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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:30
Raytheon Secures First Export for Paveway IV

The Raytheon's Paveway IV precision-guided bomb is flown on the UK's Tornado and Typhoon jets. (Raytheon)


Mar. 25, 2014 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


GLENROTHES, SCOTLAND — Raytheon UK’s Paveway IV precision-guided bomb has secured its first export customer, following US congressional approval for a deal to supply weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Export of the Paveway IV to the Saudis has been held up for several years by the refusal of the US State Department to give clearance for US components included in the weapon.

Raytheon UK officials briefing reporters at the company’s facility here confirmed they had signed their first Paveway IV export customer, but said they were not able to identify the nation involved.

Saudi Arabia, though, has been previously identified as the first potential export customer by numerous media organizations.

John Michel, the weapons business director at Raytheon UK, said the contract was signed in December and approved by the US Congress in February.

Michel said weapons would be produced over the next two years, with the first bombs handed over in about 18 months.

Trevor Taylor, a senior analyst at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank, said it was difficult to be specific about why the State Department had blocked the sale of Paveway for so long.

“Was it because they didn’t want the Saudis to have the capability, or was there concern more about not enhancing the competitiveness of the Typhoon,” Taylor said.

Raytheon officials declined to say how much the deal was worth, but the value is believed to be in the region of £150 million (US $247 million), industry sources have said.

To date, only the UK’s Royal Air Force has purchased the Paveway IV; it is deployed on Tornado and Typhoon jets. Saudi Arabia operates both types of combat aircraft.

Raytheon UK is closing production of a British order to replenish Paveway IV stocks run down by operations against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Raytheon officials at the briefing said the company has delivered 4,000 of the 500-pound warhead guided bombs to the British.

Michel said approval of the export deal by the US should open the way for possible upcoming orders from other Typhoon customers, including Oman. The gulf nation has ordered a squadron’s worth of Typhoons but deliveries have yet to get underway.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:25
Le Chili pourrait produire des armes russes sous licence


MOSCOU, 24 mars - RIA Novosti


La Russie propose au Chili de produire sous licence différents armements russes dans ce pays, a déclaré à RIA Novosti Alexandre Fomine, directeur du Service fédéral russe pour la coopération militaire et technique (FSVTS).


"Nous menons des négociations sur un vaste éventail d'armements et de produits civils, des armes d'infanterie aux avions Be-200 et SuperJet-100", a expliqué la responsable à la veille de l'ouverture du Salon d'armements FIDAE. 


M.Fomine a souligné que le Chili achetait traditionnellement des armes aux Etats-Unis.


"Toutefois, nous tentons de surmonter cette tendance grâce aux qualités des armes russes telles que la fiabilité, leur facilité d'utilisation et leur rapport prix/qualité. Nous proposons à nos partenaires chiliens de localiser la production de nos armements dans  leur pays, ce qui est incontestablement un atout de nos futurs contrats", a conclu le directeur du FSVTS. 

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:25
Beechcraft T-6 trainer

Beechcraft T-6 trainer


25 Mar 2014 by Jon Hemmerdinger - FG


Washington DC - Mexico is expanding its fleet of Beechcraft T-6C Texan trainers with a new order for two aircraft by the nation's navy, the company says.


The aircraft, designated T-6C+ models, will be delivered "this summer", Beechcraft says.


Beechcraft, a division of Textron, says it is also working on a contract to provide two years of parts support, pilot and mechanic training and field support to the Mexican navy.


The aircraft will have glass cockpits with Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics, which include flight management systems and a global positioning system certificated by the US Federal Aviation Administration, says Beechcraft.


The Mexican air force already has six T-6s, and has placed an order for an additional six aircraft, according to Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.


The announcement comes two months after news broke that New Zealand will buy 11 T-6Cs in a $127 million deal that includes simulators, classroom- and computer-based training equipment and other training and maintenance support.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:25
Russie et Brésil pourraient produire des chasseurs T-50


MOSCOU, 24 mars - RIA Novosti


La Russie propose au Brésil de concevoir et de construire conjointement des chasseurs polyvalents de cinquième génération de type T-50, a déclaré lundi à RIA Novosti le directeur Service fédéral russe pour la coopération militaire et technique (FSVTS) Alexandre Fomine.


"Malheureusement, nous ne participons plus à l'appel d'offres pour la livraison de 36 chasseurs au Brésil. Toutefois, notre proposition à la partie brésilienne visant à mettre au point et construire conjointement des chasseurs polyvalents de cinquième génération de type T-50 reste en vigueur", a indiqué le responsable avant de partir pour le Salon d'armements FIDAE-2014 qui s'ouvre le 28 mars à Santiago (Chili).


Selon le responsable, la partie russe est prête à négocier avec les Brésiliens la création d'une entreprise mixte.


Il a rappelé que la Russie et le Brésil faisaient partie du BRICS, organisation dont les membres mettent au point un partenariat stratégique, notamment dans le domaine de la coopération militaire et technique.


Le Brésil a nommé le gagnant de l'appel d'offres pour 36 chasseurs lourds destinés à son armée de l'air, le contrat étant estimé à quatre milliards de dollars. Trois avions étaient en lice, le Rafale de Dassault Aviation, le F/A-18E/F Super Hornet de Boeing et le JAS-39 Gripen NG de Saab, le Su-35 de Sukhoï ne faisant pas partie de la liste. Finalement, c'est  le JAS-39 Gripen NG de Saab qui a remporté l'appel d'offres.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:25
Rockwell Collins selected for Mexican Air Force C-130 avionics upgrade


Mar 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


Rockwell Collins’ Flight2™ integrated avionics system has been selected by Cascade Aerospace for the Mexican Air Force C-130 upgrade program. This equipment will be installed on Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft.


