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Edition 2015 des Journées européennes du Patrimoine : retrouvez l’ECPAD en plein cœur de Paris.

 

septembre 15, 2015 - ECPAD

 

Cette année, l’ECPAD participera aux journées du patrimoine aux côté du musée de l’Armée aux Invalides.

 

Tout le weekend, entre 10 et 18h, retrouvez en Salle Turenne (aile Orient – à droite dans le hall d’entrée du musée) les ateliers de restauration de films et de photographies de l’ECPAD.

 

Découvrez avec nos professionnels comment chaque jour, des images et des films du patrimoine Français sont sauvés de la dégradation grâce aux techniques de sauvegarde (plaques de verre et bobines en cours de dégradation).

 

Nous vous attendons nombreux !

 

Retrouvez le programme complet en cliquant ici

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Sigma 40 à gyrolaser. (Photo Sagem)

Sigma 40 à gyrolaser. (Photo Sagem)


 

Salon DSEI, Londres, 15 septembre 2015 - source Sagem / Safran

 

Sagem (Safran) vient de remporter une compétition auprès de la Marine royale norvégienne pour la modernisation du système de navigation de ses trois patrouilleurs océaniques de la classe Nordkapp. Unités armées de plus de 3 300 tonnes, ces bâtiments porte-hélicoptères seront équipés de systèmes de navigation à gyrolaser SIGMA 40. 

Développée et produite par Sagem, la centrale SIGMA 40 est un système inertiel à gyrolaser conçu pour garantir des mesures de navigation très précises dans les milieux les plus sévères. Opérant de manière entièrement autonome, SIGMA 40 contribue à l'efficacité des systèmes embarqués et au succès des missions les plus exigeantes des navires de combat. 

Le choix de la marine norvégienne pour la centrale SIGMA 40 de Sagem a été motivé par la très bonne tenue de performances obtenues dans les conditions de navigation spécifiques à la Norvège (fjords, météo, glace,…). La résistance de la SIGMA 40 à des chocs intenses sur une durée longue a été un élément déterminant dans le choix des opérationnels. SIGMA 40 est en effet l'une des rares centrales de navigation navale conformes aux spécifications de résistance aux chocs telles qu'énoncées dans la norme MIL-S 901 D.

Ce nouveau contrat vient conforter un partenariat de 20 ans avec la Marine royale norvégienne dans le domaine des systèmes de navigation, Sagem exerçant également une mission de conseil auprès de son client. La centrale SIGMA 40 XP de Sagem avait été sélectionnée par la marine norvégienne pour la modernisation à partir de 2008 des systèmes de navigation des six sous-marins ULA de la marine norvégienne. 

La centrale de navigation SIGMA 40 équipe à ce jour plus de 500  bâtiments de combat et 75 sous-marins, notamment les unités de premier rang les plus innovantes, telles que les frégates européennes FREMM et Horizon, les BPC Mistral et le porte-hélicoptère amphibie coréen LPX Dokdo. En version SIGMA 40XP, elle a été choisie pour les sous-marins classiques Scorpène de DCNS, pour la modernisation des systèmes de navigation des sous-marins nucléaires d'attaque de la classe Améthyste et pour l'équipement des futurs Barracuda. 

Sagem maîtrise l'ensemble des technologies inertielles (mécanique, laser, fibre optique, vibrant) et affiche plus de 60 ans de savoir-faire dans les systèmes de navigation civils et militaires, en France et à l'international.

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Sagem, société de haute technologie de Safran, est un leader mondial de solutions et de services en optronique, avionique, électronique et logiciels critiques, pour les marchés civils et de défense. N°1 européen et n°3 mondial des systèmes de navigation inertielle pour les applications aéronautiques, marines et terrestres, Sagem est également n°1 mondial des commandes de vol pour hélicoptères et n°1 européen des systèmes optroniques et des systèmes de drones tactiques. Présents sur tous les continents via le réseau international de Safran, Sagem et ses filiales emploient 7 600 personnes en Europe, en Asie Pacifique, en  Amérique du Nord et en Amérique du Sud. Sagem est le nom commercial de la société Sagem Défense Sécurité. Pour plus d'informations : www.sagem.com  

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FS PERLE ROUGE and FS JEAN DE VIENNE during Dynamic Manta exercise- 13 SEP 2015 - Photo by WO ARTIGUES (HQ MARCOM)

FS PERLE ROUGE and FS JEAN DE VIENNE during Dynamic Manta exercise- 13 SEP 2015 - Photo by WO ARTIGUES (HQ MARCOM)

 

15 septembre 2015 Portail des Sous-Marins 

 

L’OTAN a lancé le 11 septembre au large de la Sicile l’exercice Dynamic Manta 2015. Des sous-marins français, grecs, italiens, espagnols, turcs, britanniques et américains participent à cet exercice. L’exercice se déroule au centre de la Méditerranée jusqu’au 23 septembre.

