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La Chine a envoyé plusieurs de ses navires dans la zone des – très contestées – îles Senkaku (Photo: China.org.cn)

La Chine a envoyé plusieurs de ses navires dans la zone des – très contestées – îles Senkaku (Photo: China.org.cn)

13/05/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca


C’est devenu une habitude depuis quelques mois: trois navires gouvernementaux chinois sont entrés lundi matin dans les eaux territoriales des îles Senkaku, que se disputent la Chine, le Japon et Taiwan, ont indiqué les garde-côtes nippons.

Ces navires de surveillance maritime ont pénétré dans la zone des 22 km entourant l’archipel de Senkaku, peu après 09h00 locales (dimanche, 20h00, Montréal).

La dernière incursion de la Chine remontait au 5 mai dernier.

La Chine est une habituée de ce genre d’action. Le pays envoie régulièrement des navires, mais également de temps en temps des avions. Les tensions entre les deux pays ont connu une recrudescence lorsque le Japon a décidé de nationaliser trois de ses cinq îles en les achetant directement de leur propriétaire.

Cela avait entraîné toute une série de manifestations anti-japonaises durant une semaine à travers plusieurs villes chinoises.

Tokyo a aussi annoncé la mise en place d’une force de 600 hommes et 12 navires pour surveiller et protéger les Senkaku.

Le Premier ministre Shinzo Abe a prévenu en avril que le Japon expulserait «par la force» tout éventuel débarquement chinois sur les Senkaku.

Les querelles entre la Chine et le Japon sont d’autant plus fortes que près de 170 parlementaires japonais ont visité, à la fin du mois dernier, le sanctuaire shintoïste Yasukuni à Tokyo. Il s’agit d’un lieu où sont honorés les morts pour la patrie dont 14 criminels de guerre, ce qui, reviendrait à rendre hommage au passé militariste du Japon selon les Chinois et les sud-Coréens.

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photo US Navy

photo US Navy

May 13, 2013 ASDNews (AFP)


South Korea and a US strike force led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz kicked off Monday a joint naval drill slammed by North Korea as a "wanton" provocation and rehearsal for war.


The two-day exercise began with the departure of the 97,000-tonne Nimitz, one of the world's largest warships, from the southern South Korean port of Busan where it had been docked over the weekend, the US navy said in a statement.


"The operations include integrated flight operations, air defense events, surface warfare training events, precision ship maneuvers, and liaison officer exchanges," it said.


A number of other naval ships including guided-missile cruisers and a guided-missile destroyer will also take part in the drill designed to "reinforce regional security and stability", it added.


The exercise comes as the Korean peninsula is only just emerging from a period of highly elevated military tensions triggered by North Korea's nuclear test in February.


Angered by UN sanctions imposed after the test and by a series of large South Korean-US military drills, Pyongyang spent much of March and April issuing dire warnings including threats of nuclear strikes against Seoul and Washington.


The North called the latest exercise with the Nimitz "a grave military provocation" that would trigger a fresh cycle of escalating tensions.


"This is a wanton threat against us... that will push the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war," Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling party, said in an editorial on Monday.


"How could we ever ignore the arrival of such dangerous forces to the South?" it said.


"The warmongers... should never forget that our forces stand fully ready to attack at once in line with operational plans approved by our top command," the newspaper added.


North Korean troops near the disputed Yellow Sea border have been ordered to strike back if "even a single shell drops" in their territorial waters, the North's army command said in a recent statement.


Any subsequent counterstrike would trigger an escalated military reaction that would see South Korea's border islands engulfed in a "sea of flames", it said.


The tense sea border off the west coast saw deadly naval clashes in 1999, 2002 and 2009. The North shelled one of the islands, Yeonpyeong, in November 2010, killing four South Koreans and sparking brief fears of a full-scale conflict.

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13 mai 2013 1 13 /05 /mai /2013 07:35
India Opens Gun, Missile Competition to Domestic Firms

May. 12, 2013 By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI – Defense News


NEW DELHI — India’s Ministry of Defence has floated a competition for gun/missile systems for the Army. And in a first for the MoD, it is asking domestic companies to participate along with overseas firms.


The domestic defense companies that have been invited to participate in the US $1.6 billion tender have not produced the full gun/missile system, and only by teaming with overseas defense majors would these companies be able to fulfill the demand, private-sector executives here said.


An MoD official said the private companies that have been given the tender already have demonstrated their ability to integrate heavy weapon systems, including Akash missile systems and Pinaka multibarrel rocket launchers.


Defense analysts said the step will lead to more tie-ups between overseas firms and Indian companies.


“This will encourage foreign companies to have genuine collaborations with Indian companies and will lead to more intense partnerships,” said retired Indian Army Col. K.V. Kuber, with New Delhi-based Sugosha Consultancy Services.


“This is the way forward to develop the Indian industry. The type of industrial participation ensuing from offsets is not a very strong arrangement and is limited to the appetite of the foreign [original equipment manufacturers] at whose mercy the Indian partners live on,” Kuber said.


An executive with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry said the big-ticket offer to domestic defense companies will enable the Indian industry to chalk out its long-term strategy as it competes in future large defense projects.


The competition for the purchase of five regiments —104 systems — of gun/missile systems would replace aging Russian-made Kvadrat systems in the Indian Army.


The domestic companies that received the tender include state-owned Bharat Electronics, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Tata Power SED, Punj Lloyd, Bharat Forge and ICOMM. No executive from any of the companies would say whether they have the system or how they will produce it.


Rahul Chaudhry, CEO of Tata Power SED, said his company is negotiating with a Western defense company, which he would not identify.


Mukesh Bhargava, head of the international defense and aerospace business of L&T, said it is also in the process of teaming up with overseas defense companies but refused to elaborate.


The foreign competitors receiving the tender are Rosoboronexport of Russia, Bumar of Poland, General Dynamics of the US, Thales of France, Doosan Group of South Korea, Israel Aerospace Industries and Elta of Israel.


The Indian Army wants to procure 4,928 missiles and 172,260 rounds of ammunition under full maintenance technology transfer.


