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HMS Iron Duke sails from Portsmouth [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]

HMS Iron Duke sails from Portsmouth [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]

24 June 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

Portsmouth-based HMS Iron Duke has returned to sea after a 16-month upgrade and now boasts one of the world's most advanced radar systems.

 

The Type 23 frigate is the first Royal Navy ship to be fitted with Artisan – a 3D radar 5 times better than the old version it replaces.

Iron Duke left Portsmouth yesterday, Sunday 23 June, to begin an intensive period of sea trials.

Artisan 3D Medium Range Radar Type 997

Artisan 3D Medium Range Radar Type 997

As part of a £100 million programme, Artisan (advanced radar, target indication, situational awareness and navigation) will be fitted to all the Navy’s 13 Type 23s as well as the 2 future aircraft carriers. The Type 23’s replacement, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, may also carry the system when it enters service next decade.

Artisan boasts some impressive statistics. It can spot something as small as a cricket or tennis ball travelling at 3 times the speed of sound more than 25 kilometres away.

Built from the same lightweight carbon glass fibre materials found on a Formula 1 racing car, Artisan weighs just 700 kilograms.

The system can track up to 800 moving targets simultaneously, whether they are 200 metres or 200 kilometres away from the ship. Using Artisan, Iron Duke could sit in her home base, in Portsmouth, and simultaneously follow aircraft flying into Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton, Stansted, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Birmingham airports.

With advanced anti-jamming features, Artisan is not affected by interference from 10,000 mobile phone signals, and can pick out targets against a background of electronic noise and interference.

Iron Duke’s upgrade, carried out by BAE Systems in Portsmouth, also included work on her other weapons systems and combat computer. In addition, improvements to her ventilation mean she is able to operate more efficiently in hot climates.

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25 juin 2013 belgiandefence

Nous n'avons pas rencontré que des pilotes lors de l'exercice international canadien Maple Flag, mais également des pathfinders belges et néerlandais. Ces para-commandos chargés de la reconnaissance et du marquage des zones de largage ont profité de l'occasion pour approfondir leur entraînement et renforcer le travail d'équipe pendant deux semaines.

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EASA & EDA: Civil-Military Cooperation in Aviation Safety
Paris | Jun 19, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

Patrick Goudou, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) on 18 June signed an arrangement for enhanced cooperation between the two agencies. The arrangement specifically covers the harmonisation of military aviation safety requirements with a primary focus on airworthiness.

 

“The EDA-EASA Cooperation Arrangement will improve European civil-military cooperation in aviation safety. EDA and its Member States will profit from EASA’s experience in the field of harmonised airworthiness requirements. EDA on the other hand brings in its experience from the military side”, said Claude-France Arnould during the signature ceremony at the International Paris Airshow “Le Bourget”. Patrick Goudou added, “I am delighted to sign this agreement with EDA. The combined expertise of our two agencies is a great asset that will enable to pave the way for an effective partnership. Our common objective is to promote the highest possible aviation safety standards, in the civil and military domains.” 

 

Both agencies expect to achieve considerable benefits from this increased cooperation, especially in areas of ‘dual use’ aircraft. One such example will be the A400M which had recently been certified by EASA in its civil aircraft configuration. This civil certification can serve as a baseline for the subsequent military certification by the respective national Military Airworthiness Authorities. Some Member States have already agreed to use EDA’s harmonised European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) for the in-service support phase of this aircraft programme. 


In the field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) close cooperation and harmonisation of civil and military rules and regulations to enable safe operations in Europe will be essential. EDA projects on air traffic insertion (DeSIRE) and mid-air collision avoidance (MIDCAS) can be preliminary enablers towards joint civil and military certification.

 

Background

In European civil aviation, EASA ensures that all civil aircraft operating within Europe are airworthy and safe. The relevant legal framework is detailed in EU regulations. This means that EASA issues aviation safety rules which are implemented the same way in all Member States following the agency’s mission of achieving a “high uniform level of civil aviation safety in Europe”. 

On the military side, Member States currently have their national aviation safety systems in place. These systems are independent from each other, as each Member State is responsible for the regulation of its military and state aircraft. The results of an EDA initiated study underlined that the use of harmonised certification procedures for the development phase of multinational military aircraft programmes could generate at least 10% cost savings on industry as well as on the governments’ side, and up to 50% reduction in the programme duration. The EDA Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum was established by Defence Ministers in 2008 with the main objective to harmonise the European military airworthiness regulations of Member States. The MAWA Forum has already developed and approved harmonised European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) on type certification, maintenance and training as well as other supporting documents. 

On invitation of EASA, EDA experts already participate as observers in EASA rulemaking groups on air traffic management, airworthiness and flight operations (RPAS).

 

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European Defence Agency Reflects on the Need for Greater Harmonisation in Military Airworthiness
 

Greater harmonisation in military airworthiness between European Member States could lead to significant cost and time savings as well as improved interoperability and other operational benefits. A common approach to the type-certification of military aircraft, together with approvals of airworthiness organisations and personnel, is essential for future Pooling & Sharing activities. During the high-level seminar on military airworthiness, organised on 18 June by the European Defence Agency (EDA) at the Paris Air Show “Le Bourget”, key European decision-maker’s discussed the enablers and perceived barriers to increased cooperation.

 

European Member States previously operated military aviation safety systems independently from each other, with each Member State being individually responsible for the regulation of their own military and state aircraft. As a result, military airworthiness activities were conducted and regulated on a national basis, with European harmonisation only being achieved at an individual programme level and having to be repeated and developed for each new programme. This generated many challenges for multinational aircraft programmes and has been identified as one of the primary causes of delays and additional costs. 

The EDA Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum was established by Defence Ministers in 2008 to harmonise the European military airworthiness regulations of Member States through the establishment of European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) for implementation into national military regulations. The MAWA Forum comprises of representatives from the Military Airworthiness Authorities of Member States and industry representatives. It is chaired by the EDA.
 

High-Level Seminar

The Agency’s high-level seminar aimed at increasing key European decision-maker’s awareness and visibility of the achievements made to date in the area of military airworthiness and exploring the next steps. The EDA MAWA Forum has for example approved three European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs): EMAR 21 for the initial and continued certification of military aircraft – including the approval of the design and production organisations, EMAR 145 covering the approval of maintenance organisations and the activities they undertake and EMAR 147 detailing the responsibilities of organisations responsible for the training of maintenance personnel. The EDA MAWA Forum has also approved other supporting documents and is on-track to deliver the complete set of EMARs by the end of 2015. 

