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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
F-35 training unit set to start training with upgraded software

Sept. 11, 2013 by Dave Majumdar – FG

 

Washington DC - Pilots at the Pentagon's first Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter training unit at Eglin AFB, Florida, are gearing up to start an updated training syllabus that incorporates more of the jet's advanced avionics.

 

While F-35 students and instructors at the base currently use the rudimentary Block 1B configuration in their aircraft, later this year, the 33rd Fighter Wing will transition to operating the more advanced Block 2A configuration.

 

"We are going to transition to a Block 2A syllabus here in the late fall and early into next spring as we get the jets upgraded," says US Air Force Col Stephen Jost, commander of the 33rd Operations Group. The upgraded aircraft also means that the base's F-35 simulators and academic course have to be updated to incorporate the new systems.

 

As such, the F-35 Block 2A transition course will include flying three additional sorties over the current syllabus, which includes six flights. Those additional sorties will focus on using the F-35's Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL), which will enable pilots at the base to conduct more realistic tactical training in the F-35 for both air-to-air and air-to-surface missions.

 

"That will become operational with the 2A software, and so that is one of the key enablers that allows us to expand our mission set," Jost says.

 

Jost says that the Block 2A software is also expected to allow the F-35 fleet at Eglin AFB to operate at night. Pilots at the joint USAF, US Navy and Marine Corps operated fighter wing are also hoping for the release of additional flight envelope clearances. "We are hoping to get some relief on the flight controls," Jost says.

 

The expanded flight envelope - which will be released as test pilots put the three versions of the F-35 through its paces - should allow operational pilots to fly at higher angles of attack and possibly greater g-forces. The flight envelope currently released for training is severely restricted.

 

Jost could not offer any specific information on exactly how much of the F-35's flight envelope will be cleared for the pilots at the wing to use because such releases are often varied and incremental in nature.

 

The updated Block 2A syllabus will start clearing the way for the USMC to declare the short take-off and vertical landing(STOVL) F-35B variant of the jet operational in July 2015 with a Block 2B configuration. The USAF will declare the F-35A operational a year later in 2016 with the Block 3i configuration - which is the same software as Block 2B, but hosted on an upgraded computer system.

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Syrie/intervention: Obama demande au Congrès de reporter le vote

WASHINGTON, 11 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Le président américain Barack Obama a invité le Congrès à reporter le vote sur l'opération militaire en Syrie suite à la proposition de Moscou de placer les armes chimiques syriennes sous contrôle international.

 

"J'ai demandé aux leaders du Congrès de reporter le vote sur le projet de résolution autorisant le recours à la force en Syrie", a déclaré le dirigeant US dans son allocution à la nation diffusée mardi soir.

 

Dans le même temps, le chef de la Maison Blanche a ajouté qu'il avait donné l'ordre à l'armée américaine de rester sur ses positions actuelles et de maintenir la pression sur Assad afin d'être "prête à réagir si la diplomatie échouait".

 

Le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov a proposé lundi à la Syrie de "placer ses arsenaux chimiques sous contrôle international pour qu'ils puissent être détruits". Cette proposition a suscité une réponse positive de Damas. M.Obama a accueilli favorablement cette proposition, la qualifiant de "développement potentiellement positif".

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US Army Awards Raytheon $54 M for Excalibur Ib

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation

 

    New variant will provide increased precision, greater range

 

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $54 million contract for the procurement of the second lot of the Excalibur Ib artillery round.

 

The Excalibur Ib is a precision-guided artillery projectile based on Raytheon's combat-proven Excalibur Ia-1 and Ia-2, a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability in any environment.

 

"No other artillery round comes close to doing what Excalibur does for the warfighter," said Kevin Matthies, Raytheon Missile Systems' Excalibur program director. "The Excalibur Ib will not only provide industry-leading precision for the warfighter, it will also improve reliability and lower the unit cost."

 

With more than 690 rounds fired in theater to date, Excalibur is the revolutionary precision projectile for the U.S. Army and Marines. By using Excalibur's level of precision, there is a major reduction in the time, cost and logistical burden traditionally associated with using artillery munitions. Analyses have shown that on average it takes 10 to 50 conventional munitions to accomplish what one Excalibur can.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 06:55
photo Elysée

photo Elysée

11/09/2013 à 07:36 Par Le Figaro.fr (AFP)



Le président de la République François Hollande convoque mercredi matin un conseil de défense restreint au sujet de la Syrie, a annoncé l'Elysée.

Mardi, la réunion d'urgence du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU sur la Syrie, qui devait débuter à 16 heures locales, a été reportée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Ce report a été décidé à la demande de la Russie, qui avait convoqué cette séance de consultations à huis clos.

Ce report est intervenu alors que la Russie a jugé "inacceptable" le projet français de résolution à l'ONU "conférant aux autorités syriennes la responsabilité" d'une utilisation des armes chimiques le 21 août près de Damas. La France s'est dite prête à modifier, dans certaines limites, son projet de résolution et souhaité pouvoir en discuter avec la Russie.