The selected vendor will have to transfer technology for maintenance and lifetime support of the Self-Propelled Air Defence Gun Missile System, along with the missiles and gun ammunition, to state-owned Bharat Dynamics. The maintenance of the guns and ammunition will be done by the state-owned Ordnance Factories Board.


An executive with one of the defense companies competing said it will ask the government to make changes so that the selected vendor will be authorized to carry out the maintenance work.


The MoD official said the government wants the Indian private-sector companies to participate even in production and maintenance of the systems but declined to say if it will allow domestic companies to carry out the maintenance work.


The proposed weapon system would be a mix of guns and missiles mounted on one or separate high-mobility vehicles. The tender requires that the gun and the missile should be able to engage aerial targets with and without the use of a fire-control radar. The gun should have a range of 2,500 meters and the missile should have a range of six kilometers. The radar should be capable of 360 degrees surveil­lance, target detection, acquisition and tracking.

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11 mai 2013 6 11 /05 /mai /2013 11:40
Missiles S-400: la Russie construit deux usines supplémentaires (Poutine)

MOSCOU, 25 avril - RIA Novosti


Les missiles sol-air russes S-400 sont si demandés sur le marché mondial que la Russie a lancé la construction de deux usines supplémentaires, a annoncé jeudi le président russe Vladimir Poutine lors de sa traditionnelle séance de questions-réponses en direct avec la population.


"Nous avons lancé la construction de deux nouvelles usines de production de missiles sol-air S-400. Ces missiles se vendent comme des petits pains auprès de nos clients dans le monde entier. Nous n'arrivons même pas à satisfaire cette demande", a indiqué le président.


Le S-400 Triumph (code Otan: SA-21 Growler) est un système de missiles sol-air de grande et moyenne portée destiné à abattre tout type de cible aérienne: avions, drones et missiles de croisière hypersoniques.

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11 mai 2013 6 11 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
Navistar Defense Awarded $23 M To Provide Armored Cabs To The Afghan National Security Forces

06.05.2013 Navistar - army-guide.com


Navistar Defense, LLC, already a key supplier to the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP), has received an urgent delivery order from the U.S. Army (TACOM LCMC) to retrofit 205 armored cabs onto Navistar Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTV) currently designated for service with the Afghan National Security Forces.


The award, for $23 million, will involve replacing the current commercial cab with a specially designed armored cab— providing savings by re-using the original components of the MTV to protect the ANA and ANP from ballistic and blast threats in the theater of operations. The order also includes enhancing additional vehicle elements for improved survivability to provide Afghan National Security Forces with the capability to conduct route clearance missions with mine roller applications.


"This order reflects Navistar's strong partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense in providing high quality vehicles on very aggressive schedules in support of protecting the soldier on the ground," said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. "We are proud to continue to support the vehicle fleet that we have provided to the Afghan National Security Forces and deliver on our commitments to the U.S. military and allies on this very important project and program."


The Navistar MTV is an extremely flexible platform that is already in service in Afghanistan in a variety of key missions including general troop transport, water tankers, fuel trucks, recovery vehicles and cargo trucks. Since 2004, Navistar has provided nearly 9,000 MTVs to the ANA and ANP. There are another 14,000 Navistar MTVs in service with military units around the world.


The vehicles will be upgraded at the Navistar Defense facility in West Point, Miss. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in April with completion scheduled for July.

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11 mai 2013 6 11 /05 /mai /2013 11:20
Modular Causeway

5/7/2013 Strategy page


The pilot of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter prepares to lower a segment of a modular causeway system into the Chattahoochee River during a demonstration on Fort Benning, Ga., April 24, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright

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10 mai 2013 5 10 /05 /mai /2013 11:45
La ministre suédoise de la défense à Koulikoro

3 mai 2013 EUTM Mali


La ministre de la défense suédoise, Madame Karin ENSTRÖM, est venue rencontrer le détachement suédois à Koulikoro le jeudi 02 Mai 2013. Elle a tout d’abord été accueillie par le général Dembélé, Chef d’Etat Major Général des Armées des Forces Armées Maliennes, à l’entrée du camp de Koulikoro, puis le Colonel Paczka, commandant le camp d’entraînement d’EUTM Mali, lui a présenté du matériel sur lequel le bataillon Waraba est instruit. Enfin, elle s’est déplacée sur le terrain où elle a rencontré les cadres suédois en charge de la formation d’une compagnie d’infanterie du bataillon malien.

La ministre suédoise de la défense à Koulikoro

Rentrée à Bamako, la ministre de la défense a eu un échange de vues sur la formation européenne et sur la participation suédoise à la mission EUTM Mali avec le général Lecointre au cours d’un repas de travail.

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10 mai 2013 5 10 /05 /mai /2013 11:40
Biélorussie: les importations de missiles S-300 ne visent aucun pays (président)

MINSK, 26 avril - RIA Novosti


Les importations biélorusses de missiles sol-air russes S-300 ne visent aucun pays, a déclaré vendredi à Minsk le président biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko à l'issue d'une rencontre avec le ministre russe de la Défense Sergueï Choïgou.


"La Russie nous livrera des missiles S-300. Les Russes ont des missiles qu'ils n'utilisent pas alors que nous en avons besoin. Ils ne visent personne, c'est une arme purement défensive", a indiqué M.Loukachenko.


Pendant la rencontre, M.Choïgou a annoncé que la Russie livrerait quatre divisions de missiles sol-air S-300 à la Biélorussie en 2014.

"Je suis très content que la Russie ait enfin fait un pas à notre encontre et qu'elle nous livrera ces missiles", a noté le président Loukachenko. Et de rappeler que l'armée biélorusse disposait déjà de missiles S-300.


La Russie renforce ainsi la puissante défense antiaérienne biélorusse qui "protège déjà non seulement la frontière biélorusse, mais aussi le territoire russe", a conclu M.Loukachenko.


Les missiles S-300 sont destinés à protéger les grands sites industriels et civils, les bases militaires et les postes de commandement contre une attaque aérospatiale. Les S-300 sont capables de détruire les missiles balistiques et de croisière, ainsi que d'abattre les avions à une distance de 150 km et à une altitude allant jusqu'à 27 km.

