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Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Sagem Defence & Security

 

Sagem (Safran), the European leader in navigation systems and technologies, has won a contract from French defense procurement agency DGA as prime contractor for the modernization of the inertial navigation and alignment system (SINA) on the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier.

 

System modernization mainly involves the replacement of the original gimbal type inertial reference units by very-high-precision Sigma 40 laser gyro inertial navigation units.

 

Sagem will gradually upgrade the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier navigation system. The system will supply data allowing Rafale fighters to align their own laser gyro navigation systems, also supplied by Sagem.

 

Sagem continues to work with French shipyard DCNS on the integration of high-performance navigation systems that enhance the capabilities of its shipborne weapon and combat systems. The company’s expertise is reflected in new functions, tested for effectiveness, and guaranteed performance throughout the development and production cycle, all while meeting the tight deadlines imposed by the Charles-de-Gaulle’s maintenance schedule.

 

After completion of this program, the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier will deploy a navigation system fully equivalent to new vessels already equipped with Sagem’s Sigma 40 system, including Mistral class BPC amphibious assault ships, Horizon and Aquitaine frigates (FREMM program) and the upcoming Suffren class nuclear attack submarines in the Barracuda program.

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De nouveaux avions pour la formation à l’école de pilotage de Lanvéoc Poulmic

10/09/2013 Marine Nationale
 

La rentrée 2013 a été marquée par une double évolution à l' école d'initiation au pilotage (EIP) / escadrille 50S. Tout d'abord, le premier vol du Cirrus SR 20 au sein de l'escadrille. Cet avion monomoteur de dernière génération est actuellement en expérimentation. Il viendra remplacer les MS880 Rallye utilisés depuis 1974 pour l'acculturation aéronautique des élèves de l' École navale, la formation des élèves de l' école du personnel volant (EPV) et des médecins personnel naviguant de l'aéronautique navale.

 

La deuxième évolution consiste en un partenariat avec une entreprise privée. C’est en effet la société CATS (Cassidian Air Training Services), déjà implantée dans les écoles de l'armée de l'air, qui met à disposition de l'EIP/50S les Cirrus SR 20. Elle en assure l'entretien, comme la mise en œuvre des Cap 10 toujours utilisés pour la sélection initiale des pilotes.

 

Créée au moment de l'implantation de l'École Navale sur l'hydrobase de Lanvéoc Poulmic en 1945, l'école d'initiation au pilotage / escadrille 50S (EIP/50S) a pour mission l'initiation au pilotage et la sélection des pilotes de l'aéronautique navale.

De nouveaux avions pour la formation à l’école de pilotage de Lanvéoc Poulmic

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Europe’s Era of Austerity, Defense Continues to Fade Into the Background

September 10th, 2013 By Forecast International - defencetalk.com

 

Confronted by sclerotic economies and sovereign debt concerns, defense spending remains largely a tertiary concern across much of Europe, according to Forecast International’s latest Europe Military Markets analysis. Countries throughout the region are simultaneously seeking to achieve savings while protecting their social welfare nets, thus creating pressures on military budgets that are placing defense investment on a steady downward trajectory.

 

Over the four years since the peak in 2008, Europe’s combined military expenditures have slipped by a total of EUR94 billion, thus representing a 34 percent contraction in overall defense spending.

 

In its latest report, Forecast International anticipates a largely flat defense environment over the five-year period between 2013 and 2017, with military expenditures shrinking at a slower rate of less than 2 percent overall.

 

Declining and/or stagnant defense budgets are the byproduct of state deficit-reduction concerns that are forcing governments to identify areas for expenditure cuts. As public anger mounts over prolonged austerity implementation, governments are wary of exposing social safety nets to harsh cutbacks, instead turning to the more politically acceptable trimming of military investment as a means of deriving savings.

 

“No matter where you look in Europe, the budgetary push-pull between butter and guns inevitably falls in favor of butter,” says Forecast International’s Europe Military Markets Analyst, Dan Darling. “It is politically more expedient to be seen protecting social welfare than bolstering defense. The lack of a major strategic threat aimed at Europe weakens the argument for increasing defense spending in the public square.”

 

The diverging trend-lines for overall state spending and defense expenditures bear this out.

 

During 2008, the European Union’s 27 members (EU27) had a combined total expenditure of EUR5.875 trillion ($8.61 trillion). At this time the combined defense budget for this bloc – excluding Cyprus and Malta – was EUR172.3 billion ($252.38 billion), thus representing 2.9 percent of total EU27 spending.

 

By 2012, combined EU27 government expenditures had reached EUR6.377 trillion ($8.194 trillion), while their shared defense allocations totaled EUR173.1 billion ($222.39 billion), or just 2.7 percent of overall state spending.

 

Put into greater perspective, over this five-year period overall government expenditure grew nominally on a year-by-year basis by 22 percent in euro-value, while euro-denominated defense expenditures across the EU dropped by 3 percent in real terms. Thus the trajectories of government expenditure as opposed to strictly military expenditure have trended in opposite directions.

 

With government debt across the EU27 growing from 62.5 percent of GDP in 2008 to 92.2 percent by the end of the first quarter of 2013, it stands to reason that reversing the decline in both defense investment and manpower strength across Europe’s armies is far from a leading priority. Debt issues represent an acute problem as, for instance, Germany is spending equally on its defense budget and debt obligations over the course of 2013.

 

In the meantime, austerity measures in countries like the Czech Republic and Slovakia have served to strip allocations from budgets already straining to support skeletal militaries. Personnel cuts have been applied while military modernization projects have been halted, leading to smaller, less-capable forces. Flight hours are cut back, existing equipment suffers from lack of use and maintenance, training falls off, and exhausted munitions stocks are inadequately replenished.

 

What is left is a Europe with a shrinking, less-capable military component. Although the 26 European members of NATO are generally replete with reservists, only nine field active forces totaling over 40,000 personnel. Two of these countries – Greece and Turkey – wield armies whose principal concern is war with each other, while traditional military powers such as Britain, France, Germany and Italy are undertaking force reductions in light of financial pressures and an altered global security environment. Spain, meanwhile, is struggling under the weight of a massive EUR32-EUR37 billion military modernization effort (the so-called Special Armaments Program) initiated back in the late 1990s.

