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Le Jacques Cartier de retour à Brest

Le Jacques Cartier de retour à Brest

12/07/2013 Marine nationale

 

Après 30 ans d’activité, le bâtiment de transport léger (BATRAL) Jacques Cartier a quitté le territoire calédonien pour un transit vers Brest où il sera retiré du service actif puis désarmé. Une cérémonie militaire était organisée sur la base navale de Nouméa, sous la présidence du général Jean-François Parlanti, commandant supérieur des FANC.

 

Au cours des trois dernières décennies, le Jacques Cartier a constitué un outil militaire interarmées unique, aux importantes capacités de stockage et d’acheminement logistique. Avec 651 plageages et plus de 1500 véhicules transportés, il a participé à de nombreuses missions militaires, comme l’opération Santal au Timor oriental en 1999 ou les opérations Castor au Vanuatu. Outil de rayonnement de la France, il a participé à de nombreux exercices internationaux et a arboré le pavillon français dans tout le Pacifique sud-ouest. Il a assuré des opérations de secours aux populations en Nouvelle Calédonie et dans toute la région suite à des catastrophes naturelles et a activement participé à l’action de l’État en mer avec les missions de sauvetage effectuées. Il fut enfin le bâtiment de base de l’expédition archéologique « Vanikoro » en 2005.

 

L’équipage de 53 marins composé de près d’un tiers de volontaires locaux de Nouvelle-Calédonie participe ainsi à l’ultime mission du bâtiment baptisée « Oleti », terme de «  Drehu » langue de l’île de Lifou, la plus parlée après le français en Nouvelle-Calédonie et qui signifie « Merci ».

 

Le Jacques Cartier sera remplacé par un bâtiment multi missions, à partir de 2015.

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Un régiment russe bientôt jumelé à l'escadrille française Normandie-Niemen

PROKHOROVKA (région russe de Belgorod), 12 juillet - RIA Novosti

 

Une unité aérienne russe sera jumelée au régiment français Normandie-Niemen, a annoncé vendredi le ministre russe de la Défense Sergueï Choïgou à Prokhorovka (région russe de Belgorod), théâtre de l'une des plus grandes batailles de chars de l'histoire militaire en 1943.

 

"Le ministère russe de la Défense a décidé de jumeler une unité de l'Armée de l'air russe au régiment aérien français Normandie-Niemen pour honorer la mémoire des exploits héroïques des pilotes russes et français", a indiqué M.Choïgou.

 

Il a ajouté que la Russie continuerait de rebaptiser ses unités militaires en l'honneur des célèbres régiments soviétiques et russes. Selon lui, le commandement de la division blindée de Kantemirovka, transformée en brigade en 2009 et rétablie en tant que division en 2013, a reçu ses drapeaux en mai dernier.

 

Ces derniers temps, la Russie fait renaître les plus célèbres unités militaires de son histoire. Le 154e régiment autonome et la 130e brigade d'infanterie motorisée autonome ont récemment reçu les noms glorieux des régiments Preobrajenski et Semenovski sur décision du président russe Vladimir Poutine. Créés au XVIIe siècle par l'empereur Pierre le Grand, les régiments Preobrajenski et Semenovski ont été les plus anciens régiments d'infanterie de la Garde impériale russe.

Un régiment russe bientôt jumelé à l'escadrille française Normandie-Niemen
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DCNS présente ses systèmes de défense anti-aérienne A3SM pour sous-marins

08/07/2013 DCNS

 

Le groupe DCNS vient de présenter deux solutions innovantes de défense anti-aérienne pour sous-marins, en cours de développement sur son site de Ruelle (Charente). Ces dispositifs conçus par DCNS – en partenariat avec MBDA – modifieront à court terme le rapport de force entre sous-marins et aéronefs.

 

Parmi toutes les menaces auxquelles font face les sous-marins, celles provenant des airs demeurent les plus dangereuses. Aujourd’hui, les hélicoptères équipés de sonar trempé et les avions de patrouille maritime ont en effet la capacité de détecter les sous-marins et de les neutraliser par un tir de torpilles, sans même être menacés.

 

C’est avec l’ambition de réduire cette vulnérabilité que les ingénieurs du Groupe DCNS, en coopération avec leurs partenaires de MBDA, ont travaillé à l’élaboration de solutions dites A3SM (Auto-défense Anti-Aérienne pour Sous-Marin), permettant aux sous-marins de se défendre contre ces aéronefs.

 

Présentée à la presse internationale le 20 juin 2013, cette capacité d’autodéfense se décline en deux solutions distinctes, permettant aux clients de choisir celle qui correspond le mieux à leur concept opérationnel et à leur navire.

 

La première solution à courte portée est constituée d’un conteneur résistant orientable disposé sur un mât hissable. Déployé en immersion périscopique depuis le massif du sous-marin, le dispositif permet de tirer jusqu’à trois missiles Mistral.

 

La seconde solution à moyenne portée est quant à elle constituée d’un missile MICA encapsulé dans un véhicule sous-marin SM39, piloté et guidé depuis le sous-marin. Ce véhicule est lancé en plongée ou à l’immersion périscopique depuis un tube lance-torpilles équipé d’un dispositif de chasse de type refouloir pneumatique.

 

Une fois lancés, les missiles MISTRAL et MICA sont guidés de manière autonome par leur auto-directeur infrarouge. Cette capacité permet au sous-marin de manœuvrer librement après le tir et éventuellement de mettre en œuvre des parades en cas d’attaque de torpille par l’aéronef avant sa destruction.

 

Fruit d’une collaboration entre DCNS et MBDA, ce système innovant modifiera à court terme le rapport de force entre sous-marins et aéronefs, en obligeant ces derniers à demeurer à distance.

