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31 mai 2012 4 31 /05 /mai /2012 16:50

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May 31, 2012 ASDNews Source : Rheinmetall AG

 

Every two years, the international land forces community gathers in Paris. The Eurosatory defence show offers an impressive overview of the latest developments in wheeled and tracked vehicles, command and control technology, weapons, force protection systems, personal equipment, sensors and much, much more. One of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall will be on hand 11-15 June 2012, displaying a selection of its product portfolio to high-ranking delegations and specialist visitors from around the globe, with “Force protection is our mission” as its motto.

Tracked and wheeled fighting vehicles
Main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) as well as wheeled armoured combat vehicles continue to form the backbone of modern mechanized armed forces. Even in contemporary asymmetric conflicts, their mobility, excellent protection, firepower and C4I capabilities render them invaluable.

At its Eurosatory pavilion, Rheinmetall will be presenting its current products and projects in this vital domain. On display is the Boxer armoured transport vehicle in its Bundeswehr command post configuration, together with the protected Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).

Yet older legacy vehicles too can be retrofitted to meet the contingencies of modern military operations. Taking two extensively overhauled Marder IFVs as an example, Rheinmetall shows how new protection technologies, improved drives and innovative build-ons based on tried-and-tested platforms can result in new, cost-effective vehicles ranging from armoured personnel carriers to medium-weight main battle tanks. Moreover, by integrating the latest technologies, components and subsystems, Rheinmetall is able to produce high-end solutions as well. An outstanding example of this is the MBT Revolution.

Mobility
Dependable vehicles form the key link in every logistics chain. Made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), the robust and versatile TG, HX and SX vehicle series have reliably served armies around the world for decades.

At Eurosatory 2012 Rheinmetall is showcasing an advanced version of the protected HX series for the first time. The vehicle is equipped with the ADS active hard-kill system. Also on view at the Rheinmetall stand are various versions of the HX 8x8, which, among other things, is the Group’s entry in the competition to supply Canada’s projected “Medium Support Vehicle System Standard Military Pattern” (MSVS SMP).

Another Eurosatory premiere: the lightweight Amorok M. RMMV is thus systematically expanding its range of commercial off-the-shelf vehicles in the under 3.5 t weight class.

Protection
Whether the object is preventing optical, optronic or electronic detection, or individual body armour, innovative vehicle systems or even safeguarding large-scale critical infrastructure, Rheinmetall supplies cutting edge systems and total solutions – all from a single source.

Rheinmetall Chempro und Rheinmetall Verseidag Ballistic Protection Systems are the Group’s experts for passive protection products. They are made of lightweight, high-performance materials, designed for inclusion in tactical vehicles, helicopters or ships for protecting passengers and crew. Inserts made of these materials are also available for ballistic vests.

“Soft-kill” solutions offer excellent active protection for ground vehicles as well as fixed-wing aircraft helicopters and ships. Smoke/obscurant systems like “Rosy” make vehicles invisible to the enemy in the event of an ambush, etc. Constituting the last line of defence, “hard-kill” systems such as Rheinmetall’s ADS neutralize incoming projectiles before they reach their target.

One of the must trusted names in the international defence industry for well over a century, a great strength of Rheinmetall is its unsurpassed ability to integrate new and existing technology into a highly effective system of systems.

Sensors and fire control technology
For the first time at Eurosatory, the Rheinmetall Electro-Optics division is presenting its cost-efficient Vingtags SLR observation system. Besides Rheinmetall’s own sensors, it can also accommodate third-party devices. It is able to collect and transmit target data even at long ranges.

Its big brother, the Vingtaqs II, which combines electro-optical reconnaissance with a battlefield radar, is on show as well, mounted on the AMPV as a mobile reconnaissance solution.

Rheinmetall is also displaying its FOI 2000 laser target marking system for forward artillery observers and forward air controllers. It can be integrated into vehicles or deployed in dismounted mode. The armed forces of Sweden and Norway already use this device.

Visitors can also have a look at the Group’s trusty laser pointers, laser target marker and laser light modules, including the Vario Ray (LLM-VR), and the LLM01, which is in service with numerous armed forces and law enforcement agencies. The Group’s ZEFF identification friend-foe system, known as the Dismounted Soldier Identification Device/DSID, rounds out the division’s array of products on display, together with its Multi-Ray fire control unit.

Soldier systems
Infantry and other units that operate in dismounted mode continue to play a vital role in modern conflicts. On behalf of the German Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall developed its modular Future Soldier – 2 (IdZ-2) array of combat kit, which is currently being fielded under the name “Gladius”. The system brings dismounted troops directly into the loop of network-enable operations. At Eurosatory, Rheinmetall is presenting the version now being procured by the German military.

Munitions
The Group’s comprehensive portfolio of 40mm x 46 (low velocity/LV and medium velocity/MV) and 40mm x 53 high velocity (HV) ammunition underscores Rheinmetall’s compelling lead in the 40mm field. This ranges from practice ammunition and non-lethal variants to highly effective service ammunition, including 40mm x 46 MV and 40 mm x 53 HV time-delay airburst rounds. In addition, Rheinmetall has developed the Cerberus grenade launcher and Hydra automatic grenade launcher, each specially designed for firing medium-velocity ammunition. Both feature a hydraulic shock absorber that reduces the recoil force to the level of LV ammunition. Concept studies can be examined at Eurosatory.

In the field of 60mm mortar ammunition Rheinmetall can also lay claim to a leadership role. This new family of insensitive ammunition meets all the requirements of STANAG 4439. It encompasses service, multi-purpose and practice rounds. The VingPods fire control unit, already successfully deployed in the 81mm mortar sphere, is currently being modified to meet the requirements of this new ammunition family.

Furthermore, on show at Eurosatory are Rheinmetall’s two new 120mm tank rounds, the HE Temp. DM11 and the HE SQ (standing for “high explosive super quick) RH31, both of them optimized for the modern battlefield. The DM11 is characterized by a) the programmability of the loaded cartridge, and b) delayed airburst detonation at ranges of engagement of up to five kilometres. The necessary technical modifications (programmability) can be carried out in any main battle tank equipped with a 120mm smoothbore gun and an up-to-date fire control unit. The lower priced RH31 features a selectable impact function (with or without delay) that requires no modification of the system. A number of Leopard 2/M1 user nations have already placed orders for both ammunition types.

LANCE is a state-of-the-art Rheinmetall medium-calibre turret system. It can be configured for manned operation or serve as a remote control turret. At Eurosatory, visitors can view a LANCE training demonstrator at the Rheinmetall stand. Moreover, MOWAG is showcasing a Piranha APC mounted with a LANCE turret.
Even small command and mission-specific vehicles can be provided with additional firepower. Possibilities include Rheinmetall’s remote control, fully stabilized weapon stations such as the Lite or Super Lite of the Protector family, which are integrated into various vehicles on display at the Rheinmetall stand.

Air defence
Modern air defence systems have to be able to contend not just with the traditional threat from above, but also with random asymmetric attacks, i.e. rocket, artillery and mortar fire (RAM). Rheinmetall Air Defence’s response to this tactical and technical challenge is the Oerlikon Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM system. It is designed to protect military installations and critical civilian infrastructure from RAM attacks on the home front and during deployed operations abroad – whether in high-intensity conventional conflicts or military operations other than war (MOOTW). The Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM system is based on Rheinmetall’s Ahead airburst technology. Germany has already procured two Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM systems, which it refers to as the MANTIS.

Rheinmetall: global source for defence technology
The Rheinmetall products on display at Eurosatory 2012 underscore once again the multifaceted capabilities of one of the world’s leading suppliers of top-quality systems and equipment for armed forces and law enforcement agencies.

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19 avril 2012 4 19 /04 /avril /2012 12:40
IAI to offer Germany Heron TP systems

 

April 18, 2012 by Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - Germany is expected to re-evaluate the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP unmanned air system following Cassidian's decision to halt development work on its Talarion programme.

