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General Sir Nicholas Houghton (stock image)

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19 March 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

General Sir Nicholas Houghton will succeed General Sir David Richards as the UK's next Chief of the Defence Staff in July 2013.

 

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC Gen to take over from General Sir David Richards GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen as the next Chief of the Defence Staff in July 2013.

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Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence, said:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of the successor to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Sir David Richards.

 

General Sir Nicholas Houghton will assume this role in July 2013. I look forward to working with Sir Nicholas as we continue radical reforms to the Ministry of Defence and deliver Future Force 2020.

 

I pay tribute to the leadership Sir David has shown as CDS during a period of significant change in the military environment while securing operational successes across the globe, including in Afghanistan and Libya.

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19.03.2013 Europa.eu

 

When: 21/03/2013
Where: Brussels, Belgium

 

European defence experts will gather in Brussels on 21 March for the European Defence Agency’s annual conference. This year’s conference looks at lessons learnt from defence cooperation projects and the long-term vision for future cooperation. Based on the analysis of the current situation and the longer-term goals, the conference will discuss concrete steps for the next year and will help to shape some ideas for 2013 key meetings.

 

The conference is organised in three panels:

  • Panel 1: Lessons from Defence Cooperation
  • Panel 2: Looking ahead: setting the longer-term goals for European Defence Cooperation
  • Panel 3: European Defence Cooperation: concrete steps for the next year
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19 mars 2013 2 19 /03 /mars /2013 13:50

Eurofighter Typhoon

 

19.03.2013 par Alain RUELLO - lesechos.fr

 

Il sera difficile de garder 4 chaînes d'assemblage, estime le patron de Cassidian.

 

Eliminé car jugé plus cher que le Rafale en finale du méga-appel d'offres indien portant sur l'achat de 126 avions de combat, l'Eurofighter ne pourra pas faire l'économie d'une réflexion sur sa structure de coûts. Surtout s'il veut poursuivre sa carrière à l'exportation. Les trois partenaires industriels du programme - EADS, BAE Systems et Alenia (Finmeccanica) - mènent d'ailleurs des discussions à ce sujet qui devraient déboucher cette année, a indiqué hier Bernhard Gerwert, le PDG de Cassidian, la branche défense d'EADS.

 

« Tous les partenaires ont conscience qu'il faut améliorer l'organisation industrielle de l'Eurofighter », a-t-il déclaré hier lors d'un point de presse. Le sujet fut d'ailleurs à l'origine du projet de fusion EADS BAE. De là à savoir ce qui accouchera des réflexions, l'intéressé préfère rester prudent. A ce stade, « je ne peux pas répondre », confie-t-il. Ce qui ne l'empêche pas d'évoquer une piste.

 

Une question très politique

 

Après la sortie de la France, l'Eurofighter a été lancé dans les années 1980 par le Royaume-Uni, l'Allemagne, l'Italie et l'Espagne, qui ont promis d'en acheter 620 au total. Le programme, pour ce qui concerne les livraisons à ces 4 pays, est géré par une coentreprise commune à EADS, BAE et Alenia, qui se partagent la fabrication. Pour ce qui est des campagnes à l'exportation en revanche, c'est au cas par cas. En Arabie saoudite, BAE a mené les négociations, de même qu'à Oman, avec le soutien politique de Londres. En Inde, ce fut Cassidian, aidé par Berlin.

 

Une des pistes d'amélioration, avance Bernhard Gerwert, consisterait à confier à cette coentreprise la responsabilité des campagnes à l'export. Cela entraînerait plus de transparence sur les prix et les marges. En clair : dans la situation actuelle, l'industriel, qui est chargé de vendre l'avion à l'international, peut être tenté de jouer plus individuel que collectif…

 

La question de l'organisation industrielle de l'Eurofighter est aussi très politique. En vertu du principe du « juste retour industriel », chacun des 4 pays à l'origine du programme a bâti « sa » chaîne d'assemblage d'où sortent les avions qu'il achète pour son armée de l'air. C'est l'une des raisons du prix très élevé de l'appareil.

 

Ces usines étant construites, il est évidemment hors de question de les fermer tant que les 620 appareils prévus n'auront pas tous été produits. D'ici à 2018 normalement. Mais au-delà ? Les 4 chaînes d'assemblage pourront-elles être conservées ? « Probablement pas », estime, lucide, Bernhard Gerwert. Et pour cause.

 

Passé 2018, si production d'Eurofighter il y a, ce sera pour l'exportation. Comme les pays clients imposent des transferts de technologie de plus en plus importants, voire l'assemblage des avions chez eux si les volumes le justifient, le travail ne nourrira pas les 4 chaînes européennes. Conclusion : tôt ou tard, Londres, Berlin, Rome et Madrid auront une décision difficile à prendre pour savoir qui se sacrifie…

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15.03.2013 Usine Nouvelle (Reuters)

 

Les NH-90 et les Tigre sont concernés par cette cure d'amaigrissement du ministère allemand de la Défense.

