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India Plans Joint Su-30 Aircraft Modernization with Russia

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- An Indian Air Force SU-30K jet touches down at Mountain Home Air Force Base, along with seven others, to train with Airmen here July 17. This is the first time in history the Indian Air Force has been on American soil to train with US fighters. They will be taking advantage of Mountain Home's vast air space and multiple ranges to better prepare their aircrews for future flying missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Ryan Crane) (Released by Staff Sgt. Brian Stives, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office)

 

September 14, 2015 By Sputnik

 

MOSCOW: India has expressed interest in carrying out a joint project to extensively modernize its SU-30MKI aircraft in collaboration with Russian companies, the Russian state technology corporation Rostec said in a statement Friday.

 

“In the long term, as recommended by the Russian Ministry of Defense, we plan a major upgrade of the SU-30SM [model] to increase its combat effectiveness. The Indian government has expressed interest in collaborating to modernize the SU-30MKI, which is an evolution of the SU-30SM,” the statement reads.

 

According to the statement, both aircraft models will be given upgraded avionics and radars, as well as an improved engine. The SU-30SM and the SU-30MKI will also be equipped with additional weapons.

 

The SU-30 MKI, NATO reporting name Flanker-H, is the Indian Air Force’s elite fighter-bomber. It was developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation and built under license by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics.

 

Russia and India have been close partners in military and technical cooperation for decades. In 2014, the total value of weapons and military hardware delivered by Russia to India reached $4.7 billion, according to Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation estimates.

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source Alert5 blog

source Alert5 blog

 

Sept 14, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Alert5 blog; posted Sept 13, 2015)

 

The Shenyang J-11BS fighter made its first public flying demonstration during the Air Force public day in Changchun, Jiling province on Sept. 11. The J-11BS is the two-seat indigenous copy of the Su-27. The aircraft is powered by the WS-10 engine.

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New Airbus ACJ 320 in Commission at Royal Thai Air Force

RTAF ACJ 320 seat configuration consist of 75 seats (VVIP 4 seats, VIP 6 seats, the director of travel one seat, followed by eight seats, crew 2 seats. and 54 passengers seats) (photo : RTAF)


14.09.2015 Defense Studies


BANGKOK – The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has held a delivery ceremony of a new military aircraft which will be used for non-war missions. 

The delivery of Airbus ACJ 320 took place at Military Terminal 2 in Bangkok. Deputy PM and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan presided over the ceremony. The aircraft was purchased under the RTAF procurement project of a passenger plane for high-ranking and prominent persons.

Aside from transporting important persons, the airbus will be used for humanitarian missions such as evacuation of disaster-affected Thais living overseas and peace-keeping operations.

The ACJ320 boasts the most spacious cabin in the corporate jet market. The double engine airplane can seat up to 75 passengers and fly at a maximum distance of 5,900 kilometers or around seven hours when filled up.

The airbus is based at Royal Flight Squadron 602, Wing 6 in Bangkok.

(Pattaya Mail)

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UVision's Hero to tackle maritime targets

 

14 September, 2015 BY: Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - Israel's UVision will use the DSEi exhibition in London to detail the maritime capabilities of its Hero loitering munition system, which was unveiled at the Paris air show in June. UVision will exhibit a new naval platform launcher for the Hero range of weapons during the 15-18 September event, in addition to a system which enables their deployment from land vehicles.

 

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photo Saab

photo Saab

 

Sep 15, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the US Army for the shoulder-launched AT4CS RS (reduced sensitivity) anti-armour weapon system. Deliveries will take place during 2016.

The AT4CS RS is a disposable, preloaded weapon with a specially developed, unique shaped-charge warhead that delivers outstanding behind-armour-effects inside the target. Thanks to this new warhead the AT4CS RS also has improved insensitive munition (IM) characteristics.

 

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Thales unveils new generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher

 

September 15, 2015 source Thales

 

The Lightweight Multiple Launcher New Generation (LML NG) system can be used on a tripod or vehicle mount, and supports swift deployment of STARStreak and/or the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) systems. The system provides two ready to fire missiles, allowing it to handle saturation air attacks or provide a complimentary surface to surface capability. The man-portable system is designed to suit a wide range of missions from lightweight rapid reaction roles to air droppable operations.

 

When using the STARStreak missile - with it’s extremely fast time of flight - a variety of threats can be defeated from head on or fast crossing aerial targets, to targets such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters. When used with the LMM, a capability is provided to enable the defeat of surface targets such as Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs), trucks and fixed installations and aerial targets such as UAVs. Both systems utilise Thales unique laser beam riding guidance system.

