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President Obama meets in the Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss strategy in Syria on Aug. 31. (Pete Souza / White House)

President Obama meets in the Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss strategy in Syria on Aug. 31. (Pete Souza / White House)

Sep. 1, 2013 By DAVID JACKSON and AAMER MADHANI – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The president’s decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike against Syria came out of the blue — none of his national security team saw it coming, according to three senior administration officials.

 

Obama told some of his senior advisers during a National Security Council meeting last weekend that he was leaning toward taking action against Syria, but had not made a final decision, said the officials, who spoke on the condition they not to be identified discussing internal deliberations. As Obama mulled his next steps, the aides advised him not to seek congressional authorization for a military strike, they said.

 

But when Obama convened his senior advisers Friday night to tell them he had settled on launching a narrowly focused strike against the Bashar Assad regime, he also told them something stunning: He would ask Congress to authorize it first.

 

The president raised this idea to his national security team for the first time Friday night after a one-on-one chat with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough. In discussions Friday night and again Saturday morning in the Situation Room, Obama laid out his reasoning to his aides, some of whom were opposed to seeking congressional approval, according to the officials who declined to name the skeptics.

 

“Many people have advised against taking this decision to Congress, and undoubtedly, they were impacted by what we saw happen in the United Kingdom this week when the Parliament of our closest ally failed to pass a resolution with a similar goal, even as the prime minister supported taking action,” Obama told the nation Saturday. “Yet, while I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective.”

 

In the months leading up to Saturday’s announcement, Obama made clear his desire to have broad support for any potential action against Syria — crystallizing his long-held view that the credibility of military action comes with numbers. But Russia, Syria’s most powerful patron, would block any United Nations Security Council resolution against Syria. After the British Parliament rejected Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for military action last week, it became clear to Obama that a groundswell of international was not coming.

 

Notably, Obama called President Francois Hollande of France — the one major U.S. ally that has endorsed a military strike — before he publicly announced his decision to seek backing from Congress.

 

Still, as Obama edged toward calling for a limited military strike against the Assad regime following Syrian forces’ alleged killing of more than 1,400 in a chemical attack in rebel stronghold outside of Damascus Aug. 21, White House officials maintained their view that the president did not need to seek congressional approval.

 

But aides said Obama, who as a candidate for the White House criticized President George W. Bush’s for rushing to war in Iraq, saw formal consultation with Congress as a central part of his desired legacy to take the United States off a permanent war footing.The president was further convinced that this was the best course of action after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told him a Syria operation was not time-sensitive, and there was no negative impact for waiting, the officials said.

 

Congress is set to return from its summer recess Sept. 9 and is expected to debate and vote on an authorization that week. Obama would not rule out taking action immediately if Assad deploys chemical weapons before Congress is set to vote, the officials said.

 

The officials also stressed that the president changed his own mind, and no congressional leaders directly asked him to seek authorization, even though about a third of rank-and-file House members have called for it. They won’t speculate what Obama would do if Congress does not approve use of force, while maintaining that Obama retains the authority to go it alone

 

Obama made clear in his remarks on Saturday that a “no” vote would send the wrong message to Assad and America’s enemies. “Here’s my question for every member of Congress and every member of the global community: What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?” Obama said.

 

“What’s the purpose of the international system that we’ve built if a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons that has been agreed to by the governments of 98 percent of the world’s people and approved overwhelmingly by the Congress of the United States is not enforced?”

 

Jackson and Madhani write for USA Today.

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Syrie: la Ligue arabe appelle l'ONU et le monde à assumer leurs responsabilités

01 septembre 2013 22h22 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

LE CAIRE (Qahirah) - Les ministres arabes des Affaires étrangères ont appelé dimanche soir l'ONU et la communauté internationale à assumer leurs responsabilités dans le dossier syrien, alors que plusieurs pays envisagent des frappes contre le régime accusé d'avoir mené une attaque chimique.

 

Réunis au Caire, les ministres des pays de la Ligue arabe ont appelé l'ONU et la communauté internationale à assumer leurs responsabilités conformément à la Charte des Nations Unies et au droit international afin de prendre les mesures de dissuasion nécessaires contre les auteurs de ce crime odieux dont le régime porte la responsabilité, en référence à l'attaque qui a fait des centaines de morts le 21 août près de Damas.

 

Les ministres réclament en outre que les auteurs de cette attaque soient traduits devant la justice internationale comme les autres criminels de guerre.

 

Ils demandent également que soient fournies toutes les formes de soutien requises par le peuple syrien pour se défendre et rappelle l'obligation de concerter les efforts arabes et internationaux pour aider les Syriens.

 

Cette décision finale n'évoque toutefois pas précisément l'éventualité de frappes étrangères sur la Syrie, l'institution panarabe étant profondément divisée sur ce sujet, qualifié dingérence étrangère par certains Etats comme l'Egypte, l'Algérie, l'Irak ou le Liban. Ces trois derniers pays se sont d'ailleurs abstenus au cours du vote.

 

Plus tôt, devant les ministres réunis, le chef de la Coalition nationale syrienne, Ahmad Jarba, avait plaidé en faveur d'une intervention étrangère pour arrêter la machine de guerre et de destruction du régime de Bachar al-Assad.

 

La Syrie est en proie depuis mars 2011 à une révolte populaire devenue guerre civile qui a fait plus de 110.000 morts et a valu à la Syrie d'être suspendue fin 2011 des travaux de la Ligue arabe avant que son siège ne soit réattribué à l'opposition syrienne.

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231 cyberattaques lancées par Washington en 2011

 

 

31/08/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

Sur la base de documents fournis par l’ancien analyste de la NSA, Edward Snowden, les services de renseignement américains ont lancé 231 cyberattaques en 2011, visant notamment l’Iran, la Russie, la Chine ou la Corée du Nord.

