 

Baptisé un “destroyer furtif”, le Kolkata était attendu pour 2010. Il a déjà 4 ans de retard, mais, malgré ce retard, le DRDO n’est pas parvenu à terminer à temps le système de missiles d’une portée de 70 km. Le Barak NG est supposé être le bouclier anti-aérien non seulement de l’INS Kolkata mais aussi de toute la force qu’il protège, dont un porte-avions.

 

Le Kolkata est aussi le “navire d’essai” pour une autre classe de 4 navires, baptisée le Projet 15B. Ces 4 navires doivent recevoir de nouveaux systèmes, dont la plupart sont développés en Inde, mais l’absence du Barak NG et du sonar actif remorqué peut limiter le rôle de ces navires.

 

Un autre conflit à l’étranger — la crise en Ukraine — pourrait avoir des conséquences sur le Kolkata : ses moteurs — des turbines à gaz fabriquées par l’usine Zorya en Ukraine — doivent aussi constituer le principal système de propulsion du Projet 15B.

 

La crise en Ukraine ne devrait pas avoir de conséquences immédiates. Mais la marine indienne est à la recherche d’autres fournisseurs pour les pièces détachées des navires en construction.

 

Le 23 aout, la marine indienne doit mettre en service un 2è navire, le Kamorta. Caractéristique unique : le Kamorta est une corvette de lutte anti-sous-marine, dont 90% des équipements ont été conçus en Inde.

 

Mais le Kamorta, comme le Kolkata, ne sera pour l’instant équipé de son sonar actif remorqué. En d’autres termes, la plateforme ASM n’aura pas de senseur de détection de sous-marin.

 

Le mois dernier, le ministre de la défense Arun Jaitley a annoncé au Parlement qu’il avait retenu une compagnie allemande, Atlas Electronik, pour fournir le sonar actif remorqué, non seulement pour le Kamorta, mais pour tous les navires de 1er rang. La DRDO cherche aussi à développer son propre sonar actif remorqué.

 

Référence : Calcutta Telegraph (Inde)

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100 Year Commemoration of the Departure of the Australian Expeditionary Force for German New Guinea

 

12 August 2014 .defence.gov.au

 

100 Year Commemoration of the Departure of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force from Sydney, Australia for German New Guinea

 

To commemorate this historic event, the New South Wales Government is holding a service on Sunday 17 August 2014, commencing at 12.25pm at Government House. The event will commence at Government House with an address to the cadets by Rear Admiral Raydon Gates and re-enactment of the march from Government House down Macquarie Street. Members of the public are welcome to watch the cadets march down Macquarie St. For further information please visit the Centenary of ANZAC website.

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Pyongyang tire trois missiles en mer du Japon

 

MOSCOU, 14 août - RIA Novosti

 

Pyongyang a tiré trois missiles à courte portée jeudi en mer du Japon, rapporte la presse internationale, se référant au ministère sud-coréen de la Défense. 

 

"La Corée du Nord a tiré trois missiles à courte portée en direction de la mer du Japon", a indiqué un porte-parole du département militaire, cité par les médias.

 

Les tirs en question ont été effectués depuis la ville de Wonsan (nord-est). 

 

L'AFP précise que missiles ont été lancés peu après l'arrivée du Pape François en Corée du Sud. 

 

Pyongyang effectue régulièrement des frappes similaires. 

 

Début août, la Corée du Nord a condamné la tenue des exercices conjoints de Séoul et Washington en mer du Japon, précisant que ces manœuvres torpillaient les efforts de paix déployés par Pyongyang. 

 

Le régime communiste a même menacé de tirer des missiles stratégiques et tactiques sur la Maison Blanche, le Pentagone, la résidence présidentielle sud-coréenne ainsi que sur les bases militaires des deux pays si les exercices conjoints prévus le 18 août avaient lieu.

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