 

The German military already uses a version of IAI's Heron 1 UAS in Afghanistan and its army has previously been briefed on the capabilities of the turboprop-engined Heron TP.

 

Sources say Berlin's expected competition for a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAS will be fierce, with the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator B another candidate.

 

EADS company Cassidian stopped work on the Talarion after failing to secure the required state funding from target nations France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Turkey to advance the programme towards building a flying prototype.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:05
Parliamentary committee keeps arms deal offsets report secret

 

08 March 2012 by defenceWeb

 

Parliament’s trade and industry committee has voted to keep secret a report that details offsets under the 1999 arms deal.

 

The report allegedly shows that German arms company Ferrostaal only invested €63 million and not €3 billion as promised in exchange for the purchase of three submarines.

 

Offsets were required investments in industrial plants in South Africa and were a condition of winning contracts under the Strategic Defence Package aka 'arms deal' which, according to Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu is now estimated to cost around R47 billion.

 

According to international audit firm Debevoise & Plimption (D&P) – Ferrostaal had made a real investment in the South African economy of only €63 million. The D&P audit, commissioned by Ferrostaal itself, was extensively reported in the media last year. The audit also highlighted more than R300 million in “questionable payments” made to fixers in pursuit of contracts in the arms deal.

 

Ferrostaal’s former management – removed from office in the midst of bribery scandals – are facing criminal charges in German courts for allegedly irregular activities in other corporate dealings.

 

David Maynier, shadow minister of defence for the Democratic Alliance, introduced the leaked report in February and asked for answers to its contents.

 

Yesterday ANC members in the committee and some COPE members outvoted DA MPs to keep the offsets report secret. Joan Fubbs, chair of the committee, said that, “if we release that report, we would not only be in contravention of common law, but international law too.” The committee said that the report was subject to protection under attorney-client privilege and that its contents could not be verified.

 

Last week parliamentary legal advisor Carin van der Merwe recommended that the committee only reveal the contents of the report once permission had been received from Ferrostaal: “until such time as the committee has received the permission to use the report and can thus determine the value of statements contained in the report, it is not recommended that the Department of Trade and Industry be required to answer to the report”.

 

"The department has consistently avoided answering questions about how much has actually been invested as part of the National Industrial Participation Programme, and why there is such a significant discrepancy between the reported size of investments, and actual investments," DA trade and industry spokesman James Wilmot said.

 

"This decision amounts to an attempt by the portfolio committee to protect the department from real accountability on an issue of monumental public interest," he said.

 

Trade and industry spokesman Sidwell Medupe said the department had consistently stated that the €2.8 billion referred to Ferrostaal’s total offset obligations and not the amount it was expected to invest.

 

"This €2.8bn is broken up into sales (exports and local), credits and investment credits that Ferrostaal was expected to have promoted. Credits are calculated as the actual sales with multipliers.

 

Maynier earlier said that companies bidding in the arms deal promised 65 000 jobs during negotiations in 1999, as well as €110 billion in investment. However, the department reported that 21 393 jobs were created, while export credits amounting to US$11.5 billion and investment credits of US$21.4 billion were achieved.

 

“The national industrial participation programmes are a monstrous political fraud,” Maynier said last month.

 

In October last year President Jacob Zuma appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package. The commission is expected to complete its work within two years.

 

The Mail & Guardian reported in September that Zuma told the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) afterwards that he had decided to appoint the commission to prevent the Constitutional Court from taking charge of the matter and prescribing the terms of reference for him.

 

South Africa in 1998 announced that it was to acquire frigates, submarines, helicopters and fighters from a number of European suppliers to rejuvenate the prime mission equipment of the South African Navy and Air Force. Preferred bidders were announced at the Defence Exhibition SA in September that year. Negotiations followed with deals signed in December 1999. The contracts, worth some R30 billion at the time, became effective on April 1, 2000.

 

The deals would see South Africa gain four sophisticated German-built Meko A200SAN frigates, three state-of-the-art Type 209 MOD1400 submarines (also German-built), 26 Swedish generation 4.5 SAAB Gripen fighter aircraft, 24 British-built BAE Systems Mk120 fighter trainers and 30 Italian-built AgustaWestland A109 light utility helicopters. All of these, except for the last few Gripen, have now been delivered and paid for.

 

In June last year, Swedish defence multinational SAAB announced BAE Systems had paid Fana Hlongwane R24 million to help secure the Gripen contract. The Swedish company adds that news of the payment was hidden from it by its partner in the deal. Dow Jones Newswires reminded that the British defence giant last year reached an agreement with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over allegations that it failed to provide accurate records in connection with the supply of an air-traffic control system to Tanzania. It admitted the charge and agreed to pay a penalty of £30 million, while the SFO waived its right to investigate other allegations. BAE Systems in June sold the last of its shares in the Swedish defence company.

 

In August the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that Ferrostaal, part of the German Submarine Consortium, had made R300 million in “questionable” payments to secure its SA contract. Themba Godi, the chairman of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) said the development was startling, given the fact that the Hawks had closed the German arm of the investigation, citing a lack of evidence. "These revelations do indicate that unless this matter is thoroughly investigated, we will continue to have information coming to the public that shows us that maybe our anti-corruption agencies have not been doing their work."

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5 mars 2012 1 05 /03 /mars /2012 13:00
Rheinmetall: ready to team with India

 

Mar 2, 2012ASDNews Source : Rheinmetall AG

 

Without a doubt, India is the regional superpower of South Asia. Its armed forces form a mainstay of Indian security policy, and are now undergoing further modernization. Facing up to the challenges of an expanded mission spectrum, they rely increasingly on network-enabled operations: a “system of systems” consisting of sensors, C4I capabilities and effectors that enables an appropriate response to any and all threats.

 

From 29 March to 1 April 2012, Defexpo will take place in New Delhi. It is one of the largest defence technology trade fairs in Asia.

 

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall will be on hand with a representative selection of its diverse array of products for military and security forces. Building on a proud tradition, the Düsseldorf, Germanybased Rheinmetall Group covers many different capability categories.

 

Wiesel – mobile, air-portable, versatile

In order to operate in difficult terrain – in the mountains, for example, or in an urban environment – today’s armed forces need a flexible, quickly deployable, protected platform that can be readily integrated into network-enabled operations and which, above all, can be transported by air either on board or as underslung cargo. It was precisely with these capabilities in mind that Rheinmetall developed the Wiesel (‘weasel’) family of vehicles, which the company will be presenting at Defexpo 2012.

 

A lightweight tracked armoured vehicle, the Wiesel is standard equipment in German airmobile and mountain units. While the Wiesel 1 was originally employed as a weapons platform, the somewhat longer Wiesel 2 is now available in numerous other configurations.

 

Today the Wiesel family covers practically the full range of military ground capabilities, encompassing a reconnaissance vehicle, a command post version, an anti-tank-missile launcher platform, an automatic cannon platform, an engineering scout vehicle and a field ambulance version. Other variants include joint fire support team and joint fire support coordination team vehicles and a 120mm mortar carrier; Finally, a Wiesel-based mobile air defence system consisting of an air defence command post vehicle, an air defence reconnaissance and fire control vehicle, and an air defence weapon carrier round out the portfolio.

 

Much like other Rheinmetall vehicles – e.g. the Fuchs/Fox armoured transport vehicle – the Wiesel has accompanied the Bundeswehr right from the start in every deployed operation. Whether in the deserts of Somalia, the mountains of Kosovo or the rugged terrain of the Hindu Kush – the Wiesel has what it takes: high mobility coupled with protection. Transportable by air in a medium transport helicopter or as underslung cargo, the various members of the Wiesel family can be quickly deployed to new flash points. The Wiesel is thus the ideal platform for the Mountain Strike Corps, which is now in the process of formation.

 

Countering the threat from above: advanced air defence systems

Aerial attacks continue to pose a major threat to troop concentrations, military bases, civilian population centres and critical civilian infrastructure.