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Marine russe: une nouvelle frégate pour la Flottille de la mer Noire en 2014

MOSCOU, 29 avril - RIA Novosti


La Flottille russe de la mer Noire sera équipée en 2014 de la première des six frégates dernier cri du projet 11356, baptisée Amiral Grigorovitch, a annoncé lundi aux journalistes le commandant en chef de la Flottille, le vice-amiral Alexandre Fédotenkov.


"Dès 2013, la frégate denier cri Amiral Grigorovitch (projet 11356)  sera mise à l'eau pour équiper, en 2014, la Flottille russe de la mer Noire. Ce navire sera le premier des six frégates de ce projet, doté d'un système de missiles de croisière longue portée et à haute précision Calibre", a indiqué le vice-amiral.


"La Flottille compte également s'équiper de six sous-marins du projet 636, dont les trois premiers porteront les noms de Novorossiïsk, Rostov-sur-le-Don et Stari Oskol. La Flottille sera aussi dotée de six embarcations de combat  à usages divers", a ajouté le responsable.


Les frégates du projet 11356 sont destinées à mener les opérations contre les navires et les submersibles dans les mers et les océans, ainsi qu'à parer les attaques aériennes. Elles seront armées de missiles mer-mer, mer-air, de pièces d'artillerie, de torpilles et de bombes.

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10 mai 2013 5 10 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
China's arms export 11 billion in 5 years, Pakistan major buyer: Pentagon

May 7, 2013 economictimes.indiatimes.com


WASHINGTON: Asserting that China has signed agreements for arms exports worth $11 billion from 2007 to 2011, the Pentagon has said that Pakistan remains Beijing's primary customer for conventional weapons.


"From 2007 to 2011, China signed approximately $11 billion in agreements for conventional weapons systems worldwide, ranging from general purpose materiel to major weapons systems," the Pentagon told the Congress in its annual report on China.


In 2012 and the coming years, China's arms exports will likely increase modestly as China's domestic defence industry improves, it said, adding that Chinese defence firms are marketing and selling arms throughout the world with the bulk of their sales to Asia and the Middle East/North Africa.


In 2012, China unveiled the Yi Long tactical unmanned aerial vehicle, which will probably be marketed to developing countries, it said.


Pakistan, it said, remains its primary customer for conventional weapons. "China engages in both arms sales and defence industrial cooperation with Islamabad, including co-production of the JF-17 fighter aircraft, F-22P frigates with helicopters, K-8 jet trainers, F-7 fighter aircraft, early warning and control aircraft, tanks, air-to-air missiles, anti-ship cruise missiles, and cooperation on main battle tank production," the Pentagon report said.


"We describe in this report China's bilateral military interactions with other countries, including Pakistan. China has a very longstanding historical relationship with Pakistan, and it's one that we watch and we report on in this report," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for East Asia David Helvey told reporters during a Pentagon news conference.


Helvey said the US is monitoring very carefully China's military modernisation, the implications of that modernisation both for opportunities to cooperate with China in a multinational or bilateral context, but also for potential implications for regional stability.


According to the report, Sub-Saharan African countries view China as a provider of low-cost weapons with fewer political strings attached compared to other international arms suppliers.


"China uses arms sales as part of a multifaceted approach to promote trade, secure access to natural resources, and extend its influence in the region," it said.

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USS Freedom (LCS 1)  photo US Embassy Singapore

USS Freedom (LCS 1) photo US Embassy Singapore

May 03, 2013 By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. - breakingdefense.com

CAPITOL HILL: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus talked up the controversial Littoral Combat Ship days before departing for Asia to visit the first LCS, USS Freedom, which recently arrived in Singapore (sporting a sniffy camo paint job). Freedom has been bedeviled by cost overruns, delays, and manufacturing defects, with a new problem, seawater contamination in lubricant fluid, arising on its trans-Pacific trip. But the bigger picture Mabus said, is how this new class of small and nimble ship will cooperate with foreign partners to keep the peace in the volatile South China Sea and the strategic Strait of Malacca.

“Freedom is the first of its class, and it was built as an experimental ship, and every first of the class has some issues,” Mabus said of the seawater contamination, speaking to reporters after a Friday speech on energy security hosted by the Truman National Security Project. “One of the reasons we sent Freedom forward on deployment was to see what those issues were.”

After the agonies over Freedom and, to a lesser extent, its very dissimilar sister ship, USS Independence, Navy largely rebooted the program. Costs are coming down, the first ships’ defects are being remedied in follow-on vessels, and Mabus recently boasted that the Littoral Combat Ship is “one of our best programs” — although the jury is still out on LCS’s ability to survive in all-out combat.

“We’re going to deploy — forward deploy — four of these ships by 2016 to Singapore,” Mabus said confidently. Operating out of a foreign port this way, close to the operations zone, cuts out the long sea journey from North America and lets one ship do the patrol work of four US-based ones. (The Navy’s also moving four of its Aegis destroyers to Rota, Spain to better protect Europe against Iranian missiles). The Navy will even keep Freedom in Singapore after the current crew’s tour of duty is done, flying them home and flying in a complete replacement crew.

Mabus himself his flying out to Singapore Tuesday. (“The CNO [Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert] is following me by about a week,” the Secretary said). “The purpose of my trip is, No. 1, to welcome Freedom but, No. 2, is to talk about how we’re going to be using these ships with our partners.”

Economically prosperous, ethnically 75 percent Chinese, and not particularly democratic, Singapore occupies a strategic location along one of the world’s busiest corridors for seaborne trade. Politically, the city-state has long walked a delicate line between the US and China, and even now it is hosting US warships for months at a time and, eventually, in regular rotation, it emphasizes the US presence is a “deployment,” not a “base.”

Whatever it’s called, from Singapore’s harbor, the Littoral Combat Ships can head west towards the Strait of Malacca, through which forty percent of the world’s oil passes en route to East Asia. Or the LCSs can turn east into the South China Sea, whose barren islets and prospective riches of natural gas are bitterly disputed between China, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Singapore is one of the few countries in the region to keep almost entirely out of the territorial quarrels, another strategic advantage as a US partner.

