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April 9, 2014 Thales
 

Thales is playing a major role in the 30-year programme to design, construct, operate and maintain the French Ministry of Defence's new headquarters in Paris. Thales's role covers the overall design of the defence engineering side of the project, operation and maintenance of the new information and communication systems and responsibility for the site security systems. The design & build portion of the Balard project is a huge undertaking — and the task of protecting the site and its information and communication systems is no less critical.

 

The French Ministry of Defence, Thales's largest customer, signed a public-private partnership agreement with Opale Défense to finance, design and construct the Balard headquarters as well as operate the complex and provide maintenance services for 30 years. Thales's involvement begins at the design & build phase of the project, led by Bouygues Bâtiment Île de France, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction.

Located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, the Ministry's new headquarters will include the offices of the Minister for Defence and his special advisors, the Joint Staff of the French armed forces, the Chiefs of Staff of the three armed forces, the French defence procurement agency (DGA) and other key military departments and administrative services.

 
From the handover date, Thales will operate and maintain these systems for a further 27 years. The Group is also responsible for the continuing evolution of the installed networks to ensure that they always incorporate the latest technologies and offer the highest levels of security. Thales will also guarantee the highest levels of availability for the communication and security networks and provision of 24/7 technical support.

Thales is now operating and supporting the critical information systems and security systems for the 2,000 users who have already moved into the new facility.

By 2015, Thales will have a dedicated local team of around 100 people in place at the site.

 

Key objectives of the project:

  • Deliver the high-grade security required for the Ministry's sensitive and classified data, combined with best-in-class continuity of service.
  • Ensure the resilience of networks and communications against the most critical physical and cyber attacks.
  • Integrate with the Ministry's broader information and communication system policy, including interoperability with legacy and future systems.

 

Building on its proven strengths and extensive experience in network security and protection of critical sites, Thales is stepping up to these challenges.

Key points
  • 145,000 m² of purpose-built facilities and 135,000 m² of redeveloped space.
  • Capacity for up to 10,000 military and civilian personnel.
  • Two conference centres and a media centre for press conferences.
  • 1,000 km of fibre optic cables.
  • Highly secure information and communication networks.
  • A highly secure site protection, security and surveillance system.

"With this project, Thales is further consolidating its established strengths and expertise in network security and critical site protection, delivering the high-grade security the ministry requires, ensuring resilience against the most critical physical and cyber attacks and integrating with the ministry's broader information and communication system policy, including interoperability with legacy and future systems."

Rémi Gille, Vice President in charge of Thales's network and infrastructure systems activities

 

Surveillance and protection of the Balard complex

Balard is a strategic site and will benefit from the highest levels of protection and security: security systems, access control, intrusion detection and videosurveillance.

The new headquarters is a complex and sensitive site, making security a major concern at all times.

As a defence facility housing a huge number of personnel, the Balard project needed to ensure that security considerations were an integral part of the design, management, operation and maintenance of the site.

 

Highlights

  • June 2009: launch of consultations and competitive bidding procedure.
  • February 2011: Opale Défense consortium selected for a 30-year programme covering the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the Ministry of Defence's future headquarters.
  • January 2014: main structural work completed.
  • February 2015: handover of buildings.
  • Thales to operate information and communication systems for 27 years.

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10 avril 2014 4 10 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
TenCate Advanced Armour selected as supplier for GDELS EAGLE V 4X4 for Germany

 

Apr 8, 2014 ASDNews Source : TenCate

 

The TenCate armour systems to be supplied, represent a very weight-efficient way of significantly increasing the survivability of the people inside the vehicles and represent cutting-edge technology and engineering. The solutions are engineered to fit the EAGLE V perfectly to ensure maximum protection and minimum weight.

 

Steen Tanderup, Managing Director TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA & APAC, states: “We are very pleased to be selected as supplier for GDELS for this project. The EAGLE V for the German Army is a great match for TenCate lightweight protection solutions, and we are proud to contribute to the exceptional performance of the vehicle”.

 

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10 avril 2014 4 10 /04 /avril /2014 07:40
Vue d’artiste de l’Atom crédits: RTD

Vue d’artiste de l’Atom crédits: RTD

 

9 avril, 2014 Guillaume Belan (FOB)

 

La presse suédoise s’était déchaînée il y a quelques jours à propos de la coopération entre la filiale française RTD, du groupe suédois Volvo, et le russe Uralvagonzavod (UVZ, constructeur du T-90) sur un projet de véhicule commun, l’Atom, suite aux évènements en Crimée. Accusant le groupe Volvo d’être susceptible fournir des équipements militaires aux russes, qui risqueraient de pouvoir être utilisés contre les soldats suédois.. Et bien la presse  suédoise a eu raison des dirigeants du groupe Volvo! Alors qu’initialement RTD pensait pouvoir continuer sa coopération avec UVZ malgré l’émois suédois, son actionnaire a annoncé « avoir mis en suspend sa coopération avec UVZ jusqu’à nouvel ordre ».

 

Le véhicule Atom, blindé de la classe des 30 tonnes, a été lancé durant le dernier salon « Russia Arms Expo » en septembre 2013 (relire l’article de FOB sur l’Atom ici), avec pour objectif de répondre à la fois aux besoins de remplacer les BTR-80 de l’armée russe mais également (voir essentiellement) à destination des marchés export de la Russie. L’Atom avait de réelles chances de succès, Moscou s’étant déclaré très intéressé par un châssis performant 8X8, véritable savoir-faire de RTD. L’engin devait être propulsé par le même moteur que celui le VBCI, développant plus de 600 chevaux. En jeu, des milliers de véhicules… Une coopération, qui auraient pu faire changer de dimension le groupe RTD.

 

Patatras!  RTD doit aujourd’hui s’asseoir sur ces très juteux prospects et ses ambitions.

 

Remarques et conséquences

 

- Si la décision de rupture de la coopération industrielle franco-russe est une sanction tout à fait envisageable, considérant les agissements de Moscou envers l’Ukraine, un pays voisin de l’Europe, il est tout de même regrettable et étonnant d’assister à une prise de position de manière isolée, avec une implication quasi-diplomatique, d’un industriel, orchestrée par la presse locale. Cela en dit long sur le processus décisionnel chez Volvo…

 

- C’est faire fi du débat européen sur les sanctions communes contre la Russie, en cours. Ce que la France, il est vrai avec des enjeux financiers considérables (le contrat BPC), se refuse de faire seule.