 

In the domain of VSHORAD technology, Rheinmetall’s Air Defence division is the global leader and the sole single-source supplier of battle management systems, fire control systems, automatic cannon, integrated missile launchers and Ahead ammunition. Its core competencies include the development and manufacture of complete air defence systems as well as simulators and training equipment.

 

Aware of India’s ambitious plans to modernize its air defence capabilities, Rheinmetall is presenting a wide array of sophisticated air defence solutions at Defexpo 2012.

 

The need for a 35mm gun-based air defence system able to meet current and coming requirements led to the recent development and manufacture of the Oerlikon Skyshield air defence system. Lightweight and compact, it is the world’s most advanced and effective system for low-level air defence. It basically consists of an Oerlikon Skyshield fire control unit and two high-performance Oerlikon Revolver Gun MK2 automatic cannons, specifically designed to fire Ahead airburst ammunition.

 

The heart of Rheinmetall’s proprietary Ahead technology is a high-precision timedelay projectile. At the optimum moment, it ejects a lethal cloud of heavy metal pellets, reliably neutralizing small and even very small projectiles, such as rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM) rounds, much the way a shotgun shell destroys a clay pigeon.

 

This weapon has been successfully deployed in NATO operations since 1996. It forms the main armament of the Oerlikon Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM system, which the German Bundeswehr has procured for defending its forward operating bases.

 

Furthermore, Rheinmetall’s air defence technology is by no means limited to static defence roles. Mobile applications are equally feasible. For short-term missions, a truck-mounted version is available which can be deployed without unloading the system from the truck. This is particularly useful if the mission involves protecting a succession of different sites for short periods. Mounting a Skyshield air defence system on an all-terrain 8x8 vehicle – e.g. a military truck made by Rheinmetall’s partner Tata – ensures maximum operational flexibility.

 

Existing Skyguard and Skyshield systems can also be retrofitted with Ahead technology. Furthermore, thanks to the modularity of its systems, Rheinmetall is able to bring additional components into play, readily creating multi-mission capabilities tailored to the needs of individual clients.

 

C4ISTAR – Enhancing your vision, your impact and your information

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall is an increasingly important partner in the field of C4ISTAR systems. The Group’s product spectrum ranges from single sensors and components to sensor platforms and fire control units, and from individual soldier systems to complete battle management systems.

 

These sensor and fire control systems represent top-notch technology and are in service with a number of armed forces worldwide.

 

Rheinmetall has longstanding experience in equipping combat platforms with sensor and fire control systems. To enable customers to cope with today’s requirements, Rheinmetall has developed digital turret and vehicle systems that provide modular and flexible solutions for a variety of combat and turret systems, as well as to standard vehicles e.g. for law enforcement or security surveillance missions. Due to the technology applied and the system architecture these solutions can be used either for adapted upgrades or fully integrated solutions for systems under development.

 

As part of these digital turret and vehicle systems the Situational Awareness System (SAS), for example, on show at Defexpo 2012, is a complete panoramic close-up sight for local situational awareness. It can be integrated easily into turret or chassis and offers a 360° - both day and night sight - near-field view of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings, with automatic alarm and target-tracking functions. SAS provides outstanding “look through armour”, increases the safety and reduces the workload of the crew thanks to a high degree of automation.

 

The situational awareness of a combat vehicle can be complemented by the vehiclemounted version of Rheinmetall’s Acoustic Sniper Locating System (ASLS). ASLS comprises a powerful microphone antenna array with integrated analysis electronics as well as a control and display functions inside the vehicle.

 

When a round is fired ASLS instantly computes azimuth, elevation and distance of the sniper relative to the vehicle. Simultaneously ASLS alerts the crew acoustically and visually, displaying the results of the location  analysis on the vehicles manmachine-interface in real-time. In combination with the fire control system of the vehicle’s the crew can react within no time and start to engage the enemy position, before the next round is fired. Additionally, the geo-referenced position of the sniper –determined with a GPS system – can be fed into a C4I system, e.g. for information of other forces in the area, target assignment or subsequent engagement. ASLS is also available in a stationary version and a man-portable version, which can be connected to modern soldier systems.

 

In the field of soldier systems, Rheinmetall was awarded a contract by the German Army in 2011 to deliver the cutting edge “German Future Soldier - Expanded System”. The IdZ2 (formerly IdZ-ES) enhances the battle performance, endurance and protection of modern war-fighters on the ground and embeds them directly into the network-centric operations loop. Visitors will see the IdZ2 during Defexpo.

 

Rheinmetall Defence: totally oriented to today’s military

 

With its Combat Systems, Electronic Solutions, and Wheeled Vehicles divisions, Rheinmetall Defence supplies the world’s armed forces with systems and equipment systematically designed to assure successful outcomes in complex modern military operations.

 

Rheinmetall also maintains an extensive network of international partnerships for serving new markets as well as enabling technology transfer that will substantially benefit both the industry and the military of customer nations. This makes Rheinmetall the ideal industrial partner in the quest to supply India’s armed forces with advanced capabilities.

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Rafael to Sell Spike Missiles to Germany for Hundreds of Millions of US Dollars

 

29/2/2012 Amir Rapaport – Israel defence

 

In a special interview with Rafael’s Marketing VP, Lubra Drori reveals Rafael will sell additional Spike missiles to Germany

 

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has signed a contract to supply additional Spike missiles to Germany via its German subsidiary, Eurospike. The deal, worth hundreds of millions of US dollars, was revealed by Luba Drori, Rafael’s Marketing VP.

 

The Spike missiles are a family of missiles with various operational ranges and similar operational principles: they all possess electro-optic guidance and a doubled (tandem) warhead, intended to penetrate reactive protection. The initial warhead detonates the reactive protection while the second warhead penetrates the passive armor via a hollow charge.

 

The missile has four rectangular fins that it uses to guide itself towards the target. It is possible to launch the various Spike versions through several means: from a helicopter, from a vehicle, and even a shoulder-mounted missile launcher. The Spike LR has an effective operational range that is between 200 to 4,000 m.

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20 février 2012 1 20 /02 /février /2012 18:50

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Fév 20, 2012 par Nicolas Gros-Verheyde (BRUXELLES2)

 

« Nous y croyons ». C’est un peu le sens de la déclaration sur la politique européenne de sécurité et de défense signée lors du dernier sommet franco-allemand, signée par les ministres des Affaires étrangères et de la Défense des deux pays, Alain Juppé et Guido Westerwelle, Thomas de Maizière et Gérard Longuet. Une déclaration passée un peu inaperçue et qui mérite cependant une lecture plus attentive

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L’affichage d’une convergence politique

 

Ce texte de 4 pages (version française) ou 7 pages (version anglaise) se veut un tour d’horizon complet de ce qui est possible en matière de défense européenne, que ce soit « en termes de structures, de capacités et opérations », de dialogue stratégique et de coopération en matière d’armement. Quelques projets concrets sont esquissés (transport médical, surveillance de l’espace). Mais plus encore c’est une convergence politique qui est recherchée. On trouve là effectivement davantage de points d’accord qu’entre Français et Britanniques. Une date butoir est cependant fixée : 2013, avec la célébration des 50 ans du Traité de l’Elysée, et l’ambition affichée de « donner une nouvelle impulsion à leur politique de sécurité et de défense commune ».

 

La PeSDC crédible et efficace : opérations au Sahel et dans la Corne de l’Afrique

 

« « Nous partageons depuis longtemps l’objectif d’une défense européenne plus forte. (…) Nous croyons que la politique de défense et sécurité commune est un instrument crédible et efficace pour la gestion de crises » écrivent les auteurs, exemple à l’appui. Le couple franco-allemand se veut ainsi déterminé à assurer le lancement du travail préparatoire à un engagement au Sahel, à continuer le travail en cours sur la mission de reinforcement des capacités maritimes dans la Corne de l’Afrique. Il réaffirme son intention de soutenir l’opération anti-piraterie Atalanta et celle de formation des soldats somaliens (EUTM Somalia) comme une « contribution importante de la PSDC aux efforts de stabiliser la Somalie ».

