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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 17:45
International marines embark on Dutch ship for Africa Partnership Station visits

03 September 2013 by Africom

 

An international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) last week as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

 

The ship and combined security cooperation task force, comprised of U.S., U.K., Spanish and Dutch Marines, will conduct practical application exercises in security techniques and tactics alongside forces from partner nations Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Benin.

 

The combined military engagements stem from the Africa Partnership Station (APS) programme. APS, established in 2007, is an international security cooperation initiative aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa, the US military’s Africa Command (Africom) said.

 

Rotterdam, which left its homeport of Den Helder, Netherlands on Aug. 25, is supporting Africa Partnership Station under a companion capacity programme called “African Winds.” Sailors of Rotterdam will work with African partners to build capabilities in maritime activities such as visit, board, search and seizure, maritime operations centre planning and execution, and small boat operations.

 

The security cooperation task force will work with African ground forces to conduct amphibious landings and exchange best practices in infantry tactics.

 

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa sees the work of Rotterdam as an extension of the international collaboration that is APS.

 

“We are thankful for the U.S.-Dutch partnership, as well as the involvement of the U.K. and Spanish Marines, and our African partners as we collaboratively seek to enhance the security environment in Africa,” said Rear Adm. (Select) John B. Nowell, Jr., U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Resources, and Plans. “African navies have made great strides to increase their maritime capabilities and this iteration of APS sets the stage to further sharpen those skills.”

 

Dutch senior leadership equally recognizes how vital the series of engagements will be to capability enhancements of African participants. This is second time the Royal Netherlands Navy has contributed a major Naval asset to APS, the first being the landing platform dock (LPD) ship HNLM Johan De Witt (L801) in the Fall of 2009.

 

“The Royal Netherlands Navy recognizes the US AFRICOM APS program as the most effective way of gradually improving the West African maritime security environment. Working alongside and together with African partner nations is to our mutual benefit,” said Royal Netherlands Marine Corps Col. Frederik R. Swart, Commander of Netherland Landing Forces participating in the APS program. “Also working with an international Marine Task Force enhances interoperability among all coalition forces involved.”

 

“The U.K. sees this engagement as an excellent opportunity to contribute to the security of the West African maritime environment and to conduct some valuable cross training with African partners and members of the combined security cooperation task force,” said Royal Marines Maj. Anthony Liva, officer in command of the Royal Marines Whiskey Company of the 45 Commando, embarked on HNLMS Rotterdam. “Training will be progressive and focused; I have no doubt that every nation involved in this initiative will benefit immensely.”

 

Africa Partnership Station and partner efforts like African Winds are inspired by the belief that effective maritime security and safety will contribute to the development, economic prosperity and security ashore within Africa, Africom said.

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SA defence industry invited to Angolan defence exhibition

04 September 2013 by defenceWeb

 

The door is open for official South African defence industry participation in Angola’s first defence exhibition in November.

 

The SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) said it, with the assistance of the South Africa Department of Defence (DoD), had been liaising with Angolan authorities to secure an invitation.

 

“As of Monday this week the invitation was secured through official Defence channels,” AMD’s Michelle Nxumalo said.

 

The next step in ensuring the local defence industry, currently almost totally reliant on exports, will see AMD interact with Minister Rob Davies’ Department of Trade and Industry (dti) to secure export funding for AMD and other local defence industry companies to participate.

 

“This is expected to be finalised by month-end,” she said.

 

FIDES (the International Fair of the Defence and Security Industry) will be staged at the International Luanda Fair (IFL) venue from November 10 to 13.

 

Launching the exhibition last month, Angolan Defence Minister Candido Pereira dos Santos van Dunem said it would identify opportunities to establish public/private partnerships as well as stimulate investment in the defence and security industry.

 

The partnership aspect will be welcomed by major South African defence industry players, such as the State-owned Denel conglomerate and Ivor Ichikowitz’ Paramount Group.

 

Both he and Denel chief executive Riaz Salojee have repeatedly emphasised the importance of partnerships if the South African defence industry is to remain competitive on both the continental and international stages.

 

At this stage indications are about 70 companies from Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain and Israel will exhibit. Organisers are hoping to attract up to 100 exhibitors from 27 countries.

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M10 60mm Mortar

M10 60mm Mortar

04 September 2013 by defenceWeb

 

New innovations in landward defence products manufactured by Denel will debut internationally at the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) exhibition in London this month.

 

“We have chosen DSEI to launch these systems internationally because it is the world’s largest fully-integrated defence expo and attracts industry leaders, decision-makers and analysts from across the globe,” Riaz Saloojee, Denel Group chief executive, said ahead of the exhibition which runs from next Tuesday to Friday.

 

On display for the first time will be the GI-30 30mm CamGun and the M10 – 60mm breech –loading mortar, both designed and manufactured at Denel Land Systems (DLS) in Lyttelton, Centurion.

 

“We are confident the GI-30 will impress and excite the industry and visitors to DSEI. It was developed as part of our contract to deliver a first class infantry combat vehicle (ICV) for the SA Army.

 

“It will be the main weapon system on the South African Badger ICV but can be easily fitted into other turrets on the market,” Stephan Burger, DLS chief executive, said.

 

He maintains both the GI-30 and the M10 mortar system are global leaders in their fields with unique features not yet available on other systems.

