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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:45
Nigerian Air Force to accelerate IED-detonating robot


5 August 2014 airforce-technology.com


The Nigerian Air Force is planning to complete the development of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that can detonate high-calibre improvised explosive devices (IEDs).


The speedy completion of the robot has been hampered by a lack of adequate funds.


Developed by the Nigerian Airforce Institute of Technology (Nafit), the UGV is claimed to be the first of its type on the African continent.


Nafit commandant Toni Adokwe was quoted by the Nigerian Tribune as saying that the robot is expected to enhance the success of security agents in the fight against rebellion.


Adokwe said: "When the project is completed, the robot would go a long way in countering activities of terrorist groups, as detonation of bombs will not require the physical presence of a human being at the scene."


Nafit developed the Gulma unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) last year, which is being used by the defence headquarters for surveillance and intelligence gathering in crisis-prone regions.


Developed in collaboration with Cranfield University's aerospace engineers, the indigenous drone can be modified for aerial imaging/mapping, telecommunications and weather monitoring missions, among others.


The Nigerian Air Force has also manufactured Amebo I, II and III UAVs in the last two years for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.


Adokwe said that the allocation of proper funding would enable Nigeria to attain higher base in military aviation and defence-related technology.


Established in 1979, Nafit conducts research and offers postgraduate engineering programmes in aerospace, aeronautical and allied sectors.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:40
Fighter jet shot down over rebel-held east Ukraine


August 11th, 2014 defencetalk.com (AFP)


A Ukrainian fighter jet tumbled to earth in a fireball Thursday after it was blasted out of the air while flying low over rebel-held territory in the east of the country.


An AFP crew saw the Sukhoi warplane explode in mid-air and the parachute of at least one pilot opening up in the clear blue sky.


Explosions and flashes erupted from the wreckage as it continued to burn on the ground, sending up clouds of acrid smoke.


Two armed rebels ran around the blackened field close to the flaming debris as the sound of shooting rang out nearby.


Another plane could be heard flying high overhead and the insurgents shouted at the AFP team to leave the scene.


A local resident told AFP that he had seen at least two parachutes appear after the aircraft was hit.


“It flew past us and there was an explosion. Two pilots ejected out,” said Danil, 17.


A Ukrainian military spokesman confirmed that rebels had shot down a jet some 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the northeast of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.


“The pilot managed to steer the craft away from a residential area,” spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told AFP.


A search-and-rescue mission was currently underway for the pilot, he said.


The location was also some 40 kilometers west of the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down at an altitude of some 10,000 meters on July 17 killing all 298 people on board.


The Ukrainian military has lost a string of aircraft during almost four months of fierce fighting against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine that has claimed over 1,300 lives.


Two Ukrainian Sukhoi jets were shot down on July 23, with Kiev alleging the missiles that hit them had come from Russian territory.


On Thursday the Ukrainian army announced it was scrapping a ceasefire around the MH17 crash site after international investigators decided to suspend their probe there due to ongoing fighting.


Sustained shelling pounded the center of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk for the first time in the conflict, with at least 11 civilians killed by clashes around the region.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:35
Hobart-class air warfare destroyers - Photo ASC

Hobart-class air warfare destroyers - Photo ASC


11 August 2014 Grant Turnbull - naval-technology.com


Australia’s troubled shipbuilding industry could be overhauled under radical proposals by the Canberra government, local media reports have indicated. Speculation is rife that British defence giant BAE Systems will be brought in to rescue the Navy’s long-delayed and over-budget Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD) project.


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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:35
New Interceptor Boat Ready to Protect Sabah Waters

P-38 high-speed interceptor boat from United Engineering Services with max spped +55 knots (all photos : UES)


26 July 2014 Defense Studies

Navy ready to protect Sabah waters

KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Malaysian Navy, which has helped thwart pirates in international waters, is well placed off Sabah’s east coast to protect the country’s security against external threats.

Taking the role as the “mother ship” is naval vessel Bunga Mas 5, which will serve as a forward sea base equipped with high-speed interceptor boats, radar surveillance and helicopters.

The three interceptor combat boats (CB90) will be used together with the rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) that are currently being used by the navy’s elite sea commando unit (Paskal) and two new boats that were recently acquired by the navy – the Silver Brize and P38 craft.

“The Bunga Mas 5 is the right choice to be placed in the area as it has a surveillance radar system and is equipped with helicopters to carry out night operations over long distances,” said navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar.

He said it helped thwart the attacks by Somali pirates against ships crossing the Gulf of Aden.

Admiral Abdul Aziz said the navy would also be sending in warship KD Lekiu, which was equipped with a Super Link aircraft, to the eastern Sabah waters.

“I am confident with the presence of Bunga Mas 5 and the other assets, we will able to act against the intruders,” he said here yesterday.

He said the helicopters, capable of operating at night, were seen as the best option in protecting borders against unwanted elements.

On his earlier order of “shoot on sight” against intruders, Admiral Abdul Aziz said it “can be frustrating for our navy personnel to not shoot at an identified enemy during hot pursuit within the country’s waters”.

“This is due to constraints in operational directives,” he added.

(The Star)

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:35
Australia To Renew Ground-based Air Defense Capability

Saab sees its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system as part of a possible solution to the Australian requirement. (Saab)


Jul. 27, 2014 - By NIGEL PITTAWAY – Defense News


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Australia plans to include a replacement for its Saab RBS-70 very-short-range air defense missile system in its next Defence Capability Plan.


The Australian Army uses the RBS-70 system, along with the Lockheed Martin PSTAR-ER radar, to fulfill its ground-based air defense (GBAD) requirements, but an Australian Defence Force (ADF) spokesperson confirmed the combination was not considered adequate to defeat future threats.


“It is a dated, line-of-sight system missile that provides very-short-range GBAD and lacks the sensors, range and performance to protect against the likely threats of today’s helicopters, UAVs, stand-off aerial weapons, cruise missiles and rockets, artillery, mortars,” the spokesperson said.


The ADF is developing future ground-based air and missile defense requirements and examining options in the marketplace.


The new system will be acquired under the ongoing Project Land 17 Phase 7B, but has yet to gain much traction.


“The system is planned to provide the Joint Force with persistent defense against advanced threats including aircraft, helicopters,” the spokesperson said. “Land 19 Phase 7B is planned to have wide utility across many types of defense operations, not just application in conventional warlike operations.”


The Australian government will give first pass approval in fiscal 2016-2017, which the ADF says will allow time to initiate formal market solicitation. Acquisition is estimated to be between AUS $500 million (US $469 million) and AUS $1 billion.


Government approval for acquisition would be sought in fiscal 2017-2018.


Army initial operational capability is planned for fiscal 2020 to 2021.


“Land 19 Phase 7B will enhance or replace the existing GBAD system to allow it to function as a complete ground-based force protection system,” the ADF spokesperson said. “In a traditional combat setting it is planned to perform its core functions of airspace surveillance and identification, target tracking, target interception and destruction to provide an enhanced level of protection against current and emerging threats.”


