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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 20:30
Official: US Shipping Arms To Iraqi Kurds

 

Aug. 11, 2014 – Defense News (AFP)

 

WASHINGTON — The United States has begun urgently shipping weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish forces battling an advance by extremist Islamic State militants, a State Department spokeswoman said Monday.

 

“We’re working with the government of Iraq to increasingly and very quickly get urgently needed arms to the Kurds,” Marie Harf told CNN.

 

“This includes the Iraqis providing their own weapons from their own stocks, and we’re working to do the same thing from our stocks of weapons that we have.”

 

Separately, the US military confirmed that it had carried out another air strike late Sunday against an IS convoy it said was preparing to attack Kurdish forces protecting their capital Arbil.

 

Harf said the effort had been underway since last week, but did not say which US agency was leading the effort or how many and what type of weapons had been sent.

 

The United States has a consulate and other facilities in Arbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region, and last week President Barack Obama ordered air strikes to protect the city.

 

Efforts to support Kurdish peshmerga forces could complicated the United States’ ties to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, which is also fighting the Islamic State but has tense relations with Arbil.

 

But Harf insisted that, in the current crisis, the two sides are working together.

 

“We have seen an unprecedented level of cooperation between the Iraqi forces and the Kurdish forces. We hadn’t seen that in the past. They’re helping each other out,” Harf said.

 

“So any way we can get the very urgently needed arms to the Kurds we are actively working on,” she said.

 

“We’ll work with the government of Iraq to do that, but we believe again there is such an urgent situation that we need to do this.”

 

US Central Command said that at 2000 GMT Sunday “US fighter aircraft struck and destroyed several vehicles that were part of an ISIL convoy moving to attack peshmerga forces defending Arbil.

 

“All aircraft exited the strike area safely,” it added.

 

Obama authorized air strikes on Thursday, warning that IS extremist militants were in a position to threaten US personnel in Arbil and commit “genocide” against minority religious groups.

 

The first US action was confirmed on Friday, part of what the White House insists will be a “limited” campaign to protect Arbil and Yazidi refugees.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 19:40
Biathlon en chars d'assaut - ChM: la Russie remporte le sprint

 

MOSCOU, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie a remporté dimanche le sprint au premier championnat du monde de biathlon en chars d'assaut qui se déroule sur le polygone d'Alabino, dans la région de Moscou, a annoncé lundi le service de presse du ministère russe de la Défense.

 

"Le bilan du sprint a été dressé à Alabino, dans la région de Moscou. Les trois équipages russes sont entrés au Top 10", a indiqué le service de presse. Les Russes se sont classés premiers, troisièmes et sixièmes parmi les 36 équipages. Le Kazakhstan a pris la 2e place.

 

L'épreuve de poursuite a commencé lundi à Alabino dans le cadre de la deuxième étape des compétitions. Les chars devront parcourir une distance de 4 kilomètres, détruire une cible de type "char" par des obus d'artillerie et neutraliser un canon anti-char au moyen d'une mitrailleuse.

 

Le premier championnat du monde de biathlon en char d'assaut se déroule du 4 au 16 août, engageant des équipages de 12 Etats: Angola, Arménie, Biélorussie, Chine, Inde, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Koweït, Mongolie, Russie, Serbie et Venezuela.  Les pays membres de l'Otan ont refusé de participer aux compétitions et ont envoyé leurs observateurs.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 19:05
Britain deploys Tornados for Iraq aid reconnaissance

Tornado from 31 Sqn RAF Marham

 

11 Aug 2014 By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent

 

Britain is sending RAF Tornado jets back to Iraq, to help an international aid mission for tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Islamic State extremists.

 

The jets are being sent to the Middle East in preparation for a surveillance mission scanning the deserts of northern Iraq where military aid flights are dropping supplies to thousands trapped without water or food.

 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 18:52
F/A-18F Super Hornet from Fighting Black Lions Flies From USS George H.W. Bush

 

11 août 2014 US Navy

 

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 10, 2014) Cockpit footage from an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 as it launches from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Bush is is operating in the Arabian Gulf on a scheduled deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet. The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct military operations in support of humanitarian aid deliveries and targeted airstrikes in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and interests, in response to activities conducted by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 18:48
U.S. Navy Bomb Building aboard USS George H.W. Bush

 

11 août 2014 US Navy

 

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 9, 2014) U.S. Navy Ordnancemen aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) build GBU-54 bombs. Bush is operating in the Arabian Gulf on a scheduled deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet. The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct military operations in support of humanitarian aid deliveries and targeted airstrikes in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and interests, in response to activities conducted by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan/Released)

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 18:30
Les S-300 destinés à la Syrie seront recyclés (Moscou)

 

MOSCOU, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

Les systèmes de missile sol-air S-300 destinés à la Syrie seront détruits et recyclés, a annoncé lundi aux journalistes le directeur adjoint du Service fédéral russe de coopération technico-militaire Konstantin Biriouline.

 

"Les systèmes S-300 destinés à la Syrie seront recyclés. Cette décision a été adoptée au niveau de la direction politique du pays", a déclaré M. Biriouline.

 

Interrogé sur la possibilité de revendre ces armes à d'autres pays, le responsable du Service de coopération technico-militaire a fait remarquer que des propositions de genre avaient été formulées, mais que cette éventualité était peu probable.