 

Un dialogue stratégique préalable sur les crises

 

Les différences d’approches existent entre  Français et Allemands, c’est un fait. Mais les deux partenaires entendent mieux surmonter, à l’avenir, leurs divergences. « Pour les crises à venir, la France et l’Allemagne se consulteront étroitement avant les décisions concernant l’engagement des forces militaires (NB : une concertation qui a, peu, fait défait lors de l’opération en Libye). Ils veulent aussi faire de la brigade franco allemande, le coeur de la réponse des deux pays. « A partir d’une évaluation commune des crises, devrait correspondre des réponses franco-allemandes, et si possible l’engagement de la Brigade franco-allemande. Cela suppose d’harmoniser les différences entre les procédures administratives nationales et de les réduire autant que possible. » Ce dialogue stratégique – qui passera également par une intensification du dialogue entre les deux parlements – « devra aussi inclure des réflexions sur des scénarios de crises, en se concentrant sur le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique ».

 

Projets communs pour le transport médical et dans la surveillance de l’espace

 

Coté des capacités, les deux partenaires veulent aller plus loin qu’un soutien général aux initiatives en cours de pooling and sharing à l’agence européenne de défense et à l’OTAN. Ils veulent ainsi renforcer le Commandement européen du transport aérien (EATC), mis en place à Eindhoven, et « examiner les possibilités d’élargir ses moyens et capacités ». Un projet de coopération en matière de soutien médical va être lancé avec des soutiens réciproques : l’Allemagne va mettre à disposition de la France ses hélicoptères CH-53 et  la France soutiendra l’Allemagne dans le domaine du CSAR – recherche et sauvetage au combat. Les deux pays veulent également favoriser le développement d’un « noyau d’une capacité européenne en matière de surveillance de l’espace », ils veulent ainsi « développer une capacité commune » ; une coopération qui pourrait « également s’étendre aux hélicoptères, aux systèmes terrestres et aux activités dans le domaine de la défense antimissile ».

 

Convergences dans la préparation et la conduite des programmes d’armements

 

De façon plus générale, d’ailleurs, pour « favoriser la convergence dans les différentes phases (préparatoires et actives) des programmes communs d’armements », France et Allemagne vont intensifier les réflexions en « équipes intégrées » et le « processus capacitaire conjoint » rassemblant l’expertise militaire ainsi que les entités en charge de la conception et des acquisitions des deux pays. Ils veulent ainsi parvenir « à une meilleure convergence dans la définition des besoins militaires et opérationnels, à une harmonisation des procédures de certification des armes et systèmes d’armement (reconnaissance mutuelle des méthodes d’essai) et de garantir davantage de continuité dans les échanges entre utilisateurs et fournisseurs ». Et vouloir chercher des « propositions industrielles communes répondant à des projets franco-allemands ».

 

Pouvoir contrôler l’industrie européenne

 

La « régulation de l’industrie et du marché » constitue une autre thématique commune, notamment « sur la sécurité des approvisionnements et le contrôle des investissements étrangers ». NB : Un point clé pour éviter que l’industrie européenne d’armement ne s’en aille en lambeaux ou ne parte dans les mains d’investisseurs étrangers, comme les chantiers navals grecs récemment qui sont passés aux mains d’industriels chinois. Au final, « Nos efforts communs en faveur d’une défense européenne plus performante contribueront au renforcement de l’intégration européenne et du partenariat atlantique, piliers de la politique de sécurité en Europe. »

 

Télécharger la déclaration adoptée , en françaisanglais  (je vous conseille cette dernière version, la version française me semblant approximative)

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14 février 2012 2 14 /02 /février /2012 13:00
Unmanned systems lead IAI push for international growth

IAI Ben Gurion facility – photo Israel Aerospace industries

 

Feb 14, 2012 by Zach Rosenberg  - Flight Global

 

Tel Aviv - Like all of the Middle Eastern nation's defence companies, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in a delicate predicament: it cannot reveal much of its clientele, and Israeli politics - internal and external - put major limitations on what it can sell, and where.

 

Many of the governments buying IAI equipment, including major customers buying top-shelf systems, do not speak publicly about their purchases, and IAI does not disclose them.

 

"I can tell you no-one bought from Israel because they like us, or they love us," says Tommy Silberring, general manager of IAI's Malat division, which manufactures its UAVs. "They buy from us because we have a capability that is maybe better in price, or because we have the flexibility to enable that country to integrate their own systems."

 

IAI is not only the country's largest defence company, but also one of the major drivers of high technology in a place famous for its technological prowess. Its 17,000 employees are divided into six divisions, three concerned with military projects and three with civil work. IAI's backlog is valued at $10.6 billion and in January the manufacturer disclosed its largest order ever, valued at $1.6 billion and covering a range of systems including Heron 1 UAVs, Harop stand-off munitions and Green Pine radars.

 

Among the civil divisions, Bedek is pre-eminent. Based at IAI's facility besides Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Bedek is mainly concerned with passenger-to-cargo conversions of the Boeing 737, 747 and 767, a roster to which additions are under consideration. Maintenance, repair and operations work is also a major contributor to IAI's bottom line.

 

SPANNING SECTORS

 

IAI also produces G150, G200 and G280 midsize business jets for Gulfstream. The aircraft are built in Tel Aviv and flown to the USA for interior outfitting. The G280 is the latest offering. After a four-year development programme the aircraft has earned approval from the Israeli civil aviation authority, but is not yet certified with the US Federal Aviation Administration or European Aviation Safety Agency. Despite what is widely acknowledged as expectation-exceeding performance, the depressed market for new midsize business jets and correspondingly small order book means it may be some time before IAI comes anywhere near recouping its development costs.

 

The Israeli Defence Force is in the middle of a highly competitive $1 billion contest for an advanced trainer aircraft to replace its aged Douglas A-4 Skyhawks. As whichever trainer is eventually selected will be operated by IAI, the company stands to gain either way. The field has narrowed to two competitors: Italy's Alenia Aermacchi M346 and South Korea's KAI T-50. The governments of both nations are long-time customers for various IAI products, and both nations have threatened to look elsewhere for equipment should their products not be selected. Preliminary indications are that Italy has the favoured product.

 

Unmanned systems lead IAI push for international growth

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UAV contests in Canada and Germany could yield quick divdends for the Heron

 

Special-mission aircraft - regular aircraft packed full of specialised electronics - have been particularly lucrative for IAI. Its offerings include heavily modified Gulfstream Vs for airborne early warning (AEW), signals intelligence and synthetic aperture radar. Several deals are potentially forthcoming, and Italy has reportedly committed to buy two of the AEW aircraft if Aermacchi wins its trainer bid.

 

IAI's bread and butter is UAVs for export. Widely considered to be among the inventors of the modern UAV, IAI remains on the cutting edge of international markets in that area. It offers a more diverse array of UAVs than any other manufacturer in Israel, ranging from a tiny hand-launched aircraft, the Mosquito, to the Heron TP, a large medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) aircraft capable of staying in the air for two days.

 

In keeping with the tradition of Israeli defence companies, almost 80% of its sales are made abroad. India, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing defence markets, is a particularly loyal customer of IAI's. India operates around 50 Heron UAVs with IAI-developed radar and optical payloads, plus a number of IAI-modified special-mission aircraft. "India is one of our biggest markets," confirms Silberring.

 

CROWDED ARENA

 

Other countries operating the Heron include Australia, France, Germany and Brazil. Most operators have only a handful of aircraft on a lease basis, many for operations over Afghanistan, but IAI is angling for purchases. France has selected a version of the aircraft co-produced with Dassault, called the Harfang, for purchase, despite blistering criticism from the French senate. In each of these contests the aircraft faces competition from the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator B, the only other large MALE aircraft available on the international market. However, the arena is likely to get more crowded as other companies - particularly Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems - bring their own offerings to the table. But for the meantime IAI has a lock on non-NATO countries.

