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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 07:50
Marines: Preparing For A Baltic War

 

September 15, 2015: Strategy page

 

Fear of Russia is creating a new military alliance in northern Europe. Since 2014 Sweden and Finland, while not NATO members, have been training with other Baltic states (Denmark, Norway, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) that are. This year Sweden and Finland participated (along with 15 other nations) in the BALTOPS naval exercise. The 5,600 troops involved were mainly concerned with confirming that everyone’s equipment, procedures and communications worked as needed for joint naval and amphibious operations.

 

One of the things the 2015 BALTOPS was concerned with was defending Gotland; a key Swedish island between Sweden and Latvia. Whoever controls Gotland dominates the eastern Baltic and access to most of the Swedish coastline. BALTOPS planners also examined retaking Gotland if Russia were to seize it, which Sweden sees as an increasing possibility. Sweden now plans to increase the Gotland garrison and build more fortifications.

 

BALTOPS also worked on amphibious operations in the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), which are now NATO members and threatened by Russia. Sweden and Finland have long been allies and are increasing their military cooperation and coordination.

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29 juin 2015 1 29 /06 /juin /2015 12:55
Carrousel de Saumur - 17 et 18 Juillet 2015

2 journées de shows militaires les 17 & 18/07/2015

SAUMUR - Le Carrousel de Saumur est l’événement public le plus ancien de France et un des premiers shows militaires de l’hexagone. Une démonstration équestre de haut niveau et une vitrine militaire impressionnante grâce au Musée des Blindés qui y déploie ses plus beaux chars. Deux représentations les vendredi 17 et samedi 18 juillet 2015 avec en invité d'honneur le Régiment des Hussards de la Garde Royale Danoise !

 

Les Hussards de la Garde Royale Danoise à l'honneur de l'édition 2015

Cette 166e édition du Carrousel de Saumur se déroulera sous les yeux d’un public toujours enthousiaste. Dans la lignée de l’ouverture européenne entamée en 2014, le Carrousel accueillera cette année le Régiment des Hussards de la Garde Royale Danoise. En préambule du spectacle, le
Cadre Noir de Saumur
fera la démonstration de son excellence équestre. L’École de Cavalerie prendra le relais en proposant une série de tableaux équestres et motorisés dont certains sont emblématiques du Carrousel. Ne manquez pas le célèbre Totoche !

Cette année, un tableau mixte entre l’École Nationale d’Équitation et les Écoles Militaires de Saumur illustrera le passé militaire de l’équitation traditionnelle française et la manière dont le Cadre noir de Saumur continue à perpétuer cette tradition.

A l’occasion du 70ème anniversaire de la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les Écoles Militaires de Saumur proposeront des tableaux blindés illustrant la période 1945-2014, en insistant particulièrement sur la construction européenne. Les chars modernes Leclerc, VBCI, AMX10RC ou VBL seront à l’honneur. Le spectacle mettra en valeur l’évolution des techniques de tir, d’observation et de communication et l’évolution des tenues. Cette 166ème édition placée sous le signe de l’Europe et de la pédagogie mêlera tableaux inédits et grands classiques, soyez au rendez-vous !

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Focus sur le régiment des Hussards de la Garde Royale Danoise

 

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27 Hussards et 14 chevaux seront présents à Saumur lors du Carrousel 2015

 

Le Régiment
Le Régiment de Hussards de la Garde Royale Danoise est basé à Slagelse, situé à une heure de la capitale danoise, Copenhague. Le Régiment forme à la fois soldats professionnels et appelés. Au cours des dix dernières années, les unités de combat du Régiment ont servi au Kosovo, en Irak et en Afghanistan. Le Régiment de Hussards de la Garde Royale Danoise, formé en 1614, est le plus ancien des régiments danois. Le commandant est le Colonel Tommy Paulsen.

L’Escadron
L'Escadron se compose de plus de 100 hommes et de femmes - officiers, sous-officiers, des spécialistes civils et appelés, et 75 chevaux.
Le Commandant de l'Escadron est le Major Casper de Renouard. L'Escadron réalise de nombreuses performances cérémonielles à la demande de Sa Majesté la Reine du Danemark à l’occasion de ses visites officielles de villes danoises ou de chefs d’Etat au Danemark. L'escadron réalise par ailleurs de nombreuses démonstrations à différents salons et foires à travers le pays et parfois à l'étranger.