 

En 2011, Moscou et Damas ont signé un contrat d'un milliard de dollars prévoyant la livraison de quatre systèmes S-300PMU-2 à la Syrie. Cependant, début septembre 2013, le président Vladimir Poutine a déclaré que la Russie avait suspendu la livraison de ces missiles antiaériens au régime de Damas.

 

La décision d'annuler le contrat a été prise suite à la résolution du problème des armes chimiques syriennes.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 18:09
Ukraine: le Canada envoie 32 tonnes d'équipement militaire

 

KIEV, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le Canada a envoyé 32 tonnes d'équipement militaire pour 5 millions de dollars canadiens (3,4 M EUR) à l'Ukraine, a annoncé lundi à Kiev le Service ukrainien des gardes-frontières.

 

"L'administration du Service d'Etat ukrainien des gardes-frontières a reçu le 8 août des équipements pour 5 millions de dollars canadiens", a indiqué le service dans un communiqué.

 

Un avion de l'Armée de l'air canadienne s'est posé vendredi à l'aéroport Borispol de Kiev. Il a acheminé 32 tonnes d'équipements - gilets pare-balles, kits sanitaires, casques de combat, tentes, sacs de couchage, lunettes balistiques - destinés aux gardes-frontières engagés dans l'opération spéciale dans l'est de l'Ukraine.

 

Les autorités de Kiev mènent depuis le 15 avril une opération militaire d'envergure visant à réprimer la révolte qui a éclaté dans le sud-est de l'Ukraine suite au renversement du régime du président Viktor Ianoukovitch le 22 février. Les hostilités ont déjà fait plus d'un millier de morts parmi les civils et entraîné d'importantes destructions. La Russie qualifie cette opération de punitive et appelle les dirigeants ukrainiens à y mettre fin.

 

Le président de la Rada suprême (parlement) Alexandre Tourtchinov a antérieurement déclaré que Kiev n'avait reçu aucune aide militaire et technique étrangère depuis le début de l'opération spéciale. Toutefois l'Occident a annoncé son intention d'aider les forces ukrainiennes. Le ministre ukrainien de l'Intérieur Arsen Avakov a distribué début juillet des gilets pare-balles et des casques conformes aux normes de l'Otan aux combattants de la Garde nationale. Les Etats-Unis ont envoyé aux forces armées ukrainiennes 300.000 rations, des pompes à essence, des barbelés, des batteries et des pièces de rechange pour les automobiles, des jumelles et des moyens de télécommunication. Les unités spéciales ukrainiennes Omega et Vega ont reçu des uniformes de fabrication allemande.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 17:55
Passations de commandement à la base navale de Dégrad des Cannes

 

11/08/2014 Sources : Marine nationale

 

Le 25 juillet 2014, le général de division aérienne Philippe Adam, commandant supérieur des forces armées en Guyane (FAG), a fait reconnaître le capitaine de frégate Alban Mathieu comme nouveau commandant de la base navale de Dégrad des Cannes, succédant au capitaine de frégate Serge Permal-Toulcanon.

 

Auparavant, le patrouilleur de 400 tonnes La Gracieuse (P400) avait reconnu comme nouveau commandant le 18 juillet, le lieutenant de vaisseau Yann-Eric Noat  en remplacement  du capitaine de corvette Nicolas Mousseau.

 

Les bâtiments de la Marine nationale des FAG contribuent à la protection du territoire national et des installations stratégiques avec un effort tout particulier sur le Centre Spatial Guyanais lors des tirs de fusées pour assurer la sécurité du plan d’eau. Ils contribuent également à la sécurité et à la préservation des intérêts nationaux dans les espaces sous souveraineté française, missions essentiellement axées sur l’Action de l'État en mer (AEM) et la surveillance des pêches. Pour cette mission spécifique, la Marine nationale va doter en 2015 la base navale de Dégrad des Cannes d’une Embarcation Relève Filet, ERF.

 

Les deux P400 de la Marine nationale et les deux VCSM de la gendarmerie mènent par ailleurs des missions de surveillance maritime et soutiennent les interventions relevant de la sécurité publique (lutte contre la pollution, sauvetage en mer, …) Ces missions sont le plus souvent réalisées dans le cadre de coopérations interministérielles associant d’autres services de l’État. Elles peuvent également s’inscrire dans le cadre de coopérations bilatérales et multinationales, notamment pour la lutte contre la pêche et les trafics illicites.

 

Pour mener leurs missions, les FAG sont armées par des moyens terrestre et maritime qui leur confèrent une capacité d’intervention interarmées rapide et adaptée, notamment dans la lutte contre l’orpaillage clandestin (missions HARPIE).

 

Les forces armées en Guyane (FAG) constituent un dispositif interarmées de premier plan sur le Théâtre Antilles-Guyane, en coordination avec les forces armées aux Antilles (FAA) qui assurent notamment le soutien logistique des P400 lors de périodes d’entretien majeur à Fort de France.

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Moscou participera au salon Euronaval 2014 à Paris

 

MOSCOU, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie continuera de participer aux salons de défense étrangers malgré les sanctions, et sera présent au salon Euronaval 2014 programmé à Paris du 27 au 31 octobre, a annoncé lundi à Moscou Konstantin Biriouline, directeur adjoint du Service fédéral russe pour la coopération militaire et technique (FSVTS).

 

"Nous ne renonçons pas à notre participation aux salons étrangers et prendrons part au salon naval et maritime Euronaval", a indiqué M.Biriouline.