 

Further, where in the past countries like Poland were willing contributors to out-of-theater missions in order to prove their worth to their NATO and EU allies, going forward such instances will become less the case as renewed attention and investment is paid to replenishing and modernizing military inventories. In short, a retrenchment is being undertaken by Alliance members no longer eager to showcase value to allies by engaging in overseas operations.

 

“With governments reducing the manpower strength and equipment orders of their respective militaries, the best – and perhaps only – way to preserve capabilities is through cooperative arrangements,” Darling states. “While individual nations are naturally inclined to protect the sovereignty of their defense capability and the immediate availability of resources, small steps taken under the European Defense Agency Pooling & Sharing and NATO ‘Smart Defense’ initiatives may lead to greater trust and confidence between allies at the micro level. This may help to stave off the deterioration of mission capability.”

 

“Eventually, the financial pressures pushing down on defense investment will reach the tipping point,” adds Darling. “To avoid this, Europe’s defense establishments must maximize their existing allocations in order to ensure core competencies and military readiness are spared further erosion. Besides France, and to a lesser degree Britain, European nations are at risk of losing both ends to their ‘tooth-to-tail’ ratios, meaning they will no longer be capable of partaking in sustained combat operations abroad of any intensity. If this should happen, Europe as a whole will struggle to achieve and underwrite its geopolitical strategic aims.”

 

Forecast International, Inc. is a leading provider of Market Intelligence and Analysis in the areas of aerospace, defense, power systems and military electronics. Based in Newtown, Conn., USA, Forecast International specializes in long-range industry forecasts and market assessments used by strategic planners, marketing professionals, military organizations, and governments worldwide.

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BAE Offers BAe-146 Air Tanker Variant

Sept. 10, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: BAE Systems; issued Sept. 10, 2013)

 

BAE Systems Proposes Air-To-Air Refuelling Variant of BAe 146/Avro RJ

 

Building on the success of the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jetliner in a variety of military and special role applications, BAE Systems today unveiled its proposal for a cost-effective air-to-air refuelling (A2R) variant of the aircraft

 

Speaking at the Defence Services Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, Mark Taylor, Business Director Engineering for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft stated: “We believe that the A2R version of the BAe 146/Avro RJ is a sound business proposition for military planners and air forces that need this capability but who are having to face the financial realities of defence budget cutbacks.

 

“Whether to provide A2R tactical tanker capability or, in particular, to provide realistic A2R training instead of using expensive existing assets, the acquisition of a fleet of these aircraft can be accomplished at a fraction of the cost of current refuelling aircraft, whilst delivering excellent performance.”

 

The design of the aircraft with its high wing and T-tail configuration is ideal for A2R operations. BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has already carried out proximity flight trials using a BAe 146-200, Avro RJ85 and Hawk jet trainer. This was successfully completed and confirmed that the aerodynamic environment behind the quad jet is benign and the aircraft therefore has considerable potential as an A2R aircraft for refuelling a range of aircraft types and sizes.

 

It is considered the BAe 146/Avro RJ might be particularly suitable as a tanker for tilt-rotor aircraft which can experience additional challenges when in the slipstream of some other tanker aircraft.

 

The business has carried out design concepts for a hose and drogue unit (HDU)-based system and these included the option for additional fuel tanks within the cabin.

 

The standard tankage on the BAe 146/Avro RJ gives up to approximately 7000 kg of fuel available for transfer – sufficient for A2R training at the lowest capital cost. Additional auxiliary fuel tanks in the cabin would provide up to about 18,000kg of fuel available for transfer, making the aircraft a useful tactical refuelling airtanker.

 

The wide airspeed range of the aircraft gives flexibility in refuelling the variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft currently in service. In this role the aircraft can fly up to 300 knots indicated air speed/M.072 at 31,000 ft (BAe 146) or 35,000 ft (Avro RJ).

 

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is well equipped to undertake mission system development and provide operational support. The business has most recently designed and delivered two converted BAe 146 C Mk.3 passenger/freighter transports to the RAF. It also is working with QinetiQ for the conversion of an Avro RJ70 for the Empire Test Pilots School, is responsible for the BAe 146 Atmospheric Research Aircraft which involves two/three major scientific role changes each year, and is working with a number of Airtanker (aerial firefighter) operators in North America on multiple aircraft conversions.

 

There is a plentiful supply of pre-owned BAe 146 and Avro RJs on the market at very low prices of between US$ 1 – 6 million depending on age, configuration and condition with a fleet average flight cycle time of around 30,000 cycles. In addition, there is a Life Extension Programme available for both aircraft types that can increase this to 60,000 cycles, giving the aircraft many years of useful service, especially at the lower utilisation levels typically flown by military and special role operators.

 

Lead times are short so service availability can be relatively quick and BAE Systems Regional Aircraft estimates that from go ahead it will take some 18 months to produce a basic specification centreline HDU equipped aircraft available for flight trials.

 

The standard fit on an Avro RJ85 would include auxiliary fuel tanks, a centreline HDU, lights, cameras and control systems on the flight deck and military communications.

 

Pricing for a completed aircraft will be very competitive. As an example, a late model RJ85 will be around US$ 5 million for a basic aircraft with perhaps £5-10 million of conversion costs depending on final specification. Optional fits on the aircraft could include a dual HDU installation, defensive aids (missile protection, flight deck armour and fuel tank inerting) and unpaved runway operations.

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Selex ES Sells Falco UAV to Middle Eastern Country

Sep. 10, 2013 - By TOM KINGTON – Defense News

 

ROME — -- Finmeccanica unit Selex ES has announced a deal worth over €40 million (US $52 million) to sell its Falco UAV to an unnamed Middle Eastern country.

 

The deal covers operational and maintenance support to the customer for 12 months, Selex said in a statement on Tuesday.

 

Last year, Finmeccanica said it was seeking to sell a second batch of Falcos to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has already reportedly purchased the tactical medium-altitude, medium-endurance UAV.

 

At the time the firm said it had sold the UAV to four customers, with Pakistan known to be on the client list alongside Saudi Arabia.

 

Last month, the UN said it was acquiring a Falco system to support peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first time the UN has used UAVs.

 

On Tuesday, after the latest Middle East contract announcement, a Selex spokeswoman said the firm now has five customers for the Falco.

 

Last year, Finmeccanica said it saw opportunities to sell UAVs in Algeria, the UAE and Malaysia, countries that may be reluctant to do business with the Israeli UAV industry.

