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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 11:55
11e université de la Défense à Pau : la LPM sur toutes les lèvres

10/09/2013 Par Olivier Berger, grand reporter à La Voix du Nord - Défense globale

 

La Loi de programmation militaire (LPM) 2014-2019, en cours d'arbitrage, est un sujet en vogue à la 11e université de la Défense qui se déroule à Pau. Patricia Adam, la présidente de la Commission de la Défense et des Forces armées de l'Assemblée nationale, et Jean-Louis Carrère, son homologue des Affaires étrangères et de la Défense au Sénat, n'ont pas caché toutes leurs inquiétudes. Même si le credo reste de bâtir " une LPM cohérente et réaliste ".

 

Avec sa faconde landaise, Jean-Louis Carrère ne va jamais par quatre chemins : " La sécurisation des ressources exceptionnelles (pour arriver à boucler le budget de la Défense) ne nous convient pas totalement. Nous avons besoin d'un fléchage. " Le sénateur souhaite même qu'un "codicille" précise que " si d'aventure une difficulté apparaissait lors des réalisations, les crédits budgétaires amènent la différence ". Le ministère de la Défense suivrait sur ce point.

 

Pour les trois prochaines années, le budget se maintient légèrement au-dessus de 1,5 % du PIB (31,4 milliards d'euros). Il augmenterait un peu les trois suivantes pour passer à 32-32,5 milliards. Pour réaliser un total d'environ 190 milliards d'euros sur la période 2014-2019. Le postulat n'interdit pas de rêver estime Jean-Louis Carrère : " Nous avons demandé à indiquer dans la LPM que si nous retournions à une meilleure fortune économique, nous pressions le pas vers les 2 points du PIB pour la Défense. " Une renégociation vers une nouvelle trajectoire serait possible en cours de période. " Nous avons une satisfaction raisonnée sur les arbitrages de cette loi de programmation militaire ", juge Jean-Louis Carrère.

 

La vente des bijoux de famille

 

L'esprit qui domine lors de ces arbitrages correspond évidemment au contexte budgétaire. " Je fais toujours très attention à la vente des bijoux de famille, illustre le sénateur. En même temps, on est dans un trou d'air. Et si on en sort, retrouvera-t-on, la croissance des années 60, je ne le crois pas. Tous ces éléments mis bout à bout, entre la cession des actifs et ne plus avoir un outil de défense digne de ce nom, il faut faire ce choix. " A quel prix ?

 

Patricia Adam semble plus inquiète : " D'abord, il va falloir réussir les recettes exceptionnelles. La deuxième variable, ce sont les Rafale. " Autrement dit, si Dassault Aviation ne conclut pas la vente de ses avions de chasse en Inde ou ailleurs, le budget national pourrait en pâtir. D'un point de vue économique et industrielle, la France ne peut laisser tomber ce fleuron de l'aviation et sa chaîne de construction. En 2019, au lieu d'acheter quatre Rafale, il faudrait en acquérir onze, à 100 millions d'euros l'unité. Faut-il vous faire un dessin ?

 

Sur le budget, la présidente de la Commission de l'Assemblée est claire : " Les autorisations d'engagement, c'est bien. mais il faut les crédits de paiement. La pression mise sur le gouvernement pour les arbitrages, on va la maintenir, notamment lors des débats en session dans l'hémicycle. "

 

Car la Défense part d'un constat accablant : " Les LPM précédentes n'ont jamais été respectées quelque soit le gouvernement. Fin 2014, il manquera 5 milliards d'euros. A chaque LPM, on perd une année et ça se répercute sur la suivante. C'est cela qu'il faut éviter. Nous voulons d'abord une LPM sincère, comme le dit Jean-Yves Le Drian. Pas un LPM qui fasse rêver les militaires et les industriels mais une LPM cohérente et réaliste. "

 

On tient aussi du côté des parlementaires au maintien en condition opérationnel et de la préparation des forces. Qui ne doivent " plus servir de variable d'ajustement " comme par le passé. Le ministère devrait prochainement annoncer la création d'une seule direction des ressources humaines, pour les militaires et les civils, pour contrôler au mieux la suppression de 24 000 postes (a priori 1/3 dans les forces et le reste dans l'administration).

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Comsat NG : un contrat espéré en 2015

Les deux satellites Syracuse 3 devront être remplacés au tournant de la décennie.

 

10/09/2013 Par Guillaume Steuer  air-cosmos.com

 

"Afin de pouvoir assurer correctement la transition avec la capacité actuelle, il faudrait pouvoir notifier le lancement de Comsat NG en 2015", expliquait ce matin au salon Euroconsult le capitaine de vaisseau Alexis Latty, reponsable des programmes de commandement et maîtrise de l'information (CMI) à l'Etat-major des armées. L'officier s'exprimait dans le cadre d'une table ronde consacrée aux satellites de télécommunication militaires (Satcom).

Pour les armées, l'objectif est de remplacer la capacité que représentent aujourd'hui les deux satellites Syracuse 3 en orbite. Le projet de loi de programmation militaire confirme le lancement de l'opération Comsat NG sur la période 2014-2019, "éventuellement sous forme non patrimoniale".

 

Suite de l'article

 

 

 

 

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photo MP MAUPILE Marine Nationale

photo MP MAUPILE Marine Nationale

Salon DSEI, Londres, le 10 septembre 2013 - Sagem (Safran)

 

Leader européen des technologies et systèmes de navigation, Sagem (Safran) vient de se voir confier par la DGA le marché de modernisation du Système Inertiel de Navigation et d’Alignement (SINA) du porte-avions Charles-de-Gaulle.

 

Conduit sous la maîtrise d’œuvre de Sagem, ce programme de modernisation prévoit le remplacement des centrales inertielles d’origine à cardans (MiniCIN) par de nouvelles centrales à très haute précision de type SIGMA 40 à gyrolaser.

 

Sagem (Safran) modernise le système de navigation et d’alignement du porte-avions Charles-de-Gaulle

Sagem fera évoluer progressivement le système de navigation Charles-de-Gaulle, en fournissant :

    les données de navigation, de guidage et d’attitude, en temps réel aux nombreux systèmes du bord ;

    les données permettant aux avions Rafale d’aligner leurs centrales de navigation à gyrolaser, également fournies par Sagem.