 

Les frégates française Jean de Vienne, allemande Hamburg, italienne Grecale, américaine USS Porter et turque Yildrim, participeront à l’exercice.

 

Des hélicoptères HH-101A Caesar italiens, des avions de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2, CN235-100M turcs, CP140 Aurora canadiens et P-3C Orion américains représenteront le caractère multi-menace. Ils seront basés sur la base de Sigonella.

 

Note Portail des Sous-Marins : Sur sa page facebook, le NATO Maritime Command précise que le sous-marin Perle (équipage rouge) participe à cet exercice.

 

Référence : Info Defensa (Espagne)

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

15 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

The Royal Air Force’s transport fleet has reached a key milestone with the delivery of the latest Atlas aircraft to RAF Brize Norton.

 

The handover of the seventh A400M aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space means the £2.75 billion programme for 22 aircraft has achieved its In-Service Date (ISD), a declaration of the fleet’s capability to undertake extended world-wide tasks.

 

Four of the aircraft are now operating from Brize Norton while three others are being fitted with UK-specific systems required to operate in hostile environments, ahead of the next operational capability milestone which is due next year.

 

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

    This significant milestone marks an important achievement for all those who have been involved in the UK’s A400M Atlas programme, from the MOD and the RAF through to our industry partners.

    Those flying the aircraft are hugely impressed with its capability, and with a protected Defence budget and our investment of £160 billion in equipment, we look forward to growing the UK A400M Force over the coming months.

 

Since taking delivery of its first A400M Atlas in November, named ‘City of Bristol’, the aircraft has undertaken a range of training and operational sorties around the world to test its capability and to build up the first cadre of A400M aircrew.

 

RAF transport aircraft ready for worldwide operations

The aircraft, which will gradually replace the C130 Hercules, is capable of operating either at low or high-level altitudes and to deploy troops and/or equipment between and within theatres of operation, either by parachute or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.

 

The MOD’s Chief of Materiel (Air), Air Marshal Simon Bollom said:

    The achievement of the A400M In Service Date is a key milestone for the Royal Air Force and is testament to the outstanding work of the DE&S Project Team working closely with the RAF and industry. The fleet now has the core capabilities required to train the instructors and crews, and to undertake logistics missions.

    As the fleet continues to build, more advanced military capabilities will be introduced as planned over the coming months including aerial delivery of stores, parachuting and advanced self-protection capabilities.

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photo Syrian Arab News Agency

photo Syrian Arab News Agency

 

15 septembre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Douchanbe (Tadjikistan) - Vladimir Poutine a défendu mardi sa stratégie de soutien au régime du président syrien Bachar al-Assad en réponse aux accusations de Washington concernant un déploiement récent de matériel militaire et de soldats russes dans le nord de la Syrie.

 

Dans le même temps, le chef de l'Etat russe a estimé que la plupart des migrants syriens cherchant à se rendre en Europe fuyait les groupes radicaux, notamment le groupe Etat islamique, et non les bombardements de l'armée syrienne régulière. Et si la Russie cessait son soutien à Bachar al-Assad, le flot de réfugiés serait encore plus important, a défendu Vladimir Poutine.

 

Nous soutenons le gouvernement syrien dans sa lutte contre l'agression terroriste, nous lui avons proposé et nous continuerons de lui offrir une aide militaire technique, a déclaré M. Poutine à Douchanbe, faisant référence aux contrats de livraison d'armements signés avec Damas, dont la Russie est un des principaux alliés.

 

Depuis plusieurs jours, Washington accuse la Russie de renforcer sa présence militaire en Syrie, notamment à Lattaquié, un des fiefs alaouites du régime.

 

Des responsables américains ont ainsi estimé que la Russie construisait une base aérienne avancée à Lattaquié et évoqué la construction de préfabriqués, d'une tour de contrôle aérien mobile, l'arrivée de dizaines de soldats, d'artillerie et de chars.

 

Une source anonyme au sein du ministère russe de la Défense citée mardi par le quotidien Vedomosti a affirmé que Moscou reconstruisait l'aéroport parce qu'il est en mauvais état.

 

Officiellement, la Russie n'est présente militairement en Syrie que via ses installations logistiques dans le port de Tartous, un autre fief de Bachar al-Assad.

 

Vladimir Poutine, qui s'exprimait dans le cadre du sommet à Douchanbé de l'Organisation du traité de sécurité collective (OTSC) regroupant plusieurs ex-républiques soviétiques, a de nouveau appelé à une coalition contre l'EI, qui inclurait la Syrie et l'Irak.

