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Syrie: l'Armée syrienne libre rejette le plan russe sur les armes chimiques

12/09/2013 Par LEXPRESS.fr

 

Le plan présenté par Moscou à Washington mercredi ne satisfait pas les rebelles de l'ASL, qui le rejettent catégoriquement. Le projet doit être discuté ce jeudi à Genève.

 

La perspective de la mise en place d'un plan de contrôle des armes chimique syriennes ne satisfait par les rebelles de l'Armée syrienne libre. L'ASL a rejeté avec force ce jeudi la proposition qui prévoit de placer les armes chimiques du régime syrien sous contrôle international.

 

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Radarsat Constellation Mission - source Canadian Space Agency

Radarsat Constellation Mission - source Canadian Space Agency

OTTAWA, Sept. 11 (UPI)

 

Canada is going ahead with plans to keep closer tabs on arctic shipping amid competing claims on the region, especially those from Russia and northern European states.

 

Plans to build and put in orbit a constellation of monitoring satellites mean Canada is set to spend millions on a maritime surveillance program that will include additional tasks of maintaining control on resource development in the arctic region.

 

Canada has actively pursued defense and security programs to assert its claim on the region after incidents involving Russian navy vessels which Canada considered to be too uncomfortable for Canadian defense interests.

 

Diplomatic exchanges on arctic naval incidents so far have been couched in political language. In Ottawa, however, officials are in no doubt they want to assert Canadian national authority on the northern territories before Russia or other European countries attempt another challenge.

 

It will be another five years before a Canadian satellite surveillance program focused on arctic maritime traffic comes into play.

 

In January Ottawa confirmed it would go ahead with Radarsat Constellation Mission which will see the launch of at least three satellites by 2018.

 

Before the satellites are launched, however, Canada will need to build capacity for receiving and processing vast amounts of information that the space-based intelligence-gathering operation will produce.

 

All three satellites will be designed to gather radar-imaging data. At present Canada operates a single radar-imaging satellite, Radarsat-2, which provides maritime surveillance data, Defense News reported.

 

"One satellite can give you a spotty picture of what's going on," Royal Canadian Air Force Col. Andre Dupuis, the Department of National Defense's director of space requirements, said. "Three satellites will give us a complete picture every single day of every ship in our area of responsibility, all the way out to about 2,000 nautical miles."

 

A $691 million program involving domestic satellite construction, launch and maintenance is already in place. Improvements to ground stations are also planned but a specific allocation for the base installations wasn't discussed.

 

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. of Richmond, B.C. said it was invited to build, launch and initially operate the RCM.

 

Canada's Department of National Defense is also funding an Automatic Identification System package for installation on the Radarsat Constellation Mission. For navigational safety, the International Maritime Organization requires ships larger than 300 tons to carry an AIS beacon, which allows other ships or land-based receivers to track a vessel's identity, speed and course.

 

The Department of National Defense is funding the AIS sensor design and its integration into RCM, currently estimated at $55 million.

 

Earlier this month, Magellan Aerospace Corp. announced the award of a $110 million MDA contract for the RCM satellite bus manufacture. The RCM is comprised of three low earth orbit spacecraft, each carrying a C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar payload.

 

"RCM is one of the largest space projects that has been undertaken by Canada to date, and Magellan is proud to be a Tier One subcontractor on the mission," said James Butyniec, president and chief executive officer of Magellan Aerospace.

 

"Canada is one of the world's first space-faring nations and national programs like RCM are critical for keeping our domestic space technology capabilities relevant as well as providing benefits for Canadians," Butyniec said.

 

RCM is a Canadian Space Agency mission that will provide twenty-four-hour-a-day C-Band data to augment and extend the data that RADARSAT-2 users currently rely on. The mission will support maritime surveillance -- ship detection, ice monitoring and oil spill detection -- disaster management and ecosystem monitoring.

 

The primary areas of coverage are Canada and its surrounding arctic, Pacific and Atlantic maritime areas. The launch is planned in 2018.

 

Magellan Aerospace will manufacture the three spacecraft buses, including the control systems, on-board computers, power generation and distribution systems, electronics, wiring, and on-board communication links with the ground.

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Défense : pourquoi les industriels la jouent profil bas

12/09/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Les industriels de la défense ont accueilli la loi de programmation militaire avec une certaine mesure. Même si certains avancent 20.000 suppressions d'emplois en raison de la baisse programmé des crédits budgétaires. Explications.

 

Les industriels de la défense sont partagés. Tout au long de l'université d'été de la défense, qui s'est tenue lundi et mardi à Pau, ils ont été très mesurés dans leur propos pour commenter la loi de programmation militaire (LPM), qui prévoit 190 milliards d'euros sur la période 2014-2019 pour les forces armées, dont 6,1 milliards de ressources exceptionnelles (REX). Pourquoi une telle prudence? Parce qu'ils ne peuvent pas occulter le contexte général budgétaire très contraint en France et en Europe et concomitamment l'effort réalisé et arbitré par le président François Hollande pour les armées... alors que les scénarii les plus cauchemardesques avaient circulé au printemps.« On s'en sort bien », estime même un militaire haut gradé. Et c'est peu de le dire. Aussi, tous s'accordent ou presque à reconnaitre sur les bouts des lèvres que cette LPM est la moins mauvaise.

 

Pas question de passer pour des enfants gâtés

C'est bien ce qui gêne les industriels de critiquer beaucoup plus ouvertement la baisse des crédits budgétaires - on les a connus plus combattifs par le passé - en faveur de la défense. Car c'est indéniable que la trajectoire financière s'est bien réorientée par rapport à celle de l'actuelle LPM construite par l'ancien gouvernement de François Fillon. Mais comme l'a rappelé mardi à Pau le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, à l'université d'été de la défense, « le renouvellement de nos équipements sera assuré, même si cela ne peut se faire au rythme, irréaliste, préconisé avant la crise par la précédente loi ».

Pas question de passer pour des enfants gâtés qui quémandent un peu plus d'argent en dépit de la crise qui frappe tous les Français. Et surtout, ils savent combien le ministre, bien aidé par les présidents PS des commissions de la défense de l'Assemblée nationale et du Sénat, Patricia Adam et Jean-Louis Carrère, s'est battu comme un beau diable pour obtenir le niveau de crédits arbitré par François Hollande. Soit 31,4 milliards d'euros les trois premières années.

 

Le point clé : l'exécution de la loi,

Une prudence certes. Mais une exigence. Les industriels - tout comme le ministre d'ailleurs pour qui « l'enjeu, c'est la sincérité de cette programmation » - veulent une LPM exécutée dans sa totalité en dépit de certains paris plus ou moins difficiles. C'est le cas des fameuses REX (6,1 milliards sur six ans), de l'exportation du Rafale notamment, et des économies sur la masse salariale (4,4 milliards d'euros). « L'exécution est le point clé de cette LPM », souligne le numéro deux de Thales, Patrice Caine.