Panellists in the seminar included high level representatives from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), European aerospace industry, Ministries of Defence and National Military Airworthiness Authorities. The event also provided an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards delivering the ‘Roadmap Objectives’ given to the EDA MAWA Forum by European Defence Ministers. 

The discussions addressed the political implications of this activity, areas for closer cooperation with EASA, together with governmental, industrial, and European National Military Airworthiness Authorities’ views on the positive impact that increased harmonisation will have on current and future military airworthiness activities.
 

Basic Framework Document

Additionally, several Member States provided their national approval and restating their commitment to the principles of the updated “European Harmonised Military Airworthiness Basic Framework Document” which defines the role and functions of the MAWA Forum. The previous version of the document had been nationally approved by 20 Member States and with the addition of Poland today brings the total to 21 Member States. Further national re-approvals are anticipated over the next few weeks. The document clarifies the principles of a common approach to military airworthiness and addresses issues such as the mutual recognition between National Military Airworthiness Authorities which is essential to realise the expected benefits from regulatory harmonisation. 

“EDA has received the mandate by Defence Ministers to work towards the harmonisation of military airworthiness. In close partnership and cooperation with the MAWA representatives from the National Military Airworthiness Authorities, we have created the necessary regulatory framework and principles. What we need now is additional political will for the next step: the implementation of the EMARs into national military regulations in order to achieve mutual recognition between Member States”, said Giampaolo Lillo, Armaments Director of the European Defence Agency, during the meeting.

 

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EDA Proposes Pooling & Sharing of Governmental SATCOM
Paris | Jun 20, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

At a high-level seminar on governmental satellite communication (SATCOM) at the International Paris Airshow “Le Bourget” on 19 June the European Defence Agency (EDA) presented and discussed its “Secure Telecom by Satellite” (SECTELSAT) concept for future governmental SATCOM.

 

Currently, five European nations operate military satellite communication assets: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. In the timeframe 2018-2025 all these assets will need to be replaced. This creates a unique opportunity for Pooling & Sharing this type of satellites which EDA is promoting with its “Secure Telecom by Satellite” (SECTELSAT) concept for a European-wide use of governmental SATCOM. The intergovernmental approach proposed by EDA suggests a cross-use of future governmental assets on a broader basis and significant synergies if future programmes can be coordinated. 

 

“With its European Satellite Communication Procurement Cell (ESCPC), the European Defence Agency has already delivered a concrete Pooling & Sharing tool in the area of commercial satellite communications. Our proposal for governmental SATCOM goes one step further. Pooling & Sharing of critical assets is an opportunity as much as a necessity in times of tight defence budgets and eroding capabilities”, says Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, at the opening of the high-level seminar.

 

Secure Telecom by Satellite

EDA’s concept includes the pooling of future assets with a coordinated approach to collect and harmonise national requirements of EU Member States that operate MILSATCOM, and possibly to pave the way for future cooperative ad hoc programmes. At the same time, it proposes to share future assets by leasing parts of governmental SATCOM for defence and security services to additional Member States (including Norway and Switzerland) with significant requirements. Future assets would also be shared by offering a new capability package that could benefit from EU funding for its internal and external connectivity needs through more resilient networks.

 

High-Level Seminar

The high-level seminar was divided into an open seminar on SATCOM policies and plans with speakers from the EDA, the EU Military Committee, the European Commission, the European Space Agency, EU Member States and industry representatives. During the closed afternoon session capability planners and governmental SATCOM programme managers discussed the way ahead, an action plan as well as possible Pooling & Sharing options.

 

Background

 In military operations satellite communications are fundamental for Communication, Command and Control. They also allow operational effectiveness of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms, including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. In 2012 the Agency launched the European Satellite Communications Procurement Cell (ESCPC) to pool and share commercial satellite communications services. Five Member States (France, Italy, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom) participate in a framework contract the Agency concluded with Astrium Services to use commercial bands. ESCPC can for instance support outsourced logistic services with the provision of a backbone network for any national, EU-led or coalition operation.

 

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A few surprises at the 50th Paris Air Show

25 June 2013 by Alix Lebounlanger - Frost & Sullivan - defenceWeb

 

The 50th Paris Air Show this year offered some anniversary surprises, however more or less expected, starting with the large Russian defence industry exposure, according to Frost & Sullivan.

photo RP Defense

photo RP Defense

While almost hiding out in the static display area, the newly upgraded Russian Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighter stole the thunder several times from other aircraft in the skies. Its high manoeuvrability and extreme acrobatics monopolized lots of conversations. What was less expected were the brand new Yak-130 jet trainer and quasi silent Ka-52 alligator’s equally powerful demonstrations, highlighting their agility and handling abilities. The Russian Aerospace and Defence industry has been working hard to change its post-cold war image of low-tech and fragmented production and support base.

photo RP Defense

photo RP Defense

Conversely, European military aircraft took the sky with no real variation from what was originally expected; the Airbus A400M was the biggest highlight. However, the second big surprise of the show was the absence of American aircraft in the sky – even the Blackhawk S-70i was Polish. The American defence industry approach to the Paris Air Show this year has been quite interesting, placing legacy as the cornerstone of their presence, rather than innovation. This time there were no V-22s or Super Hornets. If Farnborough was American last year, the sky above Le Bourget was Russian this year.

 

Why this sudden change in the approach of Americans? Already stretched, complicated, too political, the European defence market is rife with opportunities for American OEMs without even having to promote or showcase their products. Europe will buy American weapon systems to bridge its capability gaps; the unmanned systems being the best illustration.

 

In view of the economic constraints, American OEMs prefer investing towards a presence in Middle East and Asia-Pacific tradeshows, as competition is much higher in those regions. In Paris, the US industry was keener this year to increase its market share across the much more buoyant commercial aviation segment. The Airbus-Boeing match, again neck and neck with recent orders, is part of tradeshow tradition and this 50th Air Show was no different. A similar trend has also been verified across the helicopter markets; the Anglo-Italian AgustaWestland has received new commercial orders against its main competitors, confirming that 2013 will be the year of AW139.