The spokesperson said the project is modeled after the National Advanced surface-to-air missile system used by a number of European nations, and also by the US National Guard in defense of Washington.


“The US chose a ground-based system as the other options of continuous air combat patrols or permanently stationed air-warfare ships were more expensive, manpower-intensive and less persistent,” a spokesman for the project office said. “It was due to this system maturity and broad user group that it was selected as an exemplar to allow the early development work to progress.”


In 2012, the Australian Army took delivery of three Saab Giraffe agile multibeam (GAMB) radar systems under an urgent acquisition process to provide its base at Tarin Kot in Afghanistan with a counter-rocket, artillery and mortar capability.


Since the Australian withdrawal of most of its forces from Afghanistan, the two operational GAMB radars have been returned to Australia (the third had been retained locally for training) but do not have a clear role in domestic operations.


Saab Australia sees the Giraffe AMB, together with its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system, as a possible solution to the Australian requirement.


The missiles used by the RBS-70NG are identical to those in the earlier system already in use with the Army and comprise the third-generation Mk.2, with an effective range of 7 kilometers at heights up to 4,000 meters; and the fourth-generation Bolide round, capable of knocking down targets at distances up to 8 kilometers and altitudes up to 5,000 meters.


The company says the major change is to the sight, which has an integrated thermal imager, an auto-tracking system to improve aiming and guidance, automatic after-action video capability, and 3D visual cueing. This feature receives data from the surveillance radar, allowing the operator to find the target without actually seeing it first.


Saab officials claim that during recent comparative trials in India, RBS-70NG operators were getting their shot away before their competitors systems had even acquired the target.


The RBS-70NG also incorporates an identify friend or foe interrogator system as standard equipment while Saab works to integrate it with land vehicles, delivering a tactical, mobile GBAD system.


The company is proposing to upgrade Australia’s GAMB radars, including provision of a Link 16 datalink, and swap out the RBS-70 launchers for the upgraded equipment at what it claims is a modest cost.


The company has also integrated other missile systems with GAMB, including Raytheon’s I-Hawk and Diehl’s IRIS-T.


“We think it will be attractive to the ADF because Australia is already an RBS-70 user,” explained Jessica Rylander, an engineer with Saab’s Dynamics branch. “And the difference from an operator’s perspective is the increased” kill probability, she said.


The RBS-70NG sight enhances the capability of the Bolide missile by reducing tracking noise, increasing maneuverability and improving performance against small targets at maximum range, according to Saab.


“The RBS-70NG and Giraffe AMB solution is designed to address targets such as small UAVs, cruise missiles and helicopters in the 2025 space,” added Mat Jones, Saab Asia-Pacific business development manager.


“We are investing a lot of time, effort and money into GBAD, to ensure the architecture is future-proofed. The RBS-70NG/GAMB combination could provide a step change in capability, within the existing budget,” said Jones.


But much will depend on the final specifications mandated by Land 19/7B when the Defence Capability Plan is made public next year.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:30
Opération Enduring Freedom : la frégate Courbet ravitaillée par un pétrolier américain


11/08/2014 Sources : EMA


Le 6 aout 2014, la frégate de type La Fayette (FLF) Courbet, engagée dans l’opération Enduring Freedom, a été ravitaillée à la mer par le pétrolier-ravitailleur américain l’USNS Laramie dans le Sud de la mer Rouge.


Dans le cadre d’accords militaires entre les pays de l’OTAN, et sans être engagés dans la même opération, les bâtiments français ont la possibilité de se ravitailler en mer auprès des bâtiments de l’Alliance. Ces dispositions permettent au Courbet de maintenir sa présence en mer plus longtemps, et lui autorisent les changements d’allure indispensables à la mission de patrouille et de contrôle dans laquelle il est engagé.


Selon les procédures habituelles, les deux bâtiments ont adopté une route parallèle à moins de 40 mètres l’un de l’autre puis ont procédé au ravitaillement en combustible de navigation et en carburant pour aéronef. L’USNSLaramie a ainsi délivré 335 m3 de combustible de navigation à la frégate Courbet. La grande fluidité de cette opération est possible grâce à la maîtrise des procédures de l’OTAN par les deux équipages.


Engagé depuis le 4 août dans l’opération EnduringFreedom, 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.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:20
EA-18G Growler aircraft. (US Navy)

EA-18G Growler aircraft. (US Navy)


August 11, 2014: Strategy Page


Between May and June 2014 the U.S. Navy conducted tests using a Nimitz class carrier off the coast of California to determine if there was any benefit in expanding the EA-18G "Growler" electronic warfare aircraft squadron on each Nimitz class ship from five aircraft to eight. The tests were a success and the navy is trying to use that success to get Congress to provide cash to buy another 33 EA-18Gs to expand the squadrons on all the large carriers. The navy has enough support in Congress to get some additional EA-18Gs but defense budgets are being cut and there are too many worthy (or not) projects seeking cash that is not there anymore. The EA-18G manufacturer would like to keep production going into 2017 but it looks like they’ll be lucky to keep the line going into 2016.


Meanwhile the navy is getting some money for EA-18G upgrades. In 2013 that included new communications technology that allows the EA-18G to share data instantly with other EA-18Gs and other types of aircraft (combat and support, like E-2 and E-3 AWACS). The new capability is JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Data System). Development (by the U.S. Air Force) of this system began 30 years ago and mature examples of the technology only began showing up in the last decade. JTIDS is a datalink that gives the pilot complete and real-time situation reports, showing what other pilots (and planes like the E-3) are seeing. Pilots who tested JTIDS reported drastic increases in their situational awareness (a “sense of where you are”). For example, during combat training exercises pilots with JTIDS had a 4-to-1 kill ratio in their favor against pilots without JTIDS.


Noting results like this the navy began adopting JTIDS, not only to improve the capabilities of its own aircraft but also to improve data sharing with air force warplanes, which often carry out joint operations with the navy. JTIDs is just one of several new technologies navy aircraft will need to get their “combat Internet” working. The EA-18G was the first navy aircraft to test JTIDS because the EA-18G is designed to work with air force and navy aircraft as the EA-18G now provides electronic warfare support for both services.


 EA-18G saw combat for the first time over Libya in 2011 and got to use a lot of its high tech gear in combat for this first time. This included the ALQ-99 radar jamming pod and an APG-79 phased array (AESA) radar, which also has some jamming capability (via the right software) as well as the ability to fry electronics. It was suggested that the EA-18G might have done this to some Libyan armored vehicles.


It was only in 2007 that the navy received its first operational (as opposed to developmental) EA-18G and in 2008 the first EA-18G squadron entered service. In early 2014 the hundredth EA-18G was delivered and there are only 17 to go on the original order. Meanwhile the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps are planning on developing an electronic warfare version of the new F-35, or use a UAV, if the EA-18Gs are not plentiful or powerful enough to provide all the electronic protection needed in future wars.


