Overblog
Suivre ce blog Administration + Créer mon blog
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD


Mar 10, 2015  defense-aerospace.com
(Source: Daily Telegraph; published Mar 09, 2015)
 

British Army Could Be Cut to Just 50,000 Over Next Four Years, Report Warns

 

The British Army could be reduced to its smallest size in nearly 250 years, taking its overall troop level to just 50,000 soldiers, a former Government defence adviser has warned.

A report by the respected Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) suggests that defence budgets may be slashed by 10 per cent during the next parliament, shrinking personnel for the three Armed Forces by as many as 42,000.

Britain’s military appears once again in line for massive culls after the next general election because of the continuing austerity drive and a lack of commitment by any of the major parties to protect defence spending, RUSI said.

Downing Street has been forced to deny that David Cameron and George Osborne, the Chancellor, are at “loggerheads” over whether to maintain the NATO target of committing two per cent of the nation's finances to defence.

But ministers’ reluctance to commit to the target was made clear, as Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, refused seven times during a television interview to rule out further cuts.

Regular Army soldiers are already being reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 and a new defence review under the next government could see numbers cut again by around 40 per cent, RUSI warned. It would mean the smallest Army since the 1770s, when Britain lost the American colonies.

The report comes ahead a crucial debate in the House of Commons on Thursday when Tory MPs are expected to push for a vote to force the Prime Minister Cameron into a commitment on defence spending.

Tensions over the £36 billion defence budget are high at a time relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia are strained and the threat from ISIL in Iraq and Syria is growing. (end of excerpt)


Click here for the full story, on the Telegraph website.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
photo A Deluc  -Sirpa Marine

photo A Deluc -Sirpa Marine

 

March 9th, 2015  By - defencetalk.com

 

DCNS has been selected – as part of a multinational industrial team led by the US Company Leidos – to participate in the system engineering and the integration of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence.

DCNS will provide its leading-edge expertise as a naval systems prime contractor to contribute both to the definition and specification and to the integration and test of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence architectures. The single-award firm-fixed-price contract has a four-year base period of performance, two one-year options plus one eight-month option, and a total contract value of $77 million if all options are exercised.

NATO’s goal is to integrate existing and future national weapon systems, sensors, command and control systems with the NATO Battle Management Command Control Communications and Intelligence system to provide an active defence for the protection of the alliance territory and populations, as well as deployed military forces and critical assets, against a large spectrum of ballistic missiles threats.

The multinational team will assist in this effort by defining, specifying and testing and verifying the proposed NATO Ballistic Missile Defence architectures and requirements using an integration test bed that will be upgraded and operated under the contract.

 

“DCNS is the prime contractor for the FREMM Frigates – the most technologically advanced combat ships on the market – two of which will be dedicated to Air and Missile defence for the French Navy, and for the Horizon Frigates Combat Management System maintenance. These frigates are strong candidates to contribute to the future NATO BMD architectures.” said Pierre Legros, Senior Vice President, Programmes. “This success of DCNS clearly demonstrates the company’s continued commitment towards the most powerful technological solutions supporting the most advanced defence capabilities.”

 

Leidos Team is a multinational industrial consortium composed of Leidos (USA), a national security, health and engineering solutions company, prime contractor, Aselsan (Turkey), The Boeing Company (USA), DCNS (France), Parsons (USA), QinetiQ (United Kingdom), RIMPAC (Canada), Thales (Netherlands) and TMS (Germany).

 

DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The DCNS Group generates annual revenues of €3.1 billion and employs 13130 people (2014 data)

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
Britain Rejects EU Army Proposal

 

March 10, 2015 By Julian Hale – Defense News

 

BRUSSELS — The UK has strongly rejected any possibility of a European army being created following a proposal along those lines made by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

 

"Our position is crystal clear that defence is a national, not an EU, responsibility and that there is no prospect of that position changing and no prospect of a European army," said a UK government spokesperson.

 

However, in a recent press statement, the European Federalist Party (EFP) welcomed the proposal to create a European army to face the threat represented by an increasingly assertive Russia as well as other security threats.

 

"Of course any army must be under democratic oversight, which requires the European Union to make a step further in the process of European integration towards a federal Europe with a stronger role for the European Parliament," said Pietro De Matteis, the president of the European Federalist Party.

 

Daniel Keohane, research director at the European think tank FRIDE, said he does not see it as a feasible proposal.

 

"There's no point in talking about an army unless you're talking about a federal state," Keohane told Defense News. "You need to be clear who is the political authority controlling it and who pays for it."

 

Keohane argued that the idea of military integration across the EU is a good one as "we have a demilitarization problem in the EU and falling defense budgets.This is what pooling and sharing in the EU is all about. But the drivers behind that integration have to be the national governments and not the EU institutions. That's the difficulty with the proposal."

 

While he said he can see why a committed federalist like Juncker wants to put the idea on the table, it is not "politically or militarily very realistic," Keohane said.

 

"I don't think it'll have much impact on the nuts and bolts of the EU defense debate as the Commission only plays a small role in that," he said. "Defense policy is really an intergovernmental area. More important is what EU governments will discuss at their June summit, where they are expected to discuss defense policy, and if anything new comes out of that, especially in terms of pooling and sharing. Without EU countries pooling more money, it is difficult to see how capabilities can improve much."

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
Gunners fire Multi Launch Rocket System at Otterburn


11 mars 2015 British Army

 

Gunners from Army Reserve unit 101 (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery and 1 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (1 RHA) on exercise at the Otterburn Ranges in the north of England. The soldiers fired the Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS) to hone their skills and maintain combat effectiveness. Videographer Sgt Gary Kendall; Crown copyright.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
chef de bataillon Lý Văn Thắng, chef de la cellule de coopération de défense de l’ambassade US

chef de bataillon Lý Văn Thắng, chef de la cellule de coopération de défense de l’ambassade US


10.03.2015 par - vn-lrds

 

Lors d’une conférence de presse organisée le 06 mars 2015 à Hanoi, l’ambassade des Etats-Unis a dévoilé les grands axes de son partenariat avec l’armée vietnamienne pour 2015, année qui scellera les vingt ans du rétablissement des relations diplomatiques entre ennemis d’hier (12 juillet 1995).