 

The GI-30 is an externally driven electro-mechanical cannon, utilising a drum-cam to cycle the breech to chamber rounds and extract spent cartridges. This reduces gases in the confines of a turret and improves the controlled firing rate. DLS designed the GI-30 to fire link-less 30 x 173mm ammunition through a dual feeder – a world-first for this kind of weapon.

 

 

As a single-shot weapon, it is seen as unique for its sniper mode of operation. Fired from a closed-breech position it offers more accurate fire because no movement takes place immediately before the round is fired. It has an effective range of 4 000 metres and can fire up to 100 rounds per minute.

 

 

The GI-30 CamGun uses SAPHEI, APFSDS (Armoured Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot) and TPT (Target Practice Type) ammunition types, designed and manufactured by Denel PMP (Pretoria Metal Pressings), as well as ammunition from Oerlikon and Nammo. Ammunition is replenished from a supply inside the turret.

 

Burger said the 60mm long-range mortar system was also developed in parallel with the Badger but can easily be adapted to fit into most standard turrets. Its range of 6 000 metres at sea level makes it a world leader in its class.

 

Another unique feature is its range of elevation -- from -5° to +70° -- which allows it to be employed in a direct fire application.

 

The new features make it an ideal weapon system for peace support operations and the changing nature of modern conflict in urban or other close environments. With its compact size and low recoil (54kN), the mortar can be fitted to light vehicles such as a pickup truck or even a boat.

 

The system can provide a sustained rate of fire of six rounds per minute or eight rounds per minute at one minute intervals – for 250 bombs.

Denel to debut new products at DSEI
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Russia to hand over Vikramaditya on Nov. 15

September 4, 2013 Vladimir Radyuhin - thehindu.com

 

Aircraft carrier is now on sea trials and expected to return to Sevmash Shipyard

 

INS Vikramaditya will be handed over to the Indian Navy on November 15 at a formal ceremony in the Russian northern seaport of Severodvinsk on the White Sea.

 

The delivery date was confirmed at talks Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur held in Moscow on Monday, according to informed sources.

 

A high-level Indian defence delegation paid a one-day visit to Moscow to prepare an annual session of the Indo-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation that will meet in Russia next month under the chair of the two Defence Ministers.

 

The upgraded and retrofitted aircraft carrier is now completing sea trials and is expected to return to the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk in the next few weeks.

 

The ship was to be delivered last December, but failed the sea trials after its boilers and some other systems malfunctioned. This time, all systems performed flawlessly, including daytime and night takeoff and landings by MiG-29K deck fighter planes, the sources said.

 

The sides were tight-lipped on the issue of India acquiring a second nuclear submarine from Russia, but the sources confirmed that Moscow was willing to lease another Akula class submarine if India paid for completing its construction. The submarine has been lying half-built at the Amur Shipyard in the Russian Far East since it was mothballed in the 1990s for lack of funds.

 

On the recent accident in which INS Sindhurakshak sank after rocked by explosions, the Russian side agreed to provide expert assistance for raising the submarine and carrying out its technical inspection.

 

Russia will also beef up its team of 100 engineers, now deployed in Vishakhapatnam in order to speed up midterm repairs to INS Sindhudhvaj and INS Sindhushashtra. The Russian side also offered to have two more Indian Navy Kilo class submarines undergo midterm repairs in Russia, the sources said.

 

In reviewing progress of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, the sides noted with satisfaction the completion of preliminary design phase earlier this year. It is hoped that a contract for detailed design could be signed before the end of the year if the sides sort out the issue of costs.

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North Korea agrees to reopen military hotline to South

Sep. 5, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

SEOUL — North Korea agreed Thursday to reopen a military hotline to South Korea this week in another step towards improving frosty ties between the two countries, officials said.

 

The accord came at talks between South and North Korean members of a committee tasked with reopening the shuttered Kaesong joint industrial zone, the South's unification ministry said.

 

The committee was formed under a crucial agreement last month to resume operations at the zone.

 

The committee has focused on the timing for reopening the complex, with its sub-committee members handing technical and other issues.

 

"At today's sub-committee meeting, both sides agreed to make a test call through the military communication line on Friday," a unification ministry official told AFP.

 

The hotline had been used to provide security guarantees when South Korean businessmen visited the complex.

 

It was cut amid soaring military tensions that followed the North's February nuclear test.

 

North Korea had promised to reconnect the line in July but had not translated its words into action.

 

Currently, the two sides use a Red Cross hotline in the truce village of Panmunjom to exchange messages.

 

Kaesong, which was established just over the North Korean side of the border in 2004 as a rare symbol of inter-Korean cooperation, had come through previous crises on the Korean peninsula unscathed.

 

But in April, Pyongyang effectively shut down operations by withdrawing the 53,000 North Korean workers employed at the 123 South Korean plants.

 

The two Koreas agreed last month to work together to resume operations at the zone, which is an important source of hard currency for the cash-strapped regime in Pyongyang.

 

As part of the agreement, the North accepted the South's demand that Kaesong be opened to foreign investors — a move seen by Seoul as a guarantee against the North shutting the complex down again in the future.

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Indian Navy receives second Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel

INS Saryu conducting mission at sea. Photo: courtesy of indiannavy.nic.in

 

5 September 2013 naval-technology.com

 

The Indian Navy has received the second Saryu-class naval offshore patrol vessel (NOPV), INS Sunayna (P58) from Goa shipyard during a ceremony held in Goa.

 

The 105m-long vessel has been designed to support missions including surveillance and surface warfare operations, to prevent infiltration and transgression of maritime sovereignty for the Indian Navy.