The EA-18Gs have replaced the aging navy EA-6Bs that long provided electronic protection against enemy radars and missiles for navy and air force aircraft. The air force retired their EF-111 electronic warfare aircraft in 1998, on the assurance that the navy would get the EA-18G into service before the EA-6Bs died of old age. The older 27 ton EA-6B carries a crew of four, while the highly automated 29 ton EA-18G will have only 2 people on board. The EA-18G carries up to 5 electronic warfare pods, plus 2 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles and 2 anti-radiation (HARM) missiles. It may be the last manned aircraft to handle the EW job. UAVs are becoming more capable and will eventually take over this dangerous task.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:20
Fuselage of the First NATO AGS UAV Completed


Source defense-unmanned.com

(Source: NATO; issued July, 28 2014)


BRUSSELS --- NAGSMA General Manager, Jim Edge, and NAGSMO Chairman, Erling Wang announced that the Fuselage of the first NATO AGS UAV has been completed at Northrop-Grumman’s plant at Moss Point (Mississippi, USA). The fuselage is now on its way to Palmdale, California in order to complete the production.


The AGS Core will be an integrated system consisting of an air segment and a ground segment and related support systems. The air segment consists of five Global Hawk Block 40 high-altitude, long-endurance UAVs.


The UAVs will be equipped with a state-of-the-art, Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) ground surveillance radar sensor, as well as an extensive suite of line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight, long-range, wideband data links.


The air segment will also contain the UAV flight control stations (AVMC2), which will be located at the AGS main operating base at Sigonella Air Base, Italy.


The ground segment will provide an interface between the AGS Core system and a wide range of command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C2ISR) systems to interconnect with and provide data to multiple deployed and non-deployed operational users, including reach-back facilities remote from the surveillance area.


The ground segment component will consist of a number of ground/maritime stations in various configurations, such as mobile and transportable, which will provide data-link connectivity, surveillance, data-processing and exploitation capabilities via interfaces (interoperability) with NATO and national C2ISR systems.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:20
USS Abraham Lincoln receives final mast section

USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) levels 010 and 011 being replaced. Photo US Navy and Huntington Ingalls Industries


11 August 2014 naval-technology.com


The US Navy's fifth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) has received the 38ft upper mast section as part of its refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH), at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding.


The installation marks a major milestone in the ship's RCOH programme.


Newport News Navy programmes vice-president Ken Mahler: "Since we began the refuelling complex overhaul, we've been working side-by-side on this project to recapitalise and modernise the entire ship, such that when she returns to service, Lincoln will continue to be one of the most capable and formidable ships in the world."


During the RCOH process, the company replaced the original round mast pole with a modified, tapered square pole, to increase strength and keep electrical piping systems enclosed.


The square pole includes waist-high rails and easier access to all areas via internal ladders.


The RCOH process, which is performed as part of the navy's $2.6bn cost-plus-incentive-fee contract awarded in April 2013, also includes the refuelling of the ship's reactors, painting of the hull, an upgraded system and a complete recapitalisation.


Armed with three Raytheon GMLS Mk29 eight-cell launchers for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, the 317m-long Nimitz-class ships can accommodate more than 6,000 personnel and cruise at a maximum speed of over 30k.


Upon the scheduled redelivery in October 2016, the 102,000t USS Abraham Lincoln will continue to operate for another 25 years.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 15:45
BAE Land Systems SA to be sold to Denel


11 August 2014 by defenceWeb


BAE Systems has made the decision to sell of its South African division, BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA), which is being bought by state owned arms company Denel.


BAE Systems and Denel today signed an agreement to proceed with the sale, which is anticipated to conclude during the fourth quarter of this year after receiving regulatory and other approvals, BAE Systems Land Systems SA announced in a statement. Until the sale goes through, LSSA will continue with business as usual.


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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 14:40
Oboronexpo-2014: Allemagne, France et USA répondent présent


JOUKOVSKI (région de Moscou), 11 août - RIA Novosti


Les sanctions décrétées contre la Russie n'ont pas dissuadé l'Allemagne, les Etats-Unis et la France de participer au salon international de l'armement et du matériel militaire Oboronexpo-2014 de Joukovski (région de Moscou), ont annoncé lundi les organisateurs de l'événement.


"Les principales entreprises de l'industrie de défense russe participeront au salon", indiquent les organisateurs dans un communiqué précisant en outre que l'Algérie, l'Allemagne, l'Arménie, la Biélorussie, la Chine, les Etats-Unis, la France, l'Inde, la République tchèque et la Suisse prendront en outre part au salon qui se déroulera du 13 au 17 août.


L'exposition réunira au total 250 participants qui exposeront leurs produits sur une surface de plus de 6.000m2 .

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 13:55
Paris demande à l'UE de se mobiliser face à la demande d'armes des Kurdes


11 août 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)


Paris - La France a demandé lundi à l'Union européenne de se mobiliser face à la demande d'armements du président du Kurdistan irakien Massoud Barzani, dans une lettre adressée par le chef de la diplomatie, Laurent Fabius, à son homologue européenne, Catherine Ashton.


Le président Barzani a insisté sur la nécessité impérieuse de disposer d'armements et de munitions lui permettant d'affronter et de battre le groupe terroriste de l'Etat islamique. Il est indispensable que l'UE se mobilise dès aujourd'hui pour répondre à cet appel à l'aide, écrit M. Fabius dans cette lettre datée du 11 août, en souhaitant la tenue d'une réunion spéciale des ministres des Affaires étrangères de l'UE.


Celle-ci a également été demandée par l'Italie, au moment où l'UE a annoncé une réunion mardi au niveau des ambassadeurs à Bruxelles.


Je vous serais très reconnaissant de bien vouloir d'urgence mobiliser les Etats membres ainsi que les institutions européennes pour répondre (à l'appel du président Barzani). Une réunion spéciale du Conseil des ministres des Affaires étrangères m'apparaît souhaitable, ajoute le ministre dans son courrier à Mme Ashton dont l'AFP a obtenu copie.


Laurent Fabius s'est rendu dimanche à Erbil, la capitale de la région autonome du Kurdistan, où il a rencontré le président Barzani et assisté à la livraison d'aide humanitaire française destinée aux populations déplacées fuyant l'offensive des jihadistes de l'Etat islamique (EI).


Devant le drame qui se joue à ses portes, l'Europe ne peut rester inactive. C'est un impératif moral de solidarité avec les communautés persécutées. C'est aussi ce qu'exigent l'intérêt stratégique européen et la défense des libertés, poursuit M. Fabius dans sa lettre.


Le président Massoud Barzani du gouvernement régional du Kurdistan m'a demandé la mise en place en extrême urgence d'un pont aérien d'aide humanitaire de l'Europe vers le nord de l'Irak, ainsi que le déploiement de moyens de construction provisoire, pour aider les autorités locales à répondre aux besoins des centaines de milliers de déplacés qui fuient la barbarie de l'Etat Islamique, poursuit M. Fabius.