 

«Ces révélations [...] fournissent de nouvelles preuves que les – cyberguerriers – de plus en plus nombreux de l’administration Obama infiltrent des réseaux informatiques à l’étranger et en perturbent le fonctionnement», écrit le Washington Post samedi, se fondant sur le budget secret des services de renseignement américains fournis par Edward Snowden.

En plus de ces cyberattaques, des spécialistes «s’introduisent dans des réseaux étrangers pour les mettre sous un contrôle américain discret», indique également le quotidien américain, qui évoque un projet baptisé GENIE et dont le budget s’élève à 652 millions $. Des logiciels malveillants auraient ainsi été placés «chaque année dans des dizaines de milliers de machines».

En se basant sur les documents dont dispose le Washington Post, les journalistes Barton Gellman et Ellen Nakashima précise que d’ici «la fin de l’année, GENIE devrait contrôler au moins 85.000 logiciels implantés dans des machines choisies stratégiquement tout autour du monde», contre près de 21.000 en 2008.

Le quotidien écrit ainsi qu’avec ce que leur a fourni Edward Snowden, il paraît clair que la «campagne d’intrusion informatique bien plus importante et plus agressive que ce qui avait jusqu’à présent été envisagé».

Si le «budger noir» ne détaille pas vers qui a été dirigé ces cyberattaques, d’anciens responsables ont indiqué que près de 75% d’entre elles «visaient des cibles de la plus haute importance [...] comme l’Iran, la Russie, la Chine et la Corée du Nord ou des activités comme la prolifération nucléaire».

Les États-Unis ont plusieurs fois appelé au cours des derniers mois la Chine à cesser ses activités de piratage informatique, mais «les services de renseignement américains utilisent de manière routinière dans le monde entier des logiciels malveillants bâtis par le gouvernement qui diffèrent assez peu dans leur fonctionnement des +menaces perfectionnées persistantes+ que les responsables américains attribuent à la Chine», pointe le Post.

La principale différence, expliquent des responsables, «est que la Chine vole des secrets industriels américains pour un gain financier», poursuit le quotidien américain.

 

À lire aussi:

Fournis par Snowden, les détails du «budget noir» éclairent la traque de Ben Laden >>

 

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S-500 missile defense system source armyrecognition.com

S-500 missile defense system source armyrecognition.com

MOSCOU, 30 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le système de missiles anti-aériens S-500 pourrait être mis en service en Russie dès 2017, a fait savoir à RIA Novosti une source haut placée au sein du ministère russe de la Défense.

 

"Le système de missiles anti-aériens S-500 est en cours d'élaboration. Sa mise en service militaire est programmée pour 2017", a indiqué l'interlocuteur de l'agence.

 

Selon lui, le futur système sera capable de détruire des cibles se trouvant dans l'espace.

 

Les missiles sol-air S-500 sont destinés à remplacer les S-400 Triumph, capables d'organiser la défense échelonnée des sites contre une attaque aérienne massive. Développés par le bureau d'études Almaz-Anteï, les S-500 sont en mesure de détruire 10 cibles simultanément volant à une vitesse de 7 km/sec à 200 km d'altitude, ainsi que les ogives de missiles de croisière hypersoniques.

 

D'après le commandant en chef des forces aériennes russes Viktor Bondarev, les capacités de combat du système S-500 seront supérieures non seulement à celles des S-400 mais aussi à celles des Patriot РАС-3 américains.

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Australian MRH90 helicopter aboard HMAS Manoora.: Photo Descon7.

Australian MRH90 helicopter aboard HMAS Manoora.: Photo Descon7.

30 August 2013 army-technology.com

 

The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has commissioned the first of two MRH90 full-flight and mission simulators (FFMSs) at the Army Aviation training centre in Oakey, Queensland, Australia.

 

Manufactured by CAE under a A$180m ($160.8m) contract awarded in December 2007, the simulator is designed to enable both Australian Army and Navy pilots to practice skills in all flight regimes, day or night, by precisely replicating the actual feel of the aircraft in flight.

 

Defence Materiel Organisation chief executive officer, Warren King, said the flight simulator will contribute to the Australian Defence Forces' (ADF) helicopter capability for many years to come.

 

''The MRH90 simulator has a cockpit that functions just like that of a real aircraft, and replicates the aircraft's unique instrument display which is projected onto the pilots' visors,'' King said.

 

Army Aviation training centre commander colonel, David Burke, said the simulator helps instructors to present pilots with a range of operational training scenarios, including flying into remote bush landing sites, flying in formation with other aircraft and being safely exposed to complex emergency situations.

 

''The majority of basic training will now be conducted in the simulator before pilots get to the real aircraft,'' Burke said.

 

''The aim of the training is to immerse the pilots in the simulation, so they feel as though they are flying the real aircraft, completing real missions and dealing with real emergencies.''

 

Manufactured in collaboration with Thales, MRH90 simulator is formally certified to Level D, which represents highest standards of fidelity in the aviation industry.

 

The second simulator is scheduled to be installed at the main MRH90 operational base in Townsville during 2014.

 

MRH 90 is a 10t-class medium-lift helicopter designed to conduct troop transport, search and rescue, special operations and counter-terrorism missions in adverse conditions.

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Taiwan Builds Killer Catamaran

August 30, 2013: Strategy Page

 

 building a class of twin hull (catamaran) patrol ships that are very fast and very heavily armed. The WPC (High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran) type ships are under 1,000 tons, 60.4 meters (180 feet) long and have a top speed of 68 kilometers an hour. The crew of 34 operates several weapons systems, including eight anti-ship missiles (Hsiung-feng 2 and 3 models) a 76mm cannon, a 20mm anti-missile autocannon and four 12.7mm machine-guns. There is no anti-aircraft system (other than some shoulder fired missiles) and no helicopter hanger (but a rear deck that a helicopter can operate from). The waterjet propulsion system makes for a very maneuverable ship. Sufficient supplies are carried for patrols of up to a week.