 

The Goa shipyard-manufactured warship is powered by two SEMT Pielstick diesel engines and is armed with a 76mm super rapid Ottomelara gun, two 30mm close-in weapon system guns and six chaff launchers for self protection.

 

In addition, a remote control system which features the automatic power management system will electronically control the ship's entire propulsion and power management.

 

Capable of monitoring sea lines of communication, defence of offshore oil installations and other critical offshore national assets, the boat can be used for escorting high value ships and fleet support operations.

 

In addition to the latest navigational and early warning radars and integrated ESM system, the ship features a helicopter landing deck and hangar to enable the operation of an advanced light helicopter (ALH), as well as two rigid inflatable fast motor boats.

 

The 2,300t Saryu-class ships can cruise at speeds in excess of 25k, with a range of 6,000nm and can accommodate a crew of eight officers and 105 sailors.

 

The first Saryu-class NOPV, INS Saryu from Goa shipyard was delivered and commissioned to the Indian Navy in December 2012 and January 2013 respectively.

 

INS Sumitra and INS Sumedha, the third and fourth ships of the class, are expected to be delivered to the navy over next two years, according to Shipbuilding Tribune.

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C-17 Globemaster III  Indian Air Force – photo Rishika Baruah source Livefist

C-17 Globemaster III Indian Air Force – photo Rishika Baruah source Livefist

NEW DELHI, Sept. 5 (UPI)

 

The Indian Air Force officially inducted the first three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transporters this week.

 

Boeing delivered the three -- the first of 10 C-17 aircraft on order -- during the past three months, a report by NDTV said.

 

Two more are expected by the end of the year and the last five will be delivered by the end of next year.

 

The aircraft is capable of lifting tanks to the border with China and Pakistan and made its debut with a test flight at the Hindon Air Base in Uttar Pradesh state.

 

"The C-17 Globe Master transport aircraft will change the way we deploy forces in the north and northeast," Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said on Monday during the induction.

 

India's Defense Acquisition Council approved the purchase in October 2009 to replace the air force's aging Russian IL-76 transporters that it bought in the 1990s.

 

The air force has fewer than 20 of Ilyushins which have a 45-ton cargo capacity and needs a crew of six.

 

The force also has the Russian Antonov-32 in its inventory.

 

A report by India Today said the acquisition of the C-17 Aircraft, and the Boeing C-130J Super Hercules transporter, shows the air force is moving away from reliance on Russian-origin aircraft toward American ones.

 

India operates six C-130Js and plans to buy six more for operations on small and unpaved runways alongside routine transport missions.

 

The C-17 carries up to 80 tons and needs a crew of three. One person can operate the heavy-lift hydraulics for cargo handling.

 

The high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed Globemaster -- powered by four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines -- needs a 7,600-foot airfield to take off. But it can land in less than 3,000 feet on a small unpaved or paved airfield, day or night.

 

It also carries a payload of 160,000 pounds, flies 2,400 nautical miles and can refuel in flight.

 

Boeing recently said that the deal with India includes an Integrated Sustainment Program Performance-Based Logistics contract which, with other customers, has maintained a fleet availability of 85 percent.

 

The C-17 has been in operation since 1991 and has more than 2.6 million flight-hours, Boeing says on its website.

 

Boeing has delivered 256 C-17s, including 222 to the U.S. Air Force. The rest have gone to and Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.

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When You Absolutely Need It Now

9/4/2013 Strategy Page

 

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon transports a container via sling load over eastern Afghanistan Aug. 24, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg

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Sky Sapience hands over HoverMast-100 tethered hovering system to IDF

Hovermast-100 tethered system is primarily designed for small vehicles. Photo Sky Sapience.

 

5 September 2013 army-technology.com

 

The Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) ground forces command has taken delivery of the upgraded Hovermast-100 tethered hovering system from Sky Sapience, during a ceremony at the company's experiment facility in Israel.

 

Delivered following several live demonstrations, including from a moving pick-up truck on difficult terrain, the patented system is scheduled to enter operational evaluation shortly.

 

Sky Sapience CEO and founder brigadier general, Gabriel Shachor, said the company is confident that IDF will find HoverMast an invaluable tool for its intelligence gathering and surveillance (ISR) missions, and will place further orders in the future.

 

"With the completion of our in-house production facility due in a few months, Sky Sapience will begin supplying HoverMast products to its international customer base," Shachor said.

 

Hovermast-100 is an advanced, lightweight and tethered hovering platform manufactured by the company to address Israel Ministry of Defence's (IMOD) ISR requirements over the last two years.

"Hovermast-100 is an advanced, lightweight and tethered hovering platform."

 

The system is especially suited for special forces, border and port protection, and infantry missions due to its ability to mount on an array of vehicles, including small pick-up trucks and unmanned ground or surface vehicles (UGV/USV).

 

Capable of deploying autonomously at the click of a button, the tethered system can also be configured for a broad spectrum of urban missions, such as urban warfare and law enforcement, apart from other industrial, civilian and homeland security operations.

 

Capable of relaying gathered mission critical data through its wide band communication link to selected recipients in real time, the system can carry a payload of up to 6kg, such as electro-optic sensors, laser designators, radars, advanced communications intelligence (COMINT) and electronic intelligence (ELINT) systems.

 

The system was initially launched by the company at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)conference and exhibition in Tel-Aviv, Isarel in 2012.

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Turkish Army orders CSI's Husky Mark III mine detectors

A Husky mine detection vehicle parked at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US. Photo US Army.