 

Despite the absence of big military aircraft contracts, the Paris Air Show offered one last interesting surprise in the military support in-service segment. Marginal till 10 years ago and almost restricted to North America outsourcing of military aircraft support to the industry has become a globally significant market for Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEMs.

photo RP Defense

photo RP Defense

Economic downturn and personnel reduction, especially in Europe, are increasingly making this segment more credible and attractive for the traditionally reluctant MoDs. The new Eurocopter solution named E-HOTS (Eurocopter Helicopter On Theatre Services) or the OEM Defence Service contract to maintain NH90s for 5 years, and the new Sikorsky-Boeing Joint Venture for support and logistics in Saudi Arabia are further steps in this direction.

 

With these solutions, the Western military OEMs targeted aim is not only to reduce platform lifecycle costs burden, but more specifically to make the acquisition price of new platforms more accessible and to attract hesitating end-users within the next few years.

 

If this strategy is successful for the NH90, then Farnborough 2014 could be really promising for European defence consortiums.

 

Alix Lebounlanger is a Research Analyst for Aerospace, Defence & Security Sector, at Frost & Sullivan.

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Tunisian army chief of staff to leave post

25 June 2013 defenceWeb (Reuters)

 

Tunisian army chief Rachid Ammar abruptly announced his retirement night amid increased political tensions surrounding the country's transition to democracy.

 

"I decided to leave the service under the age limit .. I asked the president on Saturday and he agreed to my departure," Ammar, 65, said in a live television program.

 

Tunisian democracy activists initially hailed the army's role in the revolution that toppled former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 and inspired revolts across the Arab world, Reuters reports.

 

But public support has waned after the extradition last year of Muammar Gaddafi's prime minister, Baghadi al-Mahmoudi, to Libya. Ammar was accused of having a role in the extradition, which sparked a political crisis in Tunisia over concerns Mahmoudi would not get a fair trial in Libya.

 

Ammar's retirement comes at a sensitive time for the country where the "Arab Spring" was born, with tensions growing between the moderate government and Salafist Muslim activists. The army also recently pursued dozens of suspected al Qaeda-linked militants near the border with Algeria.

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25 juin 2013 belgiandefence

Op de internationale vliegoefening Maple Flag in Canada treffen we niet enkel piloten, maar ook Belgische en Nederlandse pathfinders. Dit zijn paracommando's die onder andere dropzones verkennen en afbakenen. Zij maken van de gelegenheid gebruik om twee weken lang hun training te verdiepen en hun samenwerking te vernauwen.

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25/06/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Le coût de l'opération Serval au Mali devrait "dépasser les 400 millions d'euros à la fin de l'année", a récemment estimé le chef d'état-major des armées (CEMA), l'amiral Edouard Guillaud. En mai, 300 millions d'euros avaient déjà été dépensés.

 

Le coût de l'opération Serval au Mali devrait "dépasser les 400 millions d'euros à la fin de l'année", a récemment estimé le chef d'état-major des armées (CEMA), l'amiral Edouard Guillaud. En mai, 300 millions d'euros ont déjà été engagés. Au total, explique-t-il, le surcoût  des opérations extérieures (OPEX) devrait "dépasser, comme en 2011, le milliard d'euros". Cette année-là, les OPEX avaient coûté au budget français 1,24 milliard d'euros, gonflé notamment par les surcoûts de l'opération Harmattan en Libye (368,5 millions d'euros pour sept mois d'intervention environ). Une telle "perspective est préoccupante", a souligné le CEMA au moment où la contrainte budgétaire est très, très forte. En 2012, Paris devrait avoir réduit la facture autour de 900 millions d'euros. Soit une stabilisation des dépenses à l'image des montants déopéenses en 2010 (860 millions d'euros) et en 2009 (870 millions).

 

100.000 euros par homme et par an

 

La facture globale d'une telle opération est "de l'ordre de 100.000 euros par homme et par an", a précisé le CEMA. Au Mali, au pic de l'engagement des troupes françaises, il y avait 4.500 hommes mobilisés appartenant à 101 formations différentes, soit 3.000 hommes en moyenne annuelle, en incluant les forces présentes au soutien - à la périphérie.

 

Une fois consommés les crédits dédiés (630 millions d'euros), "il faudra trouver de l'argent ailleurs et, le ministère du budget proposera probablement de prélever une partie des sommes sur notre propre budget, Matignon accordant éventuellement une rallonge", a expliqué l'amiral Guillaud. Car depuis quelques années, les provisions inscrites dans la loi de finances initiale (LFI) permettent de couvrir une partie des coût des opérations à hauteur de 630 millions d'euros (soit autour de 70 % à l'exception de 2011). Cette enveloppe est incluse dans le budget général du budget de la Défense.

 

Une base française au Mali ?

 

Le président malien Dioncounda Traoré a demandé à François Hollande "l'installation, au Mali, d'une base militaire française comparable à celle qui existe à Dakar". "Nous ne pouvons évidemment être partout", aexpliqué l'amiral Guillaud. En revanche, des détachements d'instruction comme d'assistance militaire opérationnelles demeurent, et pas seulement à base de forces spéciales, a expliqué le chef d'état-major des armées. "Le plan Sahel se poursuit également et la coopération avec les Maliens, interrompue en janvier 2012, reprend, y compris dans un cadre bilatéral, en complément de la mission européenne de formation - celle-ci ne concerne que le Mali, mais il existe aussi un plan EUCAP Sahel Niger, que les instances bruxelloises ont toutefois du mal à ajuster à la situation : l'hystérésis est d'au moins dix-huit mois, délai particulièrement long au regard du rythme de développement des crises dans la région".

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25/06/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Les négociations sur la vente de 126 Rafale à l'Inde, après avoir été très ralenties pendant plusieurs mois sur la question du partage des responsabilités entre les groupes français et indiens, ont repris depuis quelques semaines tous azimuts. Dassault Aviation, qui n'exige plus deux contrats séparés, en négocie qu'un désormais.

 

Le gouvernement et Dassault Aviation se sont montrés particulièrement enthousiastes ces derniers jours sur la concrétisation avant la fin de l'année d'un contrat portant sur la vente de 126 Rafale en Inde. Pourquoi un tel optimisme ? Selon des sources concordantes, les négociations, après avoir été très ralenties pendant plusieurs mois sur la question du partage des responsabilités, ont repris depuis quelques semaines tous azimuts. "Très souvent quand les négociations coincent sur un point, une fois l'obstacle franchi, elles repartent à plein régime", explique un proche du dossier. Le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian a même vendu un petit peu la mèche en expliquant en début de semaine dernière que les négociations avaient reprise sur un bon rythme. "Il y a eu des avancées significatives, avait-il expliqué, j'espère qu'elles se poursuivront et, si ce contrat est rempli, ce sera une très bonne nouvelle, pour Dassault, l'industrie aéronautique et pour la France".