“Over the decades, the American Navy and the American presence there has been one of the great stabilizing influences” in the Western Pacific, Mabus said. “We don’t take sides in territorial or other sorts of disputes,” he emphasized, repeating the administration’s deep reluctance to be drawn into what is a highly emotional conflict for the increasingly assertive Chinese. “But what we do offer is presence,” he said. “What we do offer is the notion that the seas should be open and free for all.” (Mabus even put in a plug for the controversial Law of the Sea treaty, which the administration has largely given up on getting ratified).

In this region, and in context of the administration’s January 2012 defense strategic guidance, “what the LCS can do [is] to build partnership capacity,” Mabus said, “operating with the Singaporean Navy but also the navies of the region, to become more interoperable, to understand each other, to have experience in exercises and in operations which will be invaluable not only to us but to the countries in the region.”

Littoral Combat Ships are significantly smaller, less well-armed, and less resistant to battle damage than the Navy’s workhorse DDG-51 Arleigh Burke destroyers. But precisely for that reason, they’re less intimidating to partners whose navies often resemble the US Coast Guard more than the US Navy’s ocean-going battle fleet. The ship also has a significantly shallower draft than full-size warships, giving it better access to coastal waters like those of the congested Strait of Malacca. And if LCS were to show up in one of China’s mid-sea standoffs, it will still loom large compared to the lightly armed or entirely unarmed civilian maritime patrol vessels the Chinese usually (thought not always) dispatch instead of more escalatory warships.

Stability in the South China Sea is essential because, with all the turmoil in the Middle East, the last thing the planet needs is a crisis at the Pacific end of the great Gulf-to-Asia oil trade that drives half of the world’s economy. “Even in peacetime,” Mabus said in his formal remarks, a threat from an “unstable regime” (i.e. Iran) can send oil prices spiking.

“I use the term unstable regime because my public affairs officer, [Captain] Pamela Kunze, told me I had to quit using the word ‘yahoo,’” Mabus let slip, pointing out Capt. Kunze in the front row, and then went on, “the threat of some yahoo” — he had to pause a moment to let the laughter die down — “may drive prices up.”

Mabus may not have been particularly diplomatic, but the servicemen and women about the Singapore-stationed warships will need to be. Said the Secretary, “they have to be great warriors — but they also have to be great diplomats.”

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10 mai 2013 5 10 /05 /mai /2013 11:30
 F-15SE photo Boeing

F-15SE photo Boeing

02/05/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


Boeing has unveiled the Royal Saudi Air Force's first upgraded F-15SA Strike Eagle. According to Boeing, the F-15SA ('Saudi Advanced') roll-out represents the start of a new era of cost-effective and highly-capable Saudi Arabian fighter aircraft operations.


The F-15SA Strike Eagles is the latest version of the well-established and combat-proven F-15 fighter/bomber series, which originated in the 1970s.


The F-15SA Strike Eagle offers a boost in performance and higher levels of survivability combined with reduced life-cycle expenses: a combination missing in its predecessors. Also integrated is a pair of extra wing stations, upping the F-15SA's weapons-carrying capability.


Saudi Advanced F-15


The Royal Saudi Air Force has been equipped with F-15S Strike Eagle fighters for close-to 20 years. Now, it's getting 84 Saudi Advanced versions - a mixture of new-build airframes and upgraded F-15Ss.


The Royal Saudi Air Force was initially established in the 1920s, prior to being significantly restructured in the immediate post-war years. RSAF aircraft have since participated in many major conflicts, including Operation Desert Storm.


"The Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] and Boeing have been partners for 65 years and our partnership goes beyond the innovative products and services we provide", Boeing Defense's Dennis Muilenburg commented in a press release covering the Advanced Saudi F-15 roll-out. "Equally as important are the excellent collaborations between Boeing and Saudi educational and industrial organizations."


F-15SA Strike Eagle


"We look forward to receiving the advanced capabilities of the F-15SA Strike Eagle aircraft to continue to protect the security and stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", added the Royal Saudi Air Force's commander, Lieutenant General Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Ayeesh. "Our relationship with the US Air Force and The Boeing Company has helped to ensure the Royal Saudi Air Force remains among the best-equipped air forces in the world."


The F-15 Eagle was originally developed by McDonnell Douglas before Boeing took over the programme. With an operational history that includes involvement in the original Gulf War, 1999's NATO sorties over Kosovo and more recent conflicts and a development timeline that encompasses a huge number of variants, the F-15 Eagle is a legend of modern airpower.

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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 11:45
Formations Spécialisées - EUTM Mali

02 mai 2013 EUTM Mali

Depuis lundi 29 avril 2013, la mission EUTM Mali a entamé une nouvelle phase dans la formation du bataillon Waraba. Après une première semaine dédiée à l’évaluation du niveau militaire et physique des soldats maliens, puis trois semaines de formation individuelle et du niveau du groupe (environ 10 soldats), le bataillon a démarré à la fois l’instruction du niveau de la section (environ 30 soldats) et la formation spécialisée.


Dans la phase précédente le bataillon se répartissait en quatre compagnies encadrées par les Français (2), les Nordiques et les Irlando-Britanniques. A compter de lundi 29 avril, trois compagnies poursuivent leur formation infanterie et la quatrième s’est répartie entre les différentes spécialités.


Formations spécialisées :

- Cavalerie légère blindée : formateurs italiens et slovènes

- Artillerie : formateurs britanniques

- Génie : formateurs allemands

- Commando : formateurs espagnols

- Logistique : formateurs polonais

- Tireurs d’élite : formateurs hongrois

- Renseignement : formateurs grecs

- Guidage aérien : formateurs italiens

Formations Spécialisées - EUTM Mali

Cette formation va durer 4 semaines. Les soldats maliens effectueront également leurs premiers tirs sur un champ de tir qui a été réalisé pour la circonstance, sur un terrain de savane arborée qu’il a fallu déblayer et aménager. Ils commenceront également à manœuvrer avec leurs véhicules (pickup et engins blindés).