C'est aussi tout le sens de la tribune publiée dans le journal « Le Monde » par les PDG de sept plus grands groupes d'armement français (1). « Le défi est immense pour la prochaine programmation, expliquent-ils, puisqu'elle devra ni plus ni moins être la première à être intégralement exécutée. Elle devra recréer une relation de confiance avec l'industrie qui passera par le respect des engagements pris et par une sincérité budgétaire, corollaire d'une visibilité à moyen et long terme indispensable à la survie de nos outils de production, et des emplois qui y sont associés ». Pas un mot en revanche sur la baisse des crédits et leurs conséquences.

 

20.000 suppressions d'emplois

Pour autant, cette retenue, certains s'en démarquent. Non par provocation mais pour rappeler que les crédits budgétaires destinés à la défense font vivre tout un tissu industriel et donc des salariés (165.000 emplois dans la filière). Le président du Conseil des industries de défense françaises (Cidef), Christian Mons, estime que dans cette LPM par rapport à la précédente, « il y a un déficit de l'ordre d'un milliard d'euros par an sur les premières années et la perte de l'inflation ». Soit une conséquence sur l'emploi qu'il chiffre à 20.000 suppressions de postes, dont 15.000 dans les 4.000 PME, qui vivent sur le marché de l'armement.

Dans la filière navale, chère à Jean-Yves Le Drian, certains évaluent à 1.600 les pertes d'emplois (hors DCNS) en raison de l'étalement de deux programmes emblématiques, les sous-marins Barracuda (600 emplois menacés) et les frégates FREMM (entre 800 et 1.000). Des suppressions d'emplois qui toucheront la sous-traitance à Cherbourg, à Lorient et au niveau national ...et qui ne se verront pas forcément visibles pour l'opinion publique. Car il n'y aura pas forcément de grands plans sociaux. Christian Mons estime enfin que les grandes entreprises vont mieux s'en tirer car elle vont rapatrier la sous-traitance une fois les contrats achevés.

(1) Eric Trappier (PDG de Dassault Aviation), Patrick Boissier (PDG de DCNS), Marwan Lahoud (président d'EADS France), Antoine Bouvier (PDG de MBDA), Philippe Burtin (Directeur général de Nexter Systems), Jean-Paul Herteman (PDG de Safran) et Jean-Bernard Lévy (PDG de Thales)

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RTD and Thales present packaged solutions for digitised armoured units

11 September 2013 Thales

 

DSEI, London, 11 September 2013 – Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) and Thales are proud to present a new range of solutions for combined arms armoured units and security agencies. The two companies are leaders in their respective fields and have partnered up to propose a complete range of packaged "off-the-shelf" solutions to customers.

 

Each package for company or battalion level units includes VAB Mk3 and Sherpa armoured vehicles from Renault Trucks Defense with mission systems developed by Thales and tailored to each vehicle variant. At battalion level, for example, a fleet of up to 85 digitised vehicles, including VAB Mk3 armoured vehicle in APC (Armoured Personal Carrier) or IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) configurations, can be delivered with the same electronic architecture (Battlenet Inside from RTD) and the field-proven Comm@nder Battlegroup command system from Thales. RTD and Thales committo providing a fully operational system on a turnkey basis.

 

Other packaged solutions are available for battlefield reconnaissance and surveillance units, based on the Bastion and ALTV platforms from ACMAT (a subsidiary of RTD), with sensor suites from Thales including day/night optronics, battlefield surveillance radars, COMINT systems and CBRN sensors. These solutions are also suitable for domestic security agencies deploying the same units on border control and critical infrastructure protection missions.

 

RTD and Thales are long-term partners and the packaged solutions available today are based on well-developed technologies. The two companies presented an ALTV vehicle configured for border surveillance at Milipol 2011 and a digitised version of the VAB Mk3 at Eurosatory 2012. A Special Forces version of the Sherpa equipped with Thales sensors was presented at the Sofins special operations event in 2013.

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Blindé à six roues motrices Titus - Nexter

Blindé à six roues motrices Titus - Nexter

11/09 Par Alain Ruello - lesechos.fr

 

Le groupe d’armement a dévoilé un véhicule de moins de 1 million d’euros pour l’exportation

 

Dans le marché très encombré des blindés à six roues motrices, Nexter a fait sensation ce mercredi au salon DSEI de Londres. Le numéro un français de l’armement terrestre a dévoilé Titus, un projet secret sur lequel il travaillait depuis 2010. Avec ce nouveau véhicule, l’industriel s’engage dans le low cost, pour mieux se ­frotter à ses concurrents des pays émergents, comme le turc Ottokar. Prix de départ : 700.000 euros.

 

Titus revendique la capacité de mener un grand nombre de missions de basse, moyenne ou haute intensité : transport de troupes, combat, ou encore logistique. Fortement protégé, armé de n’importe quelle tourelle téléopérée de 7,62 à 20 mm, dotée d’une électronique, dernier cri, il peut emporter jusqu’à 12 soldats, en plus de l’équipage.

 

« Le maître mot c’est la modularité », explique Michel Lautier, expert opérationnel véhicule blindé chez Nexter. En moins de six heures, on doit pouvoir reconfigurer le véhicule sans repasser au garage, à deux ou trois exceptions près, comme pour la version mortier. Pour en arriver là, Philippe Burtin, le PDG, a donné liberté totale à ses équipes pour se fournir au meilleur rapport coût­-efficacité. D’où un châssis fabriqué par le tchèque Tatra et un moteur pioché chez l’américain Cummins. Le projet a aussi bénéficié des apports du chantier « grand large » de chasse aux coûts internes et récupère des développements déjà financés. Ainsi, les sièges sont ceux de l’Aravis,.

 

Appel d’offres de l’armée

 

Stratégiquement, il s’agit d’un développement important. Char lourd Leclerc, canon Caesar ou blindé d’infanterie VBCI : fournisseur historique de l’armée française, Nexter a toujours fait dans le haut de gamme. Titus rencontrera-t-il le même succès que le Duster de Renault ? Au prix annoncé, Michel Lautier assure que le blindé n’a rien à envier à ses concurrents. De quoi intéresser la France, qui prévoit de remplacer ses VAB dans le cadre du programme Scorpion ? L’armée de terre a beau être exigeante sur le prix, Titus n’est pas éligible pour des raisons techniques. On en reste donc au schéma prévu : une alliance Nexter-Renault Trucks Defense pour répondre au futur appel d’offres. A condition que les deux industriels renouvellent leur accord, qui arrive prochainement à expiration.