 

Sagem poursuit ainsi sa coopération avec DCNS en matière d’intégration d’équipements de navigation à hautes performances valorisant les capacités de ses systèmes d’armes et de combat embarqués. Ce savoir-faire repose sur la validation de fonctions nouvelles, la garantie de performances tout au long du cycle de développement et de production, le tout dans le respect impératif des délais octroyées par les périodes d’entretien du Charles-de-Gaulle.

 

A l’issue de ce programme, le Charles-de-Gaulle disposera d’un système de navigation équivalent à ceux de bâtiments neufs déjà équipés de SIGMA 40 de Sagem : bâtiments de projection et de commandement Mistral, frégates Horizon et Aquitaine (programme FREMM) et futurs sous-marins nucléaires d’attaque classe Suffren du programme Barracuda.

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Sagem, société de haute technologie du groupe Safran, est un leader mondial de solutions et de services en optronique, avionique, électronique et logiciels critiques, pour les marchés civils et de défense. N°1 européen et n°3 mondial des systèmes de navigation inertielle pour les applications aéronautiques, marines et terrestres, Sagem est également n°1 mondial des commandes de vol pour hélicoptères et n°1 européen des systèmes optroniques et des systèmes de drones tactiques. Présents sur tous les continents via le réseau international du groupe Safran, Sagem et ses filiales emploient 7 500 personnes en Europe, en Asie du Sud-est et Amérique du Nord. Sagem est le nom commercial de la société Sagem Défense Sécurité.

 

Pour plus d’informations : www.sagem-ds.com

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Italy’s SAMP/T Reaches Full Operational Capability

A French air force SAMP T medium-range air-defense system fires an Aster 30 missile which intercepted a Tactical Ballistic Missile (TBM) target for the first time in Europe. (DGA photo)

 

Sept. 09, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Eurosam; issued Sept 6, 2013)

 

SAMP/T Reaches Full Operational Capability

 

Last month, Italy formally stated that its SAMP/T units, deployed in the Army base in Mantova, reached Full Operational Capability, and were ready to take operational missions ordered by NATO or by national authorities. A press brief took place on September 6th.

 

SAMP/T operational capability has gradually increased, since Fall 2010, when the French Air Force declared it had reached Initial Operational Capability and activated its first MAMBA GBAD squadron, in Luxeuil AFB.

 

Since then Italy and France received most of the units they ordered from Eurosam, through OCCAr, with growing capability as the users got familiar with the outstanding performances of their new equipment, extensively testing it in operational conditions.

 

The latest tests, in a complete NATO environment, were the ATBM intercept conducted in March 2013 by a joint Italian-French team and the JPOW multinational exercise, in June.

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Terrier Demonstrating Innovation in Military Vehicles at DSEI

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

BAE Systems’ Terrier® Combat Engineer Vehicle, the most advanced combat engineer vehicle which delivers uncompromising performance from a medium weight chassis, is on display on the BAE Systems stand at DSEI

 

The latest vehicle to be accepted into service with the British Army, Terrier has been designed with an integrated electronic architecture which facilitates ‘drive-by-wire’ and remote control making the vehicle highly capable, survivable and adaptable.

 

Likened to a combat ‘Swiss Army Knife’, Terrier is one of the most versatile, agile and adaptable combat vehicles and can carry out multiple roles in the most demanding battlefield conditions. Typical applications include providing mobility support (obstacle and route clearance), counter-mobility (digging of anti-tank ditches and other obstacles) and survivability (digging of trenches and Armoured Fighting Vehicle slots). With a flying weight of 32 tonnes, which allows it to be transported in the A400M airlifter, Terrier provides strategic air transportability as well as being extremely mobile on the ground on all terrains, reaching speeds of up to 70 kph and with a road range of 600km.

 

Terrier is the first combat vehicle with drive-by-wire technology and “special to role” computers which manage the automotive and combat engineer systems respectively allowing electronic signals sent by the vehicle’s computers to perform functions. Physical connections are maintained between the driver and the essential automotive systems for safety and survivability reasons, but the vehicle is capable of being fully controlled via the commander’s joysticks through the drive-by-wire systems and the front loader and the excavator arm hydraulic systems are fully controlled through the databus.

 

Moreover, the vehicle can be operated by wireless remote control up to 1km away, using a gaming type controller and remote cameras.  The remote control interface would be readily recognised by any computer gamer, making this capability easy for new recruits to learn.

 

David Bond, Managing Director of Combat Vehicles (UK) said: “With Terrier making its first ever appearance at an international defence exhibition, we anticipate plenty of interest from international markets and customers keen to see the benefits of the most up to date technological advancements in armoured vehicle technology as well as confirming our position as the UK’s leading design authority on combat engineer vehicles”

 

In addition to the Terrier vehicle, BAE Systems has delivered a full suite of integrated logistic support and a complete state of the art training capability including mission and scenario based training using innovative student led exploration to maximise engagement and knowledge retention. Operators and maintainers are trained simultaneously through a combination of high fidelity, full motion simulators, virtual emulations of the vehicle and its systems and hands-on ‘live’ experience.  An initial five year programme of Contractor Logistic Support covering fleet management, technical advice, maintenance and logistics support was commenced on 1 April 2013.

 

Sixty vehicles are being delivered under the programme which are being built in Newcastle.

 

Terrier® is a registered trademark of the Secretary State for Defence

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Le Groupe Nexter sera présent au salon DSEI 2013

10.09.2013 Nexter Group

 

… et dévoilera la nouvelle référence en termes de mobilité du soldat

 

Héritier d'une industrie nationale multiséculaire, Nexter est un des leaders européens de la défense terrestre. Le groupe Nexter propose aujourd'hui une vaste gamme de systèmes de défense terrestre et équipe plus d'une centaine d'armées à travers le monde.

 

Du 10 au 13 septembre 2013, le Groupe Nexter dévoilera sur son stand (N8-160) une multitude de produits dont des véhicules blindés (VBCI) ainsi que l'ensemble de son offre de munitions et d'équipements produits par ses filiales (N7-460).