 

5 September 2013 army-technology.com

 

Critical Solutions International (CSI) has received a contract for supply of its two-operator Husky Mark III vehicle mounted mine detectors (VMMDs) to the Turkish Army.

 

Awarded to CSI's distributor IPA Defence and its strategic partner DCD Protected Mobility, the unspecified contract covers the supply of four Husky vehicles to help enhance mine and improvised explosive device (IED) detection, interrogation and clearance capabilities of the Turkish military.

 

Vehicles supplied under the contract will be fitted with several mission equipment packages, such as the Fassi M20AL lightweight composite interrogation arm, QinetiQ-NA-built rocket-propelled grenade net protection system (Q-Net), as well as a 360° situational awareness camera system, jointly manufactured by CSI and Torc Robotics.

 

CSI's CEO, Mike McCormack, said the Husky vehicle selection represents Turkish government's significant investment in saving lives and improving the capability of the national army.

 

''The two-operator Husky vehicle, equipped with the Fassi Interrogation Arm, Q-Net and a 360° camera system provides the essential technology for threat detection and interrogation, and will help protect the lives of service members and civilians,'' McCormack said.

 

''The IED is also not limited to recent US theatres of combat operations and international militaries are increasingly recognising the need to have this life-saving advanced detection capability.''

 

The Husky MK III VMMD is a single occupant mine-resistant landmine and IED detection vehicle, designed to enable rapid and efficient route clearance by creating safe passage for military convoys and civilian vehicles in both rural and urban environments.

 

An upgraded version of Husky VMMD, Husky MK III features a V-shaped hull to deflect any blast away from the operator and is also capable of rolling over a pressure-sensitive explosive device without triggering an explosion.

 

More than 500 Husky MK III vehicles have been used to date for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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LM's paveway II DMLGB Successfully Employed in Navy Exercises

Sep 5, 2013 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb (DMLGB) was successfully employed in recent U.S. Navy Tactics Development exercises at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev.

 

During four missions over a two-day period, F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets released 36 GBU-12F/B bombs fitted with recently upgraded paveway II DMLGB guidance kits. The weapons were used in tactically representative engagements against fixed targets and met all mission success criteria, demonstrating the increased operational utility of the enhancements.

 

By adding the GPS/Inertial Navigation System (INS) guidance to standard laser-guided paveway II weapons, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps can execute precision-strike missions against stationary and relocatable targets in all weather conditions. The kits can operate in laser mode only, INS/GPS mode only or dual mode to provide pilots with the flexibility to engage various types of targets in a single mission. The most recent paveway II DMLGB upgrade to Block II Operational Flight Program software improves overall weapon performance and effectiveness in all three release modes.

 

“We worked closely with our U.S. Navy and Marine Corps customers to develop the Block II Operational Flight Program software upgrade to the paveway II DMLGB guidance kits,” said Joe Serra, precision guided systems manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Delivered to the fleet earlier this year, the enhanced fire-and-forget technology of our DMLGB kits provides naval warfighters with a mature and highly maneuverable all-weather direct-attack capability.”

 

Aircrews from the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, along with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) “Vampires” from Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif., participated in the exercises.

 

“The same company-wide discipline that provides customers with affordable single-mode LGB targeting capability is applied to our current and future dual-mode weapons to provide U.S. and international customers with the most affordable and reliable precision capability,” said Serra.

 

Lockheed Martin has upgraded more than 7,000 paveway II LGB guidance kits with dual mode, all-weather capability for the U.S. Navy. Additionally, the company has delivered more than 65,000 LGB kits and over 125,000 Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and international customers. Lockheed Martin is the sole-source developer and provider of the paveway II DMLGB kits to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

 

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is a 2012 recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence. The Malcolm Baldrige Award represents the highest honor that can be awarded to American companies for achievement in leadership, strategic planning, customer relations, measurement, analysis, workforce excellence, operations and business results.

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Boeing starts assembly of USAF KC-46 tanker's second refuelling boom

The skin of the second KC-46A boom being loaded into a jig at Boeing's boom assembly centre in Seattle, US. Photo: courtesy of Boeing

 

5 September 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

The US Air Force's (USAF) KC-46A aerial refuelling tanker development programme has moved ahead with the start of assembly of the second refuelling boom at Boeing's facility in Seattle, US.

 

Once assembled, the refuelling boom is scheduled to be mounted on a test aircraft for further validation of its design.

 

Boeing is currently manufacturing five test booms, of which the first will be utilised for risk-reducing laboratory tests at a System Integration Lab (SIL), also called as SIL 0, in early 2014.

 

Boeing KC-46 vice-president and programme manager Maureen Dougherty said the KC-46 boom is based on the proven KC-10 tanker's boom, which has performed extremely well in 30 years of its operation.

 

"Our team is achieving significant milestones as we prepare for flight tests to begin, and we remain focused on delivering this capability on schedule,'' Dougherty said.

 

Manufactured at KC-46 Boom Assembly Center at Boeing Field in Seattle, the modernised fly-by-wire boom is expected to provide KC-46 tanker with advanced refuelling capabilities, enabling it to refuel any fixed-wing receiver aircraft anytime and on any mission.

 

Developed from Boeing's 767-200ER, KC-46A is a military aerial refuelling and strategic transport aircraft designed to replace the USAF's ageing KC-135 Stratotankers fleet, which has served as its primary refuelling aircraft for more than 50 years.