“Mexican Air Force pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics on board these aircraft,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, the Americas for Rockwell Collins.  “This government-to-government contract via Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) will complete the modernization of Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft.  Through our work with Cascade Aerospace, we look forward to continuing our long legacy of helping C-130 pilots achieve their missions with these important upgrades."


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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
17th C-5M Super Galaxy photo Todd McQueen LM

17th C-5M Super Galaxy photo Todd McQueen LM


Marietta, Ga. Mar. 25, 2014– Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered its 17th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities here today. It is the first C-5M delivery for 2014. U.S. Air Force aircrews will deliver the aircraft tail number 87-0020 to Dover Air Force Base, Del. after a stop at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., where it will undergo internal paint restoration.


The C-5M is the only true strategic airlifter capable of offering the entire globe in one unrefueled flight. A total of 52 Super Galaxy aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the Air Force by 2017.


Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
GAO Reports Persistent F-35 Software, Cost and Affordability Problems

Mar 25, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Government Accountability Office; issued Mar 24, 2014)


F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Problems Completing Software Testing May Hinder Delivery of Expected Warfighting Capabilities

Delays in developmental flight testing of the F-35's critical software may hinder delivery of the warfighting capabilities the military services expect.

F-35 developmental flight testing comprises two key areas: mission systems and flight sciences. Mission systems testing verifies that the software-intensive systems that provide critical warfighting capabilities function properly and meet requirements, while flight sciences testing verifies the aircraft's basic flying capabilities.

Challenges in development and testing of mission systems software continued through 2013, due largely to delays in software delivery, limited capability in the software when delivered, and the need to fix problems and retest multiple software versions.

The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) predicts delivery of warfighting capabilities could be delayed by as much as 13 months. Delays of this magnitude will likely limit the warfighting capabilities that are delivered to support the military services' initial operational capabilities—the first of which is scheduled for July 2015—and at this time it is not clear what those specific capabilities will be because testing is still ongoing.

In addition, delays could increase the already significant concurrency between testing and aircraft procurement and result in additional cost growth.

Without a clear understanding of the specific capabilities that will initially be delivered, Congress and the military services may not be able to make fully informed resource allocation decisions.

Flight sciences testing has seen better progress, as the F-35 program has been able to accomplish nearly all of its planned test flights and test points. Testing of the aircraft's operational capabilities in a realistic threat environment is scheduled to begin in 2015. The program has continued to make progress in addressing some key technical risks.

To execute the program as planned, the Department of Defense (DOD) will have to increase funds steeply over the next 5 years and sustain an average of $12.6 billion per year through 2037; for several years, funding requirements will peak at around $15 billion.

Annual funding of this magnitude clearly poses long-term affordability risks given the current fiscal environment. The program has been directed to reduce unit costs to meet established affordability targets before full-rate production begins in 2019, but meeting those targets will be challenging as significant cost reductions are needed.

Additionally, the most recent cost estimate for operating and supporting the F-35 fleet is more than $1 trillion, which DOD officials have deemed unaffordable. This estimate reflects assumptions about key cost drivers the program can control, like aircraft reliability, and those it cannot control, including fuel costs, labor costs, and inflation rates.

Reliability is lower than expected for two variants, and DOT&E reports that the F-35 program has limited additional opportunities to improve reliability.

Aircraft manufacturing continued to improve in 2013, and management of the supply chain is evolving. As the number of aircraft in production has increased, critical learning has taken place and manufacturing efficiency has improved. For example, the prime contractor has seen reductions in overall labor hours needed to manufacture the aircraft, as expected. In 2013, the contractor delivered 35 aircraft to the government, 5 more than it delivered in 2012 and 26 more than it delivered in 2011. The prime contractor has put in place a supplier management system to oversee key supplier performance.

Why GAO Did This Study:

The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is DOD’s most costly and ambitious acquisition program. The program seeks to develop and field three aircraft variants for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and eight international partners. The F-35 is integral to U.S. and international plans to replace existing fighter aircraft and support future combat operations. Total U.S. planned investment in the F-35 program is approaching $400 billion to develop and acquire 2,457 aircraft through 2037, plus hundreds of billions of dollars in long-term spending to operate and maintain the aircraft.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 mandated that GAO review the F-35 acquisition program annually for 6 years. In this, GAO's fifth annual report on the F-35, GAO assesses the program's (1) ongoing development and testing, (2) long-term affordability, and (3) manufacturing progress.

GAO reviewed and analyzed manufacturing data through December 2013, program test plans, and internal DOD analyses, and spoke with DOD, program, and contractor officials.
What GAO Recommends

Recommendation for Executive Action
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the delivery of F-35 software capabilities, the Secretary of Defense should conduct an assessment of the specific capabilities that realistically can be delivered and those that will not likely be delivered to each of the services by their established initial operational capability dates. The results of this assessment should be shared with Congress and the military services as soon as possible but no later than July 2015.
DoD concurs.

Click here for the full report (41 PDF pages) on the GAO website.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
Unmanned Vehicle Demo Showcases Leap-Ahead Technology



25.03.2014 US Army - army-guide.com


Working closely with Lockheed Martin and a conglomeration of Army technology, acquisition and user community stakeholders, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center successfully demonstrated an unmanned military convoy Jan. 14 at Fort Hood, Texas.