 

Car effectivement l'abcès sur le partage des responsabilités entre les industriels indiens et français pour les 108 appareils devant être assemblés en Inde a été une bonne fois pour toute crevé entre Dassault Aviation et New Delhi, expliqe-t-on à La Tribune. Début avril, The Indian Express affirmait que les négociations achoppaient sur un différend lié à la responsabilité du groupe français pour les 108 appareils devant être assemblés en Inde. Mais le problème traînait déjà depuis l'automne dernier. La presse indienne évoquait déjà à cette époque ce différend. A tel point que l'avionneur tricolore exigeait de négocier deux contrats séparés, l'un pour les 18 fabriqués en France, l'autre pour les 108 assemblés en Inde. Finalement, Dassault Aviation, qui a semble-t-il obtenu des garanties, négocie actuellement un seul contrat englobant toutes les licences de transferts de technologies pour lui et l'ensemble de ses sous-traitants.

 

Un communiqué commun Dassault Aviation et HAL

 

Du coup, il y a une dizaine de jours, un peu avant l'ouverture du salon aéronautique du Bourget, le PDG de Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, s'est dit convaincu de signer le contrat de vente de l'avion de combat Rafale avec l'Inde, les deux parties souhaitant selon lui conclure cette année. "L'Inde a été le premier client export de Dassault dans les années 50, elle sera sûrement aussi le premier à signer le (contrat du) Rafale", avait-il estimé. "On espère aller le plus vite possible. Si on écoute nos amis indiens et si on s'écoute nous-mêmes, on aimerait bien finir en 2013, finir c'est signer un contrat", avait-il précisé. Refusant d'entrer dans le détail des négociations, Eric Trappier a simplement indiqué qu'elles se poursuivaient "dans la très bonne humeur", notamment sur le partage des responsabilités entre la France et l'Inde d'une part, et industriels français et indiens d'autre part. "Il n'y a jamais eu de blocage", avait-il précisé. Pas de blocage mais un très fort ralentissement des négociations. De son côté, le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, partageait cet enthousiaste. Il estimait que les négociations pour la vente du Rafale à l'Inde étaient "en bonne voie" et qu'il n'y avait "pas de retard particulier" dans le processus. En Inde, "il y a un temps de négociation qui est un petit peu long, mais je suis, comme M. Trappier plutôt positif par rapport à l'échéance", avait-il encore déclaré.

 

Et cette "bonne humeur" s'est concrétisée par un communiqué commun entre Dassault Aviation et son partenaire privilégié Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). A l'occasion du salon aéronautique du Bourget, le président de HAL Dr RK Tyagi et Eric Trappier se sont réunis "pour passer en revue les progrès des projets en cours. Les deux présidents ont exprimé leur satisfaction sur le travail déjà réalisé par les équipes intégrées et ont renouvelé leur engagement vers la réussite de leurs différents projets". D'une manière générale, l'Inde a besoin pressant sur le plan opérationnel de ces 126 appareils, notamment pour faire face à la menace du Pakistan et à celle de la Chine. L'armée de l'air doit notamment remplacer ses vieux MiG russes dangereux pour ses pilotes. En outre, cette acquisition majeure va permettre à New Delhi de restructurer en profondeur le tissu industriel dans le domaine de l'aéronautique. Enfin, en cas d'échec des négociations, New Delhi aurait perdu deux ans.

 

Quelles dates pour les élections générales

 

Seul bémol, les élections générales indiennes qui risquent de ralentir à nouveau les négociations. En juillet, New Delhi devrait décider de la date des élections. Si elles sont fixées au printemps 2014, Dassault pourrait avoir une bonne chance de terminer les négociations et signer un contrat avant la fin de l'année, comme Eric Trappier l'espère, estiment certains observateurs. En revanche, si elles ont lieu à la fin de l'année, l'avionneur devrait patienter encore plusieurs mois pour parapher le contrat.

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H6K In flight

H6K In flight

June 25, 2013 by Noam Eshel - defense-update.com

 

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently received 15 Xian H-6K bombers with nuclear capabilities, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly.

 

The H-6K, an updated version of the H-6 bomber (originally, a locally built version of the 1960s vintage Russian Tupolev Tu-16 bomber), is a medium-sized craft designed for long-range attacks, stand-off attacks and large-area air patrol. Unlike its predecessor, the H-6K can carry cruise missiles under its wings. The H6-K also maneuvers more deftly than the H-6 and requires a smaller crew to operate. H-6K reportedly has a combat radius of 3,500 km. It can carry weapons in the internal weapon bay and on four underwing pylons. The nuclear-capable Changjian-10 (long sword) CJ-10A cruise missiles it carries have a range of 1,500-2,000 km, effectively extending the bomber’s combat range to 4,000-5,000 km – long enough to reach Okinawa, Guam and even Hawaii from China’s mainland.

Variants of the CJ-10 anti-ship/land attack cruise missile can be launched from different platforms. Six are carried by Xian H-6K strategic bomber, The missile is also carried on board the Type 095 and 052D destroyers and on land-based mobile launchers.

Variants of the CJ-10 anti-ship/land attack cruise missile can be launched from different platforms. Six are carried by Xian H-6K strategic bomber, The missile is also carried on board the Type 095 and 052D destroyers and on land-based mobile launchers.

Analysts stipulated that PLAAF missiles be able to reach Taiwan, southwestern Japan and Guam, a range of control that requires a 3,000 km combat radius and powerful attack capability. Only the combined combat radius of the H6-K and Changjian-10 strike range currently satisfy the length requirement for those missions.

Chinese Air Force Gets More H-6K Strategic Bombers
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photo India Air Force

June 25, 2013: Strategy Page

 

India is giving Tajikistan two Mi-17 helicopters next month. India has been providing Tajikistan with such support for over two decades. This recently included a fifty bed hospital set up by India to treat Tajik civilians.

 

For over a decade India has been using (after rebuilding) a Cold War era Soviet airbase in Tajikistan near the Afghan border (at Farkhor). A squadron (about a dozen Indian MiG-29 fighters) have been based at Farkhor (now called Ayni), along with a hundred or so Indian military personnel. A major rebuilding effort left the airbase looking good as new by 2006. From 1997 to 2001, the Indian army had a military hospital in Tajikistan, to help care for Afghan rebels (mainly Afghan Tajiks) who were fighting the Taliban led Pushtuns who were running Afghanistan at the time.