Le projet de texte prévoyait un dispositif d'inspection et de contrôle de l'arsenal chimique par l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAC) et en cas de violations, "des conséquences extrêmement sérieuses" pour la Syrie.

François Hollande a déjà réuni à l'Elysée deux conseils de défense sur la Syrie. Le premier le 28 août pour préparer la riposte militaire que la France et ses alliés envisageaient contre le régime de Damas après l'attaque chimique du 21 août. Le deuxième, en format restreint, le 31 août, dans la foulée d'un entretien téléphonique entre le président français et le président américain Barack Obama où tous deux avaient réaffirmé leur "détermination" à agir contre le régime de Damas.
 

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Chasseurs Su-35 pour la Chine: un contrat sera signé en 2014

MOSCOU, 7 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie et la Chine signeront un contrat sur la livraison de 24 chasseurs Sukhoi Su-35 à Pékin dès 2014, a annoncé samedi à Moscou le directeur général adjoint de l'Agence russe d'exportation d'armements (Rosoboronexport) Victor Komardine.

 

"Les négociations sont en cours, mais il est peu probable qu'un contrat soit signé avant la fin de l'année. Sa signature aura lieu en 2014. Les négociateurs chinois discutent des performances techniques de l'avion", a indiqué M.Komardine.

 

Selon M.Komardine, Pékin et Moscou mènent également des discussions sur les armements à installer à bord des Su-35 chinois. Mais cela doit faire l'objet d'un contrat spécial.

 

Le directeur général de Rosoboronexport Anatoli Issaïkine a annoncé en août dernier que la Chine se doterait de chasseurs Su-35 après un spectacle présenté par un groupe de voltige aérienne chinois au Salon aérospatial international MAKS-2013 dans la région de Moscou.

 

Le Sukhoi Su-35 est un chasseur polyvalent hautement manœuvrable de génération 4++. Sa vitesse maximale atteint 1.400 km/h près du sol et 2.400 km/h en altitude. L'appareil est capable de détecter des cibles volantes à plus de 400 km de distance.

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Syrie: l'initiative russe peut constituer une solution (Pentagone)

WASHINGTON, 10 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

L'initiative russe visant à placer l'arsenal chimique de la Syrie sous contrôle international pourrait résoudre le problème, s'il ne s'agit pas d'une tentative de gagner du temps, a estimé mardi le secrétaire américain à la Défense Chuck Hagel.

 

"Cette initiative peut constituer une solution, mais nous devons être certains qu'elle ne sert pas à gagner du temps", a déclaré le chef du Pentagone lors d'une audition devant les élus de la commission de la Défense à la chambre des Représentants du Congrès américain.

 

La Russie a proposé lundi de placer les armes chimiques syriennes sous contrôle international. Cette proposition a immédiatement été soutenue par Damas. L'opposition syrienne l'a pour sa part qualifiée d'inacceptable. Le président américain Barack Obama s'est déclaré intéressé par l'initiative de Moscou.

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Carte des pays pour ou contre des frappes en Syrie (Infographie Ide avec Libération) - 09.09.2013

Carte des pays pour ou contre des frappes en Syrie (Infographie Ide avec Libération) - 09.09.2013

WASHINGTON, 10 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

La diplomatie demeure la priorité de la Maison Blanche pour résoudre le problème syrien malgré la discussion en cours sur une opération militaire, a affirmé mardi le secrétaire américain à la Défense Chuck Hagel.

 

"La diplomatie a été et reste la priorité du président Obama dans ce dossier", a déclaré le chef du Pentagone lors d'une audition devant la commission de la Défense de la Chambre des représentants.

 

Il a toutefois indiqué que ces derniers temps, des obstacles avaient surgi sur la voie de résolution diplomatique, notamment en raison du blocage par la Russie des résolutions au Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies.

 

Le régime de Bachar el-Assad est accusé par les pays occidentaux d'avoir perpétré près de Damas le 21 août dernier un massacre à l'arme chimique de plusieurs centaines de personnes. Washington et Paris proposent d'y répondre par des frappes militaires. Les autorités syriennes démentent formellement avoir perpétré cette attaque.

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Obama Tells Nation He's Pursuing Diplomacy With Syria

Sep. 10, 2013 - By DAVID JACKSON  - Defense news

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama told the nation Tuesday he is exploring a Russian diplomatic plan to end a chemical weapons dispute in Syria, but reserves the right to take military action if necessary.

 

“It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed,” Obama said during a White House address, but it is worth pursuing because of “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force.”

 

During his nationally televised speech from the White House, Obama also said:

 

■ He wanted to talk to the country “about Syria, why it matters and where we go from here.”

 

■ He resisted any intervention in Syria’s civil war for months until Bashar Assad’s government used chemical weapons against anti-government rebels on Aug. 21, killing numerous children.

