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photo White House

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12-11-2015 Anne-Marie Capomaccio correspondante à Washington - RFI

 

Le capitaine d'origine française [a reçu] ce jeudi 12 novembre la Médaille d'honneur, la plus haute distinction de l'armée américaine, des mains de Barack Obama en personne. Il est décoré pour un acte de bravoure hors du commun durant son deuxième déploiement en Afghanistan. Florent Groberg est né à Poissy en 1983. Le jeune Français a choisi la nationalité américaine après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, afin de pouvoir s'engager dans l'armée.

 

Florent Groberg ne comprend pas l'attention dont il est l'objet. La Médaille d'honneur (Medal of Honor) qu'il va recevoir à la Maison Blanche aujourd'hui est certes la plus haute distinction militaire américaine, mais le capitaine estime qu'il n'a fait que remplir sa mission. Il ne cesse de penser aux quatre compagnons d'arme qui ne sont pas rentrés d'Afghanistan : « Moi dans ma tête, quand je pense dans mon cœur, cette médaille c’est pour les gars que j’ai perdus et leur famille. J’ai fait mon travail, c’est tout. Je suis juste un soldat. Les hommes qui sont vraiment extraordinaires, c’est les quatre soldats qui ont perdu leur vie. »

 

Le 8 août 2012, Florent Groberg s'est jeté sur un kamikaze pour sauver la vie de son équipe. Il ne souhaite pas parler de ses blessures, ni des deux années passées à l'hôpital pour tenter de reconstruire sa jambe abimée. L'armée est une vocation qui vient de loin : une maman française d'origine algérienne, un oncle tué par les terroristes du GIA, le déménagement aux Etats-Unis, puis les attentats du 11 septembre 2001. Le jeune homme, né en banlieue parisienne, a choisi de s'engager dans l'armée américaine.

 

Note RP Defense: Remarks by the President in Medal of Honor Presentation to Captain Florent Groberg, United States Army

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KC-130J photo Lockheed Martin

KC-130J photo Lockheed Martin

 

12.11.2015 Le Monde.fr

 

Le groupe européen Airbus prend un coup, sur le plan commercial, avec l’achat par la France, son pays d’origine, de plusieurs appareils concurrents. Les Etats-Unis ont validé la vente à la France de quatre avions de la société américaine Lockheed Martin, pour 606 millions d’euros, a annoncé l’Agence américaine de coopération militaire (DSCA). Il s’agit de deux avions de transport C-130J, modèle proche de l’A400M d’Airbus, et deux avions ravitailleurs KC-130J. Mais alors que le C-130J est entré en service dans les années 1950 et est devenu un produit standard vendu à beaucoup d’armées dans le monde, l’A400M d’Airbus a connu plusieurs déboires techniques et subit de surcroît les conséquences de l’accident mortel d’un de ses avions à Séville en mai, lors d’un vol d’essai.

 

Les avions américains présentent également l’avantage de permettre le parachutage et le ravitaillement aérien. Chaque appareil sera équipé de moteurs AE-2100D du groupe britannique Rolls-Royce, et la France va acheter quatre moteurs de rechange ainsi que d’autres matériels, comme des radars ou des radios.

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RAF Croughton Medical Clinic Ribbon Cutting. Photo: Master Sgt. Chrissy Best. USAF

RAF Croughton Medical Clinic Ribbon Cutting. Photo: Master Sgt. Chrissy Best. USAF

 

12 November 2015 Ministry of Defence and Defence Infrastructure Organisation

 

A new £7.1 million medical and dental centre has been officially opened at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire following its completion by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and VINCI Construction UK Ltd.

 

The new clinic will deliver healthcare for US military personnel and their families in a modern, family centred environment. The building will function primarily as a GP’s surgery and dentist, but also has a number of other facilities such as a pharmacy and laboratory.

The 2 storey centre covers 2170m² and includes staff and administrative area, pharmacy and dispensing rooms, patient examination areas, clinic support rooms, office areas for senior medical staff, medical operations reception area, dental treatment rooms and the laboratory.

Don Lloyd, DIO’s Project Manager, said:

This was a real collaborative team effort to deliver a quality product. The new facility was completed and passed over to USVF within budget and on time. We hope the US personnel who will be using the centre’s services will be happy with their new facilities.