 

- Cette affaire va, à n’en pas douter, entacher l’image de RTD en France, notamment auprès des autorités étatiques. Car le message est dorénavant clair: les décisions de RTD sont bien prises à Stockholm et non à Paris. Où les conceptions des problématiques de défense industrielle sont bien divergeantes…. Ce qui pose la question, in fine, du rôle que pourrait jouer RTD dans la restructuration industrielle du terrestre en France… Il serait tout de même très douteux que Paris accepte au final de devoir dépendre, sur un secteur stratégique (l’équipement des forces terrestres), d’un groupe étranger et frileux. Un épisode fâcheux mais éclairant.

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10 avril 2014 4 10 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
Alion Wins $17.7M Contract to Help Department of Defense (DoD) Defeat Emerging IED Threats and Hazards

 

McLean, VA — April 8, 2014 — Alion Science and Technology

 

Technology Solutions Company to Support DoD’s Countermine Division with R&D, Testing and Engineering Expertise

 

Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, has been awarded a $17.7 million task order to provide the Department of Defense (DoD) with engineering and science and technology expertise to help defeat improvised explosive device (IED) threats against troops in theater and throughout the world.

Alion will support conception, prototyping, improving and experimenting with technologies, devices and systems, bringing next-generation capabilities to counter IED hazards. This includes improving Warfighters’ situational awareness, enabling Soldiers to better identify, defeat and bypass explosive threats.

“The services we will provide under the task order will enable the DoD to detect and neutralize explosive hazards wherever our forces are deployed,” said Terri Spoonhour, Alion Senior Vice President and Distributed Simulation Group Manager. “This will ultimately save lives and ensure our units accomplish their critical missions.”

The DoD develops systems for military applications that detect and neutralize mines, mine fields and unexploded ordnance. Technology development focuses on personnel protection, handheld detectors, wide area detection, mechanical clearance, vegetation clearance and mine awareness.

 

WSTIAC, operated by Alion, is one of nine Department of Defense (DoD) Information Analysis Centers (IACs) sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). The IACs house libraries of information that are focused on specific technology areas, in addition to providing technical expertise in these areas. DTIC is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, VA, and serves the DoD by providing access to scientific and technical information for DoD personnel and contractors, including researchers, designers and engineers. WSTIAC’s work is sponsored by the DTIC, ATTN: DTIC-I, 8725 John J. Kingman Rd., Ste. 0944, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6218.

 

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10 avril 2014 4 10 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
ATK source firetrench

ATK source firetrench

 

Apr 9, 2014 ASDNews Source : Alliant Tech Systems, Inc (ATK)

 

    ATK Will Deliver Ammunition and Ammunition Services to U.S. Allies

 

ATK (NYSE:  ATK), a world-leading producer of ammunition, precision weapons and rocket motors, announced today that it has received international contracts from U.S. allies totaling $186 million for ammunition that spans multiple calibers as well as ammunition services that will increase allied defense capabilities.

 

"Partnering with our allies to help maintain their defense capabilities aligns directly with our core business competencies and international growth strategies," said Mike Kahn, Senior Vice President and President ATK Defense Group. "ATK is uniquely positioned within the defense industry to deliver these products and services, given the company's expertise in design and manufacturing of a wide variety of military munitions."

 

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9 avril 2014 3 09 /04 /avril /2014 20:55
Thales : plus de 2 000 utilisateurs des systèmes d'information et de communication sécurisés à Balard

SIC sécurisés à Balard photo Thales / Philippe Coni

 

09.04.2014 Arnaud Bivès - Boursier.com

 

Le nouveau ministère de la Défense, localisé sur le site de Balard à Paris, a accueilli ses premiers résidents. Le cap des 2 000 utilisateurs des systèmes d'information et de communication sécurisés par Thales est franchi. Le groupe assure également l'exploitation de ces systèmes sur une période de 27 ans.

 

Thales assure d'ores et déjà les services d'exploitation des systèmes d'information critiques et de sûreté pour 2 000 utilisateurs qui ont déjà emménagé dans leurs nouveaux locaux.

 

Le groupe joue un rôle majeur dans la conception, la construction, l'exploitation et la maintenance sur une durée de 27 ans du nouveau siège du ministère de la Défense. Il réalise la conception générale de l'ingénierie de défense du projet et l'exploitation des systèmes d'information et de communication du nouveau ministère, ainsi que des systèmes de sûreté du site.

 

"Si le projet architectural est de grande envergure, la sécurisation du site et de ses systèmes d'information et de communication sont également des missions hautement critiques", explique Thales.

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New unmanned maritime system promises affordable, persistent surveillance of coastlines

 

04/08/2014  Defence IQ

 

Ultra Electronics USSI has signed a strategic partnership with Liquid Robotics, a manufacturer of hybrid wave and solar propelled Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMVs), for the joint development of a revolutionary and cost effective surveillance system for the global maritime security market. The new product leverages the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, the world’s first wave powered ocean robot, with Ultra Electronics USSI’s acoustic sensing and signal processing to provide a persistent, best of breed, surveillance capability.

 

This solution helps address the critical need for affordable, long duration, maritime surveillance of the world’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Exclusion Economic Zones (EEZs), ports and coastlines.

 

“Countries around the globe are losing valuable natural resources and economic opportunity without the ability to persistently patrol their coastlines, MPAs and EEZs,” said Bill Vass, CEO of Liquid Robotics. “This strategic partnership will bring to market a powerful solution with the ability to help close this gap globally.”

 

Liquid Robotics’ innovative propulsion and energy systems are designed to help customers explore portions of the world’s oceans in conditions that previously were too challenging or costly to operate. Potentially this means the military can use the vessels to monitor vast areas of water around the globe without utilising manpower and at negligible cost.