 

Véritable atout de l'Armée française lors des conflits en Afghanistan, au Liban et au Mali, le Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) 8x8 sera à l'honneur sur le stand Nexter (N8-160), mais également dans l'aire d'exposition statique des forces françaises où aura lieu une conférence sur le RETEX Mali. Nexter Munitions présentera également sa gamme complète de produits (munitions du moyen au gros calibre).

 

Sur le stand N7-460, les équipements Nexter seront à l'honneur et les filiales du groupe présenteront quelques-uns de leurs produits les plus novateurs : notamment Nexter Mechanics avec son système centralisé de gonflage de pneumatiques Syegon® et son siège anti-mines Safepro® ; NBC-Sys avec ses systèmes de protection contre les menaces nucléaires, radiologiques, biologiques ou chimiques (NRBC) ; Nexter Robotics (robots terrestres et aéroterrestres) avec le robot NERVA® ; Optsys (systèmes optomécaniques et optoélectroniques) qui dévoilera pour la première fois son tout dernier démonstrateur technologique « Optsee » ; et enfin Nexter Systems avec son Système d’Information Terminal FINDERS C2®.

 

Parce que l'innovation est notre moteur et que le Groupe Nexter ne cesse de développer de nouvelles références dans le secteur de la défense, Nexter Systems vous invite le second jour du salon, mercredi à 10h, sur son stand pour découvrir en avant-première son tout nouveau système.

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Fincantieri Lays Keel of the Sixth Fremm Frigate

Sept. 10, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Fincantieri; issued Sept. 6, 2013)

(Issued in Italian only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

 

Riva Trigoso: Fincantieri Lays Keel of the Frigate “Luigi Rizzo”

 

Today at the Riva Trigoso shipyard, near Genoa, Fincantieri held a ceremony marking the laying of the keel of the frigate "Luigi Rizzo", the sixth ship of the FREMM program.

 

This event continues the construction of the European Multi-Mission Frigates, which remains to date the most important joint initiative between European industries in the field of naval defense.

 

The vessel, which will be delivered in early 2017, will be about 144 meters long, 19.7 wide, and will have a full load displacement of about 6,700 tons.

 

She will be able to reach a top speed of over 27 knots, and will accommodate up to 200 people.

 

The ship will be characterized by a high operational flexibility, and will have the ability to operate in multiple scenarios, particularly to maintain the security of the Mediterranean basin.

 

The ships of the FREMM program will represent the authority of the Italian state and of the European Union in the Mediterranean, and will replace the Italian navy’s "Lupo" and "Maestrale" class frigates, built by Fincantieri in the seventies.

 

The initiative involves the participation as prime contractor for Italy of Horizon Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, Finmeccanica 49%) and for France of Armaris (DCNS + Thales).

 

This cooperative program has built on the positive experience of the previous French-Italian program "Horizon" that led to the creation of two destroyers for the Italian Navy, the '"Andrea Doria" and "Caio Duilio".

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Nexter Robotics dévoile son nouveau robot NERVA S

t annonce le lancement commercial du système NERVA® LG lors du salon DSEI 2013

 

DSEI, Londres, le 10 septembre 2013 – Nexter Group

 

A l'occasion du salon de la défense et de la sécurité DSEI 2013 à Londres, Nexter Robotics, la filiale du Groupe Nexter entièrement consacrée aux systèmes robotiques, a dévoilé NERVA® S, un robot plus petit que le NERVA® LG, dédié à l'observation. Avec NERVA® S, Nexter Robotics enrichit sa gamme de produits en introduisant des robots très abordables tout en continuant à proposer le même niveau de résistance opérationnelle et de facilité de manœuvre sur le terrain.

 

Nexter Robotics a également annoncé le lancement commercial de son système robotique NERVA® LG. Fruit d'une approche itérative combinant étroitement des essais opérationnels et des ajustements techniques, le NERVA® LG répond exactement aux exigences opérationnelles et propose une technologie aboutie à un prix extrêmement abordable. Outre une résistance à toute épreuve (jetable, complètement résistant à l'eau, etc.), le robot peut être commandé par un PC, une tablette ou un smartphone standard et propose des fonctionnalités semi-autonomes pour diminuer la charge de travail de l'opérateur (navigation par points de cheminement ou retour à la base automatique une fois la mission achevée). La plate-forme NERVA® LG peut être équipée d'un grand choix de charges utiles standard ou dédiées. Par exemple, la version de reconnaissance est proposée avec une caméra infrarouge thermique (8-12 µ), la vision diurne panoramique (360°) et un bloc d'interconnexion général (Ethernet, USB, vidéo, etc.) qui permet d'équiper la plate-forme robotique de n'importe quel type d'équipement conforme aux standards les plus répandus.

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OPTSYS présente OPTSee, son nouveau démonstrateur de savoir-faire,

et annonce son partenariat avec SCHOTT pendant DSEI

 

DSEI, Londres, le 10 septembre 2013 – Nexter Group

 

Acteur français reconnu de la vision protégée à bord de véhicules blindés, la société OPTSYS, filiale du Groupe Nexter, propose à l'occasion du salon DSEI un démonstrateur innovant, OPTSee, pour la présentation de ses produits. De manière dynamique et interactive, la cellule de démonstration permet de découvrir l'ensemble de la gamme produit OPTSYS.

 

Le démonstrateur sera équipé de sa gamme DVE (Driver Vision Enhancement) et notamment de deux innovations phares, et uniques sur le marché, répondant aux contraintes d'encombrement et d'intégration à bord d'un véhicule militaire. D'abord, le ViDOK, module vidéo indépendant, compact et économique permettant d'ajouter une voie vidéo à n'importe quel épiscope grâce à son système d'attache innovant : une solution intéressante économiquement pour la modernisation d'un véhicule type M113. Ensuite, RuDi, un écran de recopie tactile et durci qui s'intègre facilement dans n'importe quelle configuration de véhicule grâce à ses connecteurs orientables.