 

Thales unveils new generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher

This new launcher gives the operator a unique lightweight and highly deployable capability to react quickly against a wide variety of threats. LML NG perfectly complements the other state of the art lightweight missile launchers in the Thales portfolio."


Philip McBride, General Manager of Thales Advanced Weapon Systems activities in the UK

 

The LML NG provides a 24 hour surveillance asset consisting of TV and Thermal Imaging cameras. System architecture supports linkages to a Command and Control network, to radar or passive sensors for early target detection and auto target tracking. Display of the command and control information can be provided to both the Commander and the Operator.

 

LML NG is being exhibited at DSEI on the Thales Stand (S6-110).

 

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

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photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

 

15/09/2015 Sources : Centre d'expertise aériennre militaire

 

Le 15 septembre 2015, deux Rafale de Mont-de-Marsan ont décollé équipés de SATCOM.

 

Le monoplace et le biplace de l’escadron de chasse et d’expérimentations (ECE) 5/330 « Côte d’Argent », faisant partie de la patrouille, ont pu être suivis de bout en bout, ainsi que le C135 ravitailleur.

 

Le convoyage de 3h30 vers Lajes a pu être observé dans son intégralité au centre d’expertise aérienne militaire (CEAM) depuis la base aérienne 118 de Mont-de-Marsan. De nombreuses communications, tant opérationnelles qu’expérimentales, ont eu lieu par chat.

 

Cet événement est le fruit de plusieurs mois de travail intense entre le CEAM, le constructeur Dassault Aviation et les services de la direction générale de l’armement (DGA). Il ouvre des perspectives de connexion sans précédent au Rafale, qui est désormais présent sur tout le spectre des liaisons de données.

 

Le 1er septembre 2015, le CEAM est officiellement devenu le centre d’expertise aérienne militaire (anciennement appelé centre d’expériences aériennes militaires). Cette nouvelle appellation s’inscrit dans la volonté de l’armée de l’air de développer un centre de guerre aérienne (Air Warfare Center) et de concentrer ses experts autour des trois piliers constitutifs d’une capacité opérationnelle de première ligne : la doctrine, les équipements et l’expertise tactique du combattant.

photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

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MMP missile - photo Laurent Guichardon - MBDA

MMP missile - photo Laurent Guichardon - MBDA

 

September 14, 2015: Strategy Page

 

In early 2015 a Swedish firm (Saab) agreed to design and produce warheads for the new French MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée) medium-range anti-tank missile (ATGM). Warhead deliveries are scheduled for 2017. This is a big deal for Saab, a Swedish company that is often a competitor when it comes to anti-tank weapons. Saab is often competing with the French manufacturer (MBDA) of MMP for ATGM business. The French military did the math and concluded that it was cheaper (and more effective) to buy certain key MMP components from the ATGM manufacturer with the best reputation. This was obviously cheaper and faster that having MBDA conducting their own research in that area.

 

MMP is a new generation of ATGM similar to the American Javelin or Israeli Spike but developed by a local firm because the French like to manufacture key weapons in France. The MMP will replace the older MILAN family of anti-tank missiles, which were also developed in France. The replacement effort goes back to 2009 when France rejected yet another Milan modernization proposal and in 2010 ordered 260 FGM-148 Javelin missiles from the United States. This purchase was quite a shock for French industry but also an incentive to develop an attractive locally made alternative to Javelin. This led to MMP and the Swedish warhead was seen as an asset, not a liability.

 

The MMP missile itself weights about 15 kg (33 pound), is 1.3 meters (51 inches) long 140mm in diameter. The weight of the firing unit, including tripod and battery, is another 11 kg (24 pounds). The missile can be fired from portable firing posts, vehicles and army aviation platforms (in the future). MMP features a dual-mode seeker incorporating an uncooled thermal and daylight television channel together with inertial reference unit. An uncooled IR seeker is especially useful, because it can be used very quickly, as opposed to cooled seekers like Javelin’s that require some time to become ready. The warhead is a 140mm caliber tandem shaped charge which according to producer is capable to penetrating any modern tank or two meters of concrete. The missile can engage targets 4,000 meters away. MMP also has a two-way datalink which provide fire-and-forget, man-in-the-loop and non-line-of-sight firing modes with either direct or top-attack (flying over a target and sending penetrator through the thin top armor). MMP can also soft-launch (be safely fired from confined spaces like buildings).

 

A heavier 8,000 meter version (called MLP) is in the works for helicopters and vehicles. MLP will replace the current HOT missiles.