From a rooftop in the Fort Hood training area, military and industry VIPs saw firsthand how the Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System, or AMAS, enabled two driverless Palletized Loading System prime movers and an M915 tractor trailer truck to seamlessly interact with a manned Humvee gun truck escort. The convoy negotiated oncoming traffic, followed rules of the road, recognized and avoided pedestrians and various obstacles, and then used intelligence and decision-making abilities to re-route their direction through a maze of test areas to complete both complex urban and rural line haul missions.


As the ground systems expert within the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, TARDEC develops, integrates and sustains the right technology solutions to address ever-changing threats and shifts in strategic, technological and fiscal environments. Flexibility and adaptability are vital to future systems, and AMAS is designed to provide a wide range of military vehicle platforms with optionally-manned capabilities that will increase safety and provide the warfighter with additional flexibility.


"We're not looking to replace Soldiers with robots. It's about augmenting and increasing capability," said Col. Chris Cross, chief of Science and Technology at the Army Capabilities Integration Center.


Equipped with GPS, Light Detecting and Ranging systems, known as LIDAR, Automotive radar, a host of sensors and other high-tech hardware and software components, the common appliqué kit's intelligence and autonomous decision-making abilities can be installed in practically any military vehicle, transforming an ordinary vehicle into an optionally manned version.


AMAS can also keep personnel out of harm's way and provide Soldiers on manned missions with increased situational awareness and other safety benefits. For instance, AMAS also features collision mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist and a roll-over warning system, electronic stability control and adaptive cruise control. During manned missions, these additional safety features could theoretically increase Soldier performance. The robotic mode frees up the vehicle crew to more closely watch for enemy threats, while still leaving them the option of manually taking control of the vehicle when necessary.


"The AMAS hardware and software performed exactly as designed and dealt successfully with all of the real-world obstacles that a real-world convoy would encounter," said AMAS Program Manager David Simon, with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.


AMAS development aligns with Army goals for the Future Force. At an Association of the United States Army breakfast in Arlington, Va., Jan. 23, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno talked about the Army Modernization Strategy and the difficult decisions ahead.


"What is that leap-ahead technology that we need that could make a real difference for our Soldiers on the ground?" Odierno asked. "What is the technology that allows us to decrease the weight so we can be more expeditionary? I need tactical mobility for the future. We need to move towards mobility and try to determine how we sustain survivability while increasing mobility."


In his just-released CSA Strategic Priorities, Odierno added that we must prioritize Soldier-centered modernization and procurement of proven technologies so that Soldiers have the best weapons, equipment and protection to accomplish the mission.


Another AMAS demonstration with more vehicles and more complex notional scenarios is scheduled for later this year.


"We are very happy with the results, but the AMAS must undergo more testing before it becomes deployable," said TARDEC AMAS Lead Engineer Bernard Theisen.


"The vehicles and systems are replaceable, but nothing can replace the life of a Soldier. These systems keep Soldiers safe and make them more efficient," he said.


TARDEC is the ground systems expert within RDECOM. It provides engineering and scientific expertise for Department of Defense manned and autonomy-enabled ground systems and ground support systems; serves as the nation's laboratory for advanced military automotive technology; and provides leadership for the Army's advanced Science and Technology research, demonstration, development and full life cycle engineering efforts.




TARDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.


TARDEC is also a TACOM Life Cycle Management Command partner. In this capacity, it is responsible for critical technology functions within the "acquisition -- logistics -- technology" system life-cycle model, including: technology maturation and integration; technology subject-matter expertise; systems-level engineering analysis; and systems engineering.


TARDEC provides engineering support for more than 2,800 Army systems and many of the Army's and DoD's top joint development programs. The organization is responsible for maximizing the research, development, transition and sustainment of technologies and integration across ground systems.


RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20

C-140 Aurora (Flickr/boegh)


March 25, 2014 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


The Canadian Department of National Defense, which has ordered the upgrading of additional surveillance aircraft, has ordered new radar for the planes.


The Canadian Department of National Defense has contracted MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to provide radar surveillance systems.

The eight systems to be provided under the $57 million contract will be for integration aboard CP-140 Aurora fleet, which Canada is upgrading.

MDA's said its surveillance system for theCP-140 provides high-resolution imaging capability to detect, locate, and classify, land and marine-based objects.

"Canada's DND and MDA have developed a successful working relationship based on quality, reliability and value,” said Don Osborne, an MDA vice president. “We are pleased to support DND with this repeat business and provide additional high-performance airborne radar surveillance systems.

"This contract underscores the global need for critical multi-mission intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that aid in the detection of illegal or hostile activity in maritime approaches or remote regions."

The CP-140 Aurora is Canada's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Aircraft. The Lockheed Martin aircraft is based on the P-3 Orion airframe. Canada currently operates a fleet of 14 updated Auroras but announced last week it is investing in four more modernized CP-140s.

Modernization will be conducted under existing competitively awarded industry contracts and will include new avionics and missions systems.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
US Navy achieves initial operating capability on Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System


TUCSON, Ariz., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire


New capability will counter swarming boat threats


The U.S. Navy has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on the MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System that includes the Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Griffin missile.  The milestone comes as the Navy continues to conduct littoral security operations in areas that require an immediate and precise response to confirmed threats.

The MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System includes a proven laser targeting system, a Navy-designed launcher and battle management system combined with Raytheon's combat-proven Griffin missile.   