 

Bill Vass, President and CEO at Liquid Robotics, spoke to Defence IQ last year to discuss the company’s technology and how it can be exploited for military applications. The Wave Glider can be used for a range of different missions, but primarily the technology is a sensing platform.

 

“It can be used for battlespace softening … it can be used for protecting a fleet by listening for submarines or torpedoes, it can be used for anti-mine, it can be used for obviously reconnaissance, for providing security for specific areas, to patrol a specific location and provide an alarm if an acoustic, video or radar event occurs,” Vass explained.

 

Looking ahead, Vass expects countries to begin increasing their reliance on autonomous vehicles to enhance border security.

 

“Any country like Canada that has a small Navy and a large shoreline, or Australia or New Zealand or India or Brazil or South Africa, are all great targets for us … it’s a lot cheaper having robots patrolling your coastline than it is to have ships, from an economic perspective they can have many more points of presence at a much lower cost.”

 

The Brazilian Armed Forces patrol 4.4 million square kilometres of territorial waters and has a maritime salvage area which is one and half times the size of its land mass. With vast petroleum and gas deposits, as well as valuable mineral reserves, the Blue Amazon – which is what the Brazilian Navy calls the area of sea that it’s responsible for – is a vital strategic and economic resource for the South American giant. Notwithstanding the World Cup this year and the Olympics in 2016, Brazil is working towards increasing its surveillance management capabilities.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 17:35
IAF, HAL to Work On Joint Plans

 

April 8, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited; issued April 7, 2014)

 

HAL Proposes Single Agency to Deal with Foreign OEMs

 

The Indian Air Force and HAL have decided to work on joint plans on various fronts for better understanding of issues so that both contribute effectively in India’s defence preparedness. The entire board of HAL and senior officials flew down from Bangalore to interact with the top commanders of IAF at the conference held at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhavan) in New Delhi yesterday.

 

“Hand-holding is important considering the challenges involved in manufacturing and operational fronts”, said the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha . On his part, HAL Chairman, Dr. R.K. Tyagi, mooted the idea of putting up single group or team to deal with foreign OEMs on all matters as these OEMs work with Air Force, Army, Navy and other multiple Government agencies. "Normally these OEMs work with two or more agencies. There is greater cohesion, understanding and mutual benefits when these OEMs are dealt from one platform”, he said.

 

Senior IAF, MoD and HAL officials took part in the performance review with focus on challenges related to several fleets such as MiG (21, 27, 29), Su-30 MKI, Mirage, Jaguar, Hawk, Kiran, Pilatus, Avro, Dornier, Chetak/Cheetah and Cheetal, ALH, RPA, Lakshya, etc. HAL supports 80% of the IAF inventory.

 

The discussions also focused on indigenisation, quality and delivery timelines that are often demanding due to factors related to supply chain, transfer of technology and shortage of skilled manpower in the aviation/aerospace sector.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 17:35
Australia in Talks to Buy Japanese Submarines to Upgrade Fleet


One of Japan's hi-tech Soryu class submarines (photo : kure-news)

 

08 April 2014 Defense Studies

ALMOST 72 years after Japanese midget submarines attacked Sydney Harbour killing 21 sailors, Australia could buy Japanese subs for its $30 billion replacement program.

Possible access to Japanese technology and even a so-called “military off-the-shelf” deal to buy the boats is on the agenda during high-level defence talks in Tokyo between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and senior Japanese officials.

Mr Abbott’s talks follow a top-secret mission to Japan in February by the nation’s defence purchasing guru and head of the Defence Materiel Organisation Warren King to open negotiations with Japan’s defence agency for possible access to its Soryu Class submarines.

Defence Minister David Johnston has also met Japanese officials to discuss submarines and senior navy officers have been on board the Japanese boats to examine technologies such as the Swedish-designed air independent propulsion (AIP) system.

The AIP system allows the diesel-electric vessels to remain submerged for long periods of time without the need for fresh air for diesel power-plants.

When asked yesterday what aspects of the Japanese boats might be included in an Australian design, a senior government source replied: “Everything.”

When pressed on whether that included buying the boats off-the-shelf from the Japanese the answer was an emphatic “yes”.


 

Soryu class cutaway (image : goo)

At a submarine conference in Canberra tomorrow Senator Johnston will tell Defence and industry that “all bets are off” when it comes to options for the future Australian submarine fleet.

He will also debunk the myth that Australia needs 12 submarines and will make it plain that the government is not a job-creation agency for local shipbuilders.

That means shipbuilder ASC would need to prove its credentials as a competitive and skilled shipyard.

Japanese officials have visited the ASC shipyard at Port Adelaide, where the navy’s six Collins Class boats were built.

The Japanese vessels cost about $600 million each, or less than half the price of an Australian-made alternative.

The 4200-tonne (submerged) Soryu submarines would be an ideal fit to replace the ageing 3400-tonne Collins boats.

It is understood the Japanese technology could also be used to extend the life of the Collins boats beyond the late 2020s.

Senator Johnston will also urge Defence to get moving quickly so a decision can be taken by March 2015.
He will point out that it took Singapore just 10 months to move from concept to decision for its new submarine.

(News)

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 17:30
Airbus Defence and Space receives radar contract extension in the Middle East

The Spexer 2000 security radar improves the surveillance of borders substantially. Photo: Airbus DS

 

Munich,  08 April 2014 Airbus Defence and Space

Spexer 2000 security radar improves border protection

 

 

Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract for the delivery of four of its Spexer 2000 security radars to further improve the surveillance of the borders of a major Middle Eastern country. The contract is an extension to an existing contract for the delivery of more than 40 Spexer 2000 radars, which have been operating successfully for almost two years now.

 

Thomas Müller, head of the Business Line Electronics at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “Spexer 2000 is using state-of-the-art Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) technology, which provides a multi-tasking and multi-mode capability, and increases the detection and target assessment capability substantially. Due to this, Spexer 2000 can replace several conventional radars.”

 

Spexer 2000 is optimized for the surveillance of borders and other applications which require the monitoring of vast areas over long distances of 40 km. With high Doppler and velocity resolution as well as high clutter suppression, Spexer 2000 is able to reliably detect, track and classify even very small and slowly moving targets such as pedestrians, and also fast objects such as speed boats or low-flying objects such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. In addition, a camera mounted on top of the radar can be cued to the radar in order to identify suspicious objects.