 

The Tajiks, Pushtuns and Indians are all ethnically related (members of the Indo-Aryan peoples found from India, through Central Asia, to Western Europe). While the Tajiks are a minority in Afghanistan, they are a majority in neighboring Tajikistan (you could kind of tell by the name of the country.) After over a century of Russian control, Tajikistan became independent in 1991, and began looking for allies. India was a natural, even though nearly all Tajiks are Moslem, and most Indians are Hindu. Both countries are fearful of Russian or Pakistani interference in Central Asia, and the Indians like the idea of having an air base north of Pakistan. This annoys Pakistan and the Afghans don’t seem much to care, as they also welcome Indian aid and the fact that this makes the Pakistanis angry.

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K-MAX in Afghanistan (USMC photo)

K-MAX in Afghanistan (USMC photo)

June 25, 2013: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Marine Corps recently lost one of their two K-Max cargo helicopter UAVs in Afghanistan. On June 5th one of them came in hard during a landing and was heavily damaged. It has to be shipped back to the United States to be rebuilt. This came after nearly two years of trouble-free use and over 1,300 missions. UAVs have higher accident rates than manned aircraft and helicopters are more prone to accidents than fixed wing aircraft so this one accident does not lessen marine enthusiasm for delivering supplies via helicopter UAVs. The marines are trying to get funding to buy 16 K-Max UAVs so that in situations where road travel is dangerous, they can supply bases and outposts with K-Max, which is the cheapest form of air transport for this sort of thing.

 

Last year the marines twice extended the time two K-Max UAV helicopters would remain in Afghanistan. That was to last until March, 2013 but then the K-Maxs were extended again. This was all because the two unmanned transport helicopters have proven very useful. For example, a year ago it was demonstrated that K-Max could handle having cargo hooked up to a sling while the K-Max was hovering. This is called a hot hookup and when done with a manned helicopter you have the pilots and a crew chief supervising the operation from the helicopter. This sort of thing was considered too difficult for a remotely operated helicopter but that was not the case. Now the marines have shown that the K-Max is capable enough to handle it just using the remote operators and the UAVs flight control software.

 

The U.S. Marine Corps have been testing the K-Max in Afghanistan since late 2011 and in December of that year K-Max made its first cargo flight, taking 90 minutes to deliver 1.5 tons of supplies to a distant outpost. Since then the two K-Max UAVs in Afghanistan have delivered over 2,000 tons of cargo and spent nearly 2,000 hours in the air. The arrival of a K-Max has become a normal event for many remote marine bases in Afghanistan.

 

The marines began looking for a cargo carrying helicopter UAV in 2009, and quickly determined that K-Max was the best candidate for further development and testing. The K-Max in Afghanistan are there as a final test of how useful the vehicle could be in a combat zone. An unmanned cargo helicopter risks fewer lives and is cheaper to operate. It can also be used in extremely hazardous missions.

 

The K-Max UAV was originally designed as a single seat helicopter that could carry sling loads of 2.8 tons (6,000 pounds) at sea level, or two tons (4,300 pounds) at 4,800 meters (15,000 feet). The 5.5 ton K-Max has a cruise speed of 185 kilometers an hour and can stay in the air for up to 2.6 hours per sortie. One of the most attractive features of the K-Max is the amount of automation in the aircraft. The flight control software can be programmed with where to take and drop a cargo, then return and land automatically. The operator can intervene at any time but most of the time the operator just monitors vidcams attached to the K-Max to ensure nothing goes wrong.

 

In 2010, the U.S. Army conducted tests using a K-Max to deliver supplies via parachute. This involved using the army low altitude parachute, which can drop loads of 36 kg (80 pounds) to 273 kg (600 pounds). The K-Max had a special rig that could carry and release four different payloads and demonstrated its ability to drop each one at a different location. The low altitude drops are more accurate than higher altitude ones and useful where the troops getting the stuff are on hilly ground that has few good helicopter landing zones. The army also tested K-Max dropping loads from higher altitudes, using GPS guided parachutes. The army and marines are planning to have their helicopter UAVs to drop supplies via parachute to troops in isolated areas. The army has managed to make this work but because of looming budget cuts is not proceeding any further.

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ScanEagle UAV on its launcher in preparation for an autonomous take off from a UK warship

ScanEagle UAV on its launcher in preparation for an autonomous take off from a UK warship

24.06.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Certains bâtiments de la Royal Navy seront bientôt équipés de drones ScanEagle, spécialement conçus pour les opérations en milieu maritime. Cette acquisition résulte d’un contrat signé récemment entre le MOD et Boeing Defence UK.

 

Les UAV fabriqués par l’industriel Insitu sont destinés aux missions de surveillance, de reconnaissance et de renseignement. Capables de rester dans les airs entre 15 et 18 heures, ces drones de trois mètres d’envergure et de 22 kilogrammes sont lancés à partir d’une catapulte pneumatique. Dotés d’une caméra infrarouge, les drones transmettent les images recueillies par le biais d’une liaison satellite.

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Brimstone Anti FIAC Salvo Fire

June 24, 2013 by Think Defence

 

We have been discussing Brimstone / Sea Spear recently.

This is a video of recent test firing by MBDA from a jackup barge against three fast inshore attack craft with the missiles launched in single a salvo.

This earlier video from QinetiQ that is showcasing their test and trials facility shows the Brimstone also used against a FIAC but this time, launched from a Tornado

Not sure if you have seen this video either, more of a general overview

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UK/US trials review F-35 interoperability in simulated maritime scenario

20 June 2013 adsadvance.co.uk

 

Working with Lockheed Martin and the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems have linked simulation facilities across five UK sites to create a common synthetic environment to evaluate F-35 interoperability with other UK military platforms.

 

Linking Air and Maritime

 

A recent trial saw Royal Navy, RAF and US Navy pilots operating the F-35 fighter jet during a live simulated maritime scenario with the Queen Elizabeth Carrier, a Type 45 Destroyer and Sea King helicopter. This is the first time that we and Lockheed Martin have linked our Air and Maritime simulation capabilities and mission system laboratories at multiple locations into one common battlespace environment.