 

La priorité aujourd'hui est la nécessaire union de nos forces contre le terrorisme. Sans cela, il est impossible de résoudre d'autres problèmes urgents, comme le problème des réfugiés, a-t-il déclaré.

 

Si la Russie ne soutenait pas la Syrie alors la situation dans ce pays serait encore pire qu'en Libye et le flot de réfugiés serait encore plus important, a affirmé M. Poutine.

 

Nous ne déstabilisons pas la situation (dans les pays d'où sont originaires les réfugiés). Ce n'est pas nous qui y détruisons et y avons détruit les instances gouvernementales du pouvoir, créé un vide autour du pouvoir qui a vite été occupé par les terroristes, a-t-il accusé.

 

En quatre ans, le conflit syrien a fait plus de 240.000 morts et provoqué la plus grave crise migratoire depuis la Seconde guerre mondiale. Des dizaines de milliers de Syriens, Libyens, Afghans, Somaliens et Érythréens sont arrivés ces dernières semaines en Europe.

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Le laboratoire de recherches nucléaires de Yongbyon - GeoEye Satellite Image

Le laboratoire de recherches nucléaires de Yongbyon - GeoEye Satellite Image

 

15.09.2015 Romandie.com (ats)

 

La Corée du Nord a annoncé mardi le redémarrage d'un réacteur considéré comme sa principale source de plutonium de qualité militaire. Elle a ainsi déclenché le deuxième signal d'alarme en 24 heures sur ses intentions en matière d'arme nucléaire et balistique.

Cette annonce du directeur de l'Institut de l'énergie atomique (IEA) de Corée du Nord est survenue juste après l'évocation par Pyongyang de la possible mise sur orbite le mois prochain de satellites au moyen de fusées, une éventualité qui constituerait selon Séoul "un acte grave de provocation".

Pour les spécialistes de la péninsule coréenne divisée, le moment choisi pour ces deux annonces est étroitement calculé par le Nord afin de s'imposer à l'ordre du jour d'un prochain sommet sino-américain.

Dans une interview à l'agence officielle KCNA, le directeur de l'IEA a indiqué que toutes les installations du complexe nucléaire de Yongbyon avaient "repris des opérations normales". Figure en particulier parmi ces installations son réacteur de cinq mégawatts, qui est, selon des experts, capable de produire environ six kilogrammes de plutonium par an, soit une quantité suffisante pour une bombe nucléaire.

 

"Constantes améliorations"

Le réacteur de Yongbyon avait été fermé en 2007 dans le cadre d'un accord échangeant désarmement contre aide, mais la Corée du Nord a commencé des travaux de rénovation après son dernier essai nucléaire en 2013.

Le directeur de l'IEA, dont le nom n'a pas été précisé par KCNA, a indiqué que les scientifiques et techniciens nord-coréens avaient "constamment amélioré" la qualité et la quantité des installations nord-coréennes visant à la dissuasion nucléaire.

"Si les Etats-Unis et les autres forces hostiles continuent à mettre en oeuvre leur politique hostile irresponsable, (la Corée du Nord) se tient prête à riposter à n'importe quel moment avec l'arme nucléaire", a-t-il dit.

 

Satellites en vue

Cette mise en garde survient au moment où Pyongyang laisse entendre qu'il envisage de lancer par fusée des satellites, à l'occasion du 70e anniversaire de la création du parti unique au pouvoir, le Parti des travailleurs de Corée, le 10 octobre.

"Le monde verra très clairement une série de satellites (...) s'envoler dans le ciel à des dates et dans des lieux déterminés par le comité central" du Parti des travailleurs, a dit lundi soir le directeur de l'agence spatiale nord-coréenne, dont le nom n'a pas été précisé par KCNA.

Le Nord assure que ses tirs de fusées visent à mettre sur orbite des satellites à usage non militaire, tandis que les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés les voient comme des tests de missiles balistiques déguisés.

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B-2 Spirit of Ohio lifts off from U.S. Air Force Plant 42 for one of its final pre-delivery flight tests.- photo LM

B-2 Spirit of Ohio lifts off from U.S. Air Force Plant 42 for one of its final pre-delivery flight tests.- photo LM

 

PALMDALE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

 

The U.S. Air Force expects to increase the number of B-2 stealth bombers available for combat by one full jet and reduce fleet sustainment costs significantly under a new maintenance agreement worked out with B-2 prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).

 

Under the contract modification signed in April, Northrop Grumman will give each B-2 a major, end-to-end overhaul – a process called programmed depot maintenance (PDM) – once every nine years. Each jet currently undergoes PDM once every seven years. The PDM process, which includes a complete restoration of the jet's exterior surfaces, is performed at the company's Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Palmdale.