Le responsable avait antérieurement déclaré que Moscou réduirait sa participation aux salons de défense européens en raison des sanctions.

 

L'UE a introduit en juillet des sanctions visant, entre autres, l'industrie militaire russe et les technologies de pointe à "double usage" (civil et militaire). Les Etats-Unis ont déjà introduit des sanctions contre une série de compagnies russes, y compris contre des entreprises de défense.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 17:50
Irak: le deuxième largage d'aide britannique interrompu par sécurité

 

11 août 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Londres - La deuxième mission britannique qui devait parachuter de l'aide humanitaire aux civils poursuivis par les jihadistes dans le nord de l'Irak a dû être interrompue pour raisons de sécurité lundi, a annoncé la Royal Air Force.

 

La priorité va à la sécurité de la communauté Yazidi. Vu le nombre de personnes sur les zones de largage ce matin, l'équipage a pris la décision responsable de ne pas procéder aux parachutages afin de ne pas mettre en danger la vie des personnes sur le site, a souligné un porte-parole de la RAF.

 

Nous allons procéder dès que possible à de nouveaux parachutages de vivres et de matériel de survie, a ajouté la même source, laissant entendre qu'ils auraient lieu dans les 24 heures.

 

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, Philip Hammond, a répété lundi après-midi sur la BBC, après avoir présidé une réunion d'urgence sur la situation en Irak, que la préoccupation britannique était humanitaire.

 

Nous n'envisageons pas à l'heure actuelle de prendre part aux combats, a-t-il martelé.

 

Il y a un désastre humanitaire potentiel à grande échelle et il nous incombe, ainsi qu'à tous ceux qui en ont la capacité, de voir ce que nous pouvons faire pour apporter tout le soutien humanitaire possible et pour essayer de trouver un moyen de mettre ces gens en sécurité, a-t-il ajouté.

 

Deux Hercules C130 étaient partis samedi du Royaume-Uni pour venir en aide à la minorité Yazidi bloquée dans les montagnes de Sinjar.

 

Un des deux avions a largué dimanche 6.000 litres d'eau potable et 240 lampes solaires pouvant également servir à recharger des téléphones portables.

 

Les services du Premier ministre, David Cameron, actuellement en vacances au Portugal, ont également rappelé la détermination du gouvernement à ne pas intervenir militairement contre les jihadistes de l'État islamique (EI).

 

Nous avons été très clairs sur le fait que les troupes britanniques ne retourneront pas combattre en Irak et il n'y a aucune discussion en cours quant à une éventuelle participation aux frappes aériennes américaines, a souligné une porte-parole du 10, Downing Street.

 

Convoquer le Parlement, qui avait opposé son veto à une intervention armée en Syrie l'année dernière, n'est pas non plus à l'ordre du jour, ont ajouté les services du Premier ministre et Philip Hammond, malgré les appels pressants de plusieurs députés en ce sens.

 

Interrogé sur la possibilité de livrer des armes, la porte-parole de Downing Street a répondu: Nous estimons qu'il est important que les forces irakiennes, y compris kurdes, soient en mesure de répondre à l'EI et de juguler cette crise.

 

Nous allons nous pencher sur les options qui puissent le permettre. Mais il n'y a pas encore eu de véritable discussion à ce sujet et certainement aucune décision, a-t-elle ajouté, alors que la France a demandé lundi à l'Union européenne de se mobiliser face à la demande d'armements du président du Kurdistan irakien, Massoud Barzani.

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A Russian SU-27 Flanker aircraft photographed from a RAF Typhoon

A Russian SU-27 Flanker aircraft photographed from a RAF Typhoon

 

MOSCOU, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

La base aérienne de chasseurs russes sera déployée à Baranovitchi (200 km de Minsk) et non à Lida, comme annoncé auparavant, a déclaré lundi devant les journalistes à Balachikha (région de Moscou) le commandant en chef de l'Armée de l'air russe, le général Viktor Bondarev.

 

"Ce ne sera pas à Lida, mais à Baranovitchi. A l'heure qu'il est, nous attendons la décision de la commission intergouvernementale", a indiqué le général.

Et de préciser qu'il s'agissait de chasseurs Su-27.

 

Au printemps 2013, le ministre russe de la Défense Sergueï Choïgou, en visite à Minsk, a annoncé l'intention de la Russie de déployer un régiment de chasseurs sur le territoire biélorusse d'ici 2015. Il a également fait savoir que la base aérienne russe serait déployée à Lida (région de Grodno, 250 km à l'ouest de Minsk) et accueillerait des chasseurs modernisés Su-27SM3.

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Bombardier russe de 5ème génération: le premier vol en 2019

 

BALACHIKHA, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le bombardier russe de 5e génération PAK DA effectuera son premier vol en 2019, a annoncé lundi lors d'une conférence de presse le commandant de l'Armée de l'air Viktor Bondarev.

 

"En 2019, il devrait effectuer son premier vol. La livraison devait débuter en 2021", a expliqué le responsable interrogé par les journalistes sur l'état d'avancement du projet. 

 

Il a antérieurement été annoncé que le bombardier PAK DA serait subsonique.  Il accomplira les missions réalisées actuellement par trois types d'avions à long rayon d'action: le Tu-160, le Tu-95MS et le Tu-22. Selon des données non officielles, le nouvel appareil sera doté d'une arme hypersonique. 