 

Dans un communiqué publié le 14 mars, Berlin a annoncé être parvenu à un accord avec Eurocopter, filiale d'EADS, pour diminuer de 122 à 82 sa commande d'hélicoptères NH-90 et de 80 à 57 celle d'hélicoptères militaires Tigre.

 

Tiger German Army photo German Army

 

Une réduction de près d'un tiers de sa commande d'hélicoptères militaires et de transport au groupe industriel d'aéronautique et de défense européen.

 

Il va toutefois augmenter de 18 le nombre d'appareils destinés à sa marine.

 

La diminution de la commande d'hélicoptères à EADS a été une source de tensions entre le groupe d'aéronautique et Berlin. La capitale allemande s'est en outre illustrée en bloquant la fusion entre BAE et EADS.

 

L'hélicoptère militaire multirôle NH-90 est fabriqué par le consortium NHIndustries, composé d'Eurocopter, d'AgustaWestland et de Stork Fokker AESP (groupe Fokker).

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19 mars 2013 2 19 /03 /mars /2013 12:44

Russia Navy

 

17 Mars 2013 Par Marine & Océans

 

La présence permanente de la Marine russe en Méditerranée sera assurée par cinq ou six navires, a annoncé dimanche le commandant en chef de la Marine russe, l'amiral Viktor Tchirkov dans une interview accordée à la chaîne télévisée Zvezda. "Jusqu'à cinq ou six navires doivent se trouver en permanence en Méditerranée, le groupe étant commandé par la Flotte russe de la mer Noire", a indiqué l'amiral pour qui le groupe se composera de frégates et de croiseurs, ainsi que de navires auxiliaires. Source Ria Novosti

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 European Defence Agency
  • Date of the Event: 09 June 2013 09:00 AM

While the fighter community has been trained extensively for years to operate together, the same cannot be said for air transport. In Europe today, airlift training is very much a national issue and since operating together becomes more the rule than the exception, the need to train together becomes bigger every day.

EDA's European Air Transport Training 2013 (EATT13) flying event will deliver tactical training, over a two-week period duration (9-21 June), offering participants a unique opportunity to plan and execute missions within a multinational framework. EATT13 will be developed on an increasing complexity basis, starting from single ship missions and evolving to COMAO missions.

Supported by the European Air Transport Command (EATC) in Eindhoven as well as the European Air Transport Fleet (EATF) Ad Hoc Working Group Operations & Training (AHWG O&T) and hosted by Spain, nine Member States will participate in the event.

Participating Member States and assets are:

  • Belgium : 1 C-130 and 2 crews
  • CZ Republic: 1 CN-295 and 2 crews
  • France: 1 C-130 and 1 CN 235-300 and 4 crews
  • Germany: 2 C-160 (I spare) and 2 crews
  • Italy: 1 C-27 and 2 crews
  • The Netherlands: 1 C-130 and 2 crews
  • Norway: 1 C-130J and 2 crews
  • Spain: 1 C-130 and 1 CN-295 and 4 crews
  • Sweden: 2 C-130 (1 spare) and 2 crews

More information on the event will follow in due course.

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Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

 

March 15, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Dutch News In English; published March 14, 2013)

 

More Military Partnership with Germany

 

THE HAGUE --- The Netherlands and Germany will sign a declaration of intent next month to expand their partnership in the military area further, said Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert in the Lower House.

 

The two countries already work together in the German-Dutch Army Corps. Additionally, they have joined forces in the North Afghan province of Kunduz. The Germans are responsible there for the protection of the Dutch police training mission.

 

Hennis already stated earlier that she wants to push for broadening and deepening of international partnership in the coming years. She is mainly seeking bilateral partnership, as an edict from the European Commission to strengthen military cooperation will not work, Hennis believes.

 

The EU heads of state and governments will discuss European defence at a summit in December. Proposals will then be discussed on the disposition of defence budgets and capacity available as effectively as possible, among other things. Prospects such as a single EU headquarters or a single commander will not be on the agenda, according to Hennis.

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Mar 15, 2013 ASDNews Source : Eurofighter

 

Eurofighter Typhoon joins the New Danish Combat Aircraft Competition targeted at safeguarding Denmark’s national air defence. Eurofighter CEO, Enzo Casolini, said: "We welcome the invitation of the Danish Government and we are pleased to enter into this international competition. Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced new generation combat aircraft that can fulfill the specific Danish requirements, including Arctic surveillance. We are ready to develop a strategic partnership with Denmark and provide opportunities for significant collaboration with Europe’s leading industrial nations.”

