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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 12:35
General Wall receives a briefing about redeployment from Lieutenant Colonel Ceri Morton [Picture: Corporal Si Longworth, UK MoD]

General Wall receives a briefing about redeployment from Lieutenant Colonel Ceri Morton [Picture: Corporal Si Longworth, UK MoD]

10 June 2013 Ministry of Defence


The head of the British Army has visited UK Service personnel working in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.



General Sir Peter Wall travelled to Lashkar Gah, where he visited the Headquarters of Task Force Helmand and spoke with the Commander of British Forces in Helmand, Brigadier Rupert Jones, who updated him on the role of his troops in support of Afghan security forces.

General Wall also met with the Provincial Reconstruction Team’s Head of Mission, Catriona Laing, to discuss how civilian and military colleagues are working together to ensure Helmand’s progress in governance, development and the rule of law are maintained beyond the drawdown of UK forces from the region.

General Wall then travelled to the Lashkar Gah Training Centre (LTC) where he was briefed by the Commanding Officer of the Police Mentoring and Advisory Group (PMAG), Lieutenant Colonel Robin Lindsay.

General Wall talks with Brigadier Rupert Jones
General Wall talks with the Commander Task Force Helmand, Brigadier Rupert Jones, at Lashkar Gah [Picture: Corporal Si Longworth, Crown copyright]

The PMAG, formed from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), works directly with the Afghan police who will provide enduring security across Helmand.

While at the LTC, General Wall viewed new recruits of the Afghan National Police conducting training to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices.

Lieutenant Colonel Lindsay said:

The Laskar Gah Training Centre is a centre of police excellence and a reflection of the institutional and tactical progress that the Afghan Police have made over the last 4 years.

The standards here are high and the quality of graduates illustrates the increasing professionalism of the police. These policemen and women represent the future for Helmand’s security, so to see their enthusiasm to serve their local communities is really encouraging.

General Wall then flew to the main British operating base in Helmand, Camp Bastion, where he visited the Brigade Advisory Group (BAG), made up of 4th Battalion The Rifles (4 RIFLES), under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Tom Bewick.

The BAG advises the Afghan National Army’s 3/215 Brigade, and General Wall took the opportunity to watch Afghan soldiers conduct mortar training in the adjacent Afghan Camp Shorabak.

General Wall has supper with a group of soldiers
General Wall has supper with a group of soldiers [Picture: Corporal Si Longworth, Crown copyright]

Before leaving Camp Bastion, General Wall visited the Headquarters of Joint Force Support (Afghanistan) where he was briefed by the commander, Air Commodore John Bessell. He then conducted a tour of the various sites on camp involved in the redeployment of military equipment back to the UK – a process that is well underway since it began in October 2012.

General Wall said:

It’s invaluable to come and get an assessment from those on the ground of the progress we’re making, the issues we are having to confront as the campaign evolves, and also to see what sort of shape our people are in.

This was also a great opportunity to see for myself the quality of the training that the Afghan Police and Army are undertaking and I have been impressed by both their professionalism and confidence.

The change between what I found at Christmas time during my last visit and the current situation is quite remarkable.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 12:30
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June 10, 2013: Strategy Page


Israeli media are reporting recent U.S. tests of its 14 ton deep penetrator bomb (the MOP or Massive Ordnance Penetrator, AKA the GBU-57) against an accurate replica of the main Iranian nuclear weapons development facility at Fordo. Apparently the results of this test were distributed to American allies with the intention of sending a message to Iran. There is no confirmation of such a test.


It was only two years ago that the first eight GBU-57s were ordered and about twenty have been obtained so far. Earlier this year the U.S. Air Force announced unspecified improvements to the GBU-57. Seven of the first eight production model bombs were used for tests, which resulted in a classified list of tweaks to the existing design and these upgrades have been added regularly over the last year. All this apparently paid off in the recent test against the Fordo replica.


The GBU-57 contains 2.4 tons of explosives and cost $3.5 million each. In the last few years several B-2 bombers have been equipped to carry these weapons (two bombs per B-2). This was apparently meant to send a message to Iran and North Korea. There were no known targets for such a weapon anywhere else, but there are plenty of such targets in Iran and North Korea. Moreover, even if there were deep bunkers in Somalia or Afghanistan you don't need a stealth bomber to deliver an MOP. The enemy in those countries have no way of detecting a high flying B-52, much less a stealthy B-2. But Iran and North Korea do have radars, and a B-2 could slip past those radars and take out the air defense system command bunkers, or any other targets buried deep.


The 6.2 meter (20.5 foot) long MOP has a thick steel cap, which was originally designed to penetrate up to 7.9-61 meters (26-200 feet) of concrete (depending on degree of hardness) or up to 61 meters of rocky earth before exploding. This was the original spec, which is now supposed to be improved. A new Iranian nuclear facility (Fordo) is supposed to be buried beneath 90 meters of earth and rock.


The U.S. has not (officially) sold any GBU-57s to Israel, so any use of this bomb would have to be by American aircraft.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 11:45
Democratic Republic of the Congo  - The Intervention Brigade Dribbles Into Action

June 10, 2013: Strategy Page


Logistics problems continue to delay the deployment of the UN’s Intervention Brigade. This comes as no surprise. Central Africa in general lacks transportation infrastructure. There are few paved roads.  The intercontinental airports in the national capitals are adequate, but airfields in the hinterland are a very mixed lot. Many airfields in eastern Congo are dirt fields that can only handle small planes (think Cessna) and helicopters.  The UN currently uses Goma’s airport (North Kivu province) as a logistical “airhead” (airfield as a logistics terminal) but it is inadequate.  Everyone knows it needs improvements.  The airport and the city lack sufficient facilities for storing supplies. Experienced military commanders and planners know a combat operation should never rely on one key supply source, and the UN Intervention Brigade has an offensive combat mission. The Goma airport is vulnerable to rebel attack. During the last week of May, M23 rebels repeatedly hit the airport with mortar fire. M23 suspended the attacks so UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon could fly in to Goma for a speech. Media reported that UN personnel said the Secretary General’s very large travelling entourage encountered numerous transportation and logistics problems in eastern Congo.  A second UN-sponsored group was also in the region. According to one official, supporting the two groups proved to be a logistical nightmare. Supporting the Intervention Brigade is far more complicated and there are problems here that may not be solved. This would limit the mobility and effectiveness of the Intervention Brigade. (Austin Bay)


June 9, 2013: M23 said that it had sent a representative to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, to participate in a new round of peace talks with the Congolese government.


