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10 mars 2014 1 10 /03 /mars /2014 19:30
Israel is looking to replace its M109 howitzer

Israel is looking to replace its M109 howitzer

 

 

Mar. 10, 2014 - By BARBARA OPALL-ROME – Defense News

 

 

Israel’s Elbit Systems and a consortium of Israeli, German and US firms are facing off in a high-stakes bid to modernize Israel’s Artillery Corps with new self-propelled guns.

The two candidates for more than $1 billion in multiyear procurement awards were downselected by Israel’s Ground Forces Command from a pool of four prospective bidders, officers here said.

Designated as a priority program by the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) General Staff with approved multiyear funding for a first brigade, the future gun will replace 50-year-old M109 howitzers.

The competition pits a new development by Elbit Systems against the Artillery Gun Module by Munich-based Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) optimized for the IDF by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.

Both options must be integrated on the Lockheed Martin-built M270 multiple launch rocket system chassis to maximize commonality of existing inventory and Israel’s recent acquisition of 150 chassis from excess US Army stocks.

“We are going with the 270 chassis in any case due to new excess supplies from the Americans and the savings to accrue through commonality,” said Brig. Gen. Roy Riftin, IDF chief artillery officer.

He added that US-based integration by either Lockheed or Elbit’s Dallas-based US subsidiary will allow the IDF to fund a significant portion of the program with annual US military aid.

Operational requirements call for a fully autonomous 52-caliber cannon capable of firing 155mm projectiles at a rate of at least five rounds per minute, with all shells impacting designated targets at the same time.

In a recent interview, Riftin flagged multiple round simultaneous impact as a key requirement for targeting terrorists, rocket-launching squads and other so-called disappearing targets.

“When the enemy sees the first round, he responds accordingly. But with this simultaneous targeting capability, he can’t disappear. It’s something we need as we adapt to new threats,” he said.

Demonstration of the KMW-based option is planned for this year while Elbit’s tailor-developed alternative should be ready for demonstrations by the end of 2015. Plans call for a deployment of Israel’s first future gun-equipped Artillery Brigade by 2019

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27 novembre 2013 3 27 /11 /novembre /2013 18:30
Elbit Systems Mission Training Center Goes Operational, Serving the Israeli F-16 AF Fighter Pilots

 

Nov 26, 2013 ASDNews Source : Elbit Systems Ltd

 

    The center incorporates a ''Mission Training'' system that allows fighter pilots to fly operational and tactical missions

 

Elbit Systems announced today that the Mission Training Center (MTC) for the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) pilots of F-16C/D and F-16I fighter aircraft is now operational and currently being used by the IAF.

 

The MTC, operating through a PFI (Private Financing Initiative) concept, successfully completed the development phase and is now operational, with Elbit Systems performing the instruction, operation and maintenance services.

 

The new operational MTC marks a significant breakthrough in the operational training sector. The system enables training in various mission scenarios in different theaters with the relevant threat environment for each theater. The MTC brings an advanced training capability that was not available to the IAF in the past.

 

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 16:35
Elbit to Supply Advanced HMD Systems for Korean Utility Helicopter

Oct 16, 2013 ASDNews Source : Elbit Systems Ltd.

 

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded a follow-on contract to supply advanced Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems for the Republic of Korea Army's SURION helicopter. The contract, which is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems, will be performed over a four-year period.

 

Elbit Systems will supply the HMD systems to Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), the original manufacture of the SURION helicopter. This contract award follows an initial contract that was signed with KAI in 2009 as part of the Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) and in which Elbit Systems and KAI completed and demonstrated a successful integration of Elbit Systems' HMD on the SURION.

 

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 07:20
Elbit Putting Surplus Military Vehicles into Peacekeeping Role

 

Oct 15, 2013 ASDNews Source : Elbit Systems Ltd

 

In storage for years, even decades in many instances, surplus US Army vehicles are being brought back to life at Elbit Systems of America's Land Vehicle Center (LVC).

 

Located in San Antonio, the LVC takes non-operational military vehicles, with obsolete technology and unserviceable equipment, and completely refurbishes and restores them. "Our expertise is giving new life to decades-old vehicles," said Kurt Huff, Vice President, Services and Support Solutions. "When an, M113, Bradley, Humvee or other vehicle rolls out our door, it is fully mission capable. All our customer has to do is fuel up and connect the battery."