Air Vice Marshal Elaine West, DIO’s Director of Programme and Projects Delivery, said:

“I’m delighted with the success of this project. It’s a fantastic building with numerous facilities for our friends and allies in the US Visiting Forces. Further, the investment is a clear sign of confidence in DIO’s ability to deliver and we continue to work in partnership with our US colleagues.”

Richard Fry, US Air Force Civil Engineer Centre (AFCEC) UK Branch Chief, said:

The RAF Croughton Clinic is testimonial to the collaborative spirit between AFCEC UK and DIO and has taken partnership to new levels of cooperation across the board. AFCEC certainly appreciates the support we get from DIO.

VINCI Construction Ltd UK was awarded the £7.1 million contract in September 2013 and construction was completed at the end of August 2015, which was followed by fitting out the building with the necessary equipment.

The ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the medical clinic was attended by an array of military and civic dignitaries, including Air Vice Marshal West and Brigadier General Douglas A Cox, Director US Air Forces in Europe-United Kingdom.

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal sit rep 12 Nov – CJTF-OIR

 

November 12, 2015 by CJTF-OIR Release # 20151112-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Nov. 11, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 40 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

 

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

 

Syria

• Near Al Hawl, eight strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL buildings and wounded an ISIL fighter.

 

Iraq

• Near Albu Hayat, one strike, struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL command and control node and two ISIL weapons caches.

• Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL staging areas.

• Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.

• Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL buildings, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL excavator, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL improvised explosive device clusters, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, 24 strikes struck nine separate ISIL tactical units, nine ISIL staging areas, and destroyed 27 fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL improvised explosive device, six ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL bunker, two ISIL caches, four ISIL staging areas, and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

• Near Tal Afar, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, three ISIL staging areas, an ISIL bridge, and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL observation post, and two ISIL bunkers.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.

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Deployable Instrument Landing System (D-ILS) - photo Thales

Deployable Instrument Landing System (D-ILS) - photo Thales

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

General Dynamics Mission Systems' radios will provide the communications for the new U.S. Air Force Deployable Instrument Landing System (D-ILS). The system, built by Thales, will give pilots the precision guidance they need to land at locations where the existing air traffic control system is unavailable or where no infrastructure exists, including temporary airfields in austere, isolated locations. The D-ILS will use the General Dynamics CM-300/350 V2 air traffic control (ATC) radios along with the Fortress ES2440 High-capacity Mesh Point wireless backhaul radios.

"The General Dynamics Mission Systems radios offer an integrated solution with commercial off-the-shelf products, delivering significant cost savings in bringing this new Air Force capability into service," said Mike DiBiase, a vice president of General Dynamics Mission Systems.

The Thales D-ILS system will provide pilots with precise landing instructions during final approach in low-visibility or low-ceiling weather conditions. The system will also provide the Air Force with a highly deployable system for rapid set-up, activation and relocation during Air Force tactical and restoral-of-service operations.

The General Dynamics Mission Systems CM-300/350 V2 radios are the first VoIP UHF and VHF radios approved by the FAA for ground-to-air communications. The radios are being installed in airport control towers, FAA regional centers and training facilities nationwide.

General Dynamics Mission Systems' Fortress wireless technology is currently used in military operations where vehicles, deployed assets, sensor devices and soldiers are operating in large outdoor areas and allows these distributed assets to connect to the network without the considerations and constraints of traditional wired networks.

 

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) combined the resources of Advanced Information Systems and C4 Systems as "General Dynamics Mission Systems" on January 1, 2015. For more information about General Dynamics Mission Systems, please visit gdmissionsystems.com and follow us on Twitter @GDMS.

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C-130J Super Hercules photo Lockheed Martin

C-130J Super Hercules photo Lockheed Martin

 

12.12.2015  Par Olivier Berger, grand reporter à La Voix du Nord - Défense Globale

 

Le Département d'Etat américain vient d'approuver la vente possible à la France de quatre avions C-130 Hercules de Lockheed-Martin, deux cargos et deux ravitailleurs, et leurs équipements et supports logistiques associés. Le coût de la transaction est estimé à 650 millions de dollars par l'Agence américaine de coopération de défense et de sécurité...

Voici un achat en urgence qui rappelle que l'A400M connaît des sérieux problèmes dans ses standards plus évolués, notamment en ravitaillement des hélicoptères et en largage (par la porte latérale). La prochaine commande française concerne deux C-130J et deux ravitailleurs KC-130J (355 millions de dollars, 331 millions d'euros pour les quatre avions). Parmi les équipements associés, on relève notamment six appareils de contre-mesures électroniques, six d'alerte missiles, six radars d'alerte et des terminaux de communication vocale sécurisée.