June 6, 2013: UN officials in Congo stated that Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s visit to the country and his stop in Goma has had a positive diplomatic outcome. The M23 rebel movement is indicating that it will resume peace negotiations in Uganda after having been suspended since early May.


June 5, 2013: A UN believes that nations involved in the Framework initiative for stabilizing central Africa must be prepared to fight the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebel group. The FDLR was founded by Rwandan Interahamwe Hutu extremists who organized and participated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  The Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front invaded Rwanda from Uganda, stopped the genocide and defeated the Interahamwe. Surviving Interahamwe fled into the eastern Congo. The Interahamwe were radical members of the Hutu tribe-dominated National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development (MRND) which ruled Rwanda from 1975 to 1994. Rwanda has claimed that the FDLR receives support from sources in the Congo. The Rwandan government will not negotiate with the FDLR and that’s why the Intervention Brigade may include the FDLR on its list of targeted militias and rebel groups.


June 3, 2013: The Tanzanian brigadier general who has been designated as commander of the Intervention Brigade, BG James Aloizi Mwakibolwa, said that the brigade will operate as part of the UN Monitoring and Stabilization Mission in Congo (MONUSCO).  Some UN sources now refer to the brigade as MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade. The brigade will be based in North Kivu province and have 3,069 soldiers. Mwakibolwa sees four essential tasks for the unit: neutralizing armed groups; reducing the threat posed to Congolese government authority; providing security for Congolese civilians; and creating space for stabilization activities (UN jargon for establishing secured areas). The brigade will carry out targeted offensive operations in order to neutralize the armed groups. The Congolese Army may or may not participate in the offensive operations conducted by the Intervention Brigade.


June 1, 2013: The South African government said that it supports deployment of the UN’s Intervention Brigade in the eastern Congo but it hopes that Congo and the M23 rebel group will restart peace negotiations. However, South African media are giving a lot of attention to the Intervention Brigade’s peace enforcement mandate – that is UN peacekeeping jargon for an offensive mission.  Senior members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) political party have also raised the issue of foreign support for some of the rebel militias the brigade will likely confront.  A spokesman did not specifically mention Rwanda but Rwanda has been accused of providing M23 with money, weapons and training. Rwanda denies the accusation.


May 29, 2013: M23 rebels said they are willing to agree to an extended ceasefire. Over the last ten days, M23 and the Congolese Army have engaged in several firefights north of the city of Goma (capital of North Kivu province). An M23 spokesman said that the rebels are positioned near Goma’s airport and they can target the airport very easily because they have fighters on a hill overlooking the airport. M23 also accused allies of the government (likely a pro-government militia) of attacking its fighters while they were securing fresh water supplies. M23 takes its named from the March 23, 2009 peace agreement which was supposed to end the chaotic fighting in North Kivu province. The M23 rebels contend the government broke its side of the agreement. One major M23 criticism is that the rebels did not receive their fair share of positions in the Congolese Army.


May 28, 2013: A civilian group in north Kivu province has accused the Rwandan government of sending four battalions of soldiers into the Congo. The Rwandans allegedly fought a battle near the town of Mutaho (north of Goma, near the airport). Rwanda denied the accusation. Four battalions is a large body of troops and it is very unlikely that a large group of Rwandan soldiers entered the Congo. M23 rebels and Congolese forces have been skirmishing in the area.


The UN reported that a MONUSCO peacekeeping unit from the Indian Army is deployed on the north side of Goma. The unit is supported by armored vehicles.


The UN announced that the deployment of the Intervention Brigade will be delayed.  The UN and contributing nations are experiencing severe logistical difficulties. Diplomats are also saying that South Africa has told them that its military will need more time to fully deploy its troop contingent in part because South Africa is already extensively involved in other peacekeeping operations. South Africa does have a lead contingent on the ground in Goma. Tanzania has a contingent in Goma as well, which is where the brigade headquarters will be. Malawi has committed troops to serve in the brigade. Since 13 South African peacekeepers were killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this year, a number of South Africans have questioned the Intervention Brigade deployment. The critics argue that South Africa is already doing more than its share of sub-Saharan peacekeeping.


May 23, 2013:  The UN Secretary visited Goma and delivered a speech. He declared that improving security and development must go forward simultaneously in Congo. Before his arrival, M23 said that it would observe a ceasefire.  The rebels demanded that the government sign a ceasefire agreement.


May 22, 2013: UN observers reported more skirmishing around Goma (North Kivu). Two days of shellfire (probably mortar fire) has wounded 15 civilians in Goma.  At least one child was killed by shellfire. The fire came from M23 rebel positions.


The World Bank has promised central Africa $1 billion in aid. Congo will get money for medical services, education and electrical generation projects.


May 20, 2013: At least 19 soldiers and rebel fighters were killed when M23 rebels fought with a pro-government militia group north of Goma. The government said it lost four Congolese Army soldiers and that the rebels lost 15 killed. Observers described the fighting as the heaviest in the area since November 2012.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 11:35
Korea : China Gives The North An Order It Cannot Refuse

June 10, 2013: Strategy Page


The North Korean nuclear test in February was the last straw for many Chinese leaders and now the North Koreans are being threatened (often in public, which is very embarrassing) and told they must change their ways (no nukes and lots more economic reforms.) China has cut back on economic aid to the north and cracked down on North Korea smuggling operations (via China). This is hurting the north financially and China has made it clear that things won’t change until the north does what China demands. North Korea has begun repairing relations with South Korea and has implemented more economic reforms. This includes a bonus program for farmers, who for decades have been treated like factory workers, receiving a salary and given few incentives to do a better job. Many farmers know that their Chinese counterparts got performance incentives decades ago and prospered. But that was China and North Korea condemned the Chinese for capitalist tendencies. No more, as the North Korean government has also loosened state controls on all worker pay in the country. This allows managers to reward more productive workers.


North Korea is being invaded by more than Chinese ideas. The Chinese currency has become the most widely used cash in much of the economy. This was a result of the ill-conceived 2009 currency reforms, which wiped out the savings of many entrepreneurs. Now these business-minded North Koreans prefer to do as much of their business as possible using Chinese and American currency. The local currency (the North Korean won) has lost most of its value (in terms of how many won it costs to buy a dollar or Chinese yuan) in the last four years.