 

MMP successfully conducted extensive test firings in early 2015. These included live-firing under various conditions. Some additional tests will take place before the end of 2015. The French Army had no doubt that the MMP effort would succeed and in late 2013 ordered 175 firing posts and 450 missiles, which deliveries beginning in 2017. The entire procurement contract for the French Army is for 2,850 missiles and 400 firing posts. MBDA expects MMP and MLP to be competitive export items.

 

Meanwhile the older (1970s) technology Milan has remained in production, mainly because it can still get the job done if used against lightly armored vehicles and older tanks. India is a major user (building Milan under license) because their likely opponents, until recently, only had tanks that Milan could handle. But now they have an aggressive China massing forces on the border and building much better protected tanks. The basic Milan is a 1.2 meter long, 125mm diameter, 7.1 kg (16 pound) missile. It has a minimum range of 400 meters and maximum range of 2,000 meters. At max range the missile takes about 13 seconds to reach its target. The missile is guided to the target by the operator via a thin wire. The launcher weighs 21 kg (46 pounds). The missile can penetrate about a meter (39 inches) of armor, making it effective against all but the most modern tanks (M-1, Challenger, Leopard 2). Since the 1970s, over 350,000 Milan missiles and 30,000 launchers have been built worldwide. More modern ATGM are wireless and require much less effort on the part of the operator but they are more expensive. Milans are now being phased out in favor of more modern designs although some will remain in service into the 2020s.

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With Thales, managing an active cyberdefence


15 sept. 2015 by Thales Group

 

Thales, a global leader in cybersecurity and in cryptographic security solutions, is there to advise you and help you fight against the most sophisticated cyberattacks. Thales's scalable Managed Security Services solutions allow organisations to supervise their information systems and monitor levels of security, resilience and continuity throughout the system life cycle, from design to operational management.

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First Test Flight of the L-39NG Trainer photo Aero Vodochody

First Test Flight of the L-39NG Trainer photo Aero Vodochody

 

2015/09/15 AIRheads/EH

 

In the Czech Republic, the Aero Vodochody L-39NG performed its first flight on Monday 14 September. The flight was successful, the company said. The aircraft will serve to validate the installation of the new Williams International FJ44-4M engine and avionics in the L-39NG project.

 

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First Test Flight of the L-39NG Trainer photo Aero Vodochody

First Test Flight of the L-39NG Trainer photo Aero Vodochody

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BVS10 Beowulf - photo BAE Systems

BVS10 Beowulf - photo BAE Systems

 

Sep 15, 2015 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

A new BAE Systems all-terrain vehicle which can reach more places and carry more cargo than any other vehicle of its kind, is making its debut at DSEI in London this week.

The new vehicle, called “Beowulf,” is based on the Company’s revered Viking BvS10 fighting, troop-carrying and logistics vehicle that was initially designed in Sweden for the UK Royal Marines. Beowulf has a payload capacity of eight tonnes and built-in flexibility with special role cabins in the rear car to carry a combination of personnel and cargo. The vehicle can traverse through water, swamps, snow and soft sand; and climb 45-degree slopes. Beowulf features increased crew comfort and visibility, and is easy to maintain and support, resulting in reduced operational costs.

 

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Algeria orders additional Su-30 fighters

 

15 September 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Algeria has ordered 14 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets from Russia’s Irkut, which will augment the 44 Su-30MKs the country has in service.

 

RIA Novosti on Friday quoted Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian defence technology holding company Rostic, as saying the contract was signed near the beginning of this year. Speaking at the 2015 Russian Arms Expo in Nizhny Tagil, he said the Algerian aircraft will be delivered in 2016 and 2017. Last week the Russian military ordered eight Su-30SM fighters.

 

Algeria received 28 Su-30s as part of a 2006 contract and another 16 under a 2010 contract. It appears the 16 aircraft in the second batch were delivered to replace 15 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29SMT fighters Algeria returned to Russia after declaring them “defective.”

 

The Su-30MKA operated by Algeria is a specialised variant of the Su-30MK fitted with a mix of French and Russian avionics. The former includes a head-up and multifunction displays manufactured by the Thales Group and Sagem of France.

 

The Su-30 is a twin-engine, multi-role military aircraft developed by from the Sukhoi Su-27UB. It is a two-seat, dual-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions introduced into operational service in 1996.

 

The primary combat aircraft in Algeria’s Air Force are a dozen MiG-25s, 23 MiG-29C/UBs and around 34 Su-24M/MKs.