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Le général Jean-Jacques Borel

Le général Jean-Jacques Borel

12/07/2013  Ltt Alexandra Lesur-Tambuté - Armée de l'air

 

Le général Jean-Jacques Borel est chef d’état-major du commandement de la défense aérienne et des opérations aériennes (CDAOA). Jusqu’à présent, il était le directeur du défilé aérien avant d’apprendre qu’il défilerait à pied, dans un dispositif mettant à l’honneur l’opération Serval. Interview d’un homme pour qui la cérémonie du 14 Juillet n’a plus vraiment de secret.

 

Mon général, vous avez jusqu’à présent été au cœur de l’organisation du défilé aérien. Pouvez-vous m’en parler ?

 

En prémices, j’ai été désigné comme directeur du défilé aérien. Mon rôle ? Animer une équipe composée de deux officiers projet du CDAOA. Notre première mission a été de proposer un défilé aérien en cohérence avec les thèmes choisis. En effet, chaque année, un scénario est écrit sous directives présidentielles. Le gouverneur militaire de Paris, responsable devant le président de la République de l'organisation du défilé militaire du 14 Juillet sur les Champs-Élysées, s’assure alors de la déclinaison de ce scénario au sein des trois armées. Le CDAOA a donc proposé des tableaux mettant à l’honneur les thèmes choisis tels que les 60 ans de la Patrouille de France, les 50 ans de l’ordre national du mérite ou encore les 50 ans du Traité de l’Élysée. Le CDAOA étant leader du défilé aérien, nous veillons à la bonne place des autres composantes telles que celle l’armée de terre et celle de la marine nationale fortement mobilisées dans la deuxième partie du défilé, celle des voilures tournantes. Nous avons également veillé à inviter les étrangers qui défileront à nos côtés. Certes, nous ne réinventons pas certaines procédures, mais nous veillons à proposer un défilé aérien en adéquation avec l’actualité et sans cesse renouvelé.

 

Dès lors, vous avez participé aux répétitions du défilé aérien ?

 

En effet, une fois les différents tableaux du défilé aérien validés, nous entrons dans une phase de répétitions. Une première est organisée à Villacoublay. Elle sert à briefer les équipages et à faire en sorte qu’ils s’approprient l’espace aérien relativement complexe à Paris. Les équipages réalisent donc un vol à bord d’hélicoptères Fennec au-dessus de la capitale pendant lequel ils repèrent les circuits d’attentes et les points de repères de l’axe qu’ils emprunteront le jour J (tour de la Défense, antenne, Arc de Triomphe). Une deuxième répétition générale avec une majorité d’aéronefs (plus de 70%) est ensuite organisée sur la base de Châteaudun.  C’est un entraînement digne du 14 Juillet car la base aérienne de Châteaudun offre des conditions optimales: un axe, des circuits d’attente et un cap similaires avec la zone parisienne. Ce jour-là, mon rôle a été de jouer l’entraînement en conditions réelles au sein d’un poste de commandement activé sur la base. J’ai également débriefé le passage de chaque formation filmé pour l’occasion. La dernière répétition est ensuite organisée à Paris avec la présence de chaque leader et Deputy (remplaçant) des formations aériennes constituées. Mais, cette fois-ci, j’ai cédé ma place à un nouveau directeur du défilé aérien.

 

Le général Borel, accompagné de ses officiers projet, à la répétition de Châteaudun

Le général Borel, accompagné de ses officiers projet, à la répétition de Châteaudun

Justement, j’ai cru comprendre que votre rôle au sein de la cérémonie du 14 Juillet 2013 a changé. Qu’en est-il vraiment ?

 

Le chef d’état-major des armées a souhaité mettre à l’honneur les troupes combattantes engagées dans l’opération Serval, au Mali. Un dispositif baptisé « intervention au Mali » ouvrira ainsi le défilé à pied auquel je serai intégré. En effet, je défilerai devant les troupes aux côtés du général Bernard Barrera (armée de Terre). C’est une agréable surprise et une reconnaissance pour l’armée de l’air qui a tenu une place majeure dans cette opération. Elle a, rappelons-nous, été au cœur d’un premier mois essentiellement d’opérations aériennes. Ne pouvant être à deux endroits en même temps, c’est donc le général Thierry Caspar-Fille-Lambie, commandant le CDAOA qui reprendra le rôle de directeur du défilé aérien. Une fonction qu’il a occupée l’année dernière.

 

Mon général, s’agit-il de votre première participation à la cérémonie du 14 Juillet ?

 

J’ai défilé au sol lorsque j’étais à l’École de l’air. On pourrait dire qu’il y a prescription depuis. J’ai également participé à deux reprises au défilé aérien. Enfin, j’ai aussi été à deux reprises au sein de l’organisation du défilé aérien. Positionné au-dessus de l’Arc de Triomphe, j’étais adjoint au chef du  défilé.  Cette cinquième occasion sera un moment empli de fierté car pour la première fois, un dispositif mettra à l’honneur une opération toujours en cours. En tant que seul aviateur de la formation, je défilerai pour tous ceux qui ont été engagés au Mali, qui le sont toujours et ceux intégrés au sein des structures de commandement de l’opération. Je défilerai pour tous ces aviateurs.

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First Hawk Pilots Graduate

July 10, 2013 Source: BAE Systems

 

The first four pioneering pilots to train in the revolutionary Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer have graduated from RAF Valley.

 

The quartet is the first group to develop their skills on the new-look Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT), which uses state of the art advanced avionics suite and sensor simulation software to help make the step up between trainer aircraft and Typhoon easier.

 

Converting training into flying

 

The Hawk – dubbed the T2 by the RAF – has a digital glass cockpit designed to closely resemble those of fast jets and it therefore cuts the time to convert training into flying fighter aircraft such as Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II.

 

 

RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

Learning to fly

 

Fight Lieutenant, Victoria ‘Tori’ Lyle, one of the four graduates said: "The last year has been both a challenging and rewarding one.

 

“Learning to fly the new Hawk T2 has been fantastic, presenting us with opportunities to develop skills that are more in line with the front line aircraft we will be going to fly after Valley.