 

This technology ensures a high level of situational awareness providing border guards and security forces with additional reaction time towards illicit intrusions. The radar is qualified according to several military standards and provides a very high availability and MTBCF (mean time between critical failure), combined with a low false alarm rate and reliable performance even in severe environmental conditions.

 

Spexer 2000 is part of Airbus Defence and Space’s Spexer security radar family which consists of several radars, each optimized for specific surveillance applications including border, infrastructure, perimeter and coastal surveillance. A specific military version has been developed for the German Army.

 

About Airbus Defence and Space

 

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 16:40
KRET is the new face of Radio-Electronic Technologies


08.04.2014 by Rostec
 

The state corporation Rostec has unveiled a new brand for the concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET). The rebranding will improve capitalization and allow the concern to implement its strategy for international expansion, including integration into world markets and the introduction of an IPO.

 

The KRET Brand

The rebranding allows the concern to be identified by the same abbreviation of KRET in both Russian and English. This policy coincides with the strategy of its parent company Rostec, who implemented its own name change in late 2012. Given that 75% of its production has military purposes, KRET has become the leader of Russia’s military-industrial complex. The concern has also adopted a policy of increased transparency in communicating with partners, investors, and the media. The new brand gives KRET an image of strength and severity, along with openness and readiness to pursue mutual beneficial partnerships.

As KRET CEO Nikolai Kolesov noted, the rebranding will allow the concern to increase its capitalization in the long term. “An international brand and dual-language site are designed to help implement KRET’s strategy of international expansion, including integration into the world markets and the introduction of an IPO,” he said.

 

The new brand and dual-language site are designed to help implement KRET’s strategy for international expansion and the introduction of an IPO

Nikolai Kolesov, KRET CEO

 

Logo

KRET’s new logo consists of its abbreviated name graphic design, a stylized image of a pixel grid on which three symmetrical diamonds are visible. This symbolism is the essence of most of the concern’s technology: the transformation of real objects into a digital model.
“Competition in the global market is not possible without a strong, recognizable brand. Yet due to specifics of the dual-purpose enterprise, this resource is insufficiently used in Russia. Still, effective communication with the outside world is a competitive factor in the global market,” noted Vasily Brovko, Rostec communications director. “The rebranding aims to create a modern image of the concern as an innovative company with the strategic resources and objectives to develop unique, high-performance military and civilian technologies of the future that can also reach a new level of business.”

 

Site

KRET now has a new, multimedia website at www.kret.com. The site advances the concern’s new brand, presenting a multimedia portal for interaction with the outside world. KRET intends to adopt a policy of maximum openness with its partners, investors, and the media, which a new internet forum for feedback will help promote. To make communication with foreign colleagues as efficient as possible, information on the new site will be published in two languages, Russian and English. To increase visibility, the site will also provide videos, photos, and text about all aspects of KRET.

The strategic communications center Apostle, in partnership with SomeOneElse, one of the top creative agencies in the UK, developed the website. This team has also worked on projects for HSBC, Land Rover, BBC, Yota, Universal, and Rolling Stones. Warren Hutchinson, founder and design director of SomeOneElse led the project, which began in 2013 and took more than a year to complete.

 

This project sets a high standard for companies in the international market for radio-electronic technologies

Steve Haggarty, Apostle art director

 

“The developers were able to convey in their unique graphic language the product reliability of KRET and the stability of the company, along with its openness to cooperation, innovation, and investment. This project sets a high standard for companies in the international market for radio-electronic technologies,” said Steve Haggarty, art director for Apostle.

As part of its rebranding, the concern will use all digital communication channels, including video blogs and social networks. KRET already has official accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, VKontakte, and official channel in YouTube.

 

Strategy

KRET has adopted a range of initiatives for building effective communication in an effort to implement its development strategy by 2020. The concern’s priorities include creating new products for civil and military purposes, improving the competitiveness of its avionics systems, modernizing its production facilities on a large-scale, and transitioning to a complex supplier model. According to the strategy, KRET’s net profit will grow 4.5 times to 20 billion rubles in 2020, with revenue increasing more than 3 times to 204 billion rubles. By 2020, the projected capitalization of the concern is expected to exceed 237 billion rubles.

 

The concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) is Russia’s largest holding company in the radio-electronics industry. Founded in 2009, it is now a part of the state corporation Rostec. KRET specializes in the development and manufacture of avionics systems for civil and military aviation, air-based radar, state identification systems, radio warfare complexes, multipurpose measuring instrumentation, electrical connectors and cable systems. Additionally, the concern’s enterprises produce various household appliances, medical equipment, and control systems for energy, transportation, and engineering industries. KRET, which includes 97 enterprises, design bureaus, and production plants located in 28 constituent territories of the Russian Federation, employs more than 66,000 people.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 11:20
Boeing Updates Timing of C-17 Production Line Closure

 

 

Apr 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world’s premier airlifter.

 

Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015, an adjustment of approximately three months from an initial estimate of late 2015. The company announced plans to end C-17 production in September 2013.

 

Boeing expects inventory–related charges of approximately $50 million, which will be recorded in the first quarter, as a result of this announcement.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 11:20
Navy to Deploy Electromagnetic Railgun Aboard JHSV

 

 

Apr 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

The U.S. Navy plans to install and test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high speed vessel in fiscal year 2016, the service announced today.

 

This test will mark the first time an electromagnetic railgun (EM railgun) has been demonstrated at sea, symbolizing a significant advance in naval combat.

 

EM railgun technology uses an electromagnetic force - known as the Lorenz Force - to rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails. This guided projectile is launched at such high velocities that it can achieve greater ranges than conventional guns. It maintains enough kinetic energy that it doesn't require any kind of high explosive payload when it reaches its target.

 

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:55
Sécurité et aéronautique, même combat ou presque pour Safran

 

07/04 Par Alain Ruello – LesEchos.fr

 

Un jour ou l’autre, l’équipementier aéronautique sera amené à donner plus d’indépendance à ses activités de sécurité.