 

The anti-ship missiles are designed and built in Taiwan. The 6.1 meter (19 foot) long Hsiung-feng 3 weighs 1.5 tons (with a 181 kg/400 pound warhead) and has a top speed of 2300 kilometers an hour. Max range is 130 kilometers. It uses inertial and GPS guidance to get to the general vicinity of the target, then several other sensors to lock on to a specific ship and hit it. Hsiung Feng 2 anti-ship missiles (subsonic speed, range of 160 kilometers, half the weight of the Hsiung Feng 3) have a less advanced guidance system.

 

The WPC type ships are part of a program to replace older patrol craft with newer and more effective designs. Three years ago Taiwan commissioned the first of 21 Kuang Hua-6 (KH-6) guided missile patrol boats. These 34.2 meter (106 foot) long, seven meter (22 foot) wide, 170 ton ships have a crew of 19. They are armed with four Hsiung Feng 2 anti-ship missiles, a 20mm autocannon, two 7.62mm machine-guns and two decoy (for incoming missiles) launchers. Top speed is 55 kilometers an hour. At cruising speed of 22 kilometers an hour, the ships can stay at sea for about two days at a time. The other twenty KH-6s are all in service now. The KH-6s replace thirty older, and smaller (57 ton) Hai Ou class boats. These patrol boats guard the coast, and especially the 180 kilometers wide Taiwan Straits that separate China and Taiwan.

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Japanese Defense Ministry Seeks 3% Budget Hike

Aug. 30, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

Eyeing Marines-like Force, More US Cooperation

 

TOKYO — Japan’s defense ministry is looking for its biggest budget hike in two decades, partly to create a Marines-like force, it revealed Friday, as neighbors fret about Tokyo’s rising assertiveness.

 

Military bosses want more than 4.8 trillion yen (US $49 billion) — three percent up on last year — with much of their focus on safeguarding remote islands as a sovereignty row with China refuses to fade.

 

The move mirrors Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy of a more assertive diplomacy and a more active military.

 

Tokyo and Beijing have repeatedly butted heads over the ownership of the Tokyo-controlled islands called the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus, with official Chinese ships and aircraft regularly testing Japanese forces.

 

Abe has long voiced worries over defense at a time when China is increasing its naval activities in waters around Japan, and as unpredictable North Korea continues its missile and nuclear programs.

 

He has also called for a stronger military alliance with the United States, which is in the process of a rebalancing of its forces under President Barack Obama’s so-called “pivot” to Asia.

 

China and South Korea — victims of Japan’s military misadventures in the first half of the 20th century — have expressed unease in recent months about noises in Tokyo toward bolstering its military.

 

The budget request for fiscal 2014, which will begin in April, represents a three-percent spending increase, making a second-straight annual increase after a 0.8-percent rise in the initial budget for the current fiscal year to March 2014.

 

If approved, it would mark the largest rise since fiscal 1992.

 

Under the request, the ministry plans to create a special amphibious unit designed to protect the southern islands and to take them back in case of enemy invasion.

 

It would spend 1.3 billion yen to buy two amphibious assault vehicles and increase participation in US-led training programs with the US Marines.

 

The Marines are generally regarded as an offensive force, while Japan’s constitution bars it from taking hostile acts and limits the role of its already well-equipped armed forces to that of defense.

 

The air defense force would create a new early-warning unit in the southern region with radar-capable planes.

 

The ministry will conduct a full study on future purchases of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that can takeoff vertically like helicopters.

 

Among big ticket items, the navy wants to buy a 73.3 billion yen destroyer, a 51.3 billion yen submarine, and a 50.8 billion yen submarine rescue ship.

 

The ministry also wants to have a battery of PAC-3 surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile systems permanently located at its Tokyo headquarters. The system was deployed when North Korea conducted what is largely viewed as ballistic missile tests.

 

The ministry wants 24 billion yen for programs related to cyber defense.

 

Some 3.7 billion yen would go toward studies of technologies to detect and track stealth jets.

 

Although the shopping list appears quite extensive, the vast bulk of the increased budget request accounts for personnel costs, with the expected expiration of a multi-year salary freeze for civil servants.

 

The freeze was implemented to pay for the reconstruction of the region hit by the 2011 tsunami-earthquake disasters that prompted the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

 

The increased request also came as a result of foreign exchange fluctuations, with a lower yen boosting the prices of foreign-made military equipment.

 

The request might also change, as it currently does not account for an expected increase of the consumption tax.

 

Abe is yet to announce whether he will go ahead with the tax hike from the current five percent to eight percent from April.

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Boeing AH64E Apache attack helicopter

Boeing AH64E Apache attack helicopter

30 August 2013 army-technology.com

 

ViaSat has been selected for supply of Link 16 small tactical terminals for the US Army's AH-64E Apache attack helicopter fleet.

 

The company will supply its KOR-24A small tactical terminal (STT) to help address the army's requirement for an airborne and maritime/fixed station (AMF) Small Airborne Link 16 Terminal (SALT).

 

ViaSat Tactical Data Links general manager, Dr. Jay Kaufman, said: "The STT satisfies the latest requirements for Apache helicopters, providing a significant advance in battlefield communications such as Link 16 and SRW become essential capabilities in the future of army aviation."

 

Jointly manufactured by ViaSat and Harris, KOR-24 SST is a small, two-channel, very high frequency / ultra high frequency (VHF/UHF) radio terminal, designed to bring mobile network connectivity to dismounted soldiers and platforms such as ground vehicles, small boats, ships, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

"The STT satisfies the latest requirements for Apache helicopters, providing a significant advance in battlefield communications."

 

The terminal primarily enables soldiers to exchange secure situational awareness information and critical data communications with allied air, land, and sea platforms over Link 16 or UHF to maintain the tactical picture and also avoid Blue-on-Blue engagements.

 

Fully interoperable with global MIDS Link 16 terminals, joint tactical information distribution system (JTIDS), or UHF data radio systems, the terminal also supports all tactical digital information link (TADIL) J network messages, including network enabled weapon (NEW) messages.