 

Algeria is expanding its Air Force and in June took delivery of the first of six Mi-26T2 helicopters from Russia and has ordered another eight of the type. The North African country has also ordered 42 Mi-28NE attack helicopters, the first of which flew at the manufacturer’s Rostov plant in early December 2014.

 

Algeria’s Su-30s are being manufactured by Irkut, owned by the United Aircraft Corporation holding company.

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Long March 3B carrier rocket

Long March 3B carrier rocket

 

Sept 13, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: NASA Space Flight blog; posted Sept 12, 2015)



A super-secretive satellite was launched by China from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Saturday. Launch of the unknown spacecraft – unofficially claimed to be the Communications Engineering Test Satellite -1 (TXJSSY-1) – took place at 15:40 UTC using a Long March-3B (Chang Zheng-3B) rocket, as the Chinese continue their build up in space.

There is very little information regarding the satellite, with no announcement provided in the Chinese media, despite the media heavily controlled by the Chinese government.

However, rumors circling on specialized Chinese space forums point to this launch involving the first Great Wall (Changcheng) satellite – a new series of Chinese satellites dedicated to early warning similar to the American Space Based Infra-Red Sensor satellites. One unofficial source claimed the spacecraft is the Communications Engineering Test Satellite -1 (TXJSSY-1)

Recently, Japan’s Kyodo News reported that China was building a missile defense system to detect a ballistic missile attack. The report was based on Chinese military documents that referred the development of an experimental early warning satellite program.

Additionally the report pointed out that China had started the development of an X-band radar system as part of a ground-based interceptor system. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the NASAspaceflight blog

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Ex-BPC russes: entre propriétaire, usufrutier, décote et sinistre industriel


15.09.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Sur le dossier BPC, à noter l'audition de Laurent Fabius ce mardi à 18h30. Cette réunion sera retransmise en direct sur le portail vidéo de l'Assemblée.

Elle précèdera la séance publique de jeudi à l'assemblée où sera discuté "le projet de loi autorisant l'approbation de l'accord sous forme d'échange de lettres entre le Gouvernement de la République française et le Gouvernement de la Fédération de Russie sur le règlement des obligations complémentaires liées à la cessation de l'accord du 25 janvier 2011 relatif à la coopération dans le domaine de la construction de bâtiments de projection et de commandement".

En attendant, le texte de l'audition, devant la commission des Affaires étrangères et de la Défense du Sénat, de Louis Gautier (Secrétaire général de la Défense et de la Sécurité nationale qui a mené les discussions "parfois abruptes" avec les Russes), est à lire ici. Pour sa part, la commission des affaires étrangères a auditionné Louis Gautier le 8 septembre mais le texte de l'audition n'est pas encore disponible.

 

Les grandes lignes de l'audition au Sénat de Louis Gautier:
- "Nous avons conclu un accord pour un montant de 949,7 millions d’euros. Il s’agit principalement de la restitution aux Russes du montant qu’ils avaient versé à mesure de la réalisation des tranches du contrat, 893 millions. Les 56,7 millions restants correspondent aux dédommagements des frais auxquels les Russes avaient été exposés",
- "le paiement se traduit par le décaissement de 949,7 millions sur le programme 146 (ndla: équipement des forces) presque aussitôt remboursé pour sa majeure partie. Trois jours plus tard en effet, DCNS a reversé à ce programme les 893 millions, reçus dans le cadre du contrat, au programme 146 qui devrait être encore abondé en fin d’année des 56,7 millions supplémentaires",
- "Le contrat était de l’ordre de 1,2 milliard" mais seuls 895 millions ont été assurés par la Coface: "les 895 millions assurés par la Coface se composent des 865 millions, auxquels il convient d’ajouter les frais de gardiennage (2 millions par mois pour les deux BPC) et une partie des frais généraux. Cela pourrait atteindre un total de 1 milliard".
- "Lorsque DCNS, qui est propriétaire, et Coface, usufruitière, revendront les BPC, il conviendra de soustraire à ce montant le prix de la revente. Y aura-t-il une décote ? Quel sera le coût des adaptations en fonction du pays acheteur ? Ce n’est qu’au jour de la vente que nous saurons si la Coface a dû supporter et pour quel montant un sinistre industriel. Il ne s’agit pas d’un débours mais d’une moindre recette sur le compte où la Coface reverse une part de ses excédents au budget de l’État".

 

A noter que la Coface va abandonner sa fonction Garantie publique à l'Export au profit de bpifrance qui en sera chargé dès le premier semestre 2016. 350 employés de la Coface sont concernés par cette bascule. Lire ici.