Après cette période, le niveau de la compagnie (environ 140 soldats) sera abordé. Enfin la dernière phase consistera en une restitution globale des gestes appris du niveau du bataillon.

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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
photo KMW

photo KMW

May 08, 2013 By Matthias Gebauer and Otfried Nassauer – Spiegel.de


In recent years, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has significantly expanded German arms exports abroad, often to countries with questionable human rights records. Now Berlin has approved a deal to export over 100 tanks to Indonesia.


The German government has once again approved a controversial deal to export arms to a country with questionable democratic credentials. The German Security Council, which meets in secret, has approved a deal by defense firm Rheinmetall to export 104 Leopard 2 battle tanks to Indonesia.


In addition, 50 Marder 1A2 infantry fighting vehicles are to be delivered as part of the deal, as are 10 other military vehicles, including armored recovery vehicles, mobile bridges and military engineering vehicles. While the broad outlines of the deal had been reported by Reuters previously, the exact numbers of tanks and armored vehicles involved come from a government response to a parliamentary inquiry made by Green Party lawmaker Katja Keul and seen by SPIEGEL ONLINE.


Indonesia's interest in German arms had long been apparent, but Berlin had remained silent on its intentions. Previously, Indonesia had approached the Netherlands regarding its interest in acquiring Leopard tanks, which are widely considered to be the most modern battle tanks available. But the Dutch parliament declined to approve the deal due to concerns about the human rights situation in Indonesia. Jakarta then turned to Germany. The German parliament has no veto right over arms deals.


Rheinmetall has further developed the Leopard tank, providing it with greater protection and systems allowing for street fighting in residential areas. It is this model, called MBT Revolution, in which Indonesia was interested.


Changing Approach to Weapons Deals


A possible arms deal with Indonesia was under discussion as far back as the summer of 2012, when Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the country. At the time, Jakarta was open about its interest in military vehicles made in Germany, saying the anticipated deal was merely an effort to update its weapons systems and insisted the tanks would not be used against its own people, during protests, for example. Still, human rights activists were concerned about the possible deal. Amnesty International accuses Jakarta of contravening human rights in some provinces and the country ranks 100th on Transparency International's corruption index.


The German Security Council, made up of the chancellor and select cabinet members, has approved several deals to export tanks in recent years, thereby significantly changing the country's erstwhile restrictive approach to arms exports. Previous governments had approved deals involving the export of warships and submarines to questionable countries because it is difficult to use such weapons against the civilian population. Tanks, however, remained taboo. "That which floats is okay. That which rolls is not." Such was the dictum followed during the long reign of former Foreign Minister Dietrich Genscher.


Regional Interests


More recently, however, billion-euro tank deals have been approved as a matter of course. In recent years, the security council has approved export deals to such autocratic countries as Saudi Arabia, justifying the decision by pointing to the importance of regional stability to Germany's own national interests. Saudi Arabia, for example, is seen as a strategic counterweight to Iran and also cooperates intensely with German secret services in the fight against international terrorism.


A similar argument was used to justify the approval of an arms deal involving the export of tanks to Qatar. Berlin granted Krauss-Maffei Wegmann permission in April to export 62 Leopard 2 tanks in addition to other military vehicles in a deal worth €1.89 billion. Rheinmetall is an important supplier in the deal, delivering the canons and weapons systems for the tanks in addition to machine guns, spare parts and munitions.


"Qatar is in many areas an important partner for Germany and the European Union in the region. In addition, it has legitimate security and defense interests," Berlin said in defending the deal. The justification would likely be similar for a deal with Qatar's neighbor, United Arab Emirates. According to the response to Keul's inquiry, the country received permission last year to purchase machine guns and other weaponry, including munitions, from German production.

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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
RQ-11B Raven small Unmanned Aircraft System photo US Army

RQ-11B Raven small Unmanned Aircraft System photo US Army

26 Apr 2013 By Arie Egozi – FG


Tel Aviv - The Indian air force will evaluate several micro unmanned air systems in early May, with sources suggesting that 10 companies will demonstrate their products for the service.


Leading contenders for the requirement include AeroVironment, which is promoting a version of its Raven, plus the Aurora Integrated Systems Urban View, BlueBird Micro-B and Innocon Spider.


Sources expect a selection decision to be made during July 2013, with the Indian air force micro UAS requirement likely to cover the acquisition of 95 systems.

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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
‘Pakistan cruise missiles pose key challenge to India’

May 8, 2013 SOURCE: IANS


With Pakistan arming itself with nuclear capable cruise missiles with stealth capabilities, a new dimension has been added to India’s maritime security challenges, says leading Indian defence expert retired Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar.


“Taking a leaf from China, Pakistan seems to be investing in cruise missiles,” he said, referring to Pakistan’s indigenously developed cruise missile Babur, which can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads.


“This has lowered the index of stability in the region,” Bhaskar said at an Asia-Pacific security seminar on India’s Maritime Security Challenges at the East-West Centre Tuesday.


But in dealing with issues ranging from low intensity conflict and piracy to major-power strategic contests, India’s key challenges were resource constraints, ship building capabilities, maritime infrastructure and the changing geo-political environment, he said.


The rapidly changing strategic environment in South Asia and emergence of an “extended global common” posed another challenge, said Bhaskar, currently a distinguished fellow with the Society for Policy Studies and a visiting fellow at the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi.


Over the next decade, the US, China and India will form a critical strategic triangle and their individual relationships with the ASEAN, Iran and Pakistan will have significant regional and global implications, he said.


Given its distinctive geography and the recent shift of global maritime focus from the Atlantic-Pacific combine to the Indo-Pacific continuum, the importance of the Indian Ocean Region in India’s national security calculus has greatly increased in the post-Cold War/post 9-11 era, Bhaskar said.


Yet the Indian Navy mandated to address this wide spectrum security domain received about a sixth of an overall defence budget of less than $40 billion in fiscal 2012-13, he said.