The government is building a ski resort in the northeast (near Wonsan). The area has heavy snow from November to March and will be open to foreigners as well as North Koreans who can afford it (senior officials and the wealthier entrepreneurs). The resort is another perk for the ruling class, and a way to extract more cash from tourists and North Korean entrepreneurs. Soldiers are doing a lot of the construction work. There are already some ski runs in North Korea, but these were built for military training or to help athletes prepare for international competitions. The big competition will be with their South Korean counterparts during the 2018 Winter Olympics that will be held in South Korea (which already has lots of ski resorts and many medals from the Winter Olympics). 


A lot of North Koreans still believe in their government, if only because decades of intense propaganda have created a reality that is difficult to abandon. It’s also illegal, and often fatal, to show disloyalty. But the growing information from the outside is causing more and more confusion among North Koreans. The propaganda stressed how North Koreans were special and the Kim dynasty appreciated the unique purity and specialness of the North Korean people and struggled to preserve that unique character. Alas, many North Koreans are more concerned with personal survival and a better life. These malcontents are proliferating and already there are too many to send them all to prison camps. This growing shortage of true believers is seen as a trend that could destroy the North Korean ruling class. The only solution is more money and nuclear weapons are seen as the wonder weapon that can make it all better. But the nukes are annoying China, which is the only source of emergency economic aid North Korea has left.


Increasingly the cultural threats are coming from China, not South Korea. Videos of Chinese movies and TV shows are easier to get than the South Korean ones. The Chinese vids need subtitles, although many North Koreans (of the sort who have access to these videos) understand Chinese. It’s the kids who are most susceptible to this form of mental “pollution.” While government propaganda can criticize South Korean culture, the Chinese are officially friends and allies and that kind of criticism is not allowed.


The government is trying to deal with the growing bad behavior by using the “mobilization” (ordering people out for unpaid work on the farms or simply to clean up public areas). Avoiding this sort of thing, or not making an effort is a crime, although the affluent can usually bribe their way out of it. But for most people the growing number of “mobilizations” is tiring and another reminder of the power of the state.


It’s not just ordinary citizens who get mobilized, but also members of the military. Even border guards and police units have farms they must tend and during planting and harvesting time most of these uniformed personnel are farming rather than dealing with their usual chores. But the borders must still be guarded, so a lot of the guards pull double shifts, often for weeks on end. This is not only bad for morale, but lowers efficiency or simply makes the border security less effective. The overworked border guards are more susceptible to bribes during these times, despite the increased secret police presence (and a long stint in a labor camp if they catch you taking a bribe).


June 9, 2013: North and South Korea agreed to resume high level discussions on matters of mutual interest (economic aid for North Korea and South Korean firms operating factories inside North Korea as well as the North Korean nuclear and missile programs). These talks will begin in a few days. It is believed that North Korea has been forced by China to make peace with South Korea, get their economy in order and shut down their nuclear weapons program. North Korea is resisting that last demand.


June 8, 2013: For the first time in two years there were official talks in the DMZ border village (the traditional neutral ground for such talks). It lasted only an hour and mainly dealt more extensive talks to be held next week. North Korea asked for the talks and South Korea was reluctant to do it believing it was just another propaganda ploy. But China convinced the South Koreans that the northerners were eager to make nice and repair some of the damage northern belligerence had created in the last few months. This includes reopening the recently closed Kaesong Industrial Complex (in North Korea but financed and run by over a hundred South Korean firms employing more than 50,000 North Koreans).


The leaders of the U.S. and China completed two days of talks and agreed that North Korean nuclear weapons had to go.


June 7, 2013: North Korea restored the telephone hotline with the south. The north shut down the hotline in March.


May 26, 2013: China has openly called for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Since South Korea does not have nukes, this call was aimed squarely at North Korea. The U.S. had nukes in South Korea during the Cold War but removed them in 1991. China fears that South Korea might develop nukes to counter the threat from North Korea.


May 25, 2013: This month the army began using the locally made KUH (Korean Utility Helicopter). The 8.7 ton chopper is nicknamed “Surion", carries two pilots and 11 passengers and can be armed with 7.62mm machine-guns and six missiles. Some 60 percent of the components are made in South Korea. The 8.7 ton KUH looks similar to the Eurocopter Puma because technology was purchased from European firm EADS.  South Korea spent a billion dollars developing the KUH, and it was designed for civilian and military use. Thus South Korea becomes only one of 11 countries that produces helicopters. Full scale production began last year. The South Korean military is buying KUHs to replace its UH-1s and 500MDs.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 10:55
Exercice militaire à Canjuers. Les chars Leclerc sont en première ligne. (SIPA)

Exercice militaire à Canjuers. Les chars Leclerc sont en première ligne. (SIPA)

10-06-2013 Hubert Levet pour Challenges.fr


EXCLUSIF Le ministère de la Défense s'apprête à annoncer d’importantes commandes de munitions auprès de MBDA et Nexter.


Le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, en déplacement dans la région Centre ce lundi 10 juin, devrait dévoiler un important programme d’acquisitions de munitions pour les armées françaises. Sont concernés les groupes industriels Nexter et le missilier MBDA, filiale d’EADS, qui tous les deux possèdent des sites dans la région Centre.


MBDA va être retenu pour fournir aux frégates FREMM de la Marine Nationale, mais aussi aux futurs sous-marins nucléaires d’attaque Barracuda, des missiles Scalp Naval. Toujours pour les frégates, des missiles anti-missiles Aster vont aussi être commandés à MBDA. La filiale munitions de Nexter va de son côté se voir confier une seconde commande pluriannuelle d’obus de gros calibre (155mm, 120mm et 105mm) pour les systèmes d’armes de l’armée de terre. Cette commande, qui va apporter deux exercices d’activité à Nexter Munitions, va générer vingt embauches dans la filiale.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 07:55
BEM Monge en route vers Rouen photo G. Rueda 2013-06-07 Source Mer et Marine

BEM Monge en route vers Rouen photo G. Rueda 2013-06-07 Source Mer et Marine

10.06.2013 Mer et Marine

Une imposante masse blanche et d’imposantes paraboles pointées vers le ciel… Vendredi dernier, c’est un peu comme si une station d’observation spatiale avait traversé la campagne normande. Les promeneurs présents sur les bords de Seine ont pu observer un navire aussi étonnant qu’impressionnant. Exceptionnellement, dans le cadre de l’Armada de Rouen, le bâtiment d’essais et de mesures Monge, de la Marine nationale, a remonté le fleuve pour rejoindre le port normand, où il sera ouvert au public tout au long du plus grand évènement maritime de l’année, qui se déroule jusqu’au 16 juin.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 07:45
Libya army chief of staff 'resigns' after deadly clashes

9 June 2013 BBC Africa


Libyan army chief of staff Youssef al-Mangoush has reportedly resigned after 30 people died in clashes between protesters and a militia in Benghazi.