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Espionnage allemand à l'égard de Fabius: Hollande veut toutes les informations

 

12 novembre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

La Valette - Le président français François Hollande a demandé jeudi que toutes les informations soient communiquées à la France, après des révélations dans la presse affirmant que les services allemands avaient écouté le ministre des Affaires étrangères Laurent Fabius.

 

Nous demandons que toutes les informations nous soient communiquées, a déclaré le président français devant des journalistes à La Valette, où il assistait à un sommet entre pays africains et européens.

 

Il ne peut pas y avoir ce type de pratiques entre amis, a-t-il ajouté.

 

Je sais que la chancelière fera tout pour nous dire exactement les circonstances qui auraient conduit à écouter un ministre de la République française, a dit M. Hollande.

 

Le chef de l'Etat français a ajouté qu'il lui avait été dit que ces pratiques avaient totalement cessé. Mais je veux en avoir là encore la vérification, a-t-il assuré.

 

Un peu plus tôt également en marge du sommet de La Valette, M. Fabius, avait demandé à en savoir plus. J'ai demandé à l'ambassadeur d'Allemagne de se renseigner plus précisément parce que, sous une forme ou sous une autre, c'est assez désagréable d'être écouté, a affirmé le ministre interrogé par la presse, indiquant en avoir parlé avec la chancelière, présente également à Malte.

 

Mme Merkel m'en a parlé et à sa connaissance c'était quelque chose d'indirect c'est-à-dire (qu'elles visaient) des personnes qui étaient écoutées et qui auraient pu s'adresser à moi.

 

L'entourage de M. Hollande a ensuite précisé que cette affaire remontait vraisemblablement à avant 2013 faisant probablement partie de l'affaire Snowden.

 

L'informaticien américain Edward Snowden, ancien consultant de la NSA, avait en 2013 révélé les détails de plusieurs programmes de surveillance de masse américains. Il avait notamment fait état de l'écoute d'un téléphone portable de la chancelière Merkel par les Américains.

 

L'information sur les écoutes qui auraient visé M. Fabius a été donnée par la radio publique allemande Berlin-Brandebourg, qui apporte de nouveaux détails dans une affaire d'espionnage qui embarrasse depuis plusieurs mois la chancellerie allemande.

 

D'autres médias allemands ont en effet déjà révélé ces derniers mois que les services de renseignement extérieurs allemands avaient espionné des pays alliés pour le compte de la NSA, son équivalent américain, ainsi que pour son propre compte.

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Les États-Unis ont toujours aidé la dissuasion française

 

07/11/2015 Par Jean Guisnel Le Point.fr

 

La bombe française, pur produit des cerveaux et de l'industrie nationale, est un mythe. Des chercheurs rappellent l'apport décisif des Américains.

 

C'est une question aussi ancienne que la dissuasion nucléaire française : quand, comment et dans quelles conditions les États-Unis ont-ils, ou pas, aidé les Français à construire leur force de frappe atomique, appelée ensuite force de dissuasion ? Quand on pose la question aux ingénieurs et militaires français qui ont travaillé sur ces sujets depuis la fin des années 1950, la réponse est généralement la suivante, en substance : « Les Américains ne nous ont pas aidés directement, mais nous ont parfois fait savoir que nous allions dans le bon sens, ou l'inverse. »

C'est pour répondre plus précisément aux interrogations sur ce sujet que deux chercheurs fins connaisseurs des questions nucléaires, le Français Bruno Tertrais, de la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS) et l'Américain Jeffrey Lewis, du Center for Non Proliferation Studies, se sont penchés sur ce sujet.  Ils font un point aussi précis que possible de la question, dans un texte que vient de publier la FRS, en anglais : US-France Nuclear Cooperation : its past, present and future (pdf). Ils y répondent sans hésiter par l'affirmative : oui, les États-Unis ont aidé la dissuasion nucléaire française et pas qu'un peu !

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The ALFS integrated dipping sonar system enables the MH-60R to accomplish assigned undersea warfare missions. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin)

The ALFS integrated dipping sonar system enables the MH-60R to accomplish assigned undersea warfare missions. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin)


06.11.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Bon an, mal an Raytheon Company et Thales Underwater Systems, Brest, produisent une vingtaine de sonars de type AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS). Les deux firmes sont associés pour la production de ce sonar qui équipe les hélicoptères MH-60R de l'US Navy.