Le chef de bataillon Lý Văn Thắng, chef de la cellule de coopération de défense de l’ambassade, a annoncé que l’aide américaine se focalisera sur la poursuite du renforcement de la coopération de défense et de sécurité dans cinq grands domaines : sécurité maritime, dialogue entre autorités de haut niveau, recherche et secours en mer ainsi que soutien humanitaire et assistance aux victimes de catastrophes naturelles, enfin soutien dans l’acquisition des compétences recherchées par l’armée vietnamienne pour participer aux opérations de maintien de la paix (OMP) des Nations unies.

 

Suite de l'article

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS

 

March 11, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Airbus Defence and Space; issued March 10, 2015)

 

Airbus Defence and Space has formally delivered the first of four Airbus A400M military transport ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force. The handover also marks the first delivery of an A400M to an export customer outside the original launch nations.

 

The aircraft was accepted at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain on 9 March by Chief of Malaysian Defence Force General Tan Sri Dr. Zulkifeli, witnessed by Datuk Nozirah, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Finance, and Dato Dr. Rothiah, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Defence, who signed the Transfer of Title on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Bin Saad, said: "The A400M will give the RMAF the most advanced heavy transport capability in the region and enable us to undertake an extraordinary range of military and humanitarian operations."

 

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: "We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer - Malaysia. These aircraft will transform Malaysia's air mobility force thanks to the A400M’s unique combination of strategic and tactical capabilities. Today sends a clear message that the A400M is not just a specialised aircraft designed and developed for Europe's air forces, but is truly the new reference in tactical and strategic transport market globally – fulfilling both roles in a single machine."

 

After arrival in Malaysia, the A400M will star in the LIMA airshow at Langkawi, 17-21 March.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
Shaheen III missile (Photo Rafay 15 Wikimedia Commons)

Shaheen III missile (Photo Rafay 15 Wikimedia Commons)

 

March 9, 2015 Defense News (AFP)

 

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Monday, the military said, less than a week after the first high-level talks with arch-rivals India for nearly a year.

 

The military said the Shaheen III surface-to-surface missile had a range of 2,750 kilometers (1,700 miles) and can carry nuclear and conventional warheads.

 

"The test launch, with its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system at maximum range," the military said in a statement.

 

India and Pakistan — which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 — have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.

 

Pakistan's most recent missile test came last month with the launch of a low-flying, terrain-hugging cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

 

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar visited Islamabad last week for talks with his Pakistani counterpart.

 

It was the first senior-level dialogue between the nuclear-armed rivals since their prime ministers met in New Delhi last May.

 

Relations between the two countries, always fraught, soured further last August amid a rise in clashes along their borders and a row over a Pakistani diplomat meeting Kashmiri separatists.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:30
F-4 Phantom II de la Force Aérienne Turque

F-4 Phantom II de la Force Aérienne Turque

 

11 Mars 2015 par Defens’Aero

 

La Force Aérienne et Spatiale Turque traverse actuellement une période difficile et douloureuse. En effet, après avoir perdu deux pilotes de chasse et deux officiers navigateurs système d'armes lors d'une collision entre deux F-4 Phantom II le 24 Février dernier, un troisième et tragique accident vient de se passer, encore avec un F-4 Phantom II.

 

Selon les médias locaux turcs, un F-4E Phantom II-2020 "Terminator" s'est écrasé Jeudi 05 Mars au cours d'un exercice de formation, conjointement organisé avec la Force Aérienne Azerbaïdjanaise.

 

Suite de l’article

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:30
Germany Floods Middle East with Weapons

 

March 10th, 2015 By German Radio - defencetalk.com

 

German Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel is facing an awkward trip. From Saturday, he will be on a four-day journey through Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – all countries where Germany has significant business interests. Representatives from 140 German companies will be accompanying him.

 

Less exhilarating, however, is the fact that each of these countries is guilty of significant human rights atrocities in the name of Islamic law – including beheadings and brutal corporal punishment.

 

The most notorious of these is Saudi Arabia, the first stop on Gabriel’s tour. Opposition parties have been making the usual appeals to Gabriel’s conscience in advance. Katrin Göring-Eckardt, parliamentary leader of the Green party, called on the vice chancellor to use his meetings to bring up the case of Raif Badawi, the DW prize-winning blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for allegedly “insulting Islam.” She also wants Badawi to be offered asylum in Germany. The socialist Left party MP Jan van Aken echoed the call and demanded that future weapons exports be made contingent on improvements in the human rights situation.

 

Two days before his journey, the pressure on Gabriel was cranked up further by the release of an answer to an official Bundestag question made by the Left party. In response to the question, Gabriel’s ministry was forced to reveal exactly how many weapons exports Germany had approved over the last 12 years, and to which German arms manufacturers.

 

Olaf Boehnke, German foreign policy analyst at the European Council of Foreign Relations, points out that the government justifies the sales in a number of ways beyond the economic. “The political argument is that Saudi Arabia is an important cooperation partner in a region marked by a lot of insecurity and defragmentation,” he told DW. “Our interest has to be to support those who support European interests in the fight against IS.”

 

More precise numbers

The answer to Left party’s question shows that, since 2002, Germany has approved an average of 14 weapons exports a year – Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s 2002 – 2005 tenure saw the approval of 68 exports, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2005 – 2009 tenure 48, and her second – up to 2013 – saw 52 approvals.

 

The figures also showed that Saudi Arabia has been one of Germany’s best weapons customers. In the period 2009 – 2013 alone, under Merkel’s coalition government with the Free Democrats, fully 43 of 52 approvals went to Saudi Arabia – including machine guns, ammunition, and parts for tanks and armored vehicles – all ideal equipment for suppressing internal dissent.

 

As well as the three countries on Gabriel’s tour, Germany’s other customers in the past 12 years have included Pakistan (fighter plane parts), Indonesia (tank parts), both pre- and post-revolutionary Egypt (ammunition manufacturing equipment), Turkey (assault rifles, ammunition), pre- and post-revolutionary Libya (radar systems), Algeria (parts for surveillance systems), Israel (ammunition, weapons parts), Oman (sniper rifles, machine guns), Lebanon (machine guns, handguns), Bhutan (machine guns, grenades), and Turkmenistan (patrol boats).

 

While a member of the opposition, Gabriel criticized Germany’s weapons exports, but in office, he has been confronted with grubby realities dealing with business interest groups, Now, he says that the country is still caught in old contracts that it can’t get out of. “But there are various interest camps in a permanent conflict here,” said Boehnke. “In a recent speech, Gabriel said he would much prefer to pass the decision-making to the foreign ministry, because it was much better equipped to judging the human rights situation – which I expect led to a lot of laughter in the foreign ministry, because, of course ,they don’t want to either.”