"The Griffin missile and MK-60 system assure the accuracy and lethality our sailors need to combat growing regional threats," said Captain Mike Ladner, Major Program Manager Surface Ship Weapons, U.S. Navy Integrated Warfare Systems 3.0 program office. "IOC signals the beginning of improved ship self-defense on the Patrol Coastal fleet and provides an immediate response to potential maritime threats, especially small craft on the move."

IOC follows extensive maritime testing that began in March 2012.  During that time, the Navy developed, integrated and tested a complete system using mature components combined with Raytheon's Griffin missile.

"Griffin is a mature, lightweight precision weapon that delivers reliable operational effectiveness to the warfighter," said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "The Navy's declaration of IOC with the Griffin Missile System is a significant accomplishment that demonstrates Griffin's flexibility and shows the missile is ideally suited to protect against the small boat threat on a variety of platforms."    

About Griffin

The Griffin missile is a multi-platform, multi-service weapon that has a proven track record for successful rapid integration on land, sea and air assets. The combat-proven Griffin AGM-176A is an aft-eject missile designed for employment from platforms such as the C-130 aircraft. The Griffin BGM-176B is a forward-firing missile that launches from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, ground-launch applications and maritime platforms. The Griffin missile is 43 inches long, weighs 33 pounds, has a 13-pound warhead, and is in production today.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
Ducommun Awarded Contracts from Bell Helicopter for V-22 Osprey



Mar 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : Ducommun Incorporated


Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE: DCO) (“Ducommun” or the “Company”) today reported that it has received contracts valued at $5.6 million from Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT), to provide electronic assemblies and wiring harnesses for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor military aircraft through January 2015. The Company will manufacture the electronic subassemblies at its Huntsville, Ark., plant and the wiring harnesses at its Joplin, Mo., facility. Ducommun has supported the V-22 program since 2005.


“We are certainly pleased to see our relationship with Bell continue to strengthen and grow through the V-22 program,” said Anthony J. Reardon, chairman and chief executive officer. “This latest award expands our support of the program with a new electronic subassembly — which we will manufacture with the same commitment to product integrity for our customer and, most importantly, for the V-22 fighter pilots and combat troops.”


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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
B-2 stealth bomber photo US Air Force

B-2 stealth bomber photo US Air Force


25 Mar 2014 by Jon Hemmerdinger – FG


Washington DC - A US Air Force report about a 2010 fire on a Northrop Grumman B-2 bomber says that firefighting crews in Guam were unfamiliar with the aircraft’s tailpipe or with the potential for tailpipe fires.


The report, dated 26 May 2010 but only recently posted on the USAF’s website, attributes the fire to the aircraft’s design and inadequate flight manuals, but calls attention to training shortcomings with the firefighting team at Andersen AFB on Guam.


It says those shortcomings likely resulted in additional damage to the roughly $1.7 billion aircraft, which required $64.4 million in repairs over nearly four years.


Two fire chiefs at Guam told the USAF “they were unaware that a tailpipe bay existed, and they were unaware that there was a potential for fire inside it,” says the report.


The USAF did not immediately provide answer to questions about why fire crews were ill prepared, or about any steps taken to improve training.


The fire began on 26 February 2010, after the crew started all four of the aircraft’s General Electric F118 engines, and then shut one down following a generator problem.


During restart, “reverse airflow”, possibly caused by the adjacent running engine, drew fuel vapour into the tailpipe, says the report. The vapour ignited, which ignited oil-soaked foam in the tailpipe bay, says the report.


Firefighters contained the blaze after 26min, but applied less than 5% of 34,000 gallons of extinguishing fluid on the tailpipe. That was where the fire was hottest, at about 1,000˚F, says the report.


“There were delays in putting agent on the fire at its source in the tailpipe bay, which allowed the fire to burn longer and likely resulted in increased damage,” says the USAF. “No one in the Andersen AFB fire department was familiar with B-2 tailpipe bays.”


The USAF also recently released a report about a second B-2 ground incident, which occurred on 8 July 2011 at Whiteman AFB in Missouri. Crew error contributed to that incident, which involved overheating of the aircraft’s pitot system, says the report.


The overheating occurred because the pitot static heat switch was turned to the “on” position for 67min while the aircraft was connected to ground power during a fuel-offloading procedure, says the report.


“This action was a clear procedural error and a causal factor in the mishap,” says the report. “This switch must be in the off position prior to applying external electrical power.”


The USAF says it could not determine which crew member turned on the switch, but notes that it could have been mistaken for the adjacent windshield defog switch, which should be set to “min” while under ground power.


The overheating damaged all of the aircraft‘s 24 static port transducer units and two panels on which the units were mounted, says the USAF.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 07:35
Corée du Nord: deux nouveaux missiles balistiques , d’une portée jusqu’à 1.500 km cette fois


26 mars 2014 45eNord.ca (AFP)


La Corée du Nord a lancé tôt mercredi deux missiles balistiques de type Nodong vers la mer, après une série de lancements tests de missiles à courte-portée et de fusées ces dernières semaines, a annoncé le ministère sud-coréen de la Défense.


Pyongyang a procédé à ces essais de missiles alors que le président américain Barack Obama venait d’organiser une rencontre pour rabibocher Séoul et Tokyo à La Haye, mardi, en marge du sommet nucléaire. Il avait à cette occasion promis son «soutien inconditionnel» à ces deux capitales face à la menace nord-coréenne.