 

Quoi de commun entre le CFM56, le moteur d’avion le plus vendu dans le monde, et un tomographe de ­Morpho, cette machine qui scanne une valise en tranches pour détecter toute trace ­suspecte ? Pas grand-chose, reconnaît Jean-Paul Herteman, exception faite que tous deux sont des concentrés d’innovation. Et qu’« une même passion » anime ceux qui les conçoivent.

Innovation et passion ? « L’ADN de Safran », rappelle son PDG justifiant ainsi sa décision d’investir dans la sécurité. Et pas qu’un peu : 1,5 milliard d’euros, avec trois grosses acquisitions à la clef, pour faire grossir cette activité issue de la fusion avec Sagem en 2005. A l’époque, il s’agissait de doter le groupe d’un relais de croissance et, le cas échéant, d’un amortisseur en cas de crise de l’aéronautique. Depuis, le trafic aérien a défié toutes les prévisions et affiche une santé insolente.

 

Morpho, une pépite qui ne demande qu’à grossir

Avec Morpho, Safran dispose donc d’une pépite qui ne demande qu’à grossir, en tirant profit de l’expansion exponentielle d’Internet dans les usages de la vie courante. Qui plus est, aéronautique et sécurité partagent une autre caractéristique : la forte proportion de revenus tirés des services. Alors mariées pour la vie ? Pas sûr. Car un point fondamental sépare les deux activités : les échelles de temps auxquelles elles obéissent.

Un nouveau moteur d’avion voit le jour tous les trente ans. A l’inverse, dans les technologies de l’information au sens large, tout va très vite. Malheur à celui qui loupe une marche, comme en témoigne le déclin de BlackBerry.

Si tout se passe comme prévu, Morpho va grossir et enrichira Safran encore longtemps. Mais un jour viendra où les forces centrifuges qui régissent l’écosystème Internet obligeront l’équipementier aéronautique à donner à sa filiale tous les attributs d’un « pure player » du numérique.

C’est la condition sine qua non pour qu’elle maintienne son avance technologique. Autrement dit, un jour ou l’autre, Jean-Paul Herteman, ou son successeur, devra probablement couper les amarres qui relient Morpho au groupe. Le partenariat en cours de négociation avec un grand du secteur va dans ce sens.

 

Safran cherche à s’allier avec un grand de l’Internet

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:55
Nexter Group awarded VBCI Support in Service contract (MSS)

 

 

07.04.2014 Nexter -- army-guide.com

 

Versailles -- The Nexter Group has today signed the Support in Service contract for the VBCI armored infantry combat vehicle, at a ceremony held in Satory.

 

The Central Director of the SIMMT (The French ministry of Defence maintenance in operational condition department), General Jean-Yves Dominguez, and the CEO of Nexter Systems, Philippe Burtin, are thus continuing the substantial work already carried out between their teams and ensuring the continued availability of the fleet for the next 10 years.

 

On August 1, 2014, this market will take the place of an initial contract (Series Logistics), which has demonstrated its effectiveness by successfully supporting operations such as PAMIR in Afghanistan, DAMAN in Lebanon, SERVAL in Mali, as well as the maintenance of the training fleet in Champagne.

 

With an organization structured around purchase orders, it will enable the Army to regulate financial commitments to meet their needs based on the actual use of the fleet. Technical expertise services will concurrently ensure the continued existence of supply flows.

 

This contract, which comes in addition to the support contracts for LECLERC and CAESAR® fleets, confirms the position of Nexter as a major partner of the French Army.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
BHIC to build (Malaysia's) first littoral combat ship in 2015

 

07 April 2014 Pacific Sentinel

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd (BHIC) expects to build the first littoral combat ship (LCS) early next year, under a RM9bil contract awarded to its associate company.
 
This, coupled with the group’s growing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business, will help the company improve its financial performance in the current financial year ending Dec 31, 2014.
 
“We are confident of doing much better this year. BHIC’s order book for shipbuilding and MRO for this year is more than RM500mil,” managing director Tan Sri Ahmad Ramli Mohd Nor told reporters after the company’s AGM yesterday.
 
He said the LCS programme was ahead of schedule and that actual work at the group’s shipyard in Lumut, Perak was expected to commence once the LCS project contract was finalised.
 
Read the full story at The Star

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
Salon de la défense DSA 2014: plus de 20 sociétés russes répondent présent

 

 

MOSCOU, 7 avril - RIA Novosti

 

22 sociétés russes présenteront environ 500 modèles d'armements au salon de la défense DSA 2014 qui ouvre ses portes le 14 avril en Malaisie, a annoncé lundi à Moscou le Service fédéral russe pour la coopération militaire et technique (FSVTS).

 

"Le holding de hautes technologies Rostec organise l'exposition russe au salon DSA. Les stands de 22 organisations russes seront situés dans les pavillons 4 et 6 sur une superficie de 555 m². Vingt sociétés présenteront des produits à vocation militaire. Au total, la Russie présentera 477 produits à vocation militaire", a indiqué FSVTS dans un communiqué.

 

La Russie sera notamment représentée par l'Agence d'exportation d'armements Rosoboronexport, le holding public Uralvagonzavod, producteur de blindés, le groupe aéronautique Oboronprom et le holding opto-électronique Schvabe.

 

La 14e édition du salon asiatique de la défense DSA se tiendra à Kuala Lumpur du 14 au 17 avril avec le concours du ministère malaisien de la Défense.

 

Parmi les pays participants figurent la Malaisie, qui sera représentée par 94 sociétés, les Etats-Unis (83 sociétés), la Grande-Bretagne (70 sociétés), la France (42 sociétés), l'Allemagne (34 sociétés), l'Australie (28 sociétés), la République tchèque (25 sociétés), Singapour (24 sociétés), l'Italie (23 sociétés) et la Chine (23 sociétés).

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
Navy to Test F-35C on Carrier This Fall

 

April 7, 2014 by Brendan McGarry defensetech.org
 

The U.S. Navy for the first time will begin testing its version of the F-35 fighter jet from an aircraft carrier this fall, according to the No. 2 official in charge of the program.

Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, deputy director of the Defense Department’s Joint Strike Fighter program, didn’t specify a date or ship for the upcoming evaluations. But he spoke confidently of the planned milestone for the F-35C, the Navy variant designed for taking off from and landing on carriers.

“It’s going to be the year of the F-35C,” he said during a briefing at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference on Monday in National Harbor, Md.

Mahr acknowledged hardware and software problems that have plagued the three versions of the aircraft being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp., from a tailhook that didn’t catch the arresting cable to a bulkhead that cracks to logistics software that improperly grounded jets. In February, the program office discovered that an engine fan blade “came apart” into pieces, he said.

But the issues have either been resolved or are in the process of being fixed and won’t threaten the Marine Corps’ plans to begin in July 2015 operational flights of the F-35B, Mahr said. That version is designed for short takeoffs and vertical landings, meaning it can fly like a plane and land like a helicopter.

Corps leaders last week hinted to lawmakers that the aircraft may not meet that date.

“We are tentatively behind schedule,” Gen. John Paxton, the assistant commandant, told lawmakers during an April 2 hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower. “The IOC is forecasted for July 2015,” Paxton added, referring to the date for initial operational capability. “We have every expectation that could be delayed by several months. It will continue to be conditions based.”

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck, who heads up the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, also said at the hearing that the Corps would not declare IOC until the software is developed to meet the requirements of the service.

The Government Accountability Office, known as the investigative arm of Congress, in a March 24 report cited an assessment made by the Pentagon’s own director of operational test and evaluation that software problems could delay delivery of the aircraft’s most advanced technology by 13 months.

When asked specifically about F-35B operational flights, Mahr said, “the Marines have not expressed any concerns at all about the IOC in 2015.”

The F-35B operational flights will rely on a less robust version of software, known as 2B, designed to provide basic close-air support and fire such weapons as the Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile, or AMRAAM, and Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM. Both weapons have been successfully test-fired from the aircraft, Mahr said.

“We expect to be able to show that that software is ready to deploy,” he said, adding that two more software upgrades, or “drops,” are scheduled for the next two months.

Mahr acknowledged “some challenges” with the more robust version of software, known as 3F and designed to provide the full suite of war-fighting technology, which is scheduled for delivery in 2017.

“We think we have four to six months of risk on that end,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to meet that date.”

The program office has also made improvements to the Autonomic Logistics Information System, or ALIS (pronounced “Alice”), which determines whether the plane is safe to fly. A recent software upgrade to the system has drastically shortened the time it takes maintainers to load a webpage, to about 30 seconds from about five minutes, Mahr said.

 

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AW119 photo AgustaWestland

AW119 photo AgustaWestland

 

 

Apr. 7, 2014  By MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy’s current fleet of training choppers.

 

The helicopter, which is used commercially by police departments and medical evacuation services, could meet the Navy or other service training needs more cheaply than existing military helicopters, company officials said.

 

“There’s no real active [government] solicitations out right now, so we’re trying to incubate something, whether it’s with the Navy, the Coast Guard, [Customs and Border Protection], the Air Force [or] Army,” Robert LaBelle, CEO of AgustaWestland North America, said Monday during a briefing at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space convention.

 

The single-engine aircraft, which is a derivative of the twin-engine AW109, features a modern design, redundant systems and is “forgiving to a new student,” LaBelle said. The high-end civilian model costs about $3.5 million, a price that would likely decrease with a bulk buy.

 

The AW119Kx, called the Koala, is built solely at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia production facility. AgustaWestland North America is a subsidiary of Italian-based AgustaWestland, which is part of Italy’s Finmeccanica aerospace and defense group.

 

The AW119Kx would not need any modifications to enter military service, LaBelle said.

 

The Navy operates just more than 100 Bell 206 Jet Rangers, which are used for helicopter training. The service is in the study phase to determine its future helicopter training needs.

 

“It really is time for them to replace them,” LaBelle said, of the current Navy helicopter trainers, which the service calls TH-57 Sea Rangers.

 

The US Army flies the twin-engine Airbus UH-72 Lakota for stateside missions and plans to buy 100 new aircraft for helicopter training. The Lakota would likely be a competitor when the Navy replaces its training helicopters.

 

The US military does not operate any AgustaWestland helicopters. LaBelle said he has been working to shed light on AgustaWestland’s US presence and portfolio of helicopters.

 

As US defense spending contracts in the coming years, LaBelle said the Defense Department should look at different types of platforms and industrial partners.

 

He touted the company’s $600 million yearly investment in research-and-development projects, and its growing commercial sales

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
US Army Rejects GD's Vehicle Protest; Company Mulls Further Action

General Dynamics will have to decide whether to pursue a more formal protest regarding the fairness of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program. (US Army)

 

Apr. 7, 2014 - By PAUL MCLEARY – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The April 4 rejection by US Army Materiel Command of a General Dynamics Land Systems protest disputing the fairness of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) competition puts the ball squarely back into GD’s court, which has the option of lodging a more formal protest with the Government Accountability Office — a move that would halt all work on the program for weeks or even months.

 

On Feb. 14, GD filed a protest contending “the AMPV solicitation provides a competitive advantage” to competitor BAE Systems, since BAE “has years of Army test and performance data” on the M113 personnel carrier, which the competition has been launched to replace.

 

“In our view, the AMPV procurement process is not consistent with the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, requiring a “full and open competition,” the company said in a statement.

 

These statements could indicate the company will file a protest with the GAO during the 10-day window that began when the initial protest was denied on April 4.

 

At issue is the fact that the Army wants competitors to incorporate parts from the Bradley fighting vehicle and the M113 in their AMPV designs, both of which are made by BAE. General Dynamics contends that it doesn’t have all of the relevant historical information on those parts to fully compete. The company has long said that it would submit a version of its eight-wheeled Stryker vehicle, of which the Army currently fields nine full brigades and a smaller Special Operations contingent.

 

BAE launched its own salvo on Friday afternoon, saying that it “is pleased” at the decision and that “cost savings, political expediency and business reasons do not justify putting soldiers’ lives at risk. The Army has had this solicitation in the works for two years and has adjusted requirements based on industry feedback to accommodate the broadest number of competitive offerings possible.”