 

■ Argued that use of these banned weapons increase the possibility of other chemical attacks in other parts of the world, perhaps even the United States.

 

■ A lack of action would erode prohibitions on other weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.

 

■ “I know that after the terrible toll of Iraq and Afghanistan, the idea of any military action, no matter how limited, is not going to be popular;” but he added that any action in Syria would be specifically targeted on its chemical weapons programs.

 

■ Syria does not have the ability to retaliate against the United States.

 

■ He is encouraged by Russia’s proposal to have Syria give up its chemical weapons, but added: “I’ve ordered our military to maintain their current posture to keep the pressure on Assad and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails.”

 

■ Americans should review videos of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack now posted on the White House website, particularly the pictures of dead and dying children.

 

“Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong,” Obama said. “But when with modest effort and risk we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.”

 

Obama’s speech capped a flurry of diplomatic activity, as American, British, and French officials spoke with Russian counterparts about their idea to have Syria turn over their chemical weapons to international control for dismantling.

 

So far, they are at odds on the details.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would only support a Syrian turnover if the Obama administration renounced the possible of use of force against Assad’s government.

 

Obama declined to do that. In meetings with U.S. senators on Tuesday, and during his prime time speech, Obama said it’s the potential for force that pressured Syria into negotiations about releasing its chemical weapons stockpile.

 

Officials said Secretary of State John Kerry would fly to Geneva, Switzerland, for a Thursday negotiation session with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

 

Syria announced Tuesday it would accept Russia’s offer, and said it is willing to join a global ban on chemical weapons.

 

Members of Congress, divided over a resolution authorizing military action against Syria, began exploring alternatives in light of the new diplomatic moves. The force resolution faces uphill battles in both the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-run House.

 

Earlier on Tuesday, Obama attended separate meetings with Senate Democrats and Republicans in which he previewed his speech.

 

A bipartisan group of senators — some of whom support intervention — are working on an alternative that would require Syria to allow a United Nations team to remove chemical weapons within a certain time period, perhaps 45 to 60 days. If Syria doesn’t comply, Obama would have the authority to launch military strikes.

 

Obama also spoke amid rising opposition in the public and in Congress to idea of a military strike against Syria.

 

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday finds that nearly 60 percent of Americans want their member of Congress to oppose the use of military force in Syria.

 

Jackson writes for USA Today.

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Syrie : réunion annulée à l'ONU, Hollande convoque un Conseil de défense

10/09/2013 - 21:20 JDD

 

La réunion d'urgence du Conseil de sécurité de l'Onu sur la Syrie, réclamée par la Russie et prévue pour 16h00 heure de New York (22h00 à Paris), a été annulée, Moscou ayant retiré sa demande, a annoncé mardi l'ambassadeur australien à l'Onu. "A la suite du retrait de la demande de consultations, la réunion du Conseil de sécurité (...) n'aura pas lieu", précise sur Twitter Gary Quinlan, dont le pays préside ce mois-ci le Conseil de sécurité.

 

La réunion devait être consacrée à la proposition russe de placer l'arsenal chimique syrien sous supervision internationale, ce que Damas a accepté. Dans un projet de résolution devant accompagner ce plan, les Etats-Unis, la France et la Grande-Bretagne tiennent à ce que le régime du président Bachar al Assad soit désigné comme responsable de l'attaque chimique du 21 août dans la banlieue de Damas, ce que les Russes, pas convaincus de cette culpabilité, jugent "inacceptable".

 

Peu après cette annulation, l’Élysée a fait savoir dans un communiqué que le président François Hollande a décidé de convoquer un Conseil restreint de défense sur le dossier syrien mercredi à 8 heures. Ce Conseil de défense restreint se réunira avant le Conseil des ministres.

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Chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov

Chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov

MOSCOU, 10 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie présentera prochainement un plan destiné à réaliser son initiative visant à placer les armes chimiques en Syrie sous contrôle international, a déclaré mardi le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov.

 

"La Russie prépare actuellement un plan réel, concret et détaillé, tout en restant en contact permanent avec la partie syrienne. Nous envisageons de présenter ce plan très prochainement, et sommes prêts à le modifier et à en discuter avec le secrétaire général de l'Onu, les membres du Conseil de sécurité de l'Onu et les organisations chargées de contrôler le non-recours à l'arme chimique", a indiqué le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères lors d'une conférence de presse à l'issue d'un entretien avec son homologue libyen.

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photo MAE F de La Mure

photo MAE F de La Mure

WASHINGTON, 10 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Placer les arsenaux chimiques sous contrôle international pourrait régler le problème de ces armes en Syrie, mais cette proposition est difficile à réaliser, et Washington ne peut pas attendre longtemps, a déclaré mardi le secrétaire d'Etat américain John Kerry lors de débats à la Chambre des représentants du Congrès.

 

"Une telle mesure apporterait une solution définitive au problème des armes chimiques syriennes, mais elle serait extrêmement difficile à mettre en œuvre", a indiqué M. Kerry.