 

The Eurofighter programme has strong reliability in terms of delivery and price. The aircraft itself is an effective, proven and trusted weapon system. A decision in favour of Eurofighter Typhoon would be a long-term investment into Denmark’s security and defence. Selecting Eurofighter Typhoon which is fully NATO-compatible would lead to reduced costs for Denmark with respect to logistics, training and interoperability during coalition missions.

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15 mars 2013 5 15 /03 /mars /2013 17:50

AUV62

 

March 15, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Swedish Defence Matériel Agency, FMV; issued March 14, 2013)

(Issued in Swedish only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

 

More Effective Anti-Submarine Warfare with Unmanned Craft

 

Underwater vehicle AUV62 can be launched from ships, submarine and from land. It has found both mines matching known mechanical resonances and drowned people who hadn't been located by divers.

 

It is currently being tested in the submarine hunting exercises by the armed forces, but there may be even more uses for FMV’s unmanned submersible AUV62.

 

“Flying drones playing an increasingly important role in conflicts around the world. But unmanned craft could be at least as important under the surface,” says Carl-Johan Andersson, a development engineer at FMV.

 

The craft developed by FMV, FOI and Saab has the form of a heavy torpedo and can therefore be used from a submarine. The system is modular, and today there are modules for minehunting and submarine-hunting operations.

 

For minehunting, AUV62 is equipped with a so-called synthetic aperture sonar. The technology is based on the system accurately keeps track of how the craft moving in the water in all planes, and then takes account of it when the image of sonar echo is calculated. In this way, the AUV can give a resolution of 5 inches at distances up to 200 metres.

 

"There is no other technology that can map the ocean floor in the same resolution as fast as synthetic aperture sonar,” says Carl-Johan Andersson.

 

Another advantage of minehunting is that the system is unattended and takes care of itself. Minehunting ships can work as usual with clearing while the AUV independently finishes mapping a different area on the side. When it is finished it will return to the mother ship and report on what it found on the bottom.

 

“In this way, Minehunting operations become more efficient while also becoming safer for staff, since their ships do not have to come close to the mines,” says Carl-Johan Andersson.

 

During submarine hunting exercise, AUVs could behave like a submarine, both by its sonar echo and its noise. When used as a target during anti-submarine warfare exercises, it transforms the ping the chasing sonars transmit so that they sound like when detecting a submarine. In addition, it can make noises like a submarine. In this way, the cost of training is reduced because crew training no longer requires a real submarine.

 

Many uses

 

“Unmanned underwater vehicles are a new world for the armed forces. Now, we have tested minehunting and submarine hunting exercises, but for other potential uses is to allow yourself to look for submarines or monitor surface modes,” says Carl-Johan Andersson.

 

Because AUVs has the same format as a heavy torpedo, they can be both launched and recovered via a submarine’s torpedo tube. It may also be possible to use AUV62 for electronic surveillance capabilities.

 

“One can take significantly higher risks when you don't involve personnel.”

 

Today AUV62 can run 20 hours at a speed of 4 knots. One possible vision for the future is to replace batteries with fuel cells and get significantly longer endurance. Then the craft could leave harbour in underwater mode along with the mother ship.

 

Defense and offshore industry

 

Contractor Saab has recently completed a first contract for AUV62 and more deals are pending. Customers include both various countries' militaries and the offshore industry, in which the main use is the inspection of pipelines and of other fixed ground installations.

 

“The trend is to go to unmanned systems, both in the air and underwater. Partly because it is cost-effective, but also to reduce the risk to personnel,” says Bo Rydell, responsible for business development and strategy at Saab's underwater activity.

 

“The Swedish Government and the armed forces have driven the development of technology and created this capability in Sweden. At the moment, we are testing and trying to work out how to exploit the system operationally, beyond the initial point of view,” says Bo Rydell.

 

FACTS: AUV demonstrator

-- Length: approx. 6, 5 m.

-- Diameter: 53 cm.

-- Weight: approx. 1250 kg depending on configuration.

-- Speed: max 5 m/s.

-- Propulsion: electric motor coupled to a pumpjet propulsor.

-- Batteries: Lithium Polymer

-- Action time: depending on the mission profile, maximum of ca. 20 h.

-- Navigation errors: 1–3/ooo of distance under water, as well as GPS accuracy (18 feet 4 inches).

-- Communication: Selectable between LAN, WLAN, UHF radio, Satellite, Hydroacoustics.

 

FACT: Explosive waste in the Baltic Sea

At the bottom of the Baltic Sea lie about 150,000 landmines from World War I and World War II. In addition, there are thousands of tonnes of dumped munitions and other waste. Most of it is in bad condition. New infrastructure construction such as gas pipelines can also be interesting to inspect.

 

FACTS: Minehunter with synthetic aperture sonar

Synthetic aperture sonar uses your vessel's speed and powerful computers to simulate a 30-metre antenna. When the vessel is moving at 4 knots 20-25 metres above the surface gives the system a 400-meter wide image, where each pixel is equivalent to 5 centimetres on the bottom. The high resolution enables the AUV to detect mines even in areas that are considered as unattainable.