 

"It was a wonderful opportunity to be part of the first course, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at RAF Valley. Whilst it is always difficult to simulate all aspects of airborne flying in the simulator, the sophistication of the ground based training facilities has allowed us to develop our ‘kit manipulation’ to a high degree, having said that, nothing can quite beat the feeling of flying low level through the Welsh hills.”

 

In July the graduates will continue their frontline operational conversion unit training at RAF Coningsby on the Typhoon.

 

Proud

 

To mark their achievement a small ceremony was held at RAF Valley attended by Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton, the Chief of Air Staff, who said: "The pilots who graduated can be proud of what they have achieved as the pioneers of this new advanced training system, the Hawk T2, and can look forward with confidence that, following their conversion to operational aircraft, they will very soon take on their roles on Royal Air Force frontline squadrons.

 

"Having completed the course on the new Hawk they are some of the best trained pilots to graduate from UK fast jet training. RAF Valley delivers the most advanced fast jet training programme in the world. At the core of it, the Hawk's advanced cockpit closely resembles that of our current and future combat aircraft, which will reduce the time required to convert to flying an operational aircraft, be that Typhoon, Tornado or the Lightning II.

 

"The live flying at RAF Valley, on the Hawk T2, is supported by an increasing range of synthetic training on the ground. This makes every flying hour more productive and makes this entire programme even more cost effective for the United Kingdom."

 

Preparing for the front line

 

The ‘synthetic’ classroom based training using simulators is ahead of its time, preparing the fast jet pilot for the frontline and reducing the time it takes to become familiar with flying a combat aircraft once they move to their operational conversion units.

 

The course runs for approximately 11 months, with around 120 hours of live flying. There is no final examination. The last flight on the course involves the student evading airborne and surface-to-air threats at medium and low level. The student has to take part in a simulated Paveway IV bomb attack against a designated target whilst trying to evade a low level airborne threat and lead their wingman home in a simulated emergency.

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How EU Members Can Save Money on Defense

July 11, 2013 Source: Rand Corporation


BRUSSELS/GÜTERSLOH, Germany --- The common policies of the EU countries have paid off. For the first time, there are euro and cent calculations to prove that the transferal of policies to the EU level, and their funding through the EU, actually saves national governments money.

That is the result of the study “The European Added Value of EU Spending: Can the EU Help its Members States to Save Money?” from the Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and RAND Europe, which was presented in Brussels on Thursday. The added value calculation was applied to agricultural policy, which is already communitarized, as well as to foreign policy and defense, which remain the responsibility of each EU member state.

The study shows that the highly contentious common agricultural policy creates European added value insofar as it prevents subsidy races between the member states while also reducing political and economic distortion. In 2010 alone, a renationalized agricultural policy would have cost member states around 23 billion euros more than it does presently through the EU budget.

Significant savings could similarly be achieved if the 28 member states were to increase harmonization of their foreign policy. This could save between 420 million and 1.3 billion euros per annum (between six and 19 percent of total annual spending), if governments were to reduce the number of their diplomatic missions and pool their consular services. “There is a significant European added value which could be achieved in the area of diplomatic missions,” according to the paper.

This also applies to the third area: a common defense policy. Here the authors estimate the savings potential on wages alone at anywhere between three and nine billion euros. Member states presently maintain 890,000 soldiers. These land forces could be reduced to 600,000.


Click here for the full report (132 PDF pages) on the Rand corp. website.

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Spanish Navy Sub Begins Sea Trials After Refit

July 9, 2013 Source: Navantia

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

 

The Submarine S-73 "Mistral" Begins Its Sea Trials

 

Navantia has begun, on July 4, the sea trials of the submarine S-73 'Mistral', which marks the beginning of the final phase of the major refit work carried out at the Cartagena Shipyard.

 

A total of eight sailings are scheduled for this month (July) to complete all the tests. The goal is for the submarine to be delivered to the Spanish Navy in the month of September, ready to sail for another five years.

 

The 'Mistral' has remained on the premises of the Navantia-Cartagena facility for 18 months, and in the work tied to the fourth major refit of this submarine more than 200 people have been involved, including Navantia personnel and from subcontractors.

 

The submarine 'Mistral' is the third vessel in the series of four units of the Agosta class. It was launched on November 14, 1983 and was delivered to the Navy on June 5, 1985. It is the fourth time that a major refit is carried out on this submarine.

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Two Canadian Forces G-Wagen photo Tyler Brenot

Two Canadian Forces G-Wagen photo Tyler Brenot

July 11, 2013 Source: Swiss Dept. of Defence

(Unofficial English translation by defense-aerospace.com)

 

After twenty years of using off-road vehicles made by Puch, the Swiss Army is expected to replace them with the Mercedes G-class. The acquisition will be submitted to Parliament under a specific weapons program.

 

The Mercedes-Benz range of vehicles was chosen because it is the most advantageous economically. Other reasons for the choice are that they are particularly robust and use proven technology, the reduction to essential components and ease of use for the troops.

 

As part of the evaluation by armasuisse – the Department’s competence center for acquisitions and technology - the Mercedes G won against three competitors. The chosen model chosen is already in use in many armies.

 

The new Swiss army all-terrain vehicles will be equipped with a 6-cylinder, 184 hp diesel engine and used for all types of transport of people and goods.

 

Parliament will take a decision in the context of a weapons program.

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Amur diesel submarines (photo Rubin)

Amur diesel submarines (photo Rubin)

11 July 2013 by defenceWeb

 

Russian state arms export company Rosoboronexport will offer its Amur 1650 submarine to Morocco if the North African country announces a tender, the company has announced. Morocco is reportedly shopping for new submarines.

 

Rosoboronexport Vice-President Viktor Komardin at the International Maritime Defence Show on July 4 said that the company was “actively promoting” the Amur 1650 on the world market. He said Rosoboronexport "plans to offer it to Morocco should the kingdom announce a tender".