Par ailleurs, dans une déclaration publiée par le Quai d'Orsay lundi, le chef de la diplomatie française rappelle, comme la veille à Bagdad, que l'Irak a besoin d'un gouvernement de large rassemblement.


Nous apportons notre plein soutien aux efforts en ce sens du président irakien Fouad Massoum, avec lequel je me suis entretenu hier (dimanche), et nous appelons tous les responsables politiques irakiens au dialogue pour trouver une solution politique rapide acceptable par toutes les composantes du pays, ajoute-t-il.


Le processus engagé lors des élections législatives du 30 avril dernier doit se poursuivre et conduire à une solution politique acceptable par toutes les composantes de la population irakienne et respectueux du droit de chacun, ajoute M. Fabius. L'Irak n'a pas réussi à se doter d'un gouvernement depuis ces élections.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 13:40
Ukraine: l'armée coupe les routes entre les bastions rebelles


11 août 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)


Donetsk (Ukraine) - L'armée ukrainienne a resserré lundi son étau autour des bastions rebelles de Donetsk et Lougansk en coupant les routes entre les deux villes, tandis qu'une centaine de détenus se sont échappés d'une prison à régime sévère touchée par un bombardement.


Des tirs d'artillerie ont détruit une partie des bâtiments de la prison située dans le faubourg Kirovski de Donetsk (ouest), faisant un mort et plusieurs blessés, a indiqué la mairie de Donetsk. Une centaine de détenus se sont échappés et 40 restent toujours introuvables.


Une journaliste de l'AFP a constaté lundi que la porte centrale de la prison était ouverte et que des combattants rebelles se trouvaient également sur les lieux pour aider à la recherche des fuyards.


Un porte-parole des rebelles a indiqué que les insurgés étaient venus sécuriser la zone pour empêcher les fuyards de mettre la main sur des armes.


Une partie d'entre eux sont revenus à la prison dans la matinée de lundi, mais 40 restent introuvables, selon les responsables de l'établissement, qui pensent qu'ils se cachent dans des bâtiments situés à proximité.


A Donetsk, principal bastion des insurgés prorusses victime de violents combats et de tirs d'artillerie depuis plusieurs jours, des bombardements ont été entendus dans la nuit par une journaliste de l'AFP, et des blindés rebelles ont été aperçus traversant le centre-ville.


Un bombardement avait déjà soufflé dimanche les vitres d'une maternité dans le centre-ville de Donetsk, sans faire de victimes, les mères et les nouveaux-nés s'étant réfugiés dans une cave.


Des obus ont endommagé un ancien centre de recrutement de l'armée, des bureaux et un immeuble d'habitation dans le sud de Donetsk.


Il n'y a jamais eu de rebelles ici. Je ne comprend pas pourquoi ils bombardent cette zone, a affirmé Nikolaï, un habitant du quartier.


L'armée ukrainienne a pour sa part bloqué la connexion entre les régions de Donetsk et Lougansk, les deux capitales régionales et places fortes des séparatistes, a affirmé Oleksiï Dmytrachkivsky, le porte-parole de l'opération militaire menée par Kiev.


Dimanche, à 14H00 (11H00 GMT), le drapeau national a été levé dans la ville de Panteleïmonivka, située à 34 km au nord-est de Donetsk sur la route vers Lougansk, a-t-il ajouté.


Les pertes de l'armée ukrainienne se montent désormais à 568 tués et 2.120 blessés depuis le début de l'opération dans l'est il y a quatre mois, dont 6 morts et 24 blessés dans les 24 heures, a annoncé le porte-parole militaire Andriï Lyssenko.


- Moscou demande une trêve -


L'armée ukrainienne a annoncé dimanche avoir resserré au maximum l'étau autour de Donetsk, théâtre depuis plusieurs jours d'intenses combats et de tirs d'artillerie ayant tué plusieurs civils.


Le Premier ministre séparatiste Alexandre Zakhartchenko a reconnu samedi que Donetsk était encerclée et au bord d'une catastrophe humanitaire, se disant prêt à un cessez-le-feu si l'armée ukrainienne stoppait son offensive.


Face à cette situation qui se dégrade pour les civils dont 300.000 ont déjà fui vers la Russie et les autres régions de l'Ukraine, Moscou a insisté dimanche sur un cessez-le-feu, indispensable pour apporter une aide humanitaire aux populations victimes des combats.


Nous estimons que cette question est urgente, qu'elle ne supporte pas de retard, a indiqué le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov, assurant que Moscou négociait avec Kiev, la Croix Rouge et l'ONU dans ce but.


L'idée d'une mission humanitaire russe est toutefois fermement rejetée par les Occidentaux qui accusent Moscou d'alimenter la rébellion en Ukraine en lui fournissant des armes et craignent une intervention déguisée sous prétexte d'une mission d'assistance aux civils.


Le président Barack Obama, le Premier ministre britannique David Cameron et la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel ont estimé que toute incursion russe en Ukraine serait injustifiée, illégale et inacceptable.


Le président ukrainien Petro Porochenko, après des discussions avec des dirigeants du CICR, s'est dit prêt à accepter une mission humanitaire à Lougansk, une autre capitale régionale, à condition qu'elle soit internationale, non armée et passe par des postes-frontières contrôlés par Kiev.


Les autorités de Lougansk, inaccessible à la presse, dénoncent un blocus et une situation critique depuis neuf jours, alors que la ville n'a plus d'électricité, d'eau courante ou de réseau téléphonique, et que l'essence et les réserves de nourriture s'épuisent rapidement. Les salaires, les pensions et les aides sociales ne sont plus versées depuis près d'un mois.

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Vol d'échange entre pilotes français et jordanien

Vol d'échange entre pilotes français et jordanien


11/08/2014 Armée de l'air


Du 21 juillet au 1er août 2014, l’escadron d’hélicoptères 1/44 «Solenzara» a accueilli, sur la base aérienne 126 de Ventiseri-Solenzara, une délégation jordanienne de cinq militaires.


Pendant deux semaines, pilotes, mécaniciens navigants et sauveteurs-plongeurs jordaniens ont participé à des vols d’instruction aux côtés des équipages français, et ont profité de leur savoir-faire en matière de sauvetage maritime de jour et de nuit.


Les échanges bilatéraux entre la France et la Jordanie sont menés régulièrement. Dans le domaine de la recherche et du sauvetage (Search and Rescue – SAR). Les équipages des deux pays se retrouvent environ deux fois par an pour partager leurs expériences.



Entraînement à l'hélitreuillage

Entraînement à l'hélitreuillage

Entraînement entre mécaniciens navigants

Entraînement entre mécaniciens navigants

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Royal Wessex Yeomanry Put Tank Skills to the Test

11 août 2014 British Forces News


The Royal Wessex Yeomanry have been training with Challenger 2 tanks as part of an exercise on Salisbury Plain. Hannah Gurney was there with an aerial camera...