Blindés : Nexter s’engage dans le low cost

TITUS®, le véhicule 6x6 blindé polyvalent du XXIème siècle

 

Grâce à un niveau de modularité exceptionnel reposant sur des kits missions, des kits environnements opérationnels ainsi que de nombreuses variantes, TITUS® est capable d'accomplir un large éventail de missions (transport de troupe, missions de combat, appui au combat et fonctions de soutien logistique) dans n'importe quel type d'engagements susceptibles de se produire dans un conflit hybride.

 

Equipé d'un châssis Tatra 6x6 combiné à un moteur de 440 ch, TITUS® se distingue par une extrême mobilité. La protection est également au cœur de la conception de TITUS®. Le véhicule est ainsi doté d'un blindage modulaire nouvelle génération qui lui confère une protection balistique (niveaux 2 à 4), une protection aux mines (niveaux 4a et 4b) ainsi qu'une protection contre les attaques d'engins explosifs improvisés (IED) de 150 kg maximum, renforcées par la conception Nexter SAFEPRO® d'origine. Pour permettre à l'équipage de 2 ou 3 hommes et au groupe de combat de 12 hommes maximum de rester longtemps au sol, Nexter a accompli un énorme travail d'intégration du facteur humain. La puissance de feu n'a pas été négligée puisque TITUS® peut être équipé de n'importe quel type de tourelle téléopérée de 7,62 à 20 mm, ainsi que des lance-grenades de 40 mm, selon le niveau de menace et le type de mission. TITUS® est totalement intégré au réseau C4I grâce à une vétronique nouvelle génération. Baptisé FINDERS®C2, le Système d’Information Terminal de Nexter optimise la connaissance de l’environnement autour du véhicule, et est optimisé grâce à un système de caméras périmétriques et un robot de reconnaissance (NERVA® LG) permettant un débarquement sûr.

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Foxhound Patrol Vehicle in Afghanistan - photo UK MoD

Foxhound Patrol Vehicle in Afghanistan - photo UK MoD

Sep. 11, 2013 By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense news

 

LONDON — Helicopter support contracts, a further order for Foxhound armored vehicles and the creation of an armor research center were unveiled by British defence procurement minister Philip Dunne on the second day of the DSEi defense show Sept 11.

 

Pick of the orders, at least in size, was a six year £367 million deal with Rolls Royce Turbomeca to support the RTM322 engine used to power the British Army’s Apache attack helicopter and the Merlin machines used by the Royal Navy and, the Royal Air Force.

 

Dunne told the DSEi audience that the Ministry of Defence expected to save more than £300 million compared with previous support arrangements.

 

Dunne also announced a further order for 24 Foxhound protected patrol vehicles from the Force Protection Europe arm of General Dynamics.

 

The £23 million deal brings total British military Foxhound orders to 400. To date, the company has delivered 350 of the 376 vehicles previously ordered.

 

The vehicle was deployed for the first time to Afghanistan in 2012 after a launch order from the British in 2010.

 

Armor was also the subject of Dunne’s third announcement: a plan to create a ceramic armor development center in Newport, South Wales, involving the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Kennametal Manufacturing.

 

The joint funding of a £2 million specialized manufacturing center will enable the partners to develop full-size ceramic armor components for personnel and vehicle protection in sufficient quantity to enable full-scale impact tests.

 

The MoD said in a statement that improved development and production will help reduce the reliance on armor imports.

 

Dunne said the facility, trhe largest in Europe “will further advance the UK’s freedom of action in advanced ceramic armor.”

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BAE picks partners for Type 26 frigate work

LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI)

 

Electronics company Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd has been picked by BAE Systems as the preferred partner for the design phase of the integrated communications system.

 

The system is being designed for the future Royal Navy Type 26 Global Combat Ship and the company's selection follows a year-long screening process by BAE Systems.

 

"The Rohde & Schwarz proposal for the Type 26 is at the forefront of technology and includes innovative systems to truly deliver a state of the art communications system, Rohde & Schwarz said. "This, coupled with proven high reliability, will in turn reduce the through life cost with respect to support and provide the Royal Navy with improved efficiency of resources, high system availability and operational performance."

 

The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a new class of frigate.

 

In related news, Rolls-Royce reports that BAE Systems has contracted it to design the gas turbine system for ship.

 

Rolls-Royce will work together with BAE Systems and Tognum, Rolls-Royce's collaboration company with Daimler, to design the propulsion system, which will combine the Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine with four of Tognum's MTU high-speed diesel generator sets.

 

"The Type 26 will combine a range of marine technologies, and it is the sophisticated integration of this equipment that will ensure these ships will be highly flexible and efficient, whatever the mission," said Don Roussinos, president of Rolls-Royce' Naval business unit.

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photo Royal Netherlands Navy

photo Royal Netherlands Navy

12 septembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins

 

La visite à Dakar du navire Le Rotterdam revêt des aspects diplomatique, économique et de défense avec la Marine nationale qui va bénéficier d’un entraînement sur les techniques tactiques et procédures militaires, a assuré l’ambassadeur des Pays-Bas, Pieter Jan Kleiweg De Zwaan.

 

Référence : Agence de presse Sénégalaise

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Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou

11 septembre 2013 eutmmali.eu

 

Du 10 au 12 septembre, le bataillon malien « Elou » est engagé dans l’exercice de synthèse « Doumba », marquant la fin de sa formation par la mission européenne d’entraînement au Mali (EUTM Mali).

 

L’exercice « Doumba » (du nom de la localité constituant l’épicentre de la zone de manœuvre)  se déroule dans la région située au nord de Koulikoro, dans un quadrilatère de 50/40 km. Il a pour objectif d’évaluer la capacité opérationnelle du bataillon Elou à conduire de façon autonome une manœuvre coordonnée de niveau GTIA (groupement tactique interarmes), dans le cadre d’un scénario le mettant aux prises avec des éléments armés menant une offensive vers le sud du pays. Il comprend quatre phases : reconnaissance offensive, réduction de résistance, contrôle de zone, coup d’arrêt. Deux avions de combat Mirage 2000 de la force française Serval participent également à cet exercice au travers de deux créneaux d’une heure de vol, dans le cadre de l’évaluation des équipes TACP (tactical air control patrols) du bataillon Elou.

 

Final exercise for the “Elou” battalion

 

From September 10 to 12, the Malian battalion « Elou » is involved in the « Doumba » final exercise, marking the end of its training by the European Union training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali).

 

The « Doumba » exercise (the name of the locality forming the epicenter of the maneuvering area) takes place in the northern region of Koulikoro, in a quadrangle from 50/40 km. It aims to assess the operational capability of the Elou battalion to conduct an autonomous coordinated maneuver at combined arms battle group level, in the frame of the scenario of an attack led by armed elements, leading an offensive towards the South. It consists of four phases: recce in force, reduction of enemy resistance, area control, blocking action. Two Mirage 2000 fighter aircrafts of the Serval French force are also involved in this exercise, through two slots an hour’s flight, as part of the evaluation of TACP (tactical air control patrols) teams Elou battalion.

Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
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Un an de tensions croissantes en mer de Chine pour les îles Senkaku/Diaoyu

La Chine a envoyé plusieurs de ses navires dans la zone des - très contestées - îles Senkaku (Photo China.org.cn)

 

11/09/2013 par Nicolas Laffont - 45eNord.ca
 

Un an après la nationalisation d’un archipel d’îles revendiqué par le Japon, la Chine et Taïwan, les garde-côtes japonais étaient en alerte mercredi.

 

«Nous sommes en état d’alerte, car ce jour marque le premier anniversaire de la nationalisation des îles Senkaku», a expliqué à l’AFP Yuma Miyako, un responsable des garde-côtes nippons.

Administrées par Tokyo, les îles sont situées à 200 km au nord-est de Taïwan et à 400 km à l’ouest de l’île d’Okinawa (sud du Japon).

Il y a un an jour pour jour, le Japon décidait d’acheter trois des cinq îles à leur propriétaire privé, ce qui n’a pas manqué de faire réagit Pékin, qui depuis, envoie régulièrement ses navires. Selon l’agence officielle Xinhua, ce sont 59 patrouilles de navires chinois qui ont vogué dans les environs des îles depuis le 11 septembre 2012.

 

 

Mercredi matin, quatre navires de la garde-côtière chinoise voguaient dans les eaux à proximité immédiate de cet archipel, soit juste à l’extérieur du rayon de 12 mille nautiques (22 km) marquant les eaux territoriales japonaises.

Ces quatre navires faisaient partie d’une flotte de huit navires qui avaient franchies la limite mardi pour en ressortir quelques heures plus tard.

La convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer précise qu’un pays a le droit d’expulser des navires militaires étrangers de ses eaux territoriales.

L’article 30 indique ainsi: «Si un navire de guerre ne respecte pas les lois et règlements de l’État côtier relatifs au passage dans la mer territoriale et passe outre, à la demande qui lui est faite de s’y conformer, l’État côtier peut exiger que ce navire quitte immédiatement la mer territoriale». Toutefois, ce texte ne fait pas mention de navires gouvernementaux, comme ceux des garde-côte, uniquement des «navires de guerre».

«Aussi appliquons-nous la ligne générale du gouvernement japonais qui est de demander (aux navires chinois) de quitter nos eaux territoriales» quand ils y entrent, a-t-il ajouté.

Mardi, le porte-parole du gouvernement japonais, Yoshihide Suga, a estimé que baser des fonctionnaires japonais sur ces îles était «une option» envisageable, ce qui a fait également réagir Pékin par l’intermédiaire du porte-parole du ministère des Affaires étrangères de Chine qui a qualifié ces remarques de «très préoccupantes», ajoutant: «La Chine est déterminée à défendre sa souveraineté sur les îles Diaoyu et ne tolèrera aucune action japonaise qui l’enfreindrait», a déclaré Hong Lei. «Le Japon devrait s’attendre à subir les conséquences de cette provocation.»

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Turkey Launches Missile Warning System Competition

Sep. 11, 2013 - by BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense News

 

ANKARA — Turkey’s defense procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) has launched a competition to acquire hundreds of missile warning systems (MWS) for the Turkish Air Force’s fixed-wing platforms.

 

SSM at the end of August issued a request for proposals in order to “gather general information on potential suppliers of the MWS in the market; have an idea of availability of the required MWS; investigate and clarify the system and sub-system based technical details and requirements; define logistics support requirements for the system as a part of the request for proposal preparation effort.

 

Only MWS manufacturers can receive the document until Sept. 16, SSM said. The responses to the request should be delivered to SSM on or before Oct. 11.

 

Procurement officials said if Turkey decided to outfit only its F-16 fleet with the MWS, it would mean business for more than 200 aircraft.

 

“An initial batch would probably be purchased off-the-shelf from a foreign manufacturer, but the rest could be produced locally under license,” the official said.

 

Military electronics manufacturer Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense firm, has produced missile warning systems under German license for Turkish helicopters.

 

Industry sources said SSM will seek imaging infrared sensor technology for the new program.

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Virginia Senators Lobby to Host AFRICOM Headquarters

Sep. 11, 2013 By MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s two US senators are championing an effort to move the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters from Germany to their state.

The pitch, made in a Tuesday letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, comes days after a Government Accountability Office report said a Defense Department assessment of moving the command to the United States was flawed.

Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said AFRICOM could use facilities in Hampton Roads built for US Joint Forces Command, which DoD shuttered in 2011.

AFRICOM headquarters has been based at Stuttgart, Germany, since the command stood up in 2007. The location was considered temporary as DoD explored options for basing the headquarters in Africa. But “significant projected costs and sensitivities on the part of African countries” derailed that plan, GAO said,

A 2012 DoD analysis found moving the combatant command’s headquarters to the United States could save upward of $60 million per year, create more than 4,000 jobs and interject more than $350 million into the local economy each year, GAO said.

But in early 2013, DoD decided to keep the command in Germany because the commander believed it “would be more operationally effective” and could share resources with nearby US European Command, GAO said.

The Pentagon’s analysis “was not supported by a comprehensive and well-documented analysis that balanced the operational and cost benefits of the options available to DoD,” GAO said.

“Until the costs and benefits of maintaining AFRICOM in Germany are specified and weighed against the costs and benefits of relocating the command, the department may be missing an opportunity to accomplish its missions successfully at a lower cost,” the report stated.

GAO recommends DoD “conduct a more comprehensive and well-documented analysis of options” for moving AFRICOM’s headquarters.

The Pentagon has been looking to trim the sizes of headquarters staffs by 20 percent across the military. A Defense News analysis found staff sizes at the combatant commands, Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense grew by more than 15 percent from 2010 to 2012.

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US Navy Details Transition from P-3 to P-8 Aircraft

September 12th, 2013 By US Navy - defencetalk.com

 

The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) is transitioning into a new type/model/series (TMS) for the first time in 50 years.

 

To make this transition a success, the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) and industry leaders are working to sustain the legacy P-3C and EP-3E while the P-8A TMS is being introduced to the fleet.

 

The last time the MPRF Community transitioned to a new TMS was in 1962 with the delivery of the first P-3A to Patrol Squadron (VP) 8. As in the past, the key to a successful transition is constant communication and cooperation across all levels of the NAE and industry. The following highlights are evidence of the success of these efforts.