 

Selon lui, Moscou et Damas doivent démontrer dans les plus brefs délais le sérieux de leurs intentions.

 

"Nous ne pouvons pas attendre longtemps", a souligné le secrétaire d'Etat.

 

D'après le chef de la diplomatie américaine, si la Russie a proposé d'établir un contrôle international sur les armes chimiques syriennes, c'est parce que les Etats-Unis ont menacé de recourir à la force.

 

Le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov a appelé lundi Damas à placer les arsenaux chimiques syriens sous contrôle international pour ensuite les détruire. Il a également invité la Syrie à rejoindre pleinement l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques.

 

Selon le président américain Barack Obama, cette initiative "pourrait constituer une percée importante".

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Syrie: la proposition russe met l’éventuelle intervention militaire entre parenthèses

10/09/2013 par Gaëtan Barralon – 45eNord.ca

 

Au lendemain de la proposition formulée par Moscou, la communauté internationale a accueilli d’un œil bienveillant mais méfiant cette éventuelle mise sous contrôle international de l’arsenal chimique syrien.

 

Un véritable contre-pied. En proposant de placer le stock d’armes chimiques du régime syrien sous contrôle international, Vladimir Poutine a pris à revers l’ensemble des acteurs diplomatiques. Principal allié de Bachar al-Assad, le président russe tente ainsi d’empêcher toute frappe militaire sur le territoire syrien.

 

Une manœuvre qui semble porter ses fruits puisque les États-Unis comme la France ont assuré qu’ils allaient considérer cette proposition. Les deux principaux défenseurs d’une intervention militaire pourraient bel et bien reculer devant ce renversement de situation.

 

Prévu mercredi, le vote de procédure au Sénat américain sur un éventuel recours à la force en Syrie a été reporté à une date indéterminée. «Je ne pense pas que nous ayons besoin» de voter rapidement, a annoncé le chef de la majorité démocrate du Sénat, Harry Reid.

 

Barack Obama a, de son côté, déclaré que cette proposition russe pourrait constituer une «percée importante» dans la résolution du conflit. Si les dirigeants américains restent méfiants quant au bien-fondé de cette volonté de Moscou, ils ont néanmoins pu profiter de celle-ci pour s’offrir un certain répit au cœur de cette tourmente diplomatique sans trêve.

 

La France va déposer un projet de résolution aux Nations unies

 

Du côté de Paris, en revanche, pas question d’abandonner la perspective d’une intervention militaire mise en avant par le président François Hollande. Lundi, le chef de la diplomatie française, Laurent Fabius, a poursuivi sur la ligne offensive de son chef d’État. La proposition russe est «recevable à au moins trois conditions», a déclaré Laurent Fabius, réclamant «des engagements précis, rapides et vérifiables de la part du régime syrien».

 

Bachar el-Assad «doit s’engager sans délai à mettre sous contrôle international et à laisser détruire l’ensemble de son arsenal chimique», et «cette opération doit se faire sur la base d’une résolution contraignante du Conseil de sécurité, avec un calendrier court et des conséquences fermes s’il ne respectait pas ses engagements», a-t-il ajouté.

 

La France n’entend plus perdre de temps. Paris va ainsi déposer, ce mardi, un projet de résolution au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU. La diplomatie française entend ainsi autoriser un recours à la force en cas de manquement aux obligations.

 

Ce projet vise à «exiger de ce régime qu’il fasse sans délai toute la lumière sur son programme d’armes chimiques, qu’il le place sous contrôle international et qu’il soit démantelé», a déclaré Laurent Fabius devant la presse.

 

Ce dernier a ajouté que la résolution aurait également pour but de «mettre en place un dispositif complet d’inspection et de contrôle de ses obligations sous l’égide de l’Organisation pour l’interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAC)».

 

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Successful Shootdown: DDG Hits Ballistic-missile Target

A missile launched by the destroyer Decatur on Tuesday hit and destroyed a ballistic-missile target as part of a joint missile-defense test in the western Pacific. (photo US Navy)

 

Sep. 10, 2013 - By SAM FELLMAN – Defense News

 

A U.S. destroyer tracked and destroyed an overhead ballistic missile as one of two successful shootdowns in a joint exercise early Tuesday in the western Pacific.

 

A Standard Missile-3 fired from the destroyer Decatur “successfully intercepted” a medium range ballistic missile target fired on an “operationally realistic” flight path, the Defense Department said in a news release Tuesday. In addition to Decatur, soldiers with Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, shot down an incoming missile, making the exercise 2-for-2, in a live-fire test near Kwajalein Atoll, part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

 

“All of our tests are hit-to-kill,” explained Missile Defense Agency spokesman Rick Lehner, when asked about what type of hit the target sustained. “They have to come into contact with the target to destroy it.”

 

The test results were a success for the Navy’s Aegis ballistic-missile defense system, which is becoming the future of the destroyer fleet, and the Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, in demonstrating layered tracking and intercept capabilities against realistic ballistic targets.