 

The government’s weapons exports decisions are made periodically by a secret “security council,” chaired by the chancellor and attended by key ministers, like Gabriel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

 

Flooding the Middle East with weapons

The new figures also show that fully one-third of the approved contracts went to the controversial gun-maker Heckler and Koch, named by anti-weapons campaigners as the “deadliest company in the world,” and currently under investigation by Stuttgart prosecutors for illegally exporting assault rifles to Mexico. Heckler and Koch’s machine guns are used by police forces and armies all over the world, as well as virtually every Islamist militia – from Hezbollah to “Islamic State.”

 

Despite this, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly been sold “manufacturing equipment” for Heckler and Koch guns over the past decade. “Whether it’s Schröder, Merkel, [former Foreign Minister Joschka] Fischer, or Steinmeier, they all personally decided to put the instruments of oppression into the hands of the unjust regime in Saudi Arabia,” van Aken told the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

 

Thanks to Germany, Saudi Arabia now has the capacity to make its own Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles – the state-of-the-art weapon used by the Bundeswehr and other NATO forces. Given that these guns can be functional for a period of 30 to 50 years, it seems likely they will be in circulation around the Middle East conflicts for decades to come, and that Western coalition soldiers will eventually be facing “terrorist” militias armed with German weaponry.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
AEWE Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment - photo US Army

AEWE Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment - photo US Army

 

 

Mar 9, 2015 ASDNews Source : Kelly Ann DeWitt, AMRDEC Public Affairs - US Army

 

Three Army technologies were in play at the recently conducted Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment, or AEWE, on Fort Benning, Georgia.

 

"AEWE is (Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC) live, prototype experimentation campaign," said Harry J. Lubin, chief of the experimentation branch, Maneuver Center of Excellence. This year, 66 industry and military technologies participated in AEWE.

 

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, also known as AMRDEC, technologies participating in spiral "J" included the TowerHawk weapons system, Containerized Weapons System, and the Maneuver Aviation Fires Integrated Application, also known as MAFIA.

 

TowerHawk is a transportable, modular remote weapon system. Soldiers can employ it as an integrated capability of the Combat Outpost's Force Protection network or as a stand-alone capability, said Stephen W. Stillwell, Jr. project engineer, Engagement and Effects Tech Area, Mission Systems Focus Area, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Aviation Development Directorate. In either configuration, TowerHawk provides surveillance, enhanced perimeter defense, and an extended range of precise lethal response.

 

TowerHawk combines a modular remote weapon system consisting of a highly accurate .338 Lapua Magnum semi-auto rifle equipped with a 10 or 35 round magazine, day and night optics, and a laser rangefinder/pointer, an electro-optical/infrared sensor ball.

 

The operator controls the system remotely using secure fiber optic communications between the weapon and the ground station enabling the system to engage man-sized targets at ranges more than 1,200 meters with a reduction in civilian casualties or collateral damage, Stillwell said.

 

The Containerized Weapons System, or CWS, was designed to provide enhanced lethality and bolster force protection. This "weapons system in a box" concept combines a rapidly deployable Container Express, also known as CONEX, with the Commonly Remotely Operated Weapons Station M153 system, with various levels of firepower ranging from .50 caliber to the Javelin.

 

CWS works to augment or replace existing guard towers, said John Dillon, a mechanical engineer with the Weapons Development Directive, Platform Integration group. CWS provides a scalable, standalone force protection or threat suppression asset. This technology has been completed and qualified through testing and demonstration and is deployed in numerous locations under the management of Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, Program Management-Close Combat Weapons Systems.

 

MAFIA is a collaborative software application that allows field artillery and infantry small unit leaders to create precise, category one coordinates for accurate, timely, and predictable fires support, said Michael V. Murray, government lead and training coordinator, Battlefield Operations Software Suite team, Software Engineering Directorate.

 

The application provides full motion video from various Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, also known as SUAS, directly to the squad level, and supports cursor on target commands. The application is fully government owned, and is hardware agnostic, allowing for future hardware migration.

 

Lubin said the AEWE used the technologies in three cases: a live-fire exercise and two force-on-force events with Soldiers and Marines integrating the participating technologies into each mission.

 

The Army Test and Evaluation Center will analyze the results of the experiments and publish a final report, followed by an "experiment to action plan" to help TRADOC discover and develop "technologies of merit," Lubin said. That plan enables TRADOC organizations and the Army's Science and Technology community to place evolving technologies into the hands of deploying Soldiers earlier and more often, he said.

 

The three technologies performed well, said Lubin, who was especially complimentary of MAFIA, in its third year of experimentation at AEWE.

 

"We have over the last few years established a really great working relationship with AMRDEC. They have been linked to everything we do," said Lubin, crediting the MAFIA team's constant contact with the Maneuver Center of Excellence. "That constant contact enables this integrated development over time. We see that partnership continuing to grow over time."

 

Initial feedback from the participants of AEWE was also positive on the CWS and TowerHawks systems, he said. Both provide the sought-after expeditionary aspect for further development. "With their expeditionary emphasis, we can certainly see some utility for both," Lubin said.

 

"This was a great opportunity to hear about strategic challenges facing the Army's continuing transition as an agile, networked, expeditionary fighting force," said AMRDEC Director James Lackey, who attended a visitor's day March 3. "The overall focus at AEWE on building a networked infrastructure was a key takeaway for me. This reinforces the importance of how all of our AMRDEC systems interface along networks. It's all about linking various levels of command and control to sensors and shooters and pushing warfighting control to the lowest practical unit."

 

"AMRDEC's products of MAFIA, Containerized Weapon System and TowerHawk demonstrate networked sensor to shooter warfghting value for the expeditionary fight," Lackey said. "In my talks with the Soldiers at AEWE, they provided overall complimentary opinions of these specific capabilities. Through forums like AEWE, AMRDEC retains a tuned ear to the valuable, operational voice of the user. Their inputs drive our overall purpose and direction."

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 11:50
photo Defensie.be

photo Defensie.be

 

10/03/15 Le Vif (Belga)

 

Les exigences précises auxquelles devront répondre les avions qui succéderont aux chasseurs-bombardiers F-16 seront déterminée dans le plan stratégique de la Défense, a indiqué mardi le ministre Steven Vandeput en commission de la Chambre. Ce plan est attendu pour l'été.