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S-400 missiles

S-400 missiles

 

MOSCOU, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

Les Troupes russes de défense aérospatiale ont commencé à acheminer au polygone d'Achoulouk (région d'Astrakhan) des systèmes de missiles sol-air S-400 Triumph et S-300 Favorit pour des exercices de tirs réels, a annoncé lundi aux journalistes le porte-parole de Troupes Dmitri Zenine.

"Dans le cadre d'exercices tactiques programmés de tirs réels de la DCA et de la défense antimissile, le personnel et le matériel ad hoc commencent à être acheminés vers le polygone d'Achoulouk dans la région d'Astrakhan, pour procéder à la phase active des exercices", a déclaré le responsable.

Selon lui, un premier convoi ferroviaire avec des S-400 est déjà arrivé. Bientôt il sera suivi de S-300 et de systèmes antiaériens à courte portée Pantsir-S.

"Au total, plus de 800 militaires et plus de 200 unités de matériel de combat des Troupes de défense aérospatiale seront acheminés à Achoulouk" a précisé le porte-parole.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:52
Malbork : dans la peau d’un technicien en télécommunication satellitaire

 

11/08/2014 Sources : EMA

 

Depuis le 28 avril 2014, le sergent Ludwig, 23 ans, est en mission à Malbork au sein du détachement français présent sous mandat de l’OTAN.

 

Affecté au sein du Groupement tactique des systèmes d’information et de communications aéronautiques (GTSICAéro) 10.805 de la base aérienne (BA) 105 d’Evreux, il est le spécialiste des systèmes d’information et de communication (SIC) du détachement, nécessaires à la réalisation de sa mission.

 

Le déploiement d’un détachement opérationnel peut difficilement être réalisé sans le concours de systèmes d’information opérationnels. Le travail quotidien du GTSICAéro depuis le 24 avril 2014, permet au DETAIR de disposer des systèmes d’information et des outils informatiques en cohérence avec la permanence opérationnelle assurée par le détachement.

 

La projection de l’échelon précurseur a permis l’installation des moyens SIC indispensables au bon déroulement de la mission et en assure le soutien. Il s’agit de la téléphonie, des réseaux opérationnels et des réseaux classifiés qu’il a fallu mettre en œuvre, maîtriser et surtout optimiser.

 

Les techniciens de cette unité de l’armée de l’Air  ont une grande habitude des missions en environnement international, avec le souci permanent de réactivité exigée lorsque le déploiement est particulièrement contraint en termes de délais.

 

Au début de la mission, l’équipe fut en charge du déploiement complet des réseaux du détachement : de la pose du câblage à la mise en place des postes de travail en passant par les configurations d’antennes satellitaires. A présent, le quotidien du sergent Ludwig est rythmé par la surveillance des différents canaux de communication du détachement et de leur maintenance quotidienne. Afin d’assurer une liaison permanente avec la métropole, le sergent Ludwig et ses collègues assurent une permanence pour répondre à toute panne impromptue.

 

Cette nouvelle projection en mission a permis au sergent Ludwig de parfaire ses compétences dans le déploiement de réseau satellitaire. « Cette mission m’a prouvé encore une fois que la capacité d’adaptation est essentielle dans mon travail ».

 

Le détachement aérien de Malbork assure sous mandat de l’OTAN, jusqu’au 1er septembre 2014, la permanence opérationnelle dans l’espace aérien de la Lituanie, la Lettonie et l’Estonie. Le dispositif aérien contribue à garantir l’intégrité de leur espace aérien. Les pilotes français réalisent parallèlement des entraînements à la NATO AIR POLICING aux côtés de l’armée polonaise.

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Airbus Shares in Dassault Aviation

 

August 11, 2014 by Think Defence

 

Airbus have confirmed they are now actively looking to divest themselves of their 46% shareholding in Dassault Aviation.

 

With increasing defence cooperation with the UK and the intent of BAE to merge with EADS now ancient history would it make sense for BAE and Dassault to consider an increasingly closer relationship?

 

The two are already working on the joint French/UK FCAS unmanned combat aircraft study, the fit there is an obviously good one.

 

Would there be value in such a closer relationship.

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UK Earmarks Funds for Maritime Autonomous Systems

 

source defense-unmanned.com

(Source: UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory issued July 30, 2014)

 

£9 Million Available for Future of Maritime Autonomous Systems


The Ministry of Defence (MOD) through the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and in partnership with a number of associations and industry bodies is making £9 million available to support the future of Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS).

Autonomy in Maritime Unmanned Vehicles offers the potential to transform the manner in which many activities are conducted at sea such as the clearance of sea mines and persistent wide area surveillance. This funding for the development of MAS is available through four initiatives each addressing different areas of maritime autonomy.

Philip Smith, Affordable Maritime Presence Programme Manager at Dstl says: “The opportunities presented by Maritime Autonomous Systems are very exciting. However if we are to fully exploit these opportunities we need to invest in key areas such as “Supervised Autonomy” and “Deployment & Recovery” in order meet future requirements and position the UK as a world leader in next generation Maritime Mission Systems. The funding we are making available through these four initiatives is a significant step towards achieving this.”