 

It’s the third straight successful Aegis BMD test, according to the MDA’s official record; the system hasn’t missed a target since a joint test last October and has 26 intercepts in 32 at-sea tests. THAAD hasn’t missed since tests began in 2006, MDA records show — 11 hits in 14 tests, with three exercises considered “no tests” because of target malfunctions.

 

Other elements of the missile shield have seen more mixed results. A long-range interceptor fired from the California coast failed to intercept its ballistic target in a July 5 test, the third failure in a row for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD.

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Sea Ceptor missile trial in Sweden [Picture MBDA UK Ltd]

Sea Ceptor missile trial in Sweden [Picture MBDA UK Ltd]

Sea Ceptor missile trial in Sweden [Picture MBDA UK Ltd]

 

10 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

A new naval air defence system that can intercept and destroy enemy missiles is to be manufactured in the UK under a £250 million contract.

 

Sea Ceptor, which will be fitted to the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates and, in future, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, is a cutting-edge missile designed and built by MBDA.

Capable of travelling at speeds of more than 2,000 miles per hour, it will be able to intercept multiple targets and protect an area out to a range of 25 kilometres.

It will complement the longer range Sea Viper system on the Type 45 destroyers, providing the Royal Navy with a full range of missile systems to defeat current and future threats.

Speaking at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition at London’s ExCeL Centre, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the contract to manufacture Sea Ceptor will sustain around 250 jobs at MBDA sites in Stevenage, Filton and Lostock.

It is also estimated that a further 250 jobs will be secured in companies in the supply chain.

Computer-generated image of the Sea Ceptor missile system
Computer-generated image of the Sea Ceptor missile system [Picture: Copyright MBDA UK Ltd]

MOD has also extended an agreement made with MBDA in 2010 to manage the UK’s complex weapons portfolio. Under this agreement, MOD and MBDA are working together to deliver savings of around £1 billion over the next decade.

Mr Hammond said:

The production of Sea Ceptor will be a huge boost to the UK’s world-leading missile industry, providing hundreds of jobs, and once again proves our commitment to providing battle-winning technology to our Armed Forces. Having balanced the defence budget we continue to order new equipment for our forces with confidence.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas said:

I am delighted by this announcement which marks an important milestone in the Sea Ceptor project. This state-of-the-art missile system is part of an exciting renaissance in our naval equipment programme – and when fitted to Royal Navy frigates it will further enhance our global authority as a leading maritime power.

Although Sea Ceptor will initially be used by the Royal Navy, its flexible design means that in future it could also be adapted for use by the Army and RAF.

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UK's Hammond Announces Missile Deal

Sep. 10, 2013 - by ANDREW CHUTER  - Defense News

 

At DSEi, Defense Minister Also Resists EU 'Interference'

 

LONDON — Britain’s Defence Secretary Philip Hammond opened this year’s DSEi defense and security exhibition in London with a £250 million (US $391 million) deal for missile maker MBDA and a broadside for European Union plans to reform the defense sector.

 

Hammond announced the production deal for the Sea Ceptor missile, which will provide air defense for the Royal Navy’s Type 23 and later Type 26 frigate fleet.

 

The contract follows a £483 million development deal, signed in December 2011, to get the missile into service in 2016.

 

The Sea Ceptor, the naval variant of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile, is the first of several contracts or selection announcements due this week at DSEi.

 

BAE Systems is likely to roll out several suppliers selected for the Royal Navy’s upcoming Type 26 frigate program. Rolls-Royce, with the MT30 gas turbine, is likely to top the list of suppliers announced on Wednesday.

 

An order for a fourth F-35B joint strike fighter to join three jets already delivered to the British for operational evaluation is possible by the end of the week.

 

While the missile industry here will have welcomed the defense secretary’s speech, the same can’t be said of the European Union.

 

Hammond said Britain will resist EU attempts to interfere in the defense market as outlined in a policy paper published by the commission in July.

 

The British are invariably opposed to further regulations and oversight by Brussels and are expected to hold a referendum in the next few years on whether to stay in the European Union.

 

Hammond told this DSEi audience of industry executives and military personnel that on this issue, his German counterpart has also been expressing reservations about the ideas scheduled to be considered at a EU defense ministers summit in December.

 

The British defense secretary said that some of the proposals, such as improving competition in the internal defense market and support for small- and medium-sized enterprises, were welcome

 

Other proposals were not. “Interference in defense exports and government-to-government defense sales represent a significant extension of the commission’s role and is not necessarily in the best interests of the UK defense industry and will be resisted,” Hammond said. “We will carefully eye potential interference from Brussels,” he said

 

“We don’t believe, and we are not alone — my German counterpart speaks with vigor in this area as well — that increased competitiveness in the defense industry means actually more competition, not less. We cannot embrace a solution that feels like somebody in Brussels is directing some kind of latter-day command policy,” Hammond said.