 

Fabrizio Giulianini, CEO of Selex ES, said the firm has also launched a flight campaign for its larger, Falco Evo UAV and won a launch customer for its platform-agnostic SkyISTAR mission system

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Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Northrop Grumman

 

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has supplied the final batch of Platform Management System (PMS) hardware for the Royal Navy's Astute-class series' boat 5 submarine.

 

Under a performance partnering arrangement, Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit supplied the PMS to BAE Systems Maritime–Submarines for installation on Astute Boat 5, Anson, at its shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, U.K. The PMS equipment controls and monitors the submarine's platform machinery and onboard systems.

 

"Northrop Grumman has a well established relationship with the Royal Navy, supplying and supporting systems for surface ships and submarines," said Andrew Tyler, chief executive U.K. and Europe, Northrop Grumman. "The continued success of our involvement in the Astute programme is a reflection of the skill of our teams and the close partnership that we have with BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence."

 

Additionally, Northrop Grumman is currently under contract to supply PMS hardware and software for Astute Boat 4 (Audacious) and the forthcoming Astute boats 6 and 7, which will be the Royal Navy's newest nuclear-powered submarines.

 

"Our extensive track record of delivering reliable, high-performance navigation and ship control solutions has helped to establish us as a preferred supplier for Royal Navy platforms," said Alan Dix, managing director of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. "We are particularly pleased that we have achieved 100 percent on-time delivery status during the two-year process for Astute Boat 5."

 

Based on Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine's innovative approach to configuring commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software to meet exacting military and commercial applications, the PMS is expected to reduce life cycle costs and minimize program risk for the U.K. Ministry of Defence. The system will provide an advanced network design that includes the stringent levels of safety and redundancy associated with nuclear submarine control systems.

 

Also, the Platform Management System is expandable and versatile due to an open architecture design that allows interfacing with third-party equipment via standard field-bus technology.

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Why Arms Embargoes Leak

September 10, 2013: Strategy Page

 

Russia recently revealed that two years ago Sudan had secretly bought 24 Mi-24 helicopter gunships and 14 MI-8 transport helicopters. Some have already been delivered. Russia told the UN that Sudan agreed not to use these helicopters in Darfur (western Sudan) where the UN has embargoed (since 2004) the introduction of new weapons. These sanctions have been strengthened year by year and now prohibit selling a lot of “dual use” equipment to Sudan. Despite that Sudan is currently negotiating to buy 18 former Indian Su-30K fighters that Belarus had bought cheap to upgrade and resell. Sudan is a likely customer and Belarus has long been a notorious exporters of weapons to whoever can pay, regardless of embargoes. So is Russia, which also makes more of an effort to justify its actions.

 

All these prohibitions began when the UN, appalled at the ethnic slaughter going on in Sudan (in the south and the west/Darfur region of Sudan) put a series of increasingly restrictive embargoes on weapons shipments to Sudan. Everyone agreed this was a splendid idea, and agreed to abide. Yet Sudan, and various rebel groups, continue to get weapons, and other military equipment. And it's no secret who's supplying the stuff. China ships weapons to the Sudanese government, and denies it. Ukraine appears to be the main supplier of weapons to Sudanese rebels in western and southern Sudan. These are shipped in through Eritrea (for Darfur) and Kenya (for southern Sudan.) Russian firms have participated as well, although Russia will sometimes bust the embargo by sending in lawyers to explain that what Russian firms sold to Sudan wasn’t really a weapon because the end-users have agreed not to do nasty stuff with their technically legal imports.

 

Much of this misbehavior does not stay secret for long. Back in 2008 the UN discovered Kenya was importing large quantities of weapons (at least 77 tanks, 15 jet fighters and 40,000 assault rifles and machine-guns in the last year or so) without reporting them. A 1991 international treaty, which Kenya signed, obliges all nations to report weapons exports and imports (the better to control the illegal trade in arms.) Not everyone follows the rules.

 

This particular scandal arose because in 2008 Somali pirates seized a Ukrainian ship while it was passing through the Gulf of Aden, on its way to Kenya, carrying 33 T-72 tanks and tons of smaller weapons. The UN had no record of this transaction (Kenya admitted the weapons were theirs.) Most of these unreported weapons for Kenya ended up with the south Sudan rebels, because the Kenyan buyer was acting as a middleman, not the end user.

 

The UN is also particularly concerned about trying to limit the undocumented sale of small arms. Most of these weapons are of Russian design (although manufactured by several countries, mainly Russia and China). The most common weapon is the AK-47 (and its many variants). "Small arms" include machine-guns of 7.62mm, and smaller, caliber, as well as pistols and machine pistols. The international trade in small arms is estimated at $4 billion a year, and about a quarter of that is illegal. It's believed that two thirds, or more, of the combat deaths each year are from small arms. This is particularly true in wars employing many irregular troops. Traditional tribal conflicts in Africa and Asia have become a lot bloodier because of the proliferation of small arms, usually illegally obtained ones.

 

The UN wants to impose more regulations on legitimate small arms sales, and encourage more vigorous prosecution of illegal arms traders. This effort, like an earlier one that banned the use of anti-personnel mines, would largely be symbolic, a feel-good measure for those pushing it. The reality is that the current proliferation of small arms is largely a result of the end of the Cold War. The former communist countries found themselves with millions of AK-47s and light machine-guns, as well as RPGs, landmines, grenades and ammo they no longer needed. Ukraine, then a part of the Soviet Union, inherited over seven million Soviet AK-47s and machine-guns, when it became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991.

 

Communist countries were police states with very large armies and police forces. Most of these personnel were armed with AK-47s, although the majority of the troops were reservists. So their weapons spent most of the time locked up in armories. Since the 1990s, these armories were either looted (as in Albania and Iraq), or had their contents sold off by corrupt officials in illegal arms deals. China still manufactures a lot of AK-47s, and is willing to sell them to shady dealers. The AK-47s have flooded Africa, Asia and the Middle East since the early 1990s, making them very cheap (less than $100).

 

The major gunrunners are known, but manage to find sanctuary in Eastern Europe and Russia. Another major source of such weapons are corrupt officials, who sell off weapons to anyone. Such corrupt officials also sell older weapons, instead of following orders and destroying them. An additional international treaty would not stop the gun runners or corrupt officials. Many nations that signed the 1991 treaty have not reported all their exports and imports. Kenya and China are just two of many offenders. In 2006, Italian police arrested some local gangsters and found that they were brokering an unregistered sale of half a million Chinese AK-47s to Libya.