 

Boeing is currently under contract to deliver 18 KC-46 refuelling aircraft by 2017 to the USAF, which is planning to acquire a total of 179 tankers by 2027.

 

An initial test flight of the fully-equipped KC-46A tanker is planned for early 2015, while delivery will take place in 2016.

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Optsys to Exhibit at DESi 2013

 September 05, 2013 by OPTSYS

 

Optsys will be exhibiting at the DSEi 2013 event from 10-13 September at the ExCeL centre in London, UK.

 

At the event, Optsys will be showcasing their latest innovations and product developments, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

 

Optsys is the French specialist and one of the European leaders in the field of optical and protected vision equipment for armoured vehicles. For more than 40 years, Optsys has been designing, manufacturing and marketing onboard opto-mechanical and optronic systems for use by the land defence industries.

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Interview du CEMAA : regard sur la loi de programmation militaire 2014-2019

05/09/2013 Ministère de la Défense

 

Le chef d'état-major de l'armée de l'Air s'exprime sur ce projet de loi programmation militaire (LPM) 2014-2019. Cette loi constitue, pour le ministère de la Défense, la première étape de la mise en œuvre des nouvelles orientations stratégiques publiées dans le Livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale.

 

Interview du Général d'armée aérienne Denis Mercier.

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Schiebel Camcopter S-100 aEUR" Successful Integration With the Flir Systems Polytec Ab Corona 350 Sensor

Sep 5, 2013 ASDNews Source : Schiebel

 

Schiebel and FLIR Systems Polytec AB are proud to announce the successful integration of the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) with the CORONA 350 Airborne Sensor. This successful integration marked the first time that this airborne sensor was flown on board a UAV.

 

The Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 has carried out a series of successful test flights in Grossmittel, Austria, to fully evaluate the combined capability of both systems.

 

The Corona 350 is a four axis gyro-stabilized gimbal containing four different cameras including an ultraviolet camera for corona detection, a thermal imaging camera for detecting hot-spots in power lines, a visual light camera and a digital frame camera.

 

 

What makes the Corona 350 unique is its ability to overlay its ultraviolet and color TV video data to create a combined image that allows operators to detect and identify coronal discharges – areas of ionized air – that are known to damage power line insulators and other electrical components.

 

The powerful combination of the Schiebel S-100 and the FLIR Corona 350 allows.to carry out aerial inspections quickly and efficiently. Additionally it is the perfect method of reducing costs making it an ideal solution for utility companies to perform inspection and maintenance of transmission lines, distribution networks and substations.

 

This application typically requires repetitive surveying of power lines and is usually carried out by manned helicopters or ground patrols. The advantage of using the unmanned CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS over manned helicopters are that the system is uniquely capable of operating without any need for a prepared operating area, with up to 10 hours of endurance and line of site ranges out to 200kms, making the S-100 far more cost-effective than any manned alternative.

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Les deux porte-avions britanniques avec tremplins et F-35B - crédits ROYAL NAVY

Les deux porte-avions britanniques avec tremplins et F-35B - crédits ROYAL NAVY

Sep 4, 2013 (UPI)

 

London - The British navy still doesn't have a grip on spiraling costs for an ambitious aircraft carrier expansion program, House of Commons lawmakers asserted this week.

 

A report issued Tuesday by the Commons Public Accounts Committee criticized the Ministry of Defense for continuing cost overruns in the program to build two new aircraft carriers and equip them with U.S.-built F-35B "jump-jet" joint strike fighters.

 

Committee members said the soaring costs have cast doubt on the government's ability to deliver the long-planned upgrades and puts it at serious risk.

 

The cross-party panel said it was "still not convinced that the Ministry of Defense has this program under control," adding the costly effort "remains subject to huge technical and commercial risks, with the potential for further uncontrolled growth in costs."

 

Margaret Hodge, the Labor Party member of Parliament who chairs the committee, pointed to a Defense Ministry decision in February 2012 to scrap plans to use F-35C fighters and instead revert to the original F-35Bs as an example of out-of-control spending.

 

 

"This U-turn, which will cost the taxpayer at least ($115 million), is the latest in an ongoing saga that has seen billions of pounds of taxpayers' money down the drain," she wrote.

 

"When this program got the green light in 2007, we were supposed to get two aircraft carriers, available from 2016 and 2018, at a cost to the taxpayer of ($5.7 billion).

 

"We are now on course to spend ($8.5 billion) and have no aircraft carrier capability for nearly a decade."

 

Because of the situation, the lawmakers declared the 2007 contract signed by the previous Labor government for the carriers was no longer "fit for purpose" because there are not enough incentives for contractors to cut costs.

 

Ministers, meanwhile, said they are trying to juggle the need for state-of the-art technology with controlling costs, the BBC reported.

 

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told the broadcaster the Defense Ministry was negotiating with contractors to bring costs under control and praised the recognition the original contract was no longer sufficient to do so.

 

Under the massive program, Britain is constructing two carriers -- the Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales. The biggest bone of contention has been the production costs of the aircraft that are due to fly from them, which could rise much further, the Financial Times reported.

 

Britain's National Audit Office determined this year the cost of the vertical-landing fighters has more than doubled since their development began 2001, with higher costs possible if orders don't reach expectations.

 

The Commons report also renewed fears delays in the development of the Crowsnest early warning radar system for the carriers means the vessels won't be equipped with the radar until two years after the first one is deployed in 2020.