 

IAI's electronics division, Elta, is the fourth-largest radar manufacturer in the world, providing systems for both IAI's products and those of others. Ironically, despite it being among the early adaptors of solid-state electronics, Elta's most sought-after and profitable services are for older technology. Many of IAI's customers are simply not in the market for cutting-edge technology.

 

"We thought that we would phase out of [TWT, transmitting wave tube] technology, and we actually moved long ago into solid-state technology," says Igal Karney, Elta's manager of marketing and sales. "But still there are so many systems in the field, so the need for TWT has even increased."

 

Rumours that IMI, a state-owned munitions company, may be primed for acquisition are emerging in defence circles. Members of the Israeli government occasionally make public statements about partial or total privatisation. Such changes have been floated for years, but Israel's falling defence budget may finally be the requisite catalyst.

 

Either way, change of one sort or another is coming to IAI. Its president Yitzhak Nissan, who has held the post for six years, is leaving his position after a semi-public fight with the chairman of the board. Two board members are following. But whether this results in any major changes to business strategy or product road-maps is yet to be seen.

 

Still, IAI has entered 2012 with a strong outlook. UAV contests in Canada, Germany and Australia could yield quick dividends for the Heron, and a number of smaller, somewhat more opaque contests in smaller nations also offer potential.

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10/02/2012 Economie et technologie

 

Le Conseil franco-allemand de la défense et de la sécurité s’est déroulé le 6 février 2012 à Paris. A l’issue du Conseil, une déclaration commune aux ministres de la défense et des affaires étrangères allemands et français a été prononcée. Extraits.

 

Adossé au Conseil des ministres franco-allemand du 6 février 2012, s’est tenu, en format restreint, le Conseil franco-allemand de défense et de Sécurité. A l’issue du Conseil, une déclaration commune a porté sur plusieurs points, notamment  :

 
Une contribution active à la sécurité et la défense européenne

 

L’objectif d’une défense européenne plus forte a été réaffirmé. La France et l’Allemagne sont déterminées « à garantir, en matière de sécurité et de défense, une contribution déterminante de l’Europe à une Alliance atlantique forte et à améliorer la relation entre l’Otan et l'UE  ». Les deux pays sont également déterminés à poursuivre les « efforts pour améliorer l’efficacité de la PSDC (politique de sécurité et de défense commune), notamment aux plans institutionnel, capacitaire et opérationnel  ». A cet égard, des travaux sont en cours pour un engagement européen au Sahel ainsi que dans la Corne de l’Afrique (soutien à l’opération Atalante et à EUTM Somalia). La France et l’Allemagne affirment également leur volonté « de faire progresser les initiatives de l’AED (Agence européenne de défense) et de Gand, en matière de mutualisation et de partage de capacités  ».

 

Le renforcement du dialogue stratégique franco-allemand

 

Les deux nations ont l’intention « de renforcer notre coopération et notre contribution commune à la sécurité et à la défense européenne,  ainsi que de, réaliser des synergies capacitaires, des capacités futures et une base industrielle de défense commune  ». Par ailleurs, les échanges entre les deux parlements sur les questions de défense et de sécurité sont à encourager ainsi qu’un dialogue avec la société civile et les experts. L' Allemagne et la France souhaitent coopérer « plus étroitement avec la Russie sur la sécurité dans les zones euro-atlantique et eurasienne  ».

 

Une coopération plus étroite en matière capacitaire

 

L’Allemagne et la France entendent renforcer la mutualisation et le partage de capacités à l’instar « des travaux en cours pour achever la mise en place du Commandement européen du transport aérien ( AETC)  ». L’objectif commun est également d’intensifier les projets en matière de « formation, d’armement, de doctrines opérationnelles et d’interopérabilité, de parvenir à une meilleure convergence dans la définition des besoins militaires et opérationnels, à une harmonisation des procédures de certification des armes  ». Les deux pays sont également résolus à promouvoir « de potentiels champs de coopération relatifs aux activités spatiales (notamment l’observation de la terre dans le cadre du programme MUSIS) et de surveillance de l’espace » . Ces champs potentiels « pourraient également s’étendre aux hélicoptères, aux systèmes terrestres et aux activités dans le domaine de la défense antimissile  ».

 

Téléchargez la déclaration commune sur le site de la présidence de la République (pdf, 4 pages, 31ko)

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RBS15 Mk3 is the main surface offensive weapon

carried on the new K130 missile corvette.

 

November 29, 2011 Peter Hartley –DEFENSE UPDATE

 

One of the largest fleets in NATO, the German Navy appears to have escaped most of the recent cuts imposed by the government’s austerity plan, since construction of the new vessels and upgrades for existing platforms seems to continue. However, the planned reduction of 60 percent in its defense budget could have negative effect in the future, if the government decides to press on with the cuts. To continue operating under these restricted budgetary constraints the Navy may have to reduce its mission sets, whilst assuming a reduced ‘asymmetric’ role focused on counter-piracy, peacemaking and peacekeeping operations, rather than full scale, high intensity operations.

 

In addition to taking part in current NATO activities the German Navy deploys routinely at the Baltic Sea and is taking part in many international operations, including peacekeeping operations, security and counter piracy activities, as far as Africa and the Indian Ocean. In total, there are about 90 commissioned warships in the German Navy including 43 auxiliary ships; the total displacement of the navy is 220,000 tons. In addition to this, the German Navy and the Royal Danish Navy are in cooperation in the “Ark Project”. This agreement made the Ark Project responsible for the strategic sealift of German armed forces where the full-time charter of three roll-on-roll-off cargo and troop ships are ready for deployments. In addition, these ships are also kept available for the use of the other European NATO countries. The three vessels have a combined displacement of 60,000 tons. Including these ships, the total ships’ displacement available to the Deutsche Marine is 280,000 tons.

 

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The German Navy operates two flotillas, the surface fleet which includes 15 frigates of three types and Type 212 subs, with a squadron of ten fast missile boats operating in the Baltic sea. In recent years the German Navy went through major modernization, with the fielding of the F-124 class frigates, K130 corvettes and Type 212 submarines, all locally built by the Blohm & Voss, Lürssen, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and Howaldtswerke Deutschland Werct (HDW) shipyards.

 

The seeming stability does not reflect years of decline in new orders, which almost brought the HDW submarine builder to a standstill and drove TKMS to sell most of its naval and commercial surface shipbuilding assets to the UAE in 2009. The company agreed to establish a “close strategic partnership” and Memorandum of Understanding with the Abu Dhabi MAR (ADM) group in the United Arab Emirates. The proposed sale followed related purchases in Germany by Abu Dhabi MAR, and other recent shipyard sales by TKMS. The net effect was a restructuring of Germany’s naval shipbuilding industry.

 

The envisioned agreement involved a 50/50 joint venture to build naval surface ships, with TKMS retaining a lead role and know-how in all projects with the German Navy and NATO partners, while ADM was responsible for the Middle East and North Africa. At the same time, however, Abu Dhabi MAR would acquiring 80% of TKMS’ key surface ship firms: Blohm and Voss Shipyards, Blohm and Voss Repair, and Blohm and Voss Industries. That deal has largely fallen through in 2011, leaving TKMS naval assets “in play” again.

 

Today, the German Navy maintains two operates 15 frigates of three types – the Bremen (8), Brandenburg (4) and Sachsen class (3), which is also the newest (F124 class) air defense frigates. In November 2011 Germany laid the keel of the first of four F125 next generation frigates ‘stealth design’, likely to be one of the world’s largest class of frigates with a displacement in excess of 7,200 tonnes, expected to enter service in 2016 in time to replace the first Bremen class frigates. Although the crew is to be reduced to 120 sailors, instead of the planned 235 crew, the vessels will operate with the “two crew concept”, as the vessel is capable of long endurance at sea. Completion of the F125 fleet is anticipated by December 2018.