 

Par ailleurs, OPTSYS confirme sa position d'acteur reconnu sur le marché LSAS puisqu'il produit en série depuis 2012 son système ViPer (Vision 360°) dont vous pourrez découvrir la dernière évolution ViPER 361° sur le démonstrateur.

 

Enfin, OPTSYS poursuit sa volonté d'être un partenaire solide et une référence dans la vision protégée. Dans ce sens, OPTSYS vient de conclure un accord de partenariat avec SCHOTT, s'affichant ainsi en tant qu'intégrateur de solution complète de vitrage blindé à forte valeur ajoutée.

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Ground-breaking Radar for Aircraft Carriers Begins Testing at Secret Facility on Isle of Wight

Sep 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

A new 3D radar capable of cutting through interference equal to 10,000 mobile phone signals, has successfully commenced integration trials at a secret electromagnetic radar testing facility on the Isle of Wight.

 

The testing of ARTISAN 3D radar is in advance of installation on the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers (QEC) which are being assembled in Rosyth, Scotland.

 

The ARTISAN trials will test a series of integrated systems which include the provision of 3D air surveillance, target identification and air traffic management services for the ships,   The ARTISAN 3D Radar will provide extensive air traffic control and medium range tactical picture capability with ground breaking features such as tracking more than 900 targets at one time and has the ability to spot objects as small as a tennis ball travelling up to three times the speed of sound.

 

The BAE Systems radar testing facility on the island occupies the site of the old Somerton Aerodrome which began as an airfield in 1916. As well as being equipped for the manufacture and test of aircraft components, the aerodrome operated flights between London and the Isle of Wight in the 1930s. The site was taken over by the Decca gramophone company in 1959 which had contributed to the war effort resulting in a number of ventures into marine radar and navigation. This heritage continues today through BAE Systems’ expert radar testing at the site.

 

ARTISAN 3D is successfully providing 'real world' tracks and radar video to the QEC Combat Management System - which is also produced by BAE Systems - whilst receiving simulated 'own-ship' data in the QEC Mission System Test Facility.  ARTISAN 3D is being successfully controlled from CMS consoles to provide operators with both a medium range tactical picture and the essential air traffic control picture the ships will rely on.

 

In addition to the strong integration results, the system is operating successfully with the QEC Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, which can identify aircraft as friendly and track its range from a potential threat.

 

The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence. The first ship will begin sea trials in 2017.

 

Les Gregory, Product and Training services Director, BAE Systems said, "I am delighted that the ARTISAN 3D Radar is producing excellent results as predicted for the QEC, it is an exciting milestone not only in the development of BAE Systems radar programme but for the future of Royal Navy warships."

 

The medium-range radar system, which has a reach of up to 200km completed its factory testing in December 2012 and was installed at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Electromagnetic Environment Assessment facility at BAE Systems, Cowes, earlier this year.

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Une initiative franco-allemande au conseil européen en décembre

10.09.2013 Par Olivier Berger, grand reporter à La Voix du Nord - Défense globale

 

Une initiative franco-allemande en matière de défense verra le jour au Conseil européen à Bruxelles en décembre, a annoncé le secrétaire d'Etat à la Défense allemand, Stéphane Beemelmans, lors de l'université d'été de la Défense à Pau.

 

Pour le Conseil européen, consacré aux questions de défense et de sécurité les 19 et 20 décembre 2013 à Bruxelles, le secrétaire d'Etat allemand cherche " une nouvelle efficacité et une visibilité commune ". L'initiative franco-allemande de décembre s'articulera autour de plusieurs points :

- Qualification de partenaires de confiance (la base).

- Développement de battlegroups (au niveau d'une force de réaction rapide) dans des perspectives nouvelles sur l'engagement.

- Plus de transparence et de coopération dans le développement des capacités et le processus de planification.

- Intensification du pooling and sharing (mutualisation et partage de moyens).

- Poursuite de l'augmentation de la coopération en matière de cybersécurité.

- Renforcement du marché intérieur de la Défense - " mais là, je suis plutôt pessimiste ".

- Une des priorités qui nécessitera " un travail énorme ", " la normalisation et la certification à l'échelle européenne " en matière industrielle mais aussi capacitaire.

 

Stéphane Beemelmans ne se rengorge pas : " Tout cela peut paraître pas très ambitieux. Mais c'est toujours un bon départ quand la France et l'Allemagne font une proposition commune. "

 

Les responsables envisagent une complémentarité européenne, notamment dans le domaine des actions civilo-militaires, à l'influence de l'OTAN.

 

Autant vous dire que l'ambassadeur du Royaume-Uni en France, Peter Ricketts, n'est pas aussi angélique ou constructif (tout dépendant de quel côté on se place). En bon Britannique, il se veut plutôt pragmatique : " La coopération en Europe a toujours été plus difficile dans son principe que dans la pratique. " Puis, séducteur : " Il y a toujours des malentendus sur les intentions britanniques. "

 

Cela dit, Peter Ricketts " ne peut imaginer des structures opérationnelles européennes. L'Europe n'est pas adaptée, par exemple, pour conduire des opérations de haute intensité. Il faut se concentrer sur ce que l'Europe sait faire et peut refaire. Comme les opérations civilo-militaires. C'est peut-être moins ambitieux mais ça peut être très utile ". Prévention, assistance, consolidation de la paix, voilà pour l'ambition britannique pour l'Europe. Qui n'a pas parlé de coopération industrielle une seule seconde.

 

Claude-France Arnould, directrice de l'Agence de défense européenne, se débat pour chercher des convergences essentielles : des normes (par exemple, dans le secteur des drones). Et esquisse des pistes de coopération en cyberdéfense, dans les domaines des satellites, de l'énergie, de la surveillance du territoire européen et de la sécurité maritime.

 

Avec une méthode communautaire, " en mettant au clair qui fait quoi et en proposant des incitations. Evidemment, dans un domaine de souveraineté comme celui-ci, la coopération n'est pas naturelle. "

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Saab Delivers Final Gripens to Thailand

Sept. 09, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Saab Gripen blog; posted Sept. 6, 2013)

 

RTAF Received Their Last Three Ordered Gripen

 

Three SAAB Gripen C aircraft ordered by Thailand safely arrived 4 September at their home base Wing 7 in Surat Thani, Thailand. The aircraft were received by happy RTAF pilots and officers.