 

Parmi les critères auxquels devra satisfaire le nouveau chasseur pourrait figurer la capacité de transporter et de larguer des bombes nucléaires, comme peut le faire actuellement le F-16 avec les B-61 américaines supposées entreposées sur la base aérienne de Kleine-Brogel (Limbourg).

 

La Belgique a demandé à cinq agences étatiques de répondre à un questionnaire avant d'entamer des négociations pour acquérir un nouvel avion. L'exigence nucléaire pourrait s'avérer déterminante dans le choix belge, à croire le député Georges Dallemagne (cdH).

 

"Si les nouveaux avions devaient avoir les mêmes missions nucléaires qu'aujourd'hui, cet appel n'a aucun sens. Jamais, l'armée américaine ne partagera ses codes de mise à feu et de largage", a affirmé le député humaniste, qui a mis en garde le ministre contre un appel d'offres "pour la galerie".

 

Actuellement, cinq avions - dont deux américains - sont en lice, représentés par cinq agences: le Joint Program Office (JPO), qui pilote le programme de chasseur F-35 Lightning II du groupe Lockheed Martin, le US Navy PMA 265 pour le F/A-18E/F Super Hornet de Boeing, la Direction générale de l'Armement (DGA) du ministère français de la Défense pour le Rafale de l'avionneur Dassault, la Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) pour le JAS-39 Gripen de Saab et le UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) du ministère britannique de la Défense pour l'Eurofighter d'Airbus.

 

"Les spécifications techniques dépendront du 'level of engagement' (niveau d'engagement) et on en décidera dans le plan stratégique qui définira ce qu'on attend exactement d'un avion de chasse", a répondu M. Vandeput (N-VA), sans donner d'autre précision sur ce point.

 

La présence d'ogives nucléaires américaine en Belgique, supposée mais jamais confirmée officiellement, fait l'objet d'un débat politique récurrent et de nombreuses voix se sont déjà exprimées pour mettre en cause l'utilité d'un tel arsenal dans le pays depuis la fin de la guerre froide.

 

Selon M. Dallemagne, il est temps que le gouvernement se pose la question. "Si l'on veut avoir un appel d'offres ouvert aux pays européens, il est important de mener le débat", a-t-il dit. Autre élément invoqué mercredi: la surveillance conjointe de l'espace aérien du Benelux par les forces aériennes belge et néerlandaise, en principe à partir de la mi-2017.

 

Le PS et le cdH craignent que cette coopération renforcée, annoncée la semaine passée lors d'une réunion conjointe des gouvernements belge et néerlandais, soit aussi le prélude à l'acquisition du F-35, les Pays Bas ayant collaboré au programme qui a mené à sa conception.

 

Dans un entretien accordé au journal 'La Libre Belgique', le député Sebastian Pirlot (PS) a dit même redouter l'avènement d'une armée "des Plats pays" qui ferait la part belle à la Flandre. "La surveillance n'aura pas de conséquence sur les achats militaires", a indiqué le ministre. Selon lui, des "effets d'échelle" seront toutefois recherchés. Mais cela ne signifie pas que la Belgique fera le même choix que les Pays Bas, a-t-il assuré. Les effets d'échelle seront déterminés en fonction du choix de l'avion et pourraient donc être recherchés dans d'autres pays.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:55
photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

 

10/03/2015 Aspirant Julie Beck  - Armée de l'air

 

Jeudi 5 mars 2015, sur la base aérienne 701 de Salon-de-Provence, les élèves de la promotion « OSC 2015-02 » d’officiers sous contrat (OSC), du cours spécial de formation des officiers ont reçu leur poignard, symbole du commandement. Récit vécu de l’intérieur.

 

Salle des marbres, 18h30

Tenues impeccables, 33 élèves officiers attendent l’arrivée des autorités. C’est le calme absolu dans la salle des marbres, lieu prestigieux de l’École de l’air. La pression monte. La fierté est palpable sur les visages. Le général Francis Pollet, commandant les écoles d'officiers de l'armée de l'air et la base aérienne, prend place pour présider la cérémonie.

Devant l’œil attentif de l’ensemble de ses camarades, l’aspirant Caroline, major de promotion, sort des rangs pour se faire remettre son poignard des mains du général. Puis au rythme des coups de poignards sur le marbre, les élèves, d’une chorégraphie millimétrée, rejoignent leur parrain.

 

photo Armée de l'Airphoto Armée de l'Air
photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

Âgées de 23 à 30 ans, ces nouvelles recrues viennent tous d’horizons différents : communication, aérospatiale, mécanique, ressources humaines,… Autant de domaines d’emplois pour lesquels ils ont été recrutés. Parmi eux, des diplômés de master, de licence et d’écoles d’ingénieurs.

Ce moment solennel marque la réussite de la formation militaire générale de l’officier, ainsi que l’obtention de la certification de qualification des officiers. Cette remise du poignard est une étape fondatrice de leur carrière. Elle symbolise l’entrée dans le corps des officiers et l’aptitude à commander.

 

Huit semaines de formation

Pour les OSC, la formation se déroule sur une période de huit semaines. Les élèves ont ainsi pu s’aguerrir lors d’épreuves militaires et sportives. Envers et contre tout, les jeunes officiers ont su faire preuve d’humilité, de dépassement de soi et de cohésion. Au terme de cette aventure, ils ont appris sur eux-mêmes et sur les autres.

Dès aujourd’hui, ils ont tous intégré leur unité d’affectation pour une carrière qui s’annonce d’ores et déjà enrichissante.

photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:55
Nouvelle opération de sauvetage en Corse

 

10/03/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Mercredi 4 mars, le Super Puma de l’escadron d’hélicoptères (EH) 1/44 « Solenzara » a décollé de la base aérienne 126 de Ventiri-Solenzara pour porter secours à un équipage d’ULM en difficulté.

 

Dans l’après-midi, suite à un feu moteur, le pilote d’un ULM (ultra-léger motorisé), en transit maritime vers le continent, passe un message de détresse. Au large de Saint-Florent, il tente de rejoindre l’aéroport de Bastia mais disparaît des écrans radar et n’émet plus de message radio.