 

Roles and responsibilities

 

Royal Navy, RAF and US Navy pilots flew the F-35 aircraft from Lockheed Martin supplied desk top simulators at our Samlesbury site, alongside two Royal Navy Sea King aircrew who provided command and control directions to the F-35 pilots.

 

Linking into the live scenario, Royal Navy air warfare officers from HMS DUNCAN were at the controls of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier lab in the Isle of Wight whilst in Portsdown, Royal Navy air warfare officers and fighter controllers from HMS DAUNTLESS operated from the Type 45 Destroyer lab.

 

Lt Cdr Mark Humphries, RAF Air Warfare Centre, took part in the trials. He said: “Bringing both air and maritime capabilities into a common mission scenario, we have been able to begin to test the interoperability between F-35 and other key maritime assets, something we have never been able to do before. Today we have taken part in a maritime scenario where the F-35 was the first line of defence for a Carrier Task Force in a hostile threat situation. Being able to evaluate interoperability concepts for passing commands and threat information via digital datalinks in real-time between air warfare officers on the Queen Elizabeth Carrier, fighter controllers on the Type 45 destroyer and Sea King helicopter and F-35 pilots has been extremely valuable."

 

Lt Cdr Jim Blythe, HMS DAUNTLESS, also took part. He said: “We have been able to fully exercise the Type 45 combat management system and gain a broader experience of digitally controlling fighters than has hitherto been possible. This means we are in a far better place to develop an informed Concept of Operations for working with the F-35 when it comes into service.”

 

World class simulation and systems integration

 

Tony Hall, BAE Systems F-35 programme manager for the Interoperability trials, said: “As a business we have world class simulation and systems integration capabilities which exist across a number of different locations. Working closely with Lockheed Martin and the UK customer we have created a distributed test capability linking UK Industry and Government assets across a secure network to provide a common synthetic environment.

 

"Not only does this help the UK customer get their heads around how the F-35 will integrate into operations, but it can also save a lot of time and money. We can identify interoperability issues early and fix things at this stage far easier than when the aircraft are built and in operation.

 

“It’s great that we can get the customer involved at these early stages to make sure that the aircraft and other cooperating platforms are doing the job they want them to do. It’s an added bonus that we are able to use this project to prompt improvements across a range of other military assets too."

 

BAE Systems are responsible for leading F-35 integration activities on behalf of the UK customer. The maritime mission scenario trial is the third out of a series of four planned scenarios which form part of the overall F-35 UK interoperability project.

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Government announces largest increase in Defence exports for five years

20 June 2013 ukti.gov.uk

 

British defence exports rose by 62% in 2012 – the largest increase for five years.

 

New figures published today by UK Trade & Investment’s Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) show that UK defence exports totalled £8.8 billion over the past year, a rise of 62% from 2011 in a global market that grew by 45%.

 

These results mean the UK maintains its position as the second most successful defence exporter after the United States. As in 2011, the UK continues to benefit from a strong defence supply chain, which contributed to the success in 2012.

 

Orders contributing to the strong results included Typhoon and Hawk aircraft. The Typhoon programme alone supports an estimated 8,600 jobs in the UK, across companies including BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Selex-Galileo and their supply chains – with an estimated further 1,500 jobs dependent on export opportunities.

 

The UK continues to capture 20% of the global defence export market. Maintaining this level and growing security exports to 5% by 2015 are the key targets for UKTI DSO. Last year’s expansion in the defence sector was supported by UK export growth of 4% to £2.7 billion in the security sector, in a global market that grew by 3%.

 

Combined defence and security exports rose to £11.5 billion in 2012, up from £8 billion in 2011.

 

Business Minister Michael Fallon said:

“Defence exports are helping to safeguard much needed high quality jobs in UK industry at a difficult time for the economy and these robust figures demonstrate Britain's ability to successfully compete in the global race. The UK government has pledged its support to the defence industry which has an outstanding record of export success. We have a proven ability to help UK exporters to win business overseas and achieve their international business potential.

“These export results reflect the importance of the high technology sector and its contribution to advanced manufacturing trade. The UK’s defence industrial base is rich in innovation, largely thanks to the vital contribution of smaller firms.

“The increase in the security sector reinforces a consistent picture of year on year growth in a highly competitive market. Growth is particularly strong in the cyber security sector which is critical to the UK’s national security.”

 

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence, Equipment Support and Technology said:

“This is welcome news for the UK Defence Industry, and demonstrates that they remain world leaders in an increasingly competitive global market place. The Ministry of Defence has continued to play a key supporting role in the promotion of defence equipment and services, recognising that defence exports make a significant contribution to the government’s growth agenda. These results also demonstrate the high regard in which our Armed Forces, and the equipment they use, are held by our allies and partner nations overseas.”

 

James Brokenshire, Home Office Minister said:

“Last year the UK delivered a safe and secure Olympic Games showcasing our security expertise to the world. I am delighted that UK security exports have showed continued growth for the fifth successive year. This critical industry supports thousands of jobs across the country and we are determined to build on this excellent performance, working with the industry to maximise our reputation and identify new opportunities for growth.”

 

Notes to editors:

1. Case studies highlighting UK companies that have been successful at winning defence and security export business over the last year can be found here: http://www.ukti.gov.uk/defencesecurity/defence/casestudy.html

2. The government's economic policy objective is to achieve 'strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries.' It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’ (PDF 1.7MB), published at Budget 2011:

  • to create the most competitive tax system in the G20

  • to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business

  • to encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy

  • to create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.

Work is underway across government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the government wants the economy to travel.

3. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For more information on UKTI, visit www.ukti.gov.uk or visit the online newsroom at www.ukti.gov.uk/media.

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simulateur de vol A400M photo Thales UK

simulateur de vol A400M photo Thales UK

21/06/2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Thales a annoncé le 19 juin que son premier simulateur full flight destiné à l’entraînement des équipages de l’A400M avait reçu la qualification de l’agence européenne de la sécurité aérienne. Cette certification permettra de débuter l’entraînement des équipages pour leurs missions complexes.

 

Thales est également le principal fournisseur de l’avionique du futur avion de transport militaire d'Airbus Military. La filiale britannique Thales UK a également été choisie par le ministère britannique de la Défense pour fournir des solutions d’entraînement et de formation aux futurs personnels A400M.

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photo EMA

photo EMA

23.06.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense
 

A lire sur Diploweb.com un article de Michel Goya publié sous le titre « La guerre de trois mois : l’intervention militaire française au Mali en perspectives ». Le texte a été publié dans la revue de l’IFRI, Politique étrangère, été 2013.