 

Au programme de la 166ème édition

 

Pour la 1ère fois, deux écrans géants situés de part et d’autre de l’entrée des cavaliers diffuseront durant deux jours des images du Cadre Noir et de l’Armée pour nourrir la mise en scène de cette 166ème édition.

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Programme sous réserve de modifications

14h : Ouverture du site du Chardonnet et des tribunes, accès libre au village militaire.
15h : Honneurs aux emblèmes (à cheval)
15h10 : Cadre Noir de Saumur
15h25 : Régiment des Hussards de la Garde Royale Danoise
15h55 : Tableaux équestres et motos par les Écoles militaires de Saumur
16h20 : Sauts parachutistes sportifs
16h30 : Entracte
17h : Tableau blindés retraçant la période 1945 - 2015 par les Écoles militaires de Saumur
17h40 : Saut de commandos parachutistes
17h50 : Honneurs aux emblèmes
18h30 : Fin du spectacle.

Bénéficiez de tarifs réduits pour visiter le Musée des Blindés et le Musée de la Cavalerie sur présentation de votre billet du Carrousel.

 

Tableau de présentation dynamique des chars

 

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Durant 40 minutes, les véhicules blindés suivants seront présentés au public, sous réserve de problème technique de dernière minute.

T34 - T72 - BTR 152 - BMP1 - MTLB - ZSU 23/4 - SAU 122
SHERMAN - M 24 CHAFFEE - PATTON - H-T M16 - JEEP - GMC
AMX 13 SS11- AMX 13 bitube - AMX 13 CN 155 - AMX 13 VTT - AMX 30 B - AMX 30 D - AMX AUF1 - ROLAND - AMX 30 B2 - EBR TRVM1 - AML 90 - AML 60 - AMX 10 RC - ERC 90 - VPC - LECLERC
CENTURION - CHALLENGER
LEOPARD 1

 

Village du Carrousel (accès gratuit)

 

L’équipe communautaire de World of Tanks sera présente au village militaire avec leur camion dédié aux jeux vidéo, le MGT-20

- Billetterie du Carrousel de Saumur
- Boutique du Comité Équestre de Saumur
- Boutique du foyer des Écoles militaires
- Camion d'Enduro (moto-cross)
- Boutique des Amis du Cadre Noir
- Exposition de chars
- Animation Wargaming (World of Tanks)

 

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17 mars 2015 2 17 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Nordic defence ministers have signed an updated agreement concerning Cooperation in the Defence Materiel Area

 

10 March 2015 Sweden Ministry of Defence

 

The Nordic ministers have signed an updated agreement between the Governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden concerning Cooperation in the Defence Materiel Area.

 

The agreement has been updated with an adaptation to the defence directives of the EU (Defence and Security Procurement Directive and the Transfer Directive).

 

It has also been enhanced in order to make it possible to cooperate in additional areas. The agreement is now more flexible so the various parties can enter into agreements that support cooperation in various configurations.

 

- It is satisfying that we now have updated the agreement, which is an important milestone. The next step will be to develop an appendix, which includes more detailed contractual regulations, such as procurement, security of supply and export control, says Minister for Defence, and Chairman of Nordefco, Peter Hultqvist.

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19 décembre 2014 5 19 /12 /décembre /2014 07:50
Right product, Right partner


18 déc. 2014 BAE Systems

 

Choosing the right Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) for Denmark is an important decision.

With this industrial involvement in mind, Paul Hitchcock - Vice President at BAE Systems - explains what potential Danish industrial partners can expect from the company.

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9 septembre 2014 2 09 /09 /septembre /2014 11:50
Nato members agree to strengthen cooperation in munitions sector

 

9 September 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

A letter of intent (LOI) has been signed by six Nato member countries at the recently concluded Nato Wales Summit, to help develop innovative methods for increasing the availability of munitions to the alliance.

 

Signed by the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Portugal and Spain, the agreement will focus on multinational approaches toward air-to-ground precision-guided munitions (PGMs).

 

Led by Denmark, the project is also expected to establish an overall framework for strengthening international cooperation within the munitions sector.

 

Specifically, the project aims to address the lessons learned from recent operations where countries ran out of stocks of guided munitions and could not quickly or easily use the stocks of other air forces.