 

Nicknamed Guardian, the Boeing AH-64E is a heavily armed helicopter featuring powerful, fuel-efficient T700-GE-701D engines, enhanced rotor blade technology and electronics, as well as improved aircraft handling, performance and agility at higher altitudes.

 

Designed to replace the existing AH-64D Longbow helicopters, the helicopter also features a joint tactical radio system, electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors to improve pilots' situational awareness and an oversea capacity, enabling potential strikes on smaller ships.

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Russia’s New Bomber to Carry Hypersonic Weapons – Source

MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti)

 

Russia’s next generation long-range bomber PAK-DA will be armed with hypersonic weapons, a Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti Friday.

 

“PAK-DA will be equipped with all advanced types of precision guided weapons, including hypersonic,” the source said, adding that the bomber itself will be subsonic.

 

Earlier this week, Boris Obnosov, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation, revealed that Russia has developed a hypersonic missile. However, he added that although it has been developed, it can only make seconds-long flights.

 

In September 2012, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, whose brief covers the defense industry, announced plans to merge the Tactical Missile Corporation and NPO Mashinostroyenie.

 

Lt. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, commander of the Russian Air Force Long-Range Aviation, previously said the first PAK-DA bombers will enter service by 2020.

 

In August 2012, Rogozin told the Rossiya 24 TV network “I think we need to go down the route of hypersonic technology and we are moving in that direction and not falling behind the Americans.”

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Work Begins on 6th Missile Boat for Caspian Flotilla

KAZAN, August 29 (RIA Novosti)

 

Construction work has begun on a sixth attack missile boat for the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla, a shipyard representative told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

 

The Zelenodolsk shipyard, based in Russia’s Tatarstan Republic, is building the series of six missile boats under a 2010 contract with the Defense Ministry. All the boats are due to enter service with the Caspian fleet.

 

The first two missile corvettes – the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Uglich – were floated out on June 22 and August 22, respectively. Another three – the Veliky Ustyug, the Zelyony Dol and the Serpukhov – are under construction.

 

The sixth boat has been named the Vyshny Volochek, a shipyard official told RIA Novosti. He did not say when the ships would be completed or what the total construction costs would be.

 

The Project 21631 (Buyan-M) corvette has a displacement of 949 tons and maximum speed of 25 knots. It is armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns, as well as Igla-1M air defense missiles.

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Russie: le bombardier de 5e génération remplacera trois types d'avions (Armée)

JOUKOVSKI (région de Moscou), 30 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le bombardier russe de 5e génération PAK DA, qui sera livré à l'armée à partir de 2020, pourrait remplacer trois types d'avions actuellement en service dans l'armée russe, a annoncé vendredi le général Victor Bondarev, commandant en chef de l'Armée de l'air russe.

 

"Il accomplira les missions qui sont actuellement assignées aux avions Tupolev Tu-160, Tu-95MS et Tu-22. Il sera équipé d'armes hypersoniques", a indiqué le général lors d'une conférence de presse au Salon aérospatial international MAKS-2013 à Joukovski, dans la région de Moscou.

 

Le commandant de l'Armée de l'air a ainsi confirmé les informations selon lesquelles le bombardier à long rayon d'action PAK DA, en cours de conception, serait doté d'armes hypersoniques.

 

L'avion PAK DA quant à lui sera subsonique, sur décision d'une commission spéciale du ministère de la Défense.

 

Le groupe russe "Missiles tactiques" a annoncé le 28 août dernier avoir créé un missile hypersonique, qui pour le moment n'arrive à voler à une vitesse hypersonique que pendant quelques secondes.

 

D'après le commandant de l'Aviation à long rayon d'action russe Anatoli Jikharev, les premiers bombardiers PAK DA seront livrés à l'armée d'ici 2020.

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Lawmaker: Taiwan Plans To Buy 2 Frigates From US

Aug. 30, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

TAIPEI — Taiwan plans to purchase two warships from the United States as part of its efforts to modernize its forces against a perceived military threat from China, a lawmaker said Friday.

 

The defense ministry has listed Tw $5.6 billion (US $187 million) in its 2014 and 2015 budgets to buy two Perry-class frigates from the US Navy, said lawmaker Lin Yu-fang, citing defense budgets submitted to the parliament.

 

The ministry aimed to buy two rather than four Perry-class frigates, as previously reported by the media, to replace some of its Knox-class frigates that were retired, Lin said.

 

Ties between Taiwan and former rival China have improved markedly since Ma Ying-jeou became the island’s president in 2008 on a China-friendly platform. He was elected for a second term last year.

 

However, China still claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan and has repeatedly threatened to invade should the island declare formal independence, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced weapons, largely from the US.

 

In 2001, then-President George W. Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington’s most comprehensive arms package for the island since 1992.

 

President Barack Obama’s administration has approved more than $12 billion in sales and equipment upgrades but has held off on Taiwan’s requests to buy new F-16 fighter jets, a step against which China has repeatedly warned.

 

Taiwanese defense officials were not immediately available to comment on the planned purchase.

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Desert Rats prepare for Afghanistan

An RAF Chinook brings in a light gun (and plenty of dust) for the gathered media [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

 

30 August 2013  Ministry of Defence

 

7th Armoured Brigade personnel have displayed their skills on Salisbury Plain prior to deploying to Afghanistan later this year.

 

It is nearly time for the ‘Desert Rats’, as members of 7th Armoured Brigade are known, to return to the desert. Although, this time, the desert that the famous brigade will be heading to is in Helmand province, where they will be taking over the role of Task Force Helmand (TFH).

The deployment on Operation Herrick 19 will see personnel from all 3 Services working closely with 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army. And, as is the norm, the media were invited to Salisbury Plain to see some of the skills that the Rats have honed over an extensive period of pre-deployment training.