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photo Armée de Terre

photo Armée de Terre

 

14/09/2015 armée de Terre

 

Le 2 septembre 2015, le général Jean-Pierre Bosser, chef d’état-major de l’armée de Terre, a visité le 4e régiment du matériel (4e RMAT) de Nîmes. Au programme de son déplacement : la maintenance et le recrutement.

 

Le CEMAT a ainsi profité de l’occasion pour rappeler au régiment ses engagements inscrits dans le nouveau modèle de l’armée de Terre : la maintenance opérationnelle se met désormais en œuvre au plus près des forces.

 

Il a par ailleurs réaffirmé la marge de manœuvre laissée au chef de corps pour recruter lui-même une partie de ses militaires. Un système « par le régiment pour le régiment » nécessaire afin d’atteindre l’objectif national de recrutement fixé à 11 000 hommes en deux ans.

 

Cette nouvelle stratégie a d’ailleurs déjà fait ses preuves au 4e RMAT ; le régiment a pratiquement bouclé ses objectifs de recrutement pour l’année 2015.

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Sigma 40 à gyrolaser. (Photo Sagem)

Sigma 40 à gyrolaser. (Photo Sagem)


 

Salon DSEI, Londres, 15 septembre 2015 - source Sagem / Safran

 

Sagem (Safran) vient de remporter une compétition auprès de la Marine royale norvégienne pour la modernisation du système de navigation de ses trois patrouilleurs océaniques de la classe Nordkapp. Unités armées de plus de 3 300 tonnes, ces bâtiments porte-hélicoptères seront équipés de systèmes de navigation à gyrolaser SIGMA 40. 

Développée et produite par Sagem, la centrale SIGMA 40 est un système inertiel à gyrolaser conçu pour garantir des mesures de navigation très précises dans les milieux les plus sévères. Opérant de manière entièrement autonome, SIGMA 40 contribue à l'efficacité des systèmes embarqués et au succès des missions les plus exigeantes des navires de combat. 

Le choix de la marine norvégienne pour la centrale SIGMA 40 de Sagem a été motivé par la très bonne tenue de performances obtenues dans les conditions de navigation spécifiques à la Norvège (fjords, météo, glace,…). La résistance de la SIGMA 40 à des chocs intenses sur une durée longue a été un élément déterminant dans le choix des opérationnels. SIGMA 40 est en effet l'une des rares centrales de navigation navale conformes aux spécifications de résistance aux chocs telles qu'énoncées dans la norme MIL-S 901 D.

Ce nouveau contrat vient conforter un partenariat de 20 ans avec la Marine royale norvégienne dans le domaine des systèmes de navigation, Sagem exerçant également une mission de conseil auprès de son client. La centrale SIGMA 40 XP de Sagem avait été sélectionnée par la marine norvégienne pour la modernisation à partir de 2008 des systèmes de navigation des six sous-marins ULA de la marine norvégienne. 

La centrale de navigation SIGMA 40 équipe à ce jour plus de 500  bâtiments de combat et 75 sous-marins, notamment les unités de premier rang les plus innovantes, telles que les frégates européennes FREMM et Horizon, les BPC Mistral et le porte-hélicoptère amphibie coréen LPX Dokdo. En version SIGMA 40XP, elle a été choisie pour les sous-marins classiques Scorpène de DCNS, pour la modernisation des systèmes de navigation des sous-marins nucléaires d'attaque de la classe Améthyste et pour l'équipement des futurs Barracuda. 

Sagem maîtrise l'ensemble des technologies inertielles (mécanique, laser, fibre optique, vibrant) et affiche plus de 60 ans de savoir-faire dans les systèmes de navigation civils et militaires, en France et à l'international.

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Sagem, société de haute technologie de Safran, est un leader mondial de solutions et de services en optronique, avionique, électronique et logiciels critiques, pour les marchés civils et de défense. N°1 européen et n°3 mondial des systèmes de navigation inertielle pour les applications aéronautiques, marines et terrestres, Sagem est également n°1 mondial des commandes de vol pour hélicoptères et n°1 européen des systèmes optroniques et des systèmes de drones tactiques. Présents sur tous les continents via le réseau international de Safran, Sagem et ses filiales emploient 7 600 personnes en Europe, en Asie Pacifique, en  Amérique du Nord et en Amérique du Sud. Sagem est le nom commercial de la société Sagem Défense Sécurité. Pour plus d'informations : www.sagem.com  

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B-2 Spirit of Ohio lifts off from U.S. Air Force Plant 42 for one of its final pre-delivery flight tests.- photo LM

B-2 Spirit of Ohio lifts off from U.S. Air Force Plant 42 for one of its final pre-delivery flight tests.- photo LM

 

PALMDALE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

 

The U.S. Air Force expects to increase the number of B-2 stealth bombers available for combat by one full jet and reduce fleet sustainment costs significantly under a new maintenance agreement worked out with B-2 prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).