La dernière commande en date porte sur 22 sonars (20 pour l'US Navy et 2 pour la marine saoudienne). 59% du marché sera réalisé à Brest par TUS. Montant de ce marché: 65,8 millions de dollars.

 

L'avis du Pentagone:

"Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $65,801,757 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0012) for the procurement of 22 MH-60R full-rate production Lot XIII Airborne Low Frequency Sonar systems for the Navy (20), and the government of Saudi Arabia (2), including associated program management support. Work will be performed in Brest, France (59 percent); Portsmouth, Rhode Island (37 percent); and Johnstown, Pennsylvania (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $65,801,757 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($59,819,779; 91 percent), and the government of Saudi Arabia ($5,981,978; 9 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity."

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal sit rep 08 Nov – CJTF-OIR

 

November 08, 2015 by CJTF-OIR Release # 20151108-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Nov. 7, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using bomber, fighter, attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

 

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

 

Syria

• Near Al Hasakah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Al Hawl, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 16 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

• Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and wounded an ISIL fighter.

• Near Washiya, one strike destroyed an ISIL supply cache and damaged an ISIL cave.

 

Iraq

• Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight ISIL buildings and an ISIL command and control node.

• Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

• Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL staging area.

• Near Ramadi, four strikes destroyed an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL building, suppressed movement of five ISIL tactical vehicles, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, eleven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, 21 ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL light machine guns, and three ISIL vehicles.

• Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.

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Bad Aibling Station (22. Juli 2006)  photo Dr. Johannes W. Dietrich

Bad Aibling Station (22. Juli 2006) photo Dr. Johannes W. Dietrich

The BND's listening station in Bad Aibling, Bavaria: In addition to spying on friends, German intelligence also monitored Oxfam, Care International and the Red Cross.

 

November 07, 2015 Spiegel.de

 

Efforts to spy on friends and allies by Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, were more extensive than previously reported. SPIEGEL has learned the agency monitored European and American government ministries and the Vatican.

 

Three weeks ago, news emerged that Germany's foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), had systematically spied on friends and allies around the world. In many of those instances, the BND had been doing so of its own accord and not at the request of the NSA. The BND came under heavy criticism earlier this year after news emerged that it had assisted the NSA in spying on European institutions, companies and even Germans using dubious selector data.

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal sit rep 07 Nov – CJTF-OIR

 

November 07, 2015 by CJFT-OIR Release # 20151107-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Nov. 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using bomber, fighter, and attack aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and attack aircraft against ISIL targets.

 

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

 

Syria

• Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, seven ISIL structures, and three ISIL trenches.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL petroleum storage tank.

• Near Mar’a, two strikes destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL logistical facility.

 

Iraq

• Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Mosul, one strike suppressed an ISIL rocket position.

• Near Ramadi, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket propelled grenade position, an ISIL weapons cache, four ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, six ISIL heavy machine guns, 11 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL anti-tank weapon, two ISIL buildings, damaged one ISIL building, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL weapons cache and suppressed two ISIL mortar positions.

• Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.

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F-35: Italians First Mission Highlights Partnerships

An Italian F-35 Lightning II pilot is met by a 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airman Nov. 5, 2015, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., after the pilot flew the first Italian F-35 training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

 

Nov 06, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Air Force 56th Fighter Wing; issued Nov 05, 2015)

 

LUKE AFB, Arizona --- Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot.

Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today's missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian flew his mission in an Australian F-35 with an Air Force Reserve ground instructor on the headset. In addition, the maintenance team was comprised of Lockheed Martin contractors and an Australian maintenance liaison officer.

Two U.S. instructor pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron flew alongside the Italians, guiding them through their first flight.

"This has been a big day for the 61st, for Luke AFB, and for the F-35 program," said Lt Col Michael Gette, 61st Fighter Squadron commander. "Every aspect of today's operation was a multinational effort. It was a great example of how all the partner nations are cooperating to make this program a reality and shows how Luke AFB is becoming the international training hub for the F-35."

The international partnerships were on further display as two U.S. student pilots took their first flight as well, one guided by a U.S. instructor pilot and the other by an Australian.