Media days tend to illustrate the main role that the troops will be playing during their tour. Not long ago the event would have had a dramatic pyrotechnic theme as troops displayed their patrolling and soldiering skills; helicopters would worry their way into contested areas to pick up the wounded.

The media day for Herrick 18 on a snow-swept Salisbury Plain focused on troops working with the Afghan Army and Police, advising and mentoring them and helping them to develop their skills.

Corporal Ed Grace demonstrates the Dragon Runner
Corporal Ed Grace, from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, demonstrates the Dragon Runner bomb disposal robot [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

Yesterday, 29 August, the main event was the drawdown of a forward patrol base, which will be an important feature of Herrick 19. Brigade Commander, Brigadier James Woodham, said:

In preparation for the tour I visit Afghanistan often to talk to those doing the job there at the moment, and it is clear to me that there has been great progress.

The Afghan Army in Helmand are without doubt showing themselves to be brave, competent and able to plan and conduct their own complex operations, the vast majority of which are conducted with no support from ISAF.

The police have clearly benefited from the concerted training effort over the years.

The success that has been seen in transferring responsibility for security to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the development of public trust in their government has meant that the current Task Force has been able to press ahead with disengagement and to close those bases for which there is no longer any operational need:

I fully expect that this process will continue,” said the Brigadier. “As a result the force that I deploy with will be smaller. As I take over, the full force numbers will be about 6,000, falling to 5,200 by the end of the year.

Brigadier James Woodham
Brigadier James Woodham, Commander of 7th Armoured Brigade [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

Brigadier Woodham said that he expected Herrick 19 would see the ANSF continuing to develop and that TFH would work with them only when required, with the focus being on increasing their independence and sustainability:

I fully expect in my time to conclude the process of closing and transferring the UK’s bases in Helmand. And as this process takes place we will be able to redeploy more of our people and equipment back to the UK and to Germany.

Which is why the showpiece of the day was the breaking down of a patrol base. Of course, in itself this is nothing new. British troops have been breaking down bases for generations.

But, whereas in years gone by the field guns and equipment would have been moved out on horseback, yesterday it was an upgraded RAF Chinook Mk4 helicopter, dubbed the workhorse of the skies, that took the strain of lifting a 105mm light gun, while a demountable rack offload and pickup system (a big army lorry) hauled away the more standard items.

An Apache attack helicopter provided air cover while an outer ring of Ridgback armoured vehicles and an inner platoon of soldiers held the ground secure as sappers dismantled a watchtower.

An Apache attack helicopter
An Apache attack helicopter providing air cover during the media day on Salisbury Plain [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

It was an important reminder that, while this tour for UK troops will be less kinetic and more advisory than in the past, basic soldiering skills must nevertheless be maintained to the highest level:

What you will see today is our chance to polish our skills, before using them for real in Helmand,” said Brigadier Woodham. “I’m pleased to say that the training progression has gone from strength to strength, and the training my soldiers have received has been first class, hugely realistic and challenging.

The training for Afghanistan which has been delivered by the Army has been really well-focused; we don’t just roll out the same training as last time. The training organisations work really hard to reflect the sorts of roles that the troops are going to do.

All the way through it was clear that Herrick 19 was going to be different. Therefore that’s been bedded into all the training courses and exercises and I’m confident that our soldiers are prepared for whatever will come their way.

Private Danny Greenhalgh with military working dog Amy
Private Danny Greenhalgh, from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, with his military working dog Amy, a 4-year-old Belgian Shepherd [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

That was certainly an opinion that was echoed by the soldiers manning the stands:

It’s my first tour,” said Lance Corporal James Carstairs, part of a 2 Medical Regiment combat medical team. “I feel prepared for everything to do with my job, and I’m very comfortable about going.

Another first-timer will be reservist Lieutenant Jabez Crisp, a watchkeeper in 2 Logistic Support Regiment. It will be his job to keep a close eye on the movements of the logistic convoys as they supply troops and bring back kit and equipment from those bases that are closing or being handed over. He said:

I admit to a healthy level of stage fright. But I’m very ready to go.

There was another army asset that could not be displayed on the day, but to which the Brigadier wanted to pay tribute:

I must mention some unsung heroes, our families,” he said, “for on the eve of deployment they too are preparing for the challenges that lie ahead. But they are not alone. Each unit has on hand a dedicated team to assist and help make the time pass as painlessly as possible.

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Chuck Hagel secrétaire américain à la Défense (Photo Glenn Fawcett DoD)

Chuck Hagel secrétaire américain à la Défense (Photo Glenn Fawcett DoD)

Aug. 30, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

MANILA — The United States and the Philippines are moving toward an agreement that will expand the American military’s presence in the Philippines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday during a visit to Manila.

 

Hagel and President Benigno Aquino “reaffirmed the progress being made” in talks begun earlier this month to allow a bigger military footprint in the Philippines, the Pentagon chief said.

 

“This progress is welcome and encouraging. I noted that our negotiating teams are working hard to finish the framework agreement in the near future,” he told reporters.

 

Hagel’s optimistic comments appeared to open the possibility that the negotiations, which resumed this week in the US capital, could be wrapped up in time for President Barack Obama’s expected visit to Southeast Asia later this year.

 

An accord opening the way to a more visible role for the American military marks a shift in relations between the two countries more than two decades after the United States closed large bases amid anti-American sentiment.

 

But the Philippines faces territorial disputes at sea with China and has asked for US assistance to better monitor coastal waters. The United States, meanwhile, is seeking to bolster its ties across Southeast Asia, partly to counter China’s growing military power.

 

The proposed deal would allow more US troops, aircraft and ships to temporarily pass through the Philippines at a time when Washington is refocusing its attention on Asia after a decade of war.

 

Hagel sought to reassure Filipinos, whose senate voted out the American presence in the early 1990s, saying Washington had no interest in setting up permanent outposts.

 

“The United States does not seek permanent bases in the Philippines — that would represent a return to an outdated Cold War mentality,” he said at a joint news conference with his Filipino counterpart.