 

FACTS: Anti-submarine Warfare Exercise

During anti-submarine warfare practice a corvette sends out a sonar ping. The AUV receives and sends back another ping, just as if it was a submarine. In addition, it can make a noise like a submarine if units want to practice to just listen.

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Brussels | Mar 15, 2013 European Defence Agency

 

Bernard Cazeneuve, French Minister for European Affairs, visited the European Defence Agency on 11 March 2013. At this occasion he received briefings on the Agency's Air-to-Air Refuelling initiative and the impact of SESAR for the military community.


Claude-France Arnould, EDA Chief Executive, and the Minister exchanged views about the preparation of the European Council of December 2013 which will focus on defence. In this regard, the Minister outlined the need to further develop the EDTIB for ensuring security of supply in Europe. 

 

Mrs Arnould explained the role of EDA in identifying key technologies and European non dependencies as well as ways to stimulate investment in those domains, including in making best use of European financial instruments or in encouraging cooperation across Europe, notably in the field of R&D.

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15-03-2013 Challenges.fr (Reuters)

 

BERLIN  - Le ministère allemand de la Défense a annoncé vendredi une diminution d'un tiers de sa commande d'hélicoptères militaires et de transport à EADS.

 

Il va toutefois augmenter de 18 le nombre d'appareils destinés à sa marine.

 

La diminution de la commande d'hélicoptères à EADS a été une source de tensions entre le groupe d'aéronautique et Berlin. La capitale allemande s'est en outre illustrée en bloquant la fusion entre BAES et EADS.

 

NH90 of the German Army photo Igge

 

Dans un communiqué, le ministère de la Défense a annoncé être parvenu à un accord avec Eurocopter, filiale d'EADS, pour diminuer de 122 à 82 sa commande d'hélicoptères NH-90 et de 80 à 57 celle d'hélicoptères militaires Tigre.

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Mar 15, 2013 ASDNews Source : Chemring Group PLC

 

Roke Manor Research Limited (a Chemring Group company) has been awarded a three-year, £5 million research contract by the UK Government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

 

Under the Dismounted Close Combat Sensors (DCCS) Research Programme, Roke will lead a team of specialists, drawn from across industry and academia, to assess, mature and integrate innovative sensor technology for the dismounted close combat infantry soldier.

 

An important goal of the programme is to develop an open system architecture, in line with the developing Generic Soldier Architecture (GSA), to allow for the integration of multiple sensor-based subsystems, such as acoustic, thermal imaging and RF subsystems. The system would enhance situational awareness, facilitate collaborative targeting and increase operational tempo, while minimising the size, weight and power burden on the soldier.

 

The DCCS Research Programme Team comprises Roke as prime, SEA and QinetiQ, performing a comprehensive system integration, architecture and experimentation role. The team will work with a wide range of technology and exploitation partners, in an open framework, to assess and integrate sensor technologies. Roke will also work closely with Dstl to ensure the objectives of the programme are met.

 

Dr David Massey, Programme Lead for Dstl’s C4ISR Domain, stated: “The DCCS research to be delivered by Roke is an important programme for the Ministry of Defence. The intent is to develop the UK’s dismounted soldier as an integrated sensor capability within the wider ISTAR enterprise, thus providing him with greater local and shared situational awareness whilst increasing his overall combat effectiveness. Over the next three years, Roke, along with its partners, will be developing the key low-power, low-weight sensor and processing technologies that will realise the benefits envisaged.”

 

“Dstl encourages all sensor technology suppliers with potential offerings to contact Roke with details as to how they may be able to contribute to the programme,” Massey said.

 

James Fisher, Business Sector Manager at Roke, said: “The team will be casting the net wide to identify novel sensor technologies, developing them into workable solutions that improve military capability and therefore maximise the return on this programme’s investment.

 

“As a team, we will deliver a complete range of industry and technology expertise that will optimise the programme’s results. Roke has a proven pedigree of complex, consortium-based research activities. Coupled with our industry-leading capabilities in the soldier sensor technology space, we have a thorough understanding of how to exploit research to deliver effective technologies,” concluded Fisher.

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Brussels | Mar 15, 2013 European Defence Agency

 

EDA Chief Executive, Ms Claude-France Arnould, visited Croatia on 8-9 March, in preparation of Croatia’s accession to EU in July 2013.


Ms Arnould had meetings with the President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic, Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic, Defence Minister Ante Kotromanovic, the Chief of Defence General Drago Lovric and the Commander of Croatian Navy, Admiral Robert Hranj.

The discussions held in Zagreb and Split showed potential for highly beneficial joint activities between Croatia and EDA, including in the areas of maritime surveillance, Naval research & technology and support to Croatia’s technological and industrial base.