 

The German frigates carry MBDA MM-38 Exocet anti-ship missiles, Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved Sea-Sparrow Missiles developed under a multinational NATO cooperation and RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles built under a German-U.S. cooperation also led by Raytheon with Diehl BGT Defence as its German partner. The vessels are also equipped with advanced radars, sophisticated combat information systems built by EADS and combined ESM/ECM supplied by the UK.

 

New Shipbuilding Programs

 

There are three ongoing naval construction programs: Type 212 submarines (two of a total six boats on order are yet to be delivered), four F125 frigates, the keel of the first one was laid this month, and three K130 corvettes yet to be delivered.

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The first of four F125 class frigates is scheduled for delivery by 2016. Photo: TKMS

 

While all shipbuilding programs are exclusive to Germany, the weapon systems, parts of the radar and other electronics subsystems are being developed as part of international cooperations, to reduce development cost.

 

The F125 program will deliver four ships between 2014 and 2018. The program focuses on long endurance vessel optimized for asymmetric warfare and peacetime operation far from its home port. As such, the 5,500 ton vessel will have a crew of up to 120 personnel, about half of the crew that were required to operate previous generation frigates. The vessel will also be able to support special forces teams of 50 personnel.

 

The navy is in the process of inducting the first two of five new Braunschweig Class K130 corvettes, based on the MEKO A design, with three more under construction. These corvettes are supplementing the squadron of fast missile boats and will better support typical operations assumed by the German Navy, including anti-piracy support. K130 is also designed for a lean crew, operated by a complement of 65. These corvettes represent a mix of systems and technologies from different European and Scandinavian makers – the radar is made by EADS in Germany, as well as the ESM and countermeasure systems. The command, control, communications and optronic fire control systems comes from Thales Netherlands; the 76/62mm gun is an Italian system from Oto-Melara while the main weapon system is the Swedish RBS15 Mk3. The later is a surface launched fire-and-forget long range anti-ship and land attack missile, developed by the Saab Group. To gain economy of scale and share the program’s life cycle cost, Germany, Poland and Sweden have decided to collaborate and equip their new vessels with the new missile. Marketed jointly by Diehl and Saab, RBS-15 Mk3 is being offered as a future armament of its frigates and potential replacement of earlier Exocet and Harpoon missiles.

 

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A squadron of ten Gepard class Fast Missile Boats, equipped with MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles is also operational, but the number of boats has being reduced gradually. Under the 2010 announced budget cuts, the Navy will retire its Gepard class fast missile boats. The first vessels, Nerz and Dachs will be retired by March 2012. Other Type 143A boats retained as operational performed training in the Baltic Sea in November 2011.

 

Modernizing the Submarine Force

 

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Until recently the German Navy operated a flotilla of ten submarines, based at Eckernförde. Up to 2010 the German submarine fleet consisted of modernized Type 206A diesel-electric submarines, which were originally commissioned between 1973 and 1975, and upgraded since 1992, and four new hybrid diesel-electric/fuel cell air independent propulsion (AIP) Type 212A submarines, which were commissioned between 2004 and 2006. In 2010 the remaining Type 206A subs were retired from active service as part of the Bundeswehr budget cuts. Current plans foresee a total of six Type 212A boats, with the final two vessels projected to become operational by 2012 and 2013 respectively. The original plan was to construct a total of eight Type 212 vessels, but in January 2004 the German Defense Ministry announced that no more submarines would be ordered until 2016.

 

Germany possesses a manufacturing capability at HDW for a diesel-electric special export-only submarine, the type 800 Dolphin class and has exported numerous variants of these, Turkey and Israel being amongst its customers. This is perceived as a very capable conventional submarine, with various shipyards offering upgrades.

 

The German Navy’s main roles, in conjunction with other NATO navies or as part of a UN force, are conflict prevention, crisis management, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism operations. As a result of the 212A submarine’s stealth capabilities, it is also able to carry out effective covert intelligence and reconnaissance missions. German submarines were deployed as part of peacekeeping operations in the Adriatic Sea during the mid-1990s, and as part of NATO operation “Active Endeavour” and support to the US-led conflict in Afghanistan “Enduring Freedom”.

 

In support of new operational priorities, there are future plans to equip the 212A with a land-attack capability. The Interactive Defense and Attack System for Submarines (IDAS), currently under development by Diehl BGT Defence, HDW and Kongsberg of Norway, uses a wire-guided missile to engage helicopters and mobile targets on shore. The third Type 212 submarine, U33 was selected as the platform for testing the new weapon. The missile made the first flight in June 2008, successfully launched from the torpedo tubes of the submerged submarine.

 

Mine Countermeasures Fleet

 

The German Navy operates five Type 352 minesweepers equipped with hull mounted DSQS-11 mine detection sonar and the ‘Troika Plus’ system, comprising a manned mothership and unmanned Seahound (seal) vessels being the lead element. Some of the older Type 333 (converted fast gun boats) are currently being retired.

 

About the author: Peter L. Hartley, MSc, CAET, MInstP, MIET

 

With 41+ years experience in defense electronics (radar, electronic warfare, C3I and CIS and mission systems) and associated activities, Peter Hartley offers a wide range of skills and capabilities in the field of Systems including System Architecture, Bid Management, Bid Reviews at national/international levels, Business Development (and Business Creation), Customer Liaison, Contract Negotiation, Marketing Support, Engineering Management, Design Authority, Team Building, and Research.

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Germany to Decide on UAS Purchase in 2012

 

Nov 7, 2011 By Sabine Siebold and Sarah Marsh/Reuters -  AviationWeek.com

 

BERLIN - Germany will decide next year which drones to purchase for its Bundeswehr military forces, a senior defense source told Reuters, which suggests it is refusing to bow to pressure from EADS for a quick decision to order its Talarion product.

 

The source said the Bundeswehr would continue leasing Israeli Heron drones until 2014. It could decide to order the EADS Talarion drones but could also opt for another model already available on the market and with a proven track record, the source added.

 

A separate source familiar with the matter said last week EADS was pushing for a quick decision from Germany on ordering Talarion drones and offering to waive penalties for a cut to orders for the Eurofighter jet if it did so.

 

EADS has spent years developing the Talarion unmanned aerial vehicle at its own expense in the hope of winning an order from the project’s instigators France, Germany and Spain. Yet the Talarion will likely only be operational from 2018.

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Oct 18, 2011 ASDNews Source : Rheinmetall AG

 

A multifaceted partner for multifaceted operations

 

In contemporary peacekeeping and peace-enforcement operations, where asymmetric threats are omnipresent, it can be hard to draw a hard and fast distinction between internal and external security. The duties of armed forces and internal security agencies often overlap, meaning that both require a multifaceted array of equipment and capabilities.

 

At Milipol 2011, the prestigious Paris tradeshow for military and law enforcement agencies, leading system supplier Rheinmetall Defence of Germany will be on hand from 18 to 21 October at Stand 1H-092, displaying an extensive range of products for police forces, security services and the armed forces, with the accent on the Group's numerous capabilities categories.

 

Reconnaissance

 

The newly established division Rheinmetall Electro-Optics, consisting of the companies Vinghog, Vingtech, Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics, I.L.E.E. and some units of Rheinmetall Defence Electornics, is presenting (among other things) night observation devices for many different applications - ranging from GN night vision goggles and the KN night vision visor to KDN night vision binoculars.

 

Weapons and weapon-related systems

 

Further, Rheinmetall Electro-Optics is presenting its tried-and-tested laser light modules, among them the brand-new Vario Ray (LLM-VR) and the LLM01, already in service with many armed forces and law enforcement organizations. The LLM01 has also been mounted on the German Bundeswehr's newest infantry weapon, the Designated Marksman Rifle G28 by Heckler & Koch.

 

Also on display are the Group's FeLVis fire control unit for 40mm low-velocity ammunition and the ZEFF dismounted soldier identification device (DSID).