Les tirs de lancement de ces deux missiles ont eu lieu aux première heures du jour mercredi et ont poursuivi une trajectoire de 650 kilomètres avant de tomber dans la mer du Japon, a précisé un porte-parole du ministère de la Défense à l’AFP à) Séoul.

Il a indiqué que les missiles sont apparemment des variantes de missiles Nodong, considérés comme des missiles à moyenne portée avec un maximum allant de 1.000 à 1.500 kilomètres.

Une résolution du Conseil de sécurité de l’Onu interdit à la Corée du Nord de procéder à quelque essai de missiles balistiques que ce soit.

Lors des quatre dernières semaines la Corée du nord a procédé à de nombreux lancements de missiles Scud de courte portée et de fusées alors que les États-Unis et la Corée du Sud organisaient leurs exercices militaires conjoints annuels.

La Corée du sud a condamné les lancements de Scud comme une «dangereuse provocation», mais tant Séoul que Washington ont renoncé à demander des sanctions de l’Onu, étant donnée la faible portée de ces missiles et l’apaisement récent des tensions entre les deux Corées.

S’il se confirmait que les missiles lancés mercredi sont des Nodong, les réactions pourraient être plus virulentes, selon les observateurs.

Le dernier essai présumé de missile Nodong par Pyonyang remonte à juillet 2009.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 22:30
Un prince saoudien à bord de la FREMM Aquitaine

25.03.2014 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Quelques images signées Roland Pellegrino de la visite à Brest, mardi après-midi, du prince Salman Ben Sultan, vice-ministre de la Défense du Royaume d’Arabie saoudite. 

Le ministre saoudien a été reçu par Jean-Yves Le Drian et Patricia Adam, qui lui ont fait découvrir la FREMM Aquitaine. La France et l’Arabie saoudite négocient une vente de six frégates multimissions.



Les deux ministres devant le NH-90 présent dans la FREMM mardi.


Le prince Salman Ben Sultan a salué des élèves saoudiens de l'Ecole navale.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 21:55
Le général de Villiers, chef d'état-major des armées explique le plan "Cap 2020"


25/03/2014 Par Hervé Chabaud - lunion.presse.fr


MAILLY-LE-CAMP (51). Le général d'armée Pierre de Villiers a expliqué sa stratégie au cours de la visite qu'il a effectuée à Mailly-le-Camp.


Comment faire au mieux avec moins, toute en étant capable de respecter les contrats opérationnels fixés par le dernier Livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale ? Le général d'armée Pierre de Villiers qui a succédé depuis la mi-février à l'amiral Edouard Guillaud comme chef d'état-major des armées a expliqué sa stratégie au cours de la visite qu'il a effectuée à Mailly-le-Camp, sa première à l'armée de terre depuis sa prise de fonction, devant des militaires qui se préparent à partir pour le Mali. Pour le Général : "Il est nécessaire de poursuivre la transformation des forces via un projet fédérateur baptisé "Cap 2020"".

"Il s'agit de définir pour chaque armée, direction ou service le chemin de sa transformation, en répondant à un objectif clair: disposer dans la durée d'un outil militaire complet et cohérent, apte à garantir nos intérêts de défense dans le cadre de l'ambition stratégique de la France" ainsi s'est exprimé le Général lors de ses auditions au Sénat et devant l'Assemblée nationale. Il tient ce cap devant les troupes. Ce plan "Cap 2020" comporte trois volets. Le premier porte sur l'optimisation des moyens au profit des capacités opérationnelles en lien avec les interventions en cours, moderniser et adapter les capacités afin de faire face aux engagements futurs ainsi que de réformer les dispositifs des forces de souveraineté et de présence, en réorganisant les points d'appui et en diminuant les effectifs.


Le souci de la question sociale


La question des ressources humaines est le deuxième volet du Plan. Les forces armées devront être capables de respecter les contrats opérationnels tout en subissant une nouvelle déflation de leurs effectifs. D'ici 2019, 34 000 postes seront supprimés. Ce qui signifie qu'en moins de vingt ans, le format de l'armée de terre aura été réduit de 41 %. Le général Pierre de Villiers insiste pour cette déflation soit conduite avec souplesse afin d'assurer la continuité des missions. Le Général confirme le dépyramidage et indique qu'il y aura moins d'officiers généraux, moins de colonels ou capitaines de vaisseau, moins de lieutenant-colonels ou de capitaines de frégate et que les parcours seront adaptés.

Les officiers qui auront du potentiel et qui seront sélectionnés à partir de la sortie de l'Ecole de guerre pourront espérer décrocher les étoiles. Les autres seront incités à mener une deuxième carrière dans le civil. L'une des difficultés de la manœuvre RH est qu'il faudra supprimer 5 700 postes d'officiers entre 2014 et 2019. "On ne peut pas faire partir des gens qui ne le souhaitent pas avant qu'ils aient atteint la limite d'âge de leur grade". Bref, l'objectif est de disposer d'une pyramide des grades plus aiguë avec une population plus jeune. Le général a également expliqué qu'avec la réduction de 30 % du nombre de poste au sein de l'état-major des armées : "l'effort de déflation du personnel sera porté en priorité sur l'environnement et le soutien des forces".

D'où le troisième point du Plan 2020 : "Un armée qui adapte son organisation sous contrainte, c'est une armée dont l'administration est plus agile et plus resserrée, une armée qui densifie ses emprises territoriales pour dépenser moins et mieux, une armée qui accroît la performance de ses soutiens".