 

Under the contract modification signed in April, Northrop Grumman will give each B-2 a major, end-to-end overhaul – a process called programmed depot maintenance (PDM) – once every nine years. Each jet currently undergoes PDM once every seven years. The PDM process, which includes a complete restoration of the jet's exterior surfaces, is performed at the company's Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Palmdale.

 

"This new approach to B-2 maintenance is a win-win for the Air Force and the nation," said Brig. Gen Eric Fick, Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers within the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. "It will enhance the jet's readiness to conduct global security missions, and is expected to save taxpayers about $900 million in maintenance costs over the life of the fleet."

 

"The nine-year PDM cycle is part of an aggressive on-going effort by Northrop Grumman and the Air Force to increase bomber availability," said Pat McMahon, sector vice president and general manager for military aircraft systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Our experienced work force has critically reviewed every PDM material and process for potential improvements. As a result, we've been able to reduce the length of the PDM process, and increase the time between PDM periods."

 

Bolstered by the adoption of USAF best practices used by other Northrop Grumman programs, the new nine-year overhaul cycle will reduce the average length of B-2 PDM to 365 days, down from more than 400 days in previous years. Under the new rhythm, Northrop Grumman will induct a B-2 into PDM approximately once every six months.

 

"Our delivery of the B-2 Spirit of Ohio back to the Air Force in August marked the last time we expect to have more than two jets in PDM at any one time," said McMahon. "Fewer jets undergoing PDM in Palmdale will keep more B-2s ready to serve the nation's security needs."

 

The B-2 is the only long-range, large-payload U.S. military aircraft that can penetrate deeply into denied access enemy air space. It can fly 6,000 nautical miles unrefueled and more than 10,000 nautical miles with just one aerial refueling, giving it the ability to reach any point on the globe within hours and hold at risk an enemy's most heavily defended targets.

 

The latest B-2 product news and information from Northrop Grumman is available at http://www.northropgrumman.com/B-2.

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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photo Airbus Group

photo Airbus Group

 

15 Sept. 2015 LeParisienf.fr

 

L'avionneur européen Airbus espère s'appuyer sur son implantation aux Etats-Unis pour gagner de futurs contrats militaires dans le pays mais il lui faudra s'armer de patience pour arriver à ses fins, estiment des experts. Le groupe semble avoir tiré les leçons de son échec essuyé en 2011 face à Boeing sur une commande colossale de 35 milliards de dollars portant sur des avions ravitailleurs pour l'armée américaine.

 

"L'une des difficultés que nous avons rencontrées lors de la bataille des ravitailleurs était que nous disions +Oui nous allons produire aux Etats-Unis. Oui, nous allons assembler des avions aux Etats-Unis+. Comment pouvait-on nous croire alors que nous n'avions jamais produit sur le territoire américain. Nous étions peu crédibles comparé à des entreprises qui étaient installées sur le sol américain depuis des dizaines d'années", explique à l'AFP Tom Enders, le patron d'Airbus Group. L'inauguration lundi de la première unité d'assemblage du groupe aux Etats-Unis, à Mobile (Alabama, sud), ne fait donc "pas de mal", ajoute le dirigeant même si celle-ci est dédiée pour l'instant uniquement aux avions civils. Pour Hans Weber, qui a conseillé EADS, l'ancêtre d'Airbus Group, "il y a eu des appels d'offres auxquels le groupe n'avait même pas pris part après s'être rendu compte qu'il n'avait pas assez de soutien politique" local. Si le constructeur européen a réussi à combler une partie de son retard face à Boeing dans le civil - 60% de parts de marché contre 40%, selon ses chiffres -, il est encore à la traîne sur le plan militaire. Or les Etats-Unis représentent plus de 35% des dépenses militaires dans le monde, selon Hal Chrisman, expert au cabinet ICF International.

 

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The JASSM missile on display at an airshow in Australia.  photo Lockheed Martin

The JASSM missile on display at an airshow in Australia. photo Lockheed Martin

 

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Lockheed Martin is to supply air-launched cruise missiles for the Polish Air Force.

 

The Polish Air Force is receiving Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles from Lockheed Martin for its fleet of F-16 fighters.