 

The fleet transition to the P-8A Poseidon is progressing well and on schedule. In Jacksonville, Fla., the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30, MPRF Weapons School and P-8A Fleet Introduction Team have been busy facilitating the transition of the first three fleet squadrons from P-3C to P-8A. VP-16 achieved Safe for Flight (SFF) in January 2013 and is progressing through the Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle (IDRC) in preparation for the first P-8A deployment in December. VP-5 achieved SFF and began their IDRC in the beginning of August, and VP-45 just started transition upon returning from their last P-3 deployment in June.

 

Over the last year, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 successfully completed P-8A Initial Operational Test and Evaluation supported by multiple detachments, exercises and real-world operations. As expected, the aircraft (based on the Boeing 737) has been extremely reliable. The mission systems have performed well and the aircrews are rapidly becoming more adept at flying and employing the aircraft while the maintenance team is developing the skills required to repair and maintain this modern aircraft.

 

The supply chain is expanding to meet the demands of a new aircraft and the community is constantly learning to ensure that the P-8A is poised for success when it deploys this winter. While there have been many challenges as the P-8A executes test and fleet introduction simultaneously, the P-8A program continues to be a model of effective planning and execution. The airframe and mission systems are a significant technological leap forward and provide commanders with a reliable platform hosting advanced technology sensors.

 

Legacy Platforms

As the P-3C and EP-3E continue their trek toward the end of their life cycle, many challenges need to be overcome, including parts obsolescence, increased levels of support for legacy components, and a shortage of flight line assets. In 2007, MPRF “red stripe” events, which grounded aircraft due to “fatigue tracking metrics beyond acceptable limits,” left the community with 49 mission aircraft to support the high operational demand across the globe and at home.

 

More than 50 percent of the P-3 fleet was out of reporting (OOR) due to the red stripe. Massive sustainment efforts have been made and we are beginning to see a real return on our investment as aircraft are returned to service. In FY14, we plan on reducing the amount of our P-3C inventory OOR for depot-level sustainment events and technological modifications by more than 10 percent, and we plan to reach P-3′s required number of Primary Aircraft Assigned by the end of FY15. We expect to have sufficient ready-for-tasking assets to meet deployment and training requirements until platform sundown, but P-8A delivery must proceed as planned to ensure there is no gap in coverage for Global Force Management.

 

Our cost savings efforts have been effective and multiple cost reduction initiatives have allowed the aging force to operate efficiently and effectively. Recently, initiatives to improve Engine Driven Compressor maintenance and place our APS-137 Receiver Exciter Processor and Transmitter under a Performance Based Logistics contract with Raytheon have helped reduce cost by 11 percent. With more than 50 years of faithful and dedicated service complete, the mighty P-3C Orion is prepared to finish its service to the Navy at full speed.

 

Manpower

One of the most complicated pieces of the MPRF transition is manpower. When the transition is completed, the MPRF community will consist of the P-8A Poseidon teamed with the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. The P-8A/MQ-4C combination will be responsible for all the missions currently covered by VP, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons (VQ), and Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit (VPU) today. The MPRF transition is a unique manpower story and a challenge – the P-3C is being replaced by two new TMSs – but all manpower is being sourced from within the legacy community. The restructuring has already begun with the consolidation of the VQ and VPU last year, and the continued transition of P-8A squadrons in Jacksonville. Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19, the first MQ-4C squadron, is currently scheduled to begin its standup with an officer-in-charge in late FY14.

 

Conclusion

The MPRF Community has almost fully recovered from the 2007 red stripe and is quickly transitioning to the new P-8A. The successful turnaround since 2007 can be directly attributed to the NAE and industry leaders working towards a common goal of recovery and eventual transition to the next generation of maritime patrol aircraft, both manned and unmanned.

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Raytheon upgrading Phalanx weapon systems

TUCSON, Sept. 11 (UPI)

 

A $136.2 million contract has been given to Raytheon by the U.S. Navy for the re-manufacture, overhaul and upgrade of Phalanx Close-in Weapons Systems.

 

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats.

 

The contract is for work on 19 Phalanx systems. It also provides for production of four SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense Systems, the company said, and has a $94 million option for fiscal year 2014 to produce an additional dozen Phalanx systems and four more SeaRams.

 

"Phalanx is a vital ship self-defense system, providing the critical inner-layer of protection to sailors, Marines and ships," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.

 

"With SeaRAM comes a significant extension of that inner-layer battle space and the capacity to effectively engage multiple high-performance threats. Raytheon's ability to re-manufacture Phalanx equivalent to new manufacture condition -- in appearance, operation and performance -- provides a significant cost savings to our customers."

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Fleet Canada Inc. To Provide Parts For Chinook CH-47

September 11, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

News release from Fleet Canada:

 

FORT ERIE, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 11th, 2013 – Fleet Canada Inc is proud to announce the award of a supplier contract from The Boeing Company to supply subassemblies for the Chinook CH-47 helicopter. This is an exciting development in the continuing growth at the facility, whose manufacturing history in the area dates back to 1930.

 

The scope of work in this package includes of the forward pylon, work platforms, and pylon kits. The new contract follows another Chinook contract that was awarded in 2011 for the manufacture and assembly of the Front Cockpit Nose Enclosure.

 

“Fleet is proud to be part of this iconic program for the world’s largest aerospace company. This contract represents a significant award for our locally owned and operated company and reinforces the pride we have in our workforce. We have a talented and dedicated team with a very bright future ahead,” remarked Glenn Stansfield, President and C.E.O of Fleet Canada Inc.

 

This award represents a significant increase in the rotorcraft and military markets for Fleet and is in keeping with our strategy of diversification of our business. This work will highlight the effectiveness across the broad skill set Fleet Canada has to offer. We look forward to future opportunities with Boeing and our other valued customers.

 

This new work package for Fleet is aligned with Boeing’s 90-year history and long-term commitment to engage with Canadian industry in areas of high value defense and aerospace work. This contract was awarded to Fleet based on their capabilities and competitiveness, as well as, how this work will support the fulfillment of Boeing’s Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) programs. Canada’s IRB policy requires prime contractors, such as Boeing, to make investments in the Canadian economy as a result of winning defense and security contracts with the government of Canada. Boeing has four active IRB programs tied to the procurement of the CC-177 airlifter and support; ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system, CH-147 helicopter and support, and the Mercury Global program. Through successful implementation of these IRB programs, Boeing continues to support Canada’s position as a global leader in aerospace by creating long-term, high-value opportunities with Canadian industry

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Senior US Senators: Congress May Never Vote on Syria Strikes

Sep. 11, 2013 - By JOHN T. BENNETT – Defense News

 

The US Senate is unlikely to vote on a resolution authorizing military force in Syria, even if a Russian plan to take control of Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons falls through, senior senators say.