 

“Instead, we are using a new model of military-to-military cooperation befitting two great allies and partners,” he said.

 

The Philippines once hosted tens of thousands of US soldiers at two bases near Manila, but they were forced to leave in 1992. A new accord in 1999 allowed troops to return to the Philippines for joint military exercises every year.

 

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the proposed agreement could permit US forces to regain access to Subic Bay, a large naval base north of Manila that the Pentagon handed over to Philippine control in 1992.

 

“Subic Bay is one of the facilities that was mentioned for the US forces to (have) access in. As soon as the framework agreement is complete, we will provide the necessary access to all these facilities,” Gazmin added.

 

The US defense chief went ahead with his overnight visit to Manila despite a tense showdown over Syria, with US forces prepared to launch punitive strikes against the Damascus regime if ordered.

 

Even with the turmoil in the Middle East, Hagel said the US remained committed to a strategic focus toward Asia, as well as its 1951 mutual defense pact with Manila.

 

Hagel was in Manila at the end of a week-long Asian tour amid fresh strains between the Philippines and China over rival territorial claims in the South China Sea.

 

The tensions have forced Aquino to call off a planned visit Sept. 3 to the Chinese city of Nanning to attend a trade conference.

 

The Philippines accuses China of aggressively pushing its territorial claims over most of the South China Sea, including waters close to Philippine shores.

 

Hagel endorsed efforts by China’s smaller neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to negotiate a South China Sea “code of conduct,” as well as Philippine efforts to solve the disputes.

 

Without mentioning China, he said that Washington wanted nations to settle their disputes through international law “without coercion or militarized attempts to alter the status quo.”

 

Hagel held separate talks with Gazmin and Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and visited the US military cemetery in Manila before heading back to Washington.

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Missile Scalp-EG sur son berceau de chargement, devant un Mirage 2000D du CEAM.

Missile Scalp-EG sur son berceau de chargement, devant un Mirage 2000D du CEAM.

30/08/2013 Vincent Lamigeon, grand reporter à Challenges Supersonique



Le vote négatif de la chambre des Communes sur la participation de l’armée britannique à une intervention en Syrie aura eu au moins un mérite : clarifier la situation. Si frappes il y a, elles seront le fait, essentiellement, des Etats-Unis et de la France. François Hollande confirme cet après-midi dans le Monde la position française: « Si le Conseil de sécurité est empêché d’agir une coalition se formera […] Il y a peu de pays qui ont les capacités d’infliger une sanction par des moyens appropriés. La France en fait partie. Elle y est prête. Elle décidera de sa position en étroite liaison avec ses alliés.»

 

MdCN, - SCALP naval

MdCN, - SCALP naval

Que peut faire la France dans le cadre d’une intervention de portée limitée, la plus probable à ce jour ? On peut déjà renverser la question, et dire ce qu’elle ne peut pas faire : les Etats-Unis devront se charger des frappes de missiles de croisières Tomahawk, tirés de leurs destroyers. L’équivalent français des Tomahawk, le missile de croisière naval (MdCN, connu aussi sous le nom de SCALP naval), est encore en cours de développement par l’industriel MBDA : il pourra être tiré des frégates françaises à partir de 2014, et des futurs sous-marins nucléaires d’attaque Barracuda à partir de 2017.

 

Scalp - photo MBDA

Scalp - photo MBDA

En attendant, la France s’appuie sur son missile de croisière aéroporté SCALP-EG, dont une quinzaine d’exemplaires avaient été tirés lors de l’opération Harmattan en Libye. Ces missiles, d’une portée annoncée de 250 km, sont embarqués sur Rafale (version armée de l’air et marine) et Mirage 2000. Ils permettent le tir à distance de sécurité, mais leur portée est quatre fois inférieure à la future version navale, et l’armement ne peut être emporté qu’à raison d’un missile sur Rafale Marine et deux sur Rafale de l’armée de l’air.

 

Syrie : de quels moyens dispose la France ?

Pour assurer la protection de ces chasseurs, la France dispose de frégates de défense aérienne dont l’une des plus modernes, le Chevalier Paul, a quitté Toulon hier, selon les informations du Point. Ce bâtiment dispose de missiles Aster 15 et Aster 30 (MBDA) d’une efficacité redoutable, même contre les missiles à grande vitesse. Il est aussi probable, même si ce ne sera probablement jamais confirmé, qu’un sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque soit déjà à pied d’œuvre en Méditerranée orientale pour des missions de renseignement. Le bâtiment collecteur de renseignement ultra-moderne Dupuy-de-Lôme peut également être envoyé sur zone, si ce n’est pas déjà fait.

 

Syrie : de quels moyens dispose la France ?

Reste le cas du porte-avions Charles-de-Gaulle. Mon confrère Hubert Levet citait cette semaine une source au ministère de la défense affirmant que la décision d’envoyer le fleuron de la marine nationale « a été prise, même si elle n’est pas encore officielle », ce qu’a démenti l’état-major des armées. S’il quitte Toulon pour la Méditerranée orientale, le porte-avions, opérationnel après un « entretien intermédiaire » de six mois à Toulon, partira avec son groupe aéronaval (frégates, sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque, pétrolier ravitailleur…). L’autre solution pour projeter des chasseurs est d’utiliser les bases aériennes françaises, les bases à l’étranger (Djibouti, Abu Dhabi) ou alliées (Chypre, Turquie…).

Le porte-avion Charles-de-Gaulle à quai à Toulon le 28.08.2013 photo France 3 Provence-Alpes

Le porte-avion Charles-de-Gaulle à quai à Toulon le 28.08.2013 photo France 3 Provence-Alpes

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Saudi Arabia Raises Military Alertness Over Syria

August 30, 2013 voanews.com

 

DOHA — Saudi Arabia, a supporter of rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, has raised its level of military alertness in anticipation of a possible Western strike in Syria, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

 

The United States has been calling for punitive action against Assad's government for a suspected poison gas attack on a Damascus suburb on Aug. 21 that killed hundreds of people.