More information:

Press release by the Croatian Ministry of Defence (8 March 2013)

 

Picture: Defence Minister, Mr. Ante Kotromanović met with the European Defence Agency Executive Director, Ms Claude-France Arnould on 8 March 2013. (c) Croatian MoD

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15 mars 2013 5 15 /03 /mars /2013 11:21
EDA Annual Report 2012

 

12 march 2013 by European Defence Agency

 

The European Defence Agency Annual Report 2012 is now available

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03/14/2013  Andrew Elwell - defenceiq.com

 

Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Wilson is the Head of Air Operations, J3 at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters. He was the commander of the first of two Swedish units sent during Operation Unified Protector (OUP) in Libya. Defence IQ recently spoke to Lt Col Wilson about his experience in Libya and how the operation is shaping Sweden’s outlook on acting in future missions.

 

“One must bear in mind that it was almost 50 years ago since Sweden last participated in a live operation with fighter aircraft [the Congo crisis during the 1960s],” said Lt Col Wilson.

 

“I think that the speed in which we deployed to Italy, which was just 23 hours after the Swedish parliament made its decision, was quite fast. As a non-NATO country Sweden did not have access to NATO secret systems and it took weeks or even moths to get that. But despite the set-backs we declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) after just two weeks, which during those conditions, was impressive.”

 

Notwithstanding the complex operational environment and difficult command structure of OUP, Lt Col Wilson listed a number of the key lessons that he took away from the mission. These included: Interoperability on a technical level, with communications and the use of link 16, as well as on the procedure and documentation side; establishing and maintaining a clear chain of command; always ensure you retain an expeditionary mind set; and the understanding that live training exercises both domestically and in collaboration with other nations are essential – tactical evaluation (TACEVAL) of exercises such as Loyal Arrow, Red Flag and Joint Warrior should not be forgotten.

 

“Regarding operational efficiency and interoperability with other nations Sweden is still participating in international exercises. During this past January and February, eight JAS 39 Gripen from Blekinge wing participated in Red Flag -2 2013. Furthermore, this week Sweden is hosting an exercise in the northern part of Sweden with fighters from both Norway and Finland participating. This is just a few examples of how Sweden maintains and even improves its capabilities in regards to interoperability.”

 

Considering Sweden’s future fighter capabilities, Lt Col Wilson said that the Swedish government have ordered 60 new JAS 39 Gripen (also known as the E/F version) and that over the next few years will also integrate the GBU 39 (a small diameter bomb) and the new BVR missile (Meteor) to the JAS 39 Gripen system.

 

The Gripen has been a true success story. I asked if that had played the key role in the rise of the Nordic region as a heavyweight in the fighter aircraft sector. The announcement of the first ever Fighter Nordic conference in May is surely testament to that?

 

“In Operation Unified Protector, Denmark and Norway also participated with their fighters. At Sigonella NAS we had a very good cooperation with the Danish unit – that collaboration was one of the reasons why we could declare IOC so early.

 

“I therefore think that all three countries together, not the Swedish Gripen by itself, has led to the Nordic rise that you are referring to.”

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03/14/2013 Defence IQ Press

 

Colonel Steen Ulrich is the Commander, Danish Helicopter Wing Karup in the Danish Defence Forces. As the commander of Helicopter Wing Karup Col Ulrich has full command of the entire Danish helicopter structure, which is all joined together under single command in the Air Force. He is also base commander for Karup Airbase, which is the biggest military installation in the country with elements from all three branches. Col Ulrich told Defence IQ that his focus is often divided between running a base and commanding a tactical unit - although the tactical role is a very clear priority.

 

Although the Danish Defence Forces are a relatively small outfit, Col Ulrich explained that “the trick is flexibility and, above all, mindset,” when seeking to maximise effectiveness for training and operations.

 

Col Ulrich has worked with and experienced a vast range of helicopter platforms throughout his careers – what has he learned?

 

“My experience with different types of helicopters is that it is right for us to say that "one size does NOT fit all,” Col Ulrich said.

 

“We are trying, to the maximum extent possible, to use the right platform for the right task and thereby getting much more joint capacity than would have been possible if the platform was used single service.

 

“The Fennec has performed well for us for over 20 years and we are right now running an upgrade programme for this platform. We need this relatively cheap capacity to solve a number of tasks where a bigger platform would be overkill.

 

“The Lynx has been a perfect platform for us for over 30 years, but problems with fatigue, obsolesce and limited upgrading options means that we will replace it with the Sea Hawk at the beginning of 2016.We are planning that transition right now and are looking forward to getting a new, modern platform.

 

“The Merlin has given us some logistical challenges, but we are getting better and better results as we get more experience and more spare parts. It is a very capable platform and we are looking forward to start deployments next year.”

 

Col Ulrich is set to speak at the upcoming Gulf Military Helicopter conference in the UAE next month where he’s looking forward to hearing from his contemporaries in the field.