Homme de terrain


En venant à Maillu, là où se préparent les unités appelées à être engagées dans la bande sahélo-saharienne le Général a confirmé sa philosophie: " Je suis venu voir l'armée de terre, là où elle s'entraîne. C'est mon style d'approche d'aller à la rencontre des femmes et des hommes pour les connaître, pour les entendre, pour cela il faut aller sur le terrain. Ma passion c'est le commandement des hommes, des soldats car tout est là!". Il défend cet adage: "un chef, une mission, des moyens".  Le général Pierre de Villiers a redit son attachement à la région: "J'ai un attachement particulier aux camps de Champagne et on aura toujours besoin de ces camps pour notre entraînement. Notre préparation opérationnelle a beaucoup changé. Je me souviens être venu à Mailly avec la 2e brigade blindée en 2007 pour une préparation au déploiement en Afghanistan. j'apprécie de revenir ici où se trouvent mes souvenirs de lieutenant, chef de peloton de chars AMX 30 au 2e régiment de dragons à Haguenau et également de chef de corps car j'ai servi comme commandant du 501e-503e régiment de chars de combat de Mourmelon-le-Grand et je me souviens très bien lorsque nous avons été engagés au Kosovo". (En juin 1999, Pierre de Villiers a commandé pendant cinq mois le bataillon d'infanterie mécanisée de la Brigade Leclerc entrée en premier au Kosovo dans le cadre de la KFOR.

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Crimée: les Russes se sont emparés du dernier navire ukrainien (porte-parole Défense)



25 mars 2014 marine-oceans.com (AFP)


SIMFEROPOL - Les forces russes ont pris le contrôle mardi soir du dernier navire battant encore pavillon ukrainien en Crimée, a annoncé un porte-parole du ministère ukrainien de la Défense, Vladislav Seleznev.


Une demi-heure après le début de l'assaut, ponctué par des bruits d'explosions, probablement celles de grenades assourdissantes, le dragueur de mines Tcherkassi était remorqué par le remorqueur Kovel vers le débarcadère de la garnison n°5, sur la rive du lac Donouzlav, ont indiqué les sources sur place citées par M. Seleznev.


Les membres d'équipage ont indiqué qu'il n'y avait pas de blessés parmi eux, a ajouté le porte-parole.


Quand les assaillants étaient montés à bord du Tcherkassi, l'équipage s'est barricadé à l'intérieur du navire, a-t-il indiqué sur sa page Facebook.


Selon un marin ukrainien à bord entré en contact avec le journal en ligne Ukraïnska Pravda, les assaillants sont arrivés à bord de deux vedettes rapides, tandis que des hélicoptères survolaient le lac.


Les forces russes qui s'étaient emparées lundi du grand navire de débarquement Kostiantyn Olchanski, avaient essayé également en même temps de prendre contrôle du Tcherkassi, mais le navire a manoeuvré habilement, sans s'arrêter, pour ne pas se laisser aborder, selon ce marin, Olexandre Goutnik.


Les navires ukrainiens étaient bloqués sur le lac Donouzlav, la flotte russe ayant coulé deux de ses propres bateaux dans le passage conduisant vers la mer Noire.


Après s'être emparés par la force lundi à l'aube d'une base d'infanterie de marine à Feodossia, les Russes ont quasiment achevé la prise de contrôle de la Crimée.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:55
Se préparer au combat aux Glières

Se préparer au combat aux Glières / Crédits : 76e section d’éclaireurs de montagne de l’EMHM


25/03/2014 J. SEVERIN - Armée de Terre


La 76e section d’éclaireurs de montagne de l’EMHM (SEM 76) était à la combe d’Ablon (plateau des Glières), du 10 au 14 mars 2014, pour un stage tactique sur le combat en montagne enneigée et accidentée.


Quatre jours durant lesquels les élèves sous-officiers ont vécu en autonomie et ont éprouvé les enseignements reçus. Il leur a fallu se déplacer avec des skis, des raquettes et des crampons aux pieds, tirer au FAMAS ou encore évoluer dans un équipement de passage. La formation s’est achevée par l’exercice de synthèse au cours duquel ils ont dû s’emparer d’un col sous la pointe du Puvat.


La trentaine de stagiaires provient d’horizons différents. Certains étaient encore civils il y a peu tandis que d’autres ont déjà une expérience militaire. Mais au sein de la 76esection d’éclaireurs de montagne (SEM 76), aucune différence n’est faite entre eux. « Pour survivre aux dangers, il faut être humble, avoir un bon matériel, être préparé, savoir agir en équipe et avoir le goût de l’effort », résume le capitaine Vincent Briouze, chef de la section.


La mixité est aussi une réelle plus-value pour ces militaires qui s’enrichissent mutuellement de leurs parcours et expériences.

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Crédtis : CAL Lampla Guillaume

Crédtis : CAL Lampla Guillaume


25/03/2014 J. SEVERIN - International


Le 12e régiment blindé du Canada poursuit l’aventure avec le 4e régiment de chasseurs, cette fois-ci avec une initiation au ski de randonnée


Pour cette nouvelle journée d’échanges de compétences, les militaires ont eu une instruction et un rappel des règles de sécurité en montagne. Ils ont également pu utiliser l’appareil de détection de victime après une avalanche. Une autre belle expérience pour nos visiteurs canadiens, qui ont ajouté que ces exercices « c’étaient le fun ».