 

"This new approach to B-2 maintenance is a win-win for the Air Force and the nation," said Brig. Gen Eric Fick, Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers within the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. "It will enhance the jet's readiness to conduct global security missions, and is expected to save taxpayers about $900 million in maintenance costs over the life of the fleet."

 

"The nine-year PDM cycle is part of an aggressive on-going effort by Northrop Grumman and the Air Force to increase bomber availability," said Pat McMahon, sector vice president and general manager for military aircraft systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Our experienced work force has critically reviewed every PDM material and process for potential improvements. As a result, we've been able to reduce the length of the PDM process, and increase the time between PDM periods."

 

Bolstered by the adoption of USAF best practices used by other Northrop Grumman programs, the new nine-year overhaul cycle will reduce the average length of B-2 PDM to 365 days, down from more than 400 days in previous years. Under the new rhythm, Northrop Grumman will induct a B-2 into PDM approximately once every six months.

 

"Our delivery of the B-2 Spirit of Ohio back to the Air Force in August marked the last time we expect to have more than two jets in PDM at any one time," said McMahon. "Fewer jets undergoing PDM in Palmdale will keep more B-2s ready to serve the nation's security needs."

 

The B-2 is the only long-range, large-payload U.S. military aircraft that can penetrate deeply into denied access enemy air space. It can fly 6,000 nautical miles unrefueled and more than 10,000 nautical miles with just one aerial refueling, giving it the ability to reach any point on the globe within hours and hold at risk an enemy's most heavily defended targets.

 

The latest B-2 product news and information from Northrop Grumman is available at http://www.northropgrumman.com/B-2.

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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photo USMC

photo USMC

 

September 14, 2015 by Mandy Smithberger & Dan Grazier - warisboring.com

 

Recent 'operational test' aboard USS 'Wasp' was no such thing

 

The Marine Corps triumphantly declared its variant of the F-35 combat ready in late July. In the public relations build-up, the recent demonstration of its performance on the USS Wasp was heralded as a rebuttal to the program’s critics.

But a complete copy of a recent memo from the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) — obtained by the Project On Government Oversight through the Freedom of Information Act — reveals that a number of maintenance and reliability problems “are likely to present significant near-term challenges for the Marine Corps.”

The Marine Corps named this demonstration “Operational Test One,” but it turns out it wasn’t actually an operational test, “in either a formal or an informal sense of the term.” To count as an operational test, conditions should closely match realistic combat conditions.

But DOT&E found the demonstration “did not — and could not — demonstrate that Block 2B F-35B is operationally effective or suitable for use in any type of limited combat operation, or that it was ready for real-world operational deployments, given the way the event was structured.”

 

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

15 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

The Royal Navy’s anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the Merlin Mk2, has achieved Full Operating Capability (FOC), on time and under budget.

 

The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy.

The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and have undergone improvements to their anti-submarine/surface warfare combat capabilities, including radar upgrade, as well as being fitted with advanced glass cockpits.

Each aircraft has improved aircrew consoles, touch-screen displays and are fitted with over 40km of new wiring. The new technology gives them the enhanced ability to detect and track targets, and to share data with other aircraft and ships while airborne.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne:

The considerable investment the UK Government has made in these next-generation Merlin helicopters will ensure that we continue to deliver a flexible capability that meets the needs of our Armed Forces.

This programme forms part of this Government’s commitment to invest £11 billion in our helicopter fleet over the next 10 years as part of our £160 billion Equipment Plan to provide our people with the very best equipment and support.

Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young, Director Helicopters at the MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organization, said:

The Merlin Mk2 is an exceptional aircraft providing a variety of specialist warfare and general roles, and this programme has been delivered on time and under budget making it a great procurement success.

It is an important part of our overall helicopter force, and has proved itself countless times fulfilling a number of tasks including counter-piracy measures and providing humanitarian relief.

 

Merlin MK2 Infographic - UK MoD

Merlin MK2 Infographic - UK MoD

The upgrade programme was carried out by Lockheed Martin, based in Havant and AgustaWestland in Yeovil, and supported around 1,000 jobs.

The helicopters roles include carrying out counter-piracy and casualty evacuation duties. They have delivered vital support to the UK effort in Sierra Leone to tackle the spread of Ebola and supported the rescuing of migrants in the Mediterranean.

The Merlin Mk2 helicopters are expected to be deployed on the Royal Navy’s next generation Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, as well as frigates, destroyers and support ships world-wide to help keep Britain safe.

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The JASSM missile on display at an airshow in Australia.  photo Lockheed Martin

The JASSM missile on display at an airshow in Australia. photo Lockheed Martin

 

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Lockheed Martin is to supply air-launched cruise missiles for the Polish Air Force.

 

The Polish Air Force is receiving Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles from Lockheed Martin for its fleet of F-16 fighters.