 

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 07:20
F-35: Lockheed mise tout sur le casque de Génération 2 et annule la recherche d’autres solutions (VIDÉO)

Vision Systems International développe le casque pour les pilotes des F-35 (Photo: VSI)

 

14/10/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca

 

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Le programme américain de développement du F-35, le «US F-35 Joint Program Office» (JPO), mise tout sur le casque Vision Systems International Generation 2 de Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems et annule le programme similaire de BAE Systems.

 

C’est d’ailleurs le casque America Vision Systems Generation 2 (Gen 2) qui est utilisé actuellement dans la formation et l’entraînement.

 

Pourtant, les responsables du Pentagone avaient déjà été contraints dans le passé de reporter la phase de tests opérationnels du F-35 en raison de problèmes avec ce casque de haute technologie pour les futurs pilotes.

 

C’est pour cette raison que BAE Systems avait commencé à développer un casque alternatif en vertu d’une initiative parallèle du développement du casque – intégrant un casque de combat plus traditionnel équipé de lunettes de vision de nuit – dans le cas où les problèmes de développement du casque Gen 2 n’auraient pu être résolus de façon satisfaisante.

 

L’initiative visait également à réduire les risques et à résoudre certains autres problèmes techniques.

 

Avec cette décision d’annuler maintenant le programme de BAE, qui permettra aux contribuables américains d’épargner 45 millions $, le JPO se retrouve toutefois sans solution de rechange advenant de nouveaux problèmes avec le casque de Rockwell Collins Elbit.

 

C’est ce qu’on appelle mettre tous ses oeufs dans le même…casque.

 

La vice-présidente et directrice générale du programme du F-35 Lightning II chez Lockheed-Martin, Lorraine M. Martin, a déclaré quant à elle que sa société et ses fournisseurs continueront de se concentrer sur le développement et la livraison du casque et la fourniture de capacités conformes à la «déclaration de capacité opérationnelle initiale».

 

«La décision du gouvernement de procéder exclusivement avec le casque principal indique bien sa confiance dans les performances du casque et en la résolution de problèmes techniques déjà identifiés», a déclaré Mme Martin.

 

Le programme «helmet mounted display system (HMDS) doit aussi développer un casque de Genération 3 (Gen 3) qui disposera d’un appareil photo amélioré de vision nocturne, de nouveaux écrans à cristaux liquides, del’alignement automatique et d’améliorations logicielles.

 

La présentation du Gen 3est prévue pour 2016 et les tests de développement doivent commencer en 2017.

 

Quant au casque Gen 2, le Corps américain des Marines compte maintenant qu’il sera opérationnel pour les pilotes de F-35B dès juillet 2015.

 

En plus de fournir aux pilotes de chasse une «conscience situationnelle» sans précédent, les casques du F-35 leur fourniront toute l’information nécessaire pour remplir leurs missions dans toutes les conditions météorologiques, de jour comme de nuit.

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15 juin 2013 6 15 /06 /juin /2013 16:30
JHMCS II Product Launch at the Paris Air Show

Jun 14, 2013 ASDNews Source : Elbit Systems Ltd.

 

    JHMCS II is More Intelligent, More Capable and More Affordable

 

Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II (JHMCS II), an upgraded and improved version of the classic JHMCS and the world's first high definition, color, smart-visor system that operates in both day and night mode, will be making its debut at the Paris Air Show in Hall 3, Booth E111 from June 17-21.

 

"JHMCS II is more intelligent, more capable and more affordable," said Mark Hodge, Vice President Business Development of Elbit Systems of America, LLC, "We worked alongside warfighters to create a superior system that improves information access for the flight crew."

 

The JHMCS product line has evolved to be considered the best, field-proven technology available in providing the pilot with intelligent vision. For over 15 years, the JHMCS has been a combat-proven helmet-mounted display for fixed-wing aircraft, including F/A-18, F-15, and the F-16.

 

The JHMCS II product family has been developed to meet the needs of the modern military aircrew and provide a superior level of situational awareness. Flight crews fly JHMCS around the world and during combat operations. "Pilots flying with JHMCS II will have a decided advantage when they observe, orient, decide and act," said Hodge.