 

Many countries didn't want to call out Ukraine for arming the Sudanese rebels, because the world is appalled at the brutality with which Sudan treats its ethnic minorities. That's where the rebels come from in Sudan, and it's hard to get too worked up about anyone who is arming the rebels.

 

In practice, the key to slowing the trade in small arms is local action. This is much more difficult than enacting a new arms control treaty. Such treaties are nothing new. For most of the last thousand years, the Roman Catholic Church has periodically tried to ban some weapons, and warfare in general. But weapons control, like politics, is all about local situations. There is no easy solution.

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Political will and out-of-the-box thinking needed for SADC air defence

10 September 2013 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb

 

A major message coming through on day one of the SA Joint Air Defence Symposium (SAJADS) is that without political will across the region the implementation of a Southern African Development Community-wide air defence network will not become reality.

 

This was illustrated by defence analyst Helmoed Heitman who told the 350 plus delegates that few understood the potential of air power in peacekeeping, stabilisation and constabulary operations in Africa.

 

This because air defence was regarded by many of no real relevance in Africa, mainly because it is considered in conventional warfare terms and “the conventional wars there have been in Africa have not been studied”.

 

He said air power “in one or more forms will always be an element – usually a critical element – of any military operation” on the continent citing its sheer size, the generally large theatres and areas of operation as well as the poor condition of overland transport infrastructure and the small size of the majority of African militaries as reasons for this.

 

“In most cases air transport will be the only practical means of moving and supplying forces and combat attack and transport helicopters will be the only practical means of focussing and re-focussing combat power as situations develop,” Heitman said.

 

The relevance of a regional air defence system to South Africa and the wider region, he said, was based on “simple, self-interest”.

 

“South Africa needs a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood within which to develop its economy, both to attract vital foreign fixed capital investment and because, as Sergio Vieira, a one-time senior Mozambican intelligence official put it ‘paupers make bad neighbours’ – not that our immediate neighbours are necessarily paupers but their economies are too small to provide the markets we need.

 

“SADC as such also needs a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood, for much the same reasons, and also because as former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa said ‘if your neighbour is not stable, you cannot be stable for too long. If your neighbour collapses, the fallout will not respect the boundary between you’.

 

“The bottom line is South Africa and SADC need the peace, security and stability without which it will be impossible to undertake any meaningful economic activity.”

 

In this regard he quoted Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula who said: “There is no possibility of development and economic success for a South Africa surrounded by a pool of instability, war and hunger”.

 

He also warned that it was not only the “good guys” who made use of air power pointing out there were dedicated air routes used for smuggling, among others, valuable mineral ore as well as drugs and weapons.

 

“Air power in its widest sense will form a key element in many of the security challenges that will face Africa over the next few decades – from the occasional conventional or semi-conventional inter-state war through to insurgency and terrorism to organised crime. The trend is clearly visible and there are good examples to be found in Latin America and South-east Asia.

 

“The air defence community will need to accept, understand and digest that reality, and then develop a set of doctrines to deal with it. And they will have to persuade their colleagues in the other services of the need to think unconventionally in respect of air defence, not least in how one conducts offensive counter-air operations: Not many would see an infantry platoon placed at an air field or a long-range sniper team covering one from a hill two kilometres distant in that role, but that will in some cases be the only or at least the optimal solution. Imagination is required, not just professional competence.”

 

In terms of imagination going into air defence systems Lieutenant Commander Ben Wahl, anti-air officer on the SAS Spioenkop, came up with one in his presentation on netcentric integration of air defence systems in SADC.

 

He said the continuing presence of budget constraints had, in Ghana, been overcome by issuing fishermen with camera capable mobile phones.

 

“The country knows it cannot properly patrol its fishing waters and bringing fisherman who are on the water into the equation helped enormously. They are taught how to use the phones and once pictures of suspected fish poachers are taken they are sent to a control room from where scarce assets can be deployed without the need for continuous patrolling.”

 

His innovative approach sees off-the-shelf commercial portable computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones working together to provide short, sharp burst of information on to commanders to enable fast decision-making when it comes to airspace violations.

 

He envisages the Internet browser as an example of a simple, cost efficient system to carry this information with the added bonus of information carried being outdated less than a minute after transmission and so obviating the need to make it “hacker-proof”.

 

Rear Admiral Rusty Higgs, SAN Navy Chief Naval Staff officially opened the 2013 iteration of SAJADs in the absence of Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu, at the CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria.

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La sécurité au Sahel au coeur d'une réunion internationale à N'Djamena

11-09-2013 French.china.org.cn

 

Des chefs des services de renseignements des pays sahélo-sahariens, réunis depuis mardi dans la capitale tchadienne, examinent la situation sécuritaire dans la région, ainsi que le renforcement des capacités dans le domaine des renseignements et de la sécurité de leurs Etats respectifs.

 

"La persistance du phénomène de Boko Haram et ses ramifications transfrontalières, l'émergence de nouveaux défis sécuritaires liés à la grande criminalité, au fondamentalisme religieux et aux prises d'otage, sont autant de menaces réelles pour la paix et de la stabilité de la région sahélo-saharienne", a déclaré le secrétaire d'Etat tchadien à l'Intérieur et à la Sécurité publique, Mahamat Adji Ngoua, en ouvrant les travaux.

 

Selon lui, la rencontre de N'Djaména offre l'opportunité pour des discussions approfondies sur la situation sécuritaire et de prendre des décisions requises pour faire face à ces défis relevés ci-haut. "Elle doit en outre explorer les voies et moyens pouvant permettre de renforcer la coopération sécuritaire et l'opérationnalisation de la structure africaine de paix et de sécurité dans la région sahélo-saharienne", a-t-il ajouté.

 

Le secrétaire d'Etat tchadien à l'Intérieur et à la Sécurité publique a exhorté les experts de l'Union africaine à réfléchir et à trouver tous les mécanismes et outils nécessaires qui pourront permettre aux Etats membres de l'organisation continentale de prévenir et d'empêcher les mouvements des groupes terroristes, de combattre efficacement les activités des bandes criminelles.