 

Danish National Armaments director lieutenant general Per Pugholm Olsen said: "Danish experiences from the air operation over Libya in 2011 showed us that national munitions stockpiles are not always sufficient ... and they cannot easily be re-supplied within the short timeframe needed during operations.

 

"Therefore we must pursue innovative and more flexible approaches towards provision of munitions in general and specifically air-to-ground precision-guided munitions."

 

As part of the agreement, the signatories would consider a wide spectrum of multinational arrangements in the field of PGMs, including mutual loan arrangements, common warehousing, multinational procurement and the creation of multinational stocks of weapons, with an aim to ensure a more effective and efficient contribution to future operations by European states.

 

The project is actively supported by the US in a bid to address the export control issues for US-type PGMs.

 

The multinational effort demonstrates the success of the smart defence initiative and also represents an example of allies working together using scarce resources more efficiently by promoting the joint acquisition of important capabilities.

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8 septembre 2014 1 08 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
International partners sign Joint Expeditionary Force agreement

The Latvian Chief of Defence meeting British soldiers during a NATO training exercise

 

5 September 2014 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

 

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has signed a letter of intent with international partners to develop the Joint Expeditionary Force.

 

The letter of intent, signed with partners from Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway, aims to develop the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) so that it is fully operational before 2018.

The JEF is a pool of high readiness, adaptable forces that is designed to enhance the UK’s ability to respond rapidly, anywhere in the world, with like-minded allies, or on behalf of international organisations such as the UN or NATO.

The UK’s contribution will include the lead commando, airborne, armoured, aviation, air and maritime task groups.

The Defence Secretary said:

I am very pleased that we have signed a letter of intent with our partners to establish the Joint Expeditionary Force.

This will be developed around the UK’s existing high readiness units and will provide a capability that can respond anywhere in the world, in any environment, as part of a coalition, or on behalf of international organisations such as the UN and NATO.

We are stronger together. Our partners from Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway have all agreed to attach forces to the JEF when the time is right for us to stand together.

British and Estonian soldiers
A British soldier liaises with an Estonian anti-tank section commander during a NATO training exercise [Picture: Specialist Joshua Leonard]

The signing ceremony took place with all 28 defence ministers in Cardiff aboard HMS Duncan on 4 September at the NATO Summit. During the signing, discussions took place on how the agreement will allow the UK and JEF partners to continue with the excellent operational co-operation that has been achieved to date in places like Afghanistan.

The force will provide the UK’s focus for developing flexible, rapid response forces for NATO, or other coalition operations, to meet together the challenges of an unpredictable world. Through the UK-led JEF, a model for others to follow as well as a focus for fairer defence burden-sharing is being provided.

For the latest updates visit the NATO Summit Wales 2014 page on GOV.UK and @NATOWales on Twitter.

The aim is to create a UK military framework, focused around its existing high readiness capabilities, that its partners can join up with. While it is the UK’s intention to fully integrate the UK’s JEF partners’ contributions before 2018, the JEF could deploy immediately if required.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 11:50
Cassidian Optronics delivers sighting systems for the modernisation of several NATO states' Leopard 2 main battle tanks

 

 

Jun 17, 2014 ASDNews Source : Airbus Defence and Space

 

    Contracts worth over a,15 m from Germany, Canada and Denmark

 

Cassidian Optronics, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, has been awarded contracts for the modernisation of more than 100 Leopard 2 main battle tanks in Germany, Canada and Denmark. The contract to equip the gunner and commander sights with modern sensors is worth over €15 m.

 

ATTICA, a third-generation thermal imaging device from Cassidian Optronics, constitutes the main element of the deliveries, along with additional sensors and system components. The device was introduced as standard in the PERI R17 commander’s sight in Germany in 2013. In Canada and Denmark, the camera will now also become standard in the gunner’s sight, in addition to the commander’s sight. This will serve to further standardise the LEOPARD user nations’ configuration of their tanks.

 

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 17:50
Denmark selects M60E6 as new LMG

Denmark has selected the US Ordnance M60E6 as the Royal Danish Army's new light machine gun. Source: Royal Danish Army

 

10 March 2014 Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

 

The Danish Defence Forces (Forsvaret) have selected the US Ordnance M60E6 machine gun (MG) to replace its ageing LMG m/62 (Rheinmetall MG3) 7.62 mm squad support weapons, it was announced on 7 March.