The General National Congress accepted his resignation in a session on Sunday, sources at the assembly say.


The clashes erupted when protesters gathered outside the Libya Shield Brigade premises demanding it disband.


The government has struggled to tackle the presence of armed militias since Col Gaddafi's death in 2011.


The BBC's Rana Jawad says Mr Mangoush, who was due to be replaced soon anyway, was seen as ineffective and to blame for much of the country's problems with the militias.


Peaceful protests outside the militia headquarters soon turned violent


The army chief submitted his resignation in a closed door session of the GNC, a member of congress told the BBC.


It comes as part of a wider decree, according to the same source, which also includes the appointment of a judge to investigate and break up the militias, as well as declare three days of mourning.


Mr Mangoush's deputy, Salem al-Gnaidy, will stand in as acting army chief until a new one is chosen, Reuters news agency reports.


Army takeover


A doctor at Benghazi's main hospital says that some of the deaths were caused by gunshot wounds to the chest and that there were six cases of amputations among the dozens of people injured.


Following Saturday's violence, the Libyan army said it would take control of all bases run by the Libya Shield Brigade in Benghazi.


The main headquarters, where the clashes took place, is already in the hands of a special forces unit in the city, an army spokesman said.


While it is not clear what the handover means in the long-term, it is clear that officials have not used the word "dismantle" - a key demand of the protesters - our correspondent says.


The government has also promised to follow investigations into the incident closely and a GNC statement said it was saddened by the events.


However, the Congress did not issue any direct criticism towards the Libya Shield Brigade, which will be seen by many as the authorities tip-toeing around the issue of militias and semi-autonomous brigades, our correspondent adds.


It also illustrates the weakness of the government in facing the matter head on, she says.


Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Benghazi last year to eject a number of armed groups that they blamed for continuing lawlessness in the city.


This followed an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four people, including US ambassador Chris Stevens.


Some officials blamed the attack on some of the largest brigades in the city, saying they were operating under the ministry of defence, our correspondent says.


Growing resentment towards armed militias was compounded after militiamen laid siege to various government ministries in Tripoli in April.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 07:45
Les soldats de la MISMA et du Mali aux côtés de ceux de Serval sur les Champs-Elysées

09.06.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense


Petite phrase de François Hollande, cet après-midi à Tulle alors qu'il rencontrait des soldats de Brive-la-Gaillarde de retour du Mali: "Le 14 juillet, une partie du 126e RI sera appelé à défiler sur les Champs. J'ai invité les armées de la MISMA, et des représentants de l'armée malienne."

Le 3 mai, dans un post, j'avais annoncé la présence de soldats africains. Puisque c'est désormais présidentiellement confirmé, les communicants vont pouvoir communiquer.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 07:35
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Jun. 7, 2013 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI – Defense News


NEW DELHI — As part of its policy to strengthen defense ties with countries in the Asia Pacific Region, India plans to improve relations with Australia and Thailand.


Visiting Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony and his Australian counterpart, Stephen Smith, agreed during talks in Canberra on Wednesday to step up military exchanges and naval combat exercises.


“The Defense Ministers of Australia and India agreed to continue to have regular bilateral Defence Ministers’ Meetings, to promote exchanges between the Defence establishments and the Armed Forces of both sides,” says an Indian Ministry of Defence statement.


Without specifying concern over Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, a joint statement issued at the end of the talks in Canberra said, “maritime security and freedom of navigation in accordance with principles of international law is critical for the growth and prosperity of the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean Region.”


Indian Defence Ministry sources said the Indian government does not want to formally participate in regional, multilateral security tie-ups, which was conveyed to Australian officials during Antony’s visit.


“Australia is part of an [informal] quadrilateral alliance between the United States, Australia, Japan and India, which will help check Chinese assertiveness in the Indian Ocean Region and the Asia Pacific region,” said Nitin Mehta, New Delhi-based defense analyst.


“While China looks at this quadrilateral strategic arrangement with suspicion, New Delhi wants to send a strong message to China that it is determined to stem the growing influence of Beijing in the Indian Ocean region,” Mehta said.


Defence Ministry officials denied that any talks were held regarding the “so called” quadrilateral alliance during Antony’s talks in Canberra.


“The Defence Minister A.K. Antony offered to discuss with Thailand possible areas of cooperation and collaboration in defense production. During talks with his Thai counterpart, Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat in Bangkok, Antony said India has, over the years, developed a well-established defense industry which can meet varying requirements of the Thai armed forces,” says the Indian Defence Ministry release.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 07:35
India developing robotic soldiers to replace humans in warfare

Jun 09, 2013 brahmand.com


NEW DELHI (PTI): With futuristic warfare in mind, India is working to develop robotic soldiers as part of efforts to boost unmanned fighting capabilities, joining a select group of countries in this endeavour.


Under the project being undertaken by DRDO, robots would be developed with very high level of intelligence to enable them to differentiate between a threat and a friend.


These can then be deployed in difficult warfare zones, like the Line of Control (LoC), a step that would help avert the loss of human lives.


"We are going to work for robotic soldiers. We are going to look for very high level of intelligence in it than what we are talking today... It is a new programme and a number of labs are already working in a big way on robotics," DRDO chief Avinash Chander told PTI in an interview.


The newly-appointed DRDO chief listed the project for development of robotic soldiers as one of his "priority thrust areas" saying that "unmanned warfare in land and air is the future of warfare. Initially the robotic soldier may be assisting the man."


He said in the initial phase of the project, the robotic soldier would be required to be told by the human soldier to identify an enemy or a combatant but "slowly in due course of time, the robotic soldier would be at the front end and the human soldier would be assisting him."


Chander said the need for a robotic soldier is felt to save precious human lives and already robots are used in areas where humans do no want to venture such as defusing bombs or getting inside a high-radiation territory.


"Robotic soldier is one step further. It will have multiple technologies in terms of communication with team members, ability to recognise an enemy," Chander said.