 

The contract for the air-to-ground cruise missiles comes as a result of a U.S. Foreign Military Sales deal for Poland announced last year.

 

That package, worth about $500 million, was for 40 AGM-158 JASSM missiles and upgrades to the aircraft.

 

"JASSM provides Poland with operational flexibility, reliability and mission effectiveness to meet their national defense requirements," said Joe Garland, vice president of business development at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "JASSM gives our allies a powerful, vital and affordable cruise missile capability."

 

JASSM is a stealthy, precision-guided cruise missile that employes an infrared seeker and an enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System. It is integrated on the U.S. Air Force's B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E. Internationally, it can also be used by F/A-18A/B and the F-18C/D aircraft.

 

Poland, with the order, will be only the third U.S. ally with the JASSM in their military inventory. The other two countries are Australia and Finland.

 

Lockheed Martin gave no information as to a delivery schedule for the missiles.

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Swiss parliament approves Hermes 900 deal

 

08 September, 2015 BY: Arie Egozi - FG

 

The Swiss parliament on 7 September voted in favour of an armed forces plan to buy six Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned air vehicles, in a deal valued at $256 million.

 

Last year, the Hermes 900 was selected by the Swiss armed forces, but the signing of a contract was delayed until the receipt of political approval. A deal should now be signed within the next few weeks. The Hermes 900 UAVs to be supplied to Switzerland will be in an upgraded version that will improve performance in some parameters. One of the enhancements is the provision of a heavy fuel engine, which will enable the aircraft to achieve a higher rate of climb after take-off – a key requirement because of the country's mountainous terrain.

 

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RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

 

14 September, 2015 BY: Craig Hoyle - FG

 

London - Royal Air Force A400Ms will be equipped with an important security system from Airbus Defence & Space, under a new contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.

 

Worth £3.3 million ($5 million) for an initial 15-month activity spanning development to delivery, the deal will lead to the provision of a local crypto key management system. This technology “eliminates the need for crypto equipment aboard an airborne platform to be individually re-keyed before every mission,” says Airbus, which adds that the enhancement will “prevent data compromise that could threaten the safety and security of an aircraft’s mission.”

 

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photo US Navy

photo US Navy

 

09 September, 2015 BY: James Drew - FG

 

Washington DC  - The long-running debate over the mission of the US Navy's carrier-launched unmanned surveillance and strike aircraft might have set the "UCLASS" competition back few years, but the maritime force's acquisition chief says getting the requirements right from the beginning is vital.

 

“This programme is in acquisition hell right now. It’s been inside the building for three years, just trying to get out and see the light of day,” Navy assistant secretary Sean Stackley said at a Navy League forum in Washington 9 September. “We’ll debate on it some more this fall (September to November) with OSD to determine whether or not we have the right programme, not just for the navy, but the nation.” With many conflicting views and opinions about the role of the aircraft, Stackley says once the requirements question is settled, the programme will have a much better chance of delivering the carrier-based UAV the navy needs to maintain its technological edge. “It will be five to 10 years before [UCLASS] is operational, and then it will be flying for another 20 to 25 years. We’ve got to get it right,” he says. “We’re all being patient. Industry is being patient. The navy views this as a critical programme and we’ve got to leverage what unmanned offers to our [carrier] air wing sooner rather than later.”

 

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Stéphane Israël, Arianespace's Chairman and CEO

Stéphane Israël, Arianespace's Chairman and CEO

 

14 septembre 2015 Par HASSAN MEDAH - Usinenouvelle.com

 

L'avenir du lanceur russe Soyouz en Guyane, la question d'un micro lanceur jetable pour répondre au défi des constellations, la concurrence de SpaceX...Stéphane Israël, PDG d'Arianespace revient sur les grands sujets qui secouent l'Europe spatiale.

 

L'Usine Nouvelle : Le lancement de deux satellites Galileo le 11 septembre représentait le douzième tir de Soyouz depuis Kourou. Quelle est la logique de ce partenariat entre Russes et Européens?

 

Stéphane Israël : Dans les années 1990, l'industrie russe s'est rapprochée de partenaires occidentaux pour trouver des débouchés commerciaux à ses lanceurs. Les Américains ont ainsi commercialisé Proton et Zenith, concurrents d’Ariane. Côté européens, Starsem, détenu par Arianespace, Airbus-Safran Launchers, Roscosmos et RKTs Progress, a reçu l'exclusivité de la commercialisation de Soyouz depuis Baïkonour. Nous y avons réalisé, avec succès, 26 lancements depuis 1999 tout en adaptant le lanceur aux besoins du marché. En 2003, la France et la Russie ont décidé de construire un pas de tir pour Soyouz en Guyane. L’idée était d’avoir aux côtés du lanceur lourd Ariane 5 et du lanceur léger Vega un lanceur moyen optimisé notamment pour le déploiement des constellations comme Copernicus et Galileo ou de satellites d’observation de la terre. Comme ces lancements sont institutionnels, il était logique de vouloir les réaliser depuis le port spatial de l’Europe.