 

Après des heures de recherche infructueuses menées conjointement par la gendarmerie, l’armée de terre et le centre opérationnel départemental d’incendie et de secours (CODIS), la nuit commence à tomber. C’est alors que le Super Puma de l’EH « Solenzara », apte à remplir des missions de sauvetage maritime (SAMAR) de nuit, est sollicité. Finalement, l’hélicoptère est envoyé vers une plage que le pilote d’ULM naufragé a rejoint à la nage. Le rescapé est évacué par le Super Puma vers Saint-Florent afin d’être pris en charge par le SAMU.

 

Ce sauvetage réussi est un bel exemple de coordination interministérielle dans une opération de secours !

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Arrivée de blindés américains en Lettonie - photo US DoD

Arrivée de blindés américains en Lettonie - photo US DoD

 

10 mars, 2015 Pierre Brassart (FOB)

 

Après une trêve de plus de 20 ans, assiste-t-on à un renouveau de la Guerre froide ? Pendant près de 50 ans, entre la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et la chute de l’URSS, l’OTAN et l’URSS se sont fait face en Europe, l’arme au pied, tout en luttant directement l’un contre l’autre sur des champs de batailles éloignés et via des armées tierces. Ce fut le cas en Corée, au Viet Nam bien sûr, mais aussi en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, en Asie Centrale, etc…

 

Avec la chute du mur de Berlin ainsi que celle du communisme soviétique, on a pensé que la paix et la démocratie allait se répandre sur le monde. Erreur… Aujourd’hui, si l’URSS a cessé d’exister, la Russie est bel et bien sortie de sa torpeur et a repris sa place de grande nation. La guerre de Géorgie  en 2008 a été une première claque pour l’Europe et les USA.  La Russie ne compte pas laisser l’alliance atlantique s’étendre sans réagir.

 

En 2013, l’Ukraine s’enflamme. Poutine, fin stratège, sait qu’il ne peut intervenir ouvertement. C’est ainsi que l’on a vu des troupes en uniforme, sans signe distinctif, s’emparer des points clés en Crimée, région stratégique pour la Russie. Le fait que ces soldats étaient russes ne faisait aucun doute, mais cette ruse a permis à Poutine de rattacher la Crimée sans que, concrètement, personne n’intervienne. L’affaire aurait pu s’arrêter là, si les provinces orientales et russophones d’Ukraine ne s’étaient pas soulevé à leur tour, entrainant le pays dans une guerre civile longue et sanglante qui n’est pas prêt de s’arrêter. Mais la Russie ayant joué une fois la carte des « troupes inconnues », elle se doit de faire profil bas. C’est ainsi que les séparatistes ukrainiens recevront, comme par magie, suffisamment d’équipement que pour tenir en échec l’armée ukrainienne. Les pays occidentaux se sentiront également menacé par les vols de provocation menés par l’armée de l’air et par l’aéronavale russe. (Mais quand même pas au point de revoir à la hausse leur budget militaire, ou au moins, à la baisse les coupes qui frappe ces derniers dans toute l’Europe).

 

Mais l’OTAN ne compte pas laisser Poutine faire ce qu’il entend. Si la Russie s’est réveillé, l’OTAN, États-Unis en tête, compte bien lui montrer qu’il y a des limites à ne pas franchir.  L’Ukraine va devenir le nouveau champ de bataille des anciens adversaires russe et américain.

 

Lancée en 2014, l’opération Atlantic Resolve, menée par les États-Unis, a pour but de démontrer la résolution américaine à contribuer à la sécurité collective des membres de l’OTAN. Ainsi, depuis plusieurs mois, les Américains multiplient les exercices avec les membres orientaux de l’alliance (pays baltes, Pologne), et n’hésitent pas à fournir un soutien à l’Ukraine. D’autres pays de l’OTAN se joignent au mouvement. Le Royaume –Uni va fournir des conseillers à l’armée ukrainienne, la France parle de déployer des Leclerc et des VBCI en Pologne.

 

Si les pays européens sont encore un peu frileux à l’idée de déployer un grand nombre de troupes et de véhicules, les Américains n’ont pas peur d’envoyer des brigades entières en Europe de l’Est. Après le 2 Cavalry Regiment (monté sur blindés Stryker), c’est au tour de la 1ère brigade blindé de la 3ème division d’infanterie américaine à se déployer en Lettonie. 3000 hommes et plus de 750 véhicules (y compris des chars de combat Abrams et des véhicules de combat d’infanterie Bradley) viennent prendre leur tour de garde à quelques kilomètres de la frontière russe et permettre aux armées baltes de poursuivre leur entrainement.

 

Maintenant que la Guerre froide est relancée, quels seront les prochains pions que les protagonistes avanceront ?

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Saab Receives Order for Carl-Gustaf Components

 

Mar 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab have signed a contract on further deliveries of components for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system.

The order has a total value of SEK 127 million and comprises components for ammunition to the Carl-Gustaf system, a modern and effective ground support weapon system. The contract also includes an option for additional orders with a total value of SEK 60 million.

 

Read more

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Airbus DS Wins Bundeswehr Contract to Supply Intelligent Systems Ensuring Protection Against Roadside Bombs

 

Mar 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Airbus DS

 

Electronic Jamming System Deactivates Detonation Signals in Real Time

 

Airbus Defence and Space will equip vehicles of the German Armed Forces with an electronic system for the protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The German procurement authority BAAINBw has awarded the company a contract worth several million euros to supply 36 jammers of the type VPJ-R6 (VPJ = Vehicle Protection Jammer). The systems are intended to be integrated into protected vehicles of the German Armed Forces.

 

The Vehicle Protection Jammer uses the ultra-fast SMART Responsive Jamming Technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space to substantially enhance protection compared to conventional systems. It detects and identifies radio signals intended to detonate roadside bombs. After detection and classification, it transmits real-time jamming signals, which precisely match the hostile frequency band, thus interrupting the connection between assassin and bomb.

 

Thanks to new digital receiver and signal processing technologies, the system achieves reaction times of well below a millisecond. Up to 750.000 threat signals in all common frequency bands can be detected and jammed each second. The jamming power is focused on the detonation signal’s specific frequency instead of being distributed over the whole frequency range, as is the case in conventional systems. In this way less energy is required, while the jamming effect is increased at the same time. Moreover, this also reduces the impact on friendly forces’ radio communication, which means that reliable command and control can be ensured.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Norway's Cold Response 2014 exercise (Photo Norwegian Armed Forces)

Norway's Cold Response 2014 exercise (Photo Norwegian Armed Forces)

 

March 3, 2015 By Gerard O'Dwyer - Defense News

 

HELSINKI — As Russia strengthens its naval, air and ground forces in its northern territories, Norway has responded by scaling-up manpower, equipment and Arctic combat units as part of a broader reinforcement of its High North defenses.