 

On April 3, 10 members of Congress wrote a letter to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester, Frank Kendall, urging the Army to rewrite the five-month-old request for proposals. The lawmakers wrote that the Army should rework the program with a view toward “allowing for a mixed fleet of both track and wheeled vehicles” to meet the requirements for the competition.

 

In other words, the Army should split up the buy for 3,000 AMPVs between Stryker and Bradley variants.

 

The lawmakers also outlined the core reason for GD’s protests: the dearth of new ground vehicle programs in the Army’s near-term future.

 

“Given the intensely restrictive budget requirement the Army faces, the AMPV might be the only new vehicle entering the fleet for decades,” they wrote.

 

Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who represents the district that houses the Red River Army Depot — and its 4,500 jobs — which performs a great deal of work on Bradleys, issued a statement on Friday applauding the decision.

 

“No current vehicles meet the survivability, mobility, and reliability upgrades outlined in the Army’s competitive bid,” he wrote. The program “cannot be delayed a year or more by rehashing the multi-year bidding process.”

 

On March 4, Hall sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pitching BAE’s AMPV bid as good for the local economy, saying that “if BAE Systems is awarded the contract, jobs will be protected at Red River Army Depot and additional jobs could be added.”

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Magellan Aerospace Awarded Contract To Repair and Overhaul CF-18 Engines

 

April 7, 2014. David Pugliese Defence Watch

 

News release from Magellan:

 

TORONTO, April 7, 2014 /CNW/ – Magellan Aerospace Corporation (“Magellan” or the “Corporation”) announced today the award of a contract for engine repair and overhaul (“R&O”) for the F404 engine that powers Canada’s fleet of CF-188 Hornet aircraft. The one-year contract renewal for approximately CDN $55 million, which was competitively bid, commenced on 1 April 2014, and includes an option for an additional year. The work will be carried out at Magellan’s facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

 

Under the terms of the contract, the Corporation will provide maintenance, engineering, material management, provision of Field Service Representatives, and Publication support for the CF-188 F404 engine and ancillary components. Magellan has provided CF-188 F404 engine R&O services to the Canadian Armed Forces for more than 30 years.

 

“Magellan is pleased to have been selected to provide this service for the Canadian Department of National Defence. Magellan’s long-standing relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces is very much the product of providing excellent value in terms of competitive pricing and world class technical experience”, said Jim Butyniec, President and Chief Executive Officer of Magellan Aerospace.

 

In addition to supporting Canada’s CF-188 F404 fleet, Magellan is a proven supplier, as well as Centre of Excellence, in the worldwide F404 engine R&O support market. There are approximately 4,000 F404 engines currently in service in 15 countries around the world.

 

About Magellan Aerospace

 

Magellan Aerospace is a global, integrated aerospace company that provides complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers, and defence and space agencies worldwide. Magellan designs, engineers, and manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets, advanced products for military and space markets, industrial power generation, and specialty products. Magellan is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MAL), with operating units throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Poland.

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 17:55
Innovation 2/12 : la nuit, toutes les Kameleon voient en couleur


07/04/2014 DGA

 

Très remarquée lors du forum de l’innovation, la technologie intégrée à la caméra Kameleon inventée par la société Photonis, est une petite révolution. Filmer en couleur la nuit et le jour est désormais possible grâce à un tout nouveau capteur CMOS. Découvrez l’histoire de ce projet Rapid avant le lancement officiel en juin prochain à Eurosatory.

 

Avant, pour filmer de jour et de nuit il fallait deux caméras. Et la vision nocturne était pour le moins assez particulière. En effet, seules les technologies infrarouge et thermique rendaient la chose possible. Résultat : des images monochromes et dépourvues de toute nuance. Du noir et vert, du noir et rouge ou encore du noir et blanc… en somme, une hérésie pour le moindre quidam à l’ère de l’image numérique dans n’importe quel salon particulier peu nécessiteux de vision nocturne ! Une habitude acceptée et maitrisée pour les opérationnels.

 

Mais ça, c’était avant

Le défi technologique est colossal. Beaucoup s’y sont cassées les rétines. Parmi les prétendants il y avait même des grands groupes. Damien Letexier, docteur et ingénieur en recherche et développement chez Photonis et sa petite équipe ont quant à eux vaincu le mauvais œil. Grâce à un travail acharné, le challenge est relevé ! Le secret ? Un capteur CMOS ultra-sensible capable de détecter le moindre photon (particule de lumière), même dans la pénombre.

« Au départ, nous avancions à tâtons, convaincus tout de même qu’une solution technologique existait, se souvient Damien Letexier. Nous avons cherché du côté de la répartition spectrale (la palette des couleurs dans la lumière visible) et ajusté la balance des blancs afin de comprendre dans quelle partie du spectre nous manquions de sensibilité. » Préciser le problème fournit souvent la moitié de la solution. Bonne pioche.

« Pour pallier ce manque, nous avons ainsi décidé de ne pas filtrer certains pixels et avons ensuite cherché le bon algorithme. Celui qui allait permettre une bonne reconstruction colorimétrique ». En plus clair, il s’agit de jouer entre la proportion de sensibilité à la lumière, la proportion de couleur et de trouver un compromis satisfaisant.

 

Trouver le bon compromis

Aujourd’hui, c’est chose faite. Et en un temps record ! Dix-huit mois. Tout juste le bon timing pour profiter d’une procédure Rapid. « Au-delà de l’apport financier, l’intérêt que la DGA a porté à Kameleon, nous a surtout permis d’avoir la confirmation que notre projet correspondait effectivement à un segment de marché. Une prise de risque partagée et un geste de confiance que nous attendions pour nous lancer sereinement dans nos recherches », explique Emmanuel Nabet, responsable marketing & stratégie du groupe Photonis. « Concrètement, nous avons aussi pu investir dans du matériel », poursuit Damien Letexier. RAPID, une aubaine pour cette entreprise dont les activités sont historiquement concentrées sur les marchés de défense et qui voit aujourd’hui de nouvelles et prometteuses perspectives.