"Today, you have neural networks, whenever the soldier tells him (robotic soldier) that this is a human solider, he will derive his own logic as to what is the difference between him and others (civilians). That learning process will keep building up," he said.


Asked if it would be capable of being deployed in areas such as the Line of Control, Chander said, "In due course of time but not before a decade in any way."


He said many new technologies have to be developed such as "miniature communication, materials, cognitive technologies, self-learning processes and interaction with human."


Chander said "already five to six countries are actively working. They have not yet developed it fully but they are in fairly advanced stages. This is one of my priority areas."

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 05:19
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10 juin 2013 Romandie.com (AFP)


KABOUL - Des insurgés ont lancé une attaque suicide près de l'aéroport de Kaboul lundi à l'aube et se sont emparés d'un immeuble dans cette zone du nord-est de la capitale afghane, que la police tentait de reprendre.


L'attaque a démarré lundi matin au lever du soleil et se poursuivait vers 02H00 GMT, soit deux heures après son début. L'ambassade américaine a fait retentir son alarme accompagnée d'avertissements par haut-parleur qu'il ne s'agissait pas d'un exercice.


L'échange de tirs est en cours, c'est une attaque suicide, a déclaré à l'AFP le chef de la police de Kaboul, Hashmat Stanikzai.


Le responsable n'a pas pu confirmer la cible des agresseurs, mais les explosions sont entendues près de l'aéroport.


Dans un communiqué, la police a indiqué qu'un groupe d'assaillants étaient entrés dans un immeuble de la rue Qasaba, à l'ouest de l'aéroport, et procédaient à des tirs sporadiques.


La zone est à présent interdite d'accès par les forces de sécurité et les affrontements se poursuivent entre les forces de sécurité et les attaquants, a ajouté la police.


La dernière attaque à Kaboul date du 24 mai, lorsque des rebelles taliban ont lancé une opération suicide, suivie de sept heures d'affrontements armés dans le centre de la capitale. Sept personnes avaient été tuées, dont les quatre insurgés menant l'opération.


Les attaquants s'étaient retranchés, les armes à la main, dans le bâtiment de l'Organisation internationale des migrations, situé dans une zone abritant des organisations internationales.


Le gouvernement avait alors loué l'efficacité des forces de sécurité, qui étaient parvenues, selon lui, à limiter le nombre de victimes.


La qualité du travail des forces de sécurité est en effet cruciale pour que le gouvernement puisse affronter les talibans lorsque les forces de l'Otan se retireront d'Afghanistan en 2014.


La police et l'armée sont entraînées par la coalition internationale mais beaucoup doutent de leur capacité à imposer la paix, dans un pays ravagé par 12 ans de guerre.

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A gunner from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment looks along the sights of a general purpose machine gun [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, UK MoD]

A gunner from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment looks along the sights of a general purpose machine gun [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, UK MoD]

7 June 2013 Ministry of Defence


Over 2,000 troops and 750 vehicles from 20th Armoured Brigade have been preparing for the scenarios likely to be faced in future conflicts.


Exercise Bavarian Charger is the first of 3 large exercises being undertaken by the brigade this summer, and is designed to prepare personnel for contingency operations post-Afghanistan.

Captain Strachan-Hayes from Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade said:

This is the culmination of 4 or 5 months of training within the battle groups of the brigade where we have taken individual soldiers and built up their skills to platoon then company level.

We don’t know what contingency will look like; the future of operations might be very different so we have to look at a broad spectrum of capabilities.

This exercise has focused on the worst case scenario; how we might attack or defend against a force that is of parity, integrating the all arms concept with the aviation assets, and transitioning from offensive operations into security operations where we would be required to protect the local nationals and reassure the population.

A Challenger 2 main battle tank
A British Challenger 2 main battle tank live firing in Grafenwöhr, Germany [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]

The training was split into 3 phases starting with a demanding 2-week live firing package on the ranges of Grafenwöhr, which culminated in a series of attacks with the combined firepower of Challenger tanks, Warriors, Apache helicopters, infantry and artillery assets.

The brigade then travelled to Hohenfels, 100 kilometres further south. This move through open German countryside was designed to simulate the kind of challenges facing an armed force moving through a hostile environment. It also provided an opportunity to test the skills of 1 Logistic Support Regiment, who were co-ordinating the move.

The third phase took place in the heavily wooded and hilly terrain of the Hohenfels training area where the focus was on the planning and execution of operations at battle group and company level.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Rifles
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Rifles conduct house-clearing in a village [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]

The 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) and Queen’s Dragoon Guards Battle Groups were tested on tactics which involved sweeping across the battlefield in armoured vehicles before switching to peace support operations that required a more subtle and tempered approach.

For many of the Challenger crews from C Squadron of the Queen’s Royal Hussars this was the first time they had worked together on this kind of terrain and also the first time they had used their tanks in a counter-insurgency battle.

Besides the demanding pace of the exercise another challenge came in the form of the weather, with record rainfall over the 3 weeks causing severe flooding in south Germany and putting a dampener on morale, especially for the infantry troops of 5 RIFLES who were exposed to the unrelenting downpours during the digging-in phase.

Despite this, brigade personnel achieved some valuable training and had the chance to refresh their core skills having returned from Afghanistan in 2012.

Soldiers disembark a German CH-53G Stallion helicopter
Soldiers from the Queen's Dragoon Guards Battle Group disembark a German CH-53G Stallion helicopter [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
Soldiers build a 5-bay medium girder bridge
Soldiers from 37 Armoured Engineer Squadron build a 5-bay medium girder bridge for armoured vehicles to use [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
A Javelin (anti-tank weapon) fire team from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
An Apache attack helicopter
A British Apache attack helicopter provides close air support for the troops on the ground [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
Armoured vehicles
Armoured vehicles arrive in Hohenfels from Grafenwöhr by cargo train [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
British Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior armoured infantry fighting vehicles
A panoramic view of British Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior infantry fighting vehicles on the live firing range at Grafenwöhr [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
A soldier from 5th Battalion The Rifles
A soldier from 5th Battalion The Rifles provides cover for his colleagues [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
A British Warrior armoured infantry fighting vehicle
A British Warrior infantry fighting vehicle patrolling across the live firing range in Grafenwöhr [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
A British Challenger 2 main battle tank
A British Challenger 2 main battle tank live firing in Grafenwöhr [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
A soldier from the Queen's Dragoon Guards Battle Group
A soldier from the Queen's Dragoon Guards Battle Group moves to a firing position [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
A soldier from the Queen's Dragoon Guards Battle Group
A soldier from the Queen's Dragoon Guards Battle Group on a foot patrol [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
Soldiers build a 5-bay medium girder bridge
Soldiers from 37 Armoured Engineer Squadron build a 5-bay medium girder bridge for armoured vehicles to use [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]
AS90 self-propelled gun
An AS90 self-propelled gun from 26th Regiment Royal Artillery firing 155-millimetre shells [Picture: Corporal Wes Calder RLC, Crown copyright]