 

These were the last of twelve Gripen C/D aircraft Thailand agreed to purchase in a G2G integrated air defense agreement with Sweden signed early 2008. RTAF will inaugurate the operational “Gripen Integrated Air Defense System” on 11 September with a ceremony at Wing 7.

 

The ferry flight took off from Linköping, Sweden, 30 August, on a route that took them to Greece, Jordan, Qatar, Oman and India before Thailand. They spent a total of 16.5 flight hours before touch down at Wing 7.

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Japan Scrambles Jets for Drone Near Disputed Islands

Sep. 9, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

TOKYO — Japan scrambled fighter jets Monday after an unidentified drone flew near Tokyo-controlled islands at the center of a bitter dispute with China, a defense ministry spokesman said.

 

It was the first reported incident of its kind.

 

Japan’s Air Self-Defence Force sent an unspecified number of jets to the area, the official said.

 

The drones did not enter Japanese airspace, the official said.

 

A second Japanese defense ministry official said the nationality of the drone was not clear, but added that it came from the northwest and and was last seen flying back in that direction.

 

China does have drones but when asked about the incident, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: “I am not aware of the situation.”

 

On Sunday, Japan scrambled fighter jets against two Chinese bombers that flew from the East China Sea into the Pacific, through a gap between islands in the Okinawa chain, the defense ministry said.

 

And two weeks ago, fighters were dispatched to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards the Senkaku islands, which Beijing calls the Diaoyus and claims as its own.

 

A Y-12 propeller plane flew about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from airspace around the islands on Aug. 26, before heading back towards China after Japan’s military planes became airborne.

 

In December, a similar plane from China’s State Oceanic Administration breached airspace over the disputed islands, prompting the launch of Japanese F-15s.

 

It was the first known incursion by a Chinese plane into Japanese airspace, the government said at the time.

 

Friday’s reports came as four Chinese coastguard ships sailed in the so-called contiguous zone that surrounds territorial waters around the islands.

 

It was the latest in a series of such sorties by Chinese government ships since Tokyo nationalized three islands in the chain last September, reigniting a long-simmering dispute.

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photo Niitek

photo Niitek

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Chemring Group PLC

 

NIITEK®, Inc., a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring"), and now Chemring Sensors & Electronic Systems (CSES) announced today that the Turkish Army has made a purchase of the two-operator Husky Mine Detection System (HMDS) to lead its route clearance patrols and provide minefield clearance capability. The NIITEK® HMDS is a multi-panel high-performance Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system which functions on manned, blast resistant vehicles that provide rapid ability to scope out anti-vehicular landmines and other explosive hazards on main supply routes and additional open areas as needed. This is Turkey’s first acquisition of the HMDS and represents a critical enhancement in the mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection, interrogation, and clearance capabilities for the Turkish military. The NIITEK® Ground Penetrating Radar is now in use with the U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Spanish Militaries.

 

This equipment is a significant leap forward in Turkish Army mine detection capability. Three of the four two-seat variant Husky 2G vehicles sold to Turkey feature the NIITEK® Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and the fourth Husky 2G features a robotic arm. Additionally, the Turkish Army procured two R-VISOR robots mounted on the QinetiQ TALON® featuring a NIITEK® GPR and Metal Detector. The robots clear footpaths as well as areas not accessible to the much larger HMDS. Delivery was completed August 2013 in Turkey. The contract includes installation, training, and logistics support. NIITEK®, along with its partners Critical Solutions International (CSI), sales lead for the Husky 2G manufactured in South Africa, and IPA Defence, a Turkish based company as the main contractor in this project, representing NIITEK® & CSI and QinetiQ North America, received the order in May 2013.

 

“We have been working closely with IPA and CSI to assist the Turkish Government establish an enhanced route and area clearance capability because of the threats that exist on their southern borders; we look to further support this capacity as it is established across their military.” said Tom Thebes, CSES Acting President. “The NIITEK® GPR is a critical component in the war against mines and IEDs and this award represents a significant step in supporting the international Counter-IED mission and the ultimate goal of saving lives.”

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Advanced targeting technology enables efficient tactical engagements while reducing fratricide and collateral damage

Sep 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

    New Integrated Targeting Device will support U.S. forces as part of DARPAaEUR(tm)s Persistent Close Air Support program

 

BAE Systems will lead the development of an advanced technology that seeks to detect and identify targets at tactically significant ranges, providing accurate location of long-range targets for weapons engagement. This technology is intended to enable U.S. ground forces to execute air-ground missions close to friendly forces, more quickly and accurately.

 

The new Integrated Targeting Device (ITD) will be designed as a lightweight, handheld day-and-night system that will support the Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program. It will allow Joint Tactical Air Controllers (JTACs) on the ground to simultaneously visualize, select, and employ weapons against multiple moving targets in a specified area.  At the same time, the JTACs will be able to digitally task close air support assets to engage with enemy targets. The device will provide either GPS coordinates or laser guidance for targeting to enable faster mission implementation by U.S. ground forces, while reducing collateral damage and potential fratricide.

 

"BAE Systems’ expertise and significant investment in advanced electro-optic and packaging technology is evident in our approach to the ITD, allowing us to achieve the program’s challenging size and performance goals," said Mark Meisner, PCAS technical adviser for BAE Systems. "Through the PCAS program, we are continuing to innovate sensors, lasers, optics, and human factors that open the door to an entirely new set of mission capabilities for the warfighter."

 

Raytheon Missile Systems selected BAE Systems to develop the ITD under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the PCAS program. The ITD will be integrated with a handheld tablet computer to help the warfighter visualize, select, and employ weapons as needed. The system will initially be demonstrated with the A-10 Warthog.

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MQ-4C BAMS  photo Northrop Grumman

MQ-4C BAMS photo Northrop Grumman

Sept. 10, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Sept. 6, 2013)

 

Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $9,981,663 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0117) for additional operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator, Unmanned Aircraft System, also known as the Global Hawk Maritime - Demonstrator.