"It is great from an Australian partner perspective to be contributing to the outcome of training F-35 aircrew," said Squadron Leader Nathan Draper, Australian Participant Maintenance Liaison Officer. "To see a USAF IP alongside an Aussie jet with an Italian partner getting his first flight is seeing the vision for the program come to fruition. It is a great day for the F-35 and a big milestone for our team."

The pilots began the academic training phase on Sept. 21, which involved approximately 90 days of classroom and simulator instruction under the supervision of the 56th Training Squadron prior to them stepping to the jet.

"New pilots will be trained in an environment where they learn how to work seamlessly with other nations both from a practical standpoint and a tactical basis," an Italian pilot said. "Future students coming through the course will be able to fly on many different tails, so it is a perfect integration."

When the Italian pilots return home they will be equipped to help develop the training programs of their own air forces and will help pioneer the next generation of global F-35 pilots.

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photo Marine Nationale

photo Marine Nationale

 

06/11/2015 Sources : Marine nationale

 

Du 18 au 25 octobre 215, la frégate multimissions  Aquitaine et une dizaine d’autres frégates des pays membres du forum Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) ont démontré leur capacité à assurer la protection d'une force navale face à des menaces anti-navires et balistiques dans le cadre de At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 2015).

 

Réunissant au large de l’Écosse des navires de guerre de neuf États (Canada, Espagne, États-Unis, France, Italie, Norvège, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni), cette force a opéré durant une semaine sous le commandement de l'amiral néerlandais Frank SIJTSMA.

 

Une coopération renforcée entre nations participantes

Décidée par le forum MTMD en 2012, ASD 2015 a nécessité trois ans de préparation et a permis aux nations participantes de démontrer leurs capacités dans le domaine de la défense anti-missile, mais surtout leur aptitude à interopérer au sein d'une coalition dédiée à la défense anti-missile.

ASD 2015 a en particulier permis aux unités présentes d'améliorer leur interopérabilité via des liaisons de données tactiques robustes (L16 radio et satellite). Ainsi, durant les différentes phases de la démonstration, les unités disposaient en temps réel d’une situation tactique les renseignant sur les détections, les poursuites, les engagements et les destructions effectuées au sein de la force à l'encontre des missiles anti-navires ou balistiques assaillants.

 

Une interception de missile balistique réussie

Événement majeur de ASD 2015, l'activité D15-2, a permis de démontrer la capacité de la force à intercepter un missile balistique (type SRBM) alors même que certaines unités engageaient des missiles anti-navires.

Le scénario a ainsi permis à certaines unités de la force de tester leur capacité à détecter et à poursuivre avec leur radar, puis de transmettre la cible balistique matérialisée par le missile Terrier-Orion, tiré depuis le centre d'essais des îles Hébrides au Nord de l’Ecosse. La piste détectée a ensuite été transmise au bâtiment américain USS Ross pour faciliter son acquisition en vue de son engagement par un missile anti-missile balistique Raytheon SM-3. Durant cette phase cruciale, l'Aquitaine assurait l'autodéfense élargie de l'USS Ross.

Le succès obtenu lors de cette activité est à relever puisqu’il s’agissait du premier tir de missile SM-3 effectué par les américains en-dehors de leur centre d’essais de l’archipel Hawaï. En outre, c’était également la première fois qu’un objet était envoyé dans l’espace (au-delà de 70 km d’altitude) depuis le territoire européen. En complément de cette activité majeure, la plupart des unités présentes ont eu la possibilité de mettre en œuvre leur système d’armes en engageant avec leurs missiles anti-aériens les cibles assaillantes constituées par des drones aériens de type Mirach. Une dizaine de cibles ont ainsi été mise en œuvre et engagées par des missiles (ESSM, SM2, ASTER30…).

 

L’Aquitaine a testé l’efficience de son radar multi-fonctions

L’Aquitaine a quant à elle a pu profiter d’un ultime tir de cible Terrier-Orion et se positionner de façon optimale par rapport à la phase finale de la trajectoire de cette cible. Les «équipes de l’industriel embarquées à bord pour l’occasion ont ainsi pu vérifier que les modifications de circonstances apportées au fonctionnement du radar multi-fonctions permettaient également à ce radar de détecter et poursuivre une telle cible animée d’une vitesse exceptionnelle. Les enregistrements techniques effectués par ces industriels sont cruciaux pour les développements techniques et pour garder un avantage sur les menaces émergentes (missiles hypervéloces, hypersoniques…).