 

Le commissaire pour la Sécurité et la Paix de l'Union Africaine, Ramdane Lamamra, a également relevé que les menaces qui pèsent sur la sécurité et la stabilité sont de nature transnationale et que toute réponse qui se veut efficace doit être collective.

 

"Le choix du Tchad et de sa capitale, N'Djaména, se veut naturellement un acte de reconnaissance pour la contribution inestimable que le Tchad a apportée à l'effort collectif qui a permis de libérer le nord du Mali de l'emprise de groupes terroristes et criminels. Le Tchad a fait preuve d'une solidarité agissante et d'un engagement panafricaniste remarquable", a indiqué M. Ramdane Lamamra.

 

Il a réitéré "la haute appréciation de l'Union africaine auprès du président Idriss Déby Itno, au peuple tchadien frère et au gouvernement tchadien pour les sacrifices consentis"

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Russia Sets ‘New Rules’ For Naval Shipbuilders – Report

MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti)

 

A senior Russian defense official has unveiled “new rules” for the country’s military shipbuilding industry in a bid to shake up warship production, Kommersant daily reported Friday.

Citing unnamed sources who attended the closed-door meeting at the Krylovsky research center in St. Petersburg, Kommersant said Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov’s address “in fact set out new rules of the game” in the shipbuilding industry. Similar meetings will soon take place on the military aerospace and space sectors, the sources told the paper.

Borisov said Russia's new military shipbuilding program until 2050, which has to be drafted by November, should primarily focus “on quality.” He said less funding will be provided for the program than previously, but did not say by how much.

The new naval shipbuilding program will cut the number of ship types while increasing their number, and also ensure more efficient budget spending throughout the entire life cycle of each ship, Borisov said according to Kommersant.

“We need ships that will serve 50 years, not 30 years and that can undergo five or six modernizations,” Borisov said, the paper reported, adding that it was important to encourage shipbuilders to build fewer ships of better quality.

Under the rearmament program for the period until 2020, some 5 trillion rubles ($150 billion) has been allocated for the Navy, Borisov said, of which 47 per cent will go into building new ships.

Borisov criticized previous state rearmament programs, that he said had not been fulfilled due to “wrong assessment of planned spending, the high inflation rate, low level of prepayment, underestimated costs and out of control growth in prices” for warships. He compared the cost of building a ship to the "budget of a city," saying pricing is a burning issue for the industry, the report said.

Borisov’s ultimatum to the industry is the latest in a series of direct addresses by senior Russian officials to naval shipbuilders, and in particular the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Last May, President Vladimir Putin fired the corporation’s boss Andrei Dyachkov after just ten months in the job, replacing him with the head of tank maker Vladimir Shmakov, with a brief to shake up the sector.

In August, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, said all contracts for naval ships should be “unified,” including all systems on board including weapons, in a bid to keep control of costs.

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destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113)

destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113)

September 10, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

Three China People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships arrived in Hawaii last week to join the US Navy in a search-and-rescue exercise, according to Associated Press. The PLAN guided missile destroyer Qingdao, a frigate and a supply ship took part in exercises Monday with the USS Lake Erie off Waikiki in order to foster operational familiarity between the two navies, according to the report. PLAN ships last visited the U.S. in 2006, when they stopped in Pearl Harbor and San Diego for communications drills and search-and-rescue exercises, while the two nations last held a joint drill in 2012 during an anti-piracy exercise off Somalia, the report notes.

 

Meanwhile, Admiral Wu Shengli, commander of the PLAN, is in San Diego to visit USN Third Fleet headquarters and meet with USN Chief of Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, according to another AP report. China will participate for the first time in the Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii in 2014, the world’s largest maritime exercise.

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More than 1,000 vehicles return from Afghanistan

Jackal and Coyote vehicles waiting to be unloaded at Marchwood (Picture Corporal Lu Scott, UK MoD)

 

9 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The delivery of nearly 100 vehicles to the UK from Afghanistan today brings the total number redeployed from theatre to more than 1,000.

 

94 vehicles were unloaded earlier today, Monday 9 September, at Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre near Southampton after transit from a port in the Middle East.

The protected patrol vehicles on board the ‘roll-on, roll-off’ ferry included 18 Mastiffs, each weighing more than 26 tonnes, and more than 30 Jackal vehicles.

British armoured vehicles are either being flown from Camp Bastion in Helmand province or in some cases moved overland through Pakistan to a sea port, before being loaded onto a ferry.

The ferry then spends over 4 weeks at sea navigating through the Gulf of Oman, along the coast of Yemen, across the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal, before sailing through the Mediterranean, past Gibraltar, and finally turning for UK shores.

Vehicles being returned to the UK from Afghanistan
Vehicles being returned to the UK from Afghanistan arriving at Marchwood [Picture: Shane Wilkinson, Crown copyright]

So far more than 1,080 vehicles and pieces of major equipment have been redeployed to the UK from Afghanistan, alongside 1,570 containers of materiel.

Under current plans, around 3,345 vehicles or items of equipment and around 5,500 containers of materiel will be returned by the conclusion of the British combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

The vehicles returned to the UK today will next travel to the Herrick exchange point facility at Warminster where mechanics will work to bring them up to standard ready to issue to units for future use.

Unloading vehicles being returned to the UK from Afghanistan
Unloading vehicles being returned to the UK from Afghanistan at Marchwood [Picture: Shane Wilkinson, Crown copyright]

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

Having deployed thousands of vehicles and pieces of equipment to Afghanistan over the last 12 years we are making good progress in bringing them home as we near the end of combat operations in December 2014. A huge amount of work goes into returning our equipment and vehicles from Helmand, so I’m pleased with the progress we have made so far.

The redeployment of equipment from Afghanistan is a major logistical challenge, but I am confident military planners are up to the task and we are on schedule to bring home the vast array of equipment we have deployed there. Our troops will be resourced properly to the end of operations, and the drawdown of equipment will not compromise our mission in Afghanistan.

We can only achieve this redeployment because of the successful transition of security control from British forces to Afghan forces, which are increasingly capable and professional. These forces have stepped up in the fight against the insurgency throughout this summer and now lead on security throughout the country.