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A400M - first plane for Royal Air Force - engine tests and taxying


11 août 2014 Airbus DS


The first Airbus Defence and Space A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Air Force has taken another step towards delivery with engine tests and taxying trials.

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Qatar et USA : Un Contrat de $11 Milliards pour des hélicoptères Apaches


10.08.2014 Philippe Eyal-Koren (Tel Aviv) – Israel Valley


Les leaders israéliens installés à la Kiria, le Pentagone israélien situé au coeur de Tel Aviv, sont perplexes et se posent des questions (avant la guerre Gaza/Israël les militaires israéliens étaient “muets” sur les méga-deals d’armes avec le Qatar) : quel est l’état réel de la coopération entre le Qatar, qui finance le Hamas, et les producteurs d’armes américains ?


Le correspondant militaire du journal Haaretz, dans son édition de Dimanche, donne des chiffres assez impressionnants sur les ventes d’armes des Etats-Unis au Qatar. Il s’agit de la vente en 2014 d’Apaches (l’hélicoptère Apache est constitué de plus de 6 000 pièces fabriquées dans le monde entier, notamment au Royaume-Uni, aux Pays-Bas et en Irlande), de missiles, et des roquettes anti-tanks pour un montant total de 11 Milliards de dollars.


Le Qatar aurait acheté en 2014 au moins 24 exemplaires de l’Apache (livrables entre 2015 et 2016). Pour se faire une idée du contrat : la Grèce a pour sa part acheté récemment douze Apache AH-64D pour un coût total de 675 millions de $ (incluant probablement les armes et la maintenance), soit un prix unitaire de 56,25 millions de $.


A SAVOIR. Un hélicoptère d’attaque est un hélicoptère militaire conçu pour attaquer des cibles au sol, notamment des unités d’infanterie, des véhicules blindés et des bâtiments. Il est généralement équipé de mitrailleuses lourdes, de roquettes et de missiles air-sol. Il est parfois aussi muni de missiles air-air, surtout dans une tactique d’auto-défense.


Les hélicoptères d’attaques sont principalement utilisés pour deux types de mission : L’appui aérien rapproché et les actions anti-char, afin de détruire des escadrons de véhicules blindés. Ils sont parfois aussi appelés pour protéger des hélicoptères plus légers lors de missions de reconnaissance.


Alors que les hélicoptères ont été efficaces comme “tueurs de chars” au Moyen-Orient, les hélicoptères d’attaque sont vus dans un rôle plus multifonctionnel. Des tactiques comme le tank plinking ont montré que les avions pouvaient être efficaces contre les chars, mais les hélicoptères restent uniques dans leur capacité à fournir à basse vitesse et basse altitude un appui aérien rapproché.


L’AH-64 Apache rivalise en popularité avec le Hind, son adoption par l’US Army n’y étant pas étrangère. Durant la fin des années 1970 l’armée américaine a ressenti la nécessité de plus de sophistication dans le corps des hélicoptères d’attaque, leur permettant de fonctionner dans toutes les conditions météorologiques.


L’AH-64 Apache a été largement utilisé pendant l’opération Tempête du désert avec un grand succès. Les Apache ont effectué les premiers tirs de l’offensive en détruisant des radars d’alerte rapide et de sites de SAM à l’aide de leurs missiles Hellfire. Ils ont ensuite été utilisés avec succès dans deux de leurs rôles opérationnels, dans l’attaque directe contre les blindés ennemis et comme artillerie aérienne pour l’appui des troupes au sol. Les attaques aux missiles antichar et au canon par les hélicoptères Apache, Cobra et Gazelle permirent de détruire de nombreux chars et véhicules de l’armée irakienne.


En 1999, pendant la guerre de Kargil, les forces armées indiennes constatèrent qu’il y avait un besoin en hélicoptères qui peuvent fonctionner à des conditions de haute altitude avec facilité. Les limites d’exploitation des hélicoptères d’attaque avec une charge utile élevée et une maniabilité limitée a mené l’Inde à l’élaboration du Light Combat Helicopter qui peut fonctionner dans les hautes altitudes. Cet hélicoptère sera utilisé par l’Indian Air Force et l’escadre aérienne de l’armée indienne.

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Israel: The Dead End Strategy


August 11, 2014: Strategy Page


The fighting in Gaza has left nearly 2,000 dead, over 96 percent of them Palestinian. Hamas says it won’t stop fighting until the Israeli-Egyptian blockade is lifted. Israel and Egypt refuse to do that until Hamas drops its support for terrorism and disarms. Since Israeli troops left Gaza (and Hamas took control in 2007) Gaza has become a sanctuary for Islamic terrorists. Most seek the destruction of Israel but a growing number seek to establish a religious dictatorship in Egypt. Hamas does not expect to get the blockade lifted but does see itself gaining respect (and cash donations along with more diplomatic support) in the Moslem world. At the moment Hamas is still designated an international terrorist organization by the UN, most Western nations and even some Moslem ones.


Israel has plenty of electronic and video evidence of Hamas using ceasefires to move weapons and personnel and prepare to continue firing on Israel. Broadcasting this evidence is opposed by Israeli intelligence officials because putting the evidence out there enables Hamas to see where and how they are vulnerable to detection. With this knowledge Hamas can better hide its activities in the future.


Hamas has fired over 3,300 rockets since July 9th. Some 70 percent landed in Israel but less than four percent hit populated areas (killing three and wounding 85 civilians) . Iron Dome intercepted about a quarter of the rockets fired at Israel as the Iron Dome computers predicted these would land in or near a populated area. About 20 percent of the rockets fired towards Israel were defective and landed inside Gaza or were aimed at targets in Gaza. This included some of the 11 percent of all rockets were fired at Israeli troops inside or near Gaza. Some 69 percent of the rockets were fired from northern Gaza (where most of the Israeli counterstrikes have been) while 13 percent were launched from central Gaza and the rest from southern Gaza. Over 80 percent of the rockets were fired from unpopulated areas but at least 18 percent were fired from locations that were clearly civilian (including schools, Mosques and medical facilities.) Hamas was believed to have had about 10,000 rockets in early July. Since then over 3,000 have been fired and over 4,000 destroyed before they could be fired. Israeli aircraft, helicopters, ships, armored vehicles and ground troops have attacked nearly 5,000 targets in Gaza since July 9th and about a third of those attacks were against rocket launching sites, often while rockets were being prepared for launch. Hamas rockets have killed three Israeli civilians and 64 military personnel (and 670 wounded) so far. Some 82,000 Israeli reservists have been mobilized and most have been sent to the Gaza border. Hamas considers each Israeli they kill a victory and plays that up in their media. The Israeli military casualty rate is about the same as the U.S. suffered at the height of the fighting in Iraq. In other words; historically quite low.