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« Doumba »: exercice de synthèse pour les Waraba

8 juin 2013 EUTM Mali


Du 4 au 6 juin 2013, le bataillon « Waraba » des forces armées maliennes a effectué un exercice de synthèse baptisé « Doumba », clôturant un cycle de formation de 10 semaines entamé le 2 avril 2013 dans le cadre de la mission EUTM Mali. Comprenant 5 phases au total (reconnaissance, conquête d’un objectif, contrôle de zone, coup d’arrêt, offensive), cet exercice, effectué dans la région de Koulikoro, a permis aux instructeurs de la mission EUTM Mali d’attester la capacité opérationnelle du bataillon Waraba, désormais remis à la disposition des forces armées maliennes. Cet exercice a été marqué par la visite du général Ibrahim Dembélé, chef d’état-major général des armées du Mali, ainsi que du général François Lecointre, commandant la mission EUTM Mali, venus constater sur le terrain le niveau atteint par le bataillon Waraba.


Fort de 715 hommes, le bataillon « Waraba » (« les lions » en langue bambara), commandé par le lieutenant-colonel Yacouba Sanogo, est composé de trois compagnies d’infanterie et d’unités d’appui spécialisées dans le domaine de l’arme blindée cavalerie, de l’artillerie et du génie.


Reportage photo

« Doumba »: exercice de synthèse pour les Waraba

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An Indian Air Force Hawk AJT - Photo BAE Systems

An Indian Air Force Hawk AJT - Photo BAE Systems

07 June 2013 by Saurabh Joshi - stratpost.com


These aircraft are part of a batch of 57 Hawks ordered jointly by the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) for around 700 million pounds, the first 17 of which will go to the navy.


The Indian Navy is set to receive the first four of its order of 17 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft next month.


The aircraft, manufactured under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be delivered to INS Dega at Visakhapatnam and will eventually take over the role of the eight Kiran Mk II training aircraft operated by the Indian Navy at INS Hansa at Goa.


These aircraft are part of a batch of 57 Hawks ordered jointly by the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) for around 700 million pounds, the first 17 of which will go to the navy.


The second of eight Boeing P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft will also be delivered to the Indian Navy’s base INS Rajali next month. The first aircraft was delivered last month.


The IAF also plans to acquire an additional 20 aircraft for their Surya Kiran aerobatic team.


The delivery of a 2004 IAF order of 66 Hawk aircraft to the IAF was completed last year, with 42 being license-produced by HAL.


A Kiran Mk II of the Indian Navy’s Sagar Pawan aerobatic team crashed at Hyderabad during the Indian Aviation 2010 air show on in March, 2010, killing both crew members.


The first ten of the IAF order for 75 Pilatus PC-7 Mk II aircraft in an order worth around USD 600 million, were delivered last month, which will replace the indigenous HAL HPT-32 basic trainer aircraft, grounded last year following a number of crashes.

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9 juin 2013 7 09 /06 /juin /2013 12:30
ELM-2022A multirole radar  - Elta Systems

ELM-2022A multirole radar - Elta Systems

6 Jun 2013 By Arie Egozi - FG


Tel Aviv - Israel Aerospace Industries is in the final stages of delivering a multirole persistent surveillance radar system mounted on an aerostat platform to a foreign customer, with acceptance testing having recently been completed.


The tethered aerostat solution will enable the operator to detect low flying and surface targets at the radar's maximum range by mitigating the curvature of the earth and terrain-masking limitations.


Developed by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, the sensor is based on the ELM-2022A multirole radar. It detects and automatically tracks maritime and airborne targets, ranging in size from small periscopes to large maritime vessels in high sea states and in high-density coastal environments, the company says. The radar includes a ground moving target indication mode for detection in designated areas of interest.


An electro-optical/infrared sensor payload is also installed on the aerostat and integrated with the radar, allowing enhanced identification capabilities.


The system can be operated locally or remotely and be deployed to different areas of interest as a primary sensor or temporary gap-filler.


"This novel concept, which allows for multisensor, multirole target detection and management, will be one of the first operational multimode aerostat platforms of its kind," says Elta president Nissim Hadas. "It follows IAI/Elta's tradition of innovation and provides the customer with high performance, cost-effective solutions."

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9 juin 2013 7 09 /06 /juin /2013 12:20
Sikorsky Receives U.S. Navy Award to Build Four CH-53K Operational Test Helicopters

June 06, 2013 sikorsky.com


  STRATFORD, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has received a $435 million U.S. Navy contract to build four production-representative CH-53K heavy lift helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Designated as System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA), the four aircraft will enable the Marines to conduct operational evaluation of the new helicopter system in support of Initial Operational Capability in 2019.



“The four SDTA aircraft are based on the configuration of the fourth and final flight test aircraft currently being assembled on the prototype production line,” said Dr. Michael Torok, Sikorsky’s CH-53K Program Vice President. “We truly appreciate the high level of confidence the Navy and Marine Corps have shown to the CH-53K team as we move forward with this important next phase of the program.”


The Navy has included the SDTA helicopters as an additional line item under the existing $3.5 billion System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract initially awarded to Sikorsky in April 2006. The contract schedule requires that Sikorsky deliver the first SDTA aircraft in 39 months, and the fourth by the end of March 2017, when the Marines will begin operational evaluation. The contract’s cost-plus-incentive fee arrangement incentivizes Sikorsky to deliver early. Sikorsky will perform final assembly of the SDTA aircraft at the company’s Florida Assembly and Flight Operations facility in West Palm Beach.


To date, Sikorsky has delivered two of the seven SDD CH-53K aircraft – the Ground Test Vehicle and the Static Test Article – into the test program, and is finalizing assembly of the four flight test aircraft and the Fatigue Test Article. First flight of a CH-53K prototype aircraft is expected in late 2014.