 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved at breakneck speed — while still on recess — to last week craft and approve a measure authorizing President Barack Obama to launch a limited military strike.

 

But with Obama during a primetime Tuesday address announcing he has asked congressional leaders in both chambers to delay a vote, some senators involved in the crafting of Syria force measures said Wednesday they doubt lawmakers will ever vote to approve military action.

 

“I think it’s going to be very, very quiet. Everyone has been holding their breath. Now there’s nothing for them to be doing,” Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member James Inhofe, R-Okla., told Defense News. “All these efforts … are kind of subsiding. Since the president has abandoned this [vote], I think it’s going to settle down and no one is going to be talking about it.”

 

Would either or both chambers likely vote on a Syria use-of-force measure should a Russian-offered plan to have Assad give up his weapons fall apart, and Obama decides to launch Tomahawk missile strikes?

 

“No, I don’t think so,” Inhofe said during a brief interview. “I think it goes away.”

 

SASC member Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., called the prospect for a vote “unlikely.”

 

“I think it’s very possible there will be no vote,” Sessions said. “I don’t think [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid is going to ask his people to vote if the president doesn’t want it.”

 

To that end, House Democrats left a classified Syria briefing earlier Wednesday and told reporters they believe a use-of-force measure would fail in their chamber.

 

The Senate’s leading proponent of big military mission in Syria, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told Defense News it’s too soon to say whether the chamber will vote on a Syria measure.

 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who helped craft the panel’s use-of-force measure.

 

“No,” he said Wednesday when asked by reporters if he expected a vote. “We’re moving on to energy efficiency,” he added sarcastically.

 

“I’d be very surprised if, over the next couple weeks, anything is voted on,” Corker said. “It may never.

 

“I think this is on hold for a while,” he said. “I don’t think anything’s going to happen.”

 

Until the Russia proposal situation plays out, Corker said it is hard for lawmakers to even talk about what resolutions and amendments should say.

 

“I think when you’ve got a situation like this, where there’s a diplomatic opportunity, I think that kind of stalls things off,” Corker said. “Let me just say, I wish … everyone involved in this God speed.”

 

McCain said the White House should give Moscow “days” to show its plan is credible.

 

“If it were to fall apart, I think the president has to explore his options, and see what the votes are,” McCain. “But I am very, very skeptical about the [Russia proposal] succeeding.”

 

McCain and a bipartisan group of senators have been working on an amendment to the Foreign Relations Committee-approved measure that would tie a congressional authorization to a deadline by which a UN-supported effort to take over Assad’s weapons would have to succeed.

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Senior US Senator Praises Russia for Syria Initiative

WASHINGTON, September 11 (RIA Novosti)

 

The head of the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday delivered an impassioned speech backing the use of American military force against Syria if diplomatic efforts fail, but also praising Russia for proposing a plan to have Syria place its chemical weapons under international control.

“I’d like to take a minute to give Russia credit for bringing forward this plan for a negotiated solution to the conflict. … Russia is sincere, wants to see a United Nations resolution and supports the Geneva process, which would accompany a negotiated settlement to Syria’s civil war,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on the Senate floor.

The Democratic senator from California met earlier this week with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, to discuss Moscow’s push to get the Syrian government to relinquish control of its chemical weapons stockpile.

Some US lawmakers backing military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21 outside Damascus have questioned Russia’s sincerity, saying Moscow is using its plan as a stalling tactic to delay the use of force against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

But Feinstein on Wednesday said Washington and Moscow should work together to eliminate Syria’s chemical arsenal. “Based on my conversation with Ambassador Kislyak, I believe that Russia’s goal is in fact to eliminate these weapons, and I would point out that that is also our goal,” Feinstein said.

“The ball really is in Russia’s court. Russia is the leader in this. I trust that it is sincere. I trust that Russia and the United States will come together and bring the other parties together and that it will be possible for the United Nations to act so the United States won’t have to,” she added.

But Feinstein also cautioned Moscow against delaying the process.

“Russia’s responsibility to get this done is enormous, and to move with all deliberate speed,” she said. “I think Russia and Syria must understand that the way to forestall a United States strike on Syria is for there to be a good-faith agreement and process underway to put all of Syria’s chemical weapons … under international control for eventual demolition.”

While saying that she hoped military force against Syria would not be necessary, Feinstein told her fellow senators that “the Assad regime has repeatedly used chemical weapons” and laid out some of the intelligence that she claimed shows that the Syrian government was behind the Aug. 21 attack that Washington says killed more than 1,400 people.

She also described in graphic detail the effects of the apparent chemical weapons attack on its victims, urging people to look at videos posted on the Senate Intelligence Committee website. “For me, the videos and watching them shows the abhorrence of chemical weapons. It shows why we must do something,” Feinstein said.

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Présentation du rapport d'exportation d'armement

11 sept. 2013 ministeredeladefense

 

Mercredi 11 septembre 2013 à 17h30, le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a présenté le rapport sur les exportations d'armement en 2012 devant les parlementaires des trois commissions Défense et Affaires étrangères de l'Assemblée nationale et du Sénat, à l'Hôtel de Brienne.

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Nexter TITUS Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System 6x6 armoured vehicle DSEI 2013

11 sept. 2013 Army Recognition

United Kingdom, London. At DSEI 2013, French manufacturer Nexter unveils its new 6x6 armoured vehicle TITUS (Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility System).

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Cassidian's advanced identification systems provide combat aircraft with a new capability

Sep 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : Cassidian

 

    Reverse IFF enables sophisticated early detection of friendly forces before weapon employment

    Implementation possible without major modifications in aircraft equipment.

 

Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, has implemented a new capability of battlefield identification which allows combat aircraft and helicopters to reliably identify friendly forces in a pre-defined area before the use of weapons and thus avoiding  Casualties from friendly fire.

 

As reported by the company during the DSEI exhibition in London, Cassidian has successfully tested the enhancement of equipment used in military missions to distinguish friendly forces from hostile, the so-called Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF). This enhancement, called Reverse IFF (RIFF), allows aircraft to locate friendly forces in a pre-defined ground area by emitting interrogation signals. Previously, aircraft only responded to enquiries sent from ground-based interrogators but had no technical means themselves to identify ground forces.

 

“Our Reverse IFF solution is based on the latest NATO IFF standard, Mode 5, which cannot be intercepted by hostile forces due to our sophisticated encryption techniques linked to it,” said Elmar Compans, Head of Cassidian Sensors & Electronic Warfare.

 

Mode 5 RIFF enables aircraft and helicopters to use Cassidian transponders for air-ground interrogations in addition to their current function responding to interrogations from ground stations. This way, airborne platforms receive a valuable new capability without substantial modifications in aircraft equipment.