 

The M60E6 is the latest generation of the M60, first adopted by the US Army in 1957. The US weapon was selected over the Heckler & Koch HK121 I ('Infanterie'), a squad support variant of the German HK121 general purpose machine gun, following a trial programme.

 

The delivery of the first M60E6 MGs, to be called LMG m/14 in Danish service, is expected by the end of 2014.

 

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6 décembre 2013 5 06 /12 /décembre /2013 12:50
Electronic Weapons: LITENING G4 Shows The Way

 

 

December 5, 2013: Strategy Page

 

Denmark recently received the first six (of 16) LITENING G4 targeting pods for its 30 F-16s. These pods cost nearly $3 million each and have annual maintenance costs of over $50,000 each. The pods, packed with electronics and sensors, are very popular with fighter pilots, mainly because they contain FLIR (video quality night vision infrared radar) and TV cameras that enable pilots flying at 6,200 meters (20,000 feet) to clearly make out what is going on down on the ground. The pods also contain laser designators for laser guided bombs and laser range finders that enable pilots to get coordinates for JDAM (GPS guided) bombs. The G4 version, introduced in 2008, has improved sensors and software, including the ability to have the software identify many military vehicles and systems automatically. The 200 kg (440 pound) LITENING G4 pod hangs off a hard point, like a missile, bomb or fuel tank.

 

Safely outside the range of most anti-aircraft fire (five kilometers up and up to fifty kilometers away) pilots can literally see the progress of ground fighting and have even been acting as aerial observers for ground forces. These capabilities also enable pilots to more easily find targets themselves and hit them with laser guided or JDAM bombs. While bombers still get target information from ground controllers for close (to friendly troops) air support they can now go searching on their own in areas where there are no friendly ground troops.

 

In 1990 the first targeting pods (the U.S. two pod LANTIRN system) were nearly ready for service. These first electronic targeting pods, which looked like thin bombs, contained laser designators and night vision equipment. LANTIRN got a workout in the 1991 Gulf War, even though the system was still undergoing testing. Israel soon followed with a cheaper, more reliable, and more capable LITENING system. An American manufacturer then brought out the Sniper XR and XTP pod. All this competition has made the pods (one pod is all that is needed now) more capable, easier to use, more reliable, and cheaper. Over 1,200 LITENING pods are in use by 25 countries. The first version of LITENING entered service in the 1990s.

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RDAF F-16AM, #E-607, armed with AMRAAM and a GBU-12 laser guided bomb [RDAF photo]

RDAF F-16AM, #E-607, armed with AMRAAM and a GBU-12 laser guided bomb [RDAF photo]

Denmark has said the winner in the competition to replace its F-16 fighter jets will be based on the contractor's ability to create jobs and generate subcontracts for Danish firms.

 

Nov. 20, 2013 - By GERARD O’DWYER – Defense News

 

HELSINKI — The Danish government, in a pre-emptive strike aimed at protecting the country’s defense industry against impending European Union (EU) reforms that would phase out the use of offsets, is drafting new legislation that could appease the EU and enable Denmark to retain much of its offset structure for large-scale international military contracts.

 

The legislative action represents a marked reversal in Denmark’s policy, which traditionally demands 100 percent offsets on major military equipment purchases.

 

As recently as August, Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen told US and European bidders for the US $5 billion F-16 fighter replacement program that the selection decision will be based on the number of “jobs created and subcontracts generated” for Danish firms.

 

The Defense Offset Bill, which is being drafted by the Ministry of Business And Growth, will reach the Danish Parliament in February 2014. Denmark wants to negotiate special-case terms with the EU that allow it to retain offsets as a tool to grow the country’s modest-sized defense sector.

 

The bill is based on policy recommendations advanced by the Danish Business Authority, which advises the government on EU and international competition matters. Final amendments to the bill will take place after European heads of state convene for a European Council meeting in Brussels on Dec. 19-20.

 

This meeting will shape the European Commission’s (EC’s) Common Security and Defense Policy, with discussion centered on the implementation of directives that inject greater competitiveness into European defense contracts. Central to this plan is a proposal to phase out the use of offsets as the basis for defense contracts within the EU.

 

The Danish government will need time to formulate amendments that satisfy EU requirements on military offsets. The best-case scenario, said Henrik Sass Larsen, Denmark’s business and growth minister, is that Denmark will be able to create a new legal structure around offsets that conforms to EU competition rules, but does not prevent Denmark from continuing to use offsets, Larsen said.