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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 11:30
Elbit offers cockpit upgrade for aged Hercules

10 Jun 2013 By Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - Elbit Systems has developed a cockpit upgrade package for the Lockheed Martin C-130H, describing its C-Suite Tactical design as enabling customers to meet demanding conditions in low-altitude operating environments.

 

By integrating aircraft sensors and systems, pilots are able to see real-time flight information projected on a head-up, head-down or helmet-mounted display, resulting in greater situational awareness and enhanced safety, Elbit says.

 

Key elements of the full upgrade package include a Northrop Grumman APN-241 terrain following/terrain avoidance system; a terrain awareness and warning system; and enhanced and synthetic vision systems (SVS). This combination, along with real-time reference to a digital terrain elevation database, enables accurate low-level flight in any condition and regardless of terrain or the presence of man-made obstacles, says Gil Russo, a senior director at Elbit's aerospace division.

 

The SVS, meanwhile, shows a 3-D synthetic image of the external environment on a flight display.

 

Elbit was recently awarded a contract by the Israeli defence ministry to upgrade the Israeli air force's C-130H transports. The modernisation project will extend the operational life of the aircraft and significantly improve their operational capability, particularly during precision flying, low-level night flight and operations in adverse weather conditions.

 

The effort will replace obsolete analogue cockpit systems, which have become unreliable and costly to maintain after four decades of intensive service.

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11 juin 2013 2 11 /06 /juin /2013 17:30
Elisra to unveil UAS self-protection suite

Jun. 11, 2013 by Arie Egozi – FG

 

Tel Aviv - Elisra is to unveil a new self-protection suite for unmanned air systems during the 17-23 June Paris air show.

 

The Elbit Systems company says it has developed the SPS-65V5 system using experience gained by producing a wide range of electronic warfare and signals intelligence equipment for manned fighters, utility aircraft and helicopters operated by numerous nations.

 

Elisra general manager Edgar Maimon says the increased global use of UAS is accompanied by a growing demand to provide such assets with survivability capabilities to protect their mission, the platform and its valuable sensors.

Elbit Hermes 900 UAV – photo Elbit Systems

Elbit Hermes 900 UAV – photo Elbit Systems

The self-protection equipment could be used with types including the Hermes 900 tactical UAS

 

Described as being capable of protecting unmanned aircraft against "a great variety of threats" in a hostile area, the new self-protection system is suitable for integration with a variety of types, ranging in size from tactical to high-altitude, long-endurance UAS, the company says.

 

The specific capabilities of the SPS-65V5 are classified, it adds.

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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 07:30
Elbit  Hermes 900 UAV – photo Elbit Systems

Elbit Hermes 900 UAV – photo Elbit Systems

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 26 (UPI)

 

Israel, which has the most advanced defense industry in the Middle East, is in the forefront of the rapidly expanding drone business that's changing the way wars will be fought for decades to come.

 

With state-owned Israel Aircraft Industries, Elbit Systems and Aeronautics Defense Systems developing new and more agile unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as ground and seaborne drones, the Jewish state seems well-placed to corner a big slice of a market valued at around $50 billion a year.

 

Indeed, Israel's widely considered to be the leading UAV exporter in the world, selling units and associated technology as far afield as India, Russia, Nigeria and Mexico.

 

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Israeli companies were behind 41 percent of all UAVs exported in 2001-11. Those Israeli exports went to 24 countries, including the United States.

 

That volume's expected to expand as production costs are relatively low. Israeli industry officials boast that it's significantly cheaper to buy an advanced UAV than it is to train an air force pilot.

 

"In recent years, there have been more pilotless sorties than piloted ones in the Israeli air force," observed Ophir Shoham, an army reserve brigadier general who heads the Defense Ministry's Research and Development division known by the Hebrew acronym Mafat.

 

Shoham, who's had the job for three years, is responsible for the ministry's program to develop advanced technology for rockets, missile interception, satellites and unmanned systems.

 

"Within a few years there will be a number of operational missions of a known character that we will be able to carry out with a small number of unmanned devices," Shoham, the little-known "backroom boffin," told the Israeli daily Haaretz in a rare interview.