 

The contract for the air-to-ground cruise missiles comes as a result of a U.S. Foreign Military Sales deal for Poland announced last year.

 

That package, worth about $500 million, was for 40 AGM-158 JASSM missiles and upgrades to the aircraft.

 

"JASSM provides Poland with operational flexibility, reliability and mission effectiveness to meet their national defense requirements," said Joe Garland, vice president of business development at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "JASSM gives our allies a powerful, vital and affordable cruise missile capability."

 

JASSM is a stealthy, precision-guided cruise missile that employes an infrared seeker and an enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System. It is integrated on the U.S. Air Force's B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E. Internationally, it can also be used by F/A-18A/B and the F-18C/D aircraft.

 

Poland, with the order, will be only the third U.S. ally with the JASSM in their military inventory. The other two countries are Australia and Finland.

 

Lockheed Martin gave no information as to a delivery schedule for the missiles.

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J-20 J-31 F-22 F-35.jpg

J-20 J-31 F-22 F-35.jpg

 

14.09.2015 sputniknews.com

 

L'équipement électronique du chasseur fonctionne aussi bien que celui du F-35 américain, indique Defense World.

 

La Chine a entamé les exercices du septième et dernier prototype du chasseur Chengdu J-20, rapporte Defense World, se référant à l'édition chinoise Duowei News. "Si les exercices se déroulent avec succès, la production d'un petit nombre de J-20 pour la Force aérienne chinoise pourra commencer", indique l'édition. D'après la source, l'équipement électronique de ce chasseur fonctionne aussi bien que celui du F-35 américain. Le Chengdu J-20, souvent nommé Black Eagle ("l'aigle noir", ndlr), est un avion de chasse furtif de 5ème génération. Des experts militaires remarquent de forte ressemblances avec le prototype de chasseur russe Mikoyan Project 1.44/1.42 et les chasseurs américains de 5ème génération F-22 et F-35. Quant aux désavantages, les experts notent le manque de puissance de son système propulsif pour effectuer des vols à vitesse supersonique, l’imperfection de son radar ainsi que de la technologie "Stealth", permettant de réduire sa signature radar. En outre, la Chine a l'intention d'élaborer un nouveau chasseur de 5ème génération, le J-31.

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MOOC Compréhension de l'arme aérienne

 

15.09.2015 source Ecole de l'Air

 

Le MOOC compréhension de l'arme aérienne de l'École de l'Air est lancé !

Tenez-vous prêt, et retrouvez nous sur la plateforme de France Université Numérique dès maintenant.

Nous sommes ravis et impatients de vous accueillir pour ces 6 semaines de formation en ligne.

 

Voir le cours

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photo Armée de Terre

photo Armée de Terre

 

09/09/2015 armée de Terre

 

Depuis cet été, l’état-major de force n°3 (EMF 3) est dirigé par un nouveau commandant, le général de division Thierry Corbet.

 

Dans ce cadre, une cérémonie s’est tenue le 4 septembre au Quartier Rendu à Marseille. Après la traditionnelle revue des troupes, le général s’est adressé au personnel de l’état-major afin de lui livrer ses premières lignes directrices et lui témoigner sa fierté et son plaisir d’être son nouveau chef.

 

Le général Corbet a pris officiellement le commandement de l’EMF 3 le 1er août 2015, succédant au général Philippe Pontiès,  promu général de corps d’armée et inspecteur de l’armée de Terre à Paris.

 

Avant de rejoindre la garnison de Marseille, le général Corbet occupait les fonctions de chef d’état-major du corps européen de Strasbourg. Après des études au lycée militaire d’Aix-en-Provence et à l’Ecole spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr, il a successivement servi au sein des régiments d’infanterie de montagne et dans différents états-majors. Il a également été déployé à plusieurs reprises en opération extérieure au Liban, au Kosovo et en Afghanistan.

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RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

 

14 September, 2015 BY: Craig Hoyle - FG

 

London - Royal Air Force A400Ms will be equipped with an important security system from Airbus Defence & Space, under a new contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.

 

Worth £3.3 million ($5 million) for an initial 15-month activity spanning development to delivery, the deal will lead to the provision of a local crypto key management system. This technology “eliminates the need for crypto equipment aboard an airborne platform to be individually re-keyed before every mission,” says Airbus, which adds that the enhancement will “prevent data compromise that could threaten the safety and security of an aircraft’s mission.”