 

“It is difficult to predict exactly what the outcome will be. Our objective is that we continue to build a strong defense industry in Denmark. It should be noted that some 75 percent of the industry’s output is exported,” Larsen said in an interview. “Offset is critical to growth within the defense industry area. Therefore, we want to continue to have the ability to use offset for military contracts.”

 

The EC has repeatedly criticized Denmark for failing to abolish industrial offsets from its legal framework and military procurement practices.

 

The objectives of the Defense Offset Bill largely reflect industry thinking on the use of offsets as a viable mechanism to channel potentially lucrative sub-contract business from significant defense contracts, won by foreign suppliers, to local defense firms.

 

Industry wants the Danish government to negotiate a solution under which the EU would agree to allow Denmark to operate one set of rules for industrial cooperation agreements to suppliers from the EU together with a separate system for suppliers from non-EU countries.

 

The industry view, said Tomas Ilsøe Andersen, a partner at the Copenhagen-based law firm Kammeradvokaten Poul Schmith, is that a dual-track solution is feasible and would compel Denmark to conform to the EU’s planned internal restrictions on offset while continuing to use offset for large-scale contracts with non-EU suppliers.

 

“Certain large acquisitions, which may span 30 to 40 years in terms of the operation of military equipment, have significant security implications for a small country like Denmark. This is very much about maintaining a national industry which can ensure retention of Danish know-how and technical support skills. This is needed in a world where the balance of power, and alliances, can change quickly,” Andersen said.

 

Denmark, he added, can argue its case based on sovereignty and national security policies that are reliant on a defense strategy that not only includes industrial offsets, but which uses offsets to protect the nation’s ability to retain skills and military assets integral to national defense.

 

The Danish government will present its legal case for a restructured offset policy when it meets with EU heads of state in December.

 

The EC should treat smaller EU nations, such as Denmark, as special cases when it comes to industrial military offset practices, said Frank Bill, the director of Denmark’s Defense and Security Industries Association.

 

“In real world terms we cannot really talk about a European defense market. Between 80 and 90 percent, in value, of all procurement contracts within the EU are placed nationally,” Bill said in an interview. “The acquisitions of small nations are irrelevant to the European market as a whole in this context. The government must insist that Denmark be allowed to determine its own defense and security policies.”

 

Previous offset deals, such as Denmark’s acquisition of F-16s in the 1980s, had a positive impact on growing Denmark’s defense industry, Bill said. Adding an offset dimension to the re-started fighter replacement program is essential to further growing this base, he added.

 

Denmark will need to negotiate an offset deal with the EU on the basis of “realistic expectations,” said Lars Barfoed, the Danish Conservative party’s chairman.

 

“The European Commission is determined to build on its directives on defense procurement and transfers and phase-out offsets. The general objective here is to strengthen the efficiency and competitiveness of the defense and security sectors in Europe,” Barfoed told Defense News. “In the area of procurement, the EC is establishing a market monitoring mechanism. A lot is happening, and will happen. Denmark must be smart and persuasive in negotiating the best deal within these confines.”

 

Denmark will be lucky to extract any concessions covering the retention of offset rights from the EU, said Martin Trybus, professor of European Law and Policy at the University of Birmingham.

 

“I can’t imagine that the EU Commission will accept counter-trade as part of the Danish acquisition of new aircraft,” Trybus said. “I do not see what arguments Denmark can field that will justify counter-trade under the new rules.”

 

Danish negotiations with the EU will likely focus on the retention of offsets for non-EU third market deals, said Pietr Wauters, a Brussels-based political analyst.

 

“It’s not that the Danes do not accept that offset is inefficient and adds to the final cost of procurement; they do. The issue here is protecting a native defense sector that continues to benefit from offset-based orders,” Wauters said. “It can expect some degree of EU support to retain offset for third markets as any concessions here will only have a marginal impact on Europe’s defense industrial base. The EC is well aware that offset is a common feature of defense equipment deals in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America.”

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Joint Warrior 13-2 Training Exercise Begins

08/10/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Warships, combat aircraft and armed forces personnel have arrived en masse in and around Scotland for the latest edition of the Joint Warrior military training exercises programme.