 

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Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance system - Chess Dynamics

Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance system - Chess Dynamics

 

14 September 2015 by defenceWeb

 

A North African country has ordered long-range Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance systems to monitor and protect its borders.

 

The systems were ordered from Chess Dynamics in a multi-million pound contract by an unspecified North African customer, the company said. Chess Dynamics will initially provide 14 systems, which will be integrated onto all-terrain Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles. These will undergo extensive testing before deployment on border surveillance and intelligence gathering duties. Further batches will be delivered over the coming months following the initial training and deployment.

 

The Hawkeye VS system combines electro-optical sensors, including a thermal imaging and high resolution colour TV cameras, with a laser range finder and a Blighter Revolution 360 radar mounted on a pneumatic mast. The mast can raise the sensors 3 metres above the vehicle.

 

“We have developed the Hawkeye VS to provide defence and security forces with a highly mobile system which can quickly provide surveillance once it arrives in the operational area, plugging the gap on porous, ill-defined borders and giving a strong deterrent to illegal cross border activity,” said Graham Beall, Managing Director of Chess Dynamics.

 

“We see a tremendous potential for Hawkeye VS across not only Africa but in many parts of the world where borders are ill-defined or mobile surveillance systems are required”, he added.

 

The system starts operating when the FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) Doppler fastscan radar detects a target, which could be as small as a single walking person 7 km away, over a full 360 degree sector using a rotary positioner. Information from the radar is then passed by built-in tracker software to the cameras.

 

The cameras, which work in day or night conditions, slew-to-cue. The Thermal Imager recognises a person at a distance of over 2 kilometres while the high resolution TV camera provides a range of greater than 5 kilometres in daytime. The operator is then able to monitor the selected target and direct further assets to intercept and manage the situation.

 

The system operator sits in the rear seat of the vehicle with two 15 inch flat panel colour displays providing mapping, radar and EO imagery. The system can be controlled either by the built-in automatic software video tracker or via joystick, tracker ball and touch screen according to the user’s preference. In both cases the system locks onto the selected objects to control the head and follow objects. Images can be recorded for evidence and later analysis.

 

For the North African customer Hawkeye VS is being fitted to the Toyota Land Cruisers by Polish system integrators Germaz.

 

The UK-based Chess Dynamics is an aerospace and defence subsystem supplier that provides design, development and manufacturing solutions for land, maritime and airborne applications. The company specialises in precision stabilised and non-stabilised platforms, directors and positioners for electro-optic, radar, communication, security and surveillance systems, inclusive of thermal and daylight cameras and special sensors. The company has supplied several hundred of the core Cobra directors to the British Army for route survey and reconnaissance armoured vehicles during the past six years.

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Boeing to Develop New Military Communications Network for Australia

 

14 Sept. 2015 by Pacific Sentinel

 

Land 2072 Phase 2B heralds next generation of networking for Australian Defence Force

 

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 10, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will provide the next-generation communications system for land-based Australian Defence Forces (ADF) deployed around the world. Developed by an industry team led by Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), the Land 2072 Phase 2B system will provide secure wideband voice, data and video services over wireless and wired infrastructure between deployed forces and headquarters.

 

Acting BDA vice president and managing director Bill Madley said the system will be based on an agile, modular network design that improves communications capacity, flexibility and responsiveness. “After successfully delivering a number of the ADF’s most complex communication and information systems to date we are ready to deliver this critical new capability to the Commonwealth,” he said.

 

Under terms of the $665.7 million AU contract, BDA will provide the communications system and initial support services.

 

Defence’s Director General of Communication Systems, Myra Sefton, said that Defence's new Integrated Battlefield Telecommunications Network represents a generational transformation in the deployed communications capability of the Australian Defence Force.

 

“It will provide the infrastructure to handle the increasing data requirements of our modern defence force as they face a complex and dynamic battlespace,” Ms. Sefton said.

 

“The capability being developed by Boeing Defence Australia and its partners will be a force multiplier that will significantly enhance the effectiveness of our forces on deployed operations."

 

The Boeing solution is designed to be interoperable, scalable and able to evolve and grow with the needs of Australia’s modern army.

 

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