He noted that within the Indian military matrix, the navy was referred to as the “Cinderella service”.


India’s ship building capabilities too were “not really flattering”, blighted as they were by time and cost overruns, Bhaskar said.


He listed the ability to build credibly fight capable ships as another key challenge.


The country’s maritime infrastructure too was “less than rudimentary”, he said. He added that that in terms of ports, India’s top port Mumbai was listed at the 30th spot in the world.


However, Bhaskar said there was a growing awareness at the national level that over the next two decades India’s future aspirations and anxieties will be increasingly shaped by its ability to address the challenges and opportunities of the maritime domain.

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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 11:20
X-51A WaveRider image Boeing

X-51A WaveRider image Boeing

07/05/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


Boeing's X-51A WaveRider entered the history books in May 2013 when it carried out the longest ever sustained hypersonic flight using scramjet power, hitting Mach 5.1 in the process.


It was launched from a USAF B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bomber, which had earlier taken off from Edwards Air Force Base. Positioned over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, the USAF B-52H let the X-51A WaveRider go at an altitude of 50,000 feet, at 1055hrs on 1 May 2013.


Following the X-51A WaveRider's release, the unmanned hypersonic test platform quickly reached Mach 4.8 thanks to its solid rocket booster. It then disposed of this booster and, drawing on its scramjet engine, powered on to Mach 5.1. Once all its fuel had been burnt away, the X-51A dived into the Pacific Ocean in a pre-planned manoeuvre.


Hypersonic X-51A Flight


According to Boeing officials, the hypersonic X-51A test flight saw all the development team's mission objectives accomplished.


This was the fourth such WaveRider trial sortie carried out for the USAF's Research Laboratory and one that surpassed the flight envelope created back in 2010. A previous August 2012 WaveRider test flight came to a very sudden end when the aircraft broke up mid-air, prior to falling into the Pacific Ocean.


The X-51A WaveRider programme is a joint venture between the USAF's Research Laboratory, DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.


Hypersonic WaveRider Test


"This demonstration of a practical hypersonic scramjet engine is a historic achievement that has been years in the making", Boeing Phantom Works' President Darryl Davis explained in a statement on the hypersonic WaveRider test. He added: "This test proves the technology has matured to the point that it opens the door to practical applications, such as advanced defence systems and more cost-effective access to space."


Such applications could see the WaveRider's technology adopted in future missile designs but, equally, it's been suggested that a similar creation could revolutionise commercial air travel, bringing London-New York flight times to below 60 minutes.

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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 11:20
Pentagon plans to cut civilian workforce

May 7, 2013 Spacewar.com (AFP)


Washington - The Pentagon plans to cut its vast civilian workforce by 5-6 percent over the next five years to match similar reductions in the number of US troops, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.


"These reductions are largely proportional to military end strength reductions that we proposed," Carter said at the National Press Club in Washington.


The US Army already is scaling back from about 565,000 troops to 490,000 troops by 2017, while the Marine Corps is due to drop to 182,000 from about 201,000 service members. Even with the cuts, the military will still be larger than it was before the attacks of September 11, 2001.


The Pentagon has about 780,000 civilian employees and has already frozen hiring additional workers.


Carter said reducing the number of civilian workers will be achieved partly by closing some US bases, a plan that is expected to meet strong resistance in Congress.


The Pentagon's proposed budget sets aside $2.4 billion to cover the up-front costs associated with closing bases, Carter said.


But in the long-term, base closures "have consistently generated significant savings," with the previous rounds saving $12 billion annually, he said.


The Pentagon is in a belt-tightening mode with automatic budget cuts enacted by Congress forcing the department to cut about $41 billion in spending this fiscal year.


Even if lawmakers manage to agree on a deal that would halt the automatic cuts, fiscal pressures are putting the military's budget under increasing scrutiny, and the Pentagon is anxious to find savings wherever it can.


Carter said the department needed to trim its gargantuan bureaucracy, what the Pentagon calls "the fourth estate."


"The fourth estate represents a fifth of the department's budget and it merits at least as much scrutiny as the military services budgets. There are real savings to be realized there," he said.


The savings would focus on the defense secretary's office, the military's joint staff offices, various defense agencies covering everything from logistics to missiles, as well as staffs for the top regional commanders.


The Pentagon's budget request for fiscal year 2014 came to $526.6 billion, not counting the cost of the war in Afghanistan. The current budget estimates the cost of the war at $87 billion.

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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 11:20
Le Pentagone prévoit «5 à 6%» de réduction pour ses effectifs civils

Le Pentagone compte actuellement 780 000 employés civils


07/05/2013 par Gaëtan Barralon – 45eNord.ca


Lors d’une déclaration devant le National Press Club à Washington, le secrétaire adjoint à la Défense Ashton Carter a annoncé, ce mardi, que le Pentagone envisageait de réduire ses effectifs civils de «5 à 6%» sur les cinq prochaines années. Une nouvelle étape dans l’amaigrissement progressif des forces américaines.


Face aux restrictions budgétaires qui lui sont imposées, le Pentagone tente de s’adapter pour mener à bien sa mission de sécuriser les intérêts nationaux sur son propre sol et dans le reste du monde. Ce mardi, le secrétaire adjoint à la Défense Ashton Carter a assuré que le ministère prévoyait de réduire ses effectifs civils, aujourd’hui à hauteur de 780 000 employés.


«Ces réductions sont pour l’essentiel proportionnelles à celles des effectifs militaires», a déclaré M. Carter. Ainsi, la composante active de l’US Army perdra près de 100 000 hommes pour passer à 490 000 unités d’ici 2017. Celle du corps des Marines passera, pour sa part, à 182 000 hommes.


«Nous ne méritons que l’argent dont nous avons besoin, pas ce à quoi nous étions habitués», a déclaré Ashton Carter lors de son intervention. Afin d’alléger ses effectifs civils, le Pentagone a prévu de fermer certaines bases militaires. Si le Congrès risque de s’opposer à une telle initiative, la Défense américaine a d’ores et déjà assuré que 2,4 milliards $ ont été provisionnés pour financer ces fermetures. «Mais sur le long-terme, les cinq cycles de fermeture déjà effectués par le passé ont toujours généré d’importantes économies», a ajouté M. Carter. Ce dernier a même estimé  une économie de 12 milliards $ chaque année.