The specific initiatives are:

-- Maritime Autonomous Systems (MUxV) Technology:
Sponsored by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, this competition addresses Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for defence applications and is directed at SMEs in the Solent that can create or safeguard jobs in the local defence supply chain. The total funding available is worth £1 million and awards will be made for projects of up to £75,000 in value. The competition closes in April 2015. Find out more:
http://solentlep.org.uk/growing_places/solent_defence_growth_partnership_sme_fund

-- Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research (ASUR):
Addressing unmanned system enablers for all environments this competition, sponsored by Dstl, is worth £1.5 million. Open from September 2014 for a year, the competition will award projects of around £250,000 to be split into 2 phases. Find out more.
http://www.asur-programme.co.uk/calls-for-proposals/

-- Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks:
A Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council and Dstl addressing the tracking of dynamic maritime features with unmanned vehicles. With a total of £1.5 million available the competition is open from September 2014 for 18 months and will award projects of around £250,000 to be split into 2 phases. Find out more:
https://www.innovateuk.org/-/adaptive-autonomous-ocean-sampling-networks-aaosn-

-- Towards Excellence in Maritime Autonomous Systems:
Recently announced by the Minister for Portsmouth, Matthew Hancock, the competition sponsored by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, and Dstl addresses Maritime Unmanned Vehicles for defence and civil applications. Open from October 2014 for 3 years the competition is worth £5 million and will award projects of between £500,000 and £1.5 million directed to collaborative, business-led, consortia. Find out more.
https://www.innovateuk.org/funding-competitions-forthcoming


BACKGROUND NOTES:

Dstl
Dstl is a trading fund of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with three main sites at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.
Dstl works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas. Around 60% of MOD’s Science and Technology Programme is delivered by these external partners and suppliers.

Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.

Solent LEP
The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was formed after the Government offered local areas the opportunity to take control of their future economic development. It is a locally-owned partnership between business, education and local authorities and plays a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.

http://solentlep.org.uk/

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Séance de tir pour la batterie d’artillerie du GTIA DEBO

 

11 août 2014 par eutmmali.eu

 

La batterie d’artillerie du GTIA DEBO, instruite par les instructeurs espagnols de l’EUTM, a effectué une campagne de tir le 31 juillet 2014 sur le champ de tir de KALIFABOUGOU.

 

Après sept semaines d’instruction théorique et pratique, les artilleurs de DEBO ont mis en œuvre les savoir-faire acquis sur le camp de KOULIKORO et ont tiré six roquettes de 122 mm sur des objectifs à une distance de 5 à 6 kilomètres. Grâce à la bonne coordination entre les observateurs, l’équipe topographique et les équipes de pièces, les tirs ont atteint les objectifs désignés.

 

Cet exercice démontre la capacité de la batterie à appuyer le GTIA au moyen de ses lance-roquettes GRAD 2.

 

Live firing for the artillery battery of GTIA DEBO

 

The artillery battery of GTIA DEBO, trained by Spanish instructors of EUTM Mali, conducted a live firing exercise on 31 July 2014 on the range at Kalifabougou.

 

After seven weeks of theoretical and practical instruction, the gunners of DEBO implemented the technical knowledge acquired during their training in KOULIKORO. They fired six 122 mm rockets at identified targets, with ranges varying between 5 and 6 km; thanks to the good coordination between the Forward Observation Officers, the Gun Position Officers and firing line, the rockets hit their designated targets.

 

This exercise demonstrated the ability of the battery to provide indirect support to GTIA DEBO through its GRAD 2 rocket system.

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Rheinmetall and Pindad sign Indonesia ammunition deal

 

11 August 2014 by defenceWeb

 

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has signed a memorandum of understanding with PT Pindad to produce ammunition ranging from 30 to 105 mm for the Indonesian military as well as export customers.

The agreement was signed in the Indonesia capital Jakarta on August 7, local media reported. The agreement will see RDM and Pindad form a joint venture in 2015 to construct a 168 hectare facility in Malang, East Java, to manufacture ammunition.

 

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Counter-Terrorism: Morocco Had A Plan And It Worked

 

August 5, 2014: Strategy Page

 

Of all the Arab countries Morocco has had the least problems with Islamic terrorism. There are several reasons for this. First there is geography. Morocco is the westernmost (from Arabia) Moslem country and like the easternmost nation (Indonesia) is least affected by the Islamic radicalism that arose in Arabia in the 7th century and has survived there ever since. Then there is the ethnic factor. While Morocco is nominally an Arab country most of the people were originally Berber, the people native to North Africa for over 40,000 years. Many Moroccans are aware of their Berber ancestry and take pride in it. Berbers resisted, often successfully, the initial advance by Arab Moslem armies and while most eventually converted to Islam, they tend to wear their religion lightly and are not considered the best recruits for Islamic terrorist groups. Yet Islamic radicalism and Arab nationalism still appeals to some young Moroccans but not nearly as many as in other Arab countries. At least a thousand Moroccans are fighting with rebel groups in Syria and since September 11, 2001 thousands of local Islamic radicals have been arrested in Morocco. Most of these were freed largely because they had decided to abandon and avoid Islamic radicalism and actually did so.

 

The main Moroccan antidote to Islamic terrorism is an ancient monarchy that follows the moderate Malikite form of Sunni Islam. Most North Africans are nominally Malikite but outside of Morocco a greater number are tempted to sample the much more radical Wahhabism from Saudi Arabia. In Morocco the ancient monarchy was always at the center of Malikite worship. The last two kings (Hasan II 1961-99 and Mohammed VI from 1999 to the present) have encouraged democracy and good government as well as adherence to the moderate Malikite Islam. For example the current king has had over 1,600 Malikite religious teachers trained since 2006 and sent them to the 50,000 mosques throughout the country to show local clergy how to better serve their congregations and resist the temptations of Islamic radicalism. This program was in response to radical missionaries sent to Morocco by Saudi Arabia and Iran in the last decade as well as the radical propaganda spread by the Internet and Arab language satellite news channels.