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Syrie : Hollande contraint de gérer la reculade d'Obama

11/09/2013 Par Alain Barluet – LeFigaro.fr

 

Le chef de l'État a réaffirmé qu'il restera «mobilisé» pour sanctionner l'usage de gaz chimiques. Son homologue américain a indiqué que sa priorité était la diplomatie.

Si la diplomatie est aussi l'art de s'adapter aux circonstances, la crise syrienne nous confirme que l'Élysée héberge un virtuose. Mardi matin, recevant quelques journalistes, François Hollande a attaqué bille en tête sur la Syrie, saisissant la perche tendue par la Russie, certes, mais avec la plus grande prudence et conservant clairement en main l'épée de Damoclès de frappes militaires. Mercredi, à écouter l'entourage présidentiel, le ton est descendu d'un bon cran. Entre-temps, il est vrai, le président de la République s'est entretenu avec Barack Obama. Ce dernier, dans un discours solennel, a réaffirmé mardi que sa priorité était la diplomatie et demandé au Congrès de retarder son vote.

Alors, les frappes? «Si on peut les éviter… Elles restent sur la table, mais leur probabilité est moins forte», ce qui signifie qu'elles ne sont plus d'actualité. En début de matinée, le chef de l'État a réuni un conseil de défense autour de Jean-Marc Ayrault, Laurent Fabius, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Manuel Valls et le patron des armées, l'amiral Édouard Guillaud. Devant cet aréopage, le président a fixé la ligne sur la proposition des Russes de mettre les armes chimiques de Damas sous contrôle: «Les prendre au mot et passer aux actes». Un conseiller décrypte: «Il faut explorer à fond l'accord des Syriens de renoncer à leurs armes chimique», en clair, tout mettre en œuvre pour aboutir à une résolution à l'ONU. C'est là que, pour une bonne part, la partie syrienne se jouera dans les jours à venir.

 

Projet français torpillé

 

Et sur ce terrain, la France a également dû en rabattre. Réagissant au quart de tour, la France a fait circuler, mardi à New York, un projet de résolution, sous chapitre VII. Un texte menaçant de sanctions le régime de Bachar s'il ne faisait pas sans délai la transparence sur son arsenal chimique. Quant aux auteurs des attaques aux gaz du 21 août près de Damas, ils devraient être traduits devant la justice internationale, ainsi que l'avait exigé Laurent Fabius.

Las, le projet français a immédiatement été torpillé par les Russes qui l'ont jugé «inacceptable». Des négociations se sont engagées, d'abord au sein du P3 (France, États-Unis, Grande-Bretagne), avec l'idée de les élargir aux autres membres du Conseil de sécurité. Le rapport des inspecteurs de l'ONU sur le bombardement chimique du mois d'août est attendu lundi. Mais personne ne se risque à fixer une échéance pour le vote. À New York aussi, le principe de réalité s'impose déjà. Le chapitre VII prévoyant la force? «Un objectif souhaitable», cisèle un diplomate. Chacun sait que toute notion de «sanctions» ou même de «pression» vis-à-vis de la Syrie donne de l'urticaire aux Russes. La justice internationale pour les assassins? «Pas si simple…» Que reste-t-il, dans ces conditions, de la fermeté française? À l'Élysée, on explique que le cœur de la résolution doit porter sur la possibilité pour l'ONU d'accéder aux stocks d'armes chimiques. Le délai de mise en œuvre se compterait «en petites semaines», indique-t-on. Mais quelle serait l'effectivité d'une résolution qui ne comporterait pas la menace de sanctions? Plus question de tester la mauvaise foi des Russes, quitte à provoquer de leur part un veto. La priorité serait plutôt de l'éviter.

Car une considération domine, ce dont on est bien conscient à Paris: «Obama va rechercher le compromis avec les Russes.» Bien sûr, renchérit-on aussitôt, «il faudra que ce soit un bon compromis». Sinon? «Sinon, c'est eux (les Américains et les Russes, NDLR) qui en porteront la responsabilité.» Pas de quoi, manifestement, faire ciller Obama. Et dire que, «jusqu'à la fin août, il disait, “the sooner the better” (le plus tôt sera le mieux), en parlant des frappes», lâche un diplomate avec une pointe de dépit.

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Armement : la France a perdu du terrain à l'exportation

11/09/2013 Par Véronique Guillermard – LeFigaro.fr

 

Les ventes de matériels militaires ont reculé de 26 %, à 4,8 milliards d'euros, en 2012.

 

Un millésime moyen mais qui reste honorable. Faute de contrats majeurs, les exportations françaises d'armement ont reculé de 26 % en 2012, à 4,8 milliards d'euros, par rapport aux 6,5 milliards de 2011.

 

Depuis le plus haut de 2009 (8,16 milliards), les ventes de matériels militaires évoluent en dents de scie. Elles restent encore loin de l'objectif affiché depuis plusieurs années, 10 milliards à l'export, qui permettrait aux industriels de compenser les décalages de livraison donc de paiement qui affecteront tous les programmes dans le cadre de la nouvelle loi de programmation militaire 2014-2019. Malgré cela, «la France s'est maintenue parmi les cinq premiers exportateurs mondiaux de matériels de défense», a souligné Jean-Yves Le Drian, le ministre de la Défense, en présentant, mercredi 11 septembre, le rapport au Parlement sur les exportations d'armement françaises en 2012. Contrairement à l'habitude, le rang précis de la France n'est pas mentionné. Car il semble se confirmer qu'elle a perdu sa 4e place au profit d'Israël, dont les exportations auraient dépassé les 5 milliards d'euros l'an dernier.

 

Israël dépasse la France

 

«Nous ne pouvons pas le confirmer car il est difficile d'obtenir des chiffres homologués et comparables, mais ce serait bien le cas», dit-on à l'Hôtel de Brienne. «Notre classement repose sur des sources ouvertes. Or, certaines données sont classifiées, comme par exemple les exportations de systèmes en Inde par Israël», explique Paul Burton, directeur des analyses du cabinet IHS, qui a classé la France au 3e rang mondial en 2012, avec 4,5 milliards de dollars, soit 3,3 milliards d'euros de matériels militaires exportés… derrière la Russie (10 milliards) et les États-Unis (28,5 milliards).

 

Le recul de la France, tel qu'il ressort du rapport français, doit être nuancé. «Les exportations d'armement doivent s'apprécier sur la durée», souligne Jean-Yves Le Drian. Ce sont en effet les très gros contrats, par nature complexes et très longs à négocier, qui peuvent propulser ou faire glisser la France au sein du top 5 mondial. «2013 s'annonce meilleur que 2012», note le ministère. cet été, Astrium et Thales ont signé un contrat de 800 millions d'euros pour fournir deux satellites de renseignement militaire aux Émirats arabes unis. «Paris est proche d'un accord avec l'Arabie saoudite pour le maintien en condition opérationnelle de Sawari 1 (2 pétroliers et 4 patrouilleurs). On parle de 1 milliard d'euros de contrat», confie une source proche de l'affaire. Autre dossier que la France espère finaliser d'ici la fin 2013, la vente de 126 avions de combats Rafale à l'Inde estimée à quelque 10 milliards d'euros.