Pour ce faire, le Pentagone veut également s’attaquer à la lourdeur de sa bureaucratie. Surnommée par Ashton Carter comme «le quatrième service», en plus de l’Army, la Navy et l’Air Force, elle constitue «un cinquième du budget du ministère». De quoi mériter «au moins autant d’attention que les budgets des autres services. Il y a de réelles économies à réaliser», a martelé Ashton Carter.


L’état-major interarmes, le bureau du secrétaire à la Défense ou encore les différentes agences relevant du ministère en matière de logistique, de recherche ou de missiles, seraient ainsi visés par ces réductions budgétaires.


Déjà affaibli par le gel automatique de 46 milliards $ suite au désaccord entre Républicains et Démocrates, le budget du Pentagone s’élèvera à 526,6 milliards $ pour l’année 2014. Sans compter la présence en Afghanistan, évaluée à 87 milliards lors du budget précédent.


Hagel assure que les États-Unis «géreront ces problèmes»


Le secrétaire américain à la Défense, Chuck Hagel, avait d’ores et déjà averti, en mars dernier, que le gel automatique pour la Défense, risquait d’empêcher les États-Unis de mener à bien ses missions militaires. «Nous gérerons ces problèmes. Il s’agit d’ajustements. Nous avons anticipé ce genre de réalités et nous ferons ce que nous devons faire pour préserver les capacités de nos forces», avait-t-il tempéré.


Dans son rapport annuel, publié le 31 janvier dernier, le secrétaire général de l’Organisation du traité de l’Atlantique Nord (OTAN), Anders Fogh Rasmussen, s’inquiétait, pour sa part, des diminutions budgétaires et des aménagements à venir dans les différentes armées nationales de l’Alliance atlantique. «Opérer des coupes disproportionnées dans les budgets de défense revient à affaiblir non seulement nos forces armées, mais aussi les industries qui les soutiennent et qui sont d’importants leviers pour l’innovation, l’emploi et l’exportation», écrivait-il alors.


En s’attaquant à ses effectifs civils, le Pentagone tente ainsi d’atténuer l’impact de coupes budgétaires sur son rayonnement international. S’ils restent la première puissance militaire mondiale, les États-Unis sont contraints, comme de nombreux autres pays, de s’adapter aux contraintes économiques actuelles.

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Photo Lockheed Martin

Photo Lockheed Martin

May 7, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


Bloomberg News has this report:


U.S. Navy leaders were warned last year that a $37 billion program to build Littoral Combat Ships can’t meet its promised mission because the vessels are too lightly manned and armed, according to a confidential report.


“This review highlights the gap between ship capabilities and the missions the Navy will need LCS to execute,” said the report prepared last year for the Navy by Rear Admiral Samuel Perez. “Failure to adequately address LCS requirements and capabilities will result in a large number of ships that are ill-suited to execute” regional commanders’ warfighting needs.


The 36-page report obtained by Bloomberg News is at odds with assurances from Navy leaders that their project is on course to deliver a small, speedy and adaptable ship intended to patrol waters close to shore.


Full article here



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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 07:35
INS Arihant nuke reactor to be activated in 2-3 weeks: DRDO

May 07, 2013 brahmand.com


NEW DELHI (PTI): Moving towards completing its nuclear triad, India will activate the atomic reactor on-board the indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant in the "next two to three weeks" paving way for its operational deployment by the Navy soon.


"The nuclear reactor on-board the INS Arihant would be made critical (activated) in next two to three weeks," DRDO chief V K Saraswat told PTI on Sunday.


Nuclear triad is the ability to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from land, air and sea.


He said after the nuclear reactor is activated, the agencies concerned can work towards readying the warship for operational deployments soon.


INS Arihant has been undergoing trials at Navy's key submarine base in Vishakhapatnam and would be launched for sea trials after the nuclear reactor goes critical.


The DRDO has also readied a medium-range nuclear missile BO-5 for being deployed on the Arihant and its last developmental trial was held on January 27 off the coast of Vishakhapatnam.


The nuclear submarine will help India achieve the capability of going into high seas without the need to surface the vessel for long durations.


Conventional diesel-electric submarines have to come up on surface at regular intervals for charging the cells of the vessel

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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 07:20
X-47B Completes Key Milestone As It Prepares for Carrier Tests At Sea

May 8th, 2013 By US Navy - defencetalk.com


The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever arrested landing here May 4, another key step to mature the system for its historic carrier-based tests later this month.


“Landing an unmanned aircraft on an aircraft carrier will be the greatest singular accomplishment for the UCAS demonstration and will serve as the culmination of over a decade of Navy unmanned carrier integration work”, said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Navy UCAS program manager. “Shore based arrested landing testing here at NAS Patuxent River is our final check that the X-47B can meet that objective.”


During Saturday’s test, the X-47B used a tailhook on the aircraft to catch a carrier representative cable, known as the MK-7 arresting gear, to quickly stop the aircraft. This is known as an arrested landing, the type of recovery required aboard aircraft carriers. The MK-7 arresting gear is an underground installation of actual carrier equipment that accommodates structural tests and aircraft/arresting gear compatibility studies with all models of U.S. Navy carrier aircraft.


“Shore-based testing allows our combined Navy/Northrop Grumman team to control test conditions before taking the aircraft to the ship,” said Matt Funk, Navy UCAS test team lead. “We are gradually building up to the maximum load conditions we expect to see during an arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier.”


This month the aircraft will undergo sea-based carrier testing, catapulting from the carrier deck and potentially completing landings aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).


“The entire system has performed very well across a large set of shore-based testing events including aircraft performance, flying qualities, navigation performance, catapult launches, and precision landings designed to stress system operation,” Engdahl said. “Our final carrier-landing software simulation shows excellent performance, flight test results are very good, and we are confident the X-47B will perform well on the ship.”