 

Saudi Arabia's defense readiness has been raised to "two" from "five," a Saudi military source who declined to be named told Reuters. "One" is the highest level of alert.

 

"It is a must, no one knows what will happen," he said.

 

The source said other countries in the region, including Jordan, Turkey and Israel, appeared also to have raised their level of military readiness.

 

A second source said Saudi Arabia's defense readiness had been raised last week, and meant that all leave for the armed forces would be cancelled.

 

The sources declined to give further details of what a change in alert level would mean, but analysts said it was likely some forces would be moved closer to national borders.

 

In Kuwait lawmakers have asked their government to inform them about plans for readiness to deal with repercussions of a strike on Syria, Kuwaiti newspapers reported.

 

The prime minister, Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah, held an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Thursday, al-Watan reported.

 

Interior minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Hamad al-Sabah was told to take all necessary measures in case of an emergency that might arise as a result of strikes, the paper said.

 

Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally, Qatar and other Sunni Muslim powers back the mainly Sunni rebels battling Assad, who is from Syria's minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam. The rebels have been joined by foreign Sunni jihadis.

 

Assad enjoys military support from Iran, Lebanon's Hezbollah and among Iraqi Shi'ites.

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Syrie : Hollande prêt à intervenir sans le Royaume-Uni

30 août 2013 JDD

 

Dans une interview au Monde datée de samedi, François Hollande affirme que "la France veut une action proportionnée et ferme contre le régime de Damas". Le refus des Britanniques de participer à une telle opération ne change pas la position du président.

 

Malgré le "non" du Parlement britannique, François Hollande maintient sa position. Dans une interview au Monde datée de samedi, le président affirme que "la France veut une action proportionnée et ferme contre le régime de Damas". Et ce, malgré le refus des Britanniques de participer à une telle opération. Le chef de l'Etat ajoute qu'il aura ce vendredi "un échange approfondi avec Barack Obama".

Quand est ce qu'aura lieu une telle intervention? Pas avant le départ de Syrie des inspecteurs onusiens, qui ont entamé vendredi leur dernier jour d'enquête sur le site de l'attaque présumée chimique près de Damas. Mais François Hollande n' exclut pas une opération avant que le Parlement ne se réunisse ce mercredi. "Et si j'ai engagé la France, le gouvernement l'informera des moyens et des objectifs poursuivis, conformément à l'article 35 de la Constitution", assure-t-il.

 

Suite de l'article

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Syrie : les experts de l'ONU ont fini d'enquêter

30/08/2013 - 19:02 JDD

 

Les experts de l'ONU ont terminé leur travail en Syrie et vont désormais "rapidement" faire un rapport sur l'usage éventuel d'armes chimiques dans le conflit syrien, a déclaré vendredi le porte-parole des Nations unies.

 

"L'équipe a terminé de récolter des échantillons et des élements", a déclaré Martin Nesirky à des journalistes. "Ils préparent maintenant leur départ et quitteront Damas, puis la Syrie demain" samedi, a-t-il ajouté.

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Syrie : ce ne sera pas l'Irak, promet Kerry

30/08/2013 - 19:15 JDD

 

Le secrétaire d'Etat américain John Kerry s'est engagé vendredi à ce que les Etats-Unis ne "répètent" pas l'expérience de la guerre en Irak s'ils devaient agir militairement contre la Syrie accusée d'avoir utilisé des armes chimiques. "Nous ne répéterons pas ce moment", a-t-il déclaré devant la presse à Washington. "Ce que feront les États-Unis ne ressemblera pas à l'Irak, à l'Afghanistan ni même à l'intervention en Libye, a-t-il poursuivi.

 

Une éventuelle action aura une durée déterminée, a précisé le secrétaire d'Etat, et prendra la forme d'une action "ciblée" sans troupes au sol.

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photo Airbus Military

photo Airbus Military

Aug 30, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Airbus Military; issued August 29, 2013)

 

First A400M Wings for Royal Air Force Leave for Final Assembly Line

 

The wings for the first Airbus Military A400M Atlas new generation airlifter for the Royal Air Force have left the Airbus plant in Filton, UK where they are made, bound for the final assembly line at Seville, Spain.

 

The wings were loaded onto the Airbus roll-on-roll-off ferry at Royal Portbury Docks.

 

The aircraft, the first of 22 ordered by the United Kingdom, is due to be delivered in September 2014.

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Moscou dévoile le SU-30SM

29 août Aerobuzz.fr

 

A l’occasion du salon aéronautique MAKS de Moscou (27 août-1er septembre 2013 à Joukovski), la Russie met l’accent sur son nouveau biplace de combat SU-30 SM. Il s’agit d’un dérivé du biplace SU-30 MKI en service en Inde. Cet avion hyper manoeuvrant est doté de plans canard et de tuyères à poussée dirigée. Côté avionique, il s’agit d’un appareil 100% russe : il possède un radar à antenne active signé NIIP Tikhomirov, dérivé du « Bars » en service sur le MKI. Le SU-30 SM dispose d’un cockpit « tout écran » et d’un calculateur analogue à celui du SU-35. Ce calculateur gère le système d’arme et assure la sécurité du vecteur et de ses occupants. Il décide par exemple d’éjecter les pilotes en cas de danger. Il est piloté par Mr Averyanov, un pilote d’essais réputé qui est entré dans la légende lors de son éjection d’un SU-30 MKI pendant un salon du Bourget.

 

Moscou qui se dit très satisfait du SU-30 SM, aussi à l’aise en combat rapproché qu’en combat hors de portée visuelle, en a commandé 60 exemplaires. Ils serviront à former les pilotes de SU-35 et de T-50 qui constituent le renouveau des forces aériennes russes (VVS).

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Report: Russia To Deploy 'Star Wars' Missile System in 2017

Aug. 30, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

MOSCOW — Russia’s defense ministry plans to deploy in 2017 a sophisticated new air missile defense system that can hit targets in space, a senior ministry source told Russian news agencies Friday.