 

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Captor-E radar for Eurofighter credits Selex ES

Captor-E radar for Eurofighter credits Selex ES

 

14 September, 2015 BY: Dominic Perry – FG

 

London  - The Euroradar consortium is closing in on the flight-test phase for its Captor E-Scan active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

 

A pair of instrumented production aircraft (IPA) will be used for the test effort – IPA5 from the UK and IPA8 from Germany – and are nearly ready for radar installation, says consortium chairman Andrew Cowdery. “Both aircraft are nearing completion in terms of accepting the radar,” he says. The €1 billion ($1.1 billion) programme – which is part of a broader capability enhancement for the Typhoon – is "on track" to launch the next phase, which will require a "significant amount" of flight testing to complete the calibration and integration of the new radar.

 

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photo US Navy

photo US Navy

 

09 September, 2015 BY: James Drew - FG

 

Washington DC  - The long-running debate over the mission of the US Navy's carrier-launched unmanned surveillance and strike aircraft might have set the "UCLASS" competition back few years, but the maritime force's acquisition chief says getting the requirements right from the beginning is vital.

 

“This programme is in acquisition hell right now. It’s been inside the building for three years, just trying to get out and see the light of day,” Navy assistant secretary Sean Stackley said at a Navy League forum in Washington 9 September. “We’ll debate on it some more this fall (September to November) with OSD to determine whether or not we have the right programme, not just for the navy, but the nation.” With many conflicting views and opinions about the role of the aircraft, Stackley says once the requirements question is settled, the programme will have a much better chance of delivering the carrier-based UAV the navy needs to maintain its technological edge. “It will be five to 10 years before [UCLASS] is operational, and then it will be flying for another 20 to 25 years. We’ve got to get it right,” he says. “We’re all being patient. Industry is being patient. The navy views this as a critical programme and we’ve got to leverage what unmanned offers to our [carrier] air wing sooner rather than later.”

 

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Calendrier des Think Tanks à Bruxelles (màj 14 Sept.)- RPFranceUE

 

source rpfrance.eu
 

Le calendrier des think tanks, mis à jour chaque semaine, regroupe les conférences et rencontres organisées par les think tanks à Bruxelles.

 

Retrouvez le calendrier de la semaine du lundi 14 septembre 2015. (961ko)

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Raffarin : l'effort de la France pour sa défense "n'est pas suffisant"

Jean Pierre Raffarin est l'actuel président de la commission des Affaires étrangères, de la Défense et des Forces armées du Sénat.

 

14/09/2015 Le Point.fr  (AFP)

 

Pour l'ancien Premier ministre Les Républicains, "l'effort en équipements, en fonctionnement, en interne et en externe, devra être durablement poursuivi".

 

L'effort de la France en matière de défense « n'est pas suffisant par rapport aux menaces auxquelles nous sommes exposés », estime lundi l'ancien Premier ministre Jean-Pierre Raffarin (Les Républicains), dans un entretien au Figaro. « L'effort en équipements, en fonctionnement, en interne comme en externe, devra être durablement poursuivi », souligne le président de la commission des Affaires étrangères, de la Défense et des Forces armées du Sénat.

 

« Deux lignes de force s'imposeront à nous dans les années qui viennent », explique-t-il. « D'une part, l'insécurité sera croissante. Il ne faut pas croire que nous pouvons nous permettre de relâcher notre effort militaire. » D'autre part, « aujourd'hui, la défense est, sans doute, le secteur d'excellence de notre économie nationale ». « Quel que soit le prochain président de la République, celui-ci devra faire de la défense un pôle central de la politique de sécurité, mais aussi de la politique de développement du pays », affirme-t-il.

 

En ce qui concerne la Syrie, Jean-Pierre Raffarin juge qu'« intervenir au sol est à ce jour impossible » et qu'« il eût été dangereux de prendre cette décision ». Il estime aussi que la France « n'a pas aujourd'hui les moyens d'assumer un leadership au sol ». « Je mesure qu'une intervention au sol sera sans doute nécessaire, ce sera aux puissances de la région d'en assumer le leadership », déclare-t-il.

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Le Cyber-Cercle fait sa rentrée et relook son site web


14.09.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

 

Le Cyber-Cercle, dirigé par Bénédicte Pillet, vient de lancer son nouveau site web. Il est à consulter ici.

L'agenda des premiers petits déjeuners débats de la rentrée 2015 est prêt (lire ci-dessous) et il est possible, dès à présent, de s'inscrire à ces événements sur www.cybercercle.com . 

Sur ce site, on peut retrouver l’intégralité des publications et des événements (dont les matinales). Il offre également un agenda, une mise à jour de l'actualité, un espace dédié aux contributions d’experts, aux formations cyber, aux vidéos et aux comptes rendus, ainsi qu’un accès complet aux archives et aux ressources.