 

But defense officials denied that, telling the newspaper the Crowsnest program will provide "an initial operating capability by the time the first carrier is in operational service."

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Alenia installs helmet mounted display on M-346 aircraft

The new helmet mounted display will make M-346 trainer more representative of the operational aircraft. Photo Alenia Aermacchi.

 

5 September 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

Alenia Aermacchi has fitted its M-346 Master advanced trainer aircraft with a fully integrated helmet mounted display (HMD) system to make it even more representative of the operational aircraft.

 

Installed into the aircraft's avionics systems and ground-based mission simulators, the HMD is designed to help pilots develop competency in use of advanced weapons systems management in scenarios fully representative of combat aircraft, by serving as a true interface between the pilot and aircraft systems.

 

The easy-to-use and maintain system can particularly prove effective in scenarios where the trainee uses the embedded tactical training system (ETTS) for sensor and weapons systems training by enhancing the pilot's situational awareness both in air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

 

Besides enabling reconfiguration of navigation and tactical symbology for replication of various operational aircraft systems, the system also displays targeting and tracking information on the helmet visor to help trainees perform tactical manoeuvres and weapon release to achieve mission objectives.

 

Fitted with a click-on night module, the M-346 HMD facilitates easy mechanical integration with most of the common night-vision goggle (NVGs) models, and is also expected to prove useful for the back seat crew training.

 

The system successfully completed flight testing in May 2010.

 

Powered by two Honeywell F124-GA-200 turbofan engines, the M-346 Master is an advanced and lead-in fifth-generation fighter aircraft designed to offer combat pilot training for frontline fighters with high angle-of-attack capability.

 

A derivative of the Russian Yak-130 combat trainer, the aircraft features a full authority quadruplex fly-by-wire control system to remain fully controllable at angles of attack of more than 35°, as well as an integrated digital avionics suite with an ability to simulate sensors and threats in flight.

 

The aircraft has been ordered by the air forces of Italy and Singapore, and more recently by Israel as part of a $1bn government-to-government deal with Italy.

Alenia installs helmet mounted display on M-346 aircraft
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Angolan defence exhibition on hold

05 September 2013 by defenceWeb

 

South African defence industry companies planning to exhibit products and services at Angola’s first defence exhibition have been given a breather in terms of preparation time.

 

FIDES (International Fair of the Defence and Security Industry) was originally set down for November 10 to 13 but has now been postponed.

 

A spokesman at the Angolan defence attaché’s office in Pretoria today confirmed the exhibition would not take place in November.

 

“Due to unforeseen circumstances the exhibition will not take place in November,” he said adding a new date had not yet been confirmed but it was expected to be staged early next year.

 

The delay will in all probability work to the advantage of the South African defence industry which received its official invitation to attend and exhibit via the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) on Monday. It will also give AMD executive director Simphiwe Hamilton and his staff more time to work on their submissions to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) for export funding.

 

Announcing the exhibition last month, Angolan Defence Minister Candido Pereira dos Santos van Dunem said about 70 companies from five invited countries – Germany, Israel, Italy, Portugal and Spain – would take part. The theme of the exhibition, when it does happen, is expected to be “Peace, Security and Development”.

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Priazove SSV-201 photo Frank Behrends source shipspotting

Priazove SSV-201 photo Frank Behrends source shipspotting

ISTANBUL, 05 sept 2013 marine-oceans.com (AFP)

 

Trois navires de guerre russes ont franchi jeudi le détroit turc du Bosphore pour se rendre en Méditerranée orientale, près de la côte syrienne, sur fond de préparation d'une intervention militaire occidentale contre le régime de Damas.

 

Venant de la mer Noire, le navire de guerre électronique SSV-201 "Priazovié" a emprunté le détroit, qui traverse la métropole turque d'Istanbul, en compagnie des grands navires de débarquement "Minsk" et "Novotcherkassk", a constaté un photographe de l'AFP.

 

Le "Priazovié" avait quitté dimanche soir Sébastopol, port ukrainien où est basée la flotte russe de la mer Noire, "pour une mission dans l'Est de la Méditerranée", selon une source militaire citée par l'agence russe Interfax.

 

La Russie maintient une présence constante de plusieurs navires de guerre dans l'est de la Méditerranée où ils effectuent des rotations depuis le début de la crise syrienne il y a deux ans et demi.

 

A la suite d'une attaque à l'arme chimique dans la banlieue de Damas le 21 août, attribuée par les Américains au régime du président Bachar al-Assad, le président américain Barack Obama a demandé au Congrès de voter en faveur de frappes aériennes en Syrie. Moscou s'y oppose vigoureusement.

 

Principal soutien du régime de Damas auquel elle livre des armes, la Russie exploite depuis la période soviétique une base militaire dans le port de Tartous, à 220 km au nord-ouest de Damas.

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Le major Dominique Pilon discute avec un instructeur afghan, en décembre 2012 (Photo Nicolas Laffont -45eNord.ca)

Le major Dominique Pilon discute avec un instructeur afghan, en décembre 2012 (Photo Nicolas Laffont -45eNord.ca)

05.09.2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

Les Forces armées canadiennes commenceront à retirer une partie des troupes en Afghanistan à partir du mois d’octobre!

 

 

Dès le mois prochain, une première phase de retrait de troupes en Afghanistan débutera pour laisser environ 650 militaires sur place, a indiqué le major-général Dean Milner, commandant des troupes canadiennes en Afghanistan et commandant adjoint de la mission de formation de l’OTAN.