Some Israeli leaders want the ground troops to go back in and shut down Hamas once and for all. But that would involve a lot of combat and if Gaza were to be completely cleared of Islamic terrorists hundreds of Israeli troops would die and thousands wounded. Most Israeli politicians do not believe Israelis in general are willing to pay that high a price. Instead Israel will continue using its intelligence capabilities to find Hamas personnel and weapons and attack them with smart bombs and missiles. Other Islamic terrorist groups in Gaza are also being hit. But the Islamic terrorists are hiding among the 1.8 million civilians in Gaza. There are several hundred thousand buildings and hundreds of tunnels and bunkers. Less than one percent of these structures holds terrorist weapons or personnel and the Israelis already know that they cannot watch all of Gaza in great detail all the time. Israeli military leaders point out that there would be a lot of Palestinian civilian casualties because Hamas deliberately surrounds its weapons and key personnel with civilians. While some Palestinians answer the Hamas propaganda and volunteer for this duty, most do not and will flee if given a chance. For Hamas victory is simply surviving and still being able to issue victory statements. Israeli victory is suppressing terrorist capabilities. Ultimate victory is eliminating the terrorist threat but given the massive support for destroying Israel in the Arab world, ultimate victory remains a long term goal, not one that can be won right now in Gaza. Right now most media in the Arab (and Moslem) world portray Hamas as misguided but valiant fighters for a cause (the destruction of Israel) that still has a lot of popular support in the Moslem world. Most Westerners, especially journalists, don’t grasp that aspect of the situation and try to portray Gaza as a humanitarian disaster that only Israel can fix. Most Israelis are exasperated at the attitude of so many non-Moslems overseas and attributes it to ignorance, greed (oil-rich Arab states have spent billions to push the Arab point of view towards Israel) or anti-Semitism.


Despite the continued hostile attitude in the Arab world, Israel is seeing some progress. A growing number of Arab states officially classify Hamas as a terrorist organization. The most obvious of these is Egypt. This influences media coverage of the fighting in Arab media. This time around there is more emphasis on the suffering of Gaza civilians and not the Hamas fighters. Many Egyptian journalists and pundits openly call for Israel to destroy Hamas once and for all. A growing number of Arabs are giving up on Islamic radicalism as a solution for anything and many are calling for more international efforts to crush this latest round of Islamic terrorism.


Israel also wants to kill the military leadership of the Qassam Brigades (the military/terror portion of Hamas), who are believed to be the prime proponents of constant rocket attacks on Israel, despite ceasefires that the political leaders of Hamas have negotiated. The key Hamas official here is the head of the Qassam Brigades; Muhammad Deif. Israel see Deif the way the Americans did Osama bin Laden, as the one guy responsible for many attacks. There are at least ten key Qassam Brigades personnel Israel consider largely responsible for the persistent (despite five ceasefires) rocket attacks as well as the effort to send Islamic terrorists through tunnels into Israel. A growing number (up to a quarter) of the Hamas rockets are either damaged or launched incorrectly. This indicates the cumulative damage on the rocket supply and the personnel trained to launch them. In addition to a few remaining tunnels into Israel, Hamas is also believed to have several thousand rockets left and hundreds of Qassam Brigades fanatics willing to anything to launch them.


The current war between Israel and Hamas was only partly about the persistent rocket attacks against Israel. Israel made it clear, soon after the fighting broke out in early July, that  one of its primary objectives was to find and destroy all the tunnels Hamas had dug into Israel over the last few years. This could only be accomplished if Israeli troops were inside Gaza and able to search for the places where the tunnels started. Hamas boasted about how it had lots of these tunnels and planned to use them to get terrorists into Israel to capture or kill Israelis. So far Israel has found and destroyed 32 tunnels that extended into Israel and several more that were just used inside Gaza. Israeli intelligence, because of the several weeks Israeli troops were inside Gaza, has a better idea where additional tunnels are and Israel is hustling to come up with more effective detection methods. Currently the best method is using a large mobile drill (normally used for digging wells) to go deep dozens of times in an area where a tunnel is suspected until it is found. That method is being used now on the Israeli side of the border but it is slow work. The most obvious opportunity here is for better sensors. One idea is a series of wireless sensors buried a few meters down all along the Gaza border that will broadcast the unavoidable sounds the Hamas men would make as they dug towards the surface to “open” a tunnel on the Israeli side. For obvious reasons the Israelis are giving out any details on this sort of thing but at the moment it’s one of the best potential solution for the tunnel threat. Meanwhile Israel is trying to make the UN and other major Hamas donors (like Arab oil states) understand that a large chunk (over $10 million in the last few years) of their aid money has gone to this enormous tunnel project and that better management of aid to Gaza could reduce the amount being spent on tunnels and terrorism in general.


The tunnels are not a new problem. The Palestinians in Gaza have been building tunnels (mainly into Egypt for smuggling) since the 1980s. The Egyptians long tolerated this because the local Egyptian police and soldiers got bribed and that kept everyone happy. But tunnels into Israel were another matter, because these were not for smuggling but for killing or kidnapping Israelis. No bribes involved here, just murder and abduction (for ransom). Israeli combat engineers had been trained to destroy discovered tunnels, which was not easy because Hamas had booby-trapped some of them.


Lost amidst all the other stories is the fact that Israeli negotiators are trying work out a deal to get back the bodies of two Israeli soldiers that Hamas made away with. Israel is offering to release 25 Palestinians from prison for the bodies but Hamas wants a whole lot more. Earlier negotiations over the remains of dead Israelis went on for years.


Another story that does not get covered is the fact that most of Gaza is unharmed. Despite the thousands of Israeli bombs, missiles  and artillery shells fired into Gaza in the last month over 96 percent of the structures in Gaza are intact. Israel is using smart bombs and guided missiles meaning that most of the attacks destroy or damage individual structures, not entire neighborhoods as in the past (before smart bombs became standard). Images of all those intact Gaza towns and neighborhoods do not attract a lot of eyeballs and are not considered newsworthy. Another bit of non-news is the 40,000 tons of humanitarian aid (most of it food and medical supplies) Israel has allowed into Gaza since July 9th. Also non-news are the thousands of Israeli attacks called off at the last minute because civilians were detected in the target area.


In Egypt several thousand additional soldiers and dozens of armored vehicles have been sent to the Libyan border in the last week. This is all to deal with the growing smuggling activity there, much of it involving Islamic terrorist groups bringing in weapons stolen from army warehouses left unguarded during the 2011 revolution. Those weapons have been selling briskly on the black market in Egypt. The customers are gangsters, Islamic terrorists and people seeking some illegal protection. Meanwhile the military revealed that since the end of July soldiers and police had killed 61 Islamic terrorists in Sinai and arrested more than a hundred known or suspected Islamic terrorists there. The raids had also captured large quantities of weapons, ammo and bomb making material. Also seized was 650 kg (1,430 pounds) of marihuana. In the last year over 500 soldiers and policemen have died fighting Islamic terrorists.