 

ITAR-TASS quoted Komardin as saying that "if Morocco announces a tender for a submarine, we will take part and offer the Amur-1650.” He added that Rosoboronexport aims to improve military cooperation with Morocco, developing on an economic cooperation agreement. In terms of military cooperation, he noted that Russia has recently delivered Msta-S self-propelled howitzers to the North African country. “Morocco is showing an active interest in weapons for air defence and ground troops. The choice is now theirs to make,” said Komardin.

 

The Amur 1650, designed by the Rubin Naval Design Bureau in St Petersburg, can carry 18 missiles, torpedoes or mines (including anti-ship and cruise missiles) and can dive to 300 metres. It is an export model of the Lada class diesel-electric submarine, a modernised version of the Kilo class, featuring better acoustic stealth and new combat systems.

 

Provision has been made for the submarine to be fitted with an air-independent propulsion system, which would allow it to remain submerged for more than 25 days.

 

The Amur 1650 has been offered to meet the Indian Navy’s requirements for six submarines and is competing against France’s Scorpene, Germany’s Type 214 and Spain’s S-80, amongst others.

 

Morocco is enlarging its navy, having recently received three new Sigma class frigates from Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. It will soon take delivery of a FREMM frigate from DCNS. The current Moroccan fleet includes two Floréal-class frigates and a Descubierta-class corvette in addition to some 21 patrol craft and a number of other ships and vessels.

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Manœuvres de grande envergure en mer Noire (archive)

Manœuvres de grande envergure en mer Noire (archive)

PROKHOROVKA (sud), 12 juillet - RIA Novosti

 

Le président russe Vladimir Poutine a ordonné de lancer dans la nuit du 12 au 13 juillet une inspection surprise des troupes de la Région militaire de l'est.

 

"J'ordonne de procéder à une inspection surprise de la Région militaire de l'est, de notifier ma décision à tous les effectifs concernés et de mettre les troupes de la Région militaire de l'est en état d'alerte à une heure du matin du 12 au 13 juillet afin de leur faire gagner ensuite les zones d'exercice et les polygones", a déclaré le président lors d'une rencontre avec le ministre de la Défense Sergueï Choïgou.

 

Ce n'est pas la première fois que le chef de l'Etat russe, qui assume également les fonctions de commandant en chef des forces armées du pays, ordonne la tenue d'exercices militaires surprises.

 

Fin mars dernier, il avait déjà donné l'ordre de procéder sans délai à des manœuvres de grande envergure en mer Noire.

 

Ces manœuvres avaient impliqué 36 navires et près de 7.000 militaires des troupes d'intervention rapide, des troupes aéroportées, ainsi que des unités des troupes spéciales de l'état-major général des Forces armées. Jusqu'à 250 véhicules blindés, ainsi que plus d'une vingtaine d'avions et hélicoptères de combat avaient alors pris part à l'exercice.

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SU-35 photo RP Defense

SU-35 photo RP Defense

12 juillet, 2013 Paul Duvernet, La Russie d'Aujourd'hui

 

L’expert Konstantin Makienko estime que faute d’un véritable partenariat stratégique avec l’Europe, l’industrie aéronautique civile russe peine à reprendre place sur le marché mondial. Les avions de combat continuent par contre de bien s’exporter.

 

La Russie a-t-elle laissé passer sa chance de revenir parmi les grands pays constructeurs d’avions civils ? C’est la question à laquelle s’est efforcé de répondre Konstantin Makienko, directeur adjoint du Centre d’analyse de stratégies et technologies (CAST) lors d’une conférence jeudi 11 juillet.

 

Organisateur de l’événement, l’observatoire franco-russe a jugé bon de faire le point sur l’industrie, après le Salon du Bourget le mois et dernier et avant le salon moscovite MAKS en août. M. Makienko s’est fendu d’un exposé remontant aux années 90, montrant l’émergence de deux pôles autour de MiG et de Sukhoi, jusqu’à l’unification au sein d’UAC (consortium d’Etat regroupant les principaux constructeurs civils et militaires).

Ce choix du Kremlin de créer un « champion national » a eu pour conséquence, selon l’expert, « d’entraîner la sortie d’EADS du capital d’UAC ».

Du coup, « la question de la création d’alliances stratégiques internationales n’a toujours pas été résolue (…) la Russie a laissé échapper pour longtemps la possibilité de devenir un acteur indépendant de premier plan sur le marché de l’aviation commerciale », avec la localisation profonde de la production d’appareils Airbus, qui aurait gardé à flot et permis la modernisation des capacités industrielles russes.

Pour M. Makienko, la coopération avec l’Ukraine (Antonov) ne mène à rien par la faute de ces derniers « incapables de respecter des engagements »

Parmi les invités de la conférence, tous ne partagent pas cette vision « pessimiste » de l’aviation civile. Un représentant d’EADS a souligné la fructueuse coopération franco-russe sur le moteur du Superjet. L’attaché pour l’aéronautique de l’ambassade de France a rappelé l’importante contribution de plusieurs fabricants français dans les programmes civils russes (Safran, Airbus, Thalès, Sagem, Turbomeca).

M. Makienko s’est gardé de dénigrer les deux principaux projets civils russes (Superjet et MS-21), mais estime que l’industrie russe serait « dans un bien meilleur état si le partenariat entrepris avec EADS en 2005 avait été mené à bien »

Sur le versant militaire, l’expert estime au contraire que l’aéronautique russe a su maintenir ses positions grâce à de bons produits (hérités de l’époque soviétique) et de solides clients comme la Chine et l’Inde. Le futur est moins réjouissant alors que la Chine tarde à préciser la taille de sa commande pour le Su-35.