Mastiff and Wolfhound armoured vehicles
Mastiff and Wolfhound armoured vehicles waiting to be unloaded at Marchwood [Picture: Corporal Lu Scott, Crown copyright]

The Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre is the sole ‘Army’ port in the UK and was built up in 1943 to ferry equipment and personnel to the Normandy beaches the following year during the Second World War.

The 289-acre site, which incorporates 3 main jetties, is operated by 17 Port and Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, who load and discharge Service and civilian shipping in support of military administration, exercises and operations.

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11 September 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

Modernization Program Relies on ARINC's Extensive Aircraft Upgrade and Logistics Experience
 
Annapolis, Maryland — ARINC Incorporated today announced that it is aggressively moving forward on completing its contract to modernize five C-130B transport aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force. The program, which began in the first quarter of 2011, is moving along as budgeted and scheduled.
 
Under the contract, ARINC is helping the Indonesian government modernize their C-130B fleet for humanitarian purposes. The program includes structural and electronic modifications to retrofit the legacy C-130B airframes with more recent capability and technology.
 
The ARINC team has reached a major milestone in the project with the completed export of over 1000 parts necessary for the modernization. The parts, which include five complete outer wing sets, five auxiliary power units and environmental control systems and an avionics modification, needed to be exported from the US to the modification facility in Bandung, Indonesia, which required ARINC's significant logistical skills and knowledge.
 
ARINC is performing the work half way around the world from its Aerospace Division based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, enabling the Indonesian Air Force to get the benefit of its extensive aerospace expertise without having to bear the cost and logistical issues associated with transporting the aircraft.
 
"ARINC Aerospace is uniquely qualified to perform this type of work," noted Michael Young, Vice President of ARINC Aerospace. "We have far-reaching experience on multiple platforms and a broad range of capabilities. We are pleased that the project is going so well and that we are growing closer to the goal of enhancing the capabilities of the Indonesian Air Force."
 

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China's military to hold exercises involving 40,000 troops

Sep 10, 2013 brahmand.com

 

BEIJING (PTI): China's militarywill hold one of its biggest exercises involving 40,000 troops aimed at testing the logistic ability of the world's largest army to move its troops in real wartime situation.

 

Dubbed as "Mission Action 2013," the exercises will involve more than 40,000 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) from the Nanjing and Guangzhou military area commands.

 

The Air Force too will participate in the drills, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported without giving the specific schedule.

 

The troops are expected to maneuver over 30,000 km by vehicle, railway, sea and air in order to test logistic capabilities of the PLA in a real war situation, according to military headquarters.

 

The 2.3 million-strong PLA, world's largest army, will also test coordination capabilities of different army units and organise cooperation between military and civilian forces.

 

Civilian transport tools, including railways and civilian vehicles, civilian airliners and ships will join the military action, the report said.

 

"Mission Action 2013" is part of the annual military training plan and has been approved by the Central Military Commission (CMC) chaired by Xi Jinping, who is also Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

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Editorial: China Flies Bombers and Drone Near Japanese Skies

11 September 2013 By J. Michael Cole – Pacific Sentinel

 
The Japanese Self-Defense Forces were on a high state of alert on September 9 ahead of the first anniversary of Japan’s controversial purchase of islets in the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu archipelago, particularly after a pair of Chinese bombers flew near Okinawa the previous day.
 
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has ordered military personnel to strengthen their surveillance around the Senkakus, which are also claimed by China and Taiwan. A source in the Japanese government indicated that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Chinese maritime enforcement could take “outstanding” action in the area on September 11, the first anniversary of the purchase.
 
Read the full story at The Diplomat

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India shops for 6 Chinooks

September 11, 2013 Shishir Gupta and Pramit Pal Chaudhuri -  Hindustan Times

 

New Delhi - India wants to ink a deal for six Chinook heavy-duty helicopters by the time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets US President Barack Obama on September 27 in Washington.

 

A half-dozen CH-47 Chinooks, a twin-engined helicopter capable of carrying 50 troops or 6.5 metric tonnes of cargo, will carry a price tag of about $500 million (`3,200 crore).

 

Introduced in 1962, the Chinook played a major role in the Vietnam war and has been the mainstay of the American forces in Afghanistan.

 

The Boeing-made helicopters will be bought through the foreign military sales route in which arms are sold in a government-to-government deal on a fixed price basis — ruling out haggling that often invites bribery charge.

 

The Chinook deal is being fast-tracked, say Indian government sources, and New Delhi hopes to have it finalised by December.

This is partly being driven by a desire to flesh out the thin agenda at the Washington summit. The proposal will be added to the schedule of US deputy secretary of defence Ashton Carter when he comes to New Delhi September 16-18.

 

The Indian side wants some major defence purchases readied for the summit, but other Indo-US weapons deals are caught in red tape. For example, the M777 howitzer deal has been in the works for two years and now, in part because of rupee devaluation, the price tag is bigger.

 

The Chinooks also face barriers. Boeing recently tried to add limited liability clauses to its military purchases and the Indian government is not happy about it. US sources say they have yet to receive any notification from the ministry of defence about the Chinooks.

 

The induction of the Chinooks will confirm the Stars and Stripes look of the Indian Air Force’s airlift capabilities. India has already bought C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift airplanes.

 

Military sources say the US aircraft have proven better at functioning at high-altitudes then the Russian planes they are replacing.

India has been mulling buying Chinooks to replace the Russian-made Mi-26 transport helicopters that were transformational when they were introduced a quarter-century ago but have a record of chronic maintenance problems.

 

India will be the 17th air force in the world to use Chinooks.

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Procurement : Fear Of Failure In Syria

September 9, 2013: Strategy Page

 

Russia has several arms deals with Syria that it says it will complete delivery on despite the international arms embargo on Syria. Russia is not much concerned with offending the international community by breaking the embargo. Russia has done that before, although it tries to be discreet about it and denies everything, or comes up with some imaginative excuses for its actions. But there are other reasons to hold back on delivery. One is that these weapons will probably get their first combat test and quite possibly fail. This will hurt future sales of these new weapons.