 

“For Europe to stand a chance in the global defense industry of the future we have to have products that are exportable. It’s no longer going to be enough for three or four European countries to get together. Typically that will not create enough demand. We want to to see an approach supportive of the industry which doesn’t try and deliver that support by imposing a solution which is actually anti-competitive. The UK would be very resistant to that,” he said.

 

The Brussels policy paper recommends a series of reforms aimed at what the EU reckons is required to create a more competitive and efficient defense and security in the face of falling defense budgets across the region.

 

Howard Wheeldon, of Wheeldon Strategic Advisory, said Hammond’s attack on Brussels was “absolutely justified and the words he used were the [ones] industry would support. However, actions speak louder than words.”

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Mozambique signs patrol, interceptor vessel contract with CMN

10 September 2013 by defenceWeb

 

The Mozambican government has signed a $200 million deal with French shipyard CMN to build three patrol vessels, three fast interceptors and 24 fishing trawlers. The contract represents a major boost to Mozambique’s small Navy.

 

Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie (CMN) will spend two years building the vessels, which include three 32 metre and three 42 metre patrol vessels, according to MCN owner Iskandar Safa, who announced the deal at a press conference on Thursday.

 

The contract covers three Ocean Eagle 43 patrol vessels, featuring an innovative trimaran design ideal for shallow waters. The model has a top speed of 30 knots and a range of 3 000 miles at 20 knots. Crew complement is seven, but another eight people can be accommodated aboard. A small helipad can accommodate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like the Schiebel Camcopter while a seven metre rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) can be launched from a ramp at the back of the vessel. Weapons options include a 20 or 30 mm cannon above the bridge and two 12.7 mm machineguns at the stern.

 

The HSI 32 interceptors are able to reach speeds of up to 45 knots and can undertake patrols for three days, with a range of 800 miles. Weapon options include a remotely operated 20 mm cannon and two 12.7 mm machineguns. A RHIB can be launched from the back of the boat. Crew complement is 12. These vessels are ideal for anti-piracy, anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling missions.

 

The order for 24 trawlers involves the CMN 23.5 model, crewed by eight and having an endurance of ten days. Deliveries should take place by 2016.

 

The new vessels ordered from France will provide a major boost to Mozambique’s small navy, especially in light of recent offshore oil and natural gas finds. At present the country’s small navy comprises a single Conejera class patrol craft (Pebane) donated by Spain, a couple of Namacurra class harbour patrol boats donated by South Africa and around ten small patrol craft, including RHIBs

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Serious business for South African companies at DSEI

10 September 2013 by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen – defenceWeb

 

With its sizeable pavilion at the DSEI show in London this week, South Africa continues to signal that it has the products and is keen to grow its share of world defence markets. The DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) exhibition is the world’s largest defence show to combine land, air, and sea elements, say the organisers.

 

Although defence spending is likely to face severe pressures over the next decade in Europe and the US, the show is bigger than ever in terms of number of visitors and exhibitors. Growth in defence spending in Asia and the Middle East will drive much of the growth in the international security market in the next decade.

 

Over the four days of the show, held every two years, about 30 000 visitors are expected at the ExCel centre in the docklands area of London. There are more than 1 500 exhibitors, compared to a little over 1 100 at the most recent International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi. DSEI builds on Britain as an international centre for business, rather than as a big market itself, sometimes called “the Wimbledon effect”.

 

South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry paid around R6 million for its stand at the show. On the pavilion are stands for smaller South African companies whose presence is funded by the Department.

 

Government’s signal of the importance to which it attaches to the show is indicated by the presence of a sizeable delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Tabang Makwetla and the Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke.

 

Without the presence of the heavyweights Denel and Armscor in the pavilion, the stand lacks an impressive focus. In previous years the two big state owned companies were on the South African stand.

 

The nearby Denel stand is dominated by the company’s heavy calibre gun and mortar that will be the main weapons mounted on the Badger infantry combat vehicle for the South African army. The GI-30 30 mm cannon and the M10 60 mm mortar system were launched earlier in SA, but today marks their international debut. Denel has already sold the turret and gun to Malaysia and intends to pursue other international opportunities.

 

On the morning the show opened the weapons had stirred some intense interest from a Chinese delegation who could be seen photographing the systems from a number of angles.

 

The smaller companies on the South African national stand are:

parachute manufacturer, Aerodyne Research, luxury vehicle armourer, Armormax, special purpose vehicle supplier, DCD Protected Mobility, fuse manufacturer, Fuchs Electronics, electronic warfare equipment manufacturer, GEW Technologies, ultra-high intensity searchlight supplier, Megaray, protected vehicle supplier, Osprea Logistics, electronic technology solution supplier, Parsec, antenna designer and supplier, Poynting Antennas, data modem product maker, RapidM, camp system supplier, Redeployable Camp Systems, communication and data solution company Tellumat, secure military communications provider, Reutech Communications, firearms manufacturer Truvelo, marine vessels builder Veecraft Marine, Reutech Radar Systems, grenade launcher maker, Rippel Effect Systems, power pack supplier, Shelhurst Components, specialised electronics maker, Shrike Marine, and helmet and body armour maker, Zebra Armour.