 

“I hope to meet colleagues from other countries and hear about how they do business with their platforms and listen to their approach to the challenges … I have the greatest respect for what the different countries and units are doing,” said Col Ulrich. “I am sure we all can learn from each other and in the operational theatre we always operate with other nations. Therefore mutual understanding of possibilities, limitations and mindset  is extremely important.

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A400M ILA Berlin 2012

 

March 14, 2013 defense-update.com

 

Less than 40 months after its maiden flight, the A400M today received full Type Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This achievement marks a critical step towards delivery of the first aircraft to the French Air Force. The award of the Type Certificate makes the A400M the world’s first large military transport to be designed and certified to civil standards from its inception. Military Initial Operating Clearance is ongoing, paving the way towards first delivery.

 

“Certifying the A400M to civil as well as military standards has been a huge challenge for us, our suppliers and EASA itself. But by providing a firm framework for certification from day one, to globally accepted standards, both we and the operators will see important benefits as the aircraft matures in service and new customers join the programme.” Cedric Gautier, Airbus Military Head of A400M programme said.

 

During the certification programme the A400M has undergone exhaustive testing of its handling qualities throughout the flight envelope in normal and failure conditions; demonstrated outstanding performance in the heat of the Gulf, cold of Sweden and Canada, and at the high altitude of La Paz, Bolivia; and satisfactorily completed more than 300 hours of function and reliability testing to demonstrate the robustness of its TP400 engines and systems.

Additionally it has begun tests of more advanced military functions such as air-to-air refuelling, air-dropping of supplies and paratroopers, and low-level flight – all with highly encouraging results. The five-strong fleet of “Grizzly” development aircraft has now completed some 4,800 hours in the air during more than 1,600 flights and will continue intensively to expand the A400M’s military capabilities.

 

Airbus designed the A400M airlifter to combine both tactical and strategic/logistic missions. With its cargo hold specifically designed to carry the outsize equipment needed today for both military and humanitarian disaster relief missions. According to Airbus, the multipurpose approach enables the A400M to deliver missions with smaller fleets and less operational investment.

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BRUSSELS, March 14 (UPI)

 

The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are to jointly obtain different types of recoilless rifle ammunition for the Carl Gustav system.

 

TheEuropean Defense Agency said the procurement is within the framework of its Effective Procurement Methods initiative for pooling procurement efforts.

 

"This joint procurement case is a manifestation of the trust between the three Baltic states and the European Defense Agency," said Ingvar Parnamae, Estonia's national armament director. "We appreciate the support by the agency and invite other member states to join this initiative,"

 

The Carl Gustav, made by Saab of Sweden, is a multi-role, man-portable weapon that fires 84mm rounds.

 

The order by the three states would have an estimated value of $65 million.

 

EDA said it will assist the countries in the order's arrangements and contracting process.

 

The agency is an arm of the European Union and previously conducted several Effective Procurement Method cases, including the procurement of logistics services for three member states.

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14/03/2013 Armée de l'air

 

Le 26 février 2013, le CEAM (centre d’expériences aériennes militaires) a réalisé une expérimentation réussie de ravitaillement en vol d’un Mirage 2000 et d’un Mirage F1, sur un A310 MRTT allemand.

 

Après l’expérimentation réalisée sur Rafale le 20 février 2013, ce fut au tour d’un Mirage F1 et d’un Mirage 2000 d’évaluer les procédures de ravitaillement en vol sur ce type d’aéronef.

 

Le vol a été réalisé sur la zone de Mont-de-Marsan en fin d’après-midi afin de tester, entre-autre, le ravitaillement de nuit. La rejointe avec l’avion allemand est facilitée de nuit par les multiples feux présents sur l’aéronef. « L’éclairage de la zone de refuelling sous le tanker est très confortable. Les feux du panier (en croix) sont très efficaces pour estimer le rapprochement. L’éclairage de l’intérieur du Pod est idéal pour la visibilité du chariot de nuit et permet une bonne tenue de place », souligne un des pilotes du CEAM. L’expérience semble donc être une réussite.

 

Rappelons que le CEAM a pour mission l’étude, l’expérimentation et la définition des futures utilisations des équipements testés. Ce centre est composé d’ « équipes de marques », petites unités d’experts spécialisés dans des domaines bien définis.

 

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Le CEAM a réalisé une expérimentation réussie d’un ravitaillement en vol d’un Mirage F1 sur un A310 MRTT

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The 700-tonne navigation bridge of HMS Queen Elizabeth

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14 March 2013 Ministry of Defence - Defence Equipment and Support

 

The Defence Secretary was in Scotland today to watch an enormous bridge section fitted to the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier.

 

During a visit to Rosyth shipyard, Mr Hammond oversaw the 700-tonne section being lifted into place on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

 

Nearly two thirds of the ship has now been built and the structure is due to be completed by the end of this year. The carrier is then expected to leave the dockyard in 2014 before beginning sea trials with the Royal Navy.