 

Norway's program, part of the Norwegian Defense Forces' (NDF) Smart Defense strategy, comprises a strong Arctic-focused dimension in funding and resource allocation.

 

The Smart Defense approach to High North military reinforcement has, since 2010, placed higher priority on Arctic-class specialized equipment procurement coupled with more intensive training for High North-deployed units. The goal is to produce combat-ready modular units that can fight independently or alongside NATO forces.

 

The NDF's August 2009 decision to relocate the Army's headquarters functions to the Arctic town of Bodø — 1,700 kilometers north of Oslo — bolstered Norway's commitment to establishing an integrated High North defense system. That decision led to the establishment of the Joint Operational Command Headquarters (JOCH).

 

This new approach is centered around more compact units equipped with the best available Arctic fighting equipment and capable of delivering greater firepower.

 

The JOCH is overseeing the evolution of Norway's High North defenses into a centralized command and coordinated fighting structure that will be able to call upon an Air Force equipped with F-35s, forward Army battalions deploying CV90 tracked armored fighting vehicles and high mobility Archer artillery units, and a stronger Navy operating anti-aircraft and submarine-hunting Arctic-class Fridtjof Nansen frigates and Skjold corvettes.

 

The scaling-up of Norway's defense capabilities in the High North is happening while the military intelligence services are urging the government to adopt a more cautious posture toward Russia's increasing militarization in the region.

 

Although the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) believes Norway is under no "short- to medium-term threat" from Russia, its latest open threat evaluation assessment, FOKUS-2015, advocates vigilance.

 

"Threat is a combination of two factors; capacity and intention," NIS chief Lt. Gen. Kjell Grandhagen said. "Although capacity is increasing, it is difficult for the time being to see a rational reason for Russian military activity against Norway in a short- to medium-term perspective. But intentions can change over time, and it is therefore now increasingly important for Norway to follow Russia's long-term political, economic and military development."

 

The NIS' intel-gathering capacity will be enhanced once its new advanced signals intelligence ship, the Marjata 11, enters service in the High North and Barents Sea in 2016.

 

Under the Smart Defense program, Ørland, located on the mid-Norway coast, and Evenes, above Norway's Arctic Circle, will become the main operating bases for F-35 aircraft and, during more regular joint exercises, NATO aircraft and forces. Evenes also will house a Quick Reaction Alert squadron.

 

Ørland, Evenes and the NDF's core High North battalions will also be equipped with an updated Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile system, which is being deployed primarily to protect key military installations, warfare units and infrastructure against air-to-surface attacks.

 

The system uses active missiles and different types of sensors, boosting firepower for the NDF's Smart Defense and High North strengthening program.

 

Archer, the next-generation self-propelled artillery system developed as a joint project with Sweden, also increases firepower. Norway plans to deploy 24 Archer systems complete with fully automated 155 mm/L52 howitzer guns and M151 Protector remote-controlled weapon stations. These are mounted on modified Volvo A30 six-wheel-drive chassis all-terrain articulated haulers.

 

The Arctic-class Archer's operational strike-and-run capacity makes it ideal in the hilly and forested terrains of the High North. Moreover, Archer can fire Nexter Bonus and Raytheon/Bofors XM982 Excalibur guided rounds over respective distances of 34 kilometers and 60 kilometers.

 

The NDF also is establishing a specialized Arctic-trained "professional" rapid reaction force north (RRFN), set to become fully operational in 2017. The RRFN unit's core will comprise an existing armored battalion and a motorized infantry battalion equipped with CV90 infantry fighting vehicles and Leopard 2 tanks

 

Norway's ability to defend its High North territories also received a boost from the Defense Ministry's US $1.6 billion program to re-equip its core forward armored brigade units with CV90 tracked infantry fighting vehicles, part of the NDF's biggest fighting vehicle modernization project investment.

 

The vehicle fleet upgrade, with delivery scheduled from BAE Systems in 2015-17, will include 74 modernized and armor-strengthened infantry fighting vehicles, 21 reconnaissance, 16 multirole (mortar carrier or cargo), 15 command and control, 16 engineering, in addition to two driver training vehicle types.

 

The new and updated vehicles are expected to make the NDF's forward armored battalions in the High North more mobile with improved firepower. The infantry vehicles also will have better protection against armor-piercing weapons and rounds, including improvised explosive devices.

 

The infantry and reconnaissance vehicles will also be equipped with better sensor systems, surveillance and communication capabilities, and fitted with integrated technologies that will extend to dismounted infantry troops. Norwegian company Kongsberg's Protector remote weapon stations are to be fitted to all IFV variants.

 

The need to prioritize military readiness and defense capability in the High North helped drive Norway's decision to raise spending on defense above that of any of its Nordic neighbors, said defense analyst Thorvald Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian defense minister.

 

"Russia is rebuilding its naval and Air Force strength, as well as its Arctic fighting capability, in the High North," Stoltenberg said. "While this is understandable from a Russian perspective, its growing level of activity regionally is causing problems and concerns among all Nordic governments and militaries. This is unfortunate, as the emphasis should be on building more, not less, bilateral cooperation with Russia on defense and security in the Arctic."

 

Norway's defense budget will run to $8 billion in 2015.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
US Urges Europe To Send More Peacekeepers

 

March 10, 2015 Defense News (AFP)

 

BRUSSELS — Washington's UN envoy Samantha Power urged European countries on Monday to contribute more troops to UN peacekeeping missions, saying their experience in Afghanistan could prove crucial.

 

US President Barack Obama will bring world leaders together on the sidelines of the next UN Assembly General in New York in September to push them to take part in more peacekeeping missions, Power said in a speech in Brussels.

 

"European countries have drawn back from peacekeeping... It is essential each of us does our fair share," Power told the Friends of Europe think tank in Brussels.

 

"European governments must contribute their fair share of the military force (and) financial burden necessary to respond to today's crises."

 

The US ambassador to the United Nations said less than seven percent of UN "Blue Helmet" missions involved European troops, against 40 percent 20 years ago, even if Europe was contributing financially.

 

Poorer countries which have around 12 percent of the world's population make up around 43 percent of UN peacekeeping missions, she added.