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UK MOD hackathon to mine the Deep Web

 

14 September 2015 Ministry of Defence and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

 

The Ministry of Defence (MOD), working with Dstl and KTN, is hosting a hackathon for an enhanced Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) capability

 

MODHack is a unique opportunity to collaborate with software developers, data scientists and innovators to develop ideas and solutions for mining of the deep web, using a range of open source tools and services and build something that has the potential to support the national security of the UK. MODHack will run from midday on Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September at Wallacespace, London and is being hosted by Dstl and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

MODHack forms one aspect of the wider Catalysing Defence Innovation through Science and Technology (CDIST) project, under which MOD is looking at new approaches for innovation, and mechanisms for engaging with non-traditional Defence suppliers.

There is a huge volume of non-classified and publically available information that could be exploited by the MOD in order to ensure the security of the UK. Today’s web searches use a centralised, one-size-fits-all approach that searches the Internet with the same set of tools for all queries. While that model has been wildly successful commercially, it does not work well for many government cases. The goal of the event will be to help invent better methods for interacting with and sharing information, so users can quickly and thoroughly organise and search subsets of information relevant to their individual interests. Creation of a new domain-specific indexing and search paradigm will provide mechanisms for improved content discovery, information extraction, information retrieval, user collaboration, and extension of current search capabilities to the deep web, and non-traditional (eg multimedia) content.

Dstl is collaborating with the United States Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Participants may want to consider building on the Open Source tools developed by DARPA under the Memex Programme. The list of Memex tools can be found here. Dstl experts will be on hand to assist with Memex and provide a Cloud development environment. All you need to do is bring your laptop and be up for it! Please note Dstl/MOD will not have a claim on any Intellectual Property you create. You build it, you keep it. Support will be given to the most promising proofs of concept to get a market ready minimum viable product (MVP).

The Proofs of Concept developed will be judged and there will be awards in various categories for coding and concept skills. An exclusive prize is up for grabs to the team that develops the overall winning project - a day out with the Royal Navy Underwater Escape Training Unit at Yeovilton including a dip in the Dunker, dinner in the Officers’ Mess, and a tour of the Fleet Air Arm museum.

To register your interest in attending MODHack, visit EventBrite. Come as a team - or join one on the day.

Please also note, by confirming your attendance at this event, you have agreed to the filming, video, photography and vox pops that will be taken throughout the weekend and the use of these images after the event. If you do not wish to be photographed/filmed please make us aware upon arrival at the event.

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Strong interest for MIDCAS results advancing European RPAS air traffic integration


Brussels - 11 September, 2015 European Defence Agency
 

The MIDCAS (Mid Air Collision Avoidance System) consortium together with the European Defence Agency (EDA) announced the final results of the MIDCAS project at the final stakeholder workshop in Brussels. Major milestones included flight tests with fully automatic avoidance manoeuvres of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). 

 

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) represent an important part of future aviation. RPAS operations are expected to benefit European citizens in the fields of security, disaster relief and many other activities. It is therefore important that RPAS can fly in non-segregated airspace together with today's manned aviation. MIDCAS as the European Detect and Avoid project is a cornerstone to prepare a safe integration of RPAS in non-segregated airspace. 

 

The sixth and final MIDCAS Workshop in Brussels 

Since 2010, five MIDCAS stakeholder workshops have been organised providing opportunity for valuable discussions and exchange of information with stakeholders about the project results and findings. The final workshop, which took place 8 and 9 September, provided a summary of the project, final results and conclusions regarding operational and technical recommendations. ”About a hundred committed and engaged stakeholders from around the world took part in the workshop. This manifests the will and necessity of working together to bring Detect and Avoid to a conclusion” says Johan Pellebergs, MIDCAS project leader. 

 

Flight tests and simulations

Flights with a demonstrator Detect & Avoid (D&A) system integrated in the Sky-Y RPAS test bed have been successful. Fully automatic coupled avoidance manoeuvres were performed by the RPAS based on combined cooperative and non-cooperative detection as well as non-cooperative detection only against manned aircraft on collision course. Flight tests have covered numerous scenarios and sensor combinations bringing RPAS traffic integration a significant step closer to reality. The Detect and Avoid system tested, performs collision avoidance and traffic avoidance using data fusion for various combinations of the included detection technologies. 

Several types of simulations including Monte Carlo simulations, real-time simulations and Air Traffic Control operational simulations have also been performed to validate the system and operational requirements successfully. 

 

MIDCAS is the European Detect & Avoid Project 

The MIDCAS project was launched in 2009 by five contributing Member States (France, Germany, Italy and Spain under the lead of Sweden) under the framework of the European Defence Agency, with a total budget of €50 million. “EDA together with its participating Member States are committed to the operation of RPAS in European airspace coordinated with all other military and civilian traffic. MIDCAS has taken a key step forward to prepare the next generation of high performance European RPAS”, Peter Round, EDA Capability, Armament & Technology Director, says. 