August 10, 2014: Israel and Hamas agreed to another 72 hour ceasefire to begin at 9 PM GMT (11 PM local time). Hamas has fired over a hundred rockets since the latest ceasefire collapsed on the 8th.


August 9, 2014: Hamas managed to fire five more rockets into Israel, but there were no casualties or damage. Israel responded with attacks on at least 20 targets in Gaza. A bomb that hit a mosque killed three people, including a senior Hamas leader. Hamas has fired at least 70 rockets since the latest ceasefire collapsed on the 8th.


In Egypt a court dissolved the political wing of the Moslem Brotherhood (which was outlawed last September). This cuts off Moslem Brotherhood members from an legitimate participation in Egyptian politics. Earlier this year Egypt elected another military man, who replaces one who was overthrown in 2011. The government has arrested over 10,000 people since the coup a year ago but now the military is in charge legally. The newly elected president (Abdul al Sisi) is a former general and is determined to crush the Moslem Brotherhood and other more radical Islamic terrorist groups. Hundreds of Islamic radicals have been sentenced to death or long prison terms in the last year. This is all a repeat of what happened twenty years ago during the last Islamic radical uprising against a corrupt and inefficient government. The army promises it will be different this time, but they always do that and it never is. President Sisi has made it clear that he sees Islamic terrorism as the greatest danger the region faces. At the same time Sisi is making moves to get the economy going although it’s doubtful he will do anything about the corruption.


August 8, 2014:  Another ceasefire ended with Hamas firing 61 rockets at Israel. These resulted in two Israelis wounded by rocket fragments. Israel promptly responded with attacks on 70 terrorist targets in Gaza. The resumption of fighting was disappointing to Egypt, which is trying to persuade Hamas to make a long-term peace deal. While the Egyptian diplomats can appeal to Hamas as fellow Arabs, Hamas tends to have difficulty of hiding their contempt for Egypt, which Hamas considers traitors for classifying Hamas as a terrorist organization and cracking down on Islamic terrorist groups inside Egypt. Many Egyptians believe Islamic terrorism is a dead end strategy, but Hamas believes just the opposite.


In Egypt (along the Gaza border) several army raids left eleven Islamic terrorists dead and several smuggling tunnels destroyed.


August 5, 2014: Israel pulled its ground troops out of Gaza as another 72 hour ceasefire went into effect. Hamas announced that former Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha was found dead in a bombed building. Several days later rumors began coming out of Gaza that Taha had been executed. Medical staff and others saw his body at the hospital and morgue and despite orders to keep quiet, began talking. Taha was apparently being punished for secretly supplying Egypt with information on Hamas activities. Unwilling to admit that such a high-ranking official was a traitor, Hamas went with the “killed by an Israeli bomb” angle after putting Taha in front of a firing squad.


In Egypt (North Sinai) soldiers killed three Islamic terrorists and captured six others who were being sought. One raid also seized an SUV and sixteen motorcycles used for terrorist attacks. Elsewhere (outside Alexandria) five policemen and four Islamic terrorists died in a clash on a road to the beach.


August 4, 2014: Iran openly boasted of sending long range rockets to Gaza and ordered that an effort be made to get modern surface to air missiles into Gaza so Hamas can shoot down Israeli warplanes and helicopters. Actually, the shoulder fired missiles have been in Gaza for some time but Israeli aircraft have effective defenses against these missiles. Iran apparently wants to get larger and more effective anti-aircraft systems into Gaza. Iran has not commented on the fact that the Hamas use of rockets this time around has been a complete failure, with only three Israeli civilian (the main target for these rockets) deaths resulting mainly because of the Israeli Iron Dome anti-rocket system.


August 3, 2014: Israel pulled most of its troops out of Gaza.


August 2, 2014: Israel announced that one of its soldiers might have been captured. It later turned out that the soldier had been killed in combat while cut off from other troops.


August 1, 2014: A ceasefire in Gaza collapsed hours after it began when more rockets were fired at Israel.

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Kurdistan-Irak : soutien des armées à l’action humanitaire de la France


11/08/2014 Sources : EMA


Le 9 août 2014, compte-tenu de la gravité de la situation au Kurdistan irakien, le président de la République a annoncé que la France allait procéder à de premières livraisons d’équipement de secours, afin de répondre aux besoins humanitaires immédiats.


Dans le même temps, il a été demandé à l’état-major des armées (EMA) de planifier et de conduire la projection du fret humanitaire à destination de la population kurde, en situation de détresse humanitaire. Dans ce cadre, le centre de planification et de conduite des opérations (EMA/CPCO) a ordonné l’affrètement d’un avion A340 de l’armée de l’Air, appartenant à l’escadron de transport 3/60 Estérel.


 Samedi 9 août en fin d'après-midi, sur la base aérienne 110 (BA110) de Creil dans l'Oise, une équipe de huit personnes du district du transit aérien en région parisienne (DITAP) a procédé au conditionnement des 18 tonnes d'aide humanitaire. Les militaires du DITAP ont ainsi mis sur palettes les couvertures, tentes et autres médicaments fournis notamment par la sécurité civile.


Depuis la base de Creil, trois rotations de camion ont permis d'acheminer les palettes conditionnées vers l’aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, pour être chargées dans l’Airbus A 340 de l’Esterel.


En liaison avec les personnels de l'aéroport, les équipes logistiques de l'armée de l'Air ont réalisé le chargement du fret à bord de l'avion, avant son décollage vers 7 heures du matin en direction l'aéroport d'Erbil dans le Kurdistan irakien.


Le 10 aout à midi, l'aéronef militaire se posait à Erbil et débutait immédiatement les opérations de déchargement. Durant l’escale, le ministre des affaires étrangères, M. Laurent Fabius, est venu retrouver l’équipage de l’armée de l’Air afin de superviser la manœuvre globale et remettre officiellement ce chargement humanitaire aux autorités locales, ainsi qu’aux organisations non gouvernementales qui apportent leur secours aux populations déplacées.


A l’issue du déchargement, l’équipage de l’A340 a redécollé en milieu d’après-midi. La réactivité et le professionnalisme des équipages ont permis de répondre très rapidement au besoin des populations locales, en étroite coopération avec le ministère des affaires étrangères.

Kurdistan-Irak : soutien des armées à l’action humanitaire de la France
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Corinne Faut, seconde femme générale de l'armée belge


11/08/14 – 7 sur 7.be (Belga)


L'armée belge compte depuis lundi une seconde femme portant le grade de général, Corinne Faut, qui a également pris ses fonctions de chef du service de communication de la Défense, la DG-Com, a-t-on appris de sources militaires.


Jusqu'ici colonel(e), Corinne Faut, issue de la Force aérienne, a récemment dirigé l'Institut royal supérieur de Défense (IRSD), établi à Bruxelles et qui est en quelque sorte le "think-thank" de ce ministère.