 

Le texte du colonel Goya est, à mon avis, d'une lucidité et d'une clarté remarquables mais je laisse aux lecteurs de Lignes de défense le soin de se faire leur propre opinion.

 

Il n'y a qu'un seul point sur lequel je n'adhère pas à la thèse de l'auteur qui écrit: "On s’étonnera enfin de la faible médiatisation et, ce qui est lié, de la faible compréhension par le public de cette opération. Cette sous-exposition et cette sous-explication, qui prolongent en les accentuant celles des opérations de reconquête de Tombouctou et Gao, ne sont peut-être pas étrangères à l’érosion du soutien de l’opinion publique."

 

La médiatisation, au sens le plus large, de Serval me paraît satisfaisante, même si certains collègues journalistes ont pu regretter le manque d'accès aux zones d'opérations ou les retards de l'EMA à communiquer sur certaines actions conduites par les troupes françaises. Ma remarque ne découle pas d'une réaction corporatiste visant à défendre le travail d'information réalisé, mais, en ce qui concerne ce blog et le journal dont il dépend, d'un constat quantitatif sur le nombre d'articles et posts consacrés depuis décembre 2012 à la menace djihadiste et à l'offensive française au Mali et sur le travail réalisé par la rédaction et son correspondant au Mali.

 

Quant à regretter une sous-médiatisation pour expliquer "l'érosion du soutien de l'opinion publique", c'est un raccourci que je déplore. Certes, depuis le mois de mai, la couverture médiatique de Serval a baissé notablement mais ce phénomène est lié à la nature moins spectaculaire des opérations, au départ de nombreux envoyés spéciaux et à la communication assurément moins soutenue de l'Institution sur l'actualité du théâtre.

 

Quant à l'opinion publique, elle s'est satisfaite d'une victoire. Et est passée à autre chose. Les guerres ne sont pas drôles, les "drôles de guerre" encore moins.

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Cadres de l’armée béninoise lors de la formation sur les lois internationales des conventions de Genève à l'école de la police de Bamako. 05.02.13

Cadres de l’armée béninoise lors de la formation sur les lois internationales des conventions de Genève à l'école de la police de Bamako. 05.02.13

25 juin 2013 Par RFI

 

On a noté l'arrivée à Kidal le week-end dernier du premier contingent béninois de la Misma qui passera bientot sous la bannière de l'ONU. Le déploiement de la force africaine est une des clauses de l'accord signé entre le gvt de bamako et les mouvements armés touaregs pour permettre le retour de l'administration et de l'armée malienne à Kidal en vue des futures élections prévues à la fin du mois de juillet. Quelle est la mission des soldats béninois ? Réponse du commandant du contingent le Lieutenant-Colonel Norbert Agontinglo.

Norbert Agontinglo
(01:03)

Lieutenant-colonel de l'armée béninoise

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La FASM Georges Leygues dans le port de Ho Chi Minh Ville - photo Marine nationale - P. Ghigou

La FASM Georges Leygues dans le port de Ho Chi Minh Ville - photo Marine nationale - P. Ghigou

24.06.2013 Marine nationale
 

Le groupe Jeanne d’Arc a fait escale dans le sud du Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh Ville pour la FASM Georges Leygues et Phu My pour le BPC Tonnerre) du 18 au 21 juin 2013.

Cette escale s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une coopération de défense dynamique formalisée en 1997 et qui n’a pas cessé de s’affermir. Elle a permis de célébrer ensemble l’année France-Vietnam à l’occasion du quarantième anniversaire des relations diplomatiques entre les deux pays.

Les différents entretiens diplomatiques ayant eu lieu entre les commandants des deux bâtiments, Son Excellence Monsieur Jean-Noël Poirier, ambassadeur de France au Vietnam, Monsieur Fabrice Mauries, consul général de France à Hi Chi Minh Ville et les autorités vietnamiennes, ont souligné la volonté des deux parties d’entretenir un bon niveau de coopération et d’échange. Le 19 juin, une délégation du comité populaire de la province de Vung Tau a visité le BPC Tonnerre. Ces rencontres ont aussi profité aux officiers élèves embarqués dans le cadre de la mission Jeanne d’Arc 2013 grâce à l’intervention de spécialistes sur les sujets traitant du Vietnam, de sa politique étrangère, de ses forces armées et de ses relations avec la France.

Par ailleurs, François Cuillandre, maire de Brest, était présent à Ho Chi Minh Ville afin d’approfondir une coopération entre la cité du Ponant et le Vietnam. Le premier accord de partenariat avec la ville de Brest avait été signé au cours de l’escale du porte-hélicoptères Jeanne d’Arc à Haiphong, en 2007. Depuis lors, de nombreuses coopérations se sont développées dans les domaines scientifiques, académiques et économiques avec les autorités vietnamiennes, autour d’un même dénominateur commun : la mer.

Le BPC Tonnerre et la FASM Georges Leygues ont quitté les côtes vietnamiennes le 21 juin, faisant route vers la Malaisie, avant-dernière escale de la mission Jeanne d’Arc 2013.

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Afghanistan : les pompiers de l’Air ont quitté Warehouse

25/06/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Les pompiers de l’Air, comme l’ensemble des militaires français présents sur le camp de Warehouse poursuivent leur désengagement. Depuis 2006, ils assurent la sécurité incendie du camp.

 

Durant 7 années, ils ont assuré la protection incendie des bâtiments, la sécurité des mouvements d’hélicoptères sur l’hélipad, la sécurisation lors des transferts MEDEVAC (évacuation médicale) et les opérations de secours lors de la mise en œuvre du plan MASCAL (plan de secours spécialisé comprenant un grand nombre de victimes).

Afghanistan : les pompiers de l’Air ont quitté Warehouse

Ils totalisent plusieurs centaines d’interventions : sécurisations de plus de 8000 mouvements aériens, près de 260 secours à victimes, environ 150 interventions en ville en autonome ou en appui des pompiers afghans. Ils ont effectué des opérations de désincarcérations suite à des attentats. Ils sont intervenus sur des extinctions de feux de véhicules touchés par des roquettes ou accidents. En juin 2007, ils ont notamment été sollicités sur un incendie majeur touchant les bâtiments d’hébergement d’un camp de l’armée afghane, à proximité du camp de Warehouse.