 

Another Rheinmetall Electro-Optics product on show is the Vingmate advanced sight and fire control system. Besides the aiming device and fire control unit, it consists of a combined tripod and softmount, capable of receiving various 40mm automatic grenade launchers or .50 calibre heavy machine guns. Because the fire control unit can store up to ten ballistic firing tables, the effector of the Vingmate system can be quickly changed without having to readjust the weapon being used. The Canadian armed forces have procured a variant of the Vingmate system to serve as a close area support weapon, or CASW.

 

Moreover, at Milipol Rheinmetall also provides proof of its leading position in the field of 40mm ammunition, with an extensive array of 40mm x 46 (low velocity/LV and medium velocity/MV) and 40 mm x 53 high velocity (HV) rounds. These range from training and non-lethal cartridges to highly effective service ammunition.

 

At its Test Centre in Unterlus, the company recently conducted an impressive demonstration of its 40mm x 46 MV und 40mm x 53 HV time-delay airburst cartridges on behalf of the international ground forces community. Rheinmetall is developing the Cerberus grenade launcher and the Hydra automatic grenade launcher, specially designed for firing medium-velocity ammunition. Both weapon systems feature hydraulic shock absorbers that reduce the resulting recoil to the level of low velocity ammuntion.

 

Rheinmetall has also developed a quick-mounting digital aiming device for the Fly-K mortar, a system successfully deployed by the French armed forces in Afghanistan. The device measures the incline and elevation angle of the tube, while showing the range of the cartridges on a display. Light, compact, quiet and with a very low operational signature, this indirect fire weapon can of course also be used without an aiming device to engage targets at distances of up to 800 metres.

 

In the ordnance field, Rheinmetall is displaying its new generation flash-bang grenade, which features bottom-top venting (BTV) technology. Its new chamber system is designed for different decibel levels: 180 dB for military applications and 170 dB for law enforcement operations. For added flexibility, the new generation can be used either with a conventional flash-bang charge or with a newly developed perchlorate-free one, which also produces less smoke.

 

Rheinmetall has also improved the performance of the classic Spirco rapid smoke/obscurant grenade. In addition, its new red phosphorous smoke/obscurant grenade, known as ISIS (standing for "Infrared Smoke Instantaneous Spread"), creates a smokescreen in the space of a second that is impenetrable to optical, night vision and infrared devices.

 

Designed for illumination and signalling, the Group's handheld Mithras rockets make it possible to engage hostile forces around the clock. They feature ranges of 300, 600 and 1,000 metres, and come in normal and IR versions. The British armed forces have already introduced this innovative signalling rocket.

 

Mobility

 

The Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles division makes numerous vehicles that substantially enhance the mobility and operational effectiveness of miltary and law enforcement units. For example, the German Military Police use a water cannon version of the Yak protected command and mission-specific vehicle.

 

A joint development of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV, is currently undergoing Bundeswehr trials.

 

Finally, the robust all-terrain vehicles of the HX/SX family and the TGM model series assure first-class mobility. Scale models of the Yak, AMPV and TGM are all on display at the Rheinmetall stand.

 

Protection

 

Rheinmetall is also a many-sided partner in the field of ballistic protection. On show at Milipol is the VERhA-product range by Rheinmetall Verseidag Protection Systems, consisting of high-performance, lightweight materials which are installed in special vehicles, helicopters and ships to protect their occupants. Inserts for bullet-resistant vests can also be inspected at the company's stand. In addition, Rheinmetall Chempro is presenting its practical Mobile Modular Protection System, or MMS. Whether it is used for reinforcing mobile checkpoints, for hardening shelters in forward operating bases or protecting portholes and machine gun positions on board ships, the MMS assures maximum flexibility in all climate zones, meeting the need for swiftly deployable protection in accordance with STANAG 4569, even in difficult terrain.

 

Rheinmetall's major presence at Milipol 2011 underscores yet again the Group's multifaceted role as a leading supplier of systems and equipment for the world's armed forces and law enforcement agencies.

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10.10.2011 KMW - army-guide.com

 

Outstanding levels of tactical, operational and strategic mobility, compelling combat effectiveness and maximum survivability are key requirements imposed on modern military vehicles today – whether they are designed primarily for combat, command and control, mission-specific roles or transport.

 

In contemporary conflicts, where the threat is often asymmetric yet deadly, protecting troops deployed in harm’s way from hostile fire, IED attacks, CBRN agents and even extreme climates conditions has become a top priority for commanders worldwide: around the clock and in every branch of every service.

 

This is reflected in the current procurement plans of the armed forces of many nations, including the Bundeswehr’s GFF/GTF project to develop protected C4I and mission-specific vehicles as well as protected transport capacity.

 

Under this programme, Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) of Germany have joined forces to develop a highly protected family of armoured multipurpose vehicles (AMPV) in the weight class up to 9 ton. Their design and layout take full account of operational experience accumulated by the German armed forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Engineered exclusively to meet the needs of the modern military, the AMPV family consists of two separate branches.

 

The AMPV,a prototype version of which is currently undergoing qualification by the German armed forces, is slightly over five metres long, two metres wide and two metres high. Empty, it weighs 7.3 tons and can carry a two-ton payload. The highly protected vehicle cell consists of a self-supporting steel hull with composite armour. Spall liners, reinforced flooring and cellular design offer excellent protection against mines and IEDs; while add-on armour modules supply extra ballistic protection.

 

High mobility likewise contributes to a vehicle’s overall battlefield survivability, and the AMPV design reflects this. The vehicle’s robust chassis, featuring independent wheel suspension, is engineered to withstand maximum punishment. An automatic transmission, permanent all-wheel drive, automatic differential locking management and combat wheels with a central tyre inflation system combine to assure superb mobility even in the toughest terrain.

 

A patrol version of AMPV (with an unprotected load space) will be available, as well as mission module carriers with a safety cell extending all the way back to the rear of the vehicle. For enhanced lethality, a remote control weapon station up to calibre .50 can be mounted on any AMPV vehicle.

 

Extremely compact, all members of the AMPV family largely consist of identical components, especially the logistically relevant parts of the vehicle. Moreover, their essentially uniform, highly ergonomic design makes all AMPV vehicles easy to operate as well as facilitating logistics and training.

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DCNS delivers MU90 torpedo simulator to German Navy

MU90 lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes. (Photo: DCNS)

 

July 12, 2011 defpro.com

 

Paris | DCNS has successfully delivered the SIMOPE (SIMulateur OPErationnel) MU90 torpedo simulator to the German Navy. SIMOPE is designed to prepare and simulate operational launch scenarios with the MU90 lightweight anti-submarine torpedo, in an extremely realistic configuration. The German defence procurement agency (BWB*) accepted SIMOPE into service without reserve. The delivery and acceptance process included training for German technical experts in how to use the new system.

 

The MU90 is the result of a partnership between the French and Italian governments and the respective industries of the two countries. Germany was the first export customer to adopt the MU90, followed by Denmark, Poland and Australia.

 

Mr Jan Peifer, Director of the German MU90 programme at the BWB, expressed his satisfaction with the acceptance process, and noted that close analysis of the MU90’s behaviour in a wide range of tactical scenarios will enhance the way operatives are prepared and trained, maximise the weapon’s effectiveness in actual combat as well as support the preparation and refinement of tactical guidelines for weapon deployment.

 

The SIMOPE tool is now in service with the French and German navies and will enable them to share knowledge and information about the MU90 in a more comprehensive and coherent manner. This simulator will also facilitate the work of navy personnel involved in workgroups set up by the various user nations to provide operational feedback and support.

 

This first SIMOPE export contract further consolidates DCNS’s role in the provision of anti-submarine warfare simulation solutions and associated expertise for navies around the world.

 

* Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung, the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement

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IAI Heron UAS Has Reached Full Operational Capability

 

Jun 21, 2011 ASDNews Source : Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

 

The German Air Force recently announced that the "Heron", Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)' advanced unmanned aerial system (UAS), has achieved full operational capability (FOC) under its activities in Afghanistan.