The X-47B is a tailless, autonomous aircraft designed with unique features for an unmanned aircraft, such as carrier suitable landing gear and structure. While the X-47B itself will not be used for operational use, the UCAS-D program is developing a concept of operations and demonstrating technologies for use in follow-on unmanned carrier based aircraft programs.


“This actual demonstration of the X-47B unmanned carrier operations is a first, essential step toward developing a carrier-based unmanned system for the U.S. Navy,” said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, who leads the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. “A carrier-based unmanned aircraft will increase carrier strike group relevance, provide opportunities for training and readiness cost avoidance and enable our future forward deployed carrier air wings to provide continuous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.”

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 16:50
HMS Montrose test fires Harpoon missile. Photo: courtesy of PO(AET) Danny Swain

HMS Montrose test fires Harpoon missile. Photo: courtesy of PO(AET) Danny Swain

8 May 2013 naval-technology.com


HMS Montrose (F236), the UK Royal Navy's Type 23 Duke-class frigate, has demonstrated its combat power by successfully test-firing the Boeing-built Harpoon anti-ship missile as part of a specialist training week off the coast of Scotland.


During the test, HMS Montrose launched the Harpoon missile at a speed of 800mph that hit a specially designed target barge located in the Scottish exercise areas within minutes, and validated its capability.


The firing is a part of Royal Navy's effort to put weapons through their paces to ensure their capabilities and test personnel on exercises and training series to enhance mission readiness.

"The intensity and stress of conducting complex warfare training increases tenfold when you know that there is almost a quarter of a tonne of warhead on the end of the live missile you are about to fire, but so is the satisfaction increased when you successfully achieve your goal."


Principal warfare officer lieutenant Ben Evans said: "The intensity and stress of conducting complex warfare training increases tenfold when you know that there is almost a quarter of a tonne of warhead on the end of the live missile you are about to fire, but so is the satisfaction increased when you successfully achieve your goal."


HMS Montrose participated in the Joint Warrior 2013 multinational exercise off the coast of Scotland.


Harpoon is a 15ft-long all-weather over-the-horizon missile system that features active radar guidance, warhead design, low-level cruise trajectory, and terminal mode sea-skim or pop-up manoeuvres for high survivability and effectiveness.


Capable of accommodating a crew of 185, the 133m-long Duke-class frigates have been designed to provide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capabilities.


In addition to vertical-launch Seawolf (GWS 26 Mod 1 VLS), the Duke-class frigates are armed with eight Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles in two four-cell launchers, as well as four 324mm torpedo tubes capable of carrying Stingray lightweight torpedoes.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 16:45
US Army seeking private contractors for African commando transportation

07 May 2013 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb


The United States Army's Transportation Command (US-TRANSCOM) is looking for private flight contractors to transport commandos from the Joint Special Taskforce Trans-Sahara as they conduct 'high risk activities' in 31 African countries.


The pre-solicitation notice, issued by the US-TRANSCOM on 1 April, says the contractor will need to conduct air drops, fly commandos in and out of hostile territory and carry out short notice medical evacuation between 12 August 2013 and 27 June 2017. A 10.5 month base period will start in August this year to be followed by three one-year option periods.


The acquisition is part of the command's Trans-Sahara Short Take-Off and Landing Airlift Support initiative which seeks to provide transport and other logistical support services to special forces carrying out risky missions under the auspices of the US military’s Africa Command, under which the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Trans Sahara (JSOTF-TF) falls.


TRANSCOM is looking for aircraft able to carry at least six passengers and 2 500 pounds of cargo. From the US intelligence hub located in a military airfield in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the contractors should also be able to conduct air drops of equipment bundles, provide 'static-line, personnel air drops' and clock up to 1 000 flight hours for a period of up to four years.


Once airborne, the flight contractors should be able to conduct operations from various “Forward Operating Locations”. Flight contractors should "be airborne with an hour of notification" and will fly US special forces missions in nearly all countries in East, West, Central and North Africa.


"Services shall be based at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with services provided to, but not limited to, the recognized political boundaries of Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Uganda, as dictated by operational requirements. It is anticipated the most likely additional locations for missions from the above list would be to: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tunisia," the Transcom work statement reads.


The expansion of US commando operations is focused on confronting the threat posed by Sahelian and sub-Saharan terror groups which include Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Ansar al Dine and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), which operate in nearly all north and north-west African countries. The operations are also aimed at confronting Al Qaeda inspired Nigerian Islamist militant groups Boko Haram and its more radical splinter movement Jamā atu Anṣāril Muslimīna fī Bilādis Sūdān (Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa), better known as Ansaru.


In East and Central Africa, the US special forces operations will target renegade rebel groups such as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader Joseph Kony, Al Shabaab in Somalia, Islamic militant sleeper cells in the coastal areas of Kenya and Tanzania and various regional rebel groups operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In yet another sign of intensifying US military and security interest in Africa, the US Defence Logistics Agency on April 12 issued a request for bids to provide the US Air Force with 547,500 gallons of No. 2 diesel fuel “for ongoing deliveries to Niamey Airport, Niger, (Africa)."


The fuel is intended for a fleet of unarmed US Predator drones which are presently flying intelligence and surveillance missions from a military airport in Niamey into Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Algeria and other suspected terrorist locations in the Sahel.


Since 2009, private flight contractors engaged by US special operations forces have been operating Pilatus PC-12s on intelligence gathering and image collection missions over Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Central Africa Republic and other Central African states from a small airport located near the Ugandan city of Entebbe. The intelligence operation is part of the US Army effort to help African armies drawn from Uganda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi in searching for fugitive LRA leader Joseph Kony who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 16:45
La section espagnole est véhiculée.

30 avril 2013 EUTM Mali


Arrivée, en provenance de Dakar, par train dans des Containers, les véhicules de la section de force protection espagnole ont été remis très rapidement en état de fonctionnement par une équipe venue spécialement d’Espagne.


Cette section est donc, depuis le milieu de la semaine dernière (mercredi 24 avril 2013), opérationnelle et participe pleinement aux activités de la compagnie de protection de Koulikoro.

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