En dépit des mauvaises conditions météo, la participation de l’Aquitaine à l’ « ASD 2015 » est donc un véritable succès. L’unité fait désormais route vers son port de base avec un  retour d’expérience opérationnel et technique extrêmement riche. Elle confirme également ses qualités de frégate multi-mission.

 

Nota : Créé en 1999, le forum MTMD, regroupe désormais dix pays ; la France l'ayant quant à elle rejoint en 2009. Son objectif est de développer les savoir-faire et technologies en matière de lutte contre les missiles conventionnels et balistiques. Les échanges entre experts des pays membres (militaires et ingénieurs) et ces essais à la mer doivent permettre in fine de développer de nouveaux radars et de nouveaux missiles aptes à faire face aux nouvelles menaces. Il s'agit également de définir une doctrine et une structure de commandement interalliée supportant la mise en œuvre de ces unités spécialisées dans la défense aérienne.

Member nations of the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum conducted At-Sea Demonstration (ASD) 2015 on the North Atlantic Ocean, exercising their cooperative anti-ballistic missile defense capabilities.

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photo Italian Air Force

photo Italian Air Force

 

05/11/2015 par Guillaume Belan - Air & Cosmos

 

Rome pourrait bien devenir le second pays export à armer ses drones Reaper, après le Royaume-Unis. Ce 3 novembre, la Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) américaine a accepté d'exporter à l'Italie les kits d'intégration d'armements pour 6 de ses drones MQ-9 Reaper. Cette acceptation fait suite à une demande italienne pour l'achat de 156 missiles AGM-114R2 Hellfire II de Lockheed Martin, 30 bombes guidées laser GBU-12, 30 GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), 30 GBU-49 guidées laser, 30 GBU-54 laser JDAM. Le contrat pourrait s'élever à 130 millions de dollars.

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Cent mille bateaux sous l’oeil des satellites

Simulation du trafic maritime par le réseau de satellites exactEarth couplés au système AIS (Automatic Identification System). Chaque navire emporte sa balise d'identification. Photo ExactEarth

 

05.11.2015 Par Pascale Lorca – Valeurs Actuelles

 

Surveillance. De nouvelles applications permettent de voir depuis l’espace le moindre mouvement des 130 000 navires de tous types qui sillonnent le globe. Un enjeu stratégique majeur, aussi bien commercial que sécuritaire, à l’heure de la lutte contre les passeurs de migrants et les pirates preneurs d’otages.

 

Surveiller le trafic maritime mondial pour localiser jusqu’au plus modeste des bateaux de pêche, c’est désormais possible grâce à la technologie des microsatellites, très en pointe actuellement dans le monde de l’aérospatial. Ils sont vraiment petits : imaginez un cube de 30 centimètres d’arête pour une masse d’une trentaine de kilos. Les entreprises qui les mettent en oeuvre ont pour noms exactEarth (canadienne), Orbcomm (américaine) ou LuxSpace (luxembourgeoise et filiale d’OHB, le groupe allemand qui construit les satellites de navigation européens Galileo). Placés sur une orbite basse, entre 500 et 1 000 kilo mètres d’altitude, une dizaine sont à poste, là-haut. Ils seront plus de vingt au début de l’année prochaine, et ce n’est pas fini.

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Le Tigre HAD lors de son expérimentation dans le désert djiboutien (Crédit: EMA / armée de Terre)

Le Tigre HAD lors de son expérimentation dans le désert djiboutien (Crédit: EMA / armée de Terre)

 

5 novembre, 2015 Nathan Gain (FOB)

 

L’ALAT devrait prochainement faire le plein de missile air-sol pour ses Tigre HAD. Le département d’État américain vient en effet, au travers de la « Defense Security Cooperation Agency » (DSCA), en charge des exportation de matériel militaire « Made in USA », de donner son feu vert pour la livraison de 200 missiles AGM-114K1A Hellfire II issus directement des stocks de l’US Army.

Une transaction évaluée à 30 millions de dollars US (donc 27,5 millions d’euros) qui devra encore être approuvée par le Congrès durant les 15 jours à venir. À priori une formalité, car les législateurs américains ne bloquent que très rarement des transactions qui sont soigneusement sélectionnées avant que le Congrès ne les notifie officiellement.