 

Poor performance in combat has long been a problem with Russian weapons. During the Arab-Israeli wars, and the 1991 liberation of Kuwait, Russian weapons performed poorly. The Russians blamed it on operator error, pointing out that some Israeli generals had confirmed this by saying they could have let the Arabs use Western systems while the Israelis used Russian weapons and Israel would still have won. Despite this, Russia often had to give away many of its weapons or provide such generous credit terms that it was, in effect, giving the stuff away. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, at about the same time a U.S. led force walked over the Russian equipped Iraqi Army and won decisively in less than a hundred hours, the demand for Russian weapons sharply declined. Many Russian defense manufacturers disappeared in the 1990s, and those that survived were the most capable and able, with some help from the bankrupt Russian government to survive by selling their best stuff (which was often pretty good) to whoever was able to pay cash. China and India loaded up on a lot of decent Russian military tech which, before, was not exported. Only “monkey models” (with the best electronics and other features removed) were exported. After 1991 you could have whatever you wanted if you could pay. Even the U.S. bought some of this stuff, in order to see just how well American weapons would do against the best the Soviets had.

 

In the last decade that “anything goes” policy has changed, and now Russia is demanding more, and getting it, for their best stuff. But this works, in part, because the Russians have been able to boast of snazzy new features without being contradicted by a disappointing reality. So the Russians are holding back on delivering S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Syria because they fear that if these weapons (similar but, according to Russian salesmen, superior to the American Patriot) would be defeated in combat by Israeli or NATO warplanes.

 

Other weapons are less of a problem, if only because they are less complex and less expensive. For example, over the last year Russia had delivered dozens of their high-speed P-800/Yakhont missiles. These have a range of about 300 kilometers and a 200 kg (440 pound) warhead. Israel responded with air attacks on Syrian trucks and warehouses containing some of these missiles. Israel also accelerated installation of its new Barak 8 anti-aircraft/anti-missile systems in their three 1,075 ton Saar 5 class corvettes (a prime target for the Yakhont). Israel has indicated that these attacks will continue, despite opposition from the United States. The worse scenario for Russia is that Syria or Hezbollah will use Yakhonts against the Israeli ships equipped with Barak 8 and lose. This will be great for Barak 8 but terrible for Yakhont sales.

 

Russia has also delivered 6 of 36 Yak-130s Syria ordered (because that’s all Syria has been able to pay for). That's not a big deal because the Yak-130 is basically a trainer aircraft which, like many jet trainers, is built to do double duty as a light bomber. The ten ton Yak-130 can carry an external load of three tons (of bombs, missiles, cannon pod, or fuel tanks). Max range, on internal fuel, is 2,000 kilometers. Against modern fighters the two-seat Yak-130 is toast but it should have no problem bombing civilians. There’s no danger to sales here.

 

Syria is also waiting on 12 MiG-29M2 fighters from Russia. This Cold War relic already has a bad reputation. Like many Russia warplanes, it looks great on the spec sheet but the reality is that many MiG-29s have been shot down by Western fighters and the aircraft is known to be expensive to maintain. Syria is not desperate to get these MiG-29s, if only because they know they will be spending a lot to provide aerial targets for Western or Israeli fighter pilots. What really matter are the four S-300 batteries Syria has ordered and partially paid for. Meanwhile, Russia is already sending (by ship and air freight) a lot of more mundane items of military gear (small arms, vehicles, communications) which no one expects to perform miracles. The S-300 is different and the Russians are really concerned about the S-300 being revealed as more snazzy salesmanship but not much help in keeping hostile warplanes out of Syrian airspace.

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Syrie: Washington prêt à attendre les conclusions de l'Onu (Obama)

WASHINGTON, 11 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Les Etats-Unis sont prêts à attendre les conclusions des experts de l'Onu chargés d'enquêter sur les cas d'utilisation d'armes chimiques en Syrie, a déclaré le président américain Barack Obama dans son allocution à la nation mardi soir.

 

"Nous donnerons également aux inspecteurs des Nations unies la possibilité de présenter un rapport sur ce qui s'est passé le 21 août dernier près de Damas", a annoncé le numéro un US.

 

Auparavant, la Maison Blanche s'est déclarée prête à lancer des frappes sur la Syrie sans attendre le rapport des experts onusiens en affirmant disposer d'assez de preuves du recours aux armes chimiques par les forces fidèles au gouvernement de Damas.

 

La Russie a proposé lundi de placer les arsenaux chimiques syriens sous contrôle international. Cette proposition a immédiatement été soutenue par Damas. Le président américain Barack Obama s'est déclaré intéressé par l'initiative de Moscou.

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US Navy Approves Undersea Operating Concept

Sept. 10, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Navy; issued Sept. 9, 2013)

 

Undersea Domain Operating Concept Approved by Chief of Naval Operations

 

NORFOLK --- The Chief of Naval Operations recently approved the Undersea Domain Operating Concept (UDOC) to ensure the U.S. Navy maintains undersea superiority into the future.

 

Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) worked with commander, Submarine Forces and other stakeholders to develop this concept.

 

Navy concepts are ways to stimulate innovation and the UDOC is a consolidation of many new ideas.

 

The UDOC describes how expanded use of the undersea domain contributes to cross-domain synergy, providing significant joint warfighting advantages. It provides a conceptual framework from which senior military leaders can better recognize and employ the effects and capabilities of undersea forces in joint warfighting. The concept explores several specific contributions of undersea maneuver as well as some enabling capabilities that will support expanded use of the undersea domain. An accompanying action plan sets the stage for more detailed products including integrating and enabling concepts and concepts of operation that inform future doctrine and tactics, techniques and procedures.

 

"As a maritime nation, our economy depends upon open commercial sea lanes, and our national security - and that of our allies - increasingly depends upon the advantages we enjoy in the undersea domain," said Rear Adm. Scott Jerabek, commander, NWDC. "The Undersea Domain Operating Concept offers new ways for preserving our freedom of action in the undersea domain."

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Modern Argonauts

9/5/2013 Strategy page

 

RED SEA (Sept. 3, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee)

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F-35 training unit set to start training with upgraded software

Sept. 11, 2013 by Dave Majumdar – FG

 

Washington DC - Pilots at the Pentagon's first Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter training unit at Eglin AFB, Florida, are gearing up to start an updated training syllabus that incorporates more of the jet's advanced avionics.

 

While F-35 students and instructors at the base currently use the rudimentary Block 1B configuration in their aircraft, later this year, the 33rd Fighter Wing will transition to operating the more advanced Block 2A configuration.

 

"We are going to transition to a Block 2A syllabus here in the late fall and early into next spring as we get the jets upgraded," says US Air Force Col Stephen Jost, commander of the 33rd Operations Group. The upgraded aircraft also means that the base's F-35 simulators and academic course have to be updated to incorporate the new systems.