 

"That's the direction we're taking," he said. "Robots are not about to replace combat soldiers -- that's a bit far off -- but yes, we'll operate unmanned vehicles on the ground against highly dangerous targets.

 

"I refer to targets in enemy territory against which we can send such vehicles remotely, as a kind of forward guard -- vehicles that both observe and shoot. We will witness this in the foreseeable future."

 

Israel's military has long used UAVs for intelligence-gathering operations in the fight against Palestinian militants and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.

 

The Israelis also pioneered the use of missile-armed drones to assassinate key militant leaders.

 

But it was the Americans who developed UAVs like General Atomic's MQ-1 Predator as killer drones in their war against al-Qaida since the attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001.

 

The first such assassination mission was in Yemen in November 2002.

 

Israel's pioneering work with UAVs dates back to 1970. The first major combat role for the UAVs, namely an early variant called the Scout, was in the June 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

 

The Israelis used Scouts from Israel's first UAV unit, Squadron 200, as decoys to lure Syrian surface-to-air missiles sites in Lebanon, thinking the UAVs were combat aircraft, to lock on their radar systems, exposing their positions.

 

Israeli warplanes knocked out all 19 batteries over a two-day period, during which Israeli fighters shot down 85 Syrian aircraft for no loss.

 

The Scout was built by Israel Aircraft Industries, IAI's original incarnation.

 

In addition to exports, Israeli defense firms set up subsidiaries in consumer countries "to target markets, rather than expand local manufacturing," Israel's Haaretz daily observed in 2009.

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Orbiter_MUAV_2

One example is the Aerostar and Orbiter 2M aerial drones being manufactured in Azerbaijan by Azad Systems Co., a joint venture between Israel's Aeronautics and the Azeri Defense Ministry.

 

Oil-rich Azerbaijan, which borders Iran, has become a key Israeli ally.

 

"There are three explanations for Israel's success in becoming a world leader in development and production of UAVs," a senior Israeli official told The Jerusalem Post.

 

"We have unbelievable people and innovation, combat experience that helps us understand what we need and immediate operational use since we're always in a conflict which allows us to perfect our systems."

 

Shoham gets the last word. Developing the UAV, he says, "was one of Israel's best investments.

 

"It led to the development of a tremendous technological infrastructure in the country. It's important to us to maintain our place in the forefront of world technology.

 

"This is the key to development in the coming generations as well."

Heron TP photo Israel Aerospace Industries

Heron TP photo Israel Aerospace Industries

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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 07:30
La marine israélienne va construire une base de sous-marins à Haïfa

3 juin 2013. Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

Les préparatifs pour la réception par la marine israélienne de ses nouveaux sous-marins Dolphin, s’accélèrent : Elbit Systems a remporté l’appel d’offres lancé pour la construction de ’Polygon’ — le nom donné à la nouvelle base de sous-marins dans le port de Haïfa.

 

La construction de ‘Polygon’ est un énorme projet, rendu nécessaire par l’avancée de la construction des sous-marins dans les chantiers navals allemands. Israël a acheté 3 nouveaux sous-marins Dolphin, qui vont s’ajouter aux 3 qu’elle possède déjà. Selon la presse étrangère, les sous-marins peuvent embarquer des missiles à têtes nucléaires.

 

Les 2 premiers sous-marins devraient arriver en Israël dans les 2 prochaines années. Des équipes de la marine israélienne ont commencé le processus de réception en Allemagne.

 

La construction de ‘Polygon’ devrait se dérouler en plusieurs étapes.

 

Référence : IsraelDefense

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30 mai 2013 4 30 /05 /mai /2013 16:35
Israel Offers India Hybrid Maritime Surveillance

May 30, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Israel Homeland Security; posted May 25, 2013)

 

Joint Israeli Solution for Indian Maritime Security Problems

 

Elbit Systems Ltd. has teamed with Windward to offer integrated maritime solutions for the Indian authorities. The joint solution combines Windward’s innovative satellite-based maritime analytics system, MarInt, with Elbit Systems’ wide range of solutions for maritime domain awareness, including Hermes 900 maritime patrol Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

 

The cooperation between the two companies addresses the specific needs of India and its vast and complex maritime arena.