Once the SDTA aircraft enter operational evaluation in 2017, the Marine Corps will verify the CH-53K helicopter’s capability to carry 27,000 pounds over 110 nautical miles under “high hot” ambient conditions, nearly tripling the external load carrying capacity of the current CH-53E Super Stallion™ helicopter.


Technology enablers for increased lift include three 7,500-shaft-horsepower GE38-1B engines; a split torque transmission design that more efficiently distributes engine power to the main rotors; fourth-generation composite rotor blades for enhanced lift; and a composite airframe structure for reduced weight.


"The SDTA contract represents an exciting and significant milestone in our program," said Col. Robert Pridgen, the Heavy Lift Helicopters program manager for the Naval Air Systems Command. "We are well on our way to making the CH-53K a reality for our Marines and our Naval fleet. The capability this aircraft brings, in every clime and place, is critical to sustaining the future missions of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force. The future of heavy lift is bright."


Per the current program of record, the Navy intends to order an additional 196 CH-53K aircraft as part of a separate production contract to stand up eight operational squadrons and one training squadron to support the Marine Corps’ operational requirements. Eventual production quantities would be determined year-by-year over the life of the program based on funding allocations set by Congress and the U.S. Department of Defense acquisition priorities.


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.


This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning opportunities for development, production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans, availability of funding and in the type and number of aircraft required; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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9 juin 2013 7 09 /06 /juin /2013 11:55
EDA-R : Le nouveau moyen de connecter la mer et la terre

07/06/2013 Marine nationale


En novembre 2011, la flottille amphibie accueillait son premier Engin de débarquement amphibie rapide (EDA-R). En un an et demi, le connecteur terre-mer de nouvelle génération a fait ses preuves à la mer, depuis les bâtiments de projection et de commandement (BPC) français comme lors d’interactions avec les moyens d’autres marines, américaine et britannique notamment.

Tour à tour catamaran ou chaland, c’est sa capacité de mutation qui fait de l’EDA-R un engin atypique et novateur. A l’instar de tout bâtiment de la Marine, l’admission au service actif marque le point de départ de la montée en puissance. Celle des EDA-R peut commencer…

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Entraînement franco-suisse, deux Super Puma sur la base de Payerne

Entraînement franco-suisse, deux Super Puma sur la base de Payerne

07/06/2013 Armée de l'air


Du 3 au 7 juin 2013, l’escadron de transport, d'entraînement et de calibration (ETEC 65) de Villacoublay s’est rendu sur la base aérienne de Payerne, en Suisse. L’occasion de réaliser des entraînements conjoints avec leurs homologues suisses sur leur hélicoptère de prédilection, le Super Puma.


Cet échange franco-suisse est une opportunité pour l’équipage du Super Puma français déployé de s’aguerrir au vol en montagnes. «Nos collègues suisses évoluent sur le même hélicoptère que notre escadron, explique le capitaine F., pilote et chef du détachement. Nous avons eu la possibilité de croiser les équipages des deux nations et d’apprendre de nos techniques respectives». Peu habitué à évoluer dans ces conditions, les pilotes d’hélicoptères de l’ETEC ont profité de cet exercice pour réaliser des posers jusqu’à 12 000 pieds.


Pour la première fois, les Super Puma de l’ETEC ont intégré le dispositif de l’exercice Joint Warrior, organisé en Écosse, en avril 2013. L’escadron participera de nouveau à la deuxième édition de cet entraînement britannique, en octobre prochain.

Un Super-Puma suisse de la base aérienne de Payerne

Un Super-Puma suisse de la base aérienne de Payerne

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République Centrafricaine : réarticulation du dispositif

07/06/2013 Sources : EMA


Depuis le 6 juin, compte tenu de l’évolution de la situation en République de Centrafrique (RCA), le dispositif militaire a été réarticulé avec le désengagement de la compagnie parachutiste du 8e RPIMa vers Libreville, d’où elle reste toutefois en alerte.

République Centrafricaine : réarticulation du dispositif

Entre le 22 et le 24 mars, 300 militaires en provenance de Libreville (une compagnie du 8eRPIMa et une compagnie du 3eRIMa, en mission de courte durée au Gabon (FFG)) avaient été déployés à Bangui en renfort des 250 militaires du détachement Boali, afin d’être en mesure d’assurer la sécurité des ressortissants français si la situation l’éxigeait.


La compagnie du 8eRPIMa est retournée au Gabon le 6 juin. 400 militaires français restent actuellement déployés en RCA.


Par ailleurs, dans le cadre classique des relèves, la compagnie motorisée du 3eRIMa a été relevée le 6 juin par le 16eBC de Bitche à Bangui. La compagnie parachutiste du 8eRPIMa sera quant à elle relevée à Libreville dans les prochaines semaines par le 1erRCP de Pamiers.


La France est présente dans le cadre de l’opération Boali en RCA depuis 2002. Cette opération vise à apporter un soutien logistique, administratif, technique et si besoin opérationnel à la MICOPAX (Mission de consolidation de la paix en République Centrafricaine). Les militaires français restent en mesure d’assurer la sécurité des ressortissants français si la situation l’exige.

République Centrafricaine : réarticulation du dispositif

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Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2013 : Bilan à mi-parcours avant une nouvelle phase du déploiement

07.06.2013 Marine nationale


Le groupe amphibie composé du bâtiment de projection et de commandement (BPC) Tonnerre et de la frégate anti-sous-marine (FASM) Georges Leygues, arrive à mi-parcours et entame une nouvelle phase de la mission Jeanne d’Arc 2013. Retour sur les actions conduites par le groupe auquel sont intégrés 133 officiers-élèves, dont dix médecins, onze commissaires, huit administrateurs et dix-huit élèves étrangers, qui effectuent leur premier déploiement opérationnel de longue durée avec les enseignes de la promotion École navale 2010.