 

Islamic terrorist groups have tried to establish themselves in Morocco since the 1990s but have found the going very difficult. There have been few Islamic terrorist attacks and those that do occur are swiftly dealt with. For example, in April 2011 a terrorist bomb went off a popular tourist café in Marrakech killing 16 people. Most of the dead were foreign tourists and it was the worst terror attack in eight years. The bomber was sloppy however and police were able to track him down along with two accomplices. What they found was a determined al Qaeda admirer who was unable to connect with al Qaeda central or travel to current terrorist hotspots (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Chechnya) because the Moroccan police were monitoring anyone going to those places. But the arrested man was able to get a workable bomb design on the Internet, and was able to get bomb making materials locally. There is a lot of official al Qaeda "how to be a terrorist" stuff on the Internet, but wannabes tend to pay insufficient attention to the need for security. The incident also demonstrated that as long as there is a lot of pro-terrorist propaganda out there some small percentage (often less than one percent) of the population will buy into to it, and seek to carry out terror attacks. Since there are so few terror attacks in places like Morocco, each one that does occur is a big deal. But it's not much of a trend.

 

A year earlier Morocco announced it had destroyed a 24 man terrorist cell. Four of those arrested had previously been in jail for terrorist activities. This cell was not only planning attacks, but had also been active in recruiting Moroccans for terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. Since 2003, when Islamic radicals throughout the Arab world became enraged by the American invasion of Iraq, Morocco shut down 60 Islamic terrorist cells. In early 2010 there were over a thousand Islamic radicals jailed in Morocco. Despite all this, Morocco was having a peculiar problem with Islamic radicalism. Iran sent missionaries for a while. These fanatics were armed with lots of cash and engaged in aggressive attempts to convert Moroccans to the militant brand of Shia Islam favored in Iran. This so angered Morocco that diplomatic relations with Iran were cut in 2009. Morocco also cracked down on Wahhabi missionaries from Saudi Arabia, and Islamic radicals in general. The king had an advantage in that he is a direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed (important for any Moslem leader) and is generally popular. The Moroccan government is not as corrupt and inept as others in the Arab world, but is not a whole lot better either.

 

Meanwhile Morocco helps other North African and Sahel countries deal with Islamic terrorism. Morocco sends religious teachers and is always ready to discuss specific problems that Morocco had already taken care of at home. One problem Morocco has handled well is economics. Without oil Morocco has prospered by making it easy to start and operate businesses and resisted the temptation to nationalize sectors of the economy. While Morocco does not have the highest per-capita GDP in North Africa it recognized as having the best quality of life.

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Nigerian Air Force to accelerate IED-detonating robot

 

5 August 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The Nigerian Air Force is planning to complete the development of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that can detonate high-calibre improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

 

The speedy completion of the robot has been hampered by a lack of adequate funds.

 

Developed by the Nigerian Airforce Institute of Technology (Nafit), the UGV is claimed to be the first of its type on the African continent.

 

Nafit commandant Toni Adokwe was quoted by the Nigerian Tribune as saying that the robot is expected to enhance the success of security agents in the fight against rebellion.

 

Adokwe said: "When the project is completed, the robot would go a long way in countering activities of terrorist groups, as detonation of bombs will not require the physical presence of a human being at the scene."

 

Nafit developed the Gulma unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) last year, which is being used by the defence headquarters for surveillance and intelligence gathering in crisis-prone regions.

 

Developed in collaboration with Cranfield University's aerospace engineers, the indigenous drone can be modified for aerial imaging/mapping, telecommunications and weather monitoring missions, among others.

 

The Nigerian Air Force has also manufactured Amebo I, II and III UAVs in the last two years for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

 

Adokwe said that the allocation of proper funding would enable Nigeria to attain higher base in military aviation and defence-related technology.

 

Established in 1979, Nafit conducts research and offers postgraduate engineering programmes in aerospace, aeronautical and allied sectors.

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Fighter jet shot down over rebel-held east Ukraine

 

August 11th, 2014 defencetalk.com (AFP)

 

A Ukrainian fighter jet tumbled to earth in a fireball Thursday after it was blasted out of the air while flying low over rebel-held territory in the east of the country.

 

An AFP crew saw the Sukhoi warplane explode in mid-air and the parachute of at least one pilot opening up in the clear blue sky.

 

Explosions and flashes erupted from the wreckage as it continued to burn on the ground, sending up clouds of acrid smoke.

 

Two armed rebels ran around the blackened field close to the flaming debris as the sound of shooting rang out nearby.

 

Another plane could be heard flying high overhead and the insurgents shouted at the AFP team to leave the scene.

 

A local resident told AFP that he had seen at least two parachutes appear after the aircraft was hit.

 

“It flew past us and there was an explosion. Two pilots ejected out,” said Danil, 17.

 

A Ukrainian military spokesman confirmed that rebels had shot down a jet some 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the northeast of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.

 

“The pilot managed to steer the craft away from a residential area,” spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told AFP.

 

A search-and-rescue mission was currently underway for the pilot, he said.

 

The location was also some 40 kilometers west of the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down at an altitude of some 10,000 meters on July 17 killing all 298 people on board.