 

It's a significant milestone for the program, where IAI provided its Heron UAV system, together with its partner Rheinmetall Defence, to the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces). The program included full in-theatre logistical and maintenance services performed by Rheinmetall.

 

The aerial platforms supplied, are equipped with IAI's stabilized day/night electro-optical, SAR payloads and Satellite Communications (SATCOM). Within five months of the signing of the contract, Heron was already deployed in the Afghan skies.

 

The Heron MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) UAS, is an interim solution, yet decisively enhances the Bundeswehr's important real- time intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance (ISR) capabilities in their missions in Afghanistan. Heron is the first unmanned aerial system (UAS) ever to operate under the aegis of the GAF.

 

To date, the SAATEG interim solution has flown over 4,000 hours in Afghanistan, representing an average of twenty hours a day. At the end of May, the German Air Force declared the Heron squadron based in Mazar-e-Sharif to be fully operational.

 

Given its positive experience with the system, the Bundeswehr opted to extend the original one-year service contract for a further two years.

 

Furthermore, the German Air Force is reviewing ways of enhancing its performance.

 

In response to the Bundeswehr's requirement for a follow-on solution for SAATEG in the near term IAI and Rheinmetall plan to participate in the tender and offer IAI's Heron TP (turbo prop) strategic UAS. An advanced version of the Heron, the Heron TP is ready to go into operation right away. Heron TP was successfully inducted into the Israeli Air Force in February 2010.

 

To a large extent, the system will be modified and produced in Germany, meaning that it will make a major contribution to national know-how in this field.

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May 31st, 2011 By VMSB DEFESA Global

 

In collaboration with the French-German Research Institute ISL (Institut Saint Louis), the French company Sagem SA (of SAFRAN group) has developed a compact and lightweight gunshot detection system.

 

The system called DELOC can be fitted on vehicle based remotely controlled weapon station, armoured vehicle, fixed site or on the soldier helmet.

 

The data received by the antenna is featured is on a console inside the vehicle or on the soldier portable observation terminal.

 

DELOC has been trialed integrated on Sagem SA and Panhard General Defense WASP (Weapon under Armor for Self-Protection) remotely controlled weapon station which has been installed on a Panhard General Defense PVP (Petit Véhicule Protégé) 4×4 light armoured vehicle.

 

DELOC can help as well to establish a tactical view of the field scenario when linked to a tactical battle management system like the French Army (Armée de Terre) SITEL (Système d’Information Terminal Elémentaire) system.

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STUTTGART, Germany, May 27 (UPI)

 

The German military has contracted Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks to produce Actros Heavy Recovery Vehicles for immediate use in Afghanistan.

 

Mercedes Benz said the lead time for delivery of the mine-protected vehicles is seven months. The number of vehicles ordered and the monetary value of the contract weren't disclosed.

 

The Actros vehicles to be delivered will be of the same configuration and protection level as those operated by the Canadian armed forces in Afghanistan since March 2008.

 

With the Actros 4151 AK 8x8 provides Level 4 ballistic protection and Level 4b mine protection.

 

The protected special vehicle is 34.5 feet long, with a wheelbase of 18 feet.

 

Mercedes said a particular challenge faced by heavy recovery vehicles is the distribution of axle loads in all deployment situations. While the weight of the armored cab lies across the front axles only, in recovery situations the weight of the raised, towed vehicle places a load on the rear axles which can act like a huge lever. The Actros 4151 AK 8x8 Recovery vehicle, however, has been designed in such a way as to ensure a substantially uniform axle load distribution and also enable safe handling in both heavy-duty recovery situations and also when driving without a load.

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Ce "transfert d'autorité", déjà effectué fin 2010 par l'Allemagne, la France et les Pays-Bas, a été retardé par des "problèmes informatiques", selon le ministère de la Défense.

 

La Belgique a transféré jeudi, avec près de quatre mois de retard sur ses partenaires, le contrôle de ses avions de transport militaire au commandement européen du transport aérien européen (EATC), un état-major multinational installé aux Pays-Bas et qui chapeaute ainsi une flotte de plus de 150 appareils de quatre pays, a-t-on appris de sources militaires. Ce "transfert d'autorité", déjà effectué fin 2010 par l'Allemagne, la France et les Pays-Bas, a été retardé par des "problèmes informatiques", selon le ministère de la Défense.

 

Il a été réalisé jeudi et concerne les onze C-130 "Hercules" de la composante Air de l'armée et l'unique Airbus A330, ainsi qu'"à la demande", les quatre Embraer ERJ-135 et ERJ-145, deux Mystère 2O et un Falcon 900 du 15ème wing de Melsbroek, a précisé l'EATC dans un communiqué.

 

Cet état-major européen installé à Eindhoven (sud des Pays-Bas) vise à une utilisation plus efficace des moyens de transport aérien et de ravitaillement en vol dont disposent les quatre pays membres, ou du moins certains d'entre eux. Il aurait dû atteindre une capacité opérationnelle initiale (IOC) fin 2010 - ce qui n'a pas été réalisé, mais devrait être le cas dans les prochains jours. Il sera pleinement opérationnel dans les prochains mois.

 

Il occupera à terme quelque 200 militaires provenant de ces quatre pays - dont 22 Belges -, mais avec la possibilité de s'élargir à d'autres, comme l'Espagne qui suit ce projet de près et le Luxembourg, des pays qui ont également commandé le futur avion de transport militaire Airbus A400M.

 

Ce QG supervisera ainsi quelque 70.000 heures de vol annuelles, selon son commandant, le général-major allemand Jochen Both. Depuis sa création, le 1er septembre dernier, il a déjà exécuté près de 3.500 missions de transport, dont 70 de ravitaillement en vol, et a coordonné l'évacuation médicale aérienne de plus de 400 patients.

 

L'Allemagne y apporte une flotte de 77 avions de transport, dont quatorze "à la demande", la France 56 appareils, dont 32 C-160 "Transall" et cinq Airbus A330-A340. Quant à la Belgique, elle a versé dans le pot commun dix de ses onze C-130 ainsi que ses huit avions pour passagers, dont sept "à la demande". Les Pays-Bas fournissent deux C-130, deux Fokker 50, deux ravitailleurs KDC-10 et, à la demande, un Gulfstream IV.

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15 Apr 2011 By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI DefenseNews

 

NEW DELHI - Construction delays to four French-designed submarines have led India to reverse an 11-year-old decision and seek German help to upgrade four older subs. Estimated to cost about $500 million, the upgrade of the four HDW T-1500-class subs will replace their weapon control systems, data links, torpedoes and missiles. The Indian defense ministry wants the German submarines to be upgraded at Indian facilities with technical assistance from HDW Germany. The Indian Navy has seen its fleet of usable submarines shrink from 21 in the 1980s to 14 today, while the Chinese sub fleet, including nuclear boats, grows, said a Navy official. In 2000, when the Navy decided to buy the new Scorpene submarines, it shelved plans to upgrade the T-1500s, which have now been in disrepair for several years. The French-designed boats, now planned or under licensed production by Mumbai-based Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL), are more than three years behind schedule, a senior defense ministry official said. Under the $3.9 billion contract signed in 2005 with France, construction of the first three Scorpenes began in December 2006, December 2007 and August 2008. The MDL contract said the six subs were to be delivered annually beginning in December 2012. Instead, the first one is now scheduled for delivery in 2015. Besides the Scorpene troubles, the Navy is also seeing delays in its $10 billion purchase of air-independent-propulsion submarines, the official said. The world's sub builders are expected to be invited to bid on the job, called Project 75I, in the next three months, the Navy official said. The T-1500s were built under an $89 million deal signed in 1983. HDW's shipyard in Germany built two of the T-1500s in 56 months apiece; the other two were built under license by MDL, taking 98 months and 116 months respectively. Later in the decade, New Delhi blacklisted HDW because of alleged bribery in the sub deal. The ban was lifted after an inquest by India's Central Bureau of Investigation ended without resolution.

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