 

The cooperation makes available a unique system adapted for very large maritime area monitoring, providing authorities with powerful means to control India’s waters.

 

MarInt, Windward’s proprietary satellite-based maritime analytics system, maps the global maritime activity in unprecedented details, based on data collected from various sources, such as commercial satellites, open-source databases and other sensors. Covering any area of interest, regardless of the distance from shore, MarInt delivers maritime domain awareness over littoral or blue water areas, for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) monitoring, fishery control, regional traffic analysis or port traffic management. After the routine maritime patterns are observed and learned, the system performs deep behavior analysis on every vessel spotted in the designated area of interest, in order to detect anomalous and suspicious behavior.

 

The Maritime Hermes 900 is a new configuration of Elbit Systems’ largest UAS, adapted for maritime operations, carrying selectable mission payload of up to 350 kg., including maritime surveillance radar, Automatic Identification System (AIS), an electro-optical multi-sensor payload and electronic surveillance systems. It has the endurance to cover vast ocean areas, redundant line-of-sight and satellite communications links and radio relay, enabling operators to talk to local vessels while flying patrols over remote sea areas at extended ranges from shore.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 16:25
A maritime version of the Hermes 450 is already on offer from Elbit Systems

A maritime version of the Hermes 450 is already on offer from Elbit Systems

26 Apr 2013 By Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - The Brazilian navy has begun to evaluate unmanned air systems for its missions. The two current options are the Elbit Systems Hermes 450 and Israel Aerospace Industries Heron 1, both of which are already in service in Brazil in other configurations.

 

Elbit and IAI have already developed maritime versions of these two types equipped with a maritime search radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors, and Brazil's navy now wants to field its own maritime configuration.

 

The Brazilian air force's Horus squadron is operating its first two Hermes 450 systems from Santa Maria air base in Rio Grande do Sul, while the nation's federal police flies the Heron 1 from the Parana district. The type is mainly performing missions as part of an effort to fight drug trafficking.

 

According to the Brazilian police, four bases will be equipped with UAS by 2014.

 

Meanwhile, in preparations for Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the nation's defence ministry has dispatched 7,500 troops to its northwestern borders with Peru and Bolivia in an effort to stop cross-border crime.

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11 août 2012 6 11 /08 /août /2012 12:05

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NEW DELHI, Aug. 10 (UPI)

 

India's government in March banned several foreign defense contractors from bidding on contracts.

 

The restrictions are to last a decade

 

India is a key export market for Israeli defense firms, including Israel Military Industries, Israel Aerospace Industries, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Elbit Systems.

 

Defense imports are critical for India's defense establishment, which, lacking a domestic military industrial base, remains dependent on foreign imports for roughly 70 percent of its military purchases.

 

The ban, which includes IMI, has attracted critics, as shortsighted.

 

"We can expect the indigenous manufacture of ammunition to be slow, and we will have to import more artillery ammunition in the future as a result of the ban," retired Brigadier Gen. Rahul Bhonsle with New Delhi's Sasia Security-risks.com Pvt Ltd. told The Times of India.

 

"Many of the banned firms are the owners of proprietary technologies. These technologies may not be available with other contractors, so the country's defense establishment is set to lose access to such technology."

 

New Delhi's Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict Vice President Deba Ranjan Mohanty added, "This is a lose-lose situation for both the companies banned from bidding contracts and the country, which is heavily dependent on foreign countries for purchasing arms and defense technologies."

 

The situation "is not a very happy one," she said.

 

"The blacklisting act was thus necessary to make the system more transparent," Moanty said. "The defense firms will be more careful and not indulge in unfair practices as a result."

 

Israeli arms sale to India are longstanding -- in the 2001-06 period India purchased arms worth nearly $15 billion from Israel.

 

In March, India announced it had blacklisted the six weapons firms, including IMI, in connection with an alleged bribery scandal in 2009.

 

"We are surprised by the Indian Defense ministry's decision because the process of hearings over the intended sanctions against the company has not been completed," IMI spokesman Josh Hantman said when the ban was imposed.