 

The Ukrainian military has lost a string of aircraft during almost four months of fierce fighting against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine that has claimed over 1,300 lives.

 

Two Ukrainian Sukhoi jets were shot down on July 23, with Kiev alleging the missiles that hit them had come from Russian territory.

 

On Thursday the Ukrainian army announced it was scrapping a ceasefire around the MH17 crash site after international investigators decided to suspend their probe there due to ongoing fighting.

 

Sustained shelling pounded the center of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk for the first time in the conflict, with at least 11 civilians killed by clashes around the region.

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Hobart-class air warfare destroyers - Photo ASC

Hobart-class air warfare destroyers - Photo ASC

 

11 August 2014 Grant Turnbull - naval-technology.com

 

Australia’s troubled shipbuilding industry could be overhauled under radical proposals by the Canberra government, local media reports have indicated. Speculation is rife that British defence giant BAE Systems will be brought in to rescue the Navy’s long-delayed and over-budget Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD) project.

 

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Australia To Renew Ground-based Air Defense Capability

Saab sees its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system as part of a possible solution to the Australian requirement. (Saab)

 

Jul. 27, 2014 - By NIGEL PITTAWAY – Defense News

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Australia plans to include a replacement for its Saab RBS-70 very-short-range air defense missile system in its next Defence Capability Plan.

 

The Australian Army uses the RBS-70 system, along with the Lockheed Martin PSTAR-ER radar, to fulfill its ground-based air defense (GBAD) requirements, but an Australian Defence Force (ADF) spokesperson confirmed the combination was not considered adequate to defeat future threats.

 

“It is a dated, line-of-sight system missile that provides very-short-range GBAD and lacks the sensors, range and performance to protect against the likely threats of today’s helicopters, UAVs, stand-off aerial weapons, cruise missiles and rockets, artillery, mortars,” the spokesperson said.

 

The ADF is developing future ground-based air and missile defense requirements and examining options in the marketplace.

 

The new system will be acquired under the ongoing Project Land 17 Phase 7B, but has yet to gain much traction.

 

“The system is planned to provide the Joint Force with persistent defense against advanced threats including aircraft, helicopters,” the spokesperson said. “Land 19 Phase 7B is planned to have wide utility across many types of defense operations, not just application in conventional warlike operations.”

 

The Australian government will give first pass approval in fiscal 2016-2017, which the ADF says will allow time to initiate formal market solicitation. Acquisition is estimated to be between AUS $500 million (US $469 million) and AUS $1 billion.

 

Government approval for acquisition would be sought in fiscal 2017-2018.

 

Army initial operational capability is planned for fiscal 2020 to 2021.

 

“Land 19 Phase 7B will enhance or replace the existing GBAD system to allow it to function as a complete ground-based force protection system,” the ADF spokesperson said. “In a traditional combat setting it is planned to perform its core functions of airspace surveillance and identification, target tracking, target interception and destruction to provide an enhanced level of protection against current and emerging threats.”

 

The spokesperson said the project is modeled after the National Advanced surface-to-air missile system used by a number of European nations, and also by the US National Guard in defense of Washington.

 

“The US chose a ground-based system as the other options of continuous air combat patrols or permanently stationed air-warfare ships were more expensive, manpower-intensive and less persistent,” a spokesman for the project office said. “It was due to this system maturity and broad user group that it was selected as an exemplar to allow the early development work to progress.”

 

In 2012, the Australian Army took delivery of three Saab Giraffe agile multibeam (GAMB) radar systems under an urgent acquisition process to provide its base at Tarin Kot in Afghanistan with a counter-rocket, artillery and mortar capability.

 

Since the Australian withdrawal of most of its forces from Afghanistan, the two operational GAMB radars have been returned to Australia (the third had been retained locally for training) but do not have a clear role in domestic operations.

 

Saab Australia sees the Giraffe AMB, together with its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system, as a possible solution to the Australian requirement.

 

The missiles used by the RBS-70NG are identical to those in the earlier system already in use with the Army and comprise the third-generation Mk.2, with an effective range of 7 kilometers at heights up to 4,000 meters; and the fourth-generation Bolide round, capable of knocking down targets at distances up to 8 kilometers and altitudes up to 5,000 meters.

 

The company says the major change is to the sight, which has an integrated thermal imager, an auto-tracking system to improve aiming and guidance, automatic after-action video capability, and 3D visual cueing. This feature receives data from the surveillance radar, allowing the operator to find the target without actually seeing it first.

 

Saab officials claim that during recent comparative trials in India, RBS-70NG operators were getting their shot away before their competitors systems had even acquired the target.

 

The RBS-70NG also incorporates an identify friend or foe interrogator system as standard equipment while Saab works to integrate it with land vehicles, delivering a tactical, mobile GBAD system.

 

The company is proposing to upgrade Australia’s GAMB radars, including provision of a Link 16 datalink, and swap out the RBS-70 launchers for the upgraded equipment at what it claims is a modest cost.

 

The company has also integrated other missile systems with GAMB, including Raytheon’s I-Hawk and Diehl’s IRIS-T.

 

“We think it will be attractive to the ADF because Australia is already an RBS-70 user,” explained Jessica Rylander, an engineer with Saab’s Dynamics branch. “And the difference from an operator’s perspective is the increased” kill probability, she said.

 

The RBS-70NG sight enhances the capability of the Bolide missile by reducing tracking noise, increasing maneuverability and improving performance against small targets at maximum range, according to Saab.