 

The forward island, fitted today, houses the bridge where the captain and navigation crew will operate. The enormous steel section was built in Portsmouth and transported by barge to Fife, where the carriers are being assembled. Both HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, will have 2 island sections which will provide independent control of navigation and air traffic control operations.

 


 

The construction and assembly of the Royal Navy’s carriers is one of the UK’s biggest engineering projects. Work on the carriers in Scotland is worth around £1.3 billion and more than 2,000 staff working on the ships in Rosyth.

 

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

The addition of the navigation bridge is a significant milestone for HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is now entering the final months of her construction. The workforce at Rosyth should be proud of their involvement in developing the largest and most technologically advanced warships the UK has ever had.

 

The Queen Elizabeth Class of carriers will be in service for up to 50 years, providing the Royal Navy with highly versatile and potent capability that will enable the UK to project its power and carry out a wide range of tasks around the world. Our operational Lightning II Jets are due to arrive in 2016, a year before the HMS Queen Elizabeth sea trials, and the first flights off her deck will start in 2018.

When construction work on HMS Queen Elizabeth is completed, the blocks of HMS Prince of Wales, which are being built at shipyards across the UK, will begin to be assembled at the dockyard at Rosyth.

 

In a speech in Edinburgh earlier in the day Mr Hammond outlined the commitment to the UK Defence footprint in Scotland outlined in last week’s basing plan.

This plan demonstrates our continuing commitment to Scotland and to the UK Defence footprint in Scotland,” he said. “In fact, military posts in Scotland are set to be at their highest level since 2007 and Scotland will be home to one of the UK’s 3 main naval bases; our entire submarine fleet; one of its 3 main fast jet operating bases; as well as one of the Army’s Adaptable Force brigades.

 

These are clear signs of our commitment to Scotland’s continued role in UK Defence and they provide certainty to our Armed Forces personnel, their families and the communities in which they will be based.

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Mar 14, 2013 ASDNews Source : Indra

 

    Equipped with a complete system for detecting and analysing chemical biological radiological and nuclear agents

 

Indra has completed the development of a vehicle for recognising Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear threats, in addition to improvised explosives (NRBCe).

 

The system allows specialised staff to travel to contaminated areas so they may perform tasks for detecting and identifying possible contaminant agents in safe conditions. This R&D project has been backed by the CDTI.

 

Using a commercial van as the platform, Indra has created a secure work area for two operators, an operations chief and the driver. The vehicle is pressurised, and in the event of an accident that affects its habitability, an oxygen mask system connected to the filtering device makes it possible to breathe clean air.

 

 


 
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14/03/2013 Marine nationale

 

Dans la nuit du 12 au 13 mars, le groupe amphibie déployé pour la mission Jeanne d'Arc 2013, composé du bâtiment de projection et de commandement (BPC) Tonnerre et de la frégate anti-sous-marine (FASM) Georges Leygues, a croisé le groupe-école allemand, composé du ravitailleur Frankfurt-am-Main et des frégates Bremen et Emden, au large du Portugal.

 

 Les cinq bâtiments de combat ont mené un entraînement de lutte antinavire, dont l’objectif était de tester l’interopérabilité des systèmes de détection et de communication. Situés à plus de 150 nautiques l’un de l’autre, les deux groupes ont procédé à des échanges d’informations afin de construire une situation maritime commune. Puis ils se sont entraînés à réagir ensemble face à une menace simulée.

 

L’enseigne de vaisseau allemand Hanna Lootens, de la promotion 2010 de l’École navale française, a participé aux manœuvres depuis le central opérations du Tonnerre. Elle fait partie des 133 officiers-élèves qui participent à la mission Jeanne d’Arc.

 

Ces échanges sont une occasion d’illustrer les liens privilégiés qu’entretiennent les deux marines alliées, à l’heure où la France et l’Allemagne célèbrent le cinquantième anniversaire du Traité de l’Elysée qui scellent leur amitié.

 

En fin d’entraînement, après s’être mutuellement saluées, chacune des formations a repris sa route. Alors que le groupe allemand fait route vers le nord, le groupe amphibie de la mission Jeanne d’Arc poursuit vers la Méditerranée, où l’attendent de prochaines manœuvres opérationnelles interarmées et interalliées.

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Mar 14, 2013 ASDNews Source : Airbus

 

    Military certification and first delivery to follow soon

 

Airbus Military has today received full Type Certification for the A400M new generation airlifter, marking a critical step towards delivery of the first aircraft to the French Air Force.

 

Award of the Type Certificate makes the A400M the world’s first large military transport to be designed and certified to civil standards from its inception. Military Initial Operating Clearance is ongoing, paving the way towards first delivery.

 

The Type Certificate, was presented to Airbus Military by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Certification Director Dr. Norbert Lohl.

