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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
Farnborough Airshow: UK to invest £1.1 billion in counter terror capabilities says Cameron, but F-35 still grounded


07/14/2014  Andrew Elwell - DefenceIQ


British Prime Minister David Cameron today announced a £1.1 billion boost to the Armed Forces and the government's cyber secruity defences. The investment includes an £800 million intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance package to bolster Special Forces capabilities in response to the threat of global terrorism and hostage taking.


Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow, Cameron said the investment was possible thanks to the government’s cost-cutting measures and MOD’s careful management of its finances.


The new funding also includes an investment of £300 million in existing capabilities including a new E-Scan radar for Typhoon and the purchase of Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector.


“Having modern, technologically advanced and flexible armed forces to protect us and our interests is vital,” said Cameron.


“We are also taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people.”


Ahead of his appearance at Farnborough the PM wrote an article in The Telegraph warning against new threats and “unseen enemies.”


“There are those who believe we would be safer if we fundamentally retreated from the world,” wrote Cameron.


“They see new warships and military investment and imagine a Government bent on foreign adventurism. But the plain fact is that in the 21st century, you cannot defend the realm from the white cliffs of Dover.


“Terrorist plots hatched thousands of miles away threaten to cause harm on our streets. When fragile and lawless states fracture, migration flows can affect us right here.”


The Prime Minister also announced the establishment of a UK Defence Solutions Centre in Farnborough to bring together industry, with support from government, to develop the new defence technologies of the future and identify future market opportunities.


The investment is good news for the Armed Forces and Britain’s defence industry, not to mention being a welcome distraction from the F-35’s failure to appear at the show. The Joint Strike Fighter was due to make its international debut last week at RIAT in Gloucestershire but an engine fire in June grounded the entire fleet while investigations are carried out.


While said to be an isolated incident and “not a [long-term] setback to the programme” by Lt. Gen. Bogdan, it’s certainly another embarrassing hiccup for the F-35. However, fortunately Lockheed Martin is prioritising pilot safety ahead of the inevitable PR headache. That is the right decision.


Rarely mentioned in the media these days without being cited as the “troubled F-35 programme,” commentators and analysts are losing patience with the costly next generation fighter. A delegation of high profile politicians, including Frank Kendall, the DoD's chief weapons buyer, and F-35 industry representatives held a press conference at Farnborough to discuss the current state of the project.


They've had a decades-long staring contest with critics and remain absolutely steadfast in their commitment to the programme, despite finding it increasingly difficult not to blink.

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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 15:50
French Defence Minister visits Airbus Group at Farnborough Airshow 2014

Members of the Airbus Group Top Management welcomed French Defence Minister Le Drian at Farnborough International Air Show 2014. From left to right: Airbus Group Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Marwan Lahoud; Airbus Defence and Space CEO, Bernhard Gerwert; Airbus Group CEO, Tom Enders and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.


15 July 2014 Airbus Group


On the second day of the Farnborough International Air Show, Airbus Group’s top management welcomed Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defence, Patricia Adam, Chairman of the French National Defence Commission, and Laurent Collet-Billon, Chief Executive of the French Procurement Agency.


“We are committed to France, as it is not only one of our key customers, but also one our most important partners,” said Marwan Lahoud, Airbus Group Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. “Airbus Group is the first industrial supplier for the French armed forces. Defence is part of our strategy and remains a solid industrial basis for the Group."


At the centre of the discussions during the visit, were the Airbus A330 MRTT, the most capable tanker and transporter currently on offer and in production, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), in which Airbus is the leading company in Europe.


About Airbus Group


Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2013, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 57.6 billion (restated) and employed a workforce of around 139,000 (restated).

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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
A400M arrives at Farnborough Airshow


14 juil. 2014 Airbus DS


A400M arrives at Farnborough Airshow

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9 juillet 2014 3 09 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
Farnborough Airshow 2014 Capabilities


08.07.2014 BAE Systems


Check out our air capabilities which will be on show at Farnborough Airshow 2014

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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 12:20
F-35B short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) - photo Lockheed Martin

F-35B short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) - photo Lockheed Martin


27.03.2014 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com


Alors que Lockheed Martin n’avait exposé qu’une maquette de son F-35 lors du dernier salon aéronautique de Farnborough (près de Londres) en 2012, il se pourrait fort bien que l’édition 2014 soit marquée par la présence d’un, voire de plusieurs F-35. C’est ce que croit savoir l’agence de presse Reuters, qui cite des sources selon lesquelles le chasseur de nouvelle génération pourrait effectuer son premier vol transatlantique au mois de juillet, afin d’être exposé à la fois au salon de Farnborough, mais également lors du Royal International Air Tattoo.


Une annonce du secrétaire d’État à la Défense Chuck Hagel en ce sens serait « très proche » selon Reuters, qui parle de deux ou trois F-35 qui effectueraient le voyage depuis les États-Unis, dont un F-35B destiné à la Grande-Bretagne.


Il s’agirait bien évidemment de « montrer » le F-35 et d’en faire la promotion, une opportunité pour un programme dont les coûts explosent et dont les délais de livraison s’allongent. Une opération de communication qui pourrait bénéficier à la Grande-Bretagne, mais aussi au Danemark, à l’Italie, à la Norvège ou encore aux Pays-Bas.


Aucune annonce officielle - gouvernementale ou industrielle - n’est pour le moment venue infirmer ou confirmer l’information livrée par Reuters.

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