 

Des perspectives utiles, parfois inattendues …

Si Thales, Sagem, Cassidian optronics… des mastodontes de l’armement, travaillent déjà à l’intégration du système dans les équipements des forces, ce sont aussi de tous nouveaux partenaires qui pointent le bout de leur nez, « alléchés » par la découverte inédite et unique. Dans le domaine biomédical, le capteur CMOS pourrait bien permettre des avancées spectaculaires par la visualisation en couleur jusqu’alors impossible de certaines réactions chimiques. Idem en gériatrie, pour surveiller par exemple le flux sanguin sous la peau afin d’éviter les œdèmes veineux.

Mais ce sont des applications bien plus inattendues qui sont déjà en marche, notamment dans le domaine de l’environnement. La vie nocturne des ours polaires sera très bientôt étudiée grâce à Kameleon. Et afin de respecter les engagements du Grenelle de l’Environnement, la petite caméra pourrait bien veiller sur les automobilistes alors que sera effective la diminution programmée de l’éclairage public la nuit sur les routes de France. Pour Kameleon, la voie semble toute tracée.

 

Photonis en chiffres

1937 - année de création à Brive-la-Gaillarde

1 000 personnes dans le monde

170 millions d’euros de CA annuel

90% du CA réalisés à l’export

70% d’activité militaire

40 brevets en cours

6% du CA consacrés à la R&D et 10% en France

2013 - création de 2 nouveaux sites, Singapour et Frisco (Texas -USA)

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 17:50
Space, sovereignty and European security - SEDE

 

SEDE meeting on 1 April 2014

 

  • Presentation by Jean Pierre Darnis of study on space, sovereignty and European security

 

Presentation Darnis

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 16:35
Bushmaster - photo Thales

Bushmaster - photo Thales

Déployé en Irak et en Afghanistan, le Bushmaster a été vendu à plus de 1.000 exemplaires, à l'Australie, aux Pays-Bas et à la Jamaïque, explique Thales.

 

07/04/2014 latribune.fr 

 

Thales va vendre des blindés Bushmaster au Japon. Ils seront fabriqués par la filiale australienne du groupe français pour un montant inconnu.

 

Le groupe français d'électronique et de défense Thales a annoncé lundi la vente de quatre de ses blindés Bushmaster au Japon, confirmant ainsi le succès de ce véhicule fabriqué en Australie à l'exportation.

 

"premier contrat de plateformes au Japon"

Ces blindés à roues, en version transport de troupes, doivent être livrés d'ici la fin de l'année à la force d'auto-défense terrestre du Japon, indique Thales dans un communiqué, sans révéler le montant du contrat. Chris Jenkins, PDG de Thales Australia commente :

"Ce nouveau contrat à l'export démontre le succès grandissant et la polyvalence du Bushmaster. (...) Il s'agit pour Thales du premier contrat de plateformes au Japon. Notre objectif est de fournir des technologies et des services qui répondent parfaitement aux besoins du ministère de la Défense japonais. Nous nous réjouissons de travailler en étroite collaboration avec la force d'auto-défense terrestre japonaise dès que les véhicules seront en service."

 

1.000 exemplaires vendus

Déployé en Irak et en Afghanistan, le Bushmaster a été vendu à plus de 1.000 exemplaires, à l'Australie, aux Pays-Bas et à la Jamaïque, ajoute Thales.

Le groupe français, qui a réalisé en 2013 un chiffre d'affaires de 14,2 milliards d'euros, travaille sur les marchés de l'aérospatiale, de la défense, de la sécurité et des transports. Sa filiale Thales Australia a enregistré des ventes de 1 milliard de dollars australiens (677 millions d'euros) l'année dernière.

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Opération de maintenance Awacs sur la base d'Avord photo Cosmao

Opération de maintenance Awacs sur la base d'Avord photo Cosmao

 

 

07/04/2014 par Guillaume Steuer – Air & Cosmos

 

Il s'est posé ce matin sur l'aéroport de Roissy : pour la première fois, un E-3F Awacs de l'armée de l'Air va être pris en charge par Air France Industries, en charge du maintien en condition opérationnelle de cet aéronef, sur son site de CDG. Et non plus au Bourget, comme c'était le cas jusqu'alors.

 

"Nous avons décidé de transférer cette activité vers Roissy afin de moderniser notre outil industriel et d'assurer la maintenance de cet appareil dans des installations entièrement rénovées", explique Anne Brachet, directrice générale d'Air France Industries. "Nous avons investi plus de cinq millions d'euros afin de réaliser ces travaux, qui s'inscrivent dans la continuité du plan Transform 2015", précise la dirigeante.

 

A ce jour, l'activité Awacs mobilise environ 200 personnes chez Air France Industries (AFI). Pour le moment, le site du Bourget héberge encore les équipes de direction et l'activité aérostructures. Mais cette dernière est également amenée à rejoindre Roissy, où une usine plus moderne est en cours de construction. Elle permettra notamment à AFI d'être mieux armé dans le domaine des matériaux composites.

 

A Roissy, les Awacs français seront désormais entretenus et modernisés sous le hangar de maintenance H4, dans une zone respectant les contraintes de sécurité fixées par le client mais aussi par le gouvernement américain, attentif à l'utilisation qui est faite des systèmes "sensibles" fournis par les Etats-Unis. Ce même H4 continuera toutefois de servir à la maintenance d'autres flottes long-courrier, A330 et A340 notamment.

 

L'Awacs qui vient de se poser à Roissy est par ailleurs le deuxième E-3F de l'armée de l'Air qui doit subir son chantier de rénovation à mi-vie (MLU). Une modernisation majeure qui vise à rénover entièrement le système de mission de l'appareil dans une configuration similaire à la version dite Block 40/45 développée par Boeing pour l'US Air Force.

 

De son côté, Air France Industries entend développer ses activités dans le domaine du soutien militaire à moyen et long terme. "Nous avons clairement exprimé notre volonté de participer au soutien complet des futurs A330 MRTT français", explique Anne Brachet. L'expérience acquise par AFI dans le soutien des A330 civils est une sérieuse référence, sur un marché qui reste toutefois très concurrentiel.

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