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:50
Nexans va fournir 130.000 kilomètres de câbles à Airbus pour 200 millions d'euros

Le contrat prévoit la fourniture d'environ 130.000 kilomètres de fils de câblage, câbles de puissance, câbles de transmissions de données et câbles résistants au feu, a précisé Nexans.


25/03/2014 latribune.fr 


Le contrat entre l'avionneur européen et le fabricant de câbles devrait rapporter à ce dernier quelque 200 millions d'euros sur cinq ans. Il porte sur la conception, la fabrication et la fourniture de 130.000 km de fils de câblage (légers) destinés aux appareils Airbus.


200 millions d'euros. Voici le montant que devrait rapporter à Nexans, le groupe spécialisé dans la fabrication de câbles, le contrat conclu avec Airbus, qui s'inscrit dans le partenariat de long terme engagé il y a vingt ans entre les deux groupes.


95% des besoins totaux en câbles d'un avion

Celui-ci prévoit la fourniture d'environ 130.000 kilomètres de fils de câblage, câbles de puissance, câbles de transmissions de données et câbles résistants au feu, a précisé Nexans. Des équipements qui représentent environ 95% des besoins totaux en câbles d'un avion qui peut, selon les caractéristiques des modèles, être parcouru de 200 à 600 kilomètres de câblage.


"Le gain de poids, l'une des priorités d'Airbus"

Ce qui a pesé dans la balance en faveur de Nexans, "a été l'approche innovante du groupe pour la conception de câbles allégés" car "le gain de poids est l'une des grandes priorités d'Airbus", précise le communiqué du groupe.

"L'attention que nous portons à la qualité, aux livraisons et à la logistique a joué un rôle tout aussi important", a commenté Yvan Duperray, directeur des ventes Aéronautique de Nexans, cité dans le communiqué.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:30
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS


25.03.2014 by Arie Egozi - FG


Tel Aviv - Israel Aerospace Industries is in different stages of negotiations with four countries that have shown interest in the Airbus Defence & Space C295 medium transport, fitted with an airborne early warning and control system suite supplied by its Elta Systems subsidiary.


Airbus has previously flown one of its C295 development aircraft with an aerodynamic model of an AEW rotodome installed.


Elta is offering a mission system including a radar, command, control and communications equipment and electronic intelligence sensors.


An Israeli source says the proposed AEW version of the C295 is an attractive option for air forces that already use the European design for transport applications. The current interest includes some nations that currently use the twin-turboprop, the source reveals.


Airbus says an AEW version of the C295 would have a mission endurance of up to 9h, and be capable of operating at an altitude of up to 26,000ft (7,930m). The company is exhibiting a Brazilian air force-operated C295 at the 25-30 March FIDAE show in Santiago, Chile.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:30
F-511 TCG Heybeliada

F-511 TCG Heybeliada


25 March 2014 defenceWeb


Just over a week ago the Barbados Turkish Maritime Task Group departed Turkish Naval Base Golcuk to start its circumnavigation of Africa.


The task force comprises the frigates F-495 TCG Gediz, F-245 TCG Orucreis, the corvette F-511 TCG Heybeliada and the replenishment tanker A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Gungor Bosphorus Naval News reported.


South Africa is penned is as a definite for the group with SA Navy fleet headquarters at Simon’s town a port of call . The Denel Overberg Test Range will host the visitors for missile firing exercises in May.


Also on the task group’s mission list is maritime security and boarding training with the SA Navy in Simon’s town as well as in Lagos, Nigeria; Pointe-Noire, Congo; Luanda, Angola and Mombasa, Kenya.


Orucreis is also scheduled to take part in the Obangame Express Exercise from April 19 to 21. This is a US Naval Forces Africa at sea maritime exercise aimed at bettering co-operation among participating countries to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. Its focus is maritime interdiction as well as boarding, search and seizure operations.


During the 102 day deployment the task force will navigate the African continent from west to east making 40 port visits in 28 countries. Exercises will be conducted with a number of African navies during the deployment.


It also marks the first crossing of the Cape of Good Hope by Turkish ships in 148 years. All told the mission is expected to log around 15 000 nautical miles during the deployment.


This deployment is not just a navigational and training exercise around Africa. It is also a powerful application of Turkish soft power to Africa the publication said. During the last decade Turkey realised there is more to Africa than the Mediterranean countries where Turkey had links for centuries. With the discovery of sub-Saharan Africa Turkish entrepreneurs started to do business with these countries. They were followed quickly by missions of Turkish Foreign Ministry and flights from Turkish Airlines.


As with the Italian Navy (Marina Militare) task group which did a similar voyage starting in November last year, the Turkish maritime group will also have representatives from a number of Turkish defence companies aboard who will use the vessels as a floating showcase for their products and use port visits to actively market them to local navies and defence forces.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:20
A P-8A Poseidon in flight. Photo US Navy

A P-8A Poseidon in flight. Photo US Navy


25 March 2014 naval-technology.com


CAE has been awarded a contract by Boeing to develop simulator hardware for six P-8A Poseidon operational flight trainers (OFT) and five P-8A aircraft equipment desktop environment (AeDTE) trainers, intended for the US Navy.


Under the contract, CAE will provide the P-8A simulators as well as a suite of AeDTE trainers, which will be used for the training of P-8A aircrews.


The company will supply the hardware, which Boeing will install and integrate with the aircraft-specific software before delivery to the US Navy.


CAE USA president and general manager Ray Duquette said: "The P-8A programme is a perfect example of the Navy's increasing use of synthetic training and we are pleased to be working with Boeing to deliver some of the high-fidelity training systems required for training P-8A aircrews."