 

Hantman added that the decision was premature and unexpected, "especially in light of the fact that IMI had good reasons to oppose this measure. The Israeli Defense ministry will consult with Israel Military Industries about how to respond to the Indian Defense Ministry decision."

 

The fiscal stakes are immense, as India intends to spend upward of $100 billion in acquiring weapon systems and platforms over the next decade.

 

Among those nations seeking to increase their market share is the United States.

 

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter recently said, "As a country committed to enduring peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region, India deserves the best military equipment available ... India is a top priority in our export considerations.

 

"Practically, we want to be India's highest-quality and most trusted long-term supplier of technology ... We trust India and know India is not a re-exporter or exploiter of our technologies."

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25 décembre 2011 7 25 /12 /décembre /2011 21:09
Israël a annulé un contrat sur des systèmes radars à la Turquie (médias)

 

25 décembre 2011 - Armenews.com

 

Le ministère israélien de la Défense a ordonné d’annuler un important contrat de fourniture à la Turquie de systèmes radars équipant des avions, ont indiqué jeudi les médias israéliens.

 

Selon les médias qui citent un responsable du ministère de la Défense ayant requis l’anonymat, le contrat signé en 2009 avec la Turquie par la société israélienne Elbit Systems et les Industries aériennes israéliennes porte sur un montant de 140 millions de dollars (107 millions d’euros).

 

Interrogé par l’AFP sur les raisons de cette annulation, le ministère de la Défense a indiqué qu’il “n’a pas pour habitude de s’expliquer sur ses décisions (...) qui sont prises sur une base professionnelle en vertu de considérations sécuritaires et diplomatiques“.

 

Le journal en ligne Ynet a pour sa part estimé que le ministère de la Défense avait décidé d’annuler ce contrat, de crainte qu’Ankara ne transfère ces équipements ultra-sophistiqués à des tiers qui lui sont hostiles.

 

Selon la première chaîne publique de la télévision israélienne, Israël s’inquiète surtout d’un rapprochement entre la nouvelle hiérarchie militaire à Ankara et l’Iran.

 

Tous les autres contrats d’armes conclus par Israël et la Turquie sont maintenus, a précisé la télévision.

 

Les relations entre Israël et la Turquie, jadis florissantes, y compris dans le domaine de la coopération militaire, se sont considérablement dégradées, notamment après un raid meurtrier israélien contre un ferry turc qui tentait de briser le blocus de Gaza en mai 2010.

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24 mars 2011 4 24 /03 /mars /2011 13:46
L’industrie aérospatiale israélienne et Elbit prêts à collaborer sur un nouveau modèle d’avion d’entrainement. Le T-50 sud-coréen et le M-346 italien toujours à l’étude

 

24 mars 2011

 

Rivaux de longue date, notamment pour des contrats d’armements à l’étranger, I’industrie aéronautique israélienne (IAI) et Elbit Systems pourraient s’associer en vue de l’acquisition et du maintien d’un avion d’entrainement destiné aux futurs pilotes de chasse de l’armée israélienne. Ce dernier devrait être choisi dans les prochains mois afin de remplacer les vieux Skyhawks A-4, aujourd’hui inadaptés à l’évolution des technologies aériennes et rangés dans les hangars de Tsahal. Ces appareils, utilisés d’abord par l’US Navy au Viêt-Nam, connurent leur heure de gloire au moment de la guerre de Kippour en 1973. D’après le quotidien économique Globes, Elbit Systems, spécialisé dans les équipements électroniques à usage militaire, et IAI, fleuron de l’industrie de défense israélienne, pourraient très rapidement créer une joint venture. Dans les faits, la société serait financée par l’aviation de Tsahal qui louerait les appareils achetés par Elbit et IAI dans le cadre des programmes de formation de ses cadets. L’alliance Elbit-IAI a déjà été approuvée par Ronit Khan, directrice des autorités antitrust israéliennes. Elle intervient dans un contexte agité pour l’industrie militaire israélienne, alors que se murmure toujours une possible fusion entre IMI (Israel Military Industries), en proie à des difficultés économiques, et le puissant missilier Rafael. De son coté, Elbit Systems a annoncé en février avoir racheté 30% des actions d’Elisra, une société dont IAI est l’actionnaire majoritaire.

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