Agée de 54 ans, elle a été "commissionnée" - c'est à dire nommée pour la durée de sa nouvelle mission - lundi au grade de général de brigade ("une étoile") et a repris le commandement de la Direction générale de la Communication (DG-Com). Issue de la première promotion de l'Ecole royale militaire (ERM) ouverte aux femmes, cette francophone succède au lieutenant-général Michel Singelé, parti à la retraite voici près d'un an, après un intérim assuré par le colonel Koen Hillewaert.


La DG-Com est le département de l'état-major de la Défense le plus en contact avec le grand public car elle est impliquée dans nombre d'événements destinés à présenter la Défense au monde extérieur. Cette direction chapeaute également, parmi d'autres, le service de presse de la Défense, ses productions écrites et audio-visuelles et les trois musiques militaires (celle des Guides, de la Force aérienne et de la Marine).


La général(e) Faut rejoint ainsi le cercle très fermé des femmes revêtues de ce grade au sein de l'armée belge. Sa seule collègue est en effet le général-major ("deux étoiles") Danielle Levillez, une pharmacienne de formation qui dirige le département Bien-être de l'état-major, mais qui partira à la retraite l'an prochain.

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Ciel ouvert: inspection russe en Grande-Bretagne et en Irlande en du Nord


MOSCOU, 11 août - RIA Novosti


Les inspecteurs russes survoleront la Grande-Bretagne et l'Irlande du Nord du 11 au 15 août dans le cadre du Traité ciel ouvert, a annoncé lundi aux journalistes Sergueï Ryjkov, directeur du Centre national pour la diminution de la menace nucléaire.


"Dans le cadre de l'application du Traité international Ciel ouvert, un groupe d'inspecteurs russes effectuera un vol d'inspection au-dessus de la Grande-Bretagne et l'Irlande du Nord à bord d'un An-30B doté d'équipement de surveillance numérique", a informé le responsable.


Selon lui, la mission d'inspection se déroulera du 11 au 15 août. L'appareil décollera de l'aéroport de Brize Norton.


L'avion An-30B n'est pas conçu pour être équipé d'armements. L'avion et ses équipements de photo aérienne ont été certifiés au niveau international, avec la participation de la Grande-Bretagne, ce qui garantit l'absence de moyens techniques interdits à son bord.


Signé le 24 mars 1992 à Helsinki, le Traité Ciel ouvert est appliqué depuis le 1er janvier 2002. Le document vise à accroître la transparence et la confiance entre les Etats signataires dans le domaine des activités militaires et du contrôle des armements. Il instaure un régime de libre survol des territoires des différents Etats parties au Traité.


Le traité a été signé par 34 Etats d'Europe et d'Amérique du Nord, membres de l'Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe (OSCE). La Russie y a adhéré le 26 mai 2001.

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US congressman supports Taiwan's RIMPAC bid, submarine plans


11 Aug 2014 Pacific Sentinel

The chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee said Thursday in Taipei that he supports Taiwan efforts to participate in the Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC) and to obtain a transfer of US technology to build its own submarines.


"We have some influence and we will push to see that they (Taiwan's armed forces) are invited next time" to take part in RIMPAC, Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif) told CNA in an interview just before he and his congressional delegation wrapped up a two-day visit to Taiwan.


He said Taiwan's participation in the US-led RIMPAC, the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise, will help build a stronger relationship between Taiwan and the United States.


McKeon said the issue was raised during his meetings with Taiwan's defense minister, Yen Ming, and the National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung.


RIMPAC 2014, held June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around Hawaii, marked the first time that China took part.


McKeon, who arrived in Taiwan Wednesday as part of a trip to East Asia, also met with President Ma Ying-jeou Thursday. During the meeting, Ma reiterated Taiwan's desire to have diesel-electric submarines to strengthen the country's defense capabilities.


Read the full story at Want China Times

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La Corée du sud intéressée par le dôme de fer


11.08.2014 i24news.tv


Les sud-coréens pensent au dôme de fer pour se protéger de leur voisin du nord


La Corée du Sud serait intéressée par l'achat du dôme de fer, le système de défenses anti-missiles à courte portée, selon son fabricant, la société israélienne Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.


La guerre actuelle avec le Hamas dans la bande de Gaza est une opération de démonstration de l'efficacité du dôme de fer, ont affirmé des responsables israéliens et des observateurs américains.


Le PDG de Rafael Yedidia Yaari a déclaré que la performance du système avait alimenté l'intérêt pour le dôme de fer à l'étranger, notamment de la Corée du Sud, en conflit avec son voisin du nord.


"La [Corée du Sud] est très inquiète, non seulement à propos de roquettes, mais aussi pour d'autres choses ... Vous pouvez certainement les inclure dans le club des pays intéressés", a déclaré Yaari à la radio de l'armée d'Israël, après avoir affirmé que des représentants de Rafael avaient visité Séoul pour promouvoir le dôme de fer.


Yaari n'a pas donné de détails sur le degré d'avancement d'un tel accord avec la Corée du Sud. Rafael n'a pas rendu public non plus les ventes du dôme de fer à l'étranger jusqu'à présent, mais a indiqué qu'il donnait la priorité à Israël, qui comprend déjà neuf batteries sur un total prévu de 12 unités d'interception.


Washington a également grandement financé le déploiement de batteries en Israël et les missiles intercepteurs. Des sources de l'industrie de la défense estiment que chaque batterie coûte environ 50 millions de dollars et que chaque missile d'interception entre 30 000 et 50 000 dollars.


Ont également participé à la production de Dôme de Fer les entrepreneurs de la défense israélienne Elisra Group et Israel Aerospace Industries. Le système utilise également des composants fabriqués par l'entreprise américaine de défense Raytheon.

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Five Scenarios for the South China Sea

11 Aug. 2014 Pacific Sentinel

A Vietnamese-American space scientist has published an article entitled Five Scenarios for East Sea on Hanoi-based online newspaper VietNamNet Bridge on August 1, analyzing the historical background of the Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands disputes, and arguing that Vietnam has never given up sovereignty over the former, as well as predicting five possible scenarios for the South China Sea–known as the East Sea in Vietnam–that may occur within the next ten years.


In the article Thai Van Cau said that in the first scenario, China will utilize military force to invade part of or the whole of the Spratly Islands in an attempt to "resolve disputes and establish sovereignty over the islands and its territorial waters by 2020," as Chinese scholars have suggested.


The precedent for this is China's use of military force against Vietnam in marine disputes during the 1970s and 1980s, he said.


China's military ventures in the Spratly Islands are motivated by its ambition to control all of the islands. This move is likely to destabilize the South China Sea region and affect marine traffic for countries such as the US, Japan, and India.


China has been monitoring the response of the US and the EU to the Ukraine crisis, to try and get an idea of the backlash that will be unleashed against it should the nation make any dramatic moves in the South China Sea, the report stated. The annexation of Crimea by Russia may not be the best guide for China to go by, however, due to geopolitical and economic differences, Thai said. 


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