Elle sera suivie d’une deuxième phase juste avant les fêtes de Noël, qui laissera près de 375 militaires encore sur place. Puis une troisième phase aura lieu en janvier 2014, qui réduira l’effectif à une centaine de militaires et sera suivie d’une quatrième et dernière phase qui consistera à fermer la mission et rapatrier les 100 derniers soldats de l’Opération Attention avant le 31 mars 2014.

Au cours d’un entretien téléphonique, le major-général nous a dit être confiant que l’armée afghane pourra reprendre la suite des troupes de la coalition, même si son supérieur direct en Afghanistan, le général américain Joseph Dunford, a récemment indiqué que les forces afghanes auraient besoin d’au moins cinq autres années de soutien, alors qu’elles subissent en ce moment des pertes «insoutenables».

Selon le major-général Milner, un entraînement plus poussé des militaires afghans sur la détection et la neutralisation des engins explosifs improvisés a été mis en place afin de tenter de réduire les menaces contre les troupes afghanes.

 

 

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X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)– photo US Navy

X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)– photo US Navy

Sept. 5, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: People's Daily Online; published Sept. 5, 2013)

 

What R&D Breakthroughs Are Required to Give China A Carrier-Borne UCAV?

 

Military experts are currently speculating on whether China's aircraft carrier may be equipped with unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV). This has not only increased public interest in these new "robot fighters", but also led China's military devotees to wonder whether China's forthcoming self-developed aircraft carrier will similarly be equipped with shipborne UCAVs.

 

The technical threshold of the unmanned air vehicle is relatively low. A company that can manufacture sophisticated model aircraft has the technology to develop a UAV. However, the threshold of a UCAV is more than 10 times higher than that of a UAV. The combat capability of UCAV requires particular abilities in target identification and autonomous attack. Thus the requirements of the observing and targeting system (eyes), the control system (brain), and the communication system (mouth and ears) of a UCAV are very high. On the one hand, the UCAV should be able to detect the target that is to be attacked, while transmitting images to remote controllers; on the other hand, the UCAV should be able to receive remote directions based on human judgment, and then launch attacks or engage in combat under remote control.

 

Shipborne UAVs were not manufactured specifically for aircraft carriers. It is already the case that some advanced modern destroyers and surface vessels have been equipped with shipborne UAVs.

 

But the greater platform size of an aircraft carrier creates the opportunity for large-scale UAVs with combat and attack capabilities. However, this presents a technical difficulty - carrier-borne UCAVs need all the functions of ordinary UCAVs, but also require an independent capacity to take off from and land on aircraft carriers. The requirements of carrier-borne UCAVs include not only attack and combat capability, but also the delicate maneuvers of 'intelligent' aircraft.

 

Therefore the development of a carrier-borne UCAV involves extremely high research costs and a complex development process. If China intends to commission UCAVs similar to the US carrier-borne X-47B, five technical breakthroughs must be made.

 

The first is advanced aerodynamic design. It can be seen from the shape of the X-47B that these designs improve stealth, increase flight range, and respond to the demands of air attack and combat. The X-47B, the UK "Taranis", and France's "Neuron" all feature a recessed rear inlet and flying-V wings.

 

The second step is advanced flight control technology. This is the real technical challenge for the UCAV. The carrier-borne UCAV requires a full range of capabilities covering takeoff, cruise, combat, withdrawal, and landing. The demands on the electronic take-off and landing systems for the moving deck of an aircraft carrier are significantly higher than the requirements for a land-based airport.

 

A UCAV's flight control equipment adjusts the craft in flight. This requires the flight control computer to implement planning and design according to a series of algorithms as quickly as possible after feedback, and update in response to environment changes detected by sensors.

 

Combat imposes high demands on the UCAV's flight control system. Whether in aerial combat or an attack on an enemy target, both the UCAV itself and the target can be moving at high speeds. The flight control system must be able to control the aerial maneuvers of the UCAV in response to a dynamic battlefield environment.

 

Returning to and landing on the aircraft carrier are the steps with the highest accident rate for both manned and unmanned combat aircraft. Therefore, China’s shipborne UCAV will require not only advanced satellite navigation, but also a higher specification of flight control system to achieve a safe landing.

 

The third element is intelligent attack-defense integrated firing control. The U.S. military classifies UAVs in levels ranging from ACL-1 to ACL-10 (totally autonomous). A relatively complete firing control system begins at level ACL-4. The more advanced generation of shipborne UCAVs such as the X-47B are classified at level ACL-6, that is a UAV with the capacity to deal with sudden threats and targets in the form of multiple drones. At this level, the shipborne UCAV is required to have an autonomous attack-defense integrated firing control system with a significant degree of “intelligence”.

 

The fourth feature is a high thrust-weight ratio turbofan, achieved at low cost. The turbojet/turbofan engines used on American UCAVs are always derived from civil engines or manned military planes. For example, the X-47B uses the F100-220U turbofan engine derived from the F-100, originally developed for the F-16. The characteristics and combat environment for a UCAV require that its engine should have a low fuel consumption rate, a high thrust-weight ratio, low R&D and purchase costs, convenience for maintenance, and fitness for long-term storage.

 

The fifth element is information security. Communications between the UCAV and the remote controller are very likely to be targeted for disruption by the adversary. Thus the UCAV must use the most sophisticated network security technology, and error-free self-destruct programs.

 

Although the UCAV is an excellent weapon, the technical difficulties cannot be ignored. UCAV development experts throughout the world have racked their brains in search of solutions to the problems posed by intelligent flight and firing control systems, and the need to guarantee information transmission security.