Concernant l’Inde, M. Makienko note que le gros appel d’offre pour un chasseur léger de 4ème génération (auquel le Rafale français participe) lui semble tout à fait caduc. « L’Inde ferait mieux de consacrer ce budget pour développer un chasseur de 5ème génération avec la Russie ».

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Italy, Russia to Modernize Diesel Submarine Project

July 5, 2013 Source: RIA Novosti

 

ST. PETERSBURG --- Russia and Italy have decided to optimize their joint next-generation diesel submarine project, a Russian naval design bureau said Friday.

 

The S-1000, a 1,000-ton diesel submarine, is a joint project begun in 2004 by Russian submarine builder Rubin and Italy’s Fincantieri. Russia and Italy presented a mockup model of the S-1000 at an international arms show in France in October 2006.

 

Andrei Baranov, deputy head of the Rubin Central Design Bureau, said that in its proposed configuration, the S-1000 is of “little interest” for potential clients, adding that a decision had been made to improve the project and target specific countries that need a submarine fleet.

 

The submarine was originally designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, reconnaissance missions, and transportation of up to 12 troops. It is 56.2 meters long, has a top speed of 14 knots and is equipped with a new fuel cell-powered Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system developed by the Italian firm.

 

Although its exterior will stay as designed, there will be considerable changes to “what’s inside” the submarine, Baranov said, adding that the target regions for selling submarine would remain the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

 

He cited several reasons for the upgrading the sub, including to market it to the Russian and Italian navies. He said the S-1000 design was drawn up almost a decade ago and much has changed since then. And, he noted, such small submarines are currently in great demand in the world, and there is intense competition on the market.

 

“Countries that are actively looking for new submarines are setting some totally unexpected demands for those ships,” he said.

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F-35A in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 June 5, 2013. (Courtesy F-35 Program Office)

F-35A in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 June 5, 2013. (Courtesy F-35 Program Office)

July 11, 2013 Source: China News Agency

 

WASHINGTON --- A delegation from the Taiwan-US Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association of Taiwan's Legislature said Wednesday in Washington that Taiwan wants to purchase advanced F-35 fighter jets that best suit its defense needs.

 

Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator and Association Chairman Lin Yu-fang briefed reporters in Washington after the delegation's meeting at the Pentagon with David Helvey, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, to discuss Taiwan's needs for advanced defense weaponry.

 

The delegation members, in their capacity as the Republic of China (ROC) lawmakers, also met with Gregory Kausner, deputy assistant secretary of state for regional security and arms transfers, at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Washington Headquarters, according to Lin.

 

The lawmakers said Taiwan needs more advanced fighter jets and submarines to enhance its defense, and also needs to gain more international space.

 

Lin said Taiwan will continue to push for the purchase of F-35 fighters from the U.S. but should also consider buying a reasonable number of F-16C/D jets to replace Taiwan's aging F-5s, which are expected to be phased out in the next few years.

 

When the United States agreed to upgrade Taiwan's current fleet of F-16A/B fighter jets in September 2011, it effectively ruled out the sale of the next-generation F-35s, according to Lin.

 

It would be ideal if Taiwan could purchase the new fighters, which are capable of vertical and short take-off and landing, Lin said.

 

But even if the U.S. approves the sale, the global waiting list is so long that it would take 15-20 years for Taiwan's order to be delivered, he added.

 

While in Washington, the delegation also met with members of the U.S. Congress including Sen. Benjamin Cardin, chairman of the East Asian & Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, and Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

 

Earlier in New York, the delegation met more than a dozen of the permanent representatives to the United Nations of Taiwan's allies at the U.N. headquarters.

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Le rapport militaire japonais "ignore la réalité" (Chine Nouvelle)

Pékin (Beijing Shi), 12 juil 2013 marine-oceans.com  (AFP)

 

Le livre blanc de la Défense adopté mardi par le gouvernement japonais "ignore la réalité" et "monte en épingle" la menace que représenterait la Chine, estime Pékin, selon des propos rapportés vendredi par la presse officielle.

 

Ce document adopté sous l'égide du Premier ministre nippon conservateur Shinzo Abe dénonce le "comportement dangereux" de la Chine qui pourrait provoquer un incident autour des îles Senkaku, un archipel inhabité en mer de Chine orientale revendiqué par Pékin sous le nom de Diaoyu.

 

Ce rapport "ignore délibérément la réalité et monte en épingle la prétendue +menace militaire chinoise+", a indiqué le porte-parole du ministère chinois de la Défense, Geng Yansheng, selon des propos rapportés par Chine nouvelle.

 

Tokyo évoque notamment le cas fin janvier d'une frégate chinoise qui avait "verrouillé" son radar de tir sur un destroyer japonais au large des Senkaku, une action préalable à l'engagement de tir -- une version que Pékin a toujours niée.

 

La Chine, à la tête de la plus grande armée du monde, a fortement accru ses capacités militaires ces dernières années -- mettant ainsi en service l'an dernier son premier porte-avions.

 

Geng Yansheng, cité par l'agence officielle, a estimé que la Chine avait "toute légitimité" pour protéger sa souveraineté, et que le Livre blanc japonais contenait des "accusations sans fondement".

 

La querelle territoriale entre les deux pays au sujet des Senkaku/Diaoyu s'est envenimée avec la nationalisation en septembre 2012 par l'Etat nippon de trois des cinq îles de cet archipel.

 

Depuis, la Chine envoie régulièrement des navires autour des îles, faisant redouter, notamment à Washington, un incident sérieux entre bâtiments japonais et chinois dans la zone.

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UAE signs UN Arms Trade Treaty

July 10, 2013 Gulf News

 

UAE becomes one of the 79 nations in the world to sign the UN Arms Treaty

 

NEW YORK: The UAE last night signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, becoming one of the 79 nations to sign so far.

 

The treaty was signed by Ambassador Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, the UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and counter-signed on behalf of the United Nations by the director of agreements in the presence of a number of international officials involved in the United Nations and members of the diplomatic corps’ missions to the United Nations.