 

A "seismic shift" caused by peacekeeping failures in Srebrenica during the war in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda in the 1990s was partly to blame for the European reluctance, she said.

 

But she urged Europe to contribute again, saying that with 35,000 European troops in Afghanistan four years ago, "UN peacekeeping would benefit exponentially" from that experience.

 

With US military personnel already involved in around 100 countries around the world, Power said the imbalance was dangerous given the "range and severity" of crises including the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:45
photo BHO Beautemps Beaupré - Marine Nationale

photo BHO Beautemps Beaupré - Marine Nationale

 

10 Mars 2015 Sources : Marine nationale

 

Depuis le 8 février et jusqu’au 29 mars, le bâtiment hydrographique et océanographique (BHO) Beautemps Beaupré conduit un déploiement dans la zone de protection renforcée temporaire de Mauritanie (ZPRT). Ayant pour mission la mise à jour des cartes et des informations nautiques des approches et des ports de Nouakchott et Nouadhibou, leBeautemps Beaupré opère dans les eaux mauritaniennes.

 

Ces ports constituent les poumons économiques et stratégiques de la Mauritanie mais également l’accès à la mer de nombreux pays du Sahel. L’essentiel des exportations de minerais de la région passe par le cap Blanc et Nouadhibou alors que la plus grande partie des marchandises débarquées à Nouakchott partent pour le Mali. Cette mission entre dans le cadre des missions d’hydrographie nationale du SHOM à travers les engagements internationaux de la France. Les travaux qui seront réalisés par le Beautemps Beaupré et le service hydrographique de la marine faciliteront les accès aux principaux ports participant ainsi au développement économique de la région et donc à sa stabilité politique.

 

Par ailleurs, ces deux ports constituent des points d’appui logistiques potentiels pour les opérations militaires dans la région du Sahel.

 

Chaque jour, l’activité du bâtiment et de son équipage obéit à un tempo bien rôdé :

 

7h, les travaux commencent au lever du jour par la mise à l’eau des 2 vedettes hydrographiques. Le personnel débarqué pour les travaux à terre est sous la protection des fusiliers mauritaniens.

 

La journée se poursuit par différentes opérations telles que la mise à l’eau d’appareils de mesures soit directement soit par les plongeurs, le ravitaillement et les réparations en liaison avec la terre et la marine mauritanienne ou encore le soutien médical au profit d’expatriés français.

 

photo BHO Beautemps Beaupré - Marine Nationalephoto BHO Beautemps Beaupré - Marine Nationale
photo BHO Beautemps Beaupré - Marine Nationalephoto BHO Beautemps Beaupré - Marine Nationale

photo BHO Beautemps Beaupré - Marine Nationale

Au coucher du soleil, les vedettes sont embarquées et le Beautemps Beaupré fait route vers le large.

 

La nuit est parfois l’occasion d’une rencontre avec un autre bâtiment français. Bien souvent, ce créneau permet au bâtiment de mettre à l’eau d’autres appareils de mesures capables de réaliser des prélèvements nécessaires à la poursuite des levés de fonds des chenaux d’approche portuaire.

 

Les cartes de la région du banc d’Arguin, lieu du drame de la Méduse il y aura 200 ans en 2016, n’ont pas été mises à jour depuis 1964 alors que le port de Nouadhibou et son activité commerciale se sont profondément développés.

 

Moyen efficace et singulier agissant pour l’anticipation et la connaissance, le Beautemps-Beaupré allie prises de données à caractère scientifique pour la Défense et recueil de renseignements d’ambiance à vocation militaire. Il est présent à la fois dans des zones peu fréquentées par les bâtiments de la flotte mais également au cœur de zones sensibles où il reste en mesure d’accomplir toutes les missions qui pourraient entrer dans les capacités d’un bâtiment de la Marine nationale.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Table ronde IRSEM du 23 mars 2015 "Vietnam's security challenges in 2015"

 

10/03/2015 IRSEM - Economie et technologie

 

Table ronde organisée par l'IRSEM, le 23 mars 2015 "Vietnam's security challenges in 2015" à l'école militaire de 14h15 à 16h00, amphithéâtre Lacoste

 

Intervenant principal : Dr. HOANG ANH TUAN
Directeur général de l'Institut de politique étrangère et des études stratégiques de l'Académie diplomatique du Vietnam

 

Avec la participation de :

- Ambassadeur Christian LECHERVY
Représentant permanent de la France auprès de la communauté du Pacifique ; ancien conseiller pour les affaires stratégiques et l'Asie à la présidence de la République (2012-2014)

- Professeur Marie-Sybille de VIENNE
Vice-présidente de l’INALCO, en charge des relations internationales

Modérateur :
Pierre JOURNOUD
Responsable du programme Asie du Sud-Est à l'IRSEM

 

Inscription obligatoire:
Inscription.irsem@defense.gouv.fr

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
MRAP HIGUARD - Renault Trucks Defense

MRAP HIGUARD - Renault Trucks Defense

Le MRAP HIGUARD de Renault Trucks Defense pourrait-il être vendu à Singapour?

 

10 mars, 2015 Pierre Brassart (FOB)

 

La France est, depuis plus de vingt ans, un important fournisseur d’armes pour la république de Singapour. Que ce soit pour les hélicoptères (Cougar, Fennec,…), les blindés (AMX-10P), les missiles (Milan, Mistral, Aster), les frégates (classe Formidable, dérivée des La Fayette), la France est toujours présente. Et, qui sait, peut-être qu’une nouvelle vente se profile à l’horizon…

 

Le ministère de la défense singapourien a publié début mars un document concernant le futur de son armée, tant en ce qui concerne la marine que l’aviation ou l’armée de terre.  On y parle notamment, pour le volet terrestre, du remplacement de véhicules blindés V200 dans le cadre du programme PRV (Protected Response Vehicle). Or, sur plusieurs sites internet spécialisés, ainsi que sur le site du journal singapourien Today, une photo montrant un véhicule de Renault Trucks Defense, le MRAP Higuard, est apparue.

 

La République de Singapour pourrait-elle être le deuxième client export pour le Higuard après le Qatar ?

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
DSAÉ : visite d’une délégation singapourienne à Villacoublay

 

10/03/2015 Armée de l'air

 

La direction de la sécurité aéronautique d’État (DSAÉ) a accueilli, lundi 2 mars 2015, sur la base aérienne 107 Villacoublay, une délégation de la Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).