 

The services include manpower to increase BAMS-D operational tempo from the current nine maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions per month to a sustained level of 15 missions per month.

 

Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70 percent), and outside continental United States (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2014. Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Navy funds in the amount of $3,000,000 are being obligated on this award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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Both variants of the LCS class at sea photo USN

Both variants of the LCS class at sea photo USN

Sept. 09, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Congressional Research Service; issued Sept. 3, 2013)

 

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background and Issues for Congress Ronald O'Rourke


The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a relatively inexpensive Navy surface combatant equipped with modular “plug-and-fight” mission packages for countering mines, small boats, and diesel-electric submarines, particularly in littoral (i.e., near-shore) waters.

Navy plans call for fielding a total force of 52 LCSs. Twelve LCSs were funded from FY2005 through FY2012. Another four (LCSs 13 through 16) were funded in FY2013, although funding for those four ships has been reduced by the March 1, 2013, sequester on FY2013 funding. The Navy’s proposed FY2014 budget requests $1,793.0 million for four more LCSs (LCSs 17 through 20), or an average of about $448 million per ship.

Two very different LCS designs are being built. One was developed by an industry team led by Lockheed; the other was developed by an industry team that was led by General Dynamics. The Lockheed design is built at the Marinette Marine shipyard at Marinette, WI; the General Dynamics design is built at the Austal USA shipyard at Mobile, AL. LCSs 1, 3, 5, and so on are Marinette Marine-built ships; LCSs 2, 4, 6, and so on are Austal-built ships.

The 20 LCSs procured or scheduled for procurement in FY2010-FY2015 (LCSs 5 through 24) are being procured under a pair of 10-ship, fixed-price incentive (FPI) block buy contracts that the Navy awarded to Lockheed and Austal USA on December 29, 2010.

The LCS program has become controversial due to past cost growth, design and construction issues with the lead ships built to each design, concerns over the ships’ ability to withstand battle damage, and concerns over whether the ships are sufficiently armed and would be able to perform their stated missions effectively.

Some observers, citing one or more of these issues, have proposed truncating the LCS program to either 24 ships (i.e., stopping procurement after procuring all the ships covered under the two block buy contracts) or to some other number well short of 52. Other observers have proposed down selecting to a single LCS design (i.e., continuing production of only one of the two designs) after the 24th ship.

In response to criticisms of the LCS program, the Navy has acknowledged certain problems and stated that it was taking action to correct them, disputed other arguments made against the program, and maintained its support for completing the planned program of 52 ships. Reported comments from some Navy officials suggest that the Navy might be open to changing the design of one or both LCS variants after the 24th ship or perhaps down selecting to a single LCS design after the 24th ship.

A September 2, 2013, press report stated, “The office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
reportedly supports the idea of limiting total purchases of littoral combat ships to only 24.... The Navy, according to sources, is countering with proposals for higher numbers, but strongly advocates going no lower than 32 ships.... The OSD proposal to limit LCS to 24 ships is understood to be part of” an alternative Department of Defense (DOD) budget plan that assumes reduced levels of DOD spending and includes “severe reductions in purchases and programs.”

Issues for Congress concerning the LCS program include the following:
• the impact on the LCS program of the March 1, 2013, sequester on FY2013 funding and unobligated prior-year funding for the program;
• the potential impact on the LCS program of a possible sequester later this year or early next year on FY2014 funding and unobligated prior-year funding for the program;
• whether to truncate the LCS program to 24 ships or some other number well short of 52;
• whether procurement of LCS sea frames and mission modules should be slowed until operational testing of the sea frames and mission modules is more complete and other acquisition-process milestones are met;
• whether to down select to a single LCS design after the 24th ship;
• technical risk in the LCS program; and
• what defense-acquisition policy lessons, if any, the LCS program may offer to policymakers.


Click here for the full report (94 PDF pages) hosted on the Federation of American Scientists website.

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Darpa Tests LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Prototype

Sept. 09, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: DARPA; issued September 6, 2013)

 

Anti-Ship Missile Prototype Successfully Conducts First Solo Test Flight

 

Adversaries’ sophisticated air defense systems can make it difficult for current air- and surface-launched anti-ship missiles to hit their targets at long range. To engage specific enemy warships from beyond the reach of counter-fire systems, warfighters may require launching multiple missiles or employing overhead targeting assets such as radar-equipped planes or Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites—resources that may not always be available.

 

To help address these challenges, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) are collaborating on the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program, which successfully launched its first prototype on August 27.

 

Designed for both surface and air launch, LRASM seeks to develop an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) system. LRASM aims to incorporate sensors and systems to create a stealthy and survivable subsonic cruise missile with reduced dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. The program also focuses on precision lethality in the face of advanced countermeasures.

 

“This fully functional test is a significant step in providing the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force with a next-generation anti-ship missile capability,” said Artie Mabbett, DARPA program manager for LRASM. “This test is the culmination of the five-year development and integration of advanced sensors in an All-Up-Round (AUR) missile. It also represents the first time we’ve integrated advanced sensors and demonstrated the entire system, resulting in performance that substantially exceeds our current capabilities.”

 

DARPA designed the free-flight transition test (FFTT) demonstration to verify the missile’s flight characteristics and assess subsystem and sensor performance. Beyond the primary objectives of the free-flight transition, the test vehicle also detected, engaged and hit an unmanned 260-foot Mobile Ship Target (MST) with an inert warhead.

 

A B-1 bomber from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron conducted the mission from Dyess AFB, Tex., to the Point Mugu Sea Test Range off the coast of southern California. Once in position, the B-1 released the LRASM, which followed a pre-planned route towards the target. Approximately halfway to its destination, the weapon switched to autonomous guidance, in which it autonomously detected the moving MST and guided itself to hit the desired location on the target. A F/A-18 fighter from the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 in China Lake, Calif., followed the weapon during the flight.

 

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC) is the prime contractor for the demonstration of the LRASM weapon. BAE Systems’ Information and Electronic Systems Integration division is the prime contractor for the design and delivery of LRASM’s onboard sensor systems.