« Cet achat supportera directement les forces françaises activement engagées en opération au Mali et en Afrique du nord, leur fournissant la capacité d’engager des cibles avec un minimum de dommages collatéraux », précise la DSCA dans son communiqué officiel du 4 novembre 2015.

 

Un dernier lot de Hellfire avant de passer au Brimstone ?

L’idée est tentante, la France envisageant très sérieusement de changer de missile air-sol dans le cadre du programme de Standard 3 du Tigre. D’autant plus que le Brimstone (inspiré de…l’AGM-114), produit par MBDA, ne manque pas d’atouts. En effet, si la version K du Hellfire II est guidée par un laser semi-actif (ce qui signifie qu’il faut désigner la cible au laser jusqu’à l’impact), le Brimstone est quant à lui doté de la technologie « Tire & Oublie ». Non content d’assurer donc une souplesse d’utilisation non négligeable, le missile Brimstone est également équipé d’une technologie de guidage dédoublée, à savoir un laser semi actif ET un radar millimétrique. Et si les atouts du Brimstone ne suffisent pas, MBDA pourra toujours compter sur son futur « Multi-Role Combat Missile » (MRCM) pour convaincre les militaires français.

Les différentes OPEX dans lesquelles le Tigre HAD est activement engagé auront donc eu raison du premier lot de 250 missiles Hellfire II commandé en 2006. Ce nouveau lot de missiles air-sol devrait donc permettre aux pilotes de l’ALAT de continuer à contribuer à l’élimination de « Daech & Co. » en Afrique du Nord.

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200 Hellfire pour les Tigre français, ça coûte 30 millions de dollars

EC665 Tigre HAD, équipé de 2 missiles Hellfire– photo André BOUR HelicoPassion

 

04.11.2015 par Philippe Chapleau – Lignes de Défense

 

Feu vert US à une vente de 200 missiles air-sol Hellfire pour équiper les Tigre de l'Alat. La Defense Security Cooperation Agency a annoncé ce soir [4 nov.] cette vente "probable". Ces missiles proviendront des stocks de l'US Army.

 

WASHINGTON, Nov 4, 2015 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France for Hellfire Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $30 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 3, 2015. The Government of France has requested a possible sale of two-hundred (200) AGM-114K1A Hellfire Missiles; Hellfire Missile conversion kits; blast fragmentation sleeves and installation kits; containers; and transportation. The estimated cost of MDE is $25 million. The total estimated cost is $30 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the capability of a NATO ally. France is a major political and economic power in Europe and a key democratic partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability around the world. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist France to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. The additional missiles will meet France's operational requirements for a precisionguided tactical missile for its Tigre Attack Helicopter. The purchase will directly support French forces actively engaged in operations in Mali and Northern Africa, providing them the capability to successfully engage targets with minimal collateral damage. France will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. There is no principal contractor for this sale as the missiles are coming from U.S. Army stock. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives in France. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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M 1126 Stryker ICV with 30mm cannon and M2 Machine Guns for Lithuania

 

Nov 5, 2015 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

 

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lithuania for Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $599 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 4, 2015.

The Government of Lithuania has requested a sale of eighty-four (84) M 1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICV) with the ATK 30mm cannon, the XM813 30mm cannon or a European variant with the Remote Weapon Station and eighty-four (84) M2 Flex Machine Guns. Additionally, they have requested the ICV-30 package, including contractor logistics support, support equipment, spare parts, armaments, two (2) AN/PRC-152 Radios per vehicle, one (l) AN/PSN-13 DAGR per vehicle, one (l) VIC-3 per vehicle, training aids/devices/simulators & simulations (TADSS), translated technical manuals with laptop computers, training, Foreign Service Representatives (FSRs), OCONUS Contractor vehicle deprocessing services and technical assistance. The total estimated value of MDE is $462 million. The overall total estimated value is $599 million.

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Overview of the dataflow for the NSA-BND cooperation at Bad Aibling source electrospaces

Overview of the dataflow for the NSA-BND cooperation at Bad Aibling source electrospaces

 

November 4, 2015 electrospaces.blogspot.fr

 

Since last Spring, the German parliamentary commission investigating NSA spying is trying to find out whether the Americans secretly tried to spy on German and European targets. During the hearings it became clear that the German foreign intelligence service BND wasn't able to fully prevent that selectors, like e-mail addresses and phone numbers, provided by the NSA, were fed into the collection system. A special investigator was allowed access to the lists of rejected selectors and he reported about his findings last week. Here follows the background of this affair and the most important and interesting details from the investigation report.