 

«La France restera un membre clé des pays exportateurs d'armement même si la compétition est de plus en plus dure avec l'entrée en scène de nouveaux acteurs», estime Paul Burton en citant l'impressionnante progression de la Corée du Sud, passée du 27e au 11e rang mondial entre 2008 et 2012. Parmi les atouts français, une gamme diversifiée de très haute technologie ainsi qu'un savoir-faire reconnu en matière de transfert de technologie - devenu une condition sine qua non pour décrocher des contrats.

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EU To Consider Options for Deploying Battlegroups

Sep. 11, 2013 - By JULIAN HALE  - Defense News

 

BRUSSELS — Options for deploying European Union battlegroups —the EU’s rapid-response forces — will be discussed during a series of meetings Sept. 25-26.

 

The battlegroup discussion comes ahead of a meeting of EU defense ministers in November and a summit of EU heads of state and government on defense matters in December.

 

EU battlegroups are military units that support the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Member states contribute personnel and resources to the units, which comprise about 1,500 troops, on a rotating six-month basis. EU battlegroups have been on standby since 2007, but they have yet to be used. Currently, a British-led battlegroup is on standby with contributions from the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania.

 

In a news release following an informal meeting of EU defense ministers in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sept. 5-6, Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said his EU counterparts supported his view that the upcoming European Council — the December summit of EU heads of state and government on defense matters — should also address the future of EU battlegroups.

 

“We would like to get a strong political message in December to update the current level of ambition and commitment to use EU battlegroups,” Olekas said at the meeting. “We propose to use EU battlegroups in a more flexible way by using, for instance, only some part of the group in line with a crisis scenario.”

 

Lithuania’s defence policy director, Vaidotas Urbelis, told Defense News that various options from EU member states are being discussed ahead of the Nov. 19 meeting of defense ministers. The UK, Lithuania and Latvia, for example, suggest taking a modular approach, as they do not see EU battlegroups as a “closed box.”

 

“The idea is that, for a particular crisis, elements of a battlegroup could be used,” Urbelis said. “A standard battalion is made up of three infantry companies, but three infantry companies are not always needed if the EU is responding to a crisis. It could be a crisis needing just one company.”

 

On a separate issue, Lithuania’s Olekas, whose country currently holds the presidency of the EU, said that “the deterioration of the situation in our southern neighborhood clearly shows that the EU needs to enhance its role as a security provider. More active engagement of partners to the Common Security and Defence Policy should therefore be one of the solutions.

 

“We have received a clear message from our eastern partners that they are ready for more active engagement to CSDP by contributing their capabilities and expertise,” he said.

 

Olekas also welcomed the emphasis on the need for a debate about the EU’s changing strategic context, which was highlighted in the interim report on the CSDP by Catherine Ashton, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

 

“The changing security environment should drive and shape our security thinking and priorities, and the latter should be reflected in strategic documents,” he said. “I would compare strategic guidelines to GPS: Navigation system maps should be updated constantly along with the changing environment; otherwise, they would lead to wrong directions. And I therefore think that commitment by the European Council to begin updating of the current strategic guidelines would be just in time.”

 

The current EU Security Strategy was developed 10 years ago.

 

In an EU defense ministers’ session on the European defense industry, Olekas also pointed out the importance of the initiatives proposed by the European Commission that could allow drawing small and medium-sized companies into the commission’s support programs, giving them better conditions to operate in the European and international defense markets.

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New armour research and development centre announced

Body armour containing ceramic ballistic plates helps protect UK Service personnel on operations – Picture UK MoD

 

11 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

 

A new partnership between MOD and industry will develop the UK's first centre of excellence for ceramic armour development.

 

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Kennametal Manufacturing UK Ltd are jointly funding the £2 million facility in Newport, South Wales. The centre will be the largest in Europe and will help to sustain 50 local jobs. It will develop full size ceramic armour components for personnel and vehicle protection, large enough for full scale impact tests.

Specialised manufacturing facilities mean that ideas generated in the development centre can be produced on site in Newport.

Dstl is already working with Tata Steel in Port Talbot to develop advanced steel armour and the Newport development will see South Wales become the UK’s centre of advanced military armour technology.

Improved UK-based development and production will also help reduce the reliance on imports of ceramic armour and make it more readily available during the development of any future vehicles or body armour.

Speaking at the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) exhibition in London, the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:

I am pleased that this investment in a state-of-the art facility in South Wales, the largest in Europe, will further advance the United Kingdom’s freedom of action in advanced ceramic armour.

This contract is a good example of the Ministry of Defence using its science and technology budget to develop innovation in the UK defence sector.

Professor Peter Brown of Dstl said:

This joint investment is the culmination of 4 years’ work. The ability to make ceramic samples large enough for full scale impact tests and the very significant reduction in time taken to produce a sample mean that we can investigate a much wider range of innovative formulations faster and more cheaply than before.

Mike Williams, Kennametal’s Managing Director, said:

This is an exciting opportunity for Kennametal Manufacturing UK Ltd to work with MOD and Dstl and also expand its portfolio into the field of high performance ceramic armour products.

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Rolls-Royce Unveils New Maritime Patrol Vessel Design

Sep 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : Rolls-Royce Plc

 

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new design of maritime patrol craft at the Defence & Security Event International (DSEI) in London.

 

The first of a 'protection vessel family' of designs, is a new 55-metre craft featuring a range of equipment from Rolls-Royce (stabilisers, thrusters, steering gear, fixed pitch propellers) and MTU (diesels, diesel generators, Callosum IPMS), offering a cost-effective design that can be tailored to mission requirements.

 

Weighing around 500 tonnes, the new vessel is suited to patrol, search and rescue and interception duties. A 90-metre version of the craft will be on offer by the end of the year, with a 75-metre design following in 2014.

 

Garry Mills, Rolls-Royce, Chief of Naval Ship Design, said: "Coastal protection and offshore patrol vessels is a growing sector and this new design offers multi-purpose capability, incorporating core design elements that are replicated across the family of vessels.

 

"Our customers often face short timescales in the procurement of this type of craft, and having a scalable, cost effective offering is essential.

 

"There is a growing trend of commercial marine technology crossing into naval markets as governments seek cost reduction through proven capability. Naval vessels generally comprise many disparate and complex technologies, and that’s what Rolls-Royce, with its broad product base, is good at integrating bespoke whole-ship systems to minimise programme risk."

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