Darpa Tests LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Prototype
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 11e édition de l’Université d’été de la Défense

09.09.2013 Ministère de la Défense
 

La 11e édition de l’Université d’été de la Défense se tient à Pau. Cette manifestation, organisée conjointement par les présidents, des commissions de la Défense de l’Assemblée nationale et du Sénat, permet de réunir plus de 400 hauts responsables politiques, civils et militaires, français et européens ainsi que des représentants de l’administration, du secteur industriel et de la presse afin de participer à la réflexion sur la Défense de demain. Cet événement donne l'occasion aux participants de découvrir les armées françaises, leurs missions et leurs capacités. Cette année, c'est l'armée de Terre qui organise, les démonstrations dynamiques et statiques, sur les sites de l’école des troupes aéroportées (ETAP) et du 5e régiment d’hélicoptères de combat (5e RHC).

 

Le reportage photos

Démonstration dynamique (Crédits S. Lafarge ECPAD)

Démonstration dynamique (Crédits S. Lafarge ECPAD)

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National Breakdown of Defence Data 2011
Brussels | Sep 09, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has just published the National Breakdown of Defence Data for 2011. These are official statistics on the main defence expenditure components for each of the EDA participating Member States (all EU Member States except Denmark and Croatia which joined in July 2013):

 

  • Macro-economic data to show the total defence expenditure and how defence budgets relate to GDP, overall government spending and population.
  • Major categories of defence budget spending – personnel; investment (equipment procurement and research & development (including research & technology); infrastructure/construction; operations & maintenance – to show how defence budgets are spent.
  • European collaboration for equipment procurement and R&T to show the extent to which the Agency’s participating Member States are investing together.
  • Data on personnel in the European armed forces: number of military and civilian personnel; internal security military personnel.
  • Deployability: military deployed in crisis management operations to show the ratio between deployments and the total number of military.

The figures published here below are official figures based on data provided directly by the main spending authorities, the Ministries of Defence.

 

More information:

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Raytheon Stinger trainer demos accuracy in Finland VSHORADS field trials

Sep 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation

 

Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Stinger demonstrated flawless performance in recent Very Short Range Air Defense System (SHORADS) field trials in Finland. During the trials, six Finnish gunners were trained on three missile system tracking trainers. Using the trainer, each Finnish gunner successfully simulated tracking and engaging targets flown by the Finnish Army Materiel Command, including an F/A-18, NH-90 helicopter and Banshee drone.

 

Stinger's lethal performance is unmatched by any other SHORAD missile and has been demonstrated and validated by its extensive test and combat record.

 

"The Stinger is best known for its Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) variant, which gives the missile a surface-to-air capability, and these field trials prove that our competitors have yet to develop a MANPADS system that can truly outperform Stinger," said Mark Nicol, program director of Raytheon Missile Systems' Stinger program.

 

The Stinger missile has specifically demonstrated its ability to successfully engage rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles during numerous test flights and in combat.

 

"We have taken a system that has proven itself time and time again in critical combat situations, and have continually evolved the technology," Nicol said. "The result is a system that is proven and designed for today's warfighter in current and future conflicts."

 

Stinger offers a high explosive hit-to-kill, blast-fragmentation warhead. Stinger has nearly 300 combat kills and a success rate of over 92 percent in more than 1,500 live fire tests by U.S. and allied forces. Unlike other SHORAD missiles, Stinger is designed to engage a target with one shot. Stinger is a highly reliable system that requires no regular scheduled maintenance by the user.

 

"As our international allies look to deploy highly advanced defense postures with proven systems, Stinger will continue to remain a major player in the ground-based air defense arena," said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Land Combat product line.

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La Thaïlande réceptionne ses derniers Gripen

09.09.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

La Royal Thaï Air Force a réceptionné ses trois derniers Gripen C le 4 septembre sur la base de Surat Thani, au sud de la Thaïlande. Les trois appareils font partie d’une seconde tranche d’avions commandée en 2010, la première ayant été passée en 2008.

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V-280 Valor tiltrotor design - source Bell Helicopter

V-280 Valor tiltrotor design - source Bell Helicopter

09.09.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Lockheed Martin et Bell Helicopter ont conjointement annoncé ce 9 septembre que Lockheed Martin allait intégrer l’équipe de développement du « tiltrotor » V-280 Valor de Bell. D’autres partenaires industriels devraient rejoindre le programme dans les prochains mois, selon le communiqué.

 

Le V-280 Valor avait été présenté par Bell Helicopter le 10 avril dernier. Le programme de tiltrotor a été développé par l’hélicoptériste dans le cadre de l’appel d’offre Joint Multi Role/Future Vertical Lift présenté en 2011 par l’US Army. L’appareil devrait avoir les caractéristiques suivantes : vitesse de croisière maximale de 280 nœuds (d’où son nom), autonomie de 500 à 80 nautiques et capacité de transport de 15 personnes (équipage de quatre PN compris).

 

Lockheed Martin et Bell Helicopter sont en concurrence avec Boeing et Sikorsky, qui ont annoncé un partenariat en janvier 2013 pour un appareil basé sur le X2 de Sikorsky.

 

Le V-280 Valor a été shortlisté par l’US Army en juin, les contrats de ce programme de développement devraient être annoncés d’ici la fin de l’année.

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FIM-92 Stinger in Finnish Missile Firing Trials

09/09/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Raytheon Missile Systems' FIM-92 Stinger ground-launched air defence missile has proved its worth during SHORAD (Very Short Range Air Defense System) tests conducted in Finland.

 

The Finnish SHORAD trials involved six combat troops who, in pairs, operated a trio of missile system tracking trainers. These systems allowed each gunner to follow and engage with a variety of airborne targets. These targets included a Finnish Air Force F-18C Hornet combat aircraft and a Finnish Army Aviation NH90 TTH tactical transport helicopter.

 

According to Raytheon, no other SHORAD missile can equal the FIM-92 Stinger's combat lethality, as showcased during numerous pasts tests and operational deployments.