 

Joint Warrior 13-2 started on 7 October and runs until 17 October. Involved are a host of Royal Navy ships and examples from France, Norway and Denmark, RAF and NATO air force fast jets and various maritime patrol aircraft.

 

These air and sea-based assets will participate in multiple joint scenarios - among them, terror response operations, counter-insurgency work and anti-piracy campaigns. Other focus areas include electronic warfare training, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and logistics/support training.

 

Joint Warrior Exercises

 

The Joint Warrior exercises are staged two times a year - typically in April and October.

 

Exercise Joint Warrior is one of many such military training exercises carried out at locations the world-over. It and its counterparts exist to reinforce already-present international ties and give armed forces the chances to swap tactics and training knowledge.

 

One element of this edition is Exercise Capable Eagle, within which Royal Air Force Typhoons will fly alongside French Air Force Mirage 2000s. "This is the first time that the British and French air forces will have conducted a combined end-to-end exercise", Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, the Chief of the Air Staff, commented. "Recent operations have demonstrated the tangible benefits of French and British airmen and women working closely together, at all levels, and I know that this exercise will provide the opportunity to further enhance the ability of two of NATO's major partners to take a leading role in future multinational operations.

 

Joint Warrior 13-2

 

Other participating Joint Warrior 13-2 assets include Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 strike aircraft and Hawk T1 jet trainers and a French Air Force KC-135 tanker.

 

Naval participants include the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates HMS Monmouth, HMSPortland, HMS Somerset, HMS Sutherland, and HMS Northumberland. Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels HMS Cattistock and HMS Brocklesby and the Sandown-class minehunter, HMS Bangor. The Royal Danish Navy's HDMS Absalon leads the international maritime contingent while host bases include HM Naval Base Clyde, RAF Leuchars and RAF Lossiemouth.

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Image: a soldier wearing Batlskin Cobra helmet system. Photo Revision Military.

Image: a soldier wearing Batlskin Cobra helmet system. Photo Revision Military.

2 September 2013 army-technology.com

 

Revision Military has been awarded a contract for supply of additional Batlskin Cobra helmets to the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO).

 

Covering deliveries of additional 3,000 helmets, the order forms part of a seven year contract under which the company has already supplied 4,335 helmets to the Danish military.

 

The helmets were issued by DALO earlier this year to infantry and head-quarters troops deploying to Afghanistan.

 

Revision's CEO, Jonathan Blanshay, said the lightweight, high-performance polyethylene helmets have performed very well during rigorous in-theatre use.

 

''The Danish military was among the very first to identify and realise the benefits that new materials and technology would bring to soldier protection, and the first to buy and deploy the Cobra polyethylene helmet system,'' Blanshay said.

 

The Batlskin Cobra helmet has received positive feedback from soldiers returning from Afghanistan, with the vast majority reporting very positively on its weight, comfort and protection offered in theatre.

 

Fitted with a high-performance modular liner system, ergonomic retention system and multipurpose front mount, Batlskin Cobra is an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene helmet, designed to safeguard soldiers against trauma-blunt force, blast fragmentation and ballistic threats.

 

Besides operating with multiple in-service equipment from night vision goggles (NVGs) to communications gear and weapons sights, the fully modular and integrated helmet can also wear system components in any combination to achieve ideal balance between protection and lethality.

 

The helmets delivered under the new contract will feature Revision's adjustable retention system, high-performance modular liner, multi-purpose front mount, fitted helmet cover and front rails for accessory attachment.

 

In addition, the three-position Visor and high-threat Mandible Guard, components included in the initial contract award, can be used for additional facial protection.

 

Manufacturing work will be carried out at the company's Composite Center of Excellence in Montreal, Canada, while the delivery schedule has not been undisclosed.

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Danish F-16 in flight - photo Danish Ministry of Defense

Danish F-16 in flight - photo Danish Ministry of Defense

Sep. 1, 2013 - By GERARD O’DWYER – Defense News

 

HELSINKI — Job creation will stand as the chief factor when the Danish government convenes to select a replacement type for its aging F-16 fleet in mid-2015.

 

Denmark will look for substantial long-term industry value from bidders in the restarted Fighter Replacement Program (FRP), said newly appointed Defence Minister Nicolai Wammen, who replaced Nick Hækkerup following a Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt’s coalition government on Aug. 9.