MIDCAS has been carried out by an industrial consortium composed of eleven partners: Saab (project leader) from Sweden, Sagem and Thales from France, Airbus D&S, Diehl BGT Defence, DLR and ESG from Germany, Alenia Aermacchi, Selex ES, CIRA from Italy and Indra from Spain. Throughout the project, external stakeholders such as EASA, EUROCONTROL, EUROCAE and JARUS, were involved in the process. 

 

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Thursday 10 September by EATC
 

The EATC celebrated its 5th anniversary with a multinational jump event on 9th September 2015.


On 9th September 2015 the EATC celebrated its 5th anniversary at Eindhoven Air Base. The program of the event included para jumps performed by representatives of EATC Participating Nations (PNs), as well as a Family Day bringing together the families of the EATC personnel.


A German CH-53 from helicopter squadron 64 (Hubschraubergeschwader 64) in Laupheim, Germany, came for the event with 16 professional paratroopers. This helicopter is able to carry 36 passengers or around 24 equipped paratroopers. EATC personnel together with 8 paratroopers performed tandem jumps. One of the tandems was executed with EATC Commander MG Christian Badia. Other paratroopers were carrying the EATC flag and the national flags. In total 40 jumps were executed from an altitude of 4.000 and 3.000 meters.


By developing interoperability – through also cross-paratrooping, cross-national training, aircraft cross-servicing and maintenance – between its PNs, the EATC has managed to increase the overall effectiveness and efficiency of Air Transport missions conducted under its operational control (OPCON). For example, an average of 90.000 paratroopers are dropped each year by assets under EATC OPCON. Moreover, over the last five years the EATC has transported nearly 1.5 million people and 108.000 tons of cargo. Today, more passengers and cargo are transported with less aircraft and fewer flying hours.

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Foundation stone of EATC new building

 

Friday 11 September - by EATC

 

Dutch Air Chief laid the foundation stone for the new EATC building on 10th September 2015.


On the occasion of its steering-board meeting on 10th September 2015, the EATC is also celebrating the construction of its future permanent building at Eindhoven Air Base.


Dutch Air Chief General Schnitger and Mr Job Dura, CEO of construction company Dura Vermeer, laid the foundation stone of the new EATC building. Expected to be ready for use by Summer 2016, this building will host the seven Participating Nations of the EATC, thus a total of over 220 personnel from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy and Spain.


With the construction of the new building NLD has fulfilled the Host Nation’s offer made in 2007 to accommodate the EATC in an infrastructure tailored to its needs. The success of the EATC will be reflected in this new building : it offers the space for the new Participating Nations, Spain and Italy, that joined EATC last year.  


Established in September 2010, the EATC is today at the finish of its 5th year and has successfully developed into the leading organization within Europe for military Air Transport, Air-to-Air Refuelling and Aeromedical Evacuation.


For an overview of the achievements but also the way ahead of the EATC, click on the here:

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Zaragoza - 09 September, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Seven aircraft from six countries (Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain) currently gather at Zaragoza Airbase in Spain for the fourth training event this year organised in the framework of the European Air Transport Fleet (EATF). From 6 to 18 September, participants of the European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course (EAATTC) will undergo a robust training in order to enhance interoperability between European air forces. A total of 130 flight hours and 63 sorties are planned.

 

The first week of the course will start with tactical awareness academics spread over four half-days and basic flying sorties. The complexity of the missions will increase over the course of the second week to involve low-level flying, cargo and personnel air drop, engine running operations, air-to-air (F18 and Eurofighters) and surface-to-air threats as well as maximum effort landings. At the end of the two weeks course, crews will receive a graduation certificate and patch.   

 

Host country: Spain 

The European Air Transport Command (EATC), EDA and Spain as host nation constitute the “Core Planning Team” of the flying event. Together with a team of international tactical instructors from seven different countries (Belgium, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, France and Germany), they will challenge the course participants. This is the fourth time that Spain is hosting an EATF event. Moreover Spain has been selected to host the permanent European Airlift Centre (ETAC) with its tactical arrangement currently under development. The Initial Operating Capability (IOC) of the centre is foreseen for September 2016.   

 

Improving interoperability 

Initiated by the European Defence Agency and run by the European Air Transport Command, the EAATTC series of courses aim to provide air transport crews with a robust airlift tactics training syllabus in order to enhance interoperability between European air forces. It takes crews into a theatre-deployment mindset, exposing them to airland and airdrop missions in a tactically-challenging environment. Emphasis is put on aircraft operations and on application of procedures in a changing environment. The EAATTC series of courses is one of the deliverables of the European Air Transport Fleet partnership, launched in 2011 by 20 participating nations under the framework of the European Defence Agency.  

 

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The EU role at the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

 

14-09-2015 - by SEDE

 

On 21 September the Subcommittee will exchange views on the EU role of the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference with Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, EEAS.

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