 

In the development of a carrier-borne UCAV, we need to exercise patience. If China intends to research and develop such an aircraft, then high-tech combat attributes should perhaps be considered as a second phase. Functions such as early warning, investigation, and relay-guidance of UAV can be executed as a first priority.

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Vietnam et France promeuvent leur coopération dans la défense

 

05/09/2013 lecourrier.vn

 

Le Vietnam souhaite renforcer sa coopération dans la défense avec la France, a souligné le vice-ministre de la Défense, le général Nguyên Chi Vinh, en recevant le 4 septembre à Hanoi l'ambassadeur français Jean-Noël Poirier.

 

Le vice-ministre de la Défense, Nguyên Chi Vinh (droite) reçoit le 4 septembre à Hanoi l'ambassadeur français Jean-Noël Poirier. Photo : QĐND/CVN

 

 

Le général Nguyên Chi Vinh a demandé aux deux parties de consolider la confiance et la compréhension mutuelles ainsi que de partager des points de vue sur les problèmes régionaux.

 

Selon lui, les deux pays doivent rendre plus efficaces leurs relations bilatérales dans la défense, notamment dans la formation, l'industrie militaire et la coopération entre instituts de recherche et forces armées.

 

Le Vietnam apprécie hautement la prochaine visite du ministre français de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a-t-il ajouté.

 

L'ambassadeur français, pour sa part, s'est déclaré satisfait du bon développement des relations entre les deux pays, dont celles dans la défense.

 

Il a également demandé aux deux parties de renforcer la coopération en matière de défense, notamment dans le contexte où les deux pays accélèrent la signature d'une déclaration sur l'établissement de relations de partenariat stratégique.

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When You Absolutely Need It Now

9/4/2013 Strategy Page

 

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon transports a container via sling load over eastern Afghanistan Aug. 24, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg

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Official: Pentagon may take charge of arming Syrian rebels

Sep. 5, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington is weighing expanding support for Syrian rebels by having the Pentagon take charge of arming the opposition instead of a clandestine effort by the CIA, officials said Wednesday.

 

"It's under consideration," said a US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

"If and how (it would be done) are both questions being discussed," the official told AFP.

 

The Wall Street Journal first reported the possible change on Wednesday.

 

After concluding in June that the Syrian regime used sarin gas in a small-scale attack, President Barack Obama's administration decided to start supplying weapons to the rebels through the Central Intelligence Agency.

 

But after another alleged chemical weapons attack on a larger scale — and as lawmakers debate whether to endorse Obama's call for military action against the regime — the administration is looking at ratcheting up support for the rebels, two US officials said.

 

Lawmakers have complained that promised weapons have yet to arrive, putting the opposition at a disadvantage against President Bashar al-Assad's heavily-armed forces.

 

Obama's deputies at hearings Wednesday and Thursday acknowledged the holdup, while suggesting the administration was open to additional assistance for the rebels.

 

Although the administration was focused on possible strikes to "deter" Assad's regime from employing chemical weapons, it was ready to examine how to provide more help to the opposition, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators on Tuesday.

 

"I think that subsequent to that (military action), we would probably return to have a discussion about what we might do with the moderate opposition in a — in a more overt way," he said.

 

Under the CIA, support for the rebels is deemed covert and details of the assistance remain secret. If the Pentagon took over, however, the cost and scope of the aid would no longer be classified.

 

Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee along with Dempsey, acknowledged that the opposition was still waiting for some military help.

 

"There are things that haven't gotten there yet," Kerry said.

 

On Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the top US diplomat called for ramping up support for the "moderate" opposition.

 

"I continue to believe that the moderate opposition is key to Syria's future and that we must redouble our efforts to support them as soon as possible," he said.

 

The administration has been cautious in its approach to the rebels, citing concerns about Islamist extremists in the ranks with links to Al-Qaeda.

 

And delays in delivering weapons have reportedly been due to vetting efforts by the CIA.

 

But the suspected chemical weapons attack two weeks ago that allegedly killed hundreds has led the administration to consider expanding the scope of its support with more weapons and training, possibly with the help of US special forces.

 

If a decision is made, the change would not occur overnight, the US official said.

 

"It's a process that would take some time," the official said.

 

Senator John McCain, who has urged military intervention in Syria, said he had asked the president in a meeting Monday about the CIA's delays in supplying weapons to rebels.

 

According to McCain, Obama confirmed the problem and told him "that that's going to change."

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Syrie: Hollande lâché par l'Europe au G20

05/09/2013 Par Alexandrine Bouilhet envoyée spéciale à Saint-Pétersbourg – LeFigaro.fr

 

À peine arrivé au G20, où il est censé fédérer une coalition favorable à l'intervention en Syrie, François Hollande est lâché par ses plus proches alliés de l'Union européenne.

 

«Il n'y a pas de solution militaire en Syrie», a insisté Herman Van Rompuy, le président de l'Union européenne. «La solution doit être politique», et s'inscrire dans le cadre de l'ONU, a martelé le représentant de l'UE à Saint-Pétersbourg, appuyé par José Manuel Barroso, le président de la Commission.

 

Les dirigeants européens n'ont pas de mots assez durs pour qualifier l'attaque chimique du 21 août en Syrie, un «crime contre l'humanité», selon Herman Van Rompuy, mais ils refusent de donner leur caution à une intervention militaire.

 

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