 

“The promising S-500 air defense missile system is at the development stage. It’s planned to be deployed in 2017,” the source was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

 

The long-range system will be able to destroy targets even if they are in space and cover the whole Russian territory, the source added.

 

Russia is developing more and more effective missile defense systems for use as a deterrent while opposing plans by the United States to build a missile defense shield in Europe.

 

Russia says its most advanced anti-aircraft and anti-missile system currently in use, the S-400 Triumph, has a range of 400 kilometers.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said last year that Russia’s armed forces would acquire around 28 S-400s over the following decade.

 

Russia has declined to cancel hugely controversial contracts to supply Syria with four of its powerful S-300 air defense missile systems, a deal that has sparked international concern.

 

Putin in June praised the S-300s as the best such systems in the world and said Russia had not yet delivered the systems to Syria to avoid changing the balance of power in the region.

 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Izvestia pro-Kremlin daily on Monday that all Syria’s contracts with Russia were being fulfilled.

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Pantsir-S1: le poste de commandement présenté au salon MAKS-2013

JOUKOVSKI (région de Moscou), 30 août - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie a dévoilé le poste de commandement des systèmes antiaériens Pantsir-S1 au Salon aérospatial international MAKS-2013 de Joukovski, a annoncé vendredi le bureau d'études KBP de Toula (180 km de Moscou) qui a conçu cette arme.

 

"Il s'agit d'une première. Nous avons présenté pour la première fois le poste de commandement à ce salon", a indiqué Iouri Nikitine, représentant du bureau d'études, devant les journalistes.

 

Le poste de commandement permet de coordonner les tirs de six véhicules Pantsir-S1, même en mouvement, "ce qui complique la détection des véhicules de combat par l'ennemi", selon lui.

 

"Le poste de commandement reçoit les informations sur les cibles fournies par ses propres radars, ainsi que par les radars des Pantsir-S1. On peut alors utiliser un seul radar pour mieux dissimuler la position des systèmes Pantsir-S1, et réduire le risque d'une frappe d'antimissiles, ou pour attirer un avion ennemi dans la zone de destruction", a ajouté le responsable.

 

Le poste de commandement peut se trouver à 10 km des véhicules de combat. Il y a trois moyens de le relier à ces derniers: par radio, par câble coaxial ou par câble optique. La troisième variante est la plus sûre, puisqu'il est alors impossible d'intercepter les commandes.

 

Le système de combat Pantsir comprend des missiles et des obus d'artillerie. Les premiers, d'une portée de 20 kilomètres, se déplacent à la vitesse de 1.000 mètres par seconde et sont capables de neutraliser les cibles évoluant à une altitude oscillant entre 2 mètres et 15 kilomètres. Les seconds, d'une portée de 4 kilomètres, détruisent les cibles navales ou aériennes à une altitude allant de 0 à 3 kilomètres. Le Pantsir est en mesure de frapper quatre cibles simultanément. Créé en 1994, le Pantsir a plus tard été modernisé.

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Russian Navy Assault Ships Ready to Evacuate Nationals From Syria

MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti)

 

Russian Navy assault ships are ready, if necessary, to rapidly evacuate Russian citizens from Syria, a senior navy official said Friday.

 

Western nations have been actively discussing possible military intervention in Syria following reports that chemical weapons were used last week near Damascus. The US claims Syrian government forces were responsible, while Damascus says Islamist rebels were responsible.

 

The Russian embassy in Syria said in February there were an estimated 30,000 Russians living in the country, but other reports suggest the figure could be higher.

 

Russia has six assault ships stationed in the Black Sea that could move rapidly to the Mediterranean Sea if needed, the navy official told RIA Novosti. “Ships from the Baltic fleet and Northern fleet could join them as well,” he said.

 

Even ships from Russia’s Pacific fleet, which are currently on anti- piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa, could also be enlisted if needed to ensure a safe evacuation, he added.

 

A UN inspections team is still compiling evidence on the reported chemical weapon attack. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists that the team will leave Syria on Saturday and release its findings after it has time to analyze the results.

 

Pending the UN report, several governments have stated they will wait for the team’s findings on whether the Syrian government itself used the chemical weapons. Russian officials maintain that there is no clear evidence that the Syrian military was responsible for the attack, and blocked British attempts Wednesday to get the UN Security Council to issue a resolution against Damascus.

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this week the evidence that the Syrian government was responsible is “undeniable.” Though the US has urged its international allies to push for a strike, President Barack Obama has yet to announce a decision on military intervention.

 

Possible British military involvement was blocked Thursday after UK Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a historic defeat in a vote in the UK parliament, when a motion calling for a “strong humanitarian response” on Syria was defeated by 285 to 272 votes, The Guardian reported.

 

France’s President Francois Hollande said Friday the British vote would not stop Paris taking from military action if necessary, Le Figaro reported.

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La Russie crée un drone de frappe sur la base du chasseur T-50 (OAK)

JOUKOVSKI (région de Moscou), 30 août - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie crée un drone de frappe sur la base du chasseur de 5e génération T-50 (PAK FA), a annoncé vendredi le président du Consortium aéronautique unifié (OAK) Mikhaïl Pogossian lors du Salon aérospatial international MAKS-2013 à Joukovski, dans la région de Moscou.

 

"Nous menons nos travaux conformément au programme du ministère russe de la Défense. Selon ce programme, nous devons d'abord mener des études préliminaires en utilisant le potentiel technique du projet de chasseur de 5e génération", a indiqué M.Pogossian.

 

L'avion de frappe sans pilote aura une masse de 20 tonnes, selon lui.

 

L'ex-commandant en chef de l'Armée de l'air russe, le général Piotr Deïnekine, a annoncé le 26 août dernier, que les constructeurs aériens russes avaient entamé la conception d'un chasseur de 6e génération, qui sera le plus probablement sans pilote.

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