 

FIM-92 Stinger Missile

 

Developed throughout the 1970s, the FIM-92 Stinger missile entered service in 1981. Capable of being launched from a multiplicity of platforms include man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), AH-64 Apache and Tiger attack helicopters and MQ-1 Predator UAVs, the Stinger is guided by an infrared homing system and has an effective range of three miles.

 

Combined, the world's numerous FIM-92 Stinger operators have achieved almost 300 combat engagements and achieved a hit rate of more than 90 per cent during the course of 1,500 trials.

 

Finnish Stinger Missile Trials

 

"The Stinger is best known for its Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) variant, which gives the missile a surface-to-air capability, and these field trials prove that our competitors have yet to develop a MANPADS system that can truly outperform Stinger", Raytheon Missile Systems' Mark Nicol explained in a press release on the Finnish Stinger missile trials.

 

He continued: "We have taken a system that has proven itself time and time again in critical combat situations, and have continually evolved the technology. The result is a system that is proven and designed for today's warfighter in current and future conflicts."

 

Active since 1918, the Finnish Army has six components: infantry, field artillery, anti-aircraft artillery, signals, engineers and materiel troops.

 

The FIM-92 Stinger is one of several missiles in the running to replace the Finnish Army's SA-18 SAMs. As such, it is effectively in competition with the MBDA Mistral, the Saab Bolide and others.

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F-35 Weekly Update: 9th September 2013

09/09/2013 Defence IQ Press


 

Britain and Norway are investigating possible collaboration in the support and training for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The two sides said they are looking at cooperation opportunities in maintenance, sustainment and training of crew and technicians.

The collaboration announcement followed a Sept. 5 meeting in London between British defense procurement minister Philip Dunne and his Norwegian counterpart, Eirik-Owre Thorshaug. A spokesman for the Norwegian Ministry of Defence said exploratory discussions between officials were continuing today in London.

The talks come against a background of wider European efforts to collaborate on F-35 support, but the spokesman said that with similar delivery timelines and their geographical proximity it was natural the British and Norwegians would consider bilateral opportunities.

“This will be the first time in nearly 60 years that Norway and the UK will operate a similar type of fighter aircraft [the last time was the Vampire] and this naturally opens up new possibilities for co-operation,” said Thorshaug.

“The pooling and sharing of resources and maintenance capabilities is already at the heart of the support strategy for operating the F-35 [in Europe], and the UK and Norwegian MoD are looking to see where further national synergies may exist. In this context, both governments are encouraging UK and Norwegian industry to explore collaborative opportunities for cooperation in support and sustainment of our common F-35 fleet,” the two sides said in a statement. [Defense News]

 

Production delays on Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 fighter aircraft have contributed to major cost increases and schedule delays for the $43 billion Navy program to build three aircraft carriers, and could eventually lead to pricey retrofits to the initial ship after it's delivered.

Newport News Shipbuilding is manufacturing three Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, which will replace the current Nimitz-class carriers. The lead ship, CVN 78, is under construction and preparation work is under way for the second, CVN 79.

Among its features is the ability to launch about 90 aircraft, including the F-35, but aircraft development and testing delays have affected integration activities on the lead ship, according to a Thursday report from the Government Accountability Office.

For example, the Navy has been unable to complete planned testing of the F-35 with the ship's electromagnetic aircraft launch system, the advanced arresting gear system used when landing and the ship’s storage capabilities for the F- 35’s tires, wheels and lithium-ion batteries that provide startup and backup power.

F-35 initial capability was scheduled to occur prior to the shipbuilder’s delivery of the first ship to the Navy in 2016. But because of the F-35 delays, the Navy will not field the aircraft until at least 2017 — one year after the carrier delivery. As a result, the Navy has deferred F-35 integration activities, "which introduces risk of system incompatibilities and costly retrofits to the ship after it is delivered to the Navy," the GAO reported. [Washington Business Journal]

 

Northrop Grumman Corp. named Brian E. Chappel to lead the company’s F-35 Lightning II program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter.

Northrop’s Aerospace Systems sector, based in Redondo Beach, is principal partner on the F-35 to prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corp.

Chappel will direct and oversee cost, schedule, technical matters, quality and customer satisfaction for production of the aircraft’s center fuselage, Northrop said in a statement. Northrop produces the center fuselage in Palmdale and performs engineering work in El Segundo.

Chappel most recently served as vice president of Business Management and chief financial officer for the company’s Advanced Development Programs business unit.

Chappel joined Northrop in 1993 after serving in the U.S. Air Force. His experience in Northrop includes business development, proposals, contracts, pricing and program business operations. [Daily Breeze]

 

The Pentagon's chief arms buyer on Wednesday said he did not expect the U.S. Navy to significantly change its plans to buy F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), despite mounting pressure on the U.S. military budget.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that the $392 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was the U.S. military's highest priority conventional warfare program.

He said the Navy needed the added capabilities that the F-35 offered, noting that other countries were developing their own radar-evading fighter planes, advanced electronic warfare capabilities and other advanced weapons that threatened the U.S. military's ability to "control the air."

"I don't see any indication that the Navy is going to change its plans in any fundamental way," Kendall told the summit.

The Navy and other branches of the military have been mapping out their options if lawmakers fail to reverse mandatory budget cuts and they are forced to implement an additional 10 percent budget cut in fiscal 2015.

One possibility under discussion has been a two-year pause in orders for the F-35C carrier variant, a move that could increase the cost of the remaining aircraft to be bought by the Marine Corps and the Air Force, according to four sources familiar with the issue. [Reuters]

 

A worst-case scenario of cost risks in a Department of National Defence report on a possible acquisition of 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets estimates the airplanes could cost Canada up to $71-billion through acquisition, sustainment and operations over 36 years.

The costs, $25-billion more than the current National Defence estimate, are contained in a section of the department’s latest report to Parliament on the F-35 that outlines “cost risk and uncertainty” and is intended to provide a range of effects on the cost of buying and operating a fleet of stealth attack planes if factors such as inflation, the exchange rate between the Canadian and U.S. dollar, the cost of fuel and the rate of aircraft to be produced by Lockheed Martin fluctuates either higher or lower than the estimates that are behind the current National Defence figures. [Ottowa Citizen]

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