 

The government, which hopes to use the FRP as a mechanism to inject significant new investment into an economy weakened by the global financial crisis, has set job creation as the cornerstone of its revised fighter procurement policy, Wammen said.

 

Moreover, the FRP will be used to bolster sustainable export growth within the country’s tiny defense industry

 

“All four candidates will be informed of our thinking and requirements. It will be made crystal clear that if there are not jobs coming to Denmark, then we will not be buying planes from that quarter,” Wammen said in a statement.

 

The bidding line-up includes Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, Saab’s Gripen-DK NG and Cassidian’s Eurofighter Typhoon. Denmark is looking to begin retiring the first of its F-16 fighters in 2020.

 

Denmark is expected to purchase 24 to 30 new fighters at an estimated cost of $3.8 billion to $5.5 billion. A final decision on the number of aircraft to be acquired is anticipated in the next six months.

 

All bidders will need to bring real jobs to the negotiating table for what will be a “huge” capital investment undertaking by the Danish state, Wammen said.

 

Denmark’s defense industry has welcomed the government’s clear message to potential bidders. However, industry chiefs want the government to ensure any future supplier agreements with 100 percent countertrade guarantees.

 

“This is about maximizing gains for Denmark, the national economy and for industry,” said Jan Falck-Schmidt, CEO of Falck-Schmidt Defence Systems, a domestic supplier of missile, force protection and life-cycle systems and services. “It is not enough to ask candidate manufacturers if jobs will emerge. What is needed is for the Danish government to demand 100 per cent countertrade. This will focus attention on value-added contracts and serious job creation initiatives.”

 

Only time will tell if the Danish government is serious about pushing job creation to the front when it comes to implementing the FRP, said defense analyst Jens Ringsmose. Other considerations, including a wish to retain a strong political alliance with the U.S, can also be expected to play a crucial role in the aircraft selection process, he added.

 

“The message is that jobs will be the most important parameter in this massive acquisition. In this way [Wammen] avoids having to explain the other major contributory reasons that are at least as important; not least the alliance with the United States,” Ringsmose said.

 

While the FRP competition needs to be industry and value centered, it must also be run in a fair and equitable manner, said Lene Espersen, the opposition Danish Conservative party’s defense spokeswoman.

 

“This is a very large item of expenditure for Denmark, and we must derive as much value in terms of jobs and long-term economic growth as possible. The project must be used not alone to expand the order books of our defense groups but help them grow into more export-driven niche suppliers of weapons and military systems in the future,” Espersen said. “Above all this competition must be about buying the best aircraft from European and the American bidders in an environment of trust where all are competing on a level playing field.”

 

The government’s final decision could favor the purchase of a reduced number of fighters as part of a broader strategy to purchase specialized unmanned aircraft, Espersen said.

 

“Drones will never replace conventional combat aircraft, but they will play an increased role in international operations. They will become increasingly used in Denmark’s Arctic territories. The drone dimension could add an interesting feature to the fighter replacement competition,” Espersen said.

 

The mistakes made in the original competition, which saw Eurofighter withdraw from the contest due to what it perceived as a contest weighted in favor of Lockheed’s F-35 JSF, cannot be repeated, said John Dyrby Paulsen, the Social Democrat’s spokesman on defense.

 

“There is already a perception that Lockheed Martin has an advantage in this competition because Denmark has invested in the JSF project. This must be a real competition. We must not be bound by some sense of loyalty to choose an American plane. The final decision must be based on the economic value to Denmark on the one hand and the need to buy the best aircraft for our needs on the other,” Paulsen said.

 

Denmark, which is a Tier-3 partner in the JSF project, restarted the FRP in March after suspending the competition in 2010 due to a need to divert funds in a battle to fight off recessionary fears and support the country’s then-ailing banking system. As a Tier-3 partner, Denmark has so far invested around $200 million in the JSF development program.

 

“Industry’s position has always been very clear: Military procurements must result in concrete contracts for the Danish defense equipment and aerospace industries,” said Frank Hall, general secretary of the Danish Defense & Security Industries Association (DDSIA).

 

The DDSIA plans to hold regular meetings with all bidders in the coming months. Talks will be routed through the organization’s dedicated FRP unit, the Danish Industry Fighter Aircraft Team, which was established in 2008 to explore the potential for partnerships and contract work with all candidates in the competition.

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