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NATO Special Operations Forces in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015.


3 nov. 2015 by NATO


Over 1,000 Special Operations Forces personnel, from 10 countries, take part in Trident Juncture 2015. They train in high-intensity fighting conditions, testing their interoperability for all possible missions.

There are 5 SOF Task Groups, led by: Spain, Portugal, the United States, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
Special Forces aren't only from land forces. Special Forces come from the maritime, the marines, the sailors, the air, every soldier together, it’s a kind of joint unique capability and they have the mission in general to conduct very challenging operations to create dominance in a certain area where it is very tense. They’re real warriors to take on a duty if called upon by the nations.

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LM, International Partners Establish U.A.E.-based Machining Technology Center

 

Nov 3, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Exechon AB, a Sweden-based technology company and Abu Dhabi-based Injaz National have formed a new joint-venture company in the United Arab Emirates focused on advanced machining technology. The new Abu Dhabi-based joint venture, Exechon Enterprises L.L.C., will establish an engineering and manufacturing center of excellence for Parallel Kinematics Machining (PKM) in the aerospace, defense and automotive sectors, as well as other industrial areas.

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Tigre HAD, équipé de 2 missiles Hellfire– photo André BOUR HelicoPassion

Tigre HAD, équipé de 2 missiles Hellfire– photo André BOUR HelicoPassion

 

Nov 4, 2015 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

 

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France for Hellfire Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $30 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 3, 2015.

 

The Government of France has requested a possible sale of two-hundred (200) AGM-114K1A Hellfire Missiles; Hellfire Missile conversion kits; blast fragmentation sleeves and installation kits; containers; and transportation. The estimated cost of MDE is $25 million. The total estimated cost is $30 million.

 

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the capability of a NATO ally. France is a major political and economic power in Europe and a key democratic partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability around the world. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist France to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability.

 

The additional missiles will meet France's operational requirements for a precisionguided tactical missile for its Tigre Attack Helicopter. The purchase will directly support French forces actively engaged in operations in Mali and Northern Africa, providing them the capability to successfully engage targets with minimal collateral damage. France will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces.

 

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

 

There is no principal contractor for this sale as the missiles are coming from U.S. Army stock. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.

 

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives in France.

 

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

 

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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photos USA DoD - UK France MoD

photos USA DoD - UK France MoD

 

November 04, 2015 by CJTF-OIR Release # 20151104-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Nov. 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, ground-attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, attack, ground-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

 

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

 

Syria

• Near Al Hasakah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and wounded an ISIL fighter.

• Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed three ISIL cranes, four ISIL rigs, two ISIL excavators, an ISIL front end loader, and two ISIL pipefitters.

 

Iraq

• Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL building, and four ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Bayji, one strike wounded an ISIL fighter.

• Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Ramadi, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL building and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, nine strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed ISIL IED facility, an ISIL staging facility, three ISIL staging areas, four ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL headquarters location, an ISIL bed down location, 10 ISIL fighting positions, and two ISIL vehicles.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.

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M109A7 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer photo BAE Systems

M109A7 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer photo BAE Systems

 

Nov 2, 2015 by Richard Tomkins. (UPI)

 

BAE Systems is continuing low-rate initial production of the M109A7 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer under the second option of a U.S Army contract.

 

An additional 30 sets of the weapon system -- one of which will include an M992A3 tracked ammunition carrier -- will be produced under the option, which is worth $245.3 million.

 

"The success of this program is directly attributable to the partnership between the Army and BAE Systems," said Adam Zarfoss, director of Artillery and Bradley programs at BAE Systems. "We've worked as a team to bring this much needed enhanced combat capability to the soldier to address immediate needs while providing a platform that can support future growth as requirements evolve."

 

The M109A7 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer, or SPH, is an upgrade of the M109A6 Paladin. It uses the main armament and cab structure of the M109A6, but replaces the vehicle's chassis structure with a new design to allow for the integration of Bradley common drive-train and suspension components.

 

Technology developments from the Crusader and Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon programs are also included in the upgraded Paladin. Among them: a 600 volt on-board power generation, distribution and management system, coupled with high-voltage gun drive and projectile ramming systems.

 

BAE Systems said that with delivery of the 30 Paladin sets under the second contract option, the company would have produced 66 systems to the Army, which intends to procure a total of 580 vehicle sets.

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