Afghanistan : les pompiers de l’Air ont quitté Warehouse

Les pompiers de l’Air, dans le cadre d’un partenariat initié par l’International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), ont assuré de manière ponctuelle la formation des « combat medics » afghans dont la mission principale est de prodiguer au combat des soins d’urgence aux militaires blessés, sous l’égide des forces armées américaines et canadiennes.

 

Moins de 1 000 militaires français sont actuellement engagés en Afghanistan où ils assurent la poursuite du désengagement logistique des forces françaises, le commandement de l’aéroport de KAIA, le fonctionnement de l’hôpital médico-chirurgical à Kaboul et des missions de formation au profit de l’armée nationale afghane.

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Australia: 1000th Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon delivered to Defence

25.06.2013 Pacific Sentinel
 

 
Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced the delivery of the 1000th Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon under Project LAND 121 Phase 3A.
 
The new G-Wagons, along with Australian-made trailers, are being rolled out to Army and Royal Australian Air Force units as part of LAND 121 ‘Project Overlander’, a $7.5 billion program delivering more than 7500 protected and unprotected vehicles to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) over the next decade.
 
“The new G-Wagons will help prepare ADF personnel for operations and provide the flexibility to undertake a wide range of tasks in difficult off-road conditions, while ensuring that Australian soldiers are better prepared and equipped,” Dr Kelly said.
 
The new variants are used as tactical training vehicles and for a wide range of support tasks. 
 
“G-Wagon variants include utility, ambulance, surveillance and reconnaissance, mobile command post variants, and even a canine variant to transport military working dogs and their handlers,” Dr Kelly said.
 
Dr Kelly congratulated Mercedes-Benz on the delivery of the first 1000 G-Wagons, adding that the G-Wagon represents a big step forward for the ADF’s tactical training capability.
 
“Today’s handover of the 1000th G-Wagon represents an important milestone at the Mercedes-Benz facility in Mulgrave, Victoria,” Dr Kelly said.
 
“At the Mulgrave facility, modules and tray bodies provided by G.H. Varley in Newcastle are integrated with the vehicles and pre-delivery work is undertaken.”
 
A total of 2146 G-Wagons are being rolled out to ADF units between July 2012 and June 2016.
 
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S-300VM Antey-2500 photo Peer.Gynt

S-300VM Antey-2500 photo Peer.Gynt

MOSCOU, 22 juin - RIA Novosti

 

Moscou est prêt à livrer à Téhéran des systèmes de missiles sol-air Antey-2500 afin de régler le différend autour du contrat sur la livraison de systèmes S-300, rapporte samedi le quotidien russe Kommersant.

"Il s'agit de possibles livraisons de systèmes Antey-2500 à Téhéran. Ils constituent la version modifiée du système S-300B développé à l'époque pour les forces terrestres", a indiqué le journal citant des sources proches du dossier.

La Russie a signé un contrat d'environ 800 millions de dollars avec l'Iran sur la livraison de cinq unités complètes de missiles sol-air S-300 en 2007. En 2010, Moscou a rompu le contrat en application de la résolution 1929 du Conseil de sécurité de l'Onu interdisant la livraison d'armes conventionnelles à Téhéran. Le ministère iranien de la Défense a porté plainte auprès de la Cour internationale d'arbitrage de Genève contre l'exportateur d'armes russe Rosoboronexport. La République islamique cherche à obtenir 4 milliards USD de réparations. Selon les médias, Téhéran est prêt à retirer sa plainte si Moscou honore le contrat.

Le directeur du holding russe de hautes technologies Rostec Sergueï Tchemezov a déclaré fin mai que la Russie avait peu de chances de gagner le procès et que Moscou cherchait à régler l'affaire à l'amiable, mais "en vain".

Auparavant, Moscou a proposé de livrer à l'Iran des missiles sol-air Tor à la place des S-300. Téhéran a alors rejeté cette proposition, arguant que les missiles Tor ne convenaient pas au système de défense iranien.

Le système Antey-2500 est quant à lui capable de détruire des avions et des missiles balistiques de moyenne portée à une distance de 350 kilomètres.

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Des Casques bleus de la FNUOD patrouillant sur le plateau du Golan, en Syrie (Photo Wolfgang Grebien ONU)

Des Casques bleus de la FNUOD patrouillant sur le plateau du Golan, en Syrie (Photo Wolfgang Grebien ONU)

TEL AVIV, 21 juin - RIA Novosti

 

Israël admet la possibilité d'une modification du mandat de la Force des Nations unies chargée d'observer le désengagement sur le plateau du Golan (FNUOD), a déclaré vendredi Daniel Meron, haut fonctionnaire du ministère israélien des Affaires étrangères chargé des relations avec l'ONU et les organisations internationales.

 

"Le mandat actuel de la FNUOD demande à être révisé. Il a été défini dans une situation foncièrement différente de celle qui prévaut aujourd'hui. Nous ne sommes pas toujours d'accord avec les casques bleus, mais leur présence dans la région est pour le moment indispensable", a indiqué M. Meron lors d'un séminaire à l'Institut de recherches sur la sécurité nationale (INSS) à Tel Aviv.

 

Le diplomate n'a pourtant pas précisé en quoi cette révision pourrait consister.

 

Il s'agit de la première déclaration de ce genre faite par un responsable officiel israélien depuis que la Russie a proposé d'envoyer ses soldats de la paix dans la "zone tampon" sur le plateau du Golan.

 

Les autorités israéliennes refusent de commenter en public cette initiative de Moscou. Selon le vice-ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Guennadi Gatilov, elles "ne sont pas prêtes à y voir apparaître un contingent russe".

 

Son homologue israélien Zeev Elkin a fait savoir le 10 juin que la présence de casques bleus russes était impossible pour des raisons juridiques, car l'accord de désengagement et le protocole signés entre la Syrie et Israël en 1974 interdisaient la participation des membres permanents du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU aux opérations de paix dans la région.

 

Début juin, l'Autriche a annoncé son intention de retirer ses observateurs militaires déployés dans la "zone tampon" entre la Syrie et Israël. Vienne a motivé sa décision par la "menace inadmissible" qui pesait sur la vie des casques bleus autrichiens dans cette région.

 

Le président Vladimir Poutine a déclaré le 7 juin que la Russie était prête à remplacer les casques bleus autrichiens, mais a souligné que cela pourrait se faire uniquement sur demande de l'ONU et à condition que les pays de la région acceptent ce changement.

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