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Olivier Lepick : «Une dizaine d'années pour détruire les armes chimiques syriennes»

10/09/2013 Par Thierry Portes – LeFigaro.fr

 

INTERVIEW - Recenser puis détruire en Syrie des agents chimiques nécessitera beaucoup de temps et d'investissements de la communauté internationale, explique au Figaro Olivier Lepick, chercheur à la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, spécialiste de ce domaine.

 

LE FIGARO - La proposition russe de placer sous contrôle international l'arsenal d'armes chimiques syrien est-elle réaliste?

 

Olivier LEPICK - Elle est particulièrement habile, et même diabolique, car elle a l'apparence du bon sens et de la bienveillance. La personne qui ne connaît pas le dossier peut penser que ce processus de destruction va être immédiat et qu'il est facile à mettre en œuvre. Rien n'est moins vrai: il est certes techniquement possible de contrôler et de détruire des agents chimiques, mais il faut au minimum une bonne dizaine d'années pour conduire un tel programme.

 

Suite de l'interview

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Séminaire Intelligence économique « Gestion de crise »

10.09.2013 IHEDN

 

L’IHEDN organise les 8 et 9 octobre prochains une formation thématique Intelligence économique sur l’organisation de la gestion de crise. L’objectif est d’acquérir une culture de crise par l’étude de méthodes d’organisation et d’outils pour faire face à une crise (mise en place de procédures opérationnelles - cellule de crise, travail en équipe, amélioration du processus de décision, etc.).

 

Pour plus d’informations : http://www.ihedn.fr/?q=content/seminaire-thematique-intelligence-economique

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Launched from a submarine hanger the SUB SEAL can deliver a six-man diver. Photo JDF

Launched from a submarine hanger the SUB SEAL can deliver a six-man diver. Photo JDF

September 10, 2013 defense-update.com

 

A range of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) known as The SEAL Pod was introduced today at DSEI 2013 by James Fisher Defence (JFD), a leading sub-sea rescue, operations and engineering company. The launch of The SEAL Pod is a result of JFD’s partnership with Swedish company DCE AB, a leading consultancy and manufacturer of specialist marine crafts.

 

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Le sous-marin portugais NRP "Tridente" rejoint la force SNMG 2 de l’OTAN

9 septembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Le sous-marin classique portugais NRP "Tridente" a rejoint une des forces permanentes de l’OTAN, la SNMG 2 (Standing NATO Maritime Group 2) au sein de laquelle il participera à l’opération "Active Endeavour".

 

Le sous-marin sera de retour à Lisbonne au début du mois d’octobre. L’opération "Active Endeavour" a pour objectif de lutter contre les activités liées au terrorisme en Méditerranée.

 

Outre le Tridente, la SNMG 2 est composée de la frégate espagnole Blas de Lezo, le navire-amiral, la frégate turque Salihreis et la frégate allemande Saschen.

 

Référence : Info Defensa (Espagne)

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Royal Navy air squadron reformed to fly new jets

A Lightning II aircraft being prepared for take-off at Eglin Air Force Base – Picture UK MoD

 

9 September 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

A historic naval air squadron is to be resurrected as the first Royal Navy formation to fly the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

 

809 Naval Air Squadron, whose motto is simply ‘Immortal’, is to be reformed to operate the fifth-generation stealth aircraft that will fly from the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class carriers from 2018.

The Lightning II aircraft will be jointly operated by pilots from the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Air Force.

Earlier this year, it was announced by the Chief of the Air Staff that the famous 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron would be the first RAF squadron to fly the jets.

The 809 Naval Air Squadron crest
The 809 Naval Air Squadron crest [Picture: Crown copyright]

Both Royal Navy and RAF pilots are already training on the Lightning II aircraft alongside the US Marine Corps at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

809 Naval Air Squadron, which dates back to the Second World War, has been selected by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, because of its history of striking at the enemy in operations across the globe.

In previous incarnations, aircraft from the squadron supported an attack on Hitler’s flagship, supported the invasions of North Africa, Italy and southern France during the Second World War and saw action in Suez in 1956.

It was last reformed to support operations in the Falkland Islands; the squadron also flew the Navy’s last Buccaneer, a low-level strike bomber flown in the 1960s and 1970s.

An 809 Naval Air Squadron Buccaneer
An 809 Naval Air Squadron Buccaneer landing on HMS Ark Royal in 1977 (library image) [Picture: Crown copyright]

Admiral Zambellas said:

I am delighted to announce that the name of the second Lightning II squadron, when it forms, will be 809 Naval Air Squadron.

This squadron number is chosen to link with and reflect the proud and distinguished history of embarked carrier strike, from the Second World War to the Falklands.