 

“The RBS-70NG and Giraffe AMB solution is designed to address targets such as small UAVs, cruise missiles and helicopters in the 2025 space,” added Mat Jones, Saab Asia-Pacific business development manager.

 

“We are investing a lot of time, effort and money into GBAD, to ensure the architecture is future-proofed. The RBS-70NG/GAMB combination could provide a step change in capability, within the existing budget,” said Jones.

 

But much will depend on the final specifications mandated by Land 19/7B when the Defence Capability Plan is made public next year.

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Opération Enduring Freedom : la frégate Courbet ravitaillée par un pétrolier américain

 

11/08/2014 Sources : EMA

 

Le 6 aout 2014, la frégate de type La Fayette (FLF) Courbet, engagée dans l’opération Enduring Freedom, a été ravitaillée à la mer par le pétrolier-ravitailleur américain l’USNS Laramie dans le Sud de la mer Rouge.

 

Dans le cadre d’accords militaires entre les pays de l’OTAN, et sans être engagés dans la même opération, les bâtiments français ont la possibilité de se ravitailler en mer auprès des bâtiments de l’Alliance. Ces dispositions permettent au Courbet de maintenir sa présence en mer plus longtemps, et lui autorisent les changements d’allure indispensables à la mission de patrouille et de contrôle dans laquelle il est engagé.

 

Selon les procédures habituelles, les deux bâtiments ont adopté une route parallèle à moins de 40 mètres l’un de l’autre puis ont procédé au ravitaillement en combustible de navigation et en carburant pour aéronef. L’USNSLaramie a ainsi délivré 335 m3 de combustible de navigation à la frégate Courbet. La grande fluidité de cette opération est possible grâce à la maîtrise des procédures de l’OTAN par les deux équipages.

 

Engagé depuis le 4 août dans l’opération EnduringFreedom, le Courbet assure la permanence de la France dans la mission de lutte contre les trafics maritimes liés au terrorisme dans la mer Rouge, le golfe d’Aden et le golfe Persique.

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EA-18G Growler aircraft. (US Navy)

EA-18G Growler aircraft. (US Navy)

 

August 11, 2014: Strategy Page

 

Between May and June 2014 the U.S. Navy conducted tests using a Nimitz class carrier off the coast of California to determine if there was any benefit in expanding the EA-18G "Growler" electronic warfare aircraft squadron on each Nimitz class ship from five aircraft to eight. The tests were a success and the navy is trying to use that success to get Congress to provide cash to buy another 33 EA-18Gs to expand the squadrons on all the large carriers. The navy has enough support in Congress to get some additional EA-18Gs but defense budgets are being cut and there are too many worthy (or not) projects seeking cash that is not there anymore. The EA-18G manufacturer would like to keep production going into 2017 but it looks like they’ll be lucky to keep the line going into 2016.

 

Meanwhile the navy is getting some money for EA-18G upgrades. In 2013 that included new communications technology that allows the EA-18G to share data instantly with other EA-18Gs and other types of aircraft (combat and support, like E-2 and E-3 AWACS). The new capability is JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Data System). Development (by the U.S. Air Force) of this system began 30 years ago and mature examples of the technology only began showing up in the last decade. JTIDS is a datalink that gives the pilot complete and real-time situation reports, showing what other pilots (and planes like the E-3) are seeing. Pilots who tested JTIDS reported drastic increases in their situational awareness (a “sense of where you are”). For example, during combat training exercises pilots with JTIDS had a 4-to-1 kill ratio in their favor against pilots without JTIDS.

 

Noting results like this the navy began adopting JTIDS, not only to improve the capabilities of its own aircraft but also to improve data sharing with air force warplanes, which often carry out joint operations with the navy. JTIDs is just one of several new technologies navy aircraft will need to get their “combat Internet” working. The EA-18G was the first navy aircraft to test JTIDS because the EA-18G is designed to work with air force and navy aircraft as the EA-18G now provides electronic warfare support for both services.

 

 EA-18G saw combat for the first time over Libya in 2011 and got to use a lot of its high tech gear in combat for this first time. This included the ALQ-99 radar jamming pod and an APG-79 phased array (AESA) radar, which also has some jamming capability (via the right software) as well as the ability to fry electronics. It was suggested that the EA-18G might have done this to some Libyan armored vehicles.

 

It was only in 2007 that the navy received its first operational (as opposed to developmental) EA-18G and in 2008 the first EA-18G squadron entered service. In early 2014 the hundredth EA-18G was delivered and there are only 17 to go on the original order. Meanwhile the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps are planning on developing an electronic warfare version of the new F-35, or use a UAV, if the EA-18Gs are not plentiful or powerful enough to provide all the electronic protection needed in future wars.

 

The EA-18Gs have replaced the aging navy EA-6Bs that long provided electronic protection against enemy radars and missiles for navy and air force aircraft. The air force retired their EF-111 electronic warfare aircraft in 1998, on the assurance that the navy would get the EA-18G into service before the EA-6Bs died of old age. The older 27 ton EA-6B carries a crew of four, while the highly automated 29 ton EA-18G will have only 2 people on board. The EA-18G carries up to 5 electronic warfare pods, plus 2 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles and 2 anti-radiation (HARM) missiles. It may be the last manned aircraft to handle the EW job. UAVs are becoming more capable and will eventually take over this dangerous task.

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