 

Cette visite était articulée autour du thème de la sécurité aérienne. Cette journée d’échanges a permis aux militaires français et singapouriens de procéder à une présentation croisée de leurs chaînes de sécurité aérienne respectives. De la navigabilité à l’ATM (Air Traffic Management), un vaste ensemble de problématiques a été évoqué.

 

Depuis de nombreuses années, l’armée de l’air et la RSAF entretiennent des relations nourries. La base aérienne 120 de Cazaux héberge depuis 1998 le 150 Squadron, unité chargée de la formation avancée des pilotes singapouriens. Par ailleurs, les deux pays doivent prochainement acquérir des A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport), évolution permettant d’envisager de nouvelles synergies.

 

La DSAÉ en bref

Organisme interarmées et interministériel créé en 2010, la DSAÉ est chargée de la navigabilité des 1600 aéronefs d’État, de la circulation aérienne, de la formation du personnel navigant, ainsi que de l’exploitation des aéronefs.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:30
US has 250 contractors in Iraq assisting with logistics, more may soon follow.(Photo US Air Force)

US has 250 contractors in Iraq assisting with logistics, more may soon follow.(Photo US Air Force)

 

March 9, 2015 By Paul McLeary – Defense News

 

Civilian advisers, contracted helicopters, on the Pentagon's shopping list to help in Iraq

 

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense only has about 250 civilian contractors in Iraq supporting the 2,700 US troops deployed there; but a handful of new solicitations and potential contracts may soon add to that number, according to items posted to a federal contracting Web site.

 

For the past two decades, the resource-heavy American way of war has dictated that where US troops go, civilian contractors follow. It's a way of doing business that has become ingrained in the Pentagon's culture as end strength has slowly been whittled away while global commitments show no sign of slackening.

 

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have doubled down on the practice, with the number of contractors more than doubling the number of uniformed personnel on the ground at various points over the past decade.

 

And it's a trend that continues in Afghanistan, where the 10,000 US troops there are dwarfed by the 39,600 contractors supporting their training and advising mission, 14,200 of which are American citizens.

 

In Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said in an email, DoD contractors are tightly focused in their activities, "primarily performing translator/interpreter, communications, logistics, and maintenance functions."

 

Overall, there are about 5,000 mainly State Department contractors in Iraq which represents a relatively modest footprint as compared to previous years, where there were over 160,000 during the height of the fighting. There are also 54,000 civilian contractors working across the Middle East for US Central Command.

 

But more could be on their way to Iraq.

 

On March 3, the US Army issued a solicitation for Security Assistance Mentors & Advisors to support the Iraqi Ministry of Defense "with designing, implementing, and sustaining systems that increase its institutional capabilities."

 

Asked about the document, the Pentagon's Mark Wright explained that while the contract does not specify any particular number of advisers, "it is not anticipated to be greater than a half dozen ministry advisors. These persons are not required to be armed and are not intended to directly support combat operations, but to provide administrative assistance."

 

And its not only civilian personnel that are being tapped to support the uniformed personnel in Iraq. On Feb. 27, the US Transportation Command issued a Request for Information looking for a contractor to provide eight "heavy Rotary Wing aircraft."

 

While not an official solicitation just yet, the US government said that it is looking to identify contractors who can provide birds that can each ferry a minimum of 12 passengers and move a load of at least 5,000 pounds. The aircraft and their civilian crews would be positioned at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, and "missions may involve destinations throughout Iraq" transporting troops, food and water, fuel, and ammunition.

 

The Diplomatic Support Center is a 350-acre facility run by the State Department next to the Baghdad International Airport, which is also thought to house the US Army Apache helicopters sent to Baghdad last year.

 

While their numbers are still relatively small in Iraq, the use of contractors in American military deployments in recent years has stirred plenty of controversy—particularly the use of security contractors. Critics have charged that the use of civilians to perform so many non-combat functions has served to downplay the true size of the American commitment.

 

There have also been plenty of issues revolving around poor contract oversight, human rights issues revolving around contractors from third-world countries, and plenty of waste, fraud, and abuse. In fact, the Commission on Wartime Contracting has reported that as much as $60 billion was lost to waste or fraud in Iraq, as contractors often subcontracted out to other contractors and the trail of money went wobbly.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:30
Jordan to Buy M31 Unitary GMLRS Rocket Pods

 

March 9th, 2015 By US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

 

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Jordan for M31 Unitary Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Rocket Pods and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $192 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 4, 2015.

 

The Government of Jordan has requested a possible sale of 72 M31 Unitary Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Rocket Pods (6 rockets per pod for a total of 432), support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, personnel training and equipment, systems integration support, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $192 million.

 

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the U.S. by helping to improve the security of a partner country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. It is vital to the U.S. national interest that Jordan develops and maintains a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with the U.S. regional objectives and will not impact the regional stability in the Middle East.

 

The proposed sale of GMLRS will improve Jordan’s capability to meet current and future threats on its borders and provide greater security for its economic infrastructure. The GMLRS will provide the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) a long-range precision artillery support capability that will significantly improve U.S.-JAF interoperability and provide for the defense of vital installations. Jordan will have no difficulty absorbing these additional systems into its armed forces.

 

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

 

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

 

Implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Jordan.

 

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

 

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Partager cet article

Repost0
11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:30
Margot Wallström Photo Kristian Pohl - Government Offices of Sweden

Margot Wallström Photo Kristian Pohl - Government Offices of Sweden

 

10.03.2015 Le Monde.fr (AFP)

 

La Suède a décidé de ne pas renouveler son accord de coopération militaire signé avec l'Arabie saoudite en 2005, a annoncé mardi 10 mars le premier ministre social-démocrate, Stefan Löfven. « Il sera rompu », a déclaré M. Löfven à la radio publique SR depuis Kiev, à propos de cet accord qui était controversé au sein de la majorité de gauche en raison de la question des droits de l'homme. Cette décision survient peu après que l'Arabie saoudite a empêché la ministre des affaires étrangères suédoise, Margot Wallström, de prononcer un discours prévu lors d'une réunion de la Ligue arabe au Caire.

 

Suite de l’article

Partager cet article

Repost0

Présentation

  • : RP Defense
  • : Web review defence industry - Revue du web industrie de défense - company information - news in France, Europe and elsewhere ...
  • Contact

Recherche

Articles Récents

Categories