CAE has previously been contracted by Boeing to design and manufacture hardware for ten P-8A OFTs and 17 P-8A AeDTE trainers.


The P-8A Poseidon, a derivative of the Boeing's 737 commercial aircraft, can be used to conduct long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.


The team for the P-8A Poseidon programme will be led by Boeing and include CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.


The US Navy is considering the procurement of 117 P-8A aircraft to replace its existing turbo-prop P-3 Orion fleet.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 17:55
Séminaire interarmées des grandes écoles militaires sur la base aérienne 105



25/03/2014 Armée de l'air


Le jeudi 20 mars 2014, la base aérienne 105 d’Évreux a ouvert ses portes aux promotions d’élèves officiers de quatorze écoles militaires à l’occasion du séminaire interarmées des grandes écoles militaires (SIGEM) 2014.


Le séminaire avait cette année pour objectif de faire prendre conscience aux jeunes élèves officiers des problématiques et des enjeux des forces armées à travers des conférences des plus hautes autorités militaires et des expositions statiques des différents matériels du ministère.


Six cents élèves ont ainsi évolué autour de onze modules aux thèmes variés, parmi lesquels figuraient la planification et la conduite des opérations aériennes, la dissuasion, la reconnaissance aérienne et spatiale, ou encore la sûreté aérienne. À cette occasion, une large gamme de matériel aérien, sol, ou encore sol-air était exposée sur le tarmac de la base.


Actuellement en opération extérieure, le colonel Feola, commandant la base aérienne 105, a tenu à s’exprimer par visioconférence aux futurs cadres militaires. Il leur a rappelé que l’engagement des armées sur les théâtres extérieurs est une réalité. Cette visioconférence a  également permis de démontrer les capacités techniques du GTSIC Aéro, responsable des systèmes d’information et de communications sur les théâtres d’opérations.


Lors de la présentation statique, ponctuée par une démonstration dynamique de mission personnal recovery (PR) – récupération au combat, le personnel présent a été assailli de nombreuses questions, preuves de l’intérêt des élèves pour cette journée de découverte du milieu opérationnel. Quelques élèves se sont également prêtés furtivement au jeu de l’interview, avec des médias locaux, présents à cette occasion.

Séminaire interarmées des grandes écoles militaires sur la base aérienne 105Séminaire interarmées des grandes écoles militaires sur la base aérienne 105
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photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin


WARSAW, Poland, 20 March 2014 Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Politechnika Warszawska (Warsaw Polytechnic) will jointly conduct an advanced applied research program in the field of integration between manned and unmanned airborne platform systems.


The program adds to Lockheed Martin’s already strong industrial and academic partnerships in Poland to motivate young Polish engineers to address tomorrow’s defense and industrial needs.


The program, principally staffed by university research students, focuses upon advancing development, optimization of multiple systems within aircraft and ground station networks, and enhancing capabilities. This joint effort cultivates recent advancements in aircraft technologies that automate flight planning and coordinate search, locate, and track missions across a variety of manned and unmanned aerial platforms. Lockheed Martin will assist in the enhanced development of Warsaw Polytechnic’s unmanned airborne platform assets and simulation systems to support university software development.


“The project of enhancing technical capabilities in the field of modeling a force structure and optimization of a network of systems, implemented by a team of students from Warsaw Polytechnic, is an excellent example of a research collaboration and technology transfer between Lockheed Martin and a higher education institution in Poland,” said Professor Janusz Narkiewicz, the leader and scientific manager of the project from Warsaw Polytechnic. “Our mission is to develop practical solutions that will apply in the management of Polish defense capabilities and significantly affect the development and future of science in Poland.”


Lockheed Martin is committed to investing in Poland’s engineers of tomorrow, who will soon make great impacts upon the country’s rising technical industrial base to meet emerging commercial and military requirements. Lockheed Martin is a world leader in aerospace technology and produces aircraft that form the foundations for nations around the world, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, C-130 Hercules and the F-35 Lightning II.


Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion

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German Navy's HL 352 Auerbach ship fires missiles. Photo: copyright Rheinmetall AG 2014

German Navy's HL 352 Auerbach ship fires missiles. Photo: copyright Rheinmetall AG 2014


24 March 2014 - naval-technology.com


The Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall and the Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Group have successfully completed testing of the Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) naval countermeasure system and NavGuard ship protection system.


During the trials, which were conducted under the guidance of the German Navy in Howachter Bay in the Baltic, MILAN antitank missiles were fired by the 2 Company, the German Army's 92 Mechanised Infantry Battalion, at the German Navy's mine warfare ship, HL 352 Auerbach, in Hohwachter Bay.


The warship was equipped with Rheinmetall's MASS system, specifically the MASS_ISS Integrated Sensor Suite version featuring various sensors for detecting radar, laser and electro-optical threats.


The NavGuard aboard the ship successfully detected the passive MILAN guided missile upon its launch and countermeasures were initiated by MASS to destroy the incoming missile.


The trials, based on an asymmetric warfare scenario, were intended to protect naval units from the threat posed by land-based forces armed with passive guided missiles.


Rheinmetall's MASS_ISS with integrated NavGuard is expected to be ready for full-scale production by 2015.


Designed to cope with new maritime and land-based threats to increase ship survivability, the ELM-2222S NavGuard lightweight, modular, self-protection system features a digital phased-array radar-based missile approach warning system (MAWS) to automatically detect, classify and verify threats, and consequently triggers the ships self-defence systems.

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