 

Following the signing, Ambassador Jarman expressed his pleasure to be signing on behalf of the UAE, calling it an important treaty and the first international mechanism for the organisation of international trade in conventional arms without prejudice to the sovereign rights of states in regulating weapons within its territory.

 

The agreement also protects the right of access to necessary types of conventional weapons for the purpose of self-defence and the protection of both national and regional security according to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the resolutions of international legitimacy and relevant conventions.

 

With 154 states voting in favour and only 23 abstentions, the treaty gained overwhelming approval in April this year.

 

Iran, Syria and North Korea remained in opposition to the agreement which needed to be approved by at least 50 member states.

 

Signatures are the first step towards ratification, and the treaty will only take effect after 50 countries have fully ratified it.

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Al Watah missile base – Photo IHS Jane's Intelligence Review

Al Watah missile base – Photo IHS Jane's Intelligence Review

July 11, 2013 Source: IHS

 

LONDON --- Analysis reveals a newly identified surface-to-surface missile base deep in the Saudi desert, capable of targeting Israel and Iran, according to IHS Inc. (IHS), the leading global source of information and analytics.

 

As fears of a nuclear-armed Iran continue to stoke tensions in the Middle East, there are questions over whether Saudi Arabia might also purchase nuclear weapons. IHS Jane's Intelligence Review has looked in detail at the Saudi missile programme and assessed Riyadh’s delivery capabilities.

 

Using satellite imagery, IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review identified an undisclosed surface-to-surface missile facility in Saudi Arabia. With a different layout to the previously documented Al Sulayyil and Al Jufayr missile bases, this new third site potentially serves as a training and storage complex with the ability to perform operational missile launches.

 

There are two launch pads at the facility, one appearing to be aligned on a bearing of approximately 301 degrees and suggesting a potential Israeli target, and the other oriented along a bearing of approximately 10 degrees, ostensibly situated to target Iranian locations. IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review assesses that the site likely has a limited operational capacity within a defined target set, and could serve as an off-site storage point for additional missile airframes and propellant stocks.

 

"While the lorry-launched missiles can theoretically be fired from any location, the idea of having pre-planned directional markers is to ensure that they can be deployed in accurate fashion as quickly as possible. There is a marked out spot for the launch truck to park in, which will facilitate an expedited launch," said Allison Puccioni, Image Analyst, IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review.

 

Robert Munks, Deputy Editor, IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review, comments: “The identification of a third missile complex in Saudi Arabia comes as IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review assesses that Saudi Arabia is likely to begin re-arming its missile stock with more modern and accurate Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles. There has also been recurrent speculation that Saudi Arabia would seek to procure nuclear weapons “off-the-shelf” should Iran develop them, as suggested by former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal in 2011. For such short notice, the foundations for both nuclear-capable launch vehicles and for acquiring the warheads will need to have been laid in advance.”

 

"Our assessment suggests that this base is either partly or fully operational, with the launch pads pointing in the directions of Israel and Iran respectively. We cannot be certain that the missiles are pointed specifically at Tel Aviv and Tehran themselves, but if they were to be launched, you would expect them to be targeting major cities. We do not want to make too many inferences about the Saudi strategy, but clearly Saudi Arabia does not enjoy good relations with either Iran or Israel,” adds Robert Munks, deputy editor of IHS Jane's Intelligence Review.

 

Saudi Arabia’s reported attempts to acquire more modern delivery systems do not appear to have been fruitful. This means that Riyadh would have to rely on its ageing fleet of Chinese Dong Feng-3 (DF-3) surface-to-surface missiles. Purchased in 1985, the DF-3 has a range of between 2,650 and 4,000 km dependent on the warhead weight, and is nuclear-capable.

 

 

IHS is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs 6,700 people in 31 countries around the world.

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Leopard 2 tank photo KMW

Leopard 2 tank photo KMW

Jul. 12, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

General Dynamics considered as alternative

 

FRANKFURT — German defense technology group Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann is about to lose a contract worth at least 5 billion euros from Saudi Arabia, the daily Handelsblatt reported Friday.

 

The Saudis are losing patience over Berlin’s foot-dragging on a deal, worth US $6.5 billion, to deliver 270 Leopard combat tanks, which is the subject of fierce controversy in Germany, the newspaper said.

 

As a result, Riyadh is considering awarding the contract to US giant General Dynamics.

 

Handelsblatt also reported that KMW was in “advanced” merger talks with French rival Nexter.

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F-35 instructor pilot

F-35 instructor pilot

July 11, 2013 Source: Lockheed Martin

 

F-35 Pilot Cadre Grows To 100 As Training Ramps Up At Eglin Air Force Base

 

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.--- Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight on July 9.

 

Miller's 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and simulator instruction at Eglin Air Force Base's Integrated Training Center, which provides pilot and maintainer training for the three F-35 variants.

 

"It was great to get airborne today. The jet handles well and is very easy to fly. I'm looking forward to testing the combat capabilities of the F-35 over the next few years at Edwards," said Miller.

 

Miller, currently assigned to the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has spent 11 years in the Air Force and has flown more than 1,300 hours in the F-16, including 369 combat hours. He joins an experienced cadre of F-35 pilots among the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, the United Kingdom and industry.

 

"Maj. Miller is representative of the highly-trained pilots populating the F-35 community," said Col. Todd Canterbury, commander of Eglin's 33d Fighter Wing. "This milestone is significant because it shows the program is maturing rapidly and highlights the successful implementation of a world-class training program and development of the F-35 Lightning II for the combat air forces. We are excited to have produced the 100th F-35 Lightning II pilot."

 

The joint service partners at Eglin Air Force Base have flown 2,292 F-35 hours and have 28 aircraft assigned, representing the largest fleet of F-35s in the world. Approximately 100 pilots and 2,200 maintainers will be qualified annually through the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Training System at the base to support initial operational capability targets. The Lockheed Martin training system is also operational at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

 

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.