Coopérations bilatérales et projection de force interarmées

Parti de Brest le 6 mars dernier, le groupe a conduit des actions de coopération bilatérale significatives au travers de manœuvres amphibies mettant en œuvre, outre les deux bâtiments, le groupe tactique embarqué (300 militaires de la 6ème BLB et du 2èmeREI), un détachement de la flottille amphibie, un sous-groupement aéromobile (ALAT) et un détachement de l’aéronautique navale (22S). Cette capacité amphibie interarmées a été mise en œuvre à Portsmouth dans le cadre de l’exercice Gant de fer, lors de l’exercice franco-libanais Cèdre Bleuau nord de Beyrouth, à l’occasion encore de l’exercice franco-jordanien Mercy au nord d’Aqaba et de Tonnerre d’Acier, un exercice amphibie mené conjointement avec les Forces Françaises stationnées à DJibouti (FFDJ), en collaboration avec l’US Air Force et les Forces Armées Djiboutiennes (FAD). Ces actions conjointes ont permis de mettre en avant, outre toute la valeur du concept d’emploi des BPC, le savoir-faire du groupe dans le domaine des opérations amphibies et sa capacité à œuvrer efficacement en interarmées et en coopération avec des armées étrangères. Ces interactions constituent parallèlement un terrain de formation privilégié pour les officiers-élèves embarqués. C’est dans ce contexte interarmées, interallié et international qu’ils auront à conduire leurs missions demain.

Action européenne 

À l’ouvert de l’océan Indien, le groupe amphibie a basculé dans une nouvelle phase de son déploiement en rejoignant le 12 avril l’opération européenne de lutte anti-piraterie Atalante, aux côtés de la frégate de surveillance (FS) Nivôse et du patrouilleur de surveillance océanique (PSO) L’Adroit. Ce deuxième temps de la mission s’est inscrit dans les objectifs de sécurisation du trafic maritime, de dissuasion et de répression des actes de piraterie au large des côtes somaliennes. En particulier, quatre « friendly approachs » (approches amicales) ont été conduites sur des boutres au large de la Somalie. Ces interventions permettent d’expliquer aux pêcheurs et marins de commerce de la zone, la raison d’une présence militaire et de sensibiliser les équipages aux attaques de pirates qui y sévissent. A cette occasion sont ainsi rappelées les bonnes conduites à appliquer (« Best Management Practices ») au titre du volet prévention de la mission Atalante.

Avec 3 attaques à ce jour en 2013 contre 35 attaques en 2012, 176 en 2011 et 174 en 2010. La baisse des chiffres de la piraterie traduit le succès de l’action de la force européenne, conjointement à celles engagées sous d’autres mandats (OTAN, nationaux, …).

L’action maritime du groupe a trouvé son prolongement en escale à Port-Victoria lors de sa relâche opérationnelle. Le BPC Tonnerre a notamment apporté son concours au premier exercice de lutte contre la piraterie organisé avec les gardes-côtes seychellois par l’antenne locale d’EUCAP NESTOR, inaugurée à l’occasion de l’escale du groupe. Par cette antenne, EUCAP NESTOR contribue au développement des capacités maritimes seychelloises. Cette mission de l’UE, moins connue qu’Atalante, est placée sous la direction de l’Amiral (2s)  Launay et complète, avec la mission EUTM Somalia, l’approche globale qu’adopte l’Union Européenne pour la corne de l’Afrique. Là encore, les officiers-élèves ont pu tirer profit de leur pleine intégration aux équipages des deux bâtiments pour appréhender in situ l’action de la force européenne, au plus proche des réalités opérationnelles.

À mi- parcours : même mission, nouvelle phase

À présent, le groupe amphibie poursuit son déploiement de l’océan Indien jusqu’à la mer de Chine méridionale afin d’honorer deux missions. La première vise à développer nos partenariats et à mener des actions de coopérations bilatérales afin d’appuyer l’action diplomatique française. La seconde consiste à apporter un concours au soutien à l’exportation des industries de défense grâce à la démonstration ou à la présentation in situ de nos matériels militaires.

Ce volet du déploiement met en exergue une fonction inhérente aux bâtiments hauturiers de la marine nationale, celle d’ambassadeur[1]. Il s’inscrit également dans la fonction connaissance et anticipation, reprise et appuyée dans le nouveau Livre blanc de 2013, en ouvrant un accès géographique à cette région du globe vers lequel le centre de gravité s’est déplacé. Plus que jamais, les officiers-élèves sont au cœur du sujet.

[1] Le meilleur des ambassadeurs,  Hervé Couteau-Bégarie.

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Le représentant de la CNIM présente l’EDAR au CV Sharma, directeur des besoins opérationnels de la marine indienne

Le représentant de la CNIM présente l’EDAR au CV Sharma, directeur des besoins opérationnels de la marine indienne

07/06/2013 Marine nationale


Le bâtiment de projection et de commandement (BPC) Tonnerre, en relâche opérationnelle à Goa (Inde) le 31 mai 2013, a mis à disposition ses installations pour permettre à des industriels français d’exposer leurs matériels et savoir-faire aux décideurs indiens.


Le groupe Jeanne d’Arc 2013 entame la troisième phase de son déploiement dans un objectif de soutien à la diplomatie navale et aux exportations de défense. Le BPC Tonnerre et la FASM Georges Leygues effectueront plusieurs escales, de l’océan Indien jusqu’à la mer de Chine dans cet objectif.


À Goa, le salon a rassemblé quatre industriels de défense: Cassidian, SAGEM, CNIM et DCNS. Les représentants de ces entreprises ont pu notamment rencontrer le vice-amiral Parhar, commandant la région maritime de Goa et l’aéronautique navale. Les autorités de la Marine Indienne ont ainsi pu observer en situation le matériel des industriels français équipant le BPC et présenté par les marins du bord qui l’utilisent en opérations. Ces prises de contact entre marines sont essentielles pour les industries françaises qui souhaitent collaborer avec les marines étrangères.


Le soutien à l’exportation des industries de défense françaises est une mission à part entière du ministère de la Défense, et donc de la Marine. L’objectif de ces manifestations est de garantir aux décideurs étrangers, susceptibles de les acquérir la qualité, la fiabilité et la pérennité des équipements français qui équipent les bâtiments de la Marine nationale. A ce titre la Marine nationale, en collaboration avec le Groupement des industries de constructions et activités navales (GICAN), organise des « salons » pendant lesquels exposent des industriels qui ont participé à l’équipement du Tonnerre.


Le prochain «salon» se déroulera le 13 juin, le groupe Jeanne d’Arc sera alors en relâche opérationnelle à Singapour.

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Color Photo Of English Port Activity Prior To D-Day

6/7/2013 Strategy Page


General view of a port in England; in foreground, jeeps are being loaded onto LCTs - in background, larger trucks and ducks are being loaded onto LSTs. June 1944.

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M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System

6/2/2013 Strategy Page


U.S. Marines with Romeo Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines (5/11), Regimental Combat Team 7 fire rockets from a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, June 1, 2013. Marines with 5/11 are deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Anthony L. Ortiz)

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