 

Airbus Military CEO Domingo Ureña Raso said: “I would like to thank everyone in Airbus, Airbus Military and at EASA who has worked so hard to achieve this certification. It is an enormously gratifying moment to have confirmation that the A400M has fully demonstrated its compliance with the most stringent airworthiness standards. This is an aircraft that is going to transform the military airlift world in the years ahead and we look forward with great excitement to the first delivery.”

 

Cedric Gautier, Airbus Military Head of A400M programme, said: “Certifying the A400M to civil as well as military standards has been a huge challenge for us, our suppliers and EASA itself. But by providing a firm framework for certification from day one, to globally accepted standards, both we and the operators will see important benefits as the aircraft matures in service and new customers join the programme.”

 

During the certification programme the A400M has undergone exhaustive testing of its handling qualities throughout the flight envelope in normal and failure conditions; demonstrated outstanding performance in the heat of the Gulf, cold of Sweden and Canada, and at the high altitude of La Paz, Bolivia; and satisfactorily completed more than 300 hours of function and reliability testing to demonstrate the robustness of its TP400 engines and systems.

 

Additionally it has begun tests of more advanced military functions such as air-to-air refuelling, air-dropping of supplies and paratroopers, and low-level flight – all with highly encouraging results. The five-strong fleet of “Grizzly” development aircraft has now completed some 4,800 hours in the air during more than 1,600 flights and will continue intensively to expand the A400M’s military capabilities.

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14.03.2013 Aerobuzz.fr

 

Qu’est le plus important des deux dans la vie d’un aéronef : son premier vol ou sa certification ? Le premier vol de l’A400M a eu lieu, après de longues années de tergiversations politico-économiques, le 11 décembre 2009. La certification vient d’être délivrée par l’EASA, le 13 mars 2013. Ce coup de tampon est plus qu’une formalité administrative.

 

Avec cette certification, l’A400M devient, en effet, le premier grand avion de transport militaire au monde conçu et certifié aux normes civiles dès sa création. La certification au standard militaire IOC (Initial Operating Capability) est en cours, ouvrant ainsi la voie à la première livraison, prévue en 2013. Le premier A400M entrera ensuite en service dans l’Armée de l’air française.Ce sera aussi une étape hautement symbolique.

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13 mars 2013 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

FRANCFORT - L'Autorité européenne de sécurité aérienne (AESA), à Cologne (ouest), a annoncé mercredi avoir délivré un certificat qui permettra à l'avion de transport militaire A400M de s'insérer dans le trafic aérien civil.

 

L'A400M est le premier transporteur à turbopropulseur dans sa catégorie à recevoir la certification de l'AESA. Je suis très fier de ce succès, qui est le fruit de la coopération entre l'AESA et les équipes militaires d'Airbus, a déclaré le directeur du département certification de l'AESA, Norbert Lohl, cité dans un communiqué publié en fin d'après-midi.

 

L'A400M avait reçu une première certification de l'AESA en avril 2012, mais la certification complète était attendue à l'issue des 300 heures d'essais de fonctionnalité et de fiabilité.

 

Le premier exemplaire de cet avion doit être livré à la France d'ici la mi-juin, après des années de gestation douloureuse.

 

Airbus Military a reçu aujourdhui le certificat de type complet pour son avion de transport de nouvelle génération A400M, franchissant ainsi une étape essentielle vers la livraison du premier appareil à larmée de lAir française, a commenté pour sa part le groupe, dans un communiqué séparé.

 

Avec cette certification, lA400M devient le premier grand avion de transport militaire au monde conçu et certifié aux normes civiles dès sa création, a ajouté Airbus, soulignant que la certification au standard militaire IOC (Initial Operating Capability) est en cours.

 

Pour Cédric Gautier, chef du programme A400M chez Airbus Military, la certification de lA400M à la fois aux normes civiles et militaires a constitué un défi de taille pour nous, nos fournisseurs et lEASA (AESA). Toutefois, en proposant dès le premier jour un cadre fixe de certification aux normes acceptées par tous les acteurs, les opérateurs bénéficieront tout comme nous davantages importants à mesure que lavion évoluera en service et que de nouveaux clients rejoindront le programme.

 

Dessiné à la demande des états-majors européens après la première guerre du Golfe de 1991, qui avait mis en évidence leur manque de moyens, l'A400M doit remplir des missions stratégiques (transport sur de très longues distances) et tactiques.

 

Equipé de quatre turbopropulseurs, il sera capable de transporter jusqu'à 37 tonnes sur 3.300 kilomètres, et de se poser au plus près des combats, sur des terrains non préparés, même dans le sable, avec des blindés ou des hélicoptères. Il est aussi conçu pour larguer des parachutistes des forces spéciales à 12.000 mètres d'altitude ou ravitailler en vol deux avions ou deux hélicoptères.

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