 

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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F-35 instructor pilot

F-35 instructor pilot

July 11, 2013 Source: Lockheed Martin

 

F-35 Pilot Cadre Grows To 100 As Training Ramps Up At Eglin Air Force Base

 

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.--- Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight on July 9.

 

Miller's 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and simulator instruction at Eglin Air Force Base's Integrated Training Center, which provides pilot and maintainer training for the three F-35 variants.

 

"It was great to get airborne today. The jet handles well and is very easy to fly. I'm looking forward to testing the combat capabilities of the F-35 over the next few years at Edwards," said Miller.

 

Miller, currently assigned to the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has spent 11 years in the Air Force and has flown more than 1,300 hours in the F-16, including 369 combat hours. He joins an experienced cadre of F-35 pilots among the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, the United Kingdom and industry.

 

"Maj. Miller is representative of the highly-trained pilots populating the F-35 community," said Col. Todd Canterbury, commander of Eglin's 33d Fighter Wing. "This milestone is significant because it shows the program is maturing rapidly and highlights the successful implementation of a world-class training program and development of the F-35 Lightning II for the combat air forces. We are excited to have produced the 100th F-35 Lightning II pilot."

 

The joint service partners at Eglin Air Force Base have flown 2,292 F-35 hours and have 28 aircraft assigned, representing the largest fleet of F-35s in the world. Approximately 100 pilots and 2,200 maintainers will be qualified annually through the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Training System at the base to support initial operational capability targets. The Lockheed Martin training system is also operational at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

 

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.

 

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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LCS: Latest Update

July 11, 2013 Source: US Navy

 

Littoral combat ships remain one of the top priorities for Navy leadership. The program has had stable requirements since the capabilities definition document was first approved by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council in 2004.

 

There is and continues to be discussion on changes to the ships and mission packages. This is by design; the program is fundamentally about the ability to deliver changes and improvements to fielded capability. However, the key performance parameters and the requirements have been fundamentally unchanged and stable for a decade.

 

LCS fills current capability gaps for the Joint Force in the littorals and is a balanced force, structured to defeat adversaries in times of war and maintain a sizeable, continuous naval presence across the globe. Upon reaching full operational capability, LCS will deliver more mission capability in mine countermeasures, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare than our current mine countermeasure, coast patrol and frigates ships with the added advantage of being rapidly reconfigurable across the three mission areas at a reduced cost.

 

Procurement

 

The Navy plans to buy 52 LCS in accordance with our long-range shipbuilding plan – continuing the remainder of the block buy ships through FY 2015 (up to hull number 24) and then starting the next procurement contract in FY 2016. To date, the Navy has taken delivery of USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).

 

Both LCS shipyards have invested considerable resources into facility improvement and have rapidly incorporated lessons learned from construction of Freedom, Independence and Fort Worth. LCS 4 (Coronado) is scheduled to be delivered in September 2013. LCS 5 through 8 — Milwaukee, Jackson, Detroit, and Montgomery — will be delivered by the end of FY15.

 

Operations

 

Freedom continues to perform well on her deployment to Southeast Asia. Instead of working out the kinks near her homeport of San Diego, this first-of-class ship has been conducting purposeful, forward presence while her crew of 91 captures valuable lessons learned for incorporation in future LCS construction and deployments.

 

Despite initial maintenance issues, Freedom has met every deployment milestone including departing San Diego and arriving in Singapore on time, debuting at the International Maritime Defence and Exhibition conference, hosting visitors during the Shangri-La dialogues, and participating in the Malaysia phase of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise series.

 

During CARAT Malaysia, Freedom accomplished many firsts for the ship and the LCS program:

 

-- During the underway phase, Freedom operated alongside USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) to complete a series of maneuvers and exercises with the Royal Malaysian Navy’s guided missile frigate KD Jebat, as well as the offshore patrol vessel KD Kelantan.

-- A Malaysian navy helicopter became the first foreign aircraft to land on Freedom during deck qualifications.

-- The ship’s embarked visit, board, search and seizure team – part of the maritime security module – boarded KD Jebat during maritime security drills.

-- Freedom and her embarked MH-60R helicopter participated in a combined anti-submarine warfare exercise.

 

 

CARAT Malaysia marked Freedom’s first-ever operational experience with partner nations and the vessel’s performance at-sea drew praise from both participating navies. Capt. Abdul Halim Bin Hj Shaari, KD Jebat’s commanding officer, said, “The ship itself is fantastic. My boarding team went aboard and they learned a lot. The opportunity to command that type of ship would be great.”

 

LCS 2 and 3 Fleet Testing and Evaluation

 

LCS 2 conducted two iterations of calm water trials, which are high-speed maneuvers to test the ship’s stability. The crew also supported a human systems integration study, conducted to determine the ease of shipboard equipment and how Sailors respond in a combat environment to include crew rest/sleep time. They exercised detect-to-engage scenarios, and were certified in their proficiency to land helicopters and conduct crash and salvage operations. In May, the ship underwent a week-long planned maintenance availability. The ship also is preparing for INSURV special trials and had the ship’s engineering systems verified for proper alignment/operation and technical documentation.

 

 

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Photo Lockheed Martin

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Photo Lockheed Martin

Fort Worth is the next LCS slated to deploy, planned for mid-to-late 2014. After almost two months in drydock undergoing a planned shakedown availability, LCS 3 returned pierside July 2 and will complete the planned shakedown availability by the end of the month. Following sea trials, she will enter a regimen of underway periods for testing and proficiency. Prior to the planned shakedown availability, LCS 3 embarked Freedom’s Blue Crew for deployment training in preparation for this summer’s crew swap in Singapore with LCS 1 Gold Crew.