 

As such, the F-35 Block 2A transition course will include flying three additional sorties over the current syllabus, which includes six flights. Those additional sorties will focus on using the F-35's Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL), which will enable pilots at the base to conduct more realistic tactical training in the F-35 for both air-to-air and air-to-surface missions.

 

"That will become operational with the 2A software, and so that is one of the key enablers that allows us to expand our mission set," Jost says.

 

Jost says that the Block 2A software is also expected to allow the F-35 fleet at Eglin AFB to operate at night. Pilots at the joint USAF, US Navy and Marine Corps operated fighter wing are also hoping for the release of additional flight envelope clearances. "We are hoping to get some relief on the flight controls," Jost says.

 

The expanded flight envelope - which will be released as test pilots put the three versions of the F-35 through its paces - should allow operational pilots to fly at higher angles of attack and possibly greater g-forces. The flight envelope currently released for training is severely restricted.

 

Jost could not offer any specific information on exactly how much of the F-35's flight envelope will be cleared for the pilots at the wing to use because such releases are often varied and incremental in nature.

 

The updated Block 2A syllabus will start clearing the way for the USMC to declare the short take-off and vertical landing(STOVL) F-35B variant of the jet operational in July 2015 with a Block 2B configuration. The USAF will declare the F-35A operational a year later in 2016 with the Block 3i configuration - which is the same software as Block 2B, but hosted on an upgraded computer system.

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Syrie/intervention: Obama demande au Congrès de reporter le vote

WASHINGTON, 11 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Le président américain Barack Obama a invité le Congrès à reporter le vote sur l'opération militaire en Syrie suite à la proposition de Moscou de placer les armes chimiques syriennes sous contrôle international.

 

"J'ai demandé aux leaders du Congrès de reporter le vote sur le projet de résolution autorisant le recours à la force en Syrie", a déclaré le dirigeant US dans son allocution à la nation diffusée mardi soir.

 

Dans le même temps, le chef de la Maison Blanche a ajouté qu'il avait donné l'ordre à l'armée américaine de rester sur ses positions actuelles et de maintenir la pression sur Assad afin d'être "prête à réagir si la diplomatie échouait".

 

Le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov a proposé lundi à la Syrie de "placer ses arsenaux chimiques sous contrôle international pour qu'ils puissent être détruits". Cette proposition a suscité une réponse positive de Damas. M.Obama a accueilli favorablement cette proposition, la qualifiant de "développement potentiellement positif".

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US Army Awards Raytheon $54 M for Excalibur Ib

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation

 

    New variant will provide increased precision, greater range

 

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $54 million contract for the procurement of the second lot of the Excalibur Ib artillery round.

 

The Excalibur Ib is a precision-guided artillery projectile based on Raytheon's combat-proven Excalibur Ia-1 and Ia-2, a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability in any environment.

 

"No other artillery round comes close to doing what Excalibur does for the warfighter," said Kevin Matthies, Raytheon Missile Systems' Excalibur program director. "The Excalibur Ib will not only provide industry-leading precision for the warfighter, it will also improve reliability and lower the unit cost."

 

With more than 690 rounds fired in theater to date, Excalibur is the revolutionary precision projectile for the U.S. Army and Marines. By using Excalibur's level of precision, there is a major reduction in the time, cost and logistical burden traditionally associated with using artillery munitions. Analyses have shown that on average it takes 10 to 50 conventional munitions to accomplish what one Excalibur can.

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11/09/2013 à 07:36 Par Le Figaro.fr (AFP)



Le président de la République François Hollande convoque mercredi matin un conseil de défense restreint au sujet de la Syrie, a annoncé l'Elysée.

Mardi, la réunion d'urgence du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU sur la Syrie, qui devait débuter à 16 heures locales, a été reportée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Ce report a été décidé à la demande de la Russie, qui avait convoqué cette séance de consultations à huis clos.

Ce report est intervenu alors que la Russie a jugé "inacceptable" le projet français de résolution à l'ONU "conférant aux autorités syriennes la responsabilité" d'une utilisation des armes chimiques le 21 août près de Damas. La France s'est dite prête à modifier, dans certaines limites, son projet de résolution et souhaité pouvoir en discuter avec la Russie.

Le projet de texte prévoyait un dispositif d'inspection et de contrôle de l'arsenal chimique par l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAC) et en cas de violations, "des conséquences extrêmement sérieuses" pour la Syrie.

François Hollande a déjà réuni à l'Elysée deux conseils de défense sur la Syrie. Le premier le 28 août pour préparer la riposte militaire que la France et ses alliés envisageaient contre le régime de Damas après l'attaque chimique du 21 août. Le deuxième, en format restreint, le 31 août, dans la foulée d'un entretien téléphonique entre le président français et le président américain Barack Obama où tous deux avaient réaffirmé leur "détermination" à agir contre le régime de Damas.
 

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Chasseurs Su-35 pour la Chine: un contrat sera signé en 2014

MOSCOU, 7 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie et la Chine signeront un contrat sur la livraison de 24 chasseurs Sukhoi Su-35 à Pékin dès 2014, a annoncé samedi à Moscou le directeur général adjoint de l'Agence russe d'exportation d'armements (Rosoboronexport) Victor Komardine.

 

"Les négociations sont en cours, mais il est peu probable qu'un contrat soit signé avant la fin de l'année. Sa signature aura lieu en 2014. Les négociateurs chinois discutent des performances techniques de l'avion", a indiqué M.Komardine.

 

Selon M.Komardine, Pékin et Moscou mènent également des discussions sur les armements à installer à bord des Su-35 chinois. Mais cela doit faire l'objet d'un contrat spécial.

 

Le directeur général de Rosoboronexport Anatoli Issaïkine a annoncé en août dernier que la Chine se doterait de chasseurs Su-35 après un spectacle présenté par un groupe de voltige aérienne chinois au Salon aérospatial international MAKS-2013 dans la région de Moscou.

 

Le Sukhoi Su-35 est un chasseur polyvalent hautement manœuvrable de génération 4++. Sa vitesse maximale atteint 1.400 km/h près du sol et 2.400 km/h en altitude. L'appareil est capable de détecter des cibles volantes à plus de 400 km de distance.

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