The early naming of 809 alongside the RAF’s 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron is a very visible demonstration of a joint ambition, spirit of collaboration and shared equity in the Joint Lightning Force.

When not at sea as part of the UK’s carrier strike force, the squadron will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

The joint nature of the squadrons means naval personnel will serve with the Dambusters, and their Air Force counterparts will do likewise on 809 Naval Air Squadron.

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Supacat Debut the LRV 400 Light Recce Vehicle at DSEI 2013

 

 

September 10, 2013 defense-update.com

 

The Supacat LRV 400 unveiled today at DSEI 2013 is a militarized variant of Qt Services’ successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

 

Supacat is launching the Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at the DSEi 2013 exhibition opened in London today. The vehicle is designed as a low cost, high performance capability for special forces, border patrol, reconnaissance, rapid intervention and light strike roles. Offering light forces supreme levels of all-terrain mobility, the LRV 400 is able to be tactically loaded within a CH-47 Chinook with its full operational payload on board.

 

The LRV 400 is a militarized variant of Qt Services’ successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

 

Using a fresh approach, Supacat have teamed with Qt to modify and integrate the COTS vehicle to military standards, thus providing an affordable capability using proven technology. The LRV 400 fills the gap in Supacat’s product portfolio between the heavier `Jackal` surveillance, reconnaissance and patrol vehicle and the smaller All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP).

 

“The LRV 400 meets the gap in the military market for a light reconnaissance vehicle with an overall capability as close to that of Jackal as possible, but smaller and at less cost by adopting a COTS approach. We’ve taken motorsports’ best of breed in Qt’s Wildcat and modified it to military specification using Supacat’s proven expertise in developing Jackal,” said Jamie Clarke, Head of Marketing & Communications, Supacat. “Supreme performance and tactical CH-47 internal loading have been key targets on this project. The users will be able to drive in and drive out without the need to offload their payload or to conduct any lengthy preparation for flight. When they get there, they will be afforded the very best terrain access and operational capability. Applying motorsport technology to Defence applications is an exciting approach and one that will deliver unrivalled performance”.

 

The LRV 400 has evolved out of customer feedback on a proof-of-concept closed cab demonstrator developed by Supacat and Qt in 2011. Wildcat’s tubular space-frame chassis and state of the art suspension are critical to the LRV’s performance and rugged reliability. The display vehicle at DSEi is shown in a three crew configuration of commander, driver and gunner but the flexibility of the space-frame design allows the LRV 400 to be easily re-configured to meet different operational roles.

 

With a Gross Vehicle Weight of 3500kg, a width of 1.8m and a height of 1.8m (weapon removed or lowered) the LRV 400 is easily air portable in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. It boasts a maximum speed of 106 mph (170km/h) and a range of 1000km. Payload is up to 1400 kg, depending on customer specification and configuration. It can be fitted with a range of powertrain options – the display vehicle has a Ford 3.2-litre, 5-cylinder diesel engine developing 236 hp and 550 Nm torque coupled to a Ford-supplied 6-speed automatic gearbox and two-speed transfer box however, other engine and transmission options are available.

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Russie: 9,7 mds USD d'armements exportés en 2013 (Rosoboronexport)

MOSCOU, 9 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Au début du mois de septembre, l'agence russe d'exportation d'armements Rosoboronexport a rempli à 75% (pour 9,7 milliards de dollars) son plan annuel de ventes à l'étranger d'armements et de matériel militaire, a annoncé lundi à RIA Novosti l'adjoint du directeur général de l'agence Viktor Komardine.

 

Les sommes n'ont pas été publiées par l'agence. Toutefois, Rosoboronexport a annoncé en 2012 avoir exporté des armes pour un montant de 12,9 milliards de dollars. En mai 2013, son directeur général Anatoli Issaïkine a déclaré que le plan de 2013 ne serait pas inférieur à celui de 2012, c'est-à-dire qu'il se chiffrerait à 13 milliards de dollars.

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Russie: l'armée va tester de nouvelles roquettes thermobariques

Lance-flamme lourd TOS-1A "Bouratino"

 

MOSCOU, 9 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

L'armée russe procèdera prochainement aux tirs d'essai d'une nouvelle roquette thermobarique destinée au lance-flammes lourd TOS-1A "Bouratino", annonce lundi le service de presse du District militaire du Sud dans un communiqué.

"Lors des exercices qui se dérouleront prochainement sur le polygone de Prouboï dans la région de Volgograd, les troupes procèderont aux essais de nouvelles roquettes thermobariques tirées par le lance-flamme lourd  TOS-1A", indique le communiqué.
Selon les militaires, la nouvelle roquette possède une portée de près de six kilomètres et sa puissance de destruction a été augmentée de 20% par rapport à la roquette existante.

Par ailleurs, l'armée procèdera également à des tirs sur le nouveau lance-flammes à roquette Smel-M.

Les exercices devraient impliquer plus de 1.000 militaires et plus de 120 véhicules, selon le communiqué.

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