 

Mission Packages

 

Production of LCS mission packages continues to pace LCS ship construction and meet needs associated with mission package testing, crew training and operational deployments of LCS ships. Developmental testing is underway for the mine countermeasures and surface warfare mission packages. Testing performed to date on individual mission systems and the mission package has shown that the Increment I Surface Warfare – which will reach Initial Operating Capability aboard Forth Worth in spring 2014 – and the mine countermeasures mission package will meet their requirements. The Mine Countermeasures Mission Package Increment I already provides approximately twice the coverage rate of legacy systems.

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Rocky Overwatch

7/11/2013 Strategy Page

 

U.S. Army soldiers, assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, take up overwatch positions at objective point cobra during Operation Shaheen XIII, near Bati Kot, Nangahar province, Afghanistan, June 27, 2013. Operation Shaheen XIII was led by the Afghan National Army and advised by U.S. forces in order to clear the enemies of Afghanistan out of the Bati Kot region. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Vang Seng Thao)

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Navmar Wins $11M for Persistent Surveillance UAV

July 11, 2013 Source: U.S Department of Defense

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

Navmar Applied Sciences, Warminster, Pa., is being awarded an $11,207,449 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-12-C-0353) to exercise an option for the procurement of hardware in support of the persistent surveillance unmanned aerial system (PSUAS) for the U.S. Army.

 

This effort includes the procurement of 15 additional Tiger Shark PSUAS air vehicles and 15 i200 turrets, which will be integrated into the PSUAS.

 

Work will be performed in Fairfax, Va. (68 percent); Afghanistan (28 percent); and Raleigh, N.C. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2014. Fiscal 2012 Other Procurement, Army contract funds in the amount of $11,207,449 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

 

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity

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MQ-9 Reaper taxis in Afghanistan photo Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson US Air Force

MQ-9 Reaper taxis in Afghanistan photo Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson US Air Force

July 11, 2013 Source: U.S Department of Defense

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a $23,951,449 modification (004940) to a cost-plus-incentive and firm-fixed-price contract (FA8620-05-G-3028) for additional 904.6 systems release tasks for the MQ-9 Hunter and Killer System Development and Demonstration (SDD) bridge effort.

 

The total cumulative face value of the contract is $114,143,253. The modification includes additional capabilities added to the basic SDD bridge effort, one aircraft retrofit, and one Systems Integration Laboratory upgrade.

 

Work will be performed at Poway, Calif., and is expected to be completed twelve months from date of award. Fiscal 2012 Research and Development funds in the amount of $3,427,374 and Fiscal 2013 Research and Development funds in the amount of $8,548,349 are being obligated at time of award.

 

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIIK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity

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Bouclier antimissile US: KBR va construire la base d'interception en Roumanie

12.07.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

En septembre 2011, la Roumanie avait accepté l'installation sur son territoire d'une base de missiles intercepteurs (pour lire la Fact Sheet, cliquer ici). La base qui va accueillir des SM-3 (on parle de deux douzaines de missiles) va être construite sur un terrain de 175 ha; quelque 200 militaires et techniciens US y seront déployés.

Les travaux ont été confiés à KBR comme l'a indiqué le Pentagone mercredi soir:

 

Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract with a maximum value of $134,151,953 for the development and construction of a land-based missile defense system to be build in Deveselu, Romania. Work will be performed in Romania, and Morrestown, N.J. A combination of fiscal 2013 military construction funds and fiscal 2013 research, development, testing and engineering funds in the amount of $77,815,692 are being obligated on this award. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with eight bids received. The Army Corps of Engineers, Wiesbaden, Germany, is the contracting activity (W912GB-13-C-0011).

Les travaux comprennent:
- la construction du site de lancement de missiles, du bâtiment pour le radar Aegis, des réserves de carburant pour les générateurs, des bâtiments de commandement, de stockage et de transmissions,
- la  construction de la zone de vie
- la mise en place des systèmes de sécurité phyisque (entrées, périmètres) etc

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Stiletto Program Teams with UK for UAV Demo

July 11, 2013 Source: US Navy

 

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. --- The Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program partnered with the United Kingdom's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) for an unmanned aerial systems capability demonstration, June 10-20, off the Maryland coast.

 

The Stiletto is a unique, maritime demonstration craft developed by the Defense Department to test littoral warfare concepts. Engineers and technicians with specialized expertise in maritime technology from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock's Norfolk detachment maintain and operate the 88-foot-long, composite-bodied, m-shaped vessel.

 

"Stiletto [capability demonstrations] are conducted in partnership with a host warfighting command or government organization," said Rob Tutton, NSWC Carderock engineer and Stiletto Maritime Demonstration program manager. "For this event, DSTL wanted to observe the operation of UAV's from a small boat platform for maritime missions."

 

DSTL supplies science and technology services to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence within the defense and military counter terrorism arenas. Three different UAVs, specifically selected for this demonstration, were launched from Stiletto's flight deck, and DSTL personnel observed launch, payload operation and recovery.

 

"The Stiletto capability demonstration offered a unique opportunity to take a potent government/industry brew of good ideas, practical options and hard work, turning the mix into a genuine capability demonstration for the allied warfighter, which in turn shows how to solve existing and future operational problems. The UK has no equivalent facility, and we are grateful for the support of our U.S. colleagues on the Stiletto team in making this recent capability demonstration a reality," said Paul Mather, DTSL surveillance capability leader.

 

The Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program is sponsored by ASD Rapid Reaction Technology Office and managed by Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's Norfolk Detachment, Special Projects Branch.

 

"This program was established to accelerate the delivery of innovative maritime technologies across all of the armed services," said Glenn Fogg, Rapid Reaction Technology Office director for the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Rapid Fielding. "It's open to any DoD commands, government agencies, industry, or academic institutions that have a need to observe or demonstrate their technologies underway in as relevant an environment as possible."

 

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's Norfolk Detachment, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is located in Virginia Beach, Va., and provides full-spectrum, full-lifecycle engineering